LG’s G5 said to feature secondary display, fingerprint reader, and more

The G4 from the Life’s Good crew turned out to be a good handset that a lot of people liked, and the V10 features a major new secondary display that might be a gimmick to some, but it could be something LG wants to keep around for a bit longer. And then there’s the Nexus 5X, another phone with features that will probably make it to the company’s newest flagship in 2016.

Those are assumptions placed on the right path, if a new report from Evan Blass via VentureBeat is to be believed. According to the serial leaker, LG’s G5 will gather noteworthy features from some of its other high-profile devices and merge them together into LG’s “most premium device to date.” The phone will reportedly feature an all-metal construction, a fingerprint reader on the back, and a secondary display with a resolution of 160×1040.

The camera system on the back will get a significant upgrade as well, according to the report. It will have two lenses on the back, with the main camera being a 16-megapixel shooter and the secondary working to give it 135-degrees of wide-angle functionality. Between those lenses, LG will house four sensors, including a pair of flashes, an RGB sensor that should boost scene recognition and focus, and the laser autofocus sensor. On the front, the G5 will boast an 8MP camera.

Other features include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a battery that’s measured in at 2800mAh. The screen’s resolution is said to be 5.3 inches, and boast a resolution of 2560×1400.

The LG G5 will also reportedly feature something called a “Magic Slot,” but the details on what this could be are thin. However, the report indicates it could be used to support hardware expansion modules, things like an external keyboard, camera accessories, and more.

As far as a release date goes, the report suggests it could see the light of day in the first quarter of 2016.

What do you think of the G5 rumors?

5 Reasons to Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

5 Reasons to Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung’s impressive Galaxy Note 5 phone or “phablet” is one of the best Android smartphones released in 2015. With so many excellent options this year buyers have a tough choice, and below are five reasons we think the Galaxy Note 5 is worth buying.

In August, Samsung surprised many by not only announcing, but also releasing the new Galaxy Note 5. This was a full two months earlier than expected considering the Galaxy Note 4 was released at the end of October. Its gorgeous 5.7-inch Quad-HD display, great camera, fast charging and other features all make it a great smartphone.

Read: Best Android Phones of 2015

The Note 5 made our list above detailing the best Android smartphones of 2015, and for a few reasons. What’s even better is it still could be one of the best Android phones for most of 2016 as well. With that in mind, below are a few reasons we think the Note 5 should be your next Android smartphone.

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Early in 2016 Samsung could release a trio of new Galaxy S7 devices, one that’s even bigger than the Galaxy Note 5, but that could be too big for some. Meaning until a Galaxy Note 6 in the fall, the Note 5 should still be the perfect device for millions of users.

As we said above, in August Samsung shocked many by releasing the Galaxy Note 5. It was actually released just two weeks after being announced in New York City across all carriers in the US, and around the globe. Then it went up for sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and many other retailers. And while it wasn’t as popular as the Note 4, considering it has a smaller battery and no micro-SD card, there are countless other features that make up for those few missing pieces.

Read: Galaxy Note 5 Review

Our review above goes over every little detail about the excellent Galaxy Note 5, and it even received an Editors’ Choice Award for the display and other things. Below are some of the reasons we love it, and think buyers will too.

Beautiful Screen

This year a lot of smartphones were released with big screens, but none of them can compare to the Galaxy Note 5. Simply put, it’s the best display in any smartphone, period. Samsung’s AMOLED display has some of the best colors, contrast, dark blacks, sharp and crisp text and comes in at an insanely high 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD resolution. Meaning four times more than a 720p HDTV. Yes, it looks good no matter what angle, or what you’re watching.

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Yes 1080p is enough for most, especially on a screen this small, but the Quad-HD AMOLED panel in the Note 5 won award after award. It isn’t an average LCD display like most other smartphones. It’s the best screen money can buy, and you’ll instantly notice this while using it at a carrier store, or at Best Buy.

The color saturation is amazing, it doesn’t have any weird color tints to ruin the experience. It’s just gorgeous all around. To make things even better, the bezel around the entire display is smaller too. What that means is the Note 5 has the same 5.7-inch screen as last years Galaxy Note 4, but the device is physically smaller. Making it easier to use, hold and enjoy, without feeling like you’re holding a huge weapon in your hand.

Samsung Pay

At first I wasn’t sold on the entire wireless payment idea after trying Google Wallet or even seeing the frustration of millions of iPhone users trying to purchase stuff with Apple Pay, but Samsung really nailed it with Samsung Pay. It’s the easiest and best method around, and here’s why.

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You see, the benefit of Samsung Pay over the others like Apple or Android Pay, is that it’s backwards compatible with old swipe-based payment terminals, which is essentially 95% of all places in the United States. So instead of a few hundred thousand retail stores or vending machines with a new NFC payment terminal, the Galaxy Note 5 can be used to pay for things almost everywhere in the United States.

Read: Samsung Pay vs Android Pay: What’s the Difference

Samsung Pay works on the Note 5 and all of Samsung’s flagship devices in 2015, like the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, and accepts almost all major credit cards, carriers, banks, and now even supports gift cards and other things.

Simply swipe up (even while the phone is turned off) tap the fingerprint scanner, and put your phone near a terminal and it works, even at Walmart where they’ll tell you, “that doesn’t work here” then be amazed when it does. I never thought I’d use it so much, but I’ve even left the house without my wallet knowing I’ll be good with Samsung Pay, it’s that effective. This alone is one of my favorite features above all.

Amazing Camera

Being able to take decent photos with a smartphone is a nice convenience. Being able to instantly fire up the camera by double tapping the home button (even while the phone is off and locked) and taking stunning 16 megapixel photos or 4k video in less than a second, with great results, is even better. That’s the benefit of buying the Galaxy Note 5.

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Its 16 megapixel camera has optical image stabilization, a very fast autofocus, an auto-HDR mode that means I rarely use the flash to ruin color accuracy, and even photos in low light turn out pretty good. Like the display, the Galaxy Note 5 camera won a few awards too, and was the #1 smartphone camera for most of the year, beating the iPhone 6. Yes, it’s that good. Oh, and there’s a pro mode for those who’d like to mess with ISO, color temp, shutter speed and other things for truly amazing photos.

If I had one complaint it’s with our next topic, which is the design. There is no micro-SD card, so 32GB is barely enough to last most a year before they upgrade to a new phone, but we’re hearing the Galaxy S7 could return the micro-SD card for expandable storage.

Excellent Aluminum Design

After years of making some of the best and most popular smartphones, Samsung really needed to do something after the textured pimple plastic design of the Galaxy S5. It was ugly, even if it was a durable and great phone.

In 2015 Samsung completely revamped the Galaxy S6 and Note 5. They added an all aluminum design with Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back for durability, and a beautiful metal casing with curved and chamfered edges.

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Samsung ditched cheap plastic materials, fake leather backs and big bezels, and delivered a sleek, thin, premium smartphone all while packing it with more technology than ever before.

A big part of the design was making everything universal and “just work”. Wireless payments isn’t limited by one option, they designed the phone to do both. It doesn’t just have fast charging, it has fast wireless charging. They added it all, while making the phone thinner, faster, and better than ever.

Fast Charging & Wireless Charging

Like we said above, Samsung did everything right by leaving nothing out. They could have just added a micro-USB port and called it a day. Instead they added Adaptive Fast Charging, which means the phone recharges from 0-50% in less than 25 minutes, and 0-100% fully charged in only 75-80 minutes. Older phones took nearly 2-3 hours to fully recharge.

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That isn’t all though, Samsung also added wireless charging. Allowing users to drop it on a mat and charge without plugging in wires. However just like Samsung Pay, they didn’t stop there. The Note 5 is the first phone to support “Fast Wireless Charging” making it almost as quick as charging with the included wire. Wireless charging has been a niche feature because it was slow, but that’s not the case here. While still slower, the Note 5 can fully recharge with a fast wireless charging in a little over 110 minutes. Still faster than older devices using a micro-USB wall plug.

Yes the battery is smaller than the Note 4, but Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (and soon Marshmallow) is more efficient. Add in the fast and wireless charging features, and battery life has never been a concern with the Note 5. Something I can’t say about the Galaxy S6, LG G4 or others.

That’s Not All

That isn’t all either. Samsung added neat features to the S-Pen, like writing on the screen and saving notes while the phone is turned off. Sound output is better. The front 8 megapixel camera takes amazing wide-angle selfies, and the software isn’t terrible either.

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The Note 5 is still loaded with bloatware, but Samsung removed a lot of those gimmicky features and changes in TouchWiz that covered stock Android. It’s more simple, clean, and has themes. I’m running a stock Android “material” theme from the Theme Store, with the Google Now launcher for a stock Android-like experience.

Add in support for Samsung Gear VR, tons of official cases and more, and it’s easy to see why so many people love the Galaxy Note 5. The phone is available from all major carriers, comes in a few different colors, and is still one of the best phones available today. Grab one now at a carrier store, or Best Buy.

5 Reasons to Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Leaked Information Reveals Details of the Upcoming LG G5

Leaked Information Reveals Details of the Upcoming LG G5

Evan Blass (@evleaks) has just revealed some details of what could be the upcoming LG G5. We are told the build material will be metal, the phone will have a 5.3″ QuadHD display, a secondary “ticker” screen, dual cameras on the back to give it 135-degree wide-angle capabilities, and have the Snapdragon 820 SoC. The device is also said to have a modular “Magic Slot” and bringing the battery down to 2,800mAh.

How to Fix Bad Samsung Galaxy S6 Battery Life

How to Fix Bad Samsung Galaxy S6 Battery Life is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 users continue to deal with bad battery life, even after the arrival of Doze and Android Nougat. Today, we want to address those concerns and offer some tips to help you fix bad Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life if you’re running Android Marshmallow or Android Nougat.

The aging Galaxy S6 comes with a non-removable battery. While the presence of a non-removable battery may not matter to some Galaxy S6 users, there’s no question that it puts added importance on the stock battery found inside the device.

While we, and many others, have gotten adequate battery life out of the aging former flagship, some users are seeing major Galaxy S6 battery life problems.

Android Marshmallow’s Doze feature helps, so do the changes on board the Galaxy S6 Android Nougat update, but we’re still seeing some complaints about abnormal drain from Galaxy S6 Android Marshmallow and Nougat users.

How to Fix Bad Galaxy S6 Battery Life

With that in mind, we want to try and fix bad Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life for you. This guide delivers help to get better battery life on Samsung’s current flagship if you’re running Android Lollipop, Android Marshmallow or Samsung’s Android Nougat update.

Find Apps Eating Up Your Battery

The first recommendation we always make if your battery life turns south is a quick check on your third-party applications. If you want to fix your bad Galaxy S6 battery life, you’re going to want to keep an eye on applications for potential problems. They’re often the problem.

Applications, third party and stock, have a tendency to put a huge dent into the battery life on any smartphone, not just the Samsung Galaxy S6.

If you use an application a lot, it’s going to drain your battery. But there are also times where bugs or issues might cause an app to go rogue and start abnormally draining the device’s charge.

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To combat this, head into your Galaxy S6’s settings and start taking a look at the effect that some of your applications are having on your battery life.

The Galaxy S6’s battery section in settings will give you detailed analysis. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s time to start taking a closer look at your applications.

If you think an app is draining more battery life than it should be, try reinstalling the app it to see if that corrects the issue.

If the problem persists, try uninstalling it (if you can) to see if that has a positive effect on your overall Galaxy S6 battery life.

If you can’t figure out which app might be causing trouble, you’ll want to boot the Galaxy S6 into Safe Mode in an effort to single out potential troublemakers.

Booting the device into Safe Mode disables third-party apps and allows you to isolate apps that could be causing the problems.

Here’s how to boot the Galaxy S6 into Safe Mode:

  1. Power down the device. Then, press & hold the power button and volume down key.
  2. Once it boots up, you can let go of the power button but keep the volume key held down.
  3. When you have successfully entered into Safe Mode, you will notice the text ‘Safe Mode’ at the bottom left corner of the screen.

Sleep Apps When You Aren’t Using Them

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Nougat update brings a feature that could help you conserve your precious battery life.

Android Nougat allows you to sleep applications so that they can’t suck up your Galaxy S6’s battery life in the background. This will help you get a handle on known resource hogs like Facebook.

To sleep an application on your Galaxy S6, you first must have Nougat on board. If you are running Android Nougat, press and hold on an app icon. You should see a few options popup.

From there, choose to sleep the selected application. Use this regularly and you could see a nice boost to your battery life.

Use the Power Saving Modes

The battery usage screen is a lot cleaner in Android Nougat. If you head into there, you’ll notice two battery saving functions.

One of these power saving modes is a a middle of the road option. The other is a Maximum power saving mode that can help you preserve your battery in dicey situations.

They are customizable in that you can adjust items like screen brightness and kill off background network usage.

If you want more control over your device’s battery, you probably want to upgrade to the Android Nougat update.

If you’re stuck on Marshmallow, your Galaxy S6 is also equipped with two power-saving software features.

If you head into the device’s Settings and slide on over to System and then Battery, at the top you’ll notice two features. One is called Power saving mode. The other is called Ultra power saving mode.

When you turn Power saving mode on, it will limit your maximum CPU performance, reduce screen brightness and overall frame rate, turn off the touch key lights, turn off vibration feedback, and reduce the time before the screen is turned off when you receive notifications. It’s a feature that you should be familiar with because it works.

If you’re really hurting, you can try Ultra power saving mode. Ultra power saving mode will apply a grayscale theme to your Galaxy S6 and it will limit your usable applications.

Use Device Maintenance

Android Nougat also comes with a new Device Maintenance mode in your device’s settings.

Once you open it up you’ll come to a screen with a few options including Battery, Storage, RAM and Device Security. Each of these comes with a subset of choices from power saving modes to performance enhancements.

Dig into each one of these categories and find a combination of settings that works for you and your Galaxy S6’s battery.

Restart the Samsung Galaxy S6

If you start noticing weird battery drain, you should try performing a simple restart to see if that returns things to normal.

Most of you know how to restart the Galaxy S6 but we’ll remind you anyway. Hold down the power button, confirm that you want to turn it off, and then hold the power button down to turn it back on.

Disable Unnecessary Services

If apps aren’t the problem and a simple restart doesn’t work, it’s time to start fiddling with some settings and working on some of your habits.

In our experience, disabling features when they aren’t in use tends to have a positive impact on overall battery life.

We recommend shutting off Bluetooth connectivity when you don’t need it, NFC when you don’t need it, GPS when you don’t need it, and cellular data when you don’t need it.

You should also try shutting off VoLTE and/or Wi-Fi calling to see if that helps improve your device’s battery life.

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You can turn all of those off from inside the Samsung Galaxy S6’s settings and you can easily monitor them with a quick swipe down from the top of the device’s screen.

One thing that we’ve noticed is that poor cellular coverage is often to blame for bad Android battery life. When your phone needs to search hard for a signal, it runs the battery down faster.

Keep that in mind when you’re in spotty areas. You may need to turn on Airplane mode when there isn’t a strong 4G or LTE signal in the area.

Try Using a Black Wallpaper

Switching to a black Samsung Galaxy S6 wallpaper could help deliver better Galaxy S6 battery life thanks to the way Samsung’s AMOLED displays consume power.

The device does not come with a default black wallpaper but you can search online for one. There are tons of them out there.

After you’ve downloaded one, go to Settings -> Personal -> Wallpaper -> From Gallery -> and then set your black Galaxy S6 wallpaper.

Replace Your Launcher

While Samsung’s made a number of improvements to its UI and its launcher, you can try replacing it with another launcher to see if that improves your Galaxy S6 battery life.

There are tons of different launchers to choose from though the Nova Launcher is one of Android’s most popular choices. We’ve gotten great results with it so it’s certainly worth a shot.

Factory Reset the Galaxy S6

If you can’t find any solutions that work, you should consider a factory reset. This will wipe all of your files so you’ll need to make a backup of your important files before starting the process. Factory resetting a device can have a positive impact on battery life though it should only be used as a last resort.

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To factory reset the Samsung Galaxy S6, go into Settings -> Personal -> Backup and reset. From there, select Factory Data Reset. From there, select Reset Device.

Buy a Battery Pack

If you’ve tried everything, including a factory reset, maybe it’s simply a case of feeling underwhelmed by your battery. In years past, Galaxy S users were able to easily swap out the battery with an extended battery. Not this year.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 battery is non-removable and it’s clear that DIY projects are going to be tough to pull off. What this means is that most of you are are going to need to either keep a close eye on your habits or buy a battery pack.

If you’re willing to shell out a few dollars to improve battery life, Mophie’s got a Juice pack available for the Galaxy S6.

Mophie makes our favorite battery cases and the Galaxy S6 case will help you squeeze some more battery life out of your new phone.

Buy a Battery Bank

If you don’t want to put your Galaxy S6 in a bulky battery case you might try using a battery bank.

Battery banks are small, portable battery packs that can charge your Samsung Galaxy S6 up to seven times.

There are plenty of options out there but here are a couple of our favorites:

Contact Samsung And/Or Your Carrier

If you don’t want to spend money, get in contact with Samsung or your carrier to see if they can provide some help.

If you’re under warranty, and they determine there is a serious problem with your battery, you should be able to get a replacement free of charge. Mileage will vary.

3 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy S6 Nougat & 8 Reasons You Should

Install Nougat If You Value Your Security

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Install Nougat If You Value Your Security

If you store sensitive information on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge you'll want to consider installing the Nougat update soon after it arrives for your device. 

Google and Samsung release monthly security patches that deliver named, and unnamed, patches for potential exploits.

The Galaxy S6 Nougat update that's rolling out right now delivers Samsung's most recent security patch. You can read more about their contents on Samsung's website. It includes patches from Google and Samsung itself. 

If you missed an older Samsung security update (the one from January, February, etc), you'll get those patches as well. 

These important security patches are just a part of the Android Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge+. 

Your Galaxy S6 Android 7.0 Nougat update should also bring Samsung Pass, a service that serves as a master key to all of your various logins. 

Instead of relying on a password and ID to protect your identity, Samsung Pass uses the Galaxy S6's fingerprint scanner to keep your information safe. 

It's extremely easy to setup and it should be useful to anyone that values security. 

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How to Fix Bad Samsung Galaxy S6 Battery Life is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.