Last month, Samsung teased us about a new website, design.samsung.com, and now they have officially unveiled it. When it comes to mobile, I know Samsung isn’t usually revered for their design, but this website is for all products. However, mobile included, Samsung feels design is more than just the shell. There’s a lot more to it like the product’s characteristics, specifications, materials, colors, local cultures, emotion, uniqueness, eco-friendliness, and more.
This new website is “dedicated to the creative processes that go into design at Samsung.” The design message is “Make It Meaningful,” and the site is broken down into three categories: Product Stories, Meaningful Stories, and About Us.
Samsung is not setting low expectations for the brand new Galaxy S 5. When the device was announced, the general reaction was that it did not offer any exceeding advantages over last year’s Galaxy S 4; however, the Galaxy S 5 experienced a very good global launch.
Now a report out of South Korea has Samsung’s target for the device’s sales at 35 million for this quarter. Quite an ambitious number, but is anyone really surprised? Regardless of what people say, Samsung has a magic touch when it comes to sales. They sell a massive amount of devices each quarter and the company expects the GS5 to do the same this quarter.
Source: Korea Times
Via: Phone Arena
The wearables game is always getting more and more competitive. But when you look deeper into it, smart glasses aren’t all that common. The most notable device is Google Glass, of course. But that could all be changing. Samsung, who enters just about any market possible, has a patent that reveals a Glass-like device.
As you can see in the image above, Samsung would keep the device’s design very simple. Rather than wearing it like a pair of glasses, this wearable would be worn on an ear with a built-in earbud. The display extends forward to be in front of the users eye. And the display can be moved out of the way when not in use. Whether or not this device ever gets released is unknown, but do be prepared if Samsung does decide to do so.
Source: KIPRIS (PDF)
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was officially launched last Friday, but not everyone is able to get the device just yet. Ting Wireless, a Sprint MVNO, won’t be able to offer the device until after Sprint has, but today they started taking pre-orders for the device. These orders are set to ship in May.
The Galaxy S5 is being sold by Ting for $597, which is lower than the full retail price being offered by AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. Ting offers low monthly rates to its customers, but because of this they cannot offer subsidized phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon was found to be missing the Download Booster feature, which combines the use of WiFi and LTE connections to download large files, and which Samsung has been showing off ever since their latest flagship was released.
Users of the Verizon and AT&T variants of the device will be happy to know that there is a work-around to the feature being hidden – all they have to do is install a third party launcher (such as NOVA) and create a shortcut to it. Despite this, we still don’t know if the Download Booster actually works using this workaround. A line of code could be inserted enable the feature to work natively, but this code cannot be added because of the fact that there is currently no root exploit for either device.
Source: XDA Developers
Like with any other valuable object, smartphones are often the target of thieves. Many lawmakers and even carriers and device manufacturers have questioned how to implement features on devices that would cut down on theft, but until now there hasn’t been much of a united stance in making that happen. Read more
Samsung has recently filed for trademarks on a trio of products, including the Galaxy V:, (including the colon, for whatever reason) the Galaxy Adore, and the Galaxy S Fitness. There’s nothing to go on to figure out what these devices might be, but the Galaxy V: and Galaxy Adore definitely sound like smartphones. The V could be a different line from Samsung’s traditional Galaxy S line, and the Galaxy Adore sounds like it could be a phone geared towards women. Galaxy S Fitness could either be a wearable fitness device, or it could possibly be a service that ties into S Health.
Samsung typically announces these things soon after filing for trademarks, so expect some news about this stuff in the near future.
In the past we have seen some instances where phone manufacturers dropped the ball on being ready to meet demand for new flagship devices. A new report from DigiTimes indicates the most recent launches by the major companies have been successful with one exception, the Sony Xperia Z2. According to analysts, Sony is being impacted by a shortage of some parts, which is expected to result in a delay of five to seven months in some markets, including the U.S., the U.K., and Hong Kong. It will be interesting to see how this delay may impact Sony’s strategy for the release of their next flagship device. Read more
A new report from SRLabs indicates the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner is similar to other devices on the market in being open to attacks using molds of fingerprints. Similar to the iPhone 5S and other commercial grade fingerprint scanners, malicious individuals can make a mold of a fingerprint that is sufficient to unlock a Galaxy S 5. In the case of the latest Samsung smartphone to hit the market, Samsung does not require any additional password or PIN to be used in conjunction with the fingerprint to unlock the device or to take advantage of PayPal’s integration with the fingerprint scanner. Read more
We posted a teardown of the Galaxy S 5 last week, which was for repair purposes, but teardowns can also give us an indication on how much the device costs the manufacturer to produce. IHS, a marketing research firm, conducted their own teardown and concluded that the Galaxy S 5 costs about $256 to build. That is $12 over last year’s Galaxy S 4 ($244).
Other than upgraded hardware, the main additions this year’s GS5 offers over last year’s GS4 is a fingerprint scanner, a biosensor, and the ability to survive a heavy dose of water. IHS concluded the fingerprint scanner costs about $4 and the biosensor runs about $1.45. There was no word on the cost of the waterproofing, but Andrew Rassweiler, and analyst at IHS did say, “Inside we see mostly a lot of recycled components that we’ve seen before. There’s really nothing special inside where Samsung is pushing the envelope. There’s no breakthroughs, there’s nothing earth-shattering. It’s really just a continuation of what has come before.”