Samsung announced its second Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event, where the launch of the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and other products is expected.
This Galaxy Note 20 event will be held entirely online for the first time on August 5 at 10 a.m.Pacific time due to the coronavirus pandemic .
Samsung announced the event on July 7 and began sending invitations to journalists, somewhat confirming the arrival of the Galaxy Note 20 in bronze or copper (the same leaked a few days ago on the company’s own page).
In recent years, the second annual Unpacked has been held in New York at a face-to-face event.
In addition, just as the company did with the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra, Samsung is not expected to present this new generation of Note with the name Galaxy Note 11 as many expected, but would take the numbering 20 to represent launch year.
According to rumors, Samsung would launch three versions of this snartphone and would follow the same naming of the S20: Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Plus and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Among the most anticipated news would be, as usual, new functions in the S Pen, improvements to the cameras and updated specifications.
Rumors indicate that Samsung would abandon the time-of-flight sensor on these phones and that the Galaxy Note 20 may debut the Snapdragon 865 Plus and Exynos 992 processors to offer performance improvements over the S20 and other flagship phones that have already been presented. this year with the Snapdragon 865 processor.
Also, the successor to the Galaxy Fold would come with a name that would be combined with the excellent Galaxy Z Flip that we met a few months ago to be called Galaxy Z Fold 2.
According to rumors, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 would bring a hinge as outstanding as that of the Galaxy Z Flip, an external display with small bezels, and a large internal part without an eyebrow that would greatly enhance the experience of the Samsung flip phone.
During this event, Samsung is also expected to unveil the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. This phone would offer the same benefits of the Galaxy Z Flip that it announced a few months ago, but now with 5G connectivity and the same powerful Snapdragon 865 Plus processor.
Microsoft has announced the new Windows 10 Start menu that has been rumored for months.
The company already showed a preview of this start menu in March this year, which is already coming to the Windows 10 Insiders program, as the company explained in a blog post on July 1. The most significant change is that the new menu is visually more uniform when it stops giving so much emphasis to Live Tiles, a characteristic element of Windows 10. (Live Tiles are those “tiles” where applications or widgets are found inside the start menu and that currently have very striking colors).
“We are revamping the Start menu with a more uniform design that removes the solid color tiles behind the icons in the application list and applies a partially transparent uniform background to the tiles,” explains Microsoft in its publication.
Microsoft says it is still possible to customize the menu and that you can choose a color accent in dark mode for the Start menu, the taskbar and the activity center.
Along with an updated Start menu, the latest version of Windows 10 also includes changes to the Alt-Tab command (which helps you to access any open application or window faster). From now on the command will optionally show all the open tabs of Microsoft Edge (until now only the one that was active at the time of pressing the command was shown).
Finally, the system notifications now add an “X” button so you can close them when they bother you easily. These changes are already available to users of the Insider program and although Microsoft has not disclosed the date that all users will have access to these changes, it is expected to happen in some of the semi-annual updates within this year.
Google released the first public beta version of Android 11 this week and it comes with many hidden features for developers to take advantage of, but regular users aren’t left out either. You can install the first beta version right now as long as you have one of supported devices. I signed up to participate in the beta program on a Pixel 4 XL and have been reviewing the update.
We’re big fans of the new Quick Controls page that is easy to access and incredibly useful, along with revamped media controls, while app hints and Bubble calls will take time to get used to.
While we’re sure Google has more surprises for Android 11 in coming days, until then here’s are five features we’ve tested and know you’ll love when it launches later this year.
Android 11: Quick controls are great
The first thing you should do after installing Android 11, either in public beta or when it is officially released, is to long press the power button on your phone to bring up the new Quick Controls screen. On my Pixel, at least, this screen provides power control options on top, provides shortcuts to your Google Pay cards and boarding passes, and then underneath that you’ll find my favorite Android 11 feature: controls fast for smart home devices.
My phone automatically selected some devices that I’ve linked to Google Assistant, like the Nest and my Nest video doorbell. I can even watch a live stream from my doorbell directly on this screen, without having to open the Nest app (which is slow and difficult to use). It’s great.
You can add or remove devices from your smart home by tapping the menu button and selecting add or edit controls.
Bubbles: Bubbles to message your friends
Do you remember the bubbles? This feature was supposed to be part of Android 10, but Google removed it at the last minute. Well, they are back with Android 11.
The bubbles are similar to Facebook Messenger’s “chat heads” feature. When activated, a small avatar, or Bubble, appears on your screen no matter what application you are using. Tap the avatar and a small window will open for you to read and send new messages in that thread, without fully opening the application. You can drag the bubble around your screen or drag it to the bottom of the screen to remove it.
In the first public beta, the only app that seems to work with Bubbles right now is Facebook Messenger. Even then, it doesn’t fully work. We hope Google fixes the issues before the full release of Android 11.
To use Bubbles in a conversation, there will be a small Bubbles icon in the lower right corner of the notification. Touching it will immediately enable bubbles for that thread.
Another way to activate Bubbles for specific conversations is to long-press a notification and mark it as a priority. Doing so will not only activate Bubbles for that thread, but will also allow that conversation to interrupt Do Not Disturb ensuring that you don’t miss any messages.
New app suggestions are great
Right after installing the public beta of Android 11 and unlocking my Pixel 4 XL, I received an option to enable app hints on the home screen. Unsure of what exactly that was, I reluctantly agreed. Turns out it’s pretty cool.
Previously, Android made suggestions in the app drawer that it believed you would want to use, depending on the time of day and other mysterious factors. In Android 11, there is now a row of app hints at the bottom of the home screen where the main app-base would normally be displayed.
Apps have a shiny border around them and change frequently when you return to the home screen while using your phone. You can tap and hold any of the app icons to pin that suggestion on your home screen.
You can also block apps from appearing as suggestions if you don’t want something like Gmail to appear even if you use a different email app.
To access App Tips and customize how it works for you, touch and hold the Home screen, and select Startup Settings, then Tips. There you can control the suggestions in the app drawer and on the home screen or block the apps from appearing in the list.
Android 11 improves its multimedia controls
In the announcement of the public beta for Android 11, Google showed a new music control interface that looked amazing. Rather than making the playback controls more like a pending notification, they are placed in the Quick Settings panel at the top of the screen. And when you interact with them, there is a new option to control where the music plays.
For example, if you have Google’s new Pixel Buds 2 and a Nest Hub, you can quickly switch between the two devices with a few taps.
If you install the beta version of Android 11, you will not be able to find the function when you start playing music, but do not be discouraged, it is there, but it is hidden.
You’ll need to enable Developer Options on your phone by opening the Settings app and going to About phone . Scroll to the bottom of the screen where you will find Build Number . Press it until a small notification appears saying something like “Congratulations! You are now a developer.”
Next, you’ll have to go to Developer Options in Settings> System. Once there, look for media resume, turn it on, and then restart your phone.
The next time you start playing music, you’re going to see the new multimedia controls.
Finally! A way to record your screen
Screenshots are a quick and easy way to capture something on the screen, but there are times when a recording is better suited to the task at hand. For example, if you want to show your gaming skills, or highlight the steps to play an error screen recording.
You can find the Screen Record tool in the Quick Settings panel after installing Android 11. If it’s not visible, tap the pencil icon to add it to your panel.
Tap the Record Screen icon and select if you want your microphone to record audio and if you want your touch interactions to be highlighted in the video. To stop recording, tap the Record screen notification. The video will be saved on the camera roll, where you can edit and share the recording.
We will continue to test Android 11 and see what other things are hidden or added during the rest of the beta process. In the meantime, if you can’t wait for Android 11 to launch later this year, you can install it right now.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the model will come with the best features of that series, as it will have a main sensor of 108 megapixels, according to a new leak.
Blogger Roland Quandt, who is known for usually correct reporting, reaffirmed the 108 megapixel for the Note 20 Ultra’s main shooter, noting that this is not new information but reinforcing this feature.
The 108 megapixels in the rear camera of the Note 20 Ultra have been reported for several months ago and it is believed that it will be one of the most relevant feature of the phone that until now does not seem to have any major changes or news compared to the S20 series.
A 108-megapixel sensor is also present in the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but the sensor in the Note 20 Ultra is expected to be better in aspects like zoom. In the photography department, the Note 20 Ultra would also have another 13 megapixel sensor and will eliminate the ToF sensor (used for distance measurement) and opt for a laser auto focus. A third sensor would be 12 megapixels.
Samsung has not commented on the Note 20 series, but it is expected to arrive in two models, with a refined design from that seen with the Note 10 last year, with a new and more capable S Pen, among other improvements.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will arrive in August direct to screen. Or at least we can presume from alleged images of his design that have been leaked.
The well-known Ice Universe leaker published two computer-made images ( renders ) showing the internal and external design of the Galaxy Fold 2, a new smartphone that Samsung will announce as soon as the first days of August.
The images reveal an internal body with fairly small bezels and an integrated camera on the right side of the screen.
In one of the images, it is shown how the design of the Fold 2 will be on its external part. The main face, which is where the external display is, would have a huge panel compared to the first edition Galaxy Fold. In front there would also be a camera integrated into the external screen.
As for the rear cameras, Samsung would place it in a corner, similar to the distribution that the rear camera of the Galaxy S20 has.
The Galaxy Fold 2 is as the foldable phone that Samsung will announce at an Unpacked event in August is known. It is rumored that the Galaxy Note 20 series, consisting of at least two phones, would also be announced at that event; The Galaxy Z Flip 5G and possible accessories such as headphones and smart watches would be presented.
Samsung has not commented on these products or the rumored event.
Panasonic has unveiled its new Toughbook A3 business tablet, a device that incorporates Android 10.1 and that the company claims has the ability to be designed according to the needs of each company.
The Panasonic Toughbook A3 has an eight-core processor, 4G LTE connectivity and a plug-in stylus. As the company explained, this tablet has the flexibility to be designed according to the needs of each business, so it can include a barcode reader if this is required and it is also practically unbreakable since it includes military resistance technology MIL-STD -810H.
This tablet is not designed for everyday use to watch movies – although it can also be used for this. The truth is that this device has been designed to work outdoors, so its 10.1-inch panel offers good visibility even when you’re working in the bright sunlight.
Connectivity 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB Type C
5,580mAh battery, up to 9 hours extended work, ability to change the battery
Productivity +, the professional platform
During the launch of this tablet, Panasonic explained that, in addition to the device, the company offers a solution called Productivity +, a series of Android-based software with solutions for modernizing digital workflows for businesses.
Productivity + allows companies that are making a transition from Windows CE to Android to be able to do it in a simple way, using a robust platform and devices that are created to be used on construction sites and other tasks that require robust equipment.
The starting price of the tablet is $ 2,699, although it varies depending on the configuration.
Today we have a list of free games to install on your Android smartphone. They are action games that will leave you full of adrenaline and who knows, win a captive spot on your phone. As always, games have good ratings on the Play Store.
Time to get to work in Armed Heist – the action-packed third person shooter game that gets your heart pumping! Test your reflexes as you venture on your bank robbery spree. Robbing banks & armored trucks has never been more thrilling as you avoid flying bullets.
After several months of waiting, behold, the much-promised update in May started to be sent to all Windows 10 users. This distribution starts a day earlier than expected and I don’t think anyone will complain.
Microsoft has slightly changed the philosophy of Windows 10 updates, so this will be the most important of the year. Towards the end of 2020 another update is expected, but only to correct minor details.
What’s new in Windows 10 May 2020 Update
This version is also known as Windows 10 version 2004 and brings some news that deserve to be highlighted. Firstly, we have a renewed interface for the Cortana assistant.
Cortana is now an independent application, which means it can be improved at any time. It gives primacy to written commands, something that goes against the new ideology that Microsoft has for Cortana.
We also have news for virtual desktops that will now last even after you turn off your computer. It will also be possible to assign names that will also be saved automatically.
There is an effort to unify all Windows settings in the Settings application, the notepad has also been improved alongside the File Explorer and we should also mention new productivity options for Calendar and Mail.
How to install the new update for Windows 10
Unfortunately, Microsoft will not automatically install this update on its users’ computers. So, there are some methods you can use to receive news.
You can always manually check Windows Update for new updates. In my case, I still don’t have access to it via this route, but if you do, you will be presented with a link that will take you to the installation of Windows 10 May 2020 Update.
The most immediate is to go to the Microsoft website and click on the “Update now” button. An executable file will be downloaded that will proceed to update, in a simple way, your Windows 10.
If none of these solutions work, you can always download this tool from Microsoft . Once started, you will have to accept the terms, select the option to update your PC and follow the instructions.
From bank statements to personal messages , and even password reset requests, your Gmail account contains a wealth of personal information. If someone had access to it, in practice they could access your entire identity online.
Rather than simply waiting for hackers not to access your account, take 10 minutes of your time and secure your Gmail account right now.
Use a strong password
I suspect that we are all guilty of having reused simple passwords at some point. I admit that I used to. But using the same passwords on multiple sites and services is like asking someone to hack your accounts. It is enough with an information leak or data violation in some service, so that the hackers begin to try to log in to all your accounts.
It is time to change things. Use unique, randomly generated passwords for each online account you have. Keeping track of all those passwords is easy if you use a password manager.
To change the password for your Google account, visit the security page account and click Password ( Password ) in section Signing in to Google ( Log on Google ). Verify your password if prompted, then enter your new password (generated by your administrator password) and click Change Password ( Change Password ).
Enable two-step verification
Without two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication, hackers only need your password to access your entire Google account, which includes YouTube, Gmail, and Google Pay. And remember, if you reuse the same password for multiple services, hackers could get it from a data breach or through a phishing scam.
With two-step verification, hackers would need your password and a randomly generated six-digit access code, or have physical access to your phone, in order to access your account.
Follow the prompts until you reach the section you see in the screenshot above. Once there, decide if you want to receive push alerts in the Gmail app to approve login requests (the default option), or if you want to use random access codes. Using alerts in the Gmail application is easier, but it means that you must have your phone close at all times. You will also need a data connection to approve the alert. If you are in a place without coverage, such as on a plane, for example, you will need to connect to Wi-Fi.
If you choose to use an access code, you can receive it by text message or access it in a password manager. I use a password manager to manage my verification codes in two steps, allowing me to access the codes on any device, regardless of whether I have a data connection on my phone.
If you choose to use alerts, click Try it now ( Try Now ). You will receive an alert on the phone that appeared on the screen. Follow the rest of the prompts to complete the setup.
But if you want to use access codes, click Choose another option ( Choose another option ) and then Text message or voice call ( text message or phone call ).
Enter your phone number and then enter the code to activate two-step verification. After entering the code and clicking a few more buttons, two-step verification will be activated.
But wait, we’re not done yet. Although using two-step verification using access codes sent by text message is safer than not using it at all, I recommend using push alerts if possible . The scams change SIM cards are becoming more common, and allow hackers to take over your phone number and receive your verification codes in two steps.
If you prefer to use access codes, take a few extra minutes of your time and set up an authentication app for your Google account. You can use the Google Authenticator app or a password manager. Click Set Up ( Configuration ) section of the application Authenticator app ( App of the Authenticator ) and then select the type of phone you use. Use your preferred application to scan the QR code, then enter the access code generated by your application to verify that everything is configured correctly and ready.
Note : There is an even more secure option to protect your Google account that uses a physical security key. For most people, however, charging an additional device is not a realistic option. At the very least, you should activate two-step verification.
Check your backup contact methods
It is possible that from the first time you set up your Gmail account you have changed your phone number or closed a previous email account. Therefore, it is a good idea to verify your backup contact methods. It is the information that Google will use in case you cannot access your account to confirm that it really belongs to you.
Visit this page and look for the section entitled Ways we can verify it’s you ( Ways to verify your identity ).
Click on each section – Recovery phone ( Phone Recovery ) Recovery email ( E – mail retrieval ) and Security question ( security question ) – and updates the information if necessary.
Remember that if this information is out of date and you cannot access your account, Google will not be able to verify that you belong.
Check your account activity
It is possible that a hacker (or an ex) is accessing your account without your knowledge. To verify it, log in to your Gmail account and scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see a line that says “Last account activity”.
At the end of that line, click Details ( Details ) to see me when, how and where you are using your account. If you suspect that there is some unknown activity, click the button Sign out of all other sessions Gmail web ( Close all other open sessions on the web ) and change your password immediately.
The Galaxy Note 20 (or Galaxy Note 11, if it ever gets that name) would be Samsung’s next flagship phone slated to conquer the market in the second half of 2020, which will likely be accompanied by the Galaxy Fold 2, as was the case with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 with the Galaxy Z Flip in the first half of the year.
Although it would still be a few months before the launch of the Galaxy Note 20, there are some news that are expected compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus that were presented in the second half of last year and there are already some rumors related to this new generation . Here we collect the main rumors and what is expected at the moment from those phones.
Name: Galaxy Note 20 instead of Galaxy Note 11
Samsung just launched the Galaxy S20, but now the next eagerly awaited flagship phone is the Galaxy Note series.
Although the most normal thing for many would be to expect the next generation of Samsung Note phones to be called Galaxy Note 11, the big bet is that they will be called Galaxy Note 20, since the company did the same with the Galaxy S series.
The name or numbering change came because the company now wants to include the year as a reference of when they were launched. In this way, this year the Galaxy S20 arrived and next year the Galaxy S21 would arrive. Therefore, the most logical thing now would be that the new Note devices assume the same numbering and the Galaxy Note 20 arrives and next year the Galaxy Note 21.
Versions or models: Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Plus and Note 20 Ultra?
Because Samsung introduced two versions of its Note phone last year, the company is expected to release at least two new versions in 2020.
That said, the versions would be Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Plus, but with the launch of the S20 Ultra there is a possibility that Samsung will also decide to launch a third version called Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The latest rumors suggest that Samsung will decide not to launch a Note 20 Ultra , focusing only on two models – which would be the Note 20 and Note 20 Plus.
Samsung would decide not to launch the Note 20 Ultra to put most of the S20 Ultra’s features in the Note 20 Plus, and thus leave a smaller portfolio. The Note 20 Plus, in case there is no Ultra model, would be the most equipped and with the best specifications – but also the most expensive.
Launch and availability
The launch of the Galaxy Note 20 would be perhaps in early August, in the second Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event, since the Galaxy Note 10 was presented on August 7 , 2019 and the Galaxy Note 9, on August 9 , 2018.
Considering that last year said date fell on Wednesday and the previous one, on Thursday, it is possible that the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 will be on August 5 or 6, 2020. The event, known as Unpacked, could be broadcast only in line and there would be no physical event as such, a change brought about by the health emergency due to the corona virus pandemic.
As for availability, as usual, those interested are expected to be able to buy the Galaxy Note 20 from Friday of the week of the presentation (that is, August 7), at least in pre-sale. The Galaxy Note 20 is expected to hit stores and be available a few weeks later, perhaps on August 21.
However, due to the corona virus, it is unknown whether Samsung could be forced to delay the launch of this new generation of flagship phones for a few.
One of the most important trends in recent years is that high-end phones have risen in price each generation.
Galaxy Note 8: $ 929
Galaxy Note 9: $ 999
Galaxy Note 10: $ 949
Galaxy Note 10 Plus: $ 1,099
Also, Samsung further increased the price with its flagship phones this year, as the cheapest Galaxy S20 costs $ 999.
With this, the most logical thing would be to expect the price of the Galaxy Note 20 to be higher than the previous generation and, although it is not clear, how much more expensive, the price could start at US $ 1,099, to be placed one step higher than the S20.
Design and Specifications
There have not been many leaks or rumors about the design of the Galaxy Note 20 and, although there are already some very interesting things that have been leaked, in the coming weeks, many others should be known.
So far, a cover revealing some design features of the Galaxy Note 20 has been leaked through the Chinese social network Weibo.
The cover shows a very rectangular design as usual, without a traditional headphone jack, a rectangular camera module – like the one on the Galaxy S20 Ultra – and, apparently, all the buttons would be located on the left side edge.
Also, weeks later the popular filter Roland Quandt published images of the cover mold for the alleged Galaxy Note 20 Plus (or perhaps the Galaxy Note 10 Ultra, revealing some additional details.
For example, the camera module would be very similar to that of the Galaxy S20, integrating a large vertical rectangle.
In addition, the filter revealed that the power and volume buttons would now be located on the right side edge, a good change for right-handers since in the Galaxy Note 10 the company changed them to the left side.
According to the filter, these molds would be used to manufacture the LED View Cover that would be sold with these cell phones.
Another important novelty could come through the screen, since it would not only integrate a screen with a 120Hz update rate with improvements compared to that of the S20, but it could also have the front camera integrated under the screen, according to the popular @UniverseIce leaker.
Like the Galaxy S20, at least one of the Note is expected to offer up to 100x zoom, video recording up to 8K, 5G in markets where the network is already available (without being a special model for 5G), Snapdragon 865 or Exynos processor. 990, Android 10 and at least 12GB of RAM.
However, a performance test on GeekBench revealed that the so-called Galaxy Note 20 Plus 5G (SM-N986U) would have 8GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 865 processor and Android 10, as discovered by the blog SamMobile . Just keep in mind that these kinds of tests could be just prototypes and not the versions that we will know in the future.
Another interesting aspect is that, according to the SamMobile blog and the PhoneArena, the Galaxy Note 10 would have 128GB of initial storage instead of 256GB, like the Galaxy Note 10. It is not known if this would be a real change or if it would perhaps be intended for a Galaxy Note 10 Lite, so we will have to wait to know what reality will be like.
Likewise, a Samsung patent found by Patently Mobile revealed a much more curved screen than any Samsung cell phone and it has been rumored that it could come in the Galaxy Note 20. However, Samsung made the screen of the Galaxy S20 practically flat, so it would be strange that after reducing the curvature of one cell to the minimum, increase it to the maximum in the other.
Something also interesting is that according to a report from ZDNet , the Galaxy Note 20 could also release the Exynos 992 processor in some markets where the Snapdragon 865 processor is not used, bringing a manufacturing architecture of 6nm instead of 7nm, greater efficiency in the battery consumption and 1 to 3 percent better performance than the Snapdragon 865, according to a report on the Korean Clien site .
On the other hand, news is also expected for the S Pen and although there are few rumored specifications here we have some that have been mentioned through the different sources mentioned and some others that we expect.
However, the popular filter @UniverseIce and the editor of XDA Developers @MaxWinebach, revealed that the Galaxy Note 20 will be practically the same as the Galaxy S20, with the exception of the S Pen. This would indicate the same Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 processor, 12GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, three or four rear cameras, and a fingerprint reader built into the screen. At least the Note 20 Plus would have a new fingerprint reader built into the screen , which would be larger and provide more space for the user to place their finger.
The rear camera is expected to be 108 megapixels , but only on the Galaxy Note 20 Plus, according to the Galaxy Club site. The Galaxy Note 20 (base model) would have the same Galaxy S20 battery size (4,000mAh).
However, a change that would come in the cameras could be the absence of the Time of Flight (ToF) sensor, according to the Korean publication Kipost .
According to the report, Samsung would decide to eliminate this sensor because they have not taken so much advantage of it and that its plans to bring that class of sensors to the mid-range would also be rejected.
Galaxy Note 20: Features and Specifications
Screen: Up to 7 inches
Processor: Snapdragon 865, Exynos 990 or Exynos 992
RAM: 8GB, 12GB, 16GB
Storage: 128 or 256GB of initial storage
Operating system: Android 10 (One UI)
Cameras: 3 or 4 cameras and 100X digital zoom maximum in at least one version (there is a possibility that they would not include a Flight Time sensor)