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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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    A good audio experience is one of the biggest deciding factors for me when I’m looking into buying a new smartphone. “Does it have front-facing speakers?” “How loud do the speakers get?” “What about earpiece sound quality?” Especially given how much music I listen to and how many YouTube videos I watch with my friends and coworkers on a daily basis, having loud, clear sound no matter where I go is important to me. Ever since the One M7, HTC has become sort of a household name when it comes to smartphone audio. Its BoomSound speakers are louder than just about anything else ...

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    There are a lot of Sony smartphone fans out there, but, sadly (for the company), not enough, or not as many as the Japanese manufacturer would have hoped. Regardless of its Xperia line-up (flagship or not), Sony didn't quite manage to sit at the same table with Apple or Samsung, for instance. However, Sony profits from Apple's and Samsung's smartphones, and, it profits even more when it comes to the latest iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 flagships. Components inside the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 are made by Sony. We're referring to the image sensor. The iPhone 6 has not one, but two Sony ...

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    Samsung really needed for people to love using the Galaxy S6 just as much as holding it, and the company clarified that it made significant investments in removing the bloat and the excess distractions from its new TouchWiz UI. One important way to improve this experience was to also launch the Galaxy S6 with the latest and greatest memory options, and its 3GB of DDR4 RAM speak highly of it. You'd think that there should be no complaints about all this, but it seems that there is. User forums have begun to complain that Samsung's RAM management exaggerates its chore a little. Instead of ...

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    You've seen what the just-launched LG G4 looks like when compared to last year's G3, but what about a modern flagship? After all, when shoppers head out to stores later this spring, they won't be weight the G4 against the phone it's replacing in LG's lineup, but against other flagships from different Android manufacturers. And top at many of smartphone shoppers' lists is going to be Samsung with its Galaxy S6. At LG's launch event for the G4, we brought along just such a GS6 to give you a quick look at just how these two top-shelf smartphones compare. Both companies made some start choices ...

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    Samsung's reluctance to adopt the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 in favor of its Exynos processor for all Galaxy S6 models was definitely a shocker. Our biggest concern back then was that every Exynos-based Galaxy device that we've reviewed has underperformed when compared to a variant powered by a Snapdragon. Our worries with the Galaxy S6 are gone for the most part in everything except battery life, but it seems Samsung is hard at work for following this trend. Reports claim that Samsung is already testing a new Exynos processor with custom CPU cores under the codename Mongoose, and which ...

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    A few reports about underwhelming Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales aren't about to ruffle Samsung's feathers; far from it, and rather than finding itself with more GS6-series phones in stock than it knows what to do with, Samsung is supposedly scrambling to keep production moving at a brisk enough pace to keep up with demand. So say the latest rumors about the Galaxy S6 Edge in particular, as we get word that Samsung has brought the Edge's curved screen fabrication to a third production line, more than doubling its capacity in the process. This third production line should increase Samsung's ...

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    For a company that released as many smartwatches as it did in 2014, Samsung has seriously slowed things down for 2015. For months now we've been expecting the company to launch its next-gen model, but the early year expo season has passed without the hardware arriving. Rumors have suggested that this next smartwatch, possibly in development as the Gear A, could represent a significant departure from past Samsung designs, ditching a rectangular display in favor of a circular screen. And while so far that's been the subject of rumor and speculation, it's now looking all but confirmed, as ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are here, and have been for a couple weeks now. And while that means that loads of new owners have already picked up the phones, the experience hasn't been quite complete yet – at least not if you were looking to check out the same immersive 3D stuff Samsung talked about at its GS6 launch event: we still need the Gear VR. Samsung introduced its second-gen VR headset alongside the GS6 and GS6 Edge, a redesigned model to accommodate those smaller displays, while also improving focus depth and strap layout. Now it's nearly finally time when you can ...

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    When I was a baby I had a blanket that my mother always covered me with when I slept. I ran my fingers over one corner until it was literally threadbare. Call it OCD or a sensory disorder, that habit apparently stuck with me. When my daily driver was a Nexus 4, with it's gently curved sides, I often found myself sweeping my thumb from side to side across the screen. Thankfully the Gorilla Glass 2 was harder than my baby blanket and didn't show a wear-mark from that habit. Most OEMs never adopted anything more than very slightly curved edges. Now, however, Samsung has brought back ...

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    Each year, Samsung releases two smartphones separated by roughly six months: one a mainstream flagship, the other an overpowered phablet. These are the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, respectively, and though they target materially different types of consumer, we nonetheless directly compare them every single year. That's because there's a significant amount of bleedover interest when you get to this level of features and cost: people who don't really like large phones may nonetheless consider the Note 4 for its added features, just as those who really don't like compromise may find themselves ...

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    Samsung is expected to break all sales records with this year's flagship devices, the Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 Edge. The company's been historically outperforming itself year after year, and, this year too, Samsung expects record Galaxy S6 sales. Aside from the fact that the two S6 phones are the best Samsung has ever built (and arguably, the best smartphones of the year so far), the company is also doing its best to push them on the market with its campaigns and decisions. Despite all that, Galaxy S6 sales underperform in South Korea, according to the Yonhap News Agency, which ...

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    Over the years since smartphones became a "thing", specifications have been on a continual march upward. Processors have gotten faster (from megahertz in the hundreds to gigahertz in the plural), they've also added cores (with quad- and even octa-cores being commonplace). RAM has increased from a few dozen MB to a few GB. Storage has increased. Data speeds are through the roof! One area that hasn't seen much improvement over the years is battery capacity. Though battery capacities may still be lagging, OEMs are doing the next best thing: decreasing our charge times. I'm Joe Levi with ...

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    Samsung Pay debuted on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and it's the company's take on mobile payments, just like Apple Pay and Google Wallet. However, Samsung took it to the next level (thanks mostly to the acquisition of LoopPay earlier this year), making its own service compatible also with the MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) standard, meaning that you can use your device to pay at terminals which otherwise required you to swipe your magnetic credit or debit card. Samsung Pay will debut in the US and South Korea sometime this summer (partners include MasterCard, VISA, American ...

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    There was a time when Samsung spent a good deal of money on an ad campaign that made fun of iPhone users for being "Wall Huggers." In a way, Samsung was right back then, as the battery life of previous iPhones was terrible, and having a replaceable battery on most Samsung Galaxy devices was an advantage. Now, what happens when tables are turned? Samsung's new Galaxy S6 ad spends more than a minute explaining all the charging benefits of the Galaxy S6, and doing all it could in making these features sound cool. The ad explains the benefits of Samsung's fast charging technology, and how ...

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    The iPad is easily the most popular tablet series on the market. I have an iPad mini with Retina display, and there’s a good chance you probably have an iPad too. It’s not hard to imagine why; just like the iPhone, the iPad is elegant, beautifully designed, and dead simple to use. The app ecosystem is best in class, and there’s a ton of third party accessories, from cases to keyboards to docks and so much more. A lot of this is thanks to Apple’s huge status in the industry. Of course there are accessories, of course there are apps. Who wouldn’t want to get in on the best-selling ...

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    Samsung may be the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, but you'd be shocked to know how little it sells in certain countries. To give you an example, Apple owns 51.1% of the Japanese market share, and as for Samsung, 5.6%, and no we didn't get that number wrong. The company is willing to do anything to gain more market share in Japan with its Galaxy S6, and we mean anything. Samsung has just announced that it will be ditching its own brand for the launch of the Galaxy S6 later this month. The company has decided to follow an old trend that we saw years ago in the US, where you'll ...

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    It’s such a small and subtle variation on the standard Galaxy S6 that Samsung didn’t even decide to capitalize its brand name. But don’t be fooled by the understatement: as we discovered on other bold devices from our recent history, it’s amazing what a little curve can do. Editor's Note: This companion text piece to our Galaxy S6 edge review video covers only those areas in which the edge differs from the standard S6. As such, it's shorter and less elaborate than our standard review format. For the full deep dive on Samsung's 2015 flagship, see our in-depth Samsung Galaxy S6 ...

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    The Snapdragon 810 may be the system-on-a-chip powering the hot new smartphones of the moment – devices like the just-launched Sony Xperia Z4 – but the next big thing is already around the corner, and early last month Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 820. The big news for that chip sounded like it would be Qualcomm's move away from off-the-shelf Cortex A-series cores and to Qualcomm's custom Kyro microarchitecture, but we didn't have a ton of technical details at the time. As more information comes to light, there's a new report out that Qualcomm could be turning to a ...

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    There's a major shake-up happening for Android tablets right now, and after years of manufacturers preferring models that mirrored their smartphone offerings with widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 displays, there's been a recent push towards the squarer 4:3 screens long associated with Apple's iPad lineup. We've already seen 4:3 models like the Nexus 9 and Nokia N1, and earlier this year Samsung made its own foray into the field with the 4:3-ratio Galaxy Tab A. First announced for Russia, it's finally time for these Tab A models to come to the US, as Samsung shares word of the start of pre-orders. ...

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    Up until recently I was very much of the opinion that HTC made beautiful phones and Samsung - to put it mildly - didn't. With the release of the Galaxy S6, that opinion is shifting. Sure, HTC still makes beautiful hardware (both aesthetically and functionally), but when we're talking about Android, Samsung is the uncontested leader, leaving all other OEMs to fight for light in its ever-expanding shadow. How can HTC escape? Copycat First we've got to admit that Samsung is a copycat. Apple is the leader in mobile design. Yes, I know, I'm "Joe the Android Guy", but even I can see that much is ...

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    Slowly but surely, Lollipop its making its way to the flagships of yore. The latest device to be blessed with Google's revamped take on the Android operating system is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, specifically the variant that's available on Verizon (the one that came out in 2013, making this an impressive Samsung turnaround). The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out today. The update changes the build number from KitKat's N900VVRUDNK1 to LRX21V.N900VVRUEOB6, and SamMobile reports that it took upwards of two hours to install it, likely meaning that this is a bit of a ...

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    Flagships are a way for OEMs to show off their latest and greatest technologies and prove,once and for all, they are king of the hill - for a little while anyway. Today HTC has the One M9 and Samsung has the Galaxy S6. Both are powerhouses in their own right, but the LG G4 could eclipse each of them. Looking at the specifications, the three top-tier phones all seem to be pretty closely matched. HTC and Samsung opt for 4 x 4 processor configurations with the LG G4 employing a six-core solution. RAM is the same across the board. LG and Samsung have screens with the same resolution, but LG ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge may be one desirable smartphone, what with its nothing-quite-like-it display that curves over both sides of the handset, not to mention all the top-shelf hardware within, but it's also one whose launch has been mired by some annoying glitches. Earlier this month we shared with you reports that new users were finding their GS6 Edge handsets arriving with their screens all scuffed-up by minor (and some not-so-minor) scratches, and now we've got another issue to add to that list, with reports streaming in of users whose phones just can't seem to make their screens ...

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    Even though most of us are not fond of bloatware, we didn't really complain about the partnership that Microsoft landed with Samsung. Microsoft Office is a must have for most of us anyway, so the fact that the Galaxy S6 came with these apps out of the box was well taken by the public. What's interesting is that those same US carriers that ship you a phone with a ton of unusable bloatware have decided otherwise. Verizon has just confirmed that its Galaxy S6 models won't ship with any pre-installed Microsoft software. The reasons for this were not provided, but the statement does mention ...

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    Even though Apple and Samsung are more famous for their courtroom battles, that doesn't change the fact that their partnerships for hardware internals keep growing. Samsung currently supplies Apple with processors, flash storage, RAM chips and even display technology in a few cases, but rumors point to more collaboration to come. Trusted sources claim that Samsung has just built a team of around 200 employees, and their sole purpose is to design and build new displays for Apple. It's not clear as to what these displays will power, or if these are multiple displays for Apple's future ...

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