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  1. Google announced the smartwatch-ready Android Wear platform in March with LG And Motorola immediately confirmed as the first two manufacturers to embrace it. Those two are expected to finally completely detail their offerings at the Google I/O developer conference that begins next week. However, a new report now suggests that they will be joined on stage by what is currently the biggest player in the smartwatch game – Samsung. According to CNET sources familiar with the matter, Samsung is planning to launch its own Android Wear-running smartwatch at the event. The wearable will allegedly be based on the Tizen-running Samsung Gear 2 Neo and it will be powered by a home-made chipset (presumably an Exynos of some sort). The report goes even further, suggesting that the new Samsung Gear smartwatch will be one of the items that Google I/O attendees will be taking home from the show. If that turns out true, then it will suggest that the new Gear device is rather far along in its development and its sales should start shortly after the event is over. Source
  2. Nuance, the folks behind the Samsung’s and Apple’s in-house voice assistant programs S Voice and Siri, as well as other commercial speech recognition applications like Dragon Naturally Speaking, are set to potentially get bought out by the Korean company. In anticipation of the potential deal, Nuance’s market cap jumped from a valuation of $5.5 billion to almost $6 billion yesterday. What’s interesting here is that Nuance’s speech recognition engine powers offerings from both Samsung and Apple, and could be used potentially as leverage against the other if one of the two were to control it. There’s no word if Apple is bidding for the company too, but it’s safe to assume that there would be at least some concern in Apple’s camp if Samsung were to own the company that also provides them with key technology. Source
  3. After countless leaks, the time has come for Samsung to make the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 official. The slates feature Super AMOLED screens of WQHD resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels) resulting in impressively high pixel density. For the 10.5" Galaxy Tab S 10.5, it's 288 ppi, while the 8.4" Galaxy Tab S 8.4 one cranks it up to 359 ppi. The Super AMOLED panels not only offer excellent contrast and saturated colors, but also come with the added benefit of being extra slim. The Galaxy Tab S duo is just 6.6mm thick (just 0.2mm short of matching the Xperia Z2 Tablet record) and quite light. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.5 Wi-Fi weighs 465 grams (467 grams for the LTE version) and the Galaxy Tab 8.4 is just 294 grams (298 grams for the LTE unit). Samsung will offer the tablets with two chipset varieties. The LTE variants pack a Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU, while the Wi-Fi version offers Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa chipset with a quad 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 and quad 1.9GHz Cortex-A15. Both configurations come with 3GB of RAM. In terms for storage, both come in either 16GB or 32GB flavors with a microSD card slot on board supporting up to 128GB cards. Despite the slim waistlines, battery size for both tablets is decent - the 10.5" features a 7,900mAh Li-Ion battery and the 8.4" has a 4,900mAh juice pack. At the back, both tablets sport 8MP cameras with LED flashes, capable of recording 1080p video. Above the display, both have 2.1MP front-facing snappers. The Galaxy Tab S family also boasts a number of sensors - IR blaster on the side and a fingerprint scanner in the Home button are the main stars here. As far as design is concerned, the slates take a lot of cues from the Galaxy S5, as the back is plastic with a faux leather look. The slates run Android 4.4 KitKat and Samsung's Magazine UX, which offers a lot additions to the user interface such as the Multi Window split-screen view, S Voice and an array of proprietary apps. In the US Samsung will launch the pre-orders for the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 today, but acutal shipments are expected to start on in July. Prices start at $399 for the Galaxy Tab 8.4 and $499 for the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Source
  4. Samsung has pushed an update to its original smartwach, the Galaxy Gear that converts it to Tizen and puts it on par with its successors. However, the new operating system (which is simply listed as firmware v2.2 on the Galaxy Gear) introduces little changes to the actual user interface, so you won’t need to get acquainted to it again. What the update does bring is a standalone music player – so you no longer need your phone when you go out for a run. It will also improve the battery life as Tizen has been found to be easier on the hardware than Android. To apply the update you’ll need to connect your Gear to your PC and use the Kies software. It will wipe all your data, so make sure to backup any valuable files you might have before proceeding. Once you are done you’ll need to pair your smartphone anew as it will fail to recognize the smartwatch otherwise. Source
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime has been rumored since the official launch of the Galaxy S5 flagship. The pieces of the puzzle we have so far suggest it will go official under the SM-G906 model number. We already saw it leak via import docs, Bluetooth certificates, leaked internal documents, and, what not. Today the SM-G906 leaks via South Korea's official certification authority - the RRA. Three different models were sent for testing and all three of them got the OK from the Radio Research Agency. G906S, G906K and G906L are now allowed to be sold in Korea and the names suggest the S model will be heading to SKT, the K one is intended for KT, while the L should visit the U+ carrier. There is no info on the actual specs of the G906. As the rumors have it, this should be an upgraded version of the Galaxy S5 called Prime and should pack a 5.2" QHD display, Snapdragon 805 chipset and 3GB of RAM. If the rumors for a June release are indeed true, then we won't be waiting much longer before we got an official announcement. Source
  6. Carrying the model number SM-T700, the 8.4″ Tab S rocks an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset with 1.9 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPUs. They’re bundled with an 533MHz ARM Mali-T628 and 3GB of RAM. Internal memory is 32GB, which should be expandable via a microSD card slot, but that’s not yet specified. It’s no secret that the 8.4″ display is of the Super AMOLED kind and that it runs a 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution. That makes up for a great pixel density of 359ppi resulting in super sharp and crisp viewing experience. Naturally, going for Super AMOLED means the Tab S is also going to have vivid colors, too. Samsung has also thrown in a couple of cameras – an 8MP shooter at the back and 2.0MP at the front. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4″ is going to ship with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Overall, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4″ is no slouch and the scoreboard shows it managed to do 35,713 points in AnTuTu 4.0. This kind of performance won’t come cheap. As a recent price leak suggests, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will retail in Europe for about €560 and €449, respectively. Source
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  8. The idea of having a projector built into a mobile phone has been around for a long time, although few have dared ventured into this arena. Remember the Pomegranate concept phone that made rounds of the internet sporting a projector unit? Or the rumored Mozilla device with the same capabilities? In reality, Samsung was one manufacturer back in 2012 that ventured with a smartphone carrying a projector with its Galaxy Beam Android smartphone, and while that showed that it can be done, it didn’t go much beyond that. Today, Samsung announced the successor to this unique device, in the form of Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 Android phone. The device has been launched on China Mobile’s 3G network, and seems restricted to that very region, at least for now. Under the hood, the specs are pretty entry level for these days’ standards, with a 1.2GHz quad core processor, 1GB of onboard RAM and a 4.66-inch TFT display panel with an unimpressive resolution of 800×480 pixels. The device is powered by a meager 2,600mAh battery unit, which, considering the onboard projector, is of hardly any use. All of this is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. On further specs, the device uses a micro SIM module, with the regular Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n radio. Bluetooth 4.0 is there, but the USB interface caps out at 2.0. Band support is versatile, though, with 3G TD SCDMA, 3G UMTS and 2G GSM all fully supported. Assisted GPS is also included in the package with GLONASS support. Storage is expandable thanks to a microSD card slot, which supports up to 64GB. The camera unit is a very minimal 5MP – hardly average even for midrange phones these days. The Galaxy Beam 2 smartphone has left me really confused, truth be told, and for good reason. I have been unable to place it under any category. The pricing has not been announced yet, so I cannot determine whether it’s a mid or high-range phone. The spec sheet, on the other hand, puts it at mid-range. However, then it has a built-in projector which makes it definitively unique. At the same time, all of this powered by a 2,600mAh battery doesn’t make any sense, as the phone can hardly last an hour when projecting media on a flat surface. Hence, I am genuinely confused. The device has been launched specifically for the Chinese market, and it doesn’t seem that it will see an international launch. Maybe there’s a subset in Asia that would like to get their hands on this phone, but I cannot really see massive sales happening here. Source
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    Samsung’s Galaxy K “phone” has allegedly been spotted again, optical zoom intact. We’ve heard rumors recently that Samsung would pack an optical zoom lens into the new device, but we were unclear on the final form factor Samsung would choose. These pics, if real, provide the first glimpse at exactly what we can expect from the newest Galaxy device. As Samsung has done in the past, the Galaxy K form factor is more camera than phone. It’s a lot bulkier than many modern smartphones, reminding us of another failed phone/camera project from Samsung. In addition to the 10x zoom, the phone is said to have a host of specs that we wish were on a regular smartphone. A 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display belies a six-core Exynos 5 Hexa SoC, while 2GB RAM provides support. The 10x optical zoom will also sport a 20 megapixel camera and Xenon flash. A 2MP front facing cam is also included, along with Android 4.4.2 and TouchWiz, of course. While it gives us twinges of the Galaxy Camera from Samsung, it has slimmed that form factor down a touch. Still, we can’t think of a reason we’d like to carry this around daily, and it’s likely far too expensive for casual photographers. There is no official release date for this one, but it could make an appearance April 29th at Samsung's "Kapture the Moment" event. Source
  10. Samsung overwatch website SamMobile presented us with a juicy leak which firmly suggests that a "premium" version of Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship phone is in an advanced development stage. It is arguably the most detailed look at the unannounced, and previously denied device to date. The leak begins by reinforcing the rumors that the Galaxy S5 shipped with a 1080p display due to production problems with the QHD-equipped version. Originally, the S5 was being prototyped with a 2K display, but this version was abandoned in its third revision, which is pretty early in the phone's development cycle. It took ten revisions until the S5 was given the "okay", and seven of these had the 1080p display. This serves to explain why the phone's last year leaks pointed towards a QHD screen, but as the announcement date neared, a 1080p display was to be found in all rumors. We know that Samsung's strategy is to develop and release a multitude of smartphones and tablets each year in an effort to cover all available and emerging market niches in sight. Given that, pressure from LG's upcoming G3, and how close the company actually got to a 2K smartphone before it settled for less riskier technology, it is entirely predictable that Samsung will find the time and place to release the Galaxy S5 as it may have originally intended - with a QHD display. The latest leak hints towards that, and lots more. For starters, the addition of a previously unfamiliar Exynos chip is suggested in some models. This is the Exynos 5430, which has four Cortex-A15 cores running on 2.1GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores running on 1.5GHz, an ARM Mali GPU clocked at 600MHz, and a display controller trained to handle the 2K display's many additional pixels. The Exynos 5430 also has a HEVC (high-efficiency video coding) controller that already supports up to 8K UHD video (8192x4320) playback. It also boasts a dedicated audio encoding, decoding and processing processor that Samsung named "Seiren". Snapdragon 805-equipped Galaxy Note 3Additionally, the international version of the smartphone will rely on an Intel XMM7620 LTE modem for connectivity. It will support speeds of up to 300Mbit/s downlink and 150Mbit/s uplink. This is a big win for Intel, as it marks the first time its technology is chosen over Qualcomm's in a high-profile smartphone. The Korean version, meanwhile, will operate with a proprietary Samsung LTE modem, codenamed Shannon 300 (SS300). Now, you might be asking whether all of this goodness will reach markets outside Samsung's homeland. It's more likely that Sammy will offer the Exynos-equipped version exclusively to South Korea's telecoms and perhaps a handful of Asian markets, while the rest of the world will get a Snapdragon 805-based version. Fair enough, considering the capabilities of Qualcomm's silicon. The leak also contains a clue about a high-end tablet based on the same platform as the "premium" Galaxy S5. It will be offered in Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE variants. Now, we'll give you the usual advice about taking this information with a healthy dose of NaCl. Although there are pretty solid clues that the upcoming smartphone is indeed a premium Galaxy S5 - such as the fact that the prototype carries the designation "Project KQ", and the Galaxy S5 we all know was referred to as "Project K", it could end up being a wholly different Galaxy smartphone. What we have zero doubt with is that Samsung is preparing to greet the LG G3's announcement by introducing a more powerful device soon after. The LG G3 is confirmed to feature a QHD display and top-shelf components which will make the Galaxy S5 seem so "yesterday" barely a quarter after its release. And so will the so-called “premium” Galaxy S5 phone, by the way, but this doesn't matter as long as it's making Samsung money. Source
  11. Part of the pleasure, or fun, of owning a high-end smartphone is finding out all of the little things that it can do. Samsung, for example, shoehorned some hidden features into the Samsung Galaxy S5. The latest iteration of Sammy's flagship Android phone has been available for a week and some owners of the device might have already discovered some of these hidden goodies. First of all, the Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn't come with S-Pen. But why bother with such a high tech writing instrument when a regular low-tech pencil will do the trick. All you need to do is go to the Display Settings and enable the increase touch settings option. Another cool little trick involves the stock music player. While in landscape, tilt the phone to receive a list of tunes that are similar to the one you're listening to. Got kids? We told you earlier this year about the Kids Mode on the Galaxy S5, which will keep your kids busy with games and animation. This way, junior doesn't accidentally dial your boss, or erase the important documents you've been storing on your handset. After tapping the Kids Mode app from the home screen, you set up an account with a PIN number. You can then decide which applications your kid can and cannot use. Prepare for tantrums! Private Mode allows you, from the lockscreen, to hide video, pictures or documents from nosy busybodies like your mother-in-law. To access this feature, go to Settings then tap Private Mode. Decide which content you want to hide, click on Menu and then tap 'Move to private.' A lock key will appear which means that the selected content is secure. While not exactly hidden, Toolbox is always ready for you to use to open your favorite apps.You can reach this feature by clicking on Toolbox in the Quick Settings, or by going to Settings and tapping on Toolbox. A white circle with three dots will appear. Drag it over to the Edit button to customize which apps you want to be able to quickly reach. The floating menu will be available on every app and every screen so that youcan quickly open your favorite apps from any screen on the device. You just saw Bigfoot, or Lindsey Lohan or Eric Schmidt using a BlackBerry and you need to open your camera application quickly. You can add a shortcut to the lock screen so that you can quickly access your snapper. This prevents you from missing the moment by fumbling to open the camera app on your Galaxy S5. Speaking of the camera, there is a setting that will allow you to shoot pictures and create a virtual tour. That comes in handy if you're a broker trying to sell a house. Don't you hate scrolling through ten zillion contacts to find the number of Ms.Jane Doe? With Priority Senders, you can select the top 25 people you want to connect with the most, and have their names and information displayed on top of the messaging app. Just go the messaging app, tap '+' and add up to 25 contacts. And when you do call Ms. Doe, while talking with her, you can see the latest interactions you've had with her along with a list of her most recent Google+ posts. Simply go to Settings, tap on call and then click on the "Show caller information" check box. Lastly, the Call Notifications Pop-up feature will notify you when you receive a call, while you are using another app. This way, you don't have to stop playing a game just to pick up a call from the aforementioned Ms. Doe. To turn on the feature, go to settings, tap Call, and select Call notification pop-ups check box. So there you have it, one hidden feature on the Samsung Galaxy S5 for each finger on your hand. Check them out and let us know how useful they are by dropping your comments in the box below. Hidden features on the Samsung Galaxy S5 1. Use a regular pencil to write on your Samsung Galaxy S5 by enabling the increase touch settings option 2. While using the stock music app in landscape mode, tilt the phone to receive a list of tunes similar to the one you are listening to 3. The Toolbox widget allows you quick access to your favorite apps 4. Privacy mode keeps videos, pictures and documents away from roving eyes 5. With Kids Mode, junior will have plenty of fun things to do on your phone without getting into your content or apps 6. Use the shortcut to access your camera quickly from the lockscreen 7. Create a virtual tour using your Galaxy S5 8. Shot and more allows you to quickly edit a newly snapped photograph 9. With Priority Senders, the top 25 people you communicate with the most are easily reached 10. Find out the last time you spoke with a caller by going to settings, selecting call and then tapping 'Show caller information’ check box 11. Call notification lets you receive a call while still using an app Source
  12. The Global smartphone shipments hit 266.9 million units in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from market researcher TrendForce. The three month period, starting from January to March, saw a rise of 1.13% compared to the same period of the previous year. The research firm is predicting the smartphone shipments to climb another 6.7% to reach 284.5 million units globally in the current quarter, which runs from April to June.Samsung, the global market leader managed to claim the first spot with a 30% market share of global smartphone shipments. According to TrendForce, most of the units shipped by Samsung were low to mid-range smartphones in the first quarter. Apple has seen a noticeable decline in its worldwide market share but has managed to retain the second spot. However, the Cupertino's upcoming iPhones is expected to help the company gain momentum in the second half of 2014. Chinese smartphone vendors - Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi have raised their game and have performed better than the analysts have initially predicted. All three firms have experienced growth of more than 20% in the first quarter this year. Source
  13. Samsung appears to have stumbled across the holy grail of commercial graphene production: A new technique that can grow high-quality single-crystal graphene on silicon wafers — graphene that is suitable for the production of graphene field-effect transistors (GFETs) — and afterward, once the graphene has been peeled off, the silicon wafers can even be reused! Samsung is dressing this up as a breakthrough for flexible, wearable computers — which is fair enough, given the company’s recent focus on curved smartphones and watches. This work, carried out by the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, is rather advanced — so stick with me while I try to explain it. Basically, they start with a normal silicon wafer. They coat the wafer in a layer of germanium (Ge), and then dip the wafer in dilute hydrofluoric (HF) acid, which strips off the native (naturally forming) germanium oxide groups, leaving a “sea” of hydrogen atoms that are bonded to the germanium underneath (H-terminated germanium, in chemistry speak). The wafer is then placed into furnace, where fairly normal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is used to deposit a layer of graphene on top of the H-terminated Ge. Finally, after a bit more baking, and cooling under vacuum, the graphene is ready to be peeled off and used in the fabrication of graphene transistors and other such devices. Graphene growing on H-terminated germanium. The orange circles are germanium, the little blue dots are hydrogen, and the black dots are carbon (graphene) Importantly, the graphene monolayer monocrystals (yes, I enjoyed writing that) grown in this way are wrinkle-free — and because the graphene is removed from the germanium using a dry process, it is high quality and low in defects, too. [Research paper: DOI: 10.1126/science.1252268]. Also significant is the fact that the silicon wafers and germanium substrate can be reused and recycled (currently, the most popular method of producing graphene is on a copper substrate, which is then wastefully burnt away with acid). So far, it seems Samsung has used this new process of growing graphene to create some field-effect transistors (GFETs), which performed quite well, but that’s about it. Still, in a press release, Samsung pulls no punches: “This is one of the most significant breakthroughs in graphene research in history,” said the SAIT researchers. This being Samsung, of course, the press release also talks about how graphene is “the perfect material for use in flexible displays, wearables and other next generation electronic devices.” These claims might sound hyperbolic, but to be fair this is probably the most exciting graphene breakthrough that I’ve written about in the last three years. This process gets us very close to commercial, large-scale production of high-quality, electronics-grade graphene. [Read: The wonderful world of wonder materials.] This doesn’t mean that we’ll suddenly see computer chips made out of graphene instead of silicon, though — we still haven’t found a way of giving graphene a bandgap, which means it’s actually fairly useless as far as digital computing goes. We might see some graphene-based wireless modems capable of ludicrous performance, though. Source
  14. After getting treated to a teardown and prolonged water submersion, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was put through the rigors of a drop test. To make the matters more interesting, this year’s Samsung smartphone flagship was joined by its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4. The duo of Samsung Galaxy devices were put through a number of drops from various heights. They include leaps from pockets’ height, head height (including with the screen facing the ground), as well as from ten feet high. Both smartphones managed the abuse quite well (only minor dings and no cracked displays) until the highest drop test. The latter saw the Samsung Galaxy S4 suffer a cracked screen, while its successor made it out with only a popped back cover. With the Galaxy S5 clearly the tougher one in the family, the folks behind the test decided to run it over with an SUV. See what happened to it in the video below. http://youtube.com/watch?v=py6zXJoS-cE?fs What do you think? Are the results of a drop test a factor in your decision to pick a phone? Tell us in the comments section below. Source
  15. Time to get that second graphics cards, guys: Samsung has announced that its 28-inch 4K UD590 monitor will soon be available in the US for the paltry sum of $700. The UD590 packs a 28-inch 3840×2160 TN panel (157 PPI), capable of displaying 10-bit color (1 billion colors) at 60Hz with 1ms GTG response time. Priced at $700, this is probably your best bet if you want to try your hand at 4K gaming — or, if you’re a creative of some kind, the idea of 10-bit color on a 4K display should be very, very alluring. From what we can tell, the UD590 has been available as a gray import from South Korea for a month or two — but now Samsung is preparing to launch it officially in the USA. Design-wise, the UD590 has a very minimal stand and bezel that’s finished in silver and black — in my opinion it’s much more attractive than the Dell P2815Q, the other $700 4K monitor that’s currently on the market. There are no DVI connectors, two HDMI connectors, and a single DisplayPort connector (which is what you need to use, if you want 3820×2160 @ 60Hz). But enough about the minutiae — let’s get down to nitty-gritty here. In particular, that 10-bit TN (twisted nematic) panel. As you may know, in today’s market, there are two primary underlying technologies used in LCD displays: TN and IPS (including Samsung’s PLS). TN is cheap and fast, but IPS has wider viewing angles and generally better color fidelity. Personally, I have never heard of a 10-bit TN panel before; usually, if you want 10-bit color (10 bits per pixel, or bpp) you have to spend a lot of money ($1000+) on a professional-grade IPS monitor. To think that you can get a 10-bit 4K monitor for $700 makes me a little dizzy. (Read: No, TV makers, 4K and UHD are not the same thing.) Unfortunately, even though the UD590 has been available as a gray import, none of the reviews online appear to mention the monitor’s color fidelity/image quality. The official Samsung specs don’t offer much in the way of guidance, except to say that it can display 1.07 billion colors, that it has 1-millisecond gray-to-gray (GTG) response time, standard 300 cd/m2 brightness and 1000:1 contrast (or 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, if you prefer), and that there’s the usual poor viewing angles associated with TN panels. So, for $700 you can get your hands on a 28-inch 4K desktop monitor. 28 inches is a little too large for a normal home or office setup, especially if you have multiple monitors, but it’s workable. We’ll have to wait and see about the UD590′s image quality, but we pray that Samsung’s claim of 10-bit color isn’t some kind of horrendous half truth (“er, it’s 6-bit, with four extra bits that we can kinda sometimes use on leap years”). The question is, though, is it really the right time to buy a 4K monitor? Gaming at 4K at a decent frame rate is still a bit unreachable, even with a dual-Titan setup. 4K makes a lot of sense for professional designers and photographers — but for them, buying a TN panel with poor image quality is a fate worse than death. I think the only solution is that I’m going to have to buy the UD590 and a few Nvidia Titan graphics cards, and report back. I owe it to you guys. Source
  16. Samsung unveiled a smart LED bulb of its own. It’s called simply “Smart Bulb” and unlike most of the competition, it’s utilizes Bluetooth in order to connect to smartphones and tablets. Samsung says you can control up to 64 bulbs via the dedicated app without any additional equipment or set-up. The bulbs can be dimmed down to 10% and lasts up to 15,000 hours or 10 years if used normally. Home automation is possible if you use a ZigBee Bluetooth hub, but Samsung doesn’t seem to be including it in the bulb’s package. The Smart Bulb has already been awarded a Design Plus award by iF Design, which is noteworthy if you care about the design of your bulbs. Pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed. We hope going for Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi will allow Samsung to place its Smart Bulb below the $32 threshold established by LG’s Smart Lamp. Source
  17. South Korean regulators caught the country's carriers violating laws that impose the maximum subsidy for a phone. The resulting 45 day ban of acquiring new customers that starts on April 5 would interfere with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 on April 11. The Galaxy S5 is going to be one of the hottest sellers for both Samsung and the carriers, so SK Telecom "strongly asked" Samsung to launch the flagship earlier. Starting today, SK Telecom stores and website will be offering the Galaxy S5 at KWR 866,800 ($810) off contract. The other two major carriers – KT and LG Uplus – will also be able to sell the Galaxy S5 under some restrictions. Samsung is "very puzzled" by SK's decision to move up the launch. The phone maker adds that the international launch of the device remains on April 11. Even if the company doesn’t entirely agree with the carrier's decision, investors are obviously quite happy as its stock went up 3.7%. Source
  18. Samsung has launched the Galaxy S5 smartphone, along with the Gear 2, Gear Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches in India. The Galaxy S5 will be priced between INR 51,000 ($848) and INR 53,000 ($881). The exact pricing will be announced later but some retailers have already announced plans of selling the phone for INR 51,500 ($856). The variant of Galaxy S5 launched in India runs on Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa 5422 processor with four 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores. This is a true octa core chip, meaning it can run all eight cores simultaneously if necessary. Unlike the Exynos version of the Note 3, however, the Exynos Galaxy S5 does record video in 4K. Samsung will also provide only the 16GB variant but in all four colors, blue, black, white and gold. As for the smartwatches, the Gear 2 is priced at INR 21,900 ($364) whereas the Gear Neo and Gear Fit are priced at INR 15,900 ($264). The phone and the smartwatches will be available for purchase starting April 11. Source
  19. Tokyo District Court Judge Koji Hasegawa ruled that Apple's iPhone 4S, 4, and iPad 2 did not infringe on a data communications patent held by Samsung. The Korean company had claimed that the Apple devices were violating its intellectual property. This is the latest in a string of patent litigations that have gone through courts around the world, with the latest ruling out of the US awarding Apple some $930 million in damages. A Samsung spokesman says the company is disappointed in the ruling out of Japan, but is yet to decide whether to appeal. Source
  20. We know that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will be powered by Tizen (Samsung’s proprietary OS), as opposed to Android, which was the software of choice for the first Galaxy Gear. But what about the Gear Fit, Samsung’s health tracking wearable? It turns out the device won’t be using either of these options. So what will power the Gear Fit’s software? Hit the jump below to find out. Samsung has opted to use a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). The benefits of using an RTOS over an OS like Android or Tizen is that the RTOS uses a set of predetermined, simple tasks that are able to be executed without delay. Because of its simplicity, the RTOS should allow the Gear Fit to last three or four days off of a single charge. So what is the downside of implementing an RTOS for the Gear Fit? Well, this means that software developers won’t be allowed to tinker with the device or develop any applications for it. The Gear Fit will only count your steps, monitor your heart rate, and other health-related features. Would the lack of software development dissuade you from purchasing a Gear Fit? Or do you just want a fitness and health monitor, and don’t care if you can play Angry Birds on your wrist? Source
  21. Thanks to evleaks we can take a first glimpse at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. Samsung’s fourth-generation 7″ tablet sports a look similar to the Galaxy Note 3. It sports the classic three button configuration under the display, too. As with the previous Galaxy Tab 7.0 slates, the latest one is going to have a SIM-card slot enabling users to make calls. If you feel like it, you will be able to use the earpiece above the display. In addition, the Power/Lock and volume rocker keys are on the right hand side. It’ll be interesting to see whether Samsung has given the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 a faux-leather back as it did with its most recent tablets – the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.1 and Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. In terms of specs, we have a solid idea what the tablet will be like thanks to a previous leak. The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0′s display is said to have WXGA resolution (1280 x 800 pixels), 1.2GHz quad-core CPU (unknown architecture at this point) ,1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and run Android 4.4 KitKat. At the back, there’s a modest 3MP snapper, while a 1.3MP front-facer takes care of video-calls. The tablet weighs 320 grams and measures 106 x 187 x 8.9mm, which is 1mm thinner than the previous generation. Below the battery cover lies a 4,450mAh battery. Judging by the date on the display, the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 will go official on April 24. Pricing and launch date aren’t available at this time. Source
  22. There have been some rumors about production issues with Samsung's Galaxy S5. First, one of their factories caught fire, damaging some of their stock and production equipment. Now, there are reports indicating that Samsung is having difficulty with properly centering the optics in the S5's 16MP ISOCELL camera sensor. On top of this, Samsung is facing stability issues with the coating process for the S5's lens module. Although they are making good progress in fixing these errors, the Korean tech-giant has definitely taken a hit as a result. Because of the setbacks, Samsung will only have 4-5 million S5 units available at launch, as opposed to the 5-7 million devices they originally anticipated. Anyone who is looking forward to the S5, are you a little anxious as to whether or not they'll be able to get the phone at launch? Or do you have doubts that the phone will hit its target date? Let us know in the comments! Source
  23. Now that the Galaxy S5 is already official and headed to the shelves, Samsung is finally able to shift its attention to its stablemates. It appears that the second smartphone to join the Galaxy S5 lineup will be the camera centric Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom. A new leak has arrived, detailing the smartphone-slash-portable camera specs. The information comes from a presentation, where unfortunately photos weren't allowed so we'll have to make do with some hand-written notes. Normally we wouldn't pay much attention to such rumors, but we managed to confirm several bits of the info with sources we know are trustworthy so we are willing to give it all the benefit of doubt. Anyway, the biggest change brought by the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom will be a slimmer body with no protruding lens. Samsung has obviously implemented some sort of internal zoom that we've seen on many compact digicams to keep the size in check this time. The smartphone will also feature a bigger 20 MP CMOS sensor with optical image stabilization and while it will lose the hump it will still come with 10x optical zoom. Another worthy improvement seems to be the bigger 4.8" display of 720p resolution. There will be Android 4.4 KitKat on board, 2 GB of RM, quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and a Xenon flash. Previously we heard an Exynos 5 Hexa with six cores will power the device. The design of the device isn't disclosed but we could bet on leather-mimicking plastic along the lines of the Galaxy S5 or the Note 3. As before aside from the shutter button Samsung is expected to include a zoom ring but this time it will be placed under your thumb rather than around the lens. There's no word on pricing or availability but our ninjas say we're going to see the device go live next week. The Galaxy S4 zoom sported almost identical specifications as the Galaxy S4 mini - a 4.3" Super AMOLED qHD display, similar design but came with a lower-grade dual-core Cortex-A9 processor so the Galaxy S5 Zoom seems like a very worthy upgrade. Source
  24. Today T-Mobile US has started its pre-order campaign for the Galaxy S5, just as it was announced a few days ago. AT&T and US Cellular were the first to offer the smartphone on pre-order, but all carriers will start shipping it in time for the official launch on April 11. The T-Mobile pre-orders allows you to have the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $0 down payment and 24 months of $27.50 - that's total of $660. T-Mobile's retail price is $10 above AT&T's, but it still a good deal, especially one that doesn't require you to sign a new 2-year agreement. Users who pre-order the Galaxy S5 from T-Mobile will also get a special $120 off a Galaxy Tab 3 slate. You can place your order right here. Source
  25. It looks like Apple has decided to contract their iPad Mini 2 retina displays to their biggest competitor in the mobile technology space: Samsung. Sharp, LG, and the not-so-known AUO (a Taiwanese company) produced the screens for the previous iPads. Samsung should start manufacturing the display units in the second half of this year. It’s also interesting to note that despite their tech rivalry, Samsung and Apple continue to work with one another. Samsung is also commissioned to work on Apple’s upcoming A8 processors. Source
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