US Cellular has announced that they will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, the 9.7″ tablet set to launch this month. If you’re unfamiliar with US Cellular, they’re the 5th biggest carrier in the United States. They’re headquartered in Chicago Illinois and serve 4.76 million people in 426 markets across 23 states.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will come to the carrier on Friday, September 11th in stores and online. US Cellular will offer the Tab for $0 down which will translate to a payment of $27.50 for 24 months. Some quick back-of-the-napkin math puts the total price at $660 plus tax. Customers also have the option to pay off the Tab early if they so choose or pay up front. Qualified customers can add it to their Shared Connect plan for as little as $10 per month.
““As more people turn to their tablet devices for work, entertainment and productivity, we want to make sure that we have the latest devices and a high-quality national network to keep them connected to everything they need,” “The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the perfect device for families, businesses and anyone looking to have a cutting-edge device that is great for both work and play.” “
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will feature a 9.7″ 1536 x 2048 Super AMOLED screen which puts it at 264 ppi. It will launch with Android Lollipop 5.0.2 which is already a version behind the current release with Android 6.0 Marshmallow slated to be released in the next few months. Storage options are 32 GB and 64 GB with a micro SD card slot that can add up to another 128 GB of storage. There will be 3 GB of ram and it will be powered by a Samsung Exynos 5433 quad-core processor.
Source: US Cellular
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There has been a recent outrage over the Galaxy Note 5 in that if you put the S Pen in backwards it gets stuck, and you can potentially break the S Pen features along with the device’s internal hardware. Many have called it a design flaw, but it’s not.
Samsung designed the Galaxy Note 5‘s S Pen tray thinking that consumers would insert the S Pen the correct way. Why should you design it to prevent stupid actions?
Samsung has no need to go back to the drawing board with the Galaxy Note 5. They just didn’t design it to handle stupid actions. It’s not a design flaw at all. When you get down to it, what people are whining about is that they don’t want the consequences for their actions of doing something the wrong way.
When you’re changing the brakes on your car, should you put them on the wrong way and then blame the problem on Ford, GM, or Dodge for this supposed “design flaw?” No, it was a consequence of your own action.
But this isn’t the heart of the issue.
The issue is, and I’m certain most of us realize this already, is that Internet users on places like Reddit or general forums just want something to bark at. They want to, for some reason, let the world know they’re unhappy. And then if they can get a following, all of the news outlets will be certain to put it in the spotlight, helping these unhappy Internet goers parade their cause for all to hear.
This is a childish issue. If you put your S Pen in backwards, call up your carrier or the manufacturer and see if you can’t pay to get the consequence of your actions fixed. In most cases, they’ll be more than willing to help you sort it all out.
Come comment on this article: Why the Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen design flaw doesn’t matter
One device we were looking to seeing announced at IFA 2015 was Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch, and we weren’t disappointed. It may be running Tizen firmware instead of the Android Wear that many of us might prefer, but it sure looks like Samsung made a real effort with the Gear S2’s design, its circular face looks very pleasing to the eye. Of course, just because it’s been announced, doesn’t mean that Samsung will take it easy. This is Samsung we are talking about, after all, and as such, we shouldn’t be surprised that its marketing department is on the ball, showing off some of the Gear S2’s features in an infographic which can be seen after the break
Come comment on this article: Infographic: Samsung shows off the Gear S2’s circular design and intuitive interface
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A few weeks ago, we heard about a tablet that Samsung was rumoured to be working on that had a 18.4-inch display – to put that in perspective, that’s about the size of the computer monitor that’s sitting on your desk. Well, Samsung has teased a tablet at its IFA 2015 press conference, and while the device wasn’t detailed at all besides getting the name the Samsung Galaxy View, we’ve got a pretty good feeling that this will turn out to be the 18.4-inch tablet we’ve been hearing about.
One of the few things we can make out in the images we’ve seen is that the Galaxy View has a kickstand – this isn’t something that is terribly necessary for the average 8-10-inch tablet, but for a 18.4-inch one, it will be pretty much mandatory. The other details we have heard about the device are that it has a 1920×1080 resolution and has hardware specs that include an Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot and 5,700mAh. Nothing too impressive, but we suspect this is a device more for the home and classroom than for anything too performance intensive.
What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy View? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: Phone Arena
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Samsung has finally started pushing out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to all unlocked models of the Galaxy Grand Prime located in the Unites States. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the the latest build of the open-source operating system, as well as a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements to the handset.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
- Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
- Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
- notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
- you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
- you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
- very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
- when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
- you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
- New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions. You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify. The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify. e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
- Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications. For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards. This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
- Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
- Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
- Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging. You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
- Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
- Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance. After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process. Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
- Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data. Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop. Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key. You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.
If you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that the update is ready for your device, you could always search for the upgrade manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:
- Open the Settings app
- Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
- Hit “System Updates”
- Tap on “Check for update”
Come comment on this article: Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime now receiving Lollipop update
Remember Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablets? They didn’t fare so well against cheaper Android tablets and Amazon’s Kindle lineup, but the bookstore attempted to keep the family going with a co-branded Galaxy Tab 4 from Samsung. It didn’t do too well either, partly due to performance issues and partly because most people aren’t buying dedicated e-readers when their normal tablets can handle that job without any problems.
That’s not going to stop Barnes & Noble (or Samsung) from trying again. This time around, they’re working with a high-end Galaxy Tab S2 instead of a budget-friendly device, so performance issues should hopefully not be a problem with this tablet. The tablet will simply be called the Galaxy Tab S2 Nook and retails for the same price as the normal Galaxy Tab S2, but it’s preloaded with Nook software so you’ll have quick access to Barnes & Noble’s selection of content.
The Play Store is still present on this device, so it’s really just a Tab S2 with some incredibly small adjustments. Hard to say whether or not this will sell well next to the normal version, but if you’re planning on buying a powerful tablet for the sole purpose of reading books you bought from Barnes & Noble, it might be worth looking into.
source: Barnes & Noble
Come comment on this article: Samsung and Barnes & Noble continue the Nook line with the Galaxy Tab S2 Nook
One major difference between the Gear S2 and previous Samsung smartwatches is the fact that it is compatible with more than just Samsung phones. Not all phones will work, but Samsung says any phone that runs Android 4.4 or higher and has more than 1.5GB of RAM should work.
Hidden away on the Samsung Gear S2 webpage is the entire S2 compatibility list.
- Zenfone2 – EU
- One – EU
- One (M8) – US
- One (M9) – EU, US
- 826W – CN
- honor 4X – CN
- honor 6 – EU
- P8 – EU, CN
- Ascend Mate 7 – EU, CN
- Duraforce – US
- Vide Shot – CN
- x2 Pro – CN
- G Flex – US
- Optimus G – KR
- Optimus G2 – EU, US
- Optimus G3 – EU, US, KR
- G4 – EU, US, KR
- G Vista – US
- Nexus 5 – EU, KR, CN
- DROID Turbo – US
- DROID MAXX – EU
- DROID MINI – EU
- Moto X – EU, KR
- Nexus 6 – US, CN
- Nubia Z9 – CN
- R7 – CN
- IM-A910S – KR
- Aquos – EU
- XPERIA Z2 – EU
- XPERIA Z3 – EU
- X5 Pro – CN
- Mi3 – EU
- Mi4 – EU, KR, CN
- Note Pro – CN
- V5 – CN
Come comment on this article: Samsung releases the phone compatibility list for the Gear S2
Last month when Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, they also teased a third product, the Gear S2. Fast-forwarding to today, the Gear S2 was finally fully unveiled. Interestingly enough, during the Gear S2’s press event Samsung teased yet another new product, this time a tablet. Going by the name Galaxy View, the teaser didn’t reveal a whole lot but Samsung did mention hints like “think bigger” and “a new dimension of entertainment”. Putting one and two together, the View is more than likely the rumored 18.4-inch tablet that we reported on last month.
If the specs revealed in an earlier report prove correct, the giant tablet won’t exactly be the highest-end affair, as the SM-T670, believed to be the Galaxy View, is packing a 1920 x 1080 display, which is rather low-res considering the display’s size. Other specs include an Exynos 7580 processor with 2GB RAM, 32GB of on-board storage with microSD for expansion, a 2.1MP front cam, an 8MP rear cam, and a 5700mAh battery. Dimensions are said to be 451.8mm wide, 275.8mm tall, and 11.9mm thick.
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So who would buy this thing? That’s a fair question. Reportedly Samsung envisions the product as more of a family “living room” type tablet than anything else. Potentially such a giant monster could be useful in classroom settings as well, with the teacher using it to demonstrate things and it being big enough for the entire class to see.
For now, we really can’t say for sure if the Galaxy View’s specs or size will match that of the rumored SM-T670 but it seems to fit. We admit that the inclusion of a 1080p resolution at this size sounds like an odd choice, but more than likely Samsung was hoping to keep the costs down and the potential profits up.
What do you think, can you think of any scenario where such a device would come in handy?
Along with the unveiling of the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch at IFA 2015 in Berlin today, Samsung revealed something else called the Galaxy View, despite not really explaining what it is.
The Galaxy View, from the pictures Samsung teased out, looks to be a brand new big tablet that appears to have a kickstand and aimed at watching movies and TV shows.
It’s supposed to be released in October and could really either by a device completely on its own, or an accessory that attaches to a device as a second screen. A second display would make sense to offer an external display accessory to Samsung products, and would certainly justify the name ‘View’.
I guess we’ll find out in October.