We have already seen some information surfacing on the Samsung SM-A500, a mid-tier phone based on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, thanks to entries with the Bluetooth SIG and the GFXBench site. Sources are now revealing some information about the device which is part of a new line of smartphones from Samsung. According to these sources, the SM-A500 will have a full metal body and will not have a removable back cover. That will differ from the Galaxy Alpha and many other Samsung devices that have hit the market recently. However, the source does not indicate whether the back cover will also be made of metal or a faux metal solution like what LG did with the LG G3.
Samsung’s Gear VR has officially arrived and with it comes a Super AMOLED display, 3D graphics, and an immersive 360-degree viewing experience. The Virtual Reality device can pair up with the Note 4 for a QHD screen and the Gear Circle for flawless, quality sound to go along with your current activity. For more information. hit the break, and just scroll!
An Android Wear software update is currently rolling out to two of the platform’s existing devices. The Moto 360 and Gear Live are greeting owners with version 4.4W.1 (KGW42N). Since these devices from Motorola and Samsung are receiving the update as we speak, it is safe to assume that the LG G Watch is going to be getting it very soon.
With IFA 2014 behind and Apple ready to unveil the latest iteration of their smartphone, consumers are surely figuring out how to get the latest, greatest smartphones in their hands. As a competitive fall and holiday season opens, comScore has released their smartphone manufacturer and operating system numbers for July. They show some slight weakening for Android, a trend that carries over from the June numbers.
The Gear S, which we got our hands on earlier this week, is a pretty unique device. It is a smartwatch with a curved display that can operate with a 3G connection. Today, Samsung has made the Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Gear S available. There are already a slew of applications and services ready for the Gear S, but opening up the Tizen SDK to everyone means that we can expect a lot more in the near future.
Hit the break for the full press release.
Sprint announced today that it will be carrying Samsung’s latest tablet starting next Friday. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will feature Sprint’s Spark capabilities, meaning it will be able to move at 60-100 Mbps on the network. The tablet itself features a beautiful 2K 10.5 in screen and is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor. The 10.5 also comes with 16 GB of storage with the option of expandable storage, 3 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, and a whopping 7,900 mAh battery. While 10.5 inches sounds big, the tablet weighs barely a pound and is just over a quarter inch thick. All this will be available for $650, or 24 payments of $27.09.
Source: Sprint Newsroom
Get ready for another courtroom showdown between technology titans. NVIDIA has submitted formal complaints that allege patent infringement on the end of Qualcomm and Samsung. The seven patents included have to do with graphic processing units. NVIDIA claims it did reach out to Samsung to negotiate a licensing agreement for the parents; however, Samsung allegedly declined and went ahead with Qualcomm.
Here is the statement issued by NVIDIA’s David Shannon:
We made no progress. Samsung repeatedly said that this was mostly their suppliers’ problem.
Without licensing NVIDIA’s patented GPU technology, Samsung and Qualcomm have chosen to deploy our IP without proper compensation to us. This is inconsistent with our strategy to earn an appropriate return on our investment.
Devices that are said to be utilizing the disputed patents include the recent Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy S 5. Last year’s Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 are also eligible. The Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and range of Galaxy Tab tablets are all involved as well.
The formal complaints were submitted to the International Trade Commission and the United States District Court in Delaware.
Samsung fans who are ready to get their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 still have a bit of a wait ahead of them. Although the major U.S. carriers will be making the device available, no dates have been set yet. The Galaxy Note 4 is not expected to actually land in the hands of buyers until sometime later this fall. If you just cannot wait and want to get a little taste of the device, you can add the lockscreen wallpaper to your current device. It is not much, but it may help tide you over as you wait to get the device the wallpaper was designed for.
To get the wallpaper, just click on the image above to get to the full size version, then right-click and save using your browser.
Although Samsung’s announcements during their big Unpacked 2014 event at IFA 2014 have been the focus of many, the company is taking the opportunity presented by the tech show to release some other devices. One of those is a ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active that Samsung developed to target business users who need tablets in challenging environments. The 8-inch tablet comes with an anti-shock covering that provides protection against drops of up to 1.2 meters. Not surprising, Samsung obtained IP67 certification for water and dust resistance for the tablet. Some of the other changes to the standard tablet may be more helpful than the protective qualities added.
Samsung seems to be ready to release an Android phone that will be their first with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410. It’s called the SM-G5309W, and we know a little bit about it now that it’s shown up on China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center. There’s nothing flashy about the design, but the insides include Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera with flash, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage space, and microSD card support. And of course, the SM-G5309W comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 chipset (including an Adreno 306 GPU).
The device is made for China, but we could see variations reach other areas.
Via: Phone Arena