AT&T’s Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy S5 Active are Getting Lollipop

AT&T is on a roll this week with the Lollipop updates. Just yesterday, they began pushing Android 5.0 to the LG G2, and are now following that up with Lollipop updates for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy S5 Active.

The Galaxy Alpha is seeing one of the most recent versions of Lollipop, with an upgrade to Android 5.0.2. The Galaxy S5 Active, on the other hand, seems to only be getting Android 5.0.  (more…)

Samsung Intros Limited Edition Leather-backed Galaxy Alpha for French Market

Samsung introduced a reworked Galaxy Alpha this week, sporting limited edition leather backsides, exclusively for the French smartphone market. Marked as leather, the backs give off an alligator-like look, but you can rest assured that actual alligator skin was likely not used.

Designed in cooperation with Lance Bordeaux, each unit is marked and ships with a certificate of authenticity. Unsurprisingly, the limited edition units come with a healthy price tag of about $800 US.  (more…)

Fun Fact, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha Feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4

Thanks to a press release and landing page, it is now confirmed that the already-released Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung, feature Gorilla Glass 4.

What makes this announcement peculiar is the fact that both of these devices have been available for quite some time, but it was thought that only sampling and testing for the GG4 had recently begun. To find that it is already featured in products some of you already own, may be icing on the cake.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

After being announced by Samsung, the Galaxy Alpha was a device we saw unexpected excitement for. Maybe it is the new design language Samsung implemented for the hardware, or the fact it features decent specs in a smaller package, but many people across the web seemed interested in the device, so we decided to pick one up and try it for ourselves.

Having spent my time with an iPhone 6 before the Galaxy Alpha, the smaller size was no big deal, as I was already accustomed to a display smaller than 5″. However, making that jump between iOS and Android was a weird one, as the operating systems are certainly very different from each other, but it felt great to be back on Android. Plus, given that a few in this industry labeled the Galaxy Alpha as an “iPhone Killer,” I was excited to see if the phone could live up to that hype.

This is our Galaxy Alpha review.  (more…)

Video: iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy Alpha vs. Xperia Z3 Compact

We are in the process of wrapping up final thoughts on the iPhone 6, but while it’s still in hand and on our minds, we wanted to compare it to a couple of interesting Android devices that are doing the opposite of today’s smartphone trend – going smaller. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact carry flagship-level specs, but weigh in with smaller bodies and slightly lower-resolution displays, which just so happen to match up nicely to the new iPhone. Funny how Apple went bigger by using a 4.7-inch display, yet these Android phones are technically “small” with their 4.7-inch and 4.6-inch displays.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Unboxing (AT&T)

When Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Alpha back in August, we weren’t exactly sure what to make of it. Was Samsung trying to take on the iPhone by using premium materials like metal? Was Samsung trying to set a new standard for their design going forward? Were they trying to enter Sony’s “Compact” arena, where you have a smaller device that still packs mostly high-end specs? They may have been trying to do a little of all that.  (more…)