Newsletter: iPhone 8 ‘Home Button’ Goes Virtual & Samsung Android Browser App No One Wants!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I’ve been uplinked and downloaded. I’ve been inputted and outsourced. I know the upside of downsizing; I know the downside of upgrading. I’m a high-tech lowlife. A cutting-edge, state-of-the-art, bicoastal multitasker, and I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond.” ~ George Carlin (Ode to the Modern Man)

iPHONE 8 WILL HAVE A VIRTUAL HOME BUTTON

THE STORY

A virtual button makes it easy to customize options.

WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE A VIRTUAL ONE?

Although no one actually complained about iPhone’s beloved home button, iPhone 7 totally hashed a physical button in favor of a touchpad. Sadly, this didn’t really make much difference and couldn’t create a seamless edge-to-edge surface. Hence including a virtual home button seemed to be the obvious solution. But it still had its problems, especially when it came to integrating fingerprint id.

Readers already know that Apple Inc. might scrap fingerprint ID entirely from their 10th anniversary iPhone. Recently unpacked ‘Homepod’ code revealed the presence of a state-of the art’ face recognition technology, likes of which haven’t surfaced on any consumer device yet.

WHAT ADVANTAGES DOES A VIRTUAL HOME BUTTON HAVE?

Some users might find it more of a gimmick to have a virtual home button. But contrary to unpopular opinion, there’s more than meets the eye. Despite the virtual button still placed at the bottom panel, it offers several customization options. The biggest advantage of not having a physical or fixed home button is a bezel-less surface that Apple designers have tried hard to achieve. According to a developer, users will be able to change the button indicator’s size and could also be hidden.

ANY SHORTCOMINGS?

Unfortunately, we can only make speculations still we can actually get the iPhone 8 in our hands. There are some rumors that despite the virtual button, apps will not be able to extend to the bottom area, which might sour the seamless vibe (not again!). This also means that the bottom area still cannot be utilized for other purposes. Playing Videos on full-screen however, will automatically hide the home button indicator and cover entire screen.


SAMSUNG MAKES ITS ANDROID BROWSER PUBLIC

THE STORY

Samsung internet app available for use on all Android devices.

IS IT GOOD NEWS FOR ANDROID USERS?

Samsung has certainly proven its superiority as the de-facto leader in Smartphone business. Their devices currently outsell any other brand in the market including giants like Apple. However, they still haven’t been able to make much progress when it comes to native apps. But that’s soon about to change as they’ve recently launched Samsung Internet version 6.2 beta that works on all android devices above v5.0. This new browser is powered by Samsung’s very own cloud service, and is loaded with features.

WHY WOULD ANYONE USE THIS OVER CHROME?

Unlike desktops or notebooks, Chrome is certainly the browser of choice for most android users as it can be easily synced with Google account. Samsung Internet however, also comes with several useful features. It supports extensions like Chrome and Firefox, which can be used to block ads and prevents malicious websites from opening. Also, it is reported to be less heavy on device battery as compared to Chrome, which might earn it some brownie points.

Regardless of the features, Samsung Internet still utilizes Google as their default search engine. Although this shouldn’t be much of a problem, but surely cuts any chances of competing with Chrome.

 

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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