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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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    A month and a half ago, Samsung announced its first commercial Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z. The hardware seemed pretty capable, with a 4.8-inch 720p display and even the heart rate monitor from the Galaxy S5, but it didn't take long before we started developing some concerns about the phone's arrival, especially as Samsung withdrew the phone's announcement from a planned event at a Russian Tizen dev conference, citing a need to beef-up its app portfolio. The manufacturer said the phone would be appearing “later,” and we were still in the promised Q3 availability window, but after ...

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    We've been anticipating the arrival of Tizen-running commercial smartphones for more than two years by this point. Finally it looked like things were starting to happen earlier this year, but then carriers seemed to get cold feet. Eventually Samsung put the rumors to rest and announced the Samsung Z last month; end of the story, right? If only it were that simple. Even with this model now confirmed, Tizen can't seem to shake this history of delays, and now issues are interfering with plans for the Z's Russian launch. Moscow was expected to see its own Samsung Z launch event this week at a ...

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    One of the highest-profile tech companies right now is Samsung, so it's only expected that its finances are heavily scrutinized and analyzed. Today the Samsung Q2 operating profit data has been released to the public, and it's not looking too wonderful for the South Korea-based OEM -- for the third consecutive quarter, operating profit has fallen for the company. Because of investors' concerns with Samsung's near-term growth possibilities, its share price has fallen to 1,292,000 won, the lowest it has been since March 26 of this year. In terms of operating profit, Samsung reports earning ...

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    When Samsung launches a new flagship, it generally looks to milk all the money it can out of different models. We saw that with the Galaxy S5 Active. We saw that yet again with the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (or "Prime"), which we recently unboxed. The latest model which could be in the cards -- Tizen Galaxy S5 test models have reportedly made their way over to India. The first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z, was pretty solid spec-wise. A 4.8-inch display (720p, which disappointed some), 2.3 GHz SoC, 2GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera made for a decent package, but y0u can't go wrong with even ...

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    Samsung got June started by launching the Samsung Z, its first Tizen smartphone to be positioned for commercial release. This announcement had been a long time coming, and the hardware we got to see sounded pretty decent, with a modern chipset and even the same heart rate sensor found on the flagship Galaxy S5. But the Z wasn't always what we were expecting the first Tizen phone to be, and long before its arrival we had our eyes out for the Samsung ZEQ 9000. While that phone never managed to find a home on carrier shelves, we finally get a chance to check out some detailed pics of what may ...

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    If there's one thing about us geeks, it's our capacity to be super-critical about every little thing you can imagine. Sometimes that's a good thing: it prevents us from being bamboozled by every piece of techno-trash a company tries to shove down our throat, and it prompts the more vocal among us to shout out loud until those firms refine their offerings. Criticism, on the whole, can have a net positive effect. But sometimes it feels like we complain just for the sake of making noise. Publications like ours are as guilty of this as any other, but on the whole, most of us try to keep our ...

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    For the past couple years now, Intel's been nipping at the heels of the smartphone industry, trying to get some attention. The company's interested in seeing its Atom SoCs find homes in mobile devices, but so far interest has been spotty at best; we'll see the odd Intel-powered model here and there, but rarely do we see a manufacturer keep returning to Intel over and over, as they do with Qualcomm. Last year Samsung got in bed with Intel when it used the company's chips in its tablets, but now we hear that Samsung may be ready to step things up a notch and could be planning to release an ...

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    If there's a company that's famous for actually launching anything that lands at its R&D department, it's Samsung. We've seen the company dare the odds successfully with inventions like the phablet, even though other experiments like the Galaxy Round haven't proven to be quite successful. We've heard of the company wanting to compete with some daring accessories a couple of weeks ago as well, and today things start taking shape. Those of you who were happy with the rumors that Samsung was wanting to compete with the Oculus Rift, should be even happier today. The company has just filed ...

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    With Google I/O a mere week away, chances are very good that we're about to find ourselves facing some new Android Wear developments. Between whatever software news emerges out of there, and the pending arrival of the LG G Watch, Moto 360, and whatever new hardware pops up this summer, Android Wear is threatening to go from zero to sixty in no time at all, changing the Android smartwatch landscape. That puts pressure on manufacturers of existing smartwatches to keep moving if they want their products to stay relevant, and today we see Samsung doing a little of just that, doling out a new ...

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    After several delays, Samsung has finally followed through on its promises. Last July, we were eagerly awaiting the launch of the first Tizen smartphone, but word emerged that Samsung would be facing some delays. The rumor claimed Samsung would have to push back the launch about two months. Come November, we heard again that Tizen hardware would be delayed, that we wouldn't see any consumer-focused devices until 2014. Fast forward to January and we still hadn't see the first Tizen devices. Samsung's plan was to launch the first Tizen handsets in the first half of the year. Clearly, that ...

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    We knew this day was coming. Samsung's been working on Tizen for years now, taking its time to help flesh-out the platform into something that would be able to take a swing at the Android-dominated phone landscape out there now. We've already seen Samsung bring Tizen to its cameras, as well as its smartwatches – and just last week it reached a milestone as it updated the first-gen Galaxy Gear to replace its native Android OS with Tizen. But for all this progress, we've been lacking one key development: a full-on smartphone, a commercially-focused Tizen handset. It's taken us a long time ...

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    Samsung's release of its Gear 2 models earlier this year didn't just signal that Samsung was crazy for wearables, not even waiting six months to launch its second-gen models, but marked a larger milestone: shifting a family that started off running Android over to Tizen. For while that first Galaxy Gear was Android at its core, the Gear 2 and its kin were powered by Samsung's pet OS. We've still yet to see Samsung push Tizen into a commercial phone, but the platform's spread from cameras to wearables sure does indicate that Samsung's moving forward with it. Today we witness the next step ...

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    The Moto 360 will likely have many competitors following its release, and it looks like one of those devices will be manufactured by Samsung. When you first rest eyes upon the picture above, you may instantly think Moto 360, but there is a lot more to it, according to this particular patent application. Some of the renders spotted show various things we've grown accustomed to on Samsung smartwatches (and others). Different watch faces, weather tracking, and fitness apps have all been simulated on the device, though we have no specs available to confirm anything. The cool part about some ...

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    Samsung is clearly interested in wearables in a big way, as evidenced by how its selection has positively exploded since the debut of the first Galaxy Gear not even nine months ago. But right around the time the Gear 2 models were getting ready to go up for sale we started hearing about another Samsung smartwatch, and this time one that would differ from previous models in one big way: it would have its own cellular data connection, freeing it from the need to be tethered to a smartphone. We've been tracking rumors of this so-called Gear Solo ever since, and have seen compelling evidence ...

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    Whenever someone comes up with an innovative idea, Samsung's on hand to copy it, right? It seems so, at least in this South Korean patent application. The company has trademarked "Gear Blink," which could potentially mean a Google Glass competitor is en route from Samsung. The trademark application does not offer up any juicy details regarding the device itself, but hey, we at least possibly have a name now. Previously, we referred to the device as "Gear Glass" and "Galaxy Glass," because of older leaks. Samsung has applied for many patents in the smart eyewear industry, so we could be ...

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    Though many of us argue that Pebble tends to make better smartwatches than Samsung, the Korean company's marketing prowess is doing its thing again. Thanks to Samsung's incredible marketing of their smartwatches (by means of celebrity endorsement and otherwise), the company has reportedly sold 500,000 wrist-wearables in the first quarter of 2014. The half-million figure seems even larger when last year's numbers come into play -- over the course of the entire year, Samsung only sold about 1,000,000 smartwatches. This year, they are already on track to sell a handsome 2,000,000, though the ...

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