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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    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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    In the grand scheme of the tech industry, conventional Android-running tablets have stopped being relevant a while ago. But Samsung isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet, as it continues to diversify its jumbo-sized gadget portfolio instead of streamlining or rescinding it altogether. Unfortunately, the Galaxy View merely made headlines with its weirdness of late, while the Tab E, Tab A (2016) and rehashed Tab S2 went largely unnoticed as they tackled different little portions of the world Samsung easily controls when it comes to smartphones. Now the 8-inch Galaxy Tab E spreads its ...

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    In a bit of hubris, one Weibo user has decided to put out either conjecture or inside dirt about the Galaxy Note 6. It's been framed as a leak since the user has been putting out some convincing material — including what are supposedly press renders of the Honor 5C — but don't be taken back if any of this comes up false. To brass tacks: we're talking about the fabled Snapdragon 823 processor working its magic with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. A 4,200mAh battery should be powering a 5.8-inch screen (the leaker doesn't say, but we can assume it'll be the usual quad HD OLED ...

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    Chinese manufacturers have trended away from Apple and more towards Samsung in terms of smartphone design. With the Xiaomi Mi 5's fit and finish taking more inspiration from the Galaxy S7 and the Vivo Xplay 5 flat-out going S7 edge, the rumor machine has been giving hints to more of these double-curved display devices coming soon. One Weibo user is reporting that Xiaomi and Huawei are working on such phones with the former's possibly taking on the "Mi Edge" name and the latter's likely flowing with "Mate Edge." Original, right? Here's the rub: Xiaomi is apparently turning to LG Display for ...

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    If you’ve started to find Samsung’s alphabet soup of entry-level and mid-range phones pretty much as confusing as the company’s old product lineup and its respective branding, it seems as though the market-leading OEM has similar issues keeping track of A or J-series releases. Case in point, the upcoming Galaxy J2 (2016), aka SM-J210, benchmarked through AnTuTu, GFX Bench and Geekbench with specs reminiscent of the J3 (2016) that barely saw daylight last fall in China, this January on CDMA US carriers, and a couple of weeks back on Amazon stateside. But reminiscent actually feels ...

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    Water resistance, ubiquitous Samsung Pay support, and a phenomenal camera. Those are just three of the Galaxy S7’s major selling points, and although they’ve been highlighted before in TV ads and various other publicity stunts (one in particular), there’s no such thing as trying too hard to stay ahead of the fast-growing competition. Well, there is, but as it so happens, Samsung’s three latest 60-second-or-less commercials effortlessly manage to be charming, adorable and effective. All without a single celebrity cameo. What’s a little sad is, with wasteful Lil Wayne and chill ...

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    Sometimes, it's better to drop your hand than keep a finger pointed, especially when there are bigger fights to struggle through. Just recently, Microsoft has buried the hatchet with Google when it came to poor practices tattling. Microsoft and Samsung also had a patent spat settled. Now, NVIDIA and Samsung are coming to terms over licensing for a few patents related to each company's graphics technologies. This came right in front of the US International Trade Commission's final ruling on claims that NVIDIA had infringed upon three of Samsung's patents. A ruling against NVIDIA could've ...

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    Remember the Galaxy S5? Remember that weirdo Micro-B connector port that supported USB 3.0? That was a funky aberration, right? Since then, Samsung has decided to keep with plain 'ol Micro-B for juicing up your phone and delivering data to and from other places. Even as many other OEMs slide over to USB Type-C connectors, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge kept that same 'ol same 'ol on the bottom side of their frames. However, we're hearing now from SamMobile that the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 will wield a USB-C port. That port may support the USB 3.1 standard running through it, putting in USB ...

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    For the many uses of VR that we've yet to discover, we'd figure that some of them are going to be outrageously stupid. Who'd want to walk around town and into stores buying stuff with their headsets on? Seriously. Well, Samsung does have an idea that makes more sense that not only gets kids involved, but it also keeps busy parents close in touch, too. The R&D department are still working on a full release for the company's Bedtime VR Stories where parents, from near or afar, can join their children through an encompassing, whimsical environment. Both of them follow along the story line ...

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    1984. Just the mention of those four digits together brings to mind the advertising hall of fame that was the commercial for the Apple Macintosh. But you look back to when HTC had its marketing mojo and you'll find that you have a place in its commercials. Well, since we're talking about a Verizon-exclusive phone made by Motorola, we aren't necessarily expecting something spectacular here, but hey, the DROID Turbo 2 is definitely something worthy to advertise — particularly that one killer feature it has of a shatterproof screen. And so we have two 15-second spots that break eggs to ...

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    The Death Star can only make so much progress on one front, like with progressing to a 2G-less network or flaunting exclusive devices. But software updates for the phones on its network? Not really in its wheelhouse, as we found out with HTC today. But take the Samsung Galaxy S6 as all of AT&T's major competitors have already delivered Android Marshmallows OTAs to their users. Nope, not AT&T. At least, not up until now as Samsung is able to confirm that software version G920AUCU3CPC2 will bring the OS up to 6.0.1. Of course, this isn't really a contest and people don't really ...

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    We get it: you want a fancy new smartphone, but you don't feel like paying full price it. Certainly, we've all been there. So you scrounge through carrier listings, hoping for a good deal, or maybe keep your fingers crossed that some generous retailer will come through with a bargain. Eventually, you probably will stumble across a price you can live with, but that deal's not always one without its trade-offs. Take, for instance, the Samsung Galaxy S7 offer we shared with you last week: sure, an eBay seller was letting the phone go for just $500, but we were talking about a refurbished ...

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    In case you weren’t aware, Mother’s Day is fast approaching (May 8, save the date), and hip moms out there are probably expecting a little more than flowers this year. Luckily, T-Mobile comes to your rescue with a bunch of time-limited smartphone deals, and there’s something to be had for every budget. Looking to spare no expense, and get one of the world’s best Android phablets from the “Uncarrier”? Magenta will hook you up with an instant $60 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 discount after promo code DEAL60, also letting you pair the S Pen-capable 5.7-incher with a half off Galaxy Tab A ...

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