Samsung Starts Rolling Out Galaxy Note 7’s Grace UX to Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Starts Rolling Out Galaxy Note 7's Grace UX to Galaxy Note 5
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Galaxy Note 5 users start receiving Note 7’s Grace UX
The update is being rollout in South Korea
It brings software features of the Note 7 to Note 5
Samsung has started rolling out Galaxy Note 7’s Grace UX to the last year’s Galaxy Note 5. According to user reports, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users in South Korea have been receiving an over-the-air (OTA) update that brings an all-new software experience. To recall, Samsung introduced the new Grace UX with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone earlier this year.

A forum post at XDA Developers suggests that the update is about 600MB in size, and brings various UX features of the Galaxy Note 7. Some of the new features that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users are receiving include Blue light Filter, Ultra power saving mode, Smart manager, and Wide selfie among others. The update is currently rolling out to users in South Korea though it can be expected to be available for more users in the coming days.

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Despite the update, the Galaxy Note 5 still runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Galaxy Note 5 users can manually check for update via Settings > About Device > Software Update. Unfortunately, the company is yet to confirm broader update plans for the Galaxy Note 5.
To recall, Samsung last month suspended all productions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and also halted sales worldwide. The company in a desperate move also advised customers to stop using the device following reports that units were catching fire. In India, Samsung launched the flagship phablet for 2016 at Rs. 59,900.

Recently, the South Korean giant launched Android 7.0 Galaxy Beta Program for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. We expect the Android Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to roll out soon.

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Coolpad Note 3S, Mega 3 India Launch Set for Wednesday

Coolpad Note 3S, Mega 3 India Launch Set for Wednesday

Coolpad Note 3S, Mega 3 India Launch Set for Wednesday
HIGHLIGHTS
Both the smartphones to launch on November 30
The smartphones are expected to be priced under Rs. 10,000
They are rumoured to support 4G VoLTE
Coolpad has sent out invites for the launch of two smartphones in India. The company is set to launch the Coolpad Note 3S and Coolpad Mega 3 smartphones in the country on Wednesday, and availability and pricing details will be known then.

The Coolpad Note 3S is set to be the successor of the Note 3 smartphone launched last year in October. Coolpad has also launched the Coolpad Note 3 Lite and Coolpad Note 3 Plus variants of the smartphone during the course of this year as well. The Coolpad Mega 3 will be the successor of the Coolpad Mega 2.5D(Review) launched just a few months ago in August. Both the smartphones are expected to be priced under Rs. 10,000, and given that most of Coolpad phones have been Amazon India exclusive, we expect these two to follow the same path.

With these new additions, Coolpad is set to enter the crowded low-budgeted market, and it remains to be seen what the company offers to introduce tough competition. For now, both the smartphones are expected to feature a 5.5-inch display screen, and come with dual-SIM and 4G VoLTE support.

The last smartphone released by Coolpad in India was the Note 5 smartphone with a massive 4010mAh battery and 4G VoLTE support. It is priced at Rs. 10,999 and is available exclusively on Amazon India as well. The big highlight on the Coolpad Note 5 is touted to be the Dual Space system that was first seen on the Coolpad Max. It enables users to have two accounts of WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, and other apps on the same phone.

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Meizu m5 Note With Helio P10 SoC Set to Launch on December 6

Meizu m5 Note With Helio P10 SoC Set to Launch on December 6

Meizu m5 Note With Helio P10 SoC Set to Launch on December 6
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Meizu is launching the smartphone on December 6
It is expected to come with a 5.5-inch full-HD display
The Meizu m5 Note is tipped to be powered by a Helio P10 SoC
Meizu has started sending out invitations for the launch of its new smartphone. The company is set to launch the Meizu m5 Note device on December 6 at an event in China. In its teaser, Meizu also announced that it has managed to produce 20 million units in its Note smartphone series so far.

The invite also notes that the predecessor Meizu m3 Note smartphone, with over 20 million units produced thus far, will have its production halted as the m5 Note is launched – notes GizmoChina. As for the specifications, the Meizu m5 Note was recently spotted on Chinese telecommunications certification site TENAA revealing key specifications. The Meizu m5 Note is expected to feature a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is rumoured to be powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) octa-core processor paired with Mali-T860 MP2 GPU. The Meizu m5 Note is tipped to be running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.

The Meizu m5 Note is expected to come in three RAM/ storage bundles – 2GB of RAM/16GB of storage, 3GB of RAM/ 32GB of storage and 4GB of RAM/64GB of storage. Additionally, there will be a microSD slot for further expansion of memory (up to 128GB). The three variants will also have a difference in battery life, with the 64GB model packing the largest 4000mAh battery. The 16GB and 32GB variants both are rumoured to pack a 3920mAh battery.

As for the camera, there is a rumoured 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera for video chats and selfies. It is expected to be 8.5mm thick, and weigh 175 grams. The Meizu m5 Note is expected to be available in Black and While colour variants. Design wise, the Meizu m5 Note sports a metal unibody with round edges, and the fingerprint scanner presumably embedded in the Home Button.

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Camera review: Coolpad Note 5

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Camera is often the key talking point in smartphones made by Chinese companies. Some impress with their picture quality, while some offer interesting modes and filters which are not available on phones of Indian makers. Priced at Rs.10,999, Coolpad’s new budget smartphone Note 5 offers a mix of both.

The smartphone comes with a 13-megapixel camera with aperture f/2.2 and can record videos at 1,080p @ 30 fps. It also supports touch to focus and has a LED flash for low-light shots. There is also a low-light mode which can light up darker areas and deliver slightly better results in low light. The camera app shows a few modes on the home screen itself, while a few are hidden away and can be accessed by tapping on a few screen buttons. One of the on screen-buttons takes you to the various live filters, where you can see what the final shot will be like. The other button takes you to camera modes such as Long exposure, Watermark and Panorama. The modes on the screen include night, beauty and professional.

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Landscape

This is a long shot of the top few storeys of a building with the sky in the background. The sky in the background shows a dull shade of blue, which is what it actually looked like to the bare eyes. It hasn’t tried to enhance colours for effect, which suggests you will get mostly accurate shots out of this camera, at least under natural light. Though detailing is good as we could see the windows and balcony of the top storeys clearly, the image loses its crispness.

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Food

This is an indoor shot taken under yellow light, yet the white colour on the sugar particles and the brown of the donut looks affected. This shows that the camera can handle reflections well, but struggles when it comes to getting the focus right. There is no macro mode which could improve things.

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Flower

In another close-up but under natural light, the camera has captured the pink in the flower very accurately. The darker shade within the pink colour in the flower petals stands out from the lighter shades clearly. The background looks well-illuminated. As a result, the fine lines on the leaves are clearly visible.

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Street view

Darker colours look a bit hard to decipher here. The green colour in the trees looks a little too bright, for example. Lighter colours such as the colour of the sky and that of the buildings look near-real, though. We could read the text in shops clearly but as we zoomed in, the level of noise increased significantly.

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Low light

Like most budget smartphones, low-light photography is not one of the strong points of the Coolpad Note 5. While colours look realistic to a great extent, the lack of sharpness was visible on the phone’s screen itself. On a bigger screen, the amount of noise becomes clearer.

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Did In-House Testing Fail to Detect Samsung Note 7 Battery Problems?

Did In-House Battery Testing by Samsung Fail to Detect Note 7 Problems?

Samsung (KRX:005930) tested the batteries for the exploding Galaxy Note 7 in a self-owned lab.

It is the only manufacturer of smartphones allowed to test their phone batteries in-house, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The rest of phone makers must analyze their phone batteries at one of the 28 labs certified by the Cellular Telephone Industries Association (CTIA), a trade group representing the wireless communication industry.

Phone batteries must go through an experimentation and assessment process in order to comply with standards established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Samsung officially stopped production of its newest device, the Galaxy Note 7, last week due to reports of the phones exploding, igniting and melting. This came roughly a month after it decided to recall and halt shipments of the product.

Is The Atypical In-House Battery Testing by Samsung to Blame?

The battery is the source of these potentially dangerous malfunctions. A representative for Samsung said that no problems were detected while at the internal testing labs, according to the WSJ.

“We are working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to investigate the recently reported cases involving the Galaxy Note7,” Samsung said in an official statement last week. “Because consumers’ safety remains our top priority, Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 while the investigation is taking place.”

But there have been reports of other Samsung products breaking down and becoming harmful.

Marie Terrio’s Samsung S6 Active mobile phone was “crackling and sizzling” in her front left pocket and burned severe gashes into her thigh and shin, according to an exclusive story for The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF).

Terrio went to the hospital and was treated for second and third degree burns that resulted from the combusting cellular device.

“My leg looked black and the pain was unbelievable,” Terrio told TheDCNF.

A California man is suing Samsung for intense burns allegedly caused by his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Batteries are the identified cause in the majority of examples of overheating or exploding mobile devices.

Samsung testing its own batteries seems like it could potentially be a conflict of interest, in which a manufacturer may be more likely to green-light a battery for reasons of profit motive.

John Copeland, a former employee of Motorola who now works at a battery test lab in Atlanta, said that cellphone developers would use their own labs because it would help maintain secrecy over the products and the features.

Manufacturers are “very concerned about their proprietary information leaking out,” Copeland told the WSJ.

Copeland believes that the audits were thorough enough to ensure an absence of conflicts of interest.

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Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge Update Reportedly Brings Select Note 7 Features

Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge Update Reportedly Brings Select Note 7 Features
HIGHLIGHTS
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge said to be receiving software update
Update brings change to Always-On Display feature
Changes make the smartphones more like the Galaxy Note 7
With the Galaxy Note 7 production suspended, Samsung’s biggest hope of surviving in the premium smartphone segment is its flagship Galaxy S7 series. Now, several Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users are reporting that they are receiving a software update that adds Galaxy Note 7-note like features to their smartphone, specifically adding new functionality to the always-on display feature, among other features.

XDA Developer forum member first posted details of the update and wrote in a post, “Everything now is like Galaxy Note 7 AOD (always-on display) except the AOD notes feature and third party including the stock email app notifications is strangely not working!!” The firmware update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is also said to add the new Clock to the always-on display.

(Also see: Google Pixel Phones Are Here to Fill the Gap Left by the Samsung Galaxy Note 7)

The new Always-On Display version 1.4.02 will set Clock, Calendar, and Image setting as default digital clock, and a new Calendar app replaces the old version. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users will be able to add their signature to Always-On Display. After the update, the Always-On Display will also show information about the music being played on the device.

The XDA Developer forum member however points that the new features aren’t fully functional on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Some of the issues reported include the fact that the selected layout wouldn’t apply to the S View Cover, and the display won’t show the count for messages/ calls received.

Release notes posted by a XDA Developer user shows that the Samsung is highlighting the fact that the new features will consume less than 1 percent of whole battery amount per hour.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has no doubt become one of the biggest debacles in the company’s history, and if a new survey is to be believed, the fire incidents have made a major dent in Samsung’s brand image. According to a recent survey conducted in the US, 40 percent of existing Samsung smartphone users “won’t buy another phone from the brand.”

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NEWS
Design
Display
Software
Performance
Battery life
Camera
Value for money
Good
Easy to hold and handle
Unbelievable processing power
Phenomenal camera
IP68 protection
Bad
Bloated software
Hybrid SIM/microSD slot
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Design
Display
Software
Performance
Battery life
Camera
Value for money
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Looks absolutely stunning
Record-breaking power
Incredible camera
IP68 protection
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Slightly unweildy
Hybrid SIM/microSD slot
Bloated software
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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 With Bezel-Less Display Likely to Launch on October 25

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 With Bezel-Less Display Likely to Launch on October 25

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 With Bezel-Less Display Likely to Launch on October 25
HIGHLIGHTS
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is likely to launch on October 25
Leak suggests an edge-to-edge display
The smartphone was previously tipped to sport 6GB of RAM
Xiaomi has scheduled an event in China on October 25, where it is expected to announce the Mi Note 2 smartphone. The company is finally unveiling the smartphone after many leaks and speculations about the launch. Additionally, the latest leak hints that the Mi Note 2 will have an all top display, with no sensors or front camera on top, giving it a very different look from the current models in the market, but no dual-edge display as rumoured earlier.

Xiaomi is hosting an event in China at the Peking University Gymnasium on October 25, where it is likely to launch the Mi Note successor. Xiaomi has also announced that Hong Kong-based actor Tony Leung will be the host for the event.

Separately, a few photos of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 have been leaked on Weibo, which show that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will have very thin bezel on all four sides. The bottom chin usually used for navigation buttons, and the top part used for front camera as well as sensors is not seen in these images, and the Mi Note 2 instead sports an edge-to-edge display. The images also show the smartphone running MIUI OS, adding more credibility.
This images contradict previous leaks that speculated the Mi Note 2 will come with a dual-edge display. However, the leaked images only show the smartphone from the front, hence the dual camera setup rumour leaked recently could still be true.

The Mi Note 2 was expected to arrive on several occasions throughout the latter part of the year, the latest one being September 14, but the launch hasn’t happened yet. We were about to give up hope, when CEO Lei Jun himself reignited launch expectations by saying that the Mi Note 2 will “have a surprise” whenever it launches. However, Xiaomi is now finally looking to put all rumours to rest on October 25.

As mentioned, the Mi Note 2 has been leaked on several occasions revealing key specifications. The smartphone is said to be powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC, and pack a 3600mAh battery. It’s anticipated to sport two speaker grilles at the bottom, and have a fingerprint sensor at the front. Lastly, the Mi Note 2 is expected to come in 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage bundles and be priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000) and CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 28,000) respectively.

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Banned From Flights, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Is Being Replaced at Seoul Airport

Banned From Flights, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Is Being Replaced at Seoul Airport
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it will now offer replacement phones to Galaxy Note 7 users flying out of South Korea, after the US and other countries banned the device from flights.

Samsung took the step after it became apparent that transport authorities in the US, Canada, Israel and Japan have imposed a ban on carrying the Galaxy Note 7 device on flights, even if switched off or in airplane mode, following several reports of the gadget catching on fire.

(Also see: Carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on a Flight? Be Ready to Face Fine)

“We set up a counter at Incheon (International) Airport where Galaxy Note 7 users can replace their phone with another phone of a different model,” a Samsung spokesman told EFE news.

Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics, which initially attributed the combustion instances to defective batteries, has initiated a large scale investigation into the matter after several replacement phones offered to customers following a September recall had the same problem.

(Also see: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall: The Name That Wasn’t Meant to Be)

The spokesman said engineers are “thoroughly reviewing every step of the engineering, manufacturing and quality control processes” to uncover the reasons behind the problem.

“We are looking into every possibility, and working around the clock to get the bottom of this issue,” said the representative of the Seoul-based firm.

Meanwhile, South Korean authorities have began a parallel probe in collaboration with Samsung.

In September, the company had recalled around 2.5 million units and was forced to permanently withdraw the device from the market when the problem persisted.

Samsung expects to incur operative losses of around $5.4 billion between July 2016 and March 2017 over the fiasco.

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5.70-inch
Processor
1.6GHz
Front Camera
5-megapixel
Resolution
1440×2560 pixels
RAM
4GB
OS
Android 6.0.1
Storage
64GB
Rear Camera
12-megapixel
Battery capacity
3500mAh
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a ‘Potential Fire Hazard’, Banned by 4 Australian Airlines

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a 'Potential Fire Hazard', Banned by 4 Australian Airlines

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a ‘Potential Fire Hazard’, Banned by 4 Australian Airlines
HIGHLIGHTS
Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airlines have banned Note 7
Qantas in a statement to customers called Note 7 a ‘potential fire risk’
Several airlines across the world have now banned Galaxy Note 7
As many as four Australian airlines have banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from all flights
due to “potential fire hazard.” The ban by Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airlines came into effect yesterday.

Qantas, which also owns Jetstar, issued a statement advising its customers that carrying Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on-board was prohibited on all flights due to concerns regarding “potential fire risk” from the device’s battery after a number of incidents worldwide.

(Also see: Banned From Flights, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Is Being Replaced at Seoul Airport)

“The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage. Other Samsung devices are not affected,” it noted.

Initially, the device was allowed if it had been turned off and not charged during the flight.
(Also see: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Use Banned on All Flights in India)

Virgin Australia, which owns Tiger, issued a statement, saying: “The use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices is currently prohibited on all Virgin Australia and TigerAir Australia flights and the complete ban announced today is an additional safety measure.”

The ban has come after US Department of Transportation issued an emergency order to ban the gadget on all flights to and from the country on Friday.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, has stopped the production and recalled all Galaxy Note 7 phones and replacements following reports of exploding batteries and fires.

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KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.70-inch
Processor
1.6GHz
Front Camera
5-megapixel
Resolution
1440×2560 pixels
RAM
4GB
OS
Android 6.0.1
Storage
64GB
Rear Camera
12-megapixel
Battery capacity
3500mAh
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Tags: Samsung, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 airplane ban, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery

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LG Mocks Samsung, Takes a Jab at Galaxy Note 7 Recall in SMS Blast

LG Mocks Samsung, Takes a Jab at Galaxy Note 7 Recall in SMS Blast

While Samsung is busy putting out fires (literally) on the Galaxy Note 7 recall, other smartphone makers are getting the most out of Samsung’s misery. The latest to take a dig at the South Korean giant is LG. The company’s customer care department seems to be randomly sending messages to users ahead of the Diwali festival with a friendly, yet mocking message.

The message – “Heard the news of exploding products? At LG, our products go through multiple tests to ensure safety of our most valuable asset – YOU. Have a safe Diwali with LG.” – is a clear jab at the recent news of exploding Galaxy Note 7 devices from Samsung.

Samsung officially announced a recall of its Galaxy Note 7 on September 2. Reports of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones catching fire has resulted in an unprecedented recall, costing the company billions of dollars. Samsung has been slowly replacing affected Galaxy Note 7 devices and said on Thursday more than 1 million people globally are now using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with batteries that are not vulnerable to overheating and catching fire.

In September, Lenovo-owned Motorola also took a jab at Samsung when it offered free Incipio offGRID Power Pack with every Moto Z Droid purchase with a quote that read “At Moto, our priority is safety first. Unlike some manufacturers, we adhere to the highest standards in quality and testing of all our batteries.”

The LG V20 is ready to go on sale this month and it looks like the company is hoping Samsung’s recent tragedy will attract customers over to its side. LG India’s Managing Director, Kim Ki-Wan, confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the company plans to bring the LG V20 smartphone to India soon, perhaps just in time for the Diwali festival.

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