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Official! WhatsApp Users Can No Longer Take Screenshots of Profile Photos

In February 2024, WhatsApp tested a new privacy feature in the beta version to help protect user profile photos from criminal acts.

Now this feature has been officially rolled out to the regular version of WhatsApp, namely the ability to prevent users from taking screenshots or screenshots of profile photos.

This will provide better security for users and greater control over who can access their content.

In beta testing, attempts to take a screenshot would give a black screen along with the words ‘unable to take screenshot due to app restrictions.

Now on the stable version of WhatsApp, users who want to make this effort will get the same message.

When TechViral tries to take a screenshot of the profile photo, WhatsApp does not display a black screen but still gives a pop-up saying ‘This application does not allow screenshots’

We also noted that while we couldn’t screenshot individual profile pictures, when we tried to take a profile picture in a group chat, WhatsApp still allowed it to be taken. However, to take profile photos of each member of the WhatsApp group, permission is not given.

While this feature was launched, there is no further detailed information such as whether this feature is optional or not so there is no way to disable it if users still allow other people to take screenshots of their profile picture.

This is not the first feature to help protect user privacy on WhatsApp, previously there were options such as changing profile photo privacy settings, one-view media, and status privacy settings.

However, this is a step forward in helping provide users with a more secure messaging app, and it’s likely that more users will start seeing this feature on their devices in the coming weeks.

Foldable smartphones are predicted to become increasingly popular in 2024

Folding cellphones are now increasingly popular with the wider public. It is predicted that in 2024, the trend of foldable smartphones will continue to increase.

From a report made by TechViral, as seen on Sunday (25/2/2024), in 2023, global foldable phone shipments will reach 15.9 million units, marking an increase of 25% YoY (years on years) and covering around 1.4% of the entire smartphone market.

In 2024 deliveries are expected to increase to around 17.7 million units, growing by 11% and increasing market share slightly to 1.5%. But this growth rate is still below market expectations with the segment expected to only exceed 2% by 2025.

There are two factors that could cause the slowdown in the growth of this folding cellphone. Firstly, due to the low durability of folding cellphones, this is what causes a lack of user trust in the product. Then, the second factor is the price which is still not in line with the majority of consumers’ pockets.

Techviral said the future of the foldable cellphone market is influenced by the pace of cost optimization. Key components such as UTGs and hinges can be mass produced after being standardized, thereby reducing costs significantly.

Additionally, increased shipments of folding panels by Chinese panel manufacturers offer price advantages over Korean suppliers. It is expected to further reduce the price of foldable phones, this will allow brands to lower selling prices and choose to accelerate the rate of market penetration.

Samsung Leads the Market, Huawei is a Serious Competitor

Samsung is still the market leader even though their market share dropped from 80% in 2022 to under 70% the following year, while Huawei’s shipments increased to 12%. Brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are still below 10%.

Looking ahead to 2024, Samsung is determined to maintain its foldable cellphone market share at around 60%, similar to their target in 2023. In contrast to Huawei, which is aggressively increasing its foldable cellphone shipments with a target of market share exceeding 20%.

Specifically, Oppo and Vivo have indicated that they are postponing plans to launch a smaller, vertically foldable device this year. Both chose to channel their efforts into larger, horizontally foldable models due to concerns that too high costs would impact their bottom line.

On the other hand, Huawei is on track to launch a small vertical foldable device that has 5G capabilities, this will be their debut in the compact foldable device sector and will enter the competition this year.

Although many smartphone brands have jumped into the foldable phone arena, one brand that is absent is Apple. They have not officially announced their plans for a foldable phone, although there are reports that Apple is assessing key components for a foldable device, including requesting samples and testing for panels and hinges.

TrendForce assesses that this information is still not certain that Apple will start developing their foldable cellphone products. Despite this, Apple’s potential entry into the foldable cellphone market could stimulate significant market growth.

Comparison of Oppo Find N3 Flip and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5

Even though it has been around for a long time, not many cellphone manufacturers are working on folding screen cellphones. For example, in folding screen phones with clamshell models currently, there are only two big names playing, namely Oppo and Samsung.

From Oppo, the newest variant is the Find N3 Flip, while from Samsung the newest is the Galaxy Z Flip 5. What is the comparison between these two folding screen phones? Come on, take a look at the following review.

Design

In terms of dimensions, at first glance, these two phones look similar. However, if you look in more detail, the Z Flip 5 is indeed smaller and lighter than the N3 Flip, there isn’t much of a difference. The thickness of the Z Flip 5 when closed is 15.1mm and 6.9 mm when open.

Meanwhile, the N3 Flip is 7.8 mm thick when opened and 16.5 mm when closed. The weight is 9 grams apart, namely the Z Flip 5 is lighter at 187 grams.

Then the outer screen. Oppo and Samsung carry different styles in this section. Oppo uses a screen with a conventional shape, with a 3.26 inch AMOLED panel. Meanwhile, Samsung “finished” the outside with a 3.4 inch screen, except for the area for the camera module.

The N3 Flip’s smaller screen makes it more comfortable to operate with one hand. Then the interface feels more interactive and supports more applications that can be operated directly from the outside. Even though Samsung does provide the Good Lock application to bring more applications to the external screen, the setup process is quite complicated.

Hinge

Well, this hinge can be said to be one of the most important components of a folding cellphone. And, Oppo claims that the Flexion Hinge on the N3 Flip is made of stainless steel material, and is promised to be strong when opened and closed up to one million times. Meanwhile, Samsung only promises that the Z Flip 5’s hinge will last 200 thousand times opening and closing.

Flexion Hinge N3 Flip also creates screen crease marks that are less visible than on the Z Flip 5. The crease marks are of course still visible, but they are clearly more minimal. Oh yes, both the N3 Flip and Z Flip 5 screens can be closed tightly without any gaps.

Screen

The N3 Flip uses a 6.8 inch LTPO AMOLED panel, slightly larger than the Z Flip 5 which uses a 6.7 inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X. Both have FHD+, 120Hz and HDR10+ resolution. However, on paper, this Samsung screen has a higher brightness level, namely 1,750 nits compared to 1,600 nits on the Oppo.

System on a chip and battery

The system on a chip (SoC), or commonly referred to as the processor, used by these two cellphones comes from different manufacturers. Samsung chose Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 from Qualcomm, while Oppo chose Dimensity 9200 from MediaTek.

Both use 4nm architecture, LPDDR5X RAM, and UFS 4.0 storage. The N3 Flip RAM has a capacity of 12GB, while the Z Flip 5 only has 8GB. How’s the performance? From Tech Viral testing, the AnTuTu Find N3 Flip score reached one million. So, even though it is a folding screen cellphone, its performance is still fast and you can even play heavy games like Genshin Impact smoothly. And of course, you can get through daily use without slowing down, with satisfactory battery life.

In the battery sector, the N3 Flip is quite superior because it has a larger capacity battery and greater charging support. Namely 3,700 mAh versus 4,300 mAh, and 25W charger versus 44W. However, the Z Flip 5 supports wireless charging up to 15W and reverse wireless charging 4.5W. Another advantage of Oppo is that it includes a charging adapter that is much larger than the 65Watt power the device receives.

Camera

In this section, it must be admitted that Oppo has quite a big advantage. The three cameras on the N3 Flip were designed by Hasselblad, and consist of a main camera with a 50MP Sony IMX890 sensor with OIS, a 48MP ultrawide camera with a 114 degree field of view, and a 32MP portrait camera with 2x optical zoom. Then the selfie camera is 32MP.

Meanwhile, the Z Flip 5 still has a camera system similar to the previous Z Flip series. Namely a pair of 12MP cameras on the back for the main camera (with OIS) and ultrawide, as well as a 10MP selfie camera.

With relatively the same price, namely IDR 15,999,000 (12GB/256 variant on the Find N3 Flip and 8GB/256GB on the Galaxy Z Flip 5), these two cellphones have their own advantages and disadvantages. However, we think the Find N3 Flip provides a more enjoyable user experience.

Yes, in terms of the SoC used, the Z Flip 5 benchmark results are slightly superior, but that doesn’t mean the Find N3 Flip is a slower cellphone. The reason is, in the tests we carried out, Genshin Impact with high settings and a frame rate of 60 could be run smoothly by the Find N3 Flip. Oh yes, the battery is bigger and charging is also faster.

Oppo A79 5G: Price and Complete Specifications in Indonesia

Oppo A79 5G was officially launched in Indonesia bringing a new design and specifications. This is the first cellphone from the latest generation Oppo A-series launched this year.

The biggest change brought by the Oppo A79 5G can be seen in its design. Oppo A79 5G comes in two color choices, namely Mystery Black and Luminous Purple.

Specifically, the Luminous Purple variant uses a Glowing Feather design with a special design that provides a dynamic touch like feathers while providing a beautiful appearance like a diamond.

The Oppo A79 5G screen uses an LCD panel measuring 6.72 inches. The screen resolution is 2400 x 1080 (FHD+) with a refresh rate of 90H and a touch sampling rate of 180Hz.

The screen’s peak brightness level reaches 680 nits. The Oppo A79 5G screen now has a punch hole design, replacing the water drop notch design used by the A78 5G.

On the back there are two cameras arranged in a rectangular camera module. The rear camera composition consists of a 50 MP main camera and a 2 MP portrait camera. An 8 MP front camera is available for taking selfies.

The Oppo A79 5G is equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 6020 chipset which is made using 7nm fabrication. This chipset is combined with 8GB RAM which is supported by the RAM Expansion feature and 256GB internal memory.

The performance of this cellphone is also supported by the Dynamic Computing Engine which helps use the Oppo A79 5G more smoothly and stably on a daily basis. This feature makes apps faster to open and allows more apps to run in the background at the same time.

Its performance is supported by a 5,000 mAh capacity battery which is equipped with Super Power Saving Mode and Ultimate Standby features. This cellphone also supports 33W SuperVOOC fast charging which promises to charge the battery up to 100% in 74 minutes.

Oppo A79 5G runs the Android 13 operating system with the ColorOS 13.1 interface. Oppo also provides smoothness protection for 36 months to ensure the cellphone remains smooth to use for the next few years.

Apart from the specifications above, the Oppo A79 5G is also equipped with network support such as 5G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, Dual-SIM, NFC, USB-C, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The phone also comes with a fingerprint sensor and enhanced dual stereo speakers with Ultra Volume mode.

Price and availability of Oppo A79 5G in Indonesia

The Oppo A79 5G is sold at IDR 3,799,000 for the 8/256GB variant. This cellphone can be purchased online from 2-9 February 2024 at the Oppo Official Store which can be found on e-commerce platforms such as Lazada, Shopee, Tokopedia, Blibli, Akulaku, and TikTok Shop.

Consumers can enjoy benefits in the form of installments offered by each e-commerce such as Lazada, Shopee and Tokopedia. Apart from that, there is a special benefit worth IDR 500,000 which can be claimed via the My Oppo application.

Shock! Samsung Shows Off Galaxy Ring Smart Ring

Samsung has long marketed smartwatches and wearable devices. However, at the end of the Unpacked event which launched the Galaxy S24, a glimpse of Samsung’s next wearable device product, namely the Galaxy Ring, was shown.

This Galaxy Ring looks like a ring. In fact, smart rings are nothing new, but they are not as popular as smart watches. The Oura ring, for example, is a favorite of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, and the Evie smart ring from Movano was designed with women’s health in mind,

From the information provided, the Galaxy Ring seems to be one part of Samsung’s strategy to create a network of devices that can provide information to the Samsung Health application, for a more complete picture of user habits.

At first glance, the Galaxy Ring looks like ordinary jewelry, until you look at the tiny sensors and electronics inside. Digital Health Samsung Research, Matthew Wiggins said that the Galaxy Ring is a smart ring that is equipped with various features commonly found in the Samsung Health application.

The Next Gen Of Galaxy Samsung

“This is the Galaxy Ring, a device we created for a better life, as well as a device to access various Samsung-style health features in the future,” added Wiggins.

There’s still a lot that’s unknown about the Ring, like when it will launch, how much it will cost, what type of sensor it will have, and what health metrics it will collect. But the Ring is another means for Samsung to carry out its health strategy.

The ring is circular and black. Since it is a smart wearable device, it will likely be able to track a number of health metrics just like a typical wearable device. And because it doesn’t have a screen, its battery life should be better than a smartwatch.

Rumors that the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will be able to upgrade to 8GB RAM

The iPhone 16 series will be launched in the second half of 2024 bringing a number of improvements. The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus, which are the standard variants, will also get a number of upgrades, including more RAM.

According to analyst Jeff Pu, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will get a RAM upgrade to 8GB. This is a significant increase from the 6GB RAM on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.

If this rumor is true, then all iPhone 16 variants will have 8GB RAM. The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max should still use 8GB RAM following the previous generation.

Apart from that, Pu claims that the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will be powered by the A18 chipset, while the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will use the A18 Pro chip. This is the first time the standard variant of the iPhone will use the A18 chip which is made with 3nm fabrication.

Specifically for the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, Pu said that these two devices will use the Qualcomm X75 modem. Meanwhile, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will use the Qualcomm X70 modem.

Currently all variants of the iPhone 15 series use the Qualcomm X70 modem. If Pu’s report is accurate, Apple will likely differentiate the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro variants based on the modem used, and it is possible that the 5G speed between the two phones will be different, as quoted from 9to5Mac, Monday (15/1/2024).

Pu also claims the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will support Wi-Fi 6E, which is currently only available on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Wi-Fi 6E is claimed to have faster connections, lower latency, and improved network performance.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will likely support Wi-Fi 7. This 7th generation wireless network was only officially announced last week.

Apart from upgrades to improve network performance and quality, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will also get a main camera upgrade from 12 MP to 48 MP. Previous rumors stated that these two variants would be equipped with an Action Button, a feature previously only available on the iPhone 15 Pro.

Xiaomi: The Rising Star of the Smartphone Market

Xiaomi is a Chinese technology company that has quickly become one of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers. The company was founded in 2010 and has since grown to become the world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker by market share.

Xiaomi’s success is due to a number of factors, including its focus on affordability, innovation, and customer service. The company’s smartphones are typically priced significantly lower than those of its competitors, making them a more attractive option for budget-conscious consumers. Xiaomi is also known for its innovative features, such as its MIUI operating system and its AI-powered cameras. Finally, Xiaomi offers excellent customer service, with a dedicated team of customer support representatives available to assist users with any issues they may encounter.

Xiaomi’s Smartphone Lineup

Xiaomi offers a wide range of smartphones to suit a variety of needs and budgets. The company’s flagship smartphone is the Mi 12 Pro, which features a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a 6.73-inch AMOLED display, and a triple-lens rear camera system. For those looking for a more affordable option, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is a great choice. This smartphone features a MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor, a 6.67-inch AMOLED display, and a quad-lens rear camera system.

Xiaomi’s Future

Xiaomi is well-positioned to continue its growth in the smartphone market. The company has a strong track record of innovation and affordability, and it is committed to providing excellent customer service. With its focus on these key areas, Xiaomi is poised to become one of the world’s leading smartphone makers in the years to come.

Here are some of the key features of Xiaomi’s smartphones:

  • Affordability: Xiaomi’s smartphones are typically priced significantly lower than those of its competitors.
  • Innovation: Xiaomi is known for its innovative features, such as its MIUI operating system and its AI-powered cameras.
  • Customer service: Xiaomi offers excellent customer service, with a dedicated team of customer support representatives available to assist users with any issues they may encounter.

If you’re looking for a smartphone that offers great value for money, Xiaomi is a great option to consider. The company offers a wide range of smartphones to suit a variety of needs and budgets, and it is committed to providing excellent customer service.

Huawei MateBook D 16, Large Laptop with Great Performance

Huawei officially launched the latest generation MateBook D 16 which features a large 16 inch screen. Its performance is claimed to be great for daily activities.

Huawei claims to integrate an immersive visual experience into a larger screen for this series of laptops. However, it still provides easy portability for daily activities. They strive to meet the needs of consumers, especially the younger generation who want to achieve their biggest goals, whether at work, school or campus.

This laptop, which comes in a metallic-tone material, is equipped with the latest 13th generation Intel processor, giving it reliable performance to support fast-paced daily work.

“The Huawei Matebook D 16 marks Huawei’s innovative step in the technology industry by presenting a comfortable large-screen laptop. The Huawei MateBook D 16 is the latest embodiment of this commitment, providing a solution to meet the needs for productivity and entertainment in one revolutionary laptop experience,” said Huiler Fan , Country Head of Huawei Device Indonesia.

The MateBook D 16 screen has a thin bezel, a 16:10 ratio, and a screen to body ratio of up to 90%. The screen is also comfortable on the eyes because it has a Low Blue Light certificate from TÜV Rheinland.

Not to forget, the Huawei MateBook D 16 is also equipped with a new 180 degree hinge, which gives the laptop flexibility to be opened completely and flat on the table. The body is thin and ergonomic with a thickness of 17mm and a weight of 1.67kg.

The processor is 13th generation Intel, and there are two options: Core i9-13900H with Intel Iris XE Graphics and Core i5-13420H with Intel UDH Graphics. This processor is promised to have high performance which is able to provide users with ease in handling heavy and complex multitasking needs such as programming, illustration, editing photos and videos, and even opening many large files at one time smoothly.

Super Device connectivity is also supported on the MateBook D 16, so users can connect the laptop to various Huawei devices quickly and easily. Super Device also allows Huawei MateBook D 16 users to increase monitoring space by connecting to various types of Huawei tablets, as well as expand the audio experience by connecting the PC to Huawei speakers or earphones.

Huawei Make A New Look Laptop

“Through the various advantages offered, the Huawei MateBook D 16 is Huawei’s latest step in releasing its premium technology to make it more easily accessible to more consumers in Indonesia and throughout the world,” concluded Huiler Fan.

The Huawei MateBook D 16 can be pre-ordered starting January 25, 2024. The i9 variant is priced at IDR 17,999,000, while the i5 variant is priced at IDR 12,999,000.

For every purchase of the two latest Huawei MateBook D 16 variants, customers will get a profit of IDR 4.2 million in the form of a laptop backpack, Microsoft 365 Personal, Huawei Mouse, FREE Huawei FreeBuds 5, and MiFi.

This Unique Casing Brings the iPhone a BlackBerry Flavor

The days when the BlackBerry was the dream smartphone are long gone, but perhaps some still miss it. Well, a new case for the iPhone brings one of BlackBerry’s most beloved features, namely a physical keyboard.

It’s called Clicks, created by a company founded by two famous content creators, namely Michael Fisher (MrMobile) and Kevin Michaluk (CrackBerry Kevin). Clicks is basically a physical keyboard for the iPhone.

Clicks can be ordered for USD 139 for the standard iPhone and USD 159 for the larger iPhone. This Clicks keyboard has a bold design. The flagship color, BumbleBee, is bright yellow which contrasts nicely with the black keyboard. The casing is made of silicone to make it easier to insert the iPhone and also easy to hold.

Clicks doesn’t require Bluetooth or batteries to operate, relying solely on iPhone power. Indeed, this iPhone casing makes the device very tall like a remote. The good news, quoted by Tech Viral from CNN, Friday (12/1/2024), is that the button is easy to click and is large enough to be easy to press.

The keyboard position is a bit odd. Users have to slide their hands down slightly to put it on. However, it is likely that users will eventually get used to it.

By using a physical keyboard, users will get more screen space. That’s because when it’s plugged in, iOS knows not to show the virtual keyboard when tapping the typeable area.

Presumably, this case is suitable for those who are big fans of physical keyboards and want one on their iPhone. If you miss the days of texting with a BlackBerry keyboard or aren’t a fan of virtual keyboards, this case might be for you.

Samsung Ready to Open Preorders for Galaxy AI HP, Offering Bonuses of Millions of Rupiah

Samsung is ready to hold Galaxy Unpacked 2024 on January 18 2024. Simultaneously with this celebration, this South Korean technology giant opened pre-orders for the Galaxy AI HP in Indonesia which offers a bonus of millions of rupiah.

“At the Galaxy Unpacked event on January 18 2024 at 01.00 WIB, we will announce the newest products with Galaxy AI. Powered by on-device AI developed at Samsung and cloud-based AI from our collaboration with like-minded industry leaders, Galaxy AI will change the everyday mobile experience,” said Verry Octavianus, MX Product Marketing Senior Manager of Samsung Electronics Indonesia in an official statement received by Techviral, Saturday (13/1/2024).

“There are additional special benefits for the convenience of users, namely the Samsung Care+ protection service for two years worth up to IDR 2.4 million especially for those of you who register starting from January 3 and we will close at exactly 00.00 WIB, January 18 2024,” he added.

Don’t Forget To Register In The Below

To get this benefit, you simply open the samsung.com/id site, click the ‘Register Now’ button then complete the form completely, starting from brief personal data to the available survey questions.

“You can also directly access it on the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2024 List. If registration is done only by filling in the personal data section, without completing the survey, you will still be rewarded with a free Samsung Care+ subscription, but only for 1 year. Isn’t that a shame? Let’s complete your registration now ,” said Verry.

A little information about Galaxy Unpacked this time will be held in San Jose, California, precisely at the SAP Arena. The choice of location is quite interesting because it is not far from the headquarters of Apple (Cupertino) and Google (Mountain View).

This event will start at 10.00 local time. Samsung fans in Indonesia can watch the launch of the Galaxy S24 series via livestream on the Samsung website and YouTube channel on January 18 2024 at 01.00 WIB.

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