Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Mar 2017 21:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Samsung officially unveiled its Galaxy S8 today. Since the device was leaked extensively, there's very little in the way of news here, but there are still a few things I thought were interesting.

Most notably: DeX, a dock which turns your Galaxy S8 into a desktop computer. An old idea, of course, but still a holy grail companies are trying to obtain. The DeX dock looks kind of clever, and my absolute favourite part of it is that it has a fan to keep the phone cool while it's in desktop mode. Any application with proper Nougat support works just fine with windowing, but developers can also optimise for Samsung's own windowing features - which no developer will, of course, so you can forget that right away.

Curiously, the S8 comes with a new personal assistant built by Samsung with its own dedicated hardware button on the side of the device. It sports a 3.6mm headphone jack, and comes with a 99 USD wired Harman AKG headphones in the box, which is a nice touch.

The S8 will start at 750 USD or 799 EUR, and will be available this April.

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RE: Windowing
by rubberneck on Thu 30th Mar 2017 12:23 UTC in reply to "Windowing"
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Name me a developer who's gonna spend time on this? At least one that isn't paid too.

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RE[2]: Windowing
by leech on Thu 30th Mar 2017 22:15 in reply to "RE: Windowing"
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2006-01-10

Name me a developer who's gonna spend time on this? At least one that isn't paid too.


Have either of you ever used the multi-window on Samsung devices? It seems to work quite well with almost all the apps I've thrown at it that I'd want to have more than one app on screen (pretty much any non-game).

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RE[2]: Windowing
by jal_ on Fri 31st Mar 2017 12:51 in reply to "RE: Windowing"
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2006-11-02

Name me a developer who's gonna spend time on this? At least one that isn't paid too.

E.g. in the Netherlands, Samsung has about 80% of the Android market (which is already 80% of the market). Other European countries may fare similar. So that's a big market then.

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RE[3]: Windowing
by leech on Fri 31st Mar 2017 15:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Windowing"
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"Name me a developer who's gonna spend time on this? At least one that isn't paid too.

E.g. in the Netherlands, Samsung has about 80% of the Android market (which is already 80% of the market). Other European countries may fare similar. So that's a big market then.
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Ha, exactly. Pretty much the people here may buy 'Android' phones, but the majority of people on the planet buy Samsung or Apple phones, they don't care what operating system is on it. Samsung just happens to have phones from low to high end, whereas Apple only really hits the high end (at least if you're buying new).

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