A new report from Counterpoint Research shares some interesting details about Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales this year. First, the good news for Sammy is that the S6 and S6 Edge together have outsold the Galaxy S5 from last year. Counterpoint’s research indicated that 6 million units (of 10 Million shipped) were sold to actual customers by the end of April. Additionally, the interest in the S6 Edge was much higher than Samsung expected.
Samsung initially assumed that the S6 would greatly outsell the S6 Edge, but it turns out the Galaxy S6 only sold “slightly” more than the S6 Edge in April. Neil Shah, Research Director with Counterpoint had this to say,
Counterpoint's analysis suggests that Samsung will likely sell as many as 50 Million Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge models by the end of this year. The bad news for Samsung is that even though the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are a phenomenal success, they didn't really take away much from the Apple iPhone. In fact, they couldn't really come...
Apparently, Google is rewarding a limited number of new users to their Project Fi service if they also purchased a Nexus 6 with their new service. According to the report, some number of new Project Fi customers who also ordered a new Nexus 6 with their service have received a fancy welcome kit that includes some cool loot!
Several folks have reported receiving the Welcome Kit which includes the Nexus 6 and SIM card, as well as a pair of earbuds, a case, and a 6000mAh external battery pack. Google has indeed confirmed that it is shipping out a limited number of these welcome kits, but they didn't indicate how many, nor how long they will continue it.
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on Verizon will soon be treated to some new fixes and features for their device. Big Red started pushing out the OTA update for those devices on their network. The update software is version VVRU1AOD5, and includes more than just the usual bug squashing.
Here's what the update includes:
Various bug fixes
Layout changes in the HD Voice calling
A new drawing feature in the photo editor
Google Wallet now comes pre-loaded
People Edge (obviously for the GS6 Edge only) now includes a visual cue on the home screen
Sound off if you have already received this update and let us know what you think of it.
Unless they are simply in "plausible deniability mode" because it's true, the executives at Nintendo just shot down yesterday's intriguing news that they were considering using Android for their next console. At the end of the day yesterday, a Nintendo spokesperson told the WSJ,
“There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX.”
That seems like a pretty definitive refutation. It's too bad really. It's not a bad idea at all. Perhaps the Nintendo execs should rethink their position... what do you guys think?
The HTC Dot View case bring a stylish and retro look to your HTC device. It was first released with the HTC One M8, but the second iteration of the case for the HTC One M9 is much improved. There are lots of features included like live wallpapers and even games that are playable while the Dot Case is closed. If you wanted this for your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge you were pretty much out of luck until now that is. Toopoot is now selling their own dot view case that works with the S6 and S6 edge. This case even includes some downloadable software which mimics the dot view experience you get with the HTC Dot View case. The Dot View features on this case actually work pretty well, and you can't beat it for $5!
When the Galaxy S6 first arrived I was surprised to find custom themes were included in Touchwiz. This was a pleasant surprise as it signals a move towards user customization without the need for hacking or rooting. We have been getting these sorts of additions little by little, and this is a pretty big move in my opinion. Themeing is one of the main reasons many people decide to root their phones and run roms in the first place.
The first few themes that came with the Galaxy S6 weren't really much to write home about, but since then Samsung has been releasing new themes weekly. This week they began reviewing and approving third party themes. This means that we are going to begin to see many more options coming from some pretty capable themers. So far my favorite theme is the avengers theme that came with the phone at release. What are your thoughts on custom themes being stock on the Galaxy S6!?
Google made quite a few changes in the Android M Preview build. Some of those changes broke root for our devices. Chainfire has already stated that he is working on root for Android M, but while you wait on a new SuperSU package you can actually root your Nexus 5 or Nexus 6 on Android M now! The process is super easy. All you will need to do is download the Despair Kernel for your device from below, and the SuperSU zip. Once you flash the custom kernel you will be able to root your phone by flashing the SuperSu.zip once more! This does require an unlocked bootloader and TWRP.
The Humble Mobile Bundle is back. Humble Bundle allows you to decide what you want to pay for the games that are offered. You can even chose who your money goes to. Their are options to send your money to the developer of the games offered, to humble bundle, or to charity. Their are two tiers in the 13th edition of the humble bundle. When you pay any amount you get "Timelines: Assault On America", "The Ministry Of Silly Walks", and "Hellraid The Escape". If you pay more than the average price at the time of purchase you get "Puzzle Retreat", "Worms 3", and "Twisty Hollow". There are more games that will be unlocked later as well! Head to the link below to grab your DRM free copies of the above games.
I still think that full on mini PCs are better for an overall media consumption experience since those devices are stand alone and don't rely on some other device to bring the content. These standalone devices are not always as easy to use, and some require quite a bit of setup. They often have their quirks too. The Chromecast is hands down the easiest plug and play device for getting content from the web to your TV. It is pretty versatile too. For the most part I can cast just about any web video, and of course the most important services like Netflix and Youtube work perfectly. I bet you didn't know there are hundreds of full length 80s and 90s films on youtube You could easily cancel your cable subscription with a device like the Chromecast.
If you have somehow missed out on the revolution that is the Chromecast and are ready to buy yours, or maybe you love yours like I love mine and you are ready to buy one for each TV in your house you will want to hit up the Groupon linke below. Groupon is currently selling refurbed units for only $20 which is a $15 discount! If refurbished scares you just know that refurbished normally means open box or devices that were returned for reason other than defect that have been tested by the manufacturer. This deal will only be available for a short period of time. There have already been more than 1,000 sold!
Look at this mythical unicorn device... it's a Nexus 5 which has been retrofitted with a built-in fingerprint sensor! The video is simply meant to show off Google's Fingerprint and payments APIs, but the most intriguing thing in the video isn't actually the content, but a prop used in the video. Enjoy!