Samsung improving exposure control on Galaxy S6 smartphones

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When Samsung rolls out the Android 5.1 update to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, users will find a new camera feature that should make it a little bit easier to grab a great shot in challenging light conditions. Similar to a feature found in Apple’s camera app on iOS, users will be able to vary the exposure setting dragging their finger on the screen. What will make this extremely useful though is that the adjustment can be made while the user is preparing to take the picture and they will see a live preview on their screen. Read more

Chip production battle heats up as Samsung announces 10nm plans

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Although we all see the fruits of the chip manufacturing battle in the form of sleeker, faster, longer running mobile devices, not many people are aware of just how intense the competition in the industry has become. Two of the biggest rivals, Samsung and TSMC, recently moved to 14nm/16nm production for newer devices, with Samsung leading the way. The ability of Samsung to jump ahead in shrinking the manufacturing process let it move the Samsung Galaxy S6 to its own Exynos chips and has it in the lead to produce chips for the Apple iPhone 7. Samsung hopes to retain that position by moving to a 10nm production method by the end of 2016. Read more

Samsung patent application describes unique, dual-booting hardware

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Samsung has filed a patent application for a new piece of hardware that would provide a dock for a “Phablet” that would then power the larger device in the form of a laptop computer. In the application, Samsung specifically mentions the device might be capable of booting to Android when the phablet is operated standalone, but to a different operating system like Windows 10 when in the companion device. Sources think this may represent a sign that Samsung has strengthened their partnership with Microsoft in an effort to compete against the Apple iPad in the enterprise market. Read more

Samsung starts pushing out Android 5.0.2 update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Brazil

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Today, Samsung started rolling out the Android 5.0.2 update to all unlocked variants of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge located in Brazil. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

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Samsung’s new Silicon Valley headquarters is almost complete

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Samsung has developed two new headquarters on both coasts of the United States within the last twelve months. Last summer, the company opened an office in New York City to house its brand marketing team. Now, as this summer approaches, Samsung will open an office in Silicon Valley. Here, Samsung will plant semiconductor research and development as well as sales and marketing teams.

The building designed by NBBJ costs $300 million and offers a 10-story complex across 1.1 million square feet. Samsung has yet to say how many employees will be heading to the Silicon Valley headquarters.

Source: The Wall Street Journal