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5
May

Samsung begins rolling out the Lollipop update to the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE


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It was only a couple of weeks ago that Samsung began rolling out the Android 5.0 update to the WiFi variant of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4, and now we have news that the LTE version is also receiving some Lollipop goodness, in Hong Kong of all places. 

At present the update is only available via the Samsung Kies software, although an OTA (Over-The-Air) version should be on the way as well. The update is based on Android version 5.0.2 and has build number T705ZHU1BOD3 and a changelog number of 4716872 for what it’s worth. Hopefully, it shouldn’t be too long before SM-T705 owners begin seeing the update in other regions.

If you are the adventurous-slash-impatient type you can always install the update manually by downloading the firmware from SamMobile and then following the accompanying instructions. It should be noted that the firmware is only compatible with the SM-T705 model that has the Exynos processor. If you are in any doubt about which model you own just go to Settings/ About Phone and check the model number.  Flashing firmware manually can be risky, sometimes ending in a bricked device, which is why we would advise you to wait until the update becomes available to your region.

 Instructions: 

  • Download the firmware (From the source link below)
  • Extract (unzip/unrar) the firmware file
  • Download Odin v3.10.6 (Here)
  • Extract the Odin zip file
  • Open Odin v3.10.6
  • Reboot tablet in download mode (press Home + Power + Volume Down buttons simultaneously)
  • Connect tablet to computer via USB and make sure you see the blue sign in Odin before proceeding
  • Add the firmware to AP/PDA section
  • Important: Make sure re-partition is NOT ticked
  • Click the start button, wait a few minutes until the tablet reboots

Source: SamMobile

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5
May

Yes, a special Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man edition is coming!


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Samsung and Marvel are two of the world’s savviest companies when it comes to marketing. Now they are teaming up for their flashiest and likely most lucrative collaboration yet.

Fresh out of a viewing of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, a Samsung executive told the Korean press that a special Iron Man edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge is coming soon.

“Samsung is prepping up to rollout the Iron Man edition of the S6 Edge, which will be in red,” EVP of mobile Lee Young-hee told a crowd of about 50 reporters that accompanied Samsung’s brass at the movies.

The Iron Man edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge will launch at the end of May at the earliest, or sometime in June. It’s not clear if the device will be just a red version of the S6 Edge or will feature other customizations. Lee said Samsung is yet to iron out all the details with Marvel.

Back in March, a Korean designer published his concept of an “Avengers Edition” Galaxy S6 Edge collection, featuring color schemes matching the characters from Marvel’s blockbuster, including a red and gold Iron Man edition. But there’s no guarantee that Samsung’s special edition will feature a similar design.

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Samsung’s marketing partnership with Marvel gave its products prominent placement in Age of Ultron. According to the brand tracking firm Concave, Samsung is the most visible brand in the action flick, outshining Audi, Under Armour, and Harley-Davidson.

Samsung has several Avengers themes for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but creating a special Iron Man version would take the brand connection to the next level.

There’s no word yet on special editions for the other Avengers, though we suspect Samsung will at least consider it, if the Iron Man S6 Edge turns out to be a hit. And why wouldn’t it?



5
May

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 rumored to arrive in June


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There is little denying that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S set new standards for Samsung’s tablet line-up. With the best display they had ever put onto a tablet and coming with features that debuted on the Galaxy S5, such as Ultra Power Saving Mode, Samsung had put out a direct competitor to Apple’s iPad, while making it thinner and lighter as well. It was a great tablet and the start of something awesome. And now Samsung is ready to do it again.

Rumors have been surfacing for a while concerning Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 and according to Sammobile, the new line-up will be announced in June. Based on prior rumors, the Tab S2 is said to feature a 64-bit Exynos processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB on-board storage, a microSD card, and two different display sizes, 8 or 9.7-inches.

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 It is unknown if the tablet will support wireless charging and some of the other goodies from the Galaxy S6, but with any luck, we will see Samsung’s stripped down version of Touchwiz. As for design, the Samsung tablet is expected to offer a metallic frame and an even thinner design than last year’s model.

Of course none of this is set in stone, so we’d take the entire rumor with a grain of salt for now. What do you think, excited for a next-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab S2? What kind of specs are you hoping to see?



4
May

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Tab S2 9.7 announcement in June


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Samsung’s successor to their Tab S line is expected to be announced in June and will be dubbed as the Galaxy Tab S2 (Tab S2 8.0 and Tab S2 9.7 respectively). There will be a total of 4 variants of their new Tab S2, with the 8.0 and 9.7 each receiving both a W-Fi only version and an LTE version. Samsung is expected to ship these new tablets to various countries including the US, Canada, several European markets, China, Latin America, Hong Kong, Korea, and India. As for specs, here’s what you can expect:

  • 64-bit Exynos processor
  • 3GB RAM; 32GB ROM with microSD card slot
  • Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
  • Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Samsung’s in-house modem with Cat. 6 LTE (300Mbps)
  • 8-megapixel primary camera, and 2.1-megapixel front facing camera

What are your guys’ thoughts on Samsung’s tablets?

source: Samobile

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4
May

Samsung now rolling out Lollipop OTA for all LTE variants of the Galaxy S5 in China


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Samsung has at last started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0.1 update to all LTE variants of the Galaxy S5 located in China. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

All the changes you’d expect to find are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually.

 

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4
May

Smartphone Camera Shootout: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs LG G4


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Reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have been pretty positive with the camera being a standout feature. However, last week LG announced their newest flagship, the G4, and they feel they might have one-upped Samsung. The Galaxy S6 and Edge sport an industry first f/1.9 aperture, giving them tremendous results in low light. It hasn’t even been a month and now LG has trumped Samsung by giving the G4’s camera an aperture of f/1.8. It might not sound like much of a difference to you, but LG believes it is. On top of that, they threw in auto laser focus, and OIS 2.0, which gives you a 3rd axis for even better image stabilization.

Android users have been craving for smartphones that sport cameras that can get the job done, so it’s nice to see both LG and Samsung pushing the envelope here. Is there a clear winner? Did LG trump Samsung?

I have spent a decent amount of time with both the G4 and the Galaxy S6 Edge this past weekend capturing photos to see how each one fairs. I am not only looking for great photos, but I wanted to see how each device did with detail, so you will find cropped examples as well.

Before we begin, I should note that all photos were taken in Auto mode, so I did not tweak any controls whatsoever. This is how most people will capture photos. All photos came in at 5312 x 2988 or 16 MP

Let’s start with this baseball on my garage floor. I took both of these photos from about waist high. Below are the originals, followed by cropped versions of both photos (1350 x 759)

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Cropped (1350 x 759) Click on images for full resolution version

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As you can see, the LG images are brighter, but the Galaxy S6 Edge’s images are more color accurate. I also think the Galaxy S6 Edge captured more detail on the garage floor in the cropped image. On the other hand, the writing on the ball is clearer on the cropped picture from the G4.

Next up is an image of a creek at dusk, and again, followed by cropped mages

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Cropped (1350 x 759) Click on images for full resolution version

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Again, the G4’s image is a little brighter, but if you take a look at the cropped images, the Galaxy S6 Edge has more detail on the rocks.

Now we have a picture of a “No Outlet” sign after sunset when it’s just about dark.

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Cropped (1350 x 759) Click on images for full resolution version

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Once again, the G4’s image is brighter. The sign, which is the focal point, isn’t all that much better though. Cropping an image like this seems futile at best, but it does give us some information. The G4 has a lot more noise, and the lights on the light posts are a little cleaner on the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Here are some more photos in which I didn’t do any crop tests. The ones with the clouds, especially the sunset, are hard to compare since they moved slightly from image to image. Note: The G4 used HDR to capture the first picture with the clouds. The last two images are closeups, not crops.

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                              Galaxy S6 Edge                                                            LG G4

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Conclusion

You can clearly see the f/1.8 aperture of the G4 captures more light than the f/1.9 aperture, but the Galaxy S6 seems to capture more detail. I’m not sure you can pick a clear winner because all photos are remarkable, but if you’re a photography enthusiast, the G4 might be the better pick since it offers the ability to capture Raw (DNG) images and there are more controls in Manual mode vs Samsung’s Pro mode, For example, you can adjust the shutter speed on the G4, but you can’t on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. Even the ISO setting is limited to 800 on the Galaxy S6 and Edge, whereas the G4 allows you to dial it up to 2700. So if you know what you’re doing, you can definitely capture better photos on the G4, but t the average person will more than likely be ecstatic with the performance of either phone.

What do you think of the photos? Let me know in the comments.

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4
May

Samsung wants to emulate Stark Industries with movie tie-ins


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In Korea, the new Hollywood blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron from Marvel has some unexpected fans in executives from Samsung Electronics. The company is so excited about the film that they collaborated with Marvel on future tech for the Avenger’s team and have plans to release an Iron Man themed version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.

According to Samsung chief executive, Shin Jong-kyun, Samsung hopes to follow in the steps of fictional Stark Industries by becoming a leader in cutting edge tech. As an example of this, Shin poses the question, “did you see the device with the transparent display?” in reference to Tony Stark’s smartphone in the movie. Shin did not elaborate on whether the prop could become an actual product, but he sure sounded like he wants to see the company pursue the idea.

In addition to the transparent smartphone, Samsung also supplied smart watches and wireless earpieces that the Avengers used in the movie.

Joining Shin for a screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron was Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile division. Lee confirmed, “Samsung is prepping up to rollout the Iron Man edition of the S6 Edge, which will be in red” late this month or early next month. No word on whether other characters will get their own tie-ins, like a Hulk inspired Galaxy Note Edge.

On a more serious note, Shin noted that sales of the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are “basking in a more positive market” in response to concerns about sales not meeting expectations. Shin also noted that the company has improved their capacity to produce the Galaxy S6 edge display to meet demand.

source: The Korea Herald

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4
May

Samsung enlists Yves “Jetman” Rossy for latest publicity stunt


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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have been out for some time now, and from what we can tell so far, sales have been quite positive. Of course, that doesn’t mean the company will sit back and let the devices sell themselves. In an effort to both advertise the Galaxy S6 and push its new “Next is now” campaign, Samsung has released a new ad featuring Swiss pilot Yves “Jetman” Rossy.

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The Jetman became extremely popular in the 2000’s when he invented an individual jetpack with carbon-fiber wings, which later led him to flying his invention over the Alps in 2008. In his newest endeavor, he’s helping Samsung showcase the Galaxy S6’s fast charging feature. Take a look at the video attached below.

The Jetman promotion isn’t the only advertisement the company is planning to release, though. As part of the “Next is now” campaign, Samsung will release an ad featuring artist Marco Brambilla on May 11th and daredevil selfie-taker Daniel Lau on May 18th. We’ll be certain to let you know when the new advertisements are unveiled.



4
May

Here’s a look at the Esquire and Samsung Global Fashion Native campaign


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It would appear that Samsung and Esquire are playing on the beauty of the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. While the sixth generation Galaxy S devices surprised almost everyone in their unique designs and beauty, the both devices are showing the world that Samsung can, in fact, make a beautiful and close to perfect smartphone. As such, it really isn’t a surprise to see, Samsung and Esquire play on that fact.

The campaign, shows off a variety of colors of the flagship devices, paired with either a male or female model sporting clothing in similar colors. With Samsung looking to recoup some of its lost profits from last year with the new flagship, a multitude of ad campaigns should be expected. We have a gallery from the most current campaign below. Enjoy.

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4
May

Samsung and Samsonite working on smart luggage that can check itself in


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“Smart luggage” is not an entirely new concept, but Samsung and Samsonite, a purely coincidental name, are looking to make the formula much more popular with a new range of affordable and more accessible smart bags.

The two aim to provide luggage with embedded microprocessors that can be tracked through GPS, which you may appreciate if you’ve ever lost a bag at an airport, and can offer anti-tampering alerts to warn you if someone has attempted to open your bag. Presumably, Samsung is getting involved to provide the mobile link to your luggage and will be providing much of the behind the scenes software, while Samsonite will be looking to integrate the technology into some of its existing bags or a new range.

‘Smart luggage will be able to communicate with you but it needs to be able to do much more than just give its location’ … ‘We are working with Samsung to create something that is more than a gimmick.’ – Samsonite chief executive Ramesh Tainwala

Furthermore, Samsonite is working with airlines on a self-check-in feature, which will automatically provide the airport with baggage information to ensure the correct destination and airline, and to check the bag’s weight against any limits. Talks with Emirates, Lufthansa and KLM Air France are said to be in the works.

If you’re looking for something even more futuristic, the firm is also working on a project to develop ‘self-propelling’ luggage. But it’s not really that practical yet, as the engine takes up a third of the bag’s space and weighs 20 kilos!



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