In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Bixby and Android Oreo.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Unveiled
On Wednesday Samsung unveiled the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a high-end phone with the biggest and most immersive screen within the Samsung Galaxy range so far. Some of the features include a 6.3”Infinity display, a dual camera, S Pen and enhanced security.
The Note 8 is now available for pre-order on Three.ie, and we have some great news – all customers who pre-order can claim their free Samsung DeX, worth €99. The Samsung DeX turns your phone into a full desktop experience, perfect for anyone who uses their phone for both business and pleasure. For more info about the Note 8 and this offer, check out our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review.
Samsung’s Bixby arrives in more than 200 countries
Back in March we talked about Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. Back then, Samsung described Bixby as “fundamentally different from other voice agents or assistants in the market’, and now Samsung has announced it’s coming to over 200 countries.
After some delays, Mashable reports that Bixby will now launch in over 200 countries, after initially launching in the US and Korea last month. For now, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ users can activate the voice assistant – although Samsung has stated it plans to expand to more countries, languages, and devices in the future. More info as we get it!
Android Oreo is coming
We have official confirmation that the next Android operating system, dubbed Android O, will be called Android Oreo. Google Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices will be the first to receive the new Oreo update.
Android Oreo is will offer some really great features, such as improved battery life (Oreo will automatically limit background app activity), tidier notifications, adaptive icons, better audio and camera app improvements.
An interesting fact is that no more than a third of Android’s installed base will ever use Oreo. Oreo's predecessor, Android Nougat, is the most widely used OS at the moment –currently installed on 12.3% of Android devices. Marshmallow, which was released in May 2015, is on 32.3% of phones. The version before this, Lollipop, accounts for 29% of devices. Gingerbread, which was launched all the way back in 2010, is still present on 0.7% of devices.
Hopefully we will hear from Android soon on when Oreo will reach more devices, watch this space.
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