It seems as though Samsung has stepped up their investments in marketing. Instead of the usual 30 and 60-second spots, they are investing in short films. Last month they released “Dreams”, which later turned into a 60-second spot. They just released their second short called, “The Developer”, which is another music-inspired short film. This one features Lionel Messi and the hit single “Royals” by Lorde. In this video, a stranger (the developer) captures the imaginations of the children who live in a low income neighborhood.
These newer shorts are obviously a departure from what Samsung has done in the past, such as poking fun at the iSheep. Whether it’s your thing or not, one can’t deny the production and cost with these short films. They are done really well, but will they inspire people to buy the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear? Hit the break for the video.
The Galaxy Round is intriguing to say the least, but I am not sure it’s intriguing enough to slap down $1,000 for it. Most of us probably won’t get our hands on one since it will only be available in South Korea for the time being, so a video is the next best thing. This video primarily shows how curvy the Galaxy Round is as opposed to the Galaxy Note 3, It also gives you a quick glimpse of what must be a way of waking the device by giving the Galaxy Round a slight roll. Hit the break for the video.
It was recently reported that Samsung would eventually implement fingerprint scanners, but probably not until the second half of next year because the technology is still in its infancy. This morning, news out of Korea is that Samsung originally designed the Galaxy Note 3 with a fingerprint scanner, but scrapped it. They were going to use a company in Dittisham Valley, but the chip didn’t pass quality assurance tests. The problem is there just isn’t enough companies working on the technology. Apple gobbled up Authentec in 2012 and Crucialtec is working with Pantech.
Trying to read through the story in Korean, it’s possible that Samsung might release a phone with a fingerprint scanner by the end of the year or early next year. That could very well be the rumored Galaxy Note 3 Active we reported on earlier in the week. It’s also possible that Samsung will develop their own technology, but I doubt that would be ready so quickly.
Looks like Samsung won the curved phone race. The recently leaked Galaxy Round was just made official by Samsung, and it’s an odd piece of technology, to say the least. It’s a 5.7-inch Note 3-like device with a curve right down the middle of the device. Samsung is claiming they’ve made some specific software adjustments to make use of the curvature, such as showing certain notifications when the phone is tilted to the side while laying flat, and gesture based actions in the applications in the software. I’m not sure how well it’ll work, but hey, at least they’re trying.
The specs are just about identical to the Note 3, excluding the S Pen. It’s got a 1080p screen, 3 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, and a 13 megapixel camera. There’s nothing concrete, bu I imagine this is that rumored limited edition curved Note 3 that we’ve been hearing about. It’ll go on sale tomorrow exclusively in Korea for a little over one million won, which equates to about $1,000. That’s pricey, and very limited. It’s pretty clear that this is essentially a test run device for Samsung. Still, depending on how well the device is received, it’s always possible this could start to become the norm in the next few years. I personally don’t think it will, but crazier things have happened. More pics, a roll effect video, and full presser after the break.
Last week, we heard the crazy report that Microsoft was asking HTC to put Windows Phone OS on Android tablets. Apparently, HTC wasn’t the only manufacturer Microsoft talked to. A new report says that Microsoft also had discussions with Samsung and Huawei asking them to dual-boot their Android devices with Windows Phone OS for smartphones, and Windows RT for tablets – for free.
Why would Microsoft do this for free, plus compensation for necessary adaptation costs? Because they desperately want it to appear that their operating system is growing in popularity. In addition, it seems that Samsung already has a Windows RT/Android dual-booted Galaxy Tab 2014 edition in the works. It’s going to be around 12 inches, very thin, and with a “crazy good” retina display, according to sources.
Stay tuned for more info.
Source: Unwired Review
Stung by a recent ruling by the Obama administration that struck down a potential sales ban of some Apple devices in the U.S., Samsung is smarting even more after the Obama administration declined to strike down a sales ban of some Samsung devices as ordered by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC previously ruled that Samsung had infringed on Apple patents related to detection of headphone jacks and on a multitouch feature. If there is any silver lining, it is the limited number of devices that will be impacted as newer Samsung devices incorporate different designs that get around the Apple patents. Read more
Samsung is so very close to unveiling their first ever curved smartphone, and if you’re wondering what it will look like, wonder no more. It’s supposed to be a limited edition Galaxy Note 3, and it could be called the Galaxy Round. The curve seems a little more dramatic than I pictured in my mind, but it could also be an optical illusion. It will be interesting to see how it feels in the hand and especially when using it as a phone.
A second picture was leaked that shows the backside, which looks very similar to the Galaxy Note 3. You can also see that it’s LTE-Advanced, which means this is going to the South Korean market. The big question is if it will be released in other areas?
While Samsung did see growth in market share for August, they are falling short of sales expectations internally. Analyst Peter Misek from Jefferies explains that the “Galaxy S4 sales missed internal targets leading Samsung to not raise foundry prices for Apple like we expected.” He believes that had the Korean manufacturer’s flagship device done very well, Apple would have had high prices for the metal casing of the iPhone 5s. And to add to the questionable sales, Samsung has reportedly faced poor pre-order figures with the Galaxy Note 3 in their homeland of South Korea.
Is Samsung in trouble? Certainly not. They missed internal targets and its unknown by just how much they fell short. By no means are they in HTC’s position. It’s entirely possible that Samsung holds a high standard for how they feel their products should sell.
Source: Business Insider
A new Samsung Galaxy device has leaked and appears to be heading to Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo either late this year or early next year. It’s called the Galaxy J, and it’s looking like a mash-up of features from Samsung’s other high-end devices. It sports a full HD 5-inch screen, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, and 2 GB of RAM, like the Galaxy S 4. It also features a waterproof casing, like the S 4 Active, and the device is shaped like a slightly smaller Galaxy Note 3 (although there’s no S Pen here, unfortunately). It will supposedly have 32 GB of built-in storage plus a MicroSD card slot and a crazy 20.7 megapixel camera. Toss in a 3,000 mAh battery and you’ve got a Frankenstein device of every high-end phone Samsung has released this year. Oh, and it’ll be available in Coral Pink, Satin White, and Lapis Blue.
The Galaxy J looks like a really solid, high-end device, but I’m just not sure where this fits into Samsung’s portfolio. If it has all of the extra bells and whistles that the standard S 4 has, it seems like it would completely cannibalize S 4 and Active sales wherever this is released. On the other hand, if it’s lacking some of the more marketable features of the S 4 like the Air View stuff, it doesn’t make sense to get this device when you could just pick up a Galaxy S 4. Hopefully Samsung will make this device official and we’ll get a bit more info on it.
source: Techno Buffalo
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will be launching on Sprint later this week. Coming with it is an incredibly low price. Samsung’s compact tablet will cost just $49.99 with a new two-year contract. While the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is no Nexus 7, it should be appealing for fans of Samsung’s TouchWiz or their reasonable pace of updates.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 packs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 7-inch display. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM. Samsung is clearly going the budget route with these specs as they’re nothing to write home about. Hit the break for Sprint’s press release. Read more