Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy Note 4 at Unpacked 2014 Episode 2. The Note line is all about large, but the display isn’t bigger than last year. However it is a lot better. It’s still the same 5.7-inch size, but it now has Quad HD (2560 x 1440) and it’s Super AMOLED, an industry first. The display is also curved (2.5D) for more comfort.
Today, Fleksy is announcing its first ever OEM partnership. The company is bringing its very speedy and equally popular keyboard to the new Gear S smartwatch. Samsung announced the Gear S as part of its Unpacked event for IFA 2014 and Fleksy was right there beside them. This makes Fleksy the first and only third-party keyboard compatible with the Gear S upon launching.
The Fleksy Messenger application is currently available for the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, and Fleksy says to keep an eye out for a major update coming to those devices soon. Kosta Eleftheriou, Fleksy founder and CEO, says that “we are already publishing one of the Top 3 selling apps of the Gear ecosystem” with Fleksy Messenger being downloaded thousands of times daily.
Well what do we have here? We have heard rumors that the Note 4 could sport a curved display that wraps around the edges. However, we kind of new that production would probably be an issue, so it wouldn’t be a shocker if Samsung released two devices. Well the proof is in the pudding, and the picture above shows us that Samsung will unveil two phones today. You can clearly see the Note Edge’s display wraps around the right side revealing notifications, but we aren’t sure about the left side.
I would expect the Note Edge to be similar to the Galaxy Round in that it will be very, and I mean very, limited. Just a few more hours until we find out everything for sure.
source: Android Police
A few days ago the Samsung SM-A500 turned up on the Bluetooth SIG web site after getting its certification from that group. The device is part of a new series of phones from Samsung based on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. A new sighting of the device on the GFXBench site gives us much more information about the SM-A500. According to the information on GFXBench, the SM-A500 will have a 4.8-inch screen running at 1280 x 720 resolution. That is slightly larger than the Galaxy Alpha’s 4.7-inch screen. The smartphone appears to be driven by a Snapgradon 410 processor running at 1.19 GHz. This is not the most powerful of processors, but it does come with support for 64-bit computing, so it should be able to tap into the benefits of Android L.
The SM-A500 as tested was equipped with 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. The rear-facing camera is listed as a 12 MP unit while the front-facing camera is a 4.7 MP shooter.
Expect to see more of this device leak over the coming weeks, along with siblings SM-A300 and SM-A700.
Samsung’s love affair with bling continues with the recently announced Gear S. The Gear S in itself isn’t affected, it’s the strap. The strap will be made completely with Crystal Fine Mesh, which is being introduced this month. Samsung feels these Swarovski cut crystals “perfectly complement the chic, curved design of the Gear S.”
I think it makes the most sense for the “Swarovski for Samsung” collection to include the Gear S since watches are more of a fashion statement than smartphones. No word on price, but I wouldn’t expect it to be cheap though. If you find it’s your thing, you will be able to find the new strap at the Samsung online store and at experience stores starting in October.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Samsung has announced the expansion of its Smart Home family just in time for IFA 2014. The new products are designed to benefit a home with improvements in security and energy management. Everything from digital door locks to smart plugs will be a part of Samsung’s new Smart Home portfolio that also includes third party devices. The new hardware is capable of being controlled from a smartphone or tablet and even with voice commands.
The updated Smart Home portfolio will be fully detailed and showcased at the Samsung Developer Conference in November. For now, the Smart Home SDK is currently available to developers.
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As the days wind down to IFA 2014 and Samsung’s Unpacked event when the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be announced, leaked information about the device should be coming out at a steady clip. The latest example of this is a user agent profile (UAProf) file discovered on the Samsung mobile site. The information verifies the model number of the Galaxy Note 4 is SM-910T. The file also confirms the Galaxy Note 4 will have a quad HD display running at 2560 x 1440 resolution. There are also some references in the file suggesting a 64-bit processor may be included in the device.
Are you Ready to Note? Samsung has been asking us this question a bit too much lately, but it’s hard to deny the effect these teasers are having on the tech world. With each new video we get closer and closer to seeing what may be the best phone of the second half of 2014. The device should be announced at IFA Berlin on Wednesday.
There’s been quite a bit of buzz recently about the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha, and for good reason. Metal is a material seemingly left behind by Samsung in recent years, both for cost-related reasons, and the general design direction moving toward polycarbonate materials. The Alpha aims to end Samsung’s hiatus from metal by being the first device to feature a prominent metal flair from Samsung for a long while. But the design details that should make the Alpha stand out upon release go far beyond the premium metal frame.
There was a video that surfaced recently allegedly showing the Galaxy Note 4 within a dummy box. The only part of the device actually exposed was the display. Now, an image showing something similar has appeared. Again, the massive Samsung device is encased in some sort of box. A screenshot from the About device menu reveals that it is running Android 4.4.4, the latest version of the operating system.
The only other thing worth noting is that the home button looks taller. This could be what allows the new fingerprint technology to be present in the Galaxy Note 4.
Source: Android Central