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Samsung Officially Reveals Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic

Sep 01, 2015 - 10:40 AM - by dgstorm

Later yesterday Samsung officially unveiled their new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic round faced smartwatches. Just as was previously rumored, it looks like Sammy took queues from Motorola, and they are finally getting wise to the better aesthetics of a round watch face. The new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic both use a round watch face.


The Gear S2 features a sleek and modern design aesthetic that is a far cry from the bland and boring of the previous Samsung Gear watches. The Gear S2 Classic takes the same round face, but adds a more traditional watch face that Samsung describes as a “timeless watch design.” (Timeless? Does that mean it stops functioning? :D)

You can get the Gear S2 in a dark gray watch and strap, or silver watch with white strap, while the S2 Classic is only available in black, with a matching genuine leather black strap. Both devices will include a round 1.2-inch 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi) circular AMOLED display, include physical rotating bezels and have home/back buttons.

Unsurprisingly, the watches are also NOT Android Wear. They use Tizen, and have a 1GHz dual-core processor. They also contain a battery worth 2-3 days on a single charge, as well as NFC capabilities, mobile payments and wireless charging. Pricing and availability details where not revealed yet, but we will get to see them at IFA on September 3rd.

Here at HQ, we think Samsung should have lead with this design years ago? What do you folks think?
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LG 2015 Flagship Rumors: 5.8-Inch 2K Display & Dual-Rear Cameras

Aug 31, 2015 - 11:20 AM - by dgstorm

We are keeping this hot new leak train rolling this morning! The latest intel is about LG's next 2015 flagship. Even though one of LG's execs recently downgraded the next 2015 LG device from "super premium" to "high class," that doesn't mean it won't be a stout device. In fact, that might be the case in more ways than one.

The latest rumor shares some of the specs for the device and they seem a bit beefy. From the sound of these specs, this next LG will be closer to being another G Pro device than a regular G flagship. The intel indicates that LG is planning on including a 5.8-inch 2K QHD display and dual-rear cameras.

It was only last year that LG paused production of their G Pro line. Could this be a return to form for that line of phablet-style devices?

Source: LG's Upcoming Flagship To Differentiate Itself Through Camera Prowess?
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LG Announces a New Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard Called 'The Rolly'

Aug 27, 2015 - 11:32 AM - by dgstorm

For folks who actually want to be productive with their tablets, LG's latest invention might prove useful. It's called "The Rolly Keyboard" (model KBB-700), and it's basically a foldable bluetooth keyboard that is nearly the same size as your standard PC keyboard.

The Rolly is a Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard in which 4 rows of keys fold up on a central "stick." You can check out the video above for a demo of the device. No details on pricing or availability were revealed at this time, but we will get to see it live at IFA in September.

How many of our members out there could use something like this?

Source: LG DEVELOPS FULL-SIZE KEYBOARD FOR POCKETS | LG Newsroom
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LG Reveals Their Newest Android Tablet: the G Pad II

Aug 24, 2015 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm

While the name won't surprise, the aesthetics just might. LG just unveiled their next generation LG G Pad II Android Tablet. The specs aren't spectacular, but they are nothing to scoff at either. Here's a breakdown:
  • Processor: 2.26GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 Processor
  • Display: 10.1-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 / 224 ppi)
  • Operating System: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Memory: 16GB eMMC / 2GB RAM / microSD
  • Camera: Rear 5MP / Front 2MP
  • Battery: 7,400mAh Size: 254.3 x 161.1 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 489g
  • Network: DL 42 Mbps / UL 5.76Mbps (3G)
  • Connectivity: LTE Cat. 4 CA / Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / A-GPS / USB 2.0
  • Color: Brilliant Bronze
  • Other: Reader Mode / Dual Window / QuickMemo+

It's interesting they are calling the color of this device "Brilliant Bronze" because it looks more Burgundy or Maroon from the pic. Here's a quote with the scant details on availability:

Details of price and availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA 2015 can see the LG G Pad II 10.1 for themselves in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from September 4-9.
Source: LG
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Samsung's New 'Ultimate Test Drive' Promo Offers $1 (for 30 Days) Samsung for iPhone

Aug 21, 2015 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like Sammy is trying to kick Apple in the groin with their latest promotional offer. It's called the "Samsung Ultimate Test Drive" and it aims to get a Samsung into the hands of any iPhone user in the least bit tempted to try out a Samsung device.

The promo actually offers iPhone users the chance to use a new Samsung flagship device for 30 days if they cough up just $1. The program will only work for iPhone users, and in fact, you have to sign up for the program from your iPhone for it to work properly. The three eligible Samsung devices are the Galaxy S6 Edge, the S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5.

You would think that the offer would be free instead of just a buck, but the dollar price for the 30 day tryout actually makes sense. If you do not return whichever Samsung device you choose within 30 days, you will be charged the full retail price for it. The best way for them to secure the phone and setup that future possible transaction is to already charge your card the $1.

Either way, if you have iPhone using friends who might be interested in this deal, send them this link: Samsung Promotions
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Samsung's Next Smartwatch Shows Off in Video with Round Face and Rotating Bezel

Aug 19, 2015 - 3:39 PM - by dgstorm

Samsung's forays into the smartwatch world have been met with limited success. The primary reason for that could probably be attributed to a square and unattractive design. As soon as Motorola debuted the Moto 360 with a round face, Android fans finally stood up and took notice. From then on, other manufacturers, (like LG) moved to the round face as well. It looks like Samsung has finally decided to join the "in" crowd.

Samsung just shared the above teaser trailer for their next smartwatch. It confirms earlier rumors and reports that Sammy's next design would be round-faced. It also seems to confirm rumors that the device would include a rotating bezel. Could we be seeing an innovative idea from Samsung? :eek:

Here's what Sammy said,

What’s next is circular.
The new Samsung Gear S2 is coming.
Ready to turn.
What do you think of Samsung's chances of breaking through in the smartwatch market?
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Google Brings Android One Based Devices to Africa

Aug 18, 2015 - 11:50 AM - by dgstorm

Apparently Google is doing more than "blessing the rains down in Africa." They just announced some new Android One based devices that will soon be available in Africa. The devices have a fancy name designed to catch consumers' attention: Infinix's HOT 2.

The phones are available now in six different African countries, including Ghana, Ivory Coast and Kenya. They are priced just under $90 USD equivalent. Here's a quick breakdown of specs for the device:
  • Quad-core MediaTek CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • A microSD and dualSIM card slots
  • 8-megapixel primary camera
  • 2-megapixel forward camera
  • 5-inch HD screen
  • 2,200mAh battery

You can also get a "premium" version of the device with a gold paint job and 2GB Ram.

We have two comments regarding this device. One, these specs are not too shabby for a sub-$100 device. Two, why can't more Google devices have microSD slots? Grrrrr....:mad:
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Google Shares New 'What's M Going to Be?' Video

Aug 14, 2015 - 3:55 PM - by dgstorm

Google just shared their new teaser video for Android M. They basically dance and sing around the Google front lawn where all of the other Android Desserts are. Here at HQ, the consensus is that the ending of the video teases Marshmallow as the dessert of choice, but it's entirely possible it is also a big fake-out. We wouldn't put it past Google to troll us for fun.

What do you guys think the final dessert marketing name of Android M will be?
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Promo Videos Released

Aug 13, 2015 - 4:22 PM - by dgstorm

Of course Samsung wants to start getting their PR machine going full bore to crank out ads for the shiny (literally) new toys they just revealed. In the thread below we have included the first two video ads for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Enjoy!

Also, please drop by our dedicated sections for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus for more discussions:
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Google vs BMW? Alphabet Trademark Already Owned by the Auto Maker

Aug 12, 2015 - 10:14 AM - by dgstorm

It's possible that Google and BMW might get into a trademark fight very soon. We reported a couple days ago that Google has split itself off into a few different companies with a new umbrella corporation called Alphabet at the top. Unfortunately for Google, the German auto-maker BMW already owns the trademark and alphabet.com domain name.

Normally, this isn't as big of a deal as you might think. Companies can share the same trademark as long as their respective products are not easily confused by consumers. For the most part that shouldn't be a problem between Google and BMW; however, Google is developing self-driving cars, and of course, cars are the main product for BMW, so there could be a problem here.

According to the source of this report, BMW is considering taking legal action against Google. It's also interesting that the alphabet.com domain has been overloaded ever since Google's press announcement on this subject. To be honest, we aren't even sure why BMW owns the domain or what they would use it for. Let's just cross our fingers that another patent war doesn't break out...

Source: Google reveals Alphabet, but BMW already owns that trademark
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Samsung Teases Two New Phones and a Tablet in New Marketing Shot

Aug 06, 2015 - 2:49 PM - by dgstorm

The above PR image was released by Samsung earlier this morning. It obviously is a teaser for both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus that they will reveal on August 13th. On top of these two devices, they also seem to be teasing a new tablet as well.

One could speculate that it's the new 8-inch Galaxy Tab S2, but that was already revealed, and this one has some distinctly different design characteristics. In fact, it looks like there is a slight curvature to the tablet (you can barely perceive it in the upper left corner). Could this be a new Galaxy Edge tablet device? It seems distinctly possible, which has us quite intrigued here at HQ.

What do you guys think? Could the curved displays find a better home on a tablet than a phone?
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Samsung Agrees to Pay $85.8 million to Employees that Got Cancer

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:59 AM - by dgstorm

How would you feel about working for a company that had such lax safety measures at its facilities that you contracted something as bad as cancer? Sadly, that's what happened to more than 200 people who worked at Samsung factories over the last 10 years.

The South Korean activist group "Sharps" found more than 200 individual cases in which workers fell ill after working at one of Samsung's factories. The illnesses were wide-ranging and even included various incurable diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. In fact, over 70 of the stricken individuals have died.

Apparently the problems at the Samsung factory ranged from gas leaks, to radiation leaks and more. Samsung has agreed to address the issues and compensate the afflicted and their families. Here's a quote with a few more details,

Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will create a 100 billion won ($85.8 million) fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers and their families, and for efforts to prevention such diseases at its chip and display factories.

Samsung said in a statement the fund will make payments to workers or families of those who became sick while working at its plants, including contractors. The fund would also pay for research, development of experts and other methods to improve worker safety.
I don't know about you folks, but less than $100 Million dollars spent on research into making factory improvements and to compensate victims seems paltry compared to dying from cancer!

Source: Reuters
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