A new Samsung phone that features Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box has been spotted. The device has a model number of SM-G350E, and it was recently shipped to India for testing.
According to GadgetsToUse the device will include a dual-core processor with a speed of 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a 5-megapixel camera. The device is also listed on Samsung’s website, and confirms the use of a 800×400 resolution display. The cost of the device is also set to be quite low, at around $103. This suggests that the device could go up against other low cost devices like the new Moto E.
Pebble is still leading the way when it comes to ‘smart wearable bands’ (or smartwatches). Research firm Canalys found that, as of the first quarter of 2014, Pebble chimed in with 35% market share while Samsung and Sony followed with 29% and 23%, respectively. As we all know, Pebble has its self-titled smartwatch and Samsung has the Gear line. Sony, on the other hand, quietly maintains its Smartwatch 2. The final 13% is left for others to fight for. These numbers are bound to change with LG and Motorola prepping an entry into the smartwatch game.
Fitness wearables, though, is heavily secured by Fitbit and its 50% market share in that field. That is another field seeing an increasing amount of competition. LG has launched a fitness tracker and Samsung has been doing so with the Gear Fit. Fitbit may have something up its sleeve to combat everyone else, but we will have to just wait and see.
Samsung has released an update to their S Health app update that leverages the heart rate sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S 5 to measure a user’s stress level. The app appears to work by having the user touch their finger to the touchscreen to start the process. It is unclear what other inputs the app uses to determine stress level. In the past, companies have obtained stress level measurements by factoring in things like number of emails or text messages or employing sensors to measure changes in the skin.
Stress level can be checked on a regular basis and the app can create charts showing stress levels on an hourly, daily or monthly basis.
If you are not an owner of this year’s Galaxy S 5 or even last year’s Galaxy S 4, just know that Samsung does still care about you. While an alleged schedule claims that the aforementioned devices are currently being tested for Android 4.4.3, a multitude of Samsung handsets are nearing an update to Android 4.4.2.
All of the devices prepping for Android 4.4.2 are pegged for the update in either May or June. Some have already gotten the update and others are waiting in the testing stage. Only one device, the Galaxy S III, does not have an estimated time of arrival. This is not the LTE variant, though.
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Earlier this month Apple managed to prevail in a case against Samsung over some patent violations in smartphones. However, the jury took much of the wind out of Apple’s sails when it awarded the company only $119 million in damages, much less than the more than $2 billion Apple was seeking. Apple seems to think the relatively insignificant amount of damages awarded in court is sufficient to justify a sales ban on Samsung products based on a recent court filing. » Read the rest
There have been a number of rumors about Samsung‘s upcoming wearable device which is supposed to be able to take and make calls, and include a heart rate monitor and GPS. Recently a few of Samsung’s patent applications were released, showing what could be that device.
The device looks quite similar to the Motorola Moto 360, and a number of the patents are related to the gestures that are used to control the device. While it is strange that the patents are leaked around the same time as rumors of a new Samsung wearable, the patents do describe a device that get connectivity through being paired with a smartphone or tablet. Because of this, either the recent rumors are wrong, or the device in the patents is unrelated to the wearable expected from Samsung this summer. Hit the break for more images!
Rumors about Apple using sapphire glass have been floating around, and suggest that Apple will be using it as a replacement for their Gorilla Glass coatings on the iPhone 6. Now there are new rumors suggesting that Samsung and LG plan to do the same thing.
The news comes from Korean news site ET News, with unspecified industry sources saying that both companies have asked for samples from suppliers.
Samsung is reportedly planning on releasing a smartwatch that works as a stand-alone in the next few months. The watch will be able to take and make calls without being connected to any other mobile device, which most smartwatches currently aren’t able to do.
The device is also expected to be able to take photos, send emails, and come with GPS and a heart monitor. Samsung is reportedly in talks with major mobile service providers in the U.S., South Korea, and Europe, with the hopes of releasing the device between June and July.
According to sources, Samsung is testing a variety of new features for the forthcoming Galaxy Note 4 slated to be released later this year. The features include “Swipe to launch Motion Launcher”, “Aqua Capture”, “Multi Network for Booster”, and “Smart Fingerprint.” Apparently Samsung is already working on these different features using a Samsung Galaxy S 5 running Android 4.4.3 as the test unit. » Read the rest