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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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    When it comes to Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for flagship devices, the HTC One M8 had found itself getting most of our recent attention: the update spread to more nations in Europe, Canada over here on the other side of the Atlantic, and most recently we heard HTC talking about what was taking so long for the update to start coming down through carriers in the States. But maybe even more hotly anticipated than the One M8's Lollipop update has been the Android 5.0 update for Samsung's Galaxy S5. After getting started late last year, it's finally time for Lollipop to come to GS5 handsets in ...

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    We're one month away from the start of MWC 2015, where smartphone markers form around the globe will descend on Barcelona to show off all their latest products – and considering the less-than-stellar layout we saw at CES last month, MWC might just be the expo this year that delivers the lion's share of hot new phones. Certainly, we're expecting major releases from big names, and despite what Apple's quarterly figures might have you believing, there's still no one around bigger than Samsung. We still haven't seen the company's MWC invite for ourselves, but it looks like it's managed to ...

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    One of the recent trends surrounding Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors in recent days has been the discovery of numerous images from case manufacturers, attempting to design cases that will be compatible with the upcoming flagship. If we're to believe that these efforts are based on some advance knowledge of the hardware's design, there are already details about the GS6 they've been able to tell us, like the repositioning of the phone's flash and hear rate sensor. But now a new find attempts to do all those one better by providing us with the specific figures some of these case makers have been ...

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    Apple and Samsung may be out of the court room with all the patent disputes, but it seems that both companies continue to compete at something. For the longest time, Samsung has overshadowed Apple in smartphone sales, and that does make sense since Samsung serves every single market segment, while Apple only focuses on the higher-end. That being said, even with all the logic behind Samsung's success, it seems that reality is about to change very soon. Both Strategy Analytics and even the IDC are already revealing their worldwide smartphone figures, and it turns out that Samsung's ...

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    A few years ago, anybody would've believed that Samsung's growth momentum was invincible. The Korean giant not only managed to make more profit than many of its competitors combined, but it is still the biggest cellphone seller in the world. That said, we do know that the company has struggled in its sales figures over the last couple of quarters, and it seems things aren't getting better. A day after Apple announced that its $18 billion in quarterly profit broke even the ExxonMobil record set back in 2012, Samsung's profits continue to plummet. Samsung is barely reporting 5.3 trillion Won ...

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    So much of our discussion of the Galaxy S6 has focused on hardware – whether that's choice of SoC, external design, or support for accessories – that's its tempting to gloss over the software that will ultimately run on the upcoming Samsung flagship. After all, shouldn't it be pretty predictable by now: recent Android build, spruced-up version of TouchWiz, and you're done? Well, maybe not, and a recent report suggested that Samsung could be trying something radical for TouchWiz on the GS6, seriously trimming the fat in an effort to approach Nexus-like levels of low UI overhead. Now a ...

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    Samsung continues in its efforts to get virtual reality hardware into the hands of the smartphone-using public, and this week Best Buy retail stores began carrying the Galaxy Note 4 accessory. And while the Note 4 may be the current cream of Samsung's crop, we're not too far away now from the launch of the company's next flagship device, the Galaxy S6. We've talked a lot about possible GS6 hardware, including accessories that might come in the form of interchangeable back panels, but what about a VR accessory? Will Samsung grant the GS6 with the ability to work with something like the Gear ...

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    What chips will be at the heart of Samsung's Galaxy S6, expected to launch in just a matter of weeks? We're used to seeing a two-tiered approach, with Samsung splitting its production run between models running its own Exynos SoCs, and those powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. But this year, amidst rumors of Snapdragon 810 fabrication and performance issues, there's been talk that Samsung could forgo Qualcomm's involvement entirely and commit to using its Exynos chips across all SKUs. We looked at just such a rumor yesterday, and while nothing's yet official, some new information from ...

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    With 2015 not only upon us, but nearly ready to move into its second month, it's understandable that Android users are starting to grow a little inpatient for their Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. And while the majority of us may still be waiting, a growing number of phones are seeing their manufacturers bestow the gift of Lollipop upon them. A couple weeks back we started seeing HTC get the Android 5.0 ball rolling for last year's flagship One M8, and today we learn of the next phase of that roll-out, along with some good Lollipop news for owners of Samsung's old Galaxy Note 3. HTC's Jeff ...

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    What the heck is Samsung planning for the back of the Galaxy S6? Recently, some rumors have suggested that the company could give the phone an elaborate assortment of alternate back panels that would bring new functionality to the handset, not unlike Jolla and its Other Half system. We're still not sure just how much faith we should be putting into those claims, but today we find ourselves thinking about the GS6's back once again, this time as some possible case designs suggest a slightly different layout for the phone's rear-facing components, as compared to the Galaxy S5. With the GS5, ...

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    Samsung is expected to try something a little different with the design of its flagship Galaxy S6 this year, but just how far away from its comfort zone will the manufacturer stray. Some rumors, like those of curving displays, are easy enough to believe, given the company’s history with models like the Note Edge. But others are little less easy to believe, venturing further out into the fringes of possibility. Today we face just such a report, talking about some interesting plans for interchangeable Galaxy S6 back panels, each delivering a new feature. Let's be clear from the get-go ...

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    Folks, this topic will either become subject to one of the most accurate reports and leaks of the year so far, or it will turn out to be the biggest smoke curtain/rumor fails of 2015. TL;DR: the next Samsung flagship will not pack Qualcomm's latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 810. There were a lot of Samsung Galaxy S6 Snapdragon 810 rumors going on lately, and this one claims that it will simply not happen because Samsung wants to compete, even in the SoC business, with the application processor-maker Qualcomm. According to the report, Samsung will favor its own, in-house, Exynos SoC, and ...

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    Usually, when a mobile device sale is made at a retailer, the device being bought has been officially announced. That's fairly common sense, you'd think, but it seems that around two months ago something oddly different happened. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S line of tablets has only come to Verizon Wireless in its 10.5-inch form factor, but eyebrows have been raised following a Verizon Galaxy Tab S 8.4 sale at a Verizon authorized retailer. What's particularly weird is that the tablet in question actually passed through the FCC last year, but it was never officially announced. AT&T carries ...

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    We've all complained over how Samsung has diluted the Galaxy brand with so many devices over the last couple of years. The recent shakeups and changes have pointed to the company doing significant changes in order to re-gain the same popularity its Galaxy brand had a few years ago. We've recently heard that Samsung is considering simplifying its product lineup in months to come, but it seems we didn't follow what it meant by simplification. Samsung has just filed new trademarks for the Galaxy E3, Galaxy J3, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7. So many mid-to-low end device trademarks doesn't hint to ...

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    For as good as your cellular provider might be right now, who wouldn't want their service to be a little better? Networks have several ways they can go about improving their coverage, from adopting new wireless standards like LTE, to building more towers in congested areas. But maybe one of the most substantial upgrades a carrier can make is adding support for new frequency bands. T-Mobile's in the middle of doing just that, and owners of certain smartphones will see their devices updated to support this additional band coverage in the months to come. We're talking about a chunk of 700MHz ...

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    We spend so much time talking about upcoming phone hardware, design choices, software, and launch plans, that it's easy to take something very simple (yet still very important) for granted: a phone's name. With companies that release flagships from the same families year after year, we can easily get comfortable and start making assumptions about how these devices will be branded – like how the next iPhone is more likely to be a 6s than a 7 – but that's rarely a sure thing. Today we're looking at new rumors about a couple models we've been talking about for a while now, and how their ...

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    Samsung, despite being something of a copy-cat, makes great hardware. It's smartphones, especially those in the Galaxy S family, are fabulous pieces of hardware. Phablets like the Note, and the Note Edge cater to those of us who want larger devices, but don't want to pack around a tablet (or a tablet and a smartphone, too). That said, there are a growing number of situations and circumstances where a tablet is simply the right tool for the job. Thanks to what we've seen from Microsoft in Windows 10, Samsung tablets will soon have some real competition. Where we came from Not that long ago, ...

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    It's regularly common for the citizens of many countries to show a certain degree of pride and nationalism for the products made in their respective territories. That has slowly changed though, as the whole concept of "Made In America" stopped being important in the US many years ago. You'd think that this would be important in countries like South Korea, and especially with Samsung's world dominance of the smartphone market, but it seems to be slowly fading away. Counterpoint Research has just revealed some numbers for South Korea, and according to the report, Apple has broken records, ...

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    For several weeks now we've been hearing rumors about Samsung's next smartwatch, a device that's expected to represent the company's first foray into the world of circular-screened wearables. But rather than just being a Moto 360 or G Watch R copy, this Samsung smartwatch -codenamed Orbis- has been tipped to offer something a little bit different: a ring surrounding its display that the user will be able to twist in order to interact with the watch's software. Today some new rumors start diving in to just how those ring controls will work, while also discussing the wearable's feature set. ...

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    Even though we've seen Samsung launch a bevy of smartwatches running its proprietary Tizen platform, we've always know that the original plans were for the OS to power smartphones. The company teased its Samsung Z1 for months before it finally released it in India a few weeks ago. If you're wondering if it's worth to consider Tizen as a platform of choice in the future, think again. Reuters reports that the Samsung Z1 has been met with much disappointment in India. Reviewers and consumers are apparently complaining about the lack of applications on the platform, in addition to a very bad ...

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    Not one, but two separate reports are claiming that Samsung will ditch Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S6, because of alleged overhearing issues of the processor that occurred during testing phases. Depending on the report, we would either see no Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S6 this year, or we will see most of the flagships powered by the Exynos chip, and, later, when Qualcomm solves the problem, some Snapdragon-equipped models. However, this year, we've already seen a phone powered by the 810 chip, and it comes from LG, namely the new G Flex 2. According to the ...

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    When Android 5.0 Lollipop landed last year, one of the most important features was full support for 64-bit CPUs. Now that the software supports it, it's only a matter of time before devices start being made to make full use of the software – it's only natural – and just as Senior Editor Joe Levi predicted, 64-bit is already starting to become one of the trends in 2015. That's why it isn't surprising at all to have come across today a GFXBench benchmark showing an upgraded, 64-bit Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 model seems to be in existence; it's simply a natural progression. The upgraded 64-bit ...

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    With MWC fast approaching, it's looking more and more likely that Samsung will choose the Barcelona trade show as the venue for its 2015 flagship debut. And with that date fast approaching, more and more testers are getting their hands on early models of the device, and that means leaks start trickling out as to what to expect from the S6. The latest of those comes courtesy of BGR, which has published what it claims is an accurate set of Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked specs, and it paints the picture of a true flagship in this day and age. True to yesterday's report that the S6 would ditch ...

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    When it rains, it pours... and today looks to be a day where Samsung is making most of the headlines (well, until Microsoft's event happens soon). All of this happening today, we found out that the S6 might not include a Snapdragon processor, could have 4GB of RAM, and would not be waterproof (and neither would its S6 Edge sibling). Usually, when rumors become so many, a launch is around the corner (not that we expected less from Samsung, since the S5 saw the light of day at MWC 2014). According to a recent report, Samsung is planning to announce the Galaxy S6 at a special, pre-MWC event, ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S6 will not be waterproof. That's what this report from Italy claims, and neither will be the the Galaxy S6 Edge. Let's stop right there, as this report seems to talk about two different models. First, apparently, the 2015 flagship Galaxy S6 will not be waterproof like its 2014 Galaxy S5 predecessor. This might mean that the rumors we've heard about Samsung going metal and/or glass might be true (though Sony is doing a great job at waterproofing its Xperia Z phones made from those exact materials). Second, there have been rumors of a curved screen on a Galaxy S6, but, ...

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