Samsung Galaxy S6 Trades Some Functionality for Better Design

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Samsung has just revealed not one, but two flagships smartphones that will be available in 20 countries beginning April 10: Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Since the first rumors emerged on these smartphones many have been afraid that Samsung has decided to drop some of the features that made the company’s flagships stand out from others like microSD card slot for example.

What’s the Difference: HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8

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As you probably know, an hour ago HTC just announced its latest flagship smartphone in Barcelona at MWC 2015, which it is calling the M9.

Naturally, you’re probably wondering if the new handset is worth putting your HTC One M8 in a box and forgetting all about it. So, is the new HTC One M9 worth upgrading or is it just a new, shiny toy, the Taiwanese company is hoping to lure you in with?

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Prices Start at €699 in Europe

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge launch did not contain any details on pricing options and wasn’t followed by any announcements in this regard, so we were left wondering how much money will cost the smartphones.

The good news is the folks over at SamMobile have learned directly from Samsung officials how much money one would need to purchase the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge beginning next month.

Don’t wait for Tuesday! 10 things we know about the iPhone 6 right now

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Never before have we seen such a flurry of rumors and news about an upcoming smartphone. Apple’s iPhone 6 is truly exceptional in this regard. As we get closer and closer to the September 9 launch date, the reports have begun to echo each other, painting an incredibly clear picture of this coveted flagship smartphone that we’ve never even seen.

We’ve gathered all the news into one massive rumor roundup, but now the time has come to consolidate the overarching themes of that post into a projection of what we expect from the iPhone 6.

Apple iPhone 6 event officially set for Sept. 9

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Invites from the Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant give almost no hints, saying “wish we could say more.” But the general consensus is that Apple will unveil its next smartphone. Apple on Thursday sent out invites for a press event on Sept. 9 in its hometown of Cupertino, Calif.

The company provided few hints about what will be announced beyond saying “Wish we could say more.” That could indicate something related to Siri, Apple’s digital voice assistant. Generally, Apple is expected to introduce its newest iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 6. The company also could show off a wearable at the event.

Samsung looks to Google for help in its latest legal battle with Apple

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No matter how much we hope and pray, the legal wrangling between Apple and Samsung never seems to end. The latest court battle has Apple seeking up to $2 billion in damages from the Korean manufacturer for infringing on five patents, including tap to search and slide to unlock.

This time around though, Samsung is looking to drag Google engineers into the courtroom to testify about the creation of Android — including, potentially, Andy Rubin. The hope is that their testimony and the evidence they provide would prove once and for all that the mobile operating system was developed independently of iOS and put to bed the back and forth over patent battles.

While Mountain View has successfully stayed above the fray for the most part, it makes sense for Seoul to drag the company into this particular battle. Apple is seeking up to $40 per device sold in royalties — far more than it ever has before.

Apple has over 3 million iPhone 5cs collecting dust

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Apple’s stockpile of the iPhone 5c has reached over 3 million units, confirming what most already know: it isn’t exactly a hot seller. 2 million units are at Pegatron, the manufacturer of the 5c, with the rest sitting on shelves hoping someone will take them home.

Despite Apple’s record-breaking quarter, the 5c didn’t reach nearly the same amount of numbers that the 5s did. The price of the 5c is most decidedly the deal-breaker, given its high cost for a phone with less than stellar tech specs.

With rumors of Apple increasing the screen size of their next crop of iPhones to 4.5” or 4.7”, and even murmurs of a 5.5” Apple phablet, it doesn’t look good for the future of the iPhone 5c. Expect Apple to liquidate their current stock of 5cs at a reduced price and not bring back the plastic iPhone back.

Curved screens not weird enough for you? Samsung plans a three-sided phone display

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Leave it to Samsung to once again make us say “huh?” when it comes to new smartphone screen technology.

The Korean electronics giant is reportedly developing a three-sided smartphone screen — so it will cover the front and two sides of a phone — according to a Bloomberg report.

A source tells the news agency that Samsung is working on adapting its “Youm” technology, which is used in its curved Galaxy Round phone, to display messages on the side displays. So, for example, the phone could display incoming notifications on the sides, or the title of the song it’s playing, without needed to wake up the display.

iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor called Touch ID, recognizes your thumb on the Home button: here’s how it works and what it does

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Apple’s brand-new iPhone 5s isn’t dramatically different from last year’s model, but it has at least one major addition: a “Touch ID” sensor. Us human beings are calling it a fingerprint sensor, and it’s built into the phone’s main Home button below the screen. Apple’s Phil Schiller says, “It reads your fingerprint at an entirely new level” — it’s 170 microns in thickness with 500 ppi resolution. According to Cupertino, it “scans sub-epidermal skin layers,” and can read 360 degrees. As expected, the sensor is actually part of the Home button, making it less of a button and more of a…well, sensor. Using Touch ID, users can authorize purchases in iTunes, the App Store, or in iBooks by simply using their thumbprint (starting in iOS 7, of course). Pretty neat / scary!

As rumored, the sensor uses a laser cut sapphire crystal cover; it retains a tactile input for those wary of the sensor wearing down after lengthy use. The sapphire crystal, acting as a lens, takes a highly detailed image of your fingerprint, which Apple says is “never stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud.” According to Apple’s official PR on the new phone, Touch ID’s fingerprint info is “encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Enclave inside the A7 chip” (the A7 chip is the new processor at the heart of the 5s). Apple hasn’t made clear whether Touch ID allows for multiple users on a single iPhone or not, nor has the company said whether you could turn off fingerprint authentication (though we have to presume the answer is yes given previous authentication standards on the iPhone).

Apple iPhone 4S now free on-contract in wake of iPhone 5c reveal

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Just yesterday, the venerable iPhone 4S sat as Apple’s mid-tier smartphone, but now it’s moving into a new role as the company’s go-to option for budget seekers: an 8GB iPhone 4S is now free on-contract. The news follows this morning’s introduction of the iPhone 5c ($99), which brings a dash of color to Apple’s mid-range and replaces the iPhone 5.

A similar discount is also in effect for the unlocked iPhone 4S, which now sells for $450 outright for the new 8GB model. Alongside the price drop, the continuation of the iPhone 4S brings a reprieve for Apple’s legacy 30-pin dock connector, which is an important consideration for compatibility-minded folks. Naturally, you won’t find all the latest goodies — or even LTE — in this 2-year old smartphone, but living behind the curve sure is easier on the wallet.