Meet Bixby, Samsung’s very own personal assistant AI program that will make its debut on the new Galaxy S flagship. And they’re promising the world with this one.
CNet Korea has obtained what looks like highly detailed rendering of the upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge based on actual specifications of the device. The renders gives us a highly detailed look at what is Samsung’s most important smartphone in recent times.
If the information used to create these renders are real, the Galaxy S6 Edge looks to be a very sleek device with the dual edge screen giving it a ultra-cool factor. It will be interesting to see what new features Samsung will incorporate into the new user interface to make the most out of the dual edge screen.
The render suggests that the S6 Edge will feature a unibody design instead of the two-piece construction that is a trademark of almost all Samsung devices currently available in the market. The unibody design offers the additional benefit of being robust and strong but it will also mean that the S6 will not have a removable battery like previous other Samsung smartphones.
The render also shows a rear camera that protrudes out of the back panel it an attempt to make the device as thin as possible. In my opinion, this is an unnecessary trade-off as I would rather have a camera that sits flush with the back panel rather than one that protrudes as seen in the render because a protruding camera exposes itself to nicks and scratches. A slightly thicker device is anytime better than having scratches on the lens of the device.
Whether these renders are the real deal or not, everything will be revealed on March 1 and we will be at the launch event to give you the latest updates, so stay tuned. In the meantime, head on over to after the jump for more renders of the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Thanks to renders from casemaker Verus, we pretty much have confirmation on some of the physical features of the Galaxy S6 which they claim is the real deal.
Samsung’s next flagship is expected to have a unibody metal design, if the leaked schematics hold true. Instead of the flat edge that we’ve already seen on their Galaxy Alpha, Note 4 and A series smartphones, this new model seems to be going for the rounded edge look, not unlike that of an iPhone 6 or an Xperia Z3.
In terms of thickness, the schematics suggest that it would be 6.91mm which is a little bit thicker than the 6.3mm of the Galaxy A7.
A smartphone is just as good as its battery. There’s no point in having a great device with the best specs that needs to be charged every few hours. And while many phones now have a battery saving modes to extend the life of your device between charge times, none takes the concept of battery saving to the extreme like Samsung with its Ultra Power Saving mode seen for the first time in the Galaxy S5.
Ultra Power Saving in the Galaxy S5 takes battery saving to a whole new level by limiting the capabilities and performance of the device to give a standby and use time that would make even the Nokia 3310 proud. In Ultra Power Saving mode Samsung claims that Galaxy S5 can lasts up to 8 days in standby mode with just a little over 30% of battery juice left.
But there’s a catch, in the mode, users have a very limited selections of apps that they can choose to run. On top of that the processor will be throttled down and the vibrant full HD super AMOLED display will be reduced to grayscale, Connectivity is kept to a minimum as well with the device switching off wireless connectivity when the screen goes to sleep. This combined with a few other tweaks allow you to get the most out of your battery and Samsung say, the extreme battery saving measures could also help users out in an emergency.
Head on over to after the jump to see Ultra Power Saving mode in action.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is packed with features and by far the coolest of all of these features is the built in heart rate monitor.
The heart rate monitor sits just below the rear camera and it’s the first time that such a technology is seen in a smartphone and beyond being a useful to track your fitness, it is a pretty neat party trick to show off to your friends as well.
The sensor uses the S Health application to read your pulse and the sensor detects your heart rate by detecting the the changes in the reflected infrared signal caused by a heartbeat. This gives a fairly reliable reading that you can use to better track the effectiveness of your workout or to determine your fitness level.
The ability to read your pulse using a smartphone is not anything new. In fact, there are already a number of apps available that claim to use the same method to measure your pulse but the problem with these apps is that they use your phone’s regular camera to get a reading instead of using a more accurate infrared beam and receiver setup on the Galaxy S5.
In any case, head on over to after the jump to see how the Galaxy S5 reads your pulse.
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Just hours ago, the anticipated Galaxy Nexus has finally launched. This is the first device to feature Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS which brings a host of improvements. Availability is slated for November in US, Europe and Asia but no specific countries where mentioned for our region.
As revealed earlier, the Galaxy Nexus runs on a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and comes with 1GB of RAM. Among the biggest highlight is the 4.65″ inch screen that offers HD Super AMOLED display that supports 1280×720 resolution and has a response rate of 0.01ms. The display’s pixel density rivals with Samsung upcoming Galaxy Note which is a 5.3″.
In terms of design, it isn’t the thinnest at 8.94mm but boasts having a 4.29mm bezel. Like the previous Nexus S, the display is also contoured. Over at the back, it also features a Hyper Skin cover which is similar to the one found on the Galaxy S II which gives it a durability and premium feel for an ultra thin profile. We are curious to know if it can bend as well as the Galaxy S II.
For imaging, the Galaxy Nexus comes with a 5MP camera which is pretty low for today’s smart phone standards. Despite that, it is capable of shooting 1080p videos with continous focus and boasts having the one of the snappiest camera without lag. In the demo during the event, the camera seems to be ever ready to take shots instantly which allows you to capture epic moments without fail. Nevertheless, speed and quality are 2 different things and we look forward to its sample photos to find out if it is any good as a imaging device.
The main highlight is the OS itself – Ice Cream Sandwich, which brings tablet and smartphone OS together. On first look, it does look like honeycomb OS as seen on earlier leaks. On top of that, they have added a couple of features such as improved browser, Gmail and Calendar apps. In terms of aesthetics, Ice Cream Sandwich uses a new Roboto font that is more futuristic and inspired by magazine layouts. Several gestures have been added for more seamless actions and like the Android 3.0 honeycomb tablets, the physical Android buttons are replaced with virtual ones that appear at the bottom of the screen.
Since Siri is in the spotlight as an intelligent voice assistant feature, the new OS offers something new in voice control. Instead of recognising speech after talking, the new OS is capable of live speech recognition. This means you can see the text as you speak in near real-time manner.
Head after the break for video and gallery of the Galaxy Nexus.
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The Google Nexus Prime (aka Galaxy Nexus) and Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be the two most important announcements that Google will make this year. While we’re still some hours away to the event unconfirmed specs of the new device has been leaked.
But the spec list is only half the story, even more important will be the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich, probably the most anticipated Android launch since Gingerbread. It will be interesting to see what innovations the latest Android will bring to the game. And we’re very sure that many Android users out there will want to know if their device will an ICS soon after the announcement.
The event will be held during working hours tomorrow starting 0930hrs in Hong Kong (same time in Malaysia), but don’t let that stop you from getting the latest information on one of the most anticipated Android devices to be released this year. And to do that, here are some of the live blogs that we recommend you follow.
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After its initial delay, Google and Samsung has finally confirmed that the Ice Cream Sandwich media event is happening next Wednesday, 19th October. Instead of San Diego, the venue is now shifted to Hong Kong which is closer to home.
There’s no mention of the device but with Samsung still in the picture, it is likely that the Galaxy Nexus will be revealed. You can catch it streaming live on their youtube channel. The event starts at 10AM Hong Kong time which is similar to Malaysia.
Meanwhile on Google’s HQ, the Ice Cream sandwich statue has finally appeared. Watch the unveiling after the break.
UPDATE: Word has it that the product launch event was postponed due to Steve Jobs recent passing. “We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing,” the spokesperson said. “We do not have information on the rescheduling of the event.”. ( SOURCE )
They didn’t explain the reasons behind the last minute postponement but had released the following statement:
“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”
There are couple of speculations over the move with one of it being Steve Jobs recent passing. Another possibility are issues on either device or software that needs to be ironed out before launch. Despite not giving any new launch dates, we hope the delay is a short one.
If you missed it earlier, the Galaxy Nexus was revealed in video which gives a clear view of the upcoming device and Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
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Update: More drool inducing stuff. Now we’ve got a 1min 30sec video of the Google Galaxy Nexus running on Ice Cream Sandwich. Watch after the jump.
Boom! Here it is, the first real look at the Google Galaxy Nexus (aka Nexus Prime) and oh boy does it look good! We seriously can’t wait for this bad boy to come to Malaysia.
Actual specs on the device is still up in the air with the processor (1.2GHz dual-core vs 1.5Ghz dual-core), camera (5MP vs 8MP) and battery (1,750mAh vs 2,050) being strong argument points at the moment.
What do you think?
In any case, we’ll be doing live commentaries when the Galaxy Nexus breaks cover at the Samsung Unpacked in San Diego on October 12, Wednesday at 0230hrs Malaysian time.
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