Google IO 2015 Coverage

Guest Mode debuts on the Samsung Galaxy S6 with Android 5.1

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While Android 5.0 Lollipop introduced Guest Mode for phones, Samsung chose not to include the feature when implementing the software. The next software update to hit Samsung devices, Android 5.1, will mark the return of Guest Mode and users will be able to create dedicated spaces for multiple profiles. Each profile gets their own choice of apps to install, homescreen design, and stored fingerprint.

It is unknown how many devices will receive Android 5.1 from Samsung; however, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are guaranteed to be among the first.

Source: SamMobile

Samsung takes back the lead in worldwide smartphone shipments

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_Edge_Front_Samsung_Logo_TASamsung has had a rough past few months with declining marketshare, thanks to some serious competition from Apple and cheaper smartphone vendors. 2015 looks like the year they turn it around, though, as the company has reclaimed the top spot for smartphone manufacturer in the first quarter of 2015.

Global smartphone shipments grew about 21 percent, up to 345 million devices shipped in the first three months of the year. Samsung accounted for 24% of that, or about 83.2 million of those devices. Apple held onto second place, shipping 61.2 million devices with 18% of the market. Read more

Samsung now rolling out Lollipop OTA for all LTE variants of the Galaxy S5 in India

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As expected, Samsung has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0.1 update to all LTE variants of the Galaxy S5 located in India. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

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Details of Samsung’s Project Zen and Project Noble leak along with next-gen Galaxy Note model numbers

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Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen the HTC One M9, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, as well as the LG G4 announced. Sony has released something in Japan and now we are left with the question: What’s next? Well as we should well know with Samsung, once they release the Galaxy S flagship, they move straight along to prepping the next version of the Galaxy Note series. Details of which have been discovered in an IMEI database.

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Samsung starts rolling out Android 5.0.1 update for the Galaxy Alpha in France

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Samsung has started pushing out the long-awaited Android 5.0.1 update to all unlocked variants of the Galaxy Alpha located in France. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Samsung working with fashion brands and artists for Gear A straps

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Any device is only as good as the accessories that go with it. That is why enlisting the help of partners to develop accessories remains so popular among new devices. For the upcoming Gear A smartwatch, Samsung is working with fashion brands and artists to create special straps. Among the partners are Swarovski, Z Zegna, Incipio, Anymode, Tech21, and Romero Britto. Some have created only cases in the past while others have a history in accessories. No matter their experience, we know that support for the Gear A is alive and well even before its release.

Source: SamMobile