Samsung Experience Store in London closes after decline in sales

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Samsung has closed one of its flagship retail stores in Europe just as the year comes to an end. A notice was placed on the store’s window saying it “is now closed.” The inside materials, including tables and shelves, have already been taken down. The closing of the Samsung Experience Store in London’s Westfield Stratford City shopping center, Samsung told The Verge, will not affect any of the nine remaining stores in the United Kingdom. The expansion of sixty new locations across Europe is presumably being revised due to the closing of the flagship retail store.

The reasoning for Samsung’s decision is simple: declining sales. Samsung relies heavily upon its smartphone and tablet sales; however, the company has not met its expectations from forecasts. Retail stores have been facing declining sales for years due to online shopping. The Samsung Experience Store in London is just another victim of that.

Via: The Verge

Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4 to get Android Lollipop

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Samsung’s official web site for Finland has posted a list of Samsung devices that will eventually receive Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. The newer devices listed like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or even the prior generation Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are no surprise. However, for users clinging to older or more obscure devices, there appears to be some good news. Read more

Patent portfolio sale sign of détente for smartphone industry?

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In another sign of the continuing end of hostilities between the world’s smartphone manufacturers, Rockstar Consortium, Inc. has announced the sale of 4,000 patents to RPX Corp. The portfolio was originally obtained by Rockstar in a bidding war that took place during 2011 between Rockstar and Google to obtain the intellectual property from Nortel Networks. Rockstar is a consortium made up of Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. RPX licenses patents to companies that join their syndicate, including Google and Cisco Systems. Read more

Samsung spreads some holiday cheer with Galaxy S5 infused snowman

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To help celebrate the holiday season and spread a little cheer, Samsung decided to build a snowman. It is not just any snowman though. Thanks to the water (even the frozen, snowy kind) resistant qualities of the Samsung Galaxy S5, this special snowman has been infused with some unique features like animated eyes and a beating heart.

You can check out the video showing the Samsung snowman creation after the break. Read more

YouTube Music Key Review

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Google has long been rumored to be working on a YouTube music service. In the fall of this year we were promised multiple times that we were weeks and weeks away from the YouTube service. Finally, in mid-November the music service was announced.

YouTube Music Key as it’s called, goes for $7.99 a month (for the promotional period where it will then jump up to $9.99 a month) and offers an ad-free music and music video experience. Much like Google Music — and most other music streaming services — the service can be used both on the web and from the mobile app. The service is said to be a YouTube lover’s dream, but is it a streaming service worth your monthly coin? Hit the break to find out.

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Android 5.0.2 update for Nexus 7 WiFi (2012) now available to download and install

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With the factory image posted for the Android 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 7 WiFi (2012) a few days ago, it’s no surprise the OTA update has been captured. This means that you can download it and manually install it instead of waiting what could be two to three weeks until you win the lottery and receive it automatically.

We have the link below, and if you’re not sure of what to do, make sure to hit up our extensive guide on how to install OTA updates to Nexus devices.

Download – Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (nakasi) From LRX21P to LRX22G (5.0.2)

Nvidia Shield Tablet now receiving Android 5.0.1 update

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Nvidia has begun rolling out a relatively important stability update to all variants of its Shield Tablet. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table, it merely transports “improvements for the general user interface and application responsiveness”, but we’re not complaining as it shows that the manufacturer is committed to making its device the best it can possibly be.

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Amazon’s offering $220 worth of Android apps for free up until December 26

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Amazon has just kicked off its Christmas Appstore promotion, which enables you to grab a possible $220 worth of applications for free. Many of this year’s must-have paid apps and games are included in the giveaway, such as Angry Birds Space, Colin McRae Rally, Djay 2, Fleksy Keyboard, Plex and many more.

Hit the break below to see a full list of content that’s available for free up until Friday, December 26.

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Google, Microsoft among the opposition fighting Marriott’s WiFi blocking petition

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There is significant pushback from Google and Microsoft, among others, against Marriott and the American Hospitality & Lodging Association over the petition to block personal WiFi hotspots. The hotel organizations planned to control in-hotel networks even though it would presumably interfere with guests’ devices. Marriott would block personal WiFi hotspots and redirect guests to its network at a cost. In fact, Marriott reached a settlement in a case a few months ago due to the claim that employees were jamming personal WiFi hotspots.

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