The Samsung Galaxy S9 rumour train is already building up a head of steam

The dust has only just settled on Samsung’s excellent Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but the rumour mill has already started whirring concerning its successor.

Korean publication The Bell reports that work is already underway on what could well be the S9 (H/T SamMobile). It is claimed that the upcoming flagship will be codenamed ‘Star’, and ‘Star 2’ for the larger S9 Plus model.

The post adds that development is already ahead of schedule compared to previous years, although such rumours are common in the early development cycle of new products.

If true, though, this might suggest that ‘Star’ could land sooner than April 2018, which is when Samsung’s 2017 product release cycle indicates it’s likely to be released.

However, we should stress that these rumours can’t be confirmed and should naturally be taken with many pinches of salt.

Specific details on what Star will feature or what it might look like are thin on the ground, but we reckon it will be more of an incremental update focusing on improving the fingerprint scanner (an in-display reader has been mooted, potentially being debuted with the Note 8) and the already-beautiful Infinity Display.

Indeed, if the S9 is anything like its predecessor, then Samsung will again be looking to push the boundaries of what a premium handset can offer.

We certainly wouldn’t recommend holding off picking up the S8 or S8 Plus, though, as they’re two of the best phones you can buy right now, with our mobile editor Max Parker writing that the S8 is: “Easily the best phone around right now. It feels like the future.”

Is this Samsung’s first dual-camera Galaxy smartphone?

A supposed new Samsung leak appears to bolster rumours that the company is working on a phone with a dual camera.

Like all industries, the smartphone market is prone to trends. This year one of those prevailing trends is the dual camera. It’s undeniably en vogue, with major flagship phones like the iPhone 7 Plus, Huawei P10, and LG G6 all utilising the technology. But Samsung decided against the feature with its Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone this year.

However, we’ve heard persistent rumours that Samsung is going to trial the technology on an upcoming Galaxy C-series device. Excitingly, an image of what’s claimed to be the unannounced Samsung Galaxy C10 has turned up on Chinese social media site Weibo. What’s important here is that the image depicts the phone as having a dual camera module.

Now it has to be said that Weibo is a hotbed of leaks, but they’re not always accurate. After all, it’s basically China’s Twitter. However, given the consistency of Galaxy C10 leaks, we’d inclined to believe that Samsung is readying up a phone with a dual camera.

At the very least, we’d be very surprised if we didn’t see a dual camera phone from Samsung within the next year. It’s highly likely that the next round of iPhones will use the technology, and it’s also rumoured that the OnePlus 5 will feature it too. That’s why it’s been heavily tipped that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will make the switch towards the end of summer, giving users a reason to upgrade beyond the Galaxy S8.

Unfortunately, there’s no way of us verifying the legitimacy of this leak, so take it with due caution.

iPhone 8 might not be delayed until 2018 after all

Rumours that Apple’s iPhone 8 might by delayed until next year have been challenged by a new report from China.

It’s long been rumoured that Apple is going big this year; the 10th anniversary iPhone is tipped to pack all kinds of new features. But this impressive showing also led to rumours that the phone would be delayed on account of supply chain issues. For instance, it’s been claimed that yield for OLED displays – expected to be finally added to the iPhone this year – has been lower than expected.

According to China’s Economic Daily News (EDN) however, the iPhone won’t delayed at all. The publication alleges that production is on track, and that the first units will be available for sale as soon as October. Bear in mind, however, this this information can’t be verified, and may be inaccurate.

Previous reports had suggested that despite Apple’s plans to have phones ready by August or September, production had been delayed until the fourth quarter of 2017 – delaying sale until 2018. But the EDN report notes that key suppliers, including chipmaker TSMC, circuit board makers Zhen Ding Technology and Kinsus Interconnect Technology, and battery supplier Simplo Technology are all ready to ramp up iPhone parts in June.

Taiwan’s TSMC, which manufactures Apple chips, is expected to begin fabricating the wafers for Apple’s new A11 chip on June 10 according to the report, and is tipped to deliver the chips in high volume by the second half of July.

What’s more, assembly giants like Foxconn and Pegatron are said to be accelerating the recruitment and training of new workers ahead of iPhone 8 mass production.

The iPhone 8 is expected to arrive in September this year, and will mark the 10th anniversary of Apple smartphones. The working theory is that the iPhone 8 will be a special edition device that lands alongside two more conventional iPhone 7S devices.

Apple is tipped to introduce OLED displays and an all-screen front design, which would be a marked departure from previous iPhone handsets. For instance, OLED displays are much more efficient, as well as producing a better colour gamut and wider dynamic range, than conventional LCD panels. Samsung has been using OLED screens for years on its flagship Galaxy smartphones – including the new Galaxy S8. However, this situation was helped by the fact that Samsung manufactures the lion’s share of phone-sized OLED panels globally.

Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t actually confirmed any details about its plans for new smartphones, so take this report with due caution. We often hear a flurry of supply chain news ahead of official iPhone launches, but it’s not always correct.

WhatsApp is testing an ‘unsend’ feature for messages – report

Almost everyone will have sent a message they wished they could take back – but those days of WhatsApp regret could soon be over.

Whether it’s a drunken text to an ex, a typo-laden message to a colleague or client, or a saucy text to a family member that was meant for your partner, there’s no shortage of texts that we’d like to unsigned. Fortunately, the latest rumour is that WhatsApp is working on exactly that feature.

According to WABetaInfo, a Twitter feed that reports news about WhatsApp updates, the hugely popular messaging app will soon get a “recall” option. The site details how several names for the feature have been tested, including “unsend” and “revoke”.

Apparently the icon is already available in the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.17.171, but it’s disabled by default. WABetaInfo also suggests that Recall will be available on the iOS beta with the next update.

The feature seemingly allows users to recall/unsend a message that’s been delivered to another user. Right now, there’s no way of scrapping a sent message once it’s arrived on someone else’s phone.

But it wouldn’t be a huge surprise for WhatsApp to add such a feature. Facebook owns both WhatsApp and Instagram, the latter of which already has an unsend option for direct messages. There’s no reason why the same basic idea couldn’t be ported over to WhatsApp too.

However, don’t forget that just because a feature is being tested doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to make it to the live version of software. It’s entirely possible that WhatsApp will never get a proper recall feature, and we’ll be resigned to a life of actually thinking about what we type before we hit send. The horror…

WhatsApp launched in January 2009, and now serves over one billion users globally. The company was bought out by Facebook in February 2014 for the huge sum of $19.3 billion.

Samsung is reportedly facing supply issues with its 6GB RAM Galaxy S8+

A new report claims Samsung is facing supply issues with its Galaxy S8+ model that comes with 6GB of RAM, as the number of pre-ordered Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets drops after two days of official services in Korea.

According to a ZDNet report, the number of Samsung’s phones that started service on Wednesday dropped to 63,400 from 210,900 on Tuesday.

Telco sources apparently revealed to the site that the problem stems from the 6GB RAM Galaxy S8+ facing supply issues, following Samsung’s announcement that the phone could arrive late for some that pre-ordered.

The company begun shipping phones on Tuesday, though official sales start on Friday, to customers in South Korea, with more than a million pre-orders placed for the latest flagship phone.

In the UK, customers will have to wait until April 28 for the phone to arrive, but it’s already proving incredibly popular in Korea, with five times the amount of pre-orders racked up by last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Samsung is expected to replenish its stock of 6GB RAM Galaxy S8+ models in the coming week, so the delay shouldn’t be too big of an issue.

Orders should continue to ship on a daily basis according to reports, as Samsung attempts to deal with reports of red-tinted screens on the Galaxy S8.

Some early adopters in Korea begun complaining of reddish tones within the AMOLED display during normal use, forcing Samsung to acknowledge the issue.

The company says the red tint is a natural part of the ‘adoptive display’ and can be easily changed by opening the phone’s display settings and going to Screen Mode>Color balance.

Display niggles aside, the phone looks to set to be one of the most popular handsets of 2017, and impressed us to the point we concluded: “Easily the best phone around right now. The Galaxy S8 feels like the future.”