It looks like Samsung has listened to feedback from customers and tech reviewers, and is finally offering a solution to the low internal storage issue that plagues the Galaxy S4, its flagship smartphone.
According to a report by Samsung focused website, SamMobile, the Korean smartphone giant has started rolling out a new software update to Galaxy S4 users in Germany that brings new improvements and fixes to the phone. The most notable feature that the update brings is the ability to move apps to the phone’s microSD card. This will allow users to utilise the phone’s external storage not just for storing multimedia content but for also installing apps. Previously, there was a lot of outrage over the phone’s limited internal storage as the 16GB variant of the phone offered only 8.82GB to the user. While Samsung had said that it was not really an issue as the phone came with a microSD card slot, it was not possible to install or move apps to the card. Samsung had later accepted that it was indeed a problem and that the company was working on a solution. It’s now being reported that the new update also increases the available internal storage space to 9.23GB.
The update, which is currently available for Galaxy S4 phones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, also brings a new camera firmware. The phone can now record HDR video as well. It also fixes a smearing issue which led to users seeing a purple effect while scrolling a list on the phone. The update brings a toggle for Smart Pause, a semi-transparent status bar on the home screen, new icons in the Settings menu, secure boot status in the About phone menu option and a new option to increase legibility in the Display settings menu.
The update, which is a 365.6MB download, can be installed over the air or via Samsung’s KIES desktop software. The report cites insider sources to inform that the update will also roll out to Exynos powered Galaxy S4 in the near future.
TECNO Mobile rumoured to be launching its first full-screen smartphone soon
By Our Reporter
This isn’t the first time the rumour carriers would give several hints about the Africa’s Number one smartphone makers, TECNO, but it is important to note that, they are not wrong most of the time.
Some weeks ago, the rumour mill buzzed about TECNO launching one of the best camera phone ever, from the Camon clan and when the device eventually launched (the Camon CX), the information wasn’t false as the TECNO Camon CX turned out to be the smartphone with the best camera feature till date.
So, with the assertions and leaked images coming from tipsters about TECNO’s launch of its first full screen smartphone, I think we should expect something special from them. For some years now, they (TECNO) have not disappointed as they consistently launch several top-of- the-line smartphones from the Phantom series to the Camon series to the L series and it is reported that this yet to be launched device is coming under the Camon brand and to be called TECNO CAMON CM.
Nonetheless, there is now guarantee that the handset, which is rumoured to flaunt a massive screen of between 5-6- inch Full Screen, will actually hit the shelves this year and very reliable industry analysts were able to confirm the full meaning of the abbreviation “CM”, which they said is called the “C-More”— which presumably means “the see more
For now, I guess we should reserve our judgment and wait to see what happens in the next few days. But one thing is certain, as it has been in their recent style, TECNO will surely surprise its fans.
MTN Innovation Award winners receive their cash prizes
The nine winners of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017 have today received their cash prizes from MTN Uganda. The nine winners picked their cash prizes totaling $27,000 (Ugx.97.2) during a handover ceremony and interaction with the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout. The nine came top at the recently concluded MTN Innovation Awards 2017 Gala Dinner. Each of the nine winners were handed $3000 (Ugx.10.8m).
“These innovations are the future of the Ugandan economy. The developers spend a lot of their time trying to find solutions that will leave the Ugandan education system, health sector, entertainment, financial services and e-commerce in a much better way than it is right now,” explained Prentout during the handover ceremony and interaction with the winners that took place MTN Towers, Kampala.
The MTN Innovation Awards 2017 call for entries that closed in early October 2017 attracted more than 200 entries, a record number since the awards started in 2015.
Through an audit process, a shortlist of 45 nominees was made and they showcased their innovations to public. It is from the 45 nominees that the nine winners were picked.
“The heartbeat of Uganda’s economy in the future is the young population. This demographic is inclined to technology and always innovating. MTN wants to be part of supporting that ecosystem that will support innovations since its history is from a small company to a pan-African and global telecom company,” he adds.
The nine were selected by a panel of judges. The awards indicate MTN Uganda’s commitment to scale sectors critical to the improvement of lives and communities through digital innovations. The awards are in line with MTN Uganda’s mission to make the lives of Ugandans brighter.
MTN Innovation Awards 2017: Here’s the full list of winners
MTN Uganda announced winners of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017 at a gala dinner hosted at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Wednesday. Nine innovations were recognized, each walking away with $3,000 and a plaque. The nine winners were selected by a panel of judges from a nominee list of 45 highly recommended applications.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer noted that the overwhelming number of entries, over 200, indicated how Uganda was indeed an innovative country.
“Technology presents a real opportunity for transformation of our economy and our nation and we must harness it. But it will take more than just MTN to achieve this; building a sustainable eco-system requires that we come together as stakeholders in Industry, Government, and private sector,” he said.
Adding, “We are also happy to recognize the strong response and participation of youth in our innovation initiatives both the MTN App challenge and the Innovation Awards. Indeed through these platforms, we hope to build a proposition that empowers youth to fulfill aspirations of self-employment and financial independence.”
Here’s the full list of winners:
Innovator of the Year – David Gonahasa – Roundbob.com
Outstanding Woman in Innovation – Evelyn Namara
Best SME Application – Qwicart
Most Innovative Mobile App – Qwicart
Best Education Application – myChild
Best Financial Services Application – MamboPay
Best Health Application – Protecting Infants Remotely by SMS (PRISMS)
Best Agriculture Application – M-Voucher
Best Media and Entertainment Application – appAbout
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