Samsung foundries may start churning out Qualcomm Snapdragon chips

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Sources are indicating the Qualcomm and Samsung have reached a deal for the next generation of Snapdragon processors, the Snapdragon 820, to be produced at Samsung’s foundries. In the past, Qualcomm has primarily used Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other smaller chip plants to produce their processors. However, Samsung’s move to develop and deploy a 14-nanometer production process, compared to everyone else’s 20-nanometer production, appears to have been enough to convince Qualcomm to make the move. With a smaller process in place, Samsung’s plant can produce chips that are cheaper, smaller and use less energy. Read more

Samsung S Health app posted to the Play Store

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Samsung has not been a manufacturer that makes many apps available to the Google Play Store, but the recent addition of the Samsung S Health app may be a sign that things are changing. Over the past couple years manufacturers have increasingly used the Play Store as a distribution channel for their proprietary apps, a move that saves consumers time in waiting for updates to be released as part of a device update. Samsung seems to have resisted that move, possibly due to their own app store being available to owners of their devices as well as their desire to maintain some control over their ecosystem. Read more

Samsung shows off the Galaxy S6’s power management features in new promo video

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Earlier today, Samsung took to its official YouTube channel in order to share a new promotional video for its recently-launched Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. In the short clip, the South Korean company highlights three of the device’s best power management features — Fast Charging, Wireless Charging and Ultra Power Saving Mode. It then goes on to call it the “smartphone of your dreams.”

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Samsung starts rolling out Lollipop OTA for the Galaxy S5 in Brazil

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Samsung has at last started pushing out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of its former flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, located in Brazil. As for added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Samsung’s logos absent on the Japanese S6 and S6 Edge

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While company and carrier logos are a hot button for people in the United States — thank you Verizon — it may not be that way across the rest of the planet. Even so, Samsung is doing something different in Japan and removing all of its company logos from the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices sold there. Instead, the devices are being branded differently.

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Sprint starts pushing out Lollipop update for Spark-branded Galaxy S4’s

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Sprint has finally started pushing out the much-anticipated and long-awaited Lollipop update for all Sprint Spark-branded variants of the Galaxy S4 located in the United States. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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