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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active survives multiple slap shots

Posted by wicked December - 2 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is aimed at being a more rugged alternative to the normal Galaxy S6 for people with more rugged lives. However, just how strong is it? YouTube channel, Unbox Therapy, has decided to test just that by taking it out to a hockey arena and using it as the puck.

I expected the S6 Active to basically break right away, but it did way better than I would of guessed. It was used as a puck for pretty much every aspect of a hockey game from passing to slap shots.

Click here to view the embedded video.

The most insane part is it even survives not one, but two full-on slap shots. The only time it blew up was when one shot was just a little too hard and it hit the post. No phone will ever survive that. Obviously, we do not recommend you go out and try this with your S6 Active, but pretty cool to watch someone else do it.

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Samsung Internet for Gear VR is a browser made for 3D headsets

Posted by wicked December - 2 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Why should VR headset be limited to their own apps and specialized software? There’s a world of information out there, waiting to be found by curious users surfing the web. Remember. The internet has evolved, so someone had to come up with a good browser made for virtual reality; that someone seems to be Samsung.

The Korean giant has just announced Samsung Internet for Gear VR, a browser optimized for 3D headsets. Now users can take advantage of the whole internet without having to download anything locally. That is, aside from the growing catalog of apps and content becoming available to this newly-adopted technology.

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This browser does support 360-degree video streaming, as well as HTML5 content, so it will be a breeze for developers to offer content for the Gear VR without having to go through specific app/content stores. They can simply make anything available through their own websites!

But there is one major issue to tackle before any browser makes it to market – input. How can we type with a VR headset? Samsung has implemented a couple methods. The first is voice recognition, a technique that…. speaks for itself. The second is a bit more interesting. There is an on-screen keyboard that can be manipulated with Gaze Mode, which means you can select letters, numbers and symbols by simply directing your moving your head around and pointing at your character of choice.


Samsung Internet for Gear VR is a pretty interesting concept and we really can’t wait to try it out. We are sure you feel the same way so let’s touch on how you can get your hands (or eyes) on this browser. The beta version will become available for download beginning December 2nd (tomorrow) from the Oculus Store. You will need a supported device. These include the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 5.

Who is downloading? Let us know how it treats you in the comments below!

Samsung is said to be skimping on design changes with the Galaxy S7

Posted by wicked December - 2 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Approaching the new year means that reports, rumors, and leaks regarding Samsung’s next flagship are coming. Samsung actually understands and has already revealed the processor to be found inside of the upcoming Galaxy S7; however, the company has yet to comment on the recent revelation that the handset will usher in the return of the beloved microSD card slot. On Tuesday, a new report out of Korea claimed that Samsung will be focusing on internal upgrades rather than design with the Galaxy S7.


Here’s what a source told the Korea Times:

“As the S6 and S6 Edge represented progress, the S7 will have improvements both in picture quality, performance and other some new features.

The key point is can consumers enjoy content with enhanced viewing quality and boosted processing speed.”

Samsung allegedly wants to save on design so that it can funnel the extra cash towards specifications. So it won’t be surprising if the Galaxy S7 ends up resembling the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 5 while the processor and camera are way ahead of its predecessors. This could all be what leads to the handset carrying a lower price tag.

There has been some chatter that the Galaxy S7 will be revealed in January at CES 2016, but, historically, Samsung tends to debut its flagship in February at MWC in Barcelona. It doesn’t hurt that Evan Blass has stated AT&T is currently testing the Galaxy S7. For now, I think it’s best to assume that the Galaxy S7 will launch at MWC 2016. If Samsung wants to do it earlier, we’ll be receiving invites for an event at CES in Las Vegas next month.

Source: The Korea Times
Via: G for Games

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samsung gear VR browserSamsung has announced a brand new way for you to browse the internet, and it involves a virtual reality headset. Yep, the company has developed a VR web browser that allows you to completely immerse yourself in whatever it is you’re looking at, complete with intuitive ways to navigate the web and support for 360-degree and 3D video, plus the standard HTML5 content that’s all over the web.

The internet application lets users glance at menus to open them, and there’s a full on-screen keyboard and voice navigation option. Samsung really didn’t pull out any stops in making this the best available virtual reality browser, but it’s hard to say if this will actually translate well into day-to-day usage.

The app is available on the Gear VR if you own any of Samsung’s Gear VR-compatible smartphones.

source: Samsung

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Best tech gifts under $250 (2015 holiday guide)

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Finding a good gift for that special someone with a tech inclination is no easy feat. And it’s not only a matter of preference; there’s plenty of lackluster gadgets out there you really don’t want to buy. Then there are the obviously good gifts that happen to cost a fortune. Where are the options that won’t necessarily break the bank and are worth your cash?

We already gave you a list of our favorite gifts under $50 and $100. Now it’s time to step up the game and curate a list of products under $250 for those who have a higher budget or want to treat a special someone to a nicer gift. This post includes smartphones, wearables, tablet, media streamers, Chromebooks, headphones, cameras, speakers and more. Pretty exciting stuff, right? Let’s get right to the goods!


Moto G

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Motorola may no longer be the only one making affordable handsets that are actually good, but they sure started a trend and the Moto G series continues to offer some of the best value around. The latest version (3rd generation/2015) Moto G is currently only $219 off-contract and unlocked. That would be for the higher-end version, by the way.

And it’s no weakling. This phone can handle most casual tasks thanks to its modest, yet very capable specs. This little phone sports a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear-facing camera, a 5 MP front shooter and a 2470 mAh battery. You could also opt for the cheaper $176.85 version, which has half the RAM and internal storage.

Buy the Moto G (2015) for $219.99!

ASUS ZenFone 2

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We told you the Moto G was no longer alone in the battle for the best affordable handset, and one of its closest competitors is definitely the ASUS ZenFone 2. Be sure this is no bad contender. It’s actually a favorite among Android fans, thanks to its accessible price, good size, awesome build quality, vivid screen and more. To be honest, this is the affordable handset I recommend the most, these days.

The only things we complained about during our review were battery life, average camera quality and a weak speaker. But come on, the phone is only $199, and it makes up for those caveats in plenty other areas.

Buy the ASUS ZenFone 2 for $199!

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3

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The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is more expensive than the smartphones listed above, but it’s for good reasons. This phone is worth every penny you will spend on it! Especially for those of you who like larger handsets, as this big guy’s screen measures in at 5.5 inches. It’s also more powerful thanks to its Snapdragon 615 processor.

Other specs include 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front camera and a nice 2910 mAh battery. By the way, I happen to love this phone’s attractive, slim and strong design. It will take care of all casual tasks and even some gaming. Furthermore, those front-facing speakers make it sound much better than many other devices (even more expensive ones).

Buy the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 for $249.99!

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Smartwatches and fitness trackers

LG Watch Urbane

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Once we hit the $250 price point much better wearables start showing up on the list. Of course we will list Android Wear devices here, and the LG Watch Urbane is one of our favorites. This thing is beautiful, has a great battery life, good performance and a classic look that will match even the most elegant suits. It’s one of the best Android wear devices around, and that price point really shows it.

Customers will have to pay $242.79 right now, but it’s worth it for the user who wants a high tech smartwatch without sacrificing on looks. Whoever said high-tech watches had to be ugly?

Buy the LG Watch Urbane for $242.79!

ASUS ZenWatch 2

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LG’s smartwatch may be better looking to some, but the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is definitely not ugly. And considering it’s about $100 less, we know many of you will much rather go with ASUS for your wearable needs.

The ASUS ZenWatch 2 has a great battery life, a fast magnetic charger, different sizes and good performance. Our only complaint is that its bezels are  pretty large, just like its predecessor’s. Otherwise, it’s one hell of an Android Wear product!

Buy the ASUS ZenWatch 2 for $149.99!

Pebble Time

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I am a loyal Pebble user, and it’s mainly for one reason – battery life. Thanks to its e-paper display, these wearables are able to last nearly a week on a single charge! That’s simply unheard of in the Android Wear world, at least so far. I also happen to like that the UI is simpler and does less things. This is mostly a notification device, and though it can do a few other things, it doesn’t go overboard with fancy animations and gimmicks. What it does, it does very well. And it just so happens to do everything I need it to.

The newer Pebble Time happens to come with a color display, too, which is definitely a plus. The team has also included voice input, new software, more app storage and performance improvements.

Buy the Pebble Time for $169!

Pebble Time Steel

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And if you want to get fancy, you can also go for a Pebble Time Steel. This is pretty much a Pebble Time made with quality materials. It’s also worth more, though.

Buy the Pebble Time Steel for $249.99!

Fitbit Surge

Fitbit‘s activity trackers are very popular, but only those who really care about their performance will go for the Fitbit Surge. This wearable can track your steps, monitor your sleep and display call & text notifications. It has even been upgraded with a heart-rate monitor and GPS. Not to mention that 5-day battery life, which will also keep you active without being tethered to an outlet all the time.

Buy the Fitbit Surge for $240.99!

Fitbit Charge HR


We know the Fitbit Surge can be a bit of an overkill, but some of you still want a good activity tracker from the same manufacturer. The Fitbit Charge HR costs only $139.97, only sacrificing the heart-rate monitor and GPS. It also has a smaller screen, but does manage to take care of all the other features. Yes, even call & text notifications. Oh, and it does last a little longer (7-day battery life).

Buy the Fitbit Charge HR for $139.97!

Withings Activite Pop

What I love about the Withings Activite Pop is that it has this classic look that will match any style. Its appearance is just like that of a regular watch, and it even has the classic clock hands we all know so well. But don’t mistake this for your typical dumb watch; it can count your steps, measure distance, keep record of your runs and even monitor burned calories. Your inactive time will also be recorded, as the Activite Pop monitors your sleep.

Worried about battery life? Don’t even! This thing will last about 8 months between battery replacements!

Buy the Withings Activite Pop for $149.95!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch


The Samsung Galaxy Tab A may not be the cheapest tablet around, but it is below the $250 threshold we have set ourselves here. It has a low resolution display and performance could be improved, but it makes up for those downsides by offering great audio quality and a battery life that won’t disappoint.

Specs include an 8-inch 1024×768 display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 5 MP main camera, a 2 MP front shooter and a 4200 mAh battery.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch for $229.99!

Amazon Fire HD 10


Frequent users of Amazon’s services should really look into getting a Fire HD 10. This device harnesses all that’s good about Amazon’s ecosystems and puts all that content right at your fingertips. And even though it is only $229.99, it shouldn’t leave many of you disappointed. Some sacrifices were definitely made, though.

Specs include a 10-inch 1280x800p display, a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of internal storage.

Buy the Amazon Fire HD 10 for $229.99!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4


When it comes to compact, affordable tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is actually still among my favorites. This pad is super thin, light and has really small bezels. Factor in the good specs, solid battery life and high-res display and you truly have a winner.

The tablet comes with an 8.4-inch 2560x1600p display, a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage, an 8 MP camera, a 2.1 MP front shooter and a sizable 4900 mAh battery. Not bad at all, especially starting at $204.22 from Amazon. Honestly, I would say this is the best deal out of the 3 tablets listed here.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 for as low as $204.22!

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Media streamers

NVIDIA Shield Android TV + Remote

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Whoever said Android TV devices weren’t good for gaming? The average set-top boxes do casual gaming pretty well, but if you want to get serious you go for something like the NVIDIA Shield Android TV. This beast may not look intimidating, but it packs an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16/250 GB of internal storage and more. It is 4K-ready and will take care of all your playing needs. And we really mean all… it can even do console games via NVIDIA GeForce NOW and NVIDIA GameStream. It is the ultimate gaming Android TV.

Buy the NVIDIA Shield Android TV for $249.98!

Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition


Don’t need too much gaming power and would rather take advantage of Amazon’s platform? The Fire TV is a great little device that will connect you to all the apps and content the popular retailer has to offer. Not to mention, that controller will help you dominate your favorite mobile games (over 800 available titles). You can also use voice commands to navigate and access your favorite content.

Buy the Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition for $139.99!

Roku 4


We are huge fans of Android here, but we also understand you don’t need to have this complex OS in every single device you own. Some users prefer Roku’s UI and ecosystem, and the Roku 4 is definitely a viable option. This set-top box gives access to over 2500 channels with plenty of content. It also includes features like voice search, and the remote can also work as a Wii-like controller. Or simply plug in your headphones to turn it into your audio device.

Buy the Roku 4 for $129!

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ASUS Chromebook Flip 10.1

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Guess what? You can buy a perfectly good computer for under $250 nowadays! The ASUS Chromebook Flip takes advantage of Chrome OS to bring a simple and fast experience without breaking the bank. Packed inside you can find a 10.1-inch 1280x800p screen, a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. You can also opt for a version with 2 GB of RAM for $30 less.

But all those specs are standard for Chromebooks nowadays. ASUS manages to differentiate itself in another way – the screen flips over a la Lenovo, giving you flexibility and portability all around.

Buy the ASUS Chromebook Flip 10.1 for $249!

ASUS Chromebook C201

ASUS Chromebook C201

Maybe you don’t need your laptop to bend over backwards for you. In which case the ASUS Chromebook C201 may be a better option, as well as cheaper. Like the Chromebook Flip, this PC comes in two flavors, one with 2 GB at $154.99 and another with 4 GB at $184. Other specs include a Rockchip 3288 processor, 16 GB of internal storage and an 11.6-inch 1366x768p display.

Buy the ASUS Chromebook C201 for $184!

Acer Chromebook 15

Acer Chromebook 15

One thing that keeps the average user from switching to Chrome OS is the fact that Chromebooks tend to have tiny screen. It’s just not convenient for those who actually want to get some work done, which is the audience Acer had in mind when creating the Chromebook 15.

This bad boy comes with a large 15.6-inch HD screen, 2/4 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage and your choice between a Celeron, Core i3 or Core i5 processor. The price for a decked out one can go all the way up to $469.99, though. Not exactly within our limit.

Buy the Acer Chromebook 15 for as low as $229.99!


Audio-Technica ATH-M50x


The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are a favorite pick among audiophiles. They cost only $168 and offer better quality than many headphones that double this price. These are very comfortable, solidly made, portable and offer sound quality we can’t really complain about. Our friends over at Sound Guys did a more complete review, just in case you are interested in catching all the details.

Buy the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones for $168!

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7BK


Those who want something a little nicer can pay up and get the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7BK headset, which can be had for $192.31 right now. These are also amazingly comfortable and offer 45 mm True Motion drivers for better audio reproduction.

Buy the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7BK headphones for $192.31!

Sennheiser Momentum headphones


Sennheiser is known for its good quality headphones. Considering their large follower base, we would say you can’t go wrong with the Sennheiser Momentum headset at $189.99. These closed back, over-the-ear headphones are made with premium leather pads and metal. They are also fancy, as you can see in the image above. And if you are always on-the-go, its gorgeous case will definitely turn some heads.

Buy the Sennheiser Momentum headphones for $189.99!

Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones


While the other headphones listed above try to please audiophiles, Jaybird targets the general consumer with the X2 in-ear headphones. These are super user-friendly, wireless, small and great performers. The X2 headset also happens to be super comfortable, thanks to the foam tips that keep the earbuds in place. They also come with a nifty case. Our only complaint is that we wish it had better battery life, but we must keep in mind these headphones are tiny. Considering this, almost 8 hours of playback is really not bad at all.

Buy the Jaybird X2 headphones for $179.95

Plantronics Backbeat Sense SE headphones


While there are definitely better Plantronics headsets out there, these offer quite a bit for the price. Because these are on-ear headphones, this makes them much lighter and more portable. Not to mention the fact that they are gorgeous!

And these do come with some neat capabilities. For starters, they will pause your music if you remove them from your ears. Another cool feature is its active noise cancellation. Sound is well-balanced and battery life averages at about 18 whopping hours!

Buy the Plantronics Backbeat Sense SE headphones for $199.99!

Read also: Best headphones of 2015 (via SoundGuys)

Action cameras

Sony HDRAS100V/W video camera


I swear I can’t think of a worse name for a consumer camera, but that doesn’t take away from its quality. This little guy happens to be quite an awesome action camera for adventure seekers. It is splash-proof and compact, making it the perfect companion for your active lifestyle. Its optical image stabilization will keep your clips clear and smooth, all while the stereo microphones capture quality sound you will love when viewing your clips in other devices.

There’s very little to dislike about this camera (aside from the name), which can be controlled trough your smartphone or a Sony-made wrist-worn remote.

Buy the Sony HDRAS100V/W for $169.95!

Garmin Virb Elite Action Camera

You know what I hate about action cameras? They usually don’t have screens; and if they do, you have to buy it separately. That’s not the case with the Garmin Virb Elite. It has a 1.4-inch Chroma display, which means it also doesn’t take a ton of energy to operate. This convenient action camera is rugged (IPX7 rating) and can shoot at up to 1080p resolution. It’s 2000 mAh battery provides up to 3 hours of shooting. Other features include WiFi, GPS, digital stabilization and more.

Buy the Garmin Virb Elite for $195.43!

GoPro Hero+

This entry level GoPro+ includes WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it a breeze to control through your app, as well as editing and sharing your clips. And though it’s cheaper than other GoPro cameras, it doesn’t skimp out on much. This camera can still shoot at 1080p60. It’s also built directly into a rugged housing that makes it resistant to dirt, sand and water. It’s all the beauty of a GoPro in a more affordable iteration.

Buy the GoPro Hero+ for $199.99!

Bluetooth speakers

Amazon Echo


Have you seen this thing before? Let me tell you it’s totally awesome. It pretty much works as a wireless speaker, digital assistant, book reader, weather reporter and more. The Echo even works with some smart home platforms, such as Belkin WeMo, Phillips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon and Wink.

All you have to do is talk to it and request your needs! The best part is it doesn’t really need another device. It actually works by connecting to the cloud, so everything is done through Amazon’s servers.

Buy the Amazon Echo for $179.99!

UE Boom 2

UE Boom 2

UE can’t be missing on any list of best wireless speakers. Their products are solid, and the Boom 2 is no exception. Its loud 360-degree sound will fill any room. It’s also super portable and fits in any bag (and some pockets). And don’t even worry about it not being able to keep your pace. UE’s speaker is waterproof, shockproof, and has an IPX7 rating. Factor in 15 hours of battery life and you have a winner.

Buy the UE Boom 2 for $199.99!

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II


Bose is synonymous with quality – there’s no doubt about that. You can not go wrong with the SoundLink Mini II. It may not look the coolest, but does provide a deep bass and full-range listening experience. Bluetooth connectivity will keep a connection with your smartphone, and you can even use it as a speakerphone for calls. Its battery also lasts up to 10 hours, which is definitely not bad.

Buy the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II for $199!

JBL Charge 2+


Here’s another Bluetooth speaker you can get wet (as long as you don’t submerge it). The JBL Charge 2+ gets its name from the large 6,000 mAh battery packed inside, which allows it to stay alive for 12 hours of continuous playback. Powerful sound, resistant body and many hours of playback – what else can you ask for?

Buy JBL Charge 2+ for $141.11!

Fluance Fi50

Have you heard of Fluance? Probably not, but they happen to make some amazing products. This speaker provides pristine sound, undistorted bass and natural highs at any volume. It is made with dual full-range 5-inch woven woofers, ultra high-end tweeters and a 40 watt amplifier. The thing is some serious stuff, guys.

Buy the Fluance Fi50 for $199.99!

Read also: Best Bluetooth speakers of 2015 (via SoundGuys)

Smart home

Nest thermostat

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Times are changing. No longer do you have to get up and change your temperature like a caveman, interacting directly with the device. Nest can be controlled through your smartphone. It can also schedule itself to optimize both comfort and energy efficiency. And since Nest knows when you are away, it can stop working when you leave the house.

Buy the Nest thermostat for $249!

Nest Cam

Nest Cam

Nest is working hard to control all areas of your home. They have a thermostat, a smoke detector and now even a camera. The Nest Cam allows customers to see their home from anywhere at Full HD 1080p resolution. But you don’t have to be looking at all times. The camera will send you alerts if it senses movements while you are not there, and its night vision will ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Buy the Nest Cam for $188.25!

Gift cards

Google Play Store


Of course, no solid shopping guide is complete without the beloved gift cards. And since here at Android Authority we are all about Google’s mobile OS, we would like to remind you there’s plenty of options under $100 to be had from the Google Play Store.

Learn about Google Play Store giftcards!



You can also get Amazon Gift cards in plenty of increments, ranging from $10 to the thousands. These can be used for all your tech and content, so go grab them!

Buy an Amazon gift card!

Wrapping up

Did you find any good gifts for that special loved one? We are almost sure this list has at least one awesome thing your beloved tech geek will love. If not, those gift cards are always perfect! What do you guys think? Are there any cool ideas you can think of for gifts under $250? We are sure you can come up with some other great gadgets, these just happen to be our favorite.

Samsung working on scrollable devices according to patents

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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That rumor of a foldable display from Samsung has long been the talk of gadget town. After curved displays, the mobile industry seems to be dreaming of foldable-flexible displays that can be rolled or turned into any shape we want. The latest idea we’ve heard was that of the Samsung Project Valley which could be a real foldable device. This time, we’re seeing a slew of patent documents that somehow gives us an idea what a scrollable device could look like.

Instead of just a foldable display, a scrollable device offers a larger display. There are basically two displays: a normal display and a scrollable display. The latter extends into a larger screen when pulled out. The idea is to have a small device with you–a scroll–to lug around instead of a tablet. The “scroll” is meant to be carried around.

It kind of reminds us of the LG Rolly keyboard. This one features a “tab” which is the handle used to pull the display out when needed. The tab is also used to prop up the tube horizontally or vertically. The tube can then show notifications. Or if you press and app before rolling out the display, the app would open exactly when pulled out.

Nothing is certain yet about the patents filed but at least we have ideas about the future of foldables from Samsung. If you may remember, we saw another foldable tablet patent filing from Samsung published just last June. Earlier in March, we even mentioned that the tech giant would launch foldable smartphones next year.

We have a feeling Samsung is this close to making a real, working prototype of a foldable device that’s why all these images are being leaked. Actually, it’s about time that Samsung gives us a clear hint. We’ve been anticipating for one since the company was awarded two folding tablet related patents last January 2014–almost two years ago.

Let’s just wait and see how this flexible-foldable-scrollable device would look like. We don’t doubt it’s coming soon.

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Samsung Launches Optimized Web Browser for Gear VR Owners, Includes Virtual Keyboard

Posted by Tim-o-tato December - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

For those looking to consume even more content through a VR headset, Samsung announced an optimized web browsing experience for owners of the Gear VR. Thanks to the launch of Samsung Internet for Gear VR, which takes place tomorrow, users can browse webpages, watch HTML5 videos, and interact with the web in all new ways. 

Utilizing voice recognition, as well as a virtual keyboard, users will skim webpages, browse through multiple tabs, and be able to view 360-degree videos all through the web. Essentially, this allows content to be made available more quickly, instead of content having to be downloaded via an app onto the device itself. In addition, a Gaze Mode allows users to simply stare at a menu object for it to be selected, instead of having to use finger input.

With webmasters still catching up to make all sites optimized for mobile, we now have more work to do to optimize our sites for virtual reality. The work never ends, apparently.

This experience will be made available starting tomorrow as a beta through the Oculus Store for Gear VR owners.


Via: Samsung [2]

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T-Mobile rolls out Android 5.1.1 for Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

T_Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Note Edge Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Android 6.0 Marshmallow may be rolling out on the latest smartphones but that doesn’t mean T-Mobile has completely forgotten about the older models like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge. Before the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+, there’s the Note 4/Note Edge duo. The latter is actually the first phone by the South Korean tech giant with a curved edge screen. After months of waiting, the pair is getting another sweet update (sorry, no fluffy Marshmallow yet).

The first Android Lollipop update for the Note 4 was released back in April. From Android 5.0.1, it’s now jumping to Android 5.1.1. Perhaps this is just in preparation for Android 6.0 but we’ll have to wait for that maybe another six months from now or maybe never.

T-Mobile is slowly pushing out the update so if you own a Note 4 or Note Edge, wait for an over-the-air notification. You should be able to download the OTA update anytime soon. The new version brings several bug fixes, as well as, Advanced Messaging and Video features.

If you still haven’t received the OTA, you can do so manually or through the Samsung Kies software. Check update availability by going to your Settings and then About device and then Softtware update. Tap Ok to see the current version. If software is ready, simply click on Start to restart the phone and begin downloading the new Lollipop version.

Check out complete software versions & updates for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge (N915) and Galaxy Note 4 (N910) on the carrier’s website

SOURCE: T-Mobile (1), (2)

AT&T now has a 64GB Galaxy S6 Active

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Galaxy S6 Active 64GB

Unlike the Galaxy S4 Active which saw an international release, or even the Galaxy S5 Active which saw two variants, the S6 Active has been an exclusive venture for Samsung and AT&T. Despite initial rumors that suggested the S6 Active would have microSD card support, the product that was produced doesn’t. This had, until now, meant that customers interested in the rugged smartphone needed to make due with just 32GB of on-board storage. Until now.

AT&T has just put up a 64GB variant of the Galaxy S6 Active for sale. It retails for $649.99 for those interested in purchasing the device off-contract. Alternatively, a 2-year carrier agreement will drop the price down to $299.99, and those qualified and interested in purchasing via AT&T Next can have the phone for installments of $23.17 per month.

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For those in need of a recap, the S6 Active has essentially the same specs as Samsung’s Galaxy S6, but with a few improvements. It packs a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 7420 SoC, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear camera (no optical image stabilization) and a 5-megapixel front camera. Aside from being a thoroughly rugged device and water resistant, the phone also makes use of a 3,500 mAh battery to supplement its substance.

The S6 Active is sold in Grey, Camo White, and Camo Black and all three are now available in 64GB configurations.

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Samsung replaces its head of mobile operations

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Today Samsung has announced that its head of mobile communications, Shin Jong-Kyun, and another co-chief executive officer, B.K. Yoon, will be stepping back from day-to-day operations. Kyun, a nine year veteran at the company, will be replaced by Koh Dong-Jin, who was involved with the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Note 5.

Shin Jong-Kyun was involved with a lot of the early success of the Galaxy smartphone line and his time at Samsung isn’t over. Kyun will remain as president and co-CEO of the main Samsung electronics mobile division, working on longer term strategies rather than day-to-day operations. Former head of Samsung’s consumer electronics division, Koh Dong-Jin, is making a similar move and will also stay on as a co-CEO of Samsung’s main electronics business.

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The announcement comes after another questionable year for Samsung’s mobile division. Although well received by critics and consumers, this year’s Galaxy S6 series has not set a new record for mobile shipments as Shin had expected. In fact, Samsung saw a 38 percent drop in its mobile profits for the launch quarter of the Galaxy S6, as more expensive components and excess unsold stock drove up the division’s costs.

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Coupling this misjudge demand with a shrinking global market share and increasing competition from lower cost Chinese rivals, Samsung’s mobile revenue has missed the mark repeatedly in 2015. Although, the company still managed to post a notable boost in overall revenue in Q3, mostly due to its booming semiconductor business.

Samsung’s latest management reconfiguration is the latest in a string of shake-ups in the past twelve months, which also saw three marketing executives resign last year. Perhaps these changes will lead to better fortunes next year.

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