Galaxy Note 4 may have 12 megapixel OIS camera

by Jared Peters on
tagged , ,

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_3_TA_Back_Camera_AT&T_Logo

We’ve heard a ton of rumors about what type of camera Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will have, including some speculation about a 20 megapixel shooter and benchmarks that seem to confirm a 16 megapixel camera similar to the Galaxy S 5. It looks like both of those may be inaccurate, however, and Samsung will be going with a 12 megapixel camera with OIS implemented.

Samsung has been struggling to get an OIS camera on one of their smartphones for a while now, originally trying to ship the Galaxy Note 3 with an OIS camera before supply constraints made it too difficult. This time around, Samsung has partnered with several other companies to guarantee that they’ll be able to produce at least 5 million sensors in time to ship the Note 3 whenever it arrives later this year. » Read the rest

Early Look Video: Hands on with the Gear Live, Samsung’s first Android Wear smartwatch

by Harrison Kaminsky on
tagged , , , , ,

gear live hands on

The Gear Live, Samsung’s first Android Wear smartwatch, will be available for purchase on the Google Play Store later today.

We’re at Google I/O right now and have a hands-on video for you right now. It’s just a quick look for now, but we’ll have more for you on the device (as well as a review, as usual) later on.

Hit the break for the video. Check it out for yourself!

» Read the rest

Samsung, LG provide specifications on their Android Wear smartwatches

by Justin Herrick on
tagged , , ,

LG_G_Watch_official

At the Google I/O keynote earlier this afternoon, Google fully detailed Android Wear and its upcoming devices for the platform. Later today, Samsung and LG will have smartwatches running Android Wear go on sale in the Play Store. But for now, both companies have revealed the specifications inside of their respective wearables. Both require users to have an Android device running 4.3 or higher, something common with Android Wear.

Click here for our Google I/O 2014 coverage. And hit the break for details like specifications and the full press releases from both companies. » Read the rest

Galaxy Note 4 slated for September 25 launch, announcement coming at IFA 2014

by Harrison Kaminsky on
tagged , , , ,

A man walks out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul

We’ve got rumors from South Korea this morning — it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is currently in mass production and will continue through July, to prepare for a September 25 global launch.

An official announcement is expected at IFA 2014 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. The rumors, at least this time, can be taken with a bit more than just a grain of salt, as multiple shareholders seem to be the leakers this time.

» Read the rest

New study names Samsung the leader in smartphone patents

by Jeff Causey on
tagged , , ,


smartphones_patent_numbers_2

Samsung, with a vast portfolio of smartphone devices and more seeming to hit the market on a weekly basis, is also the leader in patents related to smartphones. According to a new study by Thomson Reuters, Samsung applied for 2,179 patents related to smartphones, more than three times the number applied for by their biggest rival, Apple, which had 647 patents.

According to the report, LG came in second with 1,678 patents as it works on moving up to the number three position in the smartphone market. Other companies with significant numbers of patents related to smartphones included Qualcomm with 1,383, Sony  with 1,071, Panasonic with 976, and Sharp with 963.

source: The Korea Economic Daily
via:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 coming to Verizon on June 26

by Christian de Looper on
tagged , , ,

Galaxy-Tab4-8.0-SM-T330-Black

Today Verizon announced that they would be releasing their variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 on June 26. The device, being called the “family tablet,” will be available both online and in store, and will cost $379.99, or $279.99 with a new two-year activation.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 features an 8-inch HD display, a 3MP rear facing camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. It comes with 16GB of internal storage, and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

Source: Verizon

Jeff Bezos gives insight behind the Fire Phone, admits to having used a Samsung smartphone

by Justin Herrick on
tagged , , ,

jeff_bezos

As to whether or not Amazon needed to make a smartphone of its own, that is for CEO Jeff Bezos to decide. In an interview with Bits, Bezos explains why Amazon opted to manufacturer its own smartphone and enter into a crowded, cutthroat market. He wanted to produce a device that was differentiated from today’s offerings, but wanted differentiation that mattered. » Read the rest

HTC takes a shot at Galaxy S 5′s Band-Aid design

by Jared Peters on
tagged , ,

HTC One m8 bandaid

If you thought companies were done slamming Samsung over the Galaxy S 5′s design, you don’t have to look any farther than HTC’s latest tweeted image. The graphic shows three Band-Aids that just so happen to share the colors of Samsung’s latest flagship, followed by the sleek HTC One. The image was captioned “One of these things is not like the other.”

HTC isn’t the first company to attack Samsung, and they certainly won’t be the last. None of HTC’s recent marketing tactics have put too much of a dent in the smartphone market, but that isn’t going to stop them from trying.

source: HTC

Samsung may post a weak Q2 due to slower device sales

by Jared Peters on
tagged ,

Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014

It looks like Samsung’s Q2 earnings may not be quite as great as the company originally anticipated. Early reports are saying that Samsung’s market share and device sales have dipped a considerable amount thanks to heated competition from other manufacturers like Apple and LG. Samsung’s market share in the smartphone market is predicted to drop to about 30 percent, and operating profits are expected to be around $7.74 billion. Those are still very impressive numbers, but for a company that’s on top like Samsung, shareholders want things to continually improve, not stagnate. » Read the rest

Sprint adds the very durable Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport to its rotation

by Justin Herrick on
tagged , , ,

sprint_samsung_galaxy_s_5_active_cherry_red

Sprint has added a (sort of) brand new device from Samsung. The carrier is adding the Galaxy S 5 Sport to its rotation. While that handset may not sound familiar, it currently exists over at AT&T with a different name. It is nearly identical to the Galaxy S 5 Active. Coming in Cherry Red and Electric Blue, the Galaxy S 5 Sport sports a different textured back than the GS5 Active. This is to make the handset easier to grip. Behind the 5.1-inch 1080p display is Android 4.4.2 (with TouchWiz), a quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. The usual 16GB of internal storage is what you have to work with. » Read the rest