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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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    There will reportedly be no Galaxy Note Edge 2 this year, accompanying the upcoming and highly anticipated Galaxy Note 5, at least that's what a recent report claims. The International Radio Show, aka IFA, is where usually Samsung unveils the fall flagship, the class-defining Galaxy Note. Last year, the Galaxy Note 4 came in pair with the Galaxy Note Edge, a fairly similar device with a curved screen on the right edge. Instead, the report claims that we will only see the Galaxy Note 5 at the 2015 IFA. Said Note 5, that will have no Galaxy Note Edge 2 sibling (at least not at the Berlin ...

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    This could be too good to be true! We don't want to use a harsh word, like "desperate", because Samsung is definitely not in such a position, being the undisputed market leader in the Android world, and, occasionally (and regionally), in the smartphone world as well. So far, the release cycle was pretty standard: Galaxy S flagship in Q1 of the year (preferably MWC), Galaxy Note flagship in Q3 of the year (preferably at IFA). However, this report claims that Samsung is preparing to launch its next flagship, dubbed Galaxy S7, sometime in the second half of the year. The report comes from ...

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    T-Mobile is not only serious about its "un-carrier" strategy, but also about its plan to gain a lot of mind share through software updates. The carrier was first in bringing Android 5.1.1 to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge a few weeks ago, something extremely odd for any US carrier. If you thought this will only apply to phones launched this year, think again. T-Mobile has just launched Android 5.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S5, and no we didn't get the number wrong. No official data is provided as to what the update brings to last year's Galaxy flagship, but we do expect to see ...

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    It's difficult not to raise an eyebrow every time we hear about device performance indicators. Sales figures, shipped units, orders placed, analyst predictions, etc.; companies are good at wording press releases (where available) so that the device they're referring to appears to perform well. In the case of Galaxy S6 sales, a Samsung executive said that they're doing well, but a report claimed, at the beginning of the month, that Samsung has allegedly cut down its component orders by 16% (still leaving enough for about 50 million for 2015). Now, The Korea Herald prints a report that ...

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    For a couple weeks now we've been checking out rumors about a new Samsung flagship-level handset, one that would look a hell of a lot like the Galaxy S6 Edge but arrive with a slightly larger screen – supposedly one up around 5.5 inches. We've heard it called the Galaxy S6 Plus, then the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. There's even been a hardware leak, but aside from UI window dressing, it didn't appear to reveal much of interest. Then again, why would it – without a sense of scale, this new phone should appear pretty much like the Galaxy S6 Edge itself. Today we've got a new leak to check out ...

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    Another year, another Galaxy S-vs-Galaxy Active comparison. It all started with the pretty (but leaky) Galaxy S 4 Active in 2013, followed by the much less pretty (but no less leaky) Galaxy S5 Active last year. For 2015, Samsung has let up somewhat on the ugly stick while adding even more durability, resulting in a phone that we called "the most sensible Active yet" after just 24 hours with the device. How much more durability are we talking about? Well, the S6 Active is rated to IP68 for complete protection against dust, and it will also function underwater at greater depths than previous ...

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    Keep the Samsung smartphones coming! Even without a major trade show in sight for a couple more months, Samsung isn't about to slow down its smartphone release schedule to conform with the general lull in new smartphone announcements. Today, for example, it has taken the opportunity to unveil two new smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 are the manufacturer's first two smartphones to feature front-facing LED flash modules – which means your selfies are about to be upgraded to a whole different level. These two smartphones have been the subject of various small leaks over the ...

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    One of the better parts of the TouchWiz UI on Samsung phones is the easy access users are offered to system settings – and specifically, the powerfully customizable quick settings panel up in the phone's notification shade. Giving users one-touch access to plenty of phone features, quick settings can also be re-ordered and optimized for the set of options you use most. At least, that's the way it's supposed to work, but recently Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users have been running into some problems, with many of those quick settings options up and disappearing. The good news is that ...

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    "Samsung Galaxy S5 could feature iris scanner as well as 2K display"; sounds funny when you read it now, but that's what the rumor mill suggested prior to the S5 launch back at the end of 2013. Fast forward to today, and we're writing a similar story. Only time will tell whether we'll be laughing this one off as well. A recent report from Korea claims that both Samsung and LG will include the technology on their future flagship smartphones, especially those coming out next year. There is at least one smartphone on the market that features advanced biometric features, namely iris ...

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    Yesterday we learned about a potentially nasty situation brewing with the software on many Samsung Androids, as a vulnerability discovered in the SwiftKey-designed keyboard such phones shipped with could present an attacker with the opportunity to sneak some malicious code onto the handsets. And despite the security researchers having notified Samsung late last year, it wasn't clear just which, if any phones had been patched to address the issue. We asked Samsung just what was going on in its efforts to patch the hole, and today the company's issued a statement explaining what it's up to. ...

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    Flash back to one month ago: we were just about to hear rumors that Samsung could break from its traditional launch of the next Galaxy Note phablet at IFA in Berlin and might introduce the Note 5 over a month early, sometime in late July. Just days later, Samsung would publicly deny the rumors, suggesting that the Note 5's unveiling would follow a more traditional schedule. But now that talk of an early Galaxy Note 5 launch is back, this time with a slightly less premature (and correspondingly, slightly more believable) spin on it. Instead of premiering at IFA in early September, this new ...

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    The Galaxy S6 Active isn't Samsung's first attempt at a ruggedized flagship smartphone. It was beaten to the punch by 2013's Galaxy S 4 Active and last year's Galaxy S5 Active, both of which we reviewed here at Pocketnow. Our ultimate buy/don't buy recommendation on the Galaxy S6 Active will have to wait until we're finished with our full review process, but after 24 hours one fact seems inescapable: this is the most sensible Active yet. As we touched on in yesterday's unboxing and hardware tour (also embedded below), the Galaxy S6 Active adds beefy cladding to the powerful hardware ...

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    SwiftKey makes one of the more popular software keyboards around, so it's little surprise that Samsung partnered up with the company to have it create the keyboard you'll find on many popular Samsung phones. Unfortunately, it's recently come to light that this software contains a potentially devastating security vulnerability that could give an attacker a foothold into your smartphone. The vulnerability has to do with the way the app checks for new language packs. Even if you're not using it as your primary keyboard, the software occasionally polls a server to look for new languages. ...

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    BlackBerry might, or might not, be working on an Android-powered phone. However, a recent report hints that it might, and that we should not rule out that possibility at all. Now there's an interesting bit that is related to the story; remember Eldar Murtazin? The Russian leakster has a track record that can go both ways in terms of accuracy, but we won't judge that here an now. Instead, we'll tell you that according to him, an Android smartphone is on its way, made by Samsung and BlackBerry. The resulting "SamBerry" might or might not have a physical keyboard, but the device resulting ...

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    Samsung must be working hard on several Galaxy phones as the reports keep popping up. Earlier we've seen some images and specs of the upcoming Galaxy J5, and now we're looking at this Galaxy A8 leak with alleged pictures claimed to represent the upcoming device. We've heard quite a bit about the Samsung Galaxy A8, so there's definitely fire somewhere judging by the amount of smoke (and the pictures attached). The Galaxy A8 pictured above and below is claimed to be part of an upcoming A-series of smartphones, alongside the Galaxy A6 and A9. This Galaxy A8 leak we're currently looking at ...

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    We know to expect a certain Samsung Galaxy J5, as well as a Galaxy J7, as evidence of their existence, or future existence, has been hinted last month. Furthermore, as far as the latter is concerned, we've seen some Galaxy J7 specs and hardware details emerge thanks to online listings, but now it's time to look at some Galaxy J5 specs, together with a set of leaked photos of the upcoming South Korean smartphone. Design-wise the Samsung Galaxy J5 looks similar to the J7, characterized by a plastic build, as well as a removable back cover offering easy access to a removable battery. As far ...

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    The smartwatch market is in the middle of some huge shifts. When 2014 got started, the major players looked like Pebble and Samsung, and Android Wear had yet to debut. The arrival of Google's smartwatch platform seriously shook things up throughout the year, and now we're in the middle of another big adjustment, as the Apple Watch goes after a whole new segment of shoppers in 2015. Understandably, all this motion means that dominance can quickly change hands, and we're seeing just how true that is in some new market figures produced by Strategy Analytics, demonstrating the extent to which ...

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    For the third year in a row, Samsung has augmented its top-shelf Galaxy S smartphone with a ruggedized version for outdoorsy types … and for the third year in a row, it’s an AT&T exclusive in the US. That's right, rough-and-tumble phone abusers: it's time to unbox Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active. The first thing I thought when popping the cover here is that there must’ve been a mistake. At first glance, the S6 Active is so similar to the S5 Active that I thought Samsung had sent us the latter by accident. But once I took it out of the box I realized it’s a little thinner, a little ...

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    Even with all the praise that Samsung has received with its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, there's no such thing as a perfect phone. As such we've heard that Samsung is already pushing its Android 5.1 update to certain regions to address bugs, in addition to provide more user options. Today we learn that users might have to wait, and this time, for another phone. Insider sources claim that Android 5.1 will not bring RAW photo support to the Galaxy S6, and for those of you experiencing RAM issues, it seems that even that won't be fixed. What's worse is that the source claims that these ...

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    Arguably the most eagerly awaited software update since the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, we've spent the past few weeks talking about what to expect from Samsung's release of these phones' Android 5.1.1 updates. That culminated a couple weeks back with the release of a video hands-on, showing tricks like a new wallpaper option and the arrival of more powerful camera UI controls, leaving us just to wonder when the update would finally land. While we often see international availability get started ahead of US carrier distribution, this time Samsung's turning things on their ...

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    Samsung's never been a company to approach its mobile lineup from a “less is more” perspective, and year after year we continue to see it inundate retail shelves with more products than the manufacturer arguably knows what to do with. As if Samsung didn't have enough tablet offerings already, earlier this year we picked up on what looked to be plans for a whole lot of additional models, including Galaxy Tab A, Tab J, and Tab E models. Today that last one there goes official, as Samsung lets loose the Galaxy Tab E upon Taiwan. The Galaxy Tab E is very much a tablet that sacrifices specs ...

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    A little while ago, I powered up my first smartphone for the first time in a very long time. It’s the infamous and now forgotten Optimus 2X. It’s quite old and frankly ancient by mobile tech standards- it was first released back in 2010 and I’ve had mine since 2011. But there’s something about my three years of using the device that will stay with me forever. Those were the days when Android was just beginning to become the global juggernaut that it is today. I was a tech enthusiast right in the thick of the smartphone revolution- my enthusiast friends and I felt like pioneers, ...

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    If you find yourself scratching your a head a little when hearing about some of the smartphones Samsung's supposedly working on, you're not alone. Take the Galaxy Note 5, for instance, as rumors suggest that this year's Edge version of the handset may differ from the main Note 5 in more than just screen curvature. Or look at the latest rumors about the Galaxy S6 Plus, which sounds like it could be Note-sized and with a dual-curve Edge screen – is the lack of a stylus the only thing keeping it from being a proper Galaxy Note model? As if this wasn't confusing enough, a new trademark ...

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    We started the month off with rumors of a new flagship-level Samsung handset, tipped to look something like the Galaxy S6 Edge but with a larger display. Supposedly called the Galaxy S6 (Edge?) Plus, we got a quick look at a possible photo of the phone, but really haven't had a lot to go on since. Today we start piecing the puzzle together, as rumors get specific about a couple Galaxy S6 Plus details. Let's start with one of the components that's going to really define what this phone is: its display. After all, the whole point of the handset seems to be to offer a larger-screened version ...

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    Privacy has become a very predominant topic lately, and in that regard we've seen Google and Apple make some bold statements on the topic at Google I/O and WWDC respectively. With so much information sharing getting out of hand, we've seen all companies make a few moves here and there in order to protect consumer privacy as an added value. The only problem is that the recent surge in smartwatch technology isn't as secure as we'd like, and today we learn of more risks. A recent study from the University of New Haven has discovered that personal user information can be easily extracted from ...

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