Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ details leak, phones may be previewed at CES

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Now that most every flagship phone for 2017 has launched, many people are turning their focus to the devices that 2018 will hold. Today details on two of Samsung’s 2018 flagships have reportedly surfaced.

Samsung will preview the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at CES in January, according to sources speaking to VentureBeat. It’s unclear exactly how much Samsung will reveal at that event, though, because the company is said to be planning a full launch event in March.

The rumor mill isn’t waiting to spill details on the S9 and S9+, though, with the former device said to be codenamed Star 1 and be model number SM-G960, while the latter is codenamed Star 2 and has the model number SM-G965.

While the Galaxy S8 (shown below) and S8+ were largely similar in terms of specs, with screen size being the one difference, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will allegedly have more differences between them. It’s said that the Galaxy S9 will have 4GB of RAM while the Galaxy S9+ will have 6GB and that the Galaxy S9 will have a signal rear camera while the S9+ will have dual rear cameras like the Note 8.

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The S9 and S9+ are also expected to have different screen sizes, but those will be the same as they are on the S8 and S8+. That means that the S9 could have a 5.8-inch Infinity Display with slim bezels while the S9+ might have a 6.2-inch Infinity Display with slim bezels.

Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are expected to have a rear fingerprint reader below their rear cameras rather than to the right like on the S8 and S8+. They’ll both reportedly pack microSD card slots, 64GB of storage, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and AKG stereo speakers, too. No processor details have been given, but it’s suggested that they’ll have 10nm chips, which could mean the Snapdragon 845.

Samsung is also reportedly prepping a backward compatible DeX dock that lays the phone flat and lets you use its screen as a touchpad or keyboard.

The details included in today’s report hint at some nice changes to the S9 and S9+ and some not-so-nice ones. It’s good to hear that Samsung may be tweaking the fingerprint reader placement, making it easier to reach, and the inclusion of stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack sound good, too. It’s kind of a bummer to hear that the S9 and S9+ might have different RAM and camera setups, though, because that means that people that prefer the S9’s smaller screen won’t be able to get the same features as the S9+.

What do you think of today’s report? Do these Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices interest you?

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Google fixes disabled bootloader unlock on Pixel 2 phones

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a Pixel, but for many, it’s the unlockable bootloader that’s most appealing. Imagine the disappointment when some Pixel 2 devices from the Google Store showed up without an unlockable bootloader. Google seems to have gotten right to work on the bug, and it’s now fixed.

Having an unlockable bootloader means you can flash whatever you want to the phone. This is an option for all Pixel (and Nexus) phones, except for the ones sold by Verizon.

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Google Lens officially rolling out to Pixel phones

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A few weeks after Google Lens first began rolling out to Pixel phones, Google has confirmed that the deployment is officially beginning.

Google is now pushing Google Lens to all Pixel phones set to English in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, India, and Singapore. The rollout will happen over the coming weeks.

You can activate Google Lens by going to Google Assistant and tapping the Lens icon in the bottom right corner. Google Lens has a range of features in its arsenal, like the ability to look up products by barcode, scan QR codes, and save information like business cards and phone numbers by scanning the text.

Google Lens will also let you point your phone’s camera at real world objects to learn more about them. You can use Lens on landmarks to learn more about their history, scan a movie poster to get the trailer and reviews, or scan a book to see its rating and a synopsis. 

Google Lens sounds like a nifty addition to Google’s Pixel phones. You could do a lot of the same things by typing things out on your phone, like the name of a movie or a person’s contact info, but Lens helps you do those tasks much faster. Plus it can help you identify objects that you don’t know much about, like a new landmark that you don’t know the name of.

If you’ve got a Google Pixel, have you gotten Google Lens yet?

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Google Lens will launch within Assistant on all Pixel phones in the coming weeks

Google is bringing its artificial intelligence-powered Lens tool to all Pixel and Pixel 2 phones in the coming weeks as part of an update to Google Assistant, the company announced today in a blog post. Lens, which was first unveiled back in May at the company’s I/O developer conference, is an computer vision system that lets you point your Pixel or Pixel 2 camera at an object and get information about it in real time, as the AI-powered algorithm is capable of recognizing real-world items.

Lens was first made available within Google Photos last month as part of the Pixel 2 launch, and now Google says Lens will soon arrive as a built-in feature of Google Assistant starting in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, India, and Singapore “in the…

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