Samsung’s Q2 profits dip, falling short of analyst expectations by nearly $1 billion

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Samsung’s Q2 earnings are in, and once again, they’ve fallen short of analyst expectations. Samsung plans to bring in about 7.2 trillion won, or $7.1 billion, which is quite a bit lower than the expected 8.1 trillion won ($8 billion). That’s a 24% decrease year-over-year for Samsung. Now, making over $7 billion in profit is still great for any company, but it’s still about $1 billion away from what the company was expected to bring in from the quarter.  » Read the rest

Samsung working with Oculus VR for its Gear VR headset coming in September

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Rather than going into a new space alone, Samsung is going to be working with someone that is very familiar with virtual reality. The device will be called Gear VR and Samsung is solely in charge of developing its hardware. On the software site, though, Oculus VR is pitching in. This allows Samsung to not go in blindly to a field without any experience. As it does with all of its devices, Samsung will launch apps itself and provide an SDK for developers after Gear VR’s announcement. And when will that announcement come? Alongside the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA 2014 in September. » Read the rest

Samsung plant in Brazil hit by robbers in $6 Million heist

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No, this is not a case of life imitating art as The Brazilian Job, a sequel to The Italian Job, was never made and Croker’s crew prided themselves on not using guns. Samsung found itself the target of a massive heist of equipment at a plant located in São Paulo, Brazil on Monday as armed robbers made off with what was initially reported as R$80 million ($36M USD) worth of notebooks, tablets and smartphones. Samsung has since revised that estimate down to R$13.2 million ($6M USD). According to reports, approximately 20 men armed with submachine guns made up the crew that hit the factory. The incident occurred during normal business hours while about 200 employees were working on the site. Apparently most of the employees continued to work, although a few were taken hostage.

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LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live get the iFixit teardown treatment

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Although smartwatches should not be subject to typical smartphones risks like being dropped, they will still be subject to a host of new hazards like users accidentally bumping up against tables or counters, knocking them into sinks, and other not healthy for tech situations. Their small size should help them when it comes to durability, but inevitably some people will find their devices need to be repaired. To save a few dollars, some of those individuals will decide to undertake repairs themselves. The team over at iFixit has run a couple new Android Wear devices through their teardown process to get an idea of how hard or easy that may be. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 colors to mirror Galaxy S 5

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A tip today provided by @evleaks indicates the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be made available with the same color selections as the Samsung Galaxy S 5. At the very least, this seems to suggest black and white will be available on all carriers when the device is released. Previous information was unclear as to whether a white version would be available for carriers other than Verizon.

Since release, Samsung has added a copper gold version of the Galaxy S 5 to the lineup to be available for all carriers to offer customers, but we are not sure whether this latest leak means that color will be available when the Galaxy Note 4 launches. Verizon also has an Electric Blue version of the Galaxy S 5 in their portfolio.

If you could pick any color for a Galaxy Note 4, what would you choose?

source: @evleaks (official site)

Sprint update for Samsung Galaxy S 5 adds Wi-Fi calling feature

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on the Sprint network may notice they have an update waiting to be installed. If they don’t have a notification yet, it should be showing up soon as Sprint is pushing out update “NE5″ to owners of the devices in phases. According to the information provided by Sprint, the only enhancement is the addition of a Wi-Fi calling feature. Apparently the update has been ready for a while now, but is only just starting to hit users’ devices.

source: Sprint

What do consumers think about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S display?

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Samsung thinks the Galaxy Tab S has the most vibrant display in the business, and they set out to prove it. They recently customized a New York City taxi cab with 4 tablets and asked random riders which one had the best display.

17 out of 20 passengers picked the Tab S as the clear winner. Unfortunately Samsung doesn’t tell you what display brightness each tablet was set at, nor do they tell us the competing brands. However, Samsung shouldn’t need too much trickery since the Tab S has one fo the best displays we have ever seen.

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Alleged Samsung Galaxy F front panel photo surfaces

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We are all waiting to see what Samsung has up its sleeve with the Galaxy F. Until then, we will just have to see what information and pictures appear regarding the handset. Today, we are looking at an alleged live image of the Galaxy F. Usually we have been treated to press renders, but this one has been taken ‘in the wild’ (or real life). Looking closely, it seems that the bezel will be very minimal on the sides and Samsung will finally implement a metal design.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Samsung pokes fun at iPhone owners again with new ‘Wall Huggers’ commercial

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Samsung is back at it again. They just released another commercial making jabs at iPhone owners, this time regarding the battery. “Wall Huggers” refers to those that have to spend their time at their airport close to a wall outlet in order to charge their phone, or shall I say iPhone. It’s not that Samsung is saying their phone will last longer, it’s more that they offer two things that iPhones don’t offer. The first is the ability to swap out the battery, and the second is Ultra Power Saving Mode. The latter will allow your phone to last a long time, but at the expense of not doing much else on your phone other than texting and phone calls.

It’s yet another effective and funny commercial, but I doubt there will be too many iPhone owners that will run out tomorrow to buy a Galaxy S 5. Hit the break for the 60 second spot.

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