Samsung might use the Snapdragon 820 in US and China versions of the Galaxy S7

It looks like the whole “one world united under Exynos dream” began and ended in 2015. Samsung has been testing both the Snapdragon 820 and their next generation Exynos for use in the Samsung Galaxy S7, but the company won’t go with a single chip, if the latest rumors are to be trusted.

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Apparently Samsung is planning to use Snapdragon 820 in United States and China variants of the device, while everyone else will be served up the Exynos variety. This dual-pronged chipset strategy is something Samsung did for devices prior to the Samsung Galaxy S6 line, so it’s not surprising to see it return. It’s also probably a huge load off Samsung’s backs to be able to share chipset production with Qualcomm, especially since they might attempt to execute the fastest sequel turnaround we’ve yet to see from the company.

If Samsung is comfortable enough to use the Snapdragon 820 in some of their most important markets then it’s a sign that the chipset is living up to its expectations and that Qualcomm won’t repeat the same mistakes they did with the 810. Early benchmarks and reports seem to support that notion so there’s not much reason to be concerned.

The only worry in our minds is whether the two variants will differ much in practical usage, though history tells us that Samsung’s phones are quite comparable no matter which chipsets are inside. If it’ll bother you that much that your market isn’t getting the exact chipset you want, then there’s always the option to import.

[via ET News]

Samsung working on a new dual-camera setup, to come late this year

samsung_dual-camera_noton GS7_setup_image_100215A new report from etnews states that Samsung is prepping a new dual-camera setup for smartphones scheduled to come later this year.

Many smartphone manufactures are beginning to include dual-camera setups on their smartphones. Having two cameras on one side of a device can have a few benefits such as depth information, 3D imaging and wider selfies. We’ve seen companies such as HTC do this with their Zoe feature, in addition LG with their new dual-camera setup on the V10 making for wider anger selfies. Apple is also rumored to be working on a dual-camera setup of their own, possibly in time for the launch of the iPhone 7.

Unfortunately Samsung stated earlier that the module won’t be available for mass production until next year. Thus meaning we won’t see it on the upcoming Galaxy S7 flagship. Hopefully Samsung will bring something new and innovative with the technology time come next year.

Source: etnews
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Vodafone’s Call+ service lets you share text and images during a call

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It’s only a few days since Vodafone announced it was bringing WiFi Calling to Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge+ devices in the UK later this year, but now the UK carrier has also announced the Vodafone Call+ and Message+ service. It uses the same Rich Communications Services (RCS) that Google talked about earlier this week, allowing users to share more than just their voice during a call, we have more details after the break.

In basic terms, the Call+ and Message+ function will allow users to share additional content to other Call+ users both before and during calls. Vodafone says that the Call+ function is pre-baked into its Sony Z3 and Z5 handsets, with users being able to share content in real-time to other Call+ users. Vodafone users with other makes of handsets will have to install the Call+ and Message+ app from the Play Store (Link below) to make us of the service.

Features

  • Let your friends know why you are calling even before they answer by adding importance, a subject, your location and a picture, that will be visible when the call rings.
  • Share pictures, location, contact card or any file while talking, without leaving the call.
  • Let others see through your eyes by switching to video on the move
  • Leave a voice message or a text message when a call is not answered. This will be visible on your contact’s missed call notification thread.
  • View all the information and content shared within the calls from your logs

You can check out a promo video of Vodafone’s Call+ service below as well as grabbing the app from the Play Store.

Play Store Link

Click here to view the embedded video.

Source: Vodafone

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