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Samsung plans meeting with investors to quell fears of slowdown

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Around a decade ago, RIM was riding high on the popularity of its Blackberry devices, yet today we see them on the verge of being bought out or going private after a long, slow fall. A similar pattern may be playing out for Apple and within the Android ecosystem of manufacturers, we have witnessed HTC’s fall from the pinnacle. Samsung hopes to avoid a similar fate and is planning a meeting in Seoul on November 6th with investors to explain just how they will accomplish that feat.

Samsung certainly seems to be riding high right now, emerging as the dominate manufacturer of devices running the dominate mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets. However, a chink in the armor may have appeared last quarter when share prices fell and sales of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 were not as strong as expected. Some analysts are worried that as the market for smartphones matures and the devices become even more of a commodity item than they have been, Samsung may have peaked.

In response to these recent developments and concerns, Samsung decided now would be a good time to communicate their longer-term business plans aimed at 2020 according to an unnamed Samsung executive. Samsung will likely focus on the future of smartphones and tablet devices since those divisions drive about two-thirds of their revenue. Other areas like flat-screen televisions, home appliances, medical equipment, and even solar cell production will probably be covered as well along with potential new markets for the electronics giant.

Do you think investors are right to be concerned about Samsung’s position?

source: Reuters

The Galaxy Note 3 features USB 3.0 along with some added benefits

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Samsung doesn’t usually like spending too much time on specs because they feel their software features sell the phone. However, some specs can actually be a feature. The Galaxy Note 3 sports USB 3.0, which a lot of people are going to find pretty useful.

By far the biggest benefit has to be faster charging when connected to your laptop or desktop computer. With older phones, you have probably noticed that when you connect it to your computer, it charges really slow. That is because USB 2.0 can only charge up to 500 milliamps, but USB 3.0 can charge up to 900 milliamps. That is a lot closer to what you get when plugged into a wall charger. Wall chargers can vary, but you can usually expect around 1,000 milliamps.

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Security solution Samsung KNOX opened up for consumers

Samsung_Knox_Galaxy_S_IVSamsung KNOX, which adds another security level to your phone, is going to become public. KNOX, which is integrated into the device’s hardware, ¬†allows you to separate your data and apps into containers to make it harder for intruders to access your files. The software has been available for enterprises for some time, and the US Department of Defense even uses it, so it’s got to be good enough for ordinary consumers.

KNOX will be available on the new Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 when it launches. Other already released devices like the Galaxy S III, S4, and Note II will also be able to get KNOX on their device. You can see more info in the official press release after the break. Read more

Samsung releases 6.5 minute video showcasing brand new Galaxy Note 3 in all its glory

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Samsung just released a video which displays the recently unveiled, gorgeous Galaxy Note 3— the 6.5 minute clip highlights some of the main features included on the device, like Action Memo, Multi Window, and Scrapbook. It also shows off the S Pen and goes over the S Finder interface for a bit as well.

The Galaxy Note 3 will be widely available around the world in 120 countries come September 25, but we’ll have to wait and see to find out which carriers will be offering the device and for how much.

Be sure to check out the video below!

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Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 will receive Android 4.3 in October

Samsung_Galaxy_S_III_LockscreenMost of today’s big news revolved around new devices, but there was some good news for those with the Samsung Galaxy S III and S4. Samsung announced that Android 4.3 will arrive for both phones in October. In addition, Galaxy Gear functionality will be added to the S4 with the update, which is scheduled to come out around the same time as the Galaxy Gear smart watch.

Of course, this also depends on when your carrier wants to give you the update.

Source: Engadget

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

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Following the Galaxy Note 3 announcement, Samsung pulled the wraps off the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. It looks like a very cool device, but the bad news is that it’s only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3. Eventually, the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II will be added, but no plans for other Android devices.

It connects via Bluetooth using the Samsung Galaxy Gear app. They didn’t specifically say, but it appears to use the new Bluetooth LE standard as part of Android 4.3, which is probably the reason why the Note 3 is the only compatible device.

It features a 1.63-inch (320 x 320) display, a 1.9MP camera, and battery that promises to last a full day. You can even answer your calls with it.

Hit the break to see it in action.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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After many months of leaks, we finally got to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in all its glory. Samsung held events in both Berlin and New York City to celebrate with their typical pomp and circumstance. They say if you grab the device it will grab you back.

Thanks to the very thin bezel, the width of the Note 3 has a larger display (5.7-inches vs 5.5-inches) despite the phone being the same width as the Note II.

Although Samsung is known for giving you the best specs available, it’s always more about the features. The Note 3 sports an improved S Pen and the newest features revolve around a dot, circle, and box.

By hovering the S Pen over the screen until a dot appears, you can access Air Command by pressing the button on the S Pen. It’s a quick menu to such features like Action Note and Scrapbook. With Scrapbook, you can draw a circle around anything you want to save to your personal scrapbook. Next up is the Pen Window, which adds to Samsung’s Multi Window feature. Just draw a box on your display and you will be able to open certain apps from within this box for enhanced multitasking.

Hit the break for a look at these features in our hands on video from NYC. Read more

Third in a trio of device announcements, Samsung unveils the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

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At their Samsung Unpacked event today, after announcing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear devices, the final piece of hardware to be unveiled was the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. The 10-inch class tablet comes with S Pen functionality to help users take advantage of Samsung’s TouchWiz improvements on the big screen. According to JK Shin, CEO and President of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Division, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition “unites a range of features that will consistently surprise consumers.” Read more

Samsung pulls sleeve up to reveal Galaxy Gear wearable device

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Samsung unveiled their new Galaxy Gear wristbound wearable devices today at their Unpacked Event. The new accessory is heavily geared toward interaction with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but updates are promised so Galaxy Gear will also work with Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy Note II devices. Samsung CEO JK Shin describes Galaxy Gear as “smart freedom” that lets users maintain connections to the people in their world without having to constantly check their smartphone. Read more

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 3

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Well folks, the wait for the next big phablet is over. Samsung has officially taken the wraps off of its latest Galaxy Note 3, complete with updated hardware and a handful of new features. The biggest difference it the screen; Samsung successfully managed to fit a bigger screen into the body of the phone without adding much extra bulk. The Note 3 will have a 5.7 inch, full 1080p display, but the Note 3 is a bit slimmer than the Note 2, weighing in at only 168 grams while being only 8.3 mm thin. As you can see in the picture above, the bezel on this thing is impressively small, as Samsung claims to have widened the screen as opposed to adding any height to it. Read more