We have been stressing the importance of Samsung to release a kick ass flagship phone for the year of 2015, especially after the disappointing Galaxy S5 and the poor financial year that followed for the company. Basically, this is Samsung’s opportunity to get back in the ring with Apple, not just in smartphone sales, but with regard to the brand’s image as an OEM in the eyes of consumers.
According to a report from Ars Technica, who has a source close to Samsung, the company’s Galaxy S6 will feature two variants – one which looks like a Galaxy S5 in overall design, and another (presumably called the Galaxy S6 Edge) that the company will base most of its marketing on throughout the year of 2015. The latter device will feature two rounded edges on the left and right sides of the display, which aligns with previous reports and rumors. (more…)
Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 are going to be unveiled this Sunday, at dueling press events in Barcelona, Spain. The Galaxy S6 is still mostly a mystery, meaning, we haven’t seen the device in the wild at all. Samsung has become a pro at keeping its flagship devices under lock and key up until they are ready for public consumption. HTC, on the other hand, is pretty terrible at keeping anything a secret. Well, that’s assuming they aren’t pulling off the ultimate troll job with the current batch of leaks that have sprung up throughout the last few weeks.
So far, though, we think we know that the Galaxy S6 will use an Exynos processor instead of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 that will be featured in the HTC One M9. Each will likely have displays around 5-inches, but Samsung could go with a QHD resolution and an AMOLED panel, whereas HTC will stick with 1080p and LCD. The HTC One M9 might look identical to last year’s One (M8), sans the Duo Camera gimmick. The Galaxy S6, well, we have no idea what it looks like, only that it will be made of metal and glass. Each will feature high resolution cameras, upgraded selfie-shooters, and their own skins atop Android. Both, by all means, will be outstanding flagships, even if one might look like a re-hash of a 2014 phone.
With all of the current leaks in mind, our poll today only asks that you pick which one you are currently leaning towards. Maybe not necessarily to buy, but which is the most interesting to you as of today.
I know my pick. I think I know Tim’s pick as well. What is yours?
Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S6 on Sunday, we know that for a fact. They may even announce a Galaxy S6 Edge as well to add some depth or adventure to the “S” line. I don’t care what you say or think about Samsung and their TouchWiz and use of unapologetic plastics, they are still the phone manufacturer to set your sights on, and that includes these two new phones. Their new phones will be what everyone else measures up to. Apple will care. So will HTC and Motorola and LG and the little guys in China who are selling their phones for little margin. Samsung is still a really, really big deal. So with that and their horrific 2014 in mind, let’s talk about what we would like to see from that next-gen phone in order for it to be a massive winner to us.
The Galaxy S5 was, without sugar-coating it, a disaster. It wasn’t innovative. It wasn’t fresh. It wasn’t pretty. Samsung paid the price for that last year. With the Galaxy S6 and its slanted-edge brother, Samsung needs to do something very different. Sure, they can keep a similar silhouette or that obnoxious home button, but the rest needs to change.
Here are the things we would love to see in the next Galaxy, some of which is based off of teasers, leaks and rumors. (more…)
Update: Most Android Wear devices, like the G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, and ZenWatch all appear to be receiving this update. Not much is standing out in terms of new stuff. If anything, your watch should be more stable.
An Android 5.0.2 update is rolling out now to Moto 360 units as build LWX49L. At least one of our readers has already received the update, which Motorola says updates Google Play Services and adds a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance stability.” This appears to be a bug fixers rather than a feature-introducer.
To check for the update on your device, head into Settings>About>System updates. (more…)
Verizon announced availability of the Samsung Galaxy Core today, a mid range device featuring Samsung’s design principles from a couple of years ago. The device runs Android 4.4, comes with capacitive buttons, a beautiful home button, and TouchWiz, of course.
Specs for the Galaxy Core are a 4.5″ WVGA display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera, microSD card support up to 128GB, 2000mAh battery, and will receive an update to Lollipop in the future. (more…)
AT&T wasn’t about to let T-Mobile stand alone in the Samsung Galaxy S6 hypebeast game and went ahead and teased their own “Six Appeal” image of Samsung’s next-gen phone. In doing so, they may have also outed the fact that Samsung really is going to release both a regular Galaxy S6 and an edge version known as the Galaxy S6 Edge. (more…)
And now we have the “Six Appeal” Galaxy S6 teaser that was first posted last night by T-Mobile, in AT&T’s blue.
Edges! Home buttons! Sixes! (more…)
Thanks, T-Mobile, for giving us the first real look at the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Some of us do, like, human things on Sunday (Oscars, Blazers vs. Memphis, Walking Dead, etc.), though, so we’ll be back in a bit with thoughts.
In the mean time, what do you think? I see slanted edges. I see a home button. I see a side power button. I see the word “SIX.” (more…)