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PSA: Galaxy S7 defaults to Full HD after Nougat update, here’s how to change it back

By Scott Adam Gordon

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s display resolution changes from QHD (1560 x 2560) to Full HD (1080 x 1920) following the installation of Android Nougat. The alteration comes as part of Samsung’s aim to give users more control over their device’s standby times — and as such can easily be switched back.

In Android Nougat, Samsung allows you to manually set the display resolution to one of three modes — the other being HD (720 x 1280) — so that you can prioritize visual fidelity or battery life. It’s no doubt going to be a popular addition for some people, especially those who spend little time viewing QHD media but are still affected by its toll on battery life. However, Samsung is reportedly enabling the mid-tier option (Full HD) by default.

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If you want to change it back, go to your Settings menu and tap the heading named Display. On the Display page, you’ll find the aforementioned resolution options, but note that you’ll need to restart your device each time you change the setting.

The difference between viewing experience at QHD and Full HD has been debated. If you weren’t previously aware of the change, consider how your battery life and viewing experience differed following the update. If you noticed a reduction in visual quality, perhaps change it back to QHD. If you didn’t, but benefited from noticeably longer standby times, you might prefer to keep it as is.

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Source:: android authority

    

Ex-Huawei employees arrested for leaking secrets to LeEco and Coolpad

By Kris Carlon

In the latest scandal to emerge from China – as if Samsung’s heir apparent almost getting arrested wasn’t enough – Huawei has accused six ex-employees of leaking company secrets to LeEco and Coolpad. The six former engineers and designers have now been detained by Chinese authorities for questioning.

Accused of infringing the intellectual property rights of their former employer, the six staff now all work for Coolpad, a subsidiary of LeEco. In their defense, Coolpad notes the claims made by Huawei relate to a patent application made before the employees even joined the company.

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The ex-employees are said to have left Huawei when ex-Honor president Liu Jiangfeng departed the company to become Coolpad CEO six months ago. Liu has denied the report as a coincidence. Among the detained ex-employees is Wu Bin, chief architect of the Huawei P6, who is charged with causing his former company “huge losses”.

In a statement, Coolpad claims those involved deny taking any documents or code from Huawei and further deny giving any such information to Coolpad or LeEco. The employees are now under investigation from the Shenzhen public securities department. LeEco said on Weibo that any claims of its involvement were “pure rumor”.

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Source:: android authority

    

The Nokia 6 took one minute to sell out

By Kris Carlon

We’re pretty used to hearing about rapidly-sold-out flash sales in China from the likes of Xiaomi, but HMD Global has just added its name to the list. In its first flash sale for the Nokia 6, it took just one minute to sell out all available units.

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Over a million people already registered their interest in buying the phone on JD.com, the exclusive Chinese e-tailer for the device. Even with its relatively pricey 1699 Yuan price tag and meager Snapdragon 430 chipset, a lot of those interested parties put their money where their mouth is when the opportunity to buy finally presented itself today.

Of course, we don’t know exactly how much stock HMD had in the flash sale, but it’s safe to say the next one will have even higher numbers if the performance of the first sale is anything to go by. The second flash sale is expected to occur in the next couple of days.

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Source:: android authority

    

EA brings action title WarFriends to Android, download it for free today

By Scott Adam Gordon

EA’s Chillingo studio, in partnership with About Fun, has released new free-to-play action title WarFriends on Android. WarFriends, which is available at the Play Store from today, features real-time multiplayer battles where players can fight one-on-one or alongside friends online.

WarFriends sees players train a squad of soldiers to lead into battle with modern and futuristic equipment like drones and jet packs, and weapons ranging from pistols to anti-tank rockets. The title features cover-based shooter mechanics where players must also make quick decisions on an ever-changing battlefield to take out their opponent before they do the same.

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WarFriends has been in early access on iOS since April last year, meaning the team has had some time to try and balance the game to ensure the core multiplayer experience works. Check out how it looks in the trailer below.

Download WarFriends from Google Play at the link and let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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Source:: android authority

    

Samsung to focus on smartphones with large screens in India

By Mitja Rutnik

Smartphones have gotten a lot bigger over the years. It makes sense, as it’s a lot easier to watch videos, play games, and surf the web on a device that features a large screen, which is one of the main reasons why phablets have become so popular.

Samsung seems to think that the demand for large smartphones in India will only increase with time. Speaking to a group of reporters, Manu Sharma, the Vice President of Samsung India, said that the company will now focus on releasing large screen devices with display sizes of 5.5-inches and upwards in India.

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It appears that Samsung has already started its mission of bringing large devices to the country, as it has recently launched the Galaxy C9 Pro smartphone that features a 6-inch screen. Judging by the words of Manu Sharma, you can expect to see more devices with large screens hit the market in the near future.

Because of its size, India is a very important market for smartphone manufacturers. Although Samsung is still top dog in the country, it is taking a beating from the likes of Lenovo, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and other Chinese manufacturers that offer devices with a better price-performance ratio. To stay competitive, Samsung now thinks that it should change its strategy a bit and give users what they really want, which is a wider selection of smartphones with big screens. Of course, the price will have to be right as well…

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Source:: android authority

    

These are the Samsung devices that will get Nougat next

By Bogdan Petrovan

Samsung just revealed the devices that are guaranteed to receive the bump from Marshmallow to Nougat over the next months.

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In a blog post detailing the recently released Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7, Samsung detailed which devices from its vast stable will receive the same treatment. (The blog post went up earlier, but was taken down soon after for unknown reasons. A cached version is visible here. We’re taking the information contained in it as official.)

The list is rather short, and it’s not clear if it’s exhaustive or just a selection:

  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy Tab A with S Pen
  • Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE unlock)
  • Galaxy A3
  • Galaxy A8

Presumably, Samsung is referring to the 2016 versions of the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A8.

For these phones and tablets, the Android 7.0 Nougat will be released “within the first half of this year,” Samsung said. The company didn’t specify but it’s likely that the timeframe is valid for the unlocked models of each device – carrier versions often see considerable delay in receiving updates.

Let us know your thoughts!

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Source:: android authority

    

Sony prepping an Xperia XA successor, leaked renders suggest

By Scott Adam Gordon

Sony may be preparing the release of a successor to the Xperia XA, leaked renders suggest. The images, which first appeared on ePrice.com.tw, depict an unknown Sony device with a similar design to its affordable effort from 2016.

The renders indicate that the device will drop the micro-USB port in favor of USB Type-C on this iteration of the XA and introduce stereo speakers. The front-facing camera and proximity sensor also appear to have switched sides.

Additionally, the pictures suggest that the device may appear in four color variants: red, blue and possibly dark gray and silver, while maintaining the slim side bezels that the previous handset was noted for.

The Xperia XA was met with mixed reviews when it was introduced last year as some believed its HD display, performance and camera capabilities weren’t worth the $279 asking price, despite the attractive design.

Yesterday, Sony began to issue its press invitations for MWC 2017 in February where it is expected to officially unveil two new devices. A sequel to the Xperia XA could be one of them.

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Source:: android authority

    

LG will unveil the G6 on February 26 at MWC 2017

By Mitja Rutnik

LG has sent out media invites for an event that will take place on February 26 in Barcelona, a day before Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) officially kicks off. The invite shows a silhouette of a smartphone along with the “See More, Play More” tagline, which is consistent with rumors that LG will unveil the G6 smartphone.

The tagline reiterates that the upcoming flagship from LG will have a larger display when compared with its predecessor, the G5. The South Korean company has already confirmed that the G6 will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ screen with 18:9 aspect ratio. That’s the exact aspect ratio of the image in the invite and equates to 564 pixels per inch.

The accompanying press release also reveals the addition of heat pipes for dissipating processor heat, enhanced AI and quality tests that are “higher than international standards”.

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4 days ago

Other specs haven’t been confirmed yet, but the company did release a video about a week ago that hints at some of the features we can expect to see on the upcoming G6 smartphone. These features include a compact and waterproof body, improved reliability and something teased as “capture it all at once” – which we assume has something to do with the camera.

Other credible rumors suggest that the device will sport the Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6 GB of RAM, a dual camera setup, wireless charging, and the latest version of Android with LG’s user interface on top. If you want to know more about the device, check out our LG G6 rumors post.

In addition to the G6, the company might also announce a couple of new smartwatches at its MWC event, although this obviously hasn’t been confirmed yet. Two LG smartwatches have recently passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), so there is a chance that the tech giant will officially announce them alongside its latest smartphone.

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Source:: android authority

    

LG will unveil the G6 on February 26 at MWC Barcelona

By Mitja Rutnik

LG has sent out media invites for an event that will take place on February 26 in Barcelona, a day before Mobile World Congress (MWC) officially kicks off. The invite shows a silhouette of a smartphone along with the “See More, Play More” tagline, which is consistent with rumors that LG will unveil the G6 smartphone.

We assume the tagline means that the upcoming flagship from LG will have a larger display when compared with its predecessor, the G5. The South Korean company has already confirmed that the G6 will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ screen with 18:9 aspect ratio. That’s the exact aspect ratio of the image in the invite. Other specs haven’t been confirmed yet, but the company did release a video about a week ago that hints at some of the features we can expect to see on the upcoming G6 smartphone.

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3 days ago

These include a compact and waterproof body, reliability as well as “capture it all at once” which we assume has something to do with the camera. Other rumors also suggest that the device will sport the Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6 GB of RAM, a dual camera setup, wireless charging, and the latest version of Android with LG’s user interface on top. If you want to know more about the device, check out our “LG G6: all the rumors in one place” post.

In addition to the G6, the company might also announce a couple of new smartwatches at its MWC event, although this obviously hasn’t been confirmed yet. Two LG smartwatches have recently passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), so there is a chance that the tech giant will officially announce them alongside its latest smartphone.

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Source:: android authority

    

Deal: Moto Z Droid, Force Droid and Play Droid (on-contract), 50-70% off

By Scott Adam Gordon

Verizon has slashed the on-contract prices of the Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid and Moto Z Play Droid at its online store. The Moto Z Droid is down to $13 per month for a $312 total (was $624) while the Moto Z Force is down to $15 per month for total repayments of $360 (previously $720).

The Moto Z Play Droid, meanwhile, represents the biggest saving at 70 percent off the original price, coming in at just $5 per month down from $17 for a total of $120 across the 24-month period.

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2 days ago

The sale, which is ongoing until February 20, represents significant savings for those who want to take out a contract with Verizon. The off-contract prices for the three devices have not been reduced.

If you want to know if any of these Droids are right for your, check out our Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, and Moto Z Play Droid reviews at the links.

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Source:: android authority