According to Chinese web site LED Wealth Network, Samsung has started work to scale up capacity at their A3 plant producing flexible displays. Samsung appears to be investing at least 2 Trillion won ($1.9B USD) in the current phase with a possible expansion to a total 6 Trillion won ($5.7B USD) investment on additional phases. According to the reports, Samsung hopes to have the plant operating at new capacity before the end of 2014, pointing the way toward flexible displays possibly being incorporated into the Galaxy S 6 or Galaxy Note 5 during 2015. » Read the rest
With Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatch now on the market, Samsung is scurrying to have as many apps as possible available for users. They have launched an “app challenge” for developers. Beginning May 8, Galaxy Gear 2 app developers can register their creations on Samsung Apps to participate in the challenge, with a prize pool of $1.25 million and a chance to win the grand prize of $100,000.
In addition, Samsung is planning on hosting various events globally to help developers better understand the SDK for the Samsung Gear 2. The company will meet developers around the world through the Samsung Gear Hackathon and Developer Day.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Thanks to a leak last month we already know that Samsung is working on another Galaxy Beam device. Today Samsung posted information on the successor to the original Beam, confirming the specs we already know. The model number is SM-G3858. The smartphone will come with a 4.66 WVGA screen with a 480×800 resolution. It will also pack in a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 5MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and a microSD card. We’re not sure how much RAM and internal storage the device will have, as those haven’t been listed.
The Beam 2 will feature a built-in projector like its predecessor. The projector itself also features a WVGA resolution and will have a background color correction. As for availability, it looks like China’s about the only market we’re sure of. Considering the original Beam had little market traction in other areas it may not make it out of China. Pricing is unknown at this point and there isn’t a release date in sight. We’ll update you when we know.
An update to the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has begun rolling out to fix a number of issues that users have been having trouble with. The issues that are fixed in this update include the camera app not loading during a voice call, the alarm failing to go off when deleting alarms, and duplication of emails when moving them to new folders.
The update will likely not roll out to the international variant of the device as most of the issues it focuses on are unique to the Sprint variant. It will bump the software version up to G900PVPU1AND2, and, like usual, will roll out in stages.
Samsung has released a new ad for its Gear Fit showing off what it does best; tracking your physical activity and helping you manage your social life. The video shows the heart rate monitor in action, the calorie tracker at work, and it even shows a DJ declining a call from his wrist. It follows Samsung’s advertising mentality that the Fit is a device that can improve anyone’s life, no matter what they do for fun.
It’s definitely a fun video, and if you want to watch it, you can check it out after the break. » Read the rest
Here is a device that will make just about everyone scratch their head. A Samsung device with the model number SM-T2558 has received certification from TENAA in China, but it features a rather odd design. No, it is not a smartphone as the image above would suggest. The device your are looking at is a 7-inch tablet that looks very much like a smartphone. It does have TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA connectivity, so it actually could act as a smartphone, right?
Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. In true Samsung fashion, there is a microSD card slot to expand upon the 8GB of internal storage. On the back is an 8MP camera and the front camera has 2MP. And the weight of this device is light at just 245 grams. Right out of the box, it runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and not 4.4 KitKat.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 4 series earlier in the month, but didn’t specify specific availability for pricing until now. Starting May 1st, you will be able to buy either the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, or 10.1 at major retailers. If you’re really anxious, pre-orders start tomorrow at Samsung.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, and Tiger Direct.
For now, only the Wi-Fi models will be available for $199.99 (7.0), $269.99 (8.0) and $349.99 (10.1). There will be LTE versions offered this summer at AT&T (7.0, 8.0, and 10.1), Sprint (7.0 only), T-Mobile (8.0 only), and Verizon Wireless (8.0 and 10.1 only).
Hit the break for the full press release, and click here for the specs.
We have another leak of the Galaxy K, this time showing the optical zoom lens. As you can see, the phone looks a lot thinner than last year’s Galaxy S 4 Zoom.
The Galaxy K will be officially unveiled on April 29, and it’s expected to sport a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, a hexa-core or quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 20MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The zoom lens is expected to be 10x optical.
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According to an early report, Samsung shipped out roughly 250,000 Gear Fit wearables, and within 10 days, they were all sold. It’s obviously not as impressive as selling millions of smartphones, but it does show that there’s plenty of interest in the Gear Fit, despite the relatively high price tag and getting panned in early reviews.
Samsung reportedly only sold 25,000 of the devices in its home country, South Korea, sending the rest out to meet global demand. Hopefully Samsung will be able to ramp up the supply to meet the demand for the Fit in the coming months.
Samsung has put a lot of effort into its apps of late, but a recent study shows that its efforts are mostly for nothing. The company clearly still has a long way to go.
According to the study, users spend a very little amount of time on Samsung’s apps. These apps include services like ChatON, which is Samsung’s answer to WhatsApp. In fact, the report shows that users of the Galaxy S3 and S4 spent an average of 6 seconds per month on ChatON, which is compared to over 11 hours on Facebook per month and 2 hours per month on Instagram.