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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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    Android 5.0 Lollipop first began making its presence felt on the Galaxy S5 in the US back at the start of the month, as Verizon users welcomed the update's arrival. A couple days later, Sprint joined its fellow CDMA carrier with an update of its own, but so far the GSM boys haven't been ready to follow suit. AT&T's still a no-show, but today there's motion over at T-Mobile, with report of users seeing their own OTAs arrive. That's confirmed by T-Mobile itself, which reports that system software G900TUVU1EOB3 is available today both as an over-the-air update and one for manual ...

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    The Android Lollipop rollout hasn't been the fastest thing we've ever seen – the first code drop of the Material Design-inclusive update arrived months ago – but it's been chugging along nonetheless. Given that it just recently started rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it was only a matter of time before the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update began making its way to users, and it's done just that today. Just like all good things (read: product launches), this update will begin rolling out first in Australia. Australians will be treated to a whopping 1.02 GB download of ...

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    Samsung's supremacy over the smartphone market has quickly faded over the last couple of years. The company was China's top smartphone vendor for a significant amount of time, and that leadership was taken away by Xiaomi last year.  If you're wondering how Samsung is doing lately with so many entry-level Galaxy phones in the market, you'd be amazed at how the tables have turned for the Korean giant. The IDC has just provided its market share figures for Q4/2014, and Samsung is not second, nor third, nor even fourth place in the Chinese market share, but an unbelievable fifth with only ...

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    Wireless charging tries so hard to catch on. In theory, it's a graceful solution to a world that's cluttered with too many wires already, but a lack of strong manufacturer support, absence of ubiquitous charging points, and confusion over competing standards have all worked together to keep it from becoming more popular than it might otherwise be. Is there hope that the situation will ever get better? Samsung sure seems to think so, and the way the company sees it, this is the year when wireless charging is really going to shine. In a lengthy blog post, Samsung talks a bit about the ...

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    The days are counting down until Mobile World Congress 2015, where at Samsung's Unpacked event the manufacturer is expected to announce its flagship Galaxy S6. Last week we saw Samsung getting ready for its event, starting a promotional campaign to tease the arrival of “The Next Galaxy.” First we saw a teaser hinting at some exceptional camera performance, especially when it comes to low-light environments. Now it seems that Samsung's got its mind on the Galaxy S6's silicon, as its latest teaser alludes to how exceptional performance can help supercharge your productivity. At least, ...

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    On January 14, about a month ago, Samsung decided to make its first Tizen-powered smartphone official. The phone with a four-inch WVGA screen and a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor was only announced for India, initially, and according to industry sources cited by Business Korea, its market performance is better than expected. More than 100,000 units have been sold (the source mentions "people who chose" the phone, so we're quite sure we're looking at sales, not units shipped) since its debut, in India. In Bangladesh, since its February 3 availability, 20,000 units reached their owners, for a ...

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    One of the only technologies that hasn't been able to miniaturize successfully at the same trend that the mobile industry has evolved, is battery technology. The way it goes is that the beefier the processor, or the higher resolution the display, the larger the battery you require. We've seen Samsung Galaxy phones not only excel in this department year over year, but new reports claim that the company will take a step back. Reports claim that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will sport a 2600 mAh batter, a step back when compared to the current 2800 mAh power pack of the Galaxy S5. Just to give you ...

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    We first learned of Samsung's Exynos 5433 SoC last summer, the 64-bit octa-core processor that would end up powering the Galaxy Note 4. Why that originally looked like it might land under the umbrella of the Exysno 5 lineup, last fall Samsung formally designated it as the first Exynos 7 chip. While a very capable chip in its own right, Samsung's already looking to give the Exysos 7 Octa a little boost, and today announced that it's beginning mass fabrication under a new 14nm process. The existing Exynos 7 Octa in the Note 4 is a 20nm chip, just like the Exynos 5 Octa you'll find in the ...

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    Last week we heard that Samsung may be readying a 2015 follow-up to last year's OLED-screened tablets, the Galaxy Tab S family. Model numbers hinted that we'd again be seeing two sizes for the Tab S, and again in both WiFi and cellular configurations, but we didn't pick up much in the way of details. Now some of the first specifics are finally starting to come to light, as rumors discuss the possibility of some super-thin hardware. Supposedly, the new Galaxy Tab S2 models would measure even thinner than the current-gen iPad Air. For context, Apple's tablet is 6.1mm thick, and both ...

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    In two weeks (and a couple days) we'll find ourselves in beautiful Barcelona, Spain ready to dive headfirst into Mobile World Congress 2015. That's going to mean event after event, and announcement after announcement, but even with all the myriad products fighting for out attention, there are a few we're anticipating that are just too big to be lost in the sea of competitors, with the Galaxy S6 arguably at the top of that list. With its Unpacked event creeping up over the horizon, Samsung's already getting started with its promotional push for this new hardware, taking to social media to ...

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    It used to be that if you wanted a bright, saturated, high-contrast OLED display on your Samsung mobile device, that meant going with one of its smartphones; for years we've associated such panels with flagship models like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. Despite a singular OLED-based tablet years ago, Samsung's tablet lineup had become firmly associated with LCD panels. But still, occasionally we'd catch wind of rumors that Samsung was working on a new OLED tablet project, and last year all that talk finally came to fruition in the form of the Galaxy Tab S. We got both 8.4-inch and ...

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    It seems like the last few days have seen Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors taking a turn for the hardware side of things, revisiting the idea of the Galaxy S Edge, giving us hints about the phone's camera, or talking about what to expect from accessories. But it wasn't long ago when our GS6 focus was pointed at the phone's software, amid reports that Samsung was in the process of seriously slimming-down TouchWiz to deliver core functionality, while moving a lot of what had been perceived as bloat to optional add-on apps. Today we hear from a new source about what Samsung's up to, adding some ...

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    Samsung's got its next Unpacked event scheduled for March 1, and unless we've been hugely misreading the situation, that's the day we're going to see the manufacturer formally announce the Galaxy S6. OK, easy enough to believe, but what then? While it will be fantastic to see the GS6 go official, what most of you are actually interested in is getting your hands on the phone; when can we hope to see sales begin? Like the phone itself, this is something that won't be confirmed for a another few weeks, but today we get what looks like a solid guess at a couple windows for the start of GS6 ...

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    Earlier today we showed you some very attractive-looking renders of HTC's presumed One M9, put together based on the images of hardware and existing renders that had already leaked. It still wasn't anything official, but it sure looked good. Previously, we had the chance to look at something similar done for the Samsung Galaxy S6, with fan renders taking a stab at building a 3D model based on what we had heard and seen to date. Since then, though, some new schematics have leaked, and now we've got some fresh renders to gawk over, constructed from that new info. We've still got that same ...

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    Android Lollipop updates are finally starting to hit their stride, and while there are dozens and dozens of recent models that are still waiting, some of the heavy-hitters are seeing their updates arrive. Those have included phones like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and LG G3. Now Samsung is hooking owners of its flagship phablet up with some Lollipop of their own, as the first reports start arriving of OTA distribution in Europe. Once again, it's those lucky smartphone users in Poland who appear to be getting first crack at this release, as they see their Note 4s being updated to ...

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    We have a deja vu with this report, as there have been numerous in the past claiming the same thing, but this one's coming from Bloomberg (and its own sources), which gives it a little more credibility, while also lending credence to previous reports that implied the same thing. Bottom line: there will be two different Galaxy phones on March 1, out of which one will have a wrap-around screen. The information is still based on what "people with direct knowledge of the matter" say, and it also includes the fact that both the Galaxy S6, and its wrap-around display sibling, will have metal ...

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    The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S5 -- which is one of 16MP -- is already a step-up from the one on the Galaxy S4, at 13MP, but it will be likely outdone by the imaging system on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6. The phone which is expected to be unveiled on March 1 at Mobile World Congress will likely have a 20MP shooter, much like the rumored camera specifications for its main competitor, the HTC One M9. No, Samsung has not officially unveiled this information; it comes our way as a report from SamMobile quoting an unnamed source that claims to have access to a Galaxy S6 prototype. ...

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    On February 9, Monday, T-Mobile told users to expect the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for their HTC One M8 devices, but, as that didn't happen, the carrier circled back and gave out a new date: February 10, one day later (yesterday). It finally looks like users are able to get the refresh over-the-air as several HTC One M8 owners on T-Mobile have reported its existence and delivery. You can go ahead and manually check for the Lollipop update, or wait for the OTA notification to hit your phone. It should arrive any time now. Another device, another part of the world: in India, the Samsung ...

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    Smartphone hardware, much like printers and coffee makers, hasn't been able to escape the grim specter of DRM. Apple's had it in Lightning cables since it did away with its 30-pin accessories, and we've already seen Samsung embrace authentication chips with cases for Galaxy-class phones. Now we're looking forward to the launch of the Galaxy S6 in just a few short weeks, and to hear the latest report, it could arrive with some newly-strengthened DRM for accessory validation. Much like Samsung is expected to use its own Exynos chips in all variants of the GS6, it could start manufacturing ...

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    Samsung hasn't had the best track record when it comes to its court disputes. Just a few months ago we saw how the Korean giant decided to play hardball with Apple twice in court, and the results of these disputes were not in Samsung's favor. At the same time, we saw how Microsoft then attacked Samsung over other legal disputes, and to that we have a new status today. If you remember, the whole Microsoft vs Samsung issues began when Microsoft decided to acquire the Nokia mobile division. Before this, Microsoft and Samsung had two contractual agreements over the use of certain Microsoft ...

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    The South Korean smartphone manufacturer, who is currently in the top position and enjoying the majority of the Android (and smartphone, in general) market could soon become irrelevant, claims a high ranking Motorola executive. Samsung could go away, pretty much like its predecessors who were enjoying the same, comfortable, leading position. Of course, this is a prediction coming from a COO of a company, about other (competing) companies. "Every seven years, the person who’s been on top of the market has gone away", said Rick Osterloh, president and chief operating officer of Motorola. ...

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    Last month, we heard the return of an old tune: word was, someone was interested in buying BlackBerry. Such rumors were commonplace in years past, as BlackBerry struggled to find the direction that would keep the company moving forward in a smartphone climate heavy with change. But with the arrival of new leadership and the launch of new hardware like the Passport and Classic, memories of acquisition rumors started fading into the distance. Now all of a sudden there was this new report that Samsung was looking at snatching-up Blackberry. Both companies were quick to deny the claims, and ...

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    Going back a few days now, we've been looking at growing evidence that Verizon is about to join all the other major carriers in the US and start sales of the Nexus 6. We knew this would be coming eventually, but with so much time having passed since the phone first launch, it's understandable that we'd been growing a little anxious. But now not only does Verizon have a signup page for info on the Nexus 6's pending arrival, but some renders showing the Verizon-branded edition of the smartphone have leaked. This was all great to see, but it didn't offer any specific insight into a release ...

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    We're not entirely sure what we're looking at in this picture above. Whether it is the Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked (and an S Edge variant), or some Photoshop fun is anyone's guess at the moment. However, if we play along, we can see two phone models, which would play nicely with previous rumors of a Galaxy S6, and a sister-device with a double-curved display towards both sides, the S Edge. The phone on the left is believed, and looks like, the naked Galaxy S6, with what appears to be a protruding camera (most probably, like in the iPhone 6's case, because of a thin form factor and a thicker ...

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    Last year was a big one for Samsung and tablets, and while it may not have delivered any models that really carried the clout of its smartphone offerings, it sure had a good number of them. So far this year, things have been quiet on the tablet front; will Samsung unleash a similar torrent upon us? We've already checked out evidence pointing to quite a few in-development models, later identified as a possible new Galaxy Tab 8.0 and 10.1, and new Galaxy Note 8.0 and 10.1. Tonight we're wondering if that's only scratching the surface, as we learn of a development that could point to a much ...

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