Photo snapped from the Galaxy S 5 confirms 16 MP camera


Famous leaker @evleaks released what appears to be a sample photo from the upcoming Samsung flagship. According to the Exif data from the photo, the resolution is 5312 x 2988 suggesting that the shooter will be in the 16MP (15.9MP to be exact) ballpark. The photo is a “test photo for AT&T.” What we also see from the Exif data is that the camera has an f/2.2 aperture which should help in taking better nighttime photos.

With Mobile World Congress just a week away, and Samsung’s own Unpacked 5 just six days away, we’ll most likely know for sure in just a short amount of time. We have the sample photo for you after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition (GT-I9515) appears on Bluetooth SIG website


The long rumored Samsung Galaxy GT-I9515, which could be called the Galaxy S4 Value Edition, received a Bluetooth SIG certification yesterday. This means that Samsung might unveil the device soon.

The device is another variation of the Galaxy S4, but with newer software equipped. There’s no official detail on the phone’s specifications, but previous rumors hint that the features of the device is similar to the original Galaxy S4, sporting a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The device is said to be available in seven colors: white, black, brown, red, pink, purple and blue.

The smartphone has yet to be officially announced by Samsung. Stay tuned for more updates.

Source: Bluetooth SIG
Via: PhoneArena

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner explained


Rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 including a fingerprint scanner have been flying around the internet for a while now, but those rumors were yet to be confirmed. Until now that is! Recently insiders at Samsung confirmed the news, and they even explained how it works!

A lot of the recent rumors suggested that the scanner would be built in to the display, but actually it will be implemented in the home button. We also know that Samsung will in fact be sticking to hardware buttons for the device. The fingerprint scanner will be work in a swipe manner, meaning that you will need to swipe your entire fingerprint in order for it to work properly. The scanner will also be sensitive to moisture, so users will have to make sure that their hands are dry before they try and use the scanner.

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Samsung patents a stylus with a microphone and a speaker


Recently published by the USPTO, Samsung has filed two patents that will potentially improve their S-Pen in the near future with a microphone and speaker built right in. The idea is that the user will be able to make phone calls and perform various voice commands straight through the S-Pen. Comments from Samsung themselves states that they’re hoping the Pen will become an extension of the device and allow people to “substitute the pen for a wireless headset,” even claiming that users can “mount the pen to a shirt pocket or the like and communicate in a phone call using the portable terminal as a base.”

What do you guys think about this feature if it gets added into the next Galaxy Note Tablet?

source: USPTO ( 1 , 2 )
via: Phone Arena

Samsung turned down the chance to buy Android in 2004

A man walks out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul

As many of us know, Android originally started as a project by Andy Rubin as a company completely separate from Google. It wasn’t until 2005 that Google scooped up the mobile operating system, and a few more years until we actually saw it make an impact on the mobile market. However, it turns out that Google wasn’t Rubin’s first choice to find funding for Android. The Android team originally tried to get one of the biggest manufacturers to take up the project.

In 2004, Andy Rubin and the Android team flew to South Korea to talk with Samsung about securing funding for Android, but instead of any enthusiasm, Samsung reportedly laughed the team out of the board room, considering their small development team size. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but Samsung still laughed at the group of guys that would eventually go on to completely flip the smartphone industry on its head. Fast forward a few years, and Android is arguably one of Samsung’s most valuable assets. Read more

Samsung SM-T530 and SM-T330 pass through the FCC, 10.1 and 8.0 Galaxy Tab 4 tablets


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (SM-T530) and 8.0 (SM-T330) have successfully passed through the FCC. The 8-inch model has already been spotted in an Indian shipment listing while all three Galaxy Tab 4 models’ specifications leaked a few days ago. Not included in this FCC pass through is the 7-inch model; however, that will likely come in the near future. Above, you see the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and we have an image of the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 after the break. Read more

Samsung releases new alarm app that allows you to dedicate processing power to science


Samsung has decided to take advantage of unused processing power, and allow the user to dedicate it to science. Samsung announced that they were collaborating with Cheil Worldwide, and the result of this collaboration is the new Samsung alarm app, called “Power Sleep.”

The app essentially uses unused CPU cycles to create a “supercloud computer” which is accessible to researchers all over the world. The app only works in the background while the user is asleep, and the cycles are used to compute data that is under 1 MB. The data is then collated by researchers at the University of Vienna, and turned into an open-source protein-calculation database that can be used to find a cure for diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Source: Pocket Droid 

Samsung and Apple can’t reach agreement in mediation, will head back to court next month

Apple vs Samsung

According to reports out of Korea, Samsung CEO J.K. Shin met with Apple CEO Tim Cook last week. The subject matter was of course their ongoing intellectual property dispute. Reportedly nothing came out of the meeting and the companies will be heading right back to court in March.

Should anyone be surprised by this outcome? Not really. Both companies want to and will hold their ground while waiting for the other to budge. And as we have seen before, that just does not happen. Mediation yields almost nothing positive, thus relying upon the court system. In the meantime, have a look at what Tim Cook had to say about Google and Android last week.

Source: ZDNet Korea
Via: The Verge