We bring to your attention the one hundred and forty-fifth and first this year issue of our weekly “Android News”. Today in the release we will talk about Samsung Galaxy S9, CES 2018 and much more! Below with the same news you can read in the traditional text format, if you prefer.
Officially: Galaxy S9 will be presented in February at MWC 2018
Insiders promised an early announcement of the flagship of Samsung. Some even hinted at the release of the Galaxy S9 and S9 + in January – during the international conference CES 2018. The president of the mobile unit Samsung Electronics denied these applications and announced the period of the presentation of devices.
Dong Jin Ko touched on the theme of the presentation at a press conference Samsung, Arena. Galaxy S9 and S9 + will be presented in February during the MWC 2018. The international exhibition will be held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1, 2018.
From smartphones we are waiting for frameless displays, the new Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845 and double chamber. Also, rumors allow the announcement of the 512 GB version. The start of sales is certain to take place in March.
CES 2018: Introduced the first smartphone with a fingerprint scanner in the display
As promised earlier, the Chinese company Vivo introduced the first commercial smartphone with a fingerprint scanner in the display. The Verge journalists were among the first to test the device with a trend innovation and made an impression of it. AndroidInsider.ru quotes excerpts from a review compiled by colleagues.
First of all, it's worth noting that the real technology is different from what we are used to seeing in patents. The scanner is able to identify the user from the fingerprint of his finger only on condition of contact with a particular, and not any part of the display. For the convenience of users, the smartphone highlights the functional area on the screen.
“It's very natural to scan a finger by attaching it to the display,” says Vlad Savov, a columnist for The Verge. “The only thing that distinguishes the new technology from the old one is a small delay in reading, which is felt after working with the flagships of competitors.”
The manufacturer does not disclose the exact date of appearance of the smartphone in free sale, as well as its price and even a set of hardware specifications. Given the complexity of the technology of placing the fingerprint scanner under the display, it can be assumed that the novelty will appear in retail closer to the spring of 2018 at a price of about $ 600.
Sony introduced wireless headphones to compete with AirPods and Gear IconX
Sony Electronics introduced a pair of new wireless headphones – WF-SP700N and WI-SP600N. Both models, according to the manufacturer, provide outstanding sound quality combined with active noise reduction and IP4X water and dust protection.
The WF-SP700N is truly wireless and, unlike the WI-SP600N, has no connecting elements, which makes it similar to Apple's AirPods. Separate design has affected the autonomy of the headphones – from one recharging they can work up to three hours.
However, as the manufacturer specifies, the WF-SP700N perfectly studies low frequencies, which will be very useful for fans of the corresponding compositions. In addition to the headphones, there is also a case for providing additional nine hours of battery life.
WI-SP600N, being a combined functional wire into a single unit, evoke persistent associations with Google's Pixel Buds. Thanks to the slightly modified compared to the WF-SP700N design, the manufacturer managed to increase the autonomy of the headphones exactly two times – up to 6 hours.
Both models will appear in free sale this spring. Probably, the headphones will be available only in the countries of North America, Australia and Europe, but later they will reach other countries. Their price will be $ 150 and $ 180 for wired and wireless versions.
Google introduced Google Pay
Google decided to merge Android Pay, Google Wallet, and autocomplete payment information for Chrome and named a similar Google Pay merge. It's quite amusing to observe such actions against the background of the presence of a similar solution for the main competitor. It's about Apple Pay.
Yes, technically there is no difference between Android Pay and Apple Pay, but renaming can be justified. Google Pay still sounds better and clearer, in the case of Android Pay, it is more about something specific, while under the Google Pay brand, you can continue to use additional services related to purchases and payments.
It was Google that first introduced mobile payments using the Google Wallet application, so technically Google became a pioneer, but with marketing, the company clearly has problems, because changing the product name three times is not the best way to popularize it. In people's minds, there will be confusion.
Google announced that in the coming weeks the “G Pay” brand will appear everywhere, and now it can be seen on the sites of Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse and Instacart.
Play detected a Trojan disguised as an application for memory cleaning
The application for cleaning smartphone memory and deleting cache files Swift Cleaner from the Google Play catalog contains malicious code and can perform a number of undeclared actions by the developer. This conclusion was reached by experts in the field of cyber security company Trend Micro.
As of January 2018, the Swift Cleaner application was downloaded several thousand times, endangering thousands of users. Once downloaded to the device, the malware can perform a variety of unusual actions for the clerk, such as reading and sending SMS, copying data and navigating to URLs.
The above actions performed by Swift Cleaner do not fit the description of the application and obviously serve to enrich developers. Thus, the program can view advertisements and even imperceptibly sign the user on paid mailings.
The reaction of Google representatives to the message of experts about the presence of a Trojan in Google Play is curious. Employees of the company, according to Trend Micro, reported the full protection of the company's application catalog, provided by the built-in antivirus Google Play Protect.
Well, that's all we have, I'll see you next week!