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

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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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Clove UK launches petition to pressure Samsung into bringing the Note 5 to Europe

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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.

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Samsung has no plans to bring the Galaxy Note 5 to the UK or Europe in 2015

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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?

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Samsung and MasterCard extend partnership to bring Samsung Pay to Europe

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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.

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Google Maps lane guidance reaches 15 new European countries

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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