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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    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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    Let’s be honest, it was completely unrealistic to expect something funnier from Samsung this year than the brilliant Galaxy Blade Edge 2015 April Fools’ Day hoax. That had it all. Ridiculousness, self-mockery, and even a hint of authenticity. After all, if watches, refrigerators and belts can be “intelligent”, why wouldn’t a smart knife be developed too down the line? Or how about a series of Wi-Fi-connected pantaloons? Samsung seems to have put slightly less thought into today’s Internet of Trousers prank, but there’s still plenty to make you chuckle in the company’s April ...

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    Customer curiosity and media hype don’t always translate into box-office hits. We know it, LG knows it, even Samsung learned it the hard way last year. But while the ingenious modular G5 looks incapable of reaching the sales heights of its Galaxy S7 arch-rival, all the buzz surrounding the 5.3-incher’s top-shelf specs and creative accessories could ultimately pay off pretty decently. At least by LG standards, with around 15,000 units reported as sold in South Korea alone on March 31. That, of course, was the phone’s local opening day, US retailers and carriers joining the fun as we ...

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    Did all those BOGO deals on possibly the best smartphones in the world feel a little too sweet to last? Well, AT&T has just stopped giving away the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in packs of two, although an equally attractive promotion enters the equation today. Yes, today, April 1, but America’s second largest wireless carrier promises it’s not a prank. If it is, it’s a pretty crappy one, since the strings attached and fine print make the offer truly advantageous only for existing DirecTV subscribers. Folks who’ve ditched traditional cable television providers for Ma Bell’s ...

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    Apple wants Samsung's money back. It is petitioning the federal appeals court that reversed a jury verdict that awarded $120 million in damages to Apple. One of its attorneys said that the appellate judge panel researched its own material, leaving it out of the trial court record and thus, deprived the company the right to an appeals trial by jury as would be provided in the Seventh Amendment. Apple wants a rehearing en banc, that is, with most of the judges in the federal circuit. An appeals court does not try a case: it only considers facts and arguments laid out in the preceding trial, ...

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    Update: !yaD 'slooF lirpA yppaH How can we tell if the iPhone SE is a sales success? What's new for Windows 10 at Build 2016? Could you use your smart PHONE without any phone call capabilities? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and we're taking a closer look at mobile audio hardware, but of course we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 194 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video ...

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    As we remarked last week when taking a look at some goofy behavior from Google that sure felt like a premature April Fool's prank, there are good April Fool's Day jokes, and there are ones that just don't cut it. Call it a consequence of increasingly mainstream expectations for companies to joke around a little on April 1, or their social media teams being desperate for a few extra shares, but these days it feels like every brand under the sun is trying its hand at it. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to just go through the motions of a prank without carefully considering just how far you ...

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    Is there any event that sends the hearts of marketing departments everywhere a-flutter more than the pending arrival of the next Olympic games? Hell, it might as well be a global marketing event more than an athletics competition at this point. And with the Summer Games descending on Brazil in a few months, you'd better expect to see brands everywhere jockeying to get their slice of the action. In years past, there's been no shortage of smartphone manufacturers eager to slap an Olympic logo on their phones, and this year should be no exception, as new evidence suggests Samsung's cooking up ...

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    Lately, the historical patent disputes between Apple and Samsung that once appeared endless and money-draining for both parties haven’t shown a lot of movement, possibly nearing their sensible conclusion. But that doesn’t mean either company is altogether free from legal woes. Cupertino won drew a battle against the FBI recently, dodging a court order mandating it to decrypt an iPhone 5c used by a San Bernardino assailant, but the war on privacy and terrorism is clearly far from over. Meanwhile, the most popular smartphone manufacturer in the world has to defend its marketing practices ...

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    Anyone here nostalgic about a 2013 mid-range Samsung phone by the name of Galaxy Amp? Did you at least know such a thing existed? Well, if you did, and you were waiting for an affordable upgrade or two, prepaid US carrier Cricket Wireless serves up the Galaxy Amp Prime and Amp 2 in online and offline stores starting today. There’s not much to see or notice here, except for palatable $150 and $100 price tags respectively and, surprise, surprise, pre-loaded Marshmallow software. That’s right, it seems at least the slightly higher-end Amp Prime runs an Android version out the box most ...

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    Huawei was the hustler of the smartphone industry in 2015. It had four poles holding up a tent that spread across the world, not just its home country. And if the company's pomp and circumstance didn't put the Mate S up in the product ranks of the P8, the Nexus 6P and the Mate 8, surely a sequel will. We're hearing from a supply chain source via Weibo analyst Sun Changxu that Huawei will take on a phone with a double-curved screen in the second half of the year — but it will not be like Samsung's implementation in its edge variants of the latest Galaxy S phones. Given Huawei's monster ...

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    Another confusingly familiar, confusingly branded, confusingly priced mid-range Android smartphone from Samsung? Not exactly, or at least, not entirely. Granted, on the outside, the just-announced Galaxy A9 Pro looks essentially identical to the standard A9 unveiled back in December. And the name is inherently puzzling, making it even harder than before to keep track of all the inexplicably similar A-series, J-series and E-series models. On top of it all, this comes dangerously close to Galaxy S7 flagship-grade pricing levels, at 3,500 Yuan or $540 in China. But that’s because it’s a ...

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    It wasn’t that long ago that we were making jokes about how small cellphones could get. From Zoolander’s tiny flip phone, to Amy Wong in an early season of Futurama, the mobile tech trends convinced us that future phones would be the size of one of our nostrils. Then smartphones happened As mobile devices began tackling more duties than phone calls and texts, the demands on displays grew. Email drove the design of Blackberrys. Multimedia became the hallmark of the iPhone. Then in 2011, Samsung popularized larger screen phones with the first Galaxy Note. While that fist Note was ...

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    The world’s most popular Android device manufacturer might still not be in a position to threaten Google’s mobile OS domination with its in-house Tizen platform, but when it comes to smartphone web browsers, Samsung looks ready to give the search giant a healthy run for its money. What could the aptly titled Samsung Internet app possibly do that Chrome can’t? For one thing, work in conjunction with third-party ad blockers to, well, block online commercials. Big G opposed this effort a while ago by pulling Adblock Fast from the Play Store, but quickly reversed course as public outrage ...

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    How sweet would it be if you could wrap any smartphone, not just Motorolas and the OnePlus X, in elegant bamboo? What about tablets, laptops, even smartwatches and gaming consoles? Well, now you can once again, as acclaimed maker of the “most precision-fitted skins on the planet” dbrand reboots its wildly successful and previously short-lived series of bamboo covers. The sleek, premium-looking skins aren’t manufactured of actual wood, but no one will be able to tell the difference, and they’re going to fit your device like a glove. Whether you’re thinking of customizing a Galaxy ...

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    Samsung probably made the right call when delaying or altogether canceling the oft-rumored GS7 Plus and S7 Edge+ variants, but the brand dilution curse seems to be sticking to the world’s heavyweight smartphone champ like tar. Already, there’s reason for discord between owners of Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890-powered Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models, as the latter SoC apparently incorporates an inferior GPU. Meanwhile, plans for an S7 Active are clearly advancing, though standard S7s look fairly robust and withstand water interaction. And then you have a couple more configurations built ...

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    Following deployments in South Korea and the United States last fall, Samsung’s Android-compatible response to Apple Pay was expected in several European countries and China this spring. First, Samsung Pay spreads the NFC and MST-enabled mobile transaction love to the world’s single largest smartphone market, attempting to hinder Apple Pay’s rising regional popularity. Of course, both Western-prominent services need to chip away at the early domination of indigenous on-the-go payment solutions from Alibaba and Tencent. Just like its US-based archrival, Samsung partnered with UnionPay ...

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    Samsung probably missed the optimal window for announcing its latest additions to the mid-range Galaxy J smartphone family, as the J5 (2016) and especially the J7 (2016) garnered decent buzz at one point in the rumor mill. But in recent weeks, the hype slowly waned, and so ultimately, the world-leading Korean OEM decided to go with a simple, quiet, low-key introduction of the two devices on the company’s official Chinese website. Most of the specifications stopped being a secret weeks or even months ago, but what we didn’t expect was seeing the rear-facing cameras flanked by LED ...

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    For the past few years, Samsung has been pretty synonymous with Google's Android. Some would say that Samsung is really the reason for Android's success. They've released many Android powered phones and tablets to satisfy all of the price points, but these days consumer tablet interest has waned. Everyone who wanted an Android or iOS tablet for media consumption on the couch already has one. There is a different segment that has seen a lot of growth though, and that's in business-friendly tablet 2-in-1's. The Surface Pro 3 was relatively successful as a "tablet that can replace your ...

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    When evidence first cropped up of an in-development new Samsung Active phone, we couldn’t help but consider the possibility this wasn’t actually an extra-rugged variant of the Galaxy S7. After all, the GS7 offers water and dust protection as standard, and the SM-G891A model number didn’t seem to fit the designation of an S7 Active anyway. Are we looking at an S6 Active Plus then? Probably not, based on information supplied directly and most likely unintentionally by the handheld’s manufacturers. These appear to have just updated the support list of the Level app in the Play Store, ...

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    That was fast. In lieu of any bundling nonsense and freaky little accessories that will probably get boxed up in the attic, well, how about a discount? Canada's WIND Mobile took its time in providing that alternative for Samsung's latest Android flagship (16, according to SamMobile). In the end, it's $100 off the Galaxy S7 outright, bringing the price down to $799. That brings down the prices on WIND's other payment methods like WINDtab ($699, $549, $399 or $199). The Galaxy S7 edge remains at its original $999 full price. Source: WIND Mobile Via: SamMobile

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    No smartphone comes together without the manufacturer having to make a few compromises, but this year with the Galaxy S7, Samsung sure manged to deliver a flagship that many users are finding to hit all the right notes. Those include include the return of a water-resistant build, helping the GS7 withstand the wrath of the elements. But what does an already-dunk-surviving Galaxy S7 mean for the chances of us seeing Samsung deliver an extra-ruggedized new Galaxy Active model, one not only up to the task of shaking off a few splashes, but also ready to be bumped around a little in the ...

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