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Aamir Siddiqui · Jul 28, 2015

Galaxy Unpacked: What is Samsung Going to Unveil?

Amidst all the hype of the OnePlus 2 and the rain of Moto 2015 news, Samsung tried stealing the limelight back to itself by announcing their next "Galaxy Unpacked" event, which will be held on August 13th 2015. Samsung took to Twitter to reveal a very cryptic gif associated with the event, which probably has some clue on the device(s) to be launched. The hashtag "#TheNextGalaxy" does indeed point that the event will be the launchpad for a Galaxy device,...

Aamir Siddiqui · Jul 27, 2015

New Samsung Monitor Will Charge Your Phone Wirelessly

Wireless charging is certainly a technology of the future, having tremendous scope to make our lives a tad bit more convenient. And that is the aim of Samsung's newly launched SE370 Monitor, as it claims to be the world's first monitor with an integrated wireless charger for smartphones. The monitor will work with all devices that support the Qi wireless charging standard. Apart from the integrated wireless charger, the Samsung SE370 has a fairly standard setup as far as being a...

Aamir Siddiqui · Jul 25, 2015

Samsung Pay Not Supported On Knox-Tripped Devices

Back at MWC 2015, when Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, it also unveiled its ambitious attempt on the existing mobile wallet scene. In order to stand above the crowd and competition from services of Google and Apple, Samsung's methodology involved use of NFC as well as a new proprietary technology called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST). In their own words: "To date, mobile wallets have had extremely low acceptance with merchants utilising conventional magstripe terminals. With Samsung...

Aamir Siddiqui · Jul 23, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 & S6 Edge+ Leak in All Their Glory

As we build up for the second half of 2015, we get to see more and more of the surprises that OEM's have in store for their customers, courtesy of both professional and amateur leakers who get their hands on unreleased test devices. The latest device, or devices in this case, come from the stables of Samsung, who is riding high after the success of its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge lineup. Praised highly for their design, it should come...

Aamir Siddiqui · Jul 10, 2015

Galaxy A8: Confirmation Of Samsung’s Design Revolution

A few days ago, images of the new Samsung Galaxy A8 surfaced online on Chinese website pconline.com.cn. The Samsung Galaxy A8 will reportedly feature a 1.5 GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor along with Adreno 405 GPU. The phone will also feature 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which thankfully, will be expandable via a micro-sd card slot. The phone will also boast a 16 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera, along with a 3050 mAh battery. For...

Faiz Malkani · Jun 18, 2015

Samsung Releases 16 New Themes on the Theme Store

The launch of the S6 and S6 Edge back in March saw the latest version of Touchwiz being released alongside the devices, with some serious effort put into it this time around, in a bid to move away from the notorious reputation Samsung's Android skin has gained over the past few years. Memory efficiency and decreased bloatware were the obvious fixes, but Samsung went above and beyond, adding features that end users actually needed. One of them is the homebrewed Theme...

Mathew Brack · Jun 11, 2015

AirDroid 3 Update – Win a Year of AirDroid Premium!

AirDroid has just received an update that gives AirMirror compatibility to most Samsung phones. This comes just days after their poll to decide the next IM client to receive support ended, showing Telegram as the winner and most likely to receive attention in the coming months.   The latest update has brought significantly improved AirMirror compatibility to Samsung phones. Airmirror now works on most rooted Samsung phones running Android 4.0 and above. AirMirror is a new feature introduced in AirDroid 3...

Eric Hulse · Jun 10, 2015

Fix For Galaxy S6 Memory Issues

Not unlike Nexus devices on Lollipop, Galaxy S6 users have been complaining of ram issues for some time now. Apps don’t seem to stay in memory very long, and there are launcher redraws abound. Ideally 5.1 brings some much needed help as it did with Nexus devices. In the mean time, a thread in our own forums seems to have discovered a potential fix. Apparently the memory management settings for Android that Samsung chose were a bit too aggressive. The fix involves some...

Mathew Brack · Jun 8, 2015

AT&T Announces The Galaxy S6 Active

AT&T has just announced the impending arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. An impressive IP68 rated device, with a sturdy looking body and mechanical buttons in lieu of their capacitive counterparts. The device also features a 3,500 mAh battery, that is almost an extra 40% on top of the regular S6's battery capacity.   The IP68 rating means that the device is water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes, is able to withstand dust, vibrations, temperatures...

Brandon Noskoviak · Jun 5, 2015

AT&T Hints At Galaxy S6 Active In Tweet

AT&T tweets an entertaining line and image today from their mobile account. It was last year during this time that they released the AT&T exclusive Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Are we seeing a hint towards the release of the Galaxy S6 Active? Learn more about our newest Samsung Galaxy variant after the break.   Last year during the early summer months, June 12 to be precise, AT&T launched their exclusive ruggedized Galaxy S5 variant. With a tougher build, stronger bezel,...

Mathew Brack · May 1, 2015

Brand Loyalty: OEMs Giveth and Then Taketh Away

The majority of users here at XDA will feel fierce brand loyalty for a company, whether it is Android itself, their phone’s OEM or something else entirely. It’s a topic that is shown constantly in the great “which is better” debates and whilst we may give it willingly in return for a quality product, many companies see much higher levels than others.   Be Together Not The Same One of the many perks we have as Android users is the...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 30, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Hits USA, but Is It Cheap Enough?

Samsung’s tablet repertoire keeps growing, this time abandoning the S for an A. The Korean giant had stated that they would be trimming and focusing their smartphone and tablet lineups by reducing the number of devices and making them more cost-effective for consumer (read, cheaper). While we still see many Samsung phones, critics agree that they do indeed feel more polished and with a clearer purpose. This is how Samsung’s Galaxy A line-up came to be, a spiritual successor to...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 11, 2015

Why a 4K Display on the Note 5 Is a Very Smart Move

Screen resolutions are a polarizing topic in the mobile enthusiast world, as with each new jump in pixel count come new requirements that are sometimes not met. Typically, the first generation of phones to handle a higher resolution display are the ones that suffer the most, given that the new panels can drain a substantially higher amount of battery as well as require extra graphics processing power. Last year’s G3 had a chipset and a screen that were not quite...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 6, 2015

An Exercise in Redundancy: Are OEM Features “Smart”?

Today we saw the release of promotional videos and announcements from LG, a couple of weeks before an unveiling event that will most likely result in lots of buzz surrounding an upcoming LG G4. Last year's LG G3 went on to win plenty of awards all over the blogosphere, as well as many Android fans' hearts. But while it was a great phone with seemingly impeccable specifications, many were quick to notice that the software was, once more, not as smooth as...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 26, 2015

Samsung Attempts to Buy AMD – Speculation & Discussion

Samsung’s semiconductor game and their Exynos chipsets have gained a lot of traction recently given the unveiling of the S6, and its subsequent testing showing a remarkable step forward in performance and efficiency. This advancement was put to contrast with the outcome of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset, which is said company’s incursion into the octa core big.LITTLE ARM model that Samsung has been perfecting over the past 3 years. Needless to say, said jump from their traditional Krait core arrangement...

Mathew Brack · Mar 12, 2015

Huawei Watch Price: A Lesson in Context

Rumors have emerged that the highly anticipated Huawei watch will cost somewhere around $1000. While many people referred to this as unreasonable for a smart watch, this may actually not be the case, once you realize just what you would be getting for your money. Further reports have stated that the device will come in several variations: the first costing $370 and coming with a black or silver finish and a stainless steel band. The second variant will cost $424 and...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 1, 2015

Samsung Unpacked Coverage: All About the S6

Samsung's Unpacked Event has now come and gone through Mobile World Congress 2015, and we've got a good look at what could be the most advanced phone of the year thus far. The event started shortly after its scheduled time at 12:30PM today and the only devices shown were the Galaxy S6 and its Edge variant, both of which pack an impressive amount of features, spectacular internals and an all-new beautiful design. The show began with a quiet voice whispering to...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 23, 2015

Galaxy S6 Round-up: What We Know, What We Expect

The Samsung Galaxy S line-up needs no introduction, as it is the insignia flagship of Android. While it thrived in glory a few years ago, though, it has now become a dying light of what was once one of the best handset offerings you could get. The Galaxy S3 was a landmark in phone history, and even last year it remained the most popular Samsung phone in the U.S. But the S4 took that formula and simply failed to innovate...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 17, 2015

Samsung Dramatically Slashes Handset Prices in India

Samsung has been in a thick conundrum this past year, as the company has seen their profits stumble season after season, with the last quarter hitting a disappointing $4.87 billion in revenue when the year before they had a much stronger $7.7 billion figure in the same fourth quarter. Numerous news surrounding Samsung's imminent demise surfaced, many focusing on their inability to sustain a good flagship model; it is no secret their Galaxy S line has lost much of its appeal to...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 11, 2015

Exynos Past and Future: An Old Chip Comes of Age

Chipsets are arguably one of the main components that drive innovation forward in the mobile space. The formula is simple: the more processing power you have, the more things you can pull off efficiently. In the past 7 years, we've seen smartphone chipsets evolve from single-core CPUs clocked at 412MHz to our current behemoths of power with clock speeds over 2Ghz and up to 8 cores--all in a 64 bit package to boot. While these numbers are usually the well-known...