Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on Samsung's bid to rule the world, on the many pieces of the Samsung Group, on TVs and appliances in a Q&A with co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon, and on how Samsung torture-tests its products.TOKYO -- I'm pretty sure my Tokyo cab driver didn't want to kill me, but if I believed Samsung's S Translate, he might have been thinking just that.
I decided to road-test Samsung's translation app during a recent trip to Japan. I know no Japanese (besides what you … Read more
Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on the many pieces of Samsung Group's empire, on road-testing Samsung's S Translate app, on TVs and appliances in a Q&A with co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon, and on how Samsung torture-tests its products.SEOUL, South Korea -- "It sounded like a toilet."
Samsung Electronics sound designer Myoung-woo Nam is describing the not-quite-right noise his team created for the Galaxy S3, at least initially. Here, in a dimly lit room on the eighth floor of a Samsung skyscraper, in the heart of Seoul's … Read more
The latest round of rumors has the presumed successor to Samsung's Galaxy S4, a more powerful Galaxy S5, sporting unicorn-esque specs, perhaps some new flexible materials, and craziest of all: launching as little as 10 months after the Galaxy S4 was introduced.
A Korean site reports that "industry sources" say production of the Galaxy S5 could begin in January, with Samsung's next flagship phone shipping with Android KitKat and alongside a revamped Galaxy Gear 2 watch as early as February or March. That would be a few months ahead of many early-adopting Galaxy S4 owners' one-year anniversaries with their devices. … Read more
Unhappy with your battery-sucking iPhone 5S or your overheating Samsung Galaxy S4? You're not alone.
Battery life and overheating issues were just two of the problems cited by users of four of today's top smartphones in a new report from tech Q&A site FixYa.
Released on Tuesday, FixYa's Black Friday Smartphone Report revealed the top gripes among its site users about the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Moto X. The report bears the Black Friday name as FixYa has aimed it at consumers who plan to shop for a new smartphone the day … Read more
Although you can't deny the popularity of flagship handsets, manufacturers aren't shying away from offering devices that are just one notch down from their highest tiered smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, for instance, recently landed on Verizon and Sprint (with plans to reach AT&T and U.S. Cellular customers soon). It costs $99.99 on contract, though with temporary rebates and deals, Sprint is offering it for free to new customers only. The device features many of the things users love about the Galaxy S4, but in a smaller, slightly less powerful package.
Likewise, Motorola … Read more
Start with a Samsung Galaxy S4, shrink it down, then replace its insides with midrange components. That, in a nutshell, is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. And for some cell phone customers, that's just about ideal.
Although smaller and lighter than the S4, with every spec scaled back, this Mini is no slouch. Its 4.3-inch qHD display, Android 4.2 OS, 8-megapixel camera, and dual-core processor charmed AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular enough to commit to the smaller S4 sibling. There's a certain reliability, too, that comes with Samsung's almost cookie-cutter version of … Read more
AT&T has taken down its Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update, according to a new report.
Android Police on Monday reported that the carrier has taken down the update to address "issues." Neither AT&T nor Samsung revealed what those problems are, according to Android Police, but did say that they're examining "potential improvements."
CNET has not independently confirmed the Galaxy S4 update has been put on hold. CNET has, however, contacted both AT&T and Samsung for comment, and we will update this story when we have more … Read more
A day after Samsung waxed eloquent about its 64-bit chip plans, a report out of Asia claims that high-end 64-bit smartphones are due from the company next year.
The electronics giant will launch flagship smartphones with 64-bit CPUs (central processing units) in 2014, Taipei-based Digitimes reported Thursday, citing sources.
The phones will also sport WQHD (2,560x1,440 resolution) displays and 16-megapixel cameras, according to the report. Both Samsung Display and Japan Display will "begin volume production of WQHD displays soon," the Digitimes claimed.
CNET has contacted Samsung and will update the report when we have more information.… Read more
Exclusive to the retailer in US markets, the blue smartphone will be offered across Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint networks. Pricing is not mentioned in the press release, but we expect it to cost $199 with two-year service agreements, the same as its retail price with the carrier.
The Blue Arctic Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available through all Best Buy channels starting November 14.
Customers can begin preordering the handset in stores and online effective November 10. MyBestBuy Elite … Read more