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Feb
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Samsung might limit Unpacked to just the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge


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When you think of this Sunday’s Samsung Unpacked Event, the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge come to mind, but they do have other rumored devices. We know they have other tablets in the pipeline, namely the Tab S 2, but there is also that round smartwatch (Orbis) that seems close to release. In fact, it was already reported that the Orbis would be unveiled at the same time as the new phones.

Now a new report from Korea Economic Daily says that Samsung will concentrate their efforts on the new phones and not show anything else. That’s exactly how they did it with the Galaxy S 4. This is a crucial year for Samsung and a smartwatch isn’t going to affect their numbers like the S6 will, so it’s not a surprise that Samsung wants to put all their efforts into the S6.

Are you disappointed with this news? Did you really want to see a Tizen-based smartwatch from Samsung? I didn’t think so.

source: Korea Economic Daily
via: G4Games

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Feb
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Here’s our best look yet at the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge thanks to Sprint


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We already have a pretty good idea of what the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge will look like, but we have probably the best image yet thanks to an employee at Sprint. This image is for a pre-registration page and contest that probably wasn’t supposed to launch until after this Sunday’s Unpacked event.

Unfortunately the leak didn’t provide any other details, but at least you have an even better idea of how both phones will look. I actually can’t wait until this Sunday since we can finally put an end to all these leaks. It’s starting to get just a tad boring, don’t you think?

source; Pocket-Lint

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27
Feb

One of the Samsung Galaxy S6 wallpapers gets leaked out days before its announcement


Samsung is expected to announce two new devices on March 1st at its MWC 2015 press conference as some of its most important devices to date. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Edge are poised to be the devices that get Samsung out of a downward spiral of falling profits, and it’s done everything in […]

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27
Feb

Samsung joins HTC with live stream info for March 1st event starting at 9:30 a.m. PST


In a few short days the world will get their first official looks at both the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. There are talks HTC will be bringing a bit more to the table than just a new phone though. Last night HTC put up the link details for their live stream […]

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Feb
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Samsung Galaxy S 6 themes to change icons, status bar, sounds, and more


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In a few days, the highly anticipated Galaxy S 6 will be unveiled for the world to see. The wait comes to an end on Sunday and we will see premium design met with scaled back software. The software side of things will have just two Samsung apps being pre-installed. Like the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, the Galaxy S 6 will also have themes.

Themes will provide owners of the Galaxy S 6 with personalized touches. Samsung, according to SamMobile, will allow users to make changes to “icons, color bar, voice tones, background image and background color in the menus.” This is in addition to the custom fonts that Samsung currently offers in a limited capacity.

Everything will be downloadable from the new Theme Center; however, it is unknown whether or not third-party themes are going to be accepted.

Source: SamMobile

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Feb
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Privacy advocates want the FTC to investigate Samsung’s smart TVs


The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wasn’t convinced when Samsung explained that its smart TVs aren’t actually eavesdropping on people. In fact, the privacy group has just asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the South Korean company has really been recording people’s living room convos. If you recall, Samsung stirred up controversy earlier this month due to the phrasing of its privacy policy, which stated that “some voice commands may be transmitted (along with information about your device, including device identifiers) to a third-party service that converts speech to text or to the extent necessary to provide the Voice Recognition features to you.” The outcry that ensued forced Samsung to clarify that its smart TVs can only hear what you say if you push a designated button.

While “listening” to spoken words is par for the course for a device that uses voice commands, EPIC believes it still warrants an investigation. “The key point is that Samsung is not just recording voice commands to operate the TV, as many would expect,” EPIC director Marc Rotenberg told The New York Times. “The company is capturing all voice communications, including conversations between people in the room.”

In the official document it filed, the group wrote:

This complaint concerns certain business practices of Samsung Electronics, Ltd. that adversely impact consumer privacy in the United States. As set forth in detail below, Samsung routinely intercepts and records the private communications of consumers in their homes. Consumers who have learned of this practices have described it is as both “unfair” and “deceptive.” Samsung’s attempts to disclaim its intrusive surveillance activities by means of a “privacy notice” do not diminish the harm to American consumers. It is incumbent upon the Federal Trade Commission to take action in this matter, and to enjoin Samsung and other companies that engage in similar practices, from such unlawful activities.

In addition, the privacy group says Samsung violated the FTC Act by claiming it encrypts voice recordings before sending them to third-party services. The company admitted later on that it doesn’t actually encrypt recorded voice commands or their transcriptions. EPIC also accuses Samsung of violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which prohibits collecting information from minors. The group has compiled all its complaints against the electronics company, along with comments from researchers, journalists, ordinary internet users and other privacy advocates in its official investigation request.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Samsung

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Source: The New York Times, EPIC

26
Feb
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Decline in profits forces Samsung to freeze employee salaries


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It’s no secret that Samsung has been struggling to replicate its past success in the mobile industry. The profits churned in by the company have declined rapidly, even threatening an executive reshuffle late last year.

A new report now suggests that the Korean manufacturer has put a hold on the employee salaries given the financial situation that it’s in right now. It’s important to note that the last time the company did something similar was back in 2009, which was incidentally before it went big with the original Galaxy S handset.

In order to increase profits, Samsung has implemented certain cost cutting measures. Employees were asked to take time off vacation to get back into work, while executives were urged to take economy class flights for a journey of under 10 hours. The company has also done some employee reshuffling, which has helped to some extent.

Samsung has placed all its eggs in the Galaxy S6 basket now and will hope dearly for its success. Judging by what we’ve seen in the leaks so far, it seems like Samsung will not disappoint. The handset is expected to be unveiled this Sunday on the 1st of March.

Via: Sam Mobile

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Feb
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A closer look at Samsung’s new UFS memory and why it’s important


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Following on from its recent eMMC 5.1 and ePOP mobile memory chip announcements, earlier Samsung announced that it is to begin mass production of in-house memory packages based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard. This technology could soon become the default memory technology in high-end mobile products.

UFS is pegged as a successor to the current eMMC standard for embedded NAND flash memory, and aims to offer some of the benefits of faster SSD memory in a lower-energy chip. The package contains the NAND flash memory and controller, designed for small, mobile products. According to Samsung, UFS offers high performance benefits of the SATA interface used in PCs and the flash-optimized low power consumption of eMMC.

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In terms of speed, UFS 2.0 comes in two types – HS-G2 allows for a bandwidth of 5.8Gbps, while HS-G3 has a peak bandwidth of up to 11.6Gbp/s.

Samsung’s UFS solution claims to achieve 19,000 Input/output operations per second for reads, almost double the 11,000 IOPS offered by eMMC 5.1. Samsung also claims that bandwidth can scale to 1200MB/s, three times as fast as eMMC 5.1, and that latency can fall to 50us, although we will have to wait and see if these claims make their way into products. Furthermore, UFS’s serial interface and Full-Duplex data transfer can offer two to four times the peak bandwidth of eMMC’s parallel 8-bit interface. Different manufacturer implementations of UFS will produce slightly different speed results, but you can read a full breakdown of the technology here.

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Essentially, UFS will make any task requiring memory access that little bit faster. Memory bandwidth is very important for recording high-resolution video content and other memory intensive reading or writing tasks, which are becoming increasingly common operations in mobile devices. Downloading data through a fast WiFi or USB connection and installing apps can also be bottlenecked by slow memory, but UFS’s scalable 6GBps bandwidth should overcome this issue.

Samsung claims that data transfer times between PC and mobile can be reduced by 50 percent compared with eMMC, and UFS can provide about a 60 percent reduction in latency compared to eMMC, if app swapping is supported by the host. With networking speeds constantly increasing, UFS is a more futureproof solution for mobile products.

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Samsung also boasts a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption, meaning that devices should be able to run for longer, especially when playing back from large files, such as video. This could be particularly beneficial in devices with higher resolution displays which can make use of high-end content.

Samsung aims to provide the new memory type in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, another sure sign that this technology is destined for the premium tier of mobile products in the near future. Toshiba and Qualcomm are also known to be working on UFS memory technologies, suggesting that the standard will eventually be integrated into a wider range of mobile SoCs.

Given the timing of the announcement and the fact that the Galaxy S6 is rumored to come in 32GB, 64GB, an 128GB versions, there’s a solid chance the new flagship will feature this USF memory module. That should help with performance and battery consumption, though other factors weigh in the balance as well.



26
Feb
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Samsung Galaxy S6 wallpaper leaks


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Talk Android has been covering the wallpaper leaks from HTC for the past month, but now we’re getting a look at a wallpaper that will be arriving with the Samsung Galaxy S6.

One of the big design elements we’re expecting from Samsung‘s “Project Zero” smartphone is a metal chassis, and this wallpaper really emphasizes that aesthetic approach.

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According to the source of the wallpaper, it will be found on both the Galaxy S6 as well as its Galaxy S6 Edge variant.

Source: SamMobile

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Feb
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New images show Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and a glimpse of a familiar TouchWiz


Samsung did a slightly better job keeping the Galaxy S6 under wraps, but just like HTC, the Korean giant is now seeing its surprise ruined by revealing last-minute leaks.

Yesterday, an XDA user began posting images of what seems to be the Galaxy S6 – the device in the images features a metallic frame, a glass back, and the same camera and flash modules we’ve seen in numerous leaks so far.

Now the same source provided two images that show the Galaxy S6 and its curved screen variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge, side by side.

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From these shots alone, it seems that the two edges of the Galaxy S6 won’t be as pronounced as that on the Note Edge. The primary role of the curved sides seems to be to offer a unique design twist, rather than to add functionality like on the Note Edge. Notice how there is no side panel like on the Note Edge, though Samsung may take advantage of the sides in other ways.

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The images also give us a brief glimpse at the user interface of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. It looks like Samsung opted to keep the familiar aesthetic of TouchWiz, at least when it comes to the home screen. It remains to be seen if there are more significant changes in other areas of the UI. Samsung reportedly drastically cut down the number of pre-loaded apps on the new Galaxy S6, and worked to speed up and optimize TouchWiz.

Unless the XDA leaker puts out a more detailed look at the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, we may have to wait until Sunday for more details. We’ll keep an eye on the thread, but meanwhile, tell us what you think of these shots.

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