Google has yet to release its next generation Nexus devices for the year 2015 and this year, it is rumored that they will be releasing not just one but two devices. According to a Tech Times report, Google is working with two companies, Chinese manufacturer Huawei and Korean company LG for its next set of Nexus devices.
The report further noted that Nexus devices were among the most popular in market mainly because of the "pure Android experience" it provides and of course, being Google devices, they are also among the first to receive Android software updates, earlier than the rest of the Android devices in the market.
If these reports turn out to be true, it will be the first time that Google is collaborating with a Chinese company for their flagship Nexus device. The fact that Google is releasing two devices at a time is another first. With the Huawei partnership, Google is also in a good position to introduce its Play services in the huge Chinese smartphone market. more >>
It has been a while since the release of a "Final Fantasy" video game. The latest game of the media franchise was in 2010, when it released "Final Fantasy XIV," which was later relaunched as "Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn" in 2013, which was a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Fans of the franchise are eagerly awaiting the series' next installment, "Final Fantasy XV," which is slated for release in 2016.
Given that reboots and remakes are an ongoing trend even in the gaming industry these days, it was not surprising to hear that Square Enix and Sony announced during the E3 2015 that they were doing a remake of one of the older "Final Fantasy" titles, that of "Final Fantasy VII," exclusive for the Sony PlayStation 4. "Final Fantasy VII" is considered to be the best-selling title of the "Final Fantasy" series.
According to a report in IGN, the producer in-charge of the remake provided an update about the status of the remake. Yoshinori Kitase, who was speaking to Famitsu (via Gematsu) said that the visuals of the game are "starting to come together." However, when it comes to the game's battle system, a lot of work still needs to be done in this aspect. more >>
Almost every time Samsung launches new devices, the company always tries to rake in more customers and buyers by offering attractive promotional deals that come bundled with their new devices. Early this year, deals that came in the form of "Galaxy Gifts" were made available to Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge buyers.
This time around, "Galaxy Gifts" are being offered to consumers who are buying Samsung's newest flagships, the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge Plus. According to a report in Tech Times, these gifts usually come in the form of free subscription to services, paid content as well as recommended apps that are useful for their new devices.
According to the report, these promotional offers entail a lot of investment on the part of Samsung. For example, when the S5 was launched in April 2014, the free stuff that came with the new device was worth close to $575. In April this year, close to 22 apps and what were considered to be premium services such as magazine subscriptions and productivity tools were on offer for those who were buying the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge. more >>
Barely a month after its latest big reveal, Samsung is already back in the thick of all rumors that is it already working on its next flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S7. According to several reports, including one in International Business Times, the Korean phone manufacturer is hard at work in testing two different chipsets with the new device, in order for them to make an early 2016 release.
According to the IBT report, one variant will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, while the other variant will feature Samsung's own Exynos chip. The company is said to be putting the Snapdragon 820 chip through "rigorous testing," especially after a previous Snapdragon chip caused overheating problems when earlier tested for the Galaxy S6.
Further details about the Snapdragon 820 chip reveal that it will not have the same Cortex-based architecture like its predecessors, the 810 and the 808 chipsets. One report claims that it will have an octa-core Kyro processor, while another suggests that it will have four Hydra cores and an Adreno 530 GPU. more >>
Apple has yet to confirm if they are indeed scheduling an Apple event on September 9. While the public is eagerly awaiting this confirmation, another rumor is going around that pre-orders for the upcoming iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will start on September 11, a few days after the unveiling event. According to a report in Tech Times, another leaked report about the much-awaited iPhone announcement is pointing to this date.
The report also cited that Apple may soon be sending out official invitations to the launch event before the end of August. This is based on the company's previous practice of sending out invitations a week before a scheduled launch event. The event will likely be held at the company's headquarters in Cupertino. Pre-ordering may likely be done through the Apple website, and those who would like to be the first in line to get their hands on the much-coveted device may need to watch out for the exact time the "Order Now" button becomes activated.
The rumored pre-order date is substantiated by another report in Forbes, citing another report from mac4ever whose source is a French wireless carrier who confirmed that pre-orders can be accepted starting September 11. In addition to this, the carrier also noted that shipping will begin a week after, on September 18. more >>
Samsung may be releasing another smartphone as part of its "active" line this November, if recent reports are true. According to a Tech Times report, this time around, the Korean phone manufacturer has set its sights on its recently unveiled phablet, the Galaxy Note 5. This will be the first time that Samsung will make an active version of its large-screen flagship phone.
The new phone called the Galaxy Note 5 Active, will reportedly arrive in November, and will be exclusive to U.S. wireless carrier AT&T.
The new device is rumored to have a bigger capacity battery at 4,100 mAh, compared to the 3,000 mAh battery on the recently released Note 5. The battery will still be non-removable, however. more >>