The Galaxy Alpha is the first metal-framed device produced by Samsung.
The heavily rumoured Samsung Galaxy Alpha is finally among us and with it, it brings a new metal design path for Samsung. Although not strictly without the plastic shell still, the Galaxy Alpha does now include metal sides and certainly adds to the new premium feel that Samsung want to embed in their future devices. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Alpha will be available at the beginning of September, which should tie in nicely with the launch of the Galaxy Note 4.Samsung Galaxy Alpha specs Dimensions: 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm Weight: 117g Display: 4.7″ HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720) Processor: Octa-core (quad 1.8GHz and quad 1.3GHz) Memory: 32GB, no microSD RAM: 2GB Camera: 12MP rear and 2.1MP front Battery: 1860 mAh
Although there’s no concrete pricing information from Samsung yet, several retailers have already confirmed they will be stocking the device. Online retailer, Clove, currently has a listing for the Galaxy Alpha to be available for £499. Due to the new premium look of the device, we expect this to be fairly accurate.
This new digital magazine will show you how to build and program amazing Raspberry Pi creations
This new digital magazine will show you how to build and program amazing Raspberry Pi creations. RasPi Magazine issue one is on sale now for 69p/ 99¢, packed with easy-to-follow tutorials and the latest Raspberry Pi tips and advice from the team behind Linux User & Developer magazine.
If you’ve had enough of hacking phones and tablets, issue one of this monthly digital magazine will show readers how to build a DIY drone as well as give new Raspberry Pi users essential advice on how to set up.
Editor in Chief Nick Roberts declared, “We’re really excited about the launch of RasPi – we know this new, inquisitive generation of coders will love it.”
The LG G3 Stylus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be ushering in a new era of phablets, but which one will come out on top?
Phablets still remain a fairly niche alternative to a smartphones or tablets and since the initial craze about them a couple of years ago, production of them seems to have dramatically slowed down. The Galaxy Note has long been considered the premier phablet device and the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 looks to keep that trend going. However, thanks to an early picture leak, it seems LG will be launching their very own phablet, the LG G3 Stylus. But based on what we know about each of them so far, which one will come out on top?LG G3 Stylus specifications, rumours and release date
Following on from the initial success of the LG G3, we expect to see the same styling and feature set included in the LG G3 Stylus. As you can tell by its name, it’ll ship with its own stylus and should arrive with some dedicated stylus apps as well. The laser autofocus of the original G3 will be missing from the G3 Stylus and instead will be replaced by a single LED flash, which is a pity. Expect to see a beefy 3GB of RAM present and that same beautiful display also used. In terms of a release date, it seems LG are looking to release the LG G3 Stylus before its competition hits the shelves. The end of August seems like a probable release date. There’s no details on pricing, but if it follows the same line as the LG G3, then the device certainly won’t be cheap.Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specifications, rumours and release date
For once, Samsung has been fairly tight lipped on what we can expect to see in the Galaxy Note 4. What we do know is that the probable release date of the Galaxy Note 4 is September 3rd. As with most Samsung devices, we expect to this be a near worldwide release. It’ll carry the same S Pen stylus and largely feature the same design as we’ve seen previously. We’re also led to believe that we could see a ‘Prime’ version of the Galaxy Note 4, which will use a metal build. There’s going to be a small jump in screen size, from the Note 3’s 5.7-inch display to the Note 4’s 5.9-inch offering. No news as of yet if any new technology will be used within the display. Pricing is the one area where we’ve seen conflicting reports. Although one or two sources believe we’ll see a vastly cheaper Note 4, we reckon that to keep in line with their premium pricing, the Note 4 will be an expensive investment.
There’s some absolute gems in this week’s Google Play apps of the week.Thomas Was Alone
Narrated by Danny Wallace, Thomas Was Alone is a charming puzzle game that sees you navigate through levels using a variety of characters. Each character is represented by a different shape that has their own strengths and weaknesses.
We pit the four best flagship phones against one another. Which will win?
Boasting the highest specs, latest features and best builds, flagship phones offer the most polished Android experience, but come at a high price. Retailing around £550, you want to be certain you’re getting the best deal in terms of style, power and functionality from your smartphone before you buy. To help you make your decision, we’ve vigorously compared market leaders, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, along with relative newcomer the HTC One M8 and Motorola’s low-cost, but high-spec Moto X, and then crowned one the best smartphone in the world.
—–Samsung Galaxy S5
Use the Condi app to streamline and automate your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth usage.
NFC tags have been around for ages, but still remain one of the best ways to automate certain aspects of your phone. Alongside the Condi app, NFC tags can be used to automate your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth usage. Check out the following tutorial to find out more.
This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine. For more tips, tricks and tutorials for all things Android, buy the latest issue here.