San Francisco: Google has launched an update for Android Messages app that makes SMSing more like texting on an iPhone for the users in the US.
The update is part of Google’s Rich Communication Services (RCS), an online protocol to replace traditional SMS messaging that was announced last month.
“Hi everyone! RCS is now available to all users in (the US) as of Monday. Make sure to update both Messages and Carrier Services,” tweeted Sanaz Ahari, Senior Director of Product and Design at Google on Tuesday.
To make conversations more seamless, Google has been working on upgrading traditional SMS text messaging with more useful chat features, powered by RCS.
When you and your friends message each other with these chat features, you can chat over Wi-Fi or mobile data, send and receive high-resolution photos and videos, and see if people have received your latest messages.
“Plus, you’ll get better group chats, with the ability to name groups, add and remove people to and from groups, and see if people haven’t seen the latest messages,” said Google.
Android users in the US now have access to messaging over Wi-Fi connections.
If you already have Messages, you’ll also be prompted to enable chat features in the coming weeks. If you don’t have Messages, you can download it on the Play Store.
“Earlier this year, we enabled the ability for anyone in the UK, France, and Mexico to get chat features in Messages and we’ll continue to work on bringing this to everyone on Messages around the world,” said Google.
This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
What is UWB and why should Galaxy S21+/S21 Ultra owners care? – SamMobile
Ever since announcing its latest premium smartphone line, Samsung was eager to highlight UWB support as one of the key selling points of both the Galaxy S21+ and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. But what does that actually mean? That’s what we’re here to find out.
Ultra-wideband (UWB) is a type of radio technology that Samsung believes will be the next big thing in mobile communications. To that end, it started equipping its Android flagships with support for this kind of wireless tech. While the UWB push technically started last year with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, it wasn’t until the Galaxy S21 series that Samsung started delivering universally practical applications of this radio standard.
What does UWB have over NFC and Bluetooth?
The UWB specification has been designed for short-range communications with high bandwidth requirements. As an added bonus, it’s extremely energy-efficient. It’s hence not inaccurate to think of UWB as an NFC on steroids, especially given how its security features and range are also superior to the near-field communications standard. In fact, UWB is as resilient to relay attacks and signal jamming, in general, as Wi-Fi is.
Naturally, the extra oomph comes at the expense of energy requirements, but take any comparisons targeting power consumption levels of wireless networking with a grain of salt, including the one below. Because that all depends on use cases and the exact psychosis stage at which a developer is while implementing any given solution.
|Data speeds||Up to 2Mbps||Up to 27 Mbps||Up to 424 Kbps|
|Location accuracy||∼10 cm||Up to ∼10cm||Yes, duh|
|Typical signal latency||>3s||<1ms||>1s|
|Chip cost in 2021||∼$2||Up to $5||$0.25|
Though that doesn’t mean Samsung is done with NFC R&D, UWB definitely has a higher ceiling and is looking much more promising in the medium- to long-term. As for right now, an extremely powerful version of Nearby Share is perhaps the number one advantage of owning a UWB-ready smartphone.
The ability to quickly locate your electronic belongings is another notable implementation of the ultra-wideband protocol. Branded as SmartThings Find, this functionality just started rolling out to wearables and Android Auto vehicles this month. By the time the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S21+ are available for purchase, there should be dozens of Galaxy smartwatches and IoT appliances compatible with Samsung’s solution. Oh, and have we mentioned that SmartThings Find includes a futuristic augmented-reality component? It’s like you’re the Terminator and your car is John Connor.
Speaking of Android Auto, how about being able to unlock your car after finding it, using just your smartphone? Samsung developed this convenient feature in cooperation with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), so everyone from Ford and Audi to BMW and Genesis will soon be offering it to their customers.
Our today’s look at the state of UWB adoption might have been focused on the Galaxy S21+ and the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but Samsung already committed to firmly embracing the standard moving forward. Meaning that many more Galaxy devices with UWB support are to be expected in the near future.
Galaxy S21 vs. iPhone 12 specs: Samsung may have beaten Apple this time – CNET
This story is part of , where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.
Samsung’s trio of S21 phones are here — and the lineup starts at a cool $200 less than its predecessor. The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra, unveiled in a virtual Unpacked event on Thursday, are all and will ship on Jan. 29.
While the price cut is a welcome change, the smartphone industry is notoriously cut-throat, and (as always) you can bet the S21 will face stiff competition from the iPhone 12 series. So let’s see how the S21 stacks up against its long-time rival.
In a nutshell: The $800 S21 appears to be a slightly better deal for the features you get, on paper at least. Although the iPhone 12 line starts at $829 (£799, AU$1,349) you’ll have to pony up $879 (£849, AU$1,429) for the 128GB version, which is the same amount of storage you get for the entry-level S21.
The S21 also has an extra telephoto lens, and the highest-end, which is sold separately.
One thing you get in the iPhone 12 that’s absent on the S21, however, is iPhone wirelessly and attach all kinds of accessories to the back of the device. The Pro models also have , which is a depth sensor that’s useful for auto-focusing in low light for taking photos, videos and slow-motion footage, among other things.. That’s Apple’s proprietary magnetically enabled system that lets you charge your
For more details on how the phones stack up against each other, check out our specs chart below.
Galaxy S21 line vs. iPhone 12
|Galaxy S21||Galaxy S21 Plus||Galaxy S21 Ultra||Apple iPhone 12|
|Display size, resolution||6.2-inch Flat FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display (2,400×1,080 pixels),||6.7-inch Flat FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X (2,400×1,080 pixels)||6.8-inch Edge WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X (3,200×1,440 pixels),||6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels|
|Pixel density||421 ppi||394 ppi||515 ppi||460ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||2.80×5.97×0.31 in||2.97×6.35×0.30 in||2.97×6.50×0.35 in||5.78×2.82×0.29 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||71.2×151.7×7.9 mm||75.6×161.5×7.8 mm||75.6×165.1×8.9 mm||146.7×71.5×7.4 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.03 oz; 171g||7.12 oz; 202g||8.07 oz; 229 g||5.78oz; 164g|
|Mobile software||Android 11||Android 11||Android 11||iOS 14|
|Camera||64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)||64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)||108-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 10-megapixel (telephoto), 10-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 888 or 64-bit Octa-Core Processor 2.8GHz (Max 2.4GHz +1.8GHz)||Snapdragon 888 or 64-bit Octa-Core Processor 2.8GHz (Max 2.4GHz +1.8GHz)||Snapdragon 888 or 64-bit Octa-Core Processor 2.8GHz (Max 2.4GHz +1.8GHz)||Apple Bionic 14|
|Storage||128GB/256GB||128GB/256GB||128GB/256GB, 512GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|Battery||4,000 mAh||4,800 mAh||5,000 mAh||Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback|
|Fingerprint sensor||In-screen||In-screen||In-screen||No (Face ID)|
|Special features||IP68 rating, 5G-enabled, 30X Space Zoom, 10W wireless charging,||IP68 rating, 5G-enabled, 30X Space Zoom, 10W wireless charging,||IP68 rating, 5G-enabled, 100X Space Zoom, 10W wireless charging, 10x optical zoom; S Pen support||5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$800 (128GB)||$1,000 (128 GB)||$1,200 (128 GB)||$829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£769||£949||£1,329||£799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$1,249||AU$1,549||AU$1,849||AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB)|
Correction, Jan. 14: A previous version of this story indicated the Galaxy S21 has expandable storage, which is not the case.
iPhone 13 could feature next-gen vapor chamber cooling technology – Techradar
We’ve already heard a few rumors about what could be in store for the iPhone 13 later this year, and there’s now a new piece of next-gen tech that we can add to the list of potential upgrades: vapor chamber cooling.
As per well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via AppleInsider, Apple is “aggressively testing” the technology to include it in future iPhones – though as yet it’s not clear whether or not it’ll be ready in time for the 2021 handsets.
The cooling system is essentially a miniaturized version of those seen on high-end gaming rigs. Water or another kind of liquid is evaporated by the heat coming from key internal components, with the thermal energy then spread out through the whole of the casing.
The improved cooling means less risk of overheating, and potentially faster speeds for driving apps and graphics on screen. According to Kuo, Apple has been working on the tech for some time, though it hasn’t yet been deemed to be of a high enough standard to include in the company’s smartphones.
Vapor chambers on smartphones aren’t actually new – Huawei included one in the Mate 20 X, for example, and we know that Microsoft has been exploring the concept as a potential option for keeping its mobile devices running cooler.
Especially under extended periods of high stress – so in games and other demanding apps – CPUs and GPUs will sometimes have to throttle themselves in order to keep the components from overheating and causing a system crash.
More advanced cooling would help solve that problem, keeping the iPhone cool to the touch no matter how it was being used. With no official word from Apple though, we may have to wait until September to see if it gets included in the iPhone 13.
Other changes being tipped to arrive with the iPhone 13 include the introduction of an in-screen fingerprint sensor, which would presumably mean Touch ID is coming back too. The same source suggests the Lightning port could be ditched as well.
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