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Alphabet soup: Samsung unveils Galaxy J1 in Malaysia

Alphabet soup: Samsung unveils Galaxy J1 in Malaysia

It seems like Samsung might really be switching to a new naming scheme. Whether it's more confusing or less, it's up to you to decide. Following the metal-clad Galaxy A series and the Tizen-powered Z1 in India, Samsung is revealing the Galaxy J1, an entry-level smartphone that is being marketed at the Malaysian market. Judging by that number, instead of a single letter, it is probably just the first of many J's that will flood the market with low-end specs, replacing Samsung's name-based catalog.

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Sony World Photography Awards 2015 adds smartphone pics category

Sony World Photography Awards 2015 adds smartphone pics category

Major camera makers like Canon have been feeling the sting of smartphone cameras for a while now, and the increasing quality of mobile phone cameras means that more people are electing to forgo buying a traditional camera in favor of a higher end handset. Perhaps the best example of how far smartphone cameras have come is the World Photography Organisation's latest award category: Mobile Phone. Says the organization, "Photography now exists in our pockets, and we want to celebrate this."

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LG’s 2014 financial report: Life’s really good

LG’s 2014 financial report: Life’s really good

While Samsung is reporting some financial losses, it's biggest Korean rival definitely has a lot of reasons to be in an upbeat mood. LG has just released the figures of its 2014 full-year financial reports and the numbers are definitely looking good. It says that has gained a 125 percent increase in net profits compared to 2013. And most of that is thanks to its smartphone business, whose shipments have risen by 24 percent, with a lot of those coming from North America.

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Qualcomm admits “large customer” loss amid Samsung speculation

Qualcomm admits “large customer” loss amid Samsung speculation

They're not naming names, but we can pretty much read between the lines. In its Q1 2015 fiscal report, chip maker Qualcomm is lowering its revenue outlook for the second half of this fiscal year due to a number of huge factors. Aside from a shift in share among OEMs and higthened competition in China, where is actually facing some legal battles, Qualcomm also mentions the loss of a "large customer" of its Snapdragon 810. Given how things are going, it's hard not to believe that it is referring to Samsung.

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HTC One M8 Lollipop update released in Europe

HTC One M8 Lollipop update released in Europe

This morning Euro lovers of the HTC One M8 will be seeing an update to their smartphones in the form of Google's newest candy: Lollipop. This update has been released now to the developer version of the device, the Google Play edition of the device, and to those willing to hack their device to bring that bit of software to whatever version of the HTC One M8 they happen to have. Now the official build is coming to Europe - and we must assume to the United States in the not-too-distant future.

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Apple crushes it in China

Apple crushes it in China

Perhaps you expected that Apple's last seven quarters in China were going to be an indicator of a less-than-stellar holiday quarter reported this week? Analysts like Ben Bajarin suggested earlier this month that Apple's China iPhone sales would be monstrous, and could very well overtake sales in the USA - as it turns out, this wasn't very far off the mark. With $16,144,000,000 in profit in Greater China this quarter alone, year-over-year change was a whopping 157%, and Apple boosted sales in China quarter-to-quarter by 70%.

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ZTE Blade S6 4G LTE rocks Snapdragon 615 and Android 5.0

ZTE Blade S6 4G LTE rocks Snapdragon 615 and Android 5.0

ZTE has rolled out its latest smartphone that it promises offers premium features at a price for the masses. The smartphone is called the Blade S6 4G LTE and it uses a Snapdragon 615 octa-core chipset under the hood. The smartphone also comes out of the box running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The smartphone doesn't run plain Android; it is overlaid with the ZTE MiFavor 3.0 user interface.

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Prynt instant camera case now seeking crowdfunding

Prynt instant camera case now seeking crowdfunding

If you've been waiting for Prynt to actually become a real product, you might have to wait just a bit longer. The good news is that startup behind it is finally taking the first step by launching on Kickstarter. What is billed as the first instant camera case for both iPhone and Android is now asking the crowd to help fund its production. And judging by the amount they've raised in less than an hour, there are indeed many believers in this promise.

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Vodafone Netherlands outs Galaxy S6, Galaxy S Edge names

Vodafone Netherlands outs Galaxy S6, Galaxy S Edge names

We had quite a few rumors about HTC's MWC 2015 contender the past few days. Now it's time to turn our gaze back to Samsung's tag team. While there is very little doubt as to what the flagship will be named, which will be the Galaxy S6, we're now seeing some indication that its curved edge variant might be named a wee bit differently. Vodafone Netherlands has, accidentally or otherwise, put up a placeholder page for the Galaxy S6 and in the page's source code also lies the name of the Galaxy S Edge.

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Qualcomm rumored to have fixed Snapdragon 810 for Samsung

Qualcomm rumored to have fixed Snapdragon 810 for Samsung

The Snapdragon drama continues to unfold, of course only in rumors and leaks so far. After rumors that Samsung would be ditching the Snapdragon 810 for its own Exynos chip because of overheating issues, and with LG refuting such problems, word now is that Qualcomm is already addressing the root of Samsung's complaints. If such is the case, the only problem left is whether the fixed chips would make it in time for Samsung to use it on the Galaxy S6, which is expected to debut at MWC 2015 in March.

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