South Korea decides not to label Samsung Galaxy S 5 as a medical device

by Jeff Causey on
tagged , , , ,

samsung_galaxy_s_5_heart_rate_sensor

When the first buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 get their hands on the new device, one gadget they may want to check out will be the heart rate sensor included in the device. Rather than relying on tools like the camera, flash and apps capable of interpreting the data, Samsung went ahead and included a dedicated sensor for users who want to monitor their heart rate, especially when exercising. This small nod toward a portion of their market has the potential to put Samsung in the position of dealing with a slew of regulations related to medical equipment. » Read the rest

Samsung’s Galaxy Grand 2 hits South Korea

by Harrison Kaminsky on
tagged , ,

Galaxy Grand

Samsung’s newest Galaxy Grand model, the Galaxy Grand 2, has been unveiled and will soon hit South Korea. The device features a 5.25-inch HD (720p) display with Optimal Wide View, LTE-A support, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM.

The device will have 16GB of internal storage, and 8MP camera, a microSD card slot, a 2600 mAh battery, and runs Android 4.3 with Multi Window, S Translator, Story Album, Sound & Shot. Expect the device to be released in both black and white for 517,000 won.

Source: SamMobile

Leaked info reveals what may be upcoming Galaxy S 5 Neo

by Harrison Kaminsky on
tagged , , , ,

s5 leak

Just last week we showed you leaked info from Zauba, an Indian import site, which receives data on devices being shipped in and out of the country.

The previous leak showed a device going by the model number SM-G87oa, which we believe is the Galaxy S 5 mini.

Today we have another leak from Zauba, outing a device with the model number SM-G800F. The phone was shipped into India from South Korea for research and development testing, and according to the above data table, it’s valued at 31,790 INR ($520 USD).

The model number is a lower number than the SM-G900F (the Galaxy S 5) so it’s expected that this device is the Galaxy S 5 Neo. Expect more information on the device to come out before its announcement.

Via: Phone Arena
Source: Zauba

Pantech Vega Iron 2 to be released in May, compete with other flagships

by Harrison Kaminsky on
tagged , , , ,

Vega Iron

The South Korean mobile phone market is already pretty saturated, and the fact that a company like Pantech has been able to survive while competing with both LG and Samsung is an amazing accomplishment. But to keep itself relevant, continuing to develop new devices is key.

The Vega Iron 2, the successor to Pantech’s flagship from last year, will be released in May to compete with the Galaxy S 5. Rumors suggest that the screen size will be bigger than its 5-inch predecessor— it’s not expected that the phone will become a phablet, though.

The success of the design will rest in the completely metal chassis and a rumored fingerprint scanner.

Hit us up in the comments if you’d be interested in getting this device over another flagship like the Galaxy S 5.

Via: GforGames
Source: News.Naver

South Korean Ministry of Science rules against bloatware of devices

by Harrison Kaminsky on
tagged , , ,

Bloatware

Not only does Asia have access to some of the best mobile technology available on the market, but customers will soon be able to purchase bloatware-free devices as a standard.

A recent ruling in South Korea determined that OEMs can preload bloatware on its devices, but the apps must be able to be uninstalled. The new industry guidelines will begin in April of this year.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said this in a press release:

“The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players.”

There are also some major advantages that users will experience from the decision. Improved battery life and increased data storage are just a few of the many benefits.

Source: ZDNet

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 3 in Merlot Red in South Korea

by Aditya Thawardas on
tagged , , ,

note_3_redEarlier this month, Samsung said that they would unveil different color options for the Galaxy Note 3 based on regional market preferences. In South Korea, one market preference color seems to be red. In addition to Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink, customers in South Korea will now be able to purchase the Galaxy Note 3 in “Merlot Red,” which you can see above.

Samsung says that the color will appeal to both men and women agross all ages, and will come with a matching S Pen and leather back, just like the other color options.

Source: Samsung Tomorro

Samsung loses home turf court battle in South Korea to Apple

by Jeff Causey on
tagged , , , , ,

Apple_Samsung_Ruling

In the ongoing string of court battles between Samsung and Apple, Samsung has come out the loser in the latest round. This battle took place in South Korea where Samsung alleged Apple violated patents related to short message display methods and messaging group features. Samsung had asked the court to put a sales ban on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 in place and they had asked for 100 million won ($95,000 USD) in damages. The judge in the Seoul Central District Court threw out the damages claim and refused to institute the sales ban.

In response to the latest ruling, Apple’s spokesman in Korea, Steve Park, said the company is “glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims.” Apparently Park was not referring to a case last year in which Apple was found to have infringed on two of Samsung’s patents for wireless technology.

source: Reuters

Samsung releases Galaxy Mega 6.3 to the South Korean market

by Jeff Causey on
tagged , , , ,

samsung_galaxy_mega_63_south_korea

Samsung announced today the release of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 to the South Korean market.  The device will be available on all three carriers in the country. To help sweeten things for their home market, Samsung is throwing in some extras for buyers of the device in the South Korean market.

The South Korean version of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 includes support for DMB, digital multimedia broadcasting, a version of mobile TV developed in South Korea. The device will also come with Samsung’s ImageON app which takes a photo and analyzes, identifies and then plays video related to the image. Samsung is also working on enabling DRM service for educational content, although that functionality will not be available until September.

The South Korean version of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 will be available for 700,000 won ($626 USD) in black or white.

source: SamMobile

LG may roll out LG G2 on August 8th in South Korea

by Jeff Causey on
tagged , , , , , , ,

lg-optimus-g2

As the smartphone market prepares for the release of another flagship device, this time LG’s G2 smartphone, we have another example of how manufacturers are compressing the time between announcement and availability. LG will be holding an event in New York City tomorrow to unveil the new LG G2. Reports from Korean-based MK News indicate the new device will be in stores in that country on August 8th, only one day after the official reveal. That is consistent with previous rumors about the release schedule that put Korean availability soon after the phone was announced by LG.

According to reports, LG is planning to make the device available on 100 carriers worldwide within two to three months of the official release. This will supposedly include four major carriers in the U.S. – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

TalkAndroid will be on the ground at the LG event tomorrow, so be sure to check back for all the details about LG’s new flagship device.

source: Unwired View

123