Now that Samsung has unveiled and released all its flagship smartphones for 2014, reports are starting to emerge claiming that the Galaxy S6 is now in the early stages of development.
Although exact specifications are currently unclear, the handset has officially been dubbed ‘Project Zero’, which is a strong indication that Samsung is trying to achieve something unique and different with the Galaxy S6.
This is the first time that the South Korean manufacturer has decided to go with such a bold tag. In the past, it has always used alphabet letters as internal branding for its flagship devices, for example: Project J (Galaxy S4), Project H (Galaxy Note 3), Project K (Galaxy S5) and Project T (Galaxy Note 4).
So what’s the reasoning behind the Project Zero codename? Well, sources operating from within Samsung have reported that the company is developing its “next-generation flagship device from scratch, with an entirely new vision.”
The Galaxy S6 probably won’t be announced until February 2015, which means we have quite a while to wait until we find out more about the device from Samsung. No doubt, we’ll be seeing plenty of leaks, rumors and speculation over the coming weeks, though.
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According to a leaked update schedule, Samsung is in the process of preparing to roll out the much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrade to nine variants of its former flagship smartphones before the end of November, 2014.
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Source: XDA Developers
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The Dialaphone team were kind enough to send us a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to play with so here’s our impressions of the device incase you were considering purchasing one.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 follows the same design as the rest of the Galaxy range that we’ve come accustomed to over the years, except instead of a pure plastic back, Samsung has opted to coat it with a faux leather layer. I must admit that after reading that Samsung had taken this approach I was quite sceptical, but having used the device it is a very nice change from the traditional backs we’re used to seeing on devices; not to mention you don’t have to worry about protective cases and can leave the device naked without worrying about scratching it when laying it down.
As unique to the Galaxy Note range, the Note 3 comes with the S Pen which itself has gotten a redesign. It is now a lot flatter and thinner and just feels better to hold than previous generations found in the Note 2 for example.
You still get the same home button and touch sensitive buttons on the front of the device, but these have been almost squished down to make way for the amazing screen, which takes me onto what I like about the device. Samsung tend to get criticism for their design of their smartphones, but breaking down the components separately the Note 3 actually offers everything I would look for in a device. I’m still a fan of a dedicated home button and touch keys, since I just haven’t gotten use to the onscreen keys. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a slim bezel too, which earns it a lot of points in my book. So for me at least the design of the Galaxy Note 3 works quite well; sure it doesn’t look premium, but it certainly ticks all the boxes.
As far as the function of the device goes, we won’t spend too much time reiterating what you already know. The device runs TouchWiz so looks and feels like every other Galaxy S or Galaxy Note device, just a little bit faster and a little bit bigger. I’m not a fan of TouchWiz so install Nova Launcher as the first priority.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 certainly is no slouch when it comes to performance; the device is as fast as you’d expect and runs all games without a problem. Videos look smooth and vivid on that great looking screen, and it’s easy to fall in love with the device once you’ve gotten away from TouchWiz. Couple this with the battery life of around two days of solid use, and it’s easy to see why this device is so popular.
Unfortunately that’s where the love ended, since I found myself resenting the larger screen during every day activities. The footprint of it in my pocket was just uncomfortable, as way trying to use the device on the tube for example with one hand holding on for dear life, with the other hand trying to extend my thumb to the top of that giant screen to pull the notification drawer down. The harsh reality, for me at least, was that although the S Pen is a fantastic addition to the device, and I wish Samsung figured out a way of including it with the Galaxy S smartphone range, the screen is just too big for me.
Whilst the Galaxy Note 3 ticks all the boxes when it comes to performance and design, I found myself longing for my portable Galaxy S4, which minus the S Pen pretty much did everything the Galaxy Note 3 could. I would certainly recommend the Note 3 for anyone who is looking for that Phablet hybrid, but for me the device was just a little too big.
There have been so many developments in technology in recent years that means it has become easier than ever for games developers to ensure that their games can be accessed across all portals and devices. Of course it depends on the type of game, which device would be most compatible.
With the introduction of the likes of Google Play this has made things fairly standard for Android phones so game can be brought into the mobile market quicker. This is also similar for the iOS platform with the app store. There has even been the launch of the likes of GameKlip that now allows you to attach PS3 controllers to your Android device just like you would with a PS Vita. It means you don’t have the added complication of using the touch screen and can simply use the controls.
We thought that we would give you the scoop on some of the best mobile devices that can be used for gaming.
Apple iPhone 5C
This little number is very compact which means it’s not a pain to transport around. It’s also less expensive than the iPhone 5S making it attractive to consumers. The resolution isn’t as good as what you could get with other mobile phones at 1136×640 a 325ppi. The best thing about this phone is the range of games that you can play on it. With the Apple App store, you can do just a quick search and be presented with a flurry of gaming treats.
Google Nexus 5
The Google Nexus 5 is available in both black and white, so would appeal to those of you who want to look stylish. It is powered by Android 4.4, so has a fantastic HD resolution. This is perfect for those of you who enjoy good graphics and animations whether you are playing Angry Birds or having a game of some mobile bingo. Find out more details about mobile bingo sites. The only downside about this device is that there is no section for an external card to be inserted, so it’s only available in 16 GB and 32 GB. This may be an issue if you are playing games that require a lot of data.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
This game allows up to 64 GB in storage which is double that of Google Nexus and can offer up to a further 64 GB if required. The quad core and GPU will allow you to have a go on any game you come across and with Google Play at your disposal there is more than enough to choose from. It has a high resolution of 1080p and 386ppi making games even more enjoyable to play.
The LG G2 is one of the best selling phones by LG. It’s available in 16 different varieties with 32 GB. What is most promising about this device is the visuals that it offers. It runs at 1080p and 424ppi and has the capacity to support HD graphics. The downside with this device again is that it doesn’t have a memory card slot so there is minimal space for data.
Nokia Lumia 520
Nokia Lumia is of course a Windows phone. This means that there are fewer games that are compatible with it. Although the selection is smaller, there are some games that are only exclusively available to that phone. It has a 6 inch screen which is the largest on the list, prefect for games that require a little more detail than normal. It runs at 1080p and 367ppi and has a fantastic touch screen.
There we have it folks a full list of phones that are great for gaming! If you are looking for a phone that can support games with a large amount of data then you may like the Samsung Galaxy Note. Or if the enjoyment of graphics and animations are more top on your list, then the Google Nexus 5 will be right up your street. If it’s variety you are after then the iPhone 5C is the one for you!
Back in January, Samsung released Android 4.4.2 for the international version of the Galaxy Note 3. And today, T-Mobile decided to release the update for their variant of the Galaxy Note 3. If you are using a Note 3, then you will receive the notification soon. Or else you can also check your settings and update your phone manually.
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Google’s modular phone concept “Ara” could debut in 2015 with a price tag that starts at a mere $50, reports Time . Allegedly, the company developing the devices is set to finish up a working prototype over the next few weeks. Consumer sales could start as soon as Q1 2015.
Galaxy Note 3 Redux
An updated version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could debut later this year with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. According to SamMobile , the device would feature the LTE CAT 6 connectivity (300Mbps) demonstrated at Mobile World Congress this year.
Galaxy Gear to Tizen
According to Tech Radar the OG Galaxy Gear will be receiving new life and will be updated to Tizen OS. The five-month old smartwatch will basically be stripped of all traces of Android and replaced with the new OS, which the new Samsung Gear 2 models run. Surprising, the Tizen firmware UI looks no different than the Android-based firmware.
Amazon Music Streaming
Amazon could be rolling a music service into its Prime account, says Recode . Purportedly, Amazon is “engaged in more serious talks” with record labels and may debut the feature later this year. Much like it does with movies and television shows, Amazon could reward Prime members with access to music.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime
Remember the rumors about a so-called Galaxy F flagship series for 2014? Remember the other rumors about the Galaxy S5 coming in two form factors with one being a premium experience? Well, those two stories seem to be converging, if the latest chatter is to be believed. Set to arrive in May, the so-called Galaxy S5 Prime will be a luxury experience of the Galaxy S5 and is operating under the code name of Project F.
Earlier in the week we shared news about OnePlus’s new phone the One and how they received their first prototype unit that’s now undergoing testing . The same day the announcement came out (Tuesday), evleaks posted a photo of a OnePlus box, so maybe this is the box that said device came in?
A leaked MediaTek roadmap surfacing this week tells us the chipmaker has multiple new processors on the horizon. Details include a 1.5GHZ hexa-core CPU, 2.2GHz octa-core CPU, and 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core CPU. All three are expected to be released and integrated later this year with production coming in the months after.
T-Mobile LG L90
A leaked photo from evleaks tells us that T-Mobile is among the U.S. carriers expected to offer the recently announced L90 smartphone from LG. Pricing and launch details are unclear.
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“At Samsung, we embrace the creativity of fashion and enable it through our technology. Together with Swarovski, we’re celebrating that creativity with a specially-designed backstage lounge and a limited-edition custom cover for one of our latest smartphones during this season’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The gorgeous, Swarovski crystal-covered cover adds a glamorous touch to the beautifully designed Galaxy Note 3 to make it the must-have device this MBFW.”
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Guess what! The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (or, Lite) looks an awful lot like the standard version of the plus-sized device. A source close to SamMobile has passed along the press renders of the upcoming device, advising it’s already set to launch on a Belgian retailer’s website. The photos, as you can see here, show the Note 3 Neo looking very much like its original counterpart.
Specifications were not shared with the photos but we already have a solid idea as what to expect. Powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, it should feature a 5.5-inch 720p HD (Super AMOLED) display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (with microSD), and a 3100mAh battery. The Note 3 Neo should also boast the same suite of software and functions such as S Note, Multi Window, Air Command Action Memo, and Scrapbook.
We should look for Samsung to announce the Galaxy Note 3 Neo any day now; however, don’t expect it in the U.S. any time soon.
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Sometimes, even the most massive of updates have humble beginnings. This is the case with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a device that offered Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upon its debut. We all figured it was just a matter of time before an upgrade to 4.4 KitKat became available to users, and it appears Samsung is now ready to offer it — albeit, on a rather small scale starting in Poland. According to SamMobile, Polish Note 3 owners (for the Snapdragon 800 quad-core version, at least) can now sideload the update through the manufacturer’s Kies software. This is a pretty quiet and restrictive launch, so Samsung hasn’t officially made any announcements, but we have a feeling that the company’s limiting the rollout at first to ensure all of the possible bugs have been squashed prior to worldwide availability.
Via: Ars Technica
We’ve noted some products at CES that were a bit out of the norm, but Samsung and Trek, an American bicycle manufacturer, have two prototypes on display this week that could be very useful to cyclists, integrating smartphones with bikes.
The two concept bikes demonstrate the possibilities such as being able to charge a smartphone, a Galaxy Note 3 specifically, while pedaling and through the Galaxy Note 3 mounted to the handlebar or from a Galaxy Gear on the cyclists wrist connected wirelessly to the bike frame-integrated sensor, the cyclist can track statistics such as speed, cadence and distance.
Samsung notes that being able to charge your smartphone just by peddling (not an entirely new concept though) enables you to enjoy long bike rides without worrying about your smartphone battery running low. That’s especially useful if you’re using GPS, maps and other apps.
Hopefully it won’t take too long for these concepts to become reality for consumers.
Phandroid got a look at this concept as you can see from their photo above.
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