Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha production may be limited due to metal design

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Everyone is waiting for Samsung to release a handset that is constructed of primarily metal. For years, consumers have been complaining about the company using plastic or even faux leather. With the rumored Galaxy Alpha, that is all seemingly going to change. It is apparently going to be Samsung’s very first handset with a premium design thanks to the metal construction. But a new report out of Korea claims that production may be limited to this brand new design choice.

A worldwide launch, something Samsung is a very big fan of, would not be possible with the metal design. The report notes that Samsung’s manufacturers in China can only output about 1 million units per month. This is nowhere near what Samsung is used to. If this really is the case, Samsung’s best option would be to contract more companies to produce the Galaxy Alpha. That way, Samsung performs a global launch while finally making everyone happy with a new design.

Source: Udn.com
Via: VR-Zone

Kernel source files for LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live released by Google

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Google, via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), has made the official kernel files for the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch available for download. This is good news for developers who want to work on developing custom ROMs for the devices or fine tune apps to take full advantage of the platform. Being smartwatch devices, this should also help those developers who want to create unique watch faces for the devices.

In releasing the code, Bill Yi on the Android Building Google Group indicated the development team is planning a “full platform push” for the next version of Android, currently dubbed Android L.

If you want to grab the source, hit the source link below.

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Korea’s LG G3 LTE-A finally unveiled, features Snapdragon 805 processor

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Previously thought to be the LG G3 Prime, the G3 LTE-A Cat 6 has been unveiled in Korea, and will be for sale on July 25.

It’s a bit better than the international G3′s hardware, with an improved chipset. You’ll get the Snapdragon 805 with 3GB RAM, as well as the Adreno 420 GPU. In South Korea, the phone will also have 225 Mbps downlink capabilities because of its Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 cat 6 LTE-A modem.

Not surprisingly, the device matches up perfectly with the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A for some international competition. We’re still unsure when (or whether) the rest of the world will be able to get their hands on the two phones.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: LG

Samsung doesn’t think iPhone fans should wait 2 more months for a bigger iPhone

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When it comes to the iPhone, Samsung has never beaten around the bush. They think they have a superior product and they have mocked iPhone users for a while now. In their latest commercial, it’s all about the display size.

Apple has always been behind the times when it comes to the display. It was only about two years ago, when they finally bumped up the iPhone to 4-inches from 3.5-inches. Apple is expected to finally release something that is closer to the norm in September. The iPhone 6 will mostly likely sport a 4.7-inch display. Samsung thinks that iPhone fans should stop the waiting and just go and buy a Galaxy S 5.


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Samsung Galaxy Avant comes to T-Mobile on July 30, remote device unlocking in tow

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If you’re looking for a new budget phone, than you might want to check out the Samsung Galaxy Avant. We first heard about it back in June, and it’s expected to launch on T-Mobile on July 30 with a couple of new features.

It will feature a Remote Device Unlock, which will give you the ability to unlock the phone either permanently or temporarily. This would be done through a pre-installed app on the phone. All you will need to do it launch the app, and tap “Continue” which will then give you the opportunity to unlock the phone temporarily or permanently. You would then get confirmation that the unlock was successful and proceed to reboot the phone.


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Samsung struggling with relative success, eyes Samsung Note 4 for help

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When Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S 5 earlier this year, it was generally praised as a solid smartphone and reports indicate it sold 5 million units in May. However, all things are relative and those initial sales lagged behind Apple iPhone sales and the pace that Samsung set with their Galaxy S 4. This appears to have contributed to some disappointing financial results and has left the company in the unusual position of needing a big hit with their next device to turn things around.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S to premiere The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer

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There is probably nothing better to do with the Galaxy Tab S than watching movies. The screen, which has a resolution of 2560×1600, is incredibly stunning. Samsung knows this and is using an upcoming film to really show what the tablet is capable of. Lionsgate and Samsung will work together for the premiere of the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1.

The trailer for the film will initially debut at Comic-Con on June 25 in San Diego, but people can go to Best Buy stores featuring Samsung hubs across the country to see for themselves. In fact, watching the trailer at a Samsung hub in Best Buy will net a free movie ticket for when the film is released on November 21.

Hit the break for the full press release.
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Samsung will launch an LTE-capable Galaxy S 5 in India later this year

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In India, Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 has lacked any type of LTE support, primarily because of Samsung using their in-house Exynos processors in the device instead of Qualcomm’s LTE-capable Snapdragon chips. While other manufacturers have launched smartphones that support India’s relatively small LTE market, Samsung has lagged behind the competition. That might change by the end of the year, however.
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The rear covers on Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets are deforming due to processors overheating

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets offer some seriously nice displays, but it turns out the quality comes at a price.

According to Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru, the tablets’ processors heat up after heavy usage — which is not rare, however this heating up is causing a minor deformation of the rear cover. The above photo features a  Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with a damaged back.


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