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    We’ve kept an eye on Samsung’s rumored “Project Orbis,” which is also being dubbed the Samsung Gear A by many as well. This is not only Samsung’s first round smartwatch, but also a device in which Samsung plans to bring some UI innovation, as we’ve heard that a rotating bezel will play a major role in how you’ll interact with the smartwatch. We’re ready for a possible launch of this product in IFA, but today we get a ton of details on what to expect. Samsung has just launched its Gear SDK to developers, and it includes very comprehensive documentation on the specifications ...

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    Samsung hasn't necessarily succeeded in the smartwatch market, regardless of its Android or Tizen approaches. Apple has apparently already sold more Apple Watch units than all other smartwatch manufacturers have in years combined, so its clear that Samsung needs to hit a home run with its next launch. We were expecting the Samsung Gear A to launch soon, but it seems Korea wants to take its time. Trusted sources claim that Samsung might not launch the Gear A, codename Orbis, until later this year, possibly at the same time that it announces the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung hadn't really committed ...

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    15.6 trillion won, or 14.4 billion US dollars, is how much Samsung Electronics is investing in its new chip line located in Pyeongtaek, around 40 miles south of Seoul. Marking the company's largest investment ever in a single chip manufacturing line, production is scheduled to start sometime in 2017, according to the Korea Herald. "The Pyeongtaek line reflects Samsung's entrepreneurship of making proactive investments, and not just settling on its achievement up to now. It also should be highly evaluated that the company made aggressive investments and gave opportunities to the young", ...

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    Right now, Tizen doesn't seem like a very big part of Samsung's mobile offerings – but that could be well on its way to changing. Tizen continues to make inroads on Samsung's wearable lineup, but its role in smartphones themselves has been a little lackluster. Initial Samsung Z plans fell apart, and so far we've only seen one Tizen phone: last year's Z1. But now there's promise of new Tizen hardware, with two such models rumored to be in development, including a Z2. Today we may get our first look at just that handset, with the release of a few pics. We sure seem to be looking at a Tizen ...

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    Last year, Samsung's Tizen efforts turned out to be a bit uneven. The manufacturer had some good success with Tizen-based smartwatches, but the situation was a bit more rocky when it came to smartphones. The Samsung Z ended up becoming vaporware, though early 2015 brought us a real commercial model, the Z1 (above). More recently, rumors have suggested that Samsung's already been prepping a follow-up, and today we check out a few details, as rumors describe possible hardware for two new Tizen handsets. First up, we have the so-called Z2, with some lower-mid-range specs. The phone could get ...

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    Samsung's round-screened Orbis smartwatch is just all over the news today. A few hours back we checked out a report that the wearable could find itself powered by the same Exynos chip Samsung's putting in the Galaxy S6, all with the aim of giving Orbis battery life that goes solidly beyond its competition. That sounds all sorts of promising, but when might we actually be able to check this guy out for ourselves? Rumors of an MWC debut clearly haven't happened, so what might be another possible ETA? Sometime in early summer? Another new Orbis rumor suggests a launch could fall even further ...

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    On January 14, about a month ago, Samsung decided to make its first Tizen-powered smartphone official. The phone with a four-inch WVGA screen and a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor was only announced for India, initially, and according to industry sources cited by Business Korea, its market performance is better than expected. More than 100,000 units have been sold (the source mentions "people who chose" the phone, so we're quite sure we're looking at sales, not units shipped) since its debut, in India. In Bangladesh, since its February 3 availability, 20,000 units reached their owners, for a ...

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    For several weeks now we've been hearing rumors about Samsung's next smartwatch, a device that's expected to represent the company's first foray into the world of circular-screened wearables. But rather than just being a Moto 360 or G Watch R copy, this Samsung smartwatch -codenamed Orbis- has been tipped to offer something a little bit different: a ring surrounding its display that the user will be able to twist in order to interact with the watch's software. Today some new rumors start diving in to just how those ring controls will work, while also discussing the wearable's feature set. ...

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    Even though we've seen Samsung launch a bevy of smartwatches running its proprietary Tizen platform, we've always know that the original plans were for the OS to power smartphones. The company teased its Samsung Z1 for months before it finally released it in India a few weeks ago. If you're wondering if it's worth to consider Tizen as a platform of choice in the future, think again. Reuters reports that the Samsung Z1 has been met with much disappointment in India. Reviewers and consumers are apparently complaining about the lack of applications on the platform, in addition to a very bad ...

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    On the surface, the Samsung Z1 isn't a very compelling phone for most of us. It's only got ¾ GB RAM (768 MB), a dual-core 1.2 GHz Processor, and a 1500 mAh battery.  I doesn't stop there, either. With 4GB storage, and a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800, you're not going to see the Z1 competing with anything even approaching a "flagship". That's okay for it's target: emerging markets. After all, it runs the lightweight Tizen OS - not Android. What if it did run Android? What if the Samsung Z1 were an Android One phone? Android One Android One is a relatively new program ...

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    Samsung may not have brought any new smartwatches to CES this year, but word is that the company's been putting something together with the aim of introducing it during MWC in early March. Unlike Samsung's prior wearables, this new one has been rumored to be a round-screened model, in the vein of the Moto 360 or LG G Watch R. We've heard that this could be another Tizen model for the manufacturer, but beyond that, there haven't been many specifics mentioned about Samsung's intentions for this purportedly model codenamed Orbis. This week we start to get into details, as a new rumor ...

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    After hearing lots or reports, rumors, and even leaks in the past, for the longest time, the Samsung Z1 announced today is indeed the company's first Tizen phone. Back in December we knew to expect it this month, but with no exact release date; however, today, it becomes official. There was a lot of speculation behind the phone (and Samsung's move), with the general consensus being that Samsung is testing the waters with its own OS, Tizen, in its move to have a backup plan and/or try to reduce its dependency on Google's Android mobile platform (which it leads, by the way, in terms of ...

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    Last week, while neck-deep in CES action, we caught wind of a little rumor about what to expect from the next big industry event we'll be attending, hearing about Samsung's plans for a new round-screened smartwatch in the vein of the Moto 360 ready to break cover at MWC. And of course we've been wondering about what the conference could mean for Samsung's Galaxy S6 launch, and whether the flagship (or flagships?) would be debuting collinearly with the expo, or if Samsung would save that spotlight for a wholly distinct launch event. To hear the latest rumors, that new smartwatch will sure ...

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    CES 2015 is technically still in progress, but with no more big launches due, plenty of eyes are already turning to MWC in early March. A whole mess of new hardware is expected for the Barcelona expo, and in particular we've been talking about smartwatches a little. LG's tipped to be bringing a new circular model to introduce – the company's second, following the G Watch R – and now we're hearing about another player who could be planning to launch a round wearable of its own, as Samsung's tipped to be working on its first smartwatch with a circular display. The key components to this ...

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    With the end of the year now in sight, it seems pretty safe to say that 2014 is going to pass us by without the release of a smartphone running the Tizen platform. While the operating system has made its way into things like cameras and smartwatches, Samsung's efforts to deliver a handset powered by Tizen have so far come up short – we got so close with the announcement of the Samsung Z back in June, but that never had the momentum to make it through to a commercial release. And while 2014 won't be the year that Tizen phones make their retail debut, it looks like 2015 won't have to share ...

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    With 2014 came a whole load of wearables fighting for a spot on your wrist – the Moto 360, the LG G Watch R, the Pebble Steel, the Apple Watch (well, it was announced at least), and more. With this overload of watches, it's difficult to differentiate these days, but Samsung managed to pique our interest with the launch of the Gear S, which we checked out at IFA 2014 back in September. The device both featured a smartphone-esque form factor –even including a physical home button– and offered standalone functionality, making it one of just a few smartwatches that doesn't require a ...

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    Soon we'll be reflecting on some of the memorable moments in mobile tech this year, and beyond picking out our favorite devices, we'll also be thinking about those that really managed to disappoint. And while that list will include all sorts of smartphones that we expected more from, at least most of those will be handsets that actually came out – unlike the first Tizen phone. Because while the Samsung Z was announced all the way back in June, its release plans quickly fell apart. Word was that even that upset wouldn't be the last we heard of Tizen, and for the past couple months now ...

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    Tomorrow is December 6. And while that date may not mean a lot on its own, it marks the one month point from the official start of CES 2015, taking place in Las Vegas from January 6 through 9. Smartphone companies have already been getting their PR machines running, announcing plans for their respective CES press events: we heard from Sony a few weeks back, and earlier today we were talking about Xiaomi's plans. But now it's time for one of the biggest brands in mobile tech to schedule its own CES event, as Samsung clues us in to its pre-CES press conference. Samsung's event will start the ...

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    Samsung's Gear S is a very interesting smartwatch – there's little denying that much. From its curved screen to its integrated 3G radio, it clearly stands apart from the vast majority of its smartwatch competition. In a new blog post published today, Samsung attempts to remind us just how unique the Gear S is, talking about the decisions that led to its design. And while all that's very interesting, it also reveals a bit of tunnel vision wherein Samsung can't seem to see past its own product lines. Let's touch on those design choices first, because there really is some neat stuff here. ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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    Tizen was supposed to be Samsung's alternative for smartphones, and instead, all we've seen reach the public are smartwatches running the platform. We have seen the company trying to jumpstart its smartphone plans in the past with the Samsung Z, but we still can't understand why these products never made it to consumers. We could easily assume that Samsung is thinking twice about Tizen on smartphones, but some new leaks prove otherwise. We have some new screenshots that show us what Tizen 2.3 will look like, and as long as you're not a TouchWiz hater, you might like what you see. As a ...

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    Samsung's newest Gear is also its most ambitious. The Gear S smartwatch packs a curved two-inch display, IP67 ingress protection, and a custom Tizen UI into a cuff-like wristband that weighs in at a surprisingly airy 66g. Oh, and it packs cellular and WiFi connectivity along with the usual Bluetooth. That last important detail makes the Gear S more than just your typical smartwatch. As we discovered during our first hands-on at IFA 2014, the Gear S is capable of fully independent operation, smartphone or no. Sure, you still need a smartphone to set it up –and a Samsung one at that– ...

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    For a brief moment there, it looked like Samsung was really going forward with Tizen smartphones that would try to compete with Android handsets at or close to the flagship level. At least, the Samsung Z we saw announced back in June had some pretty capable hardware under its belt, but it wasn't long before the phone's release plans found themselves derailed, and the Z faded into the annals of vaporware. But there could still be hope for Tizen phones yet, and we started hearing chatter that Samsung could embrace the platform for lower-end models. Today we get to check out the hardware for ...

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    Samsung's new Gear S smartwatch bucks trends in more ways than one, giving users not just a curved wrist-hugging display, but also a wearable with integrated cellular connectivity. We saw the smartwatch launch back around IFA-time, and a few weeks later we started picking up on news about the model's path towards a US release. What we didn't have, though, were a lot of details, including pricing and specific timing. Today our answers begin to pour in, and both AT&T and T-Mobile are talking about getting Gear S sales started early next month. AT&T will be first out of the gate, ...

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    We've seen strong emphasis from Samsung on its Tizen ventures these past few years, but with the continued failure to launch a phone running the mobile OS, things aren't looking so great for the upstart operating system. Sources close to Samsung from the Wall Street Journal are reporting Samsung mobile division staff cuts – what could be a gloomy sign for this division of the company. Approximately 500 of its engineers in the mobile division are being repurposed to other parts of Samsung, including the printer and television-manufacturing sides. Samsung says the move is to "to enhance ...

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