Archive for February 25, 2018

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S9 Series At MWC

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 25, 2018 by itnerd

Samsung today unveiled its latest Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagship smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Here’s a video of the introduction:

The key features of Samsung’s latest and greatest are:

  • The smaller Galaxy S9 features the same 5.8-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ bezel-light display and a single rear-facing camera with a fingerprint reader placed just below the camera sensor.
  • The Galaxy S9+ has a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ screen and a dual-camera setup.
  • Both also have the same 8MP f/1.7 front-facing camera.
  • The Galaxy S9 will include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with the S9+ having 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage
  • Both phones come with Android 8.0 Oreo
  • The two phones have a dual aperture camera which will be able to switch between f/2.4 and f/1.5. Thus the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will have the flexibility to take photos and videos in different lighting situations.
  • The Galaxy S9+ brings a secondary camera which will use a wide-angle sensor to capture more of what you’re seeing. The most significant difference is that the dual-camera array is now lined up vertically with the fingerprint sensor being placed below them.
  • The phone has the ability to capture super slow-motion video at 960 frames per second.
  • Samsung has a new feature called AR Emoji which maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions, like winks and nods, for true personalization of emoji’s. If that sounds like the Animoji feature of the iPhone X, you’d be right.

Both phones will be available on March 16 with pre-orders starting on March 2. Colors include Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue.


Koodo & TELUS To Enable Voice Commands Through Google Assistant

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 25, 2018 by itnerd

Koodo and Telus customers will soon be able to utilize voice commands on Google Home and other Google Assistant enabled mobile devices, such as the Google Pixel 2, to check billing details, manage data usage, send SMS and make phone calls.

Launching next month, Koodo will be the first carrier in Canada to offer this service option to its customers in both English and French. Telus customers eager to use this new service option can expect availability later this year.

Both companies are continually improving their customers’ experiences and enabling service options through tools like Google Assistant is just one example of how they’re  making it easier to access the products and services Canadians use to connect.