If you are the owner of an LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 (SM-T335), you’ve probably been lamenting the fact that your device has been left behind on a seemingly obsolete version of Android, version 4.4.2 KitKat. It could well be time to turn that frown upside down though, as Samsung has begun rolling an update for the tablet in Switzerland, all the way to Android 5.1.1.
If you live in Canada and you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a Galaxy S6 smartphone, Samsung has just announced another incentive to tip you over the edge; a free six-month subscription to Google’s Play Music service.
We’ve heard rumours for a couple of months now that Samsung were in the process of readying its Galaxy A8 smartphone for launch, and this is surely the clearest hint yet. A quick start video has been released of the handset being manhandled by China’s TENAA (China’s version of the FCC), showing off its various features and specifications.
Samsung plans to expand its line up of Tizen smartphones later this year thanks to the success of its launch in India. The success of the Z1, Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone, shows a promising future within certain markets and maybe even globally. Sales have been booming in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka as well, even becoming number the one smartphone sold in Bangladesh during the first quarter of 2015.
Samsung plans on releasing several Tizen phones of different prices most likely to suit different budgets and needs. Which demonstrates some sort of success. This leak is directly sourced from inside Samsung so its credibility seems to be high. If all goes well, we should be seeing more Tizen phones in the future and maybe even in your pocket.
Samsung is said to be making a “Plus” version of their S6 and S6 edge known as “Project Zero 2″. There are a lot of similarities between the regular and Plus models, but most notable changes are larger screen size and a different processor. We are not sure yet if the phones will indeed be named “S6 Plus” and “S6 edge Plus” or exactly when they will be announced, but we would imagine it will be in the coming weeks (possibly before the iPhone 6s launch?).
A new massive benchmark from Tom’s Guide has put six of the best performing smartphones on the market against each other to see which phone came out on top in a variety of situations. The tests measured everything from real-life performance and tasks you’d typically do on your smartphone every day, to gaming and other benchmarks. The test measured the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, HTC One M9, Google Nexus 6, Asus Zenfone 2, and Apple iPhone 6, so there’s a very wide variety of hardware here. Read more
If you’re based in the US and you’re on the look out for a super-rugged smartphone, you may want to listen up as Samsung has finally launched its salt, dust, rain, vibration, solar radiation and thermal shock resistant smartphone, the Galaxy Xcover 3.
Apparently, Samsung is not bound to any exclusive partnership with Oculus because the company just invested in yet another virtual reality headset developer. Samsung Ventures spent an undisclosed amount of money to invest in Fove, a small company working on its own virtual reality headset that has become a hit on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter campaign, which closes in eight days, has raised more than $450,000 with over 1,000 backers. Fove claims that it offers eye movement control with virtual reality at an affordable price.
In yet another Galaxy S6 ad, Samsung is demonstrating the device’s wireless charging abilities, showing consumers how much more efficient and easier the technology is over the standard charging cable.
There are all sorts of user interfaces out there — TouchWiz, ZenUI, Sense, and Optimus UI are just some of them. These different UI’s tend to come packaged with all sorts of bloatware such as theme stores, digital assistants, and popop tips. In addition to that, there’s usually a bevy of carrier apps packaged into your phone, as well. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a way to get rid of all of that junk aside from disabling them, but there is at least a way we can make any smartphone take on the look of pure Android.