LG looking towards webOS as an option for upcoming smartwatch

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We’ve already got two LG smartwatches running Android Wear — but who said the company couldn’t double dip into the market, this time with a device running webOS?

It doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, as Samsung has already diversified itself by offering Tizen-based smartwatches in addition to its Android Wear devices.

Speculation seems to be true regarding LG and webOS, as the company had a developer website set up earlier today for the project. (Although it has since been taken down.)

There are some screenshots from the site, though — check one out above and another after the break.


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Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha gets the teardown treatment, gets a medium repairability score

samsung_galaxy_alpha_russian_leak_07iFixit has done their typical teardown and repair process on Samsung’s newest “premium” flagship, the Galaxy Alpha. The phone was built relatively similarly to the Galaxy S 5, although it’s obviously lacking a few things like waterproofing. The teardown showed that the only really simple thing to replace is the battery, and that to get to any of the other major components, it’s almost a necessity to remove the front display of the device, which is prone to causing more damage. Fortunately, that does mean that if the display is the only thing that needs to be replaced, it should be a slightly faster repair.

Overall, the Galaxy Alpha got a repairability score of 5 out of 10, just like the GS5. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not the best we’ve seen. Hit the link below for pictures of the Alpha being completely disassembled.

source: iFixit

Next version of TouchWiz utilizing Android L Material Design leaks

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In about a month, we will get the newest version of Android, Android L (or whatever they will call it) featuring Material Design. The big question is what, if any, changes will manufacturers make to their interfaces? Samsung is by far the most popular brand when it comes to Android phones, but their TouchWiz interface has never excited anyone. Will they finally change that dated Gingerbread look?

The folks over at Sam Mobile got their hands on an early build of the next version of TouchWiz on the Galaxy S 5. Although very buggy and slow, it reveals where Samsung is headed with Material Design.


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Samsung showcases the Note 4 versus one’s rear end

Galaxy-Note-4-Bend-Test_21With all this bendgate malarky going on companies have had a lot of fun at Apple’s expense. Out of all the companies that’s joined the bendgate bandwagon, Samsung’s been the most vocal. Even with the possibility of having its own gate issues, Samsung isn’t slowing down its showcase of the Note 4 with the constant stream of launches through the month. Today, Samsung is showing off a video with those who like to place their phones in their back pockets in mind. 
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Samsung shares Galaxy Note 4 launch dates for each region

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The Galaxy Note 4 has already launched in Korea, but when will you be able to get your hands on one? Unfortunately Samsung doesn’t like to keep things simple by launching it at the same time everywhere, but they posted an image on Facebook revealing when consumers in each particular area can begin purchasing the phone.

It looks like North America and most of Europe will be able to grab the phone on October 17.  Is the Galaxy Note 4 in your future?

source: Facebook

 

Samsung issues statement regarding screen gap issue on Galaxy Note 4

galaxy-note-4-issuesJust yesterday we told you about the design flaw in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 where the gap between the screen and the bezel was wide enough to fit a business card into. That’s more than a slight imperfection, and Samsung has come forward with a statement about the issue today.

A Samsung PR rep said “the reported issue does not impact the functionality or quality of the Galaxy Note 4. We assure our customers that all Galaxy Note 4 units meet our strict manufacturing and quality control standards.” That doesn’t really add up to much, except that if your device has this issue it shouldn’t affect actually using the device. It’s not clear if Samsung will end up replacing affected units or if it will be fixed by the time the phone launches globally in October, but you might want to wait until a few review units get out before you make a decision on buying one.
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Samsung Galaxy A5 shows up at the FCC

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There are three new versions of the Galaxy Alpha series floating around, but the A5 seems to be the least shy of the bunch. That usually means that it’s close to release, but another clue is the needed FCC approval.

The Galaxy A5 has officially cleared the FCC, but interestingly enough, it’s only sporting the LTE-FDD Band 5. Could this be a US Cellular only phone? There could be other variants as well, but we at least know that US Cellular customers will have a chance to buy the device.


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The 5 features you need to know about the Galaxy Note Edge is in this Infographic

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The Galaxy Note Edge is one unique phone in that it offers an Edge Screen giving you quick access to apps and/or information. Unfortunately it’s going to be quite limited so getting your hands on one won’t be easy, not to mention it won’t be cheap. If you want to learn more about what the Edge Screen will offer than check out the infographic after the break. It highlights 5 key features of the device.


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