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More details have emerged about the Galaxy S6′s camera

By Nick Sarafolean

Further details about the camera on the Galaxy S6 have emerged, courtesy of SamMobile. The source cited in the report has been using a Galaxy S6 prototype that features a 20-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The 20-megapixel rear camera features optical image stabilization and the ability to shoot in several different resolutions and aspect ratios. The 5-megapixel front-facing camera is the same as the one found on the Galaxy A series of devices.

SamMobile‘s source has also given information on new camera and gallery software. Samsung is using the new camera APIs from Lollipop to enable a “Pro” camera mode on the Galaxy S6. This will include three different focusing modes including manual focusing, control over shutter speeds and the ability to save RAW images for better quality in post-processing. The Gallery app is designed to be more intuitive with text accompanying symbols within the app, making navigation easier for novices.

It’s unclear whether or not the 20-megapixel sensor will make it to the standard Galaxy S6. SamMobile says that it is possible that the 20-megapixel sensor will be confined to the Galaxy Edge, which will be less widely available and will already come with a premium price tag.

Samsung has also begun to hype the camera on the Galaxy S6 by putting up a blog post entitled, “The Future of Cameras is in a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone.” The article doesn’t give any details, but recaps the progression of cameras through past Galaxy S smartphones.

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Source:: androidandme


Samsung promises intelligent Galaxy S6 camera, new details leaked

By Rob Triggs

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We are inching closer to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and a lot of the recent focus and leaks have centered on form and build materials. However, Samsung’s DongHoon Jang is trying to build some hype for the handset’s new technologies, promising that the company’s 2015 flagship will contain Samsung’s most intelligent camera technology to date.

Although no specific details were given out about hardware or features, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will apparently automatically manage lighting conditions, improve HDR techniques and make the camera experience more intuitive, so that users end up with “amazing pictures under any conditions.” Essentially, Samsung is suggesting that it has put a lot of work into smart camera software, so we can almost certainly expect some new camera and gallery app features when the Galaxy S6 rolls around.

Jang also talks about the increasing importance of high-quality front facing cameras, suggesting that Samsung’s next flagship will likely follow in the footsteps of the recent Galaxy A series, which all feature 5MP front facing cameras. The post also makes reference to the increasing resolution of Samsung’s camera technology over previous Galaxy S generations, which ties in nicely to some new details obtained by SamMobile.

According to leaked details from a Galaxy S6 prototype, the handset may ship with a 20-megapixel optical image stabilization rear camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera, as spotted in a recent benchmark. This echoes the sentiments expressed in Samsung’s statement. The prototype could take photos in 20MP (5952×3348), 15MP (4464×3348), 11MP (3344×3344), 8MP (3264×2448), 6MP (3264×1836) and 2.4MP (2048×1152) resolutions.

Furthermore, the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge will also apparently make use of new camera APIs made available in Android Lollipop. The handset’s “Pro Mode” is said to allow users to pick between three different focus modes, manually adjust shutter speeds, and has the option to save high-quality RAW images.

However, it is unclear whether Samsung will use such a high-resolution sensor and all of these rumored features in its final product. Cost and mass production issues could be a limiting factor in the module’s availability, but perhaps we could see a 20MP module reserved for the S6 Edge variant, as it would ship in smaller quantities.

Are improved camera technologies near the top of your wish-list for the Galaxy S6?

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Source:: android authority


Samsung investing heavily in OLED display production

By Rob Triggs

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Samsung has announced plans to invest 4 trillion won ($3.6 trillion) into organic light-emitting diode (OLED) production for medium and small-sized panels found in mobile and other consumer electronics products.

The investment will be spread between 2015 and 2017 and could help Samsung offset falling revenues resulting from the well documented decline in the company’s handset sales.

We have already seen similar boosts to Samsung’s semiconductor business help prop up profits last quarter and the company is expected to begin building a 15.6 trillion won chip production plant in South Korea within the next few months. The outlook for Samsung’s various component manufacturing arms seems much more positive than mobile sale expectations.

According to analysts, the new production line will likely initially focus on production for Samsung’s own products, such as curved panels for the Galaxy Note Edge and rumored Galaxy S6 curved displays. Further down the line, Samsung could begin providing OLED products to rival mobile firms who don’t have their own production capabilities. However, LG Display, Samsung’s largest competitor in the flexible display space, is reported to be investing between 1 and 1.2 trillion won into additional OLED production capacity later this year also.

With mobile shipments slowing over the past 12 months, Samsung may become increasingly reliant on external customers for revenue growth. The company’s leading OLED and semiconductor production technologies could well become increasingly important aspects of Samsung’s business model in the next few years.

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Source:: android authority


Bloomberg confirms “all-metal” Galaxy S6 and Edge, as more renders and schematics surface

By Bogdan Petrovan

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Render made by UnderKG based on available information

The Galaxy S6 and its double-edged sibling have starred in dozens of rumors and renders over the last couple of weeks, but most of them came from unverified or unreliable sources.

Now a highly respected news organization is weighing in on the matter, confirming key details about the upcoming Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Citing “people with direct knowledge of the matter,” Bloomberg confirmed today that both the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge will feature “all-metal” bodies and Samsung’s “most advanced processor chips.” Both devices will feature 5.1-inch screens and metal frames manufactured by Chinese supplier BYD Electronic, said the sources.

The report cites analyst Lee Seung Woo of Korean firm IBK Securities saying that Samsung is looking at curved screens that wrap around the edges as a differentiator against both Apple, which pummeled Samsung last quarter, and the wave of budget-focused competitors nipping at Samsung’s market share. “Samsung need a model with new technology to stop the iPhone juggernaut and to distinguish it from others,” said the analyst.

All in all, this Bloomberg report adds credence to the rather amorphous body of rumors and unverified stories that coalesced around Samsung’s Next Big Thing.

In more traditional leak territory, Korean website UnderKG (via GforGames) came up with a series of product schematics and renders that allegedly show the upcoming Galaxy S6. The images are consistent with the news and other renders we’ve seen this past week, as well as with the “all-metal” build mentioned by Bloomberg.

Note that these are not press renders or other official imagery. They are renders made by UnderKG based on info it secured.

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The designs show rounded metallic edges and a port and speaker placement that somehow resemble the latest iPhones. If this ends up being the actual design, Samsung may be exposing itself to more copycatting allegations. Then again, Samsung could argue that designing an all-metal device imposes certain limitations, like the necessity for plastic cutouts for antennas.

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The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be unveiled on March 1, ahead of MWC Barcelona. Stay tuned for more.

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Source:: android authority


HTC’s first wearable rumored to run RTOS, not Android Wear

By Rob Triggs


@upleaks is at it again, this time with rumored details of HTC‘s first wearable, codenamed PETRA. The wearable is expected to arrive pretty soon too, with a rumored launch period of Q1 2015.

According to the leak, PETRA will come with a 1.8-inch, 32×160 pixel PMOLED flexible display, low-power Cortex-M3 based STM32L151 processing package, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity and an IP57 rating for water and dust proofing. Although we don’t know about the battery size, it is said to be able to last 3 or more days on a single charge.

The rumor also contains some interesting information about the device’s software. Apparently, users can control an alarm, stopwatch, music playback, camera shutter, your calendar schedule and phone notifications from the wearable. It also supports sleep and sport analysis, and might also come packaged with a footpad to more accurately track your steps and exercise regime.

Perhaps the biggest detail in the rumor is that PETRA will be running HTC’s own RTOS operating system, rather than making use of Google’s Android Wear platform. The leak adds HTC to a growing list of wearable developers that are said to be diversifying away from Google’s wearable operating system. Furthermore, the PETRA will play nice with phones running Android 4.4 or later and Apple products running iOS 7.0 or later.

HTC’s wearable is pegged for a worldwide release sometime this quarter, with the USA rumored to be the first region on the rollout plan. Of course, these details aren’t confirmed, but there’s certainly plenty to mull over in the run up to HTC’s first wearable launch.

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Source:: android authority


Lenovo P70: 5-inch phone with a 4000mAh battery

By Rob Triggs


Fed up with unsatisfactory battery life? Well, the newly announced mid-range Lenovo P70 should certainly last you through the day with its huge 4,000mAh battery. The handset also boasts an impressive standby time of 32 days on a 2G network and over 30 days when connected to 4G.

To help keep the power consumption reasonable, the Lenovo P70 packs in some familiar mid-range hardware. The 5-inch IPS display has a resolution of 720p and the SoC is a MediaTek MT6752, which features eight energy efficient ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. The smartphone also comes equipped with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, 13MP rear camera with flash, 5MP front facing camera, and dual-SIM compatibility. Not forgetting the 4,000mAh battery too.

Fortunately, the huge battery hasn’t had much of an impact on the thickness of weight of the P70. The smartphone has dimensions of 142 x 71.8 x 8.9 mm and a weight of 149g, so it’s no heavier than the slightly larger LG G3.

As for connectivity, the MT6752 is equipped with Category 4 (up to 150Mbps download) dual-mode LTE modem for FDD & TDD, DC-HSPA+ and TD-SCDMA networks. There is also the usual assortment of Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, radio, and GPS functionality.

lenovo-smartphone-p70-front-detail-2The handset is currently only available in China for a price of 1,399 Yuan (around $220 or €198). There’s no word on if or when the P70 will début outside of the region, but hopefully big batteries will catch on soon.

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Source:: android authority


Lollipop update hitting Galaxy Note 4, starting in Poland

By Matthew Benson

Galaxy Note 4 Android Lollipop

Believe it or not, this screenshot was posted way back in December. Now approaching Mid-February, Lollipop is finally launching for the Note 4, in Poland at least.

When it comes to Lollipop, suffice to say that some have been showered in sweets more than others; the Moto X, LG G3, and Samsung Galaxy S5 come to mind in addition to the GPe devices and Nexus devices. Meanwhile, in recent weeks even the Galaxy S4 has received Android 5.X. To say that Galaxy Note 4 owners are a bit upset might be an understatement, though fortunately it seems the time may finally be right.

For owners of the SM-910C variant in Poland, today is the day for loading up Lollipop. Reports indicate that while the Android 5.0.1 update is not yet available on Kies, it is being pushed to some devices as an OTA update. Those eager to snack on sweets can try to force things by accessing the “Check for Updates” section in the Settings > About Device menu. However, it’s not a sure-fire shot unfortunately, and thus waiting is the name of the game.

Android enthusiasts may recall that Poland was also the first place to receive the Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 and the LG G3, and thus the country’s status as a testing ground before widespread roll-out seems to be continuing. With LG it was only a matter of a few weeks before the update was deployed across Europe in a larger fashion, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the same follow suit here with Samsung’s fabulous phablet.

While this might be a breath of fresh air to those living in some parts of the world, for those in North America (the USA in particular), the game of patience is seemingly a much longer road to glory: recall that the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update only began to release to US carrier variants in the recent past.

The Lollipop update brings the Note 4 a refreshed appearance, lockscreen notifications, heads-up notifications, and improved performance and battery life, among others.

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When will the Note Edge see Lollipop? Alas the answer is as rhetorical as the famous Tootsie Pop question.

It remains to be seen when the Galaxy Note Edge will receive the latest major Android release. While a leaked build has been seen before, there is no solid news of a date to declare. Given the recent report that the device sold far less than a million units however, it might be a fair assumption to think Samsung is a bit more focused on getting the Note 4 out the door before changing gears to its sloped sibling.

Hopefully this bit of good news will brighten the smiles of our readers. as opposed to leaked builds and test versions with no launch in site. Please feel free to share impressions or thoughts if and when your Note 4 is updated!

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Source:: android authority


NVIDIA Press Invitations rolling out, new gaming product coming March 3rd

By Jonathan Feist

Nvidia March 3 Gaming Announcement

Are you ready to see a big change in the world of gaming? NVIDIA says they’ve got a product demonstration coming up that has been five years in the making, ready to “redefine the future of gaming,” and it all takes place on March 3rd, just before the start of all the other MWC announcements next month.

NVIDIA has been up to big things lately, their latest chipset on the market, the Tegra K1, has been running very well in devices like the Nexus 9. The successor Tegra X1 was announced at CES in January, expanding the availability of high-end 64-bit mobile processors on the market.

We only just heard that NVIDIA has an update to their SHIELD Tablet in the works as well, expected to rock that latest Tegra X SoC.

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NVIDIA is not new to the gaming scene either, having previously released a SHIELD mobile gaming unit, and a gaming controller. Amazon and Google released their own console offerings, the Fire TV and Nexus Player, respectively. With competition heating up, we will all be winners with better devices headed to market.

MWC is coming, are you excited to see a new gaming device from NVIDIA?

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Source:: android authority


HTC’s wearable rumored to run ‘RTOS’ on 1.8-inch display

By Alex Wagner

There’s been a lot of focus on the HTC One (M9) lately, but a new report suggests that HTC’s got another important device brewing.

A new report from @upleaks claims to have details on HTC’s first wearable, referred to as the “PETRA”. It’s said that the PETRA will pass on Android Wear and instead run “RTOS”, an operating system that’s developed by HTC. The device will reportedly support devices running Android 4.4 or higher and iOS 7 or higher. Some of its software features may include a timer, stopwatch, alarm, music controls, camera shutter, the ability to display a paired phone’s notifications, and more.

In terms of hardware, it’s said that the HTC PETRA will feature a 1.8-inch 160×32 PMOLED flexible screen, ST Micro STM32L151 chipset, Bluetooth, GPS, a battery that’ll last 3 days, and the ability to charge over POGO Pin or USB. All of those features are reportedly wrapped in a body that weighs 23 grams, will come in small, medium, and large sizes, and is both IP57 rated for resistance to water and dust and has also passed MIL-STD-810G for durability.

It’s suggested that the HTC PETRA could launch in Q1 2015 and that it’ll debut in the U.S. first. There’s no word on pricing. However, it is said that the PETRA will come in teal/lime and black/blue gray color options and that it’ll include a footpad that’ll help you to better analyze your footsteps.

While still very much unconfirmed, the device described in today’s leak sounds a little like the Samsung Gear Fit in that it’s got a rectangular screen and that it’s kind of a fitness tracker with some smartwatch capabilities mixed in. HTC has shown that it’s got an interest in fitness by partnering with Under Armour, and so this wearable could be a continuation of that effort and HTC’s plan to venture outside of smartphones and tablets. And while it’s kind of a disappointment that the HTC wearable may not run Android Wear, HTC may see an OS that supports both Android and iOS out of the gate as a better way to get consumers’ attention.

What do you think of the device described in today’s leak?

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Source:: androidandme


Google to discard support for SPDY in Chrome as HTTP/2 becomes standard

By Jimmy Westenberg


The SPDY protocol was introduced by Google in 2009, aiming to make web browsing much faster and more secure than sites running hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). HTTP has been the standard networking protocol that powers the web since it came to be, though it used to be much slower and less secure. However, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has been working to update version 1.1 of HTTP to a new version of the protocol called HTTP/2. As the new version of the protocol is on its way to becoming standard, Google has announced that the company will no longer use the SPDY protocol in Chrome.

HTTP/2’s main benefit is improved performance. The new version has added multiplexing, header compression, prioritization and protocol negotiation over the years. Plus, it’s now backed as an industry standard, which is why Google is ditching support for their native protocol. Google explains:

We’re happy to have contributed to the open standards process that led to HTTP/2, and hope to see wide adoption given the broad industry engagement on standardization and implementation. We also look forward to further advancements in fundamental Internet protocols that lead to a faster and more secure Internet for everyone.

Google plans to completely remove support for SPDY from Chrome in early 2016. At the same time, Google will also remove support for NPN, a TLS extension, in favor of ALPN in Chrome. The company strongly urges server developers to move to HTTP/2 and ALPN. HTTP/2 support will gradually begin rolling out to Chrome 40 in the upcoming weeks.

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Source:: android authority