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Samsung released its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones last week, but the S6 edge is selling many more units than the South Korean giant had initially expected, according to reports out of Korea.
Before the launch, the Galaxy S6 edge was poised for around 20-30% of the sales of the Galaxy S6, but the numbers are closer to 50% of the Galaxy S6, worldwide. Korean publication Yonhap News reports that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge sales "have been much higher than expected", with the new smartphones due to real an all-time high when compared to the launch of any of the other Galaxy S smartphones.
We've reviewed the Galaxy S6 edge and fell in love with it, so it comes as no surprise to us that the S6 edge is doing so well.
It's no secret that LG is getting close to its official unveiling of the G4 smartphone, with previous teases and leaks, but now notorious and is-he-retired-or-not leaker @evleaks giving us the best look at LG's latest handset yet.
Evan Blass, otherwise known as @evleaks, revealed the G4 on his Twitter page with the simple tweet of: "Say hello to the LG G4". We can expect the G4 to have multiple back cover options, a super-fast f/1.8 camera, 5.5-inch QHD display, a removable 3000mAh battery and a microSD card slot. This should keep fans happy, considering fellow South Korean rival Samsung and its new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge don't have a removable battery or microSD card slot.
The G4 will be officially unveiled at LG's event on April 28.
Google has one of the most exciting exploratory labs in its Google X division, but a specific team of four are working on the future of battery technology according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal reports: "In late 2012, a team led by former Apple Inc. battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj began testing batteries developed by others for use in Google devices. About a year later, the group expanded to look at battery technologies that Google might develop itself, according to people familiar with the matter".
We all want to see the battery life on our smartphones and tablets increase by large amounts, with the Google X team working on just that. The Wall Street Journal continues: "At Google, Dr. Bhardwaj's group is trying to advance current lithium-ion technology and the cutting-edge solid-state batteries for consumer devices, such as Glass and Google's glucose-measuring contact lens, according to the people familiar with the matter".
Samsung has officially launched its two new flagship handsets, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, celebrating the launch with a new commercial - which you can view below.
Samsung explains: "We are all united by the desire to find out what's next. And we live for the moment when possibility becomes reality, when the future becomes real. Because that's when we feel most alive. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are what's next from Samsung. And Next Is Now". The South Korean giant is pushing the whole "Next Is Now" slogan, and next really is now. We have a Galaxy S6 edge in our possession and it is a damn gorgeous handset. Expect our first impressions over the weekend.
Just as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have launched, rumors are flying that the forthcoming Galaxy Note 5 from Samsung would feature a 4K display - providing a record-breaking number of pixels on a smartphone.
According to new reports, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 5 later this year with a 3840x2160 resolution. We should expect an official unveiling in August, which is about the time IFA kicks off for the year. If the Galaxy Note 5 arrives with its rumored 5.89-inch screen and 4K display, we can expect an insane 748 pixels per inch (PPI).
We're also hearing that a dual edge variant will be unveiled, which will arrive with a 5.78-inch curved panel that would rock 762 PPI. Now we just have to play the waiting game.
Sitting almost 32,000 supporters strong, a Change.org petition by Taco Bell themselves proudly states "The Taco Emoji Needs To Happen" to the applause of the online audience.
Apple recently released an Emoji update to their iOS platform, with further reports claiming there are currently 37 candidates set for the next overhaul in mid-2015. Internet users are seemingly outraged by the current lack of Taco's in the Emoji mix, thus petitioning for their APple overlords to add it in impending update.
"Tacos are love, tacos are life" is something that you're likely to see over your social media feeds over the next few weeks.
Apple Pay has helped develop a robust mobile payments infrastructure, with a growing number of retailers and banks jumping on the bandwagon.
However, the country is finding it difficult to expand Apple Pay into international markets, as each country has different government regulations, credit card associations, wireless carriers, and business relationships that Apple must accurately handle.
"Every market will have different local players, different partnerships, different local standards, different economics, different levels of cooperation," said Andrew Humphrey, technology analyst at Morgan Stanley, in a statement to Reuters.
Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones launch on Friday, but they will include some pre-installed apps that can't be removed. Future Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge owners can hide these apps though, but they will still chew up that precious storage.
The news is coming from reports on the XDA Developers Forum, with users questioning whether these pre-installed apps can be "removed", so that the storage space they did consume, would be freed up. A Samsung spokeswoman has talked with Computerworld, confirming that the pre-installed apps on the S6 and S6 edge cannot be uninstalled, but that the apps could be "hidden from view" but not completely removed from the handset.
The pre-installed apps that users can disable or hide will reduce the used space on the NAND flash by a decent amount, but it's unfortunate that these apps can't be fully uninstalled. This is something that iPhone users have to put up with, but a growing number of Android devices from companies like Samsung are using bloatware on their devices, that users can't remove.
LG sent out an email earlier today, something that seemed a bit odd with "G4" in the headline. As we clicked into it, we found out that the South Korean giant is giving away 4000 of its next-gen G4 handsets to consumers in 15 countries to "test drive" its new handset. We knew it was coming, with LG planning a media event for April 28 - but now the company is giving away a bunch of its next-gen handsets for select consumers to play with.
Starting today, LG is sending out consumers in South Korea - with 14 other markets to follow - its new G4 handset. These countries include: Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, United States, China, India, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan and Hong Kong. In order to be in the running to get the G4 handset, "participants will be selected from applicants based on their entry responses", says LG. If you want to get in on this G4 test, you'll need to keep an eye out on LG's website and various social media pages.
These lucky people will have 30 days with the G4 smartphone to experience its "unique design and features, including its personalized UX, high performance camera and impressive display for sharing online. Participants will be given various assignments to carry out over the course of their experience with prizes awarded".
President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, Juno Cho, said: "Customers are our best fans and we think this would be an exciting and unique way to get our most important mobile product of the year close to the public. We're putting the success of LG G4 in the hands of consumers before the launch because we believe they are the best judge of a great user experience, beyond just benchmarks and speed tests".
LG is set to unveil the G4 smartphone to the world at its media event on April 28, but before then the South Korean electronics giant has teased us to "See the Great and Feel the Great" with a new video, below.
As you can see, the G4 is set to feature a new rear-facing shooter with an f1.8 aperture, but we don't know how many megapixels it will rock. We're sure that we can expect a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera at a minimum, and as for the display we are expecting a 5.5-inch QHD 2560x1440 panel, and a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor from Qualcomm.