Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet Samsung

Samsung reportedly working on an Apple Pay rival, but it’s no mere copycat

By on December 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Samsung reportedly working on an Apple Pay rival, but it’s no mere copycat

Google Wallet has been out since 2011 but it apparently took the launch of Apple Pay for Samsung to get serious about making a mobile payments platform of its own.
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Samsung Smartphone Shipments Q3 2014

More signs of trouble for Samsung: It’s the only top phone vendor with declining sales

By on December 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM.

More signs of trouble for Samsung: It’s the only top phone vendor with declining sales

In our review of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Edge smartphone last month, we spent a good amount of time discussing the trouble Samsung is currently facing. While the company is still pulling in billions in revenue each month, there is no question that Samsung is in trouble. One need only look at its most recent earnings report for evidence that is impossible to argue with: In the third quarter this year, Samsung’s net profit plummeted 60%.

Now, as expected, Samsung is showing a significant decline in another key measure of success for smartphone makers: Handset shipments. More →

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Samsung Vs. Xiaomi Profits

Here’s the real reason Samsung is taking a beating… and it’s not the iPhone 6

By on December 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Here’s the real reason Samsung is taking a beating… and it’s not the iPhone 6

Samsung’s smartphone profits have been getting absolutely hammered all year as it’s facing an insane amount of competition from low-cost vendors in key markets such as China. Now a new report from Reuters illustrates just how brutal the competition is for mobile phones right now, as it turns out up-and-coming smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is scraping by with tiny operating margins of under 2%. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Leaked Prototype

Leak: This could be our first look at the Galaxy S6

By on December 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Leak: This could be our first look at the Galaxy S6

Rumored features and specifications of the Galaxy S6 have been leaking on a relatively consistent basis over the past few weeks, but the latest reveal could be one of the biggest yet. On Friday, Toptienmobiel.nl published what it claims is our first look at the prototype of Samsung’s next flagship smartphone. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Velvet Red

There’s an awesome new version of the Galaxy Note 4 – but you can’t get it

By on December 12, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

There’s an awesome new version of the Galaxy Note 4 – but you can’t get it

Samsung’s most recent phablet flagship handset might be on the Christmas shopping list for many smartphone fans this year, but they won’t have access to a special Galaxy Note 4 the company has prepared for the holidays. SamMobile reports that a Velvet Red version of the Galaxy Note 4 is going to be available to buyers in South Korea, and it’s unlikely for it to hit other markets anytime soon. More →

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Galaxy S6 Rumors: Edge

Samsung reportedly won’t get too daring with the Galaxy S6

By on December 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM.

Samsung reportedly won’t get too daring with the Galaxy S6

After reporting earlier that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship phone may launch alongside a special Edge version that would even sport dual-edge displaysSamMobile now says that it has learned from its insiders that a Galaxy S6 Edge doesn’t exist, at least for the time being. More →

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Samsung Galaxy E7 Specs

Big leak reveals everything you need to know about two unannounced Samsung phones

By on December 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM.

Big leak reveals everything you need to know about two unannounced Samsung phones

As we discussed at length in a recent review, Samsung is in trouble. The company is still pulling in tens of billions of dollars in revenue each quarter, so there are certainly companies that are worse off than Samsung, but a 60% dive in net profit last quarter is all you need to know to understand that something has to change if Samsung is to maintain its leadership position in the smartphone market.

Samsung already began a huge shakeup in its mobile division by firing dozens of executives, but it remains to be seen how the company’s strategy will change in 2015 and beyond. In the meantime, two of the first new Android Samsung is set to launch in 2015 have just been detailed in a big new leak. More →

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Galaxy S6 Rumors: Specs Leaked

Galaxy S6’s monster specs seemingly confirmed in new leak

By on December 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Galaxy S6’s monster specs seemingly confirmed in new leak

Following a purported Galaxy S6 AnTuTu benchmark test that leaked online last week and revealed many of the phone’s most important specs, a second image showing a similar benchmark test has popped up online, via Dutch website Mobinfo.nl, listing the same set of specs for the upcoming Samsung flagship handset. More →

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New Galaxy Note 4

Samsung fights back against the iPhone 6 Plus with a more powerful Galaxy Note 4

By on December 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Samsung fights back against the iPhone 6 Plus with a more powerful Galaxy Note 4

It’s a matter of opinion as to which 2014 phablet is the best, but American consumers so far have made it clear that they prefer the iPhone 6 Plus over the Galaxy Note 4 with their wallets. Based on the most recent and comprehensive data, the iPhone 6 Plus accounted for 41% of all phablet sales in the U.S. during the three-month period ending on October 14th.

Apple has taken a huge lead out of the gate, but a report from SamMobile indicates that Samsung might be preparing a counterattack. More →

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Samsung Gear VR Side Effects

Samsung’s massive list of possible Gear VR side effects should terrify any sane gamer

By on December 9, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Samsung’s massive list of possible Gear VR side effects should terrify any sane gamer

You know how when you watch ads for drugs like Flomax or Cialis and it seems like the vast majority of the ad is dedicated to listing possible negative side effects? Well it looks like Samsung’s Gear VR headset is a lot like that because Ars Technica reports that it comes with a gigantic 1,000-word list of potential hazards and disclaimers that should send any sane gamer running for the hills. More →

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Galaxy S6 Rumors: Cat. 10 LTE Data Speed

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 might have a terrific feature you won’t get to use

By on December 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 might have a terrific feature you won’t get to use

Samsung is already at work on its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, a device the company is reportedly designing from scratch. After a recent leak suggested the phone will pack high-end specs, a new report from South Korean online publication Naver says that Samsung is also working on a faster LTE chip of its own, which could be used in one version of next year’s Galaxy S6. More →

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iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S5: Price

Awesome interactive chart shows the cost of building every iPhone and Galaxy phone

By on December 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM.

Awesome interactive chart shows the cost of building every iPhone and Galaxy phone

Since Apple and Samsung are the most important players in the smartphone business — two fierce rivals bound by a complex supply partnership and engaged in a complicated legal battle — IEEE Spectrum has taken a look at both Apple and Samsung’s “changing smartphone recipes,” putting together a neat infographic that shows how much it cost Apple and Samsung to build every iPhone and Galaxy S model to date. More →

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