Samsung releases 60-second commercial spot ‘Dreams’ to promote Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

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Last month, Samsung released a short film called “Dreams”, which is based on a girl using her Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear to create a spectacle in front of closed toy shop. She uses My Magazine, Action Memo, and Smart Relay and the Eurythmics song, “Sweet Dreams” is featured. It’s a strange video, but not strange for Samsung if you know what I mean. Today, Samsung released a shorter 60-second version for TV. I am not going to say anything more about either of them. Just hit the break for both videos and let us know what you think of them.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear firmware based on Android 4.2.2

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Samsung released the firmware for the Galaxy Gear (SM-V700), but what’s surprising is that it appears to be based on Android 4.2.2. One of the reasons why the Galaxy Gear is “only” compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 is because of Android 4.3’s Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) compatibility. Now I put “only” in quotes because it was found that the Galaxy Gear is somewhat compatible with the Galaxy S 4 even though that’s not supposed to happen till later this month. We couldn’t understand why, but this probably explains it. Interestingly enough, The Galaxy S 4 has built-in support for Bluetooth LE and that is why it will connect to the Gear.

source: SamMobile

Samsung invests in PowerbyProxi to push the Qi standard for wireless charging

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Wireless charging is still a mess since there continues to be no standard, but that hasn’t stopped companies from making moves. Samsung (Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation) just made yet another move by investing $4 million in PowerbyProxi, which supports the Qi standard. Both companies are also part of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). On the surface, this sounds like we are moving closer to unification, but lets not forget that Samsung is also a member of the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP), which uses a completely different standard.

While all these companies try to figure it all out, yet another option is gaining traction which utilizes Cota technology. It allows for devices to be charged remotely with no wires or pads up to 30 feet away. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that we will have a standard anytime soon.

source: GigaOm

Samsung’s ChatOn instant messaging service hits 100 million registered users

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Sure, the potential of BBM on Android was a pretty big deal, but BBM certainly isn’t the only popular instant messaging service available. Samsung has just announced that their in-house instant messaging solution, ChatOn, has just hit 100 million registered users, adding 50 million of those in the last four months. Comparatively speaking, BBM has 75 million users. Samsung does measure total registered users as opposed to BBM’s daily active users, but since users aren’t forced to use ChatOn on any of Samsung’s product, it’s still impressive that 100 million people at least gave the app a test drive.

Of course, it’s not a clean comparison, as ChatOn is available on many feature phones as well as Android and iOS, while BBM is stuck in the dark ages on BlackBerry devices. BlackBerry’s numbers may grow once the availability of its app grows, but I’m not sure they’re still popular enough to be able to match 50 million new users in four months. Even if they do have an influx of new users, Samsung’s solution is gaining steam and doesn’t appear to be letting up. It probably won’t even surpass WhatsApp’s 300 million users, but it’s a good place to be regardless.

source: CNET

LG to match Samsung by unveiling their own smartphone with a flexible display in October

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We already know that Samsung will unveil a limited edition Galaxy Note 3 with a flexible (curved) display next month, but according to the Korea Herald, LG is going to offer something similar next month as well. As previously reported, Samsung and LG are going to start mass production in November, but it appears Samsung has the upper hand. Over the next year, Samsung’s flexible panel capacity will hit 1.5 million per month, but LG’s capacity will hit only 35,000 per month.

Also interesting to note is the display sizes that both companies will produce. Samsung is going to offer a 5.5-inch display, which means this limited edition Note 3 will have a smaller display. LG, on the other hand, is going to offer a 4.5-inch display.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ‘regional SIM lock’ situation not so bad after all

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Yesterday we learned that Samsung would be implementing region specific SIM locks on future devices. Today, UK Mobile Review uncovered a way to avoid SIM locking with the Galaxy Note 3. The most important thing you need to do is activate the device with a SIM from the same region in which you bought the handset. After your Galaxy Note 3 is activated using the proper regional SIM, the ‘regional SIM lock’ will be removed, and it will be free to use on other carriers in other regions. If you activate your Galaxy Note 3 with a SIM not in the same region you bought your device, it will be locked down to that region and will not work elsewhere. For example, if you purchase the Galaxy Note 3 in the United States, you’ll have to activate it using a SIM card from a U.S. carrier in order to ensure your device remains unlocked and useable in other regions.

So what are your options if you have a foreign SIM? Well, you will have two options. The first is purchasing an unlock code for your specific country. After inputting the code for your country, the choice is yours as to which carrier you want to use. If you don’t want to do that, you can go to a Samsung service center and see if they will unlock it. Hit the break for the full statement from Samsung.

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Apple leads the pack as 2013’s “Most Innovative Company” for 9th consecutive year on BCG’s list

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Today we have a list from Boston Consulting Group: “2013’s Most Innovative Companies.”

It isn’t a surprise who’s first. Apple stands tall as it’s their ninth consecutive year at the top of the list, ahead of Samsung (2nd) and Google (3rd).

Samsung has surpassed Google this year, which was ranked 2nd every year since 2006. Samsung’s rise has been meteoric, just like its smartphone sales, as it was ranked 26th on the same list in 2008. Microsoft and IBM were also on the list, which have been top 10 every year since 2005.

The way that the list is compiled is a bit questionable, as is the case whenever you’re creating a list to rank things based on superlatives— “innovative” being the key word here.

A survey of 1,500 international senior executives ranks the companies every year, combined with financial results for the last three years including shareholder returns, revenue growth and margin gains also contribute to the list.

I’m not sure how any of these financial statistics and rankings (from iPhone-wielding executives, most likely) shows “innovation” whatsoever, but it’s really not up to me to decide.

You can interpret it any way you want, but this is just the way that it is.

Source: Korea Times

Samsung reminds us that the Galaxy S 4 Gold Editions launched before the iPhone 5S announcement

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A few days ago, we wrote about the Galaxy S 4 Gold Editions. At that time it appeared they were just announced and myself and other bloggers, called Samsung a copycat because Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S in Gold only a couple of weeks ago. Samsung didn’t like that too much, so they quietly posted how the GS4 Gold Editions were actually launched on August 27th in United Arab Emirates and subsequently offered in stores on September 8th. Apple’s event was on September 10th. They went on to show past phones that were all done up in gold, including this year’s Galaxy Golden flip phone.

The bottomline is that it’s all just for fun to me. I don’t know for sure whether Samsung copied Apple on this one or not. One would have to assume that Samsung knew Apple was going to offer a gold version of the iPhone for several months. It was leaked quite extensively on various blogs. Look, all the manufacturers copy off one another. Samsung copies Apple, Apple copies Samsung, and Apple copies Android. Did Apple copy Nokia or Motorola (or both) with their new color options? It’s the world of mobile, and everyone is copying each other, and us bloggers just like to have a little fun once in awhile.

source: Samsung

Galaxy Gear already performs basic functions with Galaxy S 4

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While we know it will be supported in October, we now know that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is already performing basic functions with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Planete Galaxy uploaded a video that shows off what the two devices are able to do together. Changing themes and music, transferring photos, and creating alerts are all possible as of now.

If you’re interested in picking up a Galaxy Gear in the United States, it becomes available alongside the Galaxy Note 3 in early October. Hit the break for the video. Read more

Samsung implementing region specific SIM locks on new devices

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As Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices have started to land in the hand of consumers, those buyers are finding their boxes adorned with a new sticker bearing some potentially bad news. The stickers inform buyers that the device will only work with a SIM card from the region in which they were sold. At this point, images of the stickers for the “American” model and the “European” model have surfaced, though it is suspected there are versions for Africa and Asia and possibly others. It has been noted that the “American” model appears to cover all regions in North, South, Central America, and the Caribbean. Likewise, the European model covers the countries of the European Union and close to a dozen non-EU countries in that region of the globe. Read more