We are all expecting some pretty hefty deals on Black Friday, but we usually don’t know what they will be until a little closer to the day itself. The deals that Verizon is going to offer have been shown in a flier that leaked online. There really is nothing extremely special about the deals, but there might be a few grabs that people might be interested in.
If you weren’t sure whether you were going to buy that new Nexus 7 (or even a Nexus 8) or a Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition), there may now be a reason to sway you to the Samsung side of the debate.
Samsung is now giving away up to $600-worth in freebies to those who purchase a Samsung tablet in the United States— the list of tablets includes the Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 3 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition and finally, Galaxy Tab 3 Kids (and Samsung HomeSync).
Hit the break for a list of the freebies that Samsung is offering.
Archos just announced its newest 10-inch tab to hit their new Gen 11 range of devices. The device is sitting pretty with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 res display and takes a design que from the HTC One by implementing front facing speakers. In addition, they’re complimenting the device with keyboard which also doubles as a front facing cover to protect the device’s screen dubbed the “coverboard”. The cover/keyboard sports magnetic clips which latch on to the device to feel like one solid unit. Innards include a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB’s of on-board storage. Overall, the device is much like its predecessor only with a quad-core CPU upgrade.
The standard OS version should include Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will bundle the OfficeSuite Pro 6 for allowing support with MS Office docs along with a slew of their own internal applications for an optimal media experience. We can expect the device to arrive in the UK next month for £249.99 ($401.13) and can be purchases on Archos’ website for added convenience. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Hit the break for the rest of the pics. » Read the rest
Yesterday we heard that Samsung is going to put a bigger focus in the tablet market since it’s becoming more difficult to grow in the smartphone sector. In a followup story, it appears Samsung wants to sell 42 million tablets in 2014.
This means you can expect a healthy dose of offerings next year, which will probably include just about every screen size imaginable. They are already offering 7, 8, and 10.1-inches, and we know a 12.2-inch Galaxy Note is on the way. Today we are hearing that a 13.3-incher is also in the works. This size screams at a Windows / Android dual boot setup, but that’s just a guess.
I am sure Samsung will unveil some goodies at CES in January, but I am also sure we will see a leak or two by then.
According to a study conducted between March and August by J.D. Power, owners of a Samsung tablet have bested iPad and Kindle Fire owners in terms of satisfaction. The study utilized performance, ease of operation, styling and design, features, and cost. Based on those five factors, Samsung scored an 835 out of 1000. This led Apple by two (833) and Amazon by nine (826). They can thank the wide distribution with their devices for scoring so high. Along with many commercials, Samsung has a strong presence in stores like Best Buy which show off their Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition and Galaxy Tab 3. » Read the rest
Samsung, the company that has no problem marketing its products is still at it and this time they’ve brought MVP LeBron James back for some more Samsung promo love. It was announced earlier this week that Samsung and the NBA struck a $100 million dollar deal where the association will use and promote Samsung products. To kick things off, Sammy is showcasing their new commercial which aired on opening night for the Miami Heat, touting their products with LeBron’s help.
The two minute spot shows off the four-time MVP using his Note 3 Galaxy Gear and Note 10.1 tab to capture personal and profession interactions with family and fellow NBA players. You can see LeBron tank a golf shot in the drink, video chatting with his son and even a little driveway B-ball for the NBA championship winning shot. Check out the video below in full and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. » Read the rest
One of the main criticisms of the Galaxy Gear at launch was that it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1.
Now, Samsung has begun adding support for the device to many other phones in the United States. The support will come via software update, which will soon come to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, and the Galaxy S III.
For some, the software update will come today, but it should go out to everyone over the coming weeks depending on exact model and carrier.
Samsung is hosting their first Developers Conference this week and the theme just might be for developers to build apps that are exclusive to their devices. Samsung already knows the key to success: Build user friendly devices and an ecosystem. In order to build an ecosystem, you need exclusive content and that is exactly what Samsung wants from developers. It won’t be easy because if developers take the time to build an Android app, why make it only available to Samsung? Actually there is simple solution and that’s money. Samsung has lots of cash to throw at developers that want to be part of the program.
Samsung has already shown a little success with achieving this based on the Twitter app. Twitter made a version of their app exclusive to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. It’s the only tablet that is works on and the app also takes advantage of the built-in S Pen features. Will more developers be excited this week to do the same? I’m pretty sure if Samsung throws them some money, they will be just giddy.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The Nexus 5 watch continues and this past week appeared to be the calm before the storm. We didn’t see many leaks so the release has to be imminent. Could we go another week without an announcement? By far, the biggest news of the week had to be BBM hitting Android and iOS. Over 10 million people downloaded it in the first 24 hours. T-Mobile continues to threaten big carriers with yet another amazing deal, this time on tablets. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Gear got off to a relatively strong start at Best Buys across the country with a very high attach rate with the Note 3 and revamped Note 10.1. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends, because according to a recently leaked document, a ton of people are returning the Galaxy Gear. Some numbers pin the return rate for the Gear at Best Buy trending over 30%. Ouch. Samsung is proactively trying to figure out what’s causing that kind of massive return rate by getting Best Buy to ask customers exactly why they’re returning the Gear. Hopefully we’ll be able to see what the most popular answer is, but if I had to make an early guess, I’d bet it would be something along the lines of “I went home and realized I paid $300 for a watch at Best Buy.” » Read the rest