Strong rumours are suggesting that Samsung’s next smartphone won’t contain a Qualcomm processor
Figures within the South Korean tech giant Samsung have said that they will use their own processor in the next iteration in the Galaxy S series, ending their association with fellow South Korean company Qualcomm.
The change of heart has reportedly come after Qualcomm’s latest chip, the Snapdragon 810, has suffered with overheating problems. This led to Samsung deciding to switch to their own brand of processor, which is said to be their most advanced ever.
Smartphone models such as the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and the LG G Flex2 are to be released in the coming months and will contain the Snapdragon 810, with LG saying that they will take every precaution to avoid any overheating issue.
Leaked photos suggest the new HTC flagship will have a similar design to the HTC One (M8)
HTC’s flagship phone looks set to continue the trend for full-metal design, according to new pictures published by the French website NowhereElse. Users who already own a HTC One (M8) will also recognise the dual front-facing BoomSound speakers, however the new flagship appears to have a thinner bezel and the sides seem flatter than earlier models.
In a seperate leak, sources have also told Forbes that HTC will continue the convention of seemingly naming their flagship phones after British motorways, dubbing the new flagship the HTC One (M9). More significantly, Forbes’ sources suggest that while HTC are definitely working on a wearable device, it is not an Android Wear smartwatch but a fitness band being developed in partnership with American sportswear brand Under Armour. Having pinned our hopes on HTC applying their high-tech metallurgy to the luxury smartwatch market, this new rumour is a little disapponting.
Reports are suggesting that the first Lollipop update is available and able to be used on a Samsung S4.
Rumours have been circulating about when the first major update to Lollipop was going to drop and it looks like it’s just around the corner for Samsung Galaxy S4 users.
Reports originating in China spread to XDA Developers who have released an image of an S4 running Android 5.0.1. It still hasn’t been confirmed that this is legitimate, but all the signs are pointing to an imminent launch of the update, landing on S4s soon.
The launch of Lollipop has been beset by problems from the outset, with a delayed launch, bugs in the software and manufacturers failing to roll it out to customers who are eligible for it. However, news that the update might not be too far away could spell an upturn in fortunes for the troubled operating system.
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The long-awaited launch of Xiaomi’s latest products, the Mi Note and MiNote Pro has happened.
Having teased us earlier in the week with a cryptic advert, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi’s reveal has finally taken place and they have taken a swipe at their two biggest rivals – Samsung and Apple.
The Mi Note, with a 1920 x 1080 resolution display, was launched to great fanfare in Beijing and is clearly a direct competitor for Samsung’s Note 4 and Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. It is lighter and thinner than both models as well as having a much greater pixel density.
The Note 4’s cameras outperform the Mi Note’s 13MP rear facing and 4MP front facing ones, but the iPhone 6 Plus’ lag some way behind.
A bug that leaves more the half the world’s Android users vulnerable to malicious attacks has been found, but Google isn’t releasing a patch.
Security analyst Tod Beardsley has detected a bug in the WebView app that could open the door to hackers but Google isn’t addressing the situation because the operating system is too old.
The bug, which allows apps to look at webpages without the need to open a different app, only affects phones and tablets running Android 4.3 or earlier. Google’s response to Beardsley stated that it doesn’t develop patches for operating systems before Android 4.4 so will not be releasing a patch to close off the hole through which hackers can gain access to phones.
Only 40 per cent of Android users are on Android 4.4 or above so that leaves an incredible 60 per cent of users vulnerable to attacks if they use the WebView app. In its reply to Beardsley, Google said that they ‘welcome patches with the report for consideration. Other than notifying OEMs, we will not be able to take action on any report that is affecting versions before 4.4 that are not accompanied with a patch.’