According to SamMoble, Samsung is in the midst of developing a minimum of four new Android-powered tablets it plans to launch as part of its Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note lineup in Asia, America and Europe in the third quarter of this year.
Hong Kong-based XinGear has ramped up a Kickstarter campaign for the follow-up to its I Am Cardboard VR headset, the aptly-named XG Virtual Reality Headset. In case the name doesn’t give it away, the VR Headset is similar to many of the smartphone-based VR sets that are coming to market in the near future.
Samsung’s Galaxy A7 was officially announced a few days ago, but Samsung left out some details about pricing and availability for specific markets. Today, the company has unveiled the A7′s release info for Russian markets, including a price tag of RUB 31,990. This equates to about $530 in American currency, which is a bit higher than we were expecting.
The specs for this variant of the device are unchanged, including a 5.5-inch 720p screen, Qualcomm 615 CPU, and 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. Nothing flagship-caliber, but still a decent mid-range handset with a great design.
Unfortunately, we still don’t know the exact date of when you’ll be able to order the premium phone, but if Samsung is making announcements about specific markets, it shouldn’t be much farther off.
Samsung is in the process of bringing a couple metal body mid-range devices to market, the Samsung Galaxy E7 and the Galaxy A7. As they get ready to release them Samsung has started putting pieces in place to support the devices once they land in the hands of consumers. Part of that process includes release of the stock firmware that comes on the devices in case someone needed to restore their device.
If you ask Microsoft, they can tell you that smartphone applications can make or break a new entry into the smart device ecosystem. With the imminent launch of Samsung’s Z1—a Tizen-powered smartphone—in India possibly as early as today, Samsung will instantly feel the pressure of consumers needing apps for their device.
Samsung has promised that many of our favorite Android apps will appear in the Tizen store in a native Tizen OS format, but if the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store is any indication of what one might expect from the Korean tech behemoth, the Tizen store could have quite a rocky start. Enter Open Mobile’s emulator app: Application Compatibility Layer (ACL), which harbors a sizable database of thousands of Android apps.
Back in early December, Poland was the first country to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5. That was followed in quick succession by South Korea and Spain. Since then, Malaysia and Russia have also received the update.
Now, with the anglophone world’s patience being tested, the S5 finally looks to be receiving the Lollipop update in the United Kingdom. We choose to blame the delay on Prince Harry.
Perhaps bowing to immense pressure and boatloads of frustrated user reviews, Samsung appears to be stripping down its TouchWiz overlay of Android for the upcoming Galaxy S6, bringing it closer in line with stock Android. As one industry source stated, “We are aiming to get rid of unnecessary functions and simplify our UI at the level of Google’s Nexus 6.”
IBM, Samsung, and even Google made it onto the top 10 list for patents awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). While IBM and Samsung take the top two spots (IBM dominated Samsung with 7534 patents awarded), Google comes in on the leader board at number 8, which is the first time the Mountain View search giant has appeared in the top 10.
The past few years have been a total pain for Samsung when it’s come to patents. In a near-constant state of being bogged down by infringement lawsuits, Samsung may be attempting to prevent such legal actions in the future by dutifully applying for as many patents as it can. Compared to 2013, Samsung’s patent awards increased 5.9% in 2014.
Later this year, owners of select Samsung devices will be able to use LoopPay when unique cases are released. LoopPay has partnered with XPAL Power and Trident Case to develop cases for Samsung devices that have its mobile payments technology built-in. The two devices to receive accessories first are the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4. A back cover will be available for the Galaxy S 5 and an entire case for the Galaxy Note 4. The latter will allow for protection in addition to LoopPay functionality. Samsung has been said to be eyeing the mobile payments space like Apple, but nothing has materialized just yet.
Source: LoopPay (PDF)
Because keeping single-letter naming conventions makes sense to our Korean overlords (S, A, E), Samsung is set to release its J series of Galaxy phones, starting with the Galaxy J1. The J series will be a budget line of phones ready to take aim at the likes of the Moto G and others.