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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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    While Samsung's fashionable Gear Fit smart watch/fitness accessory saw plenty of action in our recent exercise adventure with S Health, our coverage of the device itself has been limited to just an initial hands-on and an unboxing as Editor-in-Chief Anton D. Nagy waits for his Galaxy S5 review unit to complete the long trek to Romania (our full Galaxy S5 review can be found here). On the bright side, Samsung was good enough to provide us a Gear Fit for review use here in the States as well. The tricky part: our window with that device was quite short, just about two days in all. That's not ...

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    Tizen is here. It's powering cameras, and it powers the latest Samsung Gear smartwatches, but we're still waiting on it to debut on the form factor that could make or break it as a platform: Tizen on a smartphone. The idea of a Tizen phone has been teasing us for literally years by now, and it's finally about to happen. Earlier this month we heard that Samsung intended to release its first Tizen smartphone by the end of the quarter, meaning we could be waiting until late June to see its debut. But now we've picked up on another report sourced to Samsung itself, indicating that the first ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S5 will outsell its predecessor from 2013, the GS4, according to optimistic predictions of a Samsung top executive, quoted by Reuters. History teaches us that this has been the case in previous years, so there's really nothing groundbreaking in these expectations. The South Koreans have done everything in their power to create the perfect conditions for this to happen, including price, gifts, as well as dramatically increasing initial roll-out market numbers. The executive continued saying the S5 "is selling faster than the S4 so far, though it's difficult to share ...

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    Our Samsung Gear 2 Neo unboxing video is here, but, we'll be honest straight from paragraph no. 1: we'll wait for our Samsung Galaxy S 5 review unit to land at our doorstep until we'll review the smartwatch. Why? Because we want to take advantage of the added features of the S5 on one hand, and, on the other hand, we want to experience the complete 2014 line-up UX, as Samsung intended it at the Barcelona launch event. As far as the Gear 2 Neo is concerned, we're looking at a natural evolution of last year's Galaxy Gear, with some design, internals, as well as functionality improvements. It ...

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    Samsung has done some very interesting efforts to push the smartwatch ecosystem forward. The Galaxy Gear hasn't been the best smartwatch in the world, but Samsung did a very decent job in giving us a product that could allow you to use more of your smartphone features on your wrist, without needing to pull your phone out of your pocket. Some of these features even included allowing you to make phone calls through the device's speaker, and it seems Samsung wants to go even further with this concept. We have some new reports that show Samsung working on a device called the Samsung Gear Solo, ...

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    Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Gear a scant six months ago. That's it. In the time since, we've not only seen Samsung's second generation of smartwatches debut, but now this Android Wear news has totally shaken-up the market – we've come a long way in a very short time. While newer devices are already waiting for us, and the next big thing is perched on the horizon, the first Galaxy Gear is still a relatively recent, quite capable smartwatch that may not be worth dismissing altogether just yet. If you've been curious about smartwatches and have just been waiting for a decent ...

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    The wearable space has greatly matured since this time last year. Pebble, for one, grew from the gauche, all-plastic smartwatch behind the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time, to a finely machined luxury watch made of marine grade stainless steel with a blossoming ecosystem of applications and a dedicated development community and fan base. But that's hardly the only wearables development of the past year. The idea of wearables and, more specifically, smartwatches became more mainstream; Google Glass started spreading about the tech space; Google purchased WIMM Labs; Sony ...

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    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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    We apologize for the delay due to some technical difficulties. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's announcement of the Surface 2 with LTE for AT&T. Then we talk about the All New HTC One and how we get the first leaked video of HTC Sense 6. Samsung follows the news as the company is struggling to launch the Galaxy S5 on time. We then talk about the iPhone 6 spec leaks, and how we should expect an Ultra-Retina Display. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Gear, and how other smartphones may benefit from it. All this and more after the break. We apologize ...

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    Releasing a smartwatch in this day and age is a massive undertaking. You can't just throw together some hardware, have it pull notifications from your phone over Bluetooth, and call it a day; maybe that flew in years past, but today's smartwatch users demands a much more fleshed-out experience. Maybe more than anything, we want apps. Samsung switched platforms from Android to Tizen with the release of the Gear 2 (and Gear 2 Neo), and while that gives the company a bit of a fresh start, it also means that we're starting from square one when it comes to software. Today, Samsung takes the ...

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    Samsung introduced its second-gen Galaxy Gear – this time shortened to simply the “Gear 2” - over a week ago. News of the smartwatch arrived alongside that of the camera-less Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit fitness tracker. Samsung shared details about software features, product specs, and even confirmed that sales of these models would begin sometime in April; really, we had everything we could hope to know except for pricing. While we still haven't seen any official numbers, some figures have managed to leak out this week, and assuming they're in the right ballpark, it looks like this ...

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    Forty-four videos and untold news stories later, MWC 2014 is finally on the cusp of winding down - but there's still more to "unpack" from Monday's Samsung event. After yesterday's editorials on the ups and downs of the company's recent moves with its flagship smartphone, today's agenda starts with something much smaller: the Gear Fit, and how it might save Samsung from smart watch mediocrity. First some background: I was standing outside the entrance to Samsung's Galaxy Studio in New York City on Monday, waiting to be let in for the Unpacked press event, when a familiar person sighted me ...

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    When we asked a Samsung rep to clarify the differences between the Gear 2 Neo and its simply named (but better-endowed) sibling at today's Unpacked event, we were surprised to learn just how shallow those differences were. The Neo drops the camera, leaving the IR port to fend for itself in its tiny porthole up top, but aside from the accompanying reduction in size and mass, the watches are essentially identical. That means the Gear 2 Neo packs the same Tizen OS, the same heart rate sensor around back, the same 4GB of local storage, and the same tightened hardware build that allows for ...

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    When a company churns out its first smart watch after less than a year's development, then follows it up with a sequel less than six months later, there's something funky going on. So what does it mean when a company releases not one, but two sequels to its half-baked initial offering, announcing them alongside a funky fitness bracelet and the headlining Android smartphone for 2014? It says the company is determined to make a meaningful splash in the wearables space before its competitors get the chance, and it's taking a typical Samsung approach to getting there. To be sure, the Gear 2 ...

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    Samsung's Unpacked event is now a wrap, having introduced us to the Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, and reacquainting us with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Those represent the major devices we were hoping to see, but there have been a few notable no-shows from Samsung so far at MWC: what about those non-PRO Tab 4 models? What about a long-overdue Tizen phone? Despite Tizen being the new platform for the Gear 2 smartwatches, its future with smartphones gets dealt another setback today, with Samsung CEO J.K. Shin saying that it's still “too early for a smartphone with Tizen.” In a story that's ...

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    No, you didn't accidentally sleep through the weekend and it's Monday already, when Samsung will be throwing its Unpacked 5 event. While we've still got another day to go before we expect Samsung to take the lid off the Galaxy S 5, one of the other big announcements we were looking forward to from the company's MWC showcase has gone official just a little prematurely, and overnight Samsung confirmed its latest smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo That's right: no more “Galaxy” this time around – just the Gear 2 (or 2 Neo). So what's new about these smartwatches, and what has ...

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    Getting a little sick and tired of MWC-rumor-this and MWC-rumor-that? Do you crave answers and official product announcements? Well, get yourself ready for a few days' worth of redemption, as MWC events start kicking off this weekend, bringing you hard news of all these products that have otherwise been so darn nebulous. We've got Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the ground in Barcelona, and the Pocketnow team back home will be supporting them, bringing you news of all the latest MWC developments while they go in search of getting you hands-on looks at this flood of new hardware. There's ...

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    Something needs to change with the Galaxy Gear. Samsung's aware of this, and for a while now we've been expecting the company to prepare a second-gen Galaxy Gear for this spring, hoping to correct some of the missteps the first smartwatch made. But what, exactly, could Samsung be hoping to change? Would it finally open the watch up to operation with non-Samsung Androids? Could it significantly improve the watch's battery life? What about doing something about that big camera bulge on the strap? As we wait for answers, an unexpected theory crosses our desk, with the suggestion that Samsung ...

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    So much of our Tizen coverage is focused on Samsung that's it's easy to forget that this is not some one-man show. Up front, we've got Samsung and Intel in the lead, but there are a number of other companies involved as members and partners of the Tizen Association. Those include OEMs like Huawei, as well as carriers and software firms. This week, a whole bunch of new names join the effort, including a couple you should recognize. Out of the 15 new Tizen Association members, the most interesting may be ZTE. Along with Huawei, it represents one of the more prominent OEMs to get involved ...

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    The idea that Samsung could deliver the Galaxy S 5 in multiple hardware configurations with differences more profound than simply SoC choice and radio support is one with a fair amount of support behind it – it may not be a certainty, but no one would be surprised should something like that end up being confirmed. But while trying to suss-out the meaning behind all those GS5 model numbers may be a full-time job in and of itself, the phone is far from the only hardware in Samsung's pipeline, and today we hear a little about a couple new models from different families, a new “Value ...

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    We're all familiar with Samsung's Tizen efforts, and how the phone-maker is trying to somehow either compete with Android and iOS, or secure a position of survival should its Android plans, at one point, fail. However, that's a very brave hypothesis as Samsung is currently the most successful Android OEM, and the company has recently signed a ten-year cross-licensing agreement with Google (though Mountain View is trying to limit Samsung's customization of Android lately). The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung's Tizen plans are hitting some roadblocks though, in the form of carriers ...

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    As we gear up in anticipation of Tizen's inevitable commercial launch, we've been having more and more chances lately to check out some of the platform's hardware. On Monday we had that render, followed by an in-the-wild shot on Tuesday. The latter we were told showed Samsung's model SM-Z9005, and that's the very hardware we return to focus on today, upon the discovery of an eBay listing for the Tizen smartphone. A little confused at what you see? That's understandable, because we've witnessed two distinct looks for hardware claiming to be model SM-Z9005. Last fall, we learned about ...

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