Samsung Galaxy S6 specs may have leaked

In today's open source roundup: The specs for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 phone may have been leaked. Plus: How Samsung is changing its approach to open source software, and three personal finance managers for Linux

The Samsung Galaxy S6's specs

Samsung hasn't had much luck with the last two versions of its Galaxy phone. The company has lost market share to various competitors including Apple and Xiaomi. Now it looks like Samsung is trying to reboot its Galaxy phone franchise.

Chris Smith at BGR reports on the rumored specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6:

galaxy s6 antutu benchmark technical specs BGR

According to a leaked screenshot, the Galaxy S6 has model number SM-G925F, and it supposedly packs a 5.5-inch display with 2560 x 1440 (QHD) resolution, a 64-bit octa-core Exynos processor, an ARM Mali-T760 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 20-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Samsung is expected to launch two Galaxy S6 versions when it comes to processors, one sporting an Exynos SoC and the other packing Qualcomm’s latest chip.

More at BGR

Redditors reacted to the rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S6's specs:

"This leak is so planned, it still smells like caviar and cigars."

"I think the explosive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales contrasted against Samsung's declining Galaxy 5 sales really goes to demonstrate how critical the user experience is for many mobile phone users, which Samsung seems mostly tone-deaf about. It seems to me many users ditched the Galaxy line once a larger iPhone was available..."

More at Reddit

Samsung and open source

Speaking of Samsung, the company uses a lot of open source software for its products. Now it seems that Samsung is moving quickly to expand its open source team, and contribute more back to open source than it has in the past.

Libby Clark at Linux.com reports on the changes in Samsung's approach to open source:

Almost two years ago, Samsung's open source team was just one person: Linux and FOSS advocate Ibrahim Haddad. The new Open Source Innovation Group at Samsung is now 40 people strong, including 30 developers, devoted full-time to working on upstream projects and shepherding open source development into the company. And it's growing.

The open source group is admittedly a small team for such a large company. But it indicates a significant shift in the company's approach to development – and one that is gaining in popularity among enterprises, in general. Companies start by using open source software, then advance to participating in open source communities, contributing upstream, and adopting open source practices internally.

More at Linux.com

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