Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is still a mystery to some. “Who would want a device so massive?” is a common statement among onlookers. Many of us prefer the 5-inch form factor, which is why past Nexus devices, Moto X’s, and others have been so popular. Despite a market saturated with devices having a 5-inch form factor, the Galaxy Note series has managed to firmly corner a market wanting much larger options.
That isn’t a bad thing. After all, that’s what Android is all about–a variety of devices to fit different personalities, likes, and dislikes. However, the Galaxy Note series has an interesting history with the original Note launching in October of 2011.
If you’re a fan of the Galaxy Note Edge and were hoping to pick up this year’s version you may be disappointed according to today’s rumour. While some of us have been looking forward to seeing Samsung launch a dual-edged version of the upcoming Note 5, it seems that the Korean tech giant might not be on the same page.
With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge released and the dust finally settling over Samsung’s almost perfect smartphone, attentions are turning toward Samsung’s other flagship series, the Note line. While last year’s Note series kicked off the curved Edge line with the Note Edge, the most current of rumors highlights on what we may not see this year.
Samsung announced the Milk Music streaming service last year to take on the likes of Beats Music, Pandora and Spotify. Its compatibility however was limited to a handful of Samsung devices, mostly limited to smartphones. Today, the Korean manufacturer has introduced support for Milk Music on Galaxy Note tablets as well as the lineup of Galaxy Tab 4 devices. Read more
Phablets with styluses haven’t really been popular, aside from Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. That’s not stopping LG from reportedly trying their hand at it. According to sources in Asia, the LG G4 will adopt a phablet format and also include a stylus. Everything’s not completely clear, as this could be instead a new G Pro or a new G Stylus.
According to previous information, the G4 will have a 5.3 inch screen, with a Quad HD resolution, an ultra narrow frame design and a Snapdragon 810 64 bit processor, as well as 32 or 64 GB of storage. In addition, LG will include 4 GB of RAM and a 20.7 megapixel camera, as well as a 3500 mAh battery. Stay tuned for more information.
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Samsung enjoys a ton of success with devices featuring displays larger than 5 inches. In fact, the company is probably credited with making such devices normal. The original Galaxy Note was introduced in 2011 with a 5.3-inch display. Now, there are many devices matching or even besting that size. Everything just keeps getting bigger. The Galaxy Note 4, which was released in October, shipped with a 5.7-inch display. There has yet to be any viable threat to the Galaxy Note series, but LG seems to have something to say about that.
With the launch of the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has shown they are willing to implement metal on their smartphones, and based on solid reports, we are also expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to also sport a little metal. What about an “all metal design” though?
Reports from Samsung’s supply chain indicate that Samsung will in fact offer an all metal Galaxy S 6. However, they may want to, but will they be able to? With most metal case suppliers already tied to Apple, can Samsung get enough supply? Samsung’s main suppliers are likely to be China’s BYD Electronics and Taiwan’s Eminence Precision Industrial Co. It’s unlikely that either company could offer more than 1 million units per month.
With the Galaxy Note 4 expected in just a few months, we are going to be learning more and more about the large handset. Today’s news has to do with the Galaxy Note’s most vital feature: the S Pen. A patent filing from Samsung reveals that they could be transitioning to a new technology. Read more
While most of the newer devices have already received Android 4.4, owners of slightly older devices have kept waiting. For owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S 3, that wait might not be much longer. A Samsung customer managed to get a hold of someone from tech support, who confirmed that Samsung is expecting to launch the Android 4.4 update on the Galaxy Note 2 somewhere in mid-April, and for the Galaxy S 3 by early May.
These time-frames are for the Korean variants of these devices, but devices in the rest of the world shouldn’t be that far behind.
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Most of you already saw the celebrity-packed photo that Ellen Degeneres took during the oscars using a Samsung Galaxy Note. There was a lot of speculation about whether Ellen was paid to use it or not, however Samsung has since released a statement that even though the event was sponsored by Samsung, Ellen decided on her own to “organically incorporate the device into the moment.”
Despite the fact that Ellen decided herself to use the device, Samsung has been happy enough with the results to donate $1.5 million each to two charities of Ellen’s choosing, which will be the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Humane Society.
Source: Tech Crunch