8 Great Stealth Games You Can Play on PC

If you like sneaking around the world, creeping up behind people and knocking them out (or taking their life), we’ve got some games for you to check out. These eight PC games let you indulge your inner thief, without all the pesky run-ins with law enforcement.

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Styx: Master of Shadows

Styx is a goblin thief who can use nooks, crannies, and shadows to conceal himself until the time is right to strike. You’d better bring your “A” stealth game as well, as the combat is a bit of an afterthought, and being forced to resort to it often leads to your demise. Luckily, the world is well-designed, with plenty of options for concealment and vertical movement. You can also check out the sequel, [i]Styx: Shards of Darkness[/a].

Here’s When You Can Play the Arms Global Testpunch for the Nintendo Switch

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Arms Global Testpunch demo begins this weekend
  • It is a 1.4GB download for the Nintendo Switch
  • It is only available in one hour timeslots

Much like Splatoon 2’s Global Testfire for the Nintendo Switch, Arms is having its own demo with the Arms Global Testpunch. The full game is out on June 16 and in the run up to that, you check out its multiplayer.

ALSO SEEArms for Nintendo Switch: Everything You Need to Know

Arms Global Testpunch for Nintendo Switch timings

    • May 26 – 5pm PT (May 27 – 5:30am IST)
    • May 27 – 5am, 11am, 5pm PT (May 27 – 5:30pm, 11:30pm IST, May 28 – 5pm IST)
    • May 28 – 5am, 11am PT (May 28 – 5:30pm, 11:30pm IST)
    • June 2 – 5pm PT (June 3 – 5:30am IST)
    • June 3 – 5am, 11am, 5pm PT (June 3 – 5:30pm, 11:30pm IST, June 4 5:30am IST)
    • June 4 – 5am, 11am PT (June 5 – 5:30pm, 11:30pm IST)
 Here's When You Can Play the Arms Global Testpunch for the Nintendo Switch

How long does Arms Global Testpunch session last?

Like Splatoon 2, Nintendo has confirmed that each session will last for an hour a piece. With the game out in a few weeks this is the best way to get a taste of what to expect to make up your mind.

It’s surprising that there will be only twelve hours of playable time in total — a far cry from weekend long play sessions we’ve seen from other publishers like Ubisoft with Rainbow Six Siege and Ghost Recon Wildlands. Perhaps Nintendo isn’t as confident about the Switch’s online capabilities as it would like us to believe? After Splatoon 2’s resoundingly positive demo we don’t think so.

The Arms Global Testpunch is a 1.4GB download and you can get it via the Nintendo eShop.

We discussed Arms on our weekly gaming podcast Transition. You can subscribe to it via Apple Podcasts orRSS or just listen to this episode by hitting the play button below.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: The best Android tablet you can buy

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: It is a high-end tablet with a stunning display, and superior build quality.

A few years ago, tablets were looked as the next big thing in computing. I still remember how difficult it was to get the third-generation iPad. People were queuing up all day to get Apple’s swanky gadget. But tablets haven’t really made that huge dent on the laptop industry as large smartphones have been able to. In fact, the big screen smartphones have taken away the thunder of a lot of tablets. Despite this, Apple and Samsung have continued to release new models. Apple has recently updated its iPad Pro lineup and released an iPad Pro 10.5, while Samsung has a rival tablet to offer in the Galaxy Tab S3.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is a high-end tablet with a stunning display, and superior build quality. But the Galaxy Tab S3 isn’t pitched as a mere tablet device. The idea is to support an optional keyboard so that you can quickly edit documents or send a presentation without any delay. The tablet also comes bundled with the S Pen like the Galaxy Note series to enhance productivity on a mobile device.

However, the question remains whether or not you need to invest in a tablet that’s going to cost Rs 47,990. Samsung may be bragging about the Galaxy Tab S3, but is it up to the job? I’ve tried to find the answer after testing the device for more than week, and here’s my verdict.Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S3 review, Galaxy Tab S3 price in India, Galaxy Tab S3 Android tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specifications 9.7-inch QXGA Super AMOLED (2048 x 1536) | Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (quad-core, 1.5GHz + 1.6GHz) | 4GB RAM | 32GB storage| 13MP rear camera + 5MP front camera | 6000mAh | 4G LTE | Android 7.0 Nougat

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price in India Rs 47,990

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Design, display

Ever since Samsung introduced the Galaxy S6, the company’s emphasis on design and build quality has improved a lot. Pull the Galaxy Tab S3 out of the box and the first thing you might observe is its metal and glass unibody design. The Galaxy Tab S3 seems to be a bigger version of the Galaxy S7. It looks and feels premium in every sense. My review unit came in a silver colour, but the Galaxy Tab S3 is also available in Black.

The device has no sharp edges, and with rounded corners, it is easy to hold the tablet for an extended period of time. It measures 6mm in terms of thickness and weighs 434 grams, which means this has an advantage when it comes to portability.

But the glass back is not as durable as the aluminum, making the tablet more fragile. Also, the glass back is more prone to fingerprints and scratches. Which means you might end up cleaning the tablet several times a day. This is why you need to invest in a case the day you buy the Galaxy Tab S3.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S3 review, Galaxy Tab S3 price in India, Galaxy Tab S3 Android tabletThere’s a dedicated port for the keyboard, which comes as an optional accessory.

Under the display is the home button which doubles as a fingerprint scanner. There are four speakers on board as well, which I will talk about later in the review. A 5-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls is placed on top of the screen, a power and volume button on the right side, and a dedicated port for the keyboard. Meanwhile, the headphone jack and the USB Type-C port are placed at the bottom of the tablet. The rear houses the Samsung logo and a 13-megapixel camera with LED Flash.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S3 review, Galaxy Tab S3 price in India, Galaxy Tab S3 Android tabletThe rear houses the Samsung logo and a 13-megapixel camera with LED Flash.

Overall, I liked the Galaxy Tab S3 for its design, but it lacks a slot to hold the S Pen which will be crucial for the Pro user Samsung is targeting. This could be a big miss.

Samsung packs the Galaxy Tab S3 with a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048 x 1536) Super AMOLED display. No doubt, the tablet’s vibrant screen is also its biggest highlight in my opinion. The display is extra bright, colors are vibrant and vivid, and black is black. When viewing a 1080p trailer of Spider-Man: Homecoming on the Galaxy Tab S3, I could easily make out a range of colours which I otherwise don’t see on my iPad Air. If you watch a lot of movies or play games, the Galaxy Tab S3 might be the perfect option for you. Samsung has been touting the Tab S3’s HDR video playback capabilities, but unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t offer HDR playback on a mobile device.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 audio performance

Unlike most other tablets (barring Apple iPad Pros), Samsung has placed a total of four speakers, two at the top and two at the bottom on the Galaxy Tab S3. So essentially, no matter how you place the tablet, you’ll always end up getting good volumes. I do watch a lot of movies and shows, especially after I come back from office. Having four speakers on a mobile device is always an advantage. In theory, this placement should have resulted in a better audio performance too. But the quality of the sound, however, is not that impressive, even though Samsung worked with AKG (a premium audio brand by Harman Kardon) for an immersive audio experience.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hardware, battery

On the hardware front the Tab S3 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU , along with the 4G LTE connectivity. Even though the chipset isn’t new, in everyday use, the tablet was zippy and switched quickly between apps. The tablet also has 4GB RAM, which I think is good enough for an everyday use.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has no trouble in running games, or streaming videos over the YouTube, thanks to 4GB RAM. However, I did notice that the tablet’s processing capabilities fell short when it comes to running high-quality games like the Batman: The Telltale Series. Sometimes I do wonder that the Samsung could have packed in more RAM for an added boost.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S3 review, Galaxy Tab S3 price in India, Galaxy Tab S3 Android tabletOn the hardware front the Tab S3 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU.

It’s surprising to see that the Samsung is not offering the choice of different storage configurations for the Tab S3. The tablet only comes with the 32GB standard storage, which you’ll quickly fill up if you’re downloading movies or lots of apps. However, there is a microSD card slot for memory expansion. I’d have ignored this, had the tablet cost Rs 10,000. A tablet like the Galaxy Tab S3 should have come with more storage, especially since the company has been talking a lot about the tablet’s multimedia prowess.

A long battery life is needed, if you intend to use the tablet as your go-to device. In case of the Tab S3, it features a 6,000mAh battery, which the company claims should last up to 12 hours on a single charge. In my testing, it lasted somewhere around 9 hours over Wi-Fi. Gaming will surely shorten the average battery life, but I mostly used the tablet to watch videos, edit documents, scroll through Facebook, browse the web, and streaming music. On the other hand, recharging the battery is extremely fast. I was able to recharge the battery in an hour from 0 to 100 per cent.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 camera performance

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3’s 13-megapixel camera on the back captured colorful and detailed shots in a natural light. However, the performance dips in low light conditions. A 5-megapixel front shooter looks okay for video calls, which I think should be your purpose.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 software, S Pen

I have a mixed feeling whether Android is the right choice or not for a tablet device. Android works so well on a smartphone, but the same cannot be said on tablets. The Galaxy Tab S3 can handle everything because it’s being promoted as entertainment device. But when it comes to productivity, Android isn’t the best option I can think of.

The Galaxy Tab S3 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s UI over the top. The software experience largely replicates what you get on the Galaxy S8 or any Samsung Galaxy smartphone for that matter. Logically, the user interface should have been tailored for a 9.7-inch screen, but unfortunately, it always reminds me that I’m using a smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S3 review, Galaxy Tab S3 price in India, Galaxy Tab S3 Android tabletThe tablet also comes bundled with the S Pen like the Galaxy Note series to enhance productivity on a mobile device.

And that’s where the problem starts. I wish Google had more apps optimised for tablets beyond a few. In fact, many of of these apps simply look like a blown-up offering of the phone version.

Apple have been facing the same problem in the past , but iPad owners will find the iOS 11 to be a significant upgrade. Although iOS 11 is a continuation of iOS 10 than an all-new version, it does introduce some noteworthy changes that can expand what your iPad can achieve. In case of Samsung, this doesn’t apply because Google controls the software, the South Korean company is just a hardware partner.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S3 review, Galaxy Tab S3 price in India, Galaxy Tab S3 Android tabletThe S Pen has been one of the favourite features of the Galaxy Tab S3. And I’m glad it comes bundled in the box this time.

The S Pen has been one of the favourite features of the Galaxy Tab S3. And I’m glad it comes bundled in the box this time. The S Pen has a diameter of just 9.4 mm, while the pen tip measures only 0.7 mm, which makes handwriting feel natural. It supports 4,096 pressure sensitivity levels. Thankfully, Samsung has made a slew of apps which takes advantage of the S Pen capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 verdict

The Galaxy Tab S3 is no doubt a great entertainment device. It get many things right, especially when it comes to consuming content. For example, the 9.7-inch display is simply the best I’ve ever seen on a tablet. I also really like the implementation of the S Pen; and yes, it comes in the box, so you won’t have to pay extra to get it. The overall performance and the quality of sound from the quad speakers is okay, if not the best.

In my opinion, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the best Android tablet you can buy right now. Clearly, the company’s intent is to make an iPad Pro rival, not a Surface Pro 4 competitor. That distinction should be remembered when you consider the Galaxy Tab S3.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 Drop Test Reveals Corners Can Easily Be Shattered

 

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are undoubtedly gorgeous looking smartphones. The near bezel-less new flagships from the South Korean giant will go on sale in India from Friday. These smartphones look so good that one would want to hold on to them carefully lest they should drop. But for those of you wondering how they would hold up if they ever did manage to slip out of your hand, you may want to check out this new drop test.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was put through a drop test by German testers from test.de. The smartphone was put through their special testing drum that lets the phone fall from 80 centimetres over and over again. This sort of test makes sure that the handset is tested for durability thoroughly from all sides. The site claims that there have been smartphones that have survived through a 100 falls without any major damages.Samsung Galaxy S8 Drop Test Reveals Corners Can Easily Be Shattered

The drop test with the Galaxy S8, however, did not end well. As pleasing as the design of the flagship is, they do come with certain tradeoffs. The edge-to-edge display with rounded corners makes the Galaxy S8 quite weak against accidental drops. The test managed to shatter the corners of smartphone’s Gorilla Glass 5 screen after 50 falls. Notably, the touchscreen continued to work and the back panel managed to hold up just fine.

The latest drop test reveals that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are a lot more fragile thanks to their Infinity Display. The screen can be shattered on accidental drops and replacing it can cost you around 25 percent more than the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Previously, the Galaxy S8 was put through a series of durability tests by JerryRig Everything. The phone underwent scratch, burn, and bend tests and managed to survive most of them impressively.

 

BlackBerry Mercury at MWC 2017: What You Can Expect From Tonight’s Launch

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The launch event starts at 11:30pm IST tonight
  • The smartphone was showcased by the company at CES 2017
  • The BlackBerry Mercury smartphone is also known as DTEK70

BlackBerry will be launching its smartphone codenamed ‘Mercury’ at a pre-MWC 2017 event tonight at 7pm CET or 11:30pm IST. The smartphone is expected to be called the BlackBerry DTEK70, and is being touted as the “last phone designed and engineered in-house by BlackBerry”. It was earlier showcased by the company at CES 2017 but the company didn’t provide specific details about the device at the time. As we prepare ourselves for the smartphone launch, here is a list of what can be expected from BlackBerry’s event tonight.

BlackBerry Mercury features

In terms of features, BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70’s biggest highlight has to be its QWERTY keyboard. Even though BlackBerry was the company that made smartphone keyboards popular, with most phone manufacturers now opting for on-screen keyboards, this could be the last smartphone that features a QWERTY keyboard for a very long time.

Notably, the physical keyboard on BlackBerry Mercury doesn’t slide in and out like company’s earlier Priv smartphone. As we mentioned, the company did showcase the smartphone at CES 2017, revealing it The company also revealed that the spacebar has a fingerprint sensor built into it, while the keyboard itself has capacitive touch capabilities for scrolling. It will also feature a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers, and it will run Android Nougat.

BlackBerry Mercury price

There is currently no information available regarding the pricing of the BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70 smartphone.

BlackBerry Mercury specifications

The smartphone has been tipped to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and feature a 4.5-inch (1080×1620 pixels) display with pixel density of 420ppi. BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70 smartphone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.

As per the leaks, BlackBerry Mercury packs 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of built-in storage. It is expected to house a 3400mAh battery. The smartphone has further been tipped to sport the same 12-megapixel camera unit with Sony IMX378 camera sensor at the back as seen on the Google Pixel smartphones.

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BlackBerry Mercury release date

The BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70 smartphone will initially be sold by TCL Communication Technology Holdings (TCT). As per the licensing agreement between BlackBerry and TCL in December last year, TCL holds the right to make and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones in all countries except India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Notably, these are among the biggest markets for BlackBerry.

Further, TCL Communication Technology Holdings (TCT) confirmed to Gadgets 360 at sidelines of CES 2017 that the smartphone codenamed Mercury won’t be launched by the company for Indian market.

However, BlackBerry later announced that the company is looking to partner with more manufacturers and distributors to compete in local space. The company has already tied up with BB Merah Putih to bring BlackBerry-branded phones to Indonesia and said it is looking to tie up with more partners in other parts of the world to sell these smartphones in more markets.

To that end, it earlier this month announced it was extending its partnership with Optiemus Infracom to manufacture and sell future BlackBerry smartphones in India. Previously, the Indian company only had distribution and sales rights for the BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60. The company has yet to confirm if that includes the BlackBerry Mercury smartphone.

There has been no confirmed release date for the BlackBerry Mercury smartphone at this point but is expected to be announced by the company at its launch event tonight.

Budget BlackBerry smartphone?

A recent leak claimed BlackBerry was making a budget smartphone codenamed BBC100-1 for Indonesia. The smartphone is rumoured to pack Snapdragon 425 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz and feature 5.5-inch HD display. The handset is said to pack 4GB of RAM and come with 32GB inbuilt storage. In terms of cameras, the BBC100-1 is rumoured to sport a 13-megapixel rear camera alongside an 8-megapixel front camera. The smartphone is said to support dual-SIM functionality and may make its way to other markets apart from Indonesia. It is further said to pack 3000mAh battery.

TCL BlackBerry Tablet

Interestingly, on MWC 2017 website, BlackBerry’s name has been tagged with Tablet Devices as well, as pointed out in a report by PhoneArena. This might indicate that TCL might be manufacturing a BlackBerry tablet as well that can possibly be displayed at their launch event. However, as there has been no leak that indicates the presence of the tablet and because this is a far-fetched assumption, we will have to wait for the event to see if anything happens in this regard.

This $70 Moto phone is the best ultra-affordable smartphone you can buy

The beautiful thing about smartphones becoming ubiquitous is that smartphone quality has become democratized.

As the highest-end phones improve, the standard set for everything beneath them rises. And as the broader market for smartphones becomesincreasingly commodified , the line between “the best” and “good enough” shrinks.Image result for This $70 Moto phone is the best ultra-affordable smartphone you can buy

It all keeps trickling down and blurring together until we hit the point where the many people who don’t obsess over specs and display bezels can now pay less to get a phone that’s not a trash fire.

Which brings us to the Moto E4. The latest ultra-budget phone from Lenovo-owned Motorola goes for $130 unlocked, but can be had for as low as $70 with a Verizon prepaid plan (which start at $40 a month). That is very affordable! And it makes what would be another ho-hum Android device into a wonderful value.

 

Can the OnePlus 5 Be a Good Replacement for Your Google Nexus?

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nexus users have been short on options for an upgrade
  • The OnePlus 5 is bringing back the midrange flagship
  • It’s also close to stock Android and relatively quick on updates

Google’s Nexus smartphones were known to be the flag bearers of the Android operating system. While they were made by different manufacturers over the years, Googlehad a close eye on the entire process to ensure you got a pure Android experience.

Things changed last year though, when Google decided to launch the Pixel range of smartphones. The introduction of the Pixel and the Pixel XL marked the end of the Nexus lineup, and the higher pricing for the Pixels meant that the stock Android experience was no longer affordable.

That means that if you are a Nexus user, you only had two options for an upgrade – stick to your existing phone for as long as Google supports it, or switch to another brand and live with its version of Android. But if you’re a Nexus user, well, September 2017 is when the company stops pushing Android updates other that security patches for the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X.

ALSO SEELife After Google Pixel and Pixel XL: The Nexus Will be Missed

If you have one of those phones then there aren’t too many options available if it’s time to upgrade to a new mid-range flagship. With the launch of the OnePlus 5, there’s another option around now though.

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The OnePlus 5 is priced at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB/ 64GB version, and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB/ 128GB version which makes it cheaper than the current Pixels, and in all likelihood cheaper than the upcoming Pixel 2 as well. For that price, you get pretty good hardware with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is by far the most powerful processor in Qualcomm’s stable at the moment.

But as a Nexus user, the Android experience and the regular updates have been a big part of the package, apart from the performance, which is an area that the OnePlus 5 does deliver on. So as a Nexus user, how is the experience of moving to the OnePlus 5?

ALSO SEEOnePlus 5 Review: Worth the Upgrade for OnePlus 3T Owners?

The good news is that with Oxygen OS you are getting a UI that is pretty close to stock. You’ll also feel at home with the OnePlus launcher, which looks a lot like the Pixel launcher. Google Assistant is also available right away by long-pressing the fingerprint scanner. In these ways, it’s pretty close to the stock experience, but if you are among the ones who tinker with their phones, the developer community support for OnePlus devices is huge. You would find multiple custom ROMs and tweaks for the OnePlus 5.

In terms of updates, Google would still be the fastest to ship out Android updates to its smartphones but OnePlus isn’t far behind. We have seen that the company could ship out Android updates for the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T faster than other manufacturers in the market. So you won’t really be missing much if you do think about the OnePlus 5.

 

Samsung’s Bixby Assistant Can Beatbox Too, Claims to Be Better Than Apple’s Siri

 

Samsung recently introduced Bixby Voice, bringing voice command support to the virtual assistant in South Korea. As expected users have started posting videos about their experience with Bixby. While one might expect Bixby to be useful with utilitarian tasks, it turns out Bixby has an entertaining side to it as well. Samsung’s Bixby can be seen showing off its beatboxing skills in some of the videos posted by users and reportedly even claims in some lines that it is better than Apple’s Siri.

A Reddit user has claimed that on being asked to perform beatboxing, Bixby says “I am better than Siri” while performing the rap, as pointed out in a 9To5Google report. As the voice command as well the rapping seen in the videos is in Korean, the exact wording of the digital assistant is not entirely clear but the rapping style seems considerably different from the beatboxing done by Siri.Samsung's Bixby Assistant Can Beatbox Too, Claims to Be Better Than Apple's Siri

Notably, Bixby Voice currently only supports Korean language and as there is no support for English in voice commands, it is not possible for us to independently confirm whether the digital assistant actually takes a dig at Apple’s Siri or not. The support for voice-commands will be added to Bixby in US and other regions starting Spring while the full functionality of the assistant will be coming later this year.

Admittedly, the beatboxing performed by the South Korean company’s digital assistant, as can be seen from some of the videos posted online, sounds more impressive than its Apple counterpart. However, the Cupertino-based company’s assistant has been around for several years now and Samsung’s Bixby did not even receive support for voice-commands till just recently. As Bixby is expected to improve over time, we think that it is a bit premature for the assistant to make such bold claims (if the translation is indeed correct) but in terms of beatboxing, it can definitely enjoy some bragging rights.

 

Can Windows 10 mobile-powered Samsung S8 save the Windows phone?

 

 The lack of devices was not the biggest problem of Windows Phone of the ecosystem, although it surely was one major drawback.

Photos showing a Galaxy S8 model allegedly running Windows 10 Mobile surfaced earlier today. While everyone knew that was a fake, hardcore Windows phone enthusiasts couldn’t help but imagine how their favourite mobile platform would be if ever Samsung decided to launch their dream project.

If truth be told, a Windows version of a Samsung Galaxy S8 isn’t so far off, mostly because Microsoft is itself is selling the phone in its own stores and Samsung agreed to pre-install a series of apps like Skype, Office, and OneDrive.
But as far as the fate of Windows 10 Mobile is concerned, it doesn’t even matter if Samsung launches such a device or not because of a very simple reason: the lack of devices wasn’t the only problem of Microsoft’s mobile ecosystem failed and now a single device can barely make a difference.The lack of devices was not the biggest problem of Windows Phone of the ecosystem, although it surely was one major drawback.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is by all means a masterpiece so having it running Windows 10 Mobile would clearly be an important win for Microsoft. But the win will not be a game-changing one. Even if tomorrow Microsoft launches the Galaxy S8, the sales will not be enough to save the platform.

The lack of devices was not the biggest problem of Windows Phone of the ecosystem, although it surely was one major drawback. The lack of developer support, which in turn led to the lack of apps, and also the slow pace at which Microsoft delivered updates had a big impact on Windows phones, with reduced interest from OEMs only the tip of the iceberg which was Microsoft’s problems with its mobile ecosystem.

Another important point to make here is that it is not known if the Galaxy S8 will be able to support the Windows 10 mobile platform or not. The reason being the Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 processor that powers it is not supported by Microsoft’s operating system.

Microsoft does support this chip but only for Windows 10 on ARM, a new emulation system that brings the full version of the operating system on ARM processors. With this project, Microsoft wants to bring new devices to the market, though there’s still no evidence that phones are also included in this plan.

In the meantime, there’s a good chance that neither Microsoft nor Samsung see a Galaxy S8 running Windows 10 Mobile as a good idea, especially with Redmond’s increased focus on Android and iOS lately.

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Can Windows 10 mobile-powered Samsung S8 save the Windows phone?

Photos showing a Galaxy S8 model allegedly running Windows 10 Mobile surfaced earlier today. While everyone knew that was a fake, hardcore Windows phone enthusiasts couldn’t help but imagine how their favourite mobile platform would be if ever Samsung decided to launch their dream project.

If truth be told, a Windows version of a Samsung Galaxy S8 isn’t so far off, mostly because Microsoft is itself is selling the phone in its own stores and Samsung agreed to pre-install a series of apps like Skype, Office, and OneDrive.

But as far as the fate of Windows 10 Mobile is concerned, it doesn’t even matter if Samsung launches such a device or not because of a very simple reason: the lack of devices wasn’t the only problem of Microsoft’s mobile ecosystem failed and now a single device can barely make a difference.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is by all means a masterpiece so having it running Windows 10 Mobile would clearly be an important win for Microsoft. But the win will not be a game-changing one. Even if tomorrow Microsoft launches the Galaxy S8, the sales will not be enough to save the platform.The lack of devices was not the biggest problem of Windows Phone of the ecosystem, although it surely was one major drawback.

The lack of devices was not the biggest problem of Windows Phone of the ecosystem, although it surely was one major drawback. The lack of developer support, which in turn led to the lack of apps, and also the slow pace at which Microsoft delivered updates had a big impact on Windows phones, with reduced interest from OEMs only the tip of the iceberg which was Microsoft’s problems with its mobile ecosystem.

Another important point to make here is that it is not known if the Galaxy S8 will be able to support the Windows 10 mobile platform or not. The reason being the Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 processor that powers it is not supported by Microsoft’s operating system.

Microsoft does support this chip but only for Windows 10 on ARM, a new emulation system that brings the full version of the operating system on ARM processors. With this project, Microsoft wants to bring new devices to the market, though there’s still no evidence that phones are also included in this plan.

In the meantime, there’s a good chance that neither Microsoft nor Samsung see a Galaxy S8 running Windows 10 Mobile as a good idea, especially with Redmond’s increased focus on Android and iOS lately.