Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Here’s A Brief Intro to All the Fancy Sensors in Your Smartphone

Here’s A Brief Intro to All the Fancy Sensors in Your Smartphone
The invention of smartphones changed our lives as we know it.


Today’s smartphones pack a dizzying amount of features and horsepower all thanks to phone makers combining a number of gadgets in one small gadget.
You no longer need to carry a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), a camera, or even a GPS device with you. Everything is available in your smartphone.
Many of these features require sensors to complete a task. If you ever wanted to know all about the sensors on your phone and how they work, you’ve come to the right place.
What are these sensors and how do they help the phone in accomplishing these tasks? Read on to find out.

Global Positioning System (GPS)

GPS is a technology which can even guide you out of the thickest of the forests. Since our smart phones are connected to a number of satellites at one time, the GPS sensor on your phone makes sure that your location is accurately relayed to you.
There is a GPS unit inside the phone which receives a ping from the satellites. This helps in finding out which part of the world you are on. The interesting fact is that it doesn’t use our mobile data so we still won’t lose our location on the phone even if you lose the signals.
The feature has its own drawbacks. One of it is that it drains a lot of battery and that is why experts say to only enable it when you require the use of GPS. Another one is that if it’s raining heavily, or if you are underground, or in a place with thick walls, then you probably won’t be able to use it as the phone loses its capability of pinging the satellite.
Magnetometer
The name gives away the function of the sensor. It is another sensor which helps in locating the phone and it does so by measuring the magnetic field. That way the mag sensor tells us which way is North.
The sensors do the job with the help of varying voltages. Magnetometers are also found in metal detectors as it can detect magnetic fields and raise an alarm in that case.
The sensor gets activated when you go into the compass mode in your smartphone. The idea is that you can use it to navigate your way around in case the GPS doesn’t work for you.
However, do note that the magnetometer doesn’t work alone.  It is primarily used with maps and works along with the GPS and the accelerometer.
Accelerometer
This sensor is responsible for measuring axis-based motion sensing. It can keep track of your steps even when your shoes are not connected to the phone. This is the main sensor used in AR(augmented reality) apps as they can identify the direction the phone is pointing in.
This app is also responsible for the speed you can see on your Snapchat as this sensor can measure your acceleration.
The sensor is made with a combination of other sensors which includes microscopic crystal structure that becomes stressed due to accelerative forces. The voltage coming from the crystals is then interpreted by the phone. This is how your phone figures out the speed at which it is moving.
Gyroscope
It was back in 2014 that this sensor made it big in the phone business. It helps the accelerometer in finding out the orientation of the phone. It makes the detection more precise.
Because of the gyroscope, we are able to stitch together 360-degree panoramas and play racing games which detect which direction we tilt our phones in.
These are the same sensors which are used in planes to detect the altitude of the aircraft.

But Wait There’s More!

There are many other small sensors working on your phone. The barometer is one of the examples of these. It detects the air pressure of the room and helps in detecting the weather changes.
Another one is the proximity sensor. It detects when the phone is near an object or your ear, so that it can turn off your screen. It works with an LED and light detector.
The last and my personal favorite is the ambient light sensor. It detects the light levels around you and adjusts the brightness of your screen according to that. The adaptive brightness feature on your smartphones uses the light sensor to work.
These sensors are present in mostly all the smartphones present in the market today. They use minimal amounts of battery. Five years from now, these sensors might get even more accurate. Who knows what else they’ll cram into our smartphones next.

Google is the Leader in Digital Ad Revenue by Far

The internet lives and breathes on advertisements. It is the biggest source of revenue for tech giants like Facebook and Google.


Google released its second quarter earnings today showing how much of the company’s revenue comes from adverts. Unsurprisingly, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) makes more from advertising than any other company in the world.
Alphabet is expected to make $73.8 billion in net digital ad sales in 2017, according to internet research firm eMarketer. About 33% of the total ad revenue in the world goes into Google’s pockets.

Facebook Trailing Behind

Second place goes to Facebook which is expected to make $36 billion in ad revenue this year, around $40 billion less than Google.
Here’s the breakdown of ad revenue in 2017 by individual companies:

Mobile Ad Revenue

Naturally, mobile internet users dwarf regular desktop/laptop users by a large margin. Majority of the ad revenue of these companies comes from mobile users. Facebook especially relies on mobile ad revenue with $32 billion (or 88%) of its $36.3 billion ad revenue coming from mobile users.
Google leads Facebook here as well with $49.7 billion revenue coming from mobile adverts. This is 67% of Google’s total ad revenue, up from $38 billion in 2016.
The mobile ad revenue increased by 32% year on year from 2016 to 2017 for Google. The company’s mobile ad revenue has also been growing steadily for years.

Personalized News Feed

Google recently launched its new personalized news feed for everyone. It will offer tailor made news for you depending on your preferences and which websites you frequent. You also have the option to follow individual topics to get updates about them in your feed.

New Google Maps Feature is Aimed At Pedestrians

New Google Maps Feature is Aimed At Pedestrians
Back in 2014, an extremely convenient feature was added for the cyclists in Google Maps. It had the ability to calculate the elevations on a path whenever the path from point A to B was entered by a user. In short, you could see heights presented in the Maps as well.


Google has now quietly introduced the same neat feature for people who are going for a walk. It is not clear when the feature was introduced but you can try out the feature on the desktop version for now.

How Does It Work?

This interactive feature on the map is able to calculate the climb and descent on the route taken by the person. It also conveniently calculates the elevations on the path which is very helpful for the climbers.
We can expect to see a mobile version of this update and that could prove most useful for the adventurous among us.

Google Also Brings Traffic-Focused Feature

Another very useful feature that was introduced in Google Maps recently is intended for motor car users. Your map could tell you at which routes traffic was likely to be congested or not, that too during different times of the day.
To use it, you can search for your preferred route, and see a small graph is shown on the map. The graph shows the comparison between the time it normally takes on the path and the time it would take to reach your destination by that path in the next few hours.
This feature is currently only available on Android at the moment. It is not as useful as the traffic feature which is available on Google Maps on the desktop which helps you choose the route by the exact departing and arriving time. Nonetheless, it is helpful in planning trips.

Here’s How to Differentiate Between A Fake and A Real Photo

Here’s How to Differentiate Between A Fake and A Real Photo
Due to the traffic present on social media sites and even on the internet as a whole, many people look for cheap ways to get popular.


One such way to earn fans and followers for yourself is to make your picture go viral. Some people even resort to starting a conspiracy theory of sorts. And the easiest way to do it is to doctor an image, that can create confusion and mislead the average viewer for the sake of a few thousand likes and comments.
That’s why you see people sharing those ‘Forward as Received’ WhatsApp messages that you must have received a million times by now. Only problem is, almost all of them are fake.
So what to do in such a case? How to know if an image is real or has been ‘Photoshopped’?
We take a look at some simple ways to quickly check if an image has been doctored or if it is completely genuine.

Inconsistent Lighting

Objects close to each other or adjacent to one another will be lit in a similar fashion. If an object appears a little brighter or duller then the rest of the objects around it, it’s a safe bet that the object has been added later.
This may be a little harder to judge in extreme light conditions.

Signs of Editing

Usually when amateurs try to edit an image, they use a cheap software which leaves evident distortions and anomalies on the image.
Look for distortions along the edge of an object or person. This will tell you if the picture has been tampered with or not. This becomes much more difficult on lower resolution images as they already contain a lot of noise.

Look for Identical Pixels

We live in a vibrant and colorful world. In ambient light, even an object with uniform color will have slightly different shades throughout i.e. pixels adjacent to each other will have slightly different colors.
Software used to tune images also employ tools which paint the whole area with the exact same color and hence all the pixels appear to be of the exact same color. Knowing whether a picture contains the same color over a large area or slightly different shades can be used to authenticate the picture.

Look at the Metadata

The metadata of an image is much like the ‘properties’ dialogue box in windows which tells you all the details like the size, location, date created etc about a program. Likewise metadata gives information about the camera used, the shutter speed, the ISO and other details about the sensor and its settings when the picture was taken.
Usually editing an image causes disparities in the metadata and sometimes it is even completely erased. So if you’re not a 100% sure after examining the image, you can be pretty sure about it after examining the metadata.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Google Plans to Make The Internet 2700 Times Faster

A lot of background processes take place every second when we’re comfortably surfing the internet. Each process is set in place to optimize the user experience. These optimizations try to make the internet run faster and smoother, though companies like Google are looking to make it more snappy than ever.


Google has recently announced an update to its congestion control algorithm called BBR (short for Bottleneck Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time) which will dramatically increase throughput aka internet speed while maintaining low latency and reduced packet loss.

How Does This Help Us?

Without getting into too many technicalities, BBR basically improves the existing ‘loss-based’ congestion control algorithms. These algorithms throttle (slow down) the transfer speeds whenever they detect packet loss. This was good when it was released back in 1980, but in today’s modern age, where routers and other network devices have evolved, it just doesn’t cut it.
Google claims to have made their own algorithm from the ground up based on another method of analysing a connection’s capability. With this algorithm, users can expect much quicker access times and faster overall data rates on services based on the Google Cloud Platform.
“BBR allows the 500,000 WordPress sites on our digital experience platform to load at lightning speed. According to Google’s tests, BBR’s throughput can reach as much as 2,700x higher than today’s best loss-based congestion control; queuing delays can be 25x lower. Network innovations like BBR are just one of the many reasons we partner with GCP.” said Jason Cohen, Founder and CTO, WordPress Engine
Google has tried to explain this new algorithm through this pictorial representation.

Not the First Time

This isn’t Google’s first attempt at driving up internet speeds by updating congestion algorithms. Recently in March, Google started using its own algorithm for its services like its search engine and YouTube. This increased the worldwide speed of the sites by at least 4% while a 14% boost was observed in some countries.
This may seem insignificant on its own, but this is the average increase, meaning a lot of users experienced much larger changes to their bandwidths.
Additionally, Google has also tried to achieve faster loading speeds by making optimizations in the compression algorithms in Chrome. Its pretty clear that Google is pushing for a faster internet and it is quite natural since most of its revenue comes from cloud services.

Hackers steal $34 million in second Ethereum cryptocurrency theft this week


The second most popular cryptocurrency, Ethereum, has been exploited for a second time this week. Hackers have made away with $34 million worth of Ether (the name of the currency) by using a simple exploit in one of the wallets provided by Parity.


The hackers would have taken $77 million worth of Ether on top of this amount if it wasn’t for some white-hat hackers who stopped the attempt.

What Happened?

Using an exploit (read on for details) in the multi-signature wallet, hackers were able to gain access to a large number of cryptocurrency miners’ wallets. Hackers were all set to have a huge payday but they were stopped by what are called ‘white-hat hackers’ belonging the ethereum community.
How they stopped the thieves is both interesting and ironic.
Once the white-hats identified the exploit themselves, they found that many more wallets were vulnerable. The only way to stop the hackers from stealing further currency was to actually ‘steal’ the remaining currency themselves.
They succeeded in doing so and thus saved the remaining $77 million worth of Ether. Once the currency was safe, they began the process of returning the money back to its respective owners.

About the Exploit

In the realm of cryptocurrency, there is a client through which the currency is ‘mined’ and a digital wallet in which users store their earnings. Wallets are protected with a secret password, more commonly known as a private key.
There are multiple kinds of wallets, which come with different withdrawal limits and security protocols – much like our debit cards.
One such wallet is known as a multi-signature wallet. The advantage of this type is that a user can have more than one pass key for it. In case one gets compromised, the user’s wallet remains secure as it requires multiple keys to access it.
The exploit was a small bug in the code of this wallet which allowed the hackers to ‘Factory Reset’ the wallet. This allowed them to change the ownership of the wallets and access all the currency for themselves.
It may seem surprising to a layman how a programmer could have left such a bug. But you have to remember programming is no easy task. With thousands upon thousands of lines of code, a human being can easily miss a bug here and there.

Previous attempts

Just last Monday, hackers stole approximately $10.3 million worth of ether from CoinDash. In that case, hackers were able to replace the legitimate wallets with their own. Other cases are also present like last year, when $53 million worth of cryptocurrency was stolen. One of the largest thefts was a few years ago when $450 million of Bitcoins vanished from a trading hub.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Nokia 8: All You Need To Know About This Upcoming Flagship

Nokia has been the hottest topic of 2017. Their relaunch of the 3310 and the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 was met with a lot of praise and good reviews.

The 3, 5 and 6 were mid-range devices and Nokia does not want to stop there. They are gearing up to launch their flagship smartphones in the market too to compete with the big fish. That is where the Nokia 8 comes in.
As with almost all other smartphone launches, the Nokia 8 has also been leaked to the public including a press release photo and specifications.
We take a look at what to expect from the Nokia 8 as it inches ever so nearer with its official unveiling.

Design & Display

The design and build quality of the Nokia 8 is said to premium, obviously. It will feature a full metal design. 6000 series aluminum will be used in the construction of this phone, as is the case with other available Nokia smartphones right now. It will undoubtedly be strong and durable. Some of the early rumors showed that the Nokia 8 will feature a similar shell to that of the current Nokia 6.
So design wise, you will have the fingerprint scanner at the front flanked by the back and recent apps capacitive keys that will be backlit. Both the power button and the volume rocker will be on the right side of the phone. On the back you will have the cameras (yes, with an s), an LED flash and the Nokia branding.
The display on the Nokia 8 is rumored to be 5.3-inches. Although, reports have been coming in that it may also or only be available in 5.5-inches. Resolution will come in at the flagship standard 2560 x 1440 or QHD. The 5.3-inch display size seems more plausible, mainly because it was leaked by Evan Blass.
Evan Blass, the person known in the industry for leaking phones and other tech products has also posted a photo of the alleged Nokia 8. You can check it out for your self down below.

Camera(s)

As mentioned above, the Nokia 8 will come with dual primary camera. Both sensors will be 13 MP in resolution. It’s too early to tell and there’s no information on what the dual setup will have; wide-angle lens, telephoto, monochromatic?
That’s not the most impressive bit about the cameras. The best part about these cameras is that they will feature Carl Zeiss optics. Yes, the company that is best known for making excellent optics for both camera and Nokia smartphones has recently made a deal with Nokia to provide them Zeiss optics for their cameras. The image leaked by Evan Blass also shows the Zeiss branding on the back, so this news holds more value.
The front camera is expected to be a standard 8MP sensor.

Performance

The current Nokia phones that are available in the market are no doubt impressive in both design and usability but they lack top of the line flagship hardware. They are budget smartphones but some people were more critical than others although the performance was more than decent.
Being a flagship smartphone, it makes sense that the Nokia 8 comes with flagship specs.
The Nokia 8 is rumored to be coming with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the same as processor that you get on the Samsung Galaxy S8. This will be accompanied with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. With the Nokia 5 launch, Nokia stressed that it didn’t need 3 or more than 3 GB of RAM. But they went on to use 3 GB RAM on the Nokia 6 and a limited edition of the phone came out with 4 GB.
So, given the fluctuating trend of manufacturers opting for between different size of RAM/memory on their phones, we can’t say for sure whether the Nokia 8 will come with 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM. At least 4 GB is expected.
Needless to stay, these specs are more than good enough for a buttery smooth performance with no issues.

Software

All Nokia phones launched this year had stock Android on board with minor adjustments and tweaks. The Nokia 8 will also be running stock Android.
Android O will be close to official release by the time the Nokia 8 is launched but it is unlikely that Android O will come pre-installed. Android N or Nougat will be available on the Nokia 8 but with the near stock look. It will likely get an update to Android O within a few months of its official launch.

Launch Date

Previous rumors hinted at a launch date of 31st July for the Nokia 8. However, just yesterday a page went live on the official Nokia Chinese website showing the Nokia 8 in all its glory and the date on the phone showing July 20th.
However the page was taken down shortly afterwards and nothing really happened yesterday. For now we can only wait and see what Nokia has in store for us on July 31st.

Rumors about the price suggest the Nokia 8 to fall around the $650-700 range. This would put it squarely in the flagship category, in terms of pricing.

Apple is Yet Again the Most Profitable Company in the World

Apple is Yet Again the Most Profitable Company in the World
In Fortune magazine’s 63rd composition of the list of Fortune 500 companies, Apple has been declared for the second year, the most profitable company in the world. The rankings have been based on the recent financial year for each company.

Most profitable company position is once again seized by Apple with the profits worth $45,687.0 million.
Apple has been ranked third based upon the revenue generated that is, $215,639 million with only Walmart and Berkshire Hathaway ahead of it with the revenue of $485,873 million and $223,604 million respectively.
However, Apple has been ranked 9th in the list of 500 global ranking list of companies.
The business magazine explains Apple’s rise to power:
After more than a decade of solid growth fueled first by the iPod music player and then by the even more popular iPhone, Apple finally appeared to hit a wall, with lackluster sales “relatively speaking” for other products such as the iPad and Apple Watch and a heavy reliance on upgraded phone models.
But the most profitable publicly-traded company in the world is investing heavily in software and its efforts in new areas of opportunity, including automobiles, remain in development (and under wraps).
According to Fortune, Apple also stands first in the most admired list of companies.
J.P Morgan Chase reaps profits worth $24,733 million, becoming the second most profitable company of the world. However, it sits at the 21st ranking when you take into account its revenues.
Berkshire Hathaway stands at number three with its profits worth $24,074 million. Walmart is far behind, standing at number 11, with profits worth $13,643 million.

Intel Unveils Cheap USB Sticks With AI & 12-Core Processor

Intel Unveils Cheap USB Sticks With AI & 12-Core Processor
Movidius, a chip maker recently bought by Intel, has introduced artificial intelligence to the physical and (relatively) disconnected realm of a USB stick.


All major tech companies seem to be moving to artificial intelligence nowadays, with Elon Musk’s Tesla using it for self driving cars while Google’s been busy incorporating it in all its products.
Now Movidius has also joined the race with its updated ‘Neural Compute Stick’.
The USB stick was slated for launch in 2016, but the acquisition by Intel halted proceedings. Now the company is back to normal operations and its USB AI Stick is finally here.

What does it offer?

The device comes with the latest Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU). The ultra low power processor is said to boast 100 gigaflops of computing prowess while using a measly watt of electricity.
The processor has twelve cores running in parallel and can execute facial recognition and object detection algorithms. It supports neural networks based on the Caffe framework (a neural network library).
However, it’s not clear if it will support Google’s TensorFlow framework or not. A complete list of specifications for the processor can be found here.
The device was delayed due to Intel’s involvement but that helped the company bring down its expected retail price. Initially it was expected to go for around $99, but now it can be bought for  just $79.

For a Niche Market

If you were already planning to use the stick to make your very own autonomous bike (or something similar) hold your horses, it isn’t that simple. Yes, the device is Plug and Play, but that doesn’t mean everything is pre-programmed into it. You’ll still have to develop your own neural networks and code everything. Even though the device is cheap it’s not for everyone.
This AI USB Stick is targeted at groups of AI researchers who need some extra ‘oomph’ for their endeavors. The device can be connected to a developer’s computer and provide extra processing power for their use. Additionally more than one device can be added to the mix, linearly increasing the processing power of the whole system.
It should be mentioned that the device is definitely not suitable for bigger corporations which require greater processing power. It would be much more efficient for them to simply incorporate their own sensors and hardware in their devices.
Though this is just the beginning. The future looks bright for AI at the moment. Lets just hope we aren’t living in a world of terminators soon.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Motion Stills Is Finally Here on Android

Motion Stills Is Finally Here on Android
Last year, when Google launched Motion Stills on iOS, Android users lamented not being able to create the same buttery-smooth GIFs on their phones.
But fret no more! The app has finally made its way to Android, with a number of changes.
Motion Still was introduced on iOS to convert iPhone’s Live Photos into shareable GIFs, which it was pretty good at. Since Android does not have the concept of Live Photos, the Android version of the app is simply a camera app that exports GIFs.
Motion Stills on Android: Instant stabilization on your device
Since Apple is introducing their own built-in tools for editing Live Photos, it will reduce the need for third party applications such as Motion Still, which is why its sensible for Google to introduce the technology on its own platform.
But is it even worth it? Let’s dig into what the app actually offers.

Motion Still & Its Features on Android

The Android version of the app has received some exciting new features. Google’s official statement reads:
Motion Stills on Android comes with an improved trimming algorithm that guards against pocket shots and accidental camera shakes. All of this is done during capture on your Android device, with no internet connection required.
According to the company, they have build a new recording experience where everything that is captured is transformed into shareable short clips.
  • New Streaming Pipeline
Google redesigned the Android app’s video pipeline so that it processes each frame of a video as it’s recorded.
“By computing intermediate motion metadata, we are able to immediately stabilize the recording while still performing loop optimization over the full sequence,” the Google Research blog says.
Streaming pipeline gives you instant results
This method enables the users to capture the GIF without facing any delay.
  • Fast Forward
This features enables users to speed up and condense a longer recording into a short and a shareable clip. The pipeline enables the Fast Forward to process up to a full minute of video, right on the phone.
Fast Forward condenses your recordings into easy to share clips
The playback speed is adjustable from 1x to 8x, after the recording is completed.
Google claims to “encode videos with a denser I-frame spacing to enable efficient seeking and playback.” Furthermore, additional optimization is employed to improve the overall quality of the process.
You can try out Motion Stills for Android here.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Company Behind Nokia’s Revival Loses Its CEO

Company Behind Nokia’s Revival Loses Its CEO

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HMD Global’s (the company behind Nokia’s resurgence) CEO has officially resigned.


The news comes through a statement released by HMD yesterday: “Through mutual agreement between Chief Executive Officer Arto Nummela and the HMD Global Board of Directors, Arto Nummela will leave HMD with immediate effect”
HMD currently has the rights to the Nokia brand name and has released several smartphones in addition to a new Nokia 3310.
The reasons for the CEO’s resign were not mentioned in the company’s statement. Nummela’s decision to resign was echoed by the company, as the statement said that the decision was mutual.

President to Replace CEO

HMD Global’s President, Florian Seiche will be replacing Arto as the CEO. HMD’s Chairman of the Board, Sam Chin, said:
"On behalf of the whole Board, I thank Arto for his contribution and wish him well in his future endeavours"
Arto joined HMD last year. He had previously served Nokia in leadership roles and at Microsoft heading the sales and marketing.

Patent Sharing With Xiaomi

The company recently signed a patent sharing deal with Xiaomi. The two companies will co-develop smart home products and accessories in addition to other projects. The specific patents that the two companies will share were not announced, but you can expect a phone or two to emerge out of the deal in the future.

Nokia’s Revival

Nokia was down in the dumps after the Windows Phone episode with Microsoft. HMD managed to revive the brand single-handedly while promising phones that don’t compromise on anything.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Real Samsung Galaxy S8 Revealed in New Leaked Photo


As the days roll by, more and more rumors and leaks about Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8 begin to emerge. This time a new leak has emerged from one of the industry’s most credible industry insider, Evan Blass.


Previous rumors suggested that the Galaxy S8 will look like this:

First Images

And the new image confirms that the front will be similar to the rumors while the back will largely resemble the Galaxy Note 7, albeit with a couple of minor changes.

Image Courtesy: Evan Blass | VentureBeat
This could be our very first look at the upcoming flagship smartphone. The above image also confirms some other rumors such as the decision to get rid of the home button which also housed the fingerprint scanner.
By removing the home button, the fingerprint scanner also needed to find a new home. Initial rumors suggested that Samsung will embed it under the screen. However, a bigger majority suggested it would be placed on the back of the phone. And as apparent from the above photo, the sensor is placed to the right of the camera. It is an odd location and people moving from older Samsung devices will have a hard time adjusting to it.
Some rumors suggested that Samsung will stick with the old microUSB 2.0 but with the recent Galaxy Note 7 and even the new 2017 Galaxy A series smartphones having the USB Type-C port, it was a no-brainer that Samsung is now making USB Type-C the standard across all its smartphones.
There’s also more good news. Samsung is keeping the much-loved 3.5mm headphone jack. So, unlike some company’s phones (*cough*Apple*cough*), with the Galaxy S8 you don’t have worry about looking for a dongle for something as simple as your earphones.

Two variants?

Other rumors suggest this year’s model will also have two different variants of the phone, just like last year’s model. However, unlike last year’s model the screen size won’t be the same as the outgoing model. The ‘regular’ Galaxy S8 is expected to come with a 5.8-inch display whereas the ‘plus’ model will have a 6.2-inch display. Both will be using QHD, Super AMOLED panels that will be covering 83% of the screen. Evan Blass has also reported that the displays will be pressure sensitive. This technology will be known as force touch and will work more or less like Apple’s 3D Touch.

Performance, Storage, Camera & Battery

Being a flagship smartphone, expect no compromises on performance from Samsung. This year’s model is rumored to house the best performance hardware that is available.
Depending on the market, the Galaxy S8 will have two different processors. One would be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and the other will be Samsung’s own Exynos. Both of them will be produced using a 10-nanometer fabrication method. All of this will supposedly make the Galaxy S8 at least 11% faster in terms of performance, 23% faster in graphics processing and 20% more energy efficient over the Galaxy S7.
For multitasking, Samsung is rumored to include 4GB of RAM and the base storage has been set at 64GB along with a microSD card.
The primary camera will not see a change and will remain the same as the Galaxy S7. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. The Galaxy S7’s 12MP camera was one of the best in business last year. The front camera, however, will see and improvement, jumping to 8MP from last year’s 5MP.
In terms of battery, you will get a 3,000mAh power pack with the 5.8-inch variant and a 3,500mAh one with the 6.2-inch variant.

Launch Date

For several years, Samsung has always unveiled the latest Galaxy S model at the start of the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain around the end of February. However, that isn’t the case this year as Samsung has officially announced that it won’t be launching it in February this year.
Instead, this year’s Samsung event will take place on March 29th in New Your City, according to Evan Blass. This is due to the Note 7 recalls which have forced Samsung to take extraordinary steps to make sure the next flagship is safe for the public and won’t be riddled with the same problems. We’re hoping that the Galaxy S8 is hot this year, figuratively, not literally speaking.