Google IO 2016 Coverage

[Deal] Expansys offering close-out deals on Google Play Edition devices

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Expansys has fired up a promotion on Google Play Edition devices as part of an apparent effort to clear out some stock. If you don’t mind a device that may be a generation behind the current flagships and have been looking for the experience of a GPE device, this is something you will certainly want to check out. Read more

AT&T adds Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 to its lineup online today

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The next member to join the tablet lineup for AT&T is the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. Its launch date? Today. While today is only for the carrier’s website, AT&T stores will start carrying the tablet on July 25. With a new two-year contract, this Samsung tablet will cost $269.99; however, customers can take advantage of Next and pay $18.50 per month without paying anything upfront. But for the people signing that two-year contract, AT&T will reward you by taking $50 off of the tablet when bundling it with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Source: AT&T

New Thread wireless standard in the works for home automation

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Nest, ARM, Samsung and some other companies have joined forces to try to create a new wireless standard dubbed Thread that is aimed at smart home devices. According to the newly formed group, existing wireless technologies like Wi-Fi are too “power hungry” and are aimed at moving large amounts of data. Smart home devices typically demand much less power and data. The new Thread standard will also be built using mesh network technologies to handle the growing number of devices that may be deployed in a typical home in the future. Read more

Samsung’s SM-G850 appears in benchmark database

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An unidentified Samsung device with the model number SM-G850 has appeared in a benchmark database, showing what specifications are present. Recently, a similar device with the model number SM-G8508 has appeared in the same benchmark database and had a 720p resolution on a 4.7-inch display. Inside was a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. This time around we are looking at the Exynos (or international) variant.

The same display size and resolution is here again. The exact processor inside is Samsung’s very own Exynos 5 Octa, the same one that appears in the international Galaxy Note 3. Also, 32GB of internal storage is here. If the benchmark is to be believed, the device will ship with Android 4.4.4 righto out of the box. It is being speculated that this could be a Neo version of the Galaxy S 5 considering what Samsung has done with the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

Just stay tuned and we will find out more when something is official. Hit the break for the full rundown of specs. Read more

Samsung suspends business with factory in question in midst of child labor allegations

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The Shinyang Electronics factory in China, which manufactures parts for Samsung, had been accused of breaking child labor laws by China Labor Watch.

Samsung swiftly investigated the situation and has released a statement that it will be suspending business with the factory in the midst of the allegations.

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Samsung’s premium metal phone could be the Galaxy Alpha

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Which is it? Is the Galaxy S 5 Prime, the Galaxy F, or the Galaxy Alpha? These are the rumored names for Samsung’s expected premium smartphone.  When rumors started earlier in the year, it was believed to be the Galaxy S 5 Prime, but then the Galaxy F name picked up steam over the last month. Now today, Korean media is buzzing about a Galaxy Alpha, which happens to also have a metal build.

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Did the Galaxy F just pass Bluetooth certification?

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With the amount of leaks we’ve seen so far regarding the premium Samsung device, the Galaxy F, you’d think it’d be announced already. The newest of leaked information might bring us a step closer to that reality. According to information online, the Galaxy F just passed through Bluetooth certification. There is a debate though suggesting that this could be the European variant Galaxy S5 LTE-A. However if it is actually the Galaxy F, then we’re on the downhill slide toward a release date.

Rumors have the deviced pegged as going on sale this fall, coinciding with the release of the Note 4. Of course — as I always seem to have to write — time will tell.

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via: G for Games

Samsung announces new Exynos processor with integrated 4G LTE modem

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Today, Samsung has unveiled a brand new Exynos ModAp processor that features an integrated 4G LTE modem. This is a quad-core SoC that supports both regular LTE speeds as well as LTE Advanced. At the very least, it is now possible to achieve at least 150Mbps. Of course, a new processor always includes better performance in terms of multitasking and support for high resolution camera lenses.

By integrating a 4G LTE modem with this new Exynos processor, Samsung has finally caught on to what Qualcomm has been up to for the last two years. This means it may finally be possible hardware manufacturers in the United States choose this processor for smartphones rather than just Samsung rolling with it for tablets.

Source: Samsung