Samsung edges Apple in customer satisfaction measure

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In general, 2014 is probably not going to go down as a year that Samsung wants to remember. Although the company is still the proverbial 800-lb. gorilla in the room amongst Android mobile device manufacturers, the hold on the top has loosened some with accompanying negative impacts. Probably most disturbing for Samsung have been the missed sales and financial targets for their mobile device lines of business and products. As the year comes to a close though, new customer satisfaction data shows the company has managed to jump past their biggest rival in the larger smartphone market, besting Apple by a couple points on the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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Samsung adds Milk VR to app portfolio for Gear VR

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Earlier this month Samsung finally started selling the Gear VR, marketing it as an “Innovator’s Edition.” The idea behind that seems to be similar to the path Google took with Glass in getting devices into the hands of developers and end users alike. This gives developers an opportunity to start figuring out the hardware and how it can be made useful and it gives consumers a chance to provide feedback on what they wish they could do with the new hardware. To help the garden grow, Samsung announced a new seed they are planting today, Milk VR, a free subscription service for viewing 360-degree videos on Gear VR.
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Samsung to bring new audio products to CES 2015

Samsung audioSamsung is going to show off some very futuristic looking audio products at CES this year, marking a definite commitment to the audio equipment section of the market. Not only do these speakers like they were ripped straight out of the video game Portal, they supposedly blast music in a full 360 degrees, so you can clearly hear whatever’s playing no matter where you’re standing in relation to the speaker. They utilize Samsung’s proprietary “ring radiator” technology that allows for a full circle of sound with the best balance of bass and treble. That seems like a fancy way of saying they just built a speaker in the shape of a circle, but if it works and sounds good, who can complain?
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You can now buy an unlocked Galaxy A3 or Galaxy A5 through Expansys

Galaxy_A5_picture1If you were interested in picking up one of Samsung’s premium Galaxy A3 or A5 phones but weren’t sure where to buy them, Expansys has you covered. The online retailed has listed both devices on their website for purchase for fairly reasonable prices.

The Galaxy A3 carries a $329.99 price tag and sports a 4.5-inch screen with 8 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM. The A5 runs $409.99 and has similar specs, but features 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, plus an improved camera and a 5-inch screen. 
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Chinese phone maker, Xiaomi, now valued at a whopping $45 Billion

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While most American’s probably haven’t heard of the Chinese phone manufacturing company Xiaomi, their immense success in China has propelled the company into new heights. With the company being previously valued at $4 billion (2012) and $10 billion (2013), rounds have now valued the company at a whopping $45 billion.

How did Xiaomi gain this much success in such a quick time you ask? Clever on-line marketing coupled with cheap/affordable high-powered devices have made them a household name in China. Not only has the company knocked off both Apple and Samsung as the the #1 smartphone manufacture in China, but they are also now #3 world-wide. With over 500 million smartphones expected to be sold in China next year (more than double that is expected to be sold in the US), one can only expect Xiaomi to grow even further. With China clearly under their belt, the Chinese company has their eyes set on the rest of the world starting with India and Brazil, and I’m sure they have hopes of someday being a household name in Europe and possibly even the United States.


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Samsung to discontinue Galaxy Alpha in February 2015

Samsung_Galaxy_Alpha_blackAccording to an industry insider, Samsung will cease production of the Galaxy Alpha as soon as existing inventory of its materials run out. ET News reports that the reasoning behind this decision is partly due to the Terminal Distribution Structure Improvement Act recently passed in South Korea, which has resulted in more consumers favouring budget-friendly smartphones.


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¡Enhorabuena! Spain Gets Android Lollipop Update on Galaxy S5

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A few weeks ago, Poland was the first country to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Samsung Galaxy S5. The rollout was also reported in South Korea and hinted at in France, but we’ve yet to see much more action in Europe.

Now, after a simple hop over the Alps and Pyrenees, Spain appears to be the next European country in line to receive the Lollipop update on the S5 SM-900F variant. The OTA brings the software version to G900FXXu1BNl9.


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LG G4 may rival Note 4, include stylus

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Phablets with styluses haven’t really been popular, aside from Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. That’s not stopping LG from reportedly trying their hand at it. According to sources in Asia, the LG G4 will adopt a phablet format and also include a stylus. Everything’s not completely clear, as this could be instead a new G Pro or a new G Stylus.

According to previous information, the G4 will have a 5.3 inch screen, with a Quad HD resolution, an ultra narrow frame design and a Snapdragon 810 64 bit processor, as well as 32 or 64 GB of storage. In addition, LG will include 4 GB of RAM and a 20.7 megapixel camera, as well as a 3500 mAh battery. Stay tuned for more information.

Source: GSM Dome

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