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Samsung shows off the official Galaxy Unpacked trailer
by Paul Hill
Last week, Samsung announced that it would be hosting its next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11 where it will show off the third iteration of the Galaxy Z Fold. To get people excited for the event, the firm has published a trailer that teases the upcoming foldable phone but not the next Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab, or Galaxy Watch devices that are also expected to make an appearance.
The tag line of the trailer, ‘Is “good” good enough?’, is posed after the narrator runs through previous devices explaining we used to think those devices were good with the aim of normalising the foldable phone format. While it’s only wild speculation, perhaps Samsung is thinking about cutting the price of the next Galaxy Z Fold so that it’s accessible to a wider audience.
The Galaxy Z Fold originally launched for $1,980 and its successor, the Galaxy Z Fold2, was even pricier at $1,999. Despite the speculation above, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Fold3 – or whatever it will be called – fetch a similar price to its predecessors. If the Galaxy Z line continues to fetch such high prices, most people will likely stick to the Galaxy S line.
To follow the event on August 11, check out the #SamsungUnpacked hashtag on social media or head over to Samsung.com to watch the event in real-time.
By Steven P.
Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K is 20% off down to $39.99 today
by Steven Parker
It's not uncommon for Amazon to run discounts on its first-party products, and today is no different. It's currently offering $10 off of the regular price of the Fire TV Stick 4K. Regularly priced at $49.99, that puts it down at $39.99.
The Fire TV Stick is a dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Once you connect to Wi-Fi, it will automatically sign in to your Amazon account (unless you check the box saying it's a gift when you order it), and you'll be able to watch anything from the library of Amazon Prime Video movies and TV shows. Of course, you can also download a variety of apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and more.
Amazon's Fire TV family of products has become popular for a variety of reasons. One is that they're cheap; after all, $40 is a very low price for the ability to stream 4K content. Another reason is that because Fire OS is a variant of Android, which means that you can side-load Android apps to supplement the ones you can get from Amazon's own app store.
In addition, you can also Trade-in a qualifying device such as an older Fire TV Stick for an additional 20% off. Check out the terms in the link below.
Get the Fire TV Stick 4K for $39.99 (list price $49.99) 20% off
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Next-gen Android 13 likely named after this delicious Italian dessert
by Sayan Sen
Tiramisu| Image via Marianna OLE (Unsplash) While Google's Android 12 has still not achieved its full-fledged final form yet - the company recently released Android 12 Beta 3 - leaks related to the next major Android revision or Android 13 are already starting to happen. If a recent commit (spotted by @_cdesai) on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit is to be believed, then the upcoming Android version could be codenamed "Tiramisu", or at least that's what the developers could be calling the upcoming OS internally.
The commit reads:
For those wondering, Tiramisu is an Italian dessert that is said to bear the flavor of coffee and is in line with Google's practice of naming its Android versions based on various types of desserts. The names for the different OS versions so far have been:
Android version Codename Android 1.5 Cupcake Android 1.6 Donut Android 2.0 Eclair Android 2.2 Froyo Android 2.3 Gingerbread Android 3.0 Honeycomb Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.4 KitKat Android 5.0 Lollipop Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 7.0 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo Android 9 Pie Android 10 Quince Tart Android 11 Red Velvet Cake Android 12 Snow Cone Android 13 Tiramisu (?) Interestingly, while Google used to often publicly refer to its Android versions with their dessert names earlier, that practice seems to have gone away recently and the OS is generally only referred to now with its version number.
By Jay Bonggolto
Samsung confirms S Pen support for the Galaxy Z Fold3; no new Galaxy Note this year
by Jay Bonggolto
Image via BuKarpiel (Twitter) Samsung is set to hold its next Galaxy Unpacked two weeks from now, but this early, the company has shared quite a few interesting bits about what it plans to unveil at the event. The company has confirmed that the Galaxy Z Fold3 is adding support for the S Pen as it no longer plans to introduce a new Galaxy Note device this year.
In a blog post, TM Roh, President & Head of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, wrote that no new Note is coming to the market after last year's Note20 series. The announcement doesn't come as a surprise, though, after previous rumors suggested the South Korean tech giant would drop the Note21 devices in 2021.
There were clear signs that the Note series was going away ever since the Galaxy S21 Ultra debuted earlier this year with support for S Pen. The device was then billed as the "ultimate smartphone experience." However, it does not have a dedicated slot to house the S Pen, unlike the Note lineup. Instead, the accessory can be purchased as a standalone product or as part of a protective case for the S21 Ultra.
Roh also revealed that Samsung will expand "beloved Note features to more Samsung Galaxy devices", although it's not clear what these other capabilities are. He also said the company is bringing more apps that make use of the Z Fold3's large folding display in collaboration with more partners such as Google and Microsoft. Roh also confirmed that Samsung is working with Google alongside other developers to build more apps for its next-generation wearable devices.
Onward Mobility prepping to launch 5G BlackBerry smartphone based on Android
by Chandrakant Isi
Onward Mobility, which owns rights to BlackBerry smartphones, has launched a 'Pre Commitment Program' aimed at engaging with potential customers. As per Onward Mobility, the next BlackBerry handset will break cover in North America and Europe. However, the company has been tight lipped about the launch date.
Those who sign up for this program will get a chance to influence the product's features and functionality. These chosen few will also be kept in the loop for the device availability details on a priority basis. On top of that, those who pre-order the device will receive the handset before the general launch. In addition to fans, the registration is open for corporate and retail partners who may wish to secure thousands of handsets.
The registration page doesn't shed light on the upcoming device's specifications. However, based on the information scattered across Onward Mobility's website, it seems the new BlackBerry phone will retain BB's signature physical keyboard and support 5G connectivity. On the software side of things, it will be based on the Android operating system.
Onward Mobility and BlackBerry inked the agreement back in 2020. With the 'Pre Commitment Program' going live, there's a good chance the phone launch won't be too far. The next BlackBerry handset will be manufactured in collaboration with FIH Mobile Limited, which is a subsidiary of Taiwanese company Foxconn.