Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus launches in India

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It is not clear what exactly is new, or neo, or plus about Samsung’s latest smartphone to hit the Indian market, but the company has decided to launch yet another device in their low- to mid-range line of Galaxy Grand smartphone devices. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus is now available for purchase in India, and given its presence on the Italian version of Samsung’s site, it may be coming to some other countries as well.
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Samsung dropping water resistance for Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge

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One of the hallmarks for Samsung’s last round of flagship Galaxy S 5 devices was the IP67 certification, which meant Samsung could sell “water resistance” as a key feature that set it apart from other smartphone makers on the market. However, as Samsung has struggled to maintain lofty sales numbers every feature for the next version of their flagship, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 6 and close cousin the Galaxy S 6 Edge, was subjected to a thorough review as to whether it was worth including. Apparently water resistant qualities were not a big factor in swaying buyers to the Galaxy S line of devices and did not make the cut.

Given the extra cost to achieve the IP67 certification and the need to improve profit margins, combined with low interest from buyers, sources indicate Samsung’s new devices will not be water resistant. Buyers who want that extra measure of protection will have an option eventually though as Samsung reportedly will produce “Active” versions of their devices with water resistant qualities.

source: Webtrek.it
via: GSM Arena

Acer introduces two new Chromebooks targeting education market

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The success of the Chromebook platform in the education sector is well documented and manufacturers of Chromebooks definitely look to that market for sales success. To further that end, Acer announced today the launch of two new Chromebooks for education users, including the first 15.6-inch Chromebook. The Acer C910 comes with a 15.6-inch display running at a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution or at a 1366 x 768 resolution for more budget constrained buyers. The Acer C740 is an 11.6-inch tablet. Both devices can be equipped with either an Intel Core i3 processor or an Intel Celeron processor. Acer says both models have been mildly ruggedized to withstand a school environment and in particular, the C740 has features incorporated to make it suitable for checking out to students who may toss it in a backpack or pick it up at weird angles. The C910, with its larger screen, is considered more suitable for classroom or lab use where several students may be using the device as a group.

The Acer C910 will sell for $299.99 with 16 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM with a 32 GB version available. The Acer C740 pricing starts at $259.99 for 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM. Both units will be available starting in February.

After the break, you can check out some images of the devices and read the full press release.
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Xaiomi releases Millet Bluetooth gamepad controller for only 99 Yuan

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Xaiomi is on an ambitious path as a major manufacturer in a variety of electronics categories. Part of their success has been due to the low price points they set for solid hardware. Their latest release is no different as they are now selling a game controller for only 99 Yuan ($16 USD). The Millet Bluetooth handset has a classic Sony PS4 shape to it and supports the usually array of buttons, 4-way rocker switches, and 360-degree sticks.
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Images of HTC One M9 leak showing new camera port

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Some images alleged to be the forthcoming HTC One M9 flagship from HTC have surfaced on the web and appear to support rumors suggesting HTC is making a major change to the cameras in its top tier device. The HTC One M8 was generally regarded as a solid contender in the market with one exception – the Ultra Pixel camera technology used for the rear-facing camera. Despite HTC’s marketing efforts to explain why their solution was better, consumers wanted more pixels. For the HTC One M9, it appears HTC is bowing to the pressure and will outfit the smartphone with a 20 MP rear-facing shooter.
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New Samsung 7-inch tablets delivered to India for testing

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The Indian import-export web site Zauba, which displays a database of goods shipped into the country, is showing some Samsung tablet devices that have been delivered for “testing & evaluation” purposes. Samsung is very active in the tablet market and much like their smartphone portfolio, they produce a wide variety of models. Currently Samsung seems to favor a couple different iterations of their tablet devices, regular tablets and stylus-enabled tablets, the latter being part of their Note line of devices. For their regular tablet devices, Samsung produces different sizes and combinations of wireless connectivity. The devices most recently spotted in the Zauba database are all 7-inch devices believed to be Samsung Galaxy Tab 5 tablets and join some units that were spotted back in December.
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New Verizon video explains their Antenna Chamber

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While T-Mobile and Sprint have been engaged in a heated battle to change the market for cellular service in the U.S., AT&T and Verizon have been slower to adopt any of the changes their smaller rivals are pushing. In particular, Verizon appears to be content for now to rely on a strategy of offering quality for the additional expense and trouble their subscribers deal with to stay with them. To help justify their value, Verizon is back with a new video this month, following up a video released in December showing the Verizon device testing lab at work, that shows a little bit about how they test the connectivity of their devices.
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Xiaomi growth is impressive, but not expected to hit U.S. or Europe for a few years

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When Hugo Barra left Google to join Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, many people saw that as a sign that the company might be the next big thing to sweep the globe in the smartphone industry. To some extent, that has proven to be true. Xiaomi has quickly risen to become the third largest smartphone manufacturer. That achievement has been accomplished on the back of their sales success in China and India. With some impressive devices, many are hoping Xiaomi will expand to other markets sooner rather than later, but in a recent interview with the BBC, Barra says not so fast.
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Motorola updating long list of apps

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Motorola is in the process of updating a long list of apps for their devices. Most of the updated apps have not yet surfaced on Google Play, but APK files are available for download and install. Early feedback suggests users are having the most success installing the updates on Motorola Moto X 2014 devices, though some of them will install on other Motorola smartphones. Details are still sparse regarding the changes to the apps, but it looks like Motorola is prepping them for Android Lollipop including a dose of Material Design. Reports indicate some of these updated apps are included in some Lollipop soak tests that are underway.
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No invite, but small window to be opened for OnePlus One orders this Tuesday

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If you have been hoping to purchase the OnePlus One smartphone but have been unsuccessful in obtaining an invite, OnePlus is going to open a small window of time for you to place an order this Tuesday. Specifically, on Tuesday, January 20th, between the hours of 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Two versions of the OnePlus One will be available during this special sale. The 16 GB Silk White model and the 64 GB Sandstone Black model will be on sale for $299 and $349 respectively.

If you want to grab the OnePlus One without an invite, visit the source link and be sure to setup a reminder to do so Tuesday, between 7 and 9 pm EST.

source: OnePlus