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The consumers were not pleased with the design Samsung brought with the launch of Galaxy S4. Most of the people were not able to easily differentiate between Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 because of the similar design profiles. Now Samsung has admitted that the S5 would likely pack a substantially different design.

 ‘A back to basics’ rethink for the Galaxy S5

Talking to Bloomberg, Exec Lee Young Hee told  that the new flagship will go “back to basics,” adding that “mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.” It’ll also accompanied with a brand new version of the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, which is promised to have “more advanced functions” and an improvement over bulky design. There is also a possibility of eye-scanner sensor in the handset for greater security, though that’s still being studied.

Farther down the road, Samsung said that it’s looking at significant changes for the Galaxy Note 3’s successor in order to target it at professionals who are “willing to pay more for handsets”, something they have started with the recently announced Pro series tablets. Finally, Lee revealed that the Galaxy S5 will arrive in March or April after Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. So what else you expect from Samsung in its upcoming flagship? Leave your opinion in comments.

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NotePRO

Samsung’s new Pro series tablets makes a significant step toward the company leaving behind the traditional Android interface in favor of something more graphical and immediate. The new tablets, which go up to sizes as big as 12.2-inches, are designed to, in Samsung’s words,

“Redefine what a tablet can do.”

The NotePro and TabPro tablets looks similar to Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition, with faux-leather backs and silver trim. Just 8mm thick, theses things are slim and relatively light weight. The main difference is that the NotePro supports the S-Pen and the TabPro does not. Otherwise, the devices share the same internals.

The 12.2-inch display feature a beautiful 2560×1600 resolution display. It also has 3GB of RAM, runs Android 4.4 and comes equipped with 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, 8-megapixel rear cameras and 2-megapixel front cameras.

The big visual innovation with the NotePro and TabPro tablets is the all new User Interface something Samsung calls Magazine UX. It’s Windows 8-like, with various tiles that let users organize their favorite content from apps and feeds. The devices also feature a multi window mode that allow the screen to be split into four different windows. The Galaxy NotePro and TabPro also come with a Remote PC app that allows users to connect with their home or office PC from the tablet. It also comes pre-installed with Cisco WebEx Meetings for web conferencing and Samsung’s e-Meeting collaboration app.

Samsung is also bringing in premium and subscription based content to the devices, from companies such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Dropbox, Evernote, the New York Times, Sketchbook Pro and Bitcasa.

Both the NotePro and TabPro are available in Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi and 3G or Wi-Fi and LTE configurations. Other than 12.2-inch model the TabPro will also be available in 10.1-inch and 8.4-inch sizes.

The Galaxy NotePro and TabPro will be available in first quarter 2014.

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The speculations about upcoming Samsung flagship Galaxy S5 has been started, and the first rumors to come are pretty damn crazy. According to ZDNet Korea, which has reported accurate details surrounding unannounced Samsung devices in the past, Samsung is preparing to launch a killer smartphone this coming February. The Galaxy S5 is rumored to feature an eye scanning sensor for security taking facial recognition and fingerprint scanning just another step further.

The eye-scanning/iris-recognition feature has never been used as an unlocking method on any smartphone, and if the rumour is true, Samsung would become the first handset maker to debut the feature on a smartphone. However, there is no official word from Samsung on the alleged eye-scanning feature. Another rumors include a QHD+ display at a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, a 16MP camera and a metal construction. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to come with a 5.0- or 5.2-inch display, making the pixel density an incredible 560ppi at the said resolution.

Beyond the stunning new display and a possible integrated eye scanner, Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S5 is expected to feature a new 64-bit eight-core Exynos processor or a quad-core Snapdragon processor.

These rumors are somewhat unbelievable but who knows, Samsung may surprise us all. What are your thoughts on these rumors?

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phonesat

NASA has managed to create a fully functional super cheap tiny satellite made out of off-the-shelf Android hardware. NASA has named it “PhoneSat”. It has managed to dial home from orbit, meaning all systems are working.

IT COST THE SPACE AGENCY JUST $7,500

PhoneSat 2.4, a cube approximately four inches square, weighs only about 2.2 pounds, and was developed at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. PhoneSat uses a Nexus S smartphone made by Samsung Electronics running Google’s Android operating system. Using two-way S-band radio, it enables engineers to command it remotely. It’s part of NASA’s effort to explore cheaper satellite technology.

“The smartphone provides many of the functions the satellite needs to operate, such as computation, memory, ready-made interfaces for communications, navigation and power, all assembled in a rugged package before launch,” says NASA.

The tiny satellite PhoneSat 2.4 was launched two weeks ago. It will test a system for changing the satellite’s orientation in space as well as measure how well off-the-shelf components perform over the course of a year.

It is part of NASA’s next Small Spacecraft Technology mission, the Edison Demonstration of Smallsat Networks (EDSN). This mission is composed of eight identical PhoneSats that will be deployed during a launch from Kauai, Hawaii in 2014.

“This mission will demonstrate the concept of using many small spacecraft in a coordinated cluster to study the space environment and space-to-space communications techniques. During EDSN, each cubesat will make science measurements and transmit the data to the others while any one of them can then transmit all of the collected data to a ground station. This versatility in command and control could make possible large swarms of satellites to affordably monitor Earth’s climate, space weather and other global-scale phenomena.” – NASA

The first batch of PhoneSats launched in April and the next version is scheduled for February.

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LG G-Flex

Recently there’s been a lot of buzz over flexible displays and curved smartphones. As Samsung was the first to officially announce its curved screen smartphone, all eyes are on LG to see what they are cooking. As per a report from Engadget, the smartphone will be known as LG G-Flex with a 6 inch of curved display.

Lg has already announced bendable and unbreakable displays. So we expect it to be the first such device from LG in smartphones world. However LG’s approach is totally different from Samsung as its curving G-Flex from top to bottom rather than Left to right as in the case of Galaxy Round. It is worth mentioning that both the devices are just curved not flexible. There is no information about pricing and availability yet , and the latest images only confirm LG’s curved smartphone.  Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the launch.

 

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iPhone 6 Concept by Nikola Cirkovic

According to forecast from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, iPhone buyers yearning for a bigger screen will get their wish next year. Apple has solidly resisted any move into the hummer size phablets dominated by Samsung. It may be because of any reason but the tide may be definitively turning. According to Misek, the iPhone 6 will launch with a 4.8″ screen, probably in September of 2014. According to a survey 50% of smartphones shipped in the second-quarter of 2013 had screens larger than the 4″ of the current iPhones.

Misek didn’t reveal exactly what triggered his prediction, but he did note that the new screen size would drive a huge number of upgrades. On the downside, iPhone 5C sales have been weak, On the upside, that could lead to an even larger number of upgraders who gravitate toward the iPhone 6.

 

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