Samsung Galaxy E7 and Galaxy A7 wallpapers available

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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. 
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Samsung Tizen-powered Z1 smartphone will have access to many Android apps

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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 Z1a Tizen-powered smartphonein 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.
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Galaxy S5 Receives Android 5.0 Lollipop Update in the UK

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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.


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TouchWiz to Become Less … Wizzy, More Nexus-Like?

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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.”


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USPTO stays busy in 2014, Samsung awarded 4925 patents for the year

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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.
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Accessories supporting LoopPay mobile payments coming for Samsung devices

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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)

Not one but two Galaxy S 6 phones to be announced in March along with a circular smartwatch

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The Galaxy S phone usually gets announced around February or March, so it’s no surprise that the plan remains the same this year. Reports indicate a March release at Mobile World Congress, but what might be different this time is that we could see two variants of the Galaxy S 6 get announced this year.

It’s been rumored before, but it looks like Samsung will release a curved edge display version of the Galaxy S 6 along with the “regular” version. Whether it will be one curved edge, like the Galaxy Note Edge or be a double curved edge remains to be seen, but I suspect with LG showing off a dual curved edge prototype at CES, Samsung is likely going to try their best at being the first to market.


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Samsung’s newest metal phone is the Galaxy A7

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Samsung has already unleashed the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, so it’s no surprise that they just announced the Galaxy A7. Just like its predecessors, it sports a partial metal build, but it’s more powerful and has a larger screen.

The A7 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display, a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor featuring both 1.8 GHz quad-core and 1.3 GHz quad-core processors (1.5 GHz and 1.0 GHz for the dual-SIM version), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expandable storage, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 2,600 mAh battery. To top it off, it comes in a 6.3 mm body.


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Apple processor order for smartwatches appears to be with Samsung

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There is certainly no love lost between Apple and Samsung after years of contentious courtroom battles. In a sign of how severe the dislike between the companies was, at one point Apple decided to seek other manufacturers of processor chips for their mobile devices instead of continuing with one of the biggest suppliers on the block, Samsung. Despite that enmity, which has been cooling recently, business is business. In this case, Apple is trying to get a smartwatch out to market and that means they need chips for the devices. A new report indicates Apple has decided to utilize Samsung as the supplier for their forthcoming wearable.
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