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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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    At least one Galaxy Note 7 in the US, given as a replacement for a recalled device, is in the process of being exchanged for a new unit by Samsung. The Wall Street Journal received a statement from the company saying that multiple reports of overheating new Note 7 units do "not pose a safety concern." The issues have affected US and Korean units. One case caused a device shutdown during an international Skype call while another got so hot that the user "found it uncomfortable to speak into it." "In normal conditions, all smartphones may experience temperature fluctuations," the company ...

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    As much as we take Tizen to be of Samsung's ownership, it's not. It's an open-source project and any manufacturer is free to thrive on Tizen. And while Samsung may wield Tizen as the ultimate way away from Android, it's not the only manufacturer that can pose such a threat to Google's mobile ecosystem. Huawei has had some of its own rumblings of moving away from Android, though the company has insisted that it'd be sticking around. However, there's word now that it may just inch away from Android Wear on its future smartwatches. JoongAng Daily is reporting that the Chinese OEM is working ...

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    One stubborn fact of life for many of us in tech circles is the fact that when we use our mobile payment services, we can't really do much in terms of coupons. Sure, the loyalty card might help you out, but maybe that one deal you're looking out for has to be from a newspaper or you have to fuss between apps but then you lost the deal so you have to shuffle through the lists of coupons you have to get it back... Yeah. Good news, though: the owner of Coupons.com, Quotient, has partnered with Samsung to deliver single-tap access to digital coupons. All users have to do come next shopping ...

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    Another Galaxy Note 7 has exploded. But this isn't just any Galaxy Note 7. Unlike the older, recalled units, this one is an exchanged, new unit. It was sold to one Hui Renjie by Chinese e-retailer JD.com. He bought the device this past Sunday and had it delivered that same day. He plugged it in for an overnight charge, then woke up on Monday to a Note 7 smothered in black smoke before it exploded. Hui told Bloomberg that a Samsung representative visited his house and asked for the phone. He declined and decided to expose the issue to the public as he does not trust the company to ...

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    As Samsung promotes how the Galaxy Note 7 recall has gone in terms of customer retention in the device exchanges process and despite allegations of a new Note 7 bursting into the same kind of flames that triggered this recall in the first place, there is leavening. After everyone who's due a new Galaxy Note 7 when they pre-ordered an old one, there comes the audience at large. Whether or not Europeans will take to Samsung after this ordeal, that's yet to be seen. Sales will resume in the continent starting October 28, "subject to full completion of the exchange programme." Samsung stated ...

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    Apple, Samsung and Google are not just the world’s three leading mobile industry players in general, thanks to their active involvement and commercial success in many profitable market niches, also spearheading the early progress of mainstream on-the-go payment services. But you can never afford to rest on your laurels in such competitive businesses, with Xiaomi and Huawei the first names that come to mind when thinking digital wallet contenders/rising smartphone stars. Meanwhile, another long-awaited challenger gets a new delay and false start, with its rumored integrated circuit chip ...

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    No longer able (or willing) to keep up with Samsung’s constantly ballooning, increasingly convoluted mid-range smartphone family? That’s where we come in, helping you understand the place of the soon-to-be-launched Galaxy On8, for instance, on both the general Android totem pope and within the Galaxy food chain. While the name suggests this India-only, Flipkart-exclusive 5.5-incher has some sort of an edge over the recently released China-targeted Galaxy On7 (2016), the fact of the matter is the two are nearly identical. The Rs. 16,000 ($240) Samsung Galaxy On8 bears a very strong ...

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    While pre-release benchmarks can generally be relied on to reveal key device specifications ahead of time, as long as we get the info from the horse’s mouth, there’s always the occasional hoax, misinterpretation of preliminary data, or good old fashioned human error to take into consideration. But the odds of two separate benchmarks supplying inaccurate numbers are relatively slim. How about three of them all getting the same things wrong? That’s nigh impossible, so as crazy as it may have sounded roughly 24 hours ago, the imposing 6GB RAM count of the looming “mid-range” Samsung ...

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    At least one techie Weibo account has dropped a fairly in-depth specifications list of what we should expect from the Galaxy S8 that should be coming relatively soon. By the way, it's just a screenshot of a two-column list that looks formatted perhaps for a blog. Even KJuma, a well-known entity around these social parts, is asking a couple of other techie Weibo members if they think the list is a bluff — though she hasn't gotten an answer back. You're free to believe or disbelieve all this as you wish, though. The big digits you'll see are a 30-megapixel rear camera paired with a ...

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    Galaxy S8 rumors are in full swing already, with Samsung reportedly considering a very early 2017 release to try to bury Note 7 scandals ASAP, but what if there’s a redemption play of sorts in the pipeline by the end of this year? Technically, the 2016 roadmap of the world’s most popular smartphone vendor doesn’t call for a third flagship model (or fourth, if we count the GS7 and S7 Edge separately). Then again, we always suspected there was something special about the “mid-range” Galaxy C9. There had to be, since the C7 is hardly a humble handheld, Full HD 5.7-inch AMOLED ...

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    Samsung is simply not interested in maintaining a streaming music service. And so, yesterday saw the end of Milk Music. The end of Milk Music was announced more than a month ago and its sibling service, Milk Video, was also shuttered after a year. It seems that Samsung's hopes of garnering a multimedia audience exclusive to its Galaxy device lineup and, thus, deriving revenue from that audience has officially foundered. Milk Music users are being redirected to Slacker Radio, the app that Samsung based Milk on. Source: Samsung Via: PhoneArena

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    With half of the roughly one million defective Galaxy Note 7 devices sold in the US already exchanged, according to Samsung’s latest head count, several claimed fires and explosions deemed hoaxes, and new, safe-to-use “edgy” phablets expected in global stores in time for Black Friday, it seemed the worst was finally behind the world’s most popular smartphone vendor. But the atmosphere among Galaxy enthusiasts remains tense in the tech giant’s very own backyard, even after the local refund period’s approved extension. While replacement phones are yet to start randomly blowing up ...

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    The show must go on for Samsung even after reported corner-cutting in Galaxy Note 7 R&D and pre-release quality control resulting in possibly its most damaging PR scandal ever. Luckily for the Korean tech giant, an opportunity to bury Galaxy Note 7 controversies once and for all could arise as early as January, when the “next big thing” is already expected out by certain tipsters, assuming of course proper production and rigorous tests can be concluded in such a tight time window. That’s quite the stretch, considering the Galaxy S8 isn’t exactly shaping up to be a minor, ...

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    Recalling every potentially faulty Galaxy Note 7 unit around the world certainly took guts, as Samsung yielded to a “heartbreaking” direct financial loss of at least $1 billion, not to mention indirect hits to the company’s market value, brand recognition and, possibly, even its long-term product roadmap. But apparently, the Korean tech giant remains confident it “can start to make up any ground that we have lost and get that momentum back into our business… as we exit 2016 and set ourselves up for a strong 2017.” It’s unclear if the Galaxy S8 might be slated for an extremely ...

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    Even with all the recent Galaxy Note 7 controversy, and impressive efforts from smaller manufacturers like BLU, Honor, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Meizu or LeEco to provide the greatest bang for your buck stateside, in China, India and everywhere else, some Android enthusiasts will always favor Samsung. And we’re not just talking power users, as mid-range Galaxy A, J, C and On-series products appear to be growing in mainstream popularity too, despite the aforementioned companies (and a couple more) arguably offering better specs at lower prices. Instead of playing a numbers game, Samsung continues ...

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    If you feel like you're missing out on the Galaxy Note 7 software experience (short of the S Pen) and you have an S7 and S7 edge, you're going to have to wait your turn. Just like those waiting for new, non-explosive Galaxy Note 7 units. Weibo rumors are talking about the Grace UX that's on the Note 7 with Android Marshmallow coming to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with the Android Nougat update for each side. The Always On Display that the Note 7 has would also get transferred over, too. That could be just in a few months or so, at least for unlocked units, based on previous update cycles. ...

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    As if Samsung had enough to tamp down with the Galaxy Note 7 recall, we now hear of trade secret subterfuge from within the chaebol's ranks. According to a report from Korean broadcaster SBS, one executive Lee was arrested by police, warranted for accusations of stealing and selling documents about some advanced semiconductor technologies to Chinese firms. Those papers related to details about the 14nm technology being used in the Exynos 8890 and a 10nm die being used for the processor that's to be in the Galaxy S8 — perhaps the Exynos 8895. Samsung is suing Lee while the investigation ...

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    The deadline to file for a refund for a recalled phone in South Korea was on Monday. The government said that the deadline came too early. The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards has yet to approve Samsung's recall plan moving forward as it tries to whittle down risks of a battery exploding in someone's hands. It wants to chaebol to spend more time publicizing consumers' options. "We need more measures to actively inform consumers. It appears that consumers are not active in seeking an exchange or a refund," said the agency's Nam Taek-joo. The only choice left for consumers at this ...

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    China and India have repeatedly been highlighted in recent months by independent financial analysts, Apple investors and even various top-ranking executives, Tim Cook included, as the key markets dictating the Cupertino money maker’s future prosperity. But what about South Korea? Home to Apple arch-rivals Samsung and LG, this is the most developed country in East Asia, as well as extremely urbanized, with 25 million residents in the Seoul Capital Area alone. Seoul, by the way, is the world’s fourth largest economy, behind Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles, which begs the question ...

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    Despite an estimated $1 billion initial recall cost, $26 billion of market value lost just like that as of last week, and numerous PR blunders bound to translate into even more “heartbreaking” damages, especially as far as public perception goes, Samsung could ultimately survive the Galaxy Note 7 explosion fiasco. The Korean tech giant is starting to prove it has what it takes to overcome possibly the most difficult moment in its recent history, kicking off exchanges all around the world, somehow even rebooting sales here and there, and finally ensuring original Note 7 owners are well ...

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    In the US, many carriers are already working on updating every Galaxy Note 7's battery icon, exchanging old, explosion prone and, most importantly, recalled Note 7 units with new ones and, for some, selling new units to consumers at large. For Canada, the pace of the process has been more measured. Samsung Canada spoke with MobileSyrup talking about its exchange program and when new sales would officially start in the north. COO and executive vice-president of mobile enterprise solutions Paul Brannen said that about 70 percent of the 22,000 units have been registered for replacement. An ...

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    Samsung is on the steep decline from the height of its recall of every sold Galaxy Note 7 unit with a potential of containing an explosive battery. Even as official new sales dates are a bit far off, carriers in the US have started selling brand new Note 7 phones in addition to handling exchanges. For AT&T, the games have only just begun as it has notified customers who have purchased a Note 7 prior to September 15 that new units are available for their exchange. Users are also getting an OTA update that will automatically download and install. Data charges for this update will be ...

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    Usually, when we bring you Samsung Pay-centric news, they’re about the fast-growing digital wallet’s latest wave of expansions or adopter-incentivizing deals. Then there’s the occasional security threat, and today, an uncommonly important app update. If you’ll choose to elevate the mobile payment service to its freshest version, 2.3, cloud sync functionality and iris authentication awaits. The latter add-on however depends on what Galaxy model you’re rocking, with just the one actually supporting a second biometric recognition method, alongside fingerprints. Yes, we’re talking ...

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    Can you believe there are still so many respectable, relatively popular Android high-enders released in the past couple of years stuck with Lollipop, despite the successor of that OS flavor’s successor already gearing up for its first important maintenance update? Well, it’s true, painful as it may be, though at least we can finally cross the original Samsung Galaxy Tab S off that shameful list. Technically, international variants in both 10.5 and 8.4-inch sizes jumped on the Marshmallow bandwagon last month, discrediting an ominous announcement from just a few days before, with ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret that Samsung made quite a mess of its otherwise honorable voluntary Galaxy Note 7 recall, especially stateside, but ever since the Consumer Product Safety Commission came in, things seem to be slowly straightening out. Roughly 25 percent of defective units sold in the US prior to a sudden burst of fire reports, some legit, others still questionable, have so far been exchanged with safe-to-use S Pen phablets, which may not sound like a lot, but it’s progress. Samsung even deems the percentage “an extraordinarily fast start toward achieving our goal of ...

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