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Samsung Contemplating Curved Screen For Note 6

Posted: 23 Apr 2016 03:00 PM PDT

S6 Edge+ and Note 5

Back in 2014, Samsung launched not one but two flagship phablets, the Note 4 and Note Edge, the latter which featured a curved edge display.  Last year Samsung also launched two flagship phablets, the Note 5 and the S6 Edge+, the latter featuring a dual curved edge display.  Following that trend you'd expect two flagship phablets again this year but according to a new report from GSM Helpdesk, Samsung only plans to launch one device this year.

What's interesting is that Samsung is actually testing two different Note 6's currently, one featuring a curved screen and the other featuring a flat display.  The screen size for both prototypes is the same at 5.8″ and both will be QHD but a curved device would likely feature a slightly smaller footprint.

In terms of other specs, the report states that the Note 6 will feature a Snapdragon 823 or Exynos 8 (depending on region), 6GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.  The device will also feature the same 12MP camera found o the S7 as well as a massive 4000 mAh battery.

Of course, these are all rumours at this point but nothing here seems overly unusual so we can probably expect something similar when the phone officially debuts.  The big unknown is whether or not the Note 6 will have curve display.  What do you guys think?  Yay or Nay on a curved screen Note 6?

[GSM Helpdesk]

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How to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S7 for free

Posted: 23 Apr 2016 12:45 AM PDT

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is well on its way to being the best-selling Android smartphone of all time. It's sleek, fast and sports a camera that's better than anything Apple's managed to cram into an iPhone. Unfortunately, all that hardware comes at a steep price. Buying a SIM unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 will set you back $650 to $700. If you're willing to sign a new contract with a service provider, the upfront cost of the Galaxy S7 can go down to $200. And then, there's always to option to pick one up with a service provider's installment plan. Those additional options will save you a lot of upfront cash, but the device you buy will be SIM locked to the service provider you purchased it from. That's not a huge deal for most people, but it does come into play if you choose to switch service providers, travel internationally or if you want to get the most cash out of your phone when selling it.

The good news is that your Samsung Galaxy S7 can likely be SIM unlocked for free, as long as you meet your service provider's requirements. This typically means that the device you purchased from them is paid in full or that you are at least 3-6 months into your contract and your account is in good standing. If that's not the case, you will likely need to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S7 SIM unlock code from a third party service like Android SIM Unlock. But we always suggest giving the free option a try before paying any money for a SIM unlock code.

Note:  If you own a T-Mobile-branded Samsung Galaxy S6, Android SIM Unlock offers an unlock service using the Device Unlock app, even if T-Mobile states that the phone is not eligible for unlocking.


Get your Samsung Galaxy S7 SIM free unlock code from your service provider

Getting your free SIM unlock code for your Samsung Galaxy S7 from your service provider is pretty simple. As long as you meet your service provider's requirements, you should be able to follow the steps below to SIM unlock your phone.

  • Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number
  • Write the IMEI number on a piece of paper for easy reference
  • Contacts your carrier's customer service and ask for your Galaxy S7′s SIM unlock code
  • Give the customer service rep your Galaxy S7 IMEI number to complete the SIM unlock request
  • Your SIM unlock code will typically be emailed to you in 1-3 days

SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S7

  • Remove the SIM card from the Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Insert a SIM card from another service provider into the phone
  • Enter the SIM unlock code
  • Congratulations, you how have a SIM unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7

If you know of any other way to get a free SIM unlock code for the Samsung Galaxy S7, please share the details in the comments.

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Moto G4 And G4 Plus Announcement Sete For June 9?

Posted: 22 Apr 2016 07:16 PM PDT

Moto G4

Yesterday Lenovo announced a new flagship by the name of the Zuk Z2 Pro (look it up, it's pretty impressive).  While that particular phone won't be coming our way, we may have an announcement date for a phone/phones that should be making their way to Canada.


At the Zuk Z2 Pro event, Lenovo's CEO Yang Yuanqing made it known that they will be unveiling a new Motorola device on June 9.  Given that the Moto G4 and G4 Plus have been making their way around the web lately, those seem like likely candidates for the June 9 announcement.  The 3rd Gen Moto G was also announced in July of 2015 so the time frame is about right as well.

We don't know too much about the new Moto G's yet but one thing that seems pretty concrete at this point is that they will include fingerprint readers, a first for a Moto device.  If June is indeed the announcement date, expect many more leaks as we approach the date.


The post Moto G4 And G4 Plus Announcement Sete For June 9? appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Joins The Android N Preview Family

Posted: 22 Apr 2016 06:47 PM PDT

Xperia Z3 Android N

Over the past year or so Sony has been pairing down their own UI more and more and opting for a much more stock look.  Last July they even launched a new initiative called Sony's Concept for Android which would offer a near stock version of Android to testers.  Well Sony has taken yet another step towards going completely vanilla as one of their devices has joined the N Developer Preview family!

The Sony Xperia Z3 has now been added to the list of devices that can give the latest N Developer Preview a whirl.  Sony has been working closely with the Android team in making this possible and in doing so they become the first non-Nexus device to officially support the Android N Developer Preview.

If you're the adventurous type, you can follow Sony's instructions and get your Z3 running the Preview.  For those who aren't quite as adventurous, hopefully this news means that Sony will be one of the first out of the gate with Android N when Google releases it later this year!

[Google+ / Sony]

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