Posts tagged with: Samsung

Samsung is a Korea based company that was founded in 1938, and is one of the most popular and successful electronics companies in the world. Like its most businesses, Samsung's mobile division creates products that are widely sold all over the world. Today Samsung smartphones are powered by Google's Android OS and Samsung's own BADA OS. Some popular Samsung devices include Nexus S, Galaxy S series, and more. Read our Samsung coverage for the latest news, reviews and videos about Samsung smartphones:

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    It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, we’ve been hearing about the constant growth of smartphones in India since… forever, and the country is roughly four times as populous as the United States. It’s therefore perhaps surprising it took so long to reach a billion mobile users in the region, 220 million of which are reportedly on Android, iOS or Windows Phone. With a 22 percent yearly hike in smartphone shipments, and a 15 percent boost in Q4 2015 alone, it doesn’t look like this market is in danger of saturation either, so the user base, the world’s second largest ...

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    It's easy to find yourself overwhelmed by ads on your smartphone, whether in apps or just on the mobile web. So it's little surprise that when a company announces a new way to give users control over just how they're exposed to those ads, we're quick to take advantage of it. That's just what happened a few days back as Samsung opened up its Android browser's API to work with ad-blocking software, and devs were in a rush to deliver solutions ready to start nipping all those ads in the bud. Unfortunately for fans of this development, Google's wasted no time in shutting the operation down, ...

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    Although Samsung technically started the general Android 6.0 rollout for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge a few days ago, even the company’s most hardcore fans must be feeling let down by the recent software update sluggishness. For crying out loud, Marshmallow source code has been available for a good four months now, and the Galaxy Note 5’s UI makeover is yet to move out of beta in a single market around the world. Can you imagine how much longer US carriers might take to “optimize” all the battery life, security, and overall performance enhancements? Well, this probably won’t mean a ...

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    That Samsung's about to launch the Galaxy S7 is a bit of an open secret, if by “secret” we mean “something that's painfully obvious to anyone paying attention to the smartphone market.” There's been no shortage of leaks detailing what to expect from the upcoming flagship, with the most recent arrivals giving us a look what's changing (or not) for the phone's design with the publication of some possible renders. And for as likely as it's looking that Samsung's gearing up to announce the phone at an MWC 2016 Unpacked event, so far the handset remains unofficial and unconfirmed. Or at ...

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    New renders of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7 have been incoming from multiple sources, and finally this week we're seeing imagery that attempts to reveal the phone's back panel. While the general layout doesn't appears that different from the Galaxy S6, we've been hugely curious about the phone's rear in order to verify one of the rumors we've long heard about this handset: that Samsung was finally doing something about the GS6's quite pronounced camera bump. Would the camera on the GS7 really sit flush with the phone's body? The first back render didn't do much to answer that question, and ...

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    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new contender for the title of world’s worst kept smartphone secret. Technically slated to go official near the end of the month at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are as good as confirmed, and as transparent as glass following more reports on specs than we can count, and all-revealing renders. The latest “preview” comes from Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, probably the most authoritative source in terms of mobile leaks after Twitter personality @evleaks. Murtazin, in an extensive article on mobile-review.com, ...

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    The net neutrality controversy surrounding the recently launched Binge On service is far from over, and some of you may understandably be opposed to the way T-Mobile is advertising its service at the expense of the competition. But everybody likes free money, and that’s what the “Uncarrier” is currently offering its new prepaid clients to make amends for any false moves. Technically, free phones is what you’re looking at, but outside T-Mo’s promo, they’re worth a little dough, so it’s like you’re getting free money. All you need to do is join a Simply Prepaid plan starting ...

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    Defying all ominous tablet market forecasts of late, Samsung will most likely continue to dole out affordable 7-inch+ Androids this year, in addition to the high-end Windows 12-incher already unveiled and slated for a global February release. The Galaxy Tab S2 pair may soon get “Lite” derivations, while the Tab E family apparently has four new members incoming for North American use. An independent US e-tailer just set up placeholder listings for the Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids, Tab E 8, Tab E 7, and Tab E Lite, the device names being pretty self-explanatory. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Tab ...

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    As part of a government initiative suggestively titled “Make in India”, a number of top-tier foreign smartphone manufacturers have been swayed to assemble their products locally by way of tax cuts and other incentives. The program was established in late 2014, and already, it’s helped significantly boost production in dozens of mobile plants recently erected in the second global market to reach a billion active handheld users. How significantly? According to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, no less than 100 million smartphones were built in India during 2015, up from “just” ...

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    Last week, our picture of what to expect from Samsung's next flagship finally started becoming much more clear, as some of the first really convincing Galaxy S7 renders leaked: we had a smaller flat-screen Galaxy S7, joined by a slightly larger Galaxy S7 edge. And while neither looked like a huge departure from the Galaxy S6, we heard that we might be able to expect at least minor external tweaks, and specifically in regards to the main camera on these phones. Problem was, the renders we had at the time only gave us front and slight side views. We still don't have shots of the phones from ...

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    It sure was surprising to see Apple enable on iOS the kind of feature you’d expect to first get on an open-source, tinkerer-friendly ecosystem, but while Google Chrome’s mobile version continues to oppose ad-blocking extensions, third-party Android hardware and software manufacturers join the fight against online publicity. First, Asus, and now Samsung allow their devoted customers to easily thwart ads, as long as you’re comfortable conducting your on-the-go web browsing business on the two’s pre-installed e-surfing apps. Samsung Internet 4.0 can be made to work on Galaxy devices ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at new forms of content on our phones, we find ourselves with a chicken-and-the-egg problem: maybe you've got a 4K camera on your phone, but chances are it doesn't also have a 4K screen. We saw something like this back in the day for that hot minute when phones with autostereoscopic 3D displays were a thing, and now we're facing a similar problem with the rise of VR viewers: sure, we can create limited still panoramas with our existing phones, but how do we create the kind of immerseive, 3D, all-around video that's just asking to be viewed with the likes ...

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    After many years of constant, impressive growth in overall smartphone demand, the Chinese market hit a big stagnation point in 2015, according to at least two research firms, with new trends favoring domestic manufacturers over the rulers of the Western mobile world. Things got so bad for Samsung in the single biggest market around the globe that the Galaxy failed to make the local top five both in Q4 and as far as the whole year is concerned. Huawei won the October – December gold medal, with 15.2 percent share, followed closely by Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo and OPPO, at 14.8, 13.1, 10 and 9.2 ...

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    As worldwide tablet shipments continue to drop, veteran manufacturers of these once promising “desktop replacements” have no choice but to take risks or throw in the towel. Samsung has obviously adopted the former strategy, bringing to light the risky Galaxy View and Galaxy TabPro S recently, though a number of safe bets are probably in the works too. In addition to the Galaxy Tab E 7.0, Tab E Lite, and Tab E Kids, a duo of new Galaxy Tab S configurations has been confirmed as coming soon by Zauba, not before they’re “tested and evaluated” in India. Their model numbers are ...

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    For a second there, we feared Samsung’s “next big thing(s)” would go official before their predecessors moved to the newest Android iteration. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case after all, at least in South Korea. Sorry, Western-based Galaxy fans, the king of global smartphone shipments continues to give its domestic customers preferential treatment, following up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge’s Marshmallow beta test with an official over-the-air Android 6.0 dispatch. Since the UK was the only other market the experimental software builds were available in, we’re guessing ...

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    Update: Samsung has mailed invites for the press to attend its Unpacked 2016 event in Barcelona, confirming the February 21 date. It's the same date and general location as LG's planned "Play" event. When you have nothing to do on a Saturday night and you find yourself fielding a big, juicy tip on what's going on with one of the most hyped Android devices of the season, you know something's up. Evan Blass volleys two big screenshots of what may be a promo video for #TheNextGalaxy event that is scheduled for February 21, three weeks from today and 19 days before shipment supposedly begins ...

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    March 11, 2016. If that date sounds a little familiar to you, even though we're not there yet, it's because it's been mentioned in the context of the Samsung Galaxy S7 before by none other than Evan Blass. But as the US looks to March 11, so will Europe now. Shai Mizrachi, head of Mobile faculty at John Bryce college in Tel Aviv, has tapped into his sources and has tweeted out that the Galaxy S7 (by name) will get its European launch on March 11. Mark your calendar: the first European rollout for #GalaxyS7 family starts on 11/3 pic.twitter.com/TdhtJIJ2dD — Shai Mizrachi (@ShaiMizrachi) ...

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    While we could rehash battery issues on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the sheer endurance we're talking about here blows away a lot of other devices. Does our Michael Fisher still have the Huawei Mate 8? Maybe he can have some fun with a full-brightness video test. One Russian leaker has claimed that the Galaxy S7 can last 17 hours in such a test before powering off. Samsung has pushed around its second-generation 14nm FinFET process in its Exynos 8 Octa cores. But between innovations in battery charging and discharging and Android Marshmallow and the above, we really don't know what to make ...

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    At this point we've heard a ton about what to expect from the Galaxy S7, and we're looking forward to a launch just a few more weeks away. But what's proved impressively (to Samsung's credit) difficult to come by has been imagery of the actual hardware. At least, early renders made a few attempts, and we checked out a shot earlier this week that might be the real deal (if it weren't so obscured by a testing rig), but a really convincing, fully revealing shot of the phone remianed elusive. Earlier this week, leak superstar Evan Blass teased us on social media with some promises of HQ Galaxy ...

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    It looks like Samsung may have learned quite a bit from its recent mistakes, as the rumored Galaxy S7 plan calls for a vastly improved flagship device in the battery capacity department, also capable of microSD storage expansion and underwater operation. But as far as endurance is concerned and little else, the lower-end Galaxy J7 (2016) could prevail over the “next big thing”, somehow accommodating a 4,300 mAh battery, according to info revealed on GitHub. Kernel code exposes the 5.5-incher’s on-board fingerprint scanner as well, a first for the mid-range J family, but hardly a ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow Weekly and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    The claws are out. Both Samsung and LG have major new smartphones just over the horizon, and you'd better believe that once the Galaxy S7 and the G5 are official, we're about to see some serious PR muscle deployed in the hopes of drumming up public interest in those new flagships. But for LG, at least, the company's not content to wait around for that new hardware to land before going on the offensive, and its social media team appears that it can't help itself but to throw some shade at Samsung as the latter tries to play up its quick-charging tech. All Samsung wanted to do was to remind ...

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    As you’d probably expect, we’ve seen a number of fairly tempting deals on the ancient Galaxy S5 in the months following its sequel’s launch, but most of the recent ones offered refurbished or open-box units on the cheap. For three whole days now however, the bargain website Daily Steals lets you score the untouched, unused 5.1-inch phone at a measly $260, which is roughly 90 bucks south of Amazon’s lowest current listing. Compared to Best Buy, you save even more, namely $140 or so, whether you’re into classic black devices, slightly swankier white ones, or outright posh gold ...

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    The yet to be disputed mobile hardware heavyweight champion of the world has just come out with its financial figures for 2015’s final quarter and the year as a whole, having both good and bad news in store for investors, much like Apple and LG. First, the bad, because it’s more palpable and there’s more to discuss on that front. Despite the holiday season traditionally improving demand for essentially everything that plugs in and connects to the web, Samsung saw a “slight” quarter-on-quarter decrease in smartphone shipments, which it blames on “year-end inventory adjustment ...

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    A teaser of a leak. That’s certainly something new in the mobile landscape, but considering how popular unofficial press renders of unannounced smartphones can get, it was bound to become a thing sooner or later. Less than 24 hours after revealing there are most likely only two Samsung Galaxy S7 variants in the pipeline rather than three or four, tipster legend @evleaks tweets proof he’s in possession of a high-quality product image starring the standard, flat model. Why isn’t he just giving us that then? Maybe he wants to garner even more buzz than usual, and make sure the whole ...

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