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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...
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...
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