This week of Halloween is perhaps an appropriate time for Samsung’s attempt to piece together a DSLR type camera with an Android smartphone to resurface. The Samsung Galaxy NX, announced this past August as being on its way to market in October, has shown up in the FCC database with support for AT&T’s LTE and HSPA data services. When first announced, the device was projected to retail for $1,599. The FCC filing suggests its availability from AT&T is imminent, so we will see whether that is still the price it will go for. We still have no word on whether the device will make the promised October release date for this mash up of devices. We also do not know whether any other carriers may have opted to include the Galaxy NX in their portfolios.
More news on the Samsung Galaxy S 5 front, once again dealing with the possible processor that may come in the device. As we previously covered, the next iteration of Samsung’s flagship device is expected to come equipped with a new, 64-bit processor tentatively dubbed the 6 series in the Exynos line. Word from a South Korean site is that the architecture of this new chip will allow Samsung to address bigger quantities of RAM and at least initially, the Galaxy S 5 will come with 4GB of RAM out of the box.
According to the earlier reports, the Exynos 6 line of processors is slated to commence production by the end of 2013 so it can be included in the Galaxy S 5. It is unclear whether any other chip manufacturers, notably Qualcomm, would have something comparable so that Samsung could continue their strategy of producing its devices with different chipsets for different markets. If the new Galaxy S 5 comes out with some devices getting the Exynos 6 plus 4GB of RAM versus current configurations, like the Snapdragon 800 mated with 3GB of RAM found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, that may be too much of a difference for some buyers to jump on the new smartphone.
Do you see the option of a 64-bit processor with 4GB of RAM as offering anything meaningful to consumers or is it just a feather in Samsung’s hat that can be leveraged for marketing purposes?
I don’t know about you, but the staff here at TA believe that these are some exciting times to be alive in the technology industry. And this year is certainly the year where it appears the “wearable devices” market is breaking out in similar fashion to that of the tablet boom we’ve seen a a few years back. Google Glass is also moving seamlessly through developers’ hands and gaining new ground daily. Next on the menu? Smartwatches!.
Following the heels of the success of the Pebble Watch, a kickstarter project that went well back in early 2012 and is still thriving in the market and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch (hands-on) which was just announced as a companion to the Note 3 and now other smartphones as well, Google will soon be introducing its own smartwatch to the masses as it’s currently in “late-stage development” per sources for The Wall Street Journal. The device will obviously run Android and make use of many of the Google Now features currently present on devices. Check out the video below of The Wall Street Journal’s Yun-Hee Kim who briefly interviewed Eva Dou about what we can expect with the highly anticipated device. Read more
As you know, Google is hosting a Google+ event today that caught everyone by surprise as in we are expecting the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Kit Kat to be announced any moment. The early speculation was that it would be the official rollout of Helpouts, but today’s rumor is in a completely different direction. One of the brightest spots of Google+ is it’s tremendous use of Auto Awesome and editing for pictures. Looks like Google has a similar Auto Awesome feature ready for videos. Word is it might be something similar to HTC’s Video Highlights where Google+ would take multiple videos and automatically edit them into a “professionally” looking highlight video.
Another hint that today’s event could be about this is the fact that Vic Gundotra used #momentsthatmatter this morning in a post regarding the event. Of course, today’s event doesn’t have to be about one thing. It could certainly be about a couple of things, which could also include last night’s Helpouts rumor. We don’t have long to wait to find out, but I am hoping for Auto Awesome for videos.
My Magazine is Samsung’s take on HTC’s BlinkFeed, and it also appears to be a Flipboard fork. It’s accessed by swiping up from one of your homescreens or by pressing the home button while you are on your main home screen. You will also find Flipboard pre-installed on the Note 3, but don’t be mistaken, this is a completely separate app. My Magazine offers a more simplified approach to adding content to your stream as in you can’t fine tune exact sites to follow.
It has 4 categories: News, Personal, Here and Now, and Social. “News” consists of everything from politics, sports, technology, food, etc. “Personal” consists of your calendar, gallery, emails, scrapbook, etc. “Here and Now” is all about local events and “Social” includes your social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and more. You can quickly switch between these main categories by swiping right or left. My Magazine works very well for those that are new to using a news aggregator.
Hit the break for my video showing you how it works and be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 3 guides.
Samsung has been a leader when it comes to multitasking, and the Galaxy Note 3’s Pen Window adds a little more flair. First, open Air Command by hovering your S Pen close to the screen and pressing the button on the S Pen. When the Air Command fan opens, choose the last option, Pen Window. Then draw a rectangle anywhere on the screen and choose the app you want to appear in the window (your rectangle).
App choices are the Calculator, Clock, YouTube, Phone, Contacts, ChatON, Hangouts, and Internet (sorry no Chrome). Once your app appears, it’s not only functional, it also floats over whatever else you’re doing. You can move the app window freely or you can go full screen by maximizing it. You can even minimize it, which transforms it to a floating chathead-like icon that is also movable. When you’re ready to reopen it, just tap on the chathead-like icon. Want to float multiple Pen Windows? No problem, plus you can have multiple chathead-like icons (minimized Pen Windows) for fast access.
Hit the break to see how it works and be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 3 guides.
S Finder might be the coolest feature on the Galaxy Note 3. It’s the ultimate tool for searching for anything on your device. It will not only find music and videos, but it will also search for both text and handwriting in your Scrapbook and Notes. If you have a lot of items in your Scrapbook and/or you have a lot of Notes, you are going to rely on S Finder a lot. You can even fine tune the parameters such as tags and/or date ranges.
It’s easy to get to S Finder. Just open the Air Command by hovering your S Pen over any screen. Then press the button on the S Pen and the Air Command fan will appear. Just select the 4th option, S Finder. You can then type or write whatever term you want to search for and set the parameters.
Hit the break for my video showing you how it works. Also, be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 3 guides.
Back in May when the Moto X was still in the leaks and rumors stage, it was hinted that it would be more customizable than it ended up being. It was believed that we would not only be able to choose the color of the device, but also choose the memory, CPU, etc. Today we have an idea where those rumors originated from: Project Ara from Motorola.
Project Ara takes it a step further by creating a completely modular phone. It means that you would start with an endoskeleton, which is the frame of the phone. You would then be able to purchase modules that can be inserted into the frame. These modules would consist of the processor, the display, a battery, a keyboard, etc. This means that not only will you be able to decide what specs you want, you can also upgrade any of the specs at anytime.
Samsung and Apple continue to be at the top of global smartphone market share, but there’s a new number 3. Huawei has overtaken LG, according to estimates from Strategy Analytics. Huawei now owns 5.1% of sales, while LG is at 4.8%, a switch in positions from Quarter 2. This isn’t the first time Huawei has appeared at this position, but while LG continued to grow during Q2, Huawei grew even faster. Researchers attribute the rise to the Ascend P6 and the mainstream G610, particularly in China.
Otherwise, Samsung still leads the world with a 35.2% share, with Apple still in second place with 13.4%. Click through the break to read the full official press release from Strategy Analytics.