Mini Smartphone Sales

No one wants ‘mini’ versions of flagship phones

By on July 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

No one wants ‘mini’ versions of flagship phones

As flagship smartphones continue to grow more giant each year, smartphone vendors have tried to avoid losing customers looking for smaller and more affordable smartphones with “mini” versions of their various hero phones. As it turns out, however, their efforts appear to be failing. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha Release Date

Samsung to unveil the metal smartphone we’ve been waiting for on August 4th

By on July 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Samsung to unveil the metal smartphone we’ve been waiting for on August 4th

Samsung’s first metal smartphone is reportedly releasing in less than a week, but don’t get too excited — it’s not going to be as great as you hoped. SamMobile reports that the upcoming Galaxy Alpha is going to be unveiled on August 4th, or roughly a month before Samsung takes the wraps off its highly anticipated Galaxy Note 4. More →

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Samsung Gear S Release Date

Samsung might release six smartwatches before Apple even releases one

By on July 29, 2014 at 5:25 PM.

Samsung might release six smartwatches before Apple even releases one

In less than a year, Samsung has released five — yes, five — different smartwatches that have released with four different operating systems. And now SamMobile points out that a sixth might soon be on the way because Samsung has filed for a trademark for a device called the Gear S. More →

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Samsung Silicon Valley R&D Center

Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas

By on July 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas

Samsung’s biggest fear is that it will become just another small-margin smartphone vendor along the lines of LG, HTC, Xiaomi and countless others. This is why it’s invested so many resources into creating its own Tizen mobile platform and why it’s tried unsuccessfully to heavily modify Android with overlays like Magazine UX to move its mobile devices beyond being vehicles for Google’s Android platform. More →

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Samsung Z Russia Delay

Samsung’s plans to challenge Android fall apart yet again

By on July 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM.

Samsung’s plans to challenge Android fall apart yet again

Samsung has hit another roadblock in its troubled journey to replace Android as the primary operating system for its mobile devices. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is postponing the release of its first Tizen phone, the Samsung Z, which was originally set to go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year. The company didn’t give any specific reasoning for the delay, but did note that it still needs to “further enhance [the] Tizen ecosystem,” referencing the platform’s lack of software. More →

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Galaxy Tab S Bloatware

New Samsung ad says bloatware makes Galaxy tablet buyers happy

By on July 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

New Samsung ad says bloatware makes Galaxy tablet buyers happy

It’s one thing to have to abide by the requirements of carriers and include their bloatware alongside yours when selling a new smartphone – unless you’re Apple – but the same rules don’t have to apply to tablets. Unless you’re Samsung. The company has preloaded such “gifts” on the Galaxy S5 smartphone as well as on Galaxy Tab and Note Pro tablets from earlier this year. And the newly released Galaxy Tab S, with its gorgeous 2K Super AMOLED display, is no exception.

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iPhone Slow vs Samsung Galaxy Slow

Is Apple intentionally slowing older iPhones to make you buy new ones?

By on July 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM.

Is Apple intentionally slowing older iPhones to make you buy new ones?

The New York Times cried wolf in late October last year, observing that the iPhone 4 has became more sluggish following the iOS 7 update and wondering, without any kind of data to back it up other than one user’s experience, whether Apple has intentionally slowed down performance on older smartphone models to convince more iPhone users to upgrade. However, the publication is now back with a more scientific approach to the quandary. In a new piece penned by Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan, the publication draws our attention to the correlation between iPhone launches and the perceived slowness of older devices. Similarly, the study looks at Galaxy S phone slowness and relation to new Galaxy S model launches. More →

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Galaxy S4 Fire

Galaxy S4 bursts into flames under sleeping 13-year-old girl’s pillow

By on July 28, 2014 at 9:47 AM.

Galaxy S4 bursts into flames under sleeping 13-year-old girl’s pillow

Let this cautionary tale serve as a reminder to everyone: don’t buy unauthorized parts or accessories for your smartphone. We have seen stories of combusting cell phones before, but perhaps none have been quite as unsettling as a new report from this past weekend. According to a Dallas, Texas-based Fox affiliate, a 13-year-old girl was awoken last week when she smelled something burning. As it turns out, the Samsung Galaxy S4 that she slipped under her pillow as she fell asleep had caught fire in the middle of the night and had begun to burn her pillow and sheets. More →

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Galaxy Tab Q Release

Samsung just launched a phablet with a ridiculous 7-inch screen

By on July 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Samsung just launched a phablet with a ridiculous 7-inch screen

It’s official: we have reached the peak of phablet insanity. Samsung on Friday unveiled the latest addition to its phablet lineup. While the device officially falls under Samsung’s “Tab” product family of tablets, you’ll notice that the Galaxy Tab Q is not like normal tablets. Instead, it includes an ear speaker and a microphone, and it supports voice calling. In other words, Samsung expects you to hold this gigantic beast of a tablet up to your face to make phone calls.

Please. We beg you. Don’t. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Video

This beautiful video from Samsung was shot entirely on a Galaxy S5

By on July 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

This beautiful video from Samsung was shot entirely on a Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 hasn’t been as overwhelmingly successful as Samsung might have hoped, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great phone with some of the most impressive specifications on the market. In fact, the Galaxy S5 features the very best smartphone camera on the market according to the photography experts at DxOMark, and now Samsung has released a video showcasing just how impressive footage recorded on an S5 can look. More →

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Samsung Gear VR Apps

Samsung’s virtual reality headset apps leak

By on July 25, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Samsung’s virtual reality headset apps leak

Samsung is very much interested in selling smartphone users a Gear VR virtual reality headset in the future, and SamMobile has already obtained access to unreleased Gear VR apps that will be available to Galaxy device owners in the future. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Release Date

Galaxy Note 4’s release timeframe may have just been revealed

By on July 24, 2014 at 2:51 PM.

Galaxy Note 4’s release timeframe may have just been revealed

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is primed to be one of the highest quality smartphones the company has ever produced, and now reports are coming in that it might see a release shortly before the iPhone 6. According to ET News, the Galaxy Note 4 was rushed into production after the Galaxy S5 underperformed during its launch window, forcing Samsung to rethink its strategy for the rest of the year. More →

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