Constant rivals Samsung and LG both brought smartphones with curved displays to market in South Korea in the same month, once again giving us the opportunity to compare two approaches to a new category side-by-side -- and declare a winner.
On the one side there's the Samsung Galaxy Round, the first of the two to come to market. This 5.7-inch Android 4.3 smartphone curves from edge to edge, but otherwise remains rigid.
Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on Samsung's bid to rule the world, on the many pieces of the Samsung Group, on TVs and appliances in a Q&A with co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon, and on how Samsung torture-tests its products.TOKYO -- I'm pretty sure my Tokyo cab driver didn't want to kill me, but if I believed Samsung's S Translate, he might have been thinking just that.
I decided to road-test Samsung's translation app during a recent trip to Japan. I know no Japanese (besides what you … Read more
Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on the many pieces of Samsung Group's empire, on road-testing Samsung's S Translate app, on TVs and appliances in a Q&A with co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon, and on how Samsung torture-tests its products.SEOUL, South Korea -- "It sounded like a toilet."
Samsung Electronics sound designer Myoung-woo Nam is describing the not-quite-right noise his team created for the Galaxy S3, at least initially. Here, in a dimly lit room on the eighth floor of a Samsung skyscraper, in the heart of Seoul's … Read more
With its bowed screen and back, it's tempting to think of Samsung's scooped-out Galaxy Round as pure gimmick, a unique first-to-market form factor to tack onto a one-off model just to showcase the bent AMOLED display technology that Samsung's been working on for so many years. That, though, would be a mistake. I was surprised at how much I liked the feel of the Round's curvy dimensions, which make it the most comfortable phone that's ever cupped my ear, hand, and pockets. The screen shape has some added viewing benefits as well.
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Samsung rumors run rampant in this week's episode.
First, insiders are predicting that a "lite" version of the giant Note 3 could be released early next year. And, not even a year after the Samsung Galaxy S4 dropped, Sammy could already be gearing up to release the Galaxy S5. And this time, it might have a more-premium feel.
The biggest news this week, though, is the rumor that YouTube is working on a subscription-based service called "Music Pass." Imagine ad-free YouTubing. Sounds good to me.
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Some pretty crazy specs for a mysterious new Samsung phone have shown up in benchmark results over at GFXBench, leading much of the Internet to wonder if the handheld in question could be the successor to the Galaxy S4.
Rumors have already started to flow about an upcoming Galaxy S5, including word of a unibody metal design, a 16-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, and perhaps even an accelerated release schedule that could place the new Android flagship as little as two to three months away.
If the new benchmarks are real, and the model in question really is the Galaxy S5 -- both certainly "ifs" at this point -- then we have a little better picture of the heft of this phone.… Read more
The Samsung Galaxy S5 may be among five smartphones announced in the first quarter of 2014, reports ETNews (translated). While this is but one report, and from a not-always accurate source, the rumor dovetails with recent rumblings.
But, with new information coming in almost daily, it feels as if the device is almost ready for takeoff.
Google's Android ecosystem will be breathing down Apple's neck in 2014, according to IDC, which offered predictions for 2014.
Google Play/Android downloads and revenues "are making dramatic gains and the app ecosystem value gap will be significantly narrowed" with Apple in 2014, according to IDC. That was one of the predictions published Tuesday, among a bevy of predictions for 2014.
Here's what IDC said:
The mobile device onslaught will continue in 2014 with sales of tablets growing by 18% and smartphones by 12%. The Android community, led by Samsung, will maintain its volume advantage … Read more
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature a metal unibody design when it debuts in 2014, according to Japanese Web site EMSOne.
Rumors have been circulating for months regarding the design of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. The most recent dish suggests that the S5 might be offered in two versions: the traditional plastic design, and a metal body.
According to newly discovered details, Samsung may go strictly premium for the next-generation Galaxy S. Reportedly, Samsung has tapped Taiwanese parts supplier Catcher with the task of creating between 10 million and 30 million unibody metal cases. China's BYD and Taiwan'… Read more