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Study: Xiaomi Now World’s Third Largest Smartphone Vendor

October 30, 2014 11:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The rising China-based OEM shipped 18 million smartphones during the third quarter, good enough to give it nearly...                                      

Tepid Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Sink 3Q Profits

October 30, 2014 7:49 am | by Youkyung Lee AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung plans a significant change in smartphone...

Samsung Note 4 Pushing Back Against iPhone 6 Plus

October 21, 2014 10:40 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Even though reviews for the Galaxy Note 4 have been...

FirstNews Briefs: Freescale Semiconductor, IDT, Samsung

October 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor today introduced the...

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Lenovo Creating New Smart Devices Company Focused on China

October 15, 2014 11:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Lenovo today announced it is creating a new company in hopes of building its smart devices and services business in China. The new company, which will operate under a separate name and brand, will start up April 1, 2015. Chen Xudong, who is currently president of China and Asia Pacific markets at Lenovo, will serve as CEO of the new company.

Samsung Gooses Wi-Fi Transmission Speeds with 60 GHz

October 13, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said it has enabled a five-fold increase in Wi-Fi data transmission speeds by using the 60 GHz band. Samsung said its 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology enabled data transmission speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps, or 575 MB per second, a five-fold increase from 866 Mbps, or 108 MB per second, which is the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Yovo, Defense Mobile, Brightstar, TIA

October 8, 2014 10:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation and a pioneer of content protection technologies, today introduced Yovo, a new ephemeral messaging app that makes the photos and messages that we share disappear. Yovo allows users to protect pictures and messages from undesired screen captures via a patent-pending scrambling technology.

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Samsung Profits Fall 60 Percent on Mobile Business Decline

October 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung today issued pre-earnings guidance for its upcoming third quarter and projected an operating profit of $3.8 billion off of nearly $43.9 billion in sales. As Reuters points out, Samsung’s profit guidance represents a 60-percent drop year-over-year and falls well short of analysts’ estimates of $5.2 billion.

FirstNews Briefs: ViaSat, Opera, AT&T, SingTel, FireEye

October 7, 2014 9:59 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ViaSat Inc., during development of its recently announced next-generation terminals, demonstrated 1 Mbps throughput over the LightSquared SkyTerra-1 satellite to a small terminal less than 8-by-5-by-2-inches, in both fixed configurations and mobile applications at speeds up to 65 mph.

Report: Worries of iPhone 6 Plus Durability Overblown

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

News tests from Consumer Reports show that complaints about the bendability of the iPhone 6 Plus were overblown a bit. In fact, the results might surprise those who have been following "Bendgate."                                                               

Samsung, BlackBerry Poke Apple Over Bending iPhone 6 Plus

September 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung Thursday fired off a tweet capitalizing on Apple’s bendable iPhone 6 Plus troubles while touting its own Galaxy Note Edge. “Curved. Not bent” the tweet reads above an image of Samsung’s upcoming Note 4 iteration with a screen that curves around the side bezel and shows notifications.

Review: Samsung Alpha Big on Design, Short on Tech

September 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone.

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Samsung Gear S Coming to All Major U.S. Carriers

September 24, 2014 10:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung announced its Gear S will be coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon “this fall.” The company previously revealed that its newest smartwatch would start selling across global markets in phases beginning in October.

Review: Why I Chose the iPhone 6 over the S5 and Lumia 1020

September 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

After having been an iPhone user since the launch of the 3Gs, I wanted to test the other operating systems on the market. I had no problem leaving the Android-based S5 behind, but I have to admit that when iPhone launch day came around, I was a little hesitant to give up the Lumia 1020.

Samsung Expanding Annual Developer Conference

September 22, 2014 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung today announced its second annual developer conference and this year the company is expanding the event to three days. On November 11 through 13 at Moscone West in San Francisco, Samsung will be hosting 90 sessions ranging on topics like smart health, wearables, virtual reality, mobile and smart home.

Samsung May Launch First Tizen Phone in India

September 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday. Samsung's first Tizen-based device will be launched in November in India, said Tarun Malik, director of Samsung's Media Solutions Center in Southwest Asia, in an interview with Economic Times.

Qualcomm Releases AR SDK for Gear VR, Epson, BDG

September 18, 2014 5:42 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO – Qualcomm released an SDK for its Vuforia augmented reality (AR) platform. The Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear is designed specifically to work with Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR, the Epson Moverio BT-200, and the ODG R-7.

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Album Releases and Mobile Events Don’t Mix

September 16, 2014 2:16 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

How many more artists must cash in credibility to hitch their wagon to a smartphone star? How many more manufacturers must package inessential music with their hero phones? The answer remains unclear but until the practice stops, complaints about unauthorized downloads and privacy invasion will continue to steal some thunder from perfectly good smartphones.

Apple Shares Take Hit as New Samsung Phones Launch

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

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note Edge phone, which has a side display for quicker access to the flashlight, Twitter, news and other apps. It also showed off a new Galaxy Note 4 phone and a virtual-reality headset for the phone called Gear VR to watch concerts or play games.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Gear VR Ready by Holidays

September 3, 2014 9:56 am | by Frank Jordans and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Galaxy Note Edge was announced at a trade show in Berlin on Wednesday, alongside the new Galaxy Note 4 phone, which lacks the side screen, and a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR. They are due for release this fall, in time for holiday shopping, and aim to compete with Apple's new iPhones due to be unveiled next week.

The Samsung Gear S has a Curved Display and Can Make Voice Calls

August 28, 2014 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung today unveiled the Gear S, a smartwatch with a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display (360 x 480) and a 3G connection allowing it to make calls without the need for a smartphone. Users will have the option to switch between Bluetooth and cellular in order to sync the watch with a phone. The Tizen-based watch also packs an on-screen keyboard for responding to alerts and messages and enhanced S Voice functionality.

Apple Loses Bid to Block Sales of 9 Samsung Phones

August 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone. The amount was well below the $2.2 billion in damages that Apple had been seeking in the latest round of legal wrangling between the world's two leading smartphone makers since the tussle began four years ago.

Tablets Vs. eReaders: Do We Need Both?

August 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Of course, you can simply install Nook and Kindle reading apps on an iPad or a non-Nook Galaxy. The iPad even comes with iBooks installed. Are reading-centric tablets really a better way to experience the printed word? Let's take a closer look.

What Samsung Got When It Bought SmartThings

August 22, 2014 11:37 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The move looks smart especially as competitors like Apple are ramping up their connected home efforts and Google is putting up $3.2 billion for connected home companies like Nest Labs. But what exactly did Samsung get when it bought SmartThings and how will it factor into the Korean giant’s foray into the smart house?

FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Sprint, Trimble, Wireless Ronin, Creative Realities

August 22, 2014 10:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Samsung is soon releasing a Multi-Charging Wall Charger that allows users to charge up to three micro USB devices at once. The Multi-charging cable optimizes the total charge across all three devices, dividing the 2A charge evenly. In other words, if you’re only charging two devices, power flows faster to each than if you were charging three simultaneously.

B&N and Samsung Launch New Nook Tablet

August 20, 2014 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The device features 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 32GB), a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook goes on sale today for $179 and includes $200 in free content, including some pre-selected books, TV shows and other media.

FirstNews Briefs: Sharp, Sprint, AT&T, SmartPlay, Intel, Samsung

August 19, 2014 10:26 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

SmartPlay Inc., a design services company with working in digital, analog, wireless software and system design, announced that it is ready to offer design services to customers of Intel Custom Foundry that require IP in critical embedded applications. SmartPlay will provide support in SoC implementations and will offer turnkey services ranging from RTL/Netlist to GDSII.

Samsung Buys SmartThings for Reported $200 Million

August 15, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung snapped up SmartThings, an open-platform connected home company. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal but Recode cited sources saying the price tag for SmartThings came in around $200 million. That total matches up with reports that surfaced in July about Samsung’s possible bid for the home automation company.

Samsung Outs 4.7-inch Metal-Frame Galaxy Alpha

August 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung today took the wraps off the Galaxy Alpha, a 4.7-inch smartphone that eschews the OEM’s propensity toward plastic in favor of a metal-framed design. The Alpha’s 6.7 millimeter-thick body and 115 gram heft bring it in well under the size and weight of Samsung’s current flagship, the Galaxy S5. Of course the Alpha’s display is smaller than the S5’s 5.1-inch screen.

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