Samsung likely to launch A Series in China to compete with mid-range competitors

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The Chinese market favors competitively priced, high-quality smartphones, and for that reason Samsung has been losing ground for a long time. The Korean tech giant is hoping that changes with the launch of the A series (Galaxy A3, A5 and A7), mid-range devices with premium build quality that are rumored to be priced around 500,00 Won ($475). 
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Samsung launches Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition for $699

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As previously announced, Samsung have launched the Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition for purchase off-contract. Aside from an unlockable bootloader, the Developer Edition of the Note 4 is identical in every way to Samsung’s recently released phablet. The Developer Edition Note 4 will set you back $699 and can be purchased from Samsung’s website. What ROMs are you most excited to see make their way to the Note 4? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Samsung
Via: Android Central

Security expert finds vulnerability in Samsung’s Find My Mobile service [Updated]

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Samsung’s Find My Mobile service has come under fire by NIST and security researcher Mohamed Baset regarding an exploit that allows attackers to remotely lock, ring or wipe Samsung devices. Baset points to a vulnerability in Samsung’s service that doesn’t validate the lock code information it receives, allowing an attacker to flood the device with network traffic and do their bidding. No word from Samsung on a patch, but for now we recommend disabling the service until they address the security issue.

Update:

Samsung issued a statement to us and it looks like it only affected the Web interface, not mobile devices. Furthermore, they patched the Web UI on October 13.

The reported issue occurred on the Find My Mobile Web site, and was not a problem on any mobile device. This Web UI was fixed with a patch update on October 13.

Source: Engadget

Google releases Google Fit SDK for developers

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As we reported earlier today, the long-awaited Google Fit app is now available in the Play Store, and as with most Google Services, the SDK is now available to download for developers. Any developer interested can grab the APIs at the source link and start building apps that take full advantage of the exciting new platform. The SDK allows for full access to all information stored inside Google Fit, opening the door for a plethora of fitness based apps.
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Pre-orders for Google’s first Gamepad are now live

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The Nexus Player pre-order went through a bit of a rough start, but now it is up and available to order, and as of today so is the Nexus Player’s accompanying game controller. A first for Google, the Nexus Player’s gamepad looks like a serious controller with a button arrangement not unlike the Sony’s DualShock controllers. The buttons include 2 analog sticks, a 4-button D-pad and 8 action buttons featuring two pressure-sensitive triggers.
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LG to update Japan-exclusive Isai with three new colors and 3GB of RAM

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LG first launched the LG Isai earlier this year as a Japanese exclusive with the company’s first WQHD display. Today the Korean tech giant has revealed a refreshed version of the Isai with similar specs and features to the original, with a few changes. First the new Isai ships with VoLTE capabilities, allowing users to place calls over the LTE network. Additionally the amount of included RAM has been boosted from 2GB to 3GB, bringing the specs even closer to LG’s current flagship, the LG G3.
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Get in the fall spirit with Google Calendar’s new seasonal wallpapers

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The Google Calendar app is probably one of the last places you’d expect to get some extremely attractive wallpapers, but Google’s most recent update for the application changes that. The update includes twelve very elegant backgrounds, each representing a different month, and therefore each only visible for a month at a time. Luckily these wallpapers have been extracted from the app and can be downloaded and enjoyed at anytime. Hit the break for the full gallery.
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LG debuts NUCLUN processor in the G3 Screen, a Korean exclusive with a 5.9-inch screen

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We’ve seen evidence that LG have been preparing their own processor, and today the Korean manufacturer have confirmed the long-running rumor by announcing the octa-core NUCLUN ARM processor. The processor will make its debut in the G3 Screen (formerly the LG Liger),and will feature LTE-6 capability, allowing download speeds of up to 225Mbps. 
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