LG G4 bests Samsung, Apple in latest Consumer Reports’ testing

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With both the LG G2 and LG G3, Samsung and Apple have increasingly had to deal with a smartphone competitor that more and more consumers are taking a look at and opting to buy. Although LG may not be meeting internal sales expectations with the LG G4, the phone is still a hit and attracting a lot of attention from buyers. That interest may increase after a recent report from Consumer Reports that ranked the LG G4 ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 on performance testing. Read more

Leaked video shows full 3D render of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Front_Home_Capacitive_Buttons_TAA new video has leaked showing a full 3D rendering of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5. The video details quite a few things about the design of the company’s flagship phablet and really shows just how much inspiration from the Galaxy S6 has bled over into the Note line.

The rear camera of the device has picked up the squared-off shape from the S6, and the heart rate monitor has moved to the side of the camera, too. It looks like a full unibody design, just like the S6, which also probably means there won’t be an SD card on board here either. The sides of the devices show a single SIM tray, so unless that tray ends up being big enough to hold both the SIM card and an SD card, it’s a pretty clear indicator Samsung won’t be bringing back expandable storage. Read more

Samsung starts rolling out the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Note 4 in Russia

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Samsung has finally begun rolling out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 4, located in Russia. As for as added functionality goes, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

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Upcoming Samsung Galaxy A8 appears in South Korean brochure

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We’ve heard an awful lot about Samsung’s upcoming high-end smartphone, the Galaxy A8, over the course of the past few months, but we haven’t had any indication of when it’s supposed to launch. Up until now that is. Earlier today, a picture emerged online promoting the unofficial phone in an independent retailer’s brochure, thus suggesting that its release is imminent.

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Infographic: How to use Samsung’s S Health app to achieve your fitness goals

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If you’ve ever let yourself get out of shape and then attempted to reverse the process, you’ll know that it’s hard work. Results take time, and sometimes you can lose heart when you don’t see solid evidence that your effort is rewarded with sculpted muscles. Of course, if you have a Samsung smartphone, you can make use of the Korean tech company’s S Health fitness app to both track your progress and to measure just how much exercise you are actually doing, as shown in the infographic below.

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Samsung testing Samsung Pay with local companies to address difficulties

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Samsung is believed to be targeting the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in September as the official launch of their new Samsung Pay platform. Samsung Pay was already delayed from a joint launch with the Samsung Galaxy S6 earlier this year. However, Samsung reportedly is struggling with technical issues prompting the company to test with local companies to get more “real world” feedback. Sources indicate Samsung is having trouble getting the system to work as smoothly as desired, especially with older equipment still used by retailers. Read more