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Samsung Galaxy S7 - Gold Platinum - Camera

Is Samsung working on a revolutionary dual camera set-up?

A new patent that has emerged today appears to indicate that Samsung has big plans as far as dual camera solutions are concerned for smartphones. Although unlikely to feature on the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, the technology could play a significant role in other future devices.

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Android 8.0 O

Google makes Android O Developer Preview available

Android 8.0 O is here, with the release of a Developer Preview edition of Google’s mobile operating system. Although some way off being a finished product, the release provides Android developers and enthusiasts with an early look at the software.

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Alibaba Group

Alibaba looks to global game distribution

Alibaba Games has announced that it is to spearhead efforts to create a new mobile gaming ecosystem. The gaming division of the Chinese e-commerce company is to invest ¥1 billion (€134.6 million/£116.8 m/$144.8 m) as part of its plans to establish a new international distribution system for mobile games.

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Samsung Pay - Sweden

Samsung Pay beta launches in Sweden

The international roll-out of Samsung Pay has continued, with the service arriving in Sweden. A beta programme has been established, in order for the South Korean company to make the service available throughout the Scandinavian country.

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New Google Camera app includes option to disable shutter sounds

With Google Camera 4.3 it is now possible to turn off the artificial shutter noise via the settings menu. While the shutter sound will still play by default, the update makes it easy for users to disable the option.

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Oreo

Is Android Oreo next?

It is that time of year again when speculation begins as to what the next version of Android will be called. On this occasion the rumour mill has been kick-started by none other than Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President for Android, Chrome OS and Google Play, who posted an Oreo-themed image on social media.

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LineageOS

LineageOS records half a million installs

LineageOS is proving that there is still plenty of enthusiasm for custom ROMs amongst the Android community, with an impressive rate of adoption. Despite having only been officially launched on 24 December last year, there has been over half a million active installs of the burgeoning operating system.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 - black

Xiaomi announces India boss to become vice president

Xiaomi has given its boss of operations in India Manu Kumar Jain an expanded role within the company. Jain will take on the position of Vice President, although will also retain responsibility for the Indian market.

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EU pushes ahead with plan to end roaming charges

The European Parliament has continued to make progress on the abolition of roaming charges, which will come into effect on 15 June, 2017. An agreement has now been reached between the European Parliament and European Council over wholesale price caps.

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LG L Bello and LG L Fino budget Android smartphones

LG to overhaul business in search of growth

LG chairman Koo Bon-moo has told a gathering of senior officials within the conglomerate that a refresh is needed in order to discover new areas that will deliver growth. Koo stated that the company must seek to innovate in order to meet the challenges that exist in today’s market.

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