For all its success in mastering the smartphone market around the world, at times Samsung seems to think it needs to emulate Apple’s walled garden approach toward their customers. The appearance of Samsung engaging in this type of behavior can create some publicity problems for the company as has occurred over the past few days with regard to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 device. As previously reported, when the Android 4.4 KitKat update started to rollout to end users, reports quickly surfaced that compatibility with third-party accessories was broken. Samsung issued a statement that basically told consumers they should only use genuine Samsung accessories. Apparently Samsung realized that didn’t sit too well with the market as Samsung has now reversed course. Read more
The Android 4.4 firmware for the AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been leaked on the XDA forums. While it’s build date is not as recent as the leak for the international version of the Galaxy S4, it should allow users to enjoy Android 4.4 on their devices, as long as they don’t mind flashing pre-release firmware.
While it may be tempting to go ahead and flash the new firmware, keep in mind that this firmware comes with new bootloaders, which may make it impossible to go back to Android 4.3. Not only that but you may not be able to root it until there is a root hack. Lastly, there is an issue in the firmware that causes the phone to reboot whenever a video is played.
If you still want to try your luck at flashing the leaked firmware, head over to the source link below!
Source: XDA Developers
In October of last year there was a small rumbling that Samsung would be throwing its hat in the smartglasses ring with its own version of Glass. A patent filing that was later “confirmed” shows a device that would connect to your smartphone via a micro USB cable. According to an unnamed company official, we could see the device, dubbed as Galaxy Glass, at IFA in September.
While the company dipped its toe in the wearables market with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung would be going all in with Galaxy Glass as it sees the wearable as something that would need a considerable investment. According to the company:
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech just released their smartphone market share figures for the 4th quarter 2013, and Android not only dominated again, it continued to increase its overall market share. In looking at the U.S., most surveys already had Android as the largest market share, but according to Kantar, Android just surpassed Apple late last year.
Android came in with a 50.6% share, up from 46.2% for the 4th quarter in the previous year, while Apple’s iOS came in at 43.9%, down from 49.7% for the 4th quarter in the previous year. In Europe, things aren’t any different. Android now has a 68.6% share (up from 62.9%), while second place Apple came in with 18.5% (down from 23.7%).
KGI Research just released its predictions for the next generation Galaxy S phone. From what it looks like there will be two models, as current rumors suggest. The prime model will have a 5.2 inch 2560×1440 display and the standard model will feature a 5.2 inch 1920×1080 display. That means that the prime model will have a whopping 565 pixels per inch and the standard model will have a display with 423 pixels per inch. Those aren’t the only differences however.
Shortly after the Galaxy Gear was introduced, the speculation was that Samsung would release a Galaxy Gear 2 sooner rather than later since the reviews we so bad. The latest rumor out of Korea is that the Galaxy Gear 2 will be unveiled in a London event in March or April. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to read between the lines to figure out that they are implying that it will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S 5. It’s also expected to be a lot more fashionable and will likely feature a flexible display.
Samsung and Google have announced a new, long-term partnership to cross-license patents “covering a broad range of technologies and business areas.” The agreement covers both existing patents as well as any new patents filed during the next 10 years. Although Samsung and Google in general are not antagonistic toward each other, outside of the occasional small spat, they did take the opportunity to dig at other companies using litigation-based strategies with regard to their competition.
Samsung’s intellectual property lead, Dr. Seungho Ahn, stated the agreement shows “the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.” Meanwhile, Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents with Google noted that, “by working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”
source: Samsung Tomorrow Blog
The phone currently believed to be called the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo (GT-I9168) has been certified by Chinese authorities. Previously thought to be called the Galaxy Grand Lite, the device is now confirmed to have TD-SCDMA connectivity.
It also appears that the Galaxy Grand Neo will sport a 5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and a 5MP rear facing camera with a VGA front facing camera. It will also supposedly have 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM.
The device will also comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and is said to cost $300, though we don’t know that for sure yet. More details are sure to come soon!
Still waiting for Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro line (hands on here) or Galaxy NotePro 12.2 (hands on here) to launch? So are we. But it seems like we may have found a release date — Valentine’s Day weekend. According to a leaked internal memo, Samsung is asking for “all hands on deck” from February 14-16. They need everyone on deck so much so that they will not grant anyone time away from the company for those dates.
We understand that most corporate offices are closed on weekends; therefore, this memo likely applies to employees at retail stores like Best Buy, who have small Samsung shops setup. Of course, this could be for something else but launching a major product line like the Galaxy Pro tablets would be fitting to take place over the course of a weekend.
Hit the break for the full leaked memo. Read more
If you watch any TV whatsoever, then you know Samsung spends A LOT of money on advertising. Well it looks like they are going to cut back a tad this year. Samsung just had their quarterly conference call, and Samsung Senior Vice President Kim Hyunjoon said they will try to “raise the efficiency of our marketing spend and lower our overall mobile marketing budget to revenue this year compared with last year.” They will of course still spend a few bucks on sporting events such as the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, but no word on a Super Bowl commercial for this year.