Google Plans to Add a Layer of Social on Search

It what could well be one of the most interesting experiments to its Search functionality, Google plans to add a layer of Social on top of it. No, Google is not planning to integrate Google+ to Search but instead building a static layer, which would be non-interactive just on top of Search. To experiment this, Google is rolling out a feature where eminent personalities will be given their personal space to write or publish videos when someone searches for their name. Right now, Google is calling it Posts, though there could be a new name by the time this comes out.

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Do Not Charge the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge When the Port is Wet

Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge amidst a lot of interest at MWC in Barcelona last month. The phone largely comes with the same design as the Galaxy S6, though the major differentiating factor is a slightly bigger size, a little more roundish design and a water and dust resistance out of the box. The phone is rated IP68, as a result of which you will be able to use the phone under water for about 30 minutes.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Will Come With QuickCharge 2.0 and not 3.0

If you are planning to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S7 or the S7 Edge, then we have some rather disappointing news for you. The device that is rocking the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset will not be coming with the latest QuickCharge 3.0 technology. Instead, Samsung has decided to only go with QuickCharge 2.0 technology, something that we have already seen on the devices that are using Snapdragon 810, like the Nexus 6P. 

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WhatsApp Will end Support for BlackBerry 10 and Symbian by the end of 2016

If you are still rocking a good old BlackBerry or a Symbian device, this is the time to dump them and push yourself to get a new smartphone. Not for any other reason, but that WhatsApp will no longer be supported officially. This means, while the app will continue to run, there will be no updates nor will the new features come in. WhatsApp has announced that it is pulling support, not just from all BlackBerry phones but also the good old Symbian S60 among other older platforms.

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Sony Pulls the Plug on the Iconic Xperia Z Series; There Will be no Xperia Z6

Sony has decided to kill one of the most iconic series in Android smartphones. With reports of a failing business and plans to perhaps fold away from the mobile business altogether, Sony has decided to do away with the Xperia Z series. The series that has seen several iconic phones like the Xperia Z1, Z3, Z5 and the Z3 Compact will no longer be updated as Sony has decided to pull the plug from the series. As a result, it is clear that there would be no Xperia Z6.

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Twitter Announces a Fabric App to Keep Android Developers up to Date With Data Metrices

If you are an application developer, you sure must be going through sleepless nights thinking how is your application performing on the store. You are dead sure thinking what are the active users and if they are engaging with the application just the way you wanted them to or are they just not bothered? So far, to get this information you had to log on to your main machine and fire up Fabric, which is the company’s mobile development platform. 

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Gionee Announces the S8 with a New Logo at MWC 2016

Gionee S8

Gionee has announced the Gionee S8 at MWC 2016. The phone features the new Gionee logo for the first time on a device, a rebranding work that has been in the pipeline for a while if our friends at Gionee are to be believed. The S8 is a narrow-body smartphone, being able to fit a mammoth 5.5-inch display in just 74.9 mm of width. Another innovation that Gionee mentioned about the device is a Loop antennae design, which basically means that instead of running in between the body, the antenna runs around the body and is painted to match the body color, giving you a feel that it’s a part of the construction.

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Samsung Announces the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at MWC 2016

Samsung has finally announced the much awaited, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at the Unpacked event at MWC in Barcelona. The devices will be the successor to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the two devices which we may be looking back to being the ones to bring the Samsung train back on the tracks of success. The S7 takes everything that the S6 had and improvises it to what easily looks like the phone to beat this year.

Galaxy S7

The Galaxy S7 is a tad bit curvier than the Galaxy S6 and has a slightly lesser camera bump. The device has the same home button with fingerprint scanner as well as the heart rate scanner on the back as we saw on the Galaxy S6. On the front, you have a 5.1 inch QHD AMOLED panel. The phone will come with either Exynos 8890 or Snapdragon 820 chipset depending upon the market you are in. It is an old Samsung startegy where the North American market usually gets the Snapdragon variant while the APAC region usually gets the Exynos variant. On the memory front you have 4 GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB internal memory with Micro SD card support up to 200 GB.

Galaxy S7 Edge

Major improvement has come in the camera department with the rear camera being a 12 MP snapper with a f/1.7 aperture. The front facing camera is 5 MP with the same aperture. The battery features Fast Charging so you should have little problem with the 3,000 mAh battery. Samsung has made the device crazy light at only 152 grams. The Galaxy S7 edge has a couple of edge displays and a bigger 3600 mAh battery and the same internals as the S7. The S7 weighs 5 grams more at 157 grams. Both the devices will be available in the markets starting March 11th.

Apple Apologises For Error 53 and Issues an Update to Fix it

The Error 53 was in news last week where several users were getting their devices bricked because they had gotten parts of the phone repaired from an unauthorized Apple service center. Apple claimed that it was to ensure that it protected the devices as well as the data of its users so that they would not get their devices repaired from people who could potentially damage it. Apple does not issue the pairing tool, which is a must when a component is replaced to rest of the hardware and that was causing for the phone to die out.

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