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There were pranks held worldwide on Wednesday, but one Galaxy S6 Edge owner was given an unfortunate truth on April Fools’ Day. On Reddit, /r/DrexelDragon93 posted an image of his Galaxy S6 Edge to show that its display was blanketed with scratches. Then, upon receiving a replacement unit, he discovered that he had yet another Galaxy S6 Edge with a scratched display. Others on the subreddit did not report the same issue and some are saying that perhaps it is just the way that the display looks in certain lighting.
Samsung has not commented on the matter and we do not expect them to do so unless this really spreads to a large number of units.
Hit the break to see an image of the handset with scratches on the display.
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Samsung hit the streets of Seoul to find out what random stranger’s first impressions of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were. We’re pretty sure that everyone in this video will love the new phones.
Now I am not saying the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge aren’t incredible phones, but I would love to see the outtakes. Hit the break for the short (25 seconds) video.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
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By the time that Samsung actually unveiled the Galaxy S6 at MWC in Barcelona we already knew that it wasn’t going to have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor inside. Instead Samsung decided to go with its own in-house Exynos 7420 SoC. This decision prompted a lot of speculation about Samsung’s motives, and inevitably had a negative impact on Qualcomm.
Was Samsung really switching because of overheating issues, as the rumor suggested? Was it looking to reduce dependence on suppliers? Was it paving the way to compete directly with its old partner? Maybe there’s another motive altogether that has to do with the wider smartphone market. Or maybe it’s all of the above.
Just over a year ago we did an article on Qualcomm’s dominance in mobile. The company successfully rode the smartphone wave to the top of the mobile chipset market. But staying at the top in any industry is not easy.
Intel hasn’t made a great deal of headway in the face of ARM’s dominant designs, but the competition between the leading SoC manufacturers working with ARM has been growing fiercer. The short term threat to Qualcomm is coming from MediaTek, Nvidia, and Samsung.
Then there was Apple’s announcement of a new 64-bit A7 chip, which Qualcomm’s chief marketing officer, Anand Chandrasekher wrote off as a “marketing gimmick”, comments he later retracted. That fed into the idea that Qualcomm was slightly behind the curve and maybe it was rushing to catch up.
At the end of 2014 a rumor popped up that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 was having overheating problems. It was unclear where the rumor had come from, but it was pretty persistent and it eventually morphed into the story that Samsung was ditching the 810 for the Galaxy S6 because of overheating.
Qualcomm tried to defend itself and all the Snapdragon 810 partners, including LG, Xiaomi, HTC, Motorola, Sony, OPPO, and Microsoft, gave glowing quotes in this press release. The counter to the overheating argument is that the initial problems with the 810 were fixed during development and the processors going out to the public in phones like the LG G Flex 2 have no problems. Though this counter does acknowledge that there was some kind of problem.
Even though Samsung will continue to be a major Qualcomm partner on other fronts, it was notable that the South Korean manufacturer made no move to quash the rumor. Samsung CEO, J.K. Shin, did nothing to dispel the idea that the 810 was dumped due to overheating when he told the Korea Times,
“Samsung previously used more Qualcomm mobile processors, but we are flexible. If Qualcomm chips are good enough, then we will use them. Samsung always uses the best-quality components and materials to differentiate our products from those by rivals.”
That sounds a lot like he’s saying the Snapdragon 810 wasn’t good enough. Why would Samsung do that? We can think of a few reasons.
It’s possible the 810 really does have an overheating problem. But why would Qualcomm’s other partners go along with the denial if this was really the case? You’d think it’s going to be pretty obvious when the next wave of Snapdragon 810-toting smartphones hit the market. Reviews are in for the G Flex 2 and the One M9 and we aren’t seeing lots of overheating reports, though there was a report that the HTC One M9 was overheating and may now have been throttled to cope with the issue. LG did also acknowledge there was a problem with the first batch of 810 chips, but said the issue had been fixed and they felt confident releasing the G Flex 2. There is evidence of fairly aggressive thermal throttling, but that’s par for the course and you can find it in the G3 as well.
Phones are going to get hot when you play high-end games for a long time, but that’s true of every phone. Because of the rumor, there’s a real danger of confirmation bias here, some people are looking for overheating evidence, and ignoring the evidence that the 810 doesn’t have a significant problem compared to the rest of the field. If you think there’s no smoke without fire, what about smoke machines?
If the rumor that the LG G4 will use the Snapdragon 808 instead of the 810 proves true, that will be telling, but we need to see a lot more actual evidence of a serious overheating problem when the 810 phones hit the market before we accept that it’s definitely more than a series of rumors.
This is probably true regardless of any other motives. What company doesn’t want to reduce dependence on outside partners? If Samsung can make more stuff itself it can potentially save money and have tighter control over production. Samsung wants to reverse the decline in profit margins and this will reduce its per unit cost. It has a surplus chip-making capacity, so why not take more advantage of it? You could also point to the fact that the Exynos big.LITTLE chips are more mature than Qualcomm’s, because Samsung has been using the technology for a while now, while Qualcomm had to catch up.
Perhaps most importantly, it offers a way to differentiate Samsung’s flagship from the competition more easily because Qualcomm sells to everyone. We’re sure this is one of the reasons.
What better way to boost your own fortunes than to take a competitor down a notch? If the Exynos in the Galaxy S6 is paving the way for a future of Samsung supplying other manufacturers then this move makes sense. It simultaneously says Qualcomm’s processors aren’t good enough and ours are.
But is Samsung looking to supply the market? Consider that it’s still responsible for the bulk of Apple’s chipsets and you can see Samsung has no compulsion about working with competitors if it brings profit. Samsung could well be looking to muscle into the processor market and eat Qualcomm’s lunch. It may be willing to trade off the differentiation for the profit and reputation enhancement that would come from supplying the other manufacturers.
What if Samsung can’t compete? Maybe Qualcomm will come back with a stronger next generation. Worst case scenario for Samsung — it just starts buying Snapdragon again.
By saying the 810 isn’t good enough for the Galaxy S6, Samsung is hinting that all of its competitor’s flagship smartphones aren’t as good. The overheating rumor could easily fall into the FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) category as a strategy to circulate negative impressions about competing phones. It manages to tar all of Samsung’s Android competitors with the same brush and leaves the Galaxy S6 unscathed.
Whether this strategy works, if it is indeed Samsung’s strategy at all, remains to be seen and depends a great deal on how the two SoC’s compare. Early benchmark reports suggest that Samsung’s processor is more powerful, but Qualcomm’s modems may be faster and less power-hungry. There are lots of other points of comparison and we need to see real world performance before we can draw any conclusions on this stuff.
We may never know for certain where the overheating rumor originated, but Samsung is clearly seizing the opportunity to benefit. Whether it’s a forced reaction to a chip with problems, the first step in a play for the high-end processor market in mobile, the latest broadside against the Android smartphone competition, or a mixture of all three, should become clear within the next year or so.
What do you think? Increased competition for Qualcomm could be a good thing. Are there really serious problems with the 810? Is Samsung playing dirty or is this all just business as usual?
South Korean carrier SK Telecom is now offering the Galaxy S6 for free to users who still own the original Galaxy S from 2010. It will also offer a free Galaxy S6 to customers who have bought every model of the Samsung flagship since the Galaxy S.
On top of that, the carrier will also let these customers make free phone calls for a full year, further rewarding customers for their continued loyalty with Samsung. It is said that over 17,000 Galaxy S smartphones are still in use in South Korea.
It is said that the country has 1,600 users who bought all 13 models of the Galaxy S series since its launch. There are reportedly 2,400 users who have bought more than 10 models of the Galaxy flagship.
It will be interesting to see if Samsung will reward customer loyalty of people outside South Korea with a similar promo. But at this point, it seems to be a Korea only offer.
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April Fools might still be a day away for most of us, but that’s not stopping companies from celebrating a bit early with their own little pranks. For Samsung, their April Fools announcement is yet another edge-display variant of the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy BLADE Edge. Samsung Tomorrow bills the new (and completely made-up) device as the world’s first smart knife, containing the same internals as the Galaxy S6 and even running Android with Touchwiz, but a super sharp edge that’s perfect for cutting.
Samsung’s says its knife-phone has a diamond-cut ceramic body that’s razor-sharp and “tougher than stainless steel yet lighter than plastic”. There’s also the ability to chop/cut/slice/dice 50% faster than before, “sensors and algorithms that analyze your grip, dexterity, and strength to set the weight in optimal proportion to create the perfect rhythm and inertia.”
Things get even crazier when Samsung goes into Knox Security and how finger detection prevents you from getting cut, specialized software features, and there’s also mention of several customizable handles made of ceramic, steel, olivewood, or mammoth tusk. A very detailed prank indeed. We certainly recommend checking out the full post on Samsung Tomorrow.
What do you think of Samsung’s April Fools smart knife? Personally, I have to admit I think it looks awesome, even if such a product would be absolutely pointless in real life.
Samsung has announced a new Chef Collection series item that brings the cutting-edge technology of their popular smartphone devices to the cutting-edge technology of kitchen devices. The Samsung Galaxy BLADE edge is the first smart knife that also has smartphone capabilities. The Galaxy BLADE edge comes with all of the features of the Galaxy S6, but in a chef’s knife form factor. Samsung capitalizes on the strength of the new Gorilla Glass 4 that we have seen survive some serious impact to bring this new device to market which will see thousands of impacts on the cutting board.
Samsung notes that the Galaxy BLADE edge utilizes a new patented ceramic coating that is tougher than stainless steel, yet lighter than plastic. Samsung’s designers focused on ensuring the curves and dimensions of the device resulted in an ergonomic tool. The ceramic coating is practical as well, creating a unique surface tension that keeps foods from sticking to the BLADE edge while cutting.
Samsung also packed in some new functional features in the Galaxy BLADE edge to help it perform in the kitchen. New sensors and algorithms analyze a user’s grip, dexterity and strength to create an efficient weight for maintaining the proper cutting rhythm. Samsung claims this will result in 50% faster cutting when compared to traditional, conventional knives.
Samsung’s KNOX security platform has also been modified for use in the Galaxy BLADE edge to include a finger-detection system to help users avoid accidental cuts. Should a user attempt to use the smart knife for nefarious purposes, such as a weapon, a special human blood sensor will trigger an automatic emergency call to the appropriate authorities.
The Galaxy BLADE edge comes with a full waterproof coating so it can be used in a variety of liquid substances as well as being sent through the wash. The smart knife is also unique in that it is fireproof for use in flambé situations. Samsung has included a stylus with a built-in S-Thermometer so it can function as a wireless meat thermometer.
Those who pay attention to advanced technology will also find that Samsung has developed their own custom NAND flash memory to be used in the Galaxy BLADE edge. Instead of UFS memory, Samsung developed U4CF or Ultra 4D Curved Flash. This memory, in addition to helping maintain the curved shape of the device, employs a series of 10nm-wide wormholes that can send data to distant cloud repositories instantaneously.
The Galaxy BLADE edge will be part of Samsung’s larger collection of connected kitchen devices and will make use of their new Samsung Kitchen app. Additional accessories will also be available soon, such as a mammoth tusk detachable handle or one made from olivewood. Special cases and a wireless wooden charging block are also planned.
Samsung does note that all descriptions about the Galaxy BLADE edge are subject to change without notice or obligation and the product, at least for now, is not actually real.
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Back in January 2014, when pro leaker Evan Blass was still active under the @evleaks handle, he released a handful of screenshots (see above) allegedly showing a new UI that Samsung was “exploring.” Featuring an airy, translucent aesthetic and modern typography, the UI was a major departure from everything that Samsung had done before in mobile software.
However, it turns out that Samsung at least toyed with this UI at some point. We know that thanks to this page put up by animator Gerald Mark Soto, called “Samsung – UI / UX – Perception,” which shows two brief videos of the UI in action.
The videos show luscious transitions and rich animations, in what appears to be a design exploration, rather than an actual functional interface. Soto handled animation, but the concept itself is the creation of Perception, a design studio specializing in creating “futuristic UI and HUD design for both feature films and global technology brands.”
Perception is responsible for designing numerous “futuristic interface elements” from movies like Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Robocop, Thor: The Dark World, Agent Carter, and more.
In the technology brands section, Samsung is listed as a key client, along with Ford, Space X, Intel, and others. The description of Perception’s collaboration with Samsung suggests that at least some of Perception’s designs are being incorporated in current or future products:
“Perception’s relationship with Samsung has brought new levels of delight to products hitting store shelves as well as technologies that are generations down the road.”
Will this futuristic UI, or at least elements of it, ever make it to a real product? It’s difficult to say, though we wouldn’t hold our breath. But at least we know that the leak from January 2014 is real, and that there’s tiny chance it will someday influence a real product.
What do you think of this UI? Too much animation or not?
It appears that Samsung is about to have a dominating Galaxy S6 launch. We still don’t know exact pre-order numbers, but there have been several reports that Samsung upped production to meet demand.
Now it appears Samsung is delivering Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones to the U.S. via 747s to ensure that supply meets demand. This might be new for Samsung, but we have seen this before from Apple with previous launches.
This has to be the biggest Android phone launch ever. Did you pre-order yours?
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Over the weekend Verizon started to roll out the update to Android Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S 5. This was welcome news to owners of the device who thought they were getting it back in February. However, after starting the process, Verizon pulled the update with no reason given, putting owners of the Galaxy S 5 back into waiting mode. Since resuming the update process, it appears Verizon has updated the update yet again based on changes to the build number.
The original update that started rolling out in February was G900VVRU1BNLC, which was replaced over this past weekend with G900VVRU1BOA4. A check of the most recent update announcement shows Verizon has now updated the build number to G900VVRU1BOC4. Given the minor change in the number, it seems likely that Verizon discovered some very small item that needed to be addressed once the update started hitting end users’ devices.
Along with the normal Lollipop updates, Verizon indicates the update includes bolder colors and more fluid animations as part of their TouchWiz interface and their specific apps now incorporate Material Design guidelines. Verizon also included specific updates to the Interruptions feature to help users get around some of the sound issues present in the initial release of Lollipop.
Owners of a Galaxy S 5 on Verizon can head over to http://www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys5software for instructions on downloading and installing the update if they do not want to wait for the OTA update to be available.
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