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Month: January 2020

Samsung Galaxy S series: A history of the biggest name in Android

For many folks out there, the Samsung Galaxy S series isn’t just a family of Android phones — they are synonymous with the entirety of Android itself. Ask around and you’ll likely find someone you know who will refer to any Android device as a “Galaxy,” even if it’s not made by Samsung. That’s how prevalent the Galaxy S series really is. Samsung didn’t make the Galaxy S series the biggest name in Android overnight. It gradually gained steam with the line before it took off with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, the latter of which being the best-selling Android phone of all time. Since then, Samsung has refined — and completely obliterated — its formula for Galaxy S phones, but the company’s status as the number one name in Android still holds strong. In 2020, Samsung is poised to take the Galaxy S line to new heights with a new naming scheme, a new ultra-premium variant, and new features with the Galaxy S20 series. Before that happens, we thought we’d go over the history of the Samsung Galaxy S line from its humble beginnings all the way through to today. Editor’s note: To keep things concise, we’ll be sticking to the core Galaxy S releases. Samsung has released plenty of S series spin-offs (and questionable experiments) over the years — most recently the S10 Lite —...

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WhatsApp will stop working on Android 2.3.7 devices and older starting tomorrow

Update: January 31, 2020 (11:30 AM ET): The day is almost here. Come Saturday, February 1, 2020 (tomorrow), WhatsApp will no longer work on devices running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older or iPhones running iOS 8 and older. Unfortunately there’s not much you can do to get WhatsApp working again other than upgrade your phone to something newer. Luckily for you, there are plenty of great cheap Android phones out there, including the wonderful Pixel 3a (our review). Original article: December 12, 2019 at 10:29 a.m. ET: Facebook-owned WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world. Millions of people around the world use it every day. But according to the company’s recently updated FAQ pages, WhatsApp is dropping support for many Android devices. Specifically, as of February 1, 2020, WhatsApp will no longer support devices running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older. After February 1, users will no longer be able to create new accounts or reverify existing accounts on these older Android versions. The good news? This won’t affect too many people. According to the Android distribution dashboard, only .3% of all Android users (as of May 2019) are running Gingerbread or older, so it’s very possible this won’t affect your smartphone.  Read also: WhatsApp video security flaw leaves devices open to attack WhatsApp is also dropping support for iOS devices running iOS 8 or...

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: All the rumors in one place (Updated Jan. 31)

Update: January 31, 2020 (10:55 AM ET): The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip passed through the FCC recently, giving us some more information about connectivity details. See the roundup below for more! Original Article: January 13, 2020 (3:20 AM ET): Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone — the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip — will take the Galaxy Fold vertical. This clamshell design harks back to flip phones of old, competing toe-to-toe with the upcoming Motorola Razr reboot. Samsung apparently confirmed the device at a secret meeting during CES 2020. We expect the company to announce the Galaxy Z Flip February 11, 2020 at its Unpacked 2020 event alongside the Galaxy S20 series of devices. Read also: Samsung foldable devices with glass displays hinted by new supplier investment With that being said, here are all the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip rumors we’ve seen so far. We will update this post accordingly as soon as we know more information about the device’s price, specs, design, and other features. Samsung Galaxy Flip Z name and launch date The device was first believed to be called the Galaxy Fold 2. Then Samsung referred to the device as the Galaxy Bloom in the aforementioned secret CES meeting. We thought this seemed like a codename more than an actual marketing name for the device, and a tweet by leaker Ice Universe affirmed our suspicions. The tweet revealed the...

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Skagen Falster 3 review: Righting the wrongs

Every year, I’m excited to see what Skagen has in store for its smartwatch line, and every year I wind up disappointed. The company just can’t seem to get the hardware right — be it an old processor or weak battery life, Skagen’s Falster smartwatches have traditionally fallen short in at least one big area. I’m happy to say that the Skagen Falster 3 is the exception. Finally, there’s an alternative to the Fossil Gen 5 that you can buy without worrying about things like day-to-day performance or longevity. Read our full Skagen Falster 3 review to find out what makes this watch worth buying. Skagen Falster 3 review notes: I used the Skagen Falster 3 for seven days, running Wear OS version 2.9 with build number PWDU.190829.034 on the November 1, 2019 security patch. It was paired with my Google Pixel 4 XL for the duration of this review. Show More Skagen Falster 3 review: Improvements all around Skagen’s Falster smartwatches have all had a similar design, and the Falster 3 is perhaps the most unchanged out of all of them. At first glance, it looks exactly like the Falster 2. The Falster 3 has what looks to be the same fully round watch case, three pushers on the right side, a rotatable crown, and the same skinny lugs. The Falster 3, though, is a bit bigger than...

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