Pre-registering for information on a website has never been so fruitful! In just a few steps on T-Mobile’s site, you could win a combo prize consisting of a Galaxy Note 3 and a Galaxy Gear smart-watch. Pretty sweet, right?
Although you may think that the Gear is nothing more than a notification system at this point, it certainly holds a lot of potential for the future— much like Google Glass.
And yes, while the Gear only currently pairs with the Note 3 and no other Samsung devices at this time, this issue obviously becomes moot if you win the contest! Head on over to the T-Mobile page! Contest entries end on September 15th.
Everyone’s excited for Samsung’s new devices that were announced earlier this week, and we can now stay excited until early October. While other countries might be receiving their Note 3, Note 10.1, and Gear by September 25, US customers will have to wait another week for theirs. US carriers are announcing their dates separately, and it seems like AT&T will begin shipping their devices October 1, T-Mobile by October 2, Verizon by October 10, and US Cellular with a vague “October” launch date.
It’s interesting that carriers are selling the Gear smartwatch considering it has no cellular device inside of it. Still, you can pre-order from all carriers except for US Cellular. Check out the source links.
Source: PhoneArena, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
When Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear would only be compatible with the Galaxy Note 3, I immediately thought “epic fail.” Then they said it would eventually come to the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II, but my thoughts didn’t change. However, there is a good chance that it will be compatible with other non Galaxy devices in the near future.
Right now the reason it is only compatible with the Galaxy Note III is because of Bluetooth Smart aka Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE). Unfortunately it’s only available on Android 4.3, and without this version of Bluetooth the Galaxy Gear can’t pair with the phone.
Samsung director of product marketing Ryan Bidan said…
Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini have been swirling around for a while now, and we’re today we’re seeing FCC documents of a device which appears to be the Sprint variant of the phone (We’ve already seen Verizon and AT&T versions). The body is a bit bigger than the other S 4 variants, however. We might be seeing a carrier-specific device here, but if it were the S 4 Mini we wouldn’t be surprised.
When Samsung announced their Galaxy Gear wearable watches yesterday, they spent some time discussing some of the basic functions like taking or making phone calls, checking notifications, and even taking pictures. In case you did not catch it though, Samsung also promised there would be several apps designed to run specifically on Galaxy Gear. Some of the first examples of these are starting to pop up and help give us an idea of how Galaxy Gear may actually prove to be useful. Read more
Yesterday, Samsung released a 6+ minute video showcasing the Galaxy Note 3, but apparently it wasn’t enough. Today they posted an 18 minute video that not only gives you a complete walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 3, you also get the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. This is a pretty thorough walkthrough of both devices, so if you have any interest in either device, set aside a good 18 minutes, and fire it up. Hit the break when you’re ready.
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?
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.
Samsung 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 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!