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Note 8 hands-on: Bigger and better where it truly counts


Samsung has bounced back since the problems with its last explosive device (sorry, had to say it), and after reintroducing a nearly bezel-less display as the Infinity Display, version 8 has now arrived for the Note line.

How does one of the most feature-packed smartphone lines ever redeem mistakes of the past? We seek to find out in this Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on impressions post.

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It’s easy to think that the Galaxy Note 8 will basically be a Galaxy S8 Plus with an S Pen. And while that isn’t too far from the truth, it’s also a bit too simplistic.

a return to prominence for Samsung

Indeed, what we’re looking at here is not only a return to prominence for Samsung, but a great example of how the company continues to pack just about everything you would want into one smartphone for the masses.

To start, the phone currently comes in four colors: black, grey, gold, and blue. For the US market, however, only the grey and black will be on sale. This is why I went straight for the blue edition in this hands-on, because it is my personal favorite of the bunch and I might not get a chance to use it later.

Let’s get the obvious part out of the way – the phone looks, and feels, a bit big. The screen is very similar to the Galaxy S8 Plus at 6.3 inches. Think about that for a second – the Note line used to be known for its 5.7-inch displays and now they are finding ways of extending it by three quarters of an inch.

The curved Infinity Display definitely helps with handling, though, like the Galaxy S8 Plus, it is still a bit difficult to use in one hand. Overall, the slopes on the sides help to mitigate what we once considered a tablet-sized screen.

the curves have been dialed back a tad

As a result, the display continues the trend of taller and narrower displays, at 18.5:9. The difference here is that the curves have been dialed back a tad, making for a phone that is a bit squarer compared to its Galaxy S8 brethren. It still retains symmetry, but the slopes are significantly steeper and more aggressive. Compared to the Note 7 or the Note Fan Edition (seen below), the phone is slightly taller and slightly thicker, but keeps a familiar profile.

Viewed straight-on, the Note 8 almost looks like a straight slab of black until the screen powers on and your eyes adjust to just how much damn screen there is on the phone.

By far, the most enjoyable part of the Note line for many has been the large screen size, and users are getting more than ever here. As with the S8, the physical home button has been replaced with an equivalent tucked beneath the screen and soft keys. A hard press where the home button should be gives a quick vibration feedback and still performs much like a regular home button. Speaking of buttons, the rest are all where you’d expect, and the Bixby button now finds its way to the Note line.

The Note series has always delivered a significantly more premium experience. Even when compared to the Galaxy S devices, the Note generally tried to have better specifications, and that philosophy definitely returns in the Note 8.

  Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Display 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity
2960 x 1440 resolution
521 ppi
18.5:9 aspect ratio
Processor US: 64-bit octa-core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10 nm processor

Global: 64-bit octa-core (2.3 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad) Samsung Exynos 8895, 10 nm processor

RAM 6 GB
LPDDR4
Storage 64/128/256 GB
MicroSD expansion up to 256 GB
Cameras Rear camera
– Main: 12 MP wide-angle AF Dual Pixel sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture, OIS
– 12 MP telephoto AF sensor with ƒ/2.4 aperture, OIS

Front camera
– 8 MP AF sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture

Battery 3,300 mAh
Non-removable
Fast charging on wired and wireless
WPC and PMA wireless charging
Water resistance IP68 dust and water resistance
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz)
VHT80 MU-MIMO
1024QAM
Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
ANT+
USB Type-C
NFC, MST
Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
Sensors Accelerometer
Barometer
Fingerprint Sensor
Gyro Sensor
Geomagnetic Sensor
Hall Sensor
Heart Rate Sensor
Proximity Sensor
RGB Light Sensor
Iris Sensor
Pressure Sensor
SIM Nano SIM
Software Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Dimensions and weight 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
195 g

There is one obvious spot of discrepancy in the spec sheet, however – the 3,300 mAh battery that is smaller than the one from last year. While we always prefer to see bigger batteries for better longevity, we can also kind of understand the motivation behind this move. And power shouldn’t be far from reach, with fast wired and wireless charging solutions.

6 GB of RAM is the real story here

The Snapdragon 835 keeps the phone as on par as it should be, but 6 GB of RAM is the real story here. This marks the first time that Samsung has gone past 4 GB as a standard feature across all phones, and we’re happy to hear it. More RAM should really help with the daily grind under features like the Edge UX and everything the S Pen can do.

The Edge UX gets one useful update for multitaskers out there – users have told Samsung that due to the large screen, split screen is being utilized a ton. For those users, the Note 8 adds dual app shortcuts called App Pair. These can be created in the home screens or nestled in the Edge panels for easy access, and they open up the two specified applications right away in a split format. Imagine a shortcut to open up the calendar and Gmail to really bolster productivity, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp for ultimate chattiness, or YouTube and pretty much anything else, like I probably would do.

Which brings us to the S Pen – the main “extra” for any Note device. Over the years, the S Pen has seen so many new features that it’s hard to list them all. Open up Pen Command and you can see screen capture and edit, note creation, and smart selection. For a bit of fun and passing time, you can use the pen and all of its brushes and pressure sensitivity to do some coloring. Maybe share some of your doodles in the artsy PEN UP social media network, or just use the S Pen much like a mouse for precision pointing, clicking, selecting, and dragging.

Some features have been updated, like text translation that can process whole phrases and sentences now instead of just singular words. And for the real note-taker, the Screen Off Memo that activates from standby can now record a hundred pages of editable notes without the need to unlock the device first.

The main new feature in the S Pen is Live Message, which records the user’s path to writing a short message into an animated GIF. Added effects like sparkles and neon lighting give it more flair, helping to make pleasing GIFs you can send to friends, significant others, or anyone that deserves that little bit of attention. It might not be the most productive addition, but it’s fun and practical, adding to the already large list of S Pen features.

Samsung UI continues to look about as streamlined as ever, finding ways of looking simple despite all that it is capable of

And to the point of software, the Samsung UI continues to look about as streamlined as ever, finding ways of looking simple despite all that it is capable of. The software on the Note 8 looks very similar to the one from the S8, with very few changes in appearance. The updates are happening mainly in Bixby, it seems, where voice commands were finally made available not too long ago. The Note 8, we’re told, will be getting more updates to the assistant and Bixby will continue to evolve. We’ll test Bixby and see how every aspect gets better, from Home to Vision to Voice to Reminders.

Which leads us to the biggest story of the Galaxy Note 8 – the camera. As expected, a dual camera has made it to the Samsung ecosystem, adding that second lens on the back within an obvious black area. This black color is a little jarring, as it’s not blending in with the grey, gold, and blue editions of the phone. It might not be the best look to everyone, but these cameras really pack a punch – 12 MP dual pixel sensors with OIS in both, and one lens is a 2x optical zoom at f/2.4 aperture.

10x digital zoom is possible throughout with some losses in quality, but having OIS as part of the zoom lens is a big deal. Getting far into a shot always makes the jitters and movements more obvious and image stabilization will hopefully mitigate that issue. Zooming simply requires a quick tap on the button in the viewfinder, but another nice touch is a slide added to the shutter button that acts like the zoom on a camcorder – hold it up slightly and it will zoom slowly, or crank it in either direction to make it move faster.

the biggest story of the Galaxy Note 8 – the camera

The interface for the camera has changed to reflect this shift in optical packages – live focus is now a prominently displayed feature. Much like the portrait modes from the iPhone and the OnePlus 5, the Note 8 will use a combination of the zoom lens and software-enabled depth of field to make subjects stand out from the background, resulting in very pleasing portraitures. And yet another nice touch has been added in, as users are able to take these portrait photos and a regular wide photo at the same time, just in case.

We applaud the move to a dual-camera setup, and so far, it seems that Samsung is putting some real thought into its version of the feature. It already benefits from fast focusing dual pixels, the dual OIS, and every other mode that we’ve seen on previous Samsung phones. And this is all alongside the front-facing 8 MP camera that has autofocus and 2K video recording to boast. We’ll be putting all these lenses to the test when we get our hands on our review unit.

And so, there you have it – the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Samsung continues to pack in all of the bells and whistles they possibly can in a smartphone. Normally, that would mean a big device overall. But the Note 8 manages to be just slightly larger than its predecessor, but much bigger – and badder – in every other area that truly counts.The screen is a sight to behold, adding a zoom lens gives people more possibilities, and the S Pen remains one of the most useful tools to anyone that bothers to use it, especially for productivity.

Read next: The top 5 features of the Galaxy Note 8

Preorders start on August 28, with the phone going out on September 15. We’re excited to get our hands on the Note 8, as always, and we will be bringing you our full  Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review in the near future, so stay tuned!

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Update: Samsung Galaxy S8 Active render gives us a better look at the rugged flagship


Update (7/30): We may already have a pretty big list of leaked Galaxy S8 Active specifications, but now, thanks to a new press render revealed by @evleaks, we’re getting a much better look at the upcoming rugged device.

As you can see in the tweet below, the device looks to feature one of Samsung’s new 18.5:9 aspect ratio displays, complete with rounded corners. What’s notably absent, however, are the curved edges on the left and right sides of the screen. This makes the device’s front panel almost look like an LG G6.

Original post (7/28): Photos of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S8 Active leaked only a few days ago, so we already have some idea of what it will look like. Now, more images have popped up online, potentially revealing the key specs of the device.

What appear to be leaked Samsung slides appeared on Chinese social media website Weibo (via fonearena) earlier today, and they look legit. The S8 Active would sport a 5.8-inch shatter resistant display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and 2960 x 1440-pixel resolution. It would not, however, be curved on the sides like the one on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus (as the earlier photos had also indicated).

The images also suggest that the unit would be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and come with 4 GB of RAM. Other details include a 12 MP primary camera, an 8 MP selfie snapper, 64 GB of internal storage, Android Nougat, and the same awkwardly positioned fingerprint scanner as found on the back of the S8 (it’s off-center, next to the camera).

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Of course, there are also a few differences between the Galaxy S8 Active and the standard version of the device. The leak reveals that the Active model will have a bigger battery with 4,000 mAh capacity, a full 1,000 mAh larger than the battery in the Galaxy S8. In addition, the device would be slightly larger and heavier: coming in at 152.14 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm and weighing 207 grams, compared to 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm and 155 grams.

True to series tradition, the Galaxy S8 Active is anticipated to be a far more rugged variant of Samsung’s regular flagship as well. The device should be able to take a beating thanks to MIL-STD 810G standard protection and polymer bumpers on all four corners. Just like the other two Galaxy S8 smartphones, it would also sport an IP68 rating, which means it could survive under 1.5 meters of water for a period of 30 minutes. You can check out all the leaked images that show us the specs of the device in the gallery below.

When it comes to colors, the Galaxy S8 Active is said to arriving in Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold. There’s no word on exactly when it will be released, but given how much has already been leaked, a reveal should be just around the corner. Like its predecessors, expect it to be another AT&T exclusive.

What do you think about the Galaxy S8 Active? Would you consider getting it? Let us know in the comments.

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7 things the Google Play Store does better than the Apple App Store


Android or iOS? It’s one of the modern era’s greatest unanswered questions and a point of momentous contention for fanboys on both sides of the fence for thousands of years. Or maybe just the past decade.

There are valid arguments that can be made for both sides: Clearly, Apple created a mobile operating system that is incredibly smooth, snappy, and clean. Then again, Android has gotten quite good — Dare I say it? Even attractive — and powers a mind-bogglingly diverse selection of devices. But I’m not here to goad the cries of fanboys the world over. Instead, I’m tackling a much simpler — albeit no less loaded — question. In a feeble attempt to minimize the wrath of followers of Apple fans everywhere, I will address this question as objectively as I can. That question is…

In what ways is the Google Play Store better than the Apple App Store?

Google Play Store is more developer-friendly

From the very beginning, Apple has been extremely (and, for developers, frustratingly) selective about the apps that are allowed on the Apple App Store. The reason for being so selective was basically for quality assurance. Sure enough, iOS apps have surely gained a reputation for working well and being quite polished. As just a single example, Snapchat for iOS is infamously better than the Android version. This reputation for quality has occasionally resulted in certain developers developing iOS apps either exclusively or first; the latter has been the case with the highly-anticipated Super Mario Run, released for iOS in December and yet to be released for Android.

For developers, there much less risk that you’ll spend thousands and thousands of hours on development just to have your app denied for inclusion on the Google Play Store.

While there’s something to be said for making sure your users get only the best-quality apps, there’s certainly a downside. For app developers, there much less risk that you’ll spend thousands and thousands of hours on app development just to have your app denied for inclusion on the Google Play Store. This has also led to a much more vibrant development community for Android apps.

This is not to say there’s a shortage of apps for iOS. Users of both platforms have more than their fair share of apps at their disposal.

Perusing the Google Play Store, you’ll find a wide variety of interesting and creative apps. For starters, there are many powerful launchers available with which you can totally change the look of Android, and that’s something you won’t find on the Apple App Store. Then there are apps like Tasker that open up a world of possibilities for automating tasks and processes on Android devices. Granted, not all the apps submitted to the Google Play Store are winners; however, with things like Google Home and Android Auto, it’s not a bad idea to encourage and support innovation in mobile software rather than to homogenize it.

Google Play apps are more discoverable

Here’s something that you may not have known about the Google Play and Apple App Stores: when you search for an app, you’re somewhat more likely to find what you’re looking for in the Google Play Store than the Apple App Store. Let me explain why.

The Google Play Store runs your search queries through basically all the textual information available on an app’s page. For example, you could search the Play Store using a series of keywords or a phrase and the Play Store would scan even the descriptions of apps to find ones that most closely resemble your query. By comparison, the Apple App Store compares your query against the keywords that developers manually enter into a keyword section, which exists specifically for this purpose. This isn’t a problem if your query happens to be one of the keywords for your desired app, but if you’re searching something that’s a bit more specific, you may have a harder time finding the iOS app that fits your needs.

Of course, the fact that the Google Play Store has more robust search capabilities probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Google is… you know, Google.

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Google Play has the ‘social factor’

Historically, downloading and using apps was something we did individually. We found apps on our own, decided whether to download them on our own and used them on our own. Over time, though, finding and using apps has become more social, at least on the Google Play Store.

The Google Play Store has become increasingly social. Seeing who in your network uses an app is like getting personal recommendations from your friends.

When you pull up an app’s page in the Google Play Store, certain information is front-and-center. You’ll easily spot the app’s cumulative rating as well as if any of your friends use and recommend the app. If you scroll down a bit, you’ll find commentary that’s been left by your friends and other users. You can filter that commentary so that you’re seeing only those comments by users who use your same device or who are using the most recent version of that app. In effect, it makes discovering and choosing apps a more social experience. Considering that many apps — particularly games — can connect you with other app users, even using apps has become a more social experience.

By comparison, finding apps on the Apple App Store is a more solitary experience. There are app reviews, but they’re not front-and-center like on the Google Play Store. Perhaps this is due to the assumption that iOS apps are of a higher quality or because it encourages users to choose apps based on those apps’ merits rather than the opinions of others. However, seeing who in your network uses an app is like getting personal recommendations from your friends. This is useful if, for instance, you’re looking for a new game to download to keep you occupied on a flight or long car ride.

Android apps are less expensive

To a degree, the higher price of iOS apps is a statement on how much harder it is for developers to get their apps on the Apple App Store versus the more laid-back Google Play Store. If you run a search query on the Play Store for “to-do list”, the number of results you’ll get borders on obscene. Of course, there are the popular ones like Todoist, Wunderlist, and Any.do, but there are hundreds — if not thousands — of others since virtually anyone with the know-how can have their apps available on the Google Play Store. And for this very reason, they’re free to download.

Clearly, there’s more competition on the Google Play Store, which is why Android apps tend to either be cheaper or free. Think about it this way: Maybe you’ve made a really great app that many would consider worth its cost, but since there are dozen other apps that offer similar functionality and comparable quality, users are likely to make do with one that’s free.

In this case, such competition among apps in the Google Play Store works to the user’s advantages because it makes apps cheaper. Meanwhile, the Apple App Store is more selective about the apps that are accepted; with less competition, developers are able to charge more for the apps because there aren’t as many alternatives. On the development side, developers are better able to monetize their iOS apps without having to riddle them with ads, which has been the downfall of many a promising app in the Google Play Store. So there’s a give-and-take relationship between app cost and the ease with which developers can have their apps included on the Google Play and Apple App Stores. But if you’re someone who doesn’t want to pay for apps — and paying for premium apps surely gets expensive over time — you’re probably better off with Android.

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Google Play has a more robust web interface

In many ways, the Google Play and Apple App Stores are two sides of the same coin, far more alike than they are different. If you’re an iOS user, you’d surely have no problem picking up an Android, opening the Play Store, and downloading the app of your choosing; the same goes for an Android user with an iPhone. However, a key functional difference between these two app markets becomes apparent when you try to use them via the web browser of a PC or laptop.

Pushing app installs to your various Android tablets or phones from the web is much simpler than having to find the app on each device individually.

At a glance, much of the same information is available in both places; you can see an app’s name, icon, and a general description displayed prominently on both the Google Play and Apple App Stores. You’ll probably even spot the same screenshots, too. But while the Google Play Store gives you the option to install an app to your Android smartphone or tablet from right there on your web browser, you’ll have to navigate to the app on the Apple App Store on each of your iOS devices in order to actually install it.

Being able to install apps on your mobile devices from the web browser on your PC (or Mac) may not seem like a life-changing convenience if you’re an iOS user, but I’d wager that many Android users have grown to really appreciate this Google Play feature. The most obvious use case would be when you click on a link to an app while you’re browsing the web on your desktop; rather than having to track it down on your phone, you can use the web interface of the Google Play Store to have the app installed and waiting for you on your device the next time you pick it up. Pretty neat, right?

Google Play provides superior information

It might seem odd to say that the Google Play Store offers more info than the Apple App Store after having just said that both app markets offer virtually the same information. That’s still true, but the Google Play Store tends to show a bit more and have that info organized a little better.

On the Apple App Store, the only way to experience an app before you download it is via the provided screenshots. The Google Play Store provides screenshots, too, but oftentimes with an accompanying video. Said video can be a commercial made by the app’s developer or a brief recording of the app being used; however, in either case, the video is much better at giving you an idea of what you can expect from the app and even how the app is used.

Information also seems to be a bit more organized and easier to read on the Google Play Store. The best way to see this difference is to navigate to an app on both the Google Play and Apple App Stores in separate browser tabs on your PC and compare. You’ll notice that an app’s profile on the Play Store is very linear; the identifying info is at the very top, followed by the “Install” button and the video and/or screenshots. Beneath that, you’ll find the app’s textual information, followed by user reviews and some final details at the bottom, including who developed the app, compatibility info, and when the app was last updated.

With the Play Store, everything is in a neat, vertical line, but on the Apple App Store, an app’s information is separated into two columns, a small column on the left and a larger column to the right. Rather than only scrolling up and down to find the info you need, your eyes are darting from side to side, too. And then there’s the fact that an app’s cumulative rating is separated from actual user reviews on the Apple App Store whereas they are a single section in the Play Store.

Of course, everyone has his or her own preferences. You might find the double-column layout of the Apple App Store to be more efficient; however, I’d say the simpler organization and ease of navigation of an app’s profile on the Google Play Store is a noteworthy advantage.

Google Play apps have broader device compatibility

Last but not least, there’s the issue of compatibility, which is decidedly less of an issue for the Google Play Store.

As you may be aware, Android OS powers both Google’s smartphones and tablets. Likewise, both iPhones and iPads run iOS. In theory, you might expect this to mean that both the smartphones and tablets on each platform would be able to run the same apps. While this is largely the case for Google, it’s a bit more complicated for iOS devices

The entire Google Play Store is your oyster whether you have an Android smartphone or a tablet. Unfortunately, iPad users are a bit more limited.

Although many of the staple iOS apps are available for both iPads and iPhones, the ability for an iPad to run an app is contingent on that app having been adapted for use on the iPad’s larger display. However, this isn’t an issue for Android. When you download an app on your Android tablet, one of three things could happen, depending on the app in question and the version of Android your tablet is running. The app will either have been made to be used on both smartphones and tablets (which is the most likely scenario at this point), be automatically scaled-up to fit the larger display, or the app will operate within a smartphone-sized window at the center of the tablet’s display.

The vast majority of Android apps are designed for use on both smartphones and tablets rather than one or the other. In short, the entire Google Play Store is your oyster whether you have an Android smartphone or a tablet. Unfortunately, iPad users are a bit more limited, at least for the time being.

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Let me conclude by clarifying that the Apple App Store isn’t without its strengths; I even mentioned several of them over the course of this article. Likewise, even the Google Play Store has its weaknesses. The purpose of this article was not to declare one a winner over the other. Instead, my intent was to merely identify some of the chief differences between the Google Play and Apple App Stores, particularly when it comes to Google’s strengths.

But now I’d like to hear from you. Do you agree or disagree with the characteristics I identified as the Google Play Store’s greatest strengths? Do you feel the Google Play Store is actually better than the Apple App Store? If you think the Apple App Store is better overall, why? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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T-Mobile launches Enhanced Voice Services; better than HD Voice


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T-Mobile continues to shake the industry with its Uncarrier moves, challenging everything the USA mobile market knew about the business. From rollover data to free streaming and international roaming, T-Mobile’s offers are finally giving other carriers a fight they have to keep up with.

What’s next? Magenta has just announced a new network upgrade they claim is the first of its kind in the USA (and possibly the world). It’s called Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) and offers three improvements.

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What does EVS offer?

  • More reliability – There will be less dropped calls on LTE.
  • Higher quality – Thought HD Voice was good? EVS is even better.
  • Works on WiFi – Whether you are connected to WiFi or enjoying LTE connectivity, EVS will be there to back you up.
  • Bonus – Do you have EVS and the other caller doesn’t? You will still enjoy these new capabilities.
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Ready to test EVS? Not everyone will be able to use it right away, but if you have one of three phones you will be able to notice the difference. Supported devices currently only include the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. T-Mobile is also working on bringing EVS to 7 more smartphones by the end of the year.

If you have a supported device, please hit the comments and let us know if you have noticed any differences. We would love to hear what you have to say.

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Slack gets Material Design overhaul, better notifications and much more in version 2.0 update


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Slack, the popular communications app, is getting a huge update to version 2.0 that brings a much more polished, refined navigation experience, a ton of visual changes, and improved notifications.

Upon opening the app for the first time, you’ll notice the Slack team has taken some inspiration from Google’s Material Design guidelines, giving the app a nice aesthetic refresh. Both the left and right navigation drawers have been removed this time around. Instead, the app relies heavily on a much simpler tabbed navigation layout, which should be a welcome change for most users. This way you’ll be able to easily navigate to your channels, direct messages, starred items and mentions. You can now quickly jump to any channel, group or direct message by using the new “Jump to…” search bar at the top.

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The notification experience has been improved this time around, with notifications now being separated by team. Version 2.0 also brings a floating action button for quick access to DMs. If you’re interested, here’s the full changelog for the version 2.0 update:

  • The left and right drawers have been dropped in favor a simpler tabbed navigation. Tabs provide quick access to all your channels, direct messages, starred items, and mentions.
  • Know exactly where you want to go? Quickly “Jump to…” any channel, group, or direct message.
  • Constantly switching between teams? Simply select your team from the top dropdown and off you go.
  • A much refined notification experience, with notifications grouped by team.
  • A shiny new button floats attractively in the bottom right corner of the channels list for quickly locating or creating channels, DMs or groups.
  • Search functionality has been greatly improved with the ability to open search results in a new “archive viewer” so you can see the full context of a message result.

The new version of Slack is rolling out in the Google Play Store as we speak, though the Slack team notes that the update will be rolling out through tomorrow. Head to the Play Store link below to check for the newest version!

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