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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.

Samsung Stories Today

In recent years, Samsung has become well known for updating their wide lineup of Android devices — from budget phones to luxury foldables — to the latest security update in a timely manner. Here’s every phone and tablet that Samsung has updated with the July 2022 security patch.

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Samsung Stories July 4

Samsung has been in a bit of a smartphone slump over the past few years, but it seems the company is on track for a big improvement this year. According to a projection, Samsung is on track to hit around 11 million Galaxy S22 Ultra sales this year, making it the most popular Galaxy Note device in at least five years.

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Samsung Stories July 3

The Google-Samsung relationship has improved a great deal in recent years with the latter often appearing at the former’s keynotes, while there have been joint ad campaigns. The latest highlights a slew of Google services running on Samsung hardware.

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Samsung Stories July 1

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.

Following two releases in June, One UI Watch 4.5 beta 3 is now available to address several Galaxy Watch 4 bugs, while a more official — and presumably final — look at Samsung’s Wear OS 3.5 update has emerged. 

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Samsung June 2022 update is now rolling out for these Galaxy devices

Since the turn of 2022, Samsung has offered super prompt updates for its Galaxy series handsets, but just how is the Korean giant handling the June security patch update? Here’s every device currently updated.

Samsung Stories June 30

Earlier this year Samsung announced that it would release a “Gaming Hub” on its Tizen-based smart TVs, and now that feature is coming to life with support for cloud gaming through Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now at launch.

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Samsung starts production on 3nm chips ahead of TSMC, claims 45% reduction in power consumption

Samsung’s chip business has just announced a new milestone, with production on 3nm chips starting with a big reduction on power consumption.

Samsung has launched the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro as the latest addition to the Korean firm’s rugged Android smartphone lineup.

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Samsung Stories June 29

Foldable smartphones have come a long way in a very short time, but they still cost a lot. According to a new report, though, Samsung is working to release a foldable for under $800 within the next two years.

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Samsung Stories June 27

Galaxy S23 rumored to skip any major upgrades to the telephoto camera

According to a new report, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 series won’t see any big upgrades to the telephoto camera systems, suggesting not much will change in the camera department.

Samsung has never been shy when it comes to whimsical collaborations with other brands, and this week the company is revealing a new partnership. Samsung and Starbucks have teamed up to make cases for Galaxy devices, including an adorable coffee much case for the Galaxy Buds 2.

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Samsung Stories June 23

Samsung unveils another 200MP camera sensor; don’t expect it in the Galaxy S23 Ultra

Our smartphone cameras continue to get better and better, and Samsung is once again pushing the envelope. This week, Samsung announced a new 200MP camera sensor, but we don’t expect it to show up in a Galaxy device anytime soon.

Android 13 beta seems to be right around the corner for Samsung Galaxy S22 series

Google has yet to finalize Android 13, but it seems more updates are coming up quick. Some new evidence points to the Android 13 beta coming soon for the Samsung Galaxy S22 series.

Samsung Stories June 22

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 was a great device on the whole, and it was also a pretty good value. Now, we’re getting our first hint at the price Samsung is asking for the Galaxy Watch 5, and it suggests a slight increase.

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Samsung Stories June 21

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 was Samsung’s big hit in foldables last year, and it sounds like the company is putting even more behind its sequel. According to a new report, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will include more color options for buyers to pick from.

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Samsung Wallet will merge your ID, car key, credit cards, and more, now available for download [U]

As we’re on the verge of Google’s revamp of Wallet, Samsung is doing the same. After months of teasing, Samsung Wallet is official as the merger of Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass, and the home of your ID, car keys, credit cards, and much more.

Update: Samsung Wallet is now available on the Galaxy Store, see below.

Samsung Stories June 20

Even though the Fold 4 is right around the corner, Samsung is currently offering up a bonus for anyone interested in buying a Galaxy Z Fold 3, with enhanced trade-in credits of up to $1,200 and a free smartwatch.

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Samsung Pay for smartwatches has stopped working if you don’t have a Galaxy phone

Mobile payments are especially convenient when you don’t even have to pull out your phone, but for some Samsung smartwatch owners, Samsung Pay is currently broken.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 stands to be a considerable update to the device, and one of its best additions could come from a smaller crease on the inner display. Now, we have an idea of what that might look like.

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Galaxy Watch 4 gets its second One UI Watch 4.5 beta update

Samsung opened up the very first beta program for its Galaxy Watch 4 series earlier this month, and now we’re already getting another patch. The second beta update for One UI Watch 4.5 is already headed to Galaxy Watch 4 owners.

Samsung Stories June 17

As the smartwatch has passed through the FCC this week, we’re learning that Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 series will have effectively doubled its charging speed, now supporting 10W speeds.

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Samsung Stories June 16

The latest leak for the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro gives us a better idea of what colors and sizes Samsung’s next smartwatches will be available in at launch.

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Samsung Stories June 15

In 2020 Samsung debuted the “Fan Edition” series as a middle ground between the affordable A-Series devices and the flagship Galaxy S lineup. But with just two generations under its belt, it sounds like Samsung will be saying goodbye to the Galaxy S FE series.

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Samsung Stories June 14

We’ve all broken a screen at some point or another, and it’s not a particularly cheap fix. For a limited time, though, Samsung will repair a cracked screen on a Galaxy smartphone for just $50.

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Samsung Stories June 13

Samsung appears to be adopting Android 12L with its next One UI update

Android 13 is in development for Samsung, but it seems the company is finally ready to adopt Android 12L as the underlying base of its One UI skin.

Samsung Stories June 11

Samsung’s next batch of foldable smartphones is right around the corner, and this weekend, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 has leaked in its first real-life shots.

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Samsung Stories June 9

Multitasking is one of the best reasons to buy a foldable phone, especially Samsung’s Galaxy Fold lineup, and it seems that’s going to get even better, as there’s apparently a new feature in the works.

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Samsung Stories June 8

Samsung’s skin for Android 13, One UI 5.0, reportedly brings better animations

While Android 13 just now hit platform stability, a few months out from its formal launch, Samsung is working on its own take on the update behind the scenes. One UI 5.0 will be Samsung’s take on Android 13 and, according to a new report, it will bring improvement to animations, among other changes.

Samsung’s foldable smartphones are premium devices, and it seems the next generation will be doubling down on that with more storage. According to a new report, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 will double their storage offerings.

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Samsung Stories June 7

Samsung moves the last of the Galaxy S10 series to slower update schedule

The Galaxy S10 series launched in 2019, but was just outside of the window for Samsung’s expanded update schedule. Now, the last of the Galaxy S10 series, the 5G model, is moving to a slower update schedule.

Samsung Stories June 3

Samsung’s popular Galaxy Z Flip is apparently set to see some big improvements with its next release. According to a reliable tipster, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will follow the path of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in slimming down its display crease and using a new hinge.

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Samsung Stories June 2

Rumors have been spreading about Samsung’s next-generation smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, and about how Samsung might be removing the rotating bezel. Thanks to a new Samsung Health update, we get to see the official names of the watch and hints at the Classic model going away.

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Galaxy Watch 4 owners can now install Samsung’s newest One UI Watch beta for the smartwatch, but only if they’ve signed up previously. This new beta showcases the next Wear OS generation for Samsung’s wearable and might have some cool new improvements up its sleeve, but Samsung has already closed off sign-ups for the beta program.

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Following yesterday’s availability of the Galaxy Watch 4 beta app, Samsung has released the OTA and changelog for One Ul Watch 4.5 to testers.

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Samsung Stories June 1

We still don’t know a ton about Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5, but there’s plenty of room for improvements over last year’s Galaxy Watch 4. It doesn’t seem, though, that we’ll see much of a difference with the Galaxy Watch 5 charger.

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A day ahead of the big launch, Samsung is rolling out the app needed for the Galaxy Watch 4 beta program, but the final step has yet to surface.

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Samsung Stories May 31

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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Samsung’s Wear OS switch boosts market share to over 10%, as Fitbit shrinks

According to the latest data on wearables, Samsung’s market share has grown significantly since switching the Galaxy watch series to Wear OS. Meanwhile, Fitbit has seen a dip since being acquired by Google.

Samsung has had one iconic design feature for the better part of a decade now, with its rotating bezel. However, it seems that may finally be coming to an end, as the Galaxy Watch 5 series is apparently set to do away with the rotating bezel entirely.

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Samsung Stories May 30

The super-expensive Galaxy Fold series has put out some of the best foldables on the market, but not because of a focus on the spec sheet. Today, a nearly complete Galaxy Z Fold 4 specs list has come out and left some underwhelmed, but it makes more sense when you look at the bigger picture.

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Samsung Stories May 27

Samsung will reportedly produce 30 million fewer smartphones this year

Samsung is the biggest smartphone manufacturer on the planet, but it’s not immune to the pressure that the entire market has been feeling. A new report this week claims that Samsung is preparing to cut its production forecasts, with as many as 30 million fewer smartphones produced in 2022.

Samsung Stories May 26

The Galaxy Watch 4 is still, for now, the best smartwatch for Android users. With Wear OS on board, it serves almost every Android users well, whether they’re using a Samsung Galaxy phone, a Pixel, or others. But it’s still very much a Samsung-first smartwatch, and Samsung’s priorities taking the lead. One of the most frustrating things about the Galaxy Watch 4 is that its second button, now almost a year later, is still virtually useless.

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Samsung Stories May 25

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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