OnePlus One to be released in 16 countries including Austria & Germany

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The OnePlus One has garnered quite a lot of attentions in the past few weeks. Just two weeks left to its announcement, the company has now posted a teaser image on its official Facebook account hinting that the device will be released in Austria and Germany along with 14 other unnamed countries.

According to the image posted, the device will be released in a total of 16 countries, two of which have been already mentioned. We expect more countries to be announced before the launch and undoubtedly, China will make it to the list. The company previously hinted on the “Ask Me Anything” Reddit session that it will launch the device in the US as well and will start selling the smartphone in the second quarter of 2014 in more than 10 countries. Read more

Samsung’s Gear Fit gets the teardown treatment

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Rounding out a trio of teardown’s by iFixit this week is an attempt to find out just what it inside the Samsung Gear Fit device. The team’s teardown revealed some tightly packed electronics inside the device along with some good news. Although it would take quite a bit of work, users could replace their own battery should the need arise. As iFixit discovered, the main body of the Gear Fit just pops out of the watch band, so we can expect to see aftermarket options start to appear to help people personalize their Gear fit. Read more

PayPal announces fingerprint based payments on the Galaxy S 5, plus Gear 2 and Gear Fit apps

New Samsung Galaxy S5 smarphone, Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Samsung and PayPal worked closely together to get payment support set up with the Galaxy S 5’s fingerprint scanner, and today PayPal officially announced fingerprint-based payments would be going live in 25 countries. The system uses a fingerprint to log into a user’s PayPal account where they can check and manage their balance as well as make mobile and online payments at any retailer that supports PayPal. On top of that handy new feature, PayPal has also announced there will be a PayPal app for the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit that lets you check your account balance and send and receive money through PayPal.

To push adoption of this service, PayPal is giving away $50 in promotional offers for people that buy a Galaxy S 5. Putting that promotion on top of the tons of freebies Samsung throws in with their Galaxy Perks, and the S 5 might be the most overloaded device ever released.

If you’re buying an S 5 anytime soon, be sure to check out these PayPal payments.

source: PayPal

Lenovo debuts ThinkPad 11e, a kid-friendly convertible tablet with Chrome OS option

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Here’s something you probably didn’t know. When Lenovo purchased Motorola, they also announced a brand new convertible laptop. The Motorola acquisition was such huge news, though, that the new device completely fell through the cracks. Fast forward a few weeks, and the new ThinkPad 11e is going out for some tech sites to go hands on with it.

The laptop will come in four different styles, depending on the OS  you want on the device and if you’re interested in a touchscreen. You’ll be able to choose between a standard, non-touchscreen model, or a folding, Yoga-esque design with a touchscreen. Both of those models also come in two flavors for the operating system, so you’ll get to choose if you’d rather have a traditional Windows 8 computer or a Chrome OS computer. The laptops are designed for kids and students, so they’re not exactly the slickest looking devices ever made, but they do have an Intel quad-core Bay Trail CPU and a 16 GB SSD (for the Chromebooks) so they’re sure to zip right along. Read more

Samsung releases Galaxy S 5 commercial showing off several device features

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Samsung Mobile’s YouTube channel has released a commercial for the Galaxy S 5 showing off some of the better features of the device. It’s not the most exciting TV spot Samsung has ever done, but you’ll get a look at the quick shutter speed on the camera, the faster download speeds (which probably refers to the missing download booster feature), and the water resistance of the device, showcasing how the device is perfect for almost everyone’s lifestyle.

Marketing is arguably Samsung’s greatest talent as a company, and this commercial solidifies that. It’s likely the first of many we’ll see for the S 5 in the coming months, so keep your eyes open.

Hit the break below to watch the clip. Read more

Samsung readying Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition for Verizon

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 may be globally launching today, but some of you may want to wait a tad longer on purchasing one. A Developer Edition of the Galaxy S 5 for Verizon has been spotted on Samsung’s site and is listed as “Coming Soon!” The model number for this device, which comes in Charcoal Black only, is ET-G900VMKA and it (obviously) features everything that the regular GS5 has.

So what does the Developer Edition get you? Likely an unlocked bootloader. The cost off contract will presumably be over $600, so make sure you are expecting a rather hefty price.

Source: Samsung

Region Lock explained on European Galaxy S 5

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When the Galaxy Note 3 was released last year there was a big hoopla about Samsung and its regional SIM locks. The “issue” came to be when it was found that potentially “unlocked” devices were found to carry a regional lock. It eventually came out that this wasn’t as big of a problem as people first thought with devices ending up being fully unlocked when activated in an approved region. To avoid the same issues as before, Samsung has updated their label with some clarification. It says:

European Model: This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe. (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.) To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.

So basically if you have over 5 minutes of call time on a SIM in an approved region, your brand new Galaxy S 5 will be able to be used on any carrier world-wide. The potential reasoning behind doing this is to help in stopping unauthorized phone importers who could activate the phone with a European SIM before it ships to places outside of an approved region. Of course, it’s another hoop that customer have to jump through for an unlocked device.

source: Android Central

Samsung Galaxy Tab sales did not actually reach 2 million over six weeks in 2011

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Things can get pretty ugly when two giants go toe-to-toe in court. And that is where Samsung and Apple are these days. The latest punch comes from Apple in the direction of Samsung. It turns out that Samsung did not actually sell 2 million Galaxy Tab units six weeks in 2011 as Strategy Analytics had originally reported. And with this report came the big news that Apple’s tablet market share had fallen. But now it all looks like that was untrue.

An internal report brought forward in court reveals that Samsung actually sold 1 million Galaxy Tab units for all of 2011. The same document highlights Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets outselling Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. And Apple dominated the market with 17.4 million iPads sold in 2011. Samsung misled just about everyone by reporting higher Galaxy Tab sales.

Via: Fortune

LG G3 User Agent Profile shows up on Sprint’s website

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An LG G3 User Agent Profile has appeared on Sprint’s web site. the UAP shows that the phone carries a model number of LS990 that adds weight that this is, in fact, the LG G3 — the LG G2 was the LS980 in North America. According to the file. The LG G3 will sport a quad-HD display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels on a rumored 5.5-inch display. The device will come with Android 4.4.2 and possibly a revamped Optimus UI.

The UAP also suggests that the device will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 M8974A processor and 3GB of RAM. It’s also suggested that the phone will have a 13MP rear camera and a micro SD slot that will hold up to an extra 64GB of storage. The phone is said to be debuted on May 15.

source: Sprint
via: GSM Arena

Businessweek report highlights health concerns at Samsung semiconductor plants

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With the Samsung Galaxy S 5 launching in 125 different countries today Businessweek has released a report regarding the poor health conditions that workers at Samsung semiconductor plants are facing. The report tells a story of a girl named Hwang Yu-mi and her coworker Le Suk-yeong. Both ladies worked next to each other, day after day, on the same assembly line. Both developed the same aggressive form of Leukemia. Their deaths have been covered in-depth by Korean media and have also been picked up by western media. Businessweek’s takes it further by shedding light on Samsung and its quest to dominate the global markets.

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