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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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    Tizen isn't the most exciting mobile platform out there right now, but Samsung wants to keep progress going on its baby. After all, it is outdoing BlackBerry's sales in some markets. And to further things along, we may soon see a Z2. TIZEN CAFE on Twitter has put up what looks to be South Korean import listings for components of a phone called the SM-Z200F with an SS (we presume to be "screen size" or four (inches). As Samsung's first Tizen phone, the Z1 also had a four-inch display, though with the step up in moniker, we'd want to assume that we're looking forward to something ...

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    It may seem like a dull period for smartwatches with nothing exceptionally big, new and inspiring having appeared this trade show season — though major releases targeting women were needed to bring them into the market. Maybe our editorial attention spans were just too short after having to inspect over a year-long parade of smartwatches. But this is a growth market and research firms have the metrics to confirm it. Strategy Analytics measured 4.2 million total shipments for this past winter quarter, 223 percent better than the 1.3 million in the period last year. 2.2 million — or 52 ...

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    It used to be that Samsung was king of the wearables market, cranking out new models faster than most of us could keep up. But lately we've really seen the company start slowing things down: last year's Gear S2 is still coasting along steadily, and sometimes it feels like Samsung's let VR's rise distract it a little from other wearable pursuits. But we've still heard whispers about where Samsung's efforts could be headed next, and today we score a major breakthrough as a leak outs a pair of upcoming wearables from the manufacturer: the second-gen Gear Fit tracker and the all-new wireless ...

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    As Galaxy Note 6 speculation is already heating up, despite there likely being at least four more months until the phablet becomes official, you may have started to wonder about certain “companion” devices also prepped for IFA introductions in the fall. The first ever Gear VR consumer edition still feels fresh, but it badly needs upgrades and optimizations too, particularly on the software side of things. And then you got the Gear S2 smartwatch, which saw daylight roughly a year after the original Gear S, and could thus warrant a sequel as early as September. Indeed, Korean press now ...

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    Samsung has never been open to discuss the sales numbers of its latest and arguably greatest smartwatch yet, and even off the record, we’ve only heard reports of Gear S2 box-office achievements shortly after its launch. Those are rarely good signs, but the circular Tizen wearable must be doing something right, since a slew of new models were released in recent months, including luxury designer configurations and fairly stylish, fairly affordable Classic Rose Gold and Platinum editions. If it still feels like there aren’t enough options to customize and personalize the Samsung Gear S2 ...

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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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    And the wait continues. Yes, even on Verizon, which erroneously listed iOS 8.4 and up compatibility as a key improvement in the carrier’s latest Samsung Gear S2 software update. The support page has been modified and no false claims are included any longer, with a specific bug fix for a random clock freeze issue and full functionality on all Android Marshmallow smartphones now headlining the ho-hum changelog. Tipping the scales at close to 70MB, Big Red’s UI renovation effort looks like a routine maintenance affair, though there are a few new features added in the mix. Namely, World ...

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    Funny thing about being at the top. There’s a lot of different ways you can fall. In the business world it’s even more harrowing because if you are at the top of your game, and you don’t get better, you are considered to be failing. Imagine if you are doing anything better than anyone else in the world, and then one day, someone complains that you haven’t gotten any better and everyone suddenly hates you. That’s a rough gig, no matter who you are. Samsung’s case isn’t exactly like that. It has been sliding for a couple of years now.  And by “sliding” I mean “making ...

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    It’s been a terribly long, convoluted, bumpy ride from Android exclusivity to cross-platform compatibility for Samsung’s best smartwatch to date, and the nightmare seems to end in the most unexpected way. The largest and typically slowest US carrier in terms of software support is actually the first to make Gear S2’s highly anticipated new update official. The over-the-air renovation should go down today, March 24, but of course, it might roll out in waves and take some time before spreading nationwide. What’s important is it’s finally happening, and if Verizon can pull it off, ...

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    There have been numerous occasions in the past few months for prospective buyers of the delightful Samsung Gear S2 to jump on the Tizen smartwatch bandwagon without paying an arm and a leg. But if you missed Adorama’s $200 deal, as well as AT&T and Verizon’s free bundle combinations, or felt you could do better, today’s a lovely day to pull the trigger. Both the elastomer-strapped model and the extra-stylish Gear S2 Classic, complete with a black leather band, go for all-time low prices at Best Buy. Namely, $139 and $174 respectively. That’s a whopping $160 and $175 off list, ...

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    While we clearly have to commend Samsung for regularly improving the proprietary software on its sleekest smartwatch to date, releasing the Gear S2 with Tizen instead of Android Wear kept one very important feature away from the bezelicious timepiece. We’re talking iPhone compatibility, which Google reluctantly picked up months ago in a doomed attempt to shrink the Apple Watch’s mainstream appeal, especially among wearable adopters on tighter budgets. Whether iFans are willing to pair their iOS handhelds with smartwatches manufactured by other outfits or not, making the Gear S2 ...

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    It’s no big secret Apple got off to a flying start at the global smartwatch box-office, at least compared to its direct rivals, and industry estimates suggested at one point the “iWatch” may have gobbled up as much as two thirds of the market last year. That’s a remarkable feat by any standards, especially given the lack of availability during 2015’s first three or four months, and Samsung, Pebble or Motorola’s pre-existing intelligent timepiece experience. But while IDC (the International Data Corporation) forecasts the Apple Watch will retain its dominance in 2016 and beyond, ...

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    Samsung’s “next big thing” isn’t even out yet, and retail partners are already this close to giving the new phone away for free to convince you to do business with them. Well, not exactly, but we’re getting there. For starters, no matter where you pre-order your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge from, you’re eligible for a complimentary Gear VR headset, plus a 6-game Oculus virtual reality bundle. Total savings - $150. In addition to that, Target throws in a gratis $100 gift card, T-Mobile offers a 12-month Netflix subscription, and Sprint covers half the cost of a second S7 you might be ...

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    Although it probably doesn’t come with an embedded SIM just yet on American shores, Samsung’s most fashionable smartwatch to date should make a few waves among Verizon and AT&T customers, thanks mainly to its standalone cellular support. Unfortunately, we’re only talking 3G connectivity here, not full-blown 4G LTE speeds, which may put off some performance junkies. But the surprisingly good news is Ma Bell appears to charge just $250 for the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G with two-year contracts, while the outright price sits at $350 through the nation’s second largest carrier. As ...

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    Forget self-driving cars. If you own a car within the last two decades, you've probably been wondering about how you might better check up on your car. Automatic has a dongle that divulges troves of information about how you can treat your car of this problem or that route. But add LTE and Tizen OS and you get Samsung's Connect Auto dongle. It, too, plugs into that OBD II diagnostics port that cars have (usually under the dashboard or steering wheel) and connects users to their car securely (using Samsung KNOX protection) through LTE — acting as a Wi-Fi hotspot as needed, too. Data ...

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    As tech companies continue to race towards gimmicky and ultimately impractical 4K smartphones with 16-core processors and 8GB RAM or $100K smartwatches made from solid Kryptonite, it’s easy to lose sight of the little annoying things that should have probably been improved decades ago. Case in point, physical SIM cards you need to replace when switching wireless carriers. How is that still a thing? Well, GSMA’s industry-backed Consumer Remote SIM provisioning initiative will finally make it obsolete before long, allowing the user to retain an embedded card or eSIM for the duration of a ...

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