Samsung talks strategy to address financial slide

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It should be no surprise to anyone now that Samsung, despite being on the top of the smartphone hill, finds itself slipping as competitors struggle to knock them off. We already know Samsung’s Q2 profits slipped, marking the first year-over-year slide in almost three years. During an earnings call to discuss the financial results, Kim Hyun-Joon, a senior vice president with the company, shared a little bit about what Samsung plans to do to try to regain the confidence of investors and re-assert itself.
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Samsung’s Milk Music gets $3.99 subscription option [Updated]

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This Spring, Samsung launched Milk Music for their phones and soon added the feature to their tablets to replace Music Hub. Although the radio app was released free, it was hinted that it would not be for long. A new update to Milk has added a premium, add-free option for $3.99/month, which puts it $1 below Pandora’s new pricing.

In order to purchase the premium subscription, you’ll need a Samsung account and input credit card details, meaning the subscription won’t go through the Google Play Store. After purchasing the upgrade, you gain access to offline stations, unlimited song skips, toggling DJ commentary, and Sleep Timer functions.

Download links after the break.


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Samsung Galaxy Alpha to be officially unveiled on August 4th

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It may seem odd that that there would be much excitement for a non-flagship Samsung device, but the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is generating quite a bit of buzz. That is probably because the device will be Samsung’s first to break tradition by moving away from plastic and using metal-body construction. Possibly recognizing just how much interest there is in the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has pushed up the release date to next Monday, August 4th. This will provide some additional time between the announcement of the Galaxy Alpha and the expected release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, possibly along with a slew of Gear products, in September.

source: SamMobile

FreedomPop to offer LTE-enabled tablets with free voice, text and data

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FreedomPop has announced that they will be adding the Apple iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to their portfolio of devices, giving users the opportunity to get a 4G LTE-enabled tablet with voice and text message service. In addition to those devices, FreedomPop will let users bring off-contract Sprint LTE tablets over to the service. A 16GB iPad Mini will sell for $319 while the 16GB Samsung Tab 3 will go for $199. These will be refurbished units.
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Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Avant on T-Mobile

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Today T-Mobile added another Samsung device to their line-up of phones, announcing the Samsung Galaxy Avant as a low-budget alternative to the pricier Galaxy S5. Packing a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, the Avant seems like a solid choice for those wanting the S5′s features without spending over half-a-grand. It features Samsung’s popular S Voice service as well as features like Smart Switch and Easy Mode.


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Samsung files patents for three new smartwatches and new gesture control technology

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Samsung is no stranger to releasing multiple variations of the same ideas, and if some recent patents are to be believed, they will continue that tradition by releasing more smartwatches. According to three patents filed by the tech giant yesterday, Samsung has plans for a new line of watches with features ranging from rounded displays to an updated (and hopefully less clunky) charging mechanism. And considering all three have cameras, its safe to assume these watches will be running Tizen, although Android Wear isn’t out of the question.


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Samsung is still the king of smartphones but continues to lose market share

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It’s been quite a party for Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S was introduced, they never looked back as they stream rolled over the competition. Getting to the top is no easy task, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get there than to stay there. Samsung is definitely feeling it as their market share has dropped significantly over the last year. Are consumers starting to get sick of Samsung’s dominance? Or is this just a bump in the road?


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Samsung’s Kid Store reaches 900 apps

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The Kids Store, a Kids Mode storefront available with Samsung devices, has hit a milestone. The company has announced there are 900 applications available meant just for children. With such a large pool of content, Samsung has introduced two categories to find apps easily. Users can find apps grouped by age or subject. The age grouping includes 0-4, 5-6, 7 and older. The subject grouping includes learning, play, and story. The Kids Store also includes a premium content section from featured providers. Samsung has $50 available to users to take advantage in this section.

Parents do not have to be worried as a password is required for children to make purchases in Kids Store through Kids Mode.

Hit the break for the press release.
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Samsung files for another Gear related trademark – Gear S

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We have already seen Samsung apply for a few Gear related trademarks, like the Samsung Gear VR mark and another for the Samsung Gear Store. Samsung is clearly interested in building out a complete ecosystem based on Gear devices. The latest trademark to be added to the mix is the “Samsung Gear S”. Like the previous applications, the description regarding application of the mark is very general and casts a wide net over most any wearable device or related accessory.

Although the description may not be much help in figuring out what device this latest trademark may be meant for there could be a clue in the name. There are some who think the S is a reference to “Solo” which would be a variant of the Samsung Gear 2 that has an onboard SIM card and cellular connectivity instead of relying on a connection to a user’s smartphone.

source: USPTO
via: SamMobile

Apple drops cross-appeal against Samsung in apparent sign of court fatigue

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After years of battling in courtrooms around the world, it appears Apple and Samsung may be starting to grow weary of litigation. In the latest sign of this, Apple has filed a motion to drop a cross-appeal against Samsung on a matter related to the first California case decided a couple years ago between the two companies. The motion, filed with the Court of Appeals, ends Apple’s attempt to secure a permanent injunction against Samsung over multi-touch functions.
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