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LG reports problems did exist with Snapdragon 810, but issues have been resolved

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Several recent incidents with smartphone manufacturers have painted a rather unflattering picture of Qualcomm’s forthcoming Snapdragon 810 processor. The Snapdragon 810 is supposed to be the successor to the popular Snapdragon 805 that is used in most top-end smartphones. Samsung appears to have completely dropped the Snapdragon 810 from the mix for their Galaxy S 6 phone set to be released in a few months apparently due to overheating issues and there are rumors the issue has impacted OnePlus’s release schedule for the OnePlus 2. Throughout the recent flare-up about the chip, LG has stood by Qualcomm and plans to release the LG G Flex 2 on time. During an earnings conference call today, LG addressed the issue and added some background to their efforts to bring the LG G Flex 2, and later this year the LG G4, to market with the Snapdragon 810 included.

According to LG, the “initial batch” of Snapdragon 810 chips that were received for development and testing in new devices did have some problems. However, LG indicated they worked with Qualcomm to address the issues to ensure their devices could not only launch on time, but that users would not experience any disappointments in their experiences with the devices. This seems to be a little bit at odds with previous statements from LG that indicated the Snapdragon 810 performance was “satisfactory,” although the differences could likely be written off to misunderstandings about which version of the chip was being discussed. Speaking of versions of the Snapdragon 810, LG did not discuss recent rumblings about a potential lawsuit if Qualcomm were to change the chip solely for Samsung’s benefit.

On a slightly related note, during the same conference call, LG was vague about plans to use a metal chassis for upcoming devices. LG representatives would only acknowledge that design decisions to take into account market demand. Since premium smartphone buyers seem to lean toward wanting metal designs, it seems likely LG is at least considering going that route.

If you were looking at buying a new LG device this year, or any other Snapdragon 810 powered smartphone, are you concerned with all of the recent controversy and potential overheating or performance problems?

source: ZDNet Korea
via: G for Games

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Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S Edge will work with the Gear VR

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Gear VR might be a cool device, but it’s only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4. The S series is the most popular phone for Samsung so it’s no surprise that both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S Edge will be compatible. The question is how?

The Gear VR is configured to fit the Note 4, which has a 5.7-inch display. With the S6 rumored to sport a 5.1-inch display, Samsung might need to make another VR headset or the S6 will actually have a larger display than we thought. There is also the possibility that they would offer some sort of an adapter to fit it.

Let’s just hope they don’t plan on offering another VR headset specifically for the S6. That would be a disaster.

source: SamMobile

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Samsung’s Q4 profits continue to slide, but still land above analyst expectations

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Back_Camera_Samsung_Logo_TA_02Samsung posted some good news and some bad news today. The bad news for the company is that their fourth quarter profits for 2014 dropped 27%, which is a fairly significant slide for the holiday months. The bright side, however, is that this drop was smaller than what analysts were expecting.

A big reason that Samsung didn’t have a bigger decrease was thanks to their component business, which is still doing exceptionally well thanks to the general popularity of smartphones and tablets. Sales of the Galaxy Note 4 also increased during Q4, so it held its own against other flagship devices and Apple for Christmas. Total sales for Samsung ended up between 72 and 75 million smartphones, while Apple shipped about 74 million. Those numbers make it pretty clear that 2014 was kinder to Apple than it was to Samsung.

For the quarter, Samsung still managed to pull in about $4.9 billion, and compared to previous quarters, Samsung’s numbers are decreasing slower than they were towards the end of 2014. Samsung has an opportunity with the Galaxy S 6 to finally turn things around and stay competitive at the high end against Apple, but they’ll need a strong 2015 to make that happen.

source: ABC News

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Alleged Huawei Mate 7 Compact images leak

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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A new season is approaching and that means new devices are to come. From Huawei, it seems as if a new device from the Mate line is coming. On Twitter, leaksfly posted two images of what is allegedly the Mate 7 Compact. It looks much like the original Mate 7 — simplistic design with on-screen buttons and camera/flash rear setup. The rear also includes the same fingerprint scanner below the camera. The original Mate 7 had a 6-inch display, so the Mate 7 Compact could have a display measuring 5.5 or 6-inches.

Hit the break for an image of the rear.

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Source: @leaksfly

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In a new patent filed by Samsung, the tech giant is taking a page from third-party launchers: saving and transferring your home-screen designs to be used later on the same device or porting it over to a different device altogether.

Samsung is wanting to add in the extra benefit of making all of this cloud-based, something not really offered by other custom launchers.

When I backup my home-screen layout on a launcher like Nova, to retrieve that file and transfer it elsewhere (to Google Drive for example) the process is actually a little cumbersome. First you need a file manager app like Solid Explorer, then navigate to your Internal Memory, go to data>com.teslacoilsw.launcher>backup in order to find these saved backups. From there you can share the file to your cloud or, if you’re connected to your computer via USB and have done the same navigation from Windows’ file explorer, you can copy/paste it out to your computer’s hard drive.

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As you can see in the picture above, Samsung intends on making the process extremely simple. You can select from a number of saved home-screen setups and utilize them as you see fit.

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The method in which Samsung wants to implement this home-screen transfer feature is not unique with the company. Samsung offers a service called SideSync, which allows you to synchronize your smartphone, tablet, and PC for screen and data sharing. This home-screen backup and sharing sounds like a perfect fit for the SideSync program.

That being said, there’s no official word on whether or not this home-screen sharing feature will be exclusive to Samsung devices, but I can’t imagine that it would allow for anything outside of the Samsung ecosystem. Worse yet, it may only allow sharing of your home-screen setups done inside of TouchWiz.

Source: Phandroid

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Qualcomm confirms a key customer dropped its Snapdragon 810 processor

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Annually, flagship smartphones in the United States and other countries launch with processors designed by Qualcomm. Look at any flagship smartphone released in the last few years and it is almost guaranteed that a Snapdragon processor is inside. The Snapdragon 810 was expected to be the go-to processor for hardware manufacturers this spring, but reports of technical difficulties including overheating caused some to believe otherwise. Today, the company confirmed that a key customer has walked away from using the Snapdragon 810.

The key customer, while not named by Qualcomm, is likely Samsung. We have seen reports and rumors that Samsung is looking elsewhere for the processor to be used in the Galaxy S 6 in select countries. Samsung is one of the few companies that develops its own processors and that means there is a chance to replace the Snapdragon 810 and go against Qualcomm with Exynos.

Samsung may have backed away from using the Snapdragon 810 due to a potential lawsuit between Qualcomm and LG. Yesterday, a source familiar with the situation made it clear that LG would seek legal action if Qualcomm modified the Snapdragon 810 for Samsung. Why? Because the Snapdragon 810 will power the soon-to-be-released G Flex 2. Well, LG also believes that there is no overheating.

In addition to a key customer dropping the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm announced that its business in China has underperformed despite settling a licensing payments dispute in the country. The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission has repeatedly gotten in front of Qualcomm and the company believes that has caused Chinese customers to not properly report sales.

Qualcomm reduced its financial estimates for the next two quarters because of the ongoing issues.

Source: Re/code

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Carphone Warehouse to sell the LG G Flex 2 on March 19, pre-registration now open

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, based in the United Kingdom, has launched a pre-registration page for the LG G Flex 2. The page has a form to enter personal information to be notified when the handset is available to pre-order. Those interested can choose how they would like to buy the G Flex 2 (monthly or SIM-free) and which network. The exact date for pre-ordering to start is February 28. Then, the G Flex 2 will be available for sale on March 19.

Source: Carphone Warehouse
Via: Android Central

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Samsung Gear VR now available through Best Buy

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Hot on the heels of their latest promo video, or perhaps in conjunction with the new video, Samsung has expanded availability of the Samsung Gear VR headset. Best Buy is now listing the device as available for order on their web site for a price of $199.99. That is the same price that you will find it for on the Samsung site or through AT&T. With free expedited shipping, buyers could have the device in their hands, or strapped to their head, by this weekend. That does assume they already own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, or plan to get one in the next couple days, since that is currently the only device that the Gear VR is compatible with.

The expansion to Best Buy is certainly going to put the Gear VR in front of a lot more consumers. That will be especially true if they get a few units to have available in the Samsung Experience areas of Best Buy retail locations.

source: Best Buy

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Meizu Blue Charm goes official with an ultra low price tag

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Meizu has officially unveiled the Meizu Blue Charm otherwise known as the Meizu M1 in China. This is the company’s answer to Xiaomi’s ultra low cost smartphones that have dominated the Asian markets for quite a while now. Meizu also announced the Blue Charm Note smartphone about a month ago in China.

With an asking price of just around $112 or CNY 699, the smartphone promises to put all other budget handsets to shame.

It’s packing a 5 inch 720p display, a 13-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel front camera, a quad core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6732 chipset (Cortex-A53 cores), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 2,610 mAh battery and Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

The smartphone is only available in China at the moment, but we cannot rule out a global launch in the future. The Meizu M1 will certainly offer decent competition to Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S which is being sold for as little as $100 off contract. But since the Blue Charm has better hardware on board and a newer version of Android, the device will be more appealing to prospective buyers.

Source: Meizu

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ZTE announces the Blade S6 with Android Lollipop for $250

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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A new Blade is in town and it’s called the Blade S6. ZTE says this one is targeted for the “young and young at heart.”

It sports a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expandable storage, a Sony IMX214 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, Hi-Fi sound, LTE, 2.400 mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with MiFavor 3.0. It’s 7.7 mm thick and will be available in silver and matte pink.

ZTE has added Smart Sense, which allows you to launch apps using gestures like a flick of your wrist.

Probably the best part of the Blade S6 is the price. It will cost $249 and will be available globally on AliExpress, as well as Amazon and eBay in select markets.

Here’s a 90 second video detailing the device….

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Full Press Release:

ZTE unveils Blade S6 4G LTE smartphone with innovative Smart Sense and a host of other premium features for the masses

28 January 2015, Hong Kong – ZTE, a global leading mobile device maker, released its Blade S6 4G LTE smartphone today. Aimed at the young and young at heart, the Blade S6 – per its name – boasts six key features designed to provide customers from across the board with world-class user experience. The new features including ZTE’s Smart Sense gesture motion control, world’s first Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 octa-core chipset running on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, a SLR like ultra-high-definition camera, Hi-Fi Sound, ZTE’s MiFavor 3.0 user interface and ZTE’s AliveShare application for network-less communication.

“In line with our product portfolio plan, we very much sought to push the envelope with the Blade S6, and to do so in a way that would appeal to youths, as well as those with active social lives,” said Mr. Adam ZENG Xuezhong, Executive Vice President of ZTE Corporation and CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices.

“The Blade S6 is part of our 3+1 approach, which is led by a trio of product lines that includes the voice control Star series, security-focused Grand series and mass-market premium Blade series. The sub-brand Nubia series completes the approach, which together allows ZTE to address an expansive variety of customer needs.”

To date, the Blade series has accounted for over 20 million units of ZTE’s global device sales, thereby validating the company’s strategy of adding high-end features to devices targeted at multiple customer segments.

Among those key features are the device’s Smart Sense, which includes an intuitive and practical sets of gesture and motion controls, such as with a flick of the wrist that allows users to shine the Blade S6’s flashlight, activate its built-in mirror application, take rapid succession of photographs, play music, and much more.

Powering the Blade S6 is the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 chipset – Qualcomm’s first octa-core system-on-chip solution – and an Adreno 405 image processor capable of Full-HD H.265 decoding. This makes the Blade S6 the world’s first Android-L device to be powered by the Snapdragon™ 615, and uniquely capable of providing one of the most seamless user experiences currently on the market.

ZTE’s MiFavor 3.0 user interface meanwhile offers numerous customisation and personalization options at the finger-tips of the consumer. The Blade S6 also packs equally a punch in the audio department thanks to its Hi-Fi sound capability. The device’s five-inch screen is built using In-Cell technology, which allows better and more vibrant image quality.

Packaged in a slender two-millimetre-thin casing, the Blade S6 comes in a silver or pink matte finish.

“With its small package and powerful capabilities, the Blade S6 is the dream device for the socially active consumers and a clear demonstration of ZTE’s ability to offer a premium smartphone at an affordable price.” ZENG added.

 Price and availability

The retail price for the ZTE Blade S6 is $249.99 US. ZTE Blade S6 will be available online globally on AliExpress, and with Amazon and eBay in selected markets.

It will be available through the distributor, Qool International Ltd, and exclusively at the Hong Kong mobile operator csl. and other major retail channels including Suning, Dream Team, Sun Shine Telecom, Cyber Telecom, 188 Digital.com, Pak Lik and I Mobile in Hong Kong.

 

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