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Samsung is a technology conglomerate based out of South Korea that is responsible for some of the most popular smartphones in the world, including the Galaxy S and Galaxy A series devices. Beyond smartphones, Samsung also manufactures and sells laptops, wearables, home appliances, and more.

The company was founded in 1938 as a trading company dealing with local produce, fish, noodles, and more. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Samsung entered the electronics business with its first product, a black and white television. In the 1990s, the company expanded its electronics efforts by producing displays and chips for processing and storage, core components of the business today. In the 2000s, the company established itself as a big player in cell phones, which later evolved into the Samsung Galaxy smartphone lineup.

Off the back of successful feature phones, Samsung quickly became a dominant player in the smartphone industry. The original Galaxy device was launched in 2009, which ran Android 1.5 “Cupcake” out of the box. Just a year later, the “Galaxy S” brand made its debut, selling 24 million units of its original model and 40 million of its sequel. The Galaxy S III was its first massive hit, though, selling 70 million devices starting in 2012. The success of that mainstream flagship propelled Samsung to be a major player in the premium smartphone market. Today, the Galaxy S21 series is the company’s main offering starting at $799, but the high-end Galaxy S21 Ultra pushes boundaries with more raw power and a better camera system that’s one of the best available today.

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The flagship market is only a fraction of the company’s total smartphone sales. It’s actually more affordable devices such as the Galaxy A series that really earn Samsung its spot in the industry. The Galaxy A series has produced some of the best-selling Android smartphones in the world for the past few years, for instance, with the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A51 both topping the charts in their respective release windows.

To say Samsung’s smartphones have been influential is an understatement, as the brand has produced some of the biggest trends in the industry. Most memorable is the rise of large-screen smartphones. In 2011, just two years into the rise of its Android-based Galaxy line, Samsung debuted the original Galaxy Note, which was ridiculed for its large 5.3-inch display. The phone went on to sell 10 million units and spawn nine popular sequels leading up to the Galaxy Note 20 series in 2020. In 2016, Samsung famously released the Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled due to batteries that were bursting and catching fire. The phone was discontinued, and fans ultimately had to wait until the Note 8 was released a year later. In 2021, Samsung reportedly canceled its Galaxy Note 21 series due to the ongoing chip shortage, a move that may spell trouble for the lineup as a whole.

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In 2019, Samsung announced its first foldable smartphone in the Galaxy Fold. The book-style foldable had high-end specs and an inner display that was far larger than what could traditionally fit in a pocket, but its launch was met with negativity as several early reviewers faced major issues with the inner display. The company opted to cancel the launch and redesign the product, relaunching it months later with several solutions. In 2020, the Galaxy Z Flip debuted with much better reception and solutions for problems that plagued the Fold, though with a new flip-phone style design. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 took those same ideas and applied them to the original design while improving the displays both inside and out.

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What other products does Samsung sell?

Beyond its extremely successful smartphones, Samsung sells a plethora of other products. There are TVs, home appliances, and more. The company also products and sells electrical components, AMOLED displays, and more to other companies.

Relating closely to its smartphones, though, are Samsung’s tablets, laptops, and smartwatches. Android tablets are fairly rare on the market, but the Galaxy Tab series has stuck around as an affordable option as well as a flagship one, the latter usually including support for DeX. The company also products laptops using both Microsoft’s Windows 10 and Google’s Chrome OS, the former linking to Galaxy phones using the “Your Phone” integration that is deeply built into One UI. Finally, the Galaxy Watch lineup has been one of the best options for an Android-compatible smartwatch, and each model pairs best with a Galaxy smartphone.

What Samsung smartphones have launched in 2021?

As the world’s largest smartphone maker, Samsung is known for launching dozens of different models every year. It’s a list that grows considerably throughout the year as flagships, mid-range, and entry-level devices launch in the US, Korea, Europe, India, and other major smartphone markets. Here’s a list of every device that’s launched in 2021 so far.

  • Galaxy S21
  • Galaxy S21+
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy A02s
  • Galaxy A12
  • Galaxy A32
  • Galaxy A52
  • Galaxy A72
  • Galaxy Quantum 2
  • Galaxy F02s
  • Galaxy F62
  • Galaxy F12
  • Galaxy F52 5G
  • Galaxy M02
  • Galaxy M02s
  • Galaxy M12
  • Galaxy M42 5G
  • Galaxy Quantum 2
  • Galaxy xCover 5

You can read more about Galaxy smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches in our cover below. We also publish reviews of most mainstream Samsung smartphones and other consumer products.

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How to install Google Assistant on your Galaxy Watch 4

It’s finally here. The long-awaited Google Assistant on the Galaxy Watch 4 has finally arrived and is ready for installation on our smartwatches. So how do you go about getting Google Assistant on Samsung’s latest wearable? This guide will take you through exactly how to install Google Assistant on the Galaxy Watch 4 and might help you out if Google Assistant isn’t connecting to your Galaxy Watch.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 gets Samsung’s Expert RAW camera app

Samsung’s flagship foldable is picking up a new camera update with the company’s Expert RAW app rolling out to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 today.

Just a day after Samsung announced the program, the first beta program for the Wear OS–based Galaxy Watch 4 is already showing up in the Samsung Members app – but with a couple of caveats.

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Samsung Stories May 24

Galaxy Z Fold 4 might just lessen the crease on Samsung’s foldable display

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series has produced some of the best foldable phones on the market today, but each one has had a display quirk that many have not been a fan of. However, it seems the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will finally work to address the “crease.”

Software is one of the best parts of the Galaxy Watch 4, with a messy but very functional mix of Samsung and Google’s strengths. Now, Samsung is looking at the next step for its Wear OS skin, “One UI Watch,” with a beta coming to the Galaxy Watch 4 in June.

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Samsung Stories May 20

While plaudits flowed for the Galaxy S22 Ultra — and rightly so — the Galaxy S22+ might be the best of the latest Samsung lineup due to its mix of form and feature set. With that in mind, this is our long-term review of the Galaxy S22+.

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Samsung Stories May 19

The May 2022 Android security update is rolling out now to these phones and tablets in Samsung’s wide-reaching lineup of Galaxy devices.

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It seems the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be shipping with a bigger battery, and a new leak all but confirms it’s going to be a bigger upgrade than some earlier leaks suggested.

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eSIM is a brilliant way to simplify cellular plans, but to say it’s underused is certainly an understatement. Today, though, Verizon-owned Visible is announcing support for eSIM on Android, with Google Pixel 6, Pixel 5, and several Samsung phones on the list.

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Samsung phones with UWB can unlock & start the new Genesis GV60 electric car

We’re slowly moving to a world where the traditional wallet and car keys are things of the past, and everything is handled by your smartphone. This week, Hyundai’s Genesis brand launched the GV60 electric vehicle, and it can be unlocked and started using Samsung smartphones with UWB.

Samsung has updated these devices to Android 12

Android 12 is still a very new version of the platform, but Samsung is launching the update for its Galaxy devices less than a month after Google’s own Pixel phones. More devices will be updated over the coming months, and Samsung has confirmed a preliminary list of devices that will be updated.

Samsung Stories May 17

After running on its own Tizen operating system for the better part of a decade for smartwatches, Samsung finally embraced Google’s Wear OS last year. However, a clever developer has been able to install Wear OS on the Gear S3, Samsung’s 2016 smartwatch.

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Samsung Stories May 16

Samsung’s dedicated chip for Galaxy phones may not arrive until 2025

Google’s switch to Tensor in the Pixel 6 has seemingly sent waves through the rest of the Android market. Earlier this year, Samsung executives announced plans for a chip dedicated to the company’s Galaxy smartphones, but it seems that won’t actually arrive for a few years.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is quickly shaping up to be a sizeable upgrade to Samsung’s flagship foldable, and that primarily comes from the camera. According to a new report, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will even best one of the telephoto lenses on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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Samsung Stories May 14

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is shaping up to be a pretty exciting Wear OS release, and now it appears it’s also going to bring some stronger materials. According to a reliable tipster, Samsung is set to deliver sapphire glass and a titanium build on the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

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Samsung Stories May 12

On Android, there are dozens of fitness apps you can use to track your steps, goals, and exercises throughout the day. Google’s new Health Connect app promises to sync fitness data from various Android apps including Fitbit, Samsung Health, and more.

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Samsung Stories May 11

With its one-year anniversary approaching, the Galaxy Watch 4 is finally getting an actual timeline for one of its most anticipated features. Google Assistant is officially getting a release date on the Galaxy Watch 4 this summer.

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Just a few hours after the Galaxy Z Fold 4 leaked, we’re now getting a first look at the Galaxy Z Flip 4 design, which seems to be mostly unchanged.

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While we’re likely still a few months away from the debut of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, a plethora of leaks have come out in recent weeks. Today, we’re given our first look at the design of the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

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Samsung Stories May 10

The Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S21 Ultra share one of the best camera arrays you can find on any smartphone today, but it seems Samsung is ready to change things up on the next generation. According to a new report, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will offer a 200MP camera sensor.

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Samsung Stories May 9

Samsung’s next foldable lineup is set to bring some welcome new tweaks to the Fold and Flip, and details have been slowly coming out over the past few months. This week, a few new leaks around the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 offer context around the battery size, displays, and the somewhat limited charging speeds.

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Samsung Stories May 5

The Galaxy Watch 5 series is set to debut in the coming months and some recent rumors suggested that a “Pro” model was on its way. Now, another leak supports the existence of the Galaxy Watch 5 “Pro,” and clears up the branding that Samsung will use.

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Samsung Stories May 4

Samsung is rolling out another new update for the Galaxy Watch 4 with May security patch

Keeping up its unofficial schedule of releasing roughly one update each month, Samsung has just released another new update for the Galaxy Watch 4 that delivers the May 2022 security patch and more.

Samsung has unveiled its next-generation UFS 4.0 storage, which touts improved data transfer speeds and power efficiency gains over UFS 3.1.

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Samsung Stories May 2

Galaxy Watch 5 might not offer body temperature measurements after all

In the world of Wear OS, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 offers one of the most complete experiences for health and fitness tracking. Earlier this year, it was expected that the Galaxy Watch 5 would build on that package with body temperature measurements, but it seems that might not work out.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 turned out to be a huge success for Samsung’s foldable lineup when it debuted last year, but it came with the sour note of poor battery life. With the Galaxy Z Flip 4, it seems Samsung will address those battery woes with a slightly bigger cell.

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Samsung Stories April 28

Samsung April 2022 security update is now rolling out for these Galaxy devices

Continuing the stellar efforts in recent months, Samsung is now rolling out the April 2022 security update to selected Galaxy devices. Here’s every device that has been updated so far.

Samsung Stories April 26

[Update: Sold-out] Samsung unveils limited Pokémon Edition Galaxy Z Flip 3

Not content with partnering with the Olympics, BTS, Thom Browne, and numerous other global brands, Samsung is now joining forces with Gamefreak for a limited Pokémon Edition Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Samsung Stories April 25

The Galaxy Watch 4 from Samsung has been confirmed to be receiving the ability to use Google Assistant natively for some time now, though Google has said it has “nothing to share at this time” about the update. However, a full 15-second video ad has surfaced from one of Samsung’s YouTube channels showcasing the Galaxy Watch 4 using Google Assistant in all its glory.

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Samsung Stories April 22

As the foldable market gets more competitive, Samsung will need to improve its own offering. According to a couple of new reports, Samsung is planning to have a wider screen for the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but it won’t have better battery life from the looks of it.

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Samsung still has the only smartwatch running the new Wear OS 3 that it worked with Google to build out. According to a new report, Samsung is prepping to double down on that with the Galaxy Watch 5 series, which will include a new Wear OS skin, as well as the removal of the “Classic” design.

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Outside of the US, the affordable Android market is more competitive than ever. The latest such device to launch exclusively in India is the Samsung Galaxy M53.

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Samsung Stories April 21

Samsung debuts sustainably sourced Galaxy S21 cases and Galaxy Watch 4 bands for Earth Day

As Earth Day approaches, Samsung has debuted a new batch of accessories that are sustainably developed with Sean Wotherspoon for the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Watch 4.

Samsung Stories April 20

Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market as Q1 2022 numbers drop

The smartphone industry has certainly hit a plateau, and in Q1 2022, numbers are actively dropping. However, despite overall market failings, Samsung and Apple are continuing to eat up the majority of the market.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 will reportedly pick up the 108MP camera from Galaxy S22 Ultra [U]

Samsung’s foldable lineup has grown a lot over the past few years, with the third time truly being the charm. However, there’s a lot to get excited about with the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4, and it seems that includes a big camera update, as well as hinge tweaks.

Samsung Stories April 18

Galaxy Watch 4 users in Canada getting ECG and BP features

More often than not, some regions are left out regarding important and cutting-edge features. In this instance, Galaxy Watch 4 owners in Canada haven’t had the ability to use the smartwatch’s ECG and blood pressure monitoring tools, that is, until now. Users in Canada are finally reporting full ECG and BP capabilities on their devices.

Samsung Stories April 15

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 probably won’t come with S Pen storage after all [U]

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is one of the first foldables that has the durability to make it a real option, and support for the S Pen just made the miniature tablet even better. Now, Samsung is rumored to double down on the S Pen by adding a silo to the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

Buying a slightly older phone is a good way to save some money, but if you’re not comfortable buying from a private seller, Samsung is now selling refurbished versions of the Galaxy S21 lineup with solid discounts.

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Samsung Stories April 12

Samsung says Digital Car Key support is now available on more Genesis, BMW, and Kia vehicles

Smartphone makers have been working on the ability to unlock your car with nothing more than a smartphone, and Samsung has helped lead the charge on the Android side of things. Now, it appears that the list of supported Digital Car Key vehicles has been expanded with new vehicles from Genesis and Kia.

Samsung Stories April 11

Expert RAW 1.0.01 update for Galaxy devices improves low light performance

Now officially available for selected Samsung Galaxy devices, the Expert RAW 1.0.01 update is rolling out with improvements for low light performance when using the camera application.

Samsung Stories April 8

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 series has proved to be a hit, but the battery life was one of the least satisfying parts of the lineup. Apparently, that’s something Samsung is preparing to solve with the “Galaxy Watch 5 Pro,” which would have a 60% larger battery.

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Android 12L comes to Galaxy S5 via unofficial LineageOS 19.1 port

Another week, another unofficial port of LineageOS 19.1 adding support for practically ancient smartphones. This time it’s the turn of the Samsung Galaxy S5, which is getting the very latest build of Android 12L courtesy of an unofficial build of the popular third-party ROM.

Samsung Stories April 7

We’re still a few months out from the debut of Samsung’s next generation of foldables, but information is slowly coming out regarding the new devices. Today, a new report claims that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 will both ship with the same side-mounted fingerprint sensor as past generations.

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Some Samsung apps can’t be updated through the Play Store: Here’s how to do it

Samsung’s Galaxy phones are undoubtedly winners. In fact, they make up the majority of Android phones in use. But even though they run Android, there are a few apps that can’t be updated through the Google Play Store. Follow along to learn how to update certain Samsung apps.

Samsung has done a great job speeding up the release of new Android versions of its flagship phones, and it seems things are scheduled to kick off even faster with the launch of Android 13.

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Samsung Stories April 6

Samsung ‘expected’ to adopt MediaTek chips in Galaxy S22 FE and Galaxy S23 in some regions

Samsung’s Fan Edition series was a hit on debut, and while the latest model was delayed heavily, it still turned out to be a great device. Now, it seems the series is set for another shake-up, with the Galaxy S22 FE rumored to use a chipset from MediaTek, a choice that might even expand to the Galaxy S23 later.

The past year has shaken up the mobile industry a bit when it comes to the chips in some of the most popular smartphones, starting with Google’s Pixel 6 taking on its own Tensor chip. Now, Samsung says that it is working on a chipset “unique” to Galaxy smartphones.

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Samsung Stories April 5

Samsung March 2022 security update is now rolling out for these Galaxy devices

Samsung is now rolling out the latest March 2022 Android security update, including One UI 4.1 for some devices, to its massive lineup of Galaxy devices.

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