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Samsung has started mass-producing the first 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM chips

In the same way that Samsung makes most of the best smartphone displays — even those in Apple's iPhones — they also make many of the RAM chips used by other OEMs in their handsets. Advancements made by the South Korean company led to the first phones with 12GB of RAM, and now 16GB versions are on the horizon.

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Pay attention, Google: Every Galaxy S20 model has at least 12GB of RAM

It's almost comical how much RAM some Android devices have at this point. The Asus Zenfone 6 Edition 30, Xiaomi Black Share 2 Pro, and Redmi K20 Pro Premium Edition all have 12GB of RAM, and now Samsung is joining the you-can-never-have-too-much-memory club.

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Galaxy S10+ with 1TB storage hinted as Samsung starts mass producing bigger UFS chips

With increasing capabilities such as 4K video recording, better processing power, and faster download speeds, smartphones are beginning to require more storage space. A few years ago, it was customary for a phone's base version to offer 8GB of internal memory. This figure has evolved over the years, with last year's Galaxy S9 offering a minimum of 64GB, and powerhouses such as the Note 9 having up to 512GB of internal space.

Samsung just revealed it's doubling this number, by announcing the mass production of a 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage chip. The news comes in less than a month before the Korean manufacturer unveils its new flagship handsets, strongly suggesting a variant of the Galaxy S10 will feature it, as previous rumors had hinted at.

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Samsung's 8Gb LPDDR5 memory chip breaks all the speed records, but it's not for the Galaxy Note9

Samsung is not only easily the world’s number one smartphone vendor, but also the top chipmaker, having recently surpassed Intel. There’s a pretty good reason for that, and it has something to do with breakthroughs like announcing the industry’s "first 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM for 5G and AI-powered mobile applications."

Before you jump to conclusions, it seems highly unlikely that this memory chip will be used on the Galaxy Note9 that’s right around the corner. Instead, Samsung appears to be setting the stage for the flagship generation after that, which could make AI applications even smarter (and thus scarier), and will hopefully deliver faster download speeds with "real" 5G connectivity.

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Chrome 55 adds download manager, offline pages, performance improvements, and more [APK Download]

Chrome 55 was released for the desktop a few days ago, and now the Android version has followed suit. If you've been using Chrome 55 beta, most of this should already be familiar, but there are a few new changes in store as well.

Download Manager

Until now, Chrome has used Android's built-in download manager to list browser downloads. Back in September, Chrome's very own Download Manager appeared in Chrome Dev, and now it has finally made it to the stable channel. You can sort by file type, see how much space is being used by downloads, and view/delete your saved pages.

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[Who Needs The Cloud] Samsung Begins Mass Production Of 256GB UFS Chips For Mobile Devices

Samsung just announced that it has begun mass manufacturing of the industry's first 256GB Universal Flash Storage chips for high-end mobile devices. The new memory is nearly twice as fast as typical SATA-based SSDs found in PCs. Using two lanes of data transfer, the new chip can move data at up to a blistering 850MB per second.

Sequential writing speeds clock in at a rate of up to 260MB a second, or about three times faster than high-performance external SD cards. What this translates to is buttery-smooth frame rates when the chip is tasked with the playback of Ultra HD video files, even while simultaneously multitasking in a split screen.

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Samsung Now Has A New RAM Chip That Could Allow Up To 6GB Of Memory In Your Smartphone

Everybody loves more RAM, especially in their Android smartphones and tablets. Because seriously, can we have some more? I'll take whatever you can give me. And today, Samsung is continuing in its grand tradition of responding to that demand with a brand-new DRAM design that squeezes 12Gb (not to be confused with GB) onto each chip, for a maximum of 6GB (again, not to be confused with Gb) of total memory in the package. Samsung claims it can fit that 6GB in the space that is required for 3GB currently, so no extra room is needed.

The new chip is also 30% faster than Samsung's older 20nm-process 8Gb chips, and Samsung claims they'll be able to produce in significantly greater quantities thanks to manufacturing changes.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Preview 2 Revamps The Memory Settings Menu User Interface

The nice thing about having a huge public beta test is that, well, you get to test stuff. Apparently the reaction to the new dedicated Memory section of the Settings menu wasn't everything that Google had hoped for, because it's been given a notable redesign in the brand-new version 2. The most striking change is a new overview screen that appears when you first tap Memory. Now it shows you the total memory in use with a readout in MB or GB, instead of breaking it down by apps. You can view the readout by hour increments: three, six, twelve, or an entire day.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Android Gets A New RAM Manager That Shows 'Average' And 'Maximum' Memory Usage

At the moment Android does a pretty decent job of managing its memory... but not a very good one of telling you exactly how it does that. The "Running" portion of the Apps menu in Lollipop shows what's being used by your system and your apps, then a list of apps' RAM usage (with numerical readouts only), and that's it. Starting with the Android M Developer Preview, this screen is much more informative, breaking down both the current and recent RAM usage on a per-app basis.

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To see the new RAM Manager in Android M, go to the main Settings menu, then tap Apps.

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Samsung Electronics Starts Mass Producing The Industry's First 128GB Universal Flash Storage, Almost Certainly Galaxy S6-Bound

Before every MWC event, Samsung gradually unveils bits and pieces of its semiconductor innovations that not-so-suprisingly end up inside its line of imminent Galaxy S devices. So far this year, the company has announced its 8Gb LPDDR4 RAM chip (with 4GB of RAM) and 14nm FinFET processor (to be introduced in the company's Exynos 7 Octa), both of which promise faster speeds and more power efficiency.


Today we get another glimpse inside the Galaxy S6, well...presumably. (The timing is just perfect, isn't it?) Samsung is taking the cover off a significant advancement in the semiconductor space for smarphones: a 128GB NAND memory based on the much anticipated UFS 2.0 standard.

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