News Brief : Google Pixel skins; another Note 7 smokes in Taiwan; Samsung release statement; Now on tap looses screenshot feature

So the Google Pixel and especially the Pixel XL have seen more demand than Google was expecting. Even more for the limited edition Really Blue variant which was completely sold out for both models within the same day pre-orders began. Did you manage to get yours? If you did, then you might be looking at cases, or maybe you’re just not a fan of bulky cases. I know I’m not. Even as early adopters though, you don’t need to wait for choices as Slickwraps have just released a line of covers for the new Google Pixel smartphones.

Slickwraps is well-known for making high quality skins for various smartphones. There are 9 available protectors for each version of Google’s Pixel line namely Carbon, Metal, Wood, Color, Leather, Glitz, Stone, Hemp and Naked series. Most of these also come in multiple variations, as well, offering unique designs and colors. You also get the option to choose whether you want Google logo inserts or not. With that huge chin at the bottom, a Google logo does make it look a bit better in my humble opinion. Better than just vast empty space.

(On a side note, this just made me think how nice it would look had Google added a colorful ubiquitous ‘G’ on the front that could light up?)

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Keep in mind though, skins aren’t as bulky as cases that’s true, but they don’t provide as much protection either especially against drops.

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Another Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smokes in Taiwan

A replacement model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone exploded in Taiwan on Friday while its user was walking her dog in a park, local newspaper Apple Daily reported on Saturday.

According to the report, a 26-year-old woman surnamed Lai was walking her dog in a park in Taipei when she realized smoke was spewing from her replacement Note 7 (much like the incident on a US airlines), which Lai said she had picked up just 10 days ago.

Lai said she quickly pulled the phone from her jeans pocket and threw it on the ground, then waited until the smoke cleared before picking the phone up and taking it back to her workplace in her phone case

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Samsung issues a statement

Today, Samsung released a statement to TechCrunch about the situations that unfolded this week with the replacement Galaxy Note 7’s:

“Samsung understands the concern our carriers and consumers must be feeling after recent reports have raised questions about our newly released replacement Note7 devices. We continue to move quickly to investigate the reported case to determine the cause and will share findings as soon as possible. We remain in close contact with the CPSC throughout this process. If we conclude a safety issue exists, we will work with the CPSC to take immediate steps to address the situation. We want to reassure our customers that we take every report seriously and we appreciate their patience as we work diligently through this process.”

It’s important to ‘note’ here that Samsung has not said that there is an issue with their replacement devices, but they are looking into it with the CPSC to make sure that this was just an isolated incident and not something that is affecting all of the Galaxy Note 7 devices that are replacements. The Note 7 and, according to Android Central, the entire Galaxy Note brand as a whole is now damaged beyond repair and they make quite a case for their opinion. Many are even wondering if Samsung should stop selling the Note 7 altogether and at least try to contain the brand damage it is causing which is more important than the one-time financial loss.

All the four major US carriers are allowing customers to swap their Note 7 with any other device they sell, with AT&T even considering to drop the Note 7 altogether.

Update : Turns out there is another icident involving another “safe” Note 7 in Kentucky, US. Michael Klering tells WKYT News in Lexington that he awoke early Tuesday morning to a hissing sound, and his bedroom was filled with foul-smelling smoke. He says his replacement Galaxy Note 7 was on fire. The phone, which he had for a week and said he assumed was safe, wasn’t plugged in or being used at the time.

Google Now on tap had a screenshot feature, and now its gone missing

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Not sure what’s going on, but the screenshot feature on Google Now on Tap has gone missing in action for many people. The screenshot button was much better than Android’s built-in screenshot functionality. Not only does Screen Search strip out everything in your notification tray from the image, it also immediately opens the Share menu. Screen Search also deletes the screenshot after sharing, so you don’t end up with a massive Screenshots folder.

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So why am I not sure what’s going on? It doesn’t appear to have disappeared in an update to the Google app, as some users are still seeing it, while many others are not. It’s possible that the search giant is testing something here with a handful of users. Also some of those who reported the feature missing saw it return a bit later. This smells like a nasty bug that could be screwing things up server-side. It’s not unlike the bug which caused the “Do Not Disturb” feature to disappear and reappear multiple times.

Sources : 1, 2, 3, 4

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