Dropbox is an incredible product that keeps all of your files synced across your different devices. Samsung took note of the company and began integrating the software back when they released the Galaxy S III, giving users a free 50GB pass. Yesterday, Dropbox announced that it will be strengthening its partnership with Samsung (the fastest selling smartphone manufacturer in the world) by adding Dropbox integration into many future Samsung devices (smart cameras, tablets, smartphones, computers, etc). The Samsung integration will begin in March of 2013. Dropbox recently reached 100 million users, so it seems the partnership is working quite nicely for them. If you’re a Dropbox user who’s planning on buying a future Samsung device, then you better start thinking what you’re gonna do with all that free storage! To read Dropbox’s press release, hit the break.
Just moments ago at its press conference at CES 2013, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Note 10.1 would be making its way to Verizon with 4G LTE in tow. Unsurprisingly, the tablet will ship with Android 4.1, meaning users can expect the same slew of productivity applications as the Wi-Fi model. No specific release date was given, though Samsung says we can expect to see the device hit carrier stores later this month. More information as we get it.
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With reports of over 500 handsets sold every minute during Q4 of 2012, Samsung has reportedly earned a whopping $8.1 billion in total profits int hat time period. That number also includes the money they earned from flat screens it makes for other mobile devices such as Apple’s iPhone’s. This comes to no surprise as Samsung’s two top dogs during Q4 was their Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2. The Galaxy S III reportedly sold about 15 million units, a slight dip from 18 million the previous quarter but likely due to the fact that their Galaxy Note 2 sold a good 8 million putting the two combined at a whopping 23 million units. Lets also not forget that number doesn’t include Samsung’s other 35 smartphone/tablet variants that flooded the market.
Valued at close to $230 billion, Samsung shows no signs of slowing down as they plan on even having a better 2013. With already successful lines in their Galaxy S series, Note series and Tab series, the successors of each line are already hyped and expected to boast huge sales this coming summer/fall.
With 2012 being a monumental year for Samsung, do you think they’ll surpass expectations this year? With Galaxy S IV already the most anticipated device this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung tops last year.
Back in November we reported on plans by Samsung to produce the Samsung Galaxy S III mini in some new colors. Today new renders were released showing three new colors for the devices: Titanium Gray, Garnet Red and Onyx Black. These three colors will join the White version. We do not have any information on when these different versions will be available or which carriers may make them available.
Samsung’s new portable Bluetooth speaker, model DA-F60, includes apt-X codec support and NFC pairing. Samsung has already made the simplicity of tapping to share, via S Beam, a big deal in their funny/naughty commercials. Now they’re using NFC to simplify Bluetooth pairing (which, if you hear my in-laws tell it, is nearly impossible). The apt-X codec, supported by only a handful of handsets including Samsung’s own Galaxy S III and Note II, boosts the dynamic range of streaming audio. We should get more details, hopefully to include pricing, at CES. Follow our CES 2013 coverage here.
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Samsung and Android go together like peanut butter and jelly. Android wouldn’t have gained so much market dominance without Samsung’s Galaxy line, and that Galaxy lineup wouldn’t exist without Android. Surely these two would enjoy a long, peaceful relationship for the foreseeable future, right? Maybe not. Samsung is reportedly looking at launching several phones running Tizen instead of Android in 2013. Now, this isn’t weird for Samsung, as they do have other phones running Bada, although they don’t have the success Android does, but if Tizen does well enough in its initial Eastern launch, don’t be surprised to see Samsung slowly bring a few devices across the sea.
Samsung is understandably in a position where it really needs to make sure it isn’t too dependent on another partner, like Google. If Google were to take Android down a path that Samsung didn’t agree with, for instance, it wouldn’t hurt to have a backup plan. This is obviously speculation for something that won’t happen for another several years, so no one should worry about the Galaxy S IV running something other than our beloved Android. But if Samsung did launch a competing OS and app ecosystem, would any of you give it a chance?
If the Samsung Galaxy S III is still on your radar but missed out on all of the holiday deals, then today may be your chance to nab one. While the deal ends at the end of today, you can grab a 16GB Pebble Blue S III through Staples for just $49.99. What’s great is that this works for new customers and qualifying upgrades.
Let us know if you took advantage of this deal!
An Amber Brown color of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 has finally been official confirmed through actual photos. While this color option is available for the Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, no word on whether it’ll make its way elsewhere.
Hopefully more color options for the Note 2 will make its way into some of US’s carriers.
Samsung’s Lebanon Facebook page surprisingly wasn’t shy about announcing when Samsung expects to launch the Galaxy S IV. Of course, this news shouldn’t come too much of a surprise for us as we expected the S IV to be released around May-June considering that’s the usual timeline Samsung releases the S series. Here’s the exact words from Samsung’s PR:
What we said is only trivial since all Galaxy S series are released between late April and Early May, yet there’s no way for anyone to know the exact release date :-)” – Samsung Lebanon
Considering the global hit the S III was, the S IV should be nothing short of spectacular. While rumors of what the S IV have already been floating around the web for months, no official specs have been announced just yet.
Anyone else excited for what the S IV has to offer?
It’s always fun to look back at a previous year and see what kinds of smartphones were the most popular. comScore has released their data about popular smartphone platforms from a three-month period ending in November of 2012, studying about 30,000 phones. There’s plenty of interesting information, but it’s mostly what we’ve expected. Samsung and Apple continue to dominate smartphone sales, with LG, Motorola, and HTC rounding out the top 5. (Sony is apparently not faring as well in the States.) Both Samsung and Apple are still growing over this three-month period, with Samsung starting with 25.7% and ending with 26.9%, and Apple starting and ending with 17.1% and 18.5%. LG actually started off this period with 18.2% but slipped to 17.5%, giving Apple the number 2 spot. Motorola fell about 0.8% to 10.4% and HTC fell 0.4% to 5.9%, but neither moved up or down the charts. None of the percentages are drastic, but it just backs up what we already know and expect from the smartphone market.
Android still powers over half of the 123.3 million phones in the US, and grew from 52.6% to 53.7%, and Apple’s iOS claims about 30%. Neither Android or iOS fell in market share; their positive growth came from eating up what’s left of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian software. It’s not good news for Microsoft’s new Windows 8, but I don’t think any of us were too worried about those tiles messing up our little green friend, were we?
There’s also a third chart that shows what people do with their phones, which surprised me a bit to learn that only 28% of people use their phone to listen to music. Hit the source below if you want to get into more of the nitty-gritty statistics.