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Samsung to release button-less mobile phone, with fingerprint scanner

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen a patent spotted online, of a handset without any buttons and perhaps, a fingerprint scanner.

Samsung patent

This could be a phone that heads down the HTC One Max and LG G2 route, with its zero buttons on the front, top and sides.

Other recent patents also show missing hardware buttons, where they have been seen with curved displays – less of a curvature, than the Galaxy Round.

That is with a redesign bezel, as noted by SammyToday, which also spotted the new patent.

It notes that the back cover, in this design, has also seen some work.

On the rear, where the speaker is usually located (just to the right of it), is an unidentified piece of equipment.

The title alludes this could be a fingerprint scanner, as it’s located where you would normally hold the device – with the left hand.

It has also surmised this would make sense, as you would swipe the screen, with a finger, on a right hand.

The HTC One Max has its fingerprint sensor much higher, where an index finger would normally reside – when holding the phone.

This feature can also be used to launch different apps, through a different finger, being detected.

Via: Android Authority

Samsung Galaxy S5 launching 23rd February, with 2K screen and 20-megapixel camera

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen a few rumours appear online of the allegedly named Samsung Galaxy S5, relating to its specs and the date of its announcement.

A well-connected blogger, Eldar Murtazin, who in the past has outed accurate information, ahead of schedule, has tweeted the following:

“Samsung Galaxy S5 launch – 18.00. Barcelona. 23 February. Price the same. Launch – end of April. Specs – u know them :) new touchwiz ;)

That was backed with another post to Twitter, with more specific details -

“Galaxy S5 software is a next step in touchwiz evolution.  UI have a different name but who cares? Niche features for PR is a smart things”

PhoneArena has been tipped off to more exact specifications of the supposed device, relating to screen, camera and battery.

Its tipster claims the ‘Galaxy S5′ will have a 2K QHD display, with a 20-megapixel camera and a 2,900mAh battery.

That will place the phone’s snapper on par with the Sony Xperia Z; the title has some more info on possible sensors.

It states that it will have “state of the art iris sensor and wide range of health accessories,”, which is a rumour Omio has covered before.

Via: Android Beat

Top new mobile phones of 2014: Samsung

January kicks off with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas’, showcasing the gadgets arriving in the year.

Along with these are mobile phones, where flagship devices could be first aired.

The following month is when Mobile World Congress is held, in Barcelona.

That usually is the key event on the phone calendar, heralding in the new mobiles of the year.

Omio is now looking at these new handsets, where we have already started with HTC – and now move on to Samsung.

Samsung

This company is expected to call its next generation handset – the Samsung Galaxy S5.

It is thought to contain a 64-bit processor, according to a Korean news outlet.

This is along with an iris scanner, used to unlock to the mobile.

A barebone chassis was leaked late November, supposedly showing what its frame might look like.

A possible new feature also appeared online, where it is said to include a more-than-one person video conferencing capability.

GFXBench might have recorded its specs, as we reported early last month.

This is with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, with a processor clocked at 2.5GHz, per core.

That indicates it’s an upgraded quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU.

Samsung is thought to be launching it at Mobile World Congress, at the end of February 2014.

Omio Mobile Phone News Weekly Newsletter – 16th December – 20th December 2013

The week began with Omio, reporting that Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS leaked, where Apple’s iOS 7.1 is to have a built-in car feature. Sony’s Xperia Z1 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra saw Android 4.3, rolled out. Samsung’s Galaxy Core Advance was announced, with 4.7-inch screen and dedicated hardware buttons. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is launching MWC 2014, with QHD screen and Iris scanner, and Windows Phone 8.1 is to have notification centre and Microsoft’s own Siri.

Earlier on in the week, Nokia cancels Android plans and Illusionist tablet, where Nokia Camera app came to all Lumia mobile phones. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store now has 200,000 apps, and Samsung Smartphone GamePad for mobiles, is coming to the UK. The EE network is to allow 4G roaming, for American travellers.

Midweek, the LG G Flex ‘flexible’ mobile phone came to 4G EE. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 in pink, came exclusively to Phones 4u, and Windows Phone 8.1 screen shot leaked, showing lock screen notifications. Amazon’s mobile phone is arriving before end of June, 2014.

Towards the end of the week, HTC One gold version drops £2,750 price tag – where it became available for £29 a month. Sky Go became available for Windows Phone 8, and mobile phones can now be used during take-off and landing, on flights in the UK. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are to get KitKat, in January. A Samsung AMOLED 10.5-inch tablet is being announced at CES, and the Nokia ‘Moneypenny’ mobile phone is to be called Nokia Lumia 630/635

At the end of the week, Motorola’s Moto G Android KitKat rolled out – in the USA only; UK, still on track for January. The Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 925 ‘Lumia Black’ update rolled out, and the HTC One mini is to get Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5, in the UK. BlackBerry’s is switching to Apple iPhone maker, and Samsung releasing four new tablets – Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.

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The biggest story of the week came from Nokia, where it has reportedly scrapped its supposedly named Nokia Lumia 2020 Windows RT tablet, along with its plans for using the Android OS.

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The next most significant piece was when Samsung saw more info leaked about its purportedly named Samsung Galaxy S5, including display resolution, features and its announcement date.

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The third largest news item came from British Airways, in removing the restrictions of no electronic device powered on, at the start, and end of flights.

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The following most significant story was Microsoft seeing some more details appear online, of its rumoured Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system  – following on from the news of the on-screen touch button article.

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The fifth biggest piece was when 4G EE network and umbrella company, revealed that UK consumers will be able to try out the LG G Flex, flexible, handset in select stores – from the 20th of December, ahead of its release, next year.

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The next most significant news came from Apple seeing aspects of its next mobile device operating system appear online, said to enhance its existing products.

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The seventh largest story was Samsung having another source confirm that its two lead, flagship, Samsung mobile phones are getting the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system – next month.

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The following most significant item came from Amazon seeing some details outed about the supposed Amazon handset, including arrival date and parts.

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The penultimate piece of news was when Nokia supposedly saw details emerge of a new phone, in its actual product name and number: the Nokia Lumia 630/635.

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Lastly, 4G EE mobile phone network has unveiled it is allowing USA network AT&T customers to use its UK network, with 4G mobile broadband speeds.

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Samsung releasing four new tablets – Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

* UPDATED *

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen its tablet plans revealed, with a quartet of devices arriving, early, in 2014.

These are said to be just in the first three months, of next year.

SamMobile has gleaned this knowledge, from one of its insiders, although specifics weren’t passed along.

That title has its finger on the pulse of all things Samsung and has come up with what we might likely see.

It is already aware the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is on the cards, thought to have the product number of SM-T111.

This is stated to have a price tag of around 100 Euros, or around £84.

Its screen size is unknown, but another rumoured device was detailed.

This could be the Galaxy Note 12.2, noted to have a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution display.

Powering it, might be a Snapdragon 800 processor, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage

It is quoted to have an 8-megapixel rear camera, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

That is believed to start a new category for the company, with laptop replacement tablets.

Finally, a possible 13.3-inch slate was mentioned, which could be dual-booting – to both Android and Windows.

UPDATE:

SamMobile has now been tipped off by an insider, these will be the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (SM-T320/T325), Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (SM-T520/T525), Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (SM-P900/P905), and the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T110/T111).

It notes that all of these will come in Wi-Fi and LTE models (with the exception of the Tab 3 Lite, which will only have 3G connectivity).

Samsung AMOLED 10.5-inch tablet being announced at CES

South Korean electronics giant Samsung is reportedly going to unveil a large screen slate, at the Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show 2014 – with technology seen in its mobile phones.

This device is said to have an AMOLED display, which is thought to be only the second time, the company has deployed a screen of that ilk, in a tablet.

That last time was in 2011, in its Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.

The alleged new product is thought to come with a 10.5-inch display, instead of a 7.7-inch screen.

This comes from a report on ETnews, as reported by SamMobile.

The former states the Tab 7.7 didn’t get too good of a market response, although the company is said to be planning a more aggressive attack – this time around.

We reported, earlier in the week, four tablets are arriving next year from Samsung.

That is all within the first three months of the year, where a number of them have already been covered.

There is thought to be an entry-level device, under the name of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.

It is believed to be around the 100 Euro mark, or under £85 – in the UK.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to get KitKat, in January

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen another source confirm that its two lead, flagship, Samsung mobile phones are getting the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system – next month.

Android-4.4-Galaxy-S4-Galaxy-Note-3-SFRThis latest piece of info comes from the French mobile phone network, SFR.

It has published the following (translated), on its own website:

“It is still an exclusive news Club SFR Smartphones: the update to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) should be available between late January and early February 2014 for Samsung Galaxy S4 and SFR Galaxy Note 3 SFR”

“Naturally, we will keep you informed of the specific dates as soon as we have more, information Lab SFR”

This news has come before Samsung has officially announced the roll out dates of Android 4.4, to these mobile devices.

It has been spotted by SamMobile, who notes that the carrier has a tracked record of outing information ahead of schedule.

This was done with the Android 4.3 deployment, to the likes of the HTC One, and Samsung Galaxy S4, S3 and Note II.

That January-February timeframe has already been written about, on Omio.

Towards the end of November, we covered a piece on a leaked Samsung KitKat roll out schedule, which matched todays’ news; stay tuned for more.

Samsung Galaxy S4 in pink, comes exclusively to Phones 4u

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen its Samsung Galaxy S4 pink edition arrive at Phones 4u – joining the Arctic Blue version.

The pale red colour is only available with the high street retailer, from early January, and throughout that month.

It is now around to pre-order, with no up-front cost, starting at £33 a month.

That is on a Vodafone Red, 24-month, plan – with unlimited minutes and text messaging, plus a 1GB data allowance.

This is on a 3G contract, where the 4G version comes in at £38 a month.

It has the same minutes and texting bundle as above, only with a 6GB data offering.

Phones 4u is packaging free black wireless speakers with this deal – worth £120 – and Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify Premium usage.

The shop now has the widest range of colours on offer, in the Samsung Galaxy S4 range.

That is with its exclusive Arctic Blue; Black Mist, White Frost – and now the pink version.

These are on a phone that has a 5-inch, full high definition 1,920 x 1,080 display.

Powering it is a quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM; 16GB of internal storage and support for 64GB microSD cards.

This is with a 13-megapixel camera, with dual camera capture; Android 4.3 and other additions, such as S Health and Group Play technologies.

Samsung Smartphone GamePad for mobiles, coming to the UK

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has announced the Smartphone GamePad, along with its mobile console app – said to enhance the gaming experience, on its line of Galaxy devices.

Smartphone GamePad

It allows an advanced gaming experience on those mobile phones and phablets, turning the whole shebang into a portable gaming console.

The GamePad is compatible with 4-inch display devices, way up to the 6.3-inch screen based products.

This is with the likes of the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, and Galaxy S III – running Android 4.3.

There is also easy paring over Bluetooth, or via an NFC tag – with quicker access to games, via the ‘Play’ button.

A tap of the latter, accesses the mobile console app. That allows the browsing, and purchasing of game pad supported games.

These include EA’s Need for Speed Most Wanted and Gameloft’s Asphalt8: Airborne, first-person shooter titles such as Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, sports titles such as SEGA’s Virtua Tennis Challenge, and action titles such as Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame.

It is said to be made from a durable steel frame, in an easy-to-carry, premium, design.

This is with an 8 way D-Pad, with 2 Analogue Sticks; 4 Action buttons and 2 Trigger buttons – with availability, in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy S5 launching MWC 2014, with QHD screen and Iris scanner

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has seen more info leaked about its purportedly named Samsung Galaxy S5, including display resolution, features and its announcement date.

According to internal news from the company, Samsung is said to be introducing its first QHD smartphone – at Mobile World Congress, at the end of February 2014.

This is with a display that has four times the resolution of a high definition screen, with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution – expected to be seen in its next, top-tier mobile phone.

The company is also noted to be past the technology development stage of Iris verification, where it is working out a way to mass-produce it.

This info is cited to have come from the electronics industry, reports ZDNET in South Korea.

The Iris tech is quoted to be an alternative to the fingerprint authentication system, seen on the rival handsets.

Those are the Apple iPhone 5s, which includes it within the home button – on the front of the device.

HTC, has incorporated it on the rear of its HTC One max phablet, where fingerprints can also be used to launch applications.

The Iris tech would supposedly follow on from its use in the recent flagship phones, with the front facing camera.

This is with the S3′s eye recognition tech, not dimming the screen, which was expanded in the S4, in the automatic scrolling of webpages.

Via: SamMobile