We all survived the latest Apple iPad announcement and waded through the analysis aftermath. The result is a new, lighter-weight iPad Air and a refreshed iPad Mini Retina that finally brings a higher-end display to the smaller device. But iPads aren't the only tablets in the world. The competitors have been hanging out, waiting for the next round of the battle to begin.… Read more
Samsung Electronics posted record quarterly earnings Thursday that were largely powered by a rebound in its semiconductor business that offset softening demand in the smartphone market.
The South Korean electronics giant posted an operating profit of 10.2 trillion won ($9.6 billion) for the three-month period ended September, a 26 percent increase over the year-ago period and a 7 percent rise from the previous quarter. The company recorded overall sales of 59.1 trillion won ($55.5 billion) for the quarter.
Its net income of 8.05 trillion won ($7.6 billion) was 25 percent higher from the 6.… Read more
You'd probably like to know if it's actually useful in practical day-by-day applications or if it's merely a gimmick. Even if it is useful, are these devices worth the extra cost -- at $299 with a two-year contract for the Note 3, and $550 for the Wi-Fi Note 10.1 (Apple's Wi-Fi iPad Air costs $500)?
After using them both for a month, I think that they are … Read more
The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission launched an investigation in April into allegations that Samsung was paying students to post negative online comments about HTC devices. At the same time, Samsung allegedly paid the students to recommend Samsung cell phones. The commission said that this type of behavior is akin to false advertising.
Along with fining Samsung, the commission also fined two Taiwanese trading companies it claims were responsible for the Internet campaign.
Samsung said in a statement that it's "… Read more
It's been a long time since AT&T and Samsung paired up on a Windows phone, but that dry spell ends with the introduction of the Samsung Ativ S Neo on November 8.
Selling for $99 on contract, or $21 per month with AT&T Next, the S Neo is a midrange device that combines a 4.7-inch HD display with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and 8-megapixel camera capable of capturing 1080p HD video.
The handset also comes equipped with a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of onboard memory, and a microSD slot that can … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy S4 has reportedly hit the 40 million unit sales mark, suggesting that there's still plenty of love for the 5-inch smartphone.
A Samsung exec said the quad-core beauty has now tipped over the big 4-0, according to a report in Korean-language site inews24 (via Google Translate). I've contacted Samsung for confirmation, and I'll let you know if I hear anything back.
The Galaxy S4 went on sale in April, with sales reckoned to have hit 10 million just under four weeks later. Just over two months after that, in early July, the 20 million milestone was hit, … Read more
Samsung issued an apology to Chinese consumers on Wednesday after China's state-run media criticized the Korean electronics giant for selling handsets with allegedly faulty memory chips.
The company offered to provide free repairs and extended warranties on seven models after a broadcast on the influential China Central Television on Tuesday reported how Samsung handsets, including the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series, crash several times a day due to the memory chips. The report said the issue could be resolved with a $100 chip upgrade that was not covered under current warranties.
Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini will make its debut in the US next month.
Samsung announced the news on Wednesday, saying that the handset will be available on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular networks. The handset, which comes with a 4.3-inch HD display, will run Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) out of the box and include a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. It has 16GB of storage and expandable memory of up to 64GB.The Galaxy S4 Mini was announced earlier this year and launched internationally in July. Samsung has yet to say exactly when the … Read more
Courtesy of the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung said Tuesday.
Samsung already has started rolling out Android 4.3 for the international version of the Galaxy S4, with more models to follow. The latest Jelly Bean update is also being prepped for the S3 and Note 2.
A spokesperson for Samsung UK told CNET that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean "will be available across a range of Galaxy devices from mid-November, subject to software testing and approvals by individual networks."… Read more
Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has inked a deal with Gorilla Glass maker Corning that could send shockwaves through the mobile market.
As part of the deal announced Tuesday, Samsung Display will hand over its 43 percent stake in a joint venture between the companies, called Samsung Corning Precision Materials, that produces LCD glass in Korea. In return, Samsung will receive $1.9 billion in convertible preferred shares and will invest another $400 million to get yet more shares. If those shares are converted -- and they likely would be -- Samsung will own 7.4 percent of … Read more