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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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    Although technically both Samsung and Apple rolled out new phones unusually early this year, that turned out to be a smart business move for only one of the two tech giants and mobile industry leaders, which posted unexpectedly strong financial numbers for the past quarter. Granted, the iPhone SE launched commercially a little too late to significantly elevate its maker’s sales, revenue and profits scores for the January – March timeframe, but at the same time, it’s doubtful the 4-incher will ever match the Galaxy S7’s mainstream success. Samsung of course isn’t ready to share ...

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    It may seem like a dull period for smartwatches with nothing exceptionally big, new and inspiring having appeared this trade show season — though major releases targeting women were needed to bring them into the market. Maybe our editorial attention spans were just too short after having to inspect over a year-long parade of smartwatches. But this is a growth market and research firms have the metrics to confirm it. Strategy Analytics measured 4.2 million total shipments for this past winter quarter, 223 percent better than the 1.3 million in the period last year. 2.2 million — or 52 ...

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    Samsung is galvanizing one of its user interfaces by Vulkanizing it. We're seeing the company put the Vulkan API to good use on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge already — how fitting that these two devices are the first in Android to support it. If you don't know what Vulkan is, it's a tool that will get graphically-intensive processes running on multiple platforms (not just Android) quickly while optimizing performance for each instance of those platforms. Yep, it's mostly a game-changer, but it's so much so that the Android N Developer Preview supports it. Back to the chaebol, though, as ...

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    Some phones languish around in the rumor-space for what feels like forever, dropping hints of their existence here and there, but failing to generate a lot of buzz and proceed to launch on a timeline where we still care about them. Then there are those phones that waste no time at all in going from early rumors, to tons of evidence, to a formal launch. Huawei's upcoming Honor V8 feels a lot more like one of those latter handsets, and we've gone from a teaser just one week back, to news about possible pricing, to spotting the phone (with pics) in a regulatory database. Now we're fleshing ...

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    It used to be that Samsung was king of the wearables market, cranking out new models faster than most of us could keep up. But lately we've really seen the company start slowing things down: last year's Gear S2 is still coasting along steadily, and sometimes it feels like Samsung's let VR's rise distract it a little from other wearable pursuits. But we've still heard whispers about where Samsung's efforts could be headed next, and today we score a major breakthrough as a leak outs a pair of upcoming wearables from the manufacturer: the second-gen Gear Fit tracker and the all-new wireless ...

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    Now that practically all recent and semi-recent flagship Samsung phones can run the newest Android iteration in most parts of the world, including on major US carriers, it’s about time at least one of the company’s high-end tablets also left Lollipop behind. Although we’ve received confirmation last month Marshmallow goodies are “in development” for the Galaxy Tab A, it’s actually the Tab S2 9.7 that’s making the leap today in an LTE-enabled SM-T815 configuration. It of course makes perfect sense for the Super AMOLED-sporting big guy to jump on the M bandwagon first among ...

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    It's the tide of progress: what once was state-of-the-art is now ho-hum; what was once premium is now mid-range, or dare we say, entry-level? That's almost unarguably a good thing, as today's most affordable phones emerge capable of running circles around the top-shelf models of yesteryear. Lately we've been checking out evidence for the new mid-range Galaxy C lineup from Samsung, primarily as revealed through benchmark publications. Last week we saw the SM-C7000 – or Galaxy C7 – pop up with 4GB of RAM and a new Snapdragon 625 SoC. Now a second benchmark publication appears to confirm ...

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    As Galaxy Note 6 speculation is already heating up, despite there likely being at least four more months until the phablet becomes official, you may have started to wonder about certain “companion” devices also prepped for IFA introductions in the fall. The first ever Gear VR consumer edition still feels fresh, but it badly needs upgrades and optimizations too, particularly on the software side of things. And then you got the Gear S2 smartwatch, which saw daylight roughly a year after the original Gear S, and could thus warrant a sequel as early as September. Indeed, Korean press now ...

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    2016 is off to a terrific smartphone start. Samsung's focus this year is on refining what we liked about the Galaxy S6. We keep the metal and glass build, with more of a Note 5 style curved back, and lifestyle features like water resistance and MicroSD card expansion return. The second year of this hardware look has produced a formidable handset. HTC is getting back to basics. The One M9 fell prey to the performance concerns of the Qualcomm 810, and featured some rough design element. The HTC 10 polishes those edges, and delivers on performance. Simplifying the Sense skin, whittling down ...

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    Flooding the smartphone market with two more flagship models by fall after recently releasing the wildly successful Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge doesn’t sound like a very wise prospective move from Samsung. But that can’t stop the world-leading OEM from testing both the flat and curved Galaxy Note 6 waters. Insiders claim only one of the two variants currently considered will ultimately hit retail stores, and you shouldn’t rule out the Note 6 being “edgy” as standard, since these types of handhelds are nowadays proving more popular. Whether the S Pen-wielding phablet embraces or snubs ...

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    Updated “internationally”, as well as on at least one major US network, to the latest and sweetest Android flavor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is as good as new, despite turning two full years old in the fall. It’s metal-framed, super-sharp, relatively powerful, even by today’s high-end standards, promises to last an eternity between charges, and above all, it’s extremely cheap… for a limited time. Technically, there’s no expiration date attached to Qualitycellz’s eBay deal on the S Pen-enabled phablet, but quantities are limited, and at the time of this writing, no less than ...

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    Could we be looking at double-digit share for Android 6.0 in distribution numbers before long? You’d think it’s about time, with the first Marshmallow OTA packages available for Nexus devices as far back as October 2015, and build N inching closer and closer to its own release. Unfortunately, last we heard from Google, there were still less than 5 percent of the world’s Androids on the newest OS flavor, so getting to 10 might actually take another few months. Then again, more and more immensely popular phones are updated to M, including on more and more major US carriers. Today’s a ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret Apple had a much worse year-opening calendar quarter than usual, as iPhone 6s demand uncharacteristically contracted worldwide and its number one rival was smart enough to prematurely launch a new Android flagship duo. But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the early March Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rollout didn’t drive sufficient new adoption for Samsung handhelds in general for the Korean OEM to beat Cupertino on the latter’s home turf. It was close, though ultimately, iPhones took the lion’s share of January – March US activations, ...

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    Like the Galaxy S6? Like the Note 5? How about the S7 edge? Is it running as smooth as you'd like? Chances are that an Exynos system on a chip makes that happen. That chipset? Yep, it's made by Samsung. Samsung's been expanding its semiconductor production aggressively with mid-range and top-end products for vendors to use. While Taiwanese competitor TSMC does have an upper edge in serving the lucrative Apple, the chaebol has been making ground elsewhere — including silicon giant Qualcomm, producing its Snapdragon 820 processors. Executives from the unit have been at the company's San ...

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    Update: The podcast is up now and will be sent out at 3pm Eastern on Friday. The HTC 10 makes us wonder if any phone can really be perfect. Galaxy Note 6 rumors are building steam. What might we see on Samsung's next phablet? With the flagship phone market maturing, we'll take a look at why people are waiting longer to upgrade their phones? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and ...

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    Samsung wasn’t keen to fully clear the air regarding the US price tag and release date of the Gear 360 spherical VR camera when denying it would cost $350, and in the meantime, third-party retailer B&H has backpedaled on its educated guess as well. Elsewhere however, things couldn’t be clearer, at least in terms of retail pricing, and $350 still feels like a solid theory for American availability. On Korean shores, that’s more or less exactly what the Gear 360’s valuation converts to, with regional pre-orders already live, and deliveries slated to begin next week, by April 29. ...

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    When it comes to low-cost Android devices, Westerners and especially US-based consumers tend to go with brands they know, trust and have been around for ages, regardless of how OEMs like Huawei, Xiaomi, Meizu or LeEco can provide vastly superior specs and build quality at similar prices. Yes, Samsung can still afford to charge close to $200 for modest 5-inchers with outdated OS iterations onboard, just 8GB internal storage space, mediocre (by today’s mid-range standards) 8 and 5MP cameras, and all-plastic constructions. And make no mistake, the $190 LTE unlocked Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) ...

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    Unlike the Galaxy A family, last year’s J series managed to easily set itself apart from Samsung’s flagship models, with appreciably lower-end specs, inferior build materials and palatable price tags. As a consequence of especially that last part, the first-gen J5 and J7 achieved sleeper hit status, helping the OEM retain its domination over all other smartphone manufacturers even in emerging markets. The two’s somewhat unexpected success also warranted premature sequels, unveiled in China roughly three weeks back. On the old continent however, Samsung seems to not be making a lot of ...

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    Locked in a very evenly matched early adoption battle with Apple Pay and Android Pay, Samsung’s own proprietary digital wallet solution is about to go truly global, as countries like the UK, Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, Spain, Canada and Russia are expected to join South Korea, US and China sometime this year in supporting the contactless on-the-go payment service. The name of the fourth nation to jump on the Samsung Pay bandwagon and the app’s regional ETA remain under wraps, but you shouldn’t rule out this being Singapore instead of Great Britain or Brazil. According to the ...

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    Samsung has never been open to discuss the sales numbers of its latest and arguably greatest smartwatch yet, and even off the record, we’ve only heard reports of Gear S2 box-office achievements shortly after its launch. Those are rarely good signs, but the circular Tizen wearable must be doing something right, since a slew of new models were released in recent months, including luxury designer configurations and fairly stylish, fairly affordable Classic Rose Gold and Platinum editions. If it still feels like there aren’t enough options to customize and personalize the Samsung Gear S2 ...

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    The congestion of the worldwide smartphone market has been anticipated by analysts for a long time now, and you can almost notice it with the naked eye these days. Whether we’re talking Android devices or iPhones, upgrades happen at a slower pace than before, and driving new adoption is mission impossible, as billions of people already own intelligent handhelds. The best most major OEMs can thus hope for this year is share and sales stagnation, with perhaps a handful of rising Chinese stars looking at growth on both fronts. Overall, the market has begun to contract, and global shipments ...

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    How could Samsung possibly make its “next big thing” appeal to even more little portions of the worldwide smartphone-devouring masses? Already, the Galaxy S7 duo caters to power users and heavy multitaskers with today’s best possible processors and 4GB RAM, digital hoarders with up to 64GB internal storage and microSD support, as well as outdoorsy types with water and dust resistance. Shutterbugs are of course also taken care of, early VR adopters can pair the handhelds with Gear VR headsets on the cheap, and if you insist on using your phone all day without interruption, the 3,000 ...

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    Ever worry that you're getting a little too up close and personal with your smartphone or tablet? Dense, high-resolution screens may look incredible even when we're holding them just inches from our face, but is that kind of interaction detrimental to our eyes? A healthy adult probably won't do any permanent harm by parking their face right in front of a tablet, but what about the developing eyes of a child? Samsung's on the lookout to make sure that kids can enjoy smart devices without inadvertently doing any damage to their eyes, with the help of its Samsung Safety Screen app. Samsung ...

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    There's little getting around it: if you want the best pictures possible from a digital camera, that means going with the physically largest image sensor you can afford. Unfortunately for the smartphone market, where space is hard to come by and pricing can make or break a phone, simply dropping in a humongous sensor hasn't been the obvious solution it might seem like. Still, we've seen signs of progress, like manufacturers choosing pixel size over resolution with flagship models like the Samsung Galaxy S7. Now a new report suggests that Samsung could be pushing the limits of smartphone ...

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    As always, choosing where to buy Samsung’s newest flagship Android phone from in the US hasn’t been easy. But the retailer decision was made hard this year for all the right reasons. Carriers tried their best to be the first to ship the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, not to mention the heated freebie wars that Verizon probably won by throwing in a sizzling hot Gear S2 smartwatch instead of the cheaper Gear VR headset. Purchasing a GS7 unlocked and free of network restrictions was similarly difficult, as it took various eBay sellers mere days to start their own discount games. And now, believe ...

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