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Samsung Galaxy Alpha leak: semi-metallic mini Galaxy S5

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Word has been going around that Samsung is preparing a certain Galaxy Alpha, not the premium Galaxy F/Galaxy S5 Prime that has not yet come to pass (unless you count the Galaxy S5 LTE-A in Korea). A bunch of leaked photos and specs have recently come out that paints a somewhat curious picture of this smartphone, which some are poising to be a more direct iPhone rival.

That last bit alone might already raise eyebrows, ruffle feathers, and cause smirks, but let’s try to see why some see the Galaxy Alpha this way. First is the fact, or rather the rumor, that this will finally be the metallic smartphone that many have been hoping Samsung would make for years now. This is somewhat confirmed by this batch of leaked photos, at least partly. It seems that Samsung really finds it hard to detach itself from old habits, so even if the phone uses aluminum at the sides, it retains that perforated faux-leather back cover it started with the Galaxy S5. Not completely premium looking, but the textured cover does afford a better grip.

As for the specs, the Galaxy Alpha seems to sit in between the high-end Galaxy S5 and its mid-level Galaxy S5 mini counterpart. There is a 4.7-inch screen said to be similar to the Galaxy S III, which could mean many things, including a 720p resolution. The CPU and RAM are unknown but internal storage is rumored to be fixed at 32 GB. The curious thing about that is that there will be no microSD card slot this time, definitely something new for Samsung, though probably much to Google’s liking and, yes, similar to an iPhone. Other similarities include a fingerprint scanner, which the Galaxy S5 already has anyway, and, surprisingly, a nano SIM card slot. LTE support is included, believed to be courtesy of the new Exynos ModAP chip.

The feature set and size definitely sounds eerily like an iPhone, especially when you consider that the iPhone 6, or at least one of the two, is believed to come with a 4.7-inch display. Should these two devices match up a bit, we will surely see another round of tirades and finger-pointing between the two arch rivals and their loyal fans. Samsung, however, might beat Apple to the punch as the Galaxy Alpha is expected to be announced sometime in August, while the iPhone 6 will come later in September.


VIA: SamMobile

Samsung has contributed to BlueStacks, to keep Gamepop alive

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Gamepop Samsung Bluestacks partnership

Do you remember the Android gaming box called Gamepop that was set to take over your living room gaming experience? It was big news early last year, but it sort of fell off the radar. But you’d be wrong to consider Gamepop a dead concept, as their current round of funding just got a big bump by Samsung.

With Samsung’s contribution, Gamepop’s manufacturer, BlueStacks, adds $13 million to their total raised in their current campaign to deliver Gamepop as a white-label solution for TV makers and cable providers.

BlueStacks is an Android virtualization program for Windows and Mac that allows you to run Android apps on your PC. They even have some efforts going with partner AMD to bring a dual-OS Android/Windows PC to market later this year. We wonder how that will differ from previous bundled efforts. As you’d imagine, this virtualization is used to power the Gamepop platform.

BlueStacks GamePop

Gamepop was originally slated to be a set-top box, not entirely unlike Android TV, the Amazon Fire TV, and of course, one of the original Android gaming boxes, Ouya. Poor reviews of the initial hardware knocked the wind out of their sails. In deciding to support BlueStacks, Samsung praised Gamepop’s techniques for translating touch input to TVs and remote controls. A player like Samsung would be more than capable of building Gamepop as a white-label service directly into their huge line of televisions.

Gamepop has a few new backers this year, with Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment stepping up in March. Qualcomm, Intel, Redpoint, ARM and others are already on the books as contributors to BlueStacks current funding campaign.

BlueStacks claims that they’ve got a few other big names in their partners list, but they are keeping quiet on who they may be. They also dropped the hint that they will announce soon a major partnership that could make a huge difference moving forward. We were excited for Gamepop last year, let’s hope things happen a little faster for them this year.

What do you think, can a BlueStacks powered Android gaming service change your Android-in-the-living-room experience?

Conan O’Brien makes fun of the iPhone 6

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


Samsung recently released a commercial telling iPhone fans to stop waiting for a bigger iPhone, and apparently Conan O’Brien saw it as well, and is continuing the razzing.

It is widely expected that Apple will offer a bigger 4.7-inch display on the upcoming iPhone 6. In yesterday’s opening monologue, Conan said the new iPhone 6 will be called, “Last year’s Samsung Galaxy.” Actually if you think about it, he should have called it the “2012 Samsung Galaxy” since that phone had a 4.8-inch display, which is much closer to the rumored 4.7-inch display that the iPhone 6 will sport.

If you want to check out the video, head on past the break. It starts at about 1:33 in.

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Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


After several months of rumors regarding a Samsung premium phone, we finally have the best pictures yet of the device. No it’s not the Galaxy S 5 Prime, nor is is the Galaxy F. It’s the Galaxy Alpha. This phone will feature metal, but before you get too excited, it’s only going to be partially metal. It appears they have opted for the faux leather back along with aluminum sides.

Now as far as specs go, surprisingly Samsung has opted for a smaller display. The way things are nowadays, you might be able to refer to this one as a “mini.” It will feature a 4.7-inch display, but the resolution is unknown. It will also include 32 GB of internal storage, but no microSD slot, which is strange for Samsung. They have opted for a nano SIM slot, which makes you wonder if they are just copying the iPhone here. Lastly, you can expect an LTE-A variant as well.

Based on what we have been hearing, this phone is likely to be very limited. Why? I don’t know, but if it’s true, this won’t serve as competition for the iPhone 6 whatsoever.


source: SamMobile

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The Bottom Line

An average phone with an above average camera

  • 10x optical zoom
  • Solid build quality
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Awkward to hold
  • Bad battery life


The Galaxy K Zoom features an impressive camera, and offers robust optical zoom, but suffers from being the sum of its parts and having less than stellar battery life.

The cameras on our smartphones have come a long way over the past several years, and have undoubtedly contributed to making point and shoot cameras obsolete. An important feature from these cameras that aren’t easily found with smartphone camera tech though is optical zoom. Samsung, in their continued efforts to make sure that there’s a smartphone for every consumer, has taken up the charge in this regard, beginning with the Galaxy S4 Zoom released last year. Its successor has now made its way to the market, and today, we’ll be taking a comprehensive look at the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom!

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When it comes to the design of the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, it looks like most other Samsung devices, being made entirely of plastic, with a faux metal rim around the perimeter. The signature Samsung button layout is available below the display, and the buttons and ports in the usual places for the most part, but with the volume rocker being moved to the right, along with the inclusion of a dedicated camera  button. The microSD card slot is found to the left, which will certainly prove useful, considering that the device offers just 8 GB of internal storage.

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Turning to the back is where things get interesting. From this view point, you could quite easily mistake the Galaxy K Zoom for a regular point and shoot camera. Other than the enhanced camera optics, you’ll find the same perforated design on the back cover that was first introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S5. The back is also removable, giving you access to the 2,500 mAh battery and the SIM card slot. The single speaker has been moved, and is placed above the camera. The sound quality is average, as you’d expect from a speaker on such a device, but its new position means that you won’t run the risk of covering it up while holding the device in portrait orientation.

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The Galaxy K Zoom is a thick and bulky device, which makes for an awkward handling experience. The design and material of the back cover does allow for a decent grip though, and the overall footprint of the device is a manageable size, courtesy of a display that isn’t too large.

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Speaking of the display, you get a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, with a 720p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 306 ppi. While not the display specification of a flagship device, this screen does look good, as you’d expect from any Samsung AMOLED display. You get punchy colours, great viewing angles, and a brightness that allows for good visibility while outdoors.

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Along with the display, the other hardware specifications also attest to the mid-range nature of this phone, but aren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination though. You get a hexa-core Samsung Exynos processor, that includes a dual-core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex-A15, coupled with a quad-core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor, backed with 2 GB of RAM, and the Mali T-624 GPU. Day to day performance has been fine, with no obvious issues with regards to responsiveness.

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Coming to the camera, which is the biggest selling point of this device, you get a 20.7 MP sensor with a Xenon flash, and the key feature of 10x optical zoom. The camera software is very similar to what you’d get with any other Samsung smartphone, but does include options meant to take advantage of this camera, like the “pro suggest” feature, that lets you shoot with a variety of filters. There’s even a selfie alarm mode, that will automatically take a picture when you look at the camera, an interesting feature for all you selfie lovers out there.

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As far as the image quality goes, the Galaxy K Zoom is certainly capable of taking some great photos. Images look sharp, with great colours and no shortage in detail, and the camera does a great job with white balance and exposure. Photos tend to be on the colder side, but turning on HDR can help you achieve a much warmer looking shot.  The biggest advantage of course is the 10x optical zoom, allowing you to zoom in on subjects without losing detail. The optical zoom is really nice, but it’s got a variable aperture range of 3.1 to 6.3, so photos will tend to appear darker when fully zoomed in. The picture quality is really good, but not necessarily leaps and bounds ahead of other smartphone cameras though.

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What is less than impressive about the Galaxy K Zoom is the battery life. I found it difficult to get a full day of juice out of the battery, even while using the device just as a phone. If you plan on snapping photos all day, you might end up needing to charge the device half way through the day, which is certainly disappointing. The battery is replaceable though, so you do have the option of carrying around a spare if required.

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On the software side, the Galaxy K Zoom is running Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, along with the latest version of TouchWiz on top. Most of the software features, such as Toolbox, Smart Stay, Smart Pause, and MyMagazine, are available, but not making the cut are multi-window, air gestures, s-health, and the fingerprint scanner. Overall, the software experience is identical to any other recent Samsung smartphone release.


Display 4.8-inch Super AMOLED, 720p resolution, 306 ppi
Processor Samsung Exynos 5260 – Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 and dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15, Mali-T624 GPU
Storage 8 GB, expandable
Camera 20.7 MP, auto/manual focus, 10x optical zoom , optical image stabilization, Xenon and LED flashn2 MP front camera
Battery 2,500 mAh
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi, microUSB
Networks 3G/4G LTE
Dimensions 137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm, 200 grams


The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom won’t be available in the US from network carriers, but can be picked up from Amazon, at its full price of $500. It does feature LTE support, but if you’re on the T-Mobile or AT&T network, you’ll be limited to 3G, as the LTE bands of these networks aren’t supported.

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So there you have it – the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom! It may be a phone and camera combined together, but there’s not much that makes it stand out. As a phone, it is a mid-range device, but as a camera, it does boast great picture quality and optical zoom. Whether you want it or not depends on how important optical zoom is to you, or if you’re in the market for a fantastic camera on an otherwise mid-range smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha leaked – small, but made of metal

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


Rumored and leaked Samsung devices may no longer be a novelty, but the Samsung Galaxy Alpha proves to be quite a unique smartphone. It is not mid-end, but it is also not a high-end product. It’s somewhere in the middle, bearing elements from both sides of the spectrum.

The device is surprisingly small, with a 4.7-inch screen blessing its front side. Confidential sources claim the device will have the same screen as the Samsung Galaxy S3. We know this can’t be entirely true, as the Galaxy S3 had a slightly bigger 4.8-inch display. Maybe it will be a Super AMOLED 720p screen?


Regardless, there is one rumor that has most of our attention. Samsung has gone and done the unthinkable by adding what could be a metallic frame to this device. The metal of choice is said to be aluminum, while the front and back are still plastic and that rubbery, leathery material they seem to love so dearly.

Details are scarce, but some specs are said to include 32 GB of internal storage (with no external storage expandability) and a fingerprint reader. It seems there may also be an LTE-A version and it will be connected via a nano SIM card. We also have images coming from a couple sources, so chances are at least the looks and external specs are correct.


It may not be the powerful device we are always hoping for, but the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will cover a very important niche market. It is well-built and includes some high-end features like that fingerprint reader. It’s also small and should come with fair specs, placing it somewhere between the Galaxy S5 Mini and the Galaxy S5.

More news on this device should be showing up soon, so stay tuned. Also remember to take all of this information with a grain of salt. Rumors are just that: rumors. At least until an announcement or more official details come through.

Reported Photos of Samsung Galaxy Alpha Leaked, Show Off Refined Design (Updated)

Posted by Tim-o-tato July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

A few photos of Samsung’s reportedly upcoming Galaxy Alpha device have surfaced, showing off a quite refined hardware design. From the story the photos tell, the device will feature a metallic band around its outside, minor side bezel (plenty on top and bottom of the display, though), blackened backside with a slight texture added, frontside Home button, a large camera on the back, and it appears that the flash and heart rate monitor have been placed on the side of the camera. 

To us, the Galaxy Alpha brings up fond memories of the Galaxy S2, a device we absolutely cherished back in the day. It is reported that the Galaxy Alpha will be launched as a competitor to the iPhone 6, which means Samsung should be putting a ton of effort into the design and UX of the device.

While specs are so far limited, it is rumored that the Alpha will come with a QHD display, 3GB of RAM, and Snapdragon 805 processor. How does that sound for a souped-up Galaxy S5?

Give your thoughts on the Galaxy Alpha below.

Update: Thanks to SamMobile, we are getting even more photos of the Galaxy Alpha, but it appears that initial reports of the device being an ultra premium Galaxy smartphone may have been incorrect.

While nothing is confirmed, SamMobile reports that the Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7″ HD display, 32GB of storage, no microSD, fingerprint scanner, and Exynos processor for select markets. The device will reportedly be marketed as a watered-down version of the Galaxy S5.

Here are more photos.

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Via: Tinh te

Reported Photos of Samsung Galaxy Alpha Leaked, Show Off Refined Design (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung Sets Date for Annual Developer Conference, November 11-13th in San Francisco

Posted by Tim-o-tato July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Last year, Samsung held its first developers conference in San Francisco. Apparently, it was a success, so Samsung has set the date for this year’s conference, being hosted on November 11 through 13 in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone Center. 

At these developer conferences, Samsung allows developers to gain access to a number of new SDKs, as well as go hands-on with all of the company’s hardware. And in terms of hardware, Samsung has plenty of it. By November, Samsung should have announced the Galaxy Note 4, so you can expect that device to be highlighted quite a bit around that time.

To sign up to be notified about further Samsung conference alerts, you can input your email address on its official website.


Via: Samsung Tomorrow

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Samsung appears to be rolling out firmware update to improve Samsung Galaxy S 5 performance

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


According to reports, owners of the unlocked European version of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 are starting to receive a firmware update that promises general performance improvements. Sources indicate the update not only includes several “under-the-hood” improvements, it comes with a new kernel and baseband. The firmware version for this update is XXU1ANG2. No specific details are available, but at least one user has reported the amount of useable RAM was reduced after receiving the update. There is no word on when the update may roll out to devices in markets outside of Europe.

source: phoneArena

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Galaxy S5 ad mocks Apple’s rumoured bigger iPhone screen

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

In continuing with its tradition of pulling no punches when mocking its competition, Samsung’s newly-released ad for their Galaxy S5 has once again chosen rival Apple to receive its barbs. The ad entitled “Screen Envy” pokes fun at the rumoured bigger screen of the upcoming new iPhone, and saying that Samsung users have had their bigger screen devices for the past two years.

The ad shows two men, one using an iPhone 5s and the other one a Galaxy S5. The iPhone user mentions that the rumours about the soon to be launched “iPhone 6” or “iPhone Air” for some, will have a bigger screen. The Samsung owner smirks and asks, “That hasn’t happened yet?” and then shows off his Galaxy S5′s bigger screen and puts it next to the iPhone. The voice over says the big screen “has been here the whole time,” but also takes a dig at iPhone users, saying “But maybe you like waiting.”

Rumors swirling about over the next-gen hardware for Apple puts the new iPhones to be at a 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. The Galaxy S5, with its 5.1-inch screen is somewhere in between those two, but there are also other Samsung devices with bigger screens, like the Galaxy Note 3 (5.7-inches), Galaxy Mega 6.3 (6.3-inches) and the Korea-only Galaxy W, a 7-inch tablet phone (or phablet).

This is of course not the first time that Samsung has bragged about its advantages over Apple, albeit in humorous ways. Their previous Galaxy S5 ad called “Wall Huggers” took potshots at the notoriously fast-draining batteries of the iPhones. They portrayed the iPhone users as wall huggers, since they are always glued to walls with power outlets, charging their gadgets, while looking on with envy at Galaxy S5 users who have all the freedom to walk around, especially with its Ultra Power Saving mode.