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Samsung reportedly prepping two tablets with AMOLED displays

Samsung is reportedly planning on equipping two new tablets with their new AMOLED displays  that are currently available on the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3. The following article from BGR explains that one tablet is going to have an 8 inch screen and the other will be 10 inches. It is no surprise that Samsung is working on making brighter, clearer and lighter displays in order to compete with Apple and their coined “Retina” screens.

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Samsung reportedly prepping two tablets with AMOLED displays

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Possible new iPhones

Apple tries to catch up with samsung in the big screen market with extra features. It’s possible apple can be creating two new iPhones with larger screens and that are more sensitive to touch. To be more accurate, more sensitive to the of a stylus. This could make it easier for users to draw and write with ease. However, apple is late to the game with these already existing features on the samsung galaxy note. Although this is already known, it’s also possible that apple may create a curved phone screen, such as the samsung galaxy round. As of right now no sure decicions have been released. Only the future hold what apple will release next.

Source:  http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/10/apple-continues-to-follow-samsung-plans-extra-big-iphones-with-enhanced-pressure-sensors-curved-screens/

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Protecting Your Smartphone from Thieves

With smartphone thefts being so prevalent in recent times, companies such as Apple and Samsung are taking the initiative to introduce security features that will hopefully deter thieves from stealing them. Apple has introduced a feature called Activation Lock that ties a user’s iPhone to their Apple ID preventing thieves from wiping the phone clean before trying to sell them. By preventing thieves from wiping the phones clean, the smartphones are deemed virtually worthless since no one will be able to erase information previously stored in the iPhone without the Apple ID and password tied to the phone. Samsung is taking similar measures and introducing security features as well in an effort to try and get rid of smartphone theft. To read more about this topic, check out the attached article below.

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Samsung eyes phones with foldable displays in 2015

The company plans to move from curved to bendable displays and eventually to ones that can be folded.

Samsung aims to unveil phones and other devices with foldable displays in another two years, give or take.

At an analysts event Wednesday night local time in Seoul, Korea, Samsung CEO Kwon Oh Hyun presented a slideshow revealing the company’s display technology timeline for the next few years. As shown by blog site Sammy Hub, the slideshow highlights the progression planned by Samsung leading up to foldable phones.

The company has already hit its first milestone of a curved-display phone with the recent introduction of the Galaxy Round. Though some people have questioned the benefits of a phone with a curved display, at least one researcher said he believes the technology is a major innovation.

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Judgment day for Android: Apple, Microsoft file lawsuit

Microsoft, Apple, Sony, BlackBerry, and other companies filed lawsuits against Android manufacturers Samsung, HTC, LG.  The lawsuits target Google also, saying its core money-maker, Adwords, violates a 1998 patent. United States Patent No. 6,098,065, “matching search terms with relevant advertising.”  To read more about which patents are being infringed click here.

 

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LG’s Curved Smartphone

LG has created a new curved smartphone that has not been released just yet. However, Samsung has also created a curved smartphone. The difference between the two is that the LG has a horizontal curve and the Samsung has a Vertical Curve. The two smartphones are not looking well considering there awkward shapes. It’s up to the people to now whether they want their phone curved horizontally or vertically.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/14/lgs-curved-smartphone-is-just-as-silly-looking-as-samsungs/

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Samsung Announces GALAXY ROUND

 

Samsung is taking the leap…or curve I should say. The round curved display on the new Samsung “Galaxy Round” has been launched in Korea. Personally, I don’t see this innovative technology making a huge impact on the mobile technology market. Flexible mobile devices on the other hand will surpass all displays in the future. Check out the full article below…

 

 http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2013/10/09/170829.html

Posted: 09-Oct-2013 [Source: Samsung]

[Samsung’s well-rumored curved display is now available in the GALAXY ROUND, with first availability in Korea. The 5.7″ full HD display is based on Samsung’s flexible AMOLED technology.]

Samsung Electronics introduced GALAXY ROUND, the world’s first curved display smartphone, to be available October 10th in Korea. Samsung has been a mobile display innovator by introducing color TFT-LCD, AMOLED, and Super AMOLED flexible display for its mobile product.

With this pioneering curved display technology, GALAXY ROUND blends the latest smartphone screen innovations with unique design features. The sleek and thin Samsung GALAXY ROUND which equipped with a 5.7” Full HD Super AMOLED with 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g offers a comfortable hand grip feeling to user, and exclusive experiences of curved display.

As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect that enables the user to check information such as the date, time, missed calls and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device. For music, the Bounce UX enables users to control their music. When the GALAXY ROUND’s display is off while the music player is running, a short press to the left of the device will play the previous track while a short press to the right will play the next track. For pictures and videos, the Side Mirror feature enables users to gain access to list of the album content with a left and right tilt.

The large screen size of the GALAXY ROUND provides additional benefits to users. Useful One-Hand Operation features bring a user’s most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen. The device enables enhanced multitasking capabilities that allow users to fully utilize the larger screen through Multi Window, a feature that enables users to open more than one application on the screen, run simultaneous multiple instances of the same application or to easily share content between applications.

Samsung GALAXY ROUND is available in Korea with Luxury Brown, and more colors will be available soon.

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Samsung working on faster phone charge times

The company is working on a new device that uses twice the electricity of previous devices, allowing it to charge in just an hour, as Nikkei reports. More, the new charging tech will be Qi standards-compliant, meaning that not only will it be quick, but it will also be wireless.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/18/sonys-next-smartphones-could-charge-in-just-an-hour-wirelessly/#8A3eGqDGk0tBD0j0.99
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Samsung Develops 13MP Phone Camera with Greater Stability and Low-Light Capability

Mobile phone cameras have been getting better and better over time when it comes to picture quality and usability. Samsung is developing a new phone camera technology that will greatly improve image stabilization issues that cause blurry pictures. Samsung’s new technology reportedly can handle twice the normal amount of shake of current smartphone cameras. Also, this new technology will include the capability to brighten images up to eight times brighter in low-light situations. What does this mean for the world of mobile phones and devices? Blurry pictures will be a thing of that past, which complicates the marketability for devices such as digital cameras and further increases the usability of cameras on smartphones.

Source: Samsung Develops 13MP Phone Camera with Greater Stability and Low-Light Capability

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Samsung’s Galaxy Smartwatch

Samsung has created a SmartWatch that is designed to connect wirelessly through bluetooth, to a Samsung Smartphone. The Smart watch allows you to do a small amount of tasks. This includes checking your text messages, email, media playback, and also taking calls. The watch is seen as a purchase that probably is not worth your money. All the tasks that can be performed on the Smart watch, are simple and can be performed on your phone. Samsung has teamed up with Evernote and My fitness pal to add apps to the smart watch. However, the watch is bulky and not sleek looking at all. The watch is just a copy of your phone on your wrist.

 

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch: Relentlessly inessential

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Qualcomm Gambit: Apple 64-bit A7 is a ‘gimmick’

A top exec takes a risk by dismissing the new 64-bit A7 too quickly. The chip supplier will likely have a different message if it brings out its own 64-bit design – CNET.

A Qualcomm executive dissed Apple’s new 64-bit chip architecture, putting the San Diego company in a tough spot if it decides at some point to move to a 64-bit Snapdragon design. Here’s what Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Qualcomm, said to the IDG News Service “I know there’s a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from that.” He went on to repeat a well-known fact that a 64-bit architecture is necessary for addressing memory beyond 4GB but that most smartphones, like Apple’s iPhone 5S, only have 1GB or 2GB of memory. ARM, the company behind the chip designs from Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, and Nvidia, believes that there will be a need for 64-bit ARM chips in future smartphones and tablets.

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Samsung’s HomeSync box connects Galaxy devices to TVs

HomeSync connects to a TV with an HDMI connection, allowing almost any TV to be a smart TV, Samsung said. It features support for wired or wireless mouse and keyboard, as well as access to Web browsing, YouTube, apps, games, social networking. As part of its Galaxy Perks.  The Android user interface on HomeSync is similar to that on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. It allows customers to use their Galaxy devices as remote controls to browse content on their TV, and users can mirror the HomeSync screen directly on their Galaxy devices. They also can stream content from their Galaxy devices wirelessly to a TV.

 

Read the full article here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57605849-94/samsungs-homesync-box-connects-galaxy-devices-to-tvs/

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Samsung Invests in PowerbyProxi for Wireless Phone Charging

Anyone that has ever owned a cell phone knows the frustration behind losing their phone charger or not having a power outlet to plug the charger in when it is needed the most. Samsung is investing in a company known as PowerbyProxi that is working diligently to provide the mobile world with new wireless charging devices that require no cables to charge a mobile device. Samsung has invested $4 million in PowerbyProxi and they feel very confident in their abilities to develop this new technology that will revolutionize mobile device charging across the world. The development of this new device charging technology is very important to the world of mobile technology. In 10 years, the vast majority of people that own a mobile device will most likely have a wireless charger at their disposal. The marketability is huge for a product like this. Any company that can develop this new technology, and make it work well, is looking at a great future.

Source: Samsung Supports PowerbyProxi, to Let You Power Your Phone Wirelessly

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Samsung launches advanced mobile camera technology

Samsung has announced an improved technology for mobile cameras. This camera uses advanced pixel technology and advanced light sensitivity to produce sharper images. The camera helps control the absorption of electrons to make better pixelation in the photos.

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A7 processor used in iPhone 5s manufactured by Apple’s arch-rival Samsung

As the world waited for the unveiling of the iPhone 5s there was a lot of speculation as to what company would be in charge of building the new A7 processor. In the past Samsung has produced every processor for iOS. However, according to this article from zdnet many thought the valuable patent on the chip was going to cause Apple to attempt to drift away from their competitor Samsung. It wasn’t until the iFixit team took apart the new iPhone 5s to find out that the new A7 chip was in fact manufactured by Samsung. While both companies seem to have no problem getting into patent wars, they can still work together.

 

http://www.zdnet.com/a7-processor-used-in-iphone-5s-manufactured-by-apples-arch-rival-samsung-7000020956/

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Snapchat comes to the Galaxy Gear

The Galaxy Gear is one of the latest smartwatches to hit the market. The small wristwatch comes with a 1.4 megapixel camera which can take 10 second video, perfectly formatted for the quick image and videos used for Snapchat.
Consequently Snapchat has come out with the Snapchat Micro, which is a simplified application for the Gear. It allows users to send images to each to each other using the standard snapchat system, although editing such as captions or drawings will have to be done on a connected Galaxy Note. Evan Spiegel, Snapchat founder, has described Snapchat Micro as “an experiment we’re really excited about.”

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Samsung On The Lookout To Buy Content Providers To Compete With Apple, Google, and Amazon

“Samsung Electronics, which has vaulted the value chain on the strength of its hardware, will go out and buy mobile content providers, a senior executive told Reuters, to compete with Apple, Google and Amazon.com in a global digital music market worth nearly $9 billion.

The South Korean electronics giant has muscled its way to global leadership in TVs, smartphones, chips and display screens – packing internally sourced state-of-the-art components into consumer gadgets – but software remains a weak link.

“The message we’re getting from the top is to raise software capability, and buy rather than build, if needed,” Kang Tae-jin, senior vice president of Samsung’s Media Solution Center, said in an interview. “Our focus on software is primarily aimed at driving hardware sales, rather than making money. We have a full range of handsets in so many countries, and, to better market our products, we thought it’s better to start our own software business.””

Getting in tune; Samsung to shop for software | Reuters.

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Samsung Touts Features of Galaxy S III Over IPhone 5

This last weekend Samsung came out with an ad titled “It doesn’t take a genius” comparing its Galaxy S III (GS3) to Apple’s new IPhone 5.The ad’s title is a shot at Apple’s Genius Bar which refers to Apple’s Help Center located in its retail stores.The ad itself goes through a 12 point spec-by-spec comparison of the two mobile phones with the GS3 having the better features according to Samsung.

Apple fans being distraught over the Samsung ad came out with their own version of the ad with the title “Don’t Settle for Cheap Plastic.”  An obvious  reference to the inexpensive materials used in the GS3 as compared to the IPhone 5 which is made of aluminum and glass. Apple fans commented on the Samsung’s feature comparison list and embellished it to show the superiority of the IPhone 5 with its additional features.

Nokia fans also countered with an ad of their own titled “Flyweight Contender, Meet the Heavyweight Champion,”  which compared the IPhone 5 to the Lumia 920. One of the Lumia 920 advantages listed was the fact that the device weighs 6.53 ounces as compared with the IPhone 5 weight of 3.95 ounces. Why a heaver phone is an advantage is a puzzlement to many people.

http://www.informationweek.com/mobility/smart-phones/samsung-goes-on-offensive-against-iphone/240007437

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Samsung Announces First Windows 8 Phone

Although Samsung recently lost a billion dollar verdict to rival Apple, it surprised everyone recently by announcing the Ativ S, the first Windows 8 smart phone. Thus edging out Nokia and every other Microsoft partner planning to launch Windows 8 devices of their own.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/surprise_samsung_announces_first_windows_8_phone_ativ_s

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Tokyo court gives win to Samsung in patent war with Apple

A court in Tokyo has ruled that Samsung Electronics did not infringe on patents held by Apple, a victory for the South Korean company.

Shortly after losing a key patent case in the US and being ordered to pay more than $1 Billion in damages, Samsung is found innocent of charges that it infringed on patents held by Apple in Japan.

 

BBC News – Tokyo court gives win to Samsung after US loss.

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Samsung’s quad-core Galaxy S III reportedly just 7mm thick, set to launch in May

Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S III will reportedly be one of the thinnest smartphones in the world when it is unveiled in the coming months. South Korea’s Electronic Times News on Monday cited unnamed sources in claiming Samsung’s upcoming flagship superphone will pack impressive specs into a case that is just 7 millimeters thick; the thinnest version of Samsung’s current flagship, the Galaxy S II, features a case that is 8.49 millimeters thick. The site also states that the Galaxy S III will feature an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, a Super AMOLED Plus display and the Android 4.0 operating system. An earlier report claimed the Galaxy S III could launch as soon as April, but Electronic Times News claims the handset will hit store shelves in May. Recent rumors suggest Samsung’s Galaxy S III will feature a quad-core processor, a Super AMOLED Plus HD display, 4G LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

http://www.bgr.com/2012/02/06/samsungs-quad-core-galaxy-s-iii-reportedly-just-7mm-thick-set-to-launch-in-may/

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Kodak now suing Samsung: Why go bankrupt when I have all these patents?

Kodak now suing Samsung: Why go bankrupt when I have all these patents? 

On the brink of bankruptcy for some time now, Kodak is not going down without a fight. Kodak has been suing multiple smartphone manufacturers for patent infringements recently. These include Apple, HTC and Samsung. Kodak claims that Samsung is infringing on five of it’s camera related patents. In the past, Kodak has been successful at suing other companies because of the companies rather large patent portfolio. Will Kodak see the light at the end of the tunnel after all?