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Samsung came under fire yesterday after it was revealed that the under-the-display fingerprint reader used in its Galaxy S10 family of smartphones isn't as secure as previously thought. In fact, it was found that anyone could potentially unlock a Galaxy S10 smartphone using an unregistered fingerprint.  Now, Samsung has posted an official response to the uproar that followed the initial reporting on this major Galaxy S10 fingerprint security issue. The company tried to explain what's happening, writing, "This issue involved ultrasonic fingerprint sensors unlocking devices after recognizing 3-dimensional patterns appearing on certain silicone screen protecting cases as... Read more...
Using a screen protector is a common way to help prevent smartphone displays from getting scratched, scuffed, or even shattered. On the Galaxy S10 series, however, it's been discovered that a screen protector can inadvertently prevent the in-display fingerprint sensor from working correctly. The issue was brought to light by Lisa and Wes Neilson, a couple living in the UK. Lisa had purchased an inexpensive screen protector on eBay, applied it to her Galaxy S10, and set up the phone to unlock using her right thumb. But after do so, Wes found he was also able to unlock her phone with either of his thumbs, even though he never registered a fingerprint on the phone. "This means that if anyone got... Read more...
Samsung is kicking off the week with a software treat for Galaxy S10 owners—the Android 10 beta is now available to download, with Samsung's retooled One UI in tow. This means anyone who owns a Galaxy 10 series smartphone can start playing around with Android 10 ahead of its official release on Samsung phones sometime later (Google already launched a shipping version of Android 10 on September 3). This is not a total surprise. Samsung recently revealed plans to release a beta build, saying it will initially be available on the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10e. Samsung's announcement focuses on Galaxy S10 owners in the US, though it's reported to also be available in Germany and... Read more...
There's no doubt that Samsung has a powerful flagship on its hands with the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10+. With their large displays, large amounts of onboard storage, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processors, however, customers are looking at a prices that start at $949 and $1,049 respectively. For those that are on a budget and still want the S Pen experience, it appears that Samsung might be working on a new device that would take some of the sting out of the current high price of entry. According to SamMobile, this new device carries the designation SM-N770F, which puts it in the Galaxy Note family.  This new mid-range device is reportedly heading [at least initially] to... Read more...
When it comes to adopting the latest iterations of Google’s Android operating system, Samsung is usually one of the last major OEMs to jump on the bandwagon with its devices. While companies like Sony and OnePlus enter the fray early in beta gestation period for Android releases, Samsung is keen on taking a wait and see approach. With that being said, Samsung is now making its intentions known when it comes to releasing Android 10 to its customers. Google released the initial shipping version of Android 10 on September 3rd, but Samsung says that its very first beta is “coming soon”. At least initially, the beta will be available to the following devices: Galaxy S10e... Read more...
Samsung today said it has developed the industry's first 12-layer 3D-TSV (Through Silicon Via) chip packaging technology, calling it "one of the most challenging packaging technologies for mass production of high performance chips." And that is precisely what it will be used for—it will enable Samsung to mass produce 24GB high bandwidth memory (HBM) sooner than later. What makes this chip packaging technology so challenging is the pinpoint accuracy it requires in order to vertically attach a dozen DRAM chips in a tiny three-dimensional configuration. These configurations consist of 60,000 TSV holes, each of which is just one-twentieth the width of a single strand of human hair. "The thickness... Read more...
In case you weren't following the livestream, the folks over at CNET felt it appropriate to put Samsung's revised Galaxy Fold through hell by subjecting it to a vigorous "fold" test to gauge its durability. Samsung itself says that the Galaxy Fold has been tested to endure 200,000 folds before failure. In the publication’s testing, however, which seems a bit more extreme than Samsung's procedure, the device in question failed after around 120,000 folds. We have to caution that with CNET's automated folding machine, the Galaxy Fold is subjected to rapid-fire cycles between open and close positions of the display. Samsung's testing procedure, however, shows... Read more...
Android Auto was supposed to bring wireless connectivity to all Android devices starting with the release of Android 9.0 Pie. That obviously did not happen—now more than a year later, it has only arrived on a spattering of phones, including Google's own Pixel handsets and its Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Well, that is starting to change. Android Auto is expanding its wireless reach to select Samsung phones. As outlined in an updated support document, Android Auto supports wireless connectivity on nine Samsung handsets, which more than doubles the total number of supported phones to 17 devices. Here is the full list... Pixel and Pixel XL Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Nexus 5X and... Read more...
When Samsung first launched the Galaxy Fold, things quickly went wrong for the company. The Galaxy Fold has relaunched after the company said that it reworked the device to be more durable (making changes to the display and the hinge mechanism). Durability concerns remain for many, and with the price of the smartphone being so high, Samsung needs a win. It looks like the work Samsung put in trying to get the Galaxy Fold to be more durable might have been for naught; at least in the case of an updated unit that TechCrunch has received. After only a day of being used as a normal smartphone, meaning carrying it in a pocket and using the smartphone on the go, the tester opened the smartphone... Read more...
After the original incarnation of the Galaxy Fold crashed and burned when reviewers were quick to point out a number of glaring design faults, Samsung is ready to try again with it first folding smartphone. The revised Galaxy Fold was released earlier this month in South Korea, and now its stateside release is officially set for September 27th. The Galaxy Fold will initially be available from Samsung Experience Stores, Best Buy, and AT&T locations in the United States. AT&T of course will be selling versions of the smartphone locked to its network, but there will also be unlocked versions of the smartphone available to purchase at retail locations.  Samsung has made changes... Read more...
In a matter of speaking, Samsung is dipping its newest solid state drives in the fountain of youth with the promise of software that ensures these drives "never die." They are also being offered in ultra-high capacities up to 30.72 terabytes, with smaller versions cranking up the speed to 8,000MB/s for sequential reads and 3,800MB/s for sequential writes. There are a few things going on here. For one, Samsung is building new SSDs for servers that utilize the PCI Express Gen 4 (PCIe 4.0) bus, which enables much faster performance. We have already seen this in the consumer category—there are several PCIe 4.0 SSDs that promise sequential read speeds of around 5,000MB/s, when paired with an... Read more...
When it comes to today's smartphones, it seems as though we've fallen into a "rut" of sorts, with iterative updates that don't really push the boundaries forward with respect to design. We've seen this across the smartphone industry with iterative updates like the Samsung Galaxy S10 family and the Apple iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro which launch this Friday. Samsung has, on the other hand, taken some steps into a radical new direction with the Galaxy Fold. According to newly uncovered design patents, Samsung could be looking to expand its use of flexible display technology to its more mainstream product lines. This shift comes to us courtesy of LetsGoDigital, which has produced... Read more...
Have you been eyeballing an upgrade to Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+ or Galaxy Note 10? If so, you may be interested to know about Microsoft's new trade-in promotion. Microsoft is offering up to $650 in trade-in credit towards a Galaxy Note 10+ or Galaxy Note 10, with the highest values being paid for a Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, or an iPhone X series handset. The maximum credit amount is even better than what Samsung offers through its own trade-in program, which is $600 off when upgrading from (and trading in) a Galaxy S10+. Samsung also has a spotty history with regards to its trade-in program, with some users venting on Twitter and Reddit about their experiences. There is a catch to Microsoft's... Read more...
Samsung has had a rough time with the launch of the Galaxy Fold smartphone. The smartphone went up for preorder, sold well, but failed quickly when in the hands of reviewers causing Samsung to cancel that launch and rework the smartphone. Samsung has now announced the availability for the Galaxy Fold in the U.S. On Wednesday of this week, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Fold would be available in the United States next month, meaning October. The smartphone will launch in South Korea on September 6th. The September 6th launch of the Galaxy Fold in South Korea was confirmed by a report late in August. Pricing for the smartphone will be the same that Samsung announced previously, meaning... Read more...
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