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In an attempt to get a leg up on Apple's mobile payment system, Samsung is reportedly not going to collect fees for its own rival service in Korea and perhaps in the United States as well. Dubbed Samsung Pay, the service is set to launch sometime this summer and will be in direct competition with Apple's Apple Pay system.Initially Samsung was going to tack on 0.0015 percent fees to its partnered credit card companies, which include Shinhan Card, Samsung Card, KB Card, Hyundai, Lotte Card, NH Card, Woori Card, Hana Card, and BC Card. However, Samsung now has a grander plan of expanding its smartphone footprint, so it's doing away with fees, both for its partnered credit card companies and value-added... Read more...
Samsung president J.K. Shin was under the gun to launch a flagship phone that would fare better than the Galaxy S5, and it looks like he's done it. Between the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, it's being reported that Samsung has received around 20 million pre-orders since announcing the new handsets at Mobile World Congress last week. Citing an unnamed top executive at a leading carrier in Europe, The Korea Times says that 15 million of those pre-orders belong to the Galaxy S6 and 5 million to the Galaxy S6 Edge from various mobile carriers. Collectively, that's a record for Samsung and an early indicator that it made the right decision to revamp the design, even... Read more...
“The Next Big Thing” will soon be upon us. Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge over the weekend and many buyers are eager to get their hands on the new flagship smartphones. If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, we now know when pre-orders for both smartphone will open up on April Fool’s Day. The global launch for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is officially earmarked for April 10, so the April 1 pre-order date matches up nicely with Samsung’s launch window. As for pricing, T-Mobile revealed yesterday that the retail price for the Galaxy S6 (32GB) is a steep $699. If that pricing holds up, 64GB and 128GB models would ring up at $799 and $899 respectively. And if Galaxy... Read more...
Samsung unveiled its latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, this past Sunday to much fanfare. Unlike the lackluster launch of the Galaxy S5 just over a year ago, the tech press and consumers alike seem to be excited about these two smartphone offerings. Both bring premium metal and glass construction, a 5.1” QHD display, an octa-core Exynos 7 processor with 3GB of RAM, wireless charging, LTE Cat 6, and up to 128GB of internal storage. While we learned all the juicy technical details for both smartphones, we were left completely in the dark with regards to pricing. However, a new contest that has popped up on T-Mobile’s website (and was first spotted by Android Central) tips us off... Read more...
Apple tried convincing a U.S. appeals court this week that Samsung shouldn't be allowed to sell devices that infringe on its smartphone patents, but the judge wasn't particularly sympathetic. Just the opposite, Judge Kimberly Moore candidly told Apple, "You've already licensed these patents up the wazoo!" The point being that there's skepticism Apple is being harmed by technology that it's already letting other companies use. This is the latest bout in what's been a long, drawn out fight between Apple and Samsung. Neither side has been able to gain a legal edge and resulting financial advantage, though Apple did win a $1.05 billion patent infringement claim against Samsung... Read more...
Samsung is riding high following the debut of its flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. But while the Galaxy S5’s launch in early 2014 was joined by the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, a new smartwatch offering did not join the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge onstage. That was surprising for a company that released six smartwatches in the past 14 months and “still leads the smart band market” according to Canalys. Samsung and LG were the first to bring Android Wear devices to consumers, but while LG has made a significant leap from the lackluster G Watch to recently announced Watch Urbane, Samsung’s original Gear Live hasn’t seen a worthy successor. Even if we consider Samsung’s Tizen-based smartwatch... Read more...
Smartphone sales jumped 28.4 percent to 1.2 billion units in 2014 and grew to represent two-thirds of the global phone market, according to the latest research by International Data Corporation (IDC). Growth was helped by a record fourth quarter that saw 367.5 million smartphone shipments, up 29.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2013. Give credit to Apple for the strong finish. Samsung had been the world's top smartphone supplier since 2011, but following the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple was able to dethrone the South Korean handset maker in the fourth quarter to narrowly take the top spot with a 20.4 percent share of the market on 74.8 million iPhone shipments. That... Read more...
It's been a rough year for Samsung. Despite being the world's top seller of smartphones, its profits took a precipitous dip after being unexpectedly left with unsold Galaxy S5 handsets and facing increased competition, particularly in the low-end and mid-range markets. Samsung has tried numerous strategies to turn things around, the latest of which is a freeze in wages for employees in South Korea.It's been six years since the last time Samsung did this on such a scale, and that was the result of the global financial crisis. However, it's not the first wage freeze in recent times -- the South Korean electronics company had already frozen wages for high level executives as it sought to cut costs.Samsung... Read more...
We’re just days away from its official reveal, but the Galaxy S6 Edge leaks just continue to drip from Samsung’s leaky faucet. Yesterday, we posted some real life images of the Galaxy S6 Edge and its Galaxy S6 sibling. Today, CNET Korea has gotten its hands on official press renders of the Galaxy S6 Edge and it’s quite a striking device. The device in seen from multiple angles, clearly showing off its curved display which wraps around the left and right edges. We also get glimpses of the enlarged home button when is said to be home to a Touch ID-esque touch fingerprint sensor. We also get a clear look at the rather large camera “hump” that protrudes from the rear of the Galaxy S6 Edge. Xiaomi... Read more...
Digital photos and videos aren't consuming any less space these days, and as 4K recording grows in popularity, so too will our storage needs. Luckily Samsung is on top of things on the mobile front -- the company today announced that it's now mass producing the industry's first 128GB ultra-fast embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard for tomorrow's flagship handsets. Not only will this lead to larger capacity smartphones, it will also improve performance on storage side chores. UFS memory utilizes "Command Queue," a technology that boosts the speed of command execution in SSDs through a serial interface to significantly increase data processing speeds compared... Read more...
There have been more Samsung Galaxy S6 leaks than a submarine with a screen door. We're not sure if these are all controlled leaks, something Apple is known when leading up to the launch of a major new product, but they're coming just as fast and furious. The latest is a batch of photos of what looks to be a final version of the Galaxy S6.It's not known who leaked the photos, though presumably it would have to be someone that's either on the inside at Samsung or has close relations with the South Korean handset maker. Either way, kudos to the leaker for obtaining mostly clear photos instead of the blurry rubbish that typically gets posted online prior to a product's official announcement.There... Read more...
To say that the Galaxy S5 has been a sales disappointment for Samsung is a bit of an understatement. Customers weren’t exactly won over by what amounted to a warmed over Galaxy S4 in terms of design and specs. And whereas competitors like HTC and Apple have fully embraced unibody aluminum designs for their flagships, Samsung was still clinging on to cheap plastic for its top offering.That is all set to change with the release of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge that will be released in early March. Samsung has released a series of teasers over the past few weeks, one of which appears to show the curved screen of the Galaxy S6 Edge. More recently, Samsung has posted teasers playing up its... Read more...
Look for the Galaxy S6 to have a premium look and feel to it. That's what Samsung hinted in a new teaser video posted to Twitter. In the video, there's a line that reads, "I am crafted from the beautiful things I see around me," and what you see in the video are decorative panes of glass and metal with several subtle curves. Of course this isn't the first we've heard that the Galaxy S6 will be made from metal. That's a rumor that's been around ever since talk first turned to the next generation handset. It's also just one of many rumors surrounding Samsung's next flagship handset. There's also been plenty of chatter that Samsung will sell a version of the Galaxy S6 that has a curved edge display.... Read more...
We reported last year that Samsung was in talks to team up with LoopPay, a Burlington, MA-based startup firm that specialized in wireless payment technologies. Unlike Apple Pay or Google Wallet, which require an NFC-equipped cash register to complete a wireless transaction, LoopPay works using “Magnetic Secure Transmission,” which allows a customer to simply tap his or her smartphone near a traditional cash register card reader to complete a wireless transaction. And best of all, businesses don’t need to upgrade their cash registers for customers to take advantage of LoopPay. Those December rumors of a partnership have now turned into a full-fledged acquisition by Samsung. “This acquisition accelerates... Read more...
Samsung can't seem to catch a break these days. The latest blow to the company's bottom line is a $15.7 million verdict in favor of Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP, which managed to convince a Texas federal jury that the South Korean electronics firm infringed on two of its patents relating to Bluetooth technology. It only took the jury one hour to deliberate after a five-day trial laid out details regarding U.S. Patents 8,023,580 and 8,457,228. In addition to the $15.7 million damages award, Rembrandt will also receive royalties on all Samsung Bluetooth sales for the life of the patents. According to Ars Technica, Rembrandt IP is one of the oldest and most successful so-called "patent trolls"... Read more...
There's good news today for those of you rocking a Samsung Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile's network. The spunky wireless carrier has begun pushing out an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 5.0 Lollipop , which is also available through Samsung Kies. That means you no longer have to give your Verizon brethren the stink-eye, who have been running Lollipop for a couple of weeks now.It's a roughly 900MB package, so do yourself a solid and make sure you're on a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection (having a charging cable handy wouldn't be a bad idea, either). If you're not seeing the update, you can try forcing the issue by navigating to Settings > About phone > Software updates. Once you get it, expect... Read more...
Samsung's attempt to turn things around and boost its smartphone sales isn't getting much help from the Chinese market. Instead, Samsung has slipped to fifth place among China's top smartphone players, taking up the last spot before the catchall "Others" category, according to latest data compiled by International Data Corporation. The fall to fifth place was the result of "immense competition," particularly from Xiaomi and the other Chinese vendors in the low to mid-range segment of the market, IDC said. As a result, Samsung shipped 49.9 percent fewer smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2014 in China compared to the same quarter a year ago, leaving the South... Read more...
In what can be considered the biggest sign yet that Qualcomm's hardware will not power Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones, Samsung today said it has begun mass producing Exynos 7 Octa chips. The parts are being produced on a 14nm FinFET process that Samsung says offers the highest levels of efficiency, performance, and productivity. "Samsung’s advanced 14nm FinFET process technology is undoubtedly the most advanced logic process technology in the industry," said Gabsoo Han, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics. "We expect the production of our 14nm mobile application processor to positively impact the growth of... Read more...
The world of business can often be boring for us on the outside, so it's stories like this that help add a bit of excitement back in. Over the weekend, LG acknowledged that its home appliances chief Jo Seong-jin and two other employees were indicted on charges of damaging competitor products in Germany. It's almost hard to believe that this story is even real given its pettiness, but the charge is that Jo Seong-jin and these employees walked into a store and damaged four Samsung-branded washing machines. Considering the fact that it was one of the company's presidents at fault here, this is no doubt a stain on the company that LG would like to wash out soon. One of LG's most-feared arch villains... Read more...
Based on all the rumors and speculation, the Galaxy S6 is shaping up to be one of the more exciting Galaxy launches in Samsung's history. For about the past eight months, leaked information has been coming in fast and steady, covering both the hardware and software side of things. Towards the latter, it's been rumored that Samsung is planning to remove most TouchWiz bloat from the Galaxy S6, and now we're hearing that the handset will include more Microsoft services.Citing one of its insiders, SamMobile says one of the biggest changes to the Galaxy S6 will be the removal of all pre-installed Samsung apps. Not a few, not a bunch, but all of them. We're a bit skeptical of that claim, especially... Read more...
We’re inching closer to the March debut of Samsung’s next generation flagship smartphone, and the rumors and reports on specs are coming in at a furious pace. The latest report from Bloomberg confirms what we’ve been hearing for quite some time: there will be two versions of the flagship Galaxy S6. The publication says that one model will have a display that covers three sides, which backs up a previous report and leaked renders which shows a curved display on both the right- and left-hand side of the device. This is a departure from the Galaxy Note 4, which is only curved on the right-hand side. Due to production constraints with delivering a smartphone with two curved edges, the so-called Galaxy... Read more...
Samsung can't seem to separate itself from drama surrounding its smart TV platform. It started with recent complaints that its TV voice recognition software was eavesdropping on living room conversations, and now users are complaining that Pepsi ads are running when they're not supposed to, like when watching locally stored content through Plex. A user took to Reddit to post his complaint, noting that things have been working fine for the past year but have taken a turn for the worse -- "Recently it has been stopping half way through a show or a movie and has played a Pepsi ad that is muted." According to the user who posted the complaint, the ad doesn't appear on any other platform running Plex,... Read more...
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