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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    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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    You should all know the drill by now. First come the ambitious sales targets, then component-revealing teardowns, various durability tests, the occasional something-gate controversy, bombastic ads, and finally, bill of material estimates. Well, London-based analytics company IHS Markit is ready today to offer us its preliminary overview of the iPhone 7 manufacturing costs, and the conclusion isn’t surprising in the least. As always, Apple rules the charts when it comes to profit margins, spending roughly $224.80 (marketing not included) for every new 4.7-inch iPhone copy sold at $649 ...

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    While it finally shouldn’t take long now to exchange your potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 with a safe-to-use, clearly marked new S Pen-enabled dual-edged phablet, it’s hard not to at least consider a less controversial alternative. Ideally, a cheaper one too, like perhaps Samsung’s own previous flagship models. “Previous” or “past generation” is of course a bit of an overstatement, since the Galaxy S7 Edge so obviously inspired the Note 7, which merely offers an extra included stylus, iris scanner and 0.2 inches more in display diagonal. There’s a much less fickle 3,600 ...

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    Samsung sure made a lot of errors in judgment both before and after releasing the “game-changing” Galaxy Note 7 with an insufficiently inspected battery, most recently failing to set up a proper device exchanging program for hazardous units purchased straight from the OEM’s US e-store. There was also plenty of confusion surrounding the recall process at other retailers, some being unable or unwilling to provide temporary J-series backups. As for actual safe-to-use Note 7 replacements, these appeared to randomly feature either a black square or blue S logo on their new retail boxes. ...

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    Any die-hard fan of classic legal TV shows like “Law & Order”, “Ally McBeal” or “Damages”, as well as viewers of the surprising recent limited hit “The People v. O.J. Simpson”, know there’s more than one way that a prime suspect for a crime can be acquitted. Even if the glove does fit, or you just so happen to be carrying around a fishy knife with a murder victim’s blood all over it near the deceased’s home, a skilled defense lawyer played brilliantly by Courtney B. Vance or John Turturro might be able to find reasonable doubt. That seems to be the case for a ...

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    Apple's newest phone faces some intense competition from other flagship phones released earlier this year. The highest profile comparison is always Apple vs Samsung, and today we're taking a look at the smaller flagships offered by each manufacturer. The similarities between these devices doesn't stop at the number in each phone's name. In a funny strange way, both companies have arrived at refining years. The iPhone finally delivers some of the lifestyle features we've been fans of on other devices. Enhanced water resistance, optical image stabilization for the camera, increasing the base ...

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    This recall process has been a dumpster fire... no pun intended. While Samsung is sorting out its multiple Galaxy Note 7 exchange programs in the US and totally failing at its first-party switch-outs because of shipping concerns, the chaebol is initiating its programme for the United Kingdom and Ireland. In its announcement of the programme, Samsung has made available a serial number checker in which customers can input their Note 7's IMEI to figure out if they should exchange the device. A software update on older devices is also being distributed right now to limit charge on the ...

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    While the Galaxy Note 7 has a display of superlatives, don't count out the iPhone 7's display — it's pretty fly for an LCD. That verdict comes from DisplayMate which has found that with the 4.7-inch model, Apple killed it with its new "wide color gamut," something that the Note 7 also has. "The new wider DCI-P3 Color Gamut is really a big deal," writes Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, President of DisplayMate, "it is what makes 4K UHD TVs deliver noticeably better color and picture quality than 2K Full HD TVs, which is why consumers are upgrading their TVs, and why they will want to upgrade ...

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    In discussing when Samsung will restart Galaxy Note 7 sales in the US, it seems that Evan Blass of VentureBeat has also related the event to the start of some sort of sales activity for the LG V20. It was disappointing to hear word that the V20 would probably be shipping out after Google's Pixel phones have had a chance to, but Blass seems to have affirmed this rumor with two tweets. First off, we're learning of a long lead-in period to new sales of the Galaxy Note 7 devices in the US. Even though customers have apparently started exchanging their battery-defective phones or their ...

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    There’s both bad and good news to report on the global Galaxy Note 7 recall front, as Samsung continues to make it difficult for some of the hazardous phablet’s owners to return and quickly exchange it with a safe-to-use copy. On the bright side, those who recently purchased the dual-curved S Pen 5.7-incher in China, receiving repeated assurances their devices pack batteries from a different, tried and true supplier, shouldn’t begin to worry all of a sudden. That’s because the world’s shortest investigation into the circumstances of a fire purportedly started on Sunday showed ...

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    Samsung’s reaction to the whole Galaxy Note 7 chain-of-explosions debacle was certainly prompt and fair, with all buyers offered full refunds off the bat or eventual safe-to-use replacement devices, but many mistakes were made in handling and enforcing the global recall, not to mention the phablet’s very production. As you may have already suspected, the Korean tech giant reportedly cut corners in accelerating the dual-edged S Pen 5.7-incher’s launch for iPhone-undercutting purposes. But even after repeatedly apologizing to its customers, and vowing to right all wrongs, Samsung would ...

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    Will the madness and uncertainty ever end? Can Samsung still regain the trust of millions of endangered customers, as well as a few who were actually physically injured by faulty Galaxy Note 7 units sold in markets as diverse as the US, Korea and Australia? Not if recent fire reports in China turn out to be authentic. For the time being, we’d like to keep our skeptical hats on, since Samsung specifically green-lighted sales of the dual-curved S Pen phablet on those uber-competitive shores, ensuring buyers they’ll be getting devices with batteries inside supplied by a different company. ...

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    One of the first lawsuits in the Galaxy Note 7 recall saga was filed on Friday. Jonathan Strobel of Florida alleges that endured wounds as a result of his phone's battery exploding while shopping at a Palm Beach Gardens Costco on September 9, a week after a voluntary recall was issued, but a week before a government-sanctioned recall followed. It was on Thursday that the Consumer Product Safety Commission officially recalled about 1 million devices. Strobel's lawyer Keith Pierro claimed that his client was severely burned on his thigh and his left thumb in an attempt to distance himself ...

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    The following piece of news comes out of multiple first-hand accounts posted to Reddit — it's a forum of questionable repute, especially after when Samsung shot down a report about Galaxy Note 7 remote deactivations. But it seems like if there's any way to tell that we're on the downhill of Samsung's recall process of some phones with explosive batteries, it's with the start of a status quo exchange program. Those who have registered with Best Buy to get notified of when new, safe Galaxy Note 7 units were available have started getting the notifications. However, when customers arrived ...

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    The Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for an endemic and potentially explosive battery quality assurance issue. But you can't just blame the media for having the CPSC look into cases of other exploding Galaxy phones, too. Other Samsung phones which have also had their batteries exploded recently include what's been reported first as a Note 7 by the New York Post, then as a Galaxy Core series device by WNBC-TV and now, a Galaxy S4 by ABC News, and a few Galaxy S7 phones, too. Some of those cases are now in the hands of the CPSC. Another case from ...

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    When not busy urging Galaxy Note 7 buyers to return the hazardous S Pen phablet, handling exchanges, and giving out compensatory freebies, Samsung likes to flood the global mid-range market with 2017 upgrades of A3, A5 and A7 models (already?), a somewhat tardy 2016 A8 configuration, and a Galaxy A9 Pro that doesn’t really need a year attached to its name. This 6-incher comes as close to flagship Android material as it gets, falling short of the hero title due mostly to Full HD screen resolution and an octa-core Snapdragon 652, not 820 or 821, processor. Otherwise, power users can’t ...

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    The official wheels are finally turning to ensure Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions come to a halt instead of potentially (and catastrophically) spreading to public transportation. Hot on the heels of the CPSC’s long overdue formal involvement in the previously unsanctioned recall process, the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has just issued safety requirements for airline passengers or crew traveling with a Note 7 device “subject to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Recall No.16-266.” Mind you, we’re talking ...

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    Enough confusion, speculation, mixed public messages, and failed attempts at containing one of the biggest scandals in the smartphone industry’s history without properly involving the authorities. Samsung is ready to take the bull by the horns at last, working with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure the “about 1 million” hazardous Galaxy Note 7 devices sold in the country before September 15 are all taken off the streets, replaced, and buried somewhere they can do no more harm. Speaking of, the CPSC has confirmed the overheating battery report count now ...

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    We're running a special segment this week to discuss Samsung and the response to the Note 7. Is the media doing a fair job in reporting on these incidents? Has Samsung responded appropriately? Is there any way to salvage the Galaxy brand name? Also, the iPhone 7 will be in our hands in less than 24 hours, and it's apparently selling out like crazy! HTC has a new phone headed to Sprint! We've got a fresh look at the Google Pixel phone! Microsoft kills the Lumia! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on September 15th (click here for your local time), or check out the ...

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    Keeping with the virtual experience theme, we turn to Samsung and its Gear 360 camera, the first consumer-grade camera dedicated to 360° visual content. But what if consumer-grade just isn't enough for you? We're seeing more of these 360° documentaries coming around all the time, but the visual quality hasn't been something to write home about. Maybe a Gear 360 Pro could change that, according to SamMobile. There aren't any specifics about the device just yet, but a "Pro" model would presumedly entail "improved image and video quality as well as more features." The Gear 360 out on ...

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