Samsung made the switch to Tizen OS from Android today when it changed the current operating system on the Galaxy Gear in an update.
Samsung previously noted that a future smartwatch from the manufacturer would be running Android Wear, Google’s specially-developed OS for wearable devices.
Yesterday we learned that Verizon would be adding the Electric Blue color of the Galaxy S 5 to its lineup. And now we have a look at the device. As expected, the color of the back panel is the only change made. Verizon’s branding remains just below the camera and heart rate sensor setup. Currently, Big Red has the Charcoal Black and Shimmery White GS5 colors.
Are you interested in the Electric Blue color?
Source: @evleaks (Official site)
Samsung promised to update the original Galaxy Gear to Tizen to bring it in line with the Gear 2, and it looks like the update is finally ready. The 2.2.0 version update will completely replace Android with Samsung’s in-house OS, Tizen, and bring a few extra features like better battery life and the ability to store music on the Gear locally. Most features on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo that didn’t need specialized hardware (like the heart rate monitor) have been backported to the Galaxy Gear. Read more
If you’re still using an original Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, don’t worry, Samsung hasn’t forgotten about you. The original Note 10.1, the GT-N8000, is starting to see prompts for an update to Android 4.4.2 in Germany, both OTA and through Samsung Kies.
The update brings the device up to par with other Samsung devices on KitKat, bringing better performance and battery life, some redesigned interface elements (think white status bar icons) and wireless printing support, plus everything that’s native to KitKat.
Samsung is likely using Germany to test out the update at first, so we’ll probably see it pushed out to the rest of the world pretty soon.
Last week, news broke that Samsung is getting into the Virtual Reality headset game, but there wasn’t a whole lot of information about it. Now a few more details are being reported by Engadget.
The first question that came to my mind when I heard the news is how the hell could Samsung create such a device without having much gaming experience like Oculus VR and Sony? Well it turns out that Samsung is working with Oculus VR on this product. Yup, that’s the same company that created the Oculus Rift and was bought by Facebook. Oculus VR is taking care of the software while Samsung handles the hardware.
Now that the Galaxy S 5 Active is official, the only other Galaxy S 5 variant to be announced is the Mini version. The picture above could very well be the device. As you can see, it looks a lot like the Galaxy S 5, only smaller. The only major change might be that it won’t be IP67 certified since there isn’t a cover for the USB port.
The specs include a 4.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED display, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 3470 processor, a Mail-400 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It will also sport all the newer software features like the fingerprint scanner, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Kids Mode, and Private Mode.
No word on when this one will get announced, but we will keep you posted. Two more pics after the break.
The Galaxy S 5 Active is finally here. The very durable handset from Samsung is available first on AT&T. If Titanium Gray isn’t really your color, you can choose from Camo Green and Ruby Red. Like the flagship Galaxy S 5, the GS5 Active has a 5.1-inch display with a 1080p resolution. Inside is once again Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz.
Since everything is pretty much the same, what’s the difference here? The Galaxy S 5 Active has shock resistance in addition to the water and dust resistance that the Galaxy S 5 has. Samsung has thrown in a convenience key on the side of the device that, upon pressing it, launches applications that will be useful for the outdoors.
The on-contract price with AT&T is $199 and the carrier also has it available through the Next program for as little as $27.50 per month. Forgoing a two-year contract? Pay $714.99, please.
Hit the break for a gallery of the colors, an introductory video, and the full press release.
We have already seen a leaked press render, but now we are seeing some live photographs of the Galaxy S 5 Active for AT&T. With this leak, we see the front and back of the handset. We also see the home screen, lock screen, boot animation, and the removable back panel exposing the battery. On the software front, there seem to have been no changes made. Hardware, though, has been altered for additional durability. After all, this is the Active version of the Galaxy S 5.
Hit the break for the full gallery. Read more
Last month Samsung started pushing the Android 4.4 update to international versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. U.S. customers have had to wait though while the update goes through the certification process with the different carriers. Sprint has completed that process and has started pushing the update out to owners of the device on their network.
As usual, the OTA update is being deployed in phases, so it may still be a few days before owners of the Galaxy Note II on Sprint receive a notification that the update is ready for their device. Users can go to Settings -> More tab -> System Update -> Update Samsung Software -> Check now or connect via Kies if they are impatient to see whether they have access to the update.
Earlier in the month, there was a leak that suggested that Samsung was toying with a smartphone that had a 7-inch screen. It was rumored to be the Galaxy Mega 2 in some areas, while other rumors have the device pegged as something new with a Galaxy W moniker. Coming with a model name SM-T2558, the device is pegged as being a tablet, but rather than looking like Samsung’s current line of tablets, the device looks to be a much larger smartphone. However, the T in the model name is usually pegged for tablets.
The device will have a 720p display with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, an 8MP camera in the back, a 2MP camera in the front, 8GB of internal memory that’s expandable with a microSD slot, and Android 4.3 onboard. Given that it’s passed through the FCC halls, it’s only a matter of time before we see what exactly this device is. Whether it’s a phone, a tablet or a combination of both, has yet to be determined.