Samsung jumps into wireless audio speaker market with new Shape product

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Samsung announced today the availability of a new wireless speaker system they will start selling on October 13th. The primary piece of the new system is the M7 speaker that includes a woofer, two mid-range speakers, and two tweeters. These are all packed into a triangular case that can stand vertically, horizontally or be mounted to a wall. In addition to the speaker, a Samsung Hub device will be available to control multiple speakers. The system can handle up to five M7 speakers which will sell for $399 each and the Hub will sell for $49.

The M7 speaker can be paired to a smartphone via Bluetooth, NFC or WiFi. Samsung notes the ease of use in setting up the system, which is accomplished by plugging the speaker into your router and downloading the app used to control the system. The app Samsung has created is quite flexible and provides a large degree of control for the user. Multiple audio sources can be used and they can be streamed to specific rooms simultaneously.

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Samsung HomeSync will be available in the US on October 6 for $299

Samsung_HomeSyncSamsung announced the HomeSync more than seven months ago and said that it would be available by April 2013, but the Android TV box is just making its way to the public now. Beginning October 6, the HomeSync will be available in the United States for $299 via Best Buy, Amazon, and various other retailers.

As a reminder, the HomeSync is a Jelly Bean powered device that lets you use your Galaxy phone or tablet as a remote control, and it offers 1TB of storage for up to eight user accounts. You can share and sync media from your mobile devices to the big screen, as well as surf the web and stream content wirelessly. All you need from your TV is an HDMI connection.

You can read the full press release after the break.

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Samsung Mobile chief product officer leaves company

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Kevin Packingham has been the chief product officer at Samsung Mobile for the past two years, but as of Tuesday, he is no longer with the company. The reason for the departure is unknown and it’s unclear whether it’s voluntary or not.

“Kevin Packingham has departed Samsung Mobile,” said Ashley Wimberly, a Samsung Mobile spokeswoman, in a statement. “We thank Kevin for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

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Samsung responds to Galaxy Note 3 benchmarking issues

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When it was discovered earlier this week that Samsung may be artificially inflating the benchmark scores for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, it seemed like a repeat of what happened earlier this year with the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Thus, it should be no surprise that, just like back then, Samsung has publicly responded to the criticism with the same answer. According to an official statement:

“The Galaxy Note 3 maximises its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance…This was not an attempt to exaggerate particular benchmarking results. We remain committed to providing our customers with the best possible user experience.”

Considering the testing that Ars Technica did in creating a duplicate, but differently named, benchmarking program that would invoke the same “features that demand substantial performance,” the defense from Samsung does not seem to be very solid.

Do you think Samsung will suffer for these incidents? How do you think Samsung should handle the issue?

source: CNET

Galaxy Note 3 ‘Regional SIM Lock’ is a bigger problem than originally thought, older phones could be an issue with Android 4.4

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Last week it was revealed that Samsung was imposing a “regional SIM lock” on the Galaxy Note 3, which seemed to mean that the phone wouldn’t work with a SIM from a region outside of where the phone was purchased. Then is was later revealed that as long as the phone is first activated (turned on for the first time) using a SIM from the area where the phone was purchased, it wouldn’t be a problem. According to Samsung, the “regional SIM lock” would only take place when the phone is first activated (turned on for the first time) with a SIM of a region different from where the phone was purchased.

Now we are hearing that things aren’t going so smoothly. Customers who already purchased a Note 3 in Europe are finding that even though they activated it the correct way, the phone will not accept a non European SIM card. There are a couple of emails that are supposedly from Samsung that reiterate the way we thought it should work, so it’s not clear why it isn’t. However an XDA user posted their experience with Samsung customer service that contradicts Samsung’s earlier statements….

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LG’s first curved smartphone to be called the G Flex

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With Samsung prepping a special edition of their Galaxy Note 3 with a curved display, LG has been working on their own curved smartphone to compete. Originally, we thought LG’s device was going to be called the LG Z, but new reports are claiming that device will be called the LG G Flex instead. It’s likely to have a 6-inch screen, although it won’t have a “flexible” display but more of a “curved” display. Remember the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S?

Hopefully it’ll have some definite advantages over regular smartphone screens. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more.

source: CNET

Other Companies Guilty of Boosting Benchmark Scores, Adds to How Seriously Benchmarks Shouldn’t be Taken Seriously

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In another example of how the user experience should be on the forefront of importance in terms of buying a phone and that specs are a thing of the past; it has come to light that Samsung is not the only one to pad their britches in terms of Benchmark scores. For those that don’t know, Samsung was again, caught boosting benchmarks of their latest flagship device the Galaxy Note 3, much like that of the Galaxy S 4. There’s been back and forth to the relevance of such scores as all companies on one level or another do this. For those that want to put their money where their mouths are in such an argument can now do so with evidence to back it up. The folks at AnandTech put together a report showcasing all the OEMs that do and don’t do this.

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Early Android 4.3 test firmware for Samsung Galaxy Note II leaked

Samsung_Galaxy Note II_press_shotYesterday, Android 4.3 test firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 managed to leak, and today we have 4.3 test software for the Galaxy Note II. Posted on the XDA forums, firmware N7100XXUEMI6 is still extremely premature, as Samsung just began testing it a week ago.  With 4.3, the Note II gets core UI elements to look more like Galaxy S4/Note 3′s interface, including the tabbed settings. In addition, Samsung Knox and Wallet are present in 4.3.

There are probably going to be a few bugs being so early, so if you’re planning on trying it, download at your own risk. Head to the source link for instructions.

source: XDA Forum
via: SamMobile

Samsung releases PEN.UP in the Play Store, allows Note II and Note 3 owners to share S Pen artwork

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If you own a Galaxy Note II or about to buy a Galaxy Note 3, you might want to check out PEN.UP. This app is essentially a social network for S Pen creations. Categories range from animals to characters to food and more. Now you can not only share your works of art, you can check out what other Note owners are creating.

PEN.UP comes pre-installed on the Note 3, but if you have a Note II, you can download it now from the Play Store. Hit the break for screenshots and links.
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Android 4.3 test firmware leaked for Samsung Galaxy S 4

android_4_3_galaxySamsung is known to take some time to prepare their latest version of Android before releasing a very stable version to the public. While the HTC One Developer Edition already has Android 4.3, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to receive the software sometime later this month or next month. SamMobile’s insider has you covered. They have received Android 4.3 test software for the Galaxy S4, which seems pretty stable at this point.

SamMobile actually says that the test software runs faster and is more lag free than 4.2.2. Samsung Knox and Wallet are present in this software, as well as a new Reading Mode and an improved keyboard. If you’re interested and want to try out the test software, head to the source link for instructions on how to download, at your own risk.

Source: SamMobile