Should LG and Samsung fear the Amazon Fire Phone?

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Last week Amazon finally introduced their first smartphone to the world, which didn’t seem all that spectacular. Amazon does have a major brand, but the pricing and lack of anything compelling makes me wonder if it will succeed. However, according to a report from the Korea Times, Samsung and LG should be scared.

One industry official said, “The top appealing factor for the Amazon phone is competitive pricing and the technology that enables it to produce three-dimensional (3D) images.” What competitive pricing? $199 on contract and $650 off contract is far from competitive. Yes, the 3D, or as the call it dynamic perspective, is different, but is it something that consumers really desire?

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Full list of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 model numbers leak

by Justin Herrick on
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A list of more than twenty model numbers belonging to the Galaxy Note 4 has leaked. The upcoming large-screened device from Samsung looks like it will be heading to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The colors listed are black and white, but the latter of which is only for Verizon. We highly doubt the other carriers are restricted to just black, so be patient and don’t back on the list above. Internal storage options are 16GB and 32GB, and Samsung will presumably include a microSD card slot for expanding those numbers. Other than that, we just have a list of the model numbers.

Are you interested in the Galaxy Note 4? Let us know in the comments.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Samsung Gear Store trademark filed with USPTO

by Jeff Causey on
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Earlier this week news surfaced that Samsung had filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “Samsung Gear VR.” It turns out that was not the only trademark application Samsung submitted related to their new Gear branded line of wearable devices. They also filed for protection on the trademark “SAMSUNG GEAR STORE” earlier this week. » Read the rest

Samsung’s new Android Wear smartwatch to be unveiled at Google I/O

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With just a week left for Google’s developer conference to kick off, a new report from CNET suggests that Samsung will unveil its first Android Wear device at the conference, citing sources familiar with the matter. The device is likely to be similar to the Samsung Gear devices released last year. Android Wear, announced in March, is Google’s operating system designed specifically for smartwatch and wearables. 

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Samsung Galaxy F press render leaked in ‘glowing gold’

by Christian de Looper on
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While we previously thought that the Samsung Galaxy F and the Galaxy S5 LTE-A were the same device, according to evleaks the Galaxy F is in fact different.

A new image, leaked by evleaks, shows what’s supposed to be the Galaxy F in “glowing gold”, which is a little different from the gold Galaxy F leaked last week. This leak also shows a September 12 date on the screen, further suggesting that the Galaxy F will be released on this date.

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Here’s the alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs based on AnTuTu benchmark

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Previously, we reported a few details about the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 4 display, the expected release date as well as a few  new features that it might come with. Today, the device appeared on the AnTuTu benchmark giving us a clear view of the device’s specs.

Two Samsung devices that appear to be the Galaxy Note 4 showed up in AnTuTu’s database earlier today indicating that the device will come in two variants, one carrying the model number SM-N910S has a quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU with an Adreno 420 graphics chip, and another one carrying the model number SM-N910C has an 8-core Exynos processor with an ARM Mali-T760 GPU.

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Verizon rolls out Android 4.4.2 for Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

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Verizon has started pushing out Android 4.4.2 via an over-the-air update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on their network. Both devices receive the usual improvements and changes that come with KitKat along with some Samsung specific improvements. For the Galaxy S III, users will now be able to use Samsung’s multi-window feature on their device, splitting the screen in half to run two apps at once. Samsung’s KNOX 2.0 framework is also included in the update. Verizon indicates there are several smaller changes included, like apps being renamed or some widgets being removed to go with the general improvements to things like stability and connectivity. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini, Galaxy Mega 6.3 for Sprint receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Owners of the Galaxy S 4 Mini and Galaxy Mega 6.3 on Sprint’s network, fire up the Software Update menu! Sprint is rolling out Android 4.4.2 to both of those devices right now. Like other Samsung devices receiving an update this week, restyled status and navigation bars are being introduced alongside other visual tweaks. Of course, KitKat’s goodies are here as well.

Source: Samsung (Galaxy S 4 Mini) (Galaxy Mega 6.3)

First 64-bit Samsung smartphone hinted at in benchmark

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Ever since Apple launched their iPhone 5S with a 64-bit processor, other manufacturers have been trying to catch up and launch their own 64-bit devices. So far, we haven’t seen much of it in the wild, but we know Qualcomm is working on their own 64-bit processors for smartphones. A new mid-range Samsung smartphone looks like it’s going to use the Snapdragon 410 CPU, which also happens to be a 64-bit chip, making it Samsung’s first 64-bit smartphone ever.

The device showed up in benchmarks with a 4.8-inch qHD screen, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, and the Snapdragon 410 and Adreno 306 combo. It’s not a flagship device, and benchmarks weren’t stellar, but it’s pretty early in development, so the performance may improve later on.

source: GFXBench

via: Phone Arena

WiFi versions of Samsung Galaxy Tab S to hit stores in U.S. next week

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be available for purchase at major retailers starting June 27th. Some of the retailers include Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, and Sears. However, Best Buy is the only location that has units available on the sales floor at Samsung Experience Shops for consumers to spend some hands on time with the devices before placing a pre-order or next week’s general availability.

The WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will sell for $399.99 while the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will go for $499.99. Both versions will be available in either dazzling white or titanium bronze.

Samsung indicates LTE versions of the tablets will be available later this year on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.