Samsung is known for being a little weird when it comes to smartphones. There are strange curves and slopes on Samsung devices. It even made the first super-sized smartphone which, at the time, was pretty weird. Perhaps its weirdest device, a folding smartphone years in the making, has long only been a rumor—but now, it might finally have a launch date.
Technology is filled with all kinds of rumors and speculation — real and fabricated. BitStream collects all those whispers into one place to deliver your morning buzz.
The image up above IS NOT what the final phone will look like. That’s just a concept from 2014. But this new rumor from Chinese website Weibo says there’s a January 2016 launch date for what Samsung is calling “Project Valley.” A January launch could peg the smartphone for a possible showing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January. If that’s the case, it’s possible it will be a very early prototype... something you won’t see on sale for a few more years.
However, the site also claims there are two variants running current processors, the Snapdragon 620 and 820. So, it’s possible that Project Valley is a testbed for the next Galaxy S7, and that a foldable smartphone could be closer than we think.
Whatever the case (and whether you’d even want a foldable smartphone or not), you have to admire Samsung trying to shake up the game—even if it’s not in buyable shape for a few more years. [SamMobile]
A New Sonos: It’s been awhile since Sonos had any new hardware, but that could be changing soon. An app that appeared online has images of a speaker not currently in the company’s lineup. According to the app info, the speaker works with gestures instead of buttons for a more streamlined design. No word yet if or when this speaker is coming. [Engadget]
Android Trolls Strike Again: Apple just released its first Android app yesterday—Move to iOS—and it’s being hit HARD with negative reviews from Android users. Here’s a personal favorite:
If Apple was a country it would be North Korea. Looks like Apple wants to attack our freedom and control everything we do on our phone and also charge us a bomb for it in this process. Thank you very much for trying this cheap tactic but I am very satisfied where I am and what phone I am using. Now you can go ahead sulk and try this on iSheeps which I am sure will definitely surrender to you. Peace. ✌
For the record, I doubt the app is really that bad.
Goodbye, Apple Bloat?: In an interview with Buzzfeed, Tim Cook mentioned that Apple is thinking about making some of its pre-installed apps deletable. GOODBYE, STOCKS! However, there’s no time frame for when such an option would be put in place or if it will really even happen. [Buzzfeed]