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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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T-Mobile CFO says Samsung devices are in ‘short supply,’ customers loved the Galaxy Note

The ongoing chip shortage has hurt countless companies, and Samsung hasn’t been shy when talking about feeling the effects, even saying it was a primary reason for skipping the Galaxy Note this year. Now, T-Mobile CFO Peter Osvaldik has put Samsung on blast over the short supply of devices and clear dissatisfaction over the lack of a Note.

Samsung September 2021 security update is now rolling out for these Galaxy devices

After years of Google taking the lead in rolling out security updates to their phones, Samsung has consistently been the one to debut a new month’s Android update in recent months. The September 2021 security update is no different, with Samsung having rolled out the upgrade to these Galaxy devices.

Galaxy Tab S7 update brings the handy ‘taskbar’ from the Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung is in the process of rolling out One UI 3.1.1 to its various smartphones and tablets, and it came with a bit of a surprise for the company’s current flagship tablet. Ported over from the latest foldable, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 now has a handy taskbar.

Samsung Stories September 17

Stadia gains official support for 11 more Samsung devices including Galaxy Tab series

Google Stadia has picked up support for 11 more Samsung devices today, including the Galaxy S21, Galaxy Tab series, and more.

Samsung Galaxy S22 specs: 50MP camera, AMD GPU, 45W charging, and more leaks

It may seem like the Galaxy S22 is a far-off launch, but it’s coming sooner than you think. While Samsung has yet to tease anything officially, there are plenty of leaks and rumors detailing what we can expect from the specs of the Galaxy S22 series. Here’s what we know.

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 tipped to feature the smallest screen since the Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S22 series is right around the corner and should come with some notable upgrades, but recent rumors have pointed to the battery being fairly small. As it turns out, that might not be a big deal as another leak is pointing to a much smaller screen on the base-model Galaxy S22.

Renders of an affordably focused Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 have given us a glimpse at the Android tablet for the very first time.

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Samsung Stories September 16

Samsung rumored to put a considerably smaller battery in the Galaxy S22

Powerful processors and screens have gotten much more efficient in recent years, but they still demand a hefty battery to offer the endurance most folks expect, which is why we usually see larger batteries each time a smartphone line is refreshed. For next year’s Galaxy S22, though, it sounds like Samsung might drop the battery capacity quite significantly.

Samsung Stories September 15

Android 12 is the biggest update to Android in years, and it’s one that’s highly anticipated by many. However, as suspected, it seems like a lot of the update’s best features and biggest changes might not go beyond Google. That’s shown pretty clearly by Samsung’s take on Android 12, which just debuted in beta this week.

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Samsung reveals its first Wear OS-powered ‘Golf Edition’ Galaxy Watch

Samsung’s smartwatch lineup has included a “Golf Edition” several times in the past, but this time is different. For the first time, Samsung is releasing a “Golf Edition” smartwatch using the Wear OS platform in its new Galaxy Watch 4.

We’re still a few months out from the debut of the Galaxy S22, but the lineup is shaping up to be a killer offering. On top of debuting Samsung’s GPU partnership with AMD, a new set of leaks claims that the Galaxy S22 will see an important camera update alongside some other spec updates.

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Samsung Stories September 14

High refresh rate screens are not a new trend, but after a couple of years of inexplicably avoiding the feature on its iPhone lineup, Apple has finally adopted the feature in the iPhone 13 Pro series. However, they’ve been preceded by dozens of phones in the Android camp, so let’s take a look at every Android device that had a 120Hz refresh rate before Apple’s iPhone.

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South Korea’s regulatory authority, The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), has handed down a ruling and fine regarding Google’s actions with Android, saying that Google’s contract preventing heavier Android skins are an abuse of the company’s dominant market position.

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How to install the Android 12 Beta on Samsung Galaxy S21

Android 12 hasn’t been officially released yet, but Samsung is opening the door for its beta program in several regions around the world. Now, the One UI 4.0 Beta with Android 12 is rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S21 users — here’s how to use it.

Samsung Stories September 13

Google still hasn’t released Android 12, but it seems that’s not slowing partners. Tonight, Samsung has announced that it will release its Android 12 beta in the US starting on September 14.

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Samsung Stories September 11

Samsung’s Android 12 beta was supposed to come out last week but has been delayed

Android 12 isn’t yet out on Pixel phones, but it is just around the corner. Apparently, Samsung was set to release its Android 12 beta last week, but the launch has now suffered a delay.

Samsung Stories September 10

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 4 bands use sustainable materials, including apple peels

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 ships with fairly run-of-the-mill bands, but the company has some neat ones coming in soon. Created in collaboration with Sami Miró Vintage, these new Galaxy Watch 4 bands have unique designs and are made from sustainable materials, including apple peels.

Samsung Stories September 9

Samsung brings its slideshow controller app to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung’s transition to Wear OS left behind a few apps on Tizen, but slowly, the transition is happening. This week, Samsung has quietly released its PPT Controller app for the Galaxy Watch 4 series.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 is now out on the market, and it’s getting its first update since landing on customer’s wrists. This week’s update is for the Galaxy Watch 4 specifically and delivers improved performance of the touch bezel.

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Samsung Stories September 7

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 can now control the Galaxy Buds connected to your phone

Samsung’s new Wear OS smartwatches are clearly designed to build on the company’s ecosystem, and a recent update is certainly helping out there. Now, Galaxy Watch 4 can control your Galaxy Buds when they’re paired to your phone and not just the watch.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 loses support for monthly software updates

With the lineup’s future in question now that Samsung’s priority seems to be in foldables, fans of Samsung’s Galaxy Note series are running out of places to go. This week, it seems that a beloved member of that family, the Galaxy Note 9, is one step closer to its end as Samsung has downgraded support for the device.

Samsung August 2021 security update is now rolling out for these Galaxy devices

Android updates are still not perfect, but we’re seeing things improve year over year. Samsung has accumulated a stellar update track record as of late and is now among the best in the business when it comes to rolling out prompt Android updates. Now, the company is rolling out the August 2021 security update to its Samsung Galaxy lineup. Here’s the full list.

Samsung Stories September 2

Galaxy Buds Pro update adds several Buds 2 ambient sound features

A new software update is bringing a slew of Galaxy Buds 2 features to the Galaxy Buds Pro, including ambient sound listening during calls, plus more.

Samsung has revealed the ISOCELL HP1, which is the world’s first 200-megapixel smartphone camera sensor.

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Samsung Stories August 31

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3, Flip 3 get a battery health toggle that limits charging to 85%

Samsung’s new foldable phones are picking up an option to extend battery health. On both the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3, a new toggle allows users to put a hard limit on charging.

Google is set to release Android 12’s stable build on Pixel phones sometime soon, but it seems Samsung will be closer than ever in starting its beta program. According to a new teaser, Samsung will release its first Android 12 build in September.

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Galaxy Watch 4 gets a ‘Walkie Talkie’ Wear OS app, doesn’t work on other devices

Samsung has a more complete smartwatch experience out of the box than any other Wear OS watch that’s ever hit the market, and now that it’s available for purchase, that experience is only expanding. This week, Samsung launched a new “Walkie Talkie” app for the Galaxy Watch 4 that’s now available for download.

Samsung is bringing its new foldable features to Galaxy Z Fold 2, Flip 5G w/ One UI 3.1.1

With its newest foldable smartphones, Samsung has introduced some genuinely useful new software features. Now, the company is bringing some of those features to its older Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Flip 5G with the One UI 3.1.1 update.

Report: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE production to start from next month

The ongoing saga of chip shortages and delayed releases has become a major narrative for tech throughout 2020 and 2021. According to a new report, the Galaxy S21 FE will suffer yet again with production scheduled for next month, while the Galaxy S22 could begin production from November ahead of a January 2022 launch.

Samsung Stories August 30

The first generation of foldable smartphones was infamous for durability problems, with the original Galaxy Fold being pulled before launch and redesigned due to some severe problems. A few years later, though, Samsung has come a remarkable way, even offering water resistance in new models. Now, a durability test is pushing the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to its limits, and it’s holding up well.

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Galaxy S21 FE name pops up at some retailers as date rumors are passed around

The chip shortage and other issues have caused problems for Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE, leaving the release date mostly unclear. Now, some fresh leaks and rumors are offering just a bit of clarity into the situation.

Samsung expands ECG and blood pressure on Galaxy Watch 3, 4, and Active to Australia

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch series handles smartwatch tasks well, but it’s also been strong when it comes to health tracking. For the past couple of years, Samsung has been making ECG and blood pressure checks available to Galaxy Watch owners, and now, that functionality is finally coming to Australia.

Samsung Stories August 29

Samsung has forgone the Galaxy Note series this year in favor of its foldables, specifically the Galaxy Z Fold 3. While there are arguments in either direction for why that’s a good thing or why it’s a bad thing, there’s one point I can say for certain — Samsung’s S Pen case for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a sad replacement for the Note’s legacy.

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Samsung Stories August 27

Foldable smartphones offer a lot of potential, but price has always been a prohibitive factor. For the first time, Samsung has dropped pricing considerably this generation, with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 coming in at $999. With a price that, frankly, is worth it, is there any reason to stick with a traditional smartphone?

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Samsung ends pre-order offers for Galaxy Z Fold 3, Flip 3, but you can still get a good deal

As of today, Samsung’s new foldables and smartwatches are officially available to customers. That means that Samsung has ended its pretty killer pre-order promos for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3, but it doesn’t mean the company is done offering deals.

Samsung’s Android 12 beta hinted at by app listing and uncovered build numbers

It should be obvious that Samsung is actively working on Android 12 behind the scenes, but it seems a beta release could come in the not-too-distant future according to some new evidence.

Samsung Stories August 26

Play Console listing confirms selected Galaxy S21 FE specifications

A Google Play Console listing has hinted at a few of the core specifications for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 FE including the chipset and RAM.

Samsung Stories August 25

Qualcomm is known for powering the brains of most Android smartphones in the US, but the company’s other major stronghold is in the modem used to give most smartphones, even iPhones, cellular connectivity. For Google’s upcoming Pixel 6, though, a new report adds further confirmation that Samsung will supply the 5G modem.

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Samsung delays some foldable, Galaxy Watch 4 pre-orders amid sudden popularity

After a few years of effort, Samsung’s foldable lineup is finally seeing popularity with pre-orders apparently far surpassing what most people expected. Now, it seems that the sudden popularity has Samsung looking at potential delays for its foldable phones and its new smartwatch.

Samsung Stories August 23

Foldable smartphones seem to be hitting their stride with the third generation, and Samsung is reaping the rewards. New pre-order data out of Korea claims that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are not just the most popular foldables yet, but also Samsung’s best-selling devices in almost two years.

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Samsung Stories August 20

Samsung’s foldable smartphones are all about their bigger, folding displays. With an entry cost that getting lower each year, these devices are getting more and more compelling. However, it’s worth noting that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 still cost quite a bit to repair.

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Samsung may want us to focus on the recently released Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, but leaked 3D renders of the upcoming Galaxy S21 FE might be of more interest.

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Samsung Stories August 18

You can buy truly wireless earbuds at just about any price point now, whether that’s super-premium options that cost well over $200 or super-affordable options that cost just $20. It’s the middle ground, though, which I find the most interesting. That’s where Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds 2 sit, and they accomplish their given task very well.

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Samsung discontinues its trusty Galaxy Buds Plus in favor of the Galaxy Buds 2

A new product generally means something older gets the boot, and that’s the case with Samsung’s latest earbuds. The new Galaxy Buds 2 are officially replacing the Galaxy Buds Plus, and Samsung has already stopped selling that popular model.

Galaxy smartphones are generally pretty great, even with the software in the conversation. However, Samsung’s One UI skin is full of annoying ads through notifications and in stock apps. Apparently, though, Samsung may be removing those ads in the not-too-distant future.

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Even though the dust has barely settled on the solid Galaxy A52, Samsung is now unveiling an upgrade in the guise of the Galaxy A52s — with some notable internal improvements.

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Samsung Stories August 16

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 is very clearly still a product that favors Galaxy smartphone owners, but it seems like the product is opening up a bit more compared to past generations. Not only does the Galaxy Watch 4 partially support charging from Google’s Pixel 5, but it even seems to work on some standard Qi charging pads.

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WhatsApp will soon be able to transfer messages between iPhone and Android [Update: rolling out]

WhatsApp made an appearance during Samsung’s Unpacked event, revealing that it would soon be possible to transfer messages between iOS and Android devices, starting with Samsung Galaxy phones.

Update: The ability to transfer messages has begun to roll out with the latest beta updates to WhatsApp.

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