Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha gets the teardown treatment, gets a medium repairability score

samsung_galaxy_alpha_russian_leak_07iFixit has done their typical teardown and repair process on Samsung’s newest “premium” flagship, the Galaxy Alpha. The phone was built relatively similarly to the Galaxy S 5, although it’s obviously lacking a few things like waterproofing. The teardown showed that the only really simple thing to replace is the battery, and that to get to any of the other major components, it’s almost a necessity to remove the front display of the device, which is prone to causing more damage. Fortunately, that does mean that if the display is the only thing that needs to be replaced, it should be a slightly faster repair.

Overall, the Galaxy Alpha got a repairability score of 5 out of 10, just like the GS5. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not the best we’ve seen. Hit the link below for pictures of the Alpha being completely disassembled.

source: iFixit

Chrome and Android convergence won’t be “forced” according to Sundar Pichai

Chrome_Android_overlapThere has been quite a bit of speculation about whether the mobile-focused Android would replace the PC-focused Chrome at Google, or vice versa, but so far Google hasn’t taken any major steps to make that happen. According to Sundar Pichai, (who is the senior VP of both Android and Chrome) the search giant doesn’t want to force any type of convergence between the two.

We’ve seen a little bit of overlap between both platforms, including the Chromecast running a specific version of Android and being able to run Android applications on Chromebooks. Pichai clarified that if any type of convergence between the two happens, it’s going to be an “organic” process. That leaves plenty of interpretation for if Google plans on organically moving Android into a position to replace Chrome or anything similar, but as of right now, Google is happy to let both pieces stand successfully on their own. 
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HTC REcamera goes through the FCC, confirming Bluetooth LE and WiFi

HTC recamera patentWe know that HTC is planning on launching some type of GoPro camera competitor in the near future, and it looks like it’ll be called the REcamera. The device will be some kind of smartphone accessory and will likely be fairly rugged and waterproof for capture action shots and the like.

Thanks to an FCC filing, we can confirm that it’ll definitely be able to connect to a smartphone (although that doesn’t rule out the possibility that it can be used on its own). The filing shows that the device features WiFi radios as well as Bluetooth LE, both of which are extremely common ways to connect peripherals to smartphones. The filing didn’t reveal anything about the rest of the hardware, so we’re still not sure what kind of megapixel count or anything HTC will go with. 
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Sprint and Verizon jump on the double data promotion bandwagon to compete with AT&T

verizon sprint logoTo match AT&T’s latest double data promotion, Sprint and Verizon have beefed up their offerings allowing customers to pick up a ton of extra data at little to no cost. AT&T bumped up their top data packages (anything 15 GB and up) and will give customers twice as much data for free until the end of the month. Sprint and Verizon are taking a similar path.

If you are a Sprint customer on the 32, 40, or 60 GB shared data package, the carrier will give you 60, 80, or 120 GB, respectively. The 32 isn’t quite doubled, but it’s close enough to count. The plans still come with unlimited texting and calling, so if you need a ton of data on an account with multiple lines, it’s a great deal.
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Huawei launches the 5-inch, octa-core Honor 6 in India

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Huawei announced their Honor 6 smartphone back in June, and the device will finally available for purchase in India. The phone features the same specs that were shown off at the launch event, so you’re still getting a 1080p 5-inch display (with on-screen buttons!), an octo-core Kirin CPU, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera with a 5 megapixel front shooter, plus 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and Android 4.4 with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top.

The device features a solid aluminum alloy frame and a 3,100 mAh battery, and it’s arguably one of the most well-designed phones Huawei has ever sold. If you’re interested, it will go on sale on Flipkart on October 6th for Rs. 19,999.

source: Fone Arena

Moto X Pure Edition may get update to enable LTE bands 3, 5, and 7

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One of the major drawbacks of the Pure Edition of the new Moto X is that it was lacking several LTE bands that the AT&T and Verizon version have. The pure edition supports only three LTE bands: 2, 4, and 17. Compare that to AT&T’s model (bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 17) and Verizon’s model (bands 2, 3, 4, 7, and 13) and the Pure Edition all of a sudden becomes a much less appealing option for someone that’s looking for a device to use something besides just AT&T and T-Mobile’s network.

Fortunately, according to Motorola’s forum manager, it looks like Motorola will eventually try to push out a software update that will enable bands 3, 5, and 7 on the Pure Edition device, which will make the device much more functional for roaming and using international cell networks. After all, that’s what you’d expect from a SIM unlocked device, right?
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Samsung issues statement regarding screen gap issue on Galaxy Note 4

galaxy-note-4-issuesJust yesterday we told you about the design flaw in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 where the gap between the screen and the bezel was wide enough to fit a business card into. That’s more than a slight imperfection, and Samsung has come forward with a statement about the issue today.

A Samsung PR rep said “the reported issue does not impact the functionality or quality of the Galaxy Note 4. We assure our customers that all Galaxy Note 4 units meet our strict manufacturing and quality control standards.” That doesn’t really add up to much, except that if your device has this issue it shouldn’t affect actually using the device. It’s not clear if Samsung will end up replacing affected units or if it will be fixed by the time the phone launches globally in October, but you might want to wait until a few review units get out before you make a decision on buying one.
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Meizu’s MX4 Mini leaks, shows dual SIM slots and heavily tweaked interface

meizu mx4 miniMeizu is already planning to launch the MX4 Pro by the end of October, but it looks like they’ve got a “mini” version of the device planned out, too. The MX4 Mini, shown above, sports dual SIM slots and a pretty heavily tweaked version of Android.

It looks like the phone will ship with YunOS, which is a forked version of Android developed by the Chinese company Alibaba. It’s similar to Amazon’s Fire OS in that it’s completely lacking any Google services and instead uses Alibaba’s own services. Meizu has invested in Alibaba, so it makes sense that they would want to support the company by using their software, but it’s really tough to compete against Google’s built-in services and the Play Store’s offerings.
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Best Buy discounts the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 down to $249

Samsung_Galaxy_TabPRO_8.4_Main_TASamsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro may be slightly outdated next to the Galaxy Tab S line, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still solid tablets. Best Buy has marked down the 8.4-inch variant of the Tab Pro by $80 today, so you can snag one in white or black for just $249. That puts the device at the same price range that Samsung asks for the significantly weaker Galaxy Tab 4 line, so if you were planning on picking up a Samsung tablet soon, this deal might be worth looking at.

The Tab Pro packs a 2k display, a Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz, and 16 GB of internal storage plus a slot for a microSD card. Hit the link below to check out the deal.

source: Best Buy

Watch the unboxing of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4

galaxy note 4 unboxingSamsung announced they were speeding up the launch of their Galaxy Note 4 in South Korea to stay competitive with Apple’s iPhone launch. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean we get to buy the device any earlier in the US, but it does mean that we get to see some unboxing videos ahead of time.

Samsung Tomorrow got their hands on a device on launch day and went through the proper unboxing treatment, showing off the device and all of the included accessories. You get all of the typical Samsung flagship accessories, including user manuals, USB cables, headphones, etc. plus the Galaxy Note’s S Pen tips and replacement tool.
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