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MobileBench Consortium comes out with own benchmarking app

The MobileBench Consortium was created in 2013, when a number of companies came together with the purpose of making a benchmarking app/process that was standardized and that would be acceptable across all parts of the industry. The big players in the consortium will of course be Samsung, Intel and HP, but a number of smaller but essential players have joined up in the likes of Huawei, OPPO, SanDisk, and Marvell among others. Their app – called MobileBench – is now out on Google Play.

Samsung quietly launches Galaxy Tab A in Russia

We knew Samsung was working on new Galaxy Tabs but we weren't sure when and where exactly the South Korean giant will introduce the new tablets. Actually, it's kind of challenging to keep track of them because there are too many. Aside from the numerous Galaxy smartphones, there are a lot of tablets to know so we just wait for official announcements from Samsung. If not, we depend on leaks and rumors for some clues. We didn't expect this but Samsung held a press event recently in Russia to launch the new Galaxy Tab A. The new tablet will be available in two sizes: 8-inches and 9.7-inches.

Rogers stops Android Lollipop rollout for Samsung Galaxy S5

The sweet Android 5.0 Lollipop was released for the Samsung Galaxy S5 in Canada through different carriers but sadly, they had to cancel the rollout due to some bugs and issues that need to be fixed first. That's a bit frustrating but that's better than no update to Android 5.0 at all. At least these Canadians know Android Lollipop will be available in the country soon. Minor issues include force closures, screen freezes, and excessive battery drain.

Chainfire announces root access to T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6

Well that was quick. Chainfire, probably considered an Android coding legend at this point in time, has announced that his team has achieved root access to Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S6. The new flagship smartphone was launched recently at the MWC 2015, and it’s a bit of a surprise – well, the good kind – that root access has been achieved so quickly.

Blackberry outs SecuTABLET, a Samsung Galaxy Tab S with high data security

You can call Blackberry what you want, but you cannot say they’re ones to give up on the business. After lagging behind so much in their mobile device business to top industry players like Apple, Samsung, and Sony, they still have a presence in the industry, especially with mobile security products. This is what the SecuTABLET is – basically, it is an Android tablet with focus on data security.

Samsung Gear VR helps father see birth of child virtually

This may be too melodramatic for you but Samsung has perfectly shown us how virtual reality could bring people together even though they are on different places at a given time. With the use of Samsung Gear VR, offshore-based Jason of Queensland, Australia was able to witness the birth of his third child in Perth. The father was 4,000 kilometers away from his pregnant wife Allison and two kids but Samsung brought them together virtually.

Microsoft not riding on Cyanogen’s next $110 million funding round

Software giants Microsoft were reported to be interested in Cyanogen’s efforts of creating a non-Google Android system, an alternative to the versions available right now that need Google core apps to work properly. In January, it was reported that Microsoft was willing to splurge as much as USD$70 million in the effort. But in the last few days, with Cyanogen passing the hat again to generate at least $110 million in a latest funding round, it seems that Microsoft is not too excited to pony up the cash.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active coming soon all rugged and waterproof

As with the past Galaxy flagship phones from Samsung, we can expect that the S6 and the S6 edge will have several variants. The latest models announced during the CES 2015 impressed a lot of Android fans but sadly, they're not waterproof like the Galaxy S5. However, Samsung is believed to be working on a waterproof and a more rugged version of the phone which will be the new Galaxy S6 Active.
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