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Alleged photo of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active leaks out

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Samsung has offered a ruggedized variant of its flagship Galaxy S line of smartphones for a few years now, and it looks like the company isn’t giving up on them anytime soon. A new photo has just leaked out courtesy of GSMArena, giving us a first look at Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 Active.

Looking at the image above, the Galaxy S6 Active looks to feature a natural design progression from previous Active models. As you can see, the device features familiar rugged back and side panels, with the heart rate monitor sitting up top next to the camera module. The front of the device looks to feature a very similar design to the Galaxy S5 Active, complete with tactile recent apps, home and back keys. Much like the GS5 Active, this one doesn’t look like it will feature a fingerprint sensor, either.

When it comes to specs, rumor has it that the device will sport model number SM-G890A, and feature a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a 14nm Exynos 7420 processor, a 16MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera and a beefy 3500mAh battery. As a refresher, the Galaxy S6 proper only has a 2550mAh unit.

If this leak is correct, AT&T users will eventually be able to get their hands on the device. We have no information on rumored pricing or availability quite yet, but we speculate that the device could launch sometime around a May/June timeframe.

So, what do you think? Is the Galaxy S6 Active the phone for you?

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Source:: android authority

    

LG G4 trial program comes to Canada, lucky participants will take home their own G4

By Jimmy Westenberg

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LG recently launched LG G4 trial programs for the United States and the U.K., giving users in those countries a great opportunity to try out the flagship before everyone else. Now LG is bringing a similar promotion to Canada, allowing some lucky users to test drive the device for four weeks.

If you’re interested in the program, you’ll need to head over to the enrollment page and sign in to your Facebook or Twitter account. Next, you’ll need to explain to LG why you deserve to test drive the device, and that’s it! LG will select 35 lucky participants who will get to use a review device for four whole weeks. Unlike the other two trial programs, though, Canadian participants will have the option to win their very own LG G4 by completing a series of “missions” during their time with the device.

The recruitment period is going on now and ends Sunday, May 24th. LG will announce the lucky winners on Tuesday, May 26th. There’s quite a lot of fine print when it comes to these things, so head to the Terms & Conditions page for some more information. Sounds like a pretty great deal, right? Head to the source link below to sign up for the contest!

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Source:: android authority

    

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S6 Active photos pop up online

By Dustin Earley

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Fancy throwing your phone in a river but want the best display you can buy in a smartphone? How about taking pictures in a sandstorm with the best camera Android has to offer? Then we have a leak for you.

GSM Arena has gotten their hands on photos of what appear to be an AT&T-branded Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. Like previous Active series devices, the S6 Active looks like it’s built to withstand the elements. And it seems to retain most of its features over from the normal Galaxy S6, Exynos 7420, 5.1-inch QHD display, 16-megapixel camera and all. It does ditch the fingerprint sensor, but more than makes up for it with a 3,500mAh battery, 900mAh bigger than the one found in the Galaxy S6.

It’s worth noting that there’s no way to know if this is the real deal just yet, but we have no reason to believe it isn’t. If S6 Active units are in the wild now, expect to see more leaks start showing up shortly.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Most anticipated Android phones of late 2015

By Andrew Grush

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Will the Note 5 see the GS6’s design language carry over?

2015 has been an epic year for smartphones so far with Samsung, in particular, making waves for its new glass and metal design on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. We’ve also seen the HTC One M9, the LG G4, the Huawei P8, and the Japanese-exclusive Sony Xperia Z4. As we head closer to the second half of the year we can look forward to many more devices from Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, OnePlus, and others.

With that in mind, we take a look at some of the most anticipated phones that are expected to arrive in the second half 2015. Just remember, not all of these devices have been confirmed to even exist, so take the rumored specs and details with a grain of salt.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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Samsung has been the top dog in the phablet market for years, and last year’s Galaxy Note 4 absolutely lived up to the hype. Although the device was pretty pricey compared to other smartphones on the market, the Note 4 featured top of the line specifications, build quality and experience. So what could the company do to improve with the Note 5? According to a recent report, it looks like we’re already getting some of that information.

Recent rumors suggest that, unlike the Note 4 and Note Edge of last year, this year’s Note 5 and Note Edge 2 won’t be exactly alike this time around. Talking specifically of the Note 5, the device will reportedly have either a 2K or 4K Super AMOLED display along with an Exynos 7422 processor and an in-house modem. It’s also possible that the Note 5 could offer up an all-in-one ePop solution, which means the CPU, GPU, storage, modem, and RAM will all be combined into a single chip.

We haven’t heard any rumors regarding the Note 5’s chassis, though the recent switch to glass and metal on the Galaxy S6 makes us wonder if Samsung will switch to more premium materials with its upcoming phablet. The switch to an all-glass design is bittersweet – on one hand, the phone feels much more premium, but on the other hand, Samsung needed to do away with the removable battery when it ditched the plastic in the S6. Samsung has been experiencing a ton of feedback, both positive and negative, from diehard fans, so we’re not sure what the company plans to do. It’s also possible that the Note 5 could feature a real leather back, similar to what we saw on the LG G4.


LG G4 Note

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The LG G4 may not be the only major flagship from LG this year.

LG has tried making its way into the phablet market for years, first with 2011’s Optimus Vu, then with the G Pro line in 2013. Both of these devices lacked any real stylus integration and software that was optimized for their larger screens, which was ultimately why both devices failed. But it seems that LG is now looking to get back into the phablet market, in hopes of taking on Samsung’s Galaxy Note line and Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

LG filed for a trademark back in December for products called the G Pen and the G Scrawl. While the descriptions for these filings were pretty vague, there has been speculation that the G Pen could be a special stylus designed to compete with Samsung’s S Pen from the Note series. As for the G Scrawl, it seems plausible that this could be some kind of software feature that works in conjunction with the G Pen. Not many details have been outed regarding these two filings quite yet. We’ve also heard that LG is planning to launch a smartphone in H2 of this year that will “stand above the G series“. Whether the company is referring to a phablet or not, it seems entirely possible that the smartphone will have a large screen, seeing as how LG just recently filed a patent for the name “LG G4 Note”.

We have little to no information on the device’s specifications so far. What’s for certain, though, is that the device will likely have better stylus integration than we saw with the Optimus Vu and better-optimized software than on the G Pro line.


Motorola Moto X (2015)

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Unlike other offerings from LG and Samsung, Motorola’s recent flagship devices have featured a different philosophy. Instead of trying to cram in the best specifications on the market, the 2013 and 2014 Moto X devices were somewhat reserved on the spec front, most likely because Motorola wanted to keep the cost down to a price that more users could afford. Combining decent specifications, a more affordable price point, the customization options of Moto Maker and a vanilla Android experience, the Moto X 2014 was one heck of a smartphone. So what could Motorola change …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Nestle and Google are at it again with YouTube Break KitKat bars

By Dustin Earley

Digital brands are desperately looking for a way to ground themselves in reality, and traditional brands are desperately looking for a way to seem connected and forward thinking. This is apparently what it looks like when those two things come together.

To celebrate 80 years of KitKat and 10 years of YouTube, Nestle and Google have joined together to release a limited edition repackaging of KitKat bars in the UK that say YouTube Break instead of KitKat. To coincide with the repackaging, Google has made it so that when users search for “YouTube my break” (yes, this is real) a list of top trending YouTube videos will be brought up. Pure genius.

It doesn’t look like YouTube Break bars will be coming to the US, but there are more KitKat partnerships coming in the near future. Here’s to hoping Gmail Crunch bars lie somewhere ahead in our dark, branded futures.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Sony Xperia Z4 and more reportedly coming to Verizon

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Sony officially unveiled its new flagship, the Xperia Z4, just a few weeks ago. We haven’t heard much information about the handset’s availability outside of Japan quite yet, and we’re still awaiting news from the company as to whether or not the handset will be rebranded as the Z3+ for international markets. While we wait for official word from Sony, it’s looking like the Z4 might end up making its way to Verizon, according to retired leaker @evleaks.

Coming to Verizon: iPad mini 4, Xperia Z4, GPad X 8.3, Desire 526

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 12, 2015

Sony’s presence in the United States hasn’t been as prominent as many consumers would like, though we saw that change when T-Mobile started carrying the Z3, and Verizon the Z3v. Because of this, it’s not completely surprising that the Z4 may be making its way to Big Red.

Additionally, Mr. Blass also revealed that the unannounced LG G Pad X 8.3 will also make its way to the carrier. This is the first time we’re hearing about the tablet, though this doesn’t really surprise us either. LG’s previous two tablets, the G Pad 7.0 and 8.0, proved themselves as viable options in the tablet market, so it makes sense that we may see a new offering from LG soon.

Also on the list of devices coming to Verizon is the HTC Desire 526, a budget-friendly Android KitKat-powered device that’s already available in India. No details were given regarding a release timeframe for any of these devices, so we’ll let you know if we hear any information.

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Source:: android authority

    

Android 5.0 Lollipop making its way to the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

By Jimmy Westenberg

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AT&T is beginning to roll out Android 5.0.2 to the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The update, which will bring the device’s build number up to T807AUCU1BOD4, comes in at a 1147MB download.

Read more: Here’s how Lollipop 5.0.2 looks on the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5

So what’s new in Android 5.0.2 Lollipop? Along with dozens of aesthetic changes like the move to Google’s Material Design and improved animations, a number of under the hood changes are present as well. The tablet will now run on the Android Runtime (ART) by default, and will also receive some new security features. Additionally, the tablet will get an improved quick settings menu, actionable lock screen notifications and more. If you’re interested, check out the full changelog below.

Android 5.0.2 Operating System update which includes Lollipop 5.0 and the additional enhancements:

  • “Quick Settings” updated
  • Additional animations to the 5.0 update
  • Improved notifications
  • Device Protection: More protection for lost/stolen devices. Lost or stolen device will remain locked until user signs in with their Google account – even if someone erases the device using the factory data reset option in settings.

The update is just now rolling out, so it may take a few days to get to everyone. To check for the update manually, head to Settings>General>About device>Software update>Check for updates.

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Source:: android authority

    

Samsung reveals new details on upcoming round smartwatch

By Dustin Earley

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With the release of the latest Samsung Gear smartwatch SDK today, Samsung has revealed a handful of new information on its upcoming smartwatch including some hardware specs, navigation details and how the UI of the Tizen-powered device will look.

According to the SDK, the “next Gear,” or Gear A as it’s rumored to be released as, features an all-metal, round design with a rotating bezel and 1.65-inch 360×360 display. We can also expect the next Gear to launch with WiFi, GPS, cellular radios, an accelerometer, gyrosensor, heart rate monitor, pressure sensor and magnetic sensor.

The rotating bezel on the next Gear will be tied to navigation on the device. Turning the bezel left and right will do everything from changing the volume to zooming in on images and inputing numbers. The rest of the UI looks pretty standard for a modern smartwatch with large tappable targets and easy to understand chunks of information. Considering what we’re used to seeing out of Samsung, it looks very nice.

To see more of what the next Gear, check out the gallery below. You can expect the device to launch sometime this fall alongside the Galaxy Note 5.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Motorola’s second generation Moto 360 could be one step closer to release

By Dustin Earley

Motorola’s round Android Wear powered smartwatch, the Moto 360, became the smartwatch to beat last year, flat tire and all. Anyone with any interest in wearables in looking to Motorola again this year to see where the company takes the second generation Moto 360. If speculation pans out then we might just get to see what Motorola has planned for the second gen Moto 360 sooner rather than later.

A Motorola device bearing the model number BTMW03 was recently assessed by the official Bluetooth Special Interest Group to make sure the Bluetooth portion of the device is ready for primetime. Under the design description for the device, we see the BTMW03 is a “Motorola Android Device.” This coupled with the fact that the original Moto 360 is the BTMW01 leads us to believe the device that just passed Bluetooth certification is the second generation Moto 360.

While we might not see the second generation Moto 360 go on sale for some time now, we wouldn’t be surprised if Motorola used Google I/O as the official unveiling grounds for the smartwatch. With Google I/O right around the corner, we’ll be on the lookout for any whispers or leaks on the second generation Moto 360, as they just might start popping up any day now.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Swype gets easier number entry and two-word phrase prediction in version 1.9 update

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Swype users will be happy to hear that their favorite third party keyboard app is receiving quite the update. Now live in the Google Play Store, the update to version 1.9 brings a few notable improvements that will help make your typing experience much smoother. For starters, you’ll now have an easier time entering in numbers. After you receive the update, you’ll be able to simply tap on the keys that have numbers as secondary characters to get suggestions for those numbers. For example, if you type in “tyqu”, Swype will suggest the number “5617”. This works for symbol entry, as well.

Swype also now has the ability to predict two-word phrases, allowing you to type out short phrases much quicker. Also in this update is support for Chinese cloud prediction and various bug fixes and performance improvements. If you’re interested, check out the full version 1.9 changelog below:

  • Easy number entry – tapping on keys that have numbers as secondary characters will provide a number / symbol suggestion (ex: tapping “ejqp” suggests “3:10″, “swpp” suggests “$200″)
  • Phrase prediction – Swype can now predict two-word phrases (ex: entering “How” could predict “are you” )
  • Chinese Cloud Prediction
  • Various crash and bug fixes (thanks for reporting!)

If you have yet to try Swype, you can check out the 30-day free trial or hit up the download link below to buy the premium version for $0.99. The update is now live in the Google Play Store, so be sure to grab it if Swype is your keyboard of choice.

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Source:: android authority