Samsung Galaxy Alpha to be officially unveiled on August 4th

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It may seem odd that that there would be much excitement for a non-flagship Samsung device, but the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is generating quite a bit of buzz. That is probably because the device will be Samsung’s first to break tradition by moving away from plastic and using metal-body construction. Possibly recognizing just how much interest there is in the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has pushed up the release date to next Monday, August 4th. This will provide some additional time between the announcement of the Galaxy Alpha and the expected release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, possibly along with a slew of Gear products, in September.

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Meizu MX4 may claim title of thinnest bezels

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According to the last report we saw, Meizu hopes to release the Meizu MX4 in August. The successor to the MX3 is expected to come with a 5.5-inch screen. To help keep the overall size of the device down, Meizu appears to have figured out how to manufacture it with some extremely thin bezels on the sides. So small that at 1.1 millimeters, the Meizu MX4 will be able to lay claim to having the thinnest bezels on a smartphone in the world. Read more

Analysts predict LG G3 to be twice as popular as the G2 despite imminent iPhone 6 launch

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The LG G3 launched less than a month ago and we just can’t keep our hands off of it. In a report published by The Korea Times, analysts predict a lot of people are going to feel the same way. At the start of 2013, LG had sold around 3 million G2 units worldwide. While 3 million units is no small feat (and that number has likely gone up since the new year) Woori Investment & Securities analyst Sophia Kim seems to think the G3 will double those sales for the Korean tech company.

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Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Avant on T-Mobile

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Today T-Mobile added another Samsung device to their line-up of phones, announcing the Samsung Galaxy Avant as a low-budget alternative to the pricier Galaxy S5. Packing a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, the Avant seems like a solid choice for those wanting the S5’s features without spending over half-a-grand. It features Samsung’s popular S Voice service as well as features like Smart Switch and Easy Mode.

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Samsung files patents for three new smartwatches and new gesture control technology

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Samsung is no stranger to releasing multiple variations of the same ideas, and if some recent patents are to be believed, they will continue that tradition by releasing more smartwatches. According to three patents filed by the tech giant yesterday, Samsung has plans for a new line of watches with features ranging from rounded displays to an updated (and hopefully less clunky) charging mechanism. And considering all three have cameras, its safe to assume these watches will be running Tizen, although Android Wear isn’t out of the question.

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Samsung is still the king of smartphones but continues to lose market share

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It’s been quite a party for Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S was introduced, they never looked back as they stream rolled over the competition. Getting to the top is no easy task, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get there than to stay there. Samsung is definitely feeling it as their market share has dropped significantly over the last year. Are consumers starting to get sick of Samsung’s dominance? Or is this just a bump in the road?

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact gets photographed again

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About a month ago, we had a chance to see the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact when it posed alongside the Xperia Z3. Today, more images have leaked, but this time they are solo shots from Mr. Blurrycam.

It’s also possible that the previous leak isn’t the same phone as this one since the front-facing camera is in a different spot. However, we know manufacturers have various prototypes. The source indicates it will feature a 4.6-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of RAM, 20.7 MP Exmor RS rear camera, and stereo speakers.

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Samsung’s Kid Store reaches 900 apps

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The Kids Store, a Kids Mode storefront available with Samsung devices, has hit a milestone. The company has announced there are 900 applications available meant just for children. With such a large pool of content, Samsung has introduced two categories to find apps easily. Users can find apps grouped by age or subject. The age grouping includes 0-4, 5-6, 7 and older. The subject grouping includes learning, play, and story. The Kids Store also includes a premium content section from featured providers. Samsung has $50 available to users to take advantage in this section.

Parents do not have to be worried as a password is required for children to make purchases in Kids Store through Kids Mode.

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Xiaomi sells through batches of phones in China and India in under a minute

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Xiaomi is known for selling through batches of devices in record time, breaking sales records just about every time it has a sale on devices. This time around, Xiaomi released its first batch of Mi 4 smartphones, selling through them in just 37 seconds in China. Unfortunately, Xiaomi didn’t disclose how many devices were in that batch, but it at least shows there’s a healthy demand for their well-priced smartphones. Read more