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Image inside Galaxy Note 4 To Be The First Phone With A Flexible, 3-Sided Youm Display?

By Jago - 1 day ago


Samsung Galaxy Note 4: The First With A Flexible, 3-sided Youm Display?

Leave it to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to make people fall in love with smartphones with flexible displays, right?

Flexible display tech is the rage now-a-days, along with wearable devices. However, if on the wearable side things are looking great, with Android Wear devices on their way and with Samsung and other smaller manufacturers testing waters with various concepts, many were left disappointed disappointed when the first smartphones featuring a flexible display have been released, towards the end of 2013. However, according to the latest, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will try to change peopleÂ’s perception regarding flexible displays. Join us after the break for the whole story.


According to the Korean media, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be the first smartphone to feature Samsung’s already famous “Youm” flexible display. Yes, we know you thought that the Galaxy Round was using this kind of display. Many were fooled, but in fact, Samsung never mentioned this term when talking, promoting or even documenting the Galaxy Round. Even more, some are considering that Galaxy Round’s display is a “normal” one, curved into a fixed position.

However, getting back to the subject at hand, aside from the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will use the companyÂ’s Youm flexible display, the same publication, citing industry insiders, says that the screen will be three sided. Wait! What?

The term “three-sided” display is used to suggest that various notifications, messages and what not, will be readable at an angle. For those of you who might not remember, Samsung actually demoed this kind of device in the past.

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All the above info comes shortly after a Samsung representative confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will feature a “new form factor“.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4: The First With A Flexible, 3-sided Youm Display?

 
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Article inside Galaxy Note 3 (Certified Like-New) on AT&T is $249 Off Contract

By Ruthless2TheEnd - 1 day ago




Here is your ultimate deal of the weekend. AT&T is currently selling a “certified like-new” Galaxy Note 3 for $249 without a contract. Yes, we’re talking Note 3, not Note 2. This is the same Note 3 that typically runs $299 on-contract or $699 full retail when brand new.

Pretty tough to pass on, especially if you are in the market for a almost-new phone.

I should point out that AT&T’s website does require you to add a wireless plan in order to purchase the phone. If you are already on AT&T, though, might be worth a look.

http://m.att.com/shopmobile/wireless...ff-contract%2F

Via: Droid-life.Com


THIS IS WHAT SOMEONE THAT BOUGHT THE PHONE PUT: "You can purchase the phone with a plan, and throw away the SIM card without activating it and you will not be charged.

To clarify, DO NOT PUT THE SIM IN THE PHONE -- throw it away as soon as you receive the device and since the plan will not be activated, you do not have to pay a monthly fee.

Ask for "secondary services" or "secondary purchases" and they should be able to help you (whereas technical support will not).

ALSO, the online support chat person stated that I can cancel the plan within 14 days with no ETF. You can do it either of these two ways."

 
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Article inside HTC teases huge mobile photography advances in the next 12-18 months

By youdug - 2 days ago



HTC is thinking big in terms of smartphone cameras. In an interview with Vodafone UK, HTC's cam-expert Symon Whitehor reassures us that we'll witness "huge advances in phone optics" in the next 12 to 18 months.” "We’re trying to match the performance of dedicated cameras where one piece of glass inside it costs ÂŁ3000 alone," explains Whitehor, admitting that HTC won’t match that “in the short term, but we are getting towards those effects."


More specifically, Whitehor and HTC recognize that smartphone cameras have rendered point and shoot cameras effectively obsolete when it comes down to performance and portability. Now, they want to "approach the performance of regular cameras" until it becomes “much harder to justify buying a dedicated camera outside of specialist or nostalgia reasons.” The expert also points out at optical zooming as a "big feature", a deciding factor for smartphone cameras reaching "fully-fledged camera" level. According to him, optical zooming is "not too far off at all for HTC", but "the tech needs to be refined".


"We’re trying to match the performance of dedicated cameras where one piece of glass inside it costs ÂŁ3000 alone."


It’s good to know that HTC isn’t being overly ambitious with this (although the highlight above does speak otherwise), because the thought of smartphones doing to DLSR cameras the same they did to point-and-shooters seems rather unrealistic at this point.


It looks like HTC is already raising hype for its next year's flagship smartphone and affiliated camera. Some of our readers are a bit weary of HTC hyping its camera technology, as they consider that the UltraPixel imaging in the HTC One and One (M8) didn't live up to its promises.


While the UltraPixel camera is definitely more impressive on paper than it is in performance, we have to point out that, when it comes to its flagship products, HTC delivers impeccable Android smartphones, all while experimenting with new technology and pursuing innovation - on a strict budget. We are keeping our fingers crossed that HTC's next camera effort will reflect the quality of the rest of its products.


source: http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTC-t...months_id55310

 
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Article inside 267 million smartphones shipped globally in first quarter of this year; Samsung leads with 30% share

By Tiko377 - 2 days ago

According to market researcher TrendForce, smartphone shipments hit 266.9 million units worldwide during the first quarter of 2014. The three month period from January through March, saw shipments of the intelligent handsets rise 1.13% sequentially. For the current quarter, which runs from April through June, TrendForce sees smartphone shipments expanding 6.7% to reach 284.5 million globally.

Korean based manufacturer Samsung held the top spot with a 30% share of global smartphone shipments. When many think of the brand, the high-end Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 come to mind. But TrendForce said that Sammy captured the top spot with its low to mid-range devices. The research firm added that Apple had a decline in market share for the second quarter, but that is expected to reverse in the second half of 2014 when the Apple iPhone 6 is released. The Cupertino based tech titan is currently second to Samsung with its share of global smartphone shipments.

Chinese brands took market share away from global manufacturers. Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo (not including Motorola) each owned more than 20% of smartphone shipments in Q1.

source: DigiTimes

http://www.phonearena.com/news/267-m...-share_id55307

 
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Article inside New HTC flagship (Butterfly?) shows up in benchmarks with 13MP camera

By youdug - 2 days ago


A new HTC device spotted in the AnTuTu benchmark database could be the successor of the 2013 Butterfly s.


Bearing the 0PAJ3 code number, this previously unknown smartphone shares many of the core specifications with the freshly launched HTC One M8, with one big difference. The benchmark entry suggests the device will be equipped with a 13MP camera, instead of the 4 UltraPixels unit on the M8, as well as the original One from last year.




HTC is due to refresh the Butterfly series this summer; the previous iteration, the Butterfly s, debuted in July 2013. While itÂ’s possible that this benchmark entry refers to something else, thereÂ’s a relatively good chance we just had a look at the new Butterfly.
The Butterfly s had a 4 UltraPixels camera, so, if our assumption is correct, HTC will go back to a conventional sensor for the new generation, possibly to cut costs.


Other specs revealed are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor capped at 2.3GHz with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. While the new Snapdragon 805 will be available by mid-year, we think HTC will stick with the 801 for the new Butterfly.


The display will retain the Full HD resolution, though HTC might increase its size (the Butterfly s had a 5-inch SLCD3 screen). The front camera is a 5MP unit, presumably coupled with a wide field lens, just like the one on the M8. Finally, thereÂ’s Android 4.4.2 listed as the OS, which is really no surprise.


The Butterfly s had a large 3200 mAh battery, which was quite impressive for a 5-inch device. ThereÂ’s no mention of battery capacity in the benchmark, but hopefully the new Butterfly wonÂ’t disappoint.


HTC sold the Butterfly s mostly in Asian markets, though the original 2012 Butterfly made it to Europe and to the US (sold as Droid DNA).


source: http://www.androidauthority.com/htc-...camera-364988/

 
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Article inside Here are 10 hidden Galaxy S5 features you should check out right now

By Tiko377 - 2 days ago

Unlike in previous years, Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014 rather than hosting its own event later in spring. And unlike in previous years, the company only highlighted certain new features of the handset during the event – probably the fresh partnership with Google played a role in that – instead of showing all the new software tricks it has devised for the new flagship.

However, in a post on its blog, the company highlighted 10 hidden features Galaxy S5 buyers should be aware of.

While it doesn’t come with a stylus, the Galaxy S5 supports pencil input, allowing users to write on it with a pencil. To enable the feature, users will have to go to Display settings and increase the touch sensitivity of the display – alternatively they can pull down the status bar and select “Touch sensitivity” from there.

The Galaxy S5 will also suggest music playlists with a simple tilt. Users will have to tilt the Galaxy S5 horizontally into landscape mode while listening to a song, at which point the Galaxy S5 will suggest additional tracks based on that song.

With “Toolbox,” Galaxy S5 users will be able to bookmark favorite apps. Toolbox is actually a small widget that “opens and closes like a mini-folder or app-drawer,” and which can be placed anywhere on the screen.

Private Mode will help users protect “secret messages, pictures and voicemails” from other people, which is secured by a password, PIN number or pattern.

Kids Mode, a feature the company talked about during the announcement event, will turn the phone into a kid-friendly gadget with a “cute UX design,” which will only offer certain parent-controlled content.

The camera app of the Galaxy S5 can be accessed directly from the lock screen after simply setting it up in Settings and then Lock Screen.

Speaking of the Camera app, Samsung has new camera features for the Galaxy S5 including Virtual Tour, a panoramic-like photo mode that allows users to take pictures as if they were giving a tour, and Shot and More, which lets users apply several effects to their pictures after taking them.

The company has also tweaked its messaging app, adding Priority Senders in the app. After setting contacts as Priority Senders, they will appear in a Facebook Chatheads-like fashion on top of the app, allowing users to quickly contact them.

A new Check Caller Information feature shows details about the contact a user is talking on the phone with during the phone call.

Finally, a Call Notification Pop-ups feature will let users talk on the phone while doing something else in an app.

http://bgr.com/2014/04/18/10-galaxy-s5-tips-and-tricks/

 
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Image inside Is this the new iPhone 6!? (Latest Concept based on leaked info)

By mrfreak76 - 2 days ago












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Article inside HTC hires former Samsung marketing executive to do some contract work

By youdug - 2 days ago


HTC enlisted another high-profile figure in its ranks, but it has nothing to do with Holywood actors this time around. It's Paul Golden, former head of Samsung Mobile USA's marketing division. Golden has been contracted as an adviser to HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang and we can't help but wonder whether he's going to be able to bring Samsung's marketing mojo over to the Taiwanese vendor.


Neither Sammy, nor HTC are likely to shed more light on the matter, as the situation is kept confidential. Golden worked for four years at Samsung and was involved in creating and launching the Galaxy brand. Hopefully, he is full of good advice, because HTC could use it. The vendor reported three straight quarters of operating losses in addition to continuous declines in sales and market share. Its most recent move was hiring actor Gary Oldman to star in TV commercials to promote its latest smartphone, the HTC One (M8). Hopefully, Golden's expertise will further aid HTC in ramping up its marketing efforts.


source: http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTC-h...t-work_id55306

 
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Article inside Premium subscription plan coming to Samsung's Milk Music

By Tiko377 - 2 days ago

Back in March, Samsung launched its ad-supported free streaming music service, Milk Music, to owners of its Top-Shelf Android handsets. Using an infographic to get the word out, the Korean manufacturer plans on soon adding ads to the free version of the service. But for those who are allergic to advertisements, Samsung will offer a variant of Milk Music with no ads at all, for $3.99 a month. So far, Sammy has yet to reveal exactly when these changes are to take place.

Milk Music has a library of 13 million tunes that can be divided into 17 genres, and played on over 200 stations. Using Samsung's Wheel UX, you can create your own wheel using 9 out of the 17 genres available. There are also three ways to find music. Quick Tuning allows you to select your genres and stations. Slow Tuning lets you pick the genre and then browse and select stations, and Fine Tuning recommends the music that best matches your personal preferences.

Powered by Slacker, Samsung Milk Music is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung GALAXY Note II and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. You can find the app in the Google Play Store or from Samsung Apps.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Premi...-Music_id55311

 
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Article inside A third of Galaxy S5 upgraders came from an iPhone

By Tiko377 - 2 days ago

Reports about the Galaxy S5 doing extremely well in its initial launch have been coming in thick and fast over the last few days, and now, a report from The Telegraph has revealed that existing iPhone owners could be a considerable force behind the high Galaxy S5 adoption rate. According to the report, which quotes data from CompareMyMobile, 38 percent of the users upgrading to a Galaxy S5 were coming from an iPhone. Most of these upgraded from the older iPhone 4s, but Samsung should still be pretty happy about the fact that these consumers decided to opt for its flagship instead of upgrading to the newest device in AppleÂ’s lineup.

After the iPhone 4s, the Galaxy S III was the next most traded device, which isnÂ’t the least bit surprising since most S III owners would have been at the end of their two-year contracts, and because the Galaxy S5 is a much bigger upgrade over the third-generation Galaxy S model than it is over the Galaxy S4. Following in third place were owners of the iPhone 5s, who also saw merit in upgrading to the latest and greatest from Samsung, offering yet another indication of the fact that the S5 could be on its way to becoming the most successful handset from the Korean manufacturer yet.

http://www.sammobile.com/2014/04/18/...rom-an-iphone/

 
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