We’re just days away from the official release of the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, and already, Samsung and the popular service providers are offering great pre-order and upgrade deals on foldable smartphone ($1,800 for the 256GB model) which ships on August 27.
Not to be confused with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G which is being released on the same day, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 offers a larger (7.6”) Dynamic AMOLED 2X (2208 x 1768) screen and 6.2” Dynamic AMOLED 2X (2268 x 832) Cover Screen. It also starts with 256GB of internal storage, and you can double that to 512GB for an extra $100. Aside from its flexible OLED that makes all of this possible, one killer feature of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is its S Pen compatibility, so you can write directly on the screen using Samsung’s proprietary stylus.
Instead of purchasing the phone outright, check out the awesome financing deals being offered by Samsung, Best Buy, AT&T and other popular wireless providers and retailers. Especially if you finance the phone and have an eligible trade-in, you could wind up with a highly discounted (or free) state-of-the-art foldable smartphone, with your choice between three casing colors: silver, green, or black.
Best Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Pre-Order Deals
Surf over to Samsung’s website to get a $200 instant credit for accessories, plus up to $800 credit when you trade in an eligible phone. A portion of the $150 instant credit can be used to instantly upgrade the phone’s memory to 512GB.
This deal includes the first 12 months of Samsung Care+ included for free to help protect the phone. (A $12.99 per month charge for Samsung Care+ applies for the remaining months of the financing period.)
Pre-order or purchase the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G directly from Samsung, and you’ll also receive three months of Spotify Premium, four free months of YouTube Premium and six free months of SiriusXM streaming.
Best Buy is another great place for seeking out a stellar deal on the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Save up to $400.00 instantly when you pre-order and activate the new phone, plus as a bonus, get up to $200 Samsung Credit (for qualifying new and existing customers).
Alternatively, when pre-ordering and activating the phone from Best Buy–with AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon as your chosen service provider–you can save between $1,000 and $1,400 with a qualified trade-in and activation.
If AT&T is your preferred service provider, it’s offering up to $1,000 in bill credits, plus up to $350 more in bill credits when you take advantage of a qualifying installment plan with an eligible AT&T unlimited plan, plus trade-in an eligible smartphone. Some restrictions apply.
With the pricing discounts when you finance the phone with an AT&T Installment Plan, the monthly difference between the Z Fold3 5G 256GB and 512GB model is just $2.78/month, so it’s a great strategy to go with the additional storage space.
For existing customers, US Cellular is offering up to $1200 off any 5G smartphone, including the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (with no trade-in required), along with a $200 Samsung Credit when you sign up for an Unlimited Even Better service plan, which requires credit approval and commitment to a 30-month service plan.
For new and qualified US Cellular customers with an eligible trade-in who also sign up for a 30-month service plan, you can score a free Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G with $200 in Samsung Credit, but you’ll need to pre-order ahead of release day to take advantage.
What to Expect from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
It has been less than a year since the debut of the Galaxy Z Fold2, but regardless of how impressive this foldable phone has turned out to be, Samsung won’t be deterred from quickly rendering it obsolete with the next iteration of this flagship phone which offers some impressive features and functions, not to mention 5G compatibility.
If you saw our review of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 you’ll know that we were quite pleased with the handset; it was thoughtfully designed in ways that made the foldable screen practical and helpful rather than just a high-tech gimmick.
The new Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G appears poised to build on that foundation with some really smart incremental improvements—look for a more rugged and waterproof design, a display uninterrupted by a camera notch, and even S Pen compatibility.
More About the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is an incremental improvement over the Fold 2 in a wealth of ways, some small and some large. Both Fold smartphones have a fully usable front, or “cover” screen that you can use without unfolding the handset, and the Fold 3 amps up the 6.2-inch HD+ display with Dynamic AMOLED technology—now a slightly higher pixel count and a fast 120Hz refresh rate that matches the refresh rate of the main screen.
Perhaps the coolest innovation in the Fold 3, though, is the new Under camera—the 7.6-inch main display is uninterrupted by any sort of camera notch because the camera sits under the display. Running a close second on the innovation front: The Fold 3 works with the S Pen, meaning the Fold 3 doesn’t just look like a handheld tablet; it works very much like one as well, allowing for easy multitasking, for example.
The Hideaway Hinge—the tech that allows it to unfold so seamlessly, and which first appeared in folding devices starting with the Galaxy Z Flip—is thinner than the version in the Fold 2. Inside, the hinge features shorter bristles, which Samsung claims better repels dust and other particles that extend the life and durability of the device—all the way to 200,000 folds as seen in testing. That means the hinge should be able to withstand about 100 folds a day, every day, for five years.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 now has IPX8 water resistance and is made with so-called Armor Aluminum—the strongest aluminum ever used on a Galaxy smartphone. And the front screen is made with the even tougher Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. It’s ever-so-slightly lighter (271g vs. 282 g).
While some people consider the foldable aspect of the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G to be something of a gimmick, if you’re looking for a powerful, state-of-the-art smartphone that gives you access to two screens simultaneously, use of a stylus, and everything else the Android operating system has to offer, this is definitely a smartphone worth checking out firsthand. And since Samsung and other service carriers offer a 21-day, worry-free trial for the new phone, you really have nothing to lose by pre-ordering your device today.
How to Migrate your WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Android (Samsung Galaxy phones) – XDA Developers
WhatsApp is one of the most widely used instant messaging services all over the world. While it has improved over the years with new features and additions, one major caveat was the inability to transfer chats across platforms. WhatsApp does offer backup and restore functionality but it only works when switching from one Android to another, or one iPhone to another.
If you’re switching from an Android device to an iPhone or vice-versa, there was no official way to transfer your chat and media history from one phone to the other. Fortunately, that has now changed with WhatsApp’s official announcement at the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 launch last month.
For now, WhatsApp has rolled out the ability to transfer chats from an iPhone to an Android device. However, only Samsung phones are currently supported, but the feature will be made available to all Android devices in the near future. If the new foldables from Samsung convinced you to switch to Android from an iPhone, here’s how you can transfer all your WhatsApp data, including chats and media, from your old iPhone to your new Android device.
While WhatsApp has published a support article with instructions to transfer WhatsApp data from your old iPhone to your new Android, we found that the steps mentioned in that article are inaccurate, and following them will not help you migrate your data. So we decided to make the process simpler for you by breaking down the steps we followed to successfully carry out the migration process.
We performed the migration from an iPhone 12 Pro to a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. However, the process should work on any Samsung device running Android 10 and above.
How to Transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android
Before we begin, there are a few things to note here. The Android phone to which you want to transfer the data must be in a brand new state. Meaning it either needs to be just unboxed and not set up, or if it’s a phone you’ve already been using, you’ll have to factory reset it. We tried performing the steps on a phone that was already set up and in use, but it failed to work. Once we wiped the phone, we were able to transfer the data.
You’ll also need a USB-C to lightning cable for this process to work since the transfer happens via a wired connection and not wirelessly. The last thing you’ll need is some patience since the transfer process is painfully slow. Depending on how large your WhatsApp data is, the process may take even up to an hour.
Now we have all this out of the way, let’s get to the steps:
- When your Android phone is in a brand new state, or once you’ve factory reset it, connect it to an iPhone via the USB-C to lightning cable. Keep this cable plugged into both phones until the entire process is completed.
- The iPhone will give you a pop-up asking if you want to Trust this Computer. Select Trust.
- Begin the setup process on the Android phone by agreeing to the terms and conditions and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
- You’ll then see a screen asking if you want to transfer data from an existing device. Tap on yes, and the phone should now download the latest version of Smart Switch.
- Once Smart Switch has been launched, select Transfer from iPhone or iPad. You’ll now get an option to transfer WhatsApp chats from your iPhone accompanied by a QR code.
- Scan this QR code with your iPhone, or launch WhatsApp on your iPhone and navigate to Settings > Chats > Move Chats to Android.
- Tap on the option and your iPhone will start preparing your chats and other data to be transferred. Once done, it will ask you to continue on the new phone.
- On the Android device, you’ll now see the option to transfer other data from your iPhone like contacts, messages, photos, etc. You can select these options based on whether you want that data to be transferred to your new phone.
- Smart Switch will now ask you to install WhatsApp on the new phone to which you need to agree. You can also choose to install the other apps that were previously on your iPhone.
- Once you have performed these steps, the transfer process will begin. Depending on the data you’re transferring, this process may take anywhere between 30-60 minutes.
- After the setup is complete, open WhatsApp on your Android device and log in with the same phone number that was used to log into WhatsApp on your iPhone.
- When you log in, you should see the prompt asking you whether you want to transfer your chat history from the iPhone.
- Select Start and the transfer should take place in a few minutes.
- You’ll now have all your chats, images, videos, audio files, and just about everything from WhatsApp on your iPhone transferred to your Android device.
You have now successfully migrated your WhatsApp data from your iPhone to your new Android device!
You can install the rest of your apps and transfer any other data you may need and continue to use the phone. The chat transfer process for WhatsApp is slightly complex and involves a lot of work and time, but hopefully, it gets more seamless once the feature is rolled out to all Android devices.
Apple's iPhone 13, new iPad Mini and more: Everything we saw at Apple's Sept. event – CNET
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Apple TV Plus had several shows mentioned at the top of Apple’s Sept. 17 event.
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The newest 10.2-inch iPad features the A13 Bionic chip.
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Apple included this quick list of changes to this year’s new iPad.
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The new iPad starts at $329.
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The new iPad Mini has an 8.3-inch screen.
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The iPad Mini supports the same Apple Pencil as does the current iPad Air and iPad Pro.
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The iPad Mini is available in several colors.
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The iPad Mini also sports a USB-C port and compatibility with many USB-C accessories.
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Check out the iPad Mini features list.
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Touch ID is included ini the power button of the iPad Mini.
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Apple Watch Series 7 will maintain compatibility with existing wristbands.
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This model will be a more worry-free wearable from the looks of it’s “dust resistant” feature.
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The screen’s larger size comes from slimming down the size of the borders.
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Here you can see a comparison of the Series 7 (right) with its predecessor. The thinner bevel allows a nice large viewing area on the screen.
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Apple Fitness Plus is receiving updates to its service.
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The service will be adding classes in Pilates and meditation.
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The service’s Time to Walk audio series is continuing on the Apple Watch.
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Pilates classes will now be available on the platform.
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Guided meditation classes will also be available.
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Ever wanted to do a Zoom call with a friend whilst both exercising? Group Workouts may be just the thing you need.
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A screen in screen feature allows you to chat with a buddy while you share a workout together.
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Finally, we get down to the business of iPhone announcements.
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The iPhone 13 reveals a tweaked design from last year’s iPhone 12.
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The iPhone 13 will be available in five colors.
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The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini each sport a slimmer notch.
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Cinematic mode offers a method of simulating professional “rack focus” techniques from cinematography.
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It switches focus precisely and smoothly from someone in the foreground to something in the background.
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The iPhone 13 line continues to support the new MagSafe line of accessories.
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The MagSafe Wallet now supports Find My, allowing you a better chance of finding it should it become lost.
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The wallet acts much like an AirTag — it’s able to be discoverable using the Find My network. This means if you lost it, the map will show you the last time the wallet was in proximity to any Apple device that is part of that network.
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Check out the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini pricing.
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And just like with the 12 line, the iPhone 13 will also have Pro and Pro Max models.
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iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will be available in four colors.
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Here’s a sample Macro mode shot from the new Pro.
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… and another impressive sample!
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Here’s the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro max pricing.
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And last, an update on the existing iPhone models Apple is selling going forward. The iPhone XR, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max are being discontinued.
Google is going to let older Android phones disable app permissions when not in use for a long time – Digital Information World
In 2020, Google introduced a new feature applicable to the Android 11 that stated that applications that haven’t been used in some time will have their permissions revoked. With the surge in awareness and concerns related to privacy, it was indeed a necessary feature. Now Google will allow this auto-reset to apply to older phones as well so that they can be ‘cleaned’ too.
Previously, only Android 11, 12, and newer versions were able to create a clean slate by removing all permissions from apps that haven’t been used for a while. The incentive was to reduce any company’s access to personal information. It was also to give users another chance to reevaluate the permissions asked by various apps.
Of course, there is a period after which only this feature would be applicable, which is 3 months. If you continue to abandon an app for 90 days, all the permissions will be revoked and you’ll have to go through that process again. But don’t worry if you find this to be tiresome as it barely takes more than 2 minutes to fill it out.
Now Android is allowing not only Android 10 but Android 6.0 Marshmallow to also access this auto-reset or hibernate feature. Although the rollout will only affect apps targeting API level 30 and above and will avoid older versions targeting API levels 23-29, it can still be enabled manually in these devices. Apps used by enterprises and enterprise policies, however, will be exempted from the process due to obligatory reasons and permissions being fixed. Developers can also ask users to prevent the system from removing their permissions but we predict that will be a lot of work.
While the process will be in action next month, for now only a guidance procedure was published. Next month, Google will make some cross-platform API changes. This feature for sure will start rolling out in December and will be fully available in the first half of 2022. Once set out, Google will start sending users a new auto setting page to decide the fate of applications and a week or a few after that, Google will reset all permissions.
The new feature will be available to billions for now and hopefully, Apple will follow the lead and launch a similar security system if it hasn’t been working on one already.
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