Samsung (005930) isn’t content to challenge Apple (AAPL) with the Galaxy S 4 — it apparently wants to challenge Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY) in the portable gaming console realm as well. Forbes contributor John Gaudiosi writes that the vast improvements in smartphone technology over the last couple of years mean that “the gap between consoles and portable games is closing” and that Samsung plans to capitalize on this by releasing “a Game Arcade gamepad that looks very similar to an Xbox 360 controller with dual analog sticks and shoulder.” It’s certainly true that smartphones and tablets have been eating away at sales of portable gaming consoles, so Samsung’s move to position the Galaxy S 4 as a mini-console alternative seems shrewd. A video demonstrating the new Galaxy’s game controller follows below. More →
Samsung (005930) announced its latest flagship smartphone at a press conference in New York City last week. Some have argued that the Galaxy S 4 will rival Apple’s latest iPhone for smartphone dominance in 2013, while others have suggested that Samsung hasn’t done enough to retain its customers. The Galaxy S 4 features updated hardware and new features such as facial recognition and floating display technology, however its design has remained largely unchanged from the Galaxy S III. In fact, the design is so similar to earlier models that research firm Yankee Group’s vice president of research, Carl Howe, believes the smartphone should be regarded as “the Galaxy S IIIS.” More →
Samsung (005930) unveiled its Galaxy S 4 smartphone during an outlandish press conference at Radio City Music Hall last week. The company announced its flagship smartphone in New York City alongside a laundry list of new features, however it was the handset’s design that caught people’s attention. It was argued that the Galaxy S 4, which looks relatively similar to its predecessor, felt too cheap to be a high-end smartphone despite being equipped with top-notch hardware. While speaking at Engadget’s Expand conference this weekend, Samsung’s design chief Dennis Miloseski defended the design of the smartphone and pointed out that the company is focused on the experiences it can create. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) latest iPhone once again laid claim to the title of best-selling smartphone in the world last quarter. According to recent estimates, Apple sold 27.4 million iPhone 5 handsets during the holiday quarter compared to 15.4 million Galaxy S III units. Analysts at Nomura weren’t terribly impressed with the “evolutionary” update that Samsung unveiled last week, but the firm argued in a recent note to clients that the Galaxy S 4 will help Samsung (005930) overtake Apple once again. More →
Interest in Samsung’s (005930) latest flagship smartphone is said to be considerably higher than earlier models. According to U.K. retailer Phones 4U, the Galaxy S 4 has generated 40% more pre-registrations than the Galaxy S III did after it was announced last year. Earlier reports estimated that the highly anticipated smartphone could see sales of more than 10 million units in the first month. Scott Hooton, Phone 4U’s chief commercial officer, believes the Galaxy S 4 has a “strong chance of becoming the biggest selling smartphone of 2013.” The executive added that the handset “exceeded our expectations in terms of technological innovation and form factor.” The Galaxy S 4 is scheduled to launch on select carriers starting in late April. Phone 4U’s press release follows below. More →
Owners of older Samsung (005930) smartphones may be feeling envious of the newly announced Galaxy S 4, which is chock-full of new features. They shouldn’t be too worried, however, because the company has promised to bring some of Galaxy S 4′s top features to both the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. Samsung’s vice president of portfolio planning, Nick DiCarlo, revealed in an interview with PCMag that any feature that doesn’t rely on hardware will be brought to “all the flagship devices.” The executive hinted that features such as the new camera interface and new filters may arrive on earlier models later this year. It is also speculated that Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, S Translator and S Health will also be made available.
Samsung’s (005930) new Galaxy S 4 smartphone is an incredible device — on paper. It features a beautiful 5-inch full HD display, a blazing fast processor, an incredible 13-megapixel rear camera and more bells and whistles than you will know what to do with. I wish I could say all this impressive hardware and software came together in a premium package, however this is not the case. More →
Samsung (005930) pulled out all the stops at its Galaxy S 4 press conference last night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The company revealed a handful of new features in a Broadway-style presentation, however it failed to announce specific launch dates. Samsung only said that the Galaxy S 4 would launch on 327 carriers, six in the U.S., in 155 countries sometime next month. U.K. carrier Everything Everywhere announced on Friday that it will offer the smartphone beginning April 26th with preorders set to start on March 28th. AT&T (T) and T-Mobile both acknowledged that they will carry the Galaxy S 4 in the U.S. and have created pages that allow customers to sign-up to be notified with additional details. Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S), Cricket and U.S. Cellular also plan to offer the device later this year. Reports suggest that the Galaxy S 4 will cost $199 in the U.S. with a new two-year agreement.
Amazing but true: Samsung (005930) can show off all the Galaxy S 4′s new features in under five minutes, and without elaborate dance numbers. In a video released Thursday, Samsung succinctly demonstrated several new features on its flagship smartphone, including its 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, its Air View feature that lets you interact with your phone just by hovering your finger over it, its Smart Pause eye-tracking technology that automatically pauses videos whenever you look away from your device, its Group Play feature that lets you zap music via NFC from one phone to another, and its dual shot video camera that can sync up and embed video taken with the front-facing camera into video filmed with the rear-facing camera. While some of these features might seem gimmicky, Samsung is certainly playing them up as key differentiators from competing devices. The full video is posted below. More →
As anyone who was on hand at last year’s Galaxy S III unveiling expected, Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S 4 press conference at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday evening was quite the spectacle. We were expecting a big-budget production, but we’re not sure anyone could have guessed that the presenters would break out in song and dance. HTC (2498) president Jason MacKenzie was watching the show Thursday night, and he had some choice comments when asked how he felt about the unveiling of his chief rival’s new flagship smartphone. More →
The king of Android phones is dead, long live the king. Samsung (005930) has taken the smartphone market by storm over the past few years, emerging as the clear leader in the Android smartphone race thanks to the Galaxy S III. The company is the only serious rival to Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone empire in terms of profits and shipment volume, and it is now the top-selling cell phone vendor in the world. Led by the flagship Galaxy S III, which has sold more than 40 million units globally, Samsung’s Galaxy lineup has muscled every other Android vendor out of the spotlight. Now, the company is looking to extend its lead with the brand new Galaxy S 4. More →
Samsung (005930) on Thursday finally took the wraps off of its highly anticipated next-generation Galaxy S 4 smartphone. Following months of leaks culminating with a series of high-resolution photos and several videos, Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone is now official. In line with earlier reports, key specs include a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p HD resolution, an Exynos 5 Octa eight-core processor in the international version and a quad-core Snapdragon chipset in the U.S. version, a 13-megapixel rear camera, up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, microSDXC support and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the latest available version of Google’s (GOOG) mobile platform. More →
People laughed when Samsung’s (005930) marketing boss said the company was planning to generate Apple-like buzz for future products. It has been a little over a year since Younghee Lee’s comments, and now it’s quite clear that Samsung kept its impossible promise. The Galaxy S 4 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the year and it could go down as one of the biggest product launches of all time — which is why Samsung spared no expense and rented out Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Can the Galaxy S 4 possibly live up to expectations and help Samsung continue to flourish the smartphone market? Our live coverage of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 press conference follows below. More →