Unofficial replica faces being blocked from download sites
A number of major watch brands have been sending cease-and-desist notices to websites and individuals claimed to be offering smartwatch copies of trademarked or copyrighted name-brand watch faces without permission, a report says. Some smartwatches -- particularly ones based on Android Wear -- offer the ability to load custom face designs. A few people have been creating ones based on existing watches, however, triggering copyright and trademark complaints.
Samsung's Armani touch runs Windows Mobile
Samsung on Friday revealed that its flagship Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone will be part of its Armani-themed fashion line. The device has a bronze-trimmed theme meant to appeal both to executives and other more style conscious users, but it's also one of the company's more functionally advanced devices. It centers on a 3.5-inch AMOLED display more vibrant than LCDs and has a sliding QWERTY design that, like the HTC Touch Pro2 or Nokia N97, tilts the screen at an angle for a more natural viewpoint when typing.
Photos, specs of Samsung Armani phone outed
Images and specs of the Samsung Armani W8200 have finally been spotted online, some five months after it was first promised. What has been gleaned is that the device sports a 3.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen along with a slide-out hardware keypad. The device will support high-speed HSDPA data networks.
Samsung Smartphone June 15
Stoking expectations, Samsung today posted a teaser and sent an invitation for a press event to introduce new phones, including smartphones and other devices using multiple operating systems. It doesn't provide any immediate clues to SlashPhone or others but does say that some information will surface as early as June 5th. Simultaneous gatherings in Dubai, London and Singapore should mark the debut.
Samsung Armani Win Mo June
Samsung today said it would hold a press conference in Milan on June 11th to launch a new Armani-branded phone. While details are absent, the company includes Microsoft in the release and effectively confirms that the device will be a Windows Mobile smartphone. Whether it ships with 6.5 or the existing 6.1 isn't apparent.
Fashion house Christian Dior is today unveiling a new phone it says will help lift the company's profile. The Dior phone takes a different approach than the LG Prada or Samsung's P520 Armani and opts for flip design with both a keypad and a touchscreen. Additionally, the new phone includes a miniature handset known as the My Dior: the device is small enough to clip to a bag but pairs with the main phone to handle most call functions by itself.
Samsung Armani LCD TV
Samsung today unveiled a new premium LCD TV designed by Giorgio Armani in 46 inch and 52 inch sizes at the Milan International Furniture Fair in Italy. The TV features a four-mode lit power switch with the two companies' logos on the front, a remote with backlit buttons, and a smaller "pebble" remote with several essential buttons. Pricing was not immediately available, but Samsung confirmed that the smaller TV would ship in Europe, Korea, and Russia in mid summer, with the 52-inch version shipping late-summer.
Samsung F490 and P720 II
Samsung's impending F490 and P720 touchscreen phones have been spotted outside of official press events with new details to match, says Russian site Mobile-Notes. The F490 (shown) is now known to include haptic feedback, vibrating the phone when a user touches a control on its 3.2-inch display; though slim, it has a 5-megapixel camera and (currently Europe-only) HSDPA 3G access. Its interface is better than that of the LG Viewty it will challenge on launch, the Russian report says.
Samsung F490 and P720 Leak
Samsung is gearing up for at least two new touchscreen phones early next year, a visitor to a Ukraine press event has noted. The F490 should be a silver version of the Croix that strips out the physical keyboard entirely, relying instead on a virtual keyboard for all its input. It should still preserve the unusually tall 240x432 screen, 5-megapixel camera, and HSDPA access, though whether it will support North American networks at 3G speeds is unknown. The F490 recently appeared in an FCC filing and suggests at least basic support in the US.