Items tagged with Samsung

Apple is often accused of "adopting" features that have been found on Android devices for years, and making a big deal out of them when finally integrated into its own devices. Qualcomm was nice enough to give us a pretty nice rundown of tech that was first pioneered on Android devices ahead of the official unveil of the iPhone X. Now, a feature that has been included with the Samsung Galaxy Note series since its introduction in 2011 could be making its way to future iPhones: stylus support. A new report from The Investor says that Apple is working on a way to integrate Apple Pencil support that... Read more...
Weird things can happen on Friday the 13th. Case in point, Samsung today announced its earnings guidance for the third quarter of 2017, saying it expects to a record operating profit of 14.5 trillion won (~$12.9 billion), compared with 5.2 trillion won (~$4.6 billion) during the same quarter a year ago. That is cause for celebration, though in a separate announcement, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kwon Oh-hyun said it he plans to resign next year due an "unprecedented crisis" at Samsung. Image Source: Samsung That is a lot to digest. Starting with Kwon Oh-hyun's crisis comment, he did... Read more...
A new iPhone rumor is making the rounds about what the device could look like in the future. This comes before the highly anticipated iPhone X even lands for consumers early next month. The new rumor claims that Apple has teamed up with LG Display to bring a foldable iPhone to market with production tipped to start in 2019. The source of the information claims a 2020 launch date for the device. The rumor claims that LG Display started a task force within the company to develop a foldable OLED screen for the new iPhone. LG Innotek, the arm of LG that makes components for devices, is said to be working... Read more...
Apple and Samsung might be fierce rivals on the surface, but behind the scenes, it is a slightly different story. It actually benefits Samsung if Apple's flagship iPhone X handset racks up a bunch of sales, because if does, Samsung will see a surge in organic light emitting diode (OLED) display panel orders—Samsung is the one manufacturing for and selling OLED panels to Apple. It is a bit of an odd relationship considering the competitive landscape that exists. Apple and Samsung are the two biggest smartphone players in the world, and they happen to sit on opposite sides of the OS spectrum. Be... Read more...
Choice is a good thing, though anyone who has ever wanted a rugged version of Samsung's Galaxy phones (dubbed "Active") would have to receive wireless service from AT&T. That is because Samsung's rugged variants have always been exclusive to AT&T (save for the Galaxy S5 Sport in 2014, essentially a rebranded Galaxy S5 Active for Sprint). That includes the newest Galaxy S8 Active, though perhaps not for long—T-Mobile may be getting its wireless claws on it.Marketing materials that have not yet been released suggest that T-Mobile will carry a Galaxy S8 Active phone with the model number SM-G892T.... Read more...
There have been a number of rumors making the rounds lately that suggest Samsung is at work on a smartphone that will bring intriguing new technology and a new form factor to the smartphone world. The device is tipped to be called the Galaxy X and would have a folding form factor with a bendable screen. We originally heard that a concept device could land this year, but an official unveiling is now thought to be coming in January during CES 2018, placing the folding screen device on Samsung's 2018 roadmap. The big benefit of a folding screen Galaxy X would be the ability to give users a larger... Read more...
The ongoing debate between Apple and Samsung might never be settled—some people prefer iPhone handsets and iOS, others are big time fans of Galaxy devices and Android. Each side has their pros and cons, though if you purchased a Galaxy Note 8 and are looking for bragging rights over the iPhone 8, you can point to durability. After putting both hands through a series of drop tests, the folks at PhoneBuff found Samsung's handset to be the tougher of the two...barely. What makes this face off interesting is that both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 are using an all-glass back design. Samsung has actually... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 8 is an important product for Samsung. Not only because the Note 8 is the company’s newest, flagship, large-screen smartphone, but because it also carries the additional burden of righting all of the wrongs associated with the company's Note 7 snafu. For some people, there is a certain stigma attached to the Note series now that could be erased if the Note 8 is a success and resonates well with consumers. We can tell you this up front -- all of the right technology seems to be in place. And from a design standpoint, the Note 8 sure is a looker. But good looks and the right... Read more...
It appears that Samsung is finally caving to the wishes of its customers and giving Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners to ability to disable the button that summons Bixby, the company's own digital assistant. Now all Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners are seeing seeing the new toggle, however, so it is not clear if Samsung staggering the roll out or if perhaps (less likely) this is an experimental feature that unintentionally went out. Either way, some users are seeing a toggle to disable Bixby after downloading the latest update. The toggle lets users decide whether or not Bixby should be launched when... Read more...
If you were disappointed by the fiery disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung by all accounts had made up for it with the Galaxy Note 8. First announced in New York City late last month, Samsung's latest flagship smartphone is now available to purchase in stores (and customers should now be receiving their shipments if they preordered). For those that didn't preorder the Galaxy Note 8, you should be able to walk into a Best Buy, Walmart or Target store to get your mitts on one today. You can also drop by the leading U.S. wireless carriers to try out the phone, including AT&T, Verizon,... Read more...
Samsung had a brief down period last year due to the failure of the Galaxy Note 7, but the company is now basking in the success of the Galaxy Note 8, and the Galaxy S line of devices continues to sell well. Samsung pioneered flexible screens that wrap around the sides of the phone with the Galaxy S line of devices and that design touch proved to be very popular with buyers. Now, Samsung has plans to launch a foldable smartphone next year under the Galaxy Note line. Word of the plans for the folding smartphone came from Samsung Electronics mobile business president Koh Dong-jin. The exec... Read more...
After last year's fiery Galaxy Note 7 disaster, many didn't know whether the "Note" brand was damaged forever or if Samsung would be able to shake off the bad press and move forward. Well, it looks though it’ll take more than battery fires to keep people away, as Samsung just announced that the Galaxy Note 8 has set a new preorder record for the Note family. According to Samsung, more people preordered the Galaxy Note 8 than any other previous Note launch, including the highly anticipated (at the time) Galaxy Note 7 (although the company didn’t give any concrete sales numbers). Either way, that’s... Read more...
It seems like a million years ago when Samsung was known for using plastic in the construction of its Galaxy handsets, which had removable batteries to boot. But like most smartphone makers, Samsung went the premium route with tightly fused glass and metal. That is also the case with its recently introduced Galaxy Note 8, and as a teardown of the device reveals, liberal use of adhesive continues to rule the day.Unlike the phones of yesteryear, most of today's high-end handsets are designed to stay closed up and sealed tightly enough to keep the elements out. As a result, the Galaxy Note 8 is glued... Read more...
Smartphones are a huge (and lucrative) business for tech companies, and when you think about the top names in the market, Apple and Samsung normally spring right to mind. Some might also think of LG or HTC, but there is another big name that has been growing at a furious pace over the past few years. That company is Huawei. Counterpoint Research has issued a report that looks at the global smartphone market and the biggest companies in that market. According to the firm's latest research from its Counterpoint Market Pulse for July 2017, Huawei passed Apple in global smartphone sales consistently... Read more...
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