Thanks to a leak we have some very good looks at the Galaxy S 6 metal chassis. The frame coincides with what we saw in the case leak a few days ago. The heart rate sensor and LED flash will move to the right side (from the bottom) of the camera lens and there extra cutout at the bottom appears to be for a speaker.
Samsung’s current favorite child is the Galaxy Note 4. With a 2K 5.7″ screen, 3 GB RAM, and a Snapdragon 805 2.7 GHz processor, the phablet is a premium device with a premium price.
Right on the heels of adding in new features to Knox, Samsung has announced an offer for customers that use the security service. Any customers that sign up for Knox will get a free 3 month trial of Google Drive for Work, which is obviously Google’s own cloud storage service that’s centered around business security.
The offer nets customers a full 1 TB of storage, and if more than 5 users take part, that gets bumped up to unlimited storage. The encryption on the service is top notch, which goes hand-in-hand with Samsung’s take on Knox, so this might be a worthwhile offer for many people.
Even newer devices that have been on the market for just a few months are without any form of Android 5.0 Lollipop. While we know why the Galaxy Note 4 has been slow to receiving the update, nothing has been said regarding the Galaxy Note Edge. The likely reason would be that it is taking Samsung a lot of time to tailor the software for the curved portion of the display. Fortunately for those tired of waiting, a build of Android 5.0.1 for the Galaxy Note Edge has leaked.
As we look down the road in 2015 for a successor to LG’s LG G3 smartphone, one of the rumors that surfaced was that LG may equip their flagship device with a stylus to be able to compete a little more directly against the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. That rumor was fueled by information about a trademark filing for the “G Pen” name. A new trademark filing for “G4 Stylus” could be a sign that LG is actually planning to equip a mid-range device with a stylus instead of their flagship device.
HTC decided to do something a little different when it came to marketing their HTC One M8 and apparently not content to just test the waters, they decided to go all in with their latest effort. If you enjoy the surreal then you may like this as HTC has produced a rap video titled “Hold the Crown” featuring rapper Doc G. In the video Doc G is accompanied by a frenetically dancing HTC employee David Bruce and some dancing Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Apple iPhone 6 mascots. The dancing phone mascots are included as HTC takes some shots at Samsung and Apple in the video. HTC chairman Peter Chou even manages to make an appearance in the video.
Hit the break if you want to check out the video or if you just need a break from the normal world.
Hot on the heels of the Snapdragon variants, Samsung has today started pushing out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all Exynos-powered models of the Galaxy S5 located in Kazakhstan. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system, together with a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.
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Back in December, Samsung removed a number of key executives after a not so terrific year. One of the new hires was Kim Seok-pil, who became the head of strategic marketing, which meant he was in charge of all marketing efforts for the Galaxy S 6. Unfortunately he has left Samsung due to health issues.
No only is Samsung ditching Qualcomm in favor of their own homegrown Exynos processor with the Galaxy S 6, it appears Samsung is primed and ready to dominate the application processor (AP) market this year too.
Samsung has already enjoyed a considerable AP business with the likes of Apple, but this year Qualcomm and NVIDIA will be jumping on board as well. Wait a minute! Qualcomm? The very company that Samsung snubbed is now going to be a major customer to them?