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T-Mobile cuts Galaxy S6 and S6 edge prices by up to $200
Not long ago word got out that Samsung would be cutting the prices of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, in order to help the two devices sell better across the world. And while we've already seen the new pricing in Europe, it's now time for a US-based carrier to act too.
T-Mobile is the first to drop the prices for the duo in the US. For both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, you now have to pay $100 less than before if you go with the 32 or 64GB versions. If you want to buy either phone with 128GB of storage, you'll benefit from a $200 price cut.
So the 32GB Galaxy S6 now costs $579, while the 128GB model goes for $659. The S6 edge starts at $679 for the 32GB iteration, and goes up to $759 if you need 128GB.
Of course, this being T-Mobile, you don't necessarily have to pay all of that upfront, since you can use the carrier's installment plans to nab a handset for $0 upfront followed by 24 interest-free monthly payments.
At this point no other US carriers have announced similar moves, but they may do so in the near future.
Next Meizu high-end smartphone to be powered by Exynos 7420
Meizu has traditionally strayed away from Qualcomm chipsets, instead splitting its lineup between Mediatek and Samsung offerings. The MX line has been relying on Exynos-branded Samsung-made silicon from its conception, but the MX4 defected to Mediatek camp and the MX5 continued that trend.
Given that the MX4 Pro, which is the only one, actually to carry the Pro moniker, relied on the Exynos 5430 SoC, one could speculate that the MX5 Pro could be powered by a Samsung chipset as well. Well that's only half true, it seems.
From what we've been hearing there won't be an MX5 Pro, as the company is apparently in development of another device in its place. It's supposedly bigger and better, and what would be more befitting of an upcoming high-end smartphone than the current performance king, the Samsung-made Exynos 7420?
A report originating in China states that Meizu's next generation top model will indeed be powered by the same chipset, featured in the Galaxy S6/S6 edge, and, for all we know, in the yet-to-be-announced Galaxy note 5 and S6 edge+. It's not just the chipset it will borrow, but allegedly also the dual-glass design. And with a price tag, quoted to be above $480, it's also getting pretty close to Samsung's current flagship.
The usual reminder is due here as well - this is so far nothing but a rumor and it should be taken with a pinch of salt until it gets substantiated by more reliable data.
Latest comScore data reveals shrinking gap between Android and iOS
Market research firm ComScore has released its latest numbers for the US smartphone market revealing an increase in iOS' market share and a slight decrease in Android's share of the market.
Android remains the top smartphone platform in the country with 51.6% share of the market, slightly down from the 52.4% it had in the month of March. On the other hand, iOS' share was up from 42.6% to 44.1%. Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Symbian rounded up the top-5 with 2.9 (down from 3.3), 1.2 (down from 1.6) and 0.1% share, respectively.
As for smartphone manufacturers, Apple continued to be at the top with 44.1% market share, while Samsung came in second with 28.1% share of the market. LG, Motorola, and HTC rounded up the top-5 with 8.3%, 4.9%, and 3.4% share, respectively.
LG reportedly joins Samsung and Google in providing monthly security updates
Recently, Samsung and Google announced that they will be pushing out monthly security updates to their devices after the 'Stagefright' exploit was discovered. But it seems other OEMs will also be joining them soon, starting with LG.
LG spokesperson confirmed to Wired that the company will be providing security updates on a monthly basis, which carriers will then release to users immediately. A Google employee also confirmed this at the Black Hat 2015 security conference.
With security becoming a bigger concern every day, it is important that manufacturers push out important security updates to devices on a regular basis rather than waiting for major software updates to push them through, which could take months. With this, users will have one less thing to worry about.
Apple has released iOS 8.4.1 for supported mobile devices
Apple just released the newest version of their mobile operating system. iOS 8.4.1 is available for all supported iPhones and iPads.
It follows the bigger release that was iOS 8.4, which came out at the end of June with built-in support for Apple Music, the new streaming service from the Cupertino company.
The iOS 8.4.1 update has one sole target, and that is fixing bugs. The official changelog makes this extremely clear.
Interestingly though, all of its improvements target Apple Music. There's now a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren't any existing playlists to choose from (which is strange, because you'd expect something like this should have been possible already).
A bug used to show different artwork for an album on different devices, and this has been squashed too, as have been several issues for artists trying to use Connect. Finally, tapping Love will now work as expected when you're listening to the Beats 1 radio station.
Google Maps for Android with full offline support
Until now Google Maps offered partial offline maps, but never full support. Today this has changed. Google announced that the mobile app for Android will get full support for offline maps, search in offline mode, of course, offline navigation.
Planning a route has never been easier, because now you can save an entire country, so that you may use it anytime even without Internet turned on. Google says, that users won't feel any major differences when using the offline map, except things like when a store is opened and real time traffic information updates.
iOS users will also receive the update in the near future, hopefully till the end of this month.
Currently the function is only available only for the US but we hope that soon many more countries will be supported.
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