The Galaxy S6 Active appears in Samsung Plus benefits scheme listing

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It’s hardly a surprise that Samsung is planning on releasing an Active variant of its Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone. In recent days we’ve seen leaked press images, carrier-branded pictures and rumours that the rugged handset will support removables batteries and MicroSD cards. Today, the Galaxy S6 Active has been mentioned in a list detailing the devices that are eligible for the Samsung Plus reward program.

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Samsung Gear Live removed from the Google Store

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Another device’s stay in the Google Store has come to an end. The Samsung Gear Live, which launched last year at I/O alongside the LG G Watch, is longer available through the Google Store. The slot next to other Android Wear smartwatches has been removed and the product page confrims that the Gear Live is “no longer available for purchase” next to a dormant NOT AVAILABLE button.

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Samsung invests $250 million for LoopPay

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Sources have revealed that Samsung spent approximately $250 million to acquire LoopPay and gain access to their mobile payment technology. LoopPay technology is unique amongst mobile payment solutions because it can take advantage of existing credit card readers that use the magnetic stripes on the back of cards. Most other solutions rely on NFC to make the connection, meaning retailers need special equipment installed. By making use of hardware that is already widely deployed, Samsung hopes their solution using the LoopPay technology will help them compete against Apple, Google and PayPal. Read more

Samsung rolling out Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S6 in France, Malaysia, the UAE & Vietnam

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If you own a Galaxy S6 and live in France, Malaysia, the UAE or Vietnam, you may want to listen up as Samsung has just started pushing out the long-awaited Android 5.0.2 update. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

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Wait What? Consumer Reports thinks you should buy the Galaxy S5 instead of the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge

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While just about every reviewer has been praising the Galaxy S6 (including myself) and Galaxy S6 Edge, Consumer Reports isn’t in love with either phone. They do admit that both phones rank as among the best that you can buy today, but their overall scores rank them lower than the Galaxy S5.

They feel the loss of the removable battery, microSD slot, water resistance, and overall battery life on the Galaxy S6 and Edge makes the Galaxy S5 the better buy if you’re looking for a smartphone right now. They do praise the rapid charging capabilities, the ability to wirelessly charge it via Qi and Powermat, and the gorgeous display, but they don’t feel they are enough to capture your hard earned dollars.

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