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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    The most generous, snarkiest, and also fastest-rising mobile operator when it comes to 4G LTE coverage strikes again for a limited time, bringing back a promotion that’s contributed to the survival of affordable Android tablets in several instances in the past. Forget affordable, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 7 is outright available for free from T-Mobile starting February 5, as long as maintaining a 1GB or higher postpaid Simple Choice Mobile Internet plan for two years isn’t a problem. Technically, that means the Lollipop-powered 7-incher isn’t altogether free of charge, but what’s ...

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    There are many possible explanations for Samsung’s declining smartphone sales numbers, including a general market saturation and stagnating worldwide demand, but at the same time, the Korean giant’s powers that be clearly made a few strategic mistakes of late. Most notably, the Galaxy Note 5 was kept exclusive to Asia and the US, despite the brand’s popularity on the old continent, and middling European reception for the non-S Pen-capable Galaxy S6 Edge+. Rumor had it the fifth Note phablet to date would ultimately spread its wings globally, but that doesn’t appear to be happening, ...

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    Apple’s CEO of almost half a decade isn’t exactly an active person on social media. You won’t find Tim Cook constantly taunting his company’s rivals on Twitter, as T-Mobile’s John Legere does, or even sharing frequent personal updates on Facebook, like Mark Zuckerberg. In fact, before last night, the grand total of tweets posted on @tim_cook in 2016 was seven, the most recent of which hit the e-waves a couple of weeks back. But since he’s in charge of the business world’s biggest cash cow, his following nears 2 million people, who finally saw their patience rewarded as the ...

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    It should be crystal clear by now that, while it fell short of overly optimistic expectations from ardent iFans, the Apple Watch sold magnificently well during its first eight or nine months in stores, acting as the main catalyst behind the global rise of wrist-worn gadgets. Granted, Fitbits and Xiaomi Mi Bands also helped put wearables on the map, but they’re likely to gradually lose steam in the next few years, not to mention they’re generating peanuts in profits. Back to the “iWatch”, this reportedly accounted for a whopping two thirds of all smartwatch shipments in 2015, namely ...

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    This quick-rising rascal seems to be pretty quick in itself. The Galaxy A-series 2016 has come about with the Galaxy A9 being the standard bearer for the line. That phone hit the upper mid-range on the price scale, but we wondered what a Galaxy A9 Pro would go for. We caught up with it in India and had shot the breeze a bit on what OS it would pack. We now have a better sense of what's going on with the SM-A9100 as a GFXBench entry has appeared. We see a hearty octa-core processor — in all likelihood, a Snapdragon 652 — with an Adreno 510 GPU. Full measures include 4GB of RAM, a ...

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    For as much thought as we put into PINs, passwords, and biometric authentication on our phones, security often feels like an afterthought – or not thought about at all – when it comes to wearables like smartwatches. To an extent, that makes sense; after all, we're a lot less likely to accidentally lose track of a gadget that's securely strapped to our wrist. But as we start using wearables for more and more functions, maybe especially in terms of mobile payments, is it worth thinking a little more about how to properly secure them? Samsung seems to be doing just that, and a recently ...

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    Global iPhone sales set a new all-time record during the holiday season (ahead of a radical projected decline), while Samsung reported an unprecedented quarterly dip, so you’d probably expect the US mobile market to have gone with the worldwide flow. But surprise, surprise, the Galaxy actually increased its share of American smartphone subscribers, from 27.6 percent between July and September to 28.4 in the year’s final 90-day window. Meanwhile, Cupertino somehow lost almost a percentage point, though its local manufacturer domination is in no danger, the gap to second place sitting at ...

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    FCC visits are formalities by nature, very rarely uncovering information device manufacturers don’t want to go public, but when it comes to products as thoroughly leaked as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the US regulation agency couldn’t possibly disclose relevant, fresh intel even if it wanted to. Model numbers? They were fairly easy to predict months ago, and nowadays, they’re as rooted in our brains as the market names themselves. There’s SM-G930 for the flat, 5.1-inch version, and SM-G935 for the dual-curved, 5.5-inch big guy. Add A, V, P, T and R4 suffixes to those designations ...

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    Apple thinks it has won. It won't let Samsung believe otherwise nor will it see to the Supreme Court considering so. In a brief in opposition against Samsung's lawyers' request for a hearing in Washington, Apple believes that the district court ruling on design patent infringement and the resulting damages aren't worthy of a SCOTUS review. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents says in his analysis that Cupertino is backing its opposition with a lot of merit-based arguments, — arguments such as Samsung using its appeal to get away with what the district court ruled as patent infringement or ...

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    Update: Hopefully you'll forgive the "airport" audio quality in the latter half of the show. Thanks for being patient. Fitbit gets a fancy new band, manufacturers old and new are picking up the Windows Mobile mantle and a phone that'll probably never see the light of day changes up its OS. It must be another week in mobile technology, and that must mean it's time for another episode of our little pow-wow. Join us as we get ready to get techy on episode 186 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:15pm Eastern on February 4 (click here for your local time), or check ...

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    With under three weeks to go until MWC 2016 kicks off, interest in the show is heating up fast, especially as companies like LG confirm plans to launch long-rumored flagship phones. Beyond LG, we're also extremely interested in what Samsung's got coming our way at its Unpacked event, and even if Samsung's not yet ready to go the LG route and outright tell us what's on the menu (*cough* GS7 *cough*) there have been more than enough rumors to hold us over. One of those rumors concerned a possible accessory for the Galaxy S7 (and its presumed Gear VR), a dual-lens spherical camera Capablanca ...

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    When discussing media creation from our mobile devices, the advances in camera sensors, lenses, and video options takes the majority of focus. It’s the sexier side of the conversation, seeing that over a short period of time our phones have leapt from standard definition video and single digit megapixel stills, to UHD video and 12+ megapixel images. However we’ve also been seeing (and hearing I suppose) some subtle but important advances in audio capture. What was a novel feature a couple years ago, most many mid-range, most flagships, and even a few entry level phones now employ ...

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    Market cannibalization and brand dilution have been two of Samsung’s biggest sins for several years now, and while the repetitive Galaxy S7 Plus and S7 Edge Plus are probably not happening this spring after all, a Galaxy A9 Pro is. Or so it would appear, based on intel exclusively shared by credible tipsters with SamMobile a couple of weeks back, and recent visits to India for R&D and testing of a phone carrying the model number SM-A9100. That’s clearly directly related to the SM-A9000, aka Galaxy A9 or A9 (2016), but if legit, the Pro suffix feels rather unusual and disconnected ...

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    It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, we’ve been hearing about the constant growth of smartphones in India since… forever, and the country is roughly four times as populous as the United States. It’s therefore perhaps surprising it took so long to reach a billion mobile users in the region, 220 million of which are reportedly on Android, iOS or Windows Phone. With a 22 percent yearly hike in smartphone shipments, and a 15 percent boost in Q4 2015 alone, it doesn’t look like this market is in danger of saturation either, so the user base, the world’s second largest ...

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    It's easy to find yourself overwhelmed by ads on your smartphone, whether in apps or just on the mobile web. So it's little surprise that when a company announces a new way to give users control over just how they're exposed to those ads, we're quick to take advantage of it. That's just what happened a few days back as Samsung opened up its Android browser's API to work with ad-blocking software, and devs were in a rush to deliver solutions ready to start nipping all those ads in the bud. Unfortunately for fans of this development, Google's wasted no time in shutting the operation down, ...

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    Although Samsung technically started the general Android 6.0 rollout for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge a few days ago, even the company’s most hardcore fans must be feeling let down by the recent software update sluggishness. For crying out loud, Marshmallow source code has been available for a good four months now, and the Galaxy Note 5’s UI makeover is yet to move out of beta in a single market around the world. Can you imagine how much longer US carriers might take to “optimize” all the battery life, security, and overall performance enhancements? Well, this probably won’t mean a ...

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    That Samsung's about to launch the Galaxy S7 is a bit of an open secret, if by “secret” we mean “something that's painfully obvious to anyone paying attention to the smartphone market.” There's been no shortage of leaks detailing what to expect from the upcoming flagship, with the most recent arrivals giving us a look what's changing (or not) for the phone's design with the publication of some possible renders. And for as likely as it's looking that Samsung's gearing up to announce the phone at an MWC 2016 Unpacked event, so far the handset remains unofficial and unconfirmed. Or at ...

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    New renders of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7 have been incoming from multiple sources, and finally this week we're seeing imagery that attempts to reveal the phone's back panel. While the general layout doesn't appears that different from the Galaxy S6, we've been hugely curious about the phone's rear in order to verify one of the rumors we've long heard about this handset: that Samsung was finally doing something about the GS6's quite pronounced camera bump. Would the camera on the GS7 really sit flush with the phone's body? The first back render didn't do much to answer that question, and ...

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    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new contender for the title of world’s worst kept smartphone secret. Technically slated to go official near the end of the month at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are as good as confirmed, and as transparent as glass following more reports on specs than we can count, and all-revealing renders. The latest “preview” comes from Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, probably the most authoritative source in terms of mobile leaks after Twitter personality @evleaks. Murtazin, in an extensive article on mobile-review.com, ...

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    The net neutrality controversy surrounding the recently launched Binge On service is far from over, and some of you may understandably be opposed to the way T-Mobile is advertising its service at the expense of the competition. But everybody likes free money, and that’s what the “Uncarrier” is currently offering its new prepaid clients to make amends for any false moves. Technically, free phones is what you’re looking at, but outside T-Mo’s promo, they’re worth a little dough, so it’s like you’re getting free money. All you need to do is join a Simply Prepaid plan starting ...

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    Defying all ominous tablet market forecasts of late, Samsung will most likely continue to dole out affordable 7-inch+ Androids this year, in addition to the high-end Windows 12-incher already unveiled and slated for a global February release. The Galaxy Tab S2 pair may soon get “Lite” derivations, while the Tab E family apparently has four new members incoming for North American use. An independent US e-tailer just set up placeholder listings for the Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids, Tab E 8, Tab E 7, and Tab E Lite, the device names being pretty self-explanatory. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Tab ...

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    As part of a government initiative suggestively titled “Make in India”, a number of top-tier foreign smartphone manufacturers have been swayed to assemble their products locally by way of tax cuts and other incentives. The program was established in late 2014, and already, it’s helped significantly boost production in dozens of mobile plants recently erected in the second global market to reach a billion active handheld users. How significantly? According to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, no less than 100 million smartphones were built in India during 2015, up from “just” ...

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    Last week, our picture of what to expect from Samsung's next flagship finally started becoming much more clear, as some of the first really convincing Galaxy S7 renders leaked: we had a smaller flat-screen Galaxy S7, joined by a slightly larger Galaxy S7 edge. And while neither looked like a huge departure from the Galaxy S6, we heard that we might be able to expect at least minor external tweaks, and specifically in regards to the main camera on these phones. Problem was, the renders we had at the time only gave us front and slight side views. We still don't have shots of the phones from ...

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    It sure was surprising to see Apple enable on iOS the kind of feature you’d expect to first get on an open-source, tinkerer-friendly ecosystem, but while Google Chrome’s mobile version continues to oppose ad-blocking extensions, third-party Android hardware and software manufacturers join the fight against online publicity. First, Asus, and now Samsung allow their devoted customers to easily thwart ads, as long as you’re comfortable conducting your on-the-go web browsing business on the two’s pre-installed e-surfing apps. Samsung Internet 4.0 can be made to work on Galaxy devices ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at new forms of content on our phones, we find ourselves with a chicken-and-the-egg problem: maybe you've got a 4K camera on your phone, but chances are it doesn't also have a 4K screen. We saw something like this back in the day for that hot minute when phones with autostereoscopic 3D displays were a thing, and now we're facing a similar problem with the rise of VR viewers: sure, we can create limited still panoramas with our existing phones, but how do we create the kind of immerseive, 3D, all-around video that's just asking to be viewed with the likes ...

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