Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge come with exclusive apps and premium content via the Galaxy Gifts app

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As is customary with every new flagship smartphone that Samsung releases, Galaxy S6 (reviewed here) and S6 Edge owners can look forward to getting their hands on some premium apps, services and content free-of-charge courtesy of its Galaxy Gifts app. We have the full list after the break.

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Samsung employees create Backup Memory, an app for people with Alzheimer’s disease

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Azer Jaafoura and his colleagues, employees of Samsung Electronics Tunisia, wanted to benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease with the power of technology. With the help of their employer and 3GS BBDO, Backup Memory was born. The app utilizes Bluetooth technology to provide the person with Alzheimer’s disease information of who is around them. The surrounding people need Backup Memory installed as well with their identity uploaded. Those with Alzheimer’s disease are then made aware of their relationship with that person and any photographs or videos shared.

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Samsung Moves Away from ARM Chips in Favor of Custom Exynos M1 Chipsets

 

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Samsung famously (or notoriously) ditched Qualcomm this year when it came to powering the next iteration of its Galaxy S series of phones, the Galaxy S6. Citing overheating and general performance issues, the Korean giant opted against the Snapdragon 810 in favor of a newer iteration of its Exynos in-house chip. The downside to this, however, is a reliance on ARM architecture (which Qualcomm and others, including Apple, do not use),

In what looks to be a bold, but predicted move, Samsung’s next line of in-house cores will likely be powered by an Exynos M1 core, and utilize custom architecture in an effort to avoid being dependent on ARM.

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T-Mobile starts rolling out Lollipop update for the Note 4

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As T-Mobile promised last week, it has now begun pushing out the long-awaited Android 5.0.1 update to all carrier-banded variants of the Galaxy Note 4 located in the United States. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a ton of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Samsung gets its edge back with opening of new production line

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From the initial announcement, Samsung has been receiving a lot of good buzz about the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge smartphone, the companion to their Galaxy S6. The company may have thought the curved edges of the device would be seen more as a novelty for buyers who wanted to be early adopters or who were looking for a little “edge” over their friends’ devices. However, the device has proven to be extremely popular with the general buying public, putting Samsung in the situation of scrambling to meet demand. To do so, the Korean manufacturer has opened a third production line to handle demand for the curved screens on the device. Read more

I thought the ‘S’ in ‘Galaxy S’ stood for ‘Samsung’, but it doesn’t

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Recent we heard how HTC came up with the “M” naming scheme and why the latest HTC One is the “M9“. Now it’s time to learn about the Samsung Galaxy S. Actually this is nothing new as it was actually reported in a 2011 press release that Phone Arena dug up, but I guess we all forgot about it or we didn’t pay attention to it at the time.

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Next Samsung Gear smartwatch to feature round display, refreshed user interface

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Select developers are receiving early access to the software development kit (SDK) for Samsung’s next Gear smartwatch. The company issued a press release today that reveals developers are already working with the technology. Also, Samsung has global partners working on creating unique experiences for the unannounced device. CNN, Yelp, Baidu, FidMe, and Apposter are all working with Samsung.

The real piece of news, though, is that the next Gear smartwatch will feature a round display and refreshed user interface. The teaser image attached to the press release shows a round display with a watch face showing weather hour-by-hour. While Samsung does not seem to be committing to Android Wear full-time, this shows that the company cares about improving its experiences for users.

Hit the break for the teaser image and the full press release.

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Samsung starts updating Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with Lollipop

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 should be on the lookout for a notification letting them know an update is available. Samsung has started rolling out the update to Android Lollipop for the WiFi version of the tablet. This update is hitting about one month after Samsung started updating the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to Lollipop. Like the update that went out for that larger device, Samsung is basing this update for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 on Android 5.0.2.

Like most major updates these days, Samsung is deploying the update in a phased manner, so it may take a little while before it shows up on user devices. The update will be available over-the-air or through Samsung Kies.

source: SamMobile

LG announces pricing details for the G4

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Yesterday, three major operators in South Korea, SK Telecom, KT and LG U+, launched a pre-order campaign, in which a select number of early-adopters could reserve themselves an LG G4 for $825. However, the price of the device sparked a plethora of questions from potential customers all over the world as to why it was so expensive, seeing as the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 retails for $795.

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