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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 launched to change the way of interaction

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The wait is finally over, the all-new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is now official to take the foldable experience to the next level. The new generation Samsung foldable comes with a lot of advanced technologies and a few improvements over its predecessor.

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Although the rear design of the new smartphone remains the same as the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the outer display is a bit larger. This will make it so much easier to use the phone without having to unfold it every time and will definitely improve the usability of such a heavy-cost phone.

Let us have a look at the complete specifications and features alongside the availability of the phone below.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 specifications:

Display

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 smartphone equips a 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2x Infinity Flex display that is 7.6 inches. It comes with improved Ultra-Thin Glass to make the panel more invulnerable. The display supports 2176 x 1812 pixels resolution, 374 PPI pixel density, and HDR10+.

When folded, there’s a 6.2 inches AMOLED cover display with a punch hole for a selfie shooter. This display supports 2316 x 904 pixels resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 Display

Processor:

Under the hood, the device has a 4nm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset that is paired with 12GB RAM. The company is offering 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB internal storage options to choose from.

Software:

For the Galaxy Z Fold, the company has introduced a new version of its custom OS that is One UI 4.1.1. This new version is based on Android 12L, which is specially designed for foldable to let them use their large screen devices with ease.

With the One UI 4.1.1, the device gets new swipe gestures for easier multitasking, a new Taskbar layout, similar to what you get on a PC, for easy switching between recent apps, and much more.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 multitasking

Camera:

On the rear side, the device has triple cameras that include an OIS-assisted 50MP primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x zoom. On the outer front, the device has a 10MP camera whereas, the inner side has a 4MP under-display camera to capture selfies.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 camera

Battery:

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 features a 4,400mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. Along with these, it also has a 15W wireless fast charging capacity.

Connectivity and other features:

The new device comes with eSIM support, a side-faced fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB-C, and AKG-tuned dual speakers. At the same time, the device supports S-Pen, however, this year too it misses the slot to hold it.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 features

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 price and availability:

Samsung is offering three color options for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 smartphone. These include Grey Green, Beige, and Phantom Black.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 price starts at $1,799. According to the official info, the company has started pre-bookings and it will be available to purchase from August 26.

Launch offers:

Those who pre-order Galaxy Z Fold 4 will also receive a complimentary memory upgrade, up to $1,000 off with an eligible trade-in, and a Standing Cover with an S-Pen case, along with a $100 Samsung Credit.

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Google’s Gemini Nano AI deal with Samsung on EU antitrust radar

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EU seemingly investigating if Google’s Gemini AI deal with Samsung violates antitrust law. Regulators of the European Union seeking input from industry to know if Samsung’s Gemini AI deal constitutes anti-competitive conduct.

An EU document seen by Reuters indicates that the Commission wants the opinion of industry officials. The inquiry is about whether Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series with Gemini Nano would limit the pre-installation of rival AI chatbot platforms.

The query also includes whether Gemini Nano limits interoperability with other chatbots and apps on the Galaxy S24 series. Details are also required if there were any cases of failure in signing contracts with phone makers to pre-install AI chatbots.

“EU antitrust regulators are asking industry participants if Google’s multi-year generative artificial intelligence (AI) deal with Samsung hinders rival chatbots on Samsung smartphones.” – Reuters.

Earlier, EU competition authorities hinted at an antitrust investigation into Samsung and Google’s AI deal. The Commission’s Deputy Competition Commissioner asked to “understand the impact of pre-installing Google’s Gemini Nano on Samsung devices.”

The report notes that the executive committee distributed an 8-page questionnaire, with a response required by this week. Samsung and Google may be in trouble if the EU Commission observes any anti-competitive practices.

The Galaxy S24 series is the first to use the Gemini Nano AI model developed by Google. Both companies signed a multi-year partnership to fuel future products with the AI model. The Pixel 8 Pro also came pre-installed with Gemini Nano for on-device AI capabilities.

Samsung also brought Gemini AI to Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 devices. Google is also preparing to introduce the Pixel 9 series next month, equipped with Gemini Nano. Apple is also in close-door talks with Google to include Gemini in iPhone models.

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Apple iPhone could support Samsung Wallet, Google Wallet in Europe

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Apple iPhone users could soon be able to use Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe. Recently, the EU antitrust regulator revealed that Apple will open up its tap-and-go mobile payments system for third-party payment platforms in Europe.

KoreaTimes reports that the EU accepted Apple’s offer to open the NFC payments system. The iPhone maker agreed in favor of ending the antitrust probe began in 2020. It will expand Apple iPhone users’ choices beyond Apple Pay, such as Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe.

Apple’s agreement will be valid for a period of 10 years in EU territories. From now on, the US tech giant can no longer use its control over the iPhone ecosystem to keep other mobile wallets out of the market.

As Samsung Wallet looks to expand on the iPhone, Apple Pay is eating its market in its home ground. Following the launch in South Korea, Apple Pay is gradually gaining popularity. The company is expanding its support across categories to be acceptable everywhere.

European Union forced Apple to ditch its lighting port from products. The company replaced its lighting port with a universal USB C-Type port on iPhone models. iMessage is also adopting the RCS messaging standard that is heavily forced by Google.

Apple is also bringing place to third-party app markets on iPhones in Europe. Now with the latest development, iPhone users will be getting the choice to opt for a payment platform other than Apple Pay. It would be interesting to see whether Google or Samsung manage to make a solid entry.

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Gemini AI now functions on your Android’s lockscreen

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Google has upgraded the Gemini AI app to answer general questions even on your Android phone’s lockscreen. Initially, the company’s new Gemini app was limited to Google Assistant-level commands. Now, if you trigger Gemini on the lock screen, it will respond to some general questions.

The upgraded Gemini AI now allows you to “get answers on lockscreen from Gemini without unlocking your device.” You can now get weather information at a glance with the new Gemini application, but additional actions would require you to unlock the device first.

You can keep your phone locked if your query has been answered properly. If you prefer entering the whole user interface, just unlock the device using fingerprint or PIN. Once unlocked, you will get the keyboard in the popped-up state, offering seamless flow.

The Gemini app added a new “Gemini on lock screen” setting on the main preferences page. Google’s new “Gemini responses on lock screen” toggle completes the already available “Google Assistant on lock screen” option.

Notably, Google is rolling out this update to random users sequentially. You may soon notice the changes as soon as the update reaches your handset. As it’s the first deployment, you may not get responses to some basic queries, but not too long.

Similar to Google Assistant, Gemini was able to control alarms and timers, media (play/pause), and “some phone features,” like volume. As part of the “Utilities” Extension, the US tech giant is further enhancing the user experience through the Gemini app.

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