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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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    The iPad is easily the most popular tablet series on the market. I have an iPad mini with Retina display, and there’s a good chance you probably have an iPad too. It’s not hard to imagine why; just like the iPhone, the iPad is elegant, beautifully designed, and dead simple to use. The app ecosystem is best in class, and there’s a ton of third party accessories, from cases to keyboards to docks and so much more. A lot of this is thanks to Apple’s huge status in the industry. Of course there are accessories, of course there are apps. Who wouldn’t want to get in on the best-selling ...

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    Samsung may be the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, but you'd be shocked to know how little it sells in certain countries. To give you an example, Apple owns 51.1% of the Japanese market share, and as for Samsung, 5.6%, and no we didn't get that number wrong. The company is willing to do anything to gain more market share in Japan with its Galaxy S6, and we mean anything. Samsung has just announced that it will be ditching its own brand for the launch of the Galaxy S6 later this month. The company has decided to follow an old trend that we saw years ago in the US, where you'll ...

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    It’s such a small and subtle variation on the standard Galaxy S6 that Samsung didn’t even decide to capitalize its brand name. But don’t be fooled by the understatement: as we discovered on other bold devices from our recent history, it’s amazing what a little curve can do. Editor's Note: This companion text piece to our Galaxy S6 edge review video covers only those areas in which the edge differs from the standard S6. As such, it's shorter and less elaborate than our standard review format. For the full deep dive on Samsung's 2015 flagship, see our in-depth Samsung Galaxy S6 ...

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    The Snapdragon 810 may be the system-on-a-chip powering the hot new smartphones of the moment – devices like the just-launched Sony Xperia Z4 – but the next big thing is already around the corner, and early last month Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 820. The big news for that chip sounded like it would be Qualcomm's move away from off-the-shelf Cortex A-series cores and to Qualcomm's custom Kyro microarchitecture, but we didn't have a ton of technical details at the time. As more information comes to light, there's a new report out that Qualcomm could be turning to a ...

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    There's a major shake-up happening for Android tablets right now, and after years of manufacturers preferring models that mirrored their smartphone offerings with widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 displays, there's been a recent push towards the squarer 4:3 screens long associated with Apple's iPad lineup. We've already seen 4:3 models like the Nexus 9 and Nokia N1, and earlier this year Samsung made its own foray into the field with the 4:3-ratio Galaxy Tab A. First announced for Russia, it's finally time for these Tab A models to come to the US, as Samsung shares word of the start of pre-orders. ...

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    Up until recently I was very much of the opinion that HTC made beautiful phones and Samsung - to put it mildly - didn't. With the release of the Galaxy S6, that opinion is shifting. Sure, HTC still makes beautiful hardware (both aesthetically and functionally), but when we're talking about Android, Samsung is the uncontested leader, leaving all other OEMs to fight for light in its ever-expanding shadow. How can HTC escape? Copycat First we've got to admit that Samsung is a copycat. Apple is the leader in mobile design. Yes, I know, I'm "Joe the Android Guy", but even I can see that much is ...

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    Slowly but surely, Lollipop its making its way to the flagships of yore. The latest device to be blessed with Google's revamped take on the Android operating system is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, specifically the variant that's available on Verizon (the one that came out in 2013, making this an impressive Samsung turnaround). The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out today. The update changes the build number from KitKat's N900VVRUDNK1 to LRX21V.N900VVRUEOB6, and SamMobile reports that it took upwards of two hours to install it, likely meaning that this is a bit of a ...

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    Flagships are a way for OEMs to show off their latest and greatest technologies and prove,once and for all, they are king of the hill - for a little while anyway. Today HTC has the One M9 and Samsung has the Galaxy S6. Both are powerhouses in their own right, but the LG G4 could eclipse each of them. Looking at the specifications, the three top-tier phones all seem to be pretty closely matched. HTC and Samsung opt for 4 x 4 processor configurations with the LG G4 employing a six-core solution. RAM is the same across the board. LG and Samsung have screens with the same resolution, but LG ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge may be one desirable smartphone, what with its nothing-quite-like-it display that curves over both sides of the handset, not to mention all the top-shelf hardware within, but it's also one whose launch has been mired by some annoying glitches. Earlier this month we shared with you reports that new users were finding their GS6 Edge handsets arriving with their screens all scuffed-up by minor (and some not-so-minor) scratches, and now we've got another issue to add to that list, with reports streaming in of users whose phones just can't seem to make their screens ...

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    Even though most of us are not fond of bloatware, we didn't really complain about the partnership that Microsoft landed with Samsung. Microsoft Office is a must have for most of us anyway, so the fact that the Galaxy S6 came with these apps out of the box was well taken by the public. What's interesting is that those same US carriers that ship you a phone with a ton of unusable bloatware have decided otherwise. Verizon has just confirmed that its Galaxy S6 models won't ship with any pre-installed Microsoft software. The reasons for this were not provided, but the statement does mention ...

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    Even though Apple and Samsung are more famous for their courtroom battles, that doesn't change the fact that their partnerships for hardware internals keep growing. Samsung currently supplies Apple with processors, flash storage, RAM chips and even display technology in a few cases, but rumors point to more collaboration to come. Trusted sources claim that Samsung has just built a team of around 200 employees, and their sole purpose is to design and build new displays for Apple. It's not clear as to what these displays will power, or if these are multiple displays for Apple's future ...

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    How many ways do you use your smartphone to help you get around? Whether you're getting turn-by-turn driving directions, checking public transit schedules, or booking flights, or phones connect us to software and services capable of keeping us on the go. In recent years, a new class of offering has emerged, with the debut of transportation networks like Lyft and Uber; just fire up an app, request a ride, and it's there before you know it. Now Uber's got a new promotion to get even more smartphone users trying out its service, giving new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners a chance ...

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    There's no doubt about it that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is among the best (if not the best, up to you) Android smartphone of the year so far. If you want to know why we think that, go ahead and check out our review, if you haven't already. Its almost twin sibling, sporting a curved display, the Galaxy S6 Edge, shouldn't be anything less (on the contrary, being cooler with its unique display), but we'll have to wait for our full review to decide (coming shortly). Meanwhile, Samsung USA has posted to Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge promo unboxing videos to its YouTube channel. No, if you're expecting ...

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    Last year, Samsung's Tizen efforts turned out to be a bit uneven. The manufacturer had some good success with Tizen-based smartwatches, but the situation was a bit more rocky when it came to smartphones. The Samsung Z ended up becoming vaporware, though early 2015 brought us a real commercial model, the Z1 (above). More recently, rumors have suggested that Samsung's already been prepping a follow-up, and today we check out a few details, as rumors describe possible hardware for two new Tizen handsets. First up, we have the so-called Z2, with some lower-mid-range specs. The phone could get ...

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    So often in life, you get what you pay for, and that's no less true with smartphones. Sure, you can find some fantastic deals on powerful yet affordable handsets, but if you want all those top-of-the-line specs and premium styling, expect to pay for the privilege. Right now, one of the most expensive phones around is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, with its 128GB version pushing $1000. Is that cost justified? A breakdown of component costs offers some degree of rationalization for that sky-high price tag, suggesting the GS6 Edge really is one of the most expensive phones to build. From an $85 ...

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    Samsung's place in the smartphone world may not quite be as firmly guaranteed as it once was, with new competition delivering pressure in multiple market spaces. As Samsung makes adjustments to help it maintain its spot on top, other companies are trying to capture some of that Samsung success for themselves, and to hear a new report out of South Korea, Huawei is attempting to do just that by going right to the source, and luring Samsung employees over to its side. Specifically, we hear that Huawei has been recruiting Samsung user interface designers (the team behind TouchWiz), as well as ...

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    We’ve given the Galaxy S6 the full review treatment, so you already know how impressed we are with Samsung’s 2015 flagship. But if you’re trying to save some money on your next Samsung phone, you might be wondering what you’ll be missing if you opt for last year’s model instead. In short: better industrial design, better feel-in-hand, a higher-resolution display, a brighter low-light camera, and a boatload of improved secondary features. That almost makes it seem like a slam dunk in the Galaxy S6's favor, but hold on a second. You'll also be giving up a lot of the stuff that ...

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    As a helpful emailer just reminded me, the Galaxy S6 officially goes on sale today in the United States. Anyone who's read our Galaxy S6 review already knows what I think of Samsung's latest Android. With the possible exception of the Galaxy Note 4, it's the best flagship Samsung has ever built: a glass-and-metal wonder with a delicious display and an outstanding camera, held back only by its battery life. And maybe some of its software, too. Here's the thing. After a week of use I was calling the Galaxy S6 (SM-G920T) one of the most responsive Samsung phones ever. Compared ...

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    Samsung needs to revamp its Galaxy brand as much as possible given the fiasco that the Galaxy S5 was. The company has gone through great lengths in order polish its Galaxy S6 as much as possible in comparison to its predecessors, and our review on the product considers the Koreans did a good job. Still, the end consumer is the final frontier in making a product successful, and Samsung clearly thought of that as well. Samsung has just made its new "S Carpet" store demo official today, and the whole idea is for you to go experience a Galaxy S6 and be among the first to buy one at select ...

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    There's something to be said about uniformity and everything looking the same. Smartphones, tablets, and even recent computers powered by Microsoft's Windows OS all look the same. The hardware may be radically different, but the operating system is the same. If you know how to use a Windows phone made by Nokia, you know how to use a Windows phone made by HTC. Apple, on the other hand, makes its hardware and the software - no one else is allowed to. In both cases, your choices are limited - by design. Then there's Android Android runs on hardware made by dozens of OEMs. Some stick pretty ...

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    The Galaxy Note is more than just Samsung's high-end phablet line: over the years it's found itself becoming the manufacturer's platform for trying out new things. With the Note 4 we saw Samsung introduce some firsts for the phablet's display, not only releasing the curved-screen Note Edge, but also making the phone its first wide-availability quad HD model (after the limited GS5 LTE-A edition). For this year's Galaxy Note 5, we've been expecting Samsung to push the limits of its display tech even further, and an early rumor going all the way back to last fall suggested it could do so by ...

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    Samsung really managed to pleasantly surprise everyone with the S6 and S6 Edge (and you can tell we're amped if you check out our review, if you haven't already). The phone is everything a real flagship is supposed to be, this time, with better looks and materials; no wonder Samsung is forecasting/expecting to break shipment records (not that in the past it had problems, with every iteration outselling the previous one). On that exact note, you should expect a Galaxy S6 Edge shortage, according to Reuters, as Samsung will most probably have issues with meeting production demands for the ...

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    Samsung is very interested in making you love the Galaxy S6, so much so that the company wants to make sure it builds enough variants to fit your needs. We've got the Galaxy S6 Edge in case your geekiness requires more technology, and we've even heard rumors of a Galaxy S6 Active in the works. Now if you thought Samsung was done with just two variants of its new flagship, you'd be underestimating them. We get the first leaked photos of a dual-SIM Galaxy S6 that sports the same model number as the existing Galaxy S6, and even the same specifications. Really the only change is that you get ...

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    About this time last year, I stood with hordes of other press in a packed Galaxy Studio in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood, listening to Samsung tell us how its then-new Galaxy S5 would change everything. Over the piped-in orchestra music, we were promised "meaningful innovation." Samsung had learned that its customers did not want "the most complex technology," but rather "relevant improvements for day-to-day use." While a refreshing change from the bizarrely tone-deaf Galaxy S 4 launch event, the Galaxy S5 reveal still felt like a kind of middle ground – a layover for a company ...

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    As Samsung's Galaxy S6 makes it into the hands of more and more new owners, we're starting to pick up on reports of more and more issues with the phone's hardware. For a really high-profile flagship model, that kind of scrutiny's expected, and complaints have run the gamut from the easily dismissed (like that failed attempt at another “bendgate” scandal), to those worth a closer look (like the scratched-screen Edge reports we're still waiting for Samsung to comment on). Today we have a new source of concern to share with you, and while this one doesn't sound like a huge problem, it ...

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