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After rumors about the S6 build quality, Samsung has issued a statement complete with a video detailing its own bending test. The company claims that the SquareTrade test does not indicate typical usage scenarios and is also not indicative of the phone's face-down rigidity.


In the Samsung video, which opens up with a quick disclaimer, that it's not inspired by sadistic desires, the complete bend test routine is shown on both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. A three point rig is set up with the appropriate software to measure the applied force.


To put an everyday meaning into the numbers a set of 5 pencils is subjected to the same test and reaches a breaking point just shy of the 80lbf (108Nm) mark. Then the Galaxy S6 takes the stage and survives a slightly larger force just fine, returning to its original shape. The Galaxy S6 edge fares equally well, both face down and up.


Bend Test [Video]


We all know HTC Android skins (Sense) and Apps, they're smart, clean and elegant. Sadly, these Apps and skins are only available for HTC devices... but this is about to change. A Report from Recode, indicates that HTC wants its own-build software to be available for the rest of Android devices.


HTC Creative Labs has started to develop apps for Android phones in general, not just HTC, the labs first products is "HTC Zoe" which has the power to stitch together up to 16 videos or images with your own soundtrack. We hope to see more and more HTC Apps available for Android smartphones in general, Especially HTC Blinkfeed and HTC Sense 6 launcher.




The new Zoe App will come out later this week, with more to follow, as the Creative Labs team plans to release other HTC apps from its own phones' confines in the future.



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After the success of the HTC Nexus 9 slate, HTC finally decided to enter the tablets market with its own brand.


According to the latest reports, the Taiwanese company is working on an HTC-branded Nexus 9-shaped tablet with the same 9-inch display 4:3 aspect ratio and the same dimensions but the Hardware Specifications will be different, probably higher.


This tablet will be a strong entry for HTC brand into the tablet's market, the market name of the tablet is not yet known but it may join the "ONE" family naming (HTC ONE Tab, HTC ONE MT.. etc). The exact release date for this tablet is not yet revealed but we won't see this tablet up until Q2,2015



The beta version of Samsung's latest music application is now available on the Play Store and it's free to download. This will make updating the app easier for Samsung as it no longer has to be part of the Samsung's firmware upgrades. It is an initiative that will make updates for individual Samsung made software more frequent.

If you are wondering what is so special about Samsung Music, you might be disappointed as it is similar to most other music apps on the Play Store, excepting the fact that it is made primarily for Samsung devices and optimized accordingly. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the first flagship smartphones from Samsung to come without the default music player pre-installed and this is probably the beginning of a new trend.

If you are interested to download and give Samsung Music a try then make sure that your device is running at least Android Marshmallow 6.0 as anything below that is incompatible with it. The Samsung music player supports popular formats like WMA, MP3, FLAC and AAC among others. It is also capable of sorting your songs in six categories, namely Artist, Track, Album, Composer, Folder and Genre. Anyone who has used a Samsung device before will feel at home and if you have another compatible device that you want to try it on, feel free to download it now.

Download it here.

Samsung has some big plans when it comes to manufacturing smartphones components and become a backward-integrated phone maker. To that end the Korean giant has started producing and using the display panels, camera sensors, processors, DRAM chips, storage chips, and cellular radios in its smart devices. Now, Samsung is about to start using the touchscreen IC manufactured by its System LSI division.

As per ETNews, it has been three years, since Samsung started the process of making its own touchscreen digitizer, and only recently they decided to go ahead with it in the Galaxy S7. Major thing is that, as per speculations this new digitizer will be used in the Galaxy S7 series of devices. Back in the days, the company used to depend on digitizers manufactured by Synaptics and ST Microelectronics for its high-end devices.

It is anticipated that Samsung will continue to minimize its dependency on third party vendors. Apart from that, as the usage of touchscreen displays is gradually increasing (even in laptops), the company wanted to speed up the process of developing its own touch screen digitizer. Now, companies like Synaptics and others will get massive blow to their revenue once Samsung ceases to buy digitizers from them.



Solis stands for Sun in Spanish and that's what Samsung has decided to name its next smartwatch. SamMobile reported the news along with suggesting that the term "Solis" probably indicates that this one will be round like the sun! The Korean OEM is aiming for a more typical and traditional watch-esque look with the Solis than the rectangular devices that we are now used to seeing from manufacturers all over.

Going by the fact that this will be the successor to the Gear S2, Solis will possibly sport better hardware than its predecessor, but the specifics are unclear right now. According to the report, there will be three general variants of the smartwatch with the model numbers SM-R760, SM-R765 and SM-R770. However, there will also be two carrier specific variants; namely the SM-765V and the SM-765S.

The big news about the Solis range of smartwatches is the fact these will not run on any version of the Android OS. Instead, they will be using Samsung's own home-grown Tizen OS to run things. It is also expected that they will feature a larger display than the tiny 1.2-inch one we saw with the Gear S2. If you are excited about the Solis, did it disappoint you to know that it will ruin on Tizen? We ourselves will reserve that judgement till we manage to get a closer look at one.

Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

A feature that was introduced by HTC's own Zoe Cam and made popular by the iphone 6s via Live Photos, is now going to be adopted by Samsung's upcoming flagship. The basic technology works by bringing a photo alive with the help of a video that captures footage from both before and after the shot, but spans no more than 1-2 seconds. The process results in an animated snap with audio.

If the rumors are to believed, then Samsung will call their version of the feature, "Vivid Photo." However, it won't work exactly like the iPhone 6s' Live Photo feature because the snaps won't have any audio accompanying them. That being said, Samsung is not the one to lose out in a battle of features so Vivid Photo will supposedly stitch together photos of much higher quality when compared to the ones produced by the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The obvious question that comes next is why did Samsung ditch the audio? Samsung wanted Vivid Photo to be a feature that can be shared via messaging and social networking sites, rather than being a proprietary end-to-end affair. In other words, the Samsung Galaxy S7 probably has come up with a feature that will allow you to create high quality GIF images fit for easy sharing and enjoying on most systems and devices.

Samsung has just made it official that they have an interesting exchange plan for the people who bought the Galaxy Note 7. However the plan is only available in South Korea as of now. A lot of the customer base wasn't satisfied in the way Samsung handled the entire debacle, but hopefully, this plan will convince some of them to stay loyal to Samsung.

According to the plan, if you exchange the Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, you will have to pay half of the original price of that particular handset and even that can be paid via instalments over a period of twelve months. The contract further extends to include that you will have to opt for the Galaxy S8 or some other flagship grade smartphone that Samsung releases next year at full price. When you decide to exchange the S7/S7 Edge for the S8 next year, the contract can be renewed in a way so that the remainder of the instalments will extend up to an additional period of 12 months, until the full price of the S8 is paid off.

While this is a good offer for Samsung loyalists, it might take quite a devotee to opt for a smartphone that one has no idea about or what the competition will be offering at that point of time. Will you go for it if it became available in your country?

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

We had been hearing about the connection between Samsung and Qualcomm's next mobile chip, but now we have confirmation and clarity about what exactly is going on between the two behemoths. Samsung and Qualcomm have joined forces in bringing forth the Snapdragon 835 SoC, built on the 10nm FinFET process utilized by Samsung. What this means is, along with producing their very own next-gen Exynos chips, Samsung will also be manufacturing the next Qualcomm Snapdragon flagship chips in 2017.

Interestingly, Qualcomm has decided to name the next SoC as Snapdragon 835, instead of the expected Snapdragon 830 moniker. I am guessing this has been done to mark Qualcomm's shift from the 14nm process to the 10nm process. All of this was unveiled at a press event held in New York City, which was attended by both the parties. In the words of Keith Kressin (Senior VP of Product Management, Qualcomm),

"Using the new 10nm process node is expected to allow our premium tier Snapdragon 835 processor to deliver greater power efficiency and increase performance while also allowing us to add a number of new capabilities that can improve the user experience of tomorrow's mobile devices."

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

If you are into mobile gaming, Samsung has a Galaxy Game Pack for you, provided of course, that you using an S7 or S7 Edge. You can call it a Christmas promo or just rewards for staying loyal to the Samsung brand after the Note 7 disaster, but if you play games like Clash of Kings and Hearthstone, you are entitled to receive a number of exclusive in-game content like coins, credits, cards etc. This offer is brought to the S7/S7 Edge users by Samsung through partnerships with the likes of Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Gameloft, Blizzard Entertainment, Goodgame Studios and many others.

The Google Play Store has all the freebies associated with the current offer as well, instead of being exclusively available on the Galaxy Apps Store as we expected. Check the list of games that fall under the Galaxy Game Pack below.

• Clash of Kings
• Hearthstone
• Asphalt 8: Airborne
• Need for Speed: No Limits
• Olympus Rising
• Empire: Four Kingdoms
• Genies and Gems
• Vainglory
• Nonstop Knight
• Plants vs Zombies Heroes
• Hungry Shark World
• Marvel Contest of Champions
• Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

Qualcomm has Adreno and ARM has Mali, but Exynos is still lacking a GPU of its own. Granted that the Mali G-71 is the most powerful mobile GPU on the market and it's coupled exclusively with the Exynos 8895 CPU, it still isn't made by Samsung and according to a report, Samsung isn't going to settle for that, at least not in the near future.

The report from Weibo, brought forward by famous Chinese leakster Ice Universe states that Samsung is done with relying on other companies to fulfil its GPU needs and is currently working on a solution of its won. As of now, it's only being referred to as the S-GPU; a name that will probably not make it to the final cut! Even if the rumor is true and Samsung does end up successfully making its own smartphone/tablet GPU, it is highly unlikely that it will be making its debut anytime soon or before the Galaxy S9 is released next year. In all likelihood, the S-GPU will be released with the Exynos 9 series of chips. We will keep you updated as more news and info pops up.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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