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Samsung Gear VR hands-on: a dose of (virtual) reality

Virtual Reality or VR is pretty much a gaming thing so it was quite surprising to learn that Samsung has decided to get its feet wet with the technology. And yet here is the Gear VR, the first fruit of the collaboration between Samsung and Oculus, and we take it for a spin to see just what Samsung has to offer for this rather young market.

Curved OLED wraps Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 may not have been a surprise, but its Galaxy Note Edge sibling is, taking the S Pen equipped phablet and giving it a curved display that wraps around the right side of the phone. Revealed at Samsung Unpacked at IFA 2014 this week, the Note Edge trims the Note 4's 5.7-inch screen down to 5.6-inches - though keeps the Quad HD resolution - but tacks on a curved Super AMOLED piece that can be used as a shortcut bar and notification ticker.

Verizon to bring Android 4.4.3 update to HTC One (M7)

Verizon promised subscribers that they would be bringing the latest Android 4.4.3 update to the HTC One (M8) sometime mid August. Well they made an announcement on Twitter through their VP for Product Management, Mo Versi, that they are bringing the update, but not to their current flagship yet, but for the older HTC One (M7).

Sony rumored to out new budget phone, possibly the Xperia E3

Still on IFA 2014 fare, and still hot on Sony’s trail – we are hearing rumors that apart from a new flagship line, Sony will be launching a new budget smartphone device in Berlin in the new Xperia E3. In line as an upgrade to its token budget devices (with the “E” suffix), this device may not be the star of the show, but it is important in Sony’s strategy to hit multiple tiers and markets.