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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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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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    With autumn very much making its presence felt, and the last days of 2014 looming ahead, the mobile electronics market is about to make another of its regular shifts, temporarily moving away from a time dominated by launch after launch, and instead focusing more on getting these products into our hands. We've just come off a couple big months of launches, led in by IFA in early September, and peppered with iPhone, iPad, and Nexus announcements in the weeks that followed. But now with the holiday season arriving as an unavoidable juggernaut, we're about to see the steady flow of new devices ...

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    Tizen was supposed to be Samsung's alternative for smartphones, and instead, all we've seen reach the public are smartwatches running the platform. We have seen the company trying to jumpstart its smartphone plans in the past with the Samsung Z, but we still can't understand why these products never made it to consumers. We could easily assume that Samsung is thinking twice about Tizen on smartphones, but some new leaks prove otherwise. We have some new screenshots that show us what Tizen 2.3 will look like, and as long as you're not a TouchWiz hater, you might like what you see. As a ...

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    Samsung has spent the last couple of years improving some existing ideas, like in the case of smartphones, or defying the existing trends with others, like phablets. In both of these cases, Samsung has succeeded, but where the company has failed terribly is in its attempt to give us all a content consumption alternative. Apple currently owns the content consumption business with services like iTunes and the App Store, but Samsung hasn't seen the same success, even if there are more Galaxy smartphones in the market. As a result, we've seen Samsung brush off its Media Hub earlier this year, ...

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    We now know that Samsung is planning on having 25 to 30 percent less smartphone models in its portfolio next year, but that doesn't mean that the smartphones which will end up on the market will continue to be the same ones, in terms of form factor, that we've seen this year. Around this time last year, we've seen a Samsung roadmap detailing the planned evolution of the memory, processor, image sensor, as well as the display, as components of the smartphone. As far as the screen is concerned, curved and bended displays were featured from 2013 through 2015, followed by foldable displays. ...

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    Samsung's newest Gear is also its most ambitious. The Gear S smartwatch packs a curved two-inch display, IP67 ingress protection, and a custom Tizen UI into a cuff-like wristband that weighs in at a surprisingly airy 66g. Oh, and it packs cellular and WiFi connectivity along with the usual Bluetooth. That last important detail makes the Gear S more than just your typical smartwatch. As we discovered during our first hands-on at IFA 2014, the Gear S is capable of fully independent operation, smartphone or no. Sure, you still need a smartphone to set it up –and a Samsung one at that– ...

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    How does a smartphone manufacturer strike the right balance between giving shoppers the options they're looking for and not flooding the market with device after similar device? Deliver too few and you risk missing out on the hardware sweet spots that draw the most sales, while too many and it's hard to make any one model stand out. In the past we've criticized OEMs for falling too far on both sides of the fence, and now it looks like at least one of them is interested in changing its tune a little, as Samsung announces plans to seriously pare down its 2015 phone offerings. As you might ...

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    Earlier this week, Samsung provided some important information about its release plans for the Gear VR Note 4 accessory, talking about getting sales started in early December. While we'll be interested to see how readily Android users take to the unusual hardware, what about the problems we've heard reported with it? Last month we checked out some reports that the Gear VR was overheating even only after moderate use, a potentially uncomfortable situation when that hot phone is only inches from your eyes. Thankfully, Samsung seems to be on top of things, and claims that the overheating ...

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    Unless you're into modding and customizing your devices to your liking, updates to your phone are almost never a bad thing, which means you'll be glad if you own either a Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, or Galaxy Mega on the nation's largest blue carrier. Learn what today's Samsung phone updates bring to the handsets below. While it would be nice indeed for the updates to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop, it's pretty unlikely that any of these are going to see that update anytime soon. Instead, these are merely enhancements to the Android 4.4.2 experience you'll already find when using the phone. The ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 4 a little over two months ago, one of the phablet's many selling points was the S Pen experience it brought to the table, with the aim of making writing with the stylus as much a natural-feeling process as possible. And with the introduction of accessories like those luxury Montblanc pens, there were even ways to make the S Pen feel more like a regular ink pen. Now there's a story going around about claims that Samsung is already updating the S Pen with a new, higher-end model, but is that really the case? The Samsung Developer Conference is ...

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    Samsung introduced its Gear VR back at IFA in early September, pairing the big high-res display on the Galaxy Note 4 with a sensor-laden headset that promised to offer users an immersive virtual reality experience. At least, it would when it finally became available, and while the Note 4 itself has been out for a while by this point, we've been waiting to see Gear VR make its own retail debut. Rumors had suggested that South Korea might get the accessory right at the start of December, but we were left guessing about international plans. Now Samsung's starting to come forward with details, ...

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    Stop us if you've heard this one before: a smartphone manufacturer comes out with a new metal-rimmed handset, only for users to quickly start complaining about poor signal strength and dropped calls. Samsung's new Galaxy A-series was already sure drawing a few iPhone comparisons, and now it looks like the family may have found an antennagate of its own, as tests show lower-than-expected reception quality on both the Galaxy A3 and A5. At least, compared to a Galaxy S5 without the A3 or A5's metal band wrapping its way around the phone, these A-series phones seem to pull a ...

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    For a brief moment there, it looked like Samsung was really going forward with Tizen smartphones that would try to compete with Android handsets at or close to the flagship level. At least, the Samsung Z we saw announced back in June had some pretty capable hardware under its belt, but it wasn't long before the phone's release plans found themselves derailed, and the Z faded into the annals of vaporware. But there could still be hope for Tizen phones yet, and we started hearing chatter that Samsung could embrace the platform for lower-end models. Today we get to check out the hardware for ...

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    Last week found us taking a look at some early rumors about Galaxy S6 hardware, with claims that the so-called Project Zero would pick up a high-res quad HD display, run an Exynos 7420, and offer a beefy 128GB storage option. But what if the GS6 isn't just a GS5 with higher-end specs, but a phone that attempts to do things a little differently? Maybe like with that kind of wrap-around display Samsung introduced this year on the Galaxy Note Edge? That's the theory being expounded by at least one analyst, suggesting that Samsung could up its curved-screen game with the Galaxy S6, giving it a ...

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