August 18, 2015

Galaxy Note 5 fares better than S6 in drop tests, but worse than iPhone 6 & HTC One M9 (Video)

If you’re eagerly awaiting the chance to get your hands on Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 5, a new PhoneBuff drop test suggests that – like the Galaxy S6 – you’ll either want to be confident you won’t drop it, or start looking for cases … 

August 14, 2015

Samsung showing 128GB Samsung S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 on website (Update: was a mistake)

Update: Samsung has informed The Verge that the listing of 128GB versions was a mistake, and that they do not have plans to sell either the Note 5 or S6 Edge+ with 128GB of storage. While Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 mentioned only 32GB and 64GB storage options, a number […]

July 10, 2015

WSJ: Samsung bringing Galaxy Note 5 launch forward to August, ahead of Apple

Samsung is planning to bring forward the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 from September to August, according to the WSJ. It’s believed the change in schedule is designed to get the device on sale ahead of Apple’s anticipated September launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which is likely to dominate tech media coverage that […]

November 20, 2014

Here’s a look at how Android 5.0 Lollipop might run on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen pre-release versions of Android 5.0 running on a Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5. Today, however, we’ll be taking a look at Google’s new mobile operating system on a Galaxy Note 3. Described as a rough draft of the Android 5.0, this alleged internal build of Lollipop for Samsung’s king-size […]

November 14, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 now supports Chromecast mirroring

We like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 very much indeed, but it has had one flaw: it didn’t support screen mirroring to ChromecastAndroid Police noticed that this has now been fixed.

Since TouchWiz doesn’t support the transient tile to initiate a screen cast, you’ll have to fire it up manually through the Chromecast app. To get things started, just pull out the navigation drawer, tap on Cast screen, and hit the Cast Screen button. If the button is missing and there’s a warning about there being no compatible devices, you can probably get everything on the right track by restarting your phone.

Sony’s Xperia Z3v, Z2 and Z2 Tablet were also added to the list of supported devices a couple of weeks ago.

Google recently revealed that Chromecast users have used the device a total of 650 million times, with over 10,000 apps in the pipeline. Showtime Anytime and Starz Play were the most recent additions to the platform, just a few days ago.

Reminder: Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge is available in the US from today, from $399.99

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on Samsung’s quirky variant on the Note 4, the Note Edge is available today from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular – as well as through the Samsung experience stores within Best Buy stores. Best Buy pricing starts at $399.99 on a new 2-year contract with AT&T, up to $1,599 for an unlocked model without contract.

While we found the device interesting during our hands-on test, the consensus view seems to be that the novelty of the wrap-around screen probably doesn’t justify the extra $100 over the standard Note 4, which our own Dom Esposito described as “the best phablet on the block.”

The Note Edge is also due to roll out in at least 22 other countries, though probably not until sometime next month.

October 28, 2014

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition now available from Samsung for $699

Samsung this evening has officially put the Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition for Verizon up for sale on its website. The device will set you back $699 off-contract, which when compared to other devices on the market, is not unreasonable at all.

October 23, 2014

Note 4 and Edge design choices as much about feel as look, says Samsung

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Explaining some of the design choices behind the recently-released Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, which Samsung dubs ‘Modern Sleek,’ the company said in a blog post that feel was as important as look.

Modern Sleek is not just about being modern, but also being warm and emotional. One thing the designers did not want to do was to use metal and give out the sense that the device is too hard and cold. That’s why the soft cover has a leather pattern – of the finest leather from Togo, which is considered to have one of the best feeling.

Feel was also key to the new S Pen, said the piece, involving changes to both hardware and software.

If you try out the S Pen of the Galaxy Note 4, you will definitely notice the difference. It will feel much smoother and more natural, just like handwriting. […] The designers tried using numbers of materials for the tip of the S Pen for the right feeling [and] it even recognizes how much the pen is tilted so that users can control the thickness of the writing.

Details like the curvature radius of the Edge were trickier than expected.

Finding the right curvature rate for the Edge Screen was one of the most challenging parts, [needing] to look clear from every angle [and] give the right sense of grip.

The video (in Korean with English subtitles) has a fairly cringeworthy fake interview style, but we can’t argue with the results.

October 17, 2014

On the fence about a Galaxy Note 4? Samsung has a small bribe for you …

If you were wondering whether or not to upgrade to a Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has just added a little sweetener: three months of free OnLive gaming (worth around $30), reports Engadget.

Samsung’s promotion is part of the Galaxy Gifts Package, a collection of free software from its own app store, and will give users access to titles from OnLive’s PlayPack bundle, such as Batman: Arkham City, Darksiders, Rogue Legacy and many more

The app you need is a free download from the Galaxy Apps store.

If you’ve currently got the Galaxy Note 3, our ultimate comparison video tells you everything you need to know about what you’ll get for the upgrade.

September 9, 2014

Android 4.4.4 rolling out for Xperia Z-series devices and Sprint model of Galaxy Note 3

Sony has confirmed in a tweet that it is rolling out the Android 4.4.4 update its older Z-series devices.

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Sony says there are “many improvements” in the upgrade, with better battery performance in background applications and improved email stability & performance singled out for particular note. The company recently unveiled the newest incarnations in the line, the Z3 and Z3 Compact.

SamMobile also notes that Galaxy Note 3 owners on the Sprint network should also receive a 4.4.4 update today.

The Android 4.4.4 update will bring international Wi-Fi calling, version 2.0 of KNOX, and the Kids Mode feature that debuted on the Galaxy S5, along with bug fixes and security patches from Google.

Samsung of course recently launched the Quad HD Galaxy Note 4.

August 25, 2014

Samsung posts second ‘Ready to note’ teaser video ahead of next week’s launch of Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung Mobile has posted to its YouTube channel a second teaser video for the Galaxy Note 4, due to be launched on 3rd September at IFA in Berlin, with satellite events in New York and Beijing. Both videos highlight the S Pen that sets it apart from other tablets.

The first video focused on the concept of saving handwriting from being a lost art, while this new one showcases some of the other uses of the pen, from annotating maps through playing games, editing photos to typing on a keyboard.

If an early posting on an Indonesian retail site is genuine, the Note 4 will have a 5.7-inch 1440×2560 Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon 805 (with a second version substituting an Exynos 5433) and 4GB of RAM. A separate report says that it will have a 16MP camera with a capacitive touch shutter button.

We’ll find out for sure in nine days on 3rd September.

August 12, 2014

Alleged image of Samsung’s virtual reality headset leaks ahead of expected IFA debut

Just a few weeks ahead of IFA in Berlin, an alleged image of Samsung’s virtually reality headset has been leaked. According to The Verge, Samsung is set to unveil this headset, alongside the Galaxy Note 4, at its Unpacked event in Berlin next month. The report claims that the headset, codenamed Project Moonlight, is similar […]

August 5, 2014

LG leaks G3 Stylus in promo video, looks set to take on Samsung’s Galaxy Note

LG’s flagship smartphone the LG G3 appears set to take on Samsung’s Galaxy Note series as an official promotional video just leaked a second variant, the G3 Stylus. Appearing right at the end of the video, we learn nothing more about the device other than its name and the fact that, yep, you’d never guess, it has […]

July 31, 2014

T-Mobile’s VoLTE service rolls out nationwide following Seattle launch

T-Mobile announced during its earnings report that it has now completed its US roll-out of its Voice over LTE service after its launch in Seattle back in May and expansion to 16 markets last month.

With more than 8 million VoLTE-capable devices on the T-Mobile network, our customers have made over 52 million crystal-clear VoLTE calls to date.

VoLTE offers faster call setup and better audio quality during calls through HD Voice, as well as the ability to switch seamlessly between voice and video calls. It’s supported by a limited number of handsets at present, with the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Light and LG’s G Flex among them, but is likely to become a standard feature over time. Verizon has also announced that it will be launching its own VoLTE service nationwide later in the year.

T-Mobile also noted that JD Power just ranked T-Mobile the highest in customer service among the top four major U.S. wireless providers, AT&T taking second place, Verizon third and Sprint Nextel fourth.

July 18, 2014

WQHD display and fingerprint sensor tipped for the Note 4 in latest leak

Leaker @evleaks this morning posted a tweet featuring some interesting APKs from the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 that reveals information about its hardware and software. The list includes the usual suspects, such as S Health, S Music, and Samsung Link software, but two of the APKs might pique your interest. “SStudio_WQHD_K.apk” implies the new phablet […]

April 4, 2014

White House complains after Samsung retweets Obama/Ortiz selfie [Video]

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The White House has complained about Samsung retweeting a selfie Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz took with President Obama on his Galaxy Note 3.

Ortiz took the photo during a visit to the White House, and tweeted it. Samsung then retweeted it to its 5.2M followers, commenting that it was “thrilled to see the special, historic moment David Ortiz captured with his Galaxy Note 3.”

“I can say that as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes, and we certainly object in this case,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

ABC News claims that Ortiz was paid by Samsung to take the photo, a claim which Ortiz denies.

It wasn’t anything promotional or anything like that. I mean, who knows that you’re going to get a picture with the President, a selfie? You can’t guarantee that.

March 3, 2014

Samsung shows Galaxy S5 teaser ad during the Oscars, though record-breaking tweet likely worth more [Video]

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Don’t expect to learn anything new from it, as it’s just a teaser, but you can watch above the 30-second TV ad for the Samsung Galaxy S5 shown during the Oscars. The ad was clearly put together especially for the event, with an awards theme.

Samsung was one of the main sponsors of the award ceremony, but it was a tweeted photo taken by Ellen DeGeneres on a Galaxy Note 3 that probably generated the more valuable publicity for the company, with over 2.5M retweets.

Samsung announced its new flagship handset at Mobile World Congress last month. The water-resistant phone has a 5.1-inch full HD display, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 16MP main camera, heart-rate sensor and fingerprint scanner. Samsung has said that the phone will be on sale “by April.”

February 18, 2014

Samsung details which US Galaxy variants will get KitKat update

Samsung’s been rather quiet when it comes to its plans to update United States devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. Today, however, the company has finally detailed exactly which devices it plans to update to Android 4.4.2, although it still left out the specific “when” detail. Samsung says that it currently plans to update the entire […]

February 4, 2014

Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro tablets hitting the US from 13th Feb, but wifi-only for now

If you liked the look of the four new tablets Samsung announced at CES back in January, you don’t have long to wait until they go on sale – but for now, only the wifi models will be available, and the Tab Pro 12.2 won’t ship until next month, reports re/code. You can preorder the Wi-Fi-enabled […]

January 6, 2014

Flurry of new Samsung tablets expected to launch tonight as specs leak

Samsung has put up banners at CES for a new Galaxy Note PRO and Tab PRO, which it is expected to unveil tonight (photo courtesy of Engadget) – and thanks to leaked specs from the generally dependable @evleaks, we think we have a good idea what to expect. The leak suggests that four new models will be launched, […]

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