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1o:00 (EDT) | The upcoming Galaxy S8 Active (SM-G892A) has been spotted on Geekbench’s online database, with a pretty impressive score of 1,842 on the single-core and 6,394 on the multi-core test, which is almost identical to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
11:40 (EDT) | Good news: Samsung hasn’t received a single report of a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus erupting into a ball of flames, so it’s safe to say that the firm’s recently-implemented extensive safety procedures — like an eight-point battery check — are paying off.
13:30 (EDT) | Google’s updated Gboard with a nifty new feature that enables you to search for emoji by drawing them — and it works pretty well. The upgrade also bundles enhancements for the keyboard’s web search and text prediction features. You can grab it now from the Play Store.
15:05 (EDT) | According to an anonymous tipster over on Weibo, Samsung has tasked a team with creating a camera module for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 that will comprise of two 13-megapixel sensors that work simultaneously to enhance image quality.
15:45(EDT) | Google will launch its mobile payment platform, Android Pay, in South Korea in August, reveals a new report published by Business Korea. It’s thought that the firm was planning to release it in the region last month, but ran into issues with the “security token technology.”