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Samsung Uncorks a Pair of Mega Galaxy Phones

April 11, 2013 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung has officially announced the rumored Galaxy Mega smartphone, which will come with either a 5.8- or 6.3-inch displays. The oversized phones, which dwarf the company’s Note 2 with its 5.5-inch screen, will see availability in Europe and Russia beginning in May.

Samsung's Operating Profit Up 53 Percent in 1Q

April 5, 2013 9:11 am | by YoukYung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said its operating profit last quarter rose 53 percent over a year earlier, outpacing expectations for what's normally a slow time for consumer electronics sales. The South Korean firm on Friday estimated its first quarter...

Report: Android Market Gains Tied to Sprint's Samsung Sales

April 4, 2013 11:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Android continues grabbing more market share, snagging 51.2 percent of smartphone sales in the United States during the three-month period that ended in February, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Apple's iOS took second place...

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Galaxy S 4 Available for Pre-order April 16 from AT&T, U.S. Cellular

March 29, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both AT&T and U.S. Cellular have confirmed April 16 as the date when they’ll start accepting pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. AT&T has set the price at $249 with a two-year contract while U.S. Cellular has yet to reveal pricing details. Neither carrier has set a release date.

Report: Smartphones Account for 93 Percent of Gross Handset Profits

March 20, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Smartphone margins are where it's at if you're a handset manufacturer these days. According to a new report from IHS iSuppli, smartphones accounted for 87 percent of handset industry revenue in 2012 and a staggering 93 percent of gross profits...

Exec: Samsung has a Smart Watch in the Works

March 19, 2013 9:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Even though Apple’s smart watch plans have yet to be confirmed, rival Samsung has gone on record saying it has an answer in the works for the Cupertino’s rumored device. Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, told Bloomberg that Samsung has been preparing a watch product for “so long.” He offered no additional details about the watch.

Review: Tech in Galaxy S 4 Doesn't Come Together

March 18, 2013 9:46 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Galaxy S 4, Samsung's latest and greatest, has a cute feature we'll probably see in a lot of phones soon: You can shoot both yourself and your surroundings at the same time, using the front- and back-mounted cameras. It's a bit like having a two-camera film crew follow you around...

Samsung Made it Weird, and I Liked it

March 15, 2013 11:52 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

The headline adjectives, like “completely weird” and “baffling,” used to describe Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy S4 speak to what the company got right. The video of the whole thing, up now on YouTube, features fantastically bad acting, bad jokes, tap dancing, a symphony orchestra, bridesmaids, a sideways car and tons of difficult to explain additions.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S4 on its Way to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile

March 15, 2013 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung unveiled its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4 at an extravagant event in New York Thursday. The thinner, lighter and faster successor to the Galaxy S3 will launch at the end of April, eventually rolling out to 327 operators in 155 countries.

Analyst: Fast Samsung Launch Could Crush BlackBerry

March 14, 2013 10:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

When Samsung pulls back the curtain on its new Galaxy smartphone March 14 at its launch spectacle in Radio City Music Hall, it will likely be introducing a summer blockbuster of a handset. Presumably named the Galaxy S4, Samsung’s new flagship is rumored to sport a 4.99-inch screen—technically not a phablet, though phablet specs certainly aren’t set in stone.

Report: iOS Growth Beats Android in 4Q

March 6, 2013 2:39 pm | by By Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As much as Apple has been taking it on the chin from Wall Street, the iPhone maker still takes the top OEM spot in U.S. smartphone market share for the three-month period ending in January, according to the latest numbers from ComScore...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S IV Will Include Eye-Tracking Feature

March 5, 2013 11:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung has officially sent out invites for a Samsung Unpacked event on Thursday, March 14th at Radio City Music Hall, where the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy S IV smartphone. Multiple reports have surfaced that the new Android-based smartphone will have eye-tracking...

Samsung's $1B Bill in Apple Case Reduced by $450M

March 4, 2013 9:25 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two biggest — and bitterest — rivals in the smartphone market will have to endure another bruising trial after a federal judge ruled that jurors miscalculated nearly half the $1 billion in damages it found Samsung Electronics owed Apple Inc. for patent infringement.

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Momentum Grows for Alternative Phone System Tizen

February 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The junior league of smartphone operating systems is getting more competitive. Phones from yet another contender — Tizen — will go on sale this year with a view to eventually competing with the industry leaders, Apple's iOS and Google's Android...

Visa Announces Mobile Payment Partnership with Samsung

February 25, 2013 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Under the agreement, financial institutions will be able to securely upload customers’ payment account information onto NFC-enabled Samsung phones using Visa’s Mobile Provisioning Service. Also, Samsung has agreed to pre-load Visa’s payWave app onto its NFC-enabled devices, allowing end-users to make touchless payments.

Report: Nokia to Push Cheaper Phones at MWC

February 22, 2013 10:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters, attributing the news to company sources, reports the Finnish handset maker is turning some of its focus back to low-end products in order to maintain its worldwide mobile phone market share, under threat from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE.

Report: iPhone 5 Top Smartphone Globally

February 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple moved 27.4 million iPhone 5 units globally in the fourth quarter of 2012, more than any other smartphone and good enough to claim 12.6 percent of the world smartphone market share. A new report from Strategy Analytics said this is the first time the Apple flagship has been sold the most in the world.

Wozniak Says Post-Jobs Apple Must Continue to Innovate

February 20, 2013 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says his old company must continue to lead the way in mobile technology or else lose its cool to competitors like Samsung and HTC. In an interview with Bloomberg, Wozniak said that Apple should consider opening...

Samsung Announces New Rex Line of “Smart Feature Phones”

February 15, 2013 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung announced a series of smart feature phones, Rex, and have unveiled four models; the Rex 60, 70, 80 and 90. All four phones come with Samsung’s Touchwiz UI on top of touchscreens, with the 70, 80, and 90 featuring capacitive and the 60 featuring resistive technology.

Samsung 4Q Profits Jump 76 Percent on Galaxy Sales

January 25, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A doubling of profits from Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones boosted the company's overall fourth quarter profits by nearly 76 percent over the previous quarter. Samsung recorded net profits for the fourth quarter of $6.6 billion...

Report: Samsung Edges Apple in Chip Demand

January 24, 2013 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung has become a couch potato, gobbling up more chips than even Apple, according to new research from Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed $45.3 billion of semiconductors in 2012, an increase...

Samsung Sells 100 Million Galaxy S Smartphones

January 14, 2013 10:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that global sales of its Galaxy S smartphones surpassed 100 million units since the first model in the series was released less than three years ago. Samsung said it has sold more than 25 million Galaxy S smartphones...

Gadget Watch: Samsung Shows Bendable Phone Screen

January 10, 2013 9:16 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

By showing off a phone with a flexible screen, Samsung is hinting at a day when we might fold up our large phone or tablet screens as if they were maps. The Korean electronics company provided a glimpse of such a device at a keynote speech Wednesday at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas. It's an annual showcase of the latest TVs, computers and other consumer-electronic devices.

Samsung Sees Record-High 4Q Profit

January 8, 2013 10:06 am | by Youkyung Lee,AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest technology company by revenue, expects record earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 as shoppers continued to snap up its smartphones and tablets. The company said Tuesday its operating profit for the October-December quarter...

Report: Apple Edges LG in OEM Market Share

January 3, 2013 2:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Fully 18.5 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used Apple devices, according  to ComScore's new three-month study, which covers the period from August through November 2012. Apple barely edged out LG, which took 17.5 percent in the same study. Motorola and HTC both saw small share declines, dipping to 10.4 and 5.9 percent, respectively.

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