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[I/O 2014] Numerous Enterprise-Related Security Enhancements Are Slated For The L Release, Including Samsung KNOX Integration
We’ve heard that Google intended to really make a push for greater corporate adoption with the L release, and the company touched on some of its plans in today’s keynote. It confirmed that Android will empower companies to separate personal data from work data using containers without outside companies having to apply additional code to their devices. Interestingly, this comes thanks in part to Samsung, which has contributed some of its KNOX code to the next version of Android.
[I/O 2014] Numerous Enterprise-Related Security Enhancements Are Slated For The L Release, Including Samsung KNOX Integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google I/O has been known as a bit of a second Christmas for Android fans, and Google again delivered at their 2014 developer conference. While the overall event was short on actual device announcements, a focus on Android Wear meant Google was eager to get new wearable from partners like LG and Samsung onto the wrists of attendees. All making the trip to Google I/O will leave with either an LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live smartwatch in addition to a Moto 360 when it ships later this summer.
Sundar Pichai pointed to the differing form factors when presenting those at the show with the devices they would be able to take home. Both Samsung and LG’s Android Wear offerings utilize a square form factor, but Pichai wanted to make sure developers would get a chance to experience the round Android Wear face of the Moto 360 as well.
Google made wearables a focus this year, and the decision to provide attendees with multiple devices further shows their commitment to promoting app service developments for Android Wear. We’ll be snagging our own ASAP and will report back with hands-on and initial impressions shortly.
The Moto 360 may have been depressingly absent from the I/O keynote this morning, but two other smartwatches have the honor of being the first devices to run Android Wear - the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.
While both devices share the same rectangular form factor, that’s where the similarities end. The G Watch’s display compromises resolution for slightly more screen real estate – a 1.65-inch LCD (280×280) versus the Gear Live’s 1.63-inch AMOLED (320 x 320). But the G Watch trumps the Gear Live in another area – battery capacity. It has a 400mAh, greater than the Gear Live’s 300mAh.
The dimensions of each device are quite different (the G Watch is 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm and the Gear Live 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm), as are the sensors packed into each smartwatch: LG omitted a heart rate monitor, Samsung added one. But the rest of the hardware is fairly standard – Snapdragon 400 processors, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and IP67 dust and water resistant designs.
Sadly, neither will launch with metal wrist straps as an option – you’ll have to settle for colored plastic on both. The G Watch comes in White Gold and Black Titan, while the Gear Live comes in Black and Wine Red.
Both the Gear Live and G Watch will be available for pre-order on Google Play starting later today. The Gear Live will retail for $199 and ship July 7. The G Watch will retail for $229.
- Chipset: Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 400 processor
- Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280)
- Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
- Battery: 400mAh
- Operating System: Android Wear (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
- Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm
- Weight: 63g
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
- Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)
- Color: White Gold/ Black Titan
- Others: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)
- Display: 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
- OS: Android Wear
- Processor: 1.2 GHz Processor
- Google Services: Google Now, Google Voice, Google Maps & Navigation, Gmail, Hangouts
- Additional Features: Notification (SMS, E-mail, etc.); Heart Rate Monitor; IP67 Dust and Water Resistant; Changeable Strap, Color Options: Black and Wine Red
- Connectivity: Bluetooth® v4.0 LE
- Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate
- Memory: RAM: 512MB; Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
- Dimension /Weight: 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm, 59g
- Battery: Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAh
There’s no denying that Samsung’s current tablet lineup is a convoluted, confusing mess for anyone outside of the tech circle – just in the current run we have the Galaxy Tab 4 7, 8, 10.1; Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1/12.2, and now the newest member of the family, the Galaxy Tab S. Deep down, I still wish they would’ve named it the Galaxy S Tab, just so we could call it the Galaxy Stab.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 And 10.5) Review: The Best Tablets You Can Buy Right Now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Don’t start panicking if you don’t see the Samsung Apps icon anymore on your device starting July 1. Samsung has decided to rebrand and rename its app store into Samsung Galaxy Apps. This is a move that seems to be establishing the app store as specific for the Galaxy line of the Korean-based tech company.
The announcement was made on Samsung’s official website and also included a look at the new logo of the app store, which matches the font and look of its Galaxy series. All your previously downloaded apps from the store will just be carried over into the new store, which presumably will also be overhauled aesthetically to match its new image. Hopefully, it will also bring better changes to the app store, including better exclusive app offerings and improved searchability. As it stands now, most Samsung users still get their apps from the Google Play Store so this change may not make much of an impact, to be honest.
The website did not offer any explanation for the change, but the most common speculation is that it may be to avoid confusion for Samsung’s other devices that use a different platform than the Android-based Galaxy series. Samsung’s other major platform, Tizen, is being heavily pushed with devices like the Samsung Z, their first Tizen phone and the Gear 2 smartwatch. So it’s only logical that they create a separate brand for the app store so that consumers will not be confused.
Aside from the branding and name overhaul, Samsung has also been making changes in some of their branded content services in order to streamline the apps and the app store. They removed the Samsung Hub from the recently-released Galaxy S5 as well as completely shutting down their Music Hub service.
While the Android world’s collective gaze has turned to San Francisco for Google I/O 2014, the rumour mill continues to turn in the background. The latest rumour comes from Korea and says that Samsung is all geared up to mass produce its phablet offering for this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The report goes […]
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab S series will be available in the UK starting July 4. The tablet lineup, which was unveiled earlier this month, will be available online and at several high street retailers including John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Group, along with Samsung Experience Stores and the Samsung Store at Westfield Stratford City.
A new report coming out of the Korean media suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will go into production very soon with a launch expected to commence in September as originally planned. The decision to start production early could have been triggered by the sort of demand QHD smartphones are expected to see. With LG leading the race now with the G3, Samsung will hope to leverage some of the demand in time for September.
Rumors have suggested that the QHD display used on the Galaxy Note 4 will be the same size as the Galaxy Note 3, so as to avoid making the device any larger. Over the last couple of years we’ve seen the Galaxy Note series increase in size with each iteration by 0.2 inches, so it’s quite a big decision from the company to put an end to that tradition.
The phablet is expected to feature a 5.7 inch QHD display accompanied by a powerful Snapdragon 805 chipset, a 16-megapixel camera and some new S-Pen tricks that we haven’t seen or heard of so far. Expect the phablet to be running Android 4.4 when it breaks cover unless Google launches something newer by then.
Source: NewsTomato – Translated
Via: Android Authority
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Samsung, with a vast portfolio of smartphone devices and more seeming to hit the market on a weekly basis, is also the leader in patents related to smartphones. According to a new study by Thomson Reuters, Samsung applied for 2,179 patents related to smartphones, more than three times the number applied for by their biggest rival, Apple, which had 647 patents.
According to the report, LG came in second with 1,678 patents as it works on moving up to the number three position in the smartphone market. Other companies with significant numbers of patents related to smartphones included Qualcomm with 1,383, Sony with 1,071, Panasonic with 976, and Sharp with 963.
source: The Korea Economic Daily
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Lifelog, the activity-tracking application developed by Sony originally for its Xperia devices, has gotten a huge update, going from 1.0.A.1.8 to 2.0.A.0.12. The reason for a huge jump in the build number is that they have made a lot of changes from the previous version. However, some of these added features are available for Xperia devices only.
Lifelog used to run on Xperia phones and tablets only when it was launched, but was made available for other Android users, particularly those running Android 4.4 and up, just last month. While some features work just fine on a Samsung or LG device, there are still some that are clearly meant for Sony’s own mobile device line. The newest update has two features exclusive only for Xperia devices. They’ve added transportation and bicycle activity recognition as well as the ability to change activity type.
As for what’s new for those who are using the app on their own non-Xperia mobile devices, the update now allows you to choose between male and female avatars. You can also delete single activities, as well as having the ability to choose what to hide or show on your dashboard’s activity boxes. They’ve also updated the product support for their life-logging accessory, the SmartBand, which now also has compatibility with other brands such as LG, Samsung and HTC.
Lifelog lets you automatically track all your daily activities without needing to write them down on your personal diary. Everything from exercise activities to communication logs to entertainment consumption is logged onto the app. While it does give an added bonus when you have a SmartBand to help track your activities, it can also work without it and just by looking at the different apps and sensors on your mobile device.
Download Lifelog from the Google Play Store.
All Samsung Galaxy Note 3 problems and questions we addressed came from our readers. They emailed us asking for help and posts like this is our way of answering them. There were, however, people who emailed us speculating how problematic this device is considering the number of posts we were running for months now. If you try to read every segment of this series, you’ll know that majority of the problems are the same but worded differently.
Many owners are still learning about their device so when they encountered a problem or two, they immediately seek assistance and since there are very few websites that offer this free service without registration, they can easily find and contact us. So, as long as there are people who email us, we will continue publishing posts like this.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Problems, Questions, Solutions, Answers [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] [Part 7] [Part 8] [Part 9] [Part 10] [Part 11] [Part 12] [Part 13] [Part 14] [Part 15] [Part 16] [Part 17]
If you have concerns with your phone, whatever the brand is, as long as it is Android, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to answer every email and include them in our future posts. We also have a Facebook page that we also use to cater the needs of our readers.
Delete contacts from SIM card on Note 3
Q: Nobody can tell me how to clear or clean off my SIM card. I need to re save my contacts and I get a message that the cards full? Help! Thanks, Sue.
A: Deleting contacts from SIM card is as easy as deleting ones that are saved in the phone’s memory. Please follow these steps:
- On your Galaxy Note 3, launch the Contacts app.
- Tap the Menu button and select Contacts to display.
- On the Contacts to display screen, select SIM.
- Now, tap the Menu button again and select Delete.
- Now, you can either Select all or any individual contacts you want to delete.
- Tap Delete and if you’re prompted for a confirmation, click OK.
Note 3 has bad IMEI, reported lost or stolen
Q: Hi I bought a Galaxy Note 3 off the street and it has now been blacklisted aka reported lost or stolen so it has a bad IMEI number, is there a way to fix this?
A: The phone may have been lost and then found by somebody else who sold it to you. The owner called the service provider, which in turn blacklisted the phone from the system to prevent it from using the service. To answer your question literally, well, there’s nothing to fix simply because the phone doesn’t have a problem whatsoever. But to answer your ‘other’ question, yes, it can be removed from the blacklist. However, we cannot help you with that due to legalities. You may need to find a local technician or a friend who knows how to work around this issue.
Note 3 Wi-Fi drops most of the time
Q: Since day 1 my Note 3 has been dropping wifi connections. It’s so frustrating especially since the phone is so great. This problem really does leave me cursing at the phone. I’ve tried many workarounds but same results, wifi cuts out for about 2-4 seconds and reconnects but my browser shuts down and the phone gets very difficult to use while it disconnects and reconnects. I have 5 other devices running off wifi and all work perfectly fine. We have a good fios connection with 50 over 50 and speed tests consistently come up with those results. Since I wrote this email wifi dropped 5 times. I live in an area where I have poor cell phone signal so I rely on wifi quite heavily. Please let me know if you heard anything from Samsung on a possible update to fix this. — Adam
A: Adam, I’m sorry you’re experiencing this problem since day 1, it is obvious the unit itself is problematic and these problems will just become worse in the long run. So, while you still can, have the phone replaced immediately. There’s no point is troubleshooting problems that are already present in the phone out of the box.
Can’t see Sent Items via the Email app
Q: Hi there! I’ve been using my Note 3 for about 3 months now. I switched from apple to Samsung, and honestly have no regrets about it until yesterday. I realised on one of my Gmail accounts, I was unable to see any mails in my “sent items”. I’ve deleted the account and re-set up again, but it just doesn’t work. When I checked the same account using another app, everything was fine. I’m not using the Gmail app though. The problem is probably the app, email. but I’ve been trying to look for an update for it, to find that it isn’t even on my downloaded app list. Really appreciate your help since this “email” app is so hassle-free and easy to use.
A: Sent items are stored locally. So, when you setup your email account on a computer and used it to send a message from there, the sent item will be viewable on your computer. If you setup your account on your phone, that sent item will not be downloaded together with messages from the inbox. However, if you log in to webmail, you can view all sent items in there regardless which device you used to send them. Whatever you do on the Email app, you can never view sent items sent from other devices. Also, the reason why the Email app isn’t found in the Downloaded app list is because you never downloaded it; it comes with the phone pre-installed.
Note 3 drops coverage
Q: Hello, I have this problem lately where sometimes I’m out of service and sometimes not .. I don’t know of the problem is from the phone or the SIM card. The problem started after I did factory rest … because I wasn’t able to update to 4.4 kitkat. I want to mention that my SIM card wasn’t a micro SIM .. but I went to a place to cut it when I brought my phone 4 months ago (but the problem didn’t start until I did a factory reset). Thanks in advance.
A: I’m not sure how frequent the phone drops out of service but I think it’s more of a network problem than anything else. The best way to start your troubleshooting is to call your service provider or carrier and ask them the quality of service they offer in your area. You may proceed in doing troubleshooting with their representatives over the phone just to rule out the possibility that it is a network issue. Then, you can proceed to doing the factory reset again and attempt to update your device over the air or by using the Samsung KIES. Do that first and if all those procedures wouldn’t work, email us again detailing every step you did. Make this post a reference so you don’t have to explain yourself again.
Note 3 IMEI deleted
Q: Hi, I just wanted to know if you can help. I’ve got a note 3 from which the IMEI has got deleted. Any way you know the problem can be sorted out. I’ll appreciate your help. Thanks. — Muhammed
A: An IMEI is assigned to a device that uses a service in a certain carrier or service provider. The IMEI is the very identification of the device and is registered to in the system. Some devices are locked to a network disallowing you to use the device on other networks. I don’t know where you bought the phone but if you had it from third-parties, you’ve been ripped off. There’s no other way to work around this but to use the phone under the same network it was originally registered with.
I know a couple of developers who can change or restore the IMEI so the device can be used again or get service from a network but it is illegal. Just for the sake of legalities, we cannot help you with it.
Note 3 pictures corrupted
Q: Good morning the Droid Guy. A problem I am having with my Note 3 phone is my pictures get ‘per say corrupted’. I read your page where you answers to other people problems with their Note 3s. And I’ve tried changing my MircoSD, and formatting it to Fat32. I tried 3 times on 3 different cards and I still get the gray little box with the crack in it or I get half the photo and the another half is gray. Can you please help me thanks. — Niita
A: Yes, I suggested that whenever this problem happens and the microSD card is corrupted, you format the card to FAT32 format but I didn’t say you’ll recover photos stored in the microSD card before you reformatted. So, the images that those icons represent can’t be recovered. If you want to get rid of those icons, clear the cache and data of the gallery app.
I actually received a lot of emails ranting about losing their files stored in their microSD card because it was corrupted. So let me answer those emails here:
First of all, your microSD card is already corrupted and your phone cannot read from it. At this stage, there is a big possibility that your data are already lost…and it’s not our fault!
Secondly, I always suggest you take your microSD card off your phone, insert it into a reader and have your computer or laptop read from it. If your computer can read from it, then copy all your files from it to your computer. However, if your computer prompts that you need to reformat the card, it means the machine cannot read from it, too. At this point, you have two options: leave the microSD be or proceed to reformatting it. You’re wrong, very wrong, if you think we are to blame that you lost all your data because your computer cannot read from the card.
Third, if you already reformatted your microSD card without making a backup of your data, there is no way you can recover them. After you inserted the card back to your phone and the “broken images” icons are still there, it’s because the gallery app is still storing data that points it to the previous location of the images. But since they’re not there already, the default “not found” icon for images is displayed in place of the actual thumbnails. To get rid of them, clear the cache and data of the gallery.
Fourth, clearing the cache and data of the Gallery app will never delete any of your images. Pictures are saved in a specific location after the camera took them. The job of the gallery app is to manage those photos, cache thumbnails, sort them, and sync with online (cloud) storage. So, for those who emailed blaming us that we are the reason why you lost your images for not giving heads up (and calling us stupid), you’re barking at the wrong tree. If you’re looking for someone to blame, look at the mirror.
Reboot fixes text messaging issues
Q: I just found your article “How To Fix T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 Problems and Errors”… I have a T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3, and my issue was, I could only receive text messages when I was connected to wifi but I could send text and make/receive calls on both the network and wifi… In the article you refer to this type of issue as a network issue and to contact T-Mobile… But I do not think it is a network issue… Since, I followed your directions (holding up volume, home key, and power) to enter reboot mode… when I did a system reboot and my phone turned back on, I started receiving all my text messages I missed today… just wanted to let you know and maybe you can look into it more. Thanks, Ashley.
A: Text messaging and phone calls are the very foundation of mobile communication. With or without internet you can have these on your phone. So, if you can’t send/receive or make/receive calls, the problem is either with the network or the phone. In your case, it seems that it was a temporary phone problem that can be solved by a simple reboot. May it be a lesson to other users out there; reboots often helps restore default settings on the phone so if you have issues, restart your device before doing anything else. I also want to add that the solutions we provide are based on what our readers description of the problem and there is no way we would know what really happened to the phone.
Phone screen turns off immediately
Q: Hello! I am a thankful for your guide of fixes for this device. This a great phone and have not experienced any issues but one in particular that I just can’t seem to find in your list. I am using att version of the note 3, no root just stock everything. I have a screen protector that’s made by skinomi, the problem is when I get a phone call it automatically turns the screen off as if it is near my face but not. I have to manually turn the screen on and off while taking a call to interact. I have tried the troubleshoot by dialing certain digits and the reading shows that the proximity sensor is always showing that something is in front of the phone.. Is this a manufacturing issue? Is there a fix? App fix? Thanks in advance.. Oh BTW I have gone to settings and checked and unchecked the area concerning the proximity sensor.. Thanks so much.
A: This problem is the as when the phone screen won’t light up after the call. Thank your for providing the details and the cause is obvious–dirt in the hole where the proximity sensor is. And the solution is also obvious, a blast of compressed air in the whole. There is no way an app can fix this, so go with compressed air.
Phone’s screen blacks out, device won’t respond
Q: Hi, isn’t there any diagnostic tool available as to pinpoint where is the problem. My device is unstable. It heats up and then the display goes off and just the sound works and sometimes it comes back after pressing the power button and then the home button. Not sure how to really tackle with this issue. Thanks a lot for handling tons of questions. I wish we should have had a diagnostic tool to pinpoint the exact problem. Please do let me know if you have any info on that. Thanks again. — Burhan
A: No, there isn’t any tool designed to pinpoint what causes the problem especially hardware issues. Based on things you specified in your email, I think the problem is hardware-related. While we want to help you with the problem, there’s only so much we can do about hardware issues and reason is obvious–we cannot inspect the phone physically. So, bring the phone back to the store and have their tech take a look at it. Or, if there’s a certified Samsung technician in your area, he could help you with this.
Note 3 takes photos so long
Q: When taking pictures with my note 3 using the stock photo app, sometimes it will say “processing” with a load bar before the picture is saved. When I click the picture button (or say shoot), the shutter sound plays, the white boarder is seen briefly around the screen (I guess emphasizing a picture has just been taken) and a message that says “processing” shows up with a load bar that lasts about 1-2 seconds. When this happens, the picture doesn’t actually get saved until the end of the load bar. My wife has a galaxy s 4 and it does the same thing. Could this be something to do with the memory card im using (32gb) and the fact that I have my pictures sent to the card and not the phone? I will say that it doesn’t do this all the time, but its been happening more often. Its really annoying when your trying to get as many pictures at on time and you only wind up getting about one picture every 2 or 3 seconds. The help page for the note 3 is great. Thank you for helping us all out. — Chris
A: I never encountered this problem before but the best course of action to take is to bring the Camera app back to its default settings and see what happens. To do that, you just need to clear both the cache and data. After doing that, try to take a picture and see if the problem still happens. If so, boot to safe mode and take photos from there. If the problem is still present while in Safe Mode, the problem is with the settings of the phone’s camera app. At this point, turn off Smart Stabilization.
- From the Home screen, tap Apps.
- Launch the Camera app.
- Now tap the Settings icon.
- Choose Smart Stabilization and turn it off.
That should take care of the problem. I’m sorry I have to let you go through all that but I just don’t want to cause further problems so I made sure the problem wasn’t caused by any third-parties.
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It has been recently revealed that Samsung will be unveiling an Android Wear smartwatch after all, and now we might have a name. Called the Samsung Gear Live, this device will be unveiled at Google I/O 2014, and the leaked specs that we are seeing makes it look a lot like its camera-less Gear 2 Neo smartwatch.
For starters, there is that same 1.63-inch screen, which is also around the same size as the G Watch. But unlike LG’s smartwatch, Samsung’s has a resolution of 320×320, similar to that of the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. The processor seems to have been boosted a bit, said to be a 1.2 GHz CPU. Unsurprisingly, there is only 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. The 300 mAh battery is worryingly lower than the G Watch’s leaked 400 mAh. With no mention of a camera resolution, we can only presume there will be no camera sensor here as well.
The Gear Live is definitely an unexpected turn of events. It is largely believed that Samsung is trying to strike its own path with wearables when it ditched the full-blown Android of the Galaxy Gear for a relatively unknown Tizen on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. It might be in Samsung’s best interests to keep one foot in Google’s territory and loyal fans of the manufacturer will most likely appreciate that it won’t totally go off path.
We will know tomorrow at I/O 2014 if any of this comes to fruition. No pricing details have been left but the leak does mention that the Samsung Gear Live is slated to launch as early as July 7.
Samsung has finally crafted a tablet deemed worthy of the ’S’ branding so far only associated with the company’s flagship smartphone line, and it’s easy to see why. The Galaxy Tab S offers a compelling feature set — including a stunning Super AMOLED display — at a competitive price for both its 8.4 and 10.5-inch variants, a mix that Samsung has struggled to achieve in the past. Read on for our full review!
Design & Build
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S takes several design cues from its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy S5. Most notably, the dimpled rear introduced with the GS5 carries over, faux-leather inclinations and all. A home button and soft-touch navigation keys mirror those of Samsung’s premium smartphone. These buttons are arranged for portrait orientation on the 8.4-inch model and landscape on the 10.5-inch Tab S. Regardless, both versions of the slate resemble a Galaxy S5 that has been pulled and stretched to a larger size.
Samsung has added gold accents around the edge of the device to bring a touch of class, and the result is a slate that is truly quite pleasing to look at. For better or for worse, this is about as adventurous as Samsung gets with the Galaxy Tab S’ design.
What is truly impressive, however, is just how thin and light Samsung has made this tablet. Both editions measure 6.6mm at their thickest. This isn’t the thinnest on the market (consider the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet at 6.4mm), but it’s close enough. The small and large models weigh 294 grams and 465 grams, respectively.
Samsung continues to rely on plastic composite construction for nearly all of their devices, resulting in a set of tablets that doesn’t feel quite as premium as it looks. The build quality, however, manages to translate slightly better to these larger devices that it typically does to Samsung’s smartphone line.
One interesting aspect of the Galaxy Tab S’ design is the inclusion of two attachment points on the rear of the tablet. These circular ports allow for the secure attachment of accessories ranging from folding folio-style covers to Bluetooth keyboards.
Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology has long been regarded as producing some of the best displays on mobile devices. Most recently, the Super AMOLED display was the cause of much acclaim for the Samsung Galaxy S5. It took Samsung a bit longer to bring the same display to a tablet, but it arrives with the Galaxy Tab S as one of its strongest features. Samsung knows this — the company has based the majority of its Galaxy Tab S marketing on its display.
The company isn’t wrong in doing so, as the Super AMOLED displays of both the 8.4 and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S models are some of the best you can expect from a tablet. Both sizes sport WQXGA resolutions of 2560×1600 pixels and provide rich, vibrant colors and the deep contrast that has become expected of AMOLED displays. Samsung promises users can expect a color palette blanketing 90 percent of the Adobe RGB standard (versus the 70 percent of a traditional LCD) and a contrast ratio 100 times greater than that of the typical smartphone and tablet display.
The Galaxy Tab S’ Super AMOLED display is further enhanced with what Samsung is calling “adaptive display” technology. The gist is a screen that automatically optimizes presentation depending on the app (whether it be a movie, eBook, or web page). The limitation to this feature is that adaptive display only applies to seven pre-installed apps. In all other instances, users can choose between three screen modes: AMOLED Photo, AMOLED Cinema, and Basic Mode. The selected mode will then apply tablet-wide to all apps and services.
The result is about what you would expect: a display on par with that of the Galaxy S5 and other AMOLED devices. It looks great, but it comes with the caveat that is often applied to AMOLED technology specifically. The vibrant color reproduction and deep contrast can often lead to an image that seems artificially enhanced and not true-to-life. That shouldn’t be taken as a knock on the display, but there is a reason they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For some the Super AMOLED might be a bit much, but for most it is a perfectly enjoyable display, if not one of the strongest on the market when it comes to tablets.
Samsung hasn’t raised much noise about the Galaxy Tab S’ hardware, but the device is no slouch. The WiFi-only edition of the tablet runs Samsung’s in-house Exynos 5 Octa chipset, while the LTE model sports a Snapdragon 800. Regardless of the wireless configuration the processor will be served by 3GB of RAM. Combined these two key elements provide strong hardware performance, but it can at times lack in responsiveness. If you throw a lot at the Galaxy Tab S, expect a few hiccups here and there, but overall we had no major complaints.
Beyond the solid processing power the Galaxy Tab S offers several other hardware elements that keep it inline with the latest tablet offerings from the competition, including 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO wireless. Dual antennas provide more stable connectivity and faster internet speeds when operating over WiFi. It’s one of those little perks that is easy to overlook but hard to miss once, especially for a multimedia-centric device like the Galaxy Tab S.
The Galaxy Tab S also takes advantage of the fingerprint scanner technology introduced with the Galaxy S5, allowing users to unlock the device with a swipe of their fingertip as well as interact with other apps and services like Private Mode. While the prerequisite headphone jack is available, users will be pleased to see stereo speakers on the Galaxy Tab S line. Side-mounted, they don’t offer an especially immersive or profound audio experience, but they are suitable enough when it comes to enjoying video and music.
Samsung’s latest tablets offer a good mix of hardware features suitable for multiple uses. The slates are powerful enough for gaming, fast enough for streaming HD content, and utilitarian enough for productivity purposes.
Software & Multimedia
Hardware only goes so far by itself, and Samsung knows this as well as we do. We were glad to see that some attempts were made to provide a unique experience tailored to the form factor, and they paid off. While the Magazine UX on top of Android 4.4 is a pretty standard take on the Samsung experience we have become accustomed to, there are a number of new features that add a layer of utility to the Galaxy Tab S.
For starters, the Quick Briefing pane gives an all-in-one look at your favorite bookmarks, events and alarms, and stocks, as well as magazines via the new Papergarden app plus news and quick access to Samsung WatchOn. It also provides quick access to Samsung’s new SideSync 3.0, easily the coolest new feature of the Galaxy Tab S.
Using SideSync, a user can link a Galaxy smartphone to the tablet, providing complete remote control over the phone. This not only lets you explore the apps and media installed on your phone through an emulated Galaxy interface, but it also will forward text messages and even allow the user to place and receive calls directly from the tablet. This is a killer feature, assuming you own a compatible Samsung smartphone to make it work.
Overall Samsung has done an impressive job putting the Galaxy Tab S’ software to good use. The inclusion of exclusive apps and services, the ability to sync a Galaxy smartphone, and the useful Quick Briefing pane make the slate a worthy companion device for both work and play.
The Galaxy Tab S is equipped with an 8MP rear camera and flash and 2.1MP front-facing camera for both versions of the device. While the setup can provide pretty decent results in ideal conditions (good lighting being key), this is a tablet we are dealing with. Users shouldn’t expect the most impressive images ever captured on a mobile device, but the slate’s camera serves its purpose well.
The Tab S’ camera struggled in low light but otherwise offered decent color reproduction and did a good job of focusing in and providing sharp images. Likewise, HD video recording offered about as much as we would expect from a tablet of this class. You can see for yourself in the sample below.
The 10.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S rocks a beefy 7,900mAh battery, and it needs every last drop of juice to keep that power-hungry Super AMOLED display online. Likewise, the 8.4-inch Tab S makes the most of its 4,900mAh battery. Given the circumstances, both perform admirably when it comes to battery consumption.
Samsung advertises that a full charge on either tablet should provide up to 12 hours of video playback, and their claims are surprisingly spot-on. Use the tablet for a mix of other tasks instead of 12 hours straight of video playback and you can expect to uptime in excess of this number.
Just as with the Galaxy S5, Samsung has included software-aided power saving modes to get even more life out of the Galaxy Tab S. These modes dim the display, shut off unnecessary wireless connections, and otherwise alter the tablets performance profile to get the most out of a battery running low on charge.
The Bottom Line
Considering its striking Super AMOLED display, slim design, and strong battery life, the Galaxy Tab S arrives as one of the best Android tablet options on the market. Add to that the fact that the competitively priced tablet will sell for $499 (10.5-inch) or $399 (8.4-inch), a direct strike at Apple’s iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display, and you get slate that could challenge for best on the market, period. It took Samsung several years to craft the tablet worthy of appending the ’S’ brand onto, but we’d say the Galaxy Tab S does the name justice and then some.
- Beautiful Super AMOLED display
- Long battery life
- Slim, light design
- Hardware performance can be sluggish at times
Samsung has announced that its proprietary app store for Android will get a name change from Samsung Apps to Samsung Galaxy Apps. The inclusion of the Galaxy branding in the store will make it more clear that the app store is designed for Galaxy-branded devices, all of which run Android. The change will occur by July 1.
A new report has just revealed details on Samsung’s rumored Android Wear smartwatch which will reportedly break cover tomorrow. This smartwatch is to be known as the Gear Live apparently and will break cover in the markets on July 7, according to the report.
Samsung was expected to join the Android Wear bandwagon soon, and this seems to be the best time given the platform set by Google for its I/O event. The hardware of the smartwatch goes something like this:
- 1.63 inch AMOLED display
- 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM
- Heart rate monitor
- 1.2 GHz processor
- 300 mAh battery
The smartwatch will also feature a wide range of Google apps such as Hangouts, Google Now, Gmail, Maps etc. There’s no mention of a price at the moment, but it goes without saying that the Gear Live will be a direct competitor to the LG G Watch and even the Moto 360 to some extent. We can expect to learn more tomorrow as the smartwatch gets officially shown off by Samsung.
Source: Alt1040 – Translated
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It’d be silly of me to talk about tablets in the past tense — we still write stories about them daily and clearly, we review them, too. But of the ones we’ve seen lately, most have been low-end; mid-range at best. The market for high-end slates, once crowded with companies big and small, now looks more like a fraternity. At this point, the only players left are mostly big names like Apple, Microsoft, Sony. And, of course, Samsung. The outfit just announced the Galaxy Tab S, its flagship tablet for 2014. Available in 8.4- and 10.5-inch sizes, it comes armed with the best possible specs, including a stunning 2,560 x 1,600 Super AMOLED screen, 12-hour battery life and a slim build that measures just 6.6mm thick. In addition, Samsung added a fingerprint reader (still a rarity on tablets) and free goodies like popular magazines, Dropbox storage and a six-month Wall Street Journal subscription. The tablet’s up for pre-order now, starting at $400 for the 8-inch model and $500 for the 10-incher. So, you can’t test-drive it yet, but, as it happens, I’ve been playing with it for almost a week. Suffice to say, I’ve enjoyed myself. Mostly.%Gallery-slideshow202880%
When Samsung gets serious about tablets, it makes a couple of serious tablets
Yes, Samsung is releasing another series of flagship Android tablets with the Galaxy Tab S line. The Tab S tablets will be Samsung’s top of the line product in this category, so they need to reach many goals and turn out something that can compete with other high-end products, as well as lure a few people away from the inexpensive competition. It’s a very tough spot to be in, but not one Samsung hasn’t conquered before — remember the original Galaxy S phone?
Up until now, a lot of tablets have done a lot of things just right. A Kindle Fire HD is great for reading or doing some shopping. Likewise for the Tegra Note 7 and some serious game-time. Want to get online and be social or just surf the web? The Nexus 7 is all things Google. Add in the iPad for those niche apps that are just perfect on a tablet, and everything is covered. But even if someone had all these tablets laying around, nobody wants to keep them all up and running. So we compromise. Now, we don’t have to compromise. The Tab S excels at all these things, and more.
This is how an Android-powered tablet should be.
The Samsung Z smartphone was unveiled earlier this month, officially making it the first smartphone to come with its homegrown Tizen operating system. And a new leak coming courtesy of the FCC has given us a glimpse of an early prototype of the smartphone with an entirely different design. It seems like the handset leaked here is nothing but the ZeQ 9000 which was initially believed to be the first Tizen smartphone from the company, until the Samsung Z was announced.
One of the key factors for ditching this in favor of the Z could be the design as Samsung was striving to make its Tizen offerings stand out from the Android devices that it launches on regular intervals. The Samsung Z was impressive as far as design was concerned, but offered nothing extraordinary in the hardware department.
It’s good to get a glimpse of what might have been, with Samsung ultimately choosing to go in a different direction. The device also has carrier branding on it, so we’re guessing the design was changed at the very last minute. Do you like what Samsung did with the Z or would you have preferred something like this?
Via: Phone Arena
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If you thought companies were done slamming Samsung over the Galaxy S 5′s design, you don’t have to look any farther than HTC’s latest tweeted image. The graphic shows three Band-Aids that just so happen to share the colors of Samsung’s latest flagship, followed by the sleek HTC One. The image was captioned “One of these things is not like the other.”
HTC isn’t the first company to attack Samsung, and they certainly won’t be the last. None of HTC’s recent marketing tactics have put too much of a dent in the smartphone market, but that isn’t going to stop them from trying.
Come comment on this article: HTC takes a shot at Galaxy S 5′s Band-Aid design
It looks like Samsung’s Q2 earnings may not be quite as great as the company originally anticipated. Early reports are saying that Samsung’s market share and device sales have dipped a considerable amount thanks to heated competition from other manufacturers like Apple and LG. Samsung’s market share in the smartphone market is predicted to drop to about 30 percent, and operating profits are expected to be around $7.74 billion. Those are still very impressive numbers, but for a company that’s on top like Samsung, shareholders want things to continually improve, not stagnate.
Samsung has reportedly sold about 15 million Galaxy S 5 smartphones, down from the originally forecast 21 million. That’s about a 25% discrepancy, so you can expect that to hurt earnings a bit, as well. However, Samsung is making big strides in the wearables market, and their processor market is doing fairly well, too. It’s not all doom and gloom, but it’s going to be interesting to see if Samsung can maintain their top spot in the Android ecosystem over the next few months.
source: Korean Herald
via: Android Authority
Come comment on this article: Samsung may post a weak Q2 due to slower device sales
Sprint has added a (sort of) brand new device from Samsung. The carrier is adding the Galaxy S 5 Sport to its rotation. While that handset may not sound familiar, it currently exists over at AT&T with a different name. It is nearly identical to the Galaxy S 5 Active. Coming in Cherry Red and Electric Blue, the Galaxy S 5 Sport sports a different textured back than the GS5 Active. This is to make the handset easier to grip. Behind the 5.1-inch 1080p display is Android 4.4.2 (with TouchWiz), a quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. The usual 16GB of internal storage is what you have to work with.
What really sets this handset apart from others is the partnership with Under Armour that brings the MapMyFitness app. Under Armour’s fitness app is pre-loaded and it uses the GPS to track just about everything you do physically. Also, purchasing the Galaxy S 5 Sport will net a free one year subscription to MapMyFitness’ MVP features. This makes the Galaxy S 5 Sport the first device to be part of the Sprint Fit Live platform. Sprint Fit Live will essentially include fitness apps and tips pre-loaded on devices.
This handset will be compatible with the Sprint Spark network. Once on sale, customers can purchase the Gear Fit for $50 less as a bundle. The Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport will launch on Sprint’s network on July 25.
Come comment on this article: Sprint adds the very durable Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport to its rotation
Last week Amazon finally introduced their first smartphone to the world, which didn’t seem all that spectacular. Amazon does have a major brand, but the pricing and lack of anything compelling makes me wonder if it will succeed. However, according to a report from the Korea Times, Samsung and LG should be scared.
One industry official said, “The top appealing factor for the Amazon phone is competitive pricing and the technology that enables it to produce three-dimensional (3D) images.” What competitive pricing? $199 on contract and $650 off contract is far from competitive. Yes, the 3D, or as the call it dynamic perspective, is different, but is it something that consumers really desire?
Probably the biggest thing Amazon has going for it is it’s services such as Amazon Cloud, Prime Instant Video, Firefly, and their entire retail site. However, Prime Instant Video and Firefly are the only apps that you can’t find on other Android devices (Instant Prime is on iOS ironically). To me, the only compelling reason to buy any device that is Amazon branded would be for Prime Instant Video, and that isn’t enough for me. Firefly is definitely not enough of a reason. Which would you rather have? Firefly and Prime Instant Video or Google services such as the Play Store, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Hangouts, Drive, and more?
With all that said, Samsung Securities analyst Cho Sung-eun thinks that Samsung and LG should be a little scared because hardware specifications won’t be the deciding factor for smartphones in the future. I think Samsung and LG already know that based on the ecosystem they have tried to build, especially Samsung.
I just don’t see it. LG might have something to fear since they don’t have all that much of a market share to begin with, but I can’t see the Amazon Fire Phone putting much of a dent into Samsung’s dominance. What do you guys think?
source: Korea Times
Come comment on this article: Should LG and Samsung fear the Amazon Fire Phone?
Samsung is introducing a new smartphone, and it a form factor that will probably be pretty familiar to Android fans. The South Korean company is making a Galaxy S5 Sport handset, which follows up on the recently released Active. It’s a familiar look for fans of the previous Active iterations from Samsung, but is it necessary?
We will say, the Sport is much more attractive than the current Active, with it’s massive, weird bumpers. According to Samsung, the new Sport is meant for, well, sports. Activity and healthy monitoring are the aim, here. From Samsung, we learn what sets the Galaxy S5 Sport apart:
- Activity Zone: Pre-loaded app offering a barometer, compass, flashlight and stopwatch from a single screen
- S Health2: An integrated mobile health platform to access health info, map out workouts and make healthier eating choices
- Heart Rate Monitor: Track your rate before and after your workout
- Sprint Fit Live: Pre-loaded app providing access to fitness applications and activities in addition to delivering relevant health information
- Available in Electric Blue and Cherry Red color options
You read that, right — Sprint. The handset is a Sprint exclusive, much like the Galaxy S5 Active is for AT&T. The S5 Sport is, like the Galaxy S4 Active before it and current S5 Active, just a bulkier model meant to provide protection for those rough and tumble smartphone owners. It’s IP67 water and dust resistant, and Samsung is marketing the textured rear cover as “easy to hold onto when you’re on the run.” The phone will be available in Cherry Red and Electric Blue starting July 25th.
[Quick Review] Samsung 1.5TB Wireless Hard Drive For Android: Good For One Extremely Narrow Use Case
Oh, you have a 64GB microSD card in your phone? That’s cute, but Samsung has this 1.5TB wireless hard drive that can provide untold hours of digital entertainment streamed directly to your Android device via the hard drive’s built-in WiFi access point. That’s a lot of space you can fill up with content, but how well does it work?
How It Works
The Samsung Wireless drive is essentially a USB 3.0 hard drive in a small plastic external enclosure with a battery and wireless access point.
[Quick Review] Samsung 1.5TB Wireless Hard Drive For Android: Good For One Extremely Narrow Use Case was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Sprint and Samsung have just announced a new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 for all you sporty types out there. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport is a half-rugged reimagination of Samsung’s 2014 flagship.
It can be described as a hybrid, of sorts, between the original Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Samsung and Sprint tricked it out with more grippy coating material and hardware buttons for back and recent apps.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport will be the first to feature Sprint’s Fit Live suite of fitness apps and offers powered by the likes of Spotify and Under Armor. Here’s what’s being served up on that front:
- 12 months of access to MapMyFitness MVP which features audio coaching, training plans and live tracking.
- Six months of premium Spotify access for customers on Framily plans or three months for other customers.
- Live the Healthy Lifestyle by receiving updated smart, contextual health and fitness content.
- Customize the look and feel of fitness tracking, education, music and healthy living content displayed on the wallpaper or full screen experience.
Of course, all of that is joined by the wealth of fitness apps Samsung has built into their latest Samsung Galaxy S5 firmware. It’s the same device otherwise, though, with a 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 5.1-inch 1080p display, 16 megapixel ISOCELL camera, heart rate monitor and more. It’s also slapped with an IP67 certification for water-resistant and dust-proof build so you won’t have to worry about getting a bit wet or dirty while you have this thing on you.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport will be available July 25th for $0 down and 24 monthly installments of $27.09 through Sprint Easy Pay, and you can get it in either Electric Blue or Cherry Red. You’ll get $50 off a Samsung Gear Fit when you buy one, as well as 50% off many headphones for the sake of listening to tunes while you get your workout on.
Don’t want a Galaxy S5 Sport but want access to the premium fitness apps? Sprint says the Fit Live suite will be preloaded on many of their new smartphones in 2014.
This morning at Sprint’s press event in Chicago, the Now Network announced the Galaxy S5 Sport alongside Samsung. The GS5 Sport is essentially a Galaxy S5 Active, but for Sprint’s network. The main difference we are seeing are color options, but customers will still see a ruggedized exterior, good specifications, plus the touted water and dust resistance.
For specs, we are looking at a 5.1″ 1080p Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, heart rate monitor, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 2,800mAh battery, 16GB of memory with access to microSD slot, and runs Android 4.4.2. In addition to these specs, Sprint and Samsung teamed up to throw in a bit of fitness apps and software, claiming the device is “like having a personal trainer” in your pocket.
As mentioned, the main difference you will see between the Sport and the Active is that the Sport comes in only Red and Blue color options. AT&T’s Active comes in a Camo print option, priced at $199 on contract. The Sport, on the other hand, is being offered at $0 money-down with the network’s Easy Pay option, which allows customers to pay 24 monthly payments of $27.09 for the phone.
Interested? You can sign up for information on when the device will launch right here on Sprint’s site.
We previously knew that Samsung was working on an Android Wear alternative to the company’s insipid Gear smartwatches, but we never imagined the device was this far along in the development pipeline. According to a CNET source familiar with Samsung’s plans, the company will introduce its first Android Wear-powered watch at Google I/O this week in San Francisco.
Samsung has reportedly been prototyping two smartwatch models; one packing a Qualcomm chip and the other powered by a processor of Samsung’s own design. CNET was unable to glean any other technical details, or even verify which variant the company intends to unveil this week.
Google I/O attendees will allegedly receive a free Android Wear device following the keynote. The last rumor pegged the G Watch as the gift of choice, but Samsung’s smartwatch isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
All should become clear in only a couple of days.
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