Looks the South Korean smartphone giant, Samsung, is very near to announcing the next flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S6. According to reports, the company has imported a new device to its Indian facility, with the model number SM-G920F with a list price of $300. This happened on the 17th of this month, just a few days back. The company imports devices to India just before a big launch, probably for final R&D and testing, as listed in the import listing. Anyway, a lot of new things are expected in the next flagship device, including a better camera, an all metal body, and much more.
Source: The Droid Guy
If for some reason you are using one of those Amazon Fire phones, you have good news. The company has announced that it will be updating the operating system on this device very soon. The AT&T variant of the smartphone will be getting a software bump to Fire OS 3.6.5, while the unlocked variant of the device will get the update to Fire OS 3.6.8. The update includes mostly the same contents, which will let you control music from the home screen, use custom ringtones from the Appstore, block phone numbers, and much more. Hit the source link below for a complete changelog.
Source: Phone Dog
If you have a Nexus 5 smartphone and are waiting to get your hands on the awesome new Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update, but don’t have enough patience to wait for the OTA, you can now directly download the image and flash it on your smartphone yourself. This is the official image released by Google on its developer site, so it is safe. But this might be risky as you might end up losing all your data, or worse, bricking your smartphone. So proceed with this only if you know what you are doing, and you know how to do it. Hit the source link for more info.
Source: Talk Android
If you use BlackBerry Messenger on your Android smartphone, there is a major new update of the app waiting for you, in case you haven’t already received it. There are a lot of new features in the new updated version, “including landscape mode, sending stickers in group chats, read receipts for sent pictures, ability to view timed pictures and messages multiple times, a new 60 second timer option for timed pictures and messages and the option to add a photo or attachment from an SD card,” according to 9to5Google. So what are you waiting for? Go to the Play Store and update the app right now.
If you are Windows Phone fan, you would have heard of the McLaren, a device from the Redmond based tech giant, which was come out with the latest version of Windows Phone operating system. But the smartphone was abruptly cancelled earlier this year. Anyway, new leaks and reports say that the ‘flyout tiles’ or Mixview Tiles, are coming back to the Windows Phone mobile operating system soon, in the Windows Phone 10 release. This is still not an official statement, but confirmed from multiple sources. It is still better to wait for the official words on this.
Source: Windows Central
Something that a lot of smartphone OEMs are learning from Motorola is that you can still hit the market and be successful with even mid range smartphones, Moto G for example. So, the Taiwanese smartphone maker, HTC, is following with its own Desire 620. The Desire 620 comes with a 5 inch 720p display, an 8 MP camera on the back, and a 5 MP selfie shooter, 1 GB of RAM, 1.2 GHz quad core Sanpdragon 410 SoC, 2,100 mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat running the show. So, it is not really a big deal, but affordable at €280 ($347).
Source: The Droid Guy
If you are a person into virtual reality and stuff like that, you would be happy to know that the South Korean tech giant, Samsung, has actually put its virtual reality headset, Gear VR, on sale right now. The virtual reality headset can be yours for $200, and it is dubbed the Innovator Edition. The company is quite serious about this, as it asks you to agree that you are going to use it either as a developer or as an early adopter. Only if you agree to this, you will be allowed to buy this bad boy. Interested? Head over to the company’s website.
It’s not like we have a deficiency in the number of messaging apps on the Play Store or the iTunes Store. But there are new messaging apps coming up frequently, and we’ll have to install them, and ask our friends to install them, just to try it out. Anyway, Pip, a product from a group within AOL, is something unique, in a way. The app is used just to send predefined text messages to a contact. So you typically use this when you are in a hurry and don’t have enough time to type out the messages. This is already doing pretty good. If you have the time and the patience, give it a try.
Source: Tech Crunch
Apple is in trouble again. But this, for another douchebag move on its own accord. A new antitrust suit has been filed against the Cupertino based tech giant on Wednesday. The suit states that the company deleted user’s music purchased on a rival service while syncing with iTunes. This happened during 2007 to 2009. “You guys decided to give them the worst possible experience and blow up” a user’s music library, attorney Patrick Coughlin said in U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif. There is still time to see what the Cupertino tech giant comes up to cover this up.
Source: Wall Street Journal
If you are a Microsoft Xbox One or Xbox 360 gamer, you would know that the service is down. The Redmond based tech giant has not yet updated the status website to reflect this, but the gamers have taken it to forums and social networks to report it. Anyway, hacker group Lizard Squad has kind of taken the responsibility for this down time. The company has not yet officially confirmed that it is a hacker attack, but it would not be fair to either accept it, or reject it. We are still waiting for some official words on this by Microsoft.
Source: Venture Beat