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We have a tip for all the tipsters around the world -- use steady hands and good lighting when taking photos of unreleased and unannounced products. That's unless there's some unwritten rule we're not aware of; one that states all leaked photos have to look like they've been taken by a hyperactive 4-year-old wielding a Fisher Price camera. But we're not here to talk about that. Instead, have a look at what a tipster claims are photos of Samsung's yet-to-be-announced Galaxy S6 Active.The images were sent to GSMArena and show the front and back of the supposed device. They're grainy and blurry, though... Read more...
Yesterday at IoT World 2015 in San Francisco Samsung debuted ARTIK, a set of new technologies centered on tiny circuit boards crammed with processing and communications components that they designed to juke developers to create and configure new Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as personal trackers, drones, robots, security systems, and the like. Of course, Samsung also intends to enhance their own product lines with ARTIK, including televisions, home appliances, and smartphones.   In a blog post Samsung said of their new platform, "ARTIK provides a platform for developers who simply... Read more...
It's getting increasingly difficult to keep a secret on the Internet. Just ask Samsung, which is planning to release a Galaxy Tab S2 tablet. We know this because a leaked render that looks like an official press image (minus the giant watermark) has made its way to the web courtesy of Twitter user @OnLeaks, who posted an angled top-shot of the forthcoming slate.Samsung has yet to officially announce or acknowledge the Galaxy Tab S2, the successor to the Galaxy Tab S that won our Editor's Choice award last year, though based on leaked information up to this point, it looks like the Korean hardware... Read more...
There's evidence to suggest that China's smartphone market is headed towards saturation. According to the number crunchers at International Data Corporation, smartphone sales in China dipped 4 percent year-on-year with 98.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that China's seen the smartphone market contract on an annual basis. Compared to the previous quarter, smartphone sales are down 8 percent in China as inventory was built up at the end of last year. What these numbers suggest is that most people in China who want a smartphone already own... Read more...
“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!” Qualcomm is sick and tired of the trash talking revolving around its high-end Snapdragon 810 processor and is now looking to set the records straight. If you’ve paid any attention to the tech scene over the past six months or so, you’ve no doubt heard countless reports on how the Snapdragon 810 is a beastly chip that is prone to overheating. It was reported that Samsung initially was going to incorporate the Snapdragon 810 in its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but was troubled by overheating concerns and instead went with its homegrown Exynos 7420.... Read more...
One key reason for all of the buzz surrounding Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is the terrific results that users (myself included) are getting from the onboard 16 megapixel rear camera. Lightning-fast boot up and response, sharp images loaded with vibrant color, remarkable low-light performance...the GS6 camera has taken its rightful spot at the top level of cameras fitted to a mobile phone device up until now. Clouding that rosy picture, though, is the revelation that not all Samsung S6 rear-facing cameras are the same.  Not the same? I'll explain.... Read more...
Relationships. Some go the distance. Others are of a more mercurial nature, such as the one between me and my iPhone. As much as I loved my iPhone, I've always found iOS to be somewhat immature and not quite serious (a problem that plagues most Apple-produced software), which probably explains why my eye has wandered towards Android phones from time to time. I resisted the urge to explore Android's potentially greener pastures for years, though, opting to stay in my comfort zone rather than navigating the travails of adopting a new OS and workflows, the exasperation of manufacturer-included... Read more...
About a year ago, we were in a similar spot. We had the latest Galaxy smartphone in hand, rand were comparing it to rivals from LG, Motorola, Apple, and Sony (just to name a few). Twelve months have passed, and as fate would have it, we've got yet another pair of Galaxy phones in the labs. This time, however, Samsung's got something that clearly stands out for previous generations. After years of success, Samsung's profits began to lag right around the launch of the Galaxy S5. The press largely criticized it for being too plasticky, not innovative enough, and not fast enough to set it apart or... Read more...
Following a rocky stretch in which Samsung found itself sitting on an inventory of unsold Galaxy S5 devices as profits moved in the wrong direction, things are once again looking up for the South Korean electronics company. Revenue and profits are up sequentially, and demand is high for the company's recently launched Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones.Samsung said it collected 47.12 trillion won (around $44.3 billion), up 11 percent from the previous quarter, en route to an operating profit of 5.98 trill won (around $5.6 billion). That's the highest it's been in three quarters and is 690... Read more...
Surging demand for Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Edge has led the company to ramp up production of their new curved screen smartphone, with the early opening of their A3 production line. Though originally set to come online in June, the A3 plant — the third that the company now has in place for making OLED displays — will help Samsung to increase production of the Galaxy S6 Edge by 150%, from the current 2 million to 5 million units produced monthly.  Since its worldwide release on April 10th, the demand for Samsung's latest iterations of its flagship smartphone has exceeded even... Read more...
The one real knock against Samsung's Gear VR Innovator Edition headset is that it's only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, leaving owners of every other handset sitting on the sidelines to watch in envy. Everyone except for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners, that is. Samsung has designed a new model specifically for owners of its latest flagship Galaxy phones, and it's available to pre-order from Best Buy's website. While Best Buy gets exclusive dibs on pre-order sales, you'll be able to buy an updated "Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6," as it's called, online at Samsung.com/GearVR and BestBuy.com... Read more...
If you're the owner of one of Samsung's 840 EVO solid-state drives, chances are you're familiar with the serious speed degradation problem that can arise over time, in some cases throttling it to 1/10th of the speed it should be. Well, the good news is that a fix is available; the bad news is that it's not even clear at this point if it actually squashes its bug for good. To update, you'll need to grab the latest version of Samsung's Magician, versioned 4.6. There is a caveat, though: it seems that Samsung is preferring to have people update on as small a scale as possible at first, as it's limiting... Read more...
Do you prefer a more traditional round face when it comes to watches? If so, you'll be glad to know that Samsung is planning to go circular for its next Gear smartwatch. The forthcoming wearable will be Samsung's 7th generation Gear smartwatch, and leading up to the launch, Samsung for the first time is making its wearable software development kit (SDK) available to developers before the official product announcement. Over on Samsung's developer portal, the company shows a giant, circular watch face with the tag line, "Get ready for the next Gear." Underneath is a series of smaller watch faces,... Read more...
In an effort to lock down our devices with better security, fingerprint scanning is growing in popularity. Unfortunately, as it exists in many current smartphones, including Samsung's previous generation Galaxy S5 device, this type of biometric security may have a severe security flaw, as researchers from security outfit FireEye will present in more detail this week at RSA.According to a report in Forbes, FireEye is planning to talk about how affected handsets encrypt fingerprint data in a separate secure zone. Once the information is in there, it's virtually untouchable by hackers, but it's the... Read more...
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