Although Samsung’s S Pen may seem like a simple piece of hardware that helps make the company’s Note devices a bit more useful, that doesn’t mean Samsung hasn’t been looking for ways to make it even more powerful. At their ongoing developer conference, Samsung has announced the new Advanced S Pen and a special SDK that developers can use to tap into the new features.
Today, Samsung confirmed in a statement it sent to The Inquirer that the curved variant of its flagship phablet of 2014, the Galaxy Note Edge, is en route to the United Kingdom.
According to a spokesperson for the South Korean company, the handset will be available to purchase from selected retailers from Friday, November 28, with the option to pre-order from Samsung’s eStore and The Carphone Warehouse starting tomorrow, November 14.
The MX4 Pro is expected to be announced formally on November 19. Although there is about one week until that time, a lot can happen. In the mobile industry, more time means more leaks. That is what happened here. The handset from Meizu showed up online in one lucky person’s hand. It certainly shows its size, a measurement said to be around the 5.4- or 5.5-inch mark. The back panel is pretty simple. It has just a circular camera lens cutout and below that is the flash. The front side will not be much different, but a fingerprint sensor is expected.
When Vsenn announced they were working on a modular smartphone platform to compete with Google’s Project Ara, more than a few eyebrows were raised that a start-up would want to take on Google, especially in a brand new market. To help set itself apart from its much larger competitor, Vsenn has announced plans for an Approved ROM Partner (ARP) program. The ARP is intended to give customers the flexibility to flash a new ROM onto their device while still maintaining their warranty and factory support for their device. Along with the announcement of this new program Vsenn also announced that Paranoid Android would be the first ROM approved for use.
Sure, Christmas hasn’t happened yet, but that’s not going to stop manufacturers from preparing the launches of their new devices for next year. Sony has already scheduled a CES 2015 conference for January 5th, although they haven’t specified exactly what’s going to be announced.
Samsung’s Knox security solution is getting some pretty massive improvements today, which is great news for government and enterprise customers looking at Samsung devices. BlackBerry has announced that they are teaming up with Samsung to integrate BB’s end-to-end encryption into the existing Knox software suite. There are also a handful of other new features to better deal with Android’s security, too, so both companies are taking this pretty seriously.
The Moto G (2014) 2nd gen is already enjoying Lollipop, and now it’s time for the 1st gen model. It looks like the dual SIM variant (XT1033) will start its soak test tomorrow in India. We are not sure about other 1st gen Moto G’s, but I can’t imagine they will be too far behind.
As to the Moto X, we can only assume the 1st Gen model will start the soak test soon, but it’s likely to only be for the unlocked version. As you know, the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition model is getting Lollipop, but unfortunately all the carrier versions will likely be delayed until further testing is completed. Hopefully most of the carrier versions will get updated by the end of the year.
NVIDIA promised us a quick Lollipop update for the SHIELD tablet, and they have delivered. They just announced that it will start tolling on November 18, and it comes with more goodies.
First off, the update will include the Dabbler app, which is NVIDIA’s painting software that offers full support for layers. Now users can share live Dabbler sessions over Twitch.
Another color choice of the G3 is available. The flagship device of 2014 for LG is available in Blue Steel exclusively from Best Buy. It is for multiple carrier versions — Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. The storage size is 32GB (with a microSD card slot) and the cost is $99 with a two-year contract.
Source: Best Buy [Verizon] [AT&T] [Sprint]
Purchasing a device through a carrier comes with one major downside: the bloatware. Any device, no matter the hardware manufacturer, will ship with software that just takes up space and will never be used. It has gotten better over time but bloatware is still an issue. Nexus devices always remained the exception to the rule as Google kept the experience pure and the way Android is meant to be seen. This year, the Nexus 6 will be available through select carriers. And at least the Nexus 6 sold through AT&T will be packed with bloatware. Most of them are AT&T’s, covering things like account information and navigation. Fortunately, it can all be removed (which at one point was not possible).
So maybe it is indeed a good thing that Verizon is not selling the Nexus 6 itself at this time.