Samsung Galaxy A8 to be released this week in South Korea

Just days after the announcement of the SRP when it will be released in China later this month, the Samsung Galaxy A8 is revealed to also be coming to South Korea within this week. The Korean website announced that the OEM’s thinnest smartphone yet will come out in the local market by July 24, and users will be able to choose from white and gold colors and a 16GB or 32GB variants.

Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge get security thumbs-up from UK group

The Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG) is part of the information security arm of the UK Government that make sure consumer products are up to par when it comes to data security, and Samsung’s flagships – the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, with their KNOX data encryption program – just got certification from CESG as certified secure products.

Offgrid Battery Case gives extra storage for your Galaxy S6, S6 edge

There are a lot of battery cases now available in the market, all with the goal of extending the battery life of your smartphones. As long as OEMs cannot solve the dilemma of devices not lasting long because of all the features and apps, products like these will be a necessity. But there are very few that can give you not just extended battery life, but extended storage as well. The Offgrid Battery Case from Incipio is one of those and it has been created specifically for your brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

Android Community Weekly Digest: July 19, 2015

It's not even September yet and our week was already filled with smartphone goodies, both of the real kind and the theoretical ones as well. From ZTE's surprise high-end Axon, to HTC's fleet of Desire budget smartphones, to Samsung's almost high-end Galaxy A8 in China, we have lots of new smartphones to fill our minds. And let us not forget the whispers of smartphones yet to come. This is your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from July 13 to 19, 2015.

Samsung outs new Galaxy Tab S2, 8-inch and 9.7-inch variants available

I’ve personally been waiting for this for a while now, as the market has been inundated with Samsung tablets that have generally been for the low-end and lower midrange market. That translates to low specs, barely HD displays, and mediocrity all around (but cheap and affordable though). Samsung just unveiled today the new Galaxy Tab S2 (running out of code numbers there, eh?) and it looks like we’re going to see a robust upper midrange tablet for a change.

New Samsung Pay trial service begins in South Korea

Samsung's very own mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, is set to launch in September instead of July. Even if Samsung Wallet ceased operations last June 30, the company wasn't quick to debut the replacement but rather just the trial service launched in South Korea. The trial service started last July 15 for some customers in the country. This is in preparation for the full service launch happening in a few months. The mobile payment Samsung Pay with Samsung Card is initially available to owners of the latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

GSMA says Samsung looking at using e-SIM for new smartphones

If you suddenly want to switch to another network, you’d need to get a new SIM card of course, unlock your current smartphone or for less hassle, just get a new smartphone altogether. But someday, that will not be a hassle or problem anymore, according to the GSMA. They believe that big brands like Samsung and Apple are considering switching to embedded SIM cards or e-SIMs soon for their newest devices.

Top 10 smartphones of the first half of 2015 from AnTuTu

Looking back to Q1 of 2015 and AnTuTu’s revelation of which smartphones reigned their benchmarking databases for the early part of the year, we see Samsung’s dynamic duo – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge – dominating those rankings, with HTC’s One M9 not so far back at third spot. The China-based benchmarking outfit has now released its data for the first half of the year, crowning 10 smartphones as top of the pile – at least, the ones that have been benchmarked by their app.