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Microsoft could be working on a new automated quick task system for Cortana


In recent months, we've reported on a couple of Cortana-related Microsoft patents being published. These include a patent for silent voice commands, and one that envisions voice-input integration for the digital assistant with third-party apps.


In other Cortana-related news, a new app for the digital assistant was discovered on the Microsoft Store last month, and it began working for Insiders last week. The big difference it offers in terms of experience is that its not attached to the Taskbar, as in its current form, and that it will be updated separately from Windows 10.

Now, a newly published patent may offer some insight as to what features Microsoft plans to introduce to the digital assistant. The patent describes an automated quick task notification system that can make it much easier for users to respond to task requests. Notably, however, a number of references have been made to the tech being leveraged through a personal digital assistant, though its usage isn't only limited to that.



Microsoft believes that managing tasks on any device can be quite an inefficient process since there's no single user interface that can help users quickly attend to the growing backlog of pending tasks. For this reason, the tech giant has patented an an audio channel quick task system that essentially handles notification and subsequent actions for all tasks that need to be performed.

It initially extracts quick task from a variety of digital content, that could include emails, text messages, social media posts, to-do lists, word-processing documents, and the like. Users are then informed through an audio message that a certain item requires their attention, and depending upon the response, various actions could immediately be executed. Microsoft has specifically noted its usage alongside digital assistants. As an example, one technique that could be employed would be Cortana prioritizing tasks based upon pre-decided metrics and presenting users with higher-ranked tasks first. It could also provide these services based on the information it has gathered regarding a user, making the actions more personalized.

The major difference to note here is, that while some applications or digital assistants do already offer the capability to remind users about tasks, and to perform actions based on the reminders, there's no single system that not only recognizes required engagements from a variety of applications, but also enables user to respond to them using the same interface. A description of how this process would occur can be observed in the diagram below.


However, this doesn't simply serve as a solution for handling of all possible tasks. The system will itself only select the ones that can be further processed upon by users in the form of a limited amount of actions, or in other words, quick tasks. Other metrics that could satisfy this threshold include the amount of data that would need to be presented. For example, a report that requires approval may also need the user to thoroughly review an accompanying document. In this case, the audio quick task system obviously won't be a suitable tool to help perform this task.

A slightly similar idea was patented by Microsoft a couple of days ago, though that had more to do with collaborative work, rather than a system incorporated with personalized digital assistants. In any case, this patent was filed last year, and it may still end up getting integrated with the new Cortana app. But, there's currently no guarantee that the company is working upon or plans to work upon it any time soon.

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MediaTek Helio G: mobile gaming SoCs should arrive on July 30th


MediaTek's new mobile SoC family dedicated to gaming could be the protagonist of the event that the chipmaker will hold in a few days, on July 30th. The series should be called Helio G (G as Gaming, of course) and a first model has already been sighted. In fact, a teaser published a few days ago spoke of Helio G90 , without revealing any technical details. Also the new teaser, visible here on the side, has a clearly gaming matrix, which supports the theory that Helio G will be the protagonists of the event.



The niche of mobile hardware specialized in gaming is expanding: even if it was not without improved aspects ( updates in the first place ), the arrival of the first dedicated smartphones (including ASUS ROG Phone 1 and 2 , Xiaomi Black Shark 1 and 2 , Razer Phone 1 and 2 ) gave the market a shock that even the chipmakers seem to have noticed. The main advantages of some of the latest SoCs presented, such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and HiSilicon Kirin 810, are found just on the GPU side. Appointment then in a few days to find out how the Helio G. family will be structured.

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WhatsApp: the voice notes can be heard by push notifications on iOS


WhatsApp for iOS could offer the possibility to listen to the voice notes directly from the push notification . To give us some indications, as by now by tradition for the messaging app owned by Mark Zuckerberg, WABetinfo has shared a screenshot on Twitter to show us how this functionality will be managed . Unlike what happens now, thanks to the future function it will be possible to use the push notification to listen to the voice message without having to enter the chat and abandon the app you were previously using.


The new functionality is not yet available and it is not clear when it will be released. However, as specified by WABetaInfo, however, the ability to listen to vocal notes from push notifications could be integrated into an upcoming major update (even in this case no specific date is provided) which should include additional features such as the option to modify the images shared in the chats in tests starting from the past weeks.


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Huawei has new patent with method to make photos of the Moon sharper



While Xiaomi provokes with photos of the Moon , Huawei works not to be called a "cheater" anymore and still wants to improve the quality of its images that record the Earth's natural satellite.

The Chinese manufacturer has patented a new method to leave the lunar photos captured by its most vivid and sharp devices. The order number is 201910134047.X, made on February 22 of this year, at the Patent Office of China.

The new Huawei patent captures images of the Moon in various frames and processes them all in a single photo


The document features a technology that allows you to recognize the natural satellite automatically in the preview interface. After this step, the camera would enter the special capture mode, in which the lens is focused on the star and would show a clear outline in the image of the Moon.

As can be seen from the sketch accompanying the patent, the photo would come with pictures collected under different exposures. The result, after processing, is a clearer, brighter-looking lunar image like the photo shown below:


It is worth noting that a patent exists does not mean that its content will be used by the manufacturer someday. Many companies record only to have control over a particular product or method. However, having intellectual property shows that the idea is on the radar for the future.

What is your assessment of this new Huawei patent? Leave your opinion for us in the comments below.


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Less social? Facebook patent reveals plans to leave users talking to walls


Soon Facebook can lead to maximum "talk to the walls" to a new level.

The company obtained the patent of a technology to implement filters of restrictions in the social network in which the user would not even know that it suffered some type of sanction. A comment you make on a group, page, or even a post in your own profile could be restricted to view itself, with no alert indicating that something is wrong with your words being issued.

As the patent describes, administrators or even software managed by neural networks could analyze or create keywords to be locked in spaces they manage. A user could also have restricted comments from the manual decision of the owner of a page, which would silence an opinion for his audience, except the commentator himself.

The only clue that something goes wrong for the user would be the non-interaction of other users. Facebook describes that the new feature would serve to avoid profane, extremely negative, racist, or derogatory speeches from the platform. Something that Instagram already does with its new anti-bullying tools.


Until then the social network already restricts comments denounced or caught by their current systems when they are classified as spam. They are hidden and a signaling to users is displayed that that content has been marked as unusual, but can still be queried after alert.

Remember, this is just another controversy involving the company's name: after several problems involving users' privacy, the company finds itself on a journey to fit Libra - its crypto-currency - into US regulations, with the aim of launching the financial product with some support market.

And you, what do you think of Mark Zuckerberg's solution to letting badly made users talk to themselves? Tell us in the comments!


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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 Plus with 15% faster graphics and even more powerful CPU


Qualcomm has just officialized its latest mobile processor, which comes as a slightly turbinated version of Snapgradon 855, chipset presented at the end of last year by the manufacturer.

The Snapdragon 855 Plus, the new platform brings improvements in graphics rendering speed, performance and also 5G performance, with the first device to be shipped with it being the upcoming ASUS ROG Phone II.


Qualcomm's newest technology delivers 15% more GPU and higher CPU clock speeds, with the frequency at 2.96 GHz - the original model was at 2.84GHz.

The new SoC is designed for gamer smartphones and will also offer, of course, high-speed 5G connectivity (X50 modem) and features like artificial intelligence and virtual reality. It also comes equipped with the X24 LTE modem for 4G connectivity.

The first models to bring the Snapdrgaon 855 Plus will hit the market by the end of the year. According to Kedar Kondap, vice president of product management at Qualcomm:

The Snapdragon 855 Plus will elevate the concept for smartphone gamers with improved CPU and GPU performance.

ASUS will kick off the adoption of the new platform in its ROG Phone II, which also features an AMOLED 90Hz screen and a feature called AirTriggers, which are touch-sensitive corners that can be used as extra buttons in games .

The arrival of the new processor aims to "warm up" the market for mobile devices that, in recent years, is still a bit of news.

As users increasingly take time to upgrade their smartphones, components with even better processing power and performance may actually be something to appeal to consumers, especially the niche that is a fan of games.

It is worth mentioning that Qualcomm also introduced a few days ago an input processor , the 215 that, interestingly, came to market without the Snapdragon brand.


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Chromium-based Edge Canary gets built-in tracking protection



Microsoft continues to make improvements to the new Chromium-based version of the Edge browser, and now, the company has announced that the browser is getting built-in tracking protection settings. The capability was first announced at this year's Build but is now available in a hidden flag for those willing to test it.

Microsoft isn't the first company to implement such a feature in its browsers, but it's a welcome addition nonetheless. To enable tracking prevention, you'll need to go to edge://flags#edge-tracking-prevention, and change the flag to Enabled. Once you restart the browser, tracking protection settings will show up the in the Privacy and services section of the Edge settings page.

The default setting is balanced, which will block malicious trackers and "some third-party trackers", but you can change it to basic or strict, depending on your needs. The basic setting only blocks malicious trackers, such as fingerprinting and cryptomining trackers. The strict setting, as you'd probably guess, blocks the most trackers, but it may break some websites.

To apply these protections, Microsoft has added a new component to Edge, called Trust Protection Lists. These lists contain organizations that may be known for tracking, and URLs you visit are then checked against that list to see if it's necessary to enforce tracking protection. If that's the case, then trackers can be blocked from storing the user's data and loading resources on the page.

If you want to test out the built-in tracking prevention features in Microsoft Edge, you'll need to be running version 77.0.203.0 or higher, which is now available in the Canary ring for Windows. It'll come to macOS in the next Canary build and should then make its way to the Dev channel next week.


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Twitter internally trialing updated layout in its PWA for user interface options



Reverse engineering expert, Jane Manchun Wong, has had her name appear in the news numerous times during the course of the last twelve months, such as Snapchat's testing of "Status" for checking into locations and showing your activities and Spotify's internal trials of a new "Social Listening" feature that would enable users to listen to music together.

Now, it appears that Wong has unearthed another gem, this time focussing on Twitter's progressive web app (PWA):


From the screenshot in the tweet, users will be able to configure font size, theme color, and background shading courtesy of a new user interface called "Customize your view". At least in the Windows 10 Twitter app, this interface is perhaps a refined version of the current arrangement of options shown under Settings > General > Display.


Twitter's PWA solution currently powers the user experience on its website as well as the Windows 10 and Android apps so, as with any leak, it remains to be seen if this makes the cut in terms of public release.



Google launches crowdedness predictor and bus delay information on Google Maps


Google has announced two new features for Google Maps that have just launched on both Android and iOS devices. The first feature aims to let you know whether your bus is running late, and the second one is a crowdedness predictor that will judge how full your bus, train, or subway ride will be based on past experience.

According to Google, the new features have already begun rolling out in 200 cities around the world so a good proportion of people should be able to benefit from them.


With bus delay information, those who don’t already have real-time data from transit agencies will be able to see whether their bus will be late and when it is expected to arrive. In addition to this, the travel time will automatically update to factor in the delay, giving commuters a more realistic expectation about when they’ll get to their destination. What’s nice about this feature is that you can see where on the route the delay is occurring and, in some situations, this will mean you can alter your route to get around the problem.

With the second feature, crowdedness predictions, you’ll be able to more intelligently plan your journey based on comfort. With the new update, Google will provide you with information about how full the vehicle will be based on past information. With this, you can decide whether you want to catch crowded transportation where you’ll be forced to stand up, or whether you want to wait a bit for a seat.

To accompany the launch, Google has penned a blog post which looks into transit crowdedness trends around the world based on data gleaned from Google Maps; if you’re interested in checking out the data, head on over to Google’s blog post.


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Chrome OS 75 introduces USB support for Android devices in Linux


Google has once again released a major update for Chrome OS, bringing the version number up to 75. Compared to some of the previous releases, the changelog for this one isn't quite as extensive, but there are still some nice enhancements to speak of.

One of the big highlights of this release is that Linux on Chrome OS can now recognize Android devices connected over USB. This is particularly useful, for example, if you want to use Linux for debugging. Additionally, as noted by 9to5Google, support for VPN connections is also included. Here's the full list of new features provided by Google:

  • Feature to let parents grant more time to their kids on Chrome OS devices
  • Enabling kid friendly Assistant for child accounts
  • Linux (Beta) can now access Android devices over USB
  • Files app support for 3rd party file provider apps implementing Android DocumentsProvider APIs
  • Add support for PIN code with native printers for managed devices
As usual, Google has snuck in some improvements not mentioned in the official changelog. The OS now displays service workers in the task manager, and there's a new page to manage your security keys in the settings. Speaking of security, Chrome OS 75 also includes some mitigations for Microarchitectural Data Sampling.


The latest version of Chrome OS is rolling out to most Chrome OS devices starting today, and the update should make its way to everyone in the coming days.

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Oppo MeshTalk will allow calls and sending messages without Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or mobile data


After officially presenting the amazing and visionary camera technology under the display during the MWC Shanghai 2019 , now the Chinese giant Oppo stands out once again in the smartphone sector by presenting a unique technology that allows the sending of messages and unused telephone calls Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or mobile data.

Called MeshTalk , the engine uses signal relay between devices to provide a decentralized messaging system. With end-to-end encryption, the technology allows for use within a 3-km radius, or longer range if users are in an area with more people and connections

The use of signal relay technology between devices essentially means that OPPO devices will be able to create a local area network among them to communicate with each other without the need to involve third party network stations as external antennas.


Oppo said in an official Twitter post that this new feature would be better for messaging or emergency calls for crucial times, as low power allows devices to extend their standby to 72 hours, allowing people to communicate for a longer time even with the battery too low.

It is not clear when the company should bet on the technology, nor whether it will be possible to send information such as audio, videos and images. Oppo has confirmed that a custom low-power chipset allows you to use the LAN network and retransmit the communication system "between multiple Oppo devices when they are within range."


Doubts are definitely still greater than certainties, but the technology is already very impressive and can save many lives in areas of difficult access such as mountains or in cases of disasters, whether natural or human.

It is now time to wait for the company to provide more news about Oppo MeshTalk in the coming months. The Mobile Whole will keep an eye on all the major new information about the technology.


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For multiple tasks! Netflix Starts Testing Picture-in-Picture Feature in Web Version



It seems that Netflix prepares something new to users. The streaming platform has tested the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature for its web version, intended for browsers. The feature lets you view the content of the service while doing other tasks.

To use the tool, you would need to click the Pop-Out Player button , located on the bottom bar. After activating, a small floating box remains on the screen and overlaps other programs.

At least in this stage of experiments, there would be a negative point not yet implanted. Captions do not go to PIP. That is, this would not be a good idea if the movie or series is in the original audio and you do not understand the language.

Although it has been in the test phase since the beginning of June, there is - so far - no forecast for the streaming service to release the appeal to all users.



Netflix returned to the Engadget contact and sent the image above, which confirms the tests. However, it does not deliver more information about its availability in browsers. It is worth remembering that the platform already provides the feature in iPads since 2016 .

Do you miss this feature in the web version of the streaming platform? Leave a Reply


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Google Search on PC now displays Material Design icons; check out


Google continues to offer more updates to its applications and services across platforms. While continuing to make the dark mode available to dozens of applications before the arrival of Android 10 Q - which will definitely support the dark interface natively in the operating system - the company now begins to introduce a simple newness to Desktop Search.

After a few months of testing by the company, with images emerging in March this year, Google now releases all new icons for the Search tool.

As you can see below, the update displays magnifying glass icons next to the All option , a newspaper icon next to the News option , a price tag for Shopping , a screen with a play icon for Videos , and a Google Maps for Maps and several others as you can see below.


Depending on where the user is searching for, the icon changes to color and highlight where the person is, while the rest of the options are grayed out.

What's new is being made available to all Google users, and you may already have access to the new icons right now. For now this is the only change in desktop mode for the Search, but the Mobile Whole will keep an eye on any news that may arise, so stay tuned!

Android smartphone now can be iOS device authentication key


The Google announced on Wednesday (12) a security news to those who use the two main ecosystems of mobile devices in the market. From now on, smartphones with Android can be used as an additional physical security key to authenticate the login on devices with iOS.

This 2-Step Verification (2SV) technology can now be used to enter your account on iPhones and iPads. Previously, it was already serving Google services - such as Gmail or Google Drive - and Google Cloud, as well as ChromeOS OS , macOS and Windows 10 via Bluetooth.

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The operation is very simple: the iOS device makes the request to login to the server, which sends the confirmation request to the Android device registered.

There, the Smart Lock application is used to guarantee identity, log in there and "send" via Bluetooth the authentication key for Apple tablet or smartphone. On other systems, the Google Chrome browser is used.



The verification device must have the Android 7.0 ( Nougat ) operating system or higher. The feature should be available to all users starting this week, and Google provides a comprehensive guide to how to create and use the integrated security key in this help topic.

iOS 13 will let you delete applications in the list of updates from the App Store


The new version of Apple 's main mobile operating system , iOS 13, as well as the new iPadOS, will feature a new way to delete applications from your device, right from the App Store.


In the update section of the apps on your smartphone, where they are all listed and with the "Open" or "Update" button, you only need to drag the chosen one to the left side to see the "Delete" or "Delete" option.

Then a new message appears asking if the user really wants to delete the application and its data, just confirm to complete.


Another change that must come with a new version of iOS is the replacement of the updates tab, which is now elsewhere, giving its space to the " Arcade " tab , the company's new game subscription service.


To access the list of apps to upgrade, you'll need to press your profile photo at the top of the App Store and slide to the "Pending updates" option. IOS 13 is expected to be released to the general public later this year, probably in September, following the annual calendar of Apple updates.

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Instagram Stories now shows lyrics; learn how to do


The Instagram released a tool that enables the display of lyrics in Stories . The user can now , in addition to putting songs in their videos, set up an animation that shows what is being said in different fonts, colors and sizes.

The feature will only be enabled for users who have access to the music sticker, released last year after the social network has made an agreement with the world's major labels: Sony, Warner and Universal.

How to put letters in Stories

To put the lyrics in Stories just create a new story, access the Stickers in the upper right corner of the screen, select "Music", search for the desired song and select it. Ready, just set the letter the way you prefer and share.



Availability

Because the tool will only be available to those who have access to the in-app music sticker, it may be that some profiles take longer to be able to share content with friends.

When contacted the advicer of Instagram, but got no further response when the feature will come to the country and to which smartphones. 

Almost MacBook? New iPadOS will support mouse as accessibility feature


Introduced on Monday (3) , during WWDC 2019 , Apple's new operating system for iPads will rely on mouse support. The function would be included as an accessibility feature within the platform.

Compatibility on iPadOS was discovered by Irish developer Steve Troughton-Smith - famous for consulting the internal codes of "Apple". He even posted a video on his Twitter account to show the feature. Watch the following:


Instead of the traditional mouse cursor, Apple's tablet operating system would show a dark circle on the screen, which is controllable with the accessory. However, the novelty would work only with a cable-connected mouse - that is, it is possible to discard the use of Bluetooth models.

Mouse support can also be checked in the settings of the iPadOS operating system. To do this, simply go to the following path: Settings> General> Accessibility.


The trend is that Apple does not widely publicize the feature, as it did not even announce the support during its presentation in the event aimed at developers. Also worth mentioning is that the platform is still in beta. That is, changes may occur until the final edition is available.

What do you think about the possibility of using a mouse on the iPad? Share your opinion with us in the space below! 

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Tinder tests private message read confirmation tool


The Tinder is increasingly expanding the offerings of how users can purchase products within the platform. The company has now announced Super Boost, a product that Tinder Gold or Plus users can buy to have more prominence within the platform. However, the most interesting point is that this service also offers read confirmation on messages sent in private.


"By unlocking Read Confirmation, every user can know who has not yet read that icebreaker, or who still needs more time to think about the perfect answer," explains the company's official statement.

The platform also allows you to keep this information a secret, just by removing the read confirmation option in the app settings. It's worth noting that both people need to accept the read confirmation option, and this option is linked in the app by default.

Super Boost 


The proposal of this new product is to offer a moment in which the user will gain more prominence than the others. The company promises up to 100 times more visibility within the platform.

Only subscribers of Plus or Gold services can use the tool that, to which the company informs, is also charged separately. Still, it is only possible to gain this highlight in the peak moments of access, which happen at night.

Tinder's move may be a race against its competitors that already offer the possibility, for example, of reading confirmation for subscribers.

So far, the company has not reported the price of the novelty. However, it should be more expensive than the current Boost, which allows 10 times more visibility on the platform. Also, the novelties are being implemented as tests "in some selected markets".


Outlook starts releasing embedded web translator in emails


A Microsoft is releasing a new feature that should facilitate Outlook users of life: a web translator embedded in the email.
The integrated Outlook translator works just like the Bing translator , which detects any language and translates it. The tool will appear at the top of the e-mail message. You will also be able to choose the option of never translating the content of a particular contact.

The new feature is not yet available for all users. In early May, Microsoft also updated Outlook so that it could send users e-mail notifications through the desktop.

Message Translator was introduced to Outlook by Microsoft (Photo: Reproduction / MSPowerUser)

These are not the first news that Microsoft announces for Outlook this year. Last month, the company began using artificial intelligence to make it easy to schedule meetings by email. Tools have been announced for appointment marking, document organization and even to indicate rooms and the best venues for the conversations to take place .

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Galaxy Note 10: rumor suggests end of both headphone Jack and physical buttons


After the first major leak regarding a possible Galaxy Note 10 camera module manufacturing, new rumors have begun to emerge indicating what the final design of Samsung's next big flagship launch for the market might be  in 2019.

With a centralized circular notch and four rear cameras - with three photo sensors and a ToF 3D sensor - we soon saw the first concept pointing to the final design of Note 10, but now a new leak reveals what we can see on the device , and it looks like it should be more impressive than we imagined.

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No physical buttons, and no headphone jack

With the announcement of Meizu Zero concept smartphones and live APEX 2019 earlier this year, we saw that companies are already preparing to introduce different devices: completely wireless and without physical buttons, and it seems that Samsung can start to invest in these differentials , although not on a bold scale.

The information is from sources linked to the Android Police and claim that the South Korean giant would be planning to introduce the Galaxy Note 10 without physical buttons for volume control, power and Bixby. That way, the company would enable sensors on the sides of the device as we have seen be done on the HTC U12 Plus .

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However, instead of still offering button-like representation on the U12 Plus, Samsung really should put aside the idea of ​​clickable buttons to display something more futuristic like creases on the body of the handset to highlight which particular area needs to be pressed to activate the functions.

With the new idea Samsung should declare the death of the headphone connector in the Galaxy Note line, and maybe it continues to exist in the Galaxy S line (although nothing is guaranteed).

Concept updated

Below you can see the updated Galaxy Note 10 concept by offering the four rear cameras, the center-circular circular notch on the screen and without the physical push buttons, but with deeper areas on the sides. 


Two models: one larger, one smaller 

According to information from the Android Police, the source confirms that there will be two models for the Galaxy Note 10. While traditional would have the expected 6.5 ", 6.6" or 6.7 "larger screen to give the productivity-oriented line, a smaller model would also be being developed.

The leak confirms other rumors earlier this year that have pointed to a second Note 10 device called Galaxy Note 10e . There is no information on whether or not the company should adopt this nomenclature for the model.

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More information should emerge in the coming months as we are getting closer to the announcement of the Galaxy Note 10. With Note 9 being introduced in New York on August 9, the company is expected to follow the same release window for the new flagship, with revelation during the first weeks of April.