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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    Samsung was a launch partner with Google in bringing out one of a few Android Wear smartwatches back in 2014. But there's been no expectation of a Gear Live sequel since then, thanks to all the Tizen-powered Gear S models. Seems like the chaebol's just fine with "one-and-done" as it has stated to Fast Company that Android Wear is off the table for future smartwatches and wearables at this point. Executives said that its homebrew operating system is more power-efficient and more versatile for use in other electronics and even home appliances. Would you have wanted to see another Samsung ...

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    It’s been roughly a month and a half since Sprint surprised its older, more devoted customers with an unusually early OS promotion to Android 6.0 for the ancient Galaxy S5 and S5 Sport, and at long last, T-Mobile follows the Now Network’s suit today. Of course, Magenta can’t update the GS5 Sport, seeing as how it never carried such a model of Samsung’s spring 2014 flagship, instead “only” sending Marshmallow goodies over-the-air to the standard Galaxy S5 version. The one made entirely of plastic, not metal or glass, with no rubber around its edges, but protected against water ...

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    As hard as Samsung’s many US retailer and carrier partners might be trying to make the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge feel affordable with frequent BOGO deals, various freebies and outright discounts, these remain fairly prohibitive buys for some Android enthusiasts on tighter budgets. Outdoorsy folks probably feared things would get even worse as far as the Galaxy S7 Active was concerned, seeing as how AT&T is once again rumored to win exclusive rights to sell the rugged flagship, and a massive battery will almost certainly be squeezed into the 185-gram 5.1-inch package. But Ma Bell inserted ...

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    Another day, another irresistible Samsung Galaxy S7 deal… or two. Best Buy isn’t content just catering to bargain hunters willing to sign up to a Verizon, AT&T or Sprint contract, lease or device installment plan, also upping the discount ante today for folks looking to get payment out of the way right off the bat. Why commit to a single carrier for a couple of years, and torment yourself with monthly fees when you can cough up as little as $450 upfront, and be free to switch networks at will, or resell your phone sans worrying about upgrade eligibility? The catch here is 450 bucks ...

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    If Kyocera just isn't doing anything for your rugged phone needs, perhaps you're just a few weeks away from getting your hands on a Samsung solution. For the fourth consecutive year, we're looking forward to an AT&T co-opted Galaxy S Active device, tacky as it may look. Previous rumors seemed to say that the Active model would more likely take on the dimensions of the Galaxy S7 edge rather the plain 'ol Galaxy S7. It's better that VentureBeat's Evan Blass can give us a better idea of what will go into the phone based off a spec sheet the publication has acquired. So, a Snapdragon ...

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    They say seeing is believing, so although we’ve heard an awful lot about the surprisingly advanced specs and features of the upcoming “entry-level” Samsung Gear Fit 2 wearable lately from rock-solid sources, it’s certainly nice to also get some visual confirmation. The activity tracker is once again pictured in black, blue and pink, with a much more ergonomic design than its predecessor, comfortable apparent fit on any wrist, curvy body, and a sharp screen that feels like a smooth continuation of the strap instead of two different puzzle pieces not able to come together very ...

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    While mobile technology continues to advance at a pretty steady pace, so that today’s flagship smartphones can easily top their predecessors in every single way that counts, thriving competition and declining global sales help keep prices in check. In fact, if you look closely, you’ll notice high-end Android retail costs have actually dropped in recent years instead of going up, as the Galaxy S7, for instance, can be currently found for less than what the S6 fetched this time last year. Namely, the latest “next big thing” hit an all-time low price of $530 a couple of weeks ago at ...

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    While there might still be little portions of a largely Samsung-controlled world where 2014 or 2015 flagships are yet to receive official Marshmallow updates, the Korean behemoth and its tireless team of software engineers have moved on to lesser phones and a few tablets in an effort to spread the Android 6.0 love as wide as possible. The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and Tab A 9.7 both recently left Lollipop behind, with their little brothers likely following suit soon, and the Galaxy S5 mini seems just a few weeks away from a somewhat surprising OS promotion of its own. Meanwhile, one of the ...

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    While the Android flagship specs battle is a pretty close one between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, and design remains a subjective matter, the winner of this H1 2016 clash of the titans may have been decided by bundle deals and discounts. Granted, LG tried its best to lock horns with Samsung in the promotion department as well, but ultimately couldn’t match the marketing strength of its mighty opponent. The opponent, of course, appears to have the precious support of many leading US retailers and carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Costco, and Best Buy. Best Buy just ...

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    It's been long enough since everyone else on the Galaxy train got their turn at the Marshmallow mount. Heck, the Galaxy Note Edge on Sprint got its draw. Samsung, though, is still ready and willing to spread out the fluff to a wider audience who decided to take a chance on the chaebol's little experiment on the edge. The update that will bring at least European Galaxy Note Edge users to build N915FYXXU1DPE1 is just under 1.5GB large and updates TouchWiz with all the features we're now used to on many other devices like Doze, Now on Tap, better sound controls, etc. The phone came out in ...

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    The good 'ol days of getting wireless chargers and a couple of Benjamins just for starting a mobile payment habit are long gone. Even this new initiative to get users onto Samsung Pay doesn't even compare to the last one that offered $30 towards some retailers. In Samsung's "Summer Perks for New Samsung Pay Users," it seems that said new Samsung Pay users will only get $20 of credit to either Toys'R'US, Nike, California Pizza Kitchen, Banana Republic (whoa, really?) or Regal Entertainment. Obviously, you'll need a top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy phone from the past couple of generations ...

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    Lenovo sub-brand ZUK released its Z2 Pro last month. The irony remains that what is just the Z2 has yet to be launched. But it's definitely coming soon and we have chief executive Chang Cheng telling us just a little bit of how this new phone runs. He posted onto Weibo that after a whole day of use, he was liking this [Exynos] 8890. Yep, that shiny new chipset from Samsung found on that manufacturer's Galaxy S7 (in select markets). In contrast, the ZUK Z2 Pro has the Snapdragon 820 chipset as found on Galaxy S7 units in other markets — likely also made by Samsung. Both chipsets are ...

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    The hierarchy of Samsung's smartphone ranges isn't exactly clear. Of course, there's the Galaxy S series that gets center stage attention, followed by the nearly-flagship A-series. Somewhere down below are the Galaxy Ons and the bottom, as far as we can tell, is the Galaxy J-series. This pins this current crop of HTC-esque Galaxy C phones supposedly to the heart of the mid-range. But as we look forward to next week's launch event for the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7, we're looking at some bumped up price tags for the phones. Talk on Chinese social platform Tencent is propping up some of the ...

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    You could play whack-a-mole with the number of buy-one-get-one-free deals the carriers are pulling off these days. But that AT&T, though. Yeah, it's got everyone beat right now with the number of phones available for the BOGO-ing. Just watch out for what you need to do to get in the door with this deal. So, here's the skinny: New customers will need to get at least two lines while existing customers will need to add a line. Customers must buy two phones from the same manufacturer. Both phones have to be paid through installment plans, but the free one (we suppose the one worth less ...

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    Every time you think Apple Pay deals Samsung Pay a death blow, the Galaxy phone-compatible digital wallet service claws its way back in contention for the rapidly flourishing market’s crown, adding China availability to Korea and the US, offering the sweetest discounts, spreading to more and more banks, and working with various membership and loyalty cards stateside. But possibly its biggest coup yet sees the NFC and MST-enabled mobile payment app precede its arch-rival on the Alipay support bandwagon. Yes, starting today, users of the leading third-party payment platform in China can ...

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    It feels very fitting for the upcoming sixth generation of Samsung’s hugely popular S Pen-enabled phablet to pack 6GB RAM, even though the Note 5 obviously didn’t offer 5 gigs of the good stuff, and many mobile tech consumers still reckon 4GB is plenty for today’s (and tomorrow’s) portable powerhouses. Heck, the latest iPhone does just fine with only 2GB random-access memory, so it’s hard not to sense Samsung (and other Android device manufacturers) are taking their spec wars too far in lack of truly innovative new ideas and concepts. But who’s to say the inevitable rise and ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    Weibo, like any other social media site, has its swarms of hornets occasionally. When it comes to mobile hardware leaks, disbelief can especially be prone to manifesting in awful ways. Take all of the rumors we've been compiling about a certain version of the Meizu PRO 6. It now seems that these photo leaks, previously connected to that device, have been implicated in a different Meizu device entirely — one possibly with an Exynos processor. The leaker of the Exynos rumor has since decried critics denying rumors of a double-edged PRO 6-like with the Exynos 8890 inside and a fairly ...

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    To the surprise of many, disappointment of some, but understanding of others, Google skipped the introduction of an oft-rumored sensor-laden Cardboard sequel and/or a standalone Android VR headset. As such, the Samsung Gear VR remains the immersive low-cost device to beat, and its shrewd manufacturer knows it full well, plugging it alongside the pricey but popular Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones at massive discounts. Sometimes, even completely free of charge. Not right now on the old continent, although German-based folks interested in both a flagship handheld and entry-level virtual reality ...

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    It’s like a life-sized game of chess. Apple makes a move, then Google follows suit, and so does Samsung. Sometimes, it’s the other way around. Every once a while, Android Pay or Samsung Pay advance a couple of steps in one go as they play catch up to road-opener Apple Pay. Today, Samsung Pay gets a massive update essentially equating to taking a rook back from its Cupertino-designed arch-rival. The queen is still in play, as the two digital wallet services contend for China’s spotlight, but we’re nonetheless talking a valuable piece that’s now in the Korean tech giant’s ...

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    If you can’t get enough of unauthorized Galaxy C5 and C7 photoshoots, revealing hardware exposes or still have lingering questions about the two’s unusually low prices and remarkably high-end features, today’s discovery of a Tenaa approval for the SM-C5000 should make the next week easier to pass. Obviously, SM-C5000 is the Chinese designation of the 5.2-inch Samsung Galaxy C5, which continues to look a lot like the Galaxy A5 (2016) from the front while greatly resembling the HTC One M9 (or previous One-series flagships) from behind. It doesn’t seem like anyone manipulated recently ...

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    Samsung has been on a bona fide software updating spree of late, sending sweet Marshmallow treats over-the-air not only to 2015 flagship phones, but older and lower-end models too, as well as various jumbo-sized Galaxy Tabs. Of course, we’d have all wished to see even more devices produced by the world’s largest mobile OEM treated to Android 6.0 makeovers before build N was detailed at Google I/O yesterday, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about… 7.0 (?), including its dessert alias and commercial rollout date. At the end of the day, it’s sure nice to hear reports of the ...

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    Right on schedule, America’s leading “Uncarrier” has earlier today picked up three new Android phones, ranging in price from $165 to $680, and obviously, covering all the hardware bases with low to mid to high-end specifications. Of course, by “right on schedule” we mean recently unveiled and leaked timelines, as at least two of these “new” handhelds are a little late to the T-Mobile availability party after earlier debuts on rival networks. But hey, it could be worse. Magenta isn’t following AT&T’s suit in refusing to sell the HTC 10 directly, providing GSM users ...

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    Who’s ready for the addition of a new letter to Samsung’s increasingly convoluted alphabet soup of Android phones and tablets? Before you make up your mind about the appeal of the C series, and its potential to stand out from the A – E – J – O – S pack, we’d like to circle back to recent speculation of remarkably impressive “mid-range” features and ultra-low pricing… considering. Yes, both the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7 are expected to hook up multitaskers on tight budgets with 4GB RAM, plus more than respectable 16 and 8MP cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 617 processors, and ...

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    It’s not easy to design a rugged flagship phone that won’t make fashionistas queasy on sight, although you have to figure the target audience of Samsung’s Galaxy S Active roster cares a lot more about other things, starting with resistance to drops, shocks and hard impact. Still, it’d be nice if the GS7 Active was a little less showy about its muscles than the S6 Active while reducing bulk and going with paint jobs the masses can relate to. Together, the flamboyant gold version rendered yesterday and the much lower-key but soldierly camo green flavor first caught on camera a couple ...

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