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Earlier today, we reported that Samsung will be issuing an update to all remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will effectively brick them. We assumed that all U.S. carriers would be taking part in order to get as many of these fire-prone devices as possible off the street. Well, we were definitely wrong, because Verizon Wireless has just issued a statement saying that it will not send the death ROM update to Galaxy Note 7 devices. Interestingly enough, the company says that it is taking this precaution in order to ensure the safety of its customers in the case of an emergency. The statement... Read more...
The nightmarish Galaxy Note 7 saga is finally coming to an end. While Samsung has recalled the smartphone, which had a fiery launch over the summer, there are still some customers out there that are inexplicably holding on to the devices. And there’s still the slight possibility that unsold inventory could find its way into the hands of the public. In order to combat these situations and prevent future fire-related incidents from happening with the smartphones, Samsung officially announced today that it will effectively “brick” remaining devices in the United States with an over-the-air (OTA) update.... Read more...
All eyes will be on Samsung when it releases a new generation of smartphones. What the world will be waiting to see is how Samsung atones for the exploding battery situation that plagued its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 handset. Obviously Samsung wouldn't be doing itself any favors by releasing another phone with a defect, but beyond that, it would do well to bring something new and exciting to the Galaxy family. That new and exciting thing could be an all-screen design.Rumor has it that's the path Samsung is taking with its Galaxy S8, the successor to the Galaxy S7 line (not the Galaxy Note 7, which... Read more...
Samsung scored another victory today its long-running legal fight with Apple over patent infringement. Apple originally won the case against Samsung way back in 2012, with the latter being ordered to pay nearly $1 billion in damages for infringing on iPhone design patents across 11 products. Samsung eventually had the damages reduced to $548 million, and then decided challenge a lower court ruling ordering it to pay $399 million. The Supreme Court heard Samsung’s arguments and in an 8-0 ruling agreed the South Korean company is not liable for the $399 million judgement. With its ruling, the eight... Read more...
Despite the fact that a handful of manufacturers abandoned the 3.5mm headphone jack this year with their flagship Android smartphones, it was Apple that took the bulk of the backlash when it performed the maneuver with the iPhone 7. Apple’s decision to go Lightning-only for iPhone 7 drew widespread criticism, and it looks like it may soon be Samsung’s turn to face the heat. A new report confidently claims that the upcoming Galaxy S8 will become the latest flagship to get rid of its headphone jack (and of course, the now antiquated microUSB port that graces the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge) in favor... Read more...
Following a rough quarter in which Samsung's bottom line took a hit due to a global recall of Galaxy Note 7 devices, the South Korean electronics maker now finds itself in a restructuring effort. It is also being pressured to split its operations into to two so that it can provide more payouts to shareholders. Whether it is seriously considering a split is something that Samsung will presumably address tomorrow when it discloses plans to boost the company's stock price.Calls for Samsung to split originated from Elliott Management, a U.S. hedge fund that has a 0.6 percent stake in the company. Specifically,... Read more...
As we get closer to the expected launch date of the Galaxy S8, rumors and speculation tend to ramp up. Some of the latest buzz about Samsung's not-yet-announced flagship phone is that there will be a version with a whopping 256GB of onboard storage. That would be a massive upgrade over what is available on the Galaxy S7, which comes in 32GB and 64GB models.On the topic of storage, it is worth noting that Samsung brought back the microSD card slot with the Galaxy S7 after having dropped it with the Galaxy S6. Samsung took a page from Apple and figured that a premium design would overshadow the lack... Read more...
Lenovo is already a juggernaut in the PC business, as it has sat atop the global leaderboard for the past few years. However, its share of the PC market could get a little bit bigger if reports coming out of South Korea are indeed accurate. According to The Korea Herald, in an effort to divest itself of underperforming and unprofitable business units, Samsung is looking to sell its PC business. Lenovo is reportedly in talks to acquire the unit in a deal that could be worth $850 million. This move comes just months after Samsung sold its printer unit to HP Inc. for just over $1 billion. “Considering... Read more...
Samsung could use a boost in smartphone sales after dealing with the financial fallout from its Galaxy Note 7 recall. That is exactly that the South Korean electronics maker is hoping to get by borrowing a page from Apple's playbook, the one that focuses on design and color options rather than highlighting all the geeky details that appear foreign to everyday consumers. To that end, get ready for a new glossy black version of the Galaxy S7.The Galaxy S7 is Samsung's flagship smartphone. Fortunately for Samsung, it doesn't suffer the same overheating issue that caused the original and even replacement... Read more...
Samsung earlier this month started inviting users to beta test Android 7.0 (Nougat) on their Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices, but those are not the only handsets it is focusing on. Earlier this week Samsung started cooking up Nougat for its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices, and now it has begun developing the latest version of Android for its Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Tab S2 as well.That level of activity is always seen among Android device makers. The Android camp is notoriously fragmented due in part because of the multiple certification processes and all the testing that is involved,... Read more...
Qualcomm is making the bold move to 10nm FinFET process technology for its next generation smartphone SoC (System on Chip), and it has enlisted Samsung to help. The two powerhouse companies in the mobile and semiconductor industries announced this morning that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 will be manufactured on Samsung’s next generation 10 nanometer production lines. “Using the new 10nm process node is expected to allow our premium tier Snapdragon 835 processor to deliver greater power efficiency and increase performance while also allowing us to add a number of new capabilities that can improve... Read more...
When Samsung initially announced the SSD 960 PRO and SSD 960 EVO NVMe drives a few months back, we were eager to get our hands on them for some in-house testing. Their specifications, which included transfer speeds in excess of 3.2GB/s, were among the fastest we’d seen to date for consumer-class M.2-based Solid State Drive. Last month, when we were able to dig into the flagship Samsung SSD 960 PRO, we came away impressed. So impressed, that we gave the drive an Editor’s Choice award – you can check out that review right here. Today, we get to take a close look at the more affordable Samsung SSD... Read more...
Samsung is betting big on the future of the "connected car" -- look no further than its intentions to acquire Harman International Industries for $8 billion or $112 per share. Haram is a “market leader” in connected car solutions. Oh-Hyun Kwon, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Electronics, remarked, “Harman perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time.” Dinesh Paliwal, Harman Chairman, President and CEO, is equally optimistic. He stated,... Read more...
What would make you buy another Samsung phone after the PR disaster involving the Galaxy Note 7? How about a nice big screen? According to new a new report, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will likely feature an enlarged display in order to tempt potential customers. The S8 will reportedly be available in 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch screen sizes. The current S7 features a 5.1-inch screen, while the Edge comes with a 5.7-inch screen. The actual phone itself would change little in overall size, however, due to a bezel-less design that would give it a 90% screen-to-body ratio. Samsung is also incorporating an... Read more...
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