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.
APPLE EXPANDING HAPTIC TOUCH FEATURE IN IPHONE XR WITH IOS 12.1.1 UPDATE: REPORT
Apple’s new iPhone XR comes with Haptic Touch as a replacement for the 3D Touch sensor. This allows consumers to launch the camera app or turn on the flashlight by using a long-press gesture, though it is not as functional or as quick in terms of response as 3D Touch, which has been part of the iPhones since the iPhone 6s.
Right now Haptic Touch capabilities are limited on the iPhone XR, but Apple could be expanding this with future iOS 12 updates. A report by 9to5Mac says they have spotted new features in the iOS 12.1.1 beta 2, which will increase the capabilities of Haptic Touch on iPhone XR and allow users to expand notifications by long pressing them.
On the iPhone XS, thanks to the 3D Touch display, long pressing on a notification opens up a pop-up menu and action buttons. With the iPhone XR, the rich content will soon be visible thanks to a long press and users will be able to reply, market an email as done, etc depending on the type of notification. Currently users have to swipe left to view the message to take any action, which is tedious on the iPhone XR.
However, the Peek and Pop feature on 3D Touch displays which is used by many apps will not be possible on the iPhone XR. This shows a rich menu when a user long-presses on the icon of particular app. Once again the reason for this is that Apple iPhone XR does not have pressure sensitive display like the other two new iPhones.
Given the iOS 12.1.1 beta has the feature, Apple should add the capability to the iPhone XR when the next iOS update is formally rolled out. The iOS 12.1.1 update will likely start rolling out to the public by the end of this year, though Apple has not confirmed when it will be officially released. The company just released iOS 12.1 which added the Group FaceTime feature, new Emojis, as well as the dual-SIM feature to the iPhone XS and iPhone XR
SAMSUNG SAYS IT’S WORKING ON FOLDABLE LAPTOP DISPLAYS
Samsung is expected to unveil its foldable smartphone concept next month, but the company is also working towards bigger devices with foldable displays. “Like foldable smartphones, Samsung is collaborating with display makers to develop laptops with foldable displays that will not just simply fold in and out but create new value and user experience, amid the changing market trends for laptops,” said Lee Min-cheol, vice president at marketing for PCs at Samsung, during a laptop event in South Korea earlier this week.
Foldable displays in laptops could transform the market for 2-in-1 devices. Existing convertible laptops attempt to flip and twist into tablet and media modes, but a foldable display would certainly help create new designs. Samsung hasn’t revealed which companies it’s working with, or any expected date for a prototype or retail device. Still, laptops like HP’s new Spectre Folio would be an ideal candidate for a flexible and foldable display, or even potential devices like Microsoft’s “pocketable” Surface.
The Korea Herald reports that Lee also revealed that Samsung sells around 3.2 million PCs each year, and that they “play a centric role among IT products in increasing connectivity with other mobile devices.” Samsung also recently revealed an ARM-powered Surface-like 2-in-1 recently, complete with LTE connectivity and the promise of up to 20 hours battery life.
APPLE’S ICLOUD SERVICES SUFFERED AN EXTENDED OUTAGE
Apple’s iCloud service appears to be experiencing an extended outage today, with some users reporting problems accessing iCloud-based apps and services like Notes and Find My iPhone. In an update of its System Status page, Apple notes that iCloud is suffering a widespread service disruption of some sort. Not everyone appears to be affected by whatever the issue is.
The outage looks like its affecting some key Apple software services, including iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, and a number of productivity apps that sync using Apple’s cloud platform. And beyond Find My iPhone and Backup, there are quite a few serious software tools that rely on the iCloud infrastructure, like iCloud Keychain for secure login and general account sign in for iOS devices and Macs, that are seeing problems.
There’s no official word yet from Apple, which does not operate a public-facing iCloud Twitter account or other channel for updating users on service status beyond the status page. (The official verified @Apple account typically wipes its tweet history every now and again, and at the moment includes no tweets whatsoever.)
But these issues have been persisting for hours, according to a number of anecdotal accounts on Twitter. We’ll update this post when the situation has been resolved or when we have additional information.