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A dictionary can be a handy tool. Many have features such as a word of the day to help expand your vocabulary. Those learning languages for the first time can find them useful in defining words they don’t know. They’re valuable learning tools. It’s even better when you conveniently have them on your mobile phone. Here are the best dictionary apps for Android!

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Dictionary

Dictionary

Price: Free / $1.99
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The simply named Dictionary app is a pretty decent option. It has three sources. You’ll find words from Webster’s dictionary, The American Heritage dictionary, and Roget’s Thesaurus. The app contains a word of the day feature along with a thesaurus, a dictionary, translations to more than 40 languages, and more. Most parts of the app are also available offline. Additional features include idioms of the day, audio pronunciations, word etymologies, and various other dictionaries (financial, medical, etc). The free version contains advertising while the $1.99 pro version does not. It’s definitely among the better dictionary apps.
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Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com

Price: Free / $2.99 with in-app purchases
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Dictionary.com is one of the most popular dictionary apps out there. It has a ton of features, including a word of the day, audio pronunciations, a translator for over 30 languages, and even the word origins. You can buy additional dictionaries as in-app purchases. They include a slang dictionary, idioms and phrases, and even a medical dictionary. Overall, it’s a fairly solid app. However, it does play fast and loose with permissions. That has chased some of the more security conscious away. Otherwise, it’s pretty good.
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Dictionary Linguee

Dictionary Linguee

Price: Free
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Dictionary Linguee is one of the newer free dictionary apps. It specializes in cross-language translations and definitions. It supports English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and about a dozen other languages. You’ll also get a search (which includes translations), audio pronunciations, example sentences, and more. Comparatively speaking, it’s a rather simple dictionary app. However, the whole app is entirely free with no in-app purchases or advertising. That makes it a pretty decent option.
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Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Price: Free / $2.99
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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary is one of the more well-known dictionary apps out there. The name recognition alone has made it extremely popular. Thankfully, it’s also riddled with features. On top of the standard word definitions, the app features word games to increase your vocabulary. It also features an integrated thesaurus, example sentences, audio pronunciations, word of the day, and many more. The free version is riddled with apps while the $2.99 version is not. Aside from the aggressive advertising, the app is pretty decent overall.
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Merriam-Webster Dictionary

English Dictionary

English Dictionary

Price: Free
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English Dictionary is another one of the better free dictionary apps. It boasts a word base of 239000 words. That’s probably more than you’ll ever need. It also has a variety of features that you don’t see every day. There is a randomizer that lets you look up random words. You can also choose between a light and a dark theme if you prefer. There are even some cute little animations like you’re flicking through a book. Best of all, it’s completely free with no in-app purchases or advertising. It’s worth checking out.
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Google Search

Google Search

Price: Free
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It’s true that Google’s app isn’t officially a dictionary app. It can be used to look up words, though. Using either the voice or text command, you can simply ask Google the definition of any given word. It’s a good option for those who don’t need a full-fledged dictionary app but still want to know the definition of things. It also comes with all of its usual features, like Google Now, Now on Tap, translation features, news features, and reminders. Again, it’s not great if you need a dictionary app that does more than provide definitions. However, it is more than good enough for looking up a word really quickly.
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Idioms and Phrases Dictionary

Idioms and Phrases Dictionary

Price: Free / $1.99
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Idioms and Phrases Dictionary is something a little bit different. It allows you to search and view entire phrases along with their meanings. It features 3500 phrases along with their meanings. You can search for phrases, bookmark your favorites, and even view them by category. Aside from that, it’s a relatively simple app. You just open, search, read, and close it out. It’s a fun app to check out, especially if you’re a non-English speaker and you want to learn what some of these otherwise nonsensical phrases actually mean.
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Idioms and Phrases Dictionary

Offline Dictionary

Offline Dictionary

Price: Free / $4.49
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Offline Dictionary is another one of the dictionary apps that focuses on multiple languages. It supports over two dozen languages. Each language has its own dictionary that can be downloaded for offline use. You can download as many or as few as you want. It also includes a built-in thesaurus if you need one of those. Aside from that, it’s surprisingly light on features. The app does cover the basics, including sentence examples, word correction, and audio pronunciation. It’s a good option for those looking for something a little more simple.
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Offline Dictionary

Pocket Thesaurus

Pocket Thesaurus

Price: Free / $2.61
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Pocket Thesaurus is another app that’s technically not a dictionary app. It can be used with one to give you an even greater understanding of the English language. The app boasts a 20MB install size which is fairly reasonable considering that it covers 90,000 common words. There is also a floating thesaurus mode that lets you see synonyms of words simply by selecting them. It works well when paired with a similarly simple dictionary app for a one-two combo. The free version has ads while the paid version does not. Otherwise, the two apps are pretty much the same.
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WordWeb Dictionary

WordWeb Dictionary

Price: Free
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WordWeb Dictionary is one of the more popular free dictionary apps for Android. It features 285000 words, 225000 word sense definitions, and more. There is also a built-in thesaurus, pronunciations, and more. Perhaps its most unique feature is the ability to find commonly misunderstood words or know the difference between words that sound similar. It’s also usable offline, is completely free, and has no in-app purchases or advertising. It’s relatively simple and doesn’t have common features like audio pronunciations. Otherwise, it’s a solid app.
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There’s little denying that the continued advancement of AI will be an important part of our future, and companies like Samsung will be a big part of this push forward, at least if the latest claim proves correct. A new report from The Korea Herald indicates Samsung is considering the creation of a $1 billion fund to invest in the future of artificial intelligence.

The unnamed source is a Samsung official from the USA, claiming this money is to be used towards AI tech company acquisitions and investments in stakes.

“Despite several recent deals, the management pointed out the company still needed more fundamental investments into AI.” -Samsung official

This report seems to imply Samsung sees great potential in the future of AI. So much that it could be Samsung’s attempt not to repeat a past mistake from 2005, when they declined to purchase Android from Google. This would make sense, as it has already been reported Samsung is open to working with google on AI, as well as investing in its own artificial intelligence services.

Other large companies like Facebook and LG are also looking into the integration of AI in their products and services, so it looks like the proliferation of such services is not too far away. We just hope the robot apocalypse is nothing to worry about!

Update 2/21 – 6:18PM: For Samsung India’s part, they have denied plans to sell the Note 7 refurbished in India.

Here’s the statement straight from a Samsung India company rep: “The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect.”

The company has yet to specify whether or not the phone will be sold in other markets though. Honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung keeps the Note 7 buried in order to move past last year’s blunder, but we’ll update this post again if/when we learn more about this supposed plan.

Original 2/21 – 3:56PM:

Samsung is said to be putting refurbished Galaxy Note 7 handsets on sale with new batteries following the cancellation of the device late last year. The speculation arrives via South Korean news website The Korean Economic Daily, which suggests that the smartphones could be relaunched this June.

Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 last September following reports of units catching fire. After replacing the batteries, Samsung later resold them — however, they continued to catch fire and the Note 7 was eventually aborted. Samsung announced in January that the cause of the of Note 7’s problems had indeed been related to batteries but by then it was too late to recover.

Now, Samsung is said to be swapping the Note 7’s 3,500 mAh batteries with a “3,000 to 3,200 mAh” batteries, according to The Korean Economic Daily’s sources, predominately for sale in emerging markets such as India and Vietnam.

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The move is said to be part of Samsung’s plan to recover costs from the initial device recall and avoid environmental penalties from the estimated 2.5 million or so Galaxy Note 7s it would have to dispose of.

Samsung hasn’t made any official announcements in this vein, but before the battery investigation concluded, a spokesperson did tell us that the company was: “Reviewing possible options that can minimize the environmental impact of the recall.” Shifting refurbished units would certainly be one way to achieve that.

We’ve reached out to Samsung again regarding this matter and will update this story should we receive a response.

Even as wireless carriers and smartphone makers hype up their plans to offer 5G speeds sometime in the future, the current 4G LTE technology continues to get refined and improved. Today, ahead of the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, chip rivals Qualcomm and Intel have both announced new LTE modems with support for faster network speeds.

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE chipset is the 7th such product from the company to support LTE networks, and the second that uses its Gigabit LTE technology. According to Qualcomm, the modem can support download speeds up to 1.2Gbps. It can achieve these kinds of speeds through the use of carrier aggregation, which allows a device with the modem to access as many as 12 unique streams of data, each with speeds of up to 100Mbps. Upload speeds with the Snapdragon X20, while not as fast as its download rates, are still pretty solid at up to 150Mbps.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? However, there are a few things to keep in mind. The biggest one is that the Snapdragon X20 LTE chipset has just started sampling to phone makers, and they are not expected to be put inside new handsets until mid-2018. Another thing to keep in mind is that current LTE networks will likely not be able to handle 1.2Gbps speeds in the real world.

Intel is not sitting down and letting its big competitor have all the LTE fun today. The company also announced its new smartphone modem, the Intel XMM 7560, which is its 5th such product to support LTE networks. The XMM 7560 is supposed to handle download speeds “exceeding 1Gbps” and upload speeds up to 225Mbps. Like Qualcomm’s new modem, the Intel XMM 7560 also uses carrier aggregation to achieve these new speed records.

As with Qualcomm’s solution, the claimed speeds on Intel’s chips sound good but likely won’t be able to be reproduced in the real world on current LTE networks. Intel says the XMM 7560 will start sampling to smartphone makers sometime in the first half of 2017. Once again, that means we won’t likely see any devices with Intel’s hardware inside until sometime in 2018.

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New images of the Galaxy S8 that show the device in all its glory have leaked. The pictures are consistent with the rumors that are going around about Samsung’s flagship devices. As you can see, the smartphone doesn’t have a physical button on the front, which means that the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back.

It also features a curved screen and extremely thin bezels, as expected. If you look closely at the images below, you’ll also see that the Galaxy S8 sports a USB Type-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the bottom, along with a speaker.

The device is really easy on the eyes and looks quite different from the Galaxy S7 series. The curved screen and the small bezels on the top and at the bottom give it a unique look that a lot of consumers will probably like.

There’s still no official word on when Samsung will announce the devices. We’ll know more details on February 26, when the company will share the launch date with the public during its MWC event as well as a short teaser trailer.

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Samsung is said to be putting refurbished Galaxy Note 7 handsets on sale with new batteries following the cancellation of the device late last year. The speculation arrives via South Korean news website The Korean Economic Daily, which suggests that the smartphones could be relaunched this June.

Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 last September following reports of units catching fire. After replacing the batteries, Samsung later resold them — however, they continued to catch fire and the Note 7 was eventually aborted. Samsung announced in January that the cause of the of Note 7’s problems had indeed been related to batteries but by then it was too late to recover.

Now, Samsung is said to be swapping the Note 7’s 3,500 mAh batteries with a “3,000 to 3,200 mAh” batteries, according to The Korean Economic Daily’s sources, predominately for sale in emerging markets such as India and Vietnam.

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The move is said to be part of Samsung’s plan to recover costs from the initial device recall and avoid environmental penalties from the estimated 2.5 million or so Galaxy Note 7s it would have to dispose of.

Samsung hasn’t made any official announcements in this vein, but before the battery investigation concluded, a spokesperson did tell us that the company was: “Reviewing possible options that can minimize the environmental impact of the recall.” Shifting refurbished units would certainly be one way to achieve that.

We’ve reached out to Samsung again regarding this matter and will update this story should we receive a response.

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