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Apr 28, 2014

Samsung’s First Tizen OS Smartphone to Land in Russia in May

South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics has already confirmed plans to launch its first smartphone running under the Tizen OS sometime in the second quarter of the year, but no official release date for it has been provided as of now.

According to the latest reports on the matter, however, we might see the company making the upcoming device official in Russia in May. According to a post on tizenindonesia, the phone will also come to other markets soon after, including Brazil, and other countries where Samsung’s Bada OS has managed to get some traction. No confirmation on the matter has been provided as of now, but said news site notes that the info comes from a Samsung official, who also confirmed that the mobile phone would be a high-end device. Until Samsung makes a formal announcement on this, we should note that a company’s handset supposedly running under Tizen has made an appearance in India, where it is undergoing some testing.

As sammytoday notes, the phone has been spotted on the website of Indian import-export firm Zauba with model number SM-Z910F attached to it, and with a 4.8-inch touchscreen display. The phone is being tested in three different country versions, destined for Russia, the UK and France, it seems. However, despite its possible limited initial availability, the handset might arrive in more markets soon after.

Samsung's first Tizen OS handset to land in Russia next month
Image credits to tizanindonesia

Samsung SM-G906S Spotted Online Again, Could Be Galaxy S5 Prime

One of the devices that South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics might bring to the market in the not-too-distant future is a premium version of the Galaxy S5, and the device appears to have emerged online once again.

A certain Samsung SM-G906S has been spotted in official Samsung documents for the Find My Mobile service, where it is listed among the devices supported in the service, despite the fact that Samsung hasn’t made it official as of now. Previously, the mobile phone was spotted in benchmarks with a 2K (2560 x 1440 pixels) touchscreen display, which suggested that this might indeed be the premium device model that enthusiasts were looking for, as SamMobile notes. Supposedly called Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, the device is now said to be launched sometime in June with an aluminum body and a possible 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor packed inside, paired with 3GB of RAM.

The smartphone is also said to feature a 5.2-inch screen, 32GB of internal memory, and a 16-megapixel or better camera on the back. No official confirmation on the matter has been provided as of now, and Samsung even took its time to deny any plans for a premium version of Galaxy S5, but it seems that a formal announcement could be made sooner rather than later, so stay tuned for specifics on the matter.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime allegedly spotted in Samsung documents
Image credits to galaxyclub.nl

Android 4.4 KitKat Update for Meizu MX3 Now Available for Download

We reported about two weeks ago that Chinese company Meizu confirmed it would offer Android 4.4 KitKat updates for its MX2 and MX3 smartphones on April 28.

True to its promise, Meizu has just started to seed Android 4.4 KitKat for the MX3. The information has been confirmed by meizufans.eu forums where the full changelog of the update has been published as well. The update contains an update for Flyme OS 3.6.1A and lots of new features, improvements and bug fixes. There’s also a new ART mode, which can be enabled via Developer Tools. Some camera bug fixes have been included in the update as well, along with the music player issues. New compatible Bluetooth Smart devices that support Bluetooth Smart bracelet have been added, as well as the option to add call log sync.

Some optimizations to Notification bar and Gallery are also included, along with some improvements to input method and unlock. Those with rooted devices should clear date, otherwise the smartphone may not boot. A synchronization backup is recommended in order to avoid losing contact and other sensitive data. For the full list of changes included in this Android 4.4 KitKat update for Meizu MX3 please head over to the original forum thread.

Android 4.4 KitKat update for Meizu MX3
Image credits to meizufans.eu

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