Surprise Surprise, Galaxy Note 5 likely to offer a dual edge display

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Samsung is already expecting that the Galaxy S6 Edge will be more popular than the Galaxy Note Edge. Let’s face it, the Note Edge felt half-baked having only one curved edge. The Galaxy S6 Edge already feels like a legitimate product and they think the consumer feels the same even though they haven’t been able to see the phone in person yet.

Now it can’t be a surprise that Samsung will probably launch something similar with the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung product strategy team executive vice president said, “There is a possibility that Samsung will introduce the curved display for the Galaxy Note lineup.”  Mobile Chief J.K. Shin also made it clear of their commitment to Edge models.


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The OnePlus 2 will be made of metal

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Metal is all the rage these days, and I am not talking about music. I am talking about smartphones. Companies like Apple and HTC have been using metal in their phones for years, but now everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, including OnePlus.

Sources of Business Insider as saying that the OnePlus 2 (or OnePlus Two) will sport a metal frame. That sounds very cool, but don’t expect the cheaper price point to stay. Metal adds cost, but it’s likely the OnePlus 2 will be even more popular than the original OnePlus One, which might have been even more popular than the Nexus for hardcore Android enthusiasts. However that isn’t saying much since neither phone can be considered mainstream by any stretch of the imagination.


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J.K Shin: The Galaxy S6 will take back market share lost from Apple, Snapdragon 810 wasn’t good enough

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There is no question that J.K Shin’s job might be riding on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung lost a considerable amount of market share to rival Apple when they finally released an iPhone with a respectable display size. Now Shin is confident that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will take back that market share and boost Samsung’s stock price.

He said, “I’m confident that the Galaxy S6 Edge is a product that showcases Samsung’s innovation in the smartphone manufacturing industry. The Galaxy S6 and Edge will achieve a considerable market share in the high-end handset segment.”


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Samsung may be delaying any more smartwatches until the Apple Watch

Gear s wrist strapsIf there’s one thing Samsung is good at, it’s flooding a potential market with tons and tons of devices. The smartwatch market has been no exception, and the company has deluged consumers with multiple options to pair with their Galaxy devices. Remember, the Galaxy Gear launched at the end of 2013 with the Galaxy Note 3, and since then we’ve had the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit, Gear S, and Gear Live. For those of you keeping count at home, that’s about 6 devices in 18 months, which means they’re releasing a new watch roughly every quarter.
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Google Play Services 7.0 released, brings improvements to locations, Google Fit, and AdMob

Google_Play_Services_Splash_BannerGoogle has officially updated Play Services to version 7.0 bringing several new features and enhancements for developers to take advantage of. They had previously mentioned some additions to AdMob and Google Play Games, but now the entire service has been updated.

The new Places API seems like the biggest new addition to Play Services, as it will allow apps to get information from Google’s database of locations, venues, and restaurants, and users can quickly get info about the business in particular including addresses and phone numbers. 
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Google posts new Selfie Slam Android commercial

android selfie slamGoogle has released their latest Android commercial, titled Selfie Slam. If you’ve ever wanted to see an extremely tall Android dunk a basketball over a team of other Androids while everyone (including the guy with the ball) takes a selfie, this is the commercial you’ve been waiting for.

The video cashes in on the selfie craze and uses the tagline “Be together, not the same.” I guess the point behind the video is to show how varied and versatile Android devices are, and even though they’re made by many manufacturers with all kinds of different hardware and software, everyone can take selfies in the middle of basketball games together.
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[Deal] Nexus 9 tablet available through Office Depot at discount

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If you have been eyeing the Google Nexus 9 tablet, Office Depot may have a deal that makes it a little easier for you to grab one of the devices. The office supplies retailer has several variants of the Google tablet listed at discounted prices. The best deal is for the white 16GB version which is currently listed for only $320, which is $80 or 20% off the normal $400 price tag.

If you want the black version with 16GB of memory, you can grab one for $350. Meanwhile, the 32Gb versions in black or white are available for $430 which is a $50 savings off the normal $480 price tag.

All of the variants are currently listed as being in stock and with free shipping, should be delivered within three to five days. Hit the source link if you want to grab one of these tablets at a special price.

source: Office Depot

Googles takes step back from default encryption on new Android Lollipop devices

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Last fall in the lead up to the release of Android Lollipop, Google let it out that they were planning to enable encryption of storage by default on new devices. This was going to be a change from previous versions of the Android operating system which had the capability of encrypting storage space, but left it up to the user to enable the encryption. As several new devices are starting to finally come to market loaded with Android Lollipop out of the box, Google has apparently decided not to make encryption the default, at least not for their partners manufacturing mobile devices.
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