Contrary to many previous news reports stating the Galaxy S6 was selling like crazy, a new report suggests that Sammy's newest flagship actually hasn't sold very well, and analysts predict that Samsung shareholders will be disappointed with the results.
Apparently, the situation is that Samsung's profit in the second quarter is actually up by 22% compared to the first quarter of this year, but that was before market analysts compared it to the same profit this time last year. Supposedly, Samsung Mobile's profit dropped 24% year-over-year from Q2 2014. The cause for this drop in profit was directly attributed to lower than expected Galaxy S6 sales.
The report indicates that Samsung and industry analysts will be looking to see if the Galaxy S6 EDGE Plus and the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 will be able to pull the company back into the growth category. What do you think is Samsung's biggest problem?
Here are a couple of Samsung forum sections for further discussion:
For any folks who want to get the HTC One M9 on Verizon, and are undaunted by its potential Snapdragon 810 heat issues, there's a new deal that might get your attention. HTC and Verizon teamed up to offer a $100 Google Play Store credit to folks who buy the HTC One M9 on a contract with Verizon right now.
The offer is good for the Verizon version of the HTC One M9 only, and will run from July 1st through August 30th. To take advantage of this offer you will need to send HTC a proof of purchase and some additional info. This will net you a coupon code that can only be added to a Google Wallet account before September 30th.
Supposedly, LG is getting ready to release what is basically a downgraded version of the G4. It's called the LG G4 S and leaked images of the device just arrived on the internet.
As you can see from the image above, the device doesn't look that much different than the G4. It will supposedly have a 5.2-inch 1080P display, which will include a new In-Cell Touch technology that improves the responsiveness of touching the display.
The rumor-mill also suggests the device will have a 1.5GHz eight core processor of unknown design. More than likely this device will be released in the second half of July at a cheaper price point than the G4. What do you guys think? Is it too soon for LG to be launching a G4 branded mid-range device?
It looks like the rumors of a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus are true. Samsung just filed in the US to trademark the name Galaxy S6 EDGE+. Samsung applied on June 26th and was just granted the patent yesterday.
The current rumor-mill pegs the display for the device at either 5.5 or 5.7 inches. As you can see from the leaked image above (which we previously shared here), the device is said to hold the same dual-edged design as the Galaxy S6 Edge. Obviously this notable difference is that the name has the EDGE in all caps.
We aren't sure what to make of that, bit we will keep an eye out for info on when it will release. Stay tuned!
If you really want to change the look and feel of your device the best way to do so is to add a custom theme. You could go with a launcher icon theme, but that would more than likely feel incomplete. For a more thorough themeing experience you will want to install a rom like CyanogenMod or any rom based on CM. The CM theme chooser allows you to customize the look of your entire rom including the full framework and system UI.
My favorite new theme is by "CynosureArts" and is called Graphi. The Graphi theme brings a darked out color scheme based on the color of Graphite! The inclusion of stark white on top of the Graphite backgrounds really gives this theme a super clean look. There are over 36 apps that have been fully themed to match the Graphite color scheme of the systemui and framework. There are more than 1800 themed icons included. Head to the link below for the free download.
As the stable builds of Cm11 and Cm12 arrive Cyanogen turns its focus on perfecting their version of Android 5.1 CM12.1. The latest updates include some all new features which should improve your overall CM experience.
The stock email app has received some major enhancements including the CM implementation of IMAP and exchange accounts. This allows you to configure your synchronization interval which can help improve on battery life. There is the inclusion of custom dynamic notification tiles. This launches a quick tile for whatever app you happen to be using. An example is if you are in a root session a # will appear in your status bar, with the dynamic tiles you can see all apps that currently have root access. Wifi priorities performs an auto configuration of the preferred wifi connection based on signal quality. If you would rather just chose your preferred wifi hotspot you can do that as well.
We often pick at "cry"os users around here, but if we are honest with ourselves more than a few of us here probably have some "cry"os devices lying around the house. I'll go ahead and come out of the closet here and say that I do own a MacBook Pro which I am typing this article on now, an Ipad Air (my wife's), and an Iphone 4 (work phone). If you are going to own a "cry"os device you may want to jailbreak that bad boy.
I have found that I can do so much more in the way of modifications and customizations on a rooted Android then I can with a Jailbroken Ipad or Iphone. I have also found that jailbreaking "cry"os devices tends to slow them down since files really stack up and aren't cleanly removed from your device when you uninstall things. If you wanted to Jailbreak your iOS 8.4 device the TaiG untethered jailbreak that came out for 8.3 was not patched and still works on the latest version of iOS. This is a one click solution. Ironically it is only compatible with Windows. Go figure! Grab the tool from the link below.
The upcoming 5.1 OTA has already been pulled and uploaded! You do not have to wait till the official roll out tomorrow you can actually install it manually right now! To install this update simply grab the file from the link below and follow the simple instructions.
1. Download the 5.1 OTA
2. Power Down Phone
3. Boot into Bootloader mode (Power+Volume Down)
4. Select recovery using volume to scroll and power button to select
5. When you see Android on back hold volume up and then press the power button
6. Select apply update from sdcard
7. find and select the OTA file (probably in your download folder)
8. the update will begin to install It may take a few minutes.
This will not work if you are rooted you will have to do a factory reset. You need to totally restore your device to stock and then it will work.
Earlier "smalltowngirl13" informed us that their is a Lollipop update available through Kies for the Verizon Note Edge. If you intend on rooting your Note Edge you should probably steer clear of this update for now. There is still no full root for the Note Edge, but you can gain Temp Root on the Note Edge. This works on Kit Kat. Temporary root gives you full root access however it will not survive a reboot so as long as you don't reboot your phone you will retain root. Any system changes you have made with your root will also go away after a reboot. Temp roots can be annoying, but they are better than nothing.
Temp rooting the Verizon Note Edge is pretty simple. The one click root app KingRoot will work to root this device on Kit Kat. Once you have achieved root through the Chinese KingRoot app you can replace the shady kinguser app with the supersu app by using the SuperSuMe app. Head to the link below for all necessary files.
For the VZW Note Edge owners, it looks like we have access to Lollipop but only via the VZW Upgrade Assistant Tool (on your PC or Laptop) or via Kies.
You will need to plug your phone into your PC or Laptop to complete the update - there are reports of the update taking longer than projected on the VZW assistant popup (like 2+ hours more)...I am just under 20 minutes right now, and the update is still downloading.
It does not appear that the update can be pulled via OTA just yet - but doesn't hurt to keep checking. I also checked out the Verizon Update Page and it is not showing an active update there either so no PDF link to include with the "software benefits".
Once I am up and running, I will definitely report back with some more details and if any of the VZW Note Edge owners have updated,give us a shout out with what you know!