Samsung A series smartphone gets Bluetooth certification

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After releasing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung appears to be ready to launch a new line of devices based on the same design model. We learned earlier this week that Samsung has three devices in the works, all with an “A” in the model name, leading to the unofficial moniker of “A series” for the line. Now one of those devices, the SM-A500, has surfaced on the Bluetooth SIG web site after obtaining its certification. Not much information about the specs for the device can be gleaned from the Bluetooth SIG entry, although it does appear it may be dual SIM capable.
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Smartwatch and fitness tracker from HTC could arrive sometime next month

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There may not have ever been a September quite like the one we will see next month. Everyone including Motorola, ASUS, LG, SamsungLenovo, and T-Mobile all have something to offer in September. And let us not forget that Apple will be making some noise as well. One name that has been absent is HTC, but it looks like they are bound to join the September fun. According to @upleaks, HTC will have both a smartwatch and a fitness tracker arriving soon.


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HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $99

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In need of a premium device without the premium price? Customers of Sprint can go ahead and purchase the HTC One (E8) from the carrier starting today. In either Misty Gray or Polar White, the One (E8) costs $99 with a two-year contract and $499 if you forgo a signature.

The device is much like the One (M8), but HTC has targeted a lower price point with cheaper solutions in certain areas. Most noticeably, the One (E8) has a plastic unibody. The Duo Camera setup with dual LED flash has been nixed and there is a single 13MP camera. The front camera, though, does maintain its 5MP to ensure quality selfies. The One (E8) is speedy thanks to its Snapdragon 801 processor.

If you are interested in purchasing the HTC One (E8), you can head over to Sprint’s site.

Source: Sprint

Lenovo Vibe X2 leaked images reveal metal chassis

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When a leaked Lenovo roadmap was discovered a little over a week ago, one of the devices listed was the Lenovo Vibe X2, a sequel to the Lenovo Vibe X. The roadmap document seemed to hint at the device being available in a wide variety of colors. Some newly discovered photos of the device add a little more information to what Lenovo is getting ready to bring to market. The images show what appears to be a metal chassis for the device. A view of the side also shows what appears to be layers of metal used for construction of the smartphone, though it is difficult to tell if that is just a faux look.
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New LG model number spotted on LG U Plus site

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It is not much to go on, but a previously unreported LG device has shown up on the web site of South Korean carrier LG U Plus. The mystery device has a model number LG-F520L. Outside of that, there is no other information to go on. To try to add a little context though, the LG-F470L listed corresponds to the LG G3 Beat while the LG-F460L is the LG G3. So a model number in the 5xx series could indicate the device is part of the next generation smartphone line from LG.

source: MyLG

Samsung highlights thinness, weight and screen resolution in new Galaxy Tab S promotional video

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We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.

The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.

Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.


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Nike+ running app to come pre-loaded on Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch

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Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device.

Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the Nike+ Running app, which utilizes the device’s GPS and 3G connectivity to track fitness data.

The app comes pre-loaded on the device and can track their runs and record data all while their phone remains at home.

The features appear to be the same as the usual Nike+ Running App, except this is optimized for the Gear S.

Source: Samsung

Note 4 cases surface hinting at a design different from what has been leaked

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated phones thats getting revealed at next week’s IFA 2014 event, and for a while now we thought we had a pretty clear picture of what the upcoming phablet would look like. However, accessories retailer Trait-Tech have put some cases for the Note 4 in their store, and if they are legitimate, they could hint at a different design for the device.


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OnePlus is ditching their invite system for a more traditional pre-order

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The OnePlus One has had the opposite of a smooth launch so far. Between a clunky invite system, an exploding phone and an incredibly sexist contest, consumers waiting to get their hands on the self-proclaimed “flagship killer” have been getting restless. Luckily the folks at OnePlus have heard your cries for help and have announced via a Reddit AMA that they will be launching a more traditional preorder system sometime in October.


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NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting software update with a slew of improvements

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An update is currently rolling out to the Shield Tablet, sized at 84.1MB, and it gives the device improvements, fixes, and new features. Unlike other hardware manufacturers, NVIDIA rolls out its software updates in one giant wave rather than making some device owners wait around a bit. The most notable piece of the update is the NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle. It adjusts the display based upon the content a user is viewing.

Here is what the update includes:

  • Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
  • Improved camera performance
  • NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
  • Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
  • ShadowPlay performance optimizations
  • Localization improvements
  • Audio optimizations
  • Misc. stability improvements