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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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    Samsung's newest smartwatch is a bit different than the previous Gear models, in that it can function as a standalone device rather than just a smartphone companion. That's why it's important that mobile network operators decide to carry the watch, and Samsung has definitely made availability a priority with this Samsung Gear S US release. The wearable is headed to the US this fall for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. First of all, we went hands-on with the device when we were in Berlin for IFA 2014, so be sure to check out our video of the Gear S if you're considering making a ...

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    Critics can accuse Apple of following instead of leading with the arrival of NFC support in its latest hardware -set up to start facilitating mobile Apple Pay payments- all they want, but there's at least one component of that project where Apple's breaking new ground, making those NFC-based payments happen with a smartwatch. Sure, we've seen NFC-equipped smartwatches before, but not any so intimately tied to a payment system. But while the Apple Watch may be first, it won't be the last, and we get word today that Samsung is developing a payment-equipped smartwatch of its own. An ...

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    We just shared with you our hands-on look at Samsung's new Galaxy Alpha, remarking how IFA is a great venue to not just see the new products announced in Berlin this week, but also those the manufacturers here had launched in the days prior to the show. The Alpha is already a few weeks old, but Samsung's got another pre-IFA launch that's a bit newer, with the Gear S smartwatch having been announced a week ago Wednesday. With its compelling curved display, tracking this wearable down was a no-brainer, and we've filmed our run-in with the Gear S for you to check out. "Is it too big? It looks ...

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    It's really tough to get me excited about a new smartwatch from Samsung. That's not necessarily because of the company's earlier efforts, : I stood up for the original Galaxy Gear and enjoyed it much more than did most of my fellow tech reviewers, and I even bought and used a Gear Fit for a short time, preferring its futuristic and lightweight build to the clunky first-gen Pebble I'd adopted a year before. Rather, my antipathy to new Samsung smartwatches stems from the fact that the company's first effort landed exactly one year ago, and we're already on iteration five. That's a ...

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    Samsung came out of left field today with the announcement of the Samsung Gear S earlier today, and as it turns out, this 3G-capable wristwatch actually packs some punches under the hood. What exactly are those, you ask? Let's find out in our Samsung Gear S specs list. One of the best parts (if not the best part) is the fact that the Gear S offers 3G connectivity alongside standard smartwatch features. While the specs may scream "NORMAL" to you for the most part, a big selling point is likely going to be the on-the-go internet connectivity not requiring a smartphone companion device. ...

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    What a day for smartwatches – it's mere minutes after LG announced its G Watch R officially, and yet another bomshell from Seoul has just been chucked at us. Today the Samsung Gear S has gone official as one of the world's first 3G-capable smartwatches in the world. The Samsung Gear S features both regular wristwatch features and those allowing you to make use of the 3G connectivity. There's a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display and a flexible band, and you can send messages right from it. The Gear S offers WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity, so this is easily the most connected major ...

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    When it comes to wearables and smartwatches, Android Wear is a step in the right direction. No, it's not perfect - not yet anyway. The feeling is fairly uniform here at Pocketnow that Android Wear feels more like a "technology preview" than a final, polished product. All that having been said, I'm wearing my LG G Watch on my wrist right now. It pretty much lives there. Products powered by Android Wear are currently available from LG and Samsung, and the Moto 360 should be coming soon. We've also heard of an Asus smartwatch and a round G Watch that we expect to see at IFA. All this is very ...

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    What makes you choose one wearable over another? Phone compatibility? Price? Hardware design? Just like with smartphones themselves, there are a ton of criteria to keep in mind, and these being smart devices we're talking about, not the least of those is the variety of software the wearable is able to run. Some platforms are approaching the issue of apps from the phone side, like how Android Wear doesn't really offer apps that exist independently of your Android handset. Others, like Pebble, are more inclined to deliver apps that stand by themselves. Samsung's a little closer to the latter ...

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    Tizen just can't seem to get off the ground when it comes to smartphones. Sure, Samsung's put the platform inside its consumer electronics, and the OS powers the majority of the company's smartwatches, but a Tizen smartphone continues to elude us. Sure, we saw the Samsung Z go official a couple months back, but the phone's been hit with delay after delay since then, and now it's anyone's guess when (or if) sales might actually begin. Keep in mind, though, while it may seem like Samsung's baby, Tizen is actually an effort from multiple companies; could any other players be working on Tizen ...

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    Motorola's got one. LG's getting one. And at the pace things are going, if you want to be a competitive smartwatch manufacturer, that's going to mean adding a model with a circular face to your offerings. We've already heard that Samsung may be looking to spice up its smartwatch lineup with a new Gear model featuring a highly curved display, but now we get word that a circular model could be arriving to join it before the end of the year. We've talked about round Samsung smartwatches before, having spotted the company's work towards patenting such designs (above), but we haven't had any ...

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    Samsung has been pumping out smartwatches at a feverish pace, and in the past year alone we've seen the release of the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit, and most recently the Gear Live. We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of the inaugural Galaxy Gear's launch, and with Samsung's IFA 2014 Unpacked event scheduled for less than two weeks from now, will we see the debut of a new wearable? That's sounding like a distinct possibility, as we hear about Samsung's work towards a possible Gear 3. The first big change from the Gear 2, at least according to our source familiar with ...

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    Samsung's underdog Tizen OS has already proven to be great for the purposes of its smartwatch line, but it has failed to expand to smartphones too well -- though the Samsung Z was announced recently, that project is in limbo with delays at hand. Now a new report from TizenExperts suggests that the company might kill Samsung Z and instead invest in low-end phones. The reason for the change is supposedly to better counter OEMs such as Xiaomi, which have seen remarkable growth spurred by budget phones. Also, Tizen is meant to run on devices with as little as 256 MB of RAM, so it sounds like ...

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    The 2014 IFA expo is only a month away at this point, when smartphone manufacturers the world around will descend on Berlin to show off their latest wares. We're expecting a lot of new hardware to make its debut, and the companies behind all this gear have already started scheduling their announcements; just last week, we learned of Sony's plans for a September 3 press conference. Now another bigwig has shared its IFA plans, as Samsung reveals the timing for its next Unpacked event, also scheduled to take place on September 3. Samsung's event should get underway a couple hours in advance ...

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    Are we ever going to see Samsung's first commercial Tizen-running smartphone, the Samsung Z, go up for sale? After its early June launch, Samsung said the Z would make its retail debut in Russia sometime in Q3. But then a few weeks back we heard reports from a Moscow developer's event that Samsung was pulling its Russian launch announcement, and would instead introduce the phone “later,” when a better selection of Tizen apps was available. That didn't bode particularly well for the Z, and now Samsung's back with a new statement, talking again about delays. Sadly, it's more of the same, ...

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    Samsung is still the biggest smartphone seller in the world, and even though most of these sales are based on mid-tier smartphones, the company continues to dare the odds of R&D with its most recent experiments already on store shelves. Some of these experiments have gained a certain level of fame and others haven't, but the company is clear that in order for most of these products to survive, it does need the support of the developer community. As such the company has just sent out invitations for its Samsung Developers Conference in November. The event will happen from November 11th ...

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    Samsung and Google have a complicated relationship that's seemed more than a little strained over the past year or so. Back in January things really came to a head, as Samsung debuted the Magazine UX for its latest tablets. Google was concerned with the extent to which Samsung seemed to be reinventing Android, pushing its own look and own services to the forefront, at the expense of Google's efforts. But the companies quickly came to an understanding, and the signing of a long-term licensing agreement appeared to indicate that peace had been brokered. But would that last? A new report ...

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