Posts tagged with: Tizen
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    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with anyone else, you may view IFA 2016 as a tech sideshow of sorts. But let us assure you, that’s never been the case for one of Germany’s oldest trade fairs, and Europe’s biggest such gathering of high-profile consumer electronics exhibitors, and by no means is this ...

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    Whether you’re convinced wearable devices are the next big thing, or still doubt their practicality but could be swayed into giving them a shot at the right price, this is hands down the best time to buy yesteryear’s top smartwatches. The Huawei Watch, Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S2 have never been cheaper than on the eve of their follow-up models’ introductions, with the rotating bezel-sporting Tizen bad boy in particular feeling like an absolute steal at 100 bucks. $99.99, to be specific, in limited quantity from a trusted eBay seller named Guarantee Cellular, which also hooks you up ...

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    Choice is always good, and you can never have too many options when it comes to the competitive yet rigid world of mobile operating systems. Unfortunately, Samsung, much like Microsoft or BlackBerry lately, doesn’t seem very convinced its proprietary platform has what it takes to challenge Android and iOS on a large scale. As such, the third Tizen handheld lands in India today with modest aspirations and a fitting price. Even more so than the Z3, the Samsung Z2 targets first-time smartphone owners, who might be easily impressed by the 4-incher’s 4G LTE support, “unlimited ...

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    With the Galaxy Note 7 out of the spotlight, perhaps it's time to move swiftly onto some more mid-ranger and budget-end devices? Let's start with Samsung's latest Tizen star, the Z2. Media renders have popped up ahead of the device's launch in India in just hours. The pictures do real justice as to how thick this device is. More of the specs can be found here. [gallery ids="480742,480743,480744"]   Talking about the Galaxy C9, — the literal flagship of yesteryear — we remain in India and with import-export database Zauba to find that an actual unit or eight has flown into the country. ...

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    With a minuscule reported global market share of 0.2 percent after more than four years of on and off software development work, 18 months since Z1’s commercial release, and a rapidly shrinking supporter roster, you might be wondering why Samsung continues to bet on a seemingly losing horse called Tizen. Well, according to The Korea Herald, the company’s (extremely) long-term plan of “leaving” Android is still on, and Tizen-powered phones will continue to be unveiled in low-end markets such as India, Indonesia, South Africa or Nigeria. Yes, that’s phones, plural, as in more than ...

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    Technically, the 2016 edition of the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin industrial exhibition, aka IFA, is scheduled to begin on September 2, and wrap up five days later. But this is by no means our first such dance, so we know full well to expect an onslaught of high-profile product announcements in the 48 to 72 hours preceding the trade show’s actual start. Wednesday, August 31, and Thursday, September 1, are looking like the most coveted dates for everyone from Samsung to Huawei, Lenovo, Asus, Acer and Sony to bring out new phones, tablets and smartwatches (plus, PCs and ...

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    Even with Galaxy Note 5’s number-skipping sequel unveiled a little earlier than initially anticipated, at a dedicated press gathering in New York City, we never really doubted Samsung still had something left up its sleeve for Berlin’s IFA trade show. At least two somethings, apparently, both far less exciting and headline-grabbing than the first dual-edged S Pen phablet, one smaller, and one bigger. The Gear S3 and Galaxy Tab S3 are now essentially confirmed to break cover on September 1, i.e. the day before the official start of IFA 2016, with the actual European expo then ...

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    While Samsung’s leap over the number 6 in the recent branding of the newest Galaxy Note installment was certainly surprising, it also had a reasonable explanation (or two), signaling a massive hardware upgrade (which isn’t entirely factual), as well as bringing the S Pen phablet family on the same level with the Galaxy S lineup. That said, it’s much trickier to justify the name of the next-gen Tizen phone for emerging markets, which follows in the Z1 and Z3’s footsteps. No, it’s not the Z4 or Z5, but rather the Samsung Z2, and it fittingly slots between its predecessors in terms ...

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    You can probably tell Samsung and its Gear S2-supporting US retailer and carrier partners have been rather pleased with the box-office performance of the beautiful circular smartwatch by the scarcity and triviality of their deals and discounts, even as a Gear S3 fast approaches. The last time we remember seeing the Tizen-powered, Android-compatible intelligent timepiece significantly marked down is way back in March, and only refurbished Gear S2 and S2 Classic models were available at slashed prices through Best Buy. Likewise, Daily Steals can hook you up for the next 3 days with ...

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    The latest Tizen push is merely days away and it seems that the whole show may have been spoiled to us at this point. Samsung's Z2 smartphone should be making its entry-level presence known to entry-level countries (better known as emerging markets) late this month and it seems that SamMobile has an idea of what will go down in this device, when and where. Here are the main specs: [table] Screen size,5.2 inches Screen type,LCD Resolution,800 x 480 Pixel density,235 ppi Processor speed,1.5GHz RAM,1GB Storage,8GB Camera,5-megapixel rear / VGA front Battery,1500mAh OS,Tizen OS 2.4 ...

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    Compared to the pre-release Galaxy Note 7 speculation bonanza, which felt like a roller coaster of emotions including everything from childish excitement to confusion, disappointment and ultimately boredom, the Samsung Gear S3 rumor games are a total and unceasing snooze fest. The only semi-interesting, semi-unexpected thing about the third-gen Tizen smartwatch might be all those sensors reportedly baked into it for improved activity tracking. Perhaps the Frontier name as well, if it pans out, and if it means the Gear S3 will come in at least three configurations, presumably ranging in ...

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    Kenya got its first look at two new devices yesterdays that Samsung unpacked yesterday. Of course, you have the Galaxy Note 7, but there was also a Tizen smartphone that is being made out to be the crux of the chaebol's developing market bid. Techweez got to play around with a pre-production unit of the Samsung Z2, a thick, compact phone that seems to think its of Note 5 ilk in terms of its contours. There's an impressive 4-inch AMOLED display and 1GB of RAM along with dual-SIM capability to boot. [gallery ids="479392,479393,479394"]   Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria will be the first ...

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    Back when we reviewed the OG Samsung Gear S in 2014, we called the thing more smartphone than smartwatch, which wasn’t necessarily a compliment. The 2015 sequel addressed many of the form factor-related and UI complaints, but health enthusiasts still found the Gear S2 flawed, especially in its Bluetooth-only, non-3G, non-GPS-including configuration. Samsung may have taken note again, and even after releasing a robust and powerful Gear Fit 2 activity tracker, it reportedly decided to integrate several new fitness-centric features and technologies on the upcoming Gear S3. Possibly dubbed ...

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    When’s the last time Samsung released a product with a really cool name? When did the company even try to think outside the box and concoct an original moniker rather than attach bland Max, Pro, Active, Ace, Neo or, yes, Edge suffixes to base, established brands, as well as combine random letters with incremental digits? Instead of racking your brains to answer that, consider the following labels – Gear Blink, Odyssey, Gear S3 Frontier. Pretty eccentric, memorable brand names, and while we’re not certain Samsung will ever actually use them, they’re at least being considered. ...

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    Samsung has added one more market to its target demographic for the Tizen-powered Z2. From ETNews's industry sources, lingua franca from South Africa has been included into the Z2's language packs besides India, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya and Nigeria. The Z2 will be Tizen's first effort with 4G connectivity and will help customers jump onto developing LTE infrastructure at a low price. Sources believe that Samsung will be able to dominate the market with this initiative with features like remote support and its IoT products. The Samsung Z2, said to have 1GB of RAM and ...

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    Anyone planning to make a stop in Berlin, Germany during a late summer/early fall Eurotrip to catch one of the oldest, largest industrial exhibitions in the world is probably disheartened by Samsung’s decision to not only “unpack” the Galaxy Note 7 a full month ahead of IFA, but possibly launch the thing in August as well. On the plus side, it’s now a near-certainty the Gear S3 smartwatch will be formally unveiled at or shortly before the 2016 Internationale Funkausstellung (International Radio Show), set to take place between September 2 and 7. Was that ever doubtful? Not if you ...

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    Even though mobile payments still don't reach the adoption levels that OEMs would like, Samsung continues to offer the most robust solution. We're not saying that Samsung Pay is better, but we have to give props to the company for allowing you to use the service in almost any terminal imaginable, while competitors force the user to find NFC-capable terminals. Samsung has decided to take its Pay service to a whole new level, but with some restrictions. Samsung Pay has just reached a broader beta for the Samsung Gear S2. It was available as a closed beta a few months ago, but now it seems ...

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    Samsung Gear S3 rumors are still thin on the ground, despite the Galaxy Note 7 “unpacking” event and IFA Berlin inching closer, with the Gear S2 of course unveiled at the previous German trade show in September 2015. Whether a sequel is in the pipeline or not, it’s nice to see the OG treated to its third incremental software update, previewed by tipsters very recently, and made official and fully detailed on the OEM’s newsroom portal earlier today. While iOS support remains on hold, Android users willing to pair their compatible smartphones with the Tizen wearable should rejoice ...

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    We've lavished praise on the Gear S2 for its elegant, yet capable hardware and — very important, here — its speedy, squeaky-clean software. Sure, it wasn't as robust as we'd like for it to be and it definitely had some attachment issues with its paired smartphone. But updates can definitely come along and change the name of the game in this respect. SamMobile is reporting that it knows some big changes in an upcoming update for the Gear S2. The device will start recommending watchfaces and apps let you install them right from the watch instead of the phone. You'll be able to instantly ...

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    Samsung is likely switching out the notification LED for a illuminated ring and will debut the feature, dubbed Smart Glow, on the Galaxy J2. That we can figure out so far. The Galaxy Note 7 may get the feature, too and so may the Galaxy S8, but SamMobile is reporting that the more advanced phones will get enhanced features. Starting off with the basics, Priority alerts are for your run-of-the-mill notifications. Colors can be tethered to certain contacts so you know which "blings" to pick up and read. Usage alerts should light up in different colors which should refer to different ...

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    Samsung seems to know its way around smartwatches. Even as a distant second to the Apple Watch, the company's Tizen-based offerings have proven popular in their own right — especially considering the forethought put into the Gear S2. Well, it's another year and already we're hearing word from SamMobile that there's another Tizen-powered Gear wearable coming our way beyond the Gear Fit 2. The codename for this one is "Solis" — Spanish for "sun". The outlet takes it to mean that the watchface will be circular once again as was hinted with the Gear S2's codename, "Orbis". The model ...

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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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    It's been a couple years of silent squats and burpees for Samsung's fitness-dedicated wearables. That's not to say that the company has ignored fitness. Not by a long shot. But if the chaebol wants to keep battling the likes of Apple and Fitbit, it needed to get its fitness right. Did it? Well, the Gear Fit 2 is giving it a shot. It keeps the wide AMOLED display from its predecessor, though it's gotten a bit wider — 216 x 432 at a 38.1mm (1.5 inches) diameter — that can show live stats as well as messaging notifications. The display is shy of the 24.5mm profile of the ...

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    While the vast majority of today’s popular activity trackers highlight the number and precision of their sensors, battery endurance, build quality, water resistance and connectivity as key selling points, you shouldn’t be very surprised if the next wave of low-cost wearables takes a cue from smartphones in engaging in spec wars. The Samsung Gear Fit 2, for instance, is tipped to pack a homebrewed 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 2GB internal storage space. That’s in stark contrast to the meek 180 MHz ARM Cortex M4-based CPU inside the original Gear Fit model, whereas RAM and ...

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    Update: Samsung released a follow-up statement which we picked up from Engadget: "We disagree with Fast Company's interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms." The company did not confirm anything about a new Android Wear device currently in the works. We should point out that Fast Company did not name the "executives" it got this information from. Our original story is below. Samsung was a launch partner with Google in bringing out one of a few Android Wear smartwatches back in 2014. But ...

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