It’s that time of year again for Samsung to bring new devices to market. This year it is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with dual-edge display and the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Samsung believes with the Galaxy S6 you will get a smartphone that is reimagined from the inside out to deliver the most complete experience to date. The smartphone features a metal bezel that is a departure from what has notoriously been a plastic device.
The specs for both devices are identical for the most part. The S6 Edge having the dual edge display, a hair larger dimensions and a slightly larger battery capacity.
Galaxy S6 – 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm (5.64 x 2.77 x 0.27 in) and 138g (4.86 oz)
Galaxy S6 Edge – 142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm (5.59 x 2.76 x 0.27 in) and 132g (4.65 oz)
The Galaxy S6 devices will launch with Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Samsung put a lot of work into delivering two nice devices that are defiantly going to renew some competition between brands. The dual edge display has been referred to as a gimmick by some but if it is something you take advantage of and apps have access to that real estate it is far from a gimmick.
Look for a hefty price on these devices. They will be available in 32 / 64 / 128GB models in three colors at launch on April 10th. You will have 4 color choices at launch, white, black, gold and green. This is sure to be followed by some carrier exclusive colors.
You can follow this link to Samsung to signup for additional details as they release.
I just picked up the 16GB Galaxy S4 a few days ago and was shocked at it only having 9,15GB of storage available and lacking the ability to move apps to the SDCard. It actually had me thinking I was going to return the device.
Today comes good news that Samsung is addressing a list of issues that have cropped up in the S4. With this new update, you will have the ability to move apps from device storage onto the SDCard freeing up valuable space and adding flexibility. The update has dropped in Germany and should be hitting other S4 devices soon.
New Camera firmware
Smearing issue has been fixed (Purple effect while scrolling)
Smart Pause Toggle
Move Apps to SD Card
HDR Video (Can record HDR video)
Semi-transparent status bar
New Icons in Settings
Secure boot status (About Phone)
Increase legibility (Display) (New feature)
We will let you know when the update hits the U.S.
Vic Gundotra who runs Engineering at Google started the event off with welcoming 6,000 attendees to the 6th annual Google I/O event in San Francisco, California. He also took the time to thank developers for building great applications.
Sundar Pichair who heads both Android and Chrome followed Vic Gundotra and shared a video with talking about the number of activations Android is experiencing. In 2012 they activated over 400 million Android devices, bring the total number today to 900 million.
Continuing with numbers, Hugo Barra took the stage to talk Android application development and downloads. Google Play has had over 48 billion apps installed with 2.5 billion being installed in the last month alone.
Google also announced they will have a Samsung Galaxy S4, Google Edition. The smartphone will be going on sale in the Google Play store on June 26th. The handset will be running Android 4.2.2. This will be a true Android experience without all the overlays and bloatware many manufactures install.
Google’s version of the Galaxy S4 will be an unlocked GSM model that works on AT&T and T-Mobile and will cost consumers $649.
Google also unveiled their music subscription service for $10 a month. There is a 30-day trail to give it a test drive. If Google Play Music All Access sounds like your cup of tea and you subscribe to this service before June 30th it will only cost $7.99 a month. Consider it a gift for being an early adopter.
Towards the end of the event keynote, Google showed off their next major version of Maps for Android. The new look will have a bigger search bar and has a much smoother look to it. There will also be Google Offers built into the redesigned app. This will allow for offers to be saved right from the Maps app and redeemed at the destination. The new Google Maps is set to arrive this summer.
Also announced was Goggle Hangouts for iOS, look for an individual write-up on that.
Today Facebook announced Facebook Home, a new way for Android users to turn their device into a social oriented phone. Home isn’t a phone or OS (Operating System), it’s an app that puts Facebook front and center on your device.
Facebook designed Home to make it easier to connect with your friends. Instead of having to switch between a number of different applications, Home is both your lock screen and home screen, which makes it easier to access Facebook content.
Home’s major features are Cover feed and Chat head. With Cover feed your able to see what’s going on with friends and family directly from the lock screen, it acts like a window into what’s going on.
With Chat head, you can chat with friends even when your in the middle of checking an email or browsing the web because when your friends send you a messages, a chat head appears with your friend’s face and your able to see exactly who’s trying to get ahold of you. SMS messages also appear in the Chat head integration.
Facebook Home will be available for download starting April 12th in the Google Play store for select Android devices. These include:
HTC One X
HTC One X+
Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy S IV
An Android tablet version is in the works and a few months away. iPhone integration can’t happen at this point because of how strict Apple is with system access and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
AT&T will open for pre-orders starting April 16th. The Samsung Galaxy S IV will cost you $249.99 with a qualifying two-year agreement. No date was giving when the handset will actually arrive, but in the mean time you can follow this link to sign-up for more information.
Verizon and Sprint have been silent about a launch date or pre-order information. T-Mobile has mentioned that the smartphone would be available by May 1st, but no additional information has been released.
This morning T-Mobile held their Un-Carrier Event, but before things took off the carrier started flipping on their 4G / LTE network in 7 major cities before the official announcement.
T-Mobile talked it’s “Simple Choice plan” which eliminates annual service contracts for consumers and allows them to move to one simple rate plan that offers unlimited text, talk and web.
With the new Simple Choice plans customers start with one line at $50 a month and receive unlimited talk, text and web with 500MB of data. A second line will cost you an additional $30 a month and each line after will cost you $10. If you feel 500MB isn’t enough (it isn’t), you can pay an additional $10 per line for 2GB of data. Unlimited 4G / LTE data is available for $20 more a month per line. Read more
Samsung last week introduced the Samsung Galaxy S IV in Times Square, New York and now there is already talk about the company unveiling their next tablet the Galaxy Tab 3 in Berlin during IFA in September.
It’s also been said that the Galaxy Note III will showcase next to the Galaxy Tab 3 during IFA as well. No specifications on either device were given with this tip from an insider who shared it with SamMobile.
LG wasn’t the only company that decided to crash Samsung’s Event in Times Square, New York. HTC sent some reps along with the HTC One to grab some of the attention away from The Galaxy S 4. The reps showed off the sound quality and “ultrapixel camera” on the handset.
A lot of the viewers were impressed with what they saw, a lady shared “Better than Samsung”, a gentleman talked about how the handset looked saying “It’s slick, smooth, I’m gonna tell you something, it’s sexy!” and another guy even said, “I might have to switch from my iPhone.”