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Samsung's Galaxy S 4 is being pushed out to a lot of carriers. A lot. A whole lot -- and if you had any doubts about just how many partners would be getting these things in the coming weeks, listen up: even U.S Cellular has announced that it'll join the Big Guys. On April 30th, USCC customers will be able to pick up a new GS4. Preorders will also begin shipping that same day along with the exclusive, free S View flip covers that were a part of the presale. The device will be available in stores on Tuesday, April 30. U.S. Cellular is offering the 16GB device in White Frost and Black Mist and it is $199.99 with an instant rebate, though there's no word yet on if it'll sell any larger versions.... Read more...
Samsung has done an exceptional job the past few years building interest and recognition for their Galaxy-branded smartphones. The fervor isn’t quite on the level of Apple's iPhone launches, but if the attendance of their “Samsung Unpacked” event at Radio City Music Hall and the buzz on-line for today’s introduction is any indicator, Samsung has tapped into something big and earned a cult following, very much like Apple has over the years. And the sales figures back this up, of course, all of which show Samsung dominating the Android-based smartphone market. When a company is clearly on top, people tend to scrutinize every move a little (or lot) more closely, depending... Read more...
Samsung has done an exceptional job the past few years building interest and recognition for their Galaxy-branded smartphones. The fervor isn’t quite on the level of Apple's iPhone launches, but if the attendance of their “Samsung Unpacked” event at Radio City Music Hall and the buzz on-line for today’s introduction is any indicator, Samsung has tapped into something big and earned a cult following, very much like Apple has over the years. And the sales figures back this up, of course, all of which show Samsung dominating the Android-based smartphone market. When a company is clearly on top, people tend to scrutinize every move a little (or lot) more closely, depending... Read more...
Samsung, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Texas-Dallas, are developing mind control technology that will allow people with a variety of impairments to more easily interact with mobiles devices. The basic underlying technology at work is EEG-monitoring electrodes; a user wears a skull cap with a series of electrodes connected to it, and the whole package detects brain signals. Researchers, having identified typical brain activity patterns that people evince when they see repetitive visual patterns, use the patterns to allow them to trigger events on a device. Credit: MIT Technology Review Currently, they’re working in the lab with a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and with... Read more...
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S4 may be Android's current hotness, but what about those who don't need something so high-end, nor want to go too low-end? For those, there's Samsung's Galaxy Ace 3, a phone all-but-confirmed thanks to a leak by - surprise, an online benchmark (GLBenchmark). According to the specs acquired through the benchmark, the Ace 3 will support a resolution of 800x480, a Broadcom CPU (likely a dual-core) clocked at 1GHz, and a GPU carried on over from the S 2 Plus. Unlike many "low-end" devices, the Ace 3 is set to launch with the latest version of Android, 4.2.2, which ironically, would put this device ahead of many higher-end ones in that regard. Samsung's last-gen Galaxy Ace... Read more...
While the first "Facebook phone" is HTC's First, those with select Android devices already can now take advantage of most of the same features. For Facebook loyalists and power users who own an HTC One X, One X+, One, Samsung Galaxy S III, S 4, or Note II -- you can now find the updated Facebook Home application in the Google Play Store. It's free to download, and it delivers the same lock screen takeover, chat head functionality and tighter FB integration throughout. It's missing a few small tweaks that only the First has, but it's worth a look if you're a heavy social networker. It's also easy to uninstall if you have a look and find that it's not for you. Have a crack at it and let us know... Read more...
This phablet thing might be getting a little out of hand. According to SamMobile, Samsung is working on two giant handsets--one a 5.8-inch devices and the other a 6.3-inch monster. They’ve dug up specs on the two devices, which will reportedly go by the name “Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8” and “Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3”. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 (GT-I9152) will sport a qHD TFT (960x540) display with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras. It’ll run Android Jelly Bean (with Samsung’s Nature UX) and pack WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and A-GPS with a 2600 mAh battery. Samsung Galaxy Note II--smaller than the smallest Mega... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy Camera is most certainly a bold try at creating an entirely new segment by merging two existing ones (smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras), but for those who aren't willing to pony up for the AT&T-infused version, there's also a Wi-Fi only model. Samsung has announced this week that the Wi-Fi Galaxy Camera is shipping now for $450, offering a standard camera alongside Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), access to Google Play, and support for a variety of camera apps -- Instagram included. The camera itself boasts a 21x optical zoom, 16MB CMOS sensor, and a 4.8" HD Super Clear Touch LCD. It also integrates a new Photo Wizard tool, featuring a comprehensive set of 35 editing features,... Read more...
We spent some time with Samsung at their launch event for the brand new Galaxy S 4 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City last night and were able to snap a few pictures and get some hands-on time with the new device. If you missed the original announcement, we’ve got the full scoop posted here. Just to recap, the Galaxy S 4 sports a 5” (technically 4.99”) screen with a full 1080p resolution, a quad or octal-core SoC depending on the market, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, and a number of other tweaks and updates that allow for some interesting features. If you haven’t read our post covering the initial announcement, you really should check it out. Although the device... Read more...
It's here -- Samsung's next big thing. After loads of pomp and circumstance, plenty of rumors, and a mega event held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Samsung's Galaxy S 4 is a reality. It's the latest in the Galaxy legacy, but perhaps more importantly, it's the first Galaxy phone to garner Apple-like attention. Never before has an Android-based phone received this much mainstream attention, and if you're looking for a powerhouse, this is it. While the overall design and form factor hasn't changed much, the internals and the software has been advanced. At a glance, the 5" Galaxy S 4 is a mishmash between the Galaxy S III and the Note II. It straddles the two, only getting a touch larger... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone line has surpassed the iPhone in a number of key areas, and for the first time, the mainstream public is awaiting a Galaxy launch just as seriously as they await an Apple launch. As the company continues to secure more and more of the mobile market, it's going to take more and more innovation to stay a cut above. According to a new Wall Street Journal report, the Galaxy S IV -- scheduled to launch on 3/14 -- one of those standout features will be quite the eye-pleaser. In fact, it's Eye Scrolling. In a nutshell, the phone will watch how a person is viewing the phone, and if they pan down, the page will scroll accordingly. If they pan up or to the side, the page... Read more...
You asked, and Samsung listened. Or, something like that. Regardless of whether the world needs an 8" smartphone, it now has one. The global version of Samsung's newly announced Galaxy Note 8.0 is indeed a phone, and yes, it can make calls and handle text messages just like the original Note and Note II. It's a true hybrid of tablet and phone, but we're pretty sure only the brave would risk making a phone call with something this huge (without a Bluetooth headset, anyway). The versions destined for the U.S. will support data transmissions only, with no voice support, probably because the market just won't adopt that here. As for the tablet itself, it's a mix between the Note II and the Tab 10.1.... Read more...
Before reading on, we must warn you that your next 20 minutes should be free, because once you discover the Flash tool "Scale of the Universe", that's just about the amount of time you'll need before you'll be able to focus on other things. Its goal is to help put the universe into perspective, size-wise, from top-to-bottom. If you like having your mind blown, then this tool should be right up your alley. Crafted by brothers Cary and Michael Huang, the tool starts out rather unassuming. There's a human, a Dodo bird and a beach ball. It's not until you grab the slider bar down below that you really see what this is made of. Drag it left, and you zoom into smaller and smaller objects - slide it... Read more...
Let there be no lingering doubt: Samsung has an 8" tablet in the pipeline. While the original Galaxy Tab filled the 7" void, and the Note 10.1 has done likewise for the largest 10" form factor, there's always a market for the in-between. In an effort to address each and every possible preference, Samsung is evidently readying a Galaxy Note 8.0. Rumors were already flying that an 8" Android slate was on the docket for the company, but now there's confirmation courtesy of an FCC filing. If you don't follow these closely, an FCC filing generally foreshadows a near-term release of a product. Essentially, Samsung had to submit this product to the FCC for testing, and now that the internals and wireless... Read more...
While ruggedized, waterproof smartphones have been largely contained to enterprise and field use scenarios, things are beginning to shift. More and more, average consumers are demanding high-quality, powerful mobile devices that can also take something of a beating. Sony and Motorola have dabbled in this new universe before, and companies like Liquipel exist simply to waterproof existing hardware like the iPhone. But Samsung's now joining the former foray with the Galaxy Xcover 2. It's a new smartphone that's built to survive some serious abuse, including blasts of dust/sand, and drops in the ocean. It's IP67 certified, meaning that it's water resistant to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes.... Read more...
Bragging is typically frowned upon, but hey -- when you're in a global war with a company that's never shy about flaunting impressive numbers, you might as well let the arrow fly. These arrows are flying from South Korea, as Samsung has just announced that a whopping 100 million Galaxy S smartphones have been sold to date, worldwide. Think about that number for a moment: 100,000,000. That's a lot of product, no matter where your loyalty lies. The figure comes after the Galaxy S line was initially launched around three years ago (May 2010). The Galaxy S III is selling at much faster rate of 30 million in 5 months and 40 million in 7 months, after becoming a million seller in only 50 days after... Read more...
In what can only be described as a bid to make its TecTiles product line a bit more... mainstream, Samsung has just announced that new Galaxy S III and Note II buyers are now eligible to receive not only a free flip cover, but six TecTiles. It's actually a pretty excellent deal, given that TecTiles typically sell for around $15 for a six-pack, and covers are generally overpriced at $20+. TecTiles utilize NFC, enabling you to tag six things that are important to you and then using your smartphone to interact with them in digital fashion. Unfortunately, the offer doesn't extend beyond these two phones, but perhaps it's just an experiment to spur TecTiles adoption. Speaking of, have you dabbled... Read more...
The latest news in the legal deathmatch between Apple and Samsung is that the former scored a win against the latter in a Dutch court. A judge there ruled that some of Samsung’s Galaxy devices violated an Apple patent, and the company would therefore need to pay Apple damages. The final bill is not yet known, but the court will levy the damages depending on how much profit Samsung has made on the devices in question. The apparent patent violation concerns Samsung Galaxy S, SII, and Ace devices running Android 2.2.1 to 2.3.7. The offense? According to The Register, the Galaxy devices infringed upon a photo scrolling patent (specifically, European Patent 2 059 868 B1). Yes, photo scrolling.... Read more...
Samsung has unveiled a tweaked version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 in its native South Korea, and among the minor upgrades is the addition of LTE capabilities. The (translated) release specifically mentions Voice over LTE (VoLTE) as well as simultaneous voice, video, and data as ideal use cases for the new LTE feature, so it’s apparent that Samsung has its eye on those features. The ability to make a call on a giant tablet is interesting, because although it’s always a nice feature, there are inherent ergonomic problems due to the form factor. Still, an LTE-equipped Galaxy Note 10.1 is a thing to be desired. Other new features include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a multi-screen multitasking... Read more...
Samsung has developed a creative solution to consumers’ desire to have a speedier and more convenient way to share photos with its Samsung Galaxy Camera, which is now available from AT&T. The camera runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has 4G capabilities, and the 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCd display is quite large. Under the hood, there’s a 1.4GHz processor, and the camera part of the machine offers 21x optical zoom and 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor. There are some manual camera controls including shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. The answer to the two biggest questions potential buyers will have are as follows: No, the device does not have phone capabilities, and yes, you... Read more...
Few remember that Samsung even bothered to put out a Galaxy S III Mini earlier in the year, but this particular handset sure encroaches on that same, familiar territory. It's the new Galaxy Premiere, a 4.65" HD Super AMOLED device with an 8MP camera, and design chops that sure look a lot like the existing Galaxy S III. It's the latest in what's becoming a long line of Galaxy products, boasting a 1280x720 display, a 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and 1GB of RAM. There's also a 1.9MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and an NFC module. The only catch here is that this seems to be marketed to overseas markets, so it's unclear if it'll make landfall in America. Perhaps... Read more...
If a giant, 5.5" phone sounds like the ideal device for you, Sprint's now offering the Galaxy Note II. The second major iteration of the 'phablet' is now available on The Now Network, for a pricey $300 on a 2-year agreement. That's the going rate for supersized phones with LTE, but still -- you can get some pretty stout phones for $200 or less these days. What that premium buys you is a 1280x720 screen resolution, 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.9MP front camera, Android 4.1, and support for international roaming. It'll be available in white and gray. So, you buying into the phablet craze, or holding out for something even bigger?... Read more...
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