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Android Community Weekly Digest: Aug 2, 2015

That was definitely a feature packed week. We already expected things to heat up with the new OnePlus 2 and new Motorola smartphones, but boy did Motorola surprise us. The twin Moto X variants was something we totally unexpected. But this week was also the time for review, particularly a financial review. Despite the popularity of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, Samsung isn't out of the woods just yet. And speaking of trouble, bad things are brewing for our favorite platform. All this and more in this week's edition of the Android Community Weekly Digest, covering July 27 to August 2, 2015.

Dutch online retailer lists upcoming Galaxy S5 Neo for pre-order

There has been no official announcement from Samsung about this new product, but apparently a Dutch online retailer now has a Galaxy S5 Neo listed on its site, with pre-orders starting and delivery expected by the end of the month. Lending credence to the validity of this listing is the fact that three of the Netherlands’ leading carriers are also listed as offering plans for this new smartphone, a variant of the OEM’s 2014 flagship, the Galaxy S5.

Samsung Pay to come to Europe with extended MasterCard partnership

Samsung Pay may not be the biggest yet, as compared to Google Wallet or Apple Pay (who are actually both not as big yet too), but eventually, it will get there. Once it actually launches, that is. And now, with an expanded partnership with MasterCard for the European market, it will eventually get bigger once everything is fully operational and functional. This partnership will allow those with Samsung devices to make purchases in stores around Europe, and eventually to all countries that support Samsung Pay.

Worldwide Tablet Market share going down, says IDC

We've learned about Google and Samsung's second quarter financial results already and expect more companies to make similar reports in the coming days. The reports we've read so far are encouraging although Samsung needs to work harder and double time during the second half of the year. But when it comes to the whole tablet market, we want to know if such Android mobile device is still popular.

Specs of Galaxy S6 edge+ camera leaked before August 13 launch

We’re just a few days away from August 13 which is the expected launch date of the phablet, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (together with the Galaxy Note 5). So many leaks and rumors have been making the rounds of tech and gadget websites the past few days, and now, India’s export tracker Zauba has reportedly gotten hold of the specs of the upcoming device, confirming that it is just a bigger version of the current Galaxy S6 edge.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5, as clear as you can see it before launch

This is probably the ultimate device leak, when someone makes public your device image renders to be used for official marketing materials. Or at least makes a better job of doing high quality renders. This looks to be what happened here with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5. If you were disappointed at the quality of the leaked images that came before, well, this is your lucky day, it seems.

Samsung posts Q2 financial results, not as impressive but still higher

It’s that time of the year when companies are announcing their quarterly financial results left and right. We’re only interested in some of the top brands in the mobile industry today so after Google, we’re moving the spotlight on Samsung. The South Korean giant recently announced the second quarter financial results, showing us a three percent increase from the previous quarter. That may be a small percent but operating profit for Q2 was 6.9 Trillion KRW which is about $5.9 Billion. Total revenue reached 48 Trillion KRW ($41.28 Billion) from all of Samsung businesses.

Samsung outs 1.0μm-pixel-based 16MP CMOS image sensor

Samsung isn't just known for its mobile devices. Its semiconductor division is one of the top manufacturers in the world today. The South Korean electronics giant recently introduced a new 16MP CMOS image sensor that is 1.0μm-pixel-based. It's the first in the market to bring 1.0μm pixel performance. Officially known as the S5K3P3, this image sensor also makes use of a proprietary ISOCELL technology that reduces color crosstalk to improve color fidelity and light sensitivity.