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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear

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The Samsung smartwatch is finally upon us

Long rumored, and frequently leaked, today the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is finally official, and we’ve had the chance to spend some time with Samsung’s new wearable device.

First things first, if you were concerned about an overabundance of glossy plastic or a cheap-feeling design — a common criticism of some Samsung phones — don’t be. The Galaxy Gear is an attractive, well-built piece of technology that looks like a premium sports watch. The front is furnished in metal and sapphire glass, while the matte plastic body blends seamlessly into the soft-touch, rubberized strap. It’s comfortable to use and comfortable to wear.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hands-on

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The latest iteration of Samsung’s Note handset features new S Pen apps and a unique new back cover

When the Samsung Galaxy Note first emerged a couple of years ago, few suspected it would go on to become a cornerstone of Samsung’s Android device lineup. Yet here we are in 2013 witnessing the launch of the Galaxy Note 3, the third iteration of a highly successful device family.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 formula is a familiar one — combine a big screen with stylus input, a powerful CPU and a ton of software features. On the hardware side, the Note 3 is more or less the same size and shape as its predecessor, although it’s sporting a larger screen (5.7 inches), a larger battery (3200mAh) and a lighter weight. It’s entirely more squared-off than many recent Samsung devices, indicating a departure from the nature-inspired design language of old. If anything, the new Note resembles an old-style paper notepad — that’s mostly due to its bold new back cover design.

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4 years ago

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

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With the new ​Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung finally ups its tablet game

The original Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 had a storied path to release. Originally unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012 and later redesigned, it arrived last fall to mixed reviews. Since then, Samsung has focused on mid-range tablets in the Android space, with the one major exception being the Google-backed Nexus 10.

So as the Korean manufacturer unveils a new Galaxy Note 10.1, what’s changed? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot. And the 2014 Galaxy Note, as it’s being called, is a better device for it.

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4 years ago

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 3

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Coming to AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular later this year

As expected, Samsung has in Berlin this evening at Unpacked officially introduced the Galaxy Note 3. The latest in the Note line will be available worldwide in over 140 countries beginning September 25, with an arrival on all 4 main U.S. carriers plus U.S. Cellular later on this year. Oh, and you'll be able to pick it up in black or white, or in some places even pink. Canadians will be able to find the Note 3 just about everywhere: Rogers, Bell, TELUS, and even Videotron, SaskTel, WIND, and Mobilicity. 

The Galaxy Note 3 sports a 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display, an increase on its predecessor, yet comes in slightly thinner and lighter than the Note 2 with a larger, 3200mAh battery. It's packing 3GB of RAM underneath alongside either a Snapdragon 800 or an Exynos Octa Core CPU depending on location, and whether or not you're wanting LTE. 

The real highlight of the Note 3 continues to be the S Pen, and Samsung has again incorporated a bunch of new stuff to do with it. A click of the S Pen's button while hovering over the display brings up the new Air Command menu, with 5 features including Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window. Multi Window now incorporates drag-and-drop, allowing you to move content between windows in just the same way you might on a regular computer. 

We've already had some quality time with the Galaxy Note 3, so be sure to check out our full first hands on with it. The official press release is right after the break. 

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4 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is official

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Will only work with the Galaxy Note 3 at launch

Samsung this evening at the IFA conference in Berlin has officially taken the wraps off the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, its first real foray into the wearables game. It'll be available starting Sept. 25 alongside the Galaxy Note 3 — which for now is the only device the Gear works with.

Unlike other black-and-white e-ink smartwatches, this one's got a full color Super AMOLED touchscreen — 1.63 inches at 320 by 320. It's got a microphone and speaker for proper calls from your arm. And increasing the Dick Tracy factor is a 1.9-megapixel camera tucked into the top end of the wrist strap.

Plus, it works in conjunction with a number of applications, including eBay, Evernote, Path, Glympse, Pocket, Runkeeper and Tripit, to name but a few.

Oh, and it's a watch, available in a half-dozen colors —  Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold and Lime Green.

We've already gotten some quality hands-on time with the Galaxy Gear, so be sure to check that out. We've also got the official presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung announces the brand new Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

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It's a new 10.1-inch Galaxy Note, for 2014

It isn't just all about phones and watches here in Berlin, as Samsung has just announced Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition.) An update to the previous Note 10.1, we've got a newer design that fits with what Samsung is doing on the other devices in the portfolio, and some much more pleasing hardware. It'll be available globally beginning sometime in Q3 2013. 

The display on the new Note 10.1 is a WQXGA Super Clear LCD at 2560x1600 resolution. As with the Galaxy Note 3, there's a pair of different CPU's on offer, with the 3G and WiFi only versions carrying an Exynos Octa Core, and the LTE version packs a Snapdragon 800. Both carry the same 3GB of RAM that the phone has, too. 

Of course, the Note line is all about the S Pen, and the Note 10.1 shares a bunch of the new pen related features that the Note 3 has been introduced with. 

The Note 10.1 will come with 16, 32 or 64GB of on-board storage, all expandable via microSD card. Color wise you can have any color you want, so long as it's white or black. We've had some time with the Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) already, so be sure to check out our full hands on. The official press release can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

ASUS announces New Fonepads, Transformer Pad 701,Transformer Book and new MeMO pads

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ASUS has something for everyone in their upcoming product line

ASUS has just announced six new Android-based products, and there's something here for everyone. With new Fonepads, MeMO pad budget tablets, a hot new Transformer and the new Transformer Book Win 8/Android convertible, there's a lot to cover in this small space. 

There's no official word on pricing or availability on any of these just yet, but when we get more information you'll find it right here on the blog.

We've got it broken down, and the handful of press pictures for everyone to look through after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 coming to Phones4U UK in late September

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Pre-orders eligible for free wireless speaker and other gifts

Sony has just taken the wraps off of its latest high-end device, the Xperia Z1, and Phones4U in the UK has already announced that it will have the phone along with some special promotions. The UK phone retailer has the Xperia Z1 available in both white and black up for pre-order, with plans from EE, Vodafone and Orange all ready to go. Prices range from free and £42 per month up to £79 and £33 per month, depending on the plan.

If you choose to pull the trigger on a pre-order from Phones4U, you'll not only pick up a free wireless speaker (£120 value), but also a free Sony Smartwatch 2 (£170 value) or £200 off a Sony Xperia Tablet Z. That's a pretty crazy deal if you decide to pick one of these up early.

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4 years ago

Sony announces Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10 camera accessories for smartphones

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Availability set for later this month in-store and online for $250 and $500

Sony took the stage here at IFA in Berlin to unveil its latest products that span the gap between its smart phone and camera divisions — the Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10 "lens-style cameras". We've all seen the grouping of leaks that have revealed many of the details of these devices, but now we have the cold hard facts.

The QX100 and QX10 are effectively complete point-and-shoot cameras without the actual camera body attached, stuffing all of the functions of a camera into a standard-sized lens assembly. The lens-style cameras pair to any smart phone over NFC (or manually if necessary) and connect over Wifi, turning your phone into a viewfinder and control mechanism for the camera. Pictures taken when paired with a phone are saved to both the camera and the phone, and can be instantly shared as if they were taken with the phone itself.

The QX100 packs the same 20.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor as Sony's latest RX100M2 camera, along with Carl Zeiss optics and 3.6x optical zoom. The larger size affords it the room to have a dedicated control ring to manipulate manual focus and zoom if you choose. It will offer a variety of shooting modes, from superior and intelligent auto up to aperture priority for more advanced shooters

The lower-end QX10 has a smaller 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, but has the added bonus of 10x optical zoom instead and can be had in either black or white colors. Naturally the QX10 has fewer shooting modes than the QX100, but has an overall smaller size at just 2.5” x 2.5” x 1.3”. Helping keep photos as crisp as possible is integrated SteadyShot optical image stabilization as well.

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4 years ago

Sony officially announces the Xperia Z1 at IFA 2013

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Brand new camera experience while retaining waterproof design

We're live in Berlin with Sony at its IFA 2013 press conference, and the wraps have just been pulled officially off the new Xperia Z1. As leaks have already indicated leading up to the event, the Xperia Z1 looks to be the Japanese manufacturers late 2013 flagship Android smartphone.

The Xperia Z1 is completely waterproof, sports a massive 20.7MP camera with improved 3x lossless digital zoom and several new camera software improvements. We're looking at a 1080p "Triluminous" display on front and the latest internals backing it up inside.

We now have the full press release and a few more images after the break. We'll be going hands on with the Xperia Z1 a little later, but in the meantime keep it locked to Android Central for continuing coverage of Sony's announcements from Berlin. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1 ForumFollow the Sony Live at IFA liveblog

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4 years ago

Moto X now available on US Cellular for $199

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The Moto X (read our review) is now available on US Cellular. If you're interested in the US Cellular version, you can order it online for $199 (with a new 2 year agreement) after a rebate; it will also be available in stores on Friday, September 6th. You can currently get the Moto X in two colors: Woven White and Woven Black. 

If you have already pre-ordered it, don't worry, they have started to ship, so you should receive yours soon. 

This is great news for all of you on US Cellular who have been patiently waiting for the Moto X or for those who have been considering switching to the carrier. US Cellular is also offering a $75 switcher bonus for those switching from other providers. 

Who's getting one?

Source: US Cellular

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4 years ago

We're live in Berlin for Samsung Unpacked 2013: Episode 2!

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Follow our live coverage of everything Samsung has to show us from their Unpacked 2013 event in Berlin

We're here, and by here I mean we're live on location at the Tempodrom in Berlin where Samsung is going to take us on one of their wild rides that is Unpacked. And what a show we're expecting it to be. The Berlin Unpacked event has become something of a tradition in recent years, with the headline launch having always been the Galaxy Note. This year is no exception, the invite on its own is reason enough to expect the Galaxy Note 3 to be officially unveiled here today. 

But, Samsung is also pretty good at throwing us a few curveballs, such as the Galaxy Camera and a bunch of ATIV Windows stuff last year. This year we could possibly be looking at the rumored Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Whatever happens, we'll know soon enough and we'll be bringing you with us every step of the way. The action kicks off at 19:00 local time (18:00 BST, 13:00 EDT, 10:00 PDT). Click on past the break for our Samsung Unpacked liveblog! 

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4 years ago

We're live in Berlin with Sony at IFA 2013!

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Live coverage of all Sony's IFA 2013 announcements as they happen

We're live in Berlin today with Sony, as they kick off the IFA 2013 excitement with their press conference from the halls of Messe Berlin. What to expect, then? We're expecting to see the much leaked Xperia Z1 officially introduced today, and also the interesting looking 'Lens Camera' attachments that have leaked out in recent days and weeks. And, since this is Sony, and this is a consumer electronics show, there's sure to be some non-mobile announcements, including some likely very sexy — and very expensive — 4K televisions.

The show kicks off at 16:00 local time (15:00 BST, 10:00 EDT, 07:00 PDT) so remember to bookmark this page for full live coverage. You'll find our liveblog after the break. 

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4 years ago

HTC One Mini gets the David Koma design treatment in Twitter contest

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HTC's UK arm this morning announced a special edition of the HTC One Mini, designed by British fashion guru David Koma. 

It's a limited run of 10 handsets, HTC says, and HTC UK is giving them away through Sept. 24 when you tweet with #htckoma along with a design of your own making as inspired by Koma, and with "the idea of 'change'," HTC says. One overall winner will also take away a signed print of the original artwork.

Says HTC:

The special edition collection sees HTC and David Koma working together to explore the ideas of change and innovation – traits that both are synonymous with in their respective fields – in a project that celebrates the power of design to bridge material and format. Each special edition HTC One mini handset features one of two exclusive designs by David Koma, printed onto the phone’s aluminium back panel. One of the unique abstract designs is inspired by his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, while the other gives a flavour of what is to come in the Spring/Summer 2014 show, taking place on the 14th September, during London Fashion Week.

We've got the full presser after the break, and be sure to check out our HTC One Mini review if you've yet to do so.

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4 years ago

Samsung to include Lookout on future devices for increased enterprise security [update]

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Another layer of security aimed at the enterprise could help BYOD efforts

Update: Naturally, as soon as the rumors are swirling, Lookout has just announced on its official blog that it has struck a deal with Samsung to be included in its KNOX security system on future devices. This partnership is part of a bigger move towards the enterprise for Lookout, and the security company clarifies that it will only be bundled on Samsung devices that have KNOX installed.

Original story: The idea of whether or not Android devices would benefit from third-party antivirus and security software is still being debated, but Samsung is potentially thinking it is a necessity. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Samsung is expected to announce that it has penned a deal with Lookout to have its antivirus software pre-installed on devices going forward.

Indications are that the partnership with Lookout will span across all of Samsung's future devices, but the aim is to further its enterprise security rather than to protect average consumers. Building on its Samsung KNOX program, which works to silo enterprise data on personal devices, the inclusion of Lookout antivirus will potentially add yet another layer of security.

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