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14
Apr

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge is ridiculously expensive to make


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It’s no secret that Samsung’s curvy Galaxy S6 Edge costs a pretty penny, but there’s now a good explanation as to why. IHS estimates that the raw price of assembly for a 64GB Verizon model is $290. That’s more expensive to make than not just the Galaxy S5 ($256 when new), but also the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus ($263) — if true, Samsung is giving up a lot of profit to make this exotic hardware affordable. The bendy AMOLED screen is unsurprisingly the costliest element here with an estimated $85 price, although the Exynos 7 processor ($30), 3GB of DDR4 memory ($27) and flash storage ($25) certainly aren’t cheap.

It’s hard to know just how accurate this manufacturing bill is. Samsung makes its own parts, after all, and it could have scored a deal to get components at a lower rate. And as always, the cost of assembly doesn’t tell you the full story. That $290 doesn’t include patent licensing, development or other expenses needed to put the S6 Edge in your pocket. Even so, it’s apparent that Samsung is still willing to sacrifice its bottom line to one-up the competition.

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Source: Recode

14
Apr

April 20th possible announcement date for the Sony Xperia Z4?




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At this point in time, many of the major smartphone manufacturers have announced and released their latest flagships to the eager masses. All of them, it seems, except Sony. Well if what G4Games is reporting is accurate, we may not have to wait much longer as they have information that puts the Sony Xperia Z4  for an April 20th announcement. That is only six short days away, so hopefully the rumor is true.

The Sony Xperia Z4 is slated to have a 5.2-inch HD display, Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 4 GB of ram and 32 or 64 GB of internal storage. All of these details are liable to change, as we won’t know the full specification and features until the handset is officially announced.

Source: G4Games



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14
Apr

Samsung starts pushing out Lollipop update for Note 4’s situated in Thailand and the Philippines


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Samsung is currently pushing out the much-anticipated, eagerly-awaited Lollipop update to all unlocked models of the Note 4 located in Thailand and the Philippines. This upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, together with a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

To start the update, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

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14
Apr

HTC limits customers in India to HTC One M9+, announces other new devices


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Although the HTC One M9 is considered the company’s latest “flagship” device, HTC has decided not to offer it in India. Instead, HTC will only be making its slightly larger version, the HTC One M9+, available to customers in India. HTC says the device will be available starting in early May at a price of ₹52,500 (≈ $842 USD). Many think this is a move by HTC to provide a device that can compete more favorably with the Samsung Galaxy S6.

The HTC One M9+ is equipped with a 5.2-inch 2K display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD, a fingerprint scanner, and a 20MP dual camera. Unlike the One M9, the One M9+ is powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 processor.

India is the second major market to see the One M9+ after HTC released it to China last week. HTC South Asia president Faisal Siddiqui says the company has not decided on whether the model will be made available to markets outside of China and India, the two markets HTC targeted early on in the company’s planned release cycle.

In addition to the One M9+, HTC also revealed they will be releasing the HTC One E9+ to the market in India. The One E9+ comes with a 5.5-inch 2K screen, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable to 2TB and the same Helio X10 processor. The One E9+ also has a 20MP rear-facing camera. The One E9+ is dual-sim capable. HTC has not announced pricing for the device, but it is expected to be available from major retailers in the second half of May.

Finally, for consumers who may not need a top-tier device, HTC is also making the HTC Desire 326G available in May as well. The Desire 326G has a 4.5-inch screen, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage expandable to 32GB, an 8MP rear camera, and is dual-sim capable. HTC did not announce pricing for this device either.

source: The Indian Express

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14
Apr

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14
Apr

Apple Announces ResearchKit Available Today for Developers and Medical Researchers


Apple announced on Tuesday that ResearchKit is available today for developers and medical researchers.

“We are delighted and encouraged by the response to ResearchKit from the medical and research community and the participants contributing to medical research. Studies that historically attracted a few hundred participants are now attracting participants in the tens of thousands,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “Medical researchers all over the world are actively exploring how ResearchKit can help them study even more diseases, and we believe the impact on global understanding of health and wellness will be profound.”

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Starting today, medical researchers worldwide can use ResearchKit to develop their own apps and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework.

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14
Apr

Material Design guidelines updated with new sections


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Designed to make it easier for developers to keep a cohesive look and feel to their apps, Material Design, which arrived with the launch of Android Lollipop, is now the go to look for Android applications old and new. To help clarify a few points, Google has just updated its Material Design developer guidelines with several new sections and additions to some existing content.

Among the new entries are Data Tables, Units and Measurements, App Structure, Data Truncation and an updated section for the Floating Action Button. As you probably guessed, tables deals with how to present rows and columns of data, and app structure delves into the best way to organize an app depending on its focus.

Units and measurements focuses on ensuring that content is suitable for various display resolutions, pixel ratios and higher pixel densities, which is useful in the age of QHD smartphones. Information on the FAB has been moved to a dedicated page and has received new details about behavior and transitions.

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Intelligent use of the FAB, tiles and card layouts are all encouraged, but the guidelines are quite strict about their intended uses.

Additional content has also been added to the typography, cards, dialogs, tabs, and scrolling technique sections. More specifically, the guidelines now cater for different languages and taller fonts, details about actions and content for cards, and general layout techniques for menus and settings.

You can click on the source link below for a closer look at Google’s latest tweaks to its Material Design guidelines.

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14
Apr

New Samsung ad showcases Galaxy S6 built-in wireless charging


The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have arrived, and sales already seem to be quite positive. Of course, Samsung isn’t holding still, doing its best to advertise the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and new Samsung features as best as possible. In a new ad from Samsung, British singer/songwriter Rita Ora stars, highlighting the wireless charging functionality built into the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. This isn’t the first Samsung ad to feature the singer, and likely won’t be the last.

Beyond baking in out-of-the-box wireless support for the GS6 and S6 Edge, Samsung also is the first company to offer a phone with support for both PMA and WPC wireless standards, meaning just about any wireless charger will work with Samsung’s latest Galaxy offerings. For those curious, Samsung’s official wireless charger utilizes WPC’s Qi standard, but it’s important to note that existing wireless chargers of the PMA and WPC Qi standard should all play wonderfully with the Galaxy S6and S6 Edge.

Considering the Galaxy S6 wireless charger is listed at $70, you might want to consider other options like the Anker Ultra-Slim Wireless Charging Pad ($25.99) or even the Samsung-made “Samsung Mini” wireless charging pad ($32.53) — to name just two of the many alternatives out there.



14
Apr

How much does it actually cost to build the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge?


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Over the weekend, my colleague Nirave Gondhia wrote a feature exploring whether or not the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were overpriced, considering the increased price tags over their predecessors and how the handsets compare to other devices including Apple’s iPhone family. Curious as to how much the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge really cost, as far as bill of materials is concerned? A new report from IHS helps shed some light on the matter.

Although the full report isn’t available just yet, Re/Code has highlighted some of the information from it, focusing specifically on the 64GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. As it turns out, the cost to build the Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB model for use on the Verizon network comes to about $290, including parts and assembly. That’s about $34 higher than the 64GB Galaxy S5 cost.

Breaking things down a bit further, the most expensive component on the Galaxy S6 Edge is the curved display, which comes to roughly $85. Next up, is the Exynos 7 processor, at a cost of about $29.50. Continuing on, some of the other higher-cost items are the DDR4 memory at $27, and the Qualcomm baseband chip at $15.

Samsung pricing compared to Apple

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To put things into perspective, let’s look at the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The 64GB models of each of these devices are priced at $247 and $263 respectively, with retail pricing (from Big Red) set at $649.99 and $749.99. That’s a markup of roughly $403 for the 64GB iPhone 6 and $487 for the iPhone 6 Plus. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB model is set at $699.99 through Verizon, a markup of nearly $410. As you can see, the markup for both Apple and Samsung products are actually rather similar.

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As you can see, the markup for both Apple and Samsung products are actually rather similar. Before you start screaming “We are being ripped off”, let’s not forget that there’s much more involved than a simple breakdown of parts and assembly cost. There’s also packaging, advertising, research and development, and tons of other aspects that Samsung and Apple recoup by keeping that price tag as high as possible.

Could Samsung and Apple price more aggressively? Absolutely. But considering their reputation, they really have no real need to, as they have a highly established reputation and no shortage of consumers lining up to pick up what they have to offer.

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14
Apr

Best HTC One M9 Cases


The HTC One M9 further refines the best features of its predecessors, bringing with it a beautiful unibody metal design, an upgraded camera setup, and one of the best software experiences currently available. Despite its solid build quality, the One M9, like any other device, is vulnerable to unfortunate scratches, bumps, or drops, and it’s always a good idea to pick up a protective case or cover to avoid these accidents as much as possible. With that in mind, here is a roundup of some of the best HTC One M9 cases currently available. Let’s take a look!

See Also: Where to buy the HTC One M9 in the US

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Spigen Hard Shell case

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The Spigen hard shell is made from a premium polycarbonate material that comes with a Urethane coating to avoid discoloration. A matte finish allows for a good grip in the hand, and the case itself is form-fitting and lightweight, adding practically no bulk to the device, with it slightly raised around the display and the camera at the back, keeping the glass protected when placed down. Its snap-on design makes installation and removal very easy, and precise cutouts are available for easy access to all ports, features, and buttons. That said, this case doesn’t offer a whole lot when it comes to protection, so you may need the more rugged options listed below. The Spigen Hard Shell case is available starting at $10.99, with color options including smooth black, mint, and gunmetal.

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Tudia TPU Bumper case

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This Tudia Bumper case for the HTC One M9 is made with a high-quality TPU material that makes it very durable, while allowing for a comfortable feel in the hand. The raised bezel around the front of the device helps keep the display protected when the device is placed face down. Precise cutouts are available for access to ports and features, and while the volume rocker and power button are covered, they are still easy to press. The Tudia TPU Bumper case is available from Amazon for $9.90, with color options including black, purple, frosted clear, and teal.

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Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit case

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The Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit cases are made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, and adds practically no bulk to the device. A raised bezel around the front of the phone protects the screen while face down. Precise cutouts allow easy access to all ports, and while the buttons are covered, they are still easy to press. The Bugdroid Circuit case is available in numerous color options, including clear, black, blue, green, teal, smoke, and red, and priced at $9.90.

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Spigen Neo Hybrid

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The Spigen Neo Hybrid offers dual layer protection with it featuring a TPU casing along with a hard polycarbonate frame, providing impact protection while maintaining a slim profile. the TPU case is patterned to allow for a better grip on the device, while adding a bit of flair to it, and the case also comes with metallic button covers for the volume rocker and power button that are easy to press, while adding to the style quotient. The raised lip around the front keeps the display scratch free when the phone is placed face down. The TPU casing features a spider web design for added shock absorption, and will not expand and stretch from heat. While the TPU casing is black, colour options available for the polycarbonate frame include gunmetal, champagne gold, and satin silver. The Spigen Neo Hybrid case is priced starting at $19.99.

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HTC Dot View

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Along with the launch of the HTC One M9, the company has released a new Dot View case to go along with it, bringing some improvements from last year’s iteration, including the addition of a few new color options. The first big change you’ll notice with the M9 Dot View case is the addition of a few new colors to the lineup. The front of the case is still covered in dots and features a hidden magnet that allows the screen to turn on and off when the case is opened and shut. Bringing the phone up to your face activates the Dot View case functionality, and double tapping the case gives you a quick look at your notifications. A bevy of other shortcuts are also available by swiping down, left and right when the case is closed.

The HTC Dot View app has been updated with some new customization, and the case will also allow you to add a scrollable message that will show on the case when you don’t have any notifications. You can check out our hands-on experience with the HTC Dot View case below.

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Spigen Wallet

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The Spigen Wallet features an exterior that is made from a premium faux leather material, and an interior that is lined with microfiber to protect the screen from scratches. It is a sturdy, compact, and comes with folding cover that should protect the device from accidental bumps and scratches. A polycarbonate casing holds the phone firmly in place, and the cover can also be folded into a stand, ideal for media viewing in landscape orientation. The case also include slots for your credit cards or ID, along with a large pocket for cash. The Spigen Wallet case is available for $17.99.

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Aero Armor

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Combining comfort and durability, the Aero Armor case provides multi-layer protection with its high grade TPU material, shock absorbing polymers, and impact resistant polycarbonate construction. The rubberized material allows for good grip, and the textured holes on the shield plate gives a high-tech, modern look. If you’re looking for some good protection at a bargain price, the Aero Armor is the one for you. The case is available for just $3.99, with numerous color options, including black, blue, green, hot pink, orange, purple, red, and white.

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Poetic Revolution

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The Poetic Revolution case comes with a dual-layered construction for reinforced protection, with its hybrid TPU skin and polycarbonate frame for maximum shock-absorbency. An embedded water-resistant screen protector keeps the display scratch free, and sealed tactile buttons and port covers to limit dust accumulation. The $9.95 price point is also quite impressive, and the case is available in a variety of color options, including black, blue/gray, pink/gray, and white/gray.

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Supcase Water Resistant

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The Supcase Water Resistant case redefines rugged protection with this shock proof, dust proof, impact absorbing, water resistant dual layer case. The inner core cushions and surrounds your device, while the polycarbonate shell fortifies the boundaries, along with their being a built-in screen protector to keep the display scratch free. With a large opening to the charging port, all buttons and functions are easy to use. The back plate can also be switched with two other included options, to help you match the color of the HTC One M9 you have. Keep in mind that with both this and the Poetic Revolution above, the case will help with some resistance to water, but doesn’t make the device waterproof. The Supcase Water Resistant case is available for $16.91.

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Otterbox Defender

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Otterbox is well known for its rugged cases, and the Otterbox Defender offers the ultimate protection. The Defender case is made up of a two-piece polycarbonate inner shell that deflects impact force, a built-in clear membrane screen protector that guards against scratches and scrapes, and an outer durable synthetic rubber slip cover that absorbs impact. Port covers block dust and debris from entering and accumulating in jacks and ports. Every Defender Series case comes standard with a belt-clip holster. The clip rotates to any position and holds the device face-in or face-out. Locking the clip in place allows you to use it as a kickstand as well. Available color options include black, blue, glacier, and pink, with the case priced at $49.95.

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