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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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    This week has already delivered some big news for those of us who continue to hold out hope that virtual reality is finally about ready to become a commercially viable, technically impressive, and maybe most importantly, fun new thing. That's because Oculus VR has come through with giving us a launch window for its Rift headset, the hardware that really got this new wave of VR interest going. While we'll be waiting until Q1 of next year to buy that headset, there are lots of other options available at the present, and today one of the newest becomes available to whole lot of shoppers, as ...

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    With the Nexus 6, Google made the controversial decision to step away from the affordable phone-sized models of the previous couple years and instead go with the six-inch flagship-priced phablet we got. Will this year's Nexus model be a return to old habits, or will we see another handset that's very much cast in the mold of the Nexus 6? A new rumor suggests that Google's staying the course with phablets, and we're looking at another jumbo-sized Nexus. We've previously talked about the idea of Google turning to a Chinese OEM to build the new Nexus, and this report reiterates the claim that ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 should have more memory than it knows what to do with. As a handset with 3GB of RAM in a world where 2GB and 1GB phones dominate, on paper it looks like the GS6 has more than enough capacity to handle whatever apps you could think to throw at it. The reality of the situation has been a bit different, though, and users have been reporting situations where the GS6 is being too aggressive in its RAM management, moving content out of memory when there's still plenty to spare. As a result, the phone performs like one with much less available RAM. We've been told that Samsung ...

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    When Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note at the 2011 IFA in Berlin, the company shocked everyone with its class-defining phablet with a 5.3-inch screen (at times where phones were in the four-inch area). It took phablets some time to get traction, and, even more time in the US, but apparently large smartphones are now preferred by Americans. According to a recent Kantar World Panel research, the phablet market grew almost four times year over year. If large smartphones were accounting for six percent share in the first quarter of 2014, they now represent 21 percent of the US ...

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    Visually, the Apple Watch may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and especially at times when devices like the Moto 360 continue to challenge competitors. Internally things are a different story though, with many tear downs proving that the Apple Watch was a true engineering challenge for the most part. Today we have more teardown information revealing valuable information about this Apple Watch, and the next one to come. A new teardown and deep analysis from Chipworks reveals various details of Apple's S1 chip. On the positive front, the fact that Apple was able to fit the entire motherboard ...

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    Samsung hasn't necessarily succeeded in the smartwatch market, regardless of its Android or Tizen approaches. Apple has apparently already sold more Apple Watch units than all other smartwatch manufacturers have in years combined, so its clear that Samsung needs to hit a home run with its next launch. We were expecting the Samsung Gear A to launch soon, but it seems Korea wants to take its time. Trusted sources claim that Samsung might not launch the Gear A, codename Orbis, until later this year, possibly at the same time that it announces the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung hadn't really committed ...

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    Marvel's latest Avengers film is in theaters now, and promotional tie-ins are active in full force. Samsung just confirmed plans to release a special Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 sometime next month (and we've already taken to wondering about which other characters we'd like to see get custom GS6 designs of their own), but it's not just the manufacturer's latest flagship that gets to be in on this action. Today we learn of a new promotional offer for Samsung's favorite phablet, as new Galaxy Note 4 owners are treated to not one, not two, but four free Avengers-styled covers. Buy a Note 4 ...

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    Last week we checked out some rumors about upcoming Samsung flagship-class hardware, with a pair of models codenamed Noble and Zen. Noble sounded like it might be the next Galaxy Note phablet, while evidence suggested Zen could be some new member of the Galaxy S6 crew. We didn't have much detail about either phone available at the time, but this week those codenames come back, tied to a lot more detail and suggesting a slightly different identity for one model. This new report claims that while Noble is indeed the Galaxy Note 5, Zen isn't some GS6 variant, but what's essentially the Note 5 ...

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    Most reviewers have reached the conclusion that the Galaxy S6 edge has quite the beautiful design on the outside, but what's on the inside is also quite important in defining the more spectacular of the two versions of Samsung's 2015 flagship smartphone. That's exactly what Samsung's latest Galaxy S6 edge is entirely about – have a look at it. The ad – which features a voiceover with a British accent and some choice adjectives, managing to remind us of some other companies in the smartphone-manufacturing landscape – focuses mainly on two points: the CPU, and wireless charging. The ...

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    15.6 trillion won, or 14.4 billion US dollars, is how much Samsung Electronics is investing in its new chip line located in Pyeongtaek, around 40 miles south of Seoul. Marking the company's largest investment ever in a single chip manufacturing line, production is scheduled to start sometime in 2017, according to the Korea Herald. "The Pyeongtaek line reflects Samsung's entrepreneurship of making proactive investments, and not just settling on its achievement up to now. It also should be highly evaluated that the company made aggressive investments and gave opportunities to the young", ...

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    Samsung's "I'm so sexy" ad for the gold Galaxy S5 might have made a significant amount of eyes roll, but it doesn't mean the company wasn't up to something good. The Galaxy S6 is a far better product when compared to its predecessor, and the company's new approach to design gives the "Gold Platinum" model the jewelry appeal that its predecessor didn’t have. We do know that Samsung was up to a rough start in its homeland during the first days of launch, but it seems that Europe is a whole different story. Samsung has shared some sales data for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and it ...

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    Microsoft has been doing a ton of interesting moves in order to become "cool" again, as consumers continue to move away from Microsoft software in favor of other alternatives. Part of this involves extending its reach in cross platform solutions, like we've seen with iOS and Android apps, and another part of it has to do with ending its patent troll days in a smart way. One of the biggest moves we saw recently was ending its patent war with Samsung, and gaining some app placement on Galaxy phones, but plans don’t end there according to new rumors. It seems that Microsoft is already in ...

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    Yesterday delivered some exciting news for both comic books fans and Galaxy S6 enthusiasts, as Samsung seemed to confirm plans to release a special edition Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in an exclusive red Iron Man design. The idea of creating custom-colored Galaxy S6 handsets as a tie-in with Marvel's The Avengers was one we heard suggested before, and now we're forced to be patient as we wait to see if the Iron Man GS6 we get is indeed as snazzy looking as the fan mock-ups published earlier this year suggested it might be. But that Iron Man mock-up didn't arrive alone, and we also got to ...

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    For as important as it is that a flagship smartphone is able to impress out of the box, that's just part of the phone's software story, and in the months that follow any major release, we look forward to seeing the little tweaks a manufacturer delivers via software updates. Maybe those mean fixing some annoying launch-day issues, or activating features that just weren't quite ready to go in time for retail sales. Lately we've been seeing a few phones pick up some new camera tricks from such updates, and the next on that list might just be the Galaxy S6, as we hear a little about what may ...

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    Even though the Samsung Galaxy S6 is not the perfect smartphone, with major opportunity areas in the device's battery life, the device compensates with providing users with one of the best mobile cameras in the industry. The tendency that Samsung began with the Galaxy Note 4 only got better with the company's new flagship, though it seems that there are some secrets under the hood. User forums are already claiming that Samsung is using either its own proprietary sensor, or a Sony sensor for the primary camera of the Galaxy S6. Some users are reporting a Samsung SLSI_S5K2P2 sensor on their ...

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    Right now, Tizen doesn't seem like a very big part of Samsung's mobile offerings – but that could be well on its way to changing. Tizen continues to make inroads on Samsung's wearable lineup, but its role in smartphones themselves has been a little lackluster. Initial Samsung Z plans fell apart, and so far we've only seen one Tizen phone: last year's Z1. But now there's promise of new Tizen hardware, with two such models rumored to be in development, including a Z2. Today we may get our first look at just that handset, with the release of a few pics. We sure seem to be looking at a Tizen ...

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    As Sony gets ready to bring Android Lollipop to the original Xperia Z, we've got updates for classic phones on our mind. As smartphones age, there's less and less chance of them continuing to receive official updates, and once a couple years pass, ongoing updates seem to be the exception rather than the rule. For owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, there's been hope that Lollipop could still arrive, and late last year we saw one of Samsung's regional offices mention the possibility. But in the months that have followed, evidence of work towards such a release has been hard to come by. ...

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    Samsung's got a marketing deal with Marvel – that much has been clear – but just how far are the companies planning to take their arrangement? A couple months back we were talking about the idea of some custom-colored Galaxy S6 handsets to correspond with the new Avengers film, and checked out one designer's awesome mock-ups of what such handsets might look like. While that might have seemed like some wishful thinking, it now appears that at least one of these phones will be happening, as Samsung marketing exec Lee Young-hee shares plans for red Iron Man versions of the Galaxy S6 and ...

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    So far this year, Samsung hasn't had much in the way of exciting new tablets. Sure, there have been devices like the Galaxy Tab 3 V or the Galaxy Tab A, but none of them with really killer hardware; if anything, the only notable move has been the way Samsung switched to a 4:3 aspect screen for the Tab A. But while the low-res Tab A may have failed to wow, we've also been hearing about another possible 4:3 aspect device that promises to be a whole lot more attractive: a follow-up to last year's OLED-screened Galaxy Tab S (above). Rumors have suggested the Tab S2 models could get some killer ...

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    Despite having 3GB of RAM, which should be enough, some Samsung Galaxy S6 memory issues have popped up over the past week. Based on reports from users, Samsung's latest flagship (and its Edge variant) are apparently affected by some memory problems, initially described by reports as a very aggressive memory management on Samsung's end. Following those user complaints, Samsung has acknowledged a serious Galaxy S6 memory issue, according to Forbes, who refers to Samsung UK Facebook (activity which we could no longer locate). The problem, according to Forbes, is that applications which are ...

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    The Galaxy S6 (along with the GS6 Edge) has a neat trick: beyond being able to complete mobile payments using NFC, as you would with something like Google Pay, the phone's hardware also has the ability to emulate a swiped magnetic card, allowing it to fund transactions even where POS systems lack specific NFC hardware. It sounds pretty promising, but there's one big hitch: you can't use it just yet. Back when the phone launched, we heard that the Samsung Pay service that's tied to this ability would go live later this year. As we wait for Samsung to flip the switch, the company's offering ...

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    You can't talk about the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge without turning your attention to its over-the-edge curved screen; hell, that's the very thing that makes it the Edge in the first place, and not the regular old Galaxy S6. Samsung's already committing new resources to the production of this oh-so-important component, and today it pulls back the curtain a bit on just how it goes about making not just these displays, but also the rest of the phone's body, with the publication of a new GS6 Edge promo video. OK, so we're not getting a guided factory tour or anything nearly so in-depth. But we do ...

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    Android 5.1.1 first popped up at the beginning of the month, with factory images being available as of April 21 for download for the Nexus Player (strangely, not a Nexus phone nor tablet). While there's no official list of fixes, the build is expected to fix some memory leak issues, among others. A Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge update seems to bring this Android 5.1.1 build to the T-Mobile variant of the device, as seen in the video below (more after the video and image embed). The model of the device is SM-G925T, and, as the picture below seems to testify, it is indeed running Android 5.1.1, ...

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    Samsung hasn't had the best couple of years when it comes to quarter results. The company not only disappointed when it came to smartphone sales, but the drop was significant enough to have Apple defeat it in smartphone sales, even with a much smaller product portfolio. Samsung's results for Q1 are in shedding some interesting improvements, even if these happened before the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were launched. Samsung was able to make $5.6 billion in profit for the quarter, which is good, but even more interesting is that it owns 24.1% of the global smartphone shipments for the ...

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    The Galaxy Note is Samsung's flagship platform for trying out new things, and if the rumors are to be believed, this year's Galaxy Note 5 could sure be a trailblazer in its own right, bringing an insanely high-res ultra HD 3840 x 2160 display to the phablet. But beyond that idea, we haven't heard a ton about the hardware – maybe an Edge model could return, but it sounds like that new SoC might not be ready in time. We've still got months and months to learn more about Samsung's plans, and today we lay a little ground work, hearing about some model numbers and a code name for not just the ...

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