After months of speculations regarding their upcoming high-quality metallic smartphone, Samsung has finally outed the Galaxy Alpha. In many regards, the Alpha is an underwhelming device that fails to stand next to this year's (and even some of last year's) Android flagships, but it does have one redeeming quality: it is the best industrially-designed phone to come out of the South Korean company in years.
While Samsung claims the Galaxy Alpha offers an "entirely new appearance," you would be hard-pressed not to recognize the Galaxy S5's sibling in the Alpha, an illegitimate brother from a one-night stand with a member of the iPhone family.
We've heard rumor after rumor of Samsung's virtual reality headset in recent weeks, and according to the Verge the manufacturer is (as previous rumors suggested) set to unveil the device (codenamed Project Moonlight) at its upcoming Unpacked event in Berlin and New York, where Samsung is also expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4. What's more, the Verge has what appears to be a photo of the headset, next to a Samsung phone and Bluetooth controller.
You'll finally be able to hitch your wagon to the Sprint Spark LTE network in tablet fashion come this Friday. That's when Sprint plans to launch its first tablet with support for tri-band LTE. The device in question is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, and other than the LTE radio, it looks to be the same device you can get now sans mobile data.
Samsung has successfully clamped down on leaks in the last few years. The flagship Galaxy S5 was successfully kept under wraps until the announcement, although that device wasn't much of a surprise as far as specs or design go. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to show its face at Unpacked in a few weeks, but what have we here? It looks like the Note 4 in a series of leaked pics.
LG responded to concerns over corrosion of the G Watch charging pins by making a few tweaks with the KMV78Y update. Now the same build is rolling out to the Samsung Gear live, which as far as I'm aware, doesn't have the same charging pin issues. How curious.
It's not a complete truce, but Samsung and Apple are backing down slightly from their ongoing patent war. The companies have issued a joint statement announcing the agreement to end all patent litigation between the two outside the US. Cases in the US will continue, though.
Apple first sued Samsung in 2011 for copying the look and feel of iOS in its TouchWiz Android skin. Samsung fired back, and the battle has raged on across the globe ever since.
Samsung has just sent out official invites to the company's Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event, and Note's the theme. There will be simultaneous Unpacked press conferences in Berlin (IFA), Beijing, and New York on September 3rd. The event will start at 9AM EST in New York, 3PM in Berlin, and 9PM in Beijing.
We'll be live in Berlin for this latest Unpacked, widely assumed to be the debut event for Samsung's basically-imminent Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, though there could be surprises in store, like Gear VR - you never know with Samsung.
Have you been holding out for a Galaxy S5 of a slightly more interesting hue than black, white, or gold? If so, Best Buy's got you potentially covered with the new "electric blue" S5 that comes in August 17th here in the US. This color has been available internationally for some time, but it looks like Best Buy managed to wrangle an America-exclusive with Samsung to stock this more aquatic-toned variant of its best-selling handset.
To really get in there and get your hands dirty tinkering with a tablet, you need a good custom recovery. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is due for some tinkering today as TWRP comes to Samsung's biggest Android slate. You can grab the files right now on the TWRP device page and get flashing.