Yesterday reports surfaced indicating Samsung was planning to accelerate availability for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in response to the sales success Apple is experiencing with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. The first step of this new plan is to release the Galaxy Note 4 to the Korean market starting this Friday, September 26th. New comments from Samsung President DJ Lee indicate the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will not be subject to a similar acceleration of availability.
Lee’s comments actually indicate the Galaxy Note Edge is still seen by Samsung as a “limited edition concept” that may be seen as somewhere between a beta product and a full-fledged product for the company. The rollout of the Galaxy Note Edge will vary around the globe starting in late October and then following over several months. The comments from Lee seem to suggest that part of the rollout schedule may be determined by how sales of the Galaxy Note 4 go as well as what demand is like for the Galaxy Note Edge in the markets where it is available.
Since the product may only see limited production, the odds are not good for favorable pricing when the Galaxy Note Edge does eventually make it to a market.
source: Samsung, ZDNet Korea
via: G for Games
Cyanogen is on the prowl again, looking for more employees to sway over to its team. HTC’s former Product Manager of 3.5 yrs. was the latest target. She will assume the role of Product Evangelist starting Friday for Cyanogen Inc., which will presumably include multiple public relations campaigns for the software company.
Cyanogen’s recent deals with Oppo and OnePlus have helped it gain some sturdy legs to grow on as a company, and more recent acquisitions of a few more quality employees have only helped. Even the fact that Cyanogen has a need of a product evangelist means it’s molting into a much larger company that we will see affecting the industry in the future.
People in Europe looking to purchase a Chromebook will be without one major manufacturer’s devices to choose from. Samsung is pulling out of the the laptop business in Europe and Chromebooks are included in the company’s definition of a laptop. They did clarify that this is strictly for Europe and other markets are not going to be affected.
With the introduction of tablets, laptop sales have taken a sizable hit. Many companies are figuring that the laptop business is just not worth staying in. Sony is a company that has left the business entirely. Its former VAIO brand is now a standalone company operating in solely Japan.
Source: TechAdvisor (PCAdvisor)
Does your smartwatch need to be charged? Is your phone ready to get involved? Samsung is going to let you use one to help the other with its new Power Sharing cable. To work, a Galaxy device is required on one end along with any micro USB compatible device. Right now, the listed devices compatible to send out a charge are the Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S, and Galaxy Avant.
An app will be available in the Play Store and through Samsung to control the Power Sharing cable. Users can set a limit for how much charge they want their device to give up for the other. This app will monitor the charging process as well.
The Power Sharing cable costs $19 and is available directly through Samsung.
The first day of fall is also the start of Nexus season. From now until the actual launch, reports and rumors will swirl around claiming this date or that date to be the debut for Nexus devices and new software. According to Android Authority, there are two separates dates connected to the HTC-made Nexus tablet and Android L.
Unfortunately for Samsung, it looks like their stocks are going to continue taking a beating. After Apple’s iPhone launch weekend, Samsung’s shares have fallen to a 2-year low, dropping down to about 1,161,000 won. On top of that, their profit estimates were cut from 5.7 trillion won down to 4.7 trillion won. Those are some pretty major setbacks, even for a company like Samsung.
Apple’s iPhone is part of the reason why Samsung is getting hit so hard, but other factors include other affordable smartphones from OEMs like Lenovo and Xiaomi. Samsung was the first to scoop up the bottom of the Android market, but other manufacturers are beating them at it now and Samsung can’t keep competing at the prices other devices are being sold at.
We’ve seen a few leaks of the upcoming Oppo N3, and details are slowing trickling in. The latest information is that the body will be built out of aerospace grade metal.
What the hell does that exactly mean? It could be made from either stainless, nickel steel, or titanium. We know they will be shooting for lightweight so don’t expect anything too crazy or expensive. Maybe a lightweight alloy? Could this just be a marketing gimmick?
It’s that time of the year when the new DROIDs usually get launched, and this year is no exception. We expect the DROID Turbo to get introduced next month, and we have some images and details courtesy of HelloMotoHK.
Baring the model number of XT1254, the DROID Turbo (shown with last year’s DROID MAXX) will unsurprisingly sport a Kevlar unibody along with capacitive buttons on the front. Since the all new Moto X sports a dual LED flash, you can expect that on the DROID Turbo as well. Just like last year’s DROID MAXX, the new Turbo will also sport wireless charging. We presume the Qi standard again. Since the new Moto X has stereo speakers at the front of the device, the Turbo should get the same treatment as well.
Meizu’s newest flagship, the MX4, has already sold almost 8 million units with no sign of slowing down, so it makes sense that Meizu are planning to release variants of its most popular device to date. One such variant, the MX4 Pro, has already been in the rumor mill for a while. We previously reported that the MX4 Pro could have up to 4GB of RAM (this no longer seems to be the case) and today we have a little bit more information regarding the Pro’s specs and release date.
On the heels of Sprint’s launch, AT&T will be launching this LG G3 Vigor later this week. The LG handset will be available online and at retail stores on September 26. With a new two-year contract, the G3 Vigor will cost $49 or $334 without. Through AT&T’s Next program, customers can bring home the mid-range handset for $13.96 or $16.75 per month depending upon how many months the cost is spread.
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