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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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    When Samsung announced the already affordable Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge would net early adopters in the US a gratis Gear VR headset and six-game Oculus bundle, it all seemed too good to be true. But when Verizon went a step further, allowing its customers to choose the Gear S2 smartwatch over the virtual reality device as a freebie, there was no stopping the flocks of S7 buyers. Unfortunately, it looks like Big Red may have miscalculated supply and demand, as people waiting for their circular Tizen timepieces are instead receiving delay notices. They say beggars can’t be choosers, so you ...

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    Right off the bat, it was crystal clear Samsung had a winner, nay, two winners on its hands this year. But we got the same first impression from the 2015 Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, and their box-office scores certainly didn’t live up to all that potential. So, what could stop the GS7 duo from breaking all-time Android flagship sales records? The iPhone 6s? Highly unlikely, given fast-declining worldwide demand. The SE? Let’s not even go there. The LG G5? It’s a threat, definitely, but not a major one. Meanwhile, supply is abundant in both flat and dual-curved variations, and most ...

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    It’s hard to single out an Android device manufacturer that’s done a respectable job spreading the Marshmallow love wide and early, aside perhaps from Motorola, but Samsung is now going the extra mile to compensate for its initial tardiness. One by one, the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, Note 5 and even S5 were updated to OS version 6.0 in the past few weeks, first in Korea and other “global markets”, then eventually stateside. Oddly enough, Sprint got the Note 4 ball rolling recently, before international variants could get their taste of sweet, silky smooth Marshmallows. But today ...

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    Learning from past mistakes that led to disappointing Galaxy S6 sales despite the 2015 flagship’s unanimously praised design revolution, Samsung seems to have played all its cards right for the S7 introduction, bringing back water resistance and microSD support. But this time, the ruler of the smartphone world will probably not rest on its laurels, preparing a similarly outdoorsy sequel to the underwhelming Galaxy Note 5. If Sam Mobile’s tipsters are correct, and they usually are, the GNote 6 is set to pave the way for S Pen-enabled water-protected phablets. IP68 certification would be ...

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    When it comes to choosing the right smartphone this year, companies like Samsung and LG could not have made it more complicated. Samsung and LG are both in very different stages with their respective flagship offerings. Last year Samsung was experimenting with metal and glass on the Galaxy S6, and LG decided to play it safe with the G4. Today the tables have turned. Samsung has now decided to refine what it started, while LG has decided to boldly go where no smartphone has gone in a while. As a result we’re left with a very difficult comparison since one product is naturally at a better ...

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    Hey, it's 2014 again! Remember that? Those were fun times with the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active — or, if you're on Sprint, the Galaxy S5 Sport. Also, it's always fun to be able to pull up our old S Health review every once in a while. That was a fun bit we did. Anyways, to the news that Sprint has pulled off the Android Marshmallow update for both of the above Samsung phones. We know for sure that the Galaxy S5 has an update as one user has posted some screencaps to Android Police. Both product pages on Sprint's site have been changed to reflect an update with today's date on it. ...

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    The prospect of beta testing an unfinished Android iteration on devices not manufactured under Google’s direct supervision has been a dream many power users couldn’t dare to dream. Heck, until 2014, so-called developer previews of unreleased major OS versions weren’t even available for members of the Nexus family. But this year, the first pre-launch Android N build rolled out to courageous software tinkerers surprisingly early, signaling… something. We couldn’t put our finger on exactly what was coming, but it was definitely good. A commercial dispatch in the summer, perhaps. Or ...

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    Update from Samsung PR below. You’d be forgiven for forgetting the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge didn’t fly solo to Barcelona for pre-MWC introductions back in February, as Samsung remains curiously tight-lipped about the retail price of that game-changing Gear 360 spherical VR camera. In fact, there was essentially nothing following the 360-degree video recorder’s announcement and quick MWC demonstrations. No ads, no teasers, no mentions of a prospective commercial release date. Just a vague Q2 ETA. Well, the year’s second quarter is officially underway, and B&H Photo Video seems to ...

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    "Do you sell high-end champagne?" "In the back." Lil Wayne taps his device to a credit card reader. "Have a good night." Three lines of dialogue. Liters of alcohol. Thirty seconds promoting "the new water-resistant Galaxy S7 edge." You know, if it wasn't enough having a bunch of fine bubbly poured onto the Galaxy S7 with Lil Wayne, Wesley Snipes and a bunch of other peeps freaking out about it, maybe, Samsung thought, maybe we should go with a little zen simplicity. Have just Lil Wayne enter a rather spacious convenience store as he's pouring a seemingly never-ending bottle of champagne ...

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    One chaebol's doing better than it did last year and that's Samsung. It made the equivalent of $42.5 billion in sales for the quarter ending April 1, up about four percent from last year. Filing that down to an operating profit, it came up to about $5.7 billion, beating financiers' bets around $4.86 billion. Some of that bump may be thanks to some nice Galaxy S7 and S7 edge sales. Who knew bringing back popular features like a microSD slot and water resistance would reflect positively on the balance sheet! Well, we don't exactly know that as Samsung only released guidance for its earnings, ...

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    With so many apps these days offering their own voice chat (to say nothing of video-call) capabilities, regular old-fashioned voice-call support on smartphones can feel like a bit of a dinosaur: why use such dated tech when you can call your buddies right from within Snapchat? But to the credit of carriers, we have seen some renewed interest in modernizing voice calls in recent years, mainly through the deployment of voice-over-LTE services. Now T-Mobile claims to be bringing its users something better still, announcing Enhanced Voice Services. What is EVS? Well, T-Mobile describes it as ...

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    If you weren’t quick enough to qualify for a free Gear VR or Gear S2 with a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge purchase, have nothing to trade in for a $200 Best Buy gift card, and only wanted the one new flagship, Newegg might just be your go-to retailer currently. Well, technically, it’s a third-party merchant dubbed ThePowerSellers that offers the factory unlocked GS7 for an all-time low price of $600, but Newegg gives it its vote of confidence, which probably means a great deal for a lot of people. In the spirit of full disclosure, we did see the non-edgy, microSD-enabled, water-resistant ...

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    First-person-view cameras, sometimes called "action cameras," have been pretty popular in the marketplace. But while these cameras are fairly small, when attached to a human, they're not exactly low-profile. Google Glass shrunk down the camera and put it in an infamous pair of glasses. But Samsung may be onto something with a camera in a contact lens. SamMobile is reporting that the company has applied for trademarks on the term "Samsung Gear Blink" in both South Korea and in the US. Following on from that, a South Korean patent filing from Samsung showed off some art featuring a contact ...

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    Instead of marketing its newest flagship Android phones as jacks of all trades, Samsung appears to be positioning the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as gaming powerhouses first and foremost. Already, the Gear VR and a complimentary bundle of six virtual reality games are shipping to very early GS7 adopters, with a more conventional Galaxy Game Pack further thrown in no matter when you purchased the handhelds. This “special package” available exclusively on Galaxy Apps is essentially the equivalent of last year’s S6 and S6 Edge Galaxy Gifts offer. Only this time around, you’re not given any ...

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    While we’re still many months away from the beginning of Android N rollouts for Nexus devices, let alone products manufactured by Google partners, a few phones released with Marshmallow pre-installed should constantly tweak their software OTA in the upcoming future. Case in point, the uber-popular Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which retain their 6.0.1 OS iteration after recent maintenance updates on T-Mobile. Don’t call these minor though, as they tip the scales at roughly 215 and 147MB respectively. Ergo, they include a number of palpable improvements, like “enhanced voice ...

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    There’s no doubting or denying it anymore. Samsung’s “next big thing” is a massive box-office hit. But it’s not all due to the return of the microSD slot or water-resistant designs. A main catalyst for the surprisingly rampant demand thus far has been sensible pricing, shrewdly combined with various early promotions, especially stateside. There are still many ways you can buy the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on the cheap from plenty of carriers and third-party retailers, including BOGO arrangements, compelling bundles and outright $150 discounts through Walmart. Meanwhile, Best Buy just ...

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    With plenty of reservations and $3.5 billion, Foxconn finds itself the majority shareholder of Sharp. Now what will they do? "I am committed to make speedy investments in Sharp to help develop the next-generation display technology," Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said when the two companies met in Osaka to seal the deal. That display technology is OLED — something Samsung does so well in, it makes more than 95 percent of the market supply according to research firm Sigma Intell. As Apple is reportedly scouting out as many sources for as many displays as possible for an iPhone without an ...

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    If you want to own a no-holds-barred Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge in the US, why would you head to Best Buy to get one? Well, there is a limited one-year warranty on these phones as opposed to the ones at, say, Amazon or B&H. But is it worth the $50+ markup? That's right, if you're not going to deal with carrier bloatware from either AT&T or T-Mobile and want a little protection beyond the IP68 water resistance, the international variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with no US warranty are on BestBuy.com right now. Only the Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium versions of the S7 are ...

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    While Apple sells relatively expensive smartphones, it does want to pry open another avenue of sales growth: India, a country with low per capita income. With the iPhone SE selling for more than a third of an Indian's average annual income and total market share at two percent, the company is asking the government for permission to import and export used products for sale in the country. But the Mobile and Communications Council, a committee formed by manufacturers with large presences in India like Micromax, Intex and Samsung, is against the idea. Karbonn's chairman said that the ...

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    It’s been a while since the leader of a stagnating global smartphone market last discussed specific sales numbers of one of its flagship models, but if the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge keep their reported box-office pace up, we may get official confirmation as soon as they cross 20 or 30 million shipments. And they probably will before long, considering how little it took them to reach 9.5 mil. Namely, three weeks, or even less if we count the time the microSD-enabled heroes have been up for grabs worldwide. Samsung launched the GS7 duo in North America and a large chunk of the old continent on ...

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    The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are arguably today’s best Android smartphones in the world, offering water resistance, microSD expansion and an incontestable fully premium build. But if you own one of last year’s “big things” and don’t want to upgrade so soon, you should rejoice upon hearing Marshmallow is on its way. Not just internationally and on Sprint stateside, as Verizon has detailed installation instructions and changelogs posted on its support website for both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The two over-the-air rollouts were supposed to kick off as early as Friday, April 1, though ...

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    It took far longer than we had wished and expected, but finally, Android 6.0 software goodies are becoming the norm instead of the exception for even low-cost new devices. Case in point, a trio of prepaid and postpaid smartphones sold by AT&T for less than $200 apiece. One model is available already through the nation’s second largest carrier both on and offline, while the other two will barely roll out on May 6 for reasons we don’t fully understand. Perhaps their Marshmallow ports aren’t ready for primetime yet, as the Galaxy J3 first landed on Boost and Virgin Mobile back in ...

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    Ah, foldable gadgets! An idea as old as time, a concept as revolutionary as the touchscreen, but an execution as difficult as sending humans to Mars. Sooner or later though, it has to come to fruition, and there are only two companies prospectively capable of pulling it off. Samsung could ultimately get a crucial head start on arch-rival LG in terms of flexible smartphone production, but 2016 doesn’t look like the year of Youm materialization either. Instead, ET News reported last Friday, a groundbreaking 5-inch handheld/7-inch tablet convertible is to hit stores “from next year”, ...

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    There’s an old saying that goes, “it’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.” And if that was going to be the crux of my argument, this article would already be over. But the fact remains that you and I have a pretty expensive hobby in smartphones and especially flagships. So, if it’s only worth what someone will pay, then we’re clearly all willing to pay quite a bit. But then these tear-downs come out and we find out just how much it actually costs to build these phones from a physical component perspective. Often the cost is 1/3 of the retail price of these units, ...

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    Trust us, we don't really think of Walmart as the first place we'd buy our smartphones from, but given the right circumstances, you just might. So, when Walmart goes out and says that it's discounting all stock of iPhones and Galaxy phones. Be it the iPhone SE or the iPhone 6s, heck, maybe even the iPhone 5c, you'll get $100 off. Galaxy S7? Galaxy S6? Galaxy S5 Active, even? Sure, those are $150 off. Here are the catches, though: the phone must be purchased on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint — Walmart was able to get agreements with those three carriers, but not T-Mobile — and must be ...

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