Third in Galaxy Grand range launch expected before Mobile World Congress
Samsung is not content with releasing an update to the Galaxy Grand, as the phone producer is working towards yet another version, according to a rumor. The Galaxy Grand Lite is said to be a mix between the original and the Galaxy Grand 2, launched earlier this week, and though it will have relatively similar specifications, the major change will be a 5-megapixel camera instead of the 8-megapixel version used previously.
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Android KitKat heads to Google Play editions of Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One
Updates for Android KitKat are heading to the Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. The two devices, running on stock Android instead of the Sense or TouchWiz versions provided by HTC and Samsung respectively, will start receiving over-the-air updates from today onwards, upgrading the devices to Android version 4.4.
Samsung shaves close to 1mm off thickness for upgraded Galaxy Grand
Samsung has unveiled an update to its Galaxy Grand, one which increases the size and the resolution of the original. The Galaxy Grand 2 sports a 5.25-inch display instead of a five-inch version, with the predecessor's 800x480 resolution enlarged to 720x1280, along with considerably upgraded internal specifications and a body that has gone from a thickness of 9.6mm (0.38 inches) to 8.9mm (0.35 inches).
Separate reports suggest lower sales, shipment figures
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has sold more than 800,000 units since its September launch, according to the company. The revealed sales figures comes after recent reports claiming that the number of Galaxy Gear devices being used by consumers is closer to 50,000 units, something that Samsung feels the need to correct.
Samsung Galaxy Core Plus launches quietly in Taiwan
Samsung has launched an updated version of an entry-level smartphone, one that has surfaced with little fanfare. The Galaxy Core Plus, launched in Taiwan, takes after the Galaxy Core by offering a 4.3-inch, 800x480-resolution display with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a five-megapixel camera, though some aspects have apparently been downgraded.
Samsung offering Google Play credit, Hulu Plus as perks
Samsung is offering a range of digital perks to entice consumers into picking up its newest Android tablets, with owners of qualifying devices being able to cash in on up to $600 worth of incentives. The South Korean tech giant has posted a page detailing potential bonuses available to users registering a new Samsung tablet. All of the tablets and devices eligible for the promotion were released over the course of 2013.
Galaxy NX mirrorless camera heads closer to US release
The Samsung Galaxy NX has been spotted passing through the FCC with support for AT&T's LTE and HSPA mobile networks. The filing strongly suggests that Samsung's Android-based mirrorless camera, one that it launched in June, will be making its way to the United States with its cellular network connection intact.
Samsung smartwatch apparently not going over well
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch may have a return rate as high as 30 percent at Best Buy, according to a leaked internal document from the popular electronics retailer. Geek.com acquired the document, which solicits opinions from on-site Samsung staff as to why customers may be returning the device. The document also gives exact dates for when Gear compatibility will expand to other Samsung devices.
Galaxy S3, Note 2 said to contain faulty memory chips
Samsung has issued a public apology to Chinese consumers, responding to a critical report that recently aired on China's state TV. The China Central Television program reportedly named seven devices, including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 handsets, that are allegedly prone to crashing as many as 30 times a day due to malfunctioning memory chips and firmware problems.
Galaxy Gear smart watch to work with five more Galaxy smartphones
Samsung will be bringing Galaxy Gear compatibility to more devices than previously thought. The manufacturer will not only allow the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and Note III to communicate with the smart watch via a scheduled Android 4.3 update, but also adding devices to the compatibility list through a smaller software update.
Smartphone with 10x optical zoom allegedly heading to AT&T this year
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will be heading to AT&T in the future, according to a new rumor. A leaked image of the hybrid compact camera and smartphone shows it as having icons for AT&T services on its screen, as well as connected to AT&T, strongly hinting that the carrier will soon be offering a subsidized version on its network.
Firmware leak believed to be final revision, due in coming weeks
The inbound Android version 4.3 update for Samsung smartphones has leaked, weeks ahead of its expected launch. The software upgrade for the Galaxy S 4 has surfaced on the Internet at the same time as news that the same update heading to the HTC One will be heading to T-Mobile users sometime over the next week.
S5 said to be rushed to market
Several Samsung leaks have pointed to alleged launch details for the company's current Galaxy S4 Mini handset and next-generation S5 flagship. Amid reports claiming Galaxy S4 sales have failed to meet internal goals, a report from the Korean site Naver suggests the Galaxy S5 is being hurried onto the market with an anticipated unveiling as early as January.
Brightly-colored Galaxy J unlikely to see non-Japan release
Samsung has launched another Galaxy-branded smartphone, coming to NTT DoCoMo in the future as part of its new seasonal roster, alongside the Sony Xperia Z1f. The Galaxy J, shown by the Japanese carrier to be available in white, blue, and pink, appears to be a mix of the physical design of the Galaxy S 4 with Galaxy Note 3-inspired internals.
New phone only available in South Korea, no expected US availability
Confirming earlier rumors, carrier SK Telecom and manufacturer Samsung have officially announced a curved screen smartphone for the South Korean market. The new Galaxy Round has a very slight front-glass curve on its 5.7-inch screen, and runs a custom variant of Android with what Samsung calls "interface tweaks" to take advantage of the unique front glass.
Samsung Galaxy Round could have same specifications as Galaxy Note 3
The battle for mobile devices with curved displays is heating up, with reports suggesting that Samsung could announce such a smartphone soon, if not before the end of this week. The device, said to be called the Galaxy Round, could end up being revealed before rival LG launches a version with its own mass-produced curved screen.
Galaxy S 4, S III, Note II to gain Jelly Bean 4.3 from SFR by December
Android version 4.3 will be reaching the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in October, according to a European carrier's update roadmap. SFR of France has revealed that, just as reported earlier, the Galaxy S 4 will be the first of three Samsung devices to get the update to 4.3 Jelly Bean, with the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II both getting it at a later time.
Software update to add support for Galaxy Gear smartwatch
Samsung will be bringing Android 4.3 to two more Galaxy devices later this year, after revealing its new Galaxy Note 3 will ship with the latest version of Jelly Bean. Both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S 4 will receive the mobile operating system update, which will be issued to carriers sometime in October, and will reach customer devices shortly afterward.
Hovering S Pen above Galaxy Note 3 allows for app switching
Samsung has launched the latest model in its line of phablet devices. The Galaxy Note 3 brings with it a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 0.2 inches larger than its predecessor, slight design changes, and significantly improved S Pen functionality, along with the usual specifications boost associated with new hardware versions, at the same time as its companion accessory, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
New tablet available in 3G, LTE models, sports 4x pixel density of previous model
At the IFA trade show, Samsung today showed the refreshed Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 edition tablet. The new device boasts a WQXGA LCD display running at 2560x1600 resolution in a 10-inch form factor, with a 1.9 GHZ eight-core processor in the 3G/WiFi version, or a 2.3GHz quad-core in the LTE model, with 3GB RAM. Also, the newest addition to the lineup brings Samsung's Knox security suite to the device.
Gear Manager app to change watch face, app settings on Galaxy Gear
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will pair with a smartphone over NFC, according to newly-leaked screenshots. Images said to be from the Samsung Gear Manager app show that the Galaxy Gear will initially pair quickly over NFC, with further connections between phone and watch to take place over its low-power Bluetooth 4.0 radio.
Smartwatch to be revealed at same time as Galaxy Note III
An executive at Samsung has confirmed that its smartwatch will be launching at its September 4th event at IFA, alongside the Galaxy Note III. Mobile business executive vice president Lee Young-hee said that Samsung will "be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear" at the event, though initial reports of a flexible screen are apparently incorrect.
First S5 rumors on the heels of S4 launch
Alleged details of Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S handset are already surfacing in early rumors, just months after the Galaxy S4 was released to the public. A report in Korea's Electronic Times News, later spotted by BGR, claims the S5 will feature a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS).
Galaxy Golden uses two 3.7-inch Super AMOLED displays, 8MP camera
Samsung has launched a second Android-powered flip phone, one which takes a number of cues from the Hennessy revealed by the company last week. The Galaxy Golden uses two 3.7-inch Super AMOLED touchscreens mounted back-to-back on the top section, allowing it to be used both when it is closed, and when it is opened with the keypad visible.
Samsung Galaxy Gear, dual-core 2.5-inch display, for Galaxy phones-only
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch expected to be unveiled on September for ahead of IFA Berlin has had its specifications leak out. According to Gigaom, the device will sport a multitouch 2.5-inch 320x320 OLED display and be powered by a dual-core processor clocked as high as 1.5GHz. Like the rumored Apple iWatch, the Samsung Galaxy Gear will also include health sensors designed to tie in to the health-based apps that feature on the Galaxy S4.
Large Samsung smartphone appearing on three US carriers later this month
Following a leak on the weekend, Samsung has confirmed that the 6.3-inch model of the Galaxy Mega with LTE connectivity will be going on sale in the United States later this month. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 will be available on AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular, with the former also stating it will be on sale through the carrier on August 23rd.
LTE-equipped smartphone could launch on AT&T on August 23rd
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 could still be making its way to AT&T in the future, according to a new leak. An image showing the large smartphone, complete with blue color scheme and AT&T branding on the back, suggests that the brief appearance of the device with compatible LTE radios at the FCC in June was leading to a full release.
Report claims Galaxy Gear reveal occurring on same day as Galaxy Note 3 launches
Samsung is going to launch its long-rumored smartwatch at its Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event on September 4th, according to a report. The smartwatch, named the Samsung Galaxy Gear according to recent trademark filings, could end up sharing the company stage at the IFA event in Germany with the expected Galaxy Note 3.
Apple trailing well behind Samsung in Chinese smartphone sales
Samsung shipped 15.3 million smartphones in China during the months of April, May and June this year, reports Korea's Yonhap News. According to the latest figures, which come from Strategy Analytics, Apple sold just 3.4 million iPhones leaving Samsung with almost 20 percent of the Chinese smartphone market, while Apple trails well behind with a 4.3 percent share. The figures highlight the increasing importance that China is playing in the global smartphone market, and why Apple is rumored to be prepping the iPhone 5C, a low-cost version of the iPhone, which is thought to be targeted at developing markets.
Initial launch on Galaxy devices in Africa, general Android and iOS to come
BlackBerry Messenger will be heading to Android soon, with Samsung devices being the first to receive it. The app will be made available in both Google Play and the Samsung App store in the near future, with Galaxy smartphone users based in Africa initially being able to download it, suggesting that it will reach other regions, other Android devices, and iOS soon.
Second 'Gear' filing narrows focus to smartwatches, confirms name
Samsung may be bringing its long-rumored smartwatch under its Galaxy branding, according to a new trademark filing. Following on from an earlier trademark registration filed in late June of this year for the "Samsung Gear," the company has opted to file another registration, but this time for "Samsung Galaxy Gear."
Galaxy Golden thought to be name of new clamshell model
As the expected unveiling of a possible clamshell Android phone from Samsung approaches, the device has shown up in images on the Internet. GSMinsider obtained a shot of the device on Saturday, showing off its novel dual-screen clamshell form factor. Samsung fan site SamMobile also reports that the device may be called the Galaxy Golden.
Samsung looks to boost AMOLED display power efficiency with Novaled tech
Samsung is positioning to acquire Novaled AG in a deal said to worth up to $200 million, reports Bloomberg. The German company specializes in the development of materials and technologies designed to optimize OLED displays and already counts Samsung as a 10 percent stakeholder and customer for over 50 percent of its sales. Many of Samsung’s popular Galaxy range of smartphones center on AMOLED display technology with Samsung targeting the full takeover of the company for its energy conserving techniques.
Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS to retain specifications of original
Samsung is going to make a dual-SIM version of one of it's largest smartphones, according to a report. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS will apparently be able to take two SIM cards at the same time, while effectively retaining all the specifications of the original device, including its 6.3-inch 720p LCD display.
Galaxy Tab 3 range appear in stores, Amazon, after pre-order period
Samsung has put its portfolio of Galaxy Tab 3 tablets on sale in the United States. The previously-announced Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 are all available to buy in stores, as well as through Amazon and Samsung itself, with both white and 'golden brown' color options popping up in retailer listings.
MetroPCS uses Vine to tease Samsung Galaxy S4 launch next week
MetroPCS is hinting at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on its network next week. A teaser video, posted on Vine and shown on the MetroPCS Twitter account, shows the sum "Samsung Galaxy S III + 1 = ?," suggesting that the company will reveal the device. It is believed by Engadget that the smartphone will not have HSPA access, usable on T-Mobile, but will likely have support for its LTE network.
Samsung internal test of Android 4.3 allegedly appears on Google Edition phone
The next version of Android has allegedly made an appearance in a test build, according to images in a report. Android 4.3 is shown in a set of screen shots apparently running on a Samsung Galaxy S4, and while the next generation of Android is expected to be called Key Lime Pie, it seems to retain the Jelly Bean moniker.
Apple tablet dominate rivals, put squeeze on Amazon
Apple's iPad tablet has high a five-month high in terms of web interaction by North American users, reports mobile advertising firm Chitika, with the next two groups of rivals -- Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung's Galaxy tablet models -- far behind. While the iPad platform dropped slightly in April, the report from May shows not only a return to form but surpassing its previous dominance, to a level not seen since Christmas, 82.4 percent. Combined, all the tablet rivals to the iPad have less than 18 percent share in real-world usage stats.
Rdio adds options for four, five-member accounts in family subscriptions
Rdio has updated its family subscription plans to allow for up to five members to have Rdio Unlimited access in a single account. Two-member and three-member accounts for the streaming music service still cost $18 and $23 respectively, writes The Next Web, with the new four-user plan now going for $28, and the maximum five-member version priced at $33 per month.
Pre-orders for new Samsung tablet range start now
Samsung has revealed it will be bringing the updated Galaxy Tab 3 range of devices to the United States on July 7th. The three tablets, available in 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch versions, will be available to pre-order from tomorrow onwards, and provide some slight revisions to previous Galaxy Tab iterations, including the addition of an IR transmitter for use as a TV remote control.
Korean news agency claims that orders have unexpectedly fallen for two months
Reports are circulating that due to a mismatch in parts orders to units sold, manufacturing plants for the Galaxy S4 are going to see a reduction in orders. Sources familiar with the matter are claiming that Samsung is planning to reduce the parts orders for production of the new model by up to 15 percent, an unusual move for a brand new model and -- if true -- reinforcing speculation that the flagship S4 hasn't done as well as originally projected.
Uses 20.3MP APS-C sensor, 25,600 ISO, Android 4.2.2
Samsung has used its London media event to show off the new Galaxy NX camera, one that was leaked last week. Following on from the Galaxy Camera and the newly-introduced Galaxy S4 Zoom, the Galaxy NX is a mirrorless camera claimed to be the first camera in the world with interchangeable lenses, uses Android, and has LTE connectivity.
Support for AT&T LTE bands found in large Samsung smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 could be heading to AT&T, according to details found in an FCC filing. The smartphone with the 6.3-inch display made its send trip to the Commission for clearance, and while in the first instance it was shown to have AT&T-supported HSPA+, this time it is equipped with AT&T 4G LTE bands.
Quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon, 5MP camera, 4GB storage
Samsung has released another smartphone in the US, this time a budget offering through Virgin Mobile. The Galaxy Ring has a four-inch screen, which is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.4GHz with 1GB of RAM, and despite being a low-cost device, it ships with Android 4.1 instead of the Android 4.0 that is usually provided.
Album to be free on Samsung phones 72-hours before release
Samsung has signed a deal with Jay-Z to distribute his latest album to owners of select Galaxy smartphones, 72 hours before its retail release. The agreement, announced via a three-minute advertisement during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, involves 1 million albums being given away to Samsung users on July 4th, as part of a reported $20 million marketing deal.
Rap mogul, tech giant to link forces
Samsung and Jay-Z will reveal some form of partnership on Sunday during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The South Korean tech giant confirmed that it was linking forces with the rap mogul in an image released to media outlets on Friday. The image shows a Samsung Galaxy S4 beside what would appear to be one of the rapper's chains. The S4's screen says to tune "Tune In" and "Turn Up the Volume" and gives a time of Sunday at 9:15 E.S.T.
Amazon shipping Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD to India later this month
Amazon has launched its Kindle e-reader and Kindle Fire HD tablets in India. Due to ship on June 27th, the Kindle Paperwhite and Paperwhite 3G will cost 10,999 rupees ($190) and 13,999 rupees ($240) respectively, while the Kindle Fire HD tablets are listed as 15,999 rupees ($276) for the 7-inch model, and 21,999 ($380) for the 8.9-inch version. The expansion to India follows a similar move by the retailer into China late last week.
Samsung prepping aluminum successor to Galaxy S5?
According to a Korea Herald report published last month, Samsung’s new design strategy moving forward has been dubbed ‘Design 3.0.’ Now, an unnamed source ‘close to Samsung’ has revealed to Android Geeks that the new design language will lead to the development of an aluminum-bodied Galaxy S5. One of the common criticisms of the Galaxy S4, despite its sales success, has been that it continues with a plastic design when competing high-end devices have adopted aluminum finishes.
Galaxy Camera follow-up offers camera modes, zoom ring
Samsung has launched its Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone and compact camera hybrid. The reveal, after multiple photographs were leaked, follows on from the similar Galaxy Camera and shows it to have generally lower specifications compared to the Galaxy S4, but upgrades the camera to a 16-megapixel version with 24-240mm 10x optical zoom.