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Tipster confirms Samsung Galaxy S8 model numbers, reveals new Galaxy Note is in the works as well

Samsung’s Galaxy S flagships from last year – the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge – carried model numbers of SM-G920 and G925, respectively. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones launched earlier this year came with SM-G930 and SM-G935 model numbers.


So, it was reasonable to expect that the Galaxy S8 flagships will carry model numbers of SM-G940 and SM-G945. However, contrary to expectations, a rumor from September revealed that the device will come with SM-G950 and SM-G955 model numbers instead.

Now, the usually reliable leakster Evan Blass – who goes by the handle @evleaks on Twitter – has also confirmed this information.

Aside from this, the leakster also revealed that a handset with model number SM-N950 is also in the works at the South Korean company. Clearly, that model number suggests that the device in question is a Galaxy Note series phone, although given the Note7 fiasco, it will be interesting to see what moniker the handset will eventually carry.

Some Google Pixel users are having issues with LTE connectivity

The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL handsets are the first smartphones to be designed by Google. They are manufactured by HTC, and come out of the box with Android 7.1 installed. Since they are designed by Google, the phones get to integrate with the greatest and latest Android tools, including Google Assistant.  With an excellent rear-facing camera on board, we gave the Google Pixel a “9” in our review.
While for the most part there haven’t been any serious issues to speak of, it turns out that a small number of Pixel users are having trouble obtaining and maintaining a 4G LTE connection. For example, some South American and Canadian carriers employing Band 4 (AWS) are having difficulty maintaining a connection to Pixel handsets. Interestingly, Band 4 is used in the U.S. by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, and there have been no problems reported in the states.

The issue is only affecting a small number of carriers. Claro in South America is one such wireless operator. In Canada, Telus and Bell subscribers are experiencing this problem. Google has acknowledged that the issue exists, but hasn’t given a reason why it is happening. What affected Pixel users are hoping for, is a software update that includes a fix to this connectivity issue. Since Claro depends on Band 4, Pixel users subscribed to the carrier are not able to rely on their new phone until such an update is disseminated.

Samsung makes the Android 7.0 Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7 official

Yesterday was the rumored launch date of the Android 7.0 Nougat beta update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge for Korea. The firmware indeed popped up there, and we even had a chance to preview it running on an S7 edge thanks to a kind beta testing soul.

Today, Samsung made the Nougat update official through the Galaxy Beta Program app, expanding the countries that will dole out the sweet desert from its servers to U.S., U.K., and, shortly, China. There are caveats, of course – in the UK, the beta will be available only on “a non-operator locked device or have purchased an open market version,” and overall it will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis, so hurry up if you want to get a spot.
Needless to say, this is still a pre-release version, so there might be more bugs and freezes than usual, but the new Samsung UX version with a lot of features brought over from the Note 7, like the new Always-on display options, seems worth the troubles.

Android 7.0 ‘Galaxy Beta Program’ officially announced by Samsung

Samsung has officially announced Android 7.0 ‘Galaxy Beta Program’ for users of the company’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones.

While we know that the program is already live in South Korea, the announcement says the Galaxy Beta Program is now open to users in the US and UK as well. Users in China will also be able to participate soon.

“Applicants are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis,” the company says. “Throughout the Galaxy Beta Program period, users can get a feel for Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s latest UX, and can provide feedback on performance, reliability and usability.”

It’s worth mentioning that Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition as well as Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition aren’t included in the program. Also, for the U.K, the program is only available to those who have a non-operator locked device or purchased an open market version.

For more details, including how to apply for the program, head to the Source link below.