Samsung’s Q2 earnings are in, and once again, they’ve fallen short of analyst expectations. Samsung plans to bring in about 7.2 trillion won, or $7.1 billion, which is quite a bit lower than the expected 8.1 trillion won ($8 billion). That’s a 24% decrease year-over-year for Samsung. Now, making over $7 billion in profit is still great for any company, but it’s still about $1 billion away from what the company was expected to bring in from the quarter. » Read the rest
Rather than going into a new space alone, Samsung is going to be working with someone that is very familiar with virtual reality. The device will be called Gear VR and Samsung is solely in charge of developing its hardware. On the software site, though, Oculus VR is pitching in. This allows Samsung to not go in blindly to a field without any experience. As it does with all of its devices, Samsung will launch apps itself and provide an SDK for developers after Gear VR’s announcement. And when will that announcement come? Alongside the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA 2014 in September. » Read the rest
No, this is not a case of life imitating art as The Brazilian Job, a sequel to The Italian Job, was never made and Croker’s crew prided themselves on not using guns. Samsung found itself the target of a massive heist of equipment at a plant located in São Paulo, Brazil on Monday as armed robbers made off with what was initially reported as R$80 million ($36M USD) worth of notebooks, tablets and smartphones. Samsung has since revised that estimate down to R$13.2 million ($6M USD). According to reports, approximately 20 men armed with submachine guns made up the crew that hit the factory. The incident occurred during normal business hours while about 200 employees were working on the site. Apparently most of the employees continued to work, although a few were taken hostage.
Although smartwatches should not be subject to typical smartphones risks like being dropped, they will still be subject to a host of new hazards like users accidentally bumping up against tables or counters, knocking them into sinks, and other not healthy for tech situations. Their small size should help them when it comes to durability, but inevitably some people will find their devices need to be repaired. To save a few dollars, some of those individuals will decide to undertake repairs themselves. The team over at iFixit has run a couple new Android Wear devices through their teardown process to get an idea of how hard or easy that may be. » Read the rest
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on the Sprint network may notice they have an update waiting to be installed. If they don’t have a notification yet, it should be showing up soon as Sprint is pushing out update “NE5″ to owners of the devices in phases. According to the information provided by Sprint, the only enhancement is the addition of a Wi-Fi calling feature. Apparently the update has been ready for a while now, but is only just starting to hit users’ devices.
17 out of 20 passengers picked the Tab S as the clear winner. Unfortunately Samsung doesn’t tell you what display brightness each tablet was set at, nor do they tell us the competing brands. However, Samsung shouldn’t need too much trickery since the Tab S has one fo the best displays we have ever seen.
We are all waiting to see what Samsung has up its sleeve with the Galaxy F. Until then, we will just have to see what information and pictures appear regarding the handset. Today, we are looking at an alleged live image of the Galaxy F. Usually we have been treated to press renders, but this one has been taken ‘in the wild’ (or real life). Looking closely, it seems that the bezel will be very minimal on the sides and Samsung will finally implement a metal design.