With apps such as WhatsApp and RIM’s own BBM service, text messages are probably starting to see a drop in usage, at least among smartphone users. After all, the ability to send multiple messages to friends or family anywhere in the world for pretty much zero cost (except for data usage) is a no-brainer option. With iOS 5 coming with iMessage which is equivalent to RIM’s BBM, Samsung will be launching their own service called ChatOn.
At the moment it appears limited to just Samsung phones running on both Android and Bada, but Samsung has plans to release it for iOS and BB devices with an accompanying PC client as well. This new service is expected to be unveiled at IFA. Given that WhatsApp and BBM having been holding up pretty well on their own, we’ll have to wonder if there will be many people making the jump to ChatOn, since on the basic level it does what BBM and WhatsApp already do.
Samsung Galaxy A9 Gains FCC Nod Of Approval
So, there is a new Samsung smartphone that is about to be released – big surprise, that, and I say this with full a sarcasm. Still, those who want something that looks to hang out on the high end side of things in terms of design and form factor, and yet having a mid-range performer within, can always settle for the Samsung Galaxy A9.
The handset has already appeared on the FCC database, which means it has been approved, and listed as the Samsung Galaxy A9. With the green light given, it is but a matter of time before it hits the market. While very little detail has been released so far, it should not be too long now before an official announcement is made. All that one can do now is to sit tight and wait. [FCC Page]
Samsung Galaxy A9 Details Leaked
If you would like to fancy your chances with an upcoming mid-range device that seems to hover more on the higher end scheme of things, then the Samsung Galaxy A9 would certainly fit you to a ‘t’, so to speak. After all, accessory manufacturer ITSKINS has shared more details concerning this device, with the Galaxy A9 touted to be a wee bit more compact as opposed to the Galaxy S7 Plus, never mind that both handsets will come with 6.0″ screens.
Measurements of the Galaxy A9 include 161.9mm x 81.3mm x 7.34mm, where it would be slightly taller than the Galaxy Note5, while sporting a metal and glass design, a fingerprint reader that should be able to handle mobile payments, a Full HD Super AMOLED display, and a Snapdragon 620 chipset, among others.
Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S7 Chassis Leaked
The Samsung Galaxy S7 will no doubt be a smartphone that many people would look forward to picking up when it is ready, taking into consideration how flagship devices are always in demand. Well, the Galaxy S7 has been said to target an early 2016 release, and some photos of the alleged device has already been snapped, although one should take into consideration that the original Weibo post is no longer there.
Of course, do take this particular leak with a pinch of salt, since it could be one of the numerous smartphones from various manufacturers that could roll out a similar looking handset. In the leaked photos, you can see a wrap-around metal border design, which seems to be the in thing at least for the next couple of years. All that we can do now is to sit tight and wait for the real deal to surface.