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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 CoverScreen OS brings a lot of new features for its cover screen!

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Samsung Flip 3 stable One UI 5.0 update

Launched back in August last year, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a third-generation foldable smartphone. It comes with multiple improvements over its predecessors, such as a larger cover screen. Although the device comes with a much bigger cover screen than the previous model, it is still not as big as users wanted to have.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3’s cover display hasn’t received much attention from its users as it doesn’t offer much in terms of functionality. At present, the phone’s back screen supports only six widgets, including Music, Weather, Today’s schedule, Next alarm, Voice Recorder, and Timer, which aren’t very important.

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However, it seems to be changed now. An XDA’s Android app developer named Jagan2 has appeared with CoverScreen OS. It’s an application that mimics a much more functional secondary OS for the cover screen of your Galaxy Z Flip 3.

The said CoverScreen OS allows you to reply to messages via voice typing, access the app drawer, open apps (some games as well), use quick setting enable/disable toggles, perform notification actions, support third-party widgets, and even features an active media player card. Interestingly, it also makes Samsung Pay mobile payments directly from the cover display.

If you too want to use this amazing CoverScreen OS on your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, you can follow these steps to install it on your Galaxy Z Flip 3.

How to setup CoverScreen OS on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3:

  • Download CoverScreen OS from the Google Play Store.
  • Set up Bixby (required for fingerprint unlock to launch apps on the cover screen)
  • Set side key to launch Bixby on long press.
    • Navigate to Settings > Advanced features > Side key and toggle ‘Wake Bixby’ under ‘Press and hold’.
  • Launch CoverScreen OS and log in with your Google account.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to grant accessibility permissions.
  • Tap on the toggle in the top right corner of the app to allow notification access and enable CoverScreen OS.
  • Fold your Galaxy Z Fold 3 and you should see a welcome notification from CoverScreen OS.

Before you start using CoverScreen OS, make sure to enable Bixby on your device. It doesn’t seem to work if you install and set up the app first and then enable Bixby.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy F55 5G in India, price remains mystery!

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Samsung Galaxy F55 5G

Samsung has reportedly postponed the Galaxy F55 5G’s launch in India. New information suggests that the company will now reveal its new Galaxy smartphone on May 27. Meanwhile, all key specs have been revealed, with pricing remaining the mystery now.

Previously, Samsung confirmed the Galaxy F55 5G India launch for May 17 (today). While the official debut has now been delayed by 10 days, the company has listed the device with all the key specifications and features, while keeping the price unannounced.

Samsung’s F55 5G matches the specifications of the M55 5G and the design of the C55 5G. It sports a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s equipped with Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.

There’s a triple rear camera arrangement on the back, consisting of a 50MP main, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro sensor. For selfies and video calling, the Galaxy F55 5G packs a 50MP snapper, which is surprisingly a big deal in the segment.

Powered by a 5,000mAh battery, it supports fast charging up to 45W. It’s slated to get four years of Android + One UI upgrades and five years of security patches. Featuring a Vegan Leather design on the back, it will be available in two different shades: Raisin Black and Apricot Crush.

Samsung Galaxy F55 5G

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Vivo X100 Ultra w/ 200MP Periscope beats Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

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Vivo X100 Ultra

Vivo X100 Ultra is officially launched to challenge Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra with a 200MP Periscope camera. Specs-wise, this smartphone outpaces Samsung’s latest Galaxy S24 Ultra in terms of imaging capabilities, thanks to the custom Periscope sensor.

The new Vivo X100 Ultra comes with a 1-inch Sony LYT-900 main camera, and a 200MP periscope camera leveraging the 1/1.4″ ISOCELL HP9 sensor co-developed with Samsung. It’s notably the largest telephoto sensor fitted on a phone to date.

The Periscope introduces f/2.67 aperture and an 85mm equivalent focal length. Following its collaboration, Vivo brought Zeiss T* coating and Zeiss APO certification to the X100 Ultra, as part of delivering improved clarity and less fringing at contrast edges.

This monstrous zoom camera brings up to 3.7x optical zoom and 20% improved light sensitivity. Its telephoto macro (a.k.a. telemacro) mode offers 20x magnification. The company also introduced its BlueImage algorithm which was in development for eight years.

Vivo X100 Ultra

X100 Ultra’s 50MP main camera uses a 1/0.98” LYT-900 sensor with f/1.75 aperture and 23mm focal length. It also supports up to 4K 120fps video recording and Dolby Vision support. Besides, the 3rd lens is a 14mm equivalent ultrawide with a 1/2″ 50MP LYT-600 sensor.

Galaxy S24 Ultra…

The Galaxy S24 Ultra comes with a quad rear camera setup. The module consists of an advanced 200MP primary sensor – ISOCELL HP2, an ultrawide camera, a 10MP Telephoto with 3x optical zoom, and a 50MP Periscope with 5x optical zoom.

As the periscope camera is co-developed by Samsung, quality shouldn’t be questioned. This year’s Samsung flagship is equipped with a new 50MP periscope camera with 5x optical zoom. However, the 200MP periscope sounds pretty capable and powerful over S24 Ultra’s.

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Google Pixel 8a 5G launched to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S23 FE

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Google Pixel 8a

Google just unveiled the Pixel 8a 5G smartphone to compete with Samsung Galaxy S23 FE. The new smartphone features a durable battery, the brand-new Tensor G3 chip from Google, long-lasting software support, and more.

Google Pixel 8a Specifications

The Pixel 8a smartphone sports a 6.1-inch Actua OLED screen with a high resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels) and brightness (up to 2,000 nits), featuring a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

With 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage options, the Pixel 8a is powered by Google’s Tensor G3 processor. The smartphone includes a 4492mAh battery, supports fast charging, and offers wireless charging. However, it lacks the Pixel 8 series’ wireless powershare feature.

On the back, there is an impressive camera module that includes a 64-megapixel main camera and a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera. It also features a 13MP front camera for selfies.

Google promises seven years of software updates for the device, which is more than what’s offered for the Galaxy S23 FE. It comes preinstalled with Android 14. It also includes advanced security features to protect against malware and phishing.

Moreover, the smartphone supports a Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Barometer, Face Unlock, and Fingerprint Unlock. It is IP67-certified for dust and water resistance, as well as uses 24% recycled materials.

Google Pixel 8a specs

Availability and Price

Google Pixel 8a is offered in Aloe, Bay, Porcelain, and Obsidian colors. It comes in two storage variants, 128GB and 256GB. The prices are as follows:

  • For the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option, the cost is $499, £499, €549, or INR 52,999.
  • The 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant is priced at $559, £559, or €609.

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