Yesterday we learned that Samsung has elected to drop Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor from its upcoming Galaxy S6 in favor of its own in-house Exynos series of chips. Industry sources cite overheating as a major issue with the S6 and the Snapdragon 810 is to blame. Bad Snapdragon! Very bad!
LG and Xiamoi have also announced devices using the 810 processor, the G Flex 2 and Mi Note, respectively. And now, LG is attempting to quell any rumors that it, too, will drop the Qualcomm chip from its upcoming niche phone.
We had a glimpse of what could very well be the HTC One (M9), and now images of what’s called the HTC One (M9) Plus has leaked. Rumored specs of this device (aka Hima Ace Plus) were reported last week. It’s expected to be a bigger version of the HTC One (M9), but it’s also not expected to be released until much later in the year.
As you can see in the image above, the overall look of the phone is the same as the basic M9, but you will notice that the rear camera port isn’t the same and there is a Duo Camera setup. It’s highly unlikely that one of these devices will get the Duo Camera setup while the other doesn’t. This means that we are dealing with prototypes of either or both with these leaks.
Never got around to purchasing a Google Play edition device? Then it is likely safe to say you never will. Slowly but surely, we have seen Google Play edition devices vanish online. A warning was never issued by Google and the company has proceeded to pull the devices from the Play Store. Most recently, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition was removed after months of being out of stock. Then, today, the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition was shown the door. It left the Google Play edition section with nothing to show; therefore, the initiative that pushed a stock Android experience on flagship devices is presumably gone.
Have you ever purchased a Google Play edition device? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Google Play
It is not clear what exactly is new, or neo, or plus about Samsung’s latest smartphone to hit the Indian market, but the company has decided to launch yet another device in their low- to mid-range line of Galaxy Grand smartphone devices. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus is now available for purchase in India, and given its presence on the Italian version of Samsung’s site, it may be coming to some other countries as well.
One of the hallmarks for Samsung’s last round of flagship Galaxy S 5 devices was the IP67 certification, which meant Samsung could sell “water resistance” as a key feature that set it apart from other smartphone makers on the market. However, as Samsung has struggled to maintain lofty sales numbers every feature for the next version of their flagship, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 6 and close cousin the Galaxy S 6 Edge, was subjected to a thorough review as to whether it was worth including. Apparently water resistant qualities were not a big factor in swaying buyers to the Galaxy S line of devices and did not make the cut.
Given the extra cost to achieve the IP67 certification and the need to improve profit margins, combined with low interest from buyers, sources indicate Samsung’s new devices will not be water resistant. Buyers who want that extra measure of protection will have an option eventually though as Samsung reportedly will produce “Active” versions of their devices with water resistant qualities.
via: GSM Arena
Samsung has already reported a profit drop for 2014, and many are hopeful things will pick up in 2015. Unfortunately, analysts believe that profits will continue to slide in 2015.
Although final numbers aren’t in for 2014, it’s expected that Samsung’s net profits will have dipped 27.3 percent this year to 22.1 trillion won ($2.03 billion). 2015 will also show a drop, but the good news is that it won’t be as much. Analysts are predicting only about a 6 percent drop to 20.8 trillion won ($1.91 billion) for 2015.
Samsung has been making their own Exynos-branded chips for a while now, and it was only a matter of time until they utilized them on most of their devices. Whether it was production issues or the ability to play nice with LTE, Samsung has always to utilized both the Exynos and the Qualcomm Snapdragon for specific markets, but that might change with the Galaxy S 6.
We have heard a number of rumblings that Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chip, the Snapdragon 810, has overheating issues. Qualcomm wants you to believe there isn’t an issue because the LG G Flex 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Note were both announced using the said chip, but those manufacturers might have made modifications. It was already rumored that Samsung might tone down the use of the 810 in the Galaxy S 6, but Bloomberg is now reporting that Samsung plans on using the Exynos exclusively. According to them, Samsung will go with just the Exynos for all markets.
Last year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 5 on the very first day of Mobile World Congress (Feb 24), so it’s no surprise that the rumor has Samsung unveiling the Galaxy S 6 on the very same day, which would be March 2nd this year. This is according to a Korean publication called Chosun.
Whether we will see two versions of the Galaxy S 6 is still unclear, but don’t be surprised if a dual curved edge version makes an appearance. And don’t forget about Samsung’s upcoming circular smartwatch.
Forget about the LG G4 because this device, if real, should have your attention. Earlier today on Twitter, @upleaks provided the image above. It shows a flip phone with Android running as the operating system. How do we know it is Android? The layout and icons are identical to what is found on any LG device. Here, it is just minimized. The name “Ice Cream Smart” is attached to the image; therefore, we could be looking at a possible name because the company already released an Ice Cream in 2008. While Ice Cream Smart would be very random, the name would be original for LG.
Would you be interested in a flip phone with Android, particularly for someone that needs a simplified handset? Let us know in the comments.
If the current color options for the Xperia Z3 just didn’t appeal to you, you’re in luck. Sony is apparently prepping a purple Xperia Z3 for launch sometime in February, which you can see above.
If you want a phone that stands out from the sea of white and black devices, it’s hard to go wrong with purple. It might be a little too loud for some people, but hey, options are nice.