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Whether you’re a fan of oversized smartphones or not, it’s clear that they are here to stay. When Samsung initially released the first Galaxy Note, many of us in the industry looked at it a little sideways and wondered what the designers at Samsung were thinking. The original Galaxy Note seemed simply gargantuan next to virtually every other device available at the time and it was somewhat comical to see such a large device perched next to someone’s ear when they were making a call. The Note had a transformative effect on the smartphone industry, however. Yes, it was large. But once you've experienced the benefits of a larger screen, it's difficult to turn back, and Samsung... Read more...
Whether you’re a fan of oversized smartphones or not, it’s clear that they are here to stay. When Samsung initially released the first Galaxy Note, many of us in the industry looked at it a little sideways and wondered what the designers at Samsung were thinking. The original Galaxy Note seemed simply gargantuan next to virtually every other device available at the time and it was somewhat comical to see such a large device perched next to someone’s ear when they were making a call. The Note had a transformative effect on the smartphone industry, however. Yes, it was large. But once you've experienced the benefits of a larger screen, it's difficult to turn back, and Samsung... Read more...
If you've listened to Apple CEO Tim Cook over the years, you've probably heard him focus on one thing more than any other: customer satisfaction. It's the data point that drives him, and in many ways, Apple itself. It's hardly about revenue, profit margin, or market share. In his view, if customers are in love with a product, the rest will fall into place. Obviously, that mantra has worked out fairly well for Apple, and it continues to bear fruit. A new J.D. Power survey, which looked at U.S. wireless smartphone satisfaction among users, has both Apple and Samsung atop the charts. According to its findings, both Apple and Samsung are leading in overall satisfaction performance among the U.S.... Read more...
It appears that’s a “yes” on Samsung beating LG to market with a curved-display smartphone. Samsung announced that the Samsung Galaxy ROUND smartphone is available, and the 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display is indeed delicately concave. Before you get excited, here’s the bad news: It’s only available in Korea, at least for now. We know, we know. Buck up. Here’s what’s under the hood: There’s a quad-core 2.3GHz MSM 8974 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (Krait) SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, and a 13MP autofocus (with flash) rear and 2MP front-facing cameras. Images, credit: Samsung The phone runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and has a USB... Read more...
The race to deliver a smartphone with a flexible display is heating up. LG announced this morning that it will begin mass producing flexible OLED panels designed specifically for smartphones. We’ve seen large curved displays on TVs from the likes of LG before, as well as smartphone display prototypes, but the fact that they’re going into mass production means that LG believes that have a final product that’s ready for the big time. “LG Display is launching a new era of flexible displays for smartphones with its industry-leading technology. The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications... Read more...
It could be said (and has been said) that today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality.  If you stop to think about it, it's amazing how many commonplace technologies on the market these days were the product of someone's wild imagination not very long ago.  Video teleconferencing is a reality now but George Jetson rocked a picture telephone way back in the 1960s.  Captain Kirk slung what was essentially the first flip phone, requesting "Scotty, beam me up," well before pocketable smartphones were even a twinkle in the eye of Martin Cooper, the man who is largely credited for inventing cellular communications. Ol' Martin's device was about the size of Don Adam's Get Smart shoe... Read more...
Go ahead and credit Apple with blazing a trail to 64-bit processing in the smartphone sector -- that's fair, considering the recently announced iPhone 5S is the first smartphone to boast a 64-bit System-on-Chip (SoC) -- just don't expect its competitors to sit idly by. Just the opposite, Samsung confirmed it's also planning to make the leap to 64-bit. Samsung Mobile co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun told The Korea Times in an interview that the next generation of Galaxy branded smartphones will be more powerful and faster due to an upgrade to 64-bit processing. He stopped short of saying exactly when these new phones will debut, though you probably shouldn't expect anything until 2014. "Not in the shortest... Read more...
Samsung's "Unpacked" Event kicked off today, and the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch wasn't the only new toy trotted out. Those hoping for a refreshed tablet also have something to peer at, as the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) has been revealed. It's quite the odd name, given that it's not even 2014 yet, but we recognize the challenge in ushering out new iterations of an old product while maintaining something of a uniform naming process. At any rate, the Note 10.1 ships with a 10" display, a WQXGA resolution (which equates to an eye-popping 2560x1600 resolution), and a 1.9GHz Octa-Core processor. There's also 3GB of RAM, plenty of Android extras (including Multi Window, enhanced S Pen support,... Read more...
Make no mistake: the smartwatch is the next major avenue for technology companies to truly innovate and re-capture a base that has become uninterested with the saturation of me-too, high-end, spec-crazy smartphones and tablets that are flooding the market. Sure, the smartphone revolution that kicked off in 2007 has had an incredible ride, but there's just less interest now as we've reached something of a technological peak in many ways. The next phase is wearables, and the resurgence of the watch is going to hit the masses in a big way. Unlike Google Glass, which costs Explorers some $1500, watches will be priced far more sensibly. Samsung, not one to sit around and wait for everyone else to... Read more...
There's really no arguing it: the smartphone camera is killing the conventional point-and-shoot. There's just no great reason to carry around a $200+ compact camera, when high-end phones like the iPhone boast such capable sensors in a product that most Americans already tote around daily. So, what's a camera company to do? Pivot. Samsung produces both low-end and high-end cameras, as well as smartphones, and it's merging the two to some extent with the Galaxy NX. Positioned as a unique member of the successful Galaxy line, the Galaxy NX is said to be the first connected Compact System Camera (CSC). It's effectively an interchangeable lens camera with Android onboard, boasting a massive touch-panel... Read more...
For as long as the iPhone has existed, the general consensus seemed to be that it was a smartphone that could do no wrong. Of all the iPhone owners I know, only one of them has anything bad to say about their device. On the Android side, there are many more complaints, but that's of no surprise given the number of different models available. Although there are always going to be complaints about a device from someone, regardless of how good it is, the iPhone's reputation has always been good. Until the iPhone 5 launch, that is. It was at this point that for the first time ever, I began to see that even the most rabid "fanboi" won't keep shut about issues if it impacts them. Who can forget the... Read more...
As if Samsung Galaxy S4 owners don't already have enough bragging rights over most of the competition in the smartphone space, they can now be one of the first to kick the tires on Android 4.3, the next iteration of Jelly Bean. A bit of bravado is required, however, as the firmware that's floating around isn't yet an official release, though everything appears to be in order. The Android 4.3 firmware is available over at SamMobile, a site that's been known to serve up early (and functioning) looks at upcoming Samsung updates. "Android 4.3 port from the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 is fully functional on the standard Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), there is not even a single thing which... Read more...
AT&T announced that its GoPhone plans will now offer 4G LTE capabilities, which is a welcome and tasty performance upgrade for those who have opted for the pay-as-you-go phone service. Subscribers can bring their own handset to use with the plan or buy one of AT&T’s fourteen GoPhone devices, which range from the $14.99 Alcatel 510A to the HTC First, which costs $449.99. The new GoPhone plans with 4G LTE include: $60 a month for 2 GB of data, unlimited nationwide calling, and unlimited messaging — now double the data at a lower monthly price. Additional data is available for $10 per 1 GB. $40 a month for 200 MB of data, 500 minutes of nationwide calling, and unlimited messaging.... Read more...
Samsung really isn't holding back when it comes to expanding the Galaxy line, but who are we to blame them? With 10 million Galaxy S4 handsets sold within a month, it's obvious that Samsung would be wise to strike while the iron is hot. So, the company is creating even more versions of the S4 for an even more select group of customers. The S4 Active was announced as a global phone a few weeks ago, but now AT&T has announced that it'll be the exclusive carrier for the phone in the United States. Starting on June 21, active users (get it?!) can pick up a Galaxy S4 Active from any AT&T store or online for $199.99 with a two-year agreement.  For consumers who prefer to place their orders... Read more...
What amounts to the world's largest phone in overseas nations, where the Galaxy Note 8.0 has a voice-capable radio, is coming to the United States. The big difference? When it soon lands on AT&T, it won't be able to make voice calls. That said, it'll have a 3G + LTE radio for data, much like the iPad and other rival tablets have. The Note 8.0 that hits AT&T will run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and will be powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and a 4,600mAh battery. There's also a 1080p display, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, and a gratis 50GB AT&T Locker for keeping precious files up in the cloud. Oddly, the carrier isn't talking pricing,... Read more...
Samsung has a few new products up its sleeve that it's planning to unveil at its upcoming "Premiere 2013" event in London on June 20th. What exactly Samsung has in store remains to be seen, though the company did provide a few teaser shots and mention that it will entail new Galaxy and ATIV devices. There are three partial product photos to gloss over, one of which looks like a notebook lid. If we had to guess, we'd say the other two are smartphone and tablet devices, though it's tough to tell from the teaser shots. Since they're Galaxy and ATIV products, however, we can surmise that Samsung is continuing its focus on Android and Windows 8 product launches. The Samsung S4 Mini could make a debut... Read more...
10 million is a nice, round number. And if you sell 10 million units of anything, you've certainly earned yourself a pat on the back. Earlier this year, LG announced that it had sold 10 million LTE-enabled phones across all of its lines, but that's still not as spectacular as Samsung selling 10 million Galaxy S3 units in under two months. But now, even that record is looking a little shoddy. The Galaxy S4 has soared to 10 million sales in the first month of it going on sale. After launching April 27th, Samsung has seemingly had little issue finding folks who want to upgrade. The Galaxy S4 sets a new record for Samsung, generating sales quicker than any of its predecessors. Sales of the Galaxy... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 8.0 was first introduced at Mobile World Congress as a multifaceted device; it was part tablet, part mobile phone. Indeed, the global variant of the Note 8.0 is equipped with a cellular radio that can handle both data and voice transmission. But the Note 8.0 that shipped in the U.S. market is a simpler device, mostly because there's no voice capability--it's just a tablet. Well, "just" is a complicated term in this case. You see, the Note 8.0 is one of the only 8-inch tablets on the market. It's positioned between a glut of 7-inch tablets (including a few from Samsung itself), and a raft of 10-inch tablets. And the Note 8 offers a number of other features, like Samsung S Pen stylus... Read more...
Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Tab in late 2010 and Samsung's line-up of Galaxy-branded products has simply exploded since then. Even for those who avidly follow consumer technology, it's getting tough to track. There's the Galaxy Tab line of tablets, the Galaxy S line of smartphones, and then there's the Galaxy Note line which is comprised of an array of devices. It's the Galaxy Note line in particular that's perhaps the most complex. The smaller Note devices are traditionally phones, while the Note 10.1,  which as its name suggests is a 10.1 tablet, was added in order to offer S Pen stylus functionality in a tablet. As Samsung has evolved... Read more...
At this point, one has to wonder if the Galaxy family is simply becoming diluted. It's honestly difficult for even those who follow consumer technology to tell you without hesitation where the Galaxy range is at right now when it comes to phones, phablets, tablets, computers, and even more tablets. That said, it seems that Samsung's trying to milk a good thing while it can, similar to how Asus milked the Eee PC brand a few years ago. The newly-introduced Galaxy Tab 3 is a lower-end product, offering a 7" touch panel, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, up to 64GB of expandable memory, and shipping with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage space. There's a measly 3MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing... Read more...
The hits from Samsung just keep on coming. With the ink barely dry on press releases announcing the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S4, we already have leaks concerning the Galaxy Note III. A Chinese website leaked the image of a (very greasy-looking) alleged Samsung Galaxy Note III, which boasts a large 5.9-inch (1080p) display, Samsung Exynos 5410 SoC (quad core, 2.0GHz A15 and quad core, 1.2GHz A7), 3GB of RAM (really?), 32GB of storage, and Android 4.2.2. Presumably, it will also include the S-Pen. The site pegs the release date as early as mid-June. Galaxy Note III (L) On the more official side, Samsung itself announced the company’s latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3. The 7-inch (1024x600)... Read more...
For all of the flack that Apple gets each time it changes something with a new iPhone that renders an old technology obsolete, it's only fair to take a hard look at similar moves being made by Samsung. With the introduction of the Galaxy S 4, one piece of tech that Samsung was pushing fairly hard is being rendered incompatible. In fact, Samsung was pushing the original TecTiles so hard, that it was giving them away to Galaxy Note owners who registered for some. Now, however, the GS4 will be the first major Samsung handset that doesn't play nice with the original TecTile. For those who haven't used them before, TecTiles are NFC stickers that can be programmed to do certain things when a handset... Read more...
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