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Samsung Galaxy Fold: A Smart Phone or A TV Remote?

Samsung Galaxy Fold

This week The South Korea electronics company has revealed Samsung Fold to media. Bloggers and YouTubers have got their hands on the device but it is not yet released for customers. The phone comes with novel technology, a foldable screen. Although it is a huge move to make smartphones smarter but customers feedback has yet to be seen. Prior to the release of the phone, it is hard to say whether Samsung Galaxy Fold is something that users wanted or something that users needed.
MAYA (Most Advanced, Yet Acceptable), a theory by Raymond Loewy who has designed almost everything says that the most advanced design should be given to users, but not more advanced than what they are able to accept and embrace. An innovation is more likely to be welcomed by its user if it lies at the intersection of novelty and familiarity. If the product is full of astounding innovation but people are not familiar with it and vice versa, the chances of failures are high. As people have seen foldable phones and they are familiar with this technology and a foldable screen is actually something new, Samsung Fold I think lies right in the center of the novelty/familiarity scale. The chances of success are pretty high unless it does not have any surprises waiting for us like other Samsung hand grenades.

Multi-Tasking:

Despite the foldable screen, the device comes with other remarkable features. With 6 high definition cameras, 512GB internal memory and 12GB RAM, it has phenomenal multitasking support. Users can run and interact with up to 4 apps at a time. Left screen, top right, bottom right, and a pop-up screen. I love this feature. If Samsung Fold failed to earn its users trust, as we have seen many sliding and folding phones failing in the past, this feature would be pretty productive if introduced in tablets. A quick overview of other specs has been give below.

Appearance:

When unfolded, Galaxy Fold has 7.3 inches screen which looks elegant and is near to perfect for reading books, watching videos, playing games and other activities. It feels more like an elegant tablet than a phone. However, there is a groove right in the middle of the screen which could be pretty annoying for phone addicts. Although Samsung claim that the screen is created from flexible material and glued with advance technology but the chances of failure are high. It is just an intuition. A personal thgouht.
Samsung Fold has another 4.6 inches HD+ display on one of its outer panel which can be used for everything the unfolded screen can be used for. However,
the folded version loses all of its grace and aesthetics and it looks more like a TV remote. It is too large and too heavy to fit in a pocket. I imagine the user would look like an idiot using TV remote in front of no TV.

Battery:

The battery is one of the thing or metric or something else which is usually used to measure the quality of a device. Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with a 4380 mAh battery which is shared by two screens. For normal phone, 4000 mAh battery lasts for more than 36 hrs by standard usage but for this device, two screens have to be maintained, battery won't last that long. It will consume pretty much amount of charge even on stand by. 

Camera:

Another stunning feature of the mighty Fold is its 6 camera setup. It has 3 rear cameras, a 16MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera. Telephoto lense provide a narrow field of view to focus better at things at a certain distance. 10MP camera and 8MP depth lense on device front can help you grow your fans on Insta. A 10MP selfie camera is also available if you use the TV remote version of the device.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be released on April 26 fn the US at an initial price of $1980. Expected release for Europe is in May.

Who made Facebook decide to buy WhatsApp and to steal SnapChat Stories feature? 'You'

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A fresh report claims that Facebook is spying on its users. It knows what millions of people do on their phones. It knows what do you browse, what apps do you use, how frequently and for how long. It is gathering all the information and detailed insights of your online behavior and habits.
This information has been used to shape Facebook's product roadmap. Facebook perceived from its data analysis that its users are using WhatsApp much more frequently and for a long time so it will be a big deal to buy it. It also led Facebook to rip Snapchat's stories feature.
It's so precise that it allowed Facebook keep tabs on how many Snapchat posts users sent each day, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Onavo Protect, a free VPN app that claims to help "keep you and your data safe when you go online", has been the spying tool for Facebook for all this time. It was created by a company which is now owned by Facebook.
The app is very popular among Android and iOS users and has reportedly been downloaded by around 24 million users.
According to people familiar with the system, when Onavo Protect users browse a website or open an app, Onavo redirects the traffic to Facebook servers where the details are pushed to databases. The Facebook's product team then analyze this big data and make such big decisions.
Facebook is not alone in this spying business. Google and Apple are also keeping an open eye on its users but it is unclear that they have been using the data to improve their own product. Hmmm, they seem less selfish than FB.
However, Onavo claims that it "analyzes information about your mobile data and app use" and may share the data with "affiliates" for targeted advertising.
This setup reportedly allowed Facebook to figure out just 'how devastating an impact the rollout of Stories on Instagram has on Snapchat' popularity and growth, long before Snapchat released any of the details itself and to add Stories clones to Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp.

Reference: Wall Street Journal

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