Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 reveal may be in New York City in March, but it could be in London too


Despite a previous rumor claiming that Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 would be revealed in London, a new report says the event will actually be in New York City. This comes from ZDnet Korea who says that a high-ranking Samsung executive gave them the information. It could also be that Samsung is holding events in both New York City and London. They did something similar with the Galaxy Gear and Note 3 reveal during their IFA 2013 keynote. Samsung had the huge reveal in Berlin and hosted a press event in New York City at the same time.

While we didn’t think it would be held at Mobile World Congress next month, the executive explained that MWC is a time for meetings, not announcements. In Samsung’s eyes, yes. But for others, it is a time to make announcements. Rumors suggest that Sony is going to unveil their 2014 flagship smartphone and tablet at Mobile World Congress next month.

Source: ZDnet Korea (translated)
Via: TechRadar

Samsung releases Sochi Winter Olympic Games app


Samsung released the Sochi 2014 WOW app today in anticipation of next month’s Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Like typical apps released for specific sporting events, Sochi 2014 WOW will let users get information on event schedules, access results, find out more about the athletes and dig into the scores they receive, and even get a quick lesson on each of the events. Read more

Galaxy S 5 could have a 2900mAh battery with rapid charging


The speculation on the Galaxy S 5 will continue through its announcement in March, and today’s topic is the battery. The latest word is that it will be a little larger than the Galaxy S 4, which is obviously not surprising. It will come in at 2900 mAh, as opposed to 2600 mAh on the GS4.

What is interesting is that it might be a new lithium-ion technology that stores 20% more energy than most batteries currently on the market. This type of battery uses a silicon anode instead of graphite. Now it not only allows for more storage, but it also offers better longterm life. These batteries will still retain about 80% of their charge after 500 cycles.

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HP preparing to launch 5.5-inch phablet, will compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3


HP is known for its computers, but the company is looking to continue its expansion in the mobile device market with the addition of a Galaxy Note-like phablet to its current lineup.

The company is reportedly preparing to launch a 5.5-inch device that could feature specs which would rival that of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 expected for release next week. If that’s true, expect a price tag around $400.

It’s no secret that the PC market is quickly disappearing. People want smaller devices, and HP knows that. It’s a smart move, but only time will tell if they’ll be able to compete in an already over-saturated market where even well-known competitors like HTC are struggling to survive.

Source: VR Zone

Insider claims to confirm several Samsung Galaxy S5 specs


A Samsung insider claims to have all the details about several specs for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. First up, the idea of the device being available in both metal and plastic versions seems to have been confirmed. This would follow in the footsteps to some degree of Apple and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s devices, although it remains to be seen whether that will be a winning strategy for Apple. According to this same source, the metal version of the Galaxy S5 will come with a metallic back plate with metal on the sides and front. It is unknown whether the metal version will get a different name. Read more

AT&T Chooses Samsung Smartphones to Test Out VoLTE Ahead of Rollout


AT&T has chosen Samsung devices to test its voice over long-term evolution (VoLTE) service that is scheduled to arrive sometime this year. The Korean Company’s Galaxy line will be apart of the group of devices that are being tested for VoLTE. The service will allow for voice calling that enables clearer quality and faster connections over that of the exist 3G networks. Currently, LTE networks have only been able to support data transmission.

This would be a great move for Samsung as it would secure even more of a foothold in US markets. The company already released a VoLTE device in local markets run by SK Telecom Co. and LG Uplus Corp. This move should certainly help Samsung get a competitive edge over its competition.

source: The Korea Herald

Samsung GT-I9405 appears in Zauba database


Yet another unannounced Samsung phone has popped up, though this one is much more unexpected than other recent Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. A device with a model number of GT-I9405 has made an appearance in Zauba, an Indian database that tracks imports and exports.

Now, you would be forgiven for assuming that this new device is the Galaxy S5. Only one problem though – the model number GT-I9405 is actually lower than that of the Galaxy S4, which has a model number of GT-I9505. The model number suggests that this new device is actually something in between the Galaxy SIII and the Galaxy S4. We know that the device also cannot be a new Note, as they have different model numbers (N7100, N9000, etc.). It also appears that the new device will have a 5.5-inch display.

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Samsung demoed foldable display prototype with VIPs at CES


We get to see a lot of new stuff at CES, but apparently there are a few things not shown publicly as well. According to Korean media, Samsung showed a foldable display for smartphones to VIPs at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas during CES.

If you remember, Samsung recently had a patent for a foldable display, so this is no surprise. According to sources, the display is AMOLED, measures 5.68-inches, and is made with a film-like polymide substrate. The display is touch sensitive and might support pen recognition.

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Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) now getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat officially


The Android 4.4.2 update for the global Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) leaked over the weekend, which apparently was a sign that the official update was right around the corner. Just like that, the official update is now rolling.

This is the Snapdragon version of the device and the build number is N9005XXUENA6. So far, it has only hit devices in Poland via Kies, but we imagine it will hit other regions in the coming days and weeks. Hopefully over-the-air as well. We can only assume the Galaxy S 4 won’t be far behind. Hit the break for the changelog.

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