Samsung is expected to not only unveil the Galaxy S 6 next month at Mobile World Congress, but they will also likely reveal the Galaxy S Edge. The Galaxy S Edge should be the Galaxy S 6, but with two curved edges, one at the right side and one at the left. A new design patent, submitted by Samsung, shows one other extra special feature that could end up on this device.
Korean owners of the LG smartphone, the G Pro 2, started receiving the Android 5.0 update a few days ago. The roll-out will be for all three variants of the LG device.
LG gave no indication on what their global release schedule for the G Pro 2 will be. Read more
A new image that leaked out via Twitter purports to show the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 6. Samsung’s next flagship could be revealed in about a month at MWC 2015. When it is finally revealed one thing everyone will be looking at will be changes in the design of the device. This latest leaked image gives us an early chance to do that. In looking at the image, one may see the edges have a curved quality to them similar to the iPhone 6. Read more
The FCC recently completed an auction of AWS-3 spectrum raising almost $45 billion in bids in the process. The amount raised was quite a bit more than the FCC’s last big spectrum auction held in 2008 when they raised $19.1 billion selling 700MHz spectrum. The big player in this round turned out to be AT&T which bid nearly $18.2 billion for 251 licenses. The biggest chunk of those were in the New York City metro area. AT&T says the new spectrum helps them cover 96 percent of the U.S. population with AWS-3 spectrum.
In a bit of surprise, the second largest bidder was DISH which grabbed $13.3 billion worth of spectrum. DISH has been hoping to start up a terrestrial LTE network to augment their satellite offerings, so this latest purchase may help them with that goal. The other large bidders included Verizon and T-Mobile who also hope to strengthen their networks in anticipation of expanding their advanced network offerings in the coming years. Sprint did not participate in this auction as they prepare to invest in 600MHz spectrum in an auction scheduled for next year.
source: The Verge
Usually when we write about bugs and smartphones we are referring to the code that keeps everything working like it should. Based on a new product hitting the market, there are some other bugs that we should be worried about – the germs covering the outside of our devices. According to the creators of the new PhoneSoap cleaning solution, the smartphones are eighteen times dirtier than public restrooms and a stunning one in six has some fecal matter on it somewhere. The PhoneSoap charging case uses UV light to sanitize handsets, killing 99.9% of the germs that are present. Read more
It’s now the ADT-1’s turn to get the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update as there are reports of it hitting some devices this morning. The ADT-1 is the developer kit for Android TV.
An Update Zip file is available, of which you can download now and install it. The source link also has instructions for those of you that are rooted or unrooted.
source: +Michael (Mastermind278) / Update.zip download link
T-Mobile just released their final Super Bowl ad. This one was already teased with a behind-the-scenes look a couple of days ago. It stars Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler making calls in unusual locations to promote T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling feature. You can hit the break to see the full commercial, and if you haven’t seen them already, check out the Kim Kardashian West spot as well as the Rob Riggle spot (for the Super Bowl live stream).
Many users have been anticipating WhatsApp to finally bring voice calling to its application sometime in 2015, and it looks like the feature is beginning to roll out to some users. The calling, like WhatsApp messaging, uses an internet connection to place a phone call instead of relying exclusively on a carrier’s network to handle the call.
This year’s Super Bowl will be televised by NBC and the broadcaster has about eleven hours of coverage planned on the day of the game. On NBC at 1:00pm EST, the broadcast network will air Super Bowl XLIX Pregame with kickoff at 6:30pm EST. Then, NBCSN will carry a lengthier NBCSN Sunday Sports Report once the game completes and the Lombardi Trophy is raised. Now, all of this is aired on television and more than 100 million people will tune-in; however, some either cannot be in front of the television or prefer other means of viewing.
Hit the break for alternate viewing options.
Owners of the Galaxy Note 4 are probably wondering where the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is. The device is the newest to be released by Samsung and the software launched right around the same time as the Galaxy Note 4. Apparently, Oculus is to blame. More specifically, the company behind Samsung’s Gear VR is busy adjusting the kernel specifically for the headset. This is because the Gear VR and Galaxy Note 4 are dependent upon one another (for now). The Gear VR was developed by Oculus and the company has to make the adjustments rather than Samsung itself.
At this time, there is no word as to when the update can be expected. The safe bet is likely late February into early March.