The first reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Fold – the company's $ 2,000 folding phone – landed a few days ago. Yesterday some of these test units were already broken. Four journalists lost their ad after two days. Oh man.
Dieter Bohn of The Verge, Steve Kovach of CNBC, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg and Tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) all witness catastrophic display errors at their fold test units. The interesting thing is that the problem seems to manifest itself for a variety of reasons – and it's still not clear what happens to some of these units.
The Galaxy Fold comes with something that looks like a screen protector, but it's not Actually a screen protector – it's a special protective layer that covers the hinged OLED panel. While there is a warning on the cling film not sending on the device to remove this protective layer, this is a slight oversight. We have already removed all the plastic wrap from a new phone. Nobody reads something written on it.
But as it turns out, it's not intended to remove the movie like a screen saver. But two of the reviewers – Gurman and MKBHD – pulled the protective film off their devices (because it seemed removable again). MKBD could not completely turn off the movie before it got into trouble with the ad.
However, Bohn and Kovach did not remove this protective layer and both devices still had very similar display problems. Regardless of the cause, this is not a good look for Samsung – that is, it's still too early to scream, "the sky is falling."
But this is still a $ 2000 phone that was completely sold out on the day it was sold. It will be delivered to customers next week. In a statement, Samsung said it would "thoroughly investigate" the failed test units and ensure that customers know they are not removing the protective film. I bet you already know it.
I just hope this was an isolated situation involving only a small number of pre-release units. Unfortunately, we have to wait for a larger sample size to get a better idea of how widespread this problem is – or hopefully not. Fortunately, Google Assistant received some useful Hue integration, Adidas made a fully recyclable running shoe and
- Assistant + Hue = Wake Up Naturally: Now, Google Assistant can use your hue lights to slowly wake you up by increasing the brightness over a 30-minute period – you know, like a sunrise! The light can also be switched off slowly at night.
- The language assistant from Facebook is coming: Facebook has developed its own digital assistant to compete with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. None of this sounds like a good idea. [CNBC]
- Facebook has uploaded a number of email addresses: If you sign up for Facebook after May 2016, there's a good chance the social network has taken the email addresses from your contacts list, without asking for permission. This states that this was a mistake and now deletes the lists pulled by 1.5 million users. But hey – we can fully trust them with voice access, right?
- YouTube Comes Back to Fire: It looks like Google and Amazon have finally settled their differences – YouTube joins Fire TV and Prime Video Chromecast support. I'm so glad that it's BFFs again. The Verge ]
- Sprint is in a bad place: According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, things are even worse for Sprint than ever thought. Looks like they need this fusion. Soon. [WSJ]
- Face Detection at Airports Comes: By 2023, face detection will be performed at 97 percent of airports and departing passengers will be scanned. Mr. Orwell rolls around in the grave. [The Verge]
- Adidas & # 39; Recyclable Shoes: Adidas made a shoe called Futurecraft Loop, made entirely from recyclable TPU. It does not even have glue! And best of all, you still look very good. [Engadget]
In a somewhat strange news, there is an eBay auction that currently offers a number of T-Rex bones. The fossils seem to be from a baby dinosaur, and they are currently paying an incredible $ 2.95 million. I mean, I doubt anyone has three big ones lying around to buy bones, especially from a random guy on eBay.