It's way too early to get excited about a product that was just announced -- and that I've barely had much time to play with. But Samsung's latest wearable, the Gear Fit, marks a territory that has been emerging since CES in January: half fitness band, half smartwatch, the little, curved-screen device looks like it's trying to be both a Pebble and a Fitbit; to have its wearable cake and eat it, too.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Samsung didn't shed many details about the fingerprint scanner on its new Galaxy S5 smartphone, but I had a chance to set up and use the security feature here at the show.
First, the basics. Samsung's sensor is on the bottom portion of the screen, not integrated into the home button as I originally thought. To unlock the phone with your finger, you swipe along the glowing path about half an inch from the bottom of the phone, going down and over the home button.
Setup took just a few minutes, after swiping my finger … Read more
As the Galaxy S5 enters officialdom, Samsung is the biggest smartphone maker in the world -- presiding over an indomitable gadget kingdom. But how did a company best known for Blu-ray players and TVs become the all-eclipsing superpower it is today? In this special episode of Adventures in Tech, we explain the Galaxy strategy, and tell the story of how Samsung forged its Galactic gadget empire. Press play now.
Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone on Monday and it's full of bells and whistles, like a bigger display, improved camera, and built-in fingerprint sensor.
By no means is Samsung the first smartphone maker to debut fingerprint authentication, but it has done something different -- the Galaxy S5's sensor will also act as password protection for PayPal payments.
Samsung and PayPal announced Monday that they've partnered on the Galaxy S5 to let users pay for items password-free at all online and brick-and-mortar stores that accept PayPal. Users only need their fingerprint to buy goods.
This type … Read more
Every day, I try to keep up with which gadget manufacturer especially dislikes another.
I know that everyone mocks Apple because of its smugness and/or their own envy.
I also know that Microsoft thinks Google is stinkily hoodwinking the world's populations with its alleged Scroogley spying.
But here we are, with Samsung unveiling its latest testament to its largesse and largeness, and two rivals take to Twitter to sniff mightily in its face.
BARCELONA, Spain -- The Galaxy S5 may be Samsung's flashiest device of the year, but it won't be the only important one.
The Korean electronics giant on Monday unveiled its newest flagship phone with all -- or at least most -- of the bells and whistles that consumers have come to expect. The device, with a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor, is sure to attract plenty of buyers in developed markets like the US and Western Europe. However, it's the cheaper smartphones for emerging regions that could really make a big difference for Samsung this year.… Read more
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is an anticipated follow-up to the what the manufacturer toted as "The Next Best Thing" for months. While it's not a Samsung Galaxy S4 killer, it does offer a few fresh high-end features to set it apart from the rest.
Amongst the notable new perks are a fingerprint scanner and new dashboard with heart-rate monitor. The improved camera also boasts some new tricks, like HDR video and selective focusing..
Samsung fans will be able to buy Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 on April 11, the company announced Monday.
The phone, along with Samsung's new Gear devices, will be available in nearly 150 countries in April, Samsung Vice President of European Telecom Operations Jean-Daniel Ayme said onstage at Mobile World Congress.
Wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint said earlier that they will start offering the smartphone in April, but didn't reveal details on price and availability. Both carriers promised more information in "the coming weeks," according to press releases sent out Monday.
AT&T also confirmed … Read more
Monday morning, at a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung finally took the wraps off the much-anticipated Galaxy S5, its newest flagship smartphone.
Though it's not the major overhaul from the Galaxy S4 that we expected, the shiny new phone sports a sharp and bright 5.1-inch screen, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 16-megapixel camera. The device is also waterproof, inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active from 2013, and comes with a new fingerprint scanner similar to the iPhone 5S.
Samsung also gave the S5 a heart rate monitor, which … Read more