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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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    In addition to being the most popular smartphone vendor around the globe by a landslide, and producing the two devices consumers and experts appear to agree are the best of the best, Samsung today adds another important gold medal to its increasingly crowded trophy room. This one’s a little unexpected, which probably makes the win that much sweeter, as we all tend to associate BlackBerry or Apple’s names first and foremost with top-drawer mobile security, impenetrable encryption, and data protection. But surprise, surprise, market research firm Gartner ranked Samsung Knox number one in ...

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    If you’re a conspiracy theory kind of guy (or girl), you can probably never be persuaded of the impartiality of online tech reviewers. If a certain gadget gets too much love from media outlets, you may automatically suspect money was involved in jacking up scores, including in nearly impossible to manipulate tests. If however a new phone is panned by pundits, it’s because X is a fanboy of the Y company, or just a hater of the Z brand. There’s no winning when skepticism enters the equation, but that’s what independent, not-for-profit associations are for. Already, the US-based ...

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    With yesterday's launch of the HTC 10, smartphone shoppers have a new flagship option to consider, joining the growing ranks of this season's heavyweights. And while these phones represent some attractive options, not everyone's got the resources to pay hundreds upon hundreds of dollars for the latest top-of-the-line handset. Luckily, there's no shortage of more affordable options to consider, and today we hear about the latest models descending upon Sprint's MVNO family, as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA pick up a trio of Android handsets. First up, we've got the Samsung Galaxy J7. ...

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    Every time a new major Android release rolls around, we find ourselves facing two questions: what dessert name will Google go with, and what version number will the build emerge as? For the desserts, at least we have the predictability of Google's alphabetic progression to rely on: we may not know if we're getting Android Nougat or Android Nutella, but we're sure getting an Android N of some kind. Version numbers, though, are a bit trickier, and while Lollipop and Marshmallow both arrived as whole-number updates (5.0 and 6.0, respectively), Jelly Bean and KitKat (to say nothing of earlier ...

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    While Samsung used to make a pretty big fuss about every “new” phone or tablet it announced until not long ago, even those gadgets that practically aped their predecessors through and through, we’ve recently started to see a novel sense of humility yielding low-key introductions of minor upgrades like the Galaxy Tab A (2016). As such, we wouldn’t be altogether shocked to hear very little from Samsung prior to the commercial launch of a couple of repackaged Galaxy Tab S2 configurations. These are already up for pre-orders in Germany, at an e-tailer called Cyberport, and though we ...

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    Excited about the Snapdragon 823/6GB RAM-packing Samsung Galaxy Note 6? Well, yeah, but it’s still at least a couple months away. And unlike the Galaxy S7, it might cost a small fortune, bringing far too many substantial upgrades to the table to afford promotions of sorts or bundle deals. Meanwhile, if you’re tight on cash, the Note 5 and even Note 4 are not to be disregarded. Some will call the latter archaic, but like a fine wine, the fall 2014-released 5.7-incher seems to be getting better with time, courtesy of Marshmallow goodies thus far delivered OTA to international variants, ...

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    Since the spring lineup of Snapdragon 820 mobile powerhouses is almost complete, with the Galaxy S7 duo, LG G5, Sony Xperia X Performance and Xiaomi Mi 5 all either announced or commercially launched, and the HTC 10 mere hours away, it feels like a pretty good time to start looking towards the (not-so) distant future. What might fall bring in terms of Android-based flagships? A Galaxy Note 6, without a shadow of a doubt, plus obligatory new top-shelf models from companies like Sony and LG. All these should have a processor in common, and despite Snapdragon 820’s sizzling hot reception, ...

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    Much like the other fledgling industry segment bidding for the title of “next big thing” in tech, the virtual reality market seems to be split in two very distinct categories. But the price gap between smartphone-enabled VR headsets and their PC and console-based counterparts is way larger than the main differentiator of activity trackers and smartwatches. As such, devices like the Samsung Gear VR will easily get the volume advantage over the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Sony PlayStation VR this year. What kind of an edge we’re talking about here? A massive one, Strategy Analytics ...

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    Even two phones as new and awesome as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge need constant software support, not only to ensure their security is always in tip-top shape, but also to take care of inherent small bugs and continuously improve imperfect features. For instance, it’s been reported one-handed use didn’t work so great on the S7 Edge off the bat, which Samsung immediately got on top of, cooking up a maintenance update dedicated primarily to revising palm rejection. This minor yet noticeable goodie pack is now rolling out in select European markets, containing shape correction for ...

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    We get it. Samsung Pay is a good thing, technology-wise. VR is a great thing. But we have major doubts as to why the two should be combined. That's what Samsung Pay Europe chief Natalie Oestmann floated out during the Money20/20 conference in Copenhagen while talking about the spreading success of the mobile payments system. It's been about eight months since the US saw start of service and only a tender week-plus for China, but the path forward is said to be seen in gift cards, loyalty programs and in-app purchases — the latter already seen with Android Pay and Apple Pay. It's a ...

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    When Samsung announced the already affordable Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge would net early adopters in the US a gratis Gear VR headset and six-game Oculus bundle, it all seemed too good to be true. But when Verizon went a step further, allowing its customers to choose the Gear S2 smartwatch over the virtual reality device as a freebie, there was no stopping the flocks of S7 buyers. Unfortunately, it looks like Big Red may have miscalculated supply and demand, as people waiting for their circular Tizen timepieces are instead receiving delay notices. They say beggars can’t be choosers, so you ...

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    Right off the bat, it was crystal clear Samsung had a winner, nay, two winners on its hands this year. But we got the same first impression from the 2015 Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, and their box-office scores certainly didn’t live up to all that potential. So, what could stop the GS7 duo from breaking all-time Android flagship sales records? The iPhone 6s? Highly unlikely, given fast-declining worldwide demand. The SE? Let’s not even go there. The LG G5? It’s a threat, definitely, but not a major one. Meanwhile, supply is abundant in both flat and dual-curved variations, and most ...

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    It’s hard to single out an Android device manufacturer that’s done a respectable job spreading the Marshmallow love wide and early, aside perhaps from Motorola, but Samsung is now going the extra mile to compensate for its initial tardiness. One by one, the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, Note 5 and even S5 were updated to OS version 6.0 in the past few weeks, first in Korea and other “global markets”, then eventually stateside. Oddly enough, Sprint got the Note 4 ball rolling recently, before international variants could get their taste of sweet, silky smooth Marshmallows. But today ...

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    Learning from past mistakes that led to disappointing Galaxy S6 sales despite the 2015 flagship’s unanimously praised design revolution, Samsung seems to have played all its cards right for the S7 introduction, bringing back water resistance and microSD support. But this time, the ruler of the smartphone world will probably not rest on its laurels, preparing a similarly outdoorsy sequel to the underwhelming Galaxy Note 5. If Sam Mobile’s tipsters are correct, and they usually are, the GNote 6 is set to pave the way for S Pen-enabled water-protected phablets. IP68 certification would be ...

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    When it comes to choosing the right smartphone this year, companies like Samsung and LG could not have made it more complicated. Samsung and LG are both in very different stages with their respective flagship offerings. Last year Samsung was experimenting with metal and glass on the Galaxy S6, and LG decided to play it safe with the G4. Today the tables have turned. Samsung has now decided to refine what it started, while LG has decided to boldly go where no smartphone has gone in a while. As a result we’re left with a very difficult comparison since one product is naturally at a better ...

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    Hey, it's 2014 again! Remember that? Those were fun times with the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active — or, if you're on Sprint, the Galaxy S5 Sport. Also, it's always fun to be able to pull up our old S Health review every once in a while. That was a fun bit we did. Anyways, to the news that Sprint has pulled off the Android Marshmallow update for both of the above Samsung phones. We know for sure that the Galaxy S5 has an update as one user has posted some screencaps to Android Police. Both product pages on Sprint's site have been changed to reflect an update with today's date on it. ...

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    The prospect of beta testing an unfinished Android iteration on devices not manufactured under Google’s direct supervision has been a dream many power users couldn’t dare to dream. Heck, until 2014, so-called developer previews of unreleased major OS versions weren’t even available for members of the Nexus family. But this year, the first pre-launch Android N build rolled out to courageous software tinkerers surprisingly early, signaling… something. We couldn’t put our finger on exactly what was coming, but it was definitely good. A commercial dispatch in the summer, perhaps. Or ...

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    Update from Samsung PR below. You’d be forgiven for forgetting the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge didn’t fly solo to Barcelona for pre-MWC introductions back in February, as Samsung remains curiously tight-lipped about the retail price of that game-changing Gear 360 spherical VR camera. In fact, there was essentially nothing following the 360-degree video recorder’s announcement and quick MWC demonstrations. No ads, no teasers, no mentions of a prospective commercial release date. Just a vague Q2 ETA. Well, the year’s second quarter is officially underway, and B&H Photo Video seems to ...

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    "Do you sell high-end champagne?" "In the back." Lil Wayne taps his device to a credit card reader. "Have a good night." Three lines of dialogue. Liters of alcohol. Thirty seconds promoting "the new water-resistant Galaxy S7 edge." You know, if it wasn't enough having a bunch of fine bubbly poured onto the Galaxy S7 with Lil Wayne, Wesley Snipes and a bunch of other peeps freaking out about it, maybe, Samsung thought, maybe we should go with a little zen simplicity. Have just Lil Wayne enter a rather spacious convenience store as he's pouring a seemingly never-ending bottle of champagne ...

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    One chaebol's doing better than it did last year and that's Samsung. It made the equivalent of $42.5 billion in sales for the quarter ending April 1, up about four percent from last year. Filing that down to an operating profit, it came up to about $5.7 billion, beating financiers' bets around $4.86 billion. Some of that bump may be thanks to some nice Galaxy S7 and S7 edge sales. Who knew bringing back popular features like a microSD slot and water resistance would reflect positively on the balance sheet! Well, we don't exactly know that as Samsung only released guidance for its earnings, ...

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    With so many apps these days offering their own voice chat (to say nothing of video-call) capabilities, regular old-fashioned voice-call support on smartphones can feel like a bit of a dinosaur: why use such dated tech when you can call your buddies right from within Snapchat? But to the credit of carriers, we have seen some renewed interest in modernizing voice calls in recent years, mainly through the deployment of voice-over-LTE services. Now T-Mobile claims to be bringing its users something better still, announcing Enhanced Voice Services. What is EVS? Well, T-Mobile describes it as ...

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    If you weren’t quick enough to qualify for a free Gear VR or Gear S2 with a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge purchase, have nothing to trade in for a $200 Best Buy gift card, and only wanted the one new flagship, Newegg might just be your go-to retailer currently. Well, technically, it’s a third-party merchant dubbed ThePowerSellers that offers the factory unlocked GS7 for an all-time low price of $600, but Newegg gives it its vote of confidence, which probably means a great deal for a lot of people. In the spirit of full disclosure, we did see the non-edgy, microSD-enabled, water-resistant ...

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    First-person-view cameras, sometimes called "action cameras," have been pretty popular in the marketplace. But while these cameras are fairly small, when attached to a human, they're not exactly low-profile. Google Glass shrunk down the camera and put it in an infamous pair of glasses. But Samsung may be onto something with a camera in a contact lens. SamMobile is reporting that the company has applied for trademarks on the term "Samsung Gear Blink" in both South Korea and in the US. Following on from that, a South Korean patent filing from Samsung showed off some art featuring a contact ...

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    Instead of marketing its newest flagship Android phones as jacks of all trades, Samsung appears to be positioning the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as gaming powerhouses first and foremost. Already, the Gear VR and a complimentary bundle of six virtual reality games are shipping to very early GS7 adopters, with a more conventional Galaxy Game Pack further thrown in no matter when you purchased the handhelds. This “special package” available exclusively on Galaxy Apps is essentially the equivalent of last year’s S6 and S6 Edge Galaxy Gifts offer. Only this time around, you’re not given any ...

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    While we’re still many months away from the beginning of Android N rollouts for Nexus devices, let alone products manufactured by Google partners, a few phones released with Marshmallow pre-installed should constantly tweak their software OTA in the upcoming future. Case in point, the uber-popular Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which retain their 6.0.1 OS iteration after recent maintenance updates on T-Mobile. Don’t call these minor though, as they tip the scales at roughly 215 and 147MB respectively. Ergo, they include a number of palpable improvements, like “enhanced voice ...

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