Uncovered patent shows Samsung working on a Google Glass competitor

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The wearables game is always getting more and more competitive. But when you look deeper into it, smart glasses aren’t all that common. The most notable device is Google Glass, of course. But that could all be changing. Samsung, who enters just about any market possible, has a patent that reveals a Glass-like device.

As you can see in the image above, Samsung would keep the device’s design very simple. Rather than wearing it like a pair of glasses, this wearable would be worn on an ear with a built-in earbud. The display extends forward to be in front of the users eye. And the display can be moved out of the way when not in use. Whether or not this device ever gets released is unknown, but do be prepared if Samsung does decide to do so.

Source: KIPRIS (PDF)
Via: Engadget

 

Vivo Xshot will have a 24 megapixel camera with OIS and f/1.8 aperture

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Vivo’s previously rumored Xshot has finally had its camera hardware revealed, and it looks pretty impressive at first glance. The Xshot will sport a Sony 24 megapixel rear camera along with a great f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization, plus dual LED flash. It will be capable of shooting 3D pictures as well as 4k video, and the dedicated camera button makes a return on the side of the device. » Read the rest

The Amazon smartphone finally shows itself and more details emerge

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Contrary to popular belief, the Amazon smartphone isn’t an urban legend. We have been hearing for years of an Amazon phone, but this time it looks as though it’s for real. Not only that, there might actually be two phones in the works.

The photos above and below represent a prototype so expect the finished product to look very different. As you can see, a protective shell is around it to hide certain features. This unnamed device is expected to include a 4.7-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear main camera, front facing camera, and of course a fully forked version of Android.

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Samsung files trademarks on Galaxy V:, Galaxy Adore, and Galaxy S Fitness

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Samsung has recently filed for trademarks on a trio of products, including the Galaxy V:, (including the colon, for whatever reason) the Galaxy Adore, and the Galaxy S Fitness. There’s nothing to go on to figure out what these devices might be, but the Galaxy V: and Galaxy Adore definitely sound like smartphones. The V could be a different line from Samsung’s traditional Galaxy S line, and the Galaxy Adore sounds like it could be a phone geared towards women. Galaxy S Fitness could either be a wearable fitness device, or it could possibly be a service that ties into S Health.

Samsung typically announces these things soon after filing for trademarks, so expect some news about this stuff in the near future.

source: SamMobile

Sony Xperia Z2 deliveries to be impacted by parts shortages causing delays

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In the past we have seen some instances where phone manufacturers dropped the ball on being ready to meet demand for new flagship devices. A new report from DigiTimes indicates the most recent launches by the major companies have been successful with one exception, the Sony Xperia Z2. According to analysts, Sony is being impacted by a shortage of some parts, which is expected to result in a delay of five to seven months in some markets, including the U.S., the U.K., and Hong Kong. It will be interesting to see how this delay may impact Sony’s strategy for the release of their next flagship device. » Read the rest

Security team finds Samsung Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner susceptible to molds

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A new report from SRLabs indicates the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner is similar to other devices on the market in being open to attacks using molds of fingerprints. Similar to the iPhone 5S and other commercial grade fingerprint scanners, malicious individuals can make a mold of a fingerprint that is sufficient to unlock a Galaxy S 5. In the case of the latest Samsung smartphone to hit the market, Samsung does not require any additional password or PIN to be used in conjunction with the fingerprint to unlock the device or to take advantage of PayPal’s integration with the fingerprint scanner. » Read the rest

Two LG Isai FL photos leak, could be indicative of the G3 or even the Nexus 5 successor

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This will raise some eyebrows. On Twitter, @evleaks posted an image of the upcoming LG Isai FL smartphone in white. The device, which he says will be “coming to au by KDDI in Japan,” keeps its bezel measurement to a minimum. A few hours after the image above was posted, @evleaks shared the Isai FL in blue.

Things get interesting thanks to the design of this device. Like the LG G2, the space between the display and the edge of the handset is very small. Also, LG’s rear buttons are back in action on this device. What is even more interesting is that the design language of this device is eerily similar to that of the Nexus 5. Just look at the shape and frame of this device. It closely resembles LG’s most recent Nexus. » Read the rest

LG G3 could be released in July

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There have been reports that LG is looking to release the upcoming G3 a little early this year. Back in March, the indication was for June, but the latest report pins July as the new target date. Last year, they unveiled the G2 in August, followed by a fall release. It’s very likely that LG will unveil the G3 in late June to prep for the July release.

From everything we are hearing about the G3, it does appear to be an absolute beast. It’s expected to sport a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display, a Snapdragon 801 or 805, along with 3GB of RAM. It will mostly likely have a pretty good camera as well.

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The Galaxy S 5 costs a little more to produce than the Galaxy S 4 and lot more than the iPhone 5S

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We posted a teardown of the Galaxy S 5 last week, which was for repair purposes, but teardowns can also give us an indication on how much the device costs the manufacturer to produce. IHS, a marketing research firm, conducted their own teardown and concluded that the Galaxy S 5 costs about $256 to build. That is $12 over last year’s Galaxy S 4 ($244).

Other than upgraded hardware, the main additions this year’s GS5 offers over last year’s GS4 is a fingerprint scanner, a biosensor, and the ability to survive a heavy dose of water. IHS concluded the fingerprint scanner costs about $4 and the biosensor runs about $1.45. There was no word on the cost of the waterproofing, but Andrew Rassweiler, and analyst at IHS did say, “Inside we see mostly a lot of recycled components that we’ve seen before. There’s really nothing special inside where Samsung is pushing the envelope. There’s no breakthroughs, there’s nothing earth-shattering. It’s really just a continuation of what has come before.”

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Google exec claims they didn’t copy iPhone software features

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Late last week, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, took the stand for the Samsung vs Apple trial. Of course this trial is all about copying Apple, and Lockheimer argued that they never tried to copy Apple’s iOS. Not only that, many of the Android’s software features were created before Apple did.

“We liked to have our own identity; we liked to have our own ideas,” Lockheimer said. “We were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas.”

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