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Galaxy S8 Allegedly Running Windows 10 Appears



A new set of images appears to show a Windows 10 Mobile-powered Galaxy S8. Samsung has not shown any interest in Windows 10 Mobile ever since its release but according to today’s images, the company may have had a change of heart. Only recently did Samsung partner up with Microsoft to create a Microsoft edition of the Galaxy S8 line which is actually sold in Microsoft’s own stores (though it still runs on Android), so a Windows 10 edition would not necessarily be impossible, though upon closer inspection of the images it appears it may all be too good to be true.

There are three images which show off the home screen, the settings menu, and the Windows 10 Store, which, at first glimpse, appear to be legit, but there are a number of details that appear to be off. Starting with the home screen image, the tiles sitting on the edges of the screen appear to be cut off slightly and, when looking at the top row of smaller tiles, it appears the OneDrive tile has been split in half. Regarding the Windows Store image, the icons of each search category are cut off, as well as the fact that the word “Pick” in the “Picks for you” section is also missing a few letters. When it comes to the Settings menu image, the same slicing of icons is present. Lastly, a couple of details that appear in all three images also point towards these being fakes. First of all, in the top right corner of each screenshot, the time that is usually shown next to the battery icon appears to be cut off due to the curved corners of the display. In addition to this, and perhaps the most obvious detail, is the fact that Samsung’s edge swipe menu is present in each image.

All of these details, although minimal, point towards these simply being screenshots taken on a Windows 10 Mobile device and shown in the Gallery app. After all, the 18:9 resolution present on the Galaxy S8 would explain why there are certain details that are cut off on either side of the display considering that, until now, only the 16:9 ratio has been used for Windows 10 Mobile devices. Although a Windows 10 version of the Galaxy S8 would surely spark consumer interest in the operating system, it’s highly unlikely that Samsung would deem the time and money spent developing such a device due to the extremely low market share that the OS currently holds.


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We know almost everything about the Galaxy Note 9. While it has problems, the good news is all Samsung’s best changes are about making things bigger. That is, until now…

Polish tech site SpiderWeb has discovered the cost of the Galaxy Note 9 and it confirms bigger is not always better because Samsung is planning a sizeable price increase.

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In its home country, SpiderWeb cites both a local source and a Samsung representative as saying the Galaxy Note 9 will cost PLN 4,299 ($1,159) at launch. This compares to PLN 3,800 ($1,024) for the Galaxy Note 8.

For context, phones in Europe are typically more expensive than in the US but often only because their prices include sales tax. As such it is hard to see Samsung not pushing the $950 Galaxy Note 8 launch price beyond $1,000 for the Galaxy Note 9 launch Stateside.

This is a figure which has the potential to cause problems both for consumers and Samsung alike.

For consumers, the problem is the Galaxy Note 9 is not like other handsets. Millions are wedded to the Note series’ S Pen and the tightly integrated productivity software which goes with it. There simply isn’t another phone on the market like a Galaxy Note, which provides Samsung with an almost unique level of lock-in for an Android phone.

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Company made its search engine the default on most phones using operating system

Google has been hit with a record €4.34bn (£3.8bn) fine by the European Union for abusing its market dominance in mobile phone operating systems.

The EU imposed the multibillion-euro penalty after finding that the US tech firm required smartphone manufacturers to pre-instal Google’s search and browser apps devices using its Android operating system, otherwise they would not be allowed to use its Google Play online store and streaming service.

Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, said Google has used its Android mobile phone operating system “to cement its dominance as a search engine”, preventing rivals from innovating and competing “and this is illegal under EU antitrust rules”.

Vestager added: “The vast majority of users simply take what comes with their device and don’t download competing apps.

“Or to slightly paraphrase what [US free market economist] Milton Friedman has said ‘there ain’t no such thing as a free search.’”


Wednesday’s verdict ends a 39-month investigation by the European commission’s competition authorities into Google’s Android operating system. Laying out the statement of objections in April 2016, the commission accused the company of abusing its market dominance on three counts. First, by installing Google search as the default search engine on Android devices; second, preventing smartphone manufacturers from running competing systems; third, denying consumer choice, by giving financial incentives to manufacturers and mobile phone operators to pre-install Google Search.

In response, Google had said users were free to delete its apps. The company had mounted a strong defence of its open-source Android operating system, saying it “keeps manufacturers’ costs low and their flexibility high, while giving consumers unprecedented control of their mobile devices”.

The decision could raise tensions with the US government before a visit to the White House by the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, next week. Juncker will meet the US president, Donald Trump, on 25 July for talks on the economy, counter-terrorism, energy security, foreign policy and security.

According to Reuters, the competition authorities delayed the Google announcement by one week to avoid a clash with the Nato summit, where Trump lambasted the US’s European allies.

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Microsoft’s new Timeline feature in Windows 10 is designed to let you pick up where you left off on multiple devices. While Timeline supports Microsoft Edge for web browsing history, Chrome and Firefox have not yet been updated to officially support the new feature. A third-party developer has now created a Chrome and Firefox extension to bring Windows Timeline support to both browsers.

The new extension is free and works exactly how you’d expect. Browsing history will be synced to the Windows 10 Timeline feature, so you can pick up old tabs across other PCs. Timeline in its current form is only really useful if you’re using multiple Windows 10 machines with the same account, so perhaps a desktop at home and a laptop on the go (or a work machine). The new extension also lets you push a website you’re currently viewing to another Windows 10 machine.

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