Are you Ready to Note? Samsung has been asking us this question a bit too much lately, but it’s hard to deny the effect these teasers are having on the tech world. With each new video we get closer and closer to seeing what may be the best phone of the second half of 2014. The device should be announced at IFA Berlin on Wednesday.
There’s been quite a bit of buzz recently about the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha, and for good reason. Metal is a material seemingly left behind by Samsung in recent years, both for cost-related reasons, and the general design direction moving toward polycarbonate materials. The Alpha aims to end Samsung’s hiatus from metal by being the first device to feature a prominent metal flair from Samsung for a long while. But the design details that should make the Alpha stand out upon release go far beyond the premium metal frame.
There was a video that surfaced recently allegedly showing the Galaxy Note 4 within a dummy box. The only part of the device actually exposed was the display. Now, an image showing something similar has appeared. Again, the massive Samsung device is encased in some sort of box. A screenshot from the About device menu reveals that it is running Android 4.4.4, the latest version of the operating system.
The only other thing worth noting is that the home button looks taller. This could be what allows the new fingerprint technology to be present in the Galaxy Note 4.
Source: Android Central
After releasing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung appears to be ready to launch a new line of devices based on the same design model. We learned earlier this week that Samsung has three devices in the works, all with an “A” in the model name, leading to the unofficial moniker of “A series” for the line. Now one of those devices, the SM-A500, has surfaced on the Bluetooth SIG web site after obtaining its certification. Not much information about the specs for the device can be gleaned from the Bluetooth SIG entry, although it does appear it may be dual SIM capable.
Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.
We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.
The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.
Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.
Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device.
Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the Nike+ Running app, which utilizes the device’s GPS and 3G connectivity to track fitness data.
The app comes pre-loaded on the device and can track their runs and record data all while their phone remains at home.
The features appear to be the same as the usual Nike+ Running App, except this is optimized for the Gear S.
If any of you have ever used a Lumia phone, you may have some experience with Nokia’s fantastic HERE Maps app. The application is similar to Google Maps in that features advanced turn-by-turn navigation and downloadable maps. Nokia announced recently that they would be bringing the app to Samsung’s line of Tizen-powered Gear devices for turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation. However, the fun doesn’t end there as Nokia has announced that HERE Maps will soon be available for Android, although for now it will be exclusive to Samsung devices.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated phones thats getting revealed at next week’s IFA 2014 event, and for a while now we thought we had a pretty clear picture of what the upcoming phablet would look like. However, accessories retailer Trait-Tech have put some cases for the Note 4 in their store, and if they are legitimate, they could hint at a different design for the device.
A video showing the Galaxy Note 4 has surfaced. Well, it sort of shows the Galaxy Note 4. The video is just 15 seconds long and shows a Samsung device with the model number SM-N910. All you can see is its display as a dummy box is covering any actual design. In the video, the demonstrator is poking around aimlessly. There is not very much to see here except the fact that you can get a good sizing for the Galaxy Note 4′s display (if this is even the said device).
Hit the break to watch the full 15-second video.