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:

  • by | April 22, 2014 8:14 AM

    It's the question every buyer with a limited budget or a frugal sensibility asks when a new flagship smartphone lands: do I need the new one, or can I save some dough by buying last year's model? Thanks to our annual-upgrade culture here in the States, the question is asked millions of times a month each spring season, mimicking the clockwork of the smartphone release cycle. But though the dilemma isn't a new one, the devices are: "Galaxy S5 vs S4" is just as crucial as "Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8" – a comparison we already bestowed upon you a few days back.  In fact, thanks to the ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 7:21 PM

    In typical Samsung fashion, the South Korea-based company is rumored to continue its "fire hose" method of saturating the market in every way possible. Not only does Samsung manage to cater to every last consumer imaginable through creating dozens of similar-yet-different products, it likes to bend the likes of its staple brands to appeal to different consumers, as well. For instance, last year, we saw the Galaxy S 4 mini, Galaxy S 4 Zoom, and the Galaxy S 4 Active, all of which were actually very little like the original device they each were derived from. Samsung also revealed the Galaxy ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 4:12 PM

    Samsung has seriously thrown us all for a loop when it comes to rumors about a premium version of the Galaxy S5 that might offer a screen with a quad HD resolution. The official word from the manufacturer may be “this isn't happening,” but nearly as soon as it denied the allegations we started picking up the fresh scent of evidence. Earlier this month we saw a Samsung model SM-G906 (versus SM-G900 for the GS5 itself) show up in a benchmark database with that insanely high-res 2K screen. Now that model is back, this time earning a mention in India's import/export records. The listing ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 5:43 PM

    Skipping listener mail for two weeks in a row? We know, we know ... unconscionable. But we also know you'll forgive us in exchange for two things: a packed review schedule, and an awesome podcast guest. We're bringing you both of those as the week winds down to a close. In addition to the usual news segment narrated by the soothing voice of Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck, we've got additional insights on Samsung's new Galaxy S5: how it compares to its forebears, how well it fares against competition like the HTC One M8, and a debate on the merits of standout features like the ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 11:42 AM

    "One device is a product of an Android juggernaut, a fourth-generation powerhouse from a take-no-prisoners Goliath that essentially owns the Google-powered smartphone space. The other is a last-ditch effort to save its creator from certain destruction, a product forged from that peculiar mixture of desperation and determination that sometimes begets pure art." That's a pretty pretentious way of putting a smartphone comparison, but it's how we kicked off last year's HTC One (M7) vs Galaxy S 4 comparison video. The interesting thing is, if you change "fourth-generation" to ...

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  • by | April 18, 2014 3:33 AM

    Samsung is expecting the Galaxy S 5 to outsell last year's GS4, and the expectations so far seem to match the events on the market, as this year's flagship is doing pretty well in its initial stages of availability. According to a Telegraph report, former iPhone users have a big merit in all this, as, apparently, over one third of those who upgraded to the GS5 taking advantage of a trade-in program were ex-iPhone owners. Most customers were coming from an iPhone 4S, generating a more than 200% increase in iPhone trade-ins -- according to CompareMyMobile, quoted by The Telegraph -- followed ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 11:37 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's launch of the Google Camera app for all Android smartphones. HTC follows the news as the company as launched the Dual Lens SDK to developers to support the HTC One M8. Google follows the news as we get leaked details of Android 4.4.3 on the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition. Apple follows rumors as we get testing details for iOS 7.1.1. We end today's show talking about Samsung's rumored "new form factor" for the Galaxy Note 4. All this and more after the break. Stories: - The new Google Camera app: finally, Android’s stock shooter ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 1:14 PM

    Yesterday we shared with you some Samsung news stemming from an interview with company exec Yoon Han-kil, where he talked about things like Galaxy S5 sales expectations and the coming arrival of commercial Tizen-running handsets. As it turns out, Yoon had more than just those devices to talk about, and also dropped a tantalizing hint about the next Galaxy Note model, claiming that it would introduce a “new form factor” for the phablet. Considering we already have Note phones and Note tablets, what sort of form factor might Samsung be talking about here? It sounds pretty silly to make ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 7:02 AM

    "You know what this is?" "I know what this is." That's a dialogue couplet from the film True Lies, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy from the mid 1990s that has positively nothing to do with the newest stupendo-smartphone out of Seoul. Nothing, except for those two lines. Because you do know what this is. Even under the AT&T finery, even under the thick veneer of faux wood packaging, even despite the fifteen seconds of playful banter at the top of this video, you know what we're looking at: it's the most hyped smartphone of the year, like always. It's another Samsung flagship ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 4:37 AM

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 will outsell its predecessor from 2013, the GS4, according to optimistic predictions of a Samsung top executive, quoted by Reuters. History teaches us that this has been the case in previous years, so there's really nothing groundbreaking in these expectations. The South Koreans have done everything in their power to create the perfect conditions for this to happen, including price, gifts, as well as dramatically increasing initial roll-out market numbers. The executive continued saying the S5 "is selling faster than the S4 so far, though it's difficult to share ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 1:30 AM

    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network operators, manufacturers, and OS builders that adhered so far include Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. This so called kill switch will likely grace your next phone -- if manufactured ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    Last week saw Samsung's Galaxy S5 hit carrier shelves in the US, and while this meant that the long-awaited smartphone was finally making its way into user hands, it wasn't without incident, and we heard about a couple circumstances where the smartphone was showing up without its complete feature set intact. The first issue to come to light concerned the download booster Samsung had put together, intended to let users retrieve a file through the combined efforts of the phone's LTE and WiFi connections, pooling their available bandwidth. First the AT&T GS5 showed up with the download ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 11:56 AM

    With the launch of the iPhone 5S last year, and the brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 hitting stores this month, fingerprint scanners on smartphones have finally hit the big time. Samsung, especially, is pushing taking the technology by extending it beyond its own ecosystem and making it available to third parties, like how PayPal uses the scanner to authenticate transactions through its mobile app. Despite all the potential, there's a possible downside to what Samsung's doing here, as security researchers raise the alarm about a combination of factors threatening to make the GS5's scanner ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 11:27 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy K event dates, and what to expect. We then talk about the rumored Moto X+1, and the leather options that might be coming. Then we talk about the recent rumors of an HTC One M8 in plastic for the budget sector. Then we talk about the rumors of Android 4.4.3, and what to expect, aside from some Nexus 5 appearance on Sprint. We end today's show talking about our review of Windows Phone 8.1, and why it's worth you giving it a try. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Galaxy S5 Zoom teased to launch April 29 as Galaxy K ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 7:20 PM

    Just under one month ago, Google turned the smartwatch and wearables industry on its head. As I was writing an editorial about the then-rumored Google smartwatch, Google pulled a fast one on us and announced something much more than just one smartwatch; it announced an entire, dedicated platform for smartwatches: Android Wear. I immediately changed the tone of my editorial and wrote what was on my mind that very moment. I regretted ordering Pebble Steel just one week before. To this day, though the Pebble Steel shipped and arrived before I definitively decided to cancel the order, I regret ...

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