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The mobile business is a brutal one, even for a tech giant like Samsung. On Tuesday, the South Korean handset maker announced its earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2015, forecasting an operating profit of 6.9 trillion won (around $6.1 billion in U.S. currency). That's 4 percent below what it was in the same period a year go and well below the 7.2 trillion figure that most analysts had predicted before cutting their forecasts yesterday.Even with the launch of new flagship phones in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung's sales are down 8 percent year-over-year to 48 trillion won. Sales of the regular Galaxy S6 just haven't lived up to expectations, and while the Galaxy S6 Edge is... Read more...
In case you haven’t already read the Hot Hardware reviews, we’re big fans of Samsung’s 850 EVO and 850 PRO SSDs. The drives come backed with 5-year warranty (10-year for the PRO), offer excellent reliability, and are top-notch performers in synthetic and real world benchmarks. Not content with tackling the “internal” storage market, the company introduced the Portable SSD T1, which is essentially an 850 EVO wrapped in a pretty enclosure with a USB 3.0 interface. Now, Samsung is turning its attention back to internal SSDs with the introduction of a range-topping 2TB storage tier for the 850 EVO and 850 PRO. Like the other, less capacious members of the family, the new 2TB SSDs feature 2.5-inch... Read more...
Samsung can't seem to a catch a break these days, at least not in mobile. Last year the South Korean electronics maker had to contend with excess Galaxy S5 inventory, leading to a shakeup in upper management. Things looked to change for the better this year when Samsung launched new flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but now the company faces a different kind of problem.It seems Samsung is having a tough time keeping up with demand for its curved screen Galaxy S6 Edge, leading to a product shortage. Combined with tough economies in Europe and China, analysts are lowering the earnings forecast for Samsung.In a previous survey of 39 analysts conducted by Reuters, the average forecast... Read more...
Bloatware, Bloatware, Bloatware! We all hate bloatware. And with the exception of a few companies like Apple, Motorola, and Google (with its Nexus devices) there aren’t many ways to avoid factory- or carrier-installed bloatware without rooting a device. One of the biggest offenders in years past has been Samsung, and the company is feeling the heat for its obnoxious behavior from the Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission. The commission’s secretary general, Tao Ailian, fingered not only Samsung, but also Chinese OEM Oppo Electronics for egregious behavior when it comes to pre-installed apps that can’t be removed by the consumer. "The litigation is our latest attempt to safeguard consumers'... Read more...
The biggest hint yet that Samsung is preparing to release a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge is that it filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the "S6 Edge+." Filed on Tuesday, Samsung's application will be assigned to an examining attorney in approximately three months, the application status reads.There's not much direct information to take away from the filing, other than confirmation that the S6 Edge+ trademark is for a smartphone. And while it could ultimately lead to nothing, it goes in line with rumors that Samsung is working on an extra large version of the Galaxy S6 Edge.According to Dutch-language smartphone blog and community... Read more...
Samsung had big plans for its Tizen platform, the home-brewed mobile operating system that was supposed to free the company from its dependency on Android. That hasn't happen yet, and probably never will, though that doesn't mean Samsung is ready to give up on Tizen. Just the opposite, Samsung reportedly has plans to launch more handsets running its own OS. That's a bit surprising when just six months ago it seemed like Tizen was destined to serve its remaining days as a smart TV platform. But then something happened. Just over a month ago, Counterpoint Research published data showing that Samsung's Tizen-based Z1 smartphone was the best selling handset in Bangladesh in the first quarter of 2015.... Read more...
Most so-called breakthrough battery technologies we hear about come with tremendous claims, like quadrupling the amount of energy stored or being able to recharge 1,000 times faster. Heck, one day we might even run laptops on Mountain Dew (slight exaggeration). Samsung, on the other hand, makes a more modest claim with a new battery technology it just recently developed -- double the battery life. Samsung's breakthrough came in the form of using a two-dimensional layered structure of graphene and silicon. Up to this point, silicon alone has been receiving a lot of attention in the formation of next generation lithium-ion battery anodes. However, there's a large volume change of silicon that occurs... Read more...
We reported earlier this week that Samsung had pulled a page from Lenovo's book by installingn crapware to customer PCs, and as you'd suspect, consumers were none-too-pleased. Making matters worse, words out of Samsung made it sound like the company didn't even consider it to be a big deal. However, it seems that the company has had a change of heart, as it's now decided to roll out an update to its SW Update tool that will restore Windows Updates' default settings. In a statement to VentureBeat, Samsung began with an ironic "Samsung has a commitment to security" and continued with "and we continue to value our partnership with Microsoft". The company continued, stating, "We will be... Read more...
You might think that given the reaction consumers had after Lenovo was found to be installing malware on customer PCs, other vendors would think twice about doing the exact same thing. Not Samsung, it seems, as it's just been discovered that the software updater tool it bundles with its notebooks takes it upon itself to keep Windows Update disabled. Windows Update is perhaps the most important tool that ships with Windows, as it's directly responsible for patching bugs directly related to the OS -- and there are a lot of them. If these bugs don't get patched, it means that the user is left vulnerable, and thus could become victim to those who choose to exploit the lingering holes. The reason... Read more...
Samsung announced two new monitors today, both of which support AMD FreeSync. Manufacturers typically launch the lower-end model first, but today the 28-inch Samsung U28E590D is available and it’s the less-expensive, 24-inch U24E590D that will be arriving July 26. FreeSync is AMD’s well-received response to NVIDIA’s G-Sync, which has also earned its share of praise. The technologies provide smoother graphics, particularly in video games, which is why Samsung is targeting these new screens at gamers. Samsung U24E590DBoth the Samsung U24E590D and the U28E590D are 4K (3840x2160) displays with HDMI 2.0 for 60Hz content. There are a few differences: the 24-inch model has a slightly better viewing... Read more...
Nobody likes getting behind a semi-trailer truck. Those 18-wheelers typically drive slower than four-wheeled cars (not all the time, mind you), and because of their size, there's quite a bit of roadway that gets blocked. You can't see what's going on in front of the truck, and passing isn't always easy, especially if you're on a road where the passing lane is for opposing traffic. To solve those problems, Samsung is mounting giant displays on the back of 18-wheelers. Those displays consist of a video wall made from four exterior monitors. Wireless cameras mounted to the front of the truck feed the monitors real-time visuals, allowing you to see what's in front of the semi-trailer so you can anticipate... Read more...
What Samsung did with its flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices amounts to pulling a rabbit out of its hat. Consider that just prior to launch, Samsung went into reorganization mode and fired three top level executives (but sparing mobile boss J.K. Shin) after being left with excess Galaxy S5 inventory. Consumers had grown bored and indifferent to the same design recycled with newer parts.Then came the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, a pair of handsets that traded all that plastic construction found on previous Galaxy phones for a metal and glass design with a premium feel. It came at the expense at features such as a removable battery and microSD card slot, but consumers reacted well to... Read more...
It used to be that smartphone makers tried to outdo one another with superior rear-facing cameras. It was a point of focus in commercials, and with each new generation of handsets, there was talk of smartphone cameras making point-n-shoots obsolete. Funny how trends change, as now the popular thing is to improve the front-facing camera on smartphones for taking selfies. If you don't believe it, then take a look at Samsung's new Galaxy J3 and J5 phones.The big deal with these phones is that they boast 5-megapixel front-facing shooters with LED flash. These are wide angle lenses the new Galaxy devices use for taking selfies, capturing 85 degrees for a solo selfie or extended to 120 degrees for... Read more...
Following reports that 600 million Samsung phones are vulnerable to a security flaw that could allow an attacker to remotely execute code as a privileged/system user, the South Korean handset maker said a fix is on the way. Samsung also downplayed the severity of the situation, saying that the exploit "requires a very specific set of conditions" in order for hackers to do any harm.The vulnerability exists in the pre-installed keyboard on millions of Samsung phones, including the company's flagship Galaxy S6. It's a customized version of SwiftKey that Samsung includes on its devices. Unfortunately, users are unable to uninstall the custom plank, and even if they use a different keyboard, a hacker... Read more...
With the growth of mobile gaming refusing to slow down, and with our mobile devices continuing to become faster and faster, it's about time we began putting all of that extra power to good use. Samsung hears us loud and clear, and has released an app to do just that. It's called Game Recorder+, so it doesn't take much imagination to figure out what it's all about, but it does bring a couple of cool tricks to the table. At the forefront, and similar to NVIDIA's SHIELD game recorder, users can customize both the bitrate and resolution of recorded video. Afterwards, and with the same app, you'll be able to trim the video to cut off useless slack. Where this technology becomes really flexible is... Read more...
The pre-installed keyboard found on more than 600 million Samsung mobile devices has a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely execute code as a privileged/system user. Ryan Welton, a researcher with mobile security firm NowSecure, discovered the flaw and gave Samsung a heads up back in December of last year.NowSecure also felt that the vulnerability was serious enough to warrant notifying CERT, which in turn contacted Google's security team for Android. To Samsung's credit, it whipped up a patch and provided it to wireless carriers in early 2015, but it's not known if the carriers pushed it out to devices on their respective networks.Making matters worse, it's not easy figuring... Read more...
There good news for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners who are anxious to receive the latest build of Android. There's an over-the-air (OTA) update for Android 5.1.1, the newest build of Lollipop, currently being pushed out to Samsung's flagship handsets through T-Mobile in the U.S. While that doesn't help much if you're on Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, we suspect that updates through the other major wireless carriers in the U.S. can't be all that far behind. Android 5.1.1's been on the market for just a little shy of two months, though devices makers and wireless carriers have been a bit slow in adding their own bits and then pushing out qualified releases. Only a lucky... Read more...
Just when you think you've seen everything, here comes Samsung with the industry's first mirror and transparent OLED display panels. The South Korean outfit rolled out the displays at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and is pitching the displays as being suitable for personalized shopping and informational browsing. Paired with Intel's Real Sense technology, Samsung's displays are able to create an interactive closet or "self-modeling" wardrobe so that consumers can see what different types of clothes and jewelry would look like on them. It's a rather unique angle for the online shopping experience and could help take the guesswork out of ordering clothing... Read more...
Nearly a month after we first brought you images and some early specs for the Galaxy S6 Active, AT&T and Samsung today have officially announced the rugged smartphone. Needless to say, the early specs that we brought have turned out to be a direct match for the shipping product. The Galaxy S6 Active is very much a “standard” Galaxy S6 at heart, which means that you still receive an octa-core Exynos processor with 3GB of RAM, Samsung’s gorgeous 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, the highly praised 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing unit, wireless charging support and Android 5.0.2. As we reported previously, the battery has seen a substantial upgrade to 3,500 mAh — up from 2,600 mAh on the... Read more...
In the Android space, Samsung has found its form and is once again kicking tail and taking names. That wasn't true of the previous generation Galaxy S5 handsets, a solid offering in its own right, though an overall underwhelming upgrade that failed to excite even loyal fans. Then came the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both sporting a new premium design that has Android users tripping over themselves to grab one. Counterpoint Research's data puts the Galaxy S6 series (Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge) in second place worldwide, trailing only Apple's iPhone 6 series (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) in sales, making Samsung's offerings the third and fourth bestsellers in April.Image... Read more...
Samsung had big plans for its home brewed Tizen operating system. The idea was to storm the mobile world with its own OS and become less reliant on Google's Android platform in the process. It was an ambitious goal that was made even more difficult to attain due to delays and a seeming lack of interest, though there's still hope for Tizen.Data collected by Counterpoint Research shows that the Samsung Z1, a Tizen-based smartphone that sells for $92, was the best selling handset in Bangladesh in the first quarter of 2015. The report didn't list the total number of sales, and we'll concede that Bangladesh isn't big market, but that's also the point -- it shows that there's promise for Tizen in emerging... Read more...
It's official, gold is no longer best. We can't in good conscious continue proclaiming such nonsense after seeing Samsung's limited edition Galaxy S6 Edge in Iron Man trim. From here on out, we must concede that gold and red is the new best color combination, a conclusion we're sure Tony Stark and Avengers fans around the world would all agree with. Speaking of which, Samsung and Marvel have been working closely together for some time now, so it's not shocking to see the South Korean handset maker deck out its popular Galaxy S6 Edge after Iron Man. And we have to admit, Samsung chose the right superhero, as the color scheme simply works. If you don't believe it, take a look for yourself. Cool... Read more...
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