Breaking: Google buys Samsung Electronics for $200 billion in cash and stock

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If you thought for a second that Google was out of the hardware business, then think again. In what came out of nowhere, Bloomberg is reporting that Google just made a deal to buy Samsung Electronics for $200 billion in cash and stock. We aren’t talking just the mobile division folks, we are talking the whole shabang, including TVs, appliances, display panels, and semiconductors.

We found it hard to believe that Google would buy Motorola and turn around and sell it to Lenovo pretty quickly, but I think it’s clear that Motorola was too limited. Motorola only dealt with the mobile side, but in order for Google to bring Android to the next level, TVs and appliances need to be in the mix as well. Owning both companies at the same time would certainly be an antitrust issue.

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Samsung Fingers gets announced, the first entrant into the smartglove game

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Smartgloves are here. Samsung has announced Samsung Fingers, a wearable glove that has everything and the kitchen sink. And 5G connectivity. This is not your ordinary connected glove. Samsung Fingers has a built-in speaker and microphone, so yes you can communicate with your hand. Making sure the processor does not get behind is 4GB of RAM, more than your smartphone, and 32GB or 64GB of storage is available.

Being that this is a wearable, there is a variety of sensors. They include an accelerometer, thermometer, gyroscope, barometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, and compass. Did I mention that a 3-inch wide flexible display is located on the palm? Oh, and there is S Laser. This is a beam projector that has a 1080p resolution. Samsung Fingers weighs just one gram.

Samsung has yet to give a release date, but more information can be found when you hit the source link below. Happy April Fool’s Day.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Google likely to play key role in latest Apple patent trial with Samsung

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Apple and Samsung were scheduled to return to the courtroom today in the latest round of legal disputes between the two smartphone giants. Unlike the first trial that focused heavily on hardware issues, this new round will emphasize software, especially features found in the Android and iOS operating systems. That focus on software features found in Android means Google will play a much larger role this time around. » Read the rest

Galaxy S 5 sports the ‘best performing smartphone display’ ever tested

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Other than the extra 0.1-inches, you might think the Samsung Galaxy S 5 features the same exact display as the Galaxy S 4 since they are both 1080p, but think again. There is a lot more going on than the display resolution. DisplayMate Technologies knows a thing or two about displays, and they just posted the results of their extensive tests with the GS5.

They found this year’s model to be 22 percent brighter than last year’s Galaxy S 4 and 13 percent brighter than the Galaxy Note 3. As far as power efficiency, the GS5 has a 27 percent improvement over the GS4. If you set the GS5 and the Gs4 at the same screen brightness, the Galaxy S 5 will use 18 percent less power, which will obviously increase the battery life. Viewing angles are also improved. Typical LCD displays will show a 55 percent or greater decrease in brightness when viewed at a 30 degree angle, but the Galaxy S 5 shows only a 22 percent decrease.

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Development of the LG G Flex 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Round 2 diverging

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While currently filling a niche market, smartphones with flexible displays haven’t really taken off. Even so, companies like LG and Samsung are still working on devices with this tech. However, the companies seem to be taking different directions in what they want to accomplish with their devices.

LG appears to be working on improving the performance of its AMOLED screens. It will do so by increasing the resolution while also shrinking the panel to 5.5 inches. Other areas up for improvement include solving an issue with “ghosting” images as the display heats up.

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Verizon variant of the Galaxy Tab 4 arrives at the FCC

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samsung_galaxy_tab_4_10.1_leakPictures leaked yesterday of the Galaxy Tab 4, and it looks like the Verizon variant has made its way to the FCC. It sports the model number of SM-T537V and has been certified on LTE bands 4 and 13. Dimension show it as being 10.1 inches. Although there isn’t official information regarding specs of the device, it’s been rumored to have some that aren’t really going to wow anyone.

Rumors have the display pegged at a 1280×800 resolution and a Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2 GHz. It will have 1 to 1.5 GB of RAM with 16 GB of internal storage — of course a chunk of that won’t be usable. It will come with a 6,800 mAh battery and will have a rear camera (probably around 3MP). It will come with Android 4.4.2 out of the box.

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Samsung and Apple preparing for second patent trial starting tomorrow

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It seems like it will never end. Patent wars between Samsung and Apple are set to continue, with the second trial between the two companies beginning tomorrow. The end of the first trial saw Apple winning $928.8 million from Samsung, which is $450 million less than the original amount. Both companies are appealing that decision.

This next trial will likely have more on the line because the devices involved will also include newer models. According to Apple, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Tab 2 also violate five patents each. These patents include “slide-to-unlock” and universal search.

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 will feature a baby monitor

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The new Samsung Galaxy S 5 has a number of great new features, including a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint scanner. But that’s not all that the new device is set to include. Now we know that the Galaxy S 5 will also include a baby monitor, alerting the parent when their child starts crying.

This new feature isn’t exactly being advertised, and is actually kind of hidden inside the “accessibility menu” of the device. Essentially, the device emits vibrating alerts on a Galaxy Gear that’s paired with the device. According to Samsung, the feature works best when the S5 is within 1 meter of the baby and there’s no background noise.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 pictures leak

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While we only saw the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 picture leak a few days ago, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 picture has leaked, courtesy of Twitter leaker @evleaks.

The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is the follow up to last years Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, and like the Tab 4 7.0, it comes in two colors, black and white. It will come with Android 4.4 out of the box, and also makes use of a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Because the features aren’t really that groundbreaking, the device should have a relatively low price tag. Hit the break for one more picture, in black!

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According to teardown, Samsung Galaxy S5 will be hard to repair

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has an international release date of April 11, but a Russian website, Ferra, managed to get their hands on one and tear it down.

According to the site, it will be very difficult to remove the screen from the device because of a special adhesive that Samsung is using. After getting the display off the device, the teardown is apparently a little easier, but the entire operation will still take over an hour.

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