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After generally underwhelming the masses with its previous smartwatch efforts, Samsung looks to have a winner on its hands with the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. And if you’ve been eagerly waiting to get your hands on Samsung’s latest wearables, you’ll be happy to learn that you’ll have the opportunity to purchase them this Friday, October 2nd. The entry-level Gear S2 is priced at $299.99, while the more “premium” Gear S2 Classic is just $50 more at $349.99. To put that pricing in perspective, the 38mm Apple Watch Sport starts at $349.99, while the cheapest Moto 360 (second generation model) starts at $299.99.Samsung Gear S2 Classic and Gear S2 The Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic feature 1.2-inch,... Read more...
Samsung just couldn’t let Google have all the spotlight today when it comes to smartwatches. Samsung has been teasing its Gear S2 for the past few weeks, but now the South Korean electronics giant is ready to give us the Full Monty on its reentry into the smartwatch market. As Samsung clearly states, it has “come full circle” with the introduction of the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. While we always had an idea that Samsung’s latest smartwatch would once again dip into the Tizen OS well, the company today confirmed the news. And we also learned that Samsung is launching not one, but two Gear S2 smartwatches. There’s the Gear S2 that is made for “those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for... Read more...
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Samsung has been extremely quiet on the smartwatch front for the past year following the launch of the Gear S. After releasing a flood of smartwatches during 2013 and 2014, the company has been relatively quiet on the smartwatch front while Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch have started to gain some traction. The lack of new product releases doesn’t mean that Samsung has abandoned the category; quite the contrary in fact. Samsung is hard at work on its Gear A “Orbis” smartwatch, which could be revealed as soon as this September at IFA in Berlin. Up until this point, all that we have learned about that device’s hardware specs is that it will feature... Read more...
Samsung had big plans for its Tizen platform, the home-brewed mobile operating system that was supposed to free the company from its dependency on Android. That hasn't happen yet, and probably never will, though that doesn't mean Samsung is ready to give up on Tizen. Just the opposite, Samsung reportedly has plans to launch more handsets running its own OS. That's a bit surprising when just six months ago it seemed like Tizen was destined to serve its remaining days as a smart TV platform. But then something happened. Just over a month ago, Counterpoint Research published data showing that Samsung's Tizen-based Z1 smartphone was the best selling handset in Bangladesh in the first quarter of 2015.... Read more...
Well, look what the cat dragged in. It appears that the folks over at Nokia were well on their way towards releasing a smartwatch that would have competed in a market that is starting to swell with Tizen-, Android Wear-, and watchOS-based offerings. However, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2014 put an end to what was known internally as project Moonraker. Although most know Moonraker as the 1979 film starring Roger Moore as James Bond, Nokia’s Moonraker was actually a colorful smartwatch that looks similar in design to Sony’s Smartwatch 3. Existence of Moonraker was first discovered by serial leaker Evan Blass, who discovered a Tumblr page featuring the device... Read more...
Samsung had big plans for its home brewed Tizen operating system. The idea was to storm the mobile world with its own OS and become less reliant on Google's Android platform in the process. It was an ambitious goal that was made even more difficult to attain due to delays and a seeming lack of interest, though there's still hope for Tizen.Data collected by Counterpoint Research shows that the Samsung Z1, a Tizen-based smartphone that sells for $92, was the best selling handset in Bangladesh in the first quarter of 2015. The report didn't list the total number of sales, and we'll concede that Bangladesh isn't big market, but that's also the point -- it shows that there's promise for Tizen in emerging... 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...
When it comes to smartphones and tablets, Samsung has relied heavily on Google’s Android mobile operating system. Android dominates the smartphone and tablet markets, and Samsung has done its best to differentiate its Android offerings by overlaying its love-it-or-hate-it TouchWiz user interface. But Samsung is looking to break free of its reliance on Google and branch out with its own homegrown operating system: Tizen. Tizen has already been featured in Samsung’s growing smartwatch lineup, and recently launched on digital cameras and the budget Z1 smartphone for emerging markets. However, Samsung plans to attract an even wider audience for Tizen with its 2015 Smart TV lineup. As we told you... Read more...
The earlier reports were off by a month, but at least Samsung’s Tizen-based Z1 smartphone is finally a reality. After nearly a year of stalling, failed launches, and developer apathy, the Z1 is launching in India for a relatively low 5,700 rupees ($92). As we reported earlier, the Samsung Z1 is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 768MB of RAM and includes 4GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot. As you can see from the pricing and processor specs, this is a decidedly low-end smartphone and the 4.3-inch WVGA screen further confirms this. Other specs include a 3.1MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11n, 3G connectivity, dual SIM capabilities, and a 1500 mAh battery... Read more...
It's the beginning of a new year, one that's already being highlighted by a flood of recent Tizen-based smartphone launches. Oh wait, that didn't happen. Drats, we were cautiously optimistic that Tizen could make a splash in the smartphone sector, and while that's still possible, Samsung is switching focus for the time being to make Tizen a staple of its Smart TV lineup. Not just one or two models, either. Instead, Samsung announced that all its Smart TVs in 2015 will come with a new platform built around Tizen, which the company hopes will spur a bunch of app releases. "Building our Smart Platform around Tizen is a groundbreaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated... Read more...
It looks as though Samsung’s on-again, off-again Tizen smartphone project is back on. According to Reuters, the South Korean electronics giant is targeting India for the launch of its mid-range Z1 smartphone that will run Tizen. Samsung will reportedly hold a press conference on December 10 to officially announce the device, which has the internal designation of SM-Z130H. The Z1 will have a sub-$100 price tag, and its specifications are in line with that pricing. It will reportedly feature a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, a microSD slot, 4” WVGA (800x480) display, dual SIM slots, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity. The Z1 could give Samsung a shot at competing with Chinese... Read more...
Just as video killed the radio star, smartphones played a big role in nearly eliminating the market for wrist watches. Ironically enough, smartphone makers are now trying to bring back the watch, albeit with smart functionality. One of the more active in this pursuit is Samsung, which is getting ready to launch its Gear S smartwatch in the U.S. next week, just as previously promised. The Gear S will be available a week from today (November 7), though if you're unfamiliar with the device, don't expect to see any traces of Android. Samsung is rolling with its own Tizen operating system, an open source platform based on Linux and developed in part with Intel. "Samsung continues to shape the wearable... Read more...
Who says you'll have to settle for second-best when trying to compute on a smartwatch? Samsung's Gear S watch now has its first full browser en route courtesy of Opera. The company has announced that it'll bring Opera Mini, a data-saving browser, to the Tizen-based Gear S. The browser isn't just a straight port, either. It'll include a handful of touch-friendly features that'll make smartwatch interactions more seamless -- for example, the website shortcuts on Opera Mini’s Speed Dial appear as large buttons, enabling Gear S users to reach their favorite sites in a single tap. To zoom, double-tap with a finger, or, to get a more precise view, just pinch to zoom. A gentle swipe with your... Read more...
Speculation is sure to follow Samsung's confirmation that it's postponing the launch of a high-end handset running its own home brewed Tizen operating system in Russia. Officially, the reason for the delay is because the platform requires a bit more work, though we can't help but wonder if the recent pressure from Google has anything to do with it. We say that because Samsung's been pushing Tizen on its Galaxy Gear smartwatch rather than going all-in with Google's Android Wear platform. This hasn't sat well with Google, and word around the web is that this has been a point of contention between the two organizations. Of course, Samsung's under no obligation to fully embrace Android, but at the... Read more...
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