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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    When not busy trying to force Apple’s hand to needlessly undermine its own mobile OS encryption and device security, the US government occasionally gets a half-decent idea of actually acting in the service of the people. Case in point, a joint FTC/FCC examination of the way smartphone and tablet manufacturers, as well as wireless operators stateside, look for, identify and ultimately address vulnerabilities in products designed by them or supported on their networks. Though the two independent government agencies are in this together, the Federal Trade Commission aims to “better ...

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    Perhaps fearing its outdoors-loving fans will not feel compelled to go the Galaxy S7 Active route if the ruggedized phone simply bulks up the exterior of the standard flagship model while replicating all its features to the letter, Samsung apparently has at least one other major change in the pipeline. Namely, GFX Bench shows, the SM-G891A is set to measure 5.5 inches in display diagonal, up from 5.1 on the S7, S6 and S6 Active. Now that we think about it, the muscular new powerhouse did strike us as unusually imposing in a first round of leaked live pics, though it was obviously ...

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    The “Uncarrier” likes to keep both its most generous and tight-fisted subscribers happy, with plenty of smartphone choices currently offered for essentially every budget, and a pair of affordable new Androids also in the pipeline for a commercial T-Mo rollout later this month. Specifically, next Wednesday, on May 18, though it’s a bit of a stretch to call one of the two handhelds new. That’s because T-Mobile apparently intends to pick up last year’s Samsung Galaxy J7 variant instead of the 2016 edition, with plastic everything and only a 3,000 mAh battery in tow. But the 2015 ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we pride ourselves on producing some of the most in depth lifestyle examinations of smartphone performance available online. Recently we've taken to reviewing phone cameras in the same way we might examine a standalone camera. Our Real Camera Reviews are deep-dive videos for folks who want to know as much about photo and video performance as we can demonstrate while shooting in real world conditions. The major phone releases for the first half of 2016 have all been reviewed. Looking at Samsungs, HTCs, LGs, Huaweis, and iPhones, which phone cameras rise to the top for the ...

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    Digital Turbine Ignite. Three words that strike anger in the hearts of many smartphone users. If you're not familiar with what it does, it's an app that's installed on the carrier's side that automatically downloads and installs more "preload" and "postload" software, known disaffectionately by many as "bloatware". It then automatically updates those apps and adds more as time goes along. Well, good news. Turns out that if you have the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7, you should now have DT Ignite installed with an OTA software update to version MMB29M.G930VVRU2APD2. It's not a ...

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    Tizen isn't the most exciting mobile platform out there right now, but Samsung wants to keep progress going on its baby. After all, it is outdoing BlackBerry's sales in some markets. And to further things along, we may soon see a Z2. TIZEN CAFE on Twitter has put up what looks to be South Korean import listings for components of a phone called the SM-Z200F with an SS (we presume to be "screen size" or four (inches). As Samsung's first Tizen phone, the Z1 also had a four-inch display, though with the step up in moniker, we'd want to assume that we're looking forward to something ...

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    While Samsung certainly did a better job than the average Android device manufacturer in pushing Marshmallow updates to today and yesterday’s flagships of late, it’s still a little disappointing to see so many otherwise solid mid-range models stuck on old-fashioned Lollipop. But we now have surprisingly good news to report for Galaxy S5 mini owners. First of all, congrats on your patience and confidence in a discontinued two year-old 4.5-incher with only 1.5GB RAM and Exynos 3470 processing power. It turns out you constitute a sufficiently large, devoted and vocal group of Samsung fans ...

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    Internet backlash doesn’t appear to be changing Samsung’s mind when it comes to the controversial design of the upcoming Galaxy C5 “mid-ranger”, which continues to chug along towards a commercial launch in China, unlikely to be followed by one on the Western hemisphere. The phone is just too darn similar on the outside to HTC 10-preceding flagships, and it’s a little too powerful and evolved for a pricing sweet spot to be found. A duo of newly leaked live pics in the wild further corroborate the Galaxy C5 moniker (although C-4 would have been so much cooler), as well as an ...

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    Parts for another speculative phone have come in through the ports of Delhi and Bangalore. But we're not talking Moto G4 this time — instead, it's apparently a new entry into Samsung's A-series. We're seeing a few phones come through for the SM-A430U on Indian import/export database Zauba. By the model number scheme, it's reasonable enough to conclude that we may be seeing a Galaxy A4, if not a vastly improved Galaxy A3 for some reason. Putting this phone between this year's A3 and A5 devices may be tricky going. The A3 has a 4.7-inch 720p display while the A5 has a 5.2-inch 1080p ...

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    We recently produced a full, in depth review focusing on the camera performance of the Huawei P9, where in that review we made the following statement: While we might be concerned to see the smaller f/2.2 apertures over competing phones, on sensors this small, the difference in depth of field blur between f/1.8 and f/2.2 is fairly minimal. We still achieve a nice shallow blur to backgrounds... We got a few comments on that review regarding the above statement about aperture size and how it affects depth of field. Several people felt we were too nice on the Huawei, or were oversimplifying ...

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    When it rains, it pours. The old saying checks out as far as Samsung Galaxy Note 6 gossip goes, including recent word of an unexpected, unusually powerful “Lite” derivation, and it’s especially true for Gear Fit 2 rumors and visual leaks, which have been flooding the interwebs for the past ten days or so. Pictured next to the innovative 3-in-1 Gear IconX activity tracker/stereo earpiece/digital music player the first couple of times, this long overdue follow-up to the 2014 Gear Fit wearable finally flies solo today to reveal a trio of snazzy paint jobs. There’s no reasonable doubt ...

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    As if there wasn’t enough confusion hovering over the number and form factor of upcoming Galaxy Note 6 variations, with both flat and edge-screen prototypes reportedly in testing, a Weibo tipster now theorizes Samsung could also release a slightly diluted version of the main fall flagship. It’s unclear if this is merely a wild guess, or if it’s based on factual evidence, but either way, the Galaxy Note 6 “Lite” sounds pretty darn powerful to us. It’s got plenty of current flagship material, in fact, including a Snapdragon 820 processor that everyone from the Galaxy S7 to the ...

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    Although they’re clearly not for everyone, Active variations of flagship Samsung phones must have carved out a solid outdoor-friendly powerhouse niche, reaching their fourth generation this year. Well, not just yet, but soon. The imminence of a Galaxy S7 Active was directly (and likely, unintentionally) confirmed by the handheld’s maker itself back in March, with live pictures at last spilled on the web today, starring an AT&T-branded model dressed in camouflage attire. It feels weird to see a Vietnamese publication leak what we assume will be a US exclusive, but there’s no other ...

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    Contrary to popular belief, Samsung can be competitive in the low-cost Android scene when it sets its mind on it, with the Galaxy J3 (2016) acting as living proof both internationally and stateside. Granted, it took a while for the low-end 5-incher to go wide on US shores, first seeing daylight on prepaid-specialized Sprint subsidiaries Boost and Virgin Mobile back in January, then going on sale in a GSM unlocked variation a couple of weeks ago, and now, finally reaching Verizon at its lowest price yet. Even better, Big Red sells an Android 6.0 Marshmallow-powered model for $110 on prepaid ...

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    When choosing your next smartphone, some argue that pure Android is the way to go. The question is if following an ideal is really better than everything else? By now, most of the world already knows about Samsung’s new Galaxy. The company does a tremendous job at marketing its flagships, and our reviews prove that this year, marketing isn’t the only good thing about this phone. By contrast Google is at the opposite end of the Marketing food chain, but at least among geeks, the cult following behind a pure Android experience is strong. Today we decided to test what it was like to live ...

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    Galaxy Note 6 rumors are heating up. What might be in store for Samsung's next phablet? We ask our viewers, which HTC has the best BoomSound? HTC 10 or the One M9? And we're wrapping up our time with the iPad Pro 9.7. Can this tablet really be used for work? 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 comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 199 of the ...

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    Even though it’s been ranked the second largest retailer in the world last year, Costco is probably far from your go-to place to buy smartphones stateside. Yet for the next few weeks, people still on the fence about the Samsung Galaxy S7 are likely to strongly consider pulling the trigger at the membership-only warehouse club. Heck, it might pay off to become a member just to not miss this deal, which hooks you up with a free 32-inch Samsung TV, $25 Costco Cash Card, and 5,200 mAh portable battery. A TV set sounds like an unusual type of item to accompany a handheld in a bundle ...

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    Well, this is quite an unusual turn of events. Typically, it’s device manufacturers like HTC and LG that are accused of finding inspiration in Samsung or Apple designs, names and marketing tactics, although the allegations often have little factual or historic support. Today, Samsung comes under fire for purportedly exploring the release of an uncommonly powerful mid-range smartphone strongly resembling the HTC One M9 and, for that matter, several past flagships of the Taiwanese company. Before going any further, let’s take a step back and clarify the Galaxy C5 isn’t out yet. It’s ...

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    With all its R&D, advertising and distribution resources invested in the Gear S2 smartwatch of late, Samsung disregarded the thriving low-cost fitness tracker market for a little too long, leaving Fitbit and Xiaomi to share worldwide domination, while Garmin and Jawbone battle for scraps. Then there’s also Microsoft, which continues to struggle turning its sensor-rich Band 2 into a mainstream box-office hit, as the design and price feel somewhat lacking. But Samsung apparently sees a lot of potential there, working on a very similar Gear Fit 2 activity tracker. Almost too similar. ...

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    If you happen to be just fine with oldies but goldies (and not updates) and are on T-Mobile, has Samsung got a deal for you. The company's offering a $150 rebate if you purchase any of last year's flagships at T-Mobile. You'll still be paying full price for the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 edge, the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 to T-Mobile, but if you do buy in before June 14, you can redeem the $150 in the form of a check up through July 13 (or July 14 if you partake in the postal system). You'll get your money in four to six weeks. By the way, we told a small lie — if you catch ...

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    Well, that was pretty fast. Only a couple days after this month's Android security patch was released, we see T-Mobile and Samsung pull strings for a quick turnaround to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge customers. Software version G930TUVU2APD7 will be making its way through to device from today up through May 13. The 161MB package also includes some tinkering with the power and volume keys and, more importantly, FM radio function. T-Mobile has been one of the carriers supporting FM radio antennas on its phones — after all, it's a free, less power- and data-hungry alternative to streaming ...

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    Apple's apocalypse/demise/plateau has firmed up enough for the time being to give Samsung the biggest portion of the US smartphone market. At least, it was the case back in March. Counterpoint Research reports that Apple had 23 percent market share, short of Samsung's 28.8 percent. It's the first monthly win for Samsung in 11 months and signals that the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge did indeed have great first-month results, especially when pitting them against the Galaxy S6's sales. Rounding the top five are LG (17.1 percent), ZTE (6.6 percent) and Alcatel (4.5 percent). Global ...

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    HTC made some significant changes to the BoomSound hardware on the HTC 10. The One M7 introduced us to the joys of front facing stereo speakers on a phone, and the One M8 and M9 continued that design. The 10 shifts things around though. Likely a necessity to include the fingerprint sensor on the front face, we no longer have true stereo playback. Instead the top speaker, which doubles as the phone call earpiece, produces most of the high pitched and mid range audio, while a bottom firing speaker fills in the lower mids and bass. It's an interesting experiment to be sure, and there's been ...

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    This is a little odd, but while Samsung was recently reported to have trouble shipping free Gear VR headsets to the many, many folks who pre-ordered the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge stateside, a top-rated eBay seller can somehow afford to charge just $80 for the immersive albeit highly smartphone-dependent accessory. It’s not one of the usual suspects either, like mobilepros1, qualitycellz, or even techno.trading.house, but instead imagewarehouse1, so when the listing mentions a “limited quantity available”, chances are you’re looking at a couple of hundreds of units or so. Already, at the ...

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    After pretty much covering all its bases in the smartphone market with new Galaxy S, A and J releases, plus vital software makeovers for practically every flagship model launched in the past two years, Samsung appears to have instantly turned its attention to tablets, with both major Marshmallow updates and small hardware renovations. Hot on the heels of the 9.7-inch Tab S2, the 8-inch variant is reportedly receiving over-the-air Android 6.0 goodies in select European markets, starting with the UK. But we’re not talking any carrier-locked, region-specific, LTE-enabled configurations, so ...

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