It is becoming increasingly likely that Samsung will be utilizing a flatter interface on its upcoming devices. Courtesy of SamMobile, we now know what the updated version of S Health will look like. Samsung has definitely dialed back their Android overlay, which could have to do with their recent agreement. From a features standpoint, there does not seem to be any major editions; however, that should come when there is an official announcement. There is one intriguing addition, however. While running or jogging, users can view a map while also controlling their music.
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According to new reports, Samsung will soon launch an LTE version of the Galaxy Grand 2 which was announced last year and it will carry the model number SM-G7105, but the launch date hasn’t been specified yet. All Samsung devices that have a model number ending in 5 are usually the LTE version.
The User Manual and its Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Information have been uploaded on Samsung’s site. The SAR Information displays two models of the Galaxy Grand 2, SM-G7105 and SM-G7105L. SM-G7105 is probably the LTE version of the device while the L model might be the carrier version.
Samsung will not rest until the company floods the market with every variation of the Galaxy series it can. As we saw at the end of last week, the company announced the cheaper Neo variant of the Galaxy Note 3. Deemed “budget-friendly,” the Neo offers decent specs for a cheaper price. It looks like the Korean company isn’t stopping there. What could possibly be the Galaxy S4 Neo is floating around as a GT-I9515 has started showing up on a few different databases.
One thing to note about this variant is it comes with the exact same specs as the Galaxy S4. However, it will come with Android 4.4.2 right out of the gate. While it currently sports the GT moniker rather than an SM one, that could change as the device becomes finalized. It’s up in the air as to where we’ll see this device launch but if the Note 3 Neo is any indication, it should be globally.
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Just yesterday, Samsung Poland announced two new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo models. Within 24 hours, a German online retailer posted the price for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE+ and Galaxy Note 3 Neo 3G and listed both models as available for pre-order but their shipping date is unknown.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE+ is priced at € 529.90 ($713.5) while the 3G model which is a little cheaper, is priced at € 499.00 ($673). Both the devices are unlocked and free from any carrier branding.
Last January, Samsung took a few of its phones and added a more feminine look to the hardware, changing the color and outer design as well as adding a new wallpaper to match. Samsung will be doing the same this year before Valentine’s Day, with three newer devices, the Galaxy Core, the Galaxy Fame Lite, and the Galaxy Trend.
Samsung, as per the norm, has announced yet another color for some of its devices. This time the Galaxy S4 and the S4 mini get a brand new color. The “Black Edition”as it’s called, comes in, you guessed it, black. While the device already comes in black variety, this one comes sporting the faux leather back first introduced on the Note 3. Besides the new coat of paint and fancy back plating, they’re the same devices with the same specs. You’ll get the 1080p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 13 MP camera. The S4 mini still sports the Snapdragon 400, 4.3 inch screen and 8 MP camera.
The S4 and S4 mini will be priced at $660 and $460 respectively. The device is set to launch in Russia with no word on availability elsewhere. Given the way Samsung operates, we wouldn’t expect that the Black Edition to remain a Russian exclusive for long.
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Samsung Poland recently announced the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, essentially a budget friendly Note 3. While it is deemed as a budget Note 3, the specs are much better than any other low, or even mid tier, device. The Neo comes in two formats, a 3G and LTE+ model. The LTE+ model offers a hexa-core processor consisting of two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores. The 3G (HSPA+ 21 Mbps) version will enjoy a quad-core 1.6GHz processor of unknown make.
As for software, both will come pre-installed with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and comes with all of the Note 3’s S-Pen features such as Air Command, S Note, and etc. Both devices will also feature a 5.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED display and the signature faux leather back stitching. Other specs include a 3,100mAh battery, 8MP rear camera/2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, IR, NFC, WiFi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, 16GB internal storage and microSDXC capacity up to 64GB.
Certainly not too bad of a “budget” friendly device if you’re eyeing the Note 3. Sadly, Samsung plans on releasing these globally with the exception of the UK and US. Things may change on that front, but for now don’t expect it in those two areas.
By now, we all know that Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google. The CEO of Lenovo, Yuanqing Yang, made it quite simple by explaining that Motorola is an excellent foothold for them in the United States. But now he has provided some more insight in an interview with Fortune.
When asked when Lenovo became interested in buying Motorola, Yang stated that after missing out on Motorola Mobility in 2011, he contacted Eric Schmidt in 2012 saying “If you think you want run the hardware business, you can keep the business; but if you are not interested in the hardware business, we definitely can handle that, take over that.” And last November, the two men discussed it heavily. After two months, the deal was closed.
The biggest part of the interview came when Yang was asked how long it would take to surpass Samsung and Apple. Lenovo’s CEO responded confidently by saying “Definitely, over time. Our mission is to surpass them.” After all, Lenovo did end 2013 in fifth when it comes to smartphones shipped. By 2015, the company plans to ship more than 100 million smartphones.
Zauba, an Indian website listing imports and exports, listed a device titled “SM-T330″ as having arrived in Bangalore for testing. Sporting an eight-inch display, the same device recently underwent Bluetooth certification. The model number suggests that the device could be the Galaxy Tab 3’s successor, the Galaxy Tab 4, but we’ll know for sure soon enough.
While Samsung and Google are getting all chummy these days, Samsung is still working on apps of its own. Currently, an app called Life Times is in the works. Not to be confused with the television channel, it appears to be a diary of sorts. This diary pulls information from a host of other apps and events. This information is then put into a centralized place so users can see the things they’ve been recently up to. Think of it as Story Albums 2.0. Although it remains to be seen if Story Albums will actually be replaced.
The app will include information from all your social networks, as well as, messages, missed phone calls and photos. It looks to follow Google’s design guidelines. We’re not sure if it will be on the Galaxy S5 but with the hints at the new Magazine UI, we wouldn’t be surprised. There’s a gallery after the break.