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We’re just days away from its official reveal, but the Galaxy S6 Edge leaks just continue to drip from Samsung’s leaky faucet. Yesterday, we posted some real life images of the Galaxy S6 Edge and its Galaxy S6 sibling. Today, CNET Korea has gotten its hands on official press renders of the Galaxy S6 Edge and it’s quite a striking device. The device in seen from multiple angles, clearly showing off its curved display which wraps around the left and right edges. We also get glimpses of the enlarged home button when is said to be home to a Touch ID-esque touch fingerprint sensor. We also get a clear look at the rather large camera “hump” that protrudes from the rear of the Galaxy S6 Edge. Xiaomi... Read more...
Digital photos and videos aren't consuming any less space these days, and as 4K recording grows in popularity, so too will our storage needs. Luckily Samsung is on top of things on the mobile front -- the company today announced that it's now mass producing the industry's first 128GB ultra-fast embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard for tomorrow's flagship handsets. Not only will this lead to larger capacity smartphones, it will also improve performance on storage side chores. UFS memory utilizes "Command Queue," a technology that boosts the speed of command execution in SSDs through a serial interface to significantly increase data processing speeds compared... Read more...
There have been more Samsung Galaxy S6 leaks than a submarine with a screen door. We're not sure if these are all controlled leaks, something Apple is known when leading up to the launch of a major new product, but they're coming just as fast and furious. The latest is a batch of photos of what looks to be a final version of the Galaxy S6.It's not known who leaked the photos, though presumably it would have to be someone that's either on the inside at Samsung or has close relations with the South Korean handset maker. Either way, kudos to the leaker for obtaining mostly clear photos instead of the blurry rubbish that typically gets posted online prior to a product's official announcement.There... Read more...
To say that the Galaxy S5 has been a sales disappointment for Samsung is a bit of an understatement. Customers weren’t exactly won over by what amounted to a warmed over Galaxy S4 in terms of design and specs. And whereas competitors like HTC and Apple have fully embraced unibody aluminum designs for their flagships, Samsung was still clinging on to cheap plastic for its top offering.That is all set to change with the release of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge that will be released in early March. Samsung has released a series of teasers over the past few weeks, one of which appears to show the curved screen of the Galaxy S6 Edge. More recently, Samsung has posted teasers playing up its... Read more...
Look for the Galaxy S6 to have a premium look and feel to it. That's what Samsung hinted in a new teaser video posted to Twitter. In the video, there's a line that reads, "I am crafted from the beautiful things I see around me," and what you see in the video are decorative panes of glass and metal with several subtle curves. Of course this isn't the first we've heard that the Galaxy S6 will be made from metal. That's a rumor that's been around ever since talk first turned to the next generation handset. It's also just one of many rumors surrounding Samsung's next flagship handset. There's also been plenty of chatter that Samsung will sell a version of the Galaxy S6 that has a curved edge display.... Read more...
We reported last year that Samsung was in talks to team up with LoopPay, a Burlington, MA-based startup firm that specialized in wireless payment technologies. Unlike Apple Pay or Google Wallet, which require an NFC-equipped cash register to complete a wireless transaction, LoopPay works using “Magnetic Secure Transmission,” which allows a customer to simply tap his or her smartphone near a traditional cash register card reader to complete a wireless transaction. And best of all, businesses don’t need to upgrade their cash registers for customers to take advantage of LoopPay. Those December rumors of a partnership have now turned into a full-fledged acquisition by Samsung. “This acquisition accelerates... Read more...
Samsung can't seem to catch a break these days. The latest blow to the company's bottom line is a $15.7 million verdict in favor of Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP, which managed to convince a Texas federal jury that the South Korean electronics firm infringed on two of its patents relating to Bluetooth technology. It only took the jury one hour to deliberate after a five-day trial laid out details regarding U.S. Patents 8,023,580 and 8,457,228. In addition to the $15.7 million damages award, Rembrandt will also receive royalties on all Samsung Bluetooth sales for the life of the patents. According to Ars Technica, Rembrandt IP is one of the oldest and most successful so-called "patent trolls"... Read more...
There's good news today for those of you rocking a Samsung Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile's network. The spunky wireless carrier has begun pushing out an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 5.0 Lollipop , which is also available through Samsung Kies. That means you no longer have to give your Verizon brethren the stink-eye, who have been running Lollipop for a couple of weeks now.It's a roughly 900MB package, so do yourself a solid and make sure you're on a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection (having a charging cable handy wouldn't be a bad idea, either). If you're not seeing the update, you can try forcing the issue by navigating to Settings > About phone > Software updates. Once you get it, expect... Read more...
Samsung's attempt to turn things around and boost its smartphone sales isn't getting much help from the Chinese market. Instead, Samsung has slipped to fifth place among China's top smartphone players, taking up the last spot before the catchall "Others" category, according to latest data compiled by International Data Corporation. The fall to fifth place was the result of "immense competition," particularly from Xiaomi and the other Chinese vendors in the low to mid-range segment of the market, IDC said. As a result, Samsung shipped 49.9 percent fewer smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2014 in China compared to the same quarter a year ago, leaving the South... Read more...
In what can be considered the biggest sign yet that Qualcomm's hardware will not power Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones, Samsung today said it has begun mass producing Exynos 7 Octa chips. The parts are being produced on a 14nm FinFET process that Samsung says offers the highest levels of efficiency, performance, and productivity. "Samsung’s advanced 14nm FinFET process technology is undoubtedly the most advanced logic process technology in the industry," said Gabsoo Han, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics. "We expect the production of our 14nm mobile application processor to positively impact the growth of... Read more...
The world of business can often be boring for us on the outside, so it's stories like this that help add a bit of excitement back in. Over the weekend, LG acknowledged that its home appliances chief Jo Seong-jin and two other employees were indicted on charges of damaging competitor products in Germany. It's almost hard to believe that this story is even real given its pettiness, but the charge is that Jo Seong-jin and these employees walked into a store and damaged four Samsung-branded washing machines. Considering the fact that it was one of the company's presidents at fault here, this is no doubt a stain on the company that LG would like to wash out soon. One of LG's most-feared arch villains... Read more...
Based on all the rumors and speculation, the Galaxy S6 is shaping up to be one of the more exciting Galaxy launches in Samsung's history. For about the past eight months, leaked information has been coming in fast and steady, covering both the hardware and software side of things. Towards the latter, it's been rumored that Samsung is planning to remove most TouchWiz bloat from the Galaxy S6, and now we're hearing that the handset will include more Microsoft services.Citing one of its insiders, SamMobile says one of the biggest changes to the Galaxy S6 will be the removal of all pre-installed Samsung apps. Not a few, not a bunch, but all of them. We're a bit skeptical of that claim, especially... Read more...
We’re inching closer to the March debut of Samsung’s next generation flagship smartphone, and the rumors and reports on specs are coming in at a furious pace. The latest report from Bloomberg confirms what we’ve been hearing for quite some time: there will be two versions of the flagship Galaxy S6. The publication says that one model will have a display that covers three sides, which backs up a previous report and leaked renders which shows a curved display on both the right- and left-hand side of the device. This is a departure from the Galaxy Note 4, which is only curved on the right-hand side. Due to production constraints with delivering a smartphone with two curved edges, the so-called Galaxy... Read more...
Samsung can't seem to separate itself from drama surrounding its smart TV platform. It started with recent complaints that its TV voice recognition software was eavesdropping on living room conversations, and now users are complaining that Pepsi ads are running when they're not supposed to, like when watching locally stored content through Plex. A user took to Reddit to post his complaint, noting that things have been working fine for the past year but have taken a turn for the worse -- "Recently it has been stopping half way through a show or a movie and has played a Pepsi ad that is muted." According to the user who posted the complaint, the ad doesn't appear on any other platform running Plex,... Read more...
The road to recovery is never easy, and after recently restructuring its business operations due in large part to disappointing Galaxy S5 device sales, Samsung is thinking about withdrawing from the Japanese market if sales of its Galaxy Note Edge don't improve. Pulling out would be a big disappointment for Samsung, which chose Japan as the Galaxy Note Edge's first dance partner. Samsung's intent was to build a bigger presence in Japan, a territory where premium devices tend to thrive. According to Business Korea, there is no bigger market than Japan for premium gadgets. Be that as it may, the Galaxy Note Edge just hasn't caught on with the country's... Read more...
As we bring Internet-connected devices into our homes, it’s becoming more important than ever to read the fine print that accompanies them. Armed with cameras and mics, many of our home entertainment devices are capable of sending bits of our (seemingly private) home life to third parties. And certain Samsung smart HDTVs, it turns out, might accidentally do exactly that. But fear not: it’s not likely to happen, and you can easily ensure that it never will. Samsung at CES. The issue came to light in Samsung’s Smart TV Supplement for its privacy policy. The policy starts off with the usual statements about what info you’ll be sharing with Samsung when you use the HDTV’s features: applications you... Read more...
For the past few years, Samsung has been riding high atop the smartphone leaderboard when it comes to units shipped. However, during 2014, we started to see a bit of weakness in Samsung’s smartphone portfolio. Its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone was little more than a warmed over version of its Galaxy S4 predecessor, and sales were more than disappointing for the company. Samsung saw its sales lead in China wither away as local OEMs like Huawei and Xiaomi attacked its smartphones with cheaper alternatives. It also recently lost its smartphone sales lead in India and the U.S. Samsung is looking to right the ship with more premium smartphones — as witnessed by the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Alpha... Read more...
Quite literally, virtual reality is set to make a major play in mainstream courtesy of Samsung and Best Buy. Beginning tomorrow, February 8, 100 select Best Buy locations scattered throughout the United States will begin demoing Samsung's Gear VR headset, allowing curious customers to try it and see what all the fuss is about.Up until now, VR has mostly lived and breathed online -- it's not like you can march into a Walmart and pick up an Oculus Rift. Part of the reason is because the technology has only recently been aggressively focused on home consumers, so there aren't that many worthwhile VR products available. Samsung's Gear VR is one of them, though up to this point, it was only available... Read more...
Apple absolutely made the right decision to upsize the display on its iPhone with the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The evidence is everywhere, from the generally favorable reviews to staggering sales figures and record busting quarters. It's also in the market share data -- for the first time in two years, iOS hopped in front of Android in the U.S. Actually, it's more like a virtual tie, with iOS snagging 47.7 percent of the market and Android ever-so-slightly behind at 47.6 percent. But even if you don't want to concede that a 0.1 percent difference constitutes bragging rights, it's still a significant development. Why? Well, the numbers painted a different story a year ago.Source:... Read more...
Samsung is facing heavy competition on multiple fronts these days. Mobile sales have dipped and a smartphone marketing executive recently stepped aside. In India, smartphone company Micromax has been a thorn in Samsung’s side for years, pushing low-end phones that have appealed to customers moving up from standard cell phones. Now, a research firm says that Micromax is outselling Samsung in one of the world’s biggest mobile markets. Image credit: CanalysMicromax’s new lead is a slim one, according to research firm Canalys, which announced the switch in a statement this week. Micromax now holds 22 percent market share to Samsung’s 20 percent. The good news for both companies is that the market... Read more...
Samsung isn't afraid to take risks on occasion, like when it began selling smartphones with screens so big that people began referring to them as phablets. The South Korean handset maker proved there was a market for these devices, but is the same true for its Galaxy Note Edge and its curved edge screen that wraps around the side? That's yet to be determined. According to a report from Korean publication DT, Samsung has only sold 630,000 Galaxy Note Edge devices around the world so far. That's a long way from the 1 million mark, and far less than the 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4 handsets that were sold within its first month of availability, though it is just enough to indicate that there's some... Read more...
With the expected unveiling of its Galaxy S6 less than a month away, Samsung is experiencing an unexpected shakeup up its smartphone marketing department. Kim Seok-pil, who headed up strategic marketing, stepped down from the position today. The smartphone manufacturer turned to its business in Russia for Kim’s replacement: Lee Sang-chul. Samsung at Showstoppers during CES 2015.Given Samsung’s 64-percent slide in profits for its mobile business, it’s reasonable to wonder whether performance played a role in Kim’s departure. But a report from Reuters suggests that the executive stepped down strictly due to health concerns. Samsung has already axed three executives and is attempting to turn around... Read more...
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