Samsung is not giving up on its “Edge” feature, Xiaomi invests in gaming developer Kingsoft and Marriott may soon allow you to stream Netflix directly from their TVs.
New rumors signal a follow-up to Samsung’s innovative Edge display. The feature that was introduced with the Galaxy Note Edge seems to be in its infancy, and it’s a feature without much use so far, but the Korean manufacturer could be well-invested in it.
SamMobile’s sources claim a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is in the works. Samsung is not giving up with a single side, either, it seems they could be adding two Edge displays to their next flagship. One on each side. This would come as a separate version from the original Galaxy S6, a business model we also saw with the Galaxy Note variants.
Opinion: While the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was a geek’s dream, the concept no longer impresses us. It clearly needs more support, which is also something that is expected to come as the new feature evolves. We should see some new details at MWC, so let’s keep our eyes open.
Xiaomi is said to be entering the gaming scene very soon, a rumor that may have been backed up by the company’s latest announcement. In an effort to venture into stronger software projects, Xiaomi has invested in a company named Kingsoft, well known for developing PC games.
Xiaomi purchased 2.98% of said company for HK $527, which is equivalent to about $68 million USD. Kingsoft also has a strong background in security, entertainment and enterprise, which could also help Xiaomi expand its focus into more than gaming.
Opinion: Let’s look at the bigger picture here. Yes, gaming may be awesome, but this is opening doors to new opportunities. Software is important, and it’s the reason why our devices are so powerful. Entering the software game is an obvious evolution for a company like Xiaomi, which plans for huge expansion.
Marriott is not getting much love from internet power users, thanks to their recent ban on customers using hotspots. It made no sense, really, but today they may be getting some brownie points from those who are fans of streaming services.
Marriott has started testing a new service in 8 of its hotels. In these hotels, users can stream Netflix, Hulu and Pandora straight from their hotel room entertainment systems. It seems to be working well, but it’s still unsure whether this service will be free or come as a premium internet package available to guests.
Opinion: It’s still sad to think they may be charging extra for streaming, but think about it this way – at least you won’t have to rent their expensive movies!