Galaxy Note Edge gets priced in the UK

NoteEdgeUKPricingFor those in the UK who are waiting on the Galaxy Note Edge to become available for pre-order, Clove has you covered. The online retailer currently has the curved hybrid on its web site available for pre-order. The device, as expected, costs a fair amount with Clove asking for £650 (roughly $1,055) with VAT included and £541.67 (roughly $849) without. This makes the concept device a bit more expensive than the Note 4 as it goes for £575 (roughly $933) with VAT. This is expected as the device is considered to be a niche device. 

On the plus side, with the device going up for pre-order in the UK, it’s only short matter of time before it does in the US as well. We’ll let you know when and where it does. Stay tuned!

source: Clove

Meizu’s MX4 Mini leaks, shows dual SIM slots and heavily tweaked interface

meizu mx4 miniMeizu is already planning to launch the MX4 Pro by the end of October, but it looks like they’ve got a “mini” version of the device planned out, too. The MX4 Mini, shown above, sports dual SIM slots and a pretty heavily tweaked version of Android.

It looks like the phone will ship with YunOS, which is a forked version of Android developed by the Chinese company Alibaba. It’s similar to Amazon’s Fire OS in that it’s completely lacking any Google services and instead uses Alibaba’s own services. Meizu has invested in Alibaba, so it makes sense that they would want to support the company by using their software, but it’s really tough to compete against Google’s built-in services and the Play Store’s offerings.
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Gear VR games to be free for the first few months after launch

samsung_gear_vr_screen_02Along with the Galaxy Note 4 announcement, Samsung announced the Gear VR. The virtual reality device will only be compatible with Note 4 for the time being and cost somewhere between $100 to $200. So in order to experience the new world that is VR, you’ll be paying a pretty penny to do so. Even so, your wallet will be happy to know that when you first get the device, you won’t have to pay for games. According to a report Oculus won’t be allowing developers to charge for their games for the first few months and while that may be good for the consumer, it may cause developers to lose interest in the new tech.


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Best Buy discounts the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 down to $249

Samsung_Galaxy_TabPRO_8.4_Main_TASamsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro may be slightly outdated next to the Galaxy Tab S line, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still solid tablets. Best Buy has marked down the 8.4-inch variant of the Tab Pro by $80 today, so you can snag one in white or black for just $249. That puts the device at the same price range that Samsung asks for the significantly weaker Galaxy Tab 4 line, so if you were planning on picking up a Samsung tablet soon, this deal might be worth looking at.

The Tab Pro packs a 2k display, a Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz, and 16 GB of internal storage plus a slot for a microSD card. Hit the link below to check out the deal.

source: Best Buy

Sony kicks off ‘Don’t settle for good Demand great’ campaign for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact

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The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact will start rolling out throughout the world, so it’s not surprising that Sony is kicking off a new advertising campaign in support of the devices.

This digital campaign of short films are now live on YouTube and titled, “Don’t settle for good. Demand great.”  According to Louise Forbes, director of product marketing creation at Sony Mobile, the campaign “taps in to the passion of those people who refuse to settle.”


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Galaxy Note 4 facing design issues of its own

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It looks like Apple’s newest flagship isn’t the only new smartphone having issues. Despite Samsung’s attempts at poking fun at Apple for bendgate, the company could be facing something like gapgate with its newest Note. According to a report by the Korean media the Note 4 has an issue where there’s considerable space between the display and the phone’s casing and it’s reportedly a considerable space.


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Google details the development process for Android Auto

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Google just posted a nice guide to help developers understand how to build Android Auto compatibility into their apps. Android Auto will work the same way Android Wear works in that developers won’t need to create a “new” app in order to make it compatible with Android Auto. Instead, they will only need to add the necessary code to their existing app.

Android Auto will integrate with existing Android APIs for notifications along with a set of Voice Actions. So if a developer has a music streaming app, they could tie in a specific voice action to play a particular song.


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