In advance of this week’s Galaxy Note 8 unveiling, Samsung updates Bixby globally

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In advance of this week’s Galaxy Note 8 unveiling, Samsung updates Bixby globally
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With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s unveiling this coming Wednesday pretty much a sure thing, Samsung has started rolling out updates for its personal assistant Bixby on a global basis. Updates to Bixby, Bixby Global Action, Bixby Dictation, Bixby Wakeup and Bixby PLM have been seen in markets such as the U.K., South Africa, India, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina, Afghanistan, Iran, the UAE, Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia  and Pakistan. While compatible handsets in those markets received the updates, Samsung still needs to press the button that will allow these Bixby related features to start working in the aforementioned markets.

Samsung could be getting ready to activate Bixby Voice in countries outside of the U.S. and South Korea, where it is already operational. There is some speculation that Bixby Voice will be enabled globally on August 22nd, the day before the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is announced. One report has the dictation feature working now in Germany, although the quality of the transcription apparently was nothing to write home about (okay, okay; pun intended). In other markets where the update was pushed out yesterday, like the U.K., the feature is not working.

If you want to see whether or not the dictation feature is working for you, and you don’t live in the U.S. or South Korea, press the Bixby key on your Samsung default QWERTY and start dictating. If it doesn’t work (which is likely), try again after Samsung unveils the latest version of its high-end phablet. The odds favor that it will work after the Galaxy Note 8 is introduced to the public.

source: SamMobile via AndroidAuthority

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Google schedules Android O (Oreo?) unveiling for Aug. 21

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Google schedules Android O (Oreo?) unveiling for Aug. 21
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We knew that the official release of Android O was on the way after Google dropped the last Android O beta on early testers, and now Google has given the date and time when that announcement will be made. And, Google may have also tipped its hand as to the nickname of the release, unless it is just trolling us all again.

Google has decided that it will release Android O on August 21st during a livestream from New York City that starts at 2:40 pm EST, in order to coincide with the solar eclipse that will be making its way across the United States that same day. This date has been rumored before, so now we have the confirmation. The website Google has set up to promote the event includes a countdown timer as well as a way to check if your area will see the eclipse and of course some eclipse facts. 

Additionally, Google had posted a teaser video (which has since been removed) on G+ that had the file name: GoogleOreo_Teaser_0817_noDroids (1).mp4. As always, this can’t be taken as full confirmation that Android O will indeed be named Oreo, but it does add a bit of weight to the rumors. 

Regardless, we’ve only got a few days left until the official reveal, so we’ll find out soon enough. 

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Asus ZenFone 4 appears on GFXBench, revealing specs prior to next week’s unveiling

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Asus ZenFone 4 appears on GFXBench, revealing specs prior to next week’s unveiling
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The other day, Asus accidentally posted information about four upcoming ZenFone 4 models including the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Pro and the ZenFone 4 Max. Today, the Asus ZenFone 4 appeared on benchmark site GFXBench which revealed some of the handset’s specs. Let’s start with the 5.5-inch display, which has a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Powering the phone is an octa-core CPU running at a clock speed of 2.2GHz. The Adreno 508 GPU is on board, which suggests that it is the Snapdragon 630 SoC under the hood.

The GFXBench listing also indicates that the ZenFone 4 will come with 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of native storage. While only a single 12MP camera appeared on GFXBench, there is talk of a dual-camera setup (12MP + 8MP) for the phone. An 8MP front-facing camera will take care of selfies and video chats, and Android 7.1.1 is pre-installed.

While not part of the GFXBench listing, there is speculation that the ZenFone 4 will be equipped with a 3300mAh battery. In addition, a 1TB capacity microSD slot allows users to expand the amount of storage if necessary.

Asus will be unveiling its new ZenFone 4 models this coming Thursday, August 17th. The ZenFone 4 could be priced at 499 EUR for the version with 4GB of RAM. That is equivalent to $590 USD based on current exchange rates.

source: GFXBench

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