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.
Galaxy note fans in Europe were dismayed to find out yesterday that Samsung isn’t bringing the Note 5 to the region in 2015. Instead, the Korean handset maker is only giving them the option to buy the Galaxy S6 Edge+, a jumped up version of the Galaxy S6 Edge that was announced back in March. The UK retailer, Clove Technology, isn’t happy about this, and has launched a petition in a bid to show Samsung it has made a mistake.
So, Samsung has just officially announced the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, both smartphones that carry on with the same design cues and some of the same hardware as the Galaxy S6 that was announced back in March at the MWC. Details are emerging about where and when you can pre-order both phones in the United States, but what about in the UK and Europe?
Samsung and MasterCard have just announced that the two companies are extending their partnership to bring Samsung mobile payments service to Europe. Samsung Pay, as you may know, is Samsung’s competitor to Apple Pay and eventually Android Pay as well. Samsung Pay is presently being trialled in South Korea and is believed to launch in the States alongside Samsung’s next flagship smartphone in the summer.
When HTC first launched the One M9+ at an event in Beijing back in April, there were some that were disappointed that it wasn’t being made available worldwide. It would seem that it’s time to turn that frown upside down though, with HTC announcing today that it will be launching the One M9+ in Europe soon. Read more
Since the passage of the controversial European “right to be forgotten” law, Google has received a whopping 281,000 requests to stop 1.1 million web links from appearing in its search records. And the search engine giant has already granted 602,000 of the deletion request.
Earlier today, LG quietly launched a new variant of the G4 in Europe. The handset is called the G4c and is essentially a scaled-down model of the flagship with a smaller display and more refined internals.
The Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain have reportedly seen a dip in Android marketshare given the emergence of newer iOS devices. The launch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus may have been a factor in users switching over from Android. Read more
It’s old news that the European Union has been investigating Google over antitrust claims that their dominance in the search engine market has created somewhat of a monopoly for the company. The EU is reportedly planning on instituting a 6.4 billion dollar fine on Google, which is a massive penalty, even for a company even like Google. Read more
Google’s beloved Maps service recently had its 10-year birthday. It’s been a long road, if you pardon the pun, and it’s amazing to see how far this intrepid project has gone.
But Google definitely isn’t sitting back yet. Starting immediately, the new lane guidance feature in Maps will now be delivering instructions to drivers in 15 new European countries. The feature has been available to certain markets, like the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom to name a few, since last year.
If you’re a resident of one of these new locations and are running at least Maps 8.0, you should be noticing lane guidance as of now. Read more