Obi Worldphone eyes developing market upgrades with new devices


Trying to anticipate developments in emerging markets Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Obi Worldphone has announced two new smartphones designed to meet the upgrade demands of consumers in those markets. The development of emerging markets as high growth areas for budget smartphones over the past couple years is fairly well known. Obi Worldphone is hoping to ride in to those markets when all of the first generation buyers who opted for budget phones are ready to upgrade, but do not want to go for a full-blown high-end device. As Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, Inc., notes:

“Over the next three years one billion users will upgrade from low-end, starter smartphones to models with more power and greater functionality. The Obi Worldphone no-compromise design and aggressive pricing makes it very appealing to this audience as the market for smartphones expands and the upgrade market for smartphones accelerates.” Read more

[TA Deals] Get the Code Black Drone for only $99


Drones are pretty popular right now. People enjoy flying them around, especially if they have cameras to get a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding environment. The problem with most drones is that they are bulky and very expensive. The Code Black Drone, which you can get from Talk Android Deals, is compact and affordable, making it the perfect drone to start with.

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Ditch carrier contracts with these smartphones


Carriers are expensive, and they’re only getting worse. Two-year contracts are on their way out in favor of device payment plans, thanks to revolutionary initiatives from T-Mobile. These payment plans, however, are essentially the same thing as the two-year contract options, only more expensive.

It looks cheaper on surface level, but carriers are making up for those lower prices through additional charges, upgrade fees, and so on. That begs the question: how can you ditch your carrier and save thousands of dollars on your phone bill?

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Samsung could bring the Note 5 to India before the end of 2015


The fact that the Galaxy Note 5 is only being launched in the US and Asia has been well-documented since the handset was launched on August 13th, with a great fuss and even a petition (10,000 signatures so far) has been raised about Europe having to make do with the Galaxy S6 Edge+. But what about the other regions? Even India, with its fast-growing smartphone market, was ignored, but that could change in the near future.

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LG’s Rolly is a full-size wireless keyboard for your mobile device that rolls up into a solid bar


If you’ve ever sat in a coffee shop with your smartphone or tablet, wishing you had a physical keyboard you could carry in your coat pocket so you could type out your dissertation with ease, it seems that LG has listened. LG’s Rolly Keyboard is a full-size wireless keyboard that supports devices up to 10 inches and rolls up into a solid bar when not in use.

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Beta program for Samsung Pay begins rolling out in the US


It seems that everyone is developing a mobile payments system these days, Apple has the imaginatively named Apple Pay, Google is hopefully bringing Android Pay to market before the end of 2015, and we have Samsung with its own take, also imaginatively called Samsung Pay. You’ve probably read about Samsung Pay undergoing a trial in Samsung’s native South Korea, where it was well-received. Today, we have news that a beta-program for Samsung Pay is rolling out in the US ahead of its official September 28th launch.

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Samsung starts rolling out the Android 5.1.1 OTA for the International variant of the Galaxy Note 4


Samsung has now starting rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to all International variants of the Galaxy Note 4. The upgrade was initially detected in Poland and bundles all the performance and security improvements you’d expect to find in Lollipop, alongside a patch for the open-source operating system’s Stagefright vulnerability.

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