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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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    Back in December, Samsung gave fans of the Gear S2 Classic smartwatch (the design with that lovely knurled bezel ring) something to look forward to in the new year as it announced that the wearable was about to pick up two new color options: platinum and rose gold. At CES in early January we got a chance to check out the new hardware, bringing you a hands-on look at the new models. A few weeks later, we even saw retailers getting ready to sell these puppies – but still with no firm word on when they might actually become available, outside a general one-to-two-month window. Well, it ...

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    The first few months of any given year are a perfect time for evaluating the past 12-month success of different devices and classes of tech products, as well as trying to guess what comes next. For wearables in general, and smartwatches in particular, 2015 was a good though perhaps not stellar year, while 2016 is shaping up to be considerably better. According to Gartner research, a total of 232 million wearable electronic devices were sold worldwide between last January and December, a number predicted to surge by a healthy 18.4 percent, to close to 275M units by the end of this year. The ...

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    It was certainly weird of Samsung to announce the commercial launch of the Gear S2 Classic “New Edition” in China, and its approaching global expansion without giving away anything on the retail cost front. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the fashionable Tizen timepiece will be priced in the Apple Watch Edition’s ballpark when plated with 18K rose gold or platinum. You’ll merely be asked to pay 100 bucks more than the MSRP of the standard Gear S2 Classic, and $50 north of the 42mm “iWatch” Sport. That’s right, $450 is how much Amazon charges stateside, though the ...

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    Luxury smartwatch manufacturers are obviously competing for a very small piece of a slowly growing pie, so it probably shouldn’t come as a great surprise Samsung chose to merely plate its upscale Gear S2 variant with precious metals rather than make it all gold and platinum. The Gear S2 Classic New Edition nonetheless “wowed the tech world by merging fashion with technology” at CES earlier this month, according to its not-so-modest designers, and is now fairly quickly going on sale in China, followed by markets “across the globe” in the next few weeks. Oddly enough, we’re yet ...

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    After a (way too) long waiting period, Samsung has finally decided to spread the wearable love to the all-important Indian market, which also only got the Apple Watch back in November. The Tizen-powered Gear S2 is obviously not as affordable in India as it’s recently become on American and British shores, but it’s considerably cheaper than the entry-level “iWatch” configuration, and that may go a long way in securing it a regional mainstream audience. Even the stylish Samsung Gear S2 Classic is priced lower than an Apple Watch Sport, at Rs 25,800, compared to around 31,000 rupees. ...

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    Samsung may have left it to third-party retailer Adorama to try to boost the mainstream popularity of the Gear S2 stateside, as the Apple Watch S draws near, but on British shores, the Korean manufacturer takes promotional matters into its own hands. While technically not billed as a Valentine’s Day bundle deal, the latest UK-only special offer lets you buy a swanky Tizen smartwatch for yourself and a loved one at a big discount. Typically priced at around £300, the Samsung Gear S2 Classic, seasoned with an elegant leather band, is now available for £449 in a box of two. That means ...

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    A researcher at Juniper recently concluded after exploring wearable numbers and trends the smartwatch is “a category waiting for a market”, with visual selling points not yet doubled by a clear, unique use case. In that context, it definitely feels a little extreme to charge north of $300 for an intelligent timepiece, especially one incapable of making a dent in Apple Watch’s early supremacy. Leave it to Adorama to make you an offer you can’t refuse stateside, selling the Samsung Gear S2 as low as $200 through January 20. Technically, the camera and film equipment store lists the ...

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    The world’s top smartphone manufacturer in terms of sales is obviously no quitter, and that’s evident by its commitment for both tablets and wearable devices. Let’s face it, Samsung hasn’t been able to garner much mainstream popularity in either décor, and as far as the latter is concerned, it’s tried it all. Tizen smartwatches, Android smartwatches, rectangular gadgets, round ones, fitness-oriented products, sub-$100 pieces, and $300+ “luxury” items. What’s next for the Gear wearable family? A circular low-cost activity tracker, apparently, that bears a striking ...

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    What's the great comeback story of 2015? BlackBerry delivering arguably its most exciting phone in a long while with the Android-running Priv? Maybe, but when we turn our focus to BlackBerry's own mobile platform, we spot another possible contender: back in November, Tizen edged past BlackBerry as the number-four globally ranked mobile OS. Samsung's initial expansion into Tizen phones may have proved to be much rockier than Tizen's spread across the company's wearable line, but little by little, we've been seeing Tizen show some real growth. We heard that growth could finally propel the ...

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