Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra might be the phone that fully replaces the Galaxy Note series in Samsung’s smartphone lineup. Not only does it support S-Pen input, but you can also store the pen inside the phone when you’re not using it, according to leaked real-world pictures. That was pretty much the last thing setting Galaxy S phones apart from Galaxy Note phones.
In other recent tech news from around the web, I’ve got more details about GPD’s Pocket 3 modular mini-laptop, Microsoft has released an update to Windows Insiders fixing some functions that broke when a certificate expired last week, the company is bringing support for running Android apps to Insiders on the Windows 11 Dev channel (it was a Beta-only feature previously), and the company is also announcing the impending end of support for OneDrive on Windows 7 through Windows 8.1.
Real-Life Photos of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra [Front Page Tech]
These leaked images are allegedly real-world photos of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, a phone that will launch in early 2022 with a curved glass display, four rear cameras, and S-Pen that stows away inside the phone. Goodbye Galaxy Note, I guess.
Releasing Windows 11 KB5008295 to Beta and Release Preview Channels [Microsoft]
Microsoft has released a Windows 11 Beta/Release Preview channel update that fixes a known issue that caused the Snipping Tool, Touch Keyboard, Voice Typing, Emoji Panel, IME UI, and other items to stop working due to a certificate that expired Oct 31.
End of support for OneDrive desktop application on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 [Microsoft]
Microsoft is ending support for using the OneDrive desktop app with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. The company will stop updating the software on Jan 1, 2022 and the apps will stop syncing to the cloud on March 1, 2022.
Introducing Android Apps on Windows 11 to Windows Insiders [Microsoft]
Update: the Windows Subsystem for Android now lets Windows 11 Insiders on both Dev and Beta channels run Android apps on a Windows PC. (It was beta channel only until now).
WSATools utility for simpler sideloading of Android apps on Windows 11 is almost ready (but rejected by the Microsoft Store) [@Simizfo]
The Windows Subsystem for Android allows you to run Android apps on Windows 11 by installing the Amazon Appstore. But so far only a few dozen apps are available. Fortunately you can sideload Android apps. Unfortunately it takes a little work to do it.
So Developer Simone Franco has been building a tool that simplifies the process. An early build leaked last week, and now a fully functional version is almost ready… but the first time Franco submitted it to the Microsoft Store, it was rejected. Maybe 2nd time will be a charm if Microsoft provides useful feedback?
Update: WSATools is now available from the Microsoft Store.
VIA to offload parts of x86 subsidiary to Intel [AnandTech]
VIA Technologies is selling part of Centaur Technology subsidiary to Intel for $125 million. Centaur develops x86 processor cores, and the deal will move some of Centaur’s staff to Intel, but VIA might retain patents & rights to continue making x86 chips.
Xiaomi introduces Loop LiquidCool Technology [Xiaomi]
Xiaomi says its new Loop LiquidCool Technology offers 2X the cooling capability of a “conventional vapor chamber.” It’s coming to smartphones in the second half of 2022.
Google’s Pixel foldable coming in 2022, cameras will be a step down from Pixel 6 [9to5Google]
Google’s upcoming foldable Pixel phone won’t have the same 50MP Samsung GN1 camera as the Pixel 6, likely due to lack of space for it. Code in the Google Camera app suggests it’ll have the 12.2MP Sony IMX363 camera as most Pixel phones since the Pixel 3.
Firefox add-on policy changes in 2021 [Mozilla]
Starting Dec 1, Firefox add-ons that communication with remote services will need to use encryption, data collection is only allowed if it’s part of an add-on’s primary function, and add-ons that solely exist to launch other sites will be banned.
GPD Pocket 3 KVM module demo [Liliputing / YouTube]
The Pocket 3 mini-laptop has an 8 inch touchscreen display, an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 or Core i7-1195G7 processor, and a modular design that lets you swap out a USB Type-A port for either a serial port or a KVM module that lets you use the computer as an external display, touchpad, and keyboard for another PC, server, or other devices. This is quick demo of changing ports and using the KVM feature.
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That GPD Pocket 3 KVM feature seems absolutely useless. I can’t think of a worse possible way to bring in a video feed (an emulated camera).
I’d rather buy a portable monitor, and a handheld keyboard+touchpad combo. A far more flexible solution.
It basically acts as an HDMI capture card. I just used the dumbest (but also quickest/easiest) app possible to demonstrate it. The Phawx has a video where he shows it working with OBS, and other software might do a better job. The idea is that the Pocket 3 is a handheld PC that can be used as a general purpose computer and as a handheld input/display tool for connecting to headless servers or other gear.
I just don’t see much value in it for troubleshooting, or accessing headless servers.
Like you said, HDMI was an odd choice for plugging into servers. Most servers that I’ve worked on offer DP or VGA, and almost never HDMI.
From a troubleshooting perspective, I can definitely see the concept of how someone might use it, but I just don’t think many IT people find themselves in that scenario often enough to say “I’d spend $1000 on a laptop with KVM from a brand with no warranty”.
I imagine most IT people are going to remote in, and fix it without getting off their butts.
Something tells me they’ll be troubleshooting the GPD more than any others.
It seems GPD got the serial port and KVM idea from Phawx. I think GPD should stop listening to him.
I agree, I highly doubt engineers and IT folks would be buying this for work. If they are, they probably should get fired for incompetence.
Plus server-type hardware use VGA still so it’s also pretty pointless for that target market. If you’re going to need a powered VGA to HDMI adapter, might as well keep using your existing gear.
The serial port is useless too. Anyone who can’t get USB to serial cables to work probably should be looking for a different job.
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