Google Play Music’s New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn’t That Exclusive

 

HIGHLIGHTS
New Google Play Music feature now rolling out
Samsung Galaxy S8 users getting the New Release Radio station
Some users able to use the new feature on non-Samsung devices
For Samsung Galaxy S8 users, Google Play Music is the default music player and streaming service. Now, Galaxy S8 users are receiving a brand new feature dubbed New Release Radio, which is a personalised radio station with new music releases and updates on a daily basis.

The latest New Release Radio feature has steadily been popping up on Galaxy S8 devices with “Samsung Exclusive” tagline. The pop-up describes the new feature, “Listen to brand new music, personalised to your tastes and listening history – with new recommendations every day.” The feature was first spotted by a Reddit user, and was reported by Sammobile.Google Play Music's New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn't That Exclusive

Engadget, however, points out that the feature may not be limited to Samsung Galaxy S8 users as some users have been able to add the “New Release Radio” station to their libraries. Some Reddit users also claim that they were able to add the new feature to their libraries while using Google Play Music Web interface as well as on non-Samsung devices. Unfortunately, there’s no word whether the feature will be kept as an exclusive for Samsung Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) devices or to be made available to all users in the long run.
We can expect an update on the status of availability of the “New Release Radio” station for non-Samsung devices.

Samsung and Google jointly announced their new partnership back in April, and it gave some benefits to Samsung users. They were allowed to upload 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free, which is almost double the limit for owners of non-Samsung devices.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was globally unveiled at MWC 2017
It sports a 9.7-inch QXGA Super AMOLED display
It was launched in Wi-Fi only and LTE variants
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was launched in India on Tuesday at an event in Bengaluru. The productivity-focused tablet was first unveiled at MWC 2017 in Wi-Fi and LTE variants. It will be made available in India via offline retail stores and the Samsung India site from Tuesday itself.

The highlight of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the inclusion of the S Pen stylus (featuring a 0.7mm tip and 4,096 pressure levels), as well as an all-new glass design. The tablet also offers HDR video playback capabilities, and a quad-speaker system that has been tuned by AKG.

Other Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 features being touted by the company include the Galaxy Game Launcher (with Power Saver, Mute Games, and Ongoing Calls modes). The tablet also supports a Keyboard Cover that’s sold separately. Finally, the company is touting the up to 12-hour battery life, powered by the 6000mAh battery onboard.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price in India and launch offers
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price in India is Rs. 47,990 for the LTE variant. The company has not brought the Wi-Fi only variant to the country. The tablet will be available in Black and Silver colour variants. The Book Cover has been priced at Rs. 2,999, while the Keyboard Cover has been priced at Rs. 8,499. The S Pen is bundled in box.

As for launch offers, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 gets a double data offer for Reliance Jio users, providing 28GB + 28GB per month at Rs. 309 – this offer is valid till December 31. The company is also offering a one-time screen replacement at Rs. 990 for tablets bought before July 31, for 12 months from purchase.

samsung galaxy tab s3 india launch gadgets 360 samsung
samsung galaxy tab s3 india launch gadgets 360 samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specifications
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specifications include a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536) Super AMOLED display; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (2.15GHz + 1.6GHz), 4GB of RAM; a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, an f/1.9 aperture, and LED flash; a 5-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and 32GB of storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).

Moving along, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C (3.1) port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. As we mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 battery is rated at 6000mAh. It measures 237.3x169x6mm, and weighs 429 grams for the Wi-Fi only variant, and 434 grams for the LTE variant. The latter variant supports Nano-SIM cards. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button. The tablet runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

Disclosure: Samsung sponsored Gadgets 360’s flight to Bengaluru for the launch event.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (LTE)
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Rs. 47,990
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Display
9.70-inch
Processor
1.6GHz quad-core
Front Camera
5-megapixel
Resolution
2048×1536 pixels
RAM
4GB
OS
Android 7.0
Storage
32GB
Rear Camera
13-megapixel
Battery Capacity
6000mAh
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Rs. 47,990

 

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max to Go on Sale in India Today

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max price in India is Rs. 17,900
  • The smartphone was first unveiled last week
  • It is the first smartphone with Samsung Pay Mini

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max will go on sale in India on Tuesday, after being unveiled last week. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max price in India is Rs. 17,900, and it will be available to buy via offline retail stores as well as the Samsung India site. It will be available in Black and Gold colour variants.

One of the highlight features of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is the inclusion of Samsung Pay, marking the first time the mobile payments service is offered in a mid-range smartphone from the South Korean company. Samsung has included Samsung Pay Mini, a pared down version of the original service.

Samsung Pay Mini is meant for phones that do not have an inbuilt NFC chip, and doesn’t work with regular swiping machines for ‘tap and pay’ offline payments, but instead just supports mobile wallets and UPI for online payments.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The storage is further expandable via a microSD card slot as well.Samsung Galaxy J7 Max to Go on Sale in India Today

As for optics, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max packs a 13-megapixel rear and front sensors with f/1.7 aperture and f/1.9 aperture respectively, and flash support on both ends. There’s also a smart glow mode around the rear camera that gives you alerts for notifications when they arrive. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max packs a 3300mAh battery, and connectivity options include LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth support. The smartphone is only 8.1mm thick.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

Rs. 17,900
Buy
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

13-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3300mAh

BUY AT
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 17,900
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (Gold, 32GB)
    Rs. 17,900

 

New update hitting Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge

Samsung has started rolling out a new update to its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones. Arriving as build number G920FXXS5EQF9 and G925FXXS5EQF9, respectively, it’s a security update that brings along Android fixes for the month of June.

While a detailed changelog isn’t available, the update is also said to include some system-related enhancements as well as some bug fixes. Recently, the Samsung Galaxy S7 flagship duo also got the June security patch.

 

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) to arrive on Cricket as Galaxy Halo

The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) will land on Cricket Wireless in the US carrying a different moniker. According to the usually reliable tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks), the variant will be called Galaxy Halo.

View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter

While there’s no information on whether or not there’ll be any spec-related changes, there does seem to be some design-related differences (especially if you look at the back). Sadly, there are no details on exactly when the launch will happen, and what price tag the Galaxy Halo will carry.

The Galaxy J7 (2017) was made official earlier this month, and from what we know, it should launch in July for €340.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 India Launch Expected Today

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was originally unveiled at MWC 2017
The tablet is powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC
Samsung is set to reveal India launch details at an event in Bengaluru
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is anticipated to be launched in India on Tuesday. Samsung is holding an event in Bengaluru on Tuesday, where it is expected to detail the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price and availability.

The invite to the Samsung event features the tagline ‘Work, Play, My Way’, with a slight outline of a device shown in the image showing the Home Button as well. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was first launched at MWC 2017 in February this year.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with the S Pen stylus in the box, and support for Pogo Keyboard Covers. The Galaxy Tab S3 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and the tablet sports a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536 pixels) Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC (2 cores at 2.15GHz and 2 cores at 1.6GHz) coupled with 4GB of RAM. As for the camera, the tablet sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with flash and 4K video recording, and a 5-megapixel front camera. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 India Launch Expected Today

At MWC, the tablet was launched in Wi-Fi only and LTE models, while other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, and USB 3.1 Type-C port. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 measures in at 237.3x169x6mm and weighs 429 grams on the Wi-Fi only version, and 434 grams for the LTE variant. Sensors on board include accelerometer, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, geometric sensor, and RGB sensor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (LTE)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (LTE)

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

9.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

2048×1536 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

6000mAh

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825 Tablet (9.7 inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE + Voice Calling), Silver –
    Rs. 47,990
  • Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gold, 64GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 45,900
  • Apple MK762HN/A iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi Cell 128GB (Space Grey)
    Rs. 49,900
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Wi-Fi)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Wi-Fi)

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

9.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

2048×1536 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

6000mAh

Also See
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825 Tablet (9.7 inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE + Voice Calling), Silver –
    Rs. 47,990
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825 Tablet (9.7 inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE + Voice Calling), Black –
    Rs. 47,990

 

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Reportedly Receiving Firmware Update, Includes June Security Patch

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New firmware update for Galaxy S8+ said to be rolling out now
  • Brings minor changes to the UI
  • The update includes June security update

Samsung has started rolling out a firmware update to its Galaxy S8+ smartphone in select markets. The new firmware update also brings June Android security patch that was recently released by Google.

Sammobile reports that the new update is now available in India apart from the European market. Samsung Galaxy S8+ users should start receiving the over-the-air notification for the update. As usual, users can also manually check for the update via Settings > About Phone > System Update. The update reportedly comes with software build G955FXXU1AQF7/ G955FOXM1AQF7/ G955FXXU1AQF7 which will differ depending on the region, and is about 450MB in size.

The firmware update for the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Review) brings minor changes to navigation bar where icons will be added to the left-hand side of the navigation bar, which will now offer more room to users without the bar blocking it. The number of available background colours in navigation bar has been changed as well, and after the update, the background colour will be set to the default colour. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ update changeling also confirms that the update will improve quality of panorama images from Camera. As announced by Google, earlier this month, the June Android security update, which is included in the new firmware update, resolves around 100 issues.Samsung Galaxy S8+ Reportedly Receiving Firmware Update, Includes June Security Patch

Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 had earlier received a firmware upgrade that included a fix for the red tint display issue that many users had reported.

Last week, Samsung made the Galaxy S8+ variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage available to buy in India. Priced at Rs. 74,900, the variant went on sale via Flipkart.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Rs. 64,900
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  • KEY SPECS
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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
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  • Battery life
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  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Gorgeous looks and excellent construction quality
  • Brilliant displays
  • Phenomenal camera quality
  • Class-leading performance
  • Bad
  • No flat screen option
  • Nearly unusable fingerprint reader
  • Software stuffed with unnecessary features
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  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Maple Gold, 64GB, 4GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs. 64,900

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 render hits the web, price is also out

 

From the image below, you can see that the screen-to-body ratio of the Galaxy Note 8 is better than that of the flagship smartphones – Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. We have already come across this information, thanks to a previous leak. Also, the latest leaked render suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 will have a 6.3-inch display that goes in line with the previous rumors. This screen is believed to have a QHD 1440p resolution. But the chances to expect a 4K display are high if Samsung wants to focus on VR. The latest leak suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 might be priced around €999 (approx. Rs. 72,000). At such a premium price point, it is possible for the device to arrive with a 4K display. Another noticeable feature is the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which wasn’t seen on the previous leaks. It seems to be positioned under the dual-lens rear camera setup. Samsung is believed to make use of two 12MP camera sensors at the back with OIS. Talking about the other details as tipped by the previous speculations, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 slated to be unveiled in late August ahead of IFA 2017 is likely to feature Snapdragon 836 SoC. The upcoming chipset is claimed to be paired with either 6GB or 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of default memory capacity. The other aspects include a 3300mAh battery and DeX support as well.

 

New Pink Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus variant launched in Taiwan

 

We even saw some alleged renders of a Pink colored Galaxy S8 Plus appearing online. Now, Samsung has finally launched a Pink color variant of the device in its home country. To be more specific, the color is Rose Pink (it seems so). However, this new version will be available only in Taiwan or at least for now. If it will be launched in other regions is not known as Samsung is yet to make an announcement.

There is another catch, this Pink Galaxy S8 Plus will be sold only for a limited period of time. Presumably, Samsung wants to keep its customers interested until the launch of Galaxy Note 8. Image result for New Pink Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus variant launched in Taiwan Read more at: http://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/new-pink-samsung-galaxy-s8-plus-variant-launched-in-taiwan-042059.htmlYou should also keep in mind that the color may not be called Rose Pink in every market. As you know, the company has renamed Coral Blue, Orchid Grey, Midnight Black, and Maple Gold to Ice Lake Blue, Smoked Purple Grey, Crystal Black, and Quicksand Gold in Taiwan.

Other than the new hue, internal specs remain the same. It comes with a 6.2-inch bezel-less Infinity display, Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable default storage. Optics-wise, the smartphone features a 12MP rear-facing camera as well an 8MP camera on the front. The device draws is energy from a 3500mAh battery and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. It is also worth pointing out that it is the first smartphone to offer Bluetooth 5.0.

 

Samsung ISOCELL Image Sensor Brand Launched, Dual Camera Setup Demoed at MWC Shanghai

 

HIGHLIGHTS
The image sensor brand is named after Samsung’s ISOCELL technology
The ISOCELL technology was first introduced in 2013
We may see the ISOCELL dual camera first on the Galaxy Note 8
Samsung is at MWC Shanghai, and has used the platform to introduce its new image sensor brand ISOCELL. The image sensor brand is named after Samsung’s own ISOCELL technology, and is aimed at providing high camera output in thin smartphone designs. The company even demoed its dual camera setup technology that uses its ISOCELL technology as well – presaging the launch of its first dual camera smartphone, thought to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

The introduction of the image sensor brand indicates Samsung’s foray into yet another product category. The company currently makes its own Exynos processors, memory chips, UFS storage, and even SD cards, and an image sensor has now joined the bandwagon. The ISOCELL technology was first introduced in 2013, and it separates each pixel with a physical barrier that reduces colour crosstalk among pixels. This allows high colour fidelity, enabling high image quality even with smaller pixels.Samsung ISOCELL Image Sensor Brand Launched, Dual Camera Setup Demoed at MWC Shanghai

Samsung notes that the ISOCELL technology can be implemented in any of four different variations: Bright, Slim, Fast, and Dual. Bright sensors claim to deliver bright and sharp images with high colour fidelity and reduced noise in low-light environments. ISOCELL fast sensors are pegged to provide fast autofocus onto still or moving objects even when dark. Slim sensors adopt the smallest pixel sizes available in the market at 0.9-1.0um, yet produce high quality images for even slim devices, and lastly, dual sensors can be mixed and matched to meet consumer demand.
“Samsung ISOCELL is a brand that represents the essence of our leading pixel technologies. We expect the ISOCELL brand to help consumers easily acknowledge and confide in camera performance as well as overall quality of the device. With our advanced image sensor technologies, Samsung will continue to bring innovation to cameras used in smartphones and other applications,” said Ben Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics.

Furthermore, the little demo of Samsung’s dual camera setup using ISOCELL (as reported by Pocket-lint) also hints at Samsung’s plans of introducing it in a future flagship device. Perhaps the Galaxy Note 8? The smartphone has also been tipped to sport a dual camera setup in many leaks, a first in any Samsung smartphone lineup – if true.