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Samsung's Project KQ leaked as potential QHD premium Galaxy S5

04/22, 8:13am

High-resolution display, Exynos 5430 processor touted in premium Galaxy S5

A premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be on the way, according to a rumor. The leak suggests that the "Project KQ" smartphone could have a QHD display, rather than the 1080p screen used by the Galaxy S5 at launch, and that these previously-rumored features were being mulled over by management before being removed from the device.

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Briefly: Google refunds fake-app purchases, Galaxy S5 on MetroPCS

04/21, 8:15am

Google refunds, provides extra credit to buyers of fake antivirus tool

Google is providing refunds to buyers of the fake Virus Shield app for Android. Discovered by Android Police, the paid $3.99 app was discovered to just switch between different sets of graphics, and failed to provide any protection. The app was removed from the Play Store shortly after the discovery, with more than 10,000 downloads recorded. Google has started to send e-mails to affected customers, promising a refund within 14 days and a $5 promotional credit for Google Play.

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Samsung details premium subscription for Milk Music service

04/18, 2:41pm

Free service will gain advertising, $3.99 subscription will be ad-free

Samsung will be offering a premium version of its Milk Music service to its users in the future, the phone manufacturer has revealed. Launched last month as a free service for Galaxy smartphone owners, Samsung will soon introduce advertising to free accounts, adding an option to remove advertising priced at $3.99 per month, with premium subscribers said to be receiving some unnamed "exclusive features."

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Samsung, Amazon launch Kindle for Samsung app with free ebooks

04/17, 6:40am

Galaxy owners can claim one free Kindle book from monthly selection

Samsung has entered into a partnership with Amazon to provide owners of its Galaxy smartphone and tablets free books. The Kindle for Samsung app, a custom-built version of Amazon's e-reader just for Galaxy devices, will provide not only access to the online retailer's collection of books and reading material, but will also give app users a free ebook every month.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 subject to 'fake finger' hack as well

04/16, 7:23pm

Similar technique used to unlock iPhone 5s can be used on Galaxy S 5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is subject to the same fake fingerprint technique that the Apple iPhone 5s was, with an added danger -- users can attempt the fake finger on the fingerprint sensor as many times as possible for a success, with no passcode or two-factor authentication needed.

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Briefly: Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon, HTC One M8 price increases

04/04, 5:56am

Verizon starts pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S5, adds second device offer

Verizon is making the Samsung Galaxy S5 available to pre-order, ahead of the smartphone's April 11th global release. Priced at $200 up-front on a two-year contract, or alternatively for $25.55 per month under Verizon Edge or $600 off-contract, Phone Arena reports it can be bought as a "Buy One, Get One" offer, with a second Galaxy S5, an Ativ SE, or the HTC One M8 being offered free, also on a two-year contract.

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Leak claims Samsung Galaxy S5 mini has 4.5-inch 720p display

04/03, 8:12am

Smaller version of Samsung Galaxy S5 to have 8-megapixel rear camera

Specifications for what could be the "mini" version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 have reportedly leaked, suggesting it to be a considerable improvement over the previous model. The smaller version of the Samsung flagship smartphone, previously hinted at via a user agent profile on a company server, will apparently have a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display at a 720p resolution, and will ship with Android 4.4 onboard.

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Samsung shows updated Galaxy Tab 4 line, ships this quarter

04/01, 10:39am

New tablet comes in three sizes, all with LTE optional

As expected, Samsung has launched a trio of Galaxy Tab 4 tablets for the entry-level market. The new line consists of the seven-inch Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, eight-inch Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 devices, all with thinner bezels and less weight than the previous similar models from the Korean manufacturer.

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Briefly: Samsung Galaxy S5 baby monitor, EE expands coverage

03/30, 9:09pm

Samsung adds baby monitoring feature to Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 can be used as a baby monitor, when used in conjunction with a Gear smart watch. SoyaCincau discovered the Samsung flagship includes a "Baby crying detector" feature that will send a vibrating alert to a paired Gear if it hears a nearby child makes a sound. Leaked screenshots note it will work best when the smartphone is placed within 1 meter (3 feet) of the child in a room with no background noise, followed by a large number of parental warnings and disclaimers.

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South Korean carriers start sales of Samsung Galaxy S5 early

03/27, 8:22am

Carriers breach Galaxy S5 release early over 45-day sales suspension

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has gone on sale in South Korea, two weeks before is April 11 global release date. Carriers in the country are making the flagship smartphone available to buy now, with one doing so ahead of a 45-day new-subscriber suspension period imposed on carriers for providing smartphone subsidies deemed to be illegal.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 surfaces in images, user agent profile leaks

03/27, 7:21am

Galaxy Tab 4 could have 2560x1600 resolution, AMOLED screens

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 range has allegedly surfaced, with the 7.0-inch upgrade to the Galaxy Tab 3 appearing leaked marketing image. The rumored tablet collection is thought to have a high-end specification and an AMOLED display, with an uncovered User Agent Profile on Samsung's own servers suggesting that the larger models will ship with a resolution of 2,560x1,600, the same resolution as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

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Samsung website hints at smaller model of Galaxy S5 on the way

03/20, 1:19pm

User Agent Profile for SM-G750 suggests Galaxy S5 Mini, Neo being produced

Samsung could be preparing to launch a smaller version of the Galaxy S5, if rumors about a file on Samsung's own servers are true. A user agent profile refers to a mobile device with the model number SM-G750, a device which could potentially turn out to be the Galaxy S5 Mini or S5 Neo, based on the specification listings inside the Samsung-produced file.

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Briefly: Golden Samsung Galaxy S5 in UK, Sky details guide updates

03/17, 7:58am

Gold version of Samsung Galaxy S5 snagged by Vodafone in UK

The golden version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be an exclusive to Vodafone in the United Kingdom. CNET reports the color option for the flagship smartphone will be available just through the carrier, though the other colors will also be available. Pre-orders for the smartphone, as with the standard colored versions, will begin on March 28th through Vodafone, with a release date set for the 11th of April.

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Samsung launches Milk Music Internet radio in US for Galaxy devices

03/07, 3:19pm

Milk Music offers 200 genre stations, personalization options, 13M songs

Samsung is offering owners of its Galaxy mobile devices in the United States a free streaming music service. Milk Music will let users listen to more than 200 genre-based and ad-free music stations, using a catalog of more than 13 million tracks to generate playlists, with the additional option of generating personal stations based on favorite songs and albums.

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Briefly: Samsung Galaxy S5 software, Sony Xperia Z2 priced in UK

03/03, 7:58am

Software bundle supplied with Samsung Galaxy S5 estimated to be worth $575

Samsung has detailed the free and discounted software and services offered with its new flagship Galaxy S5. The collection, estimated to be worth more than $575 according to Android Central, will include subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek +, LinkedIn Premium, Map My Fitness, Run Keeper, Skimble, Lark, Box, Evernote, and Bitcasa, as well as coupons for Blurb and Cut the Rope 2, among other additions.

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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S5

02/24, 7:56pm

Android flagship gets marginal enhancements

Following a steady stream of rumors, Samsung finally unveiled its new Android flagship at a Mobile World Congress event. The Galaxy S5 brings marginal improvements over its predecessor, adding a fingerprint sensor and a 16-megapixel camera, though it does not bring any revolutionary new features that were hinted at in early speculation. Electronista checked out the new phone to see if it still delivers.

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Samsung's Galaxy Gear Fit watch focuses on fitness features

02/24, 2:49pm

Interface presented on curved AMOLED display

Samsung has continued its Galaxy introductions with another watch, the Gear Fit, which will be sold alongside the Gear 2 and Neo. As its name suggests, the Fit focuses on fitness features and brings a more compact build than its larger cousins. Central to the new design is a 1.84-inch curved AMOLED display with 432x128 resolution.

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MWC: Samsung reveals Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone

02/24, 2:35pm

New device full HD, 5.1-inch AMOLED display

Moments ago, Samsung President and Chief of IT and Mobile Communications JK Shin showed the Barcelona crowd the new Galaxy S5 smartphone, the flagship phone of its line. The device, in a similar form factor to the S4, boasts a 5.1-inch AMOLED display, enhanced 2,800mAh battery, and greatly improved camera compared to the previous Galaxy S phone.

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Samsung follow-up smart watches to Galaxy Gear leak

02/22, 11:45am

New smart watches will apparently not use the Galaxy branding

Rumors of Samsung offering multiple models of its smart watch in the future may in fact be true, based on leaked images. A low-resolution image of two follow-up devices to the Galaxy Gear was posted online, followed by a second, higher-resolution version, though it turns out the smart watches may not actually be part of the Galaxy device range at all.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 teaser video released, gold color option leaks

02/21, 7:52am

Video trailer for Samsung event hints at fitness, photography features

Samsung has released a teaser video for its upcoming Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 event at Mobile World Congress, hinting at a few possible features and updates to the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone. The trailer's release comes at the same time as a leaked image that claims to show the Galaxy S5 will be available in a golden color option when it ships.

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Samsung details devices receiving Android KitKat in United States

02/18, 12:52pm

Majority of Galaxy S devices will get Android 4.4 update

Samsung has confirmed it will be bringing Android 4.4.2 to a large number of its mobile devices in the United States. The upgrade to Android KitKat, rumored last month, will apparently start rolling out to devices from today onwards, and while the timing will vary between carriers and individual devices, it will continue "throughout the coming months."

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S5 has fingerprint scanner, 16MP camera

02/18, 7:47am

Home button-mounted fingerprint scanner will unlock device, launch apps

Two leaks for the incoming Samsung Galaxy S5 suggest it will ship with a fingerprint scanner and a smaller-than-rumored rear camera. The new details, surfacing less than a week before Samsung's launch event at Mobile World Congress, claim the flagship smartphone will use a fingerprint reader built into the home button of the device, in a similar manner to the iPhone 5s.

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Samsung starts shipping Galaxy Core Advance in South Korea tomorrow

02/17, 6:42am

Budget Galaxy Core Advance heading to US, Europe in coming months

Samsung will start to ship the Galaxy Core Advance in South Korea from tomorrow onwards, the company has revealed. Initially unveiled in late December, the follow-up to the Galaxy Core Plus and the Galaxy Core is a budget smartphone with a 4.7-inch, 800x480-resolution TFT display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 box leak hints at 2.5GHz processor, QHD display

02/12, 11:04am

Box allegedly confirms higher-specification Galaxy S5 rumors

Specifications for what could be the Samsung Galaxy S5 have leaked, in the form of a retail packaging photograph. An image claimed to show details of the internals of the device, expected to launch at Mobile World Congress at the end of this month, with a number of items listed apparently correlating with other specification rumors that recently surfaced.

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Samsung Unpacked streaming invitation hints at flatter TouchWiz design

02/11, 5:38am

Next Samsung flagship could have flat iconography in user interface

Samsung has hinted at the TouchWiz interface included in its expected Galaxy S5 launch at Mobile World Congress this month. The company's Twitter feed has posted an invitation to the event's live stream, with a collection of nine icons on one side suggesting the latest incarnation of the TouchWiz UI will have a flatter aesthetic than it has previously used.

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Benchmarks show two Samsung Galaxy S5 variants planned

02/10, 7:54am

Wide difference in specification suggests similar launch strategy to iPhone 5s, 5c

Samsung could be preparing two versions of the Galaxy S5 for launch, at its Unpacked Event at Mobile World Congress this month. Recent benchmarks appear to show two different sets of specifications being used for variants of the smartphone, and could potentially lead to a situation where Samsung will offer a high-end model and a further premium version of the same phone at the same time.

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NYT: Samsung Unpacked to include Galaxy S5, updated Galaxy Gear

02/05, 3:19pm

Unpacked event to be restrained launch compared to Galaxy S4

Samsung's "Unpacked 2014 Episode 1" event at Mobile World Congress will not only host the launch of the Galaxy S5 smartphone, but also a new Galaxy Gear, claims a report. Sources of the New York Times claim that the event will be a "relatively low-key" affair when compared to the singing and dancing used for the launch of the Galaxy S4 at New York's Radio City Music Hall last March.

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Samsung Galaxy Pro tablet range reaches United States on February 13

02/04, 11:35am

Note Pro, smaller Tab Pro device pre-orders open today

Samsung is bringing the range of Pro tablets with 2560x1600 displays it launched at CES last month to the United States, with shipments to begin from February 13. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, as well as the 8.4-inch and 10.1-inch models in the Galaxy Tab Pro collection, are all available to pre-order through various retailers from today, as well as through Samsung itself, though it appears all the releases will only offer Wi-Fi and not a carrier connection.

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Media invited to 'Unpacked 5' Samsung event, Galaxy S5 likely to debut

02/03, 8:55pm

Event held on first day of Barcelona Mobile World Conference

Samsung has invited the media to an event on February 24 that it is calling the "Unpacked 5" event. The event, on the first day of the Mobile World Congress, is intended to debut Samsung's "new flagship product" which is likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo with lower-resolution display launches

01/31, 10:46am

Samsung Poland shows hexa-core processor, LTE connectivity

Samsung has launched its rumored "Lite" version of the Galaxy Note 3 on its polish website, days after it revealed the Galaxy Grand Neo. The Galaxy Note 3 Neo takes after its namesake by having the same S Pen-based stylus input with its 5.5-inch display, though the 1080p resolution of the original has been exchanged for a 1280x720 resolution.

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Samsung quietly launches 5-inch WVGA Galaxy Grand Neo

01/28, 3:26pm

Renamed Galaxy Grand Lite has 5MP rear camera, multitasking

Samsung has quietly launched the Galaxy Grand Lite, with a listing on the Samsung Levant website renaming it the Galaxy Grand Neo. Just as previously rumored under the model number GT-I9060, the follow-up to the Galaxy Grand 2 is a mid-range offering, using a 5.01-inch 480x800 TFT display, with a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash supported by a front-facing VGA version.

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Gear sequel to have curved, flexible display

01/28, 7:57am

Revised Samsung smart watch will have updated design

The successor to the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch could be launched in March or April at a London event, according to a report. The smart watch is also said to have a curved or flexible OLED screen, instead of the original's 1.6-inch AMOLED version, along with a new updated design that could help Samsung gain more acceptance in the wearable devices market.

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New Samsung mobile user interface leaks, Galaxy S5 features rumored

01/20, 10:54am

Google Now-style tiles could form major part of Galaxy S5 interface

Samsung will be using a tile-based user interface design in future devices, according to new leaked screenshots. The images of the Google Now-inspired card system surfaced at the same time as a raft of rumors speculating over the features of the Galaxy S5, with the strong possibility of the new software front end appearing on the expected flagship smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 could have eye scanner; Gear successor in the works

01/09, 5:48am

Eye-scanning feature on Galaxy S5 response to Apple iPhone 5S

Samsung could be releasing the Galaxy S5 by April, according to the company's executive vice president of mobile business, Lee Young. The follow-up to the Galaxy S4 could potentially include an eye scanner in order to compete with the iPhone 5s and its fingerprint-reading technology, with the smartphone also likely to be paired with a smartwatch at the time of release.

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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

01/07, 7:03pm

Galaxy Note Pro shows nice design, slow performance

During yesterday's keynote presentation, Samsung official unveiled its new line of Pro tablets. Featuring four Android 4.4 devices, including the 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch Galaxy TabPro, as well as the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, the new tablets have been designed to meet the needs of not only the average consumer, but also business-minded users. We here at Electronista took some time to brave the hectic Samsung booth and spend some time with the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 allegedly appears in FCC filing

12/27, 11:42am

Smaller tablet rumor follows similar Galaxy Note Pro report

Samsung is working on another tablet in the Pro line of Galaxy tablets, if rumors stemming from an FCC filing are to be believed. The SM-T320 in the filing is thought to be called the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, and though it will be in the same family as the rumored 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, the Tab aspect suggests it will not have the same stylus-based input of its Note counterparts.

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Briefly: Samsung updates Galaxy Gear, Sony rolls out Android 4.3

12/23, 2:31pm

Samsung updates notifications on Galaxy Gear for Twitter, Facebook, Gmail

Samsung has issued an update for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, improving the notifications on the device. Messages and tweets from Gmail, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger can now be partially read on the wristwear, reports Pocket-Lint, with changes to Smart Relay making the switch between viewing information on the watch and a smartphone easier. The lift-and-pause gesture for activating the clock has also been improved.

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Samsung unveils GamePad controller accessory for smartphone gaming

12/17, 6:34am

Bluetooth controller includes NFC pairing, Play button for Galaxy smartphones

Samsung is wading into the gaming market by launching a new controller accessory for smartphones. The Smartphone GamePad and accompanying Mobile Console app connects to a smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth 3.0, though Galaxy smartphones running Android 4.3 also gain NFC pairing, allowing it to offer console-style control in compatible mobile games.

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Samsung reveals Galaxy Core Advance as one of first 2014 smartphones

12/16, 7:24am

4.7-inch display joined by physical keys on front of Galaxy Core Advance

Samsung has started off revealing what devices it will be shipping in 2014, with a budget smartphone. The Galaxy Core Advance follows on from the original Galaxy Core and the oddly-named Galaxy Core Plus, offering a 4.7-inch 800x480-resolution TFT display along with a row of physical keys on the front bottom edge, a departure from the software-based or touch-sensitive keys used on typical Android devices.

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Samsung attempts to silence YouTube complaint of Galaxy S4 fire, fails

12/09, 7:33pm

Settlement offer includes comprehensive gag order preventing follow-up

Following a fire that severely damaged a YouTube user's Samsung Galaxy S4, the user -- known as "Ghostlyrich" -- posted a video complaining about the defect and potential danger. The Korean manufacturer, in a reply, demanded proof that the device was damaged in the manner that the user reported, prior to any replacement or repair offer being made. "Ghostlyrich" uploaded a second video in response showing the damage, with a melted case and visibly damaged internal hardware. In a settlement offer mailed to the user, Samsung demanded the video be removed before it would send out a replacement, with other extreme terms for settling the case.

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Samsung rumored to launch Galaxy Grand Lite in early 2014

12/01, 7:43pm

Third in Galaxy Grand range launch expected before Mobile World Congress

Samsung is not content with releasing an update to the Galaxy Grand, as the phone producer is working towards yet another version, according to a rumor. The Galaxy Grand Lite is said to be a mix between the original and the Galaxy Grand 2, launched earlier this week, and though it will have relatively similar specifications, the major change will be a 5-megapixel camera instead of the 8-megapixel version used previously.

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Giveaway: PureGear Utilitarian case

11/27, 3:46pm

Giveaway: PureGear Utilitarian case

This week MacNN and Electronista are getting into the holiday spirit, and as such we are going to be giving away a lot of cool prizes from today through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the weekend in between. Be sure to check back often to get in on the action. First up, we are giving away three PureGear Utilitarian cases for iPhone 4/4S and 5, or Galaxy S III.

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Briefly: KitKat hits Google Play Galaxy S4 and HTC One, ChatON update

11/26, 10:51am

Android KitKat heads to Google Play editions of Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One

Updates for Android KitKat are heading to the Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. The two devices, running on stock Android instead of the Sense or TouchWiz versions provided by HTC and Samsung respectively, will start receiving over-the-air updates from today onwards, upgrading the devices to Android version 4.4.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 improves resolution, processor, screen size

11/25, 5:37am

Samsung shaves close to 1mm off thickness for upgraded Galaxy Grand

Samsung has unveiled an update to its Galaxy Grand, one which increases the size and the resolution of the original. The Galaxy Grand 2 sports a 5.25-inch display instead of a five-inch version, with the predecessor's 800x480 resolution enlarged to 720x1280, along with considerably upgraded internal specifications and a body that has gone from a thickness of 9.6mm (0.38 inches) to 8.9mm (0.35 inches).

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Samsung claims Galaxy Gear sales passed 800,000 since launch

11/19, 6:05am

Separate reports suggest lower sales, shipment figures

The Samsung Galaxy Gear has sold more than 800,000 units since its September launch, according to the company. The revealed sales figures comes after recent reports claiming that the number of Galaxy Gear devices being used by consumers is closer to 50,000 units, something that Samsung feels the need to correct.

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Samsung updates Galaxy Core in Taiwan with less RAM, storage

11/13, 12:56pm

Samsung Galaxy Core Plus launches quietly in Taiwan

Samsung has launched an updated version of an entry-level smartphone, one that has surfaced with little fanfare. The Galaxy Core Plus, launched in Taiwan, takes after the Galaxy Core by offering a 4.3-inch, 800x480-resolution display with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a five-megapixel camera, though some aspects have apparently been downgraded.

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Samsung offering up to $600 in perks for new Galaxy tablet buyers

11/07, 5:08pm

Samsung offering Google Play credit, Hulu Plus as perks

Samsung is offering a range of digital perks to entice consumers into picking up its newest Android tablets, with owners of qualifying devices being able to cash in on up to $600 worth of incentives. The South Korean tech giant has posted a page detailing potential bonuses available to users registering a new Samsung tablet. All of the tablets and devices eligible for the promotion were released over the course of 2013.

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Samsung Galaxy NX reaches FCC with AT&T LTE support

10/29, 1:03pm

Galaxy NX mirrorless camera heads closer to US release

The Samsung Galaxy NX has been spotted passing through the FCC with support for AT&T's LTE and HSPA mobile networks. The filing strongly suggests that Samsung's Android-based mirrorless camera, one that it launched in June, will be making its way to the United States with its cellular network connection intact.

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Samsung's Galaxy Gear said to have 30 percent return rate

10/25, 4:29pm

Samsung smartwatch apparently not going over well

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch may have a return rate as high as 30 percent at Best Buy, according to a leaked internal document from the popular electronics retailer. Geek.com acquired the document, which solicits opinions from on-site Samsung staff as to why customers may be returning the device. The document also gives exact dates for when Gear compatibility will expand to other Samsung devices.

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Samsung apologizes to Chinese users over phone malfunction reports

10/24, 3:31pm

Galaxy S3, Note 2 said to contain faulty memory chips

Samsung has issued a public apology to Chinese consumers, responding to a critical report that recently aired on China's state TV. The China Central Television program reportedly named seven devices, including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 handsets, that are allegedly prone to crashing as many as 30 times a day due to malfunctioning memory chips and firmware problems.

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