New results are in examining battery life for some leading smartphones across carriers and T-Mobile continues to demonstrate superiority compared to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Some of the results are quite impressive for T-Mobile and overall paint a widely divergent picture when it comes to battery life. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 was able to go 10 hours 57 minutes on the T-Mobile network while lasting only 7 hours 30 minutes on Verizon. Similarly, the HTC One (M8) was able to go 10 hours 50 minutes on T-Mobile, but only 8 hours 42 minutes on AT&T.
Apple and Samsung have been duking it out in the courts for a couple of years now, but today’s news could be the beginning of the end. Both companies have jointly announced an agreement to drop all suits against each other in countries outside the U.S. This includes Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the U.K., France, and Italy.
What’s interesting here is that not only is the U.S. excluded from this, but there is no cross-licensing agreement in place. So the current suits are no more, but how does this stop either company from filing new suits? It doesn’t, but I guess we can be thankful for this first step because these lawsuits do nothing but put money in the attorney’s pockets and stifle innovation.
Samsung’s Mobile Press site recently released a picture reminding everyone about a simultaneous three-way event going on around the world on September 3rd, and they would like you to “Note” the date. Due to recent murmurings, there is reason to believe that the Galaxy Note 4 will be announced that day. Adding to the excitement is the Air Gestures logo on the announcement pictured above, which as we all know, is a standard feature on Note devices. Locations will be held in Berlin, Beijhing, and New York. The events will be streamed live on YouTube and will commence on 9:00 am.
What do you think about the event? Will you be tuning in? Leave a comment below and share!
Source: Samsung Mobile Press
The Samsung Galaxy S 5 continues to add more color options in different geographic locations. The latest addition is the blue Galaxy S 5 above, which will soon be available in the United States. Beginning August 17, you can get your hands on the device with a blue front fascia, only from Best Buy. The device will be available with a two year contract on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint for $99 if purchased before August 23rd, which is $100 off the recommended retail price for the handset.
Source: Best Buy News
This summer has not been a good one for Samsung with news about its weakening financial position and relatively lackluster sales of devices. On top of that, the company has been dealing with bad press generated by some of its Chinese suppliers. First there was a report about safety issues at several plants. That was followed by a report from China Labor Watch accusing the Shinyang Electronics factory, a Samsung supplier, of using child labor illegally. In response to that investigation into the Shinyang Electronics plant, Samsung suspended business with the factory pending an investigation. Samsung has now announced that while they will resume business with Shinyang Electronics, but they will reduce orders by approximately 30%.
It looks like LG will soon be introducing a competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4.
In a promotional video by LG for the G3 Beat (the “mini” G3 s for China), a “G3 Stylus” makes a clear appearance at the end. The Stylus supposedly features a 5.9-inch display (and will have a stylus).
The device is also expected for arrival around the same time as the Note 4. We have no clue whether the phone will only be available in China or the rest of the world as well, so we’ll keep you updated on more information regarding the device. Hit the break for the promotional video for the G3 Beat which features the G3 Stylus at the end.
The Galaxy Alpha is due to be released next Wednesday, and while we’ve known about its mid to high-grade specs, most of us have been wondering which carriers will receive the much-awaited device. However, due to a recent addition to Samsung’s website, We’ve learned the model numbers for the Galaxy Alpha variants: SM-G850F, SM-G850A, SM-G850H, SM-G850T, and SM-G850M. These models are listed as having max CPU frequencies of 2.5 GHz, 720p screens, and Android KitKat, just as was predicted. Based on previous experience, the A model should be for AT&T, the T for T-Mobile, and the F and H should be the international versions.
Samsung’s been experiencing a financial slide here in the United States, and it seems that it’s experiencing some poor sales overseas as well.
According to Q2 statistics, Xiaomi now represents a bigger chunk of the pie than Samsung, which was not the case just a few months ago.
This trend certainly has to do with Xiaomi’s low price points on their devices, something the Chinese market values highly. We’ll soon see if the trend continues in other countries as well.
Regardless of the fact that Samsung has been filling tablet production lines and slashing prices of its tablets, the company will most likely not hit its shipment goal of 60 million tablets shipped in 2014. Although, the company has shipped 20 million devices in the first half of the year 16.6 percent higher on the year.
Photos of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha have appeared giving us the best look yet, and it looks awfully familiar to another phone. I will give you three guesses and the first two don’t count. That’s right, you guessed it, it’s the iPhone. Did Samsung not learn their lesson from all the time and money spent in the courts?
As you can see, the white Galaxy Alpha has chamfered edges made from polished metal just like the iPhone. It also appears much smaller than the Galaxy S 5, which lines up with rumors that it will sport a 4.8-inch display, among other subpar specs.