The Galaxy Note 5 clearly was the big winner from Thursday's Samsung Unpacked event — if you don't live in Europe, anyway — and that means the discussions are really starting to heat up in our Note 5 forums.
Sprint is now pushing out an update for the HTC One M8, which contains a patch for the Stagefright exploit. Several Samsung phones on Sprint have already received the update, and it is great to see updates being pushed from other manufacturers as well. The update bumps the phone up to software version 4.25.651.18.
If you have not already received the update notification, you can manually check for the update by heading into your phones Settings then checking for the update. Receiving the update on another device? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
Update: PCWorld reports that, according to a Google spokesperson, the Project Ara sales pilot project for Puerto Rico is no longer going to happen. The spokesperson offered no other details.
Original story: Project Ara, which is Google's effort to create a smartphone using quickly changed modular parts, is looking like it has hit a snag. The project's official Twitter feed has posted a series of messages indicating a delay in the launch of its sales pilot project in Puerto Rico, which was supposed to happen by the end of 2015.
Samsung's decision to deny European buyers its best smartphone is weird and unnecessary.
As tick follows tock, each year Samsung has followed up its Galaxy S handset with a new Galaxy Note. It was one of the more reliable, almost inevitable events of the tech calendar. Every 12 months the Note family has introduced a new member at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany. And each time it's been the gold standard for what's possible in a big-screened, high-end Android handset.
Note owners are fiercely loyal. It's been said among fans of the series that the only thing that can replace a Note is another Note.
Although nothing's official yet, it is looking more and more likely that we'll see two Nexus smartphones this year, with Huawei and LG claimed to be the manufacturers. Huawei's Nexus leak from earlier this month suggested that the phone will feature a 5.7-inch QHD display, while LG's model is expected to come with a 5.2-inch display.
Leaked live photos will undoubtedly start showing up as we head closer to the October release cycle for Nexus devices, but for now, renders of the LG-made Nexus based on "detailed factory schematics provided to accessory-makers" have emerged online.
After a quiet announcement earlier this summer, Samsung gave us our first look at its latest high-end tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2 series at its "London Unpacked" event in the UK. The latest in a long line of Samsung tablets, the Tab S2 builds on the Korean giant's 2014 efforts with high-end Android slates positioned at two key screen sizes — 8.0 and 9.7 inches.
Samsung made no mention of the 128GB variant during the unveil of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, with the phones available in 32 and 64GB editions. It looks like the manufacturer may offer the higher-storage model as well, based on the handsets' listing on Samsung's official website:
Not sure if you'll make use of the additional functionality offered by the S Pen on the Galaxy Note 5? Does that dual-curve screen on the Galaxy S6 edge+ strike your fancy? With Samsung offering two leading handsets in its Note and Galaxy S line simultaneously for the first time, there's a lot to choose from.
With Samsung finally taking the wraps off of the Galaxy Note 5, it's an honest comparison to put it up alongside LG's big device for the year — the G4. Both phones pack big screens, high-end specs and a few neat features that set them apart from each other and the rest of the smartphone pack. Here's a quick comparison of the leading devices from Samsung and LG, read on.
If you're having trouble keeping up, we don't blame you. Samsung bludgeoned us today with a bevy of new products. Smartphones. Payment systems. It even teased a new round smartwatch. It was one hell of a liveblog.
There's a lot that's new, but also a lot that's building upon products we've become intimately familiar with over the past several months. There's definitely something for most everyone here.
So let's break it all down in one easy-to-digest post.
Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ have officially begun, and here is where you can place yours. We have already seen all of the major US carriers commit to carrying the new phones, with official availability beginning on August 21.
There's a certain segment of smartphone users — and we're not judging here — who just have to have a hardware keyboard. (We hear you. We grew up on Treos and Droids and Motorola Q9s that all had buttons with letters on them. (Some of us even used ... what was it called ... Blackberry!) But hardware keyboards have mostly gone the way of the dinosaur — until today.
Samsung has a keyboard cover for the Galaxy Note 5and the Galaxy S6 edge+ (and soon the original Galaxy S6 and S6 edge as well) that brings the hardware keyboard back to the phablet family. It's a four-row deal, complete with hardware buttons for home, multitasking and back. It'll cost $80, and be available in black, silver and gold. It's capacitive, actually, so the keys strike down on part of the display. That means no Bluetooth connection, and it doesn't have a built-in battery or anything. Just a cover, and and keyboard.
The keyboard itself is detachable, so you can use the cover without blocking the bottom of the phone all the time. That's not a horrible tradeoff. Plus you get the added protection of a case and cover.
And perhaps most important is that Samsung remembered secondary functions, including symbols — and a dialer section.
The just announced Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ will be offered by the major wireless carriers in the future. Pre-orders for these phones are expected to being at 3 pm Eastern time (Noon Pacific time).
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