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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    There's never a shortage of budget options for those on prepaid carriers, but they're always rebadged with some funky name like "Avant" or "Admire" or "Your Face". What, too cynical? Anyways, T-Mobile and MetroPCS are bucking the trend for once as both are officially taking in the Samsung Galaxy On5 late this month. It's a simple phone, really. An mid-range quad-core Exynos processor powering the typical five-inch HD display, a five-megapixel camera on back and a two-megapixel unit on the front. 1.5GB of RAM and a 2,600mAh battery keep it chugging while 8GB of storage keeps things in ...

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    Samsung may be putting a concentric twist on the notification LED. According to material obtained by GalaxyClub.nl, we may see a "luminous ring" surrounding the rear camera to replace the single diode. You can assign certain priority alerts, contacts and data or battery usage settings to certain colors the ring will glow. Of course, incoming communications will also get shown off with Smart Glow. It's an evolution of sorts for the edge effects. If you plan on using your rear camera for self-portraits for some extra flash or just because, you can fire up the camera app, point the lens ...

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    With the OnePlus 3's wholesome 6GB of RAM, you'd think it'd be a beast at multitasking between apps and games. And in the past, the major marketing peg that OnePlus has stood on was that fact that it made flagship killing phones. So, the logical fallacy here would be that the OnePlus 3 would beat up, say, a Galaxy S7 edge with its pesky 4GB of RAM and bullet-fast Exynos 8890 in a speedtest comparison, right? Nope. Not according to C4ETech's video. The outlet tested the two on loading apps and keeping them in memory. It included loading both "Temple Run 2" and "Asphalt 8" along with ...

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    The latest Galaxy Note 7 rumor comes from Korea and, according to ETNews, production will start next month (July), in order to have an initial stock ready in time for August. The company is purportedly planning to launch sales at the time of the phone's announcement. Yes, the Galaxy Note 7 is actually the Galaxy Note 6, but it makes sense for Samsung to skip a number in order to align its productivity flagship with its current Galaxy S offerings, as well as the upcoming iPhone 7. With an official announcement less than two months away, as rumored, the South Korean company is allegedly ...

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    The Galaxy Note 7 is just a month and a half from launching and we can't wait to see it. And the iris scanner on it can't wait to see our eyes. Rumors of an iris scanner on the Note 7 have been expanded to finger the Korean company that will supply said component. That company is called Partron and it apparently won the contract to make the sensor. It crafts smartphone camera hardware as well as antennas. The iris sensor Partron will make is expected to be stuck right next to the selfie camera and be able to analyze 266 traits, compared to a typical fingerprint sensor's 40. Samsung is ...

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    The idea of Samsung moving its future smartphone releases from Android to Tizen has been around since it took up the operating system in some of its mobile electronics. And then, the smartwatches started picking up steam. As more of its smart appliances started picking up the open-source operating system, Tizen seemed to be a more tenable operating system for Samsung to capitalize on with its outstanding smartphone market share. Well, one unnamed executive at the company told The Korea Times this week that it will reduce Android's presence on its products in favor of Tizen. The only reason ...

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    How serious and dangerous is China’s offensive on Korean and Western mobile hardware brands? Extremely, according to research conducted between January and March by IC Insights, which predictably positioned Samsung and Apple atop the smartphone manufacturer hierarchy, only followed by a flurry of handheld vendors based in the Middle Kingdom. Huawei naturally won bronze during Q1 2016, with 28.9 million units sold, still considerably behind the gold and silver medalists’ 81.5 and 51.6 mil scores respectively. But OPPO exceeded its most optimistic expectations, leaping from eight place ...

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    As Apple Pay gears up to add France, Hong Kong and Switzerland to an already rich list of supported countries including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore, Samsung Pay has no choice but try to play catch-up in essentially the same exact markets. After debuting in its South Korean homeland last summer, spreading stateside in the fall, then reaching China this spring, the Galaxy-compatible digital wallet solution kicked off a public beta test in Singapore a few weeks back, limitedly rolling out in Spain shortly thereafter, and now, just as rumored, Australia. In the land down ...

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    How far back in time and low on the totem pole will Samsung go in its effort to spread the Marshmallow love across the Galaxy device roster? Well, the venerable GS5 has already moved away from outdated Lollipop, including on T-Mobile and Verizon, while the entry-level S5 mini is inching closer and closer to its very own vital software promotion. As for the first-gen Galaxy J5, its age clearly recommended the 5-incher for a prompt UI makeover, but the hardware specifications… not so much. Unveiled a year ago, the phone debuted as a decently priced mid-ranger, though market standards ...

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    With virtually all your design questions answered in an unofficial but credible-looking recent exposé, many of its specifications similarly rumored by generally trusted tipsters, and even the convoluted naming equation seemingly solved, all that’s left to be revealed is the fall 2016 Unpacked date. Make that late summer, as the successor to the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ should in fact debut on August 2. At least according to a sketchy yet reasonable event teaser image, which also lists the venue and presentation start time. Like last year, Samsung is therefore expected to unveil its “next ...

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    While Samsung is about as forthcoming as any tech firm in terms of general financial reports, quarterly revenue and things like that, the days when the box-office scores of a particular Galaxy phone were officially broken down and touted to the media are long gone. As such, we’re coerced into relying on supply chain and analyst-based estimates and forecasts of Galaxy S7’s popularity, which can often be conflicting, confusing or outright wrong. But today, two separate and relatively reputable Korean news sources convey the same exact number the latest Android flagship duo should reach ...

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    In case you’re still wondering what’s the point of an Active take on a flagship Samsung phone capable of withstanding water interaction, a nifty drop test video comparing the ruggedness of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Active provides the ultimate answer. The AT&T-exclusive 5.1-inch beast is nowhere near as pretty, stylish and slim as the base GS7, but it’s so much tougher that you could realistically call it unbreakable. It’s practically impossible to accidentally destroy the Galaxy S7 Active, no matter how many times it comes in contact with the hardest surfaces known to man. ...

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    Comparing Galaxy variants was pretty easy a few years ago. Each had its own little set of compromises that made the choice a a no brainer. 2016 is a very different animal, and with three great Galaxy flagships, the stakes are rather high. If we were comparing vehicles, the Galaxy S7 would be the sedan, the S7 Edge would offer a higher trim, and well, the Galaxy S7 Active is the Truck. In the past if you went Active, you’d have to put up with a certain degree of compromise over the flagship sibling, but in 2016, there’s no compromise in buying into this truck. Some claim that the Galaxy ...

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    We got an early hint at what the Galaxy Beta Program would bring to the fore, including a bit of what the supposed Note 7 would have for hardware. But as the program has officially launched in Korea and China, there's more we need to learn about in preparation for the next S Pen-toting phablet. What Samsung has dubbed the "New Note UX" has spread out to select Note 5 users and it is likely to come to all S7 and S6 variations in the two countries. We see a Chinese unit with the new skin, courtesy of PLAYfuldroid and it seems to make the app drawer an optional feature. It's especially canny ...

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    Samsung still seems to hold the flip phone in very high esteem. So much so that it's been said the chaebol will pack in an Exynos 8890 chipset, a pair of AMOLED screens and what sounds to be standard S7-caliber cameras into the fourth iteration of its Galaxy Golden series. In a bit of hubris, the internal name for this "SM-W2017" is internally called Veyron. Yep, it's a Bugatti model. SamMobile details the screens as 3.9-inchers with HD resolution, the cameras with 12 megapixels on the rear and 5 megapixels in front. The device's build could be similar to the Galaxy S7's glass and metal ...

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    The convoluted matter of when Samsung intends to bring the first fully flexible smartphone to market appeared settled a few days ago, with an extremely reputable source claiming not one, but two such bendy devices would debut early next year. While Samsung has been working on foldable screen technology for roughly a decade, it’s still not sure it’ll be able to precede rivals LG, OPPO and Lenovo to stores, which is why Gregory Lee just came out to reveal and remind the world that Project Valley will spawn a functional prototype extremely soon. As in, possibly by the end of this year, as ...

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    After the IDC back in April came out with preliminary data upholding a predictable decline in global tablet demand between January and March 2016, Strategy Analytics just issued its full and final quarterly report providing additional insight into the floundering market. Essentially, 2-in-1 and “Pro Slate” devices are all that keep this industry from completely collapsing, yielding higher revenue and stabilizing average selling prices (ASPs) at $241. In total, there were just 46.7 million tablets sold in the 90-day timeframe, down 10 percent year-on-year and a massive 33 percent ...

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    Samsung clearly has great ambitions for its first “basic” activity tracker in two years, taking the wraps off the Gear Fit 2 just last week, instantly putting it up for pre-orders stateside, and already crowing over the wearable’s wide availability today. According to a new press release, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 is “now commercially available in select markets including the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Australia”, gradually heading soon “around the globe.” Priced at $180 on American shores, the standalone GPS-packing sports band however is still listed on ...

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    What do you call spending your honeymoon phase with a beast? I mean hey, first impressions are everything, but if there is one thing rugged phones are never apologetic about, is looks. To be fair, rugged phones were never meant to be pretty. If anything the idea is to serve a purpose, and that's to become as handy of a tool, as the drill and the wrench that you need to get a specific job done. The Galaxy S7 Active is a beast of a phone. It's padded borders hint to a product designed to take a beating, but even as commanding as it is, you'd be surprised that good looks came in the package. ...

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    The same Justice Department that was able to snare through a couple of iPhones' encryption is siding with Samsung on a years-long patent suit that's about to be taken up by the Supreme Court. The department has penned an amicus brief on behalf of the chaebol and against Apple, calling for a new trial. "We welcome the overwhelming support for overturning the ruling in favor of Apple, including [...] the US government," a Samsung spokesperson said. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the brief. The original award to Apple of $930 million has been pecked away at since it was ...

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    Look into your eyes and you may soon see more of Samsung. After launching the Galaxy Tab Iris just a few weeks ago, it looks like another device should be able to scan your iris — and it may be the Note 7. In addition to a passcode or a fingerprint tap, a leaked screenshot from a recent Galaxy device shows an option to use Iris-scanning for security verification. Windows Hello has brought iris scanning to Windows 10 Mobile while one of the few recent iris-scanning smartphones on the Android side only served a limited audience for ZTE. This should bring a new form of security to a mass ...

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    With a more pronounced curve on one side of its screen than the S6 Edge, Edge+, and S7 Edge, as well as a straight left border, the road-opening Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was clearly meant as a limited aesthetic experiment. But a refreshingly large number of adventurous consumers were willing to experiment with it, so naturally, Samsung couldn’t abandon the ingenious 5.6-incher on either the KitKat or Lollipop island. Bizarrely enough, the Sprint-locked version got treated to a Marshmallow makeover a full month before unlocked international models, while Verizon follows suit at last as we ...

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    The two-horse race for global mobile payment gold is clearly a marathon, not a sprint, as road-opener Apple Pay continues to be chased down by Samsung Pay. The latter service recently saw a limited rollout in Singapore, also adding its first European country to its world tour, with Australia reportedly next to support easy and secure Galaxy transactions in a matter of days. Although Samsung Pay’s regional website emphasizes “a specific launch date has not been announced” down under, it’s increasingly likely all the official details will be unveiled next week. Apple Pay is already ...

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    The typical eBay listing has the Samsung Galaxy S7 going for about $500 these days. The S7 edge? $700 or so. The S7 Active? $795. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Injustice edition? Hold onto your britches. The "new" phone was introduced with a Batwing-emblazoned S7 edge and a whole bunch of other "freebies" such as a black Gear VR, a kinda-sorta Batarang, in-game credit for "Injustice: Gods Among Us" and some free Oculus content as well. Samsung Indonesia has its special site set up and pre-orders are being taken for the equivalent of $1,136. Reservations go on through June 19. Deliveries begin ...

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    How durable is your phone? Or better yet, how confident are you in your phone's ability to survive daily lifestyle abuse? Do you use your phone "naked", or is a case a mandatory accessory when leaving the house? We're seeing some progress with manufacturers advertising more durable build quality for consumer facing devices. No longer just the ultra-tough construction site gadgets, many flagship phones now champion improved drop protection or enhanced water resistance. We currently have the Galaxy S7 Active in house to review, and that's a perfect time to revisit the topic of "ruggedness". ...

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