Samsung already losing market share ahead of iPhone 6 launch

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After a weak Q2 profit, Samsung just keeps getting hit with bad news. In May of this year, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S 5 sold about 5 million phones, which isn’t a terrible number. However, Apple’s iPhone 5S managed to sell 7 million, and it’s a device that’s been on shelves for almost a year. The Galaxy S 4 managed to move about 7 million per month when it launched last year, for reference. Samsung reported that losing market share in the low end was what really hurt their profits, but it looks like they’re struggling to keep up in the high end, too. » Read the rest

Samsung chatting with SmartThings about purchase for around $200 million

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The next target for Samsung? Your home. The company is reportedly in talks to purchase SmartThings for a deal in the range of $200 million. According to TechCrunch, the deal has yet to be completed but it is very well on its way to being so. Google owns Nest and Apple is launching HomeKit, so it is only right that Samsung gets in on the action. » Read the rest

AT&T adds Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 to its lineup online today

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The next member to join the tablet lineup for AT&T is the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. Its launch date? Today. While today is only for the carrier’s website, AT&T stores will start carrying the tablet on July 25. With a new two-year contract, this Samsung tablet will cost $269.99; however, customers can take advantage of Next and pay $18.50 per month without paying anything upfront. But for the people signing that two-year contract, AT&T will reward you by taking $50 off of the tablet when bundling it with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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Samsung’s SM-G850 appears in benchmark database

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An unidentified Samsung device with the model number SM-G850 has appeared in a benchmark database, showing what specifications are present. Recently, a similar device with the model number SM-G8508 has appeared in the same benchmark database and had a 720p resolution on a 4.7-inch display. Inside was a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. This time around we are looking at the Exynos (or international) variant.

The same display size and resolution is here again. The exact processor inside is Samsung’s very own Exynos 5 Octa, the same one that appears in the international Galaxy Note 3. Also, 32GB of internal storage is here. If the benchmark is to be believed, the device will ship with Android 4.4.4 righto out of the box. It is being speculated that this could be a Neo version of the Galaxy S 5 considering what Samsung has done with the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

Just stay tuned and we will find out more when something is official. Hit the break for the full rundown of specs. » Read the rest

Samsung suspends business with factory in question in midst of child labor allegations

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The Shinyang Electronics factory in China, which manufactures parts for Samsung, had been accused of breaking child labor laws by China Labor Watch.

Samsung swiftly investigated the situation and has released a statement that it will be suspending business with the factory in the midst of the allegations.

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Samsung’s premium metal phone could be the Galaxy Alpha

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Which is it? Is the Galaxy S 5 Prime, the Galaxy F, or the Galaxy Alpha? These are the rumored names for Samsung’s expected premium smartphone.  When rumors started earlier in the year, it was believed to be the Galaxy S 5 Prime, but then the Galaxy F name picked up steam over the last month. Now today, Korean media is buzzing about a Galaxy Alpha, which happens to also have a metal build.

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Samsung announces new Exynos processor with integrated 4G LTE modem

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Today, Samsung has unveiled a brand new Exynos ModAp processor that features an integrated 4G LTE modem. This is a quad-core SoC that supports both regular LTE speeds as well as LTE Advanced. At the very least, it is now possible to achieve at least 150Mbps. Of course, a new processor always includes better performance in terms of multitasking and support for high resolution camera lenses.

By integrating a 4G LTE modem with this new Exynos processor, Samsung has finally caught on to what Qualcomm has been up to for the last two years. This means it may finally be possible hardware manufacturers in the United States choose this processor for smartphones rather than just Samsung rolling with it for tablets.

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Samsung App store officially changes name to Galaxy Apps

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Samsung previously announced they were planning on changing the name of the Samsung Apps storefront to Galaxy Apps, and that change has finally taken place. An update to the application on Samsung devices rebrands the app’s name and brings a cleaner interface. You won’t lose any purchased items after the change, fortunately, although I’m not sure too many of you had much to worry about in the first place.

Do you ever use the Samsung App store on your smartphone, or is it one of those apps you wish you could uninstall?

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