GPe Samsung Galaxy S4 starts receiving the Android 5.0 update

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Samsung has officially begun the roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4. Since it’s a GPe device, it is first in line among OEM handsets to receive the latest updates. Strangely, the Galaxy S4 is one of the last GPe handsets to get the update with the likes of the HTC One M8, One M7, Sony Z Ultra, the LG G Pad 8.3, the Moto G etc getting the update already.
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2-in-1 soft shell case for the Nexus 9 now available from HTC

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Although the Nexus 9 has been available for quite some time, with the LTE model launching today. it was not until recently that the company launched the keyboard folio case for $129. But what if you don’t want an expensive cover + keyboard for your tablet? Well there’s a cheaper and more viable alternative coming straight from HTC, starting today. Although the case has been listed on the Play Store for a while now, it’s for the first time that it has gone on sale.

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Galaxy S 6 prototype sporting a very thin bezel leaks [Update: most likely fake]

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It’s not too early to get the rumor train rolling for the Galaxy S 6, which should be ready for an unveiling in the coming months. We can’t say if these images will be the final look of the phone, because it is a prototype. However, it does give us a clear indication on where Samsung is headed with the phone.

Other than looking like just about every other Samsung phone with that wonderful home button, you can clearly see the very thin bezels at the sides. Samsung has always increased the size of their displays with each iteration of the S series, and the rumor is that it will be 5.5-inches on the S6. The smaller bezels will obviously help keep it from getting too big for the mainstream audience.


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Complete specs of the Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra and the Z4 Compact leak out

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A new leak has revealed the alleged hardware specs sheet of the Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra as well as the Xperia Z4 Compact, which are expected to be shown off sometime in Q2 2015. The launch of the Xperia Z4 Ultra is quite significant as Sony hasn’t launched a phablet since the Xperia Z Ultra in mid-2013. A leak from last month gave us some idea about the hardware of the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact and the Z4 Tablet and this merely reiterates some of those details.
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Nexus 9 with LTE now available from T-Mobile

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If you have been desiring a Nexus 9 with LTE connectivity, than your dreams have come true. T-Mobile just announced that the Nexus 9 with LTE is now available for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $24.99 (FRP $599.76). You can also add your shiny new tablet to your Simple Choice voice plan for only $10 per month, and they will match your data for up to 5 GB. Also don’t forget, that all mobile tablets get Free Data for Life for up to 200 MB, assuming you are using it on T-Mobile.

Other than the LTE radio, the rest of the tablet is identical to the WiFi version.

We have the short presser after the break.


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Get into the Christmas spirit with the Velvet Red Galaxy Note 4, that is if you’re in South Korea

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Samsung has launched a beautiful Velvet Red Galaxy Note 4 in time for the Christmas season, but there is one big Debbie Downer to this story. It’s only available in South Korea, and more specifically, SK Telecom.

There are no signs that this one will make it’s way to other markets, but we can be hopeful right? How about a Verizon exclusive with a giant Verizon logo on the back and/or on the home button? Anyways, the phone appears to be identical to the original Note 4, which gets the octa-core Exynos since it’s the international version.

source: SamMobile

Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 810 chip will have Cat 9 LTE support

Qualcomm_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014We’re all very impatiently waiting on Qualcomm to release their Snapdragon 810 SoC early next year, but until then we’re just going to have to drool over what it’s going to bring to high-end Android phones in 2015. The latest improvement to their flagship chipset will come in the form of faster network access thanks to Qualcomm incorporating Cat 9 LTE support.

Supporting Cat 9 LTE means the chipset should be able to hit theoretical download speeds of about 450 Mbps, which is insanely fast. Much faster than your typical carrier’s network, unfortunately, but the potential is there. Qualcomm claims they’ve extensively tested the download speeds commercial network and equipment partners, and everything is working just as fast as Qualcomm claims. 
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Sprint and Verizon now rolling out Gear VR compatibility update for the Galaxy Note 4

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American customers of the Galaxy Note 4 were quite excited when Samsung and AT&T officially launched the Gear VR a couple of days ago. However, their excitement was very short lived as it was revealed that carrier branded units of the Galaxy Note 4 weren’t compatible with the Gear VR. Samsung’s support page mentioned that the Galaxy Note 4 needed a software update to bring support for the company’s head mounted wearable. Well that changes today with Sprint and Verizon officially sending out the update for the Galaxy Note 4, thus bringing official support for the Gear VR.
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