If the current rumors are accurate, one of the main complaints against the Samsung Galaxy S6 could be fixed with their Galaxy S6 Active version. The latest intel suggests it will come with the missing microSD slot that many Samsung Galaxy fans are missing in the latest flagship. It might even have a removable battery.
To be clear, here at HQ we are skeptical of both claims, but for information's sake we are sharing this. Here's the quote with the details,
It was a matter of time before we seen more manufacturers throw their hat in the ring to capitalize on the smart watch craze. One such company, Olio, is looking to bring a since of style to the game in a watch designed to work for both iOS and Android. Olio took its cue from Motorola going with the stylish rounded (flat-tire) look and wireless charging. But do not think this watch will come cheap at least not compared to the typical android watch out there, this watch will set you back $600. But I must admit I like the look and can see this being a go for watch collectors out there.
The new LG Watch Urbane LTE is LG's latest smartwatch designed to take wearables to the next level. While the device is technically not an Android Wear product, it's still a startling innovation in this field.
The Urbane LTE will actually let you place and receive phone calls and browse the web with its LTE data connection. It sports its own SIM card in order to facilitate this. The device will go on sale in South Korea starting tomorrow (March 27th). It will be available for 650,000 KRW ($590). Here's a refresher on specs:
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
Circular 1.3 inches OLED display
4GB eMMC internal storage
9-axis (gyro / acceleration / compass)
Barometric pressure sensor
Heart rate sensor
GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth
Comes in silver color
There's currently no word on International availability, but we will keep you apprised if/when that changes.
We thought it would be fun to do a flash poll to gauge your opinion on the current flagship devices about to hit their pre-order phase. We want to know which phone you would choose right now if you were in the position to get one: the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 Edge or the HTC One M9.
Even if you don't plan on actually picking up any of these at all in the near (or distant) future, please let us know which one you would choose of these three, if for some reason you had to. Also, feel free to justify why you made the choice in the thread after voting in the poll (including if you actually don't plan on getting any of them).
Which brand new flagship smartphone would you choose amongst only these options?
In what will undoubtedly be disappointing news to some, Motorola Mobility's President, Rick Osterloh, recently shared on Twitter that Motorola has no plans to build any Android tablets. He did take a moment to steer us toward Lenovo's offerings, which is unsurprising since that is now Motorola's parent company.
Still, for many who were hoping Motorola would get back in the game to try and do a better job than they did with the XOOM or DROID Xyboard, this is unwelcome news. On the bright side, at least this will allow them to focus on making the best Droid smartphone they can every year!
It looks like HTC is trying to "one-up" Samsung. While Sammy is busy starting up their pre-order sales of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, HTC decided to actually offer their flagship HTC One M9 for sale starting late tonight (early tomorrow). Specifically, if you go to HTC.com starting at 12:01am EST.
To be clear, this only applies if you are willing to purchase the unlocked device outright for $650 USD, as this offer will not go through any of the carriers for a subsidy price. Carrier versions will be available on April 10th. There is one exception to this. Supposedly, HTC will also offer the option to finance the phone interest free for 12 months through HTC.
It's also worth noting that HTC wanted to reiterate their new "Uh Oh" protection plan which is included when you purchase the HTC One M9.
Tomorrow is a big day for Samsung. They just announced that pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available at all major US carriers & Best Buy starting tomorrow (March 27th). On top of this, you will also be able to see a preview of the device at most Best Buy locations around the country.
The pricing details for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions was not revealed yet, but Best Buy should have that info tomorrow. T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular and Best Buy will be the first to offer the pre-orders, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will eventually get in on the act. You can also expect Amazon.com, Costco Wholesale, Inc., Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart to showcase the device sometime within the coming weeks.
We will share more details tomorrow so stay tuned!
Earlier today Facebook held their F8 Developer Conference. There were quite a few things shared during the event, but we broke down the three largest changes which Facebook is making/adding to their service. Here's the summary:
"On This Day" Feature - This is a new way to look at old stuff. It basically gives you a page every day to bring up photos which were on that same day in your past. In order to get to this "special page," you will need to "click on the On This Day bookmark, and search for “On This Day.” Alternatively, you can just head to facebook.com/onthisday.”
Third-party developers support in FB Messenger - This was the biggest change/upgrade that Facebook shared today. The company will be opening up FB Messenger to third-party developers so that they can make their own custom apps for the service. They claim they wanted to offer “even more ways for the 600 million people who use Messenger every month to express themselves.”
Embeddable video functionality - If you are a fan of posting videos on your website(s), then you will want to pay attention to this. Facebook will soon offer HTML code for videos uploaded to their network which is meant to make embedding them much easier.
Sound off if you think any of these changes/additions will be worthwhile to you.
T-Mobile will soon have a tempting offer for folks who want to get the Samsun Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge on their network. For a limited time you can get a free year of Netflix when you purchase one of these devices with their service.
The offer hasn't started quite yet, but will be available between March 27th through April 12th. Once your purchase one of these phones, you will get a promo code that you can submit to Samsung's promotions page (by May 21st). This is the link to Samsung's promo page: here.
T-Mobile still hasn't shared when the actually release dat of the device will be, but it should be around the same time as the global launch of the phone on April 10th. The promo doesn't clarify what folks will get if they already have a subscription to Netflix.
Even thought the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a phone from last year, it's still one of the best phablet-style devices on the planet, and we know that some of you might be out of contract right now considering grabbing it. Because of this, we wanted to share this "deal alert" over at Best Buy.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is on sale for the next 4 days (the sale specifically ends on Saturday, March 29th). During these few days you can pick up the phone for a big discount on several carriers. The sale changes depending on which carrier you get it with. The Verizon version is discounted by $200, and is only $99 on contract. Both AT&T and Sprint versions are discounted by $100, which makes them $199 on contract.
They have a few other deals going on during this time including tablets and other smartphones. For more info, head over to the Best Buy link here: Best Buy