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Samsung Launching First Tizen Smartphone in 2Q

April 16, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A Samsung executive told Reuters that the company will release a high-end smartphone running the Tizen operating system near the end of the second quarter. Shortly after Samsung will launch a second mid-range Tizen device to drive volume, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale Everywhere Today

April 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Besides the carrier deals, it looks like Samsung is willing to toss in some extras for S5 buyers...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

April 10, 2014 3:43 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Falling short of reinventing the entire smartphone industry is a current criticism that can be...

SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by ...

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Apple-Samsung Trial Judge Annoyed by Phones in Court

April 9, 2014 9:18 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

Samsung 1Q Profit Falls Short of Estimates

April 8, 2014 9:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

For the second consecutive quarter, Samsung’s profits fell short of analyst estimates. Samsung Tuesday predicted its first quarter operating profit would come in at 8.4 trillion won ($7.98 billion), falling just short of 8.5 trillion won ($8.07 billion) analyst consensus, according to Reuters.

Samsung Adding Anti-Theft Solutions to Smartphones

April 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday. The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy 5 S.

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Obama Selfie: White House Objects to Samsung Use

April 4, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is not amused that Samsung is promoting a selfie with the president taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz on a Samsung phone. Spokesman Jay Carney says the White House objects any time the president's image is used for commercial purposes. Carney says in this case, quote, "We certainly object."

Samsung Claims Major Breakthrough in Flexible Display Tech

April 4, 2014 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung believes it has found a way to make flexible displays and wearables using a substance called graphene. In a press release, Samsung Electronics said it has discovered a breakthrough synthesis method to speed the commercialization of graphene, which it said is ideally suited for electronic devices. 

Old Habits at Samsung, LG Embarrass Them Abroad

April 3, 2014 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake...

Samsung Hooks Unsuspecting Obama as Phone As Star

April 3, 2014 9:15 am | by 
Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with the president at a White House event using a Samsung phone and tweeted it to his followers Tuesday. It was resent by tens of thousands of Twitter users, and Samsung retweeted the photo as an ad. 

Samsung Using Google as Shield in Patent Fight

April 2, 2014 10:53 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

"Not one of the accused features on this phone was designed, much less copied, by anyone at Samsung," Samsung attorney Peter Quinn said. "The accused features on this phone were developed independently by some of the software engineers at Google, up the road in Mountain View."

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Samsung Launches Smart Home Service

April 2, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung is advancing its master plan to connect all of its devices with today's launch of Samsung Smart Home in the United States and Korea. In a statement, Samsung said the service features a single app that allows users to connect and control home appliances, TVs and mobile devices. 

Choosing Jury in Apple-Samsung Case May Be Hard

April 1, 2014 9:47 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jury selection promised to be a challenge for the world's leading smartphone makers as they continued their patent fight in federal court on Tuesday. The trial in Silicon Valley marks the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between Apple Inc. and Samsung, with the companies accusing each other of stealing ideas and features.

Another Apple-Samsung Skirmish Heads to Court

March 31, 2014 9:06 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Upstaged by Early Carrier Launch

March 27, 2014 9:20 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The global launch of Samsung's latest smartphone has been upstaged by South Korean mobile network companies. SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile carrier, said it will start selling the Galaxy S5 on Thursday, two weeks before the scheduled sales launch on April 11.

U.S. Carriers Roll Out Pricing Details for Samsung Galaxy S5

March 21, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg and Ben Munson | News | Comments

Whether the Samsung Galaxy S5 shapes up to be the blockbuster its predecessor was remains to be seen. But carriers have already begun pre-orders and special promotions for the 5.1-inch smartphone (due April 11) and the trio of wearables Samsung is sending out alongside it.

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AT&T Beginning Pre-orders Friday for Samsung Galaxy S5

March 20, 2014 4:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says it will start taking orders for Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone starting Friday. The phone will ship in a few weeks and will cost $200 with a two-year service agreement or $650 without a contract. Samsung has said the phone will start shipping worldwide on April 11. Other carriers are also expected to carry it, though prices haven't been announced yet.

Huawei, Others Causing Trouble for Apple Brand

March 17, 2014 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple's brand preference rating fell by 5.1 points between the second and fourth quarter 2013, which the research firm said was "one of the weakest performances of 21 major technology brands" in its latest survey. The survey also suggests Apple may be failing to impress its demographic sweet spot.

FirstNews Briefs: Xamarin, Samsung, mopay, Deutsche Telekom, Wi-Sun Alliance, RADWIN

March 17, 2014 9:44 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Xamarin, a provider of mobile application development solutions, today announced a new collaboration with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to enable enterprise developers to integrate Samsung’s mobile security platform, KNOX, into Xamarin mobile applications. This will enable enterprises to deploy and secure Xamarin-based mobile applications on the Samsung KNOX-enabled mobile devices.

Samsung Introduces Free Streaming Radio Service

March 7, 2014 3:23 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market. The South Korean gadget maker's Milk Music service, which launched in the U.S. on Friday, includes over 200 stations and 13 million songs. It's designed to be extremely fast, easy to use and highly customizable.

FirstNews Briefs: Anritsu, StickNFind, Samsung, Verizon

March 5, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's data management platform throughout its network, helping to support the carrier's LTE expansion. The Alcatel-Lucent Subscriber Data Manager (SDM), part of the company's IMS Subsystem portfolio of technologies, will help support the expansion of Verizon's LTE services by centralizing multiple application databases. 

Apple's iOS Concedes Majority Share of Tablet Market to Android

March 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple has lost its grip on tablet dominance, as Gartner today released numbers that show Android was the top tablet operating system in 2014. While sales of iOS tablets grew in the fourth quarter of 2013, iOS's share declined to 36 percent last year, while Android captured 62 percent of the market. 

MWC: Verizon Taps Samsung Femtocells to Improve In-Building LTE

February 26, 2014 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon plans to deploy Samsung's solution later this year as "part of a seamless LTE experience for customers in indoor environments." Verizon did not name specific venues where it would be deploying the soluuions. Verizon plans to deploy Samsung's solution later this year as part...

MWC: Qualcomm Intros Pair of 64-Bit Chips, LTE-A Chip for Cars

February 24, 2014 3:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm today took the wraps off a pair of new 64-bit processors, the Snapdragon 610 and 615. Both the 610 and 615 support LTE and join the recently announced Snapdragon 410 in Qualcomm’s 64-bit portfolio. The 610 performed quad-core processing while the 615 houses an octo-core solution.

MWC: Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5, Gear Fit Health Tracker

February 24, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

After selling 200 million Galaxy devices to date, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S5 at the Unpacked 5 event at Mobile World Congress. Following a mini concert by the Barcelona Opera House chamber orchestra, Samsung CEO JK Shin emerged, standing in front of a huge screen displaying the four previous iterations of Galaxy flagship devices.

Samsung's New Smartwatches Have Fitness Features

February 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace. Samsung and its smartwatch rivals had failed to persuade many consumers that they need to be able to constantly check messages from their wrists. Wearable devices that succeeded tended to be fitness products such as the Fitbit.

Govt Closes Antitrust Probe of Samsung

February 7, 2014 3:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the U.S. market. Apple Inc. has said some Samsung wireless patents are being offered on unfair terms, hurting competition.

Which OEMs Could Use a Big MWC

February 4, 2014 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Mobile World Congress isn’t for every phone maker. Hyped-up standalone product events from big players like Apple and Samsung have discouraged many companies from using annual trade shows as a venue for product announcements. Still, a few struggling OEMs could use the boost a high-profile MWC turn can provide, and more will show off products just to parse out the sheer volume of devices they’ll be launching during the coming year.

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