Samsung is even copying Apple EarPods for the Galaxy S6

By Jake Smith on Feb 27, 2015

The earbuds that will ship alongside the Galaxy S6 after it’s announced on March 1 have been leaked to the world, and once again, it looks like Samsung isn’t shy when it comes to copying Apple’s designs.

While Apple didn’t necessarily invent the earbud, it has made them popular by shipping them with each iOS device it sells. If the earbud leak from Tinhte.vn is true, it isn’t only the smartphone that Samsung is copying. Read More

 

Samsung buys rumored Apple Car battery partner Magna International

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

The Apple Car rumor just took a more interesting twist with news that Samsung is acquiring Canadian auto supplier Magna International Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

Samsung SDI, the South Korean firm’s material and energy solution providing arm, itself confirmed the acquisition in a media release Monday, saying it was acquiring Magna International’s battery pack unit.

Magna, which has its headquarters in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, sells its vehicle battery technology to Tesla and other car makers and has recently been linked to Apple’s secret electric car project. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung’s semiconductor and battery experts

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

Apple is luring Samsung Electronics’ engineers, including chip experts who specialize ”in next-generation technology” related to signal and visual-processing management and battery technology, offering raises and competitive benefits, according to a report Monday by The Korea Times.

In addition to highly-competitive benefits and large annual paychecks, Apple is said to be luring Samsung experts by promising them greater independence, according to unnamed officials. Read More

 

Samsung buys Apple Pay competitor LoopPay

By Jake Smith on Feb 18, 2015

Samsung announced on Wednesday that it’s buying Apple Pay competitor LoopPay as it looks to bolster a mobile payments product. LoopPay, similar to Apple’s offering, offers a mobile wallet that allows wireless payments to take place on existing magnetic stripe readers. Read More

 

Samsung to outwit Apple with 3-sided Galaxy S6 screen and all-metal enclosure?

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2015

Bloomberg is reporting Wednesday that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone, developed under the “Project Zero” codename, will come in two flavors, including a model with a display covering three sides. The other model will have a regular screen that doesn’t stretch down either side.

Sources with direct knowledge of the matter who spoke to the news organization report that both editions of the device rock 5.1-inch screens, are encased in all-metal bodies and run “Samsung’s most advanced processor chips.”

We recently reported that Samsung in a last-minute move dropped Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 810 silicon which overheated during testing. Read More

 

More word Samsung will manufacture Apple’s next-gen A9 processor

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

Apple is moving away from TSMC and back to Samsung to manufacture the chip that is the power house behind the iPhone, reports Recode.

The report notes that Apple had “hoped” to rely more heavily on TSMC for the next-generation A9 processor – probably, you know, because Samsung is a huge rival – but things didn’t work out that way because of TSMC’s limits in manufacturing.

Samsung will be building the A9 chip using the 14nm process, which allows the chip to run cooler and draw less power from the iPhone’s battery. TSMC is unable to manufacture anything smaller than the 20nm process that is currently used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  Read More

 

Latest Samsung Galaxy S6 leak looks close to iPhone 6

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

The latest leak for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 point to the flagship smartphone looking very close to the iPhone 6 that was released by Apple last fall. Nowhereelse.fr got its hands on alleged photos of the handset’s parts, showing a metal cassis with rounded sides.

More suspect, the photos also show feature placement of the Galaxy S6 is the same on the iPhone 6 for the headphone jack, speaker, cable connector, and SIM card. There’s also similar antenna breaks, however they’re found on the bottom and top of the device instead of the left and right sides. Read More

 

HTC rap anthem takes ad wars to the next level, disses Apple and Samsung

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2015

Somebody thought a rap music video about HTC would be a nice excuse to blast Samsung and Apple. In what could quite possibly mark the worst Apple ad attack ever, the cringeworthy hip hop anthem titled “Hold the Crown” sings praise to the HTC M8 handset while dissing competition.

“Your phone was all glass, why you changed your tune now?,” hip hop artists Greg Carr aka “Doc G” of the musical group P.M. Dawn raps in the video.

“Your chip is slower, but you’ll never touch our BoomSound,” the lyrics continue. Accusing “more than a few clowns” who stole “what we originated”, the music video goes on to proclaim HTC as the master of the universe and paint “your Galaxy” as “overrated”. Read More

 

Samsung schedules ‘Galaxy Unpacked 2015’ event for March 1

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2015

The South Korean consumer electronics giant, Samsung, today announced that it will be holding its annual ‘Galaxy Unpacked’ event next month, as reported by the SamMobile blog.

Titled ‘Galaxy Unpacked 2015,’ the event is scheduled for March 1, coinciding with Mobile World Congress which runs March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain.

Of course, we fully expect the Galaxy S6, or whatever it’s called, to go head-to-head against Apple’s latest iPhones. The invites have gone out to select members of the press and feature black background, what appears to be a profile of a curved device and the “What’s Next” tagline tease. Read More

 

While Apple is reaching new heights, Samsung is hitting new lows

By Sébastien Page on Jan 29, 2015

Apple and Samsung might be sharing the crown for top smartphone maker, with both companies reportedly shipping 74.5 million units in the last quarter, there are still wide discrepancies between the financials of the two giants. While Apple is reaching new heights following the record-smashing financial results for the last quarter it reported on Tuesday, Samsung is reaching new lows as its mobile division is crumbling to turn a profit, a situation that is the result of two very different strategies. Read More

 

Apple ties Samsung for the world’s top smartphone maker crown

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Driven by phenomenal iPhone sales during the holiday quarter, Apple has now tied Samsung for the title of the world’s top smartphone maker. According to latest numbers from research firm Strategy Analytics relayed by Bloomberg, both companies sold about 74.5 million smartphones during the fourth quarter of last year.

Both companies took an equal 19.6 percent market share in the global market for smartphones. Motorola owner Lenovo was a distant third with a 6.5 percent share, followed by Chinese vendor Huawei, which took a 5.7 percent share. Lenovo and Huawei shipper about 24 million smartphones each. Read More

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 won’t be using Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip due to overheating

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015

News broke today that Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the fabled Galaxy S6, won’t be using Qualcomm’s new mobile system-on-a-chip, the Snapdragon 810.

As Re/code noted, the revelation came indirectly, via Qualcomm’s earnings call today, as the firm had to tell investors “a large customer’s flagship device” won’t be shipping with the Snapdragon 810 inside.

Lost business has forced Qualcomm to cut its outlook for the fiscal year slightly. The semiconductor maker did not say which client, and why, has dropped the Snapdragon 810.

However, a week ago Bloomberg learned that Samsung had opted to drop the 810 from its upcoming flagship due to overheating problems. Read More

 

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 rumored to adopt touch-based fingerprint sensor akin to Touch ID

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone will include a much-improved fingerprint sensor which takes cues from Apple’s Touch ID in that it will recognize a fingerprint when a user places their fingertip on the Home button, according to an unverified report last week by SamMobile.

The Galaxy S5 made some noise by adding a fingerprint sensor that requires users to swipe their finger on the sensor. It didn’t win praise for quality or innovation as reviewers were quick to pan it due to inaccurate and unreliable performance, which ultimately frustrated the users. Read More

 

Samsung makes offer to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion

By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2015

Samsung has recently approached BlackBerry with an acquisition offer, reports Reuters. Citing a person familiar with the matter, the outlet says that the Korean electronics giant offered as much as $7.5 billion to buy the struggling handset-maker.

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Samsung’s SmartThings platform for the connected home will work with Apple’s HomeKit

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2015

Samsung’s new solution for the connected home, based on a technology provided by SmartThings, a startup it announced acquiring in August of last year, will play nicely with Apple’s own HomeKit platform, Cnet reported Monday.

Although SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson did not detail precisely how HomeKit fits into Samsung’s strategy, he did confirm that his company’s SmartHome platform will support HomeKit. Read More

 

Samsung reportedly building processors for Apple Watch, analysts revising shipment forecasts

By Jake Smith on Jan 9, 2015

Samsung Electronics’ chip division will be building the processor inside the first-generation Apple Watch set to launch in March, according to supply chain sources at Digitimes. Using the 28nm process technology, Apple’s order to Samsung is said to call for 3,000 to 4,000 12-inch wafers monthly.  Read More

 

Samsung saw 37 percent drop in operating profit during Q4 2014

By Jake Smith on Jan 7, 2015

The drama continues for electronics giant Samsung, as it posts preliminary results for yet another lackluster quarter. The company reported a 12 percent drop in revenue and a 37 percent decrease in operating profit during the fourth quarter of 2014. Read More

 

Wait, TSMC to remain Apple’s key supplier for upcoming A9 chip – not Samsung

By Jake Smith on Dec 30, 2014

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the major supplier for Apple’s upcoming 14-nanometre A9 processor, reports Taipei Times, contrary to previous reports.  Read More

 

Apple dominated Christmas, activating 2.9 devices per one Samsung

By Jake Smith on Dec 29, 2014

Mobile analytics firm Flurry is out with its December Christmas week research, like it does every year, and one thing is extremely evident – Santa loves Apple. The iPhone accounted for 51 percent of new device activations from December 19th to December 25th, putting a pretty good beating on Samsung, who only accounted for 18 percent.

Flurry found that for every one Samsung device that was activated, Apple activated 2.9 devices. For every Microsoft Lumia device activated, Apple activated 8.8 devices. We’ll have to wait until Apple’s earnings call probably sometime in January for more of a per-device breakdown, but it looks like the iPhone 6 far outweighed any other version of the iPhone. Read More

 

Samsung allegedly taking on Apple Pay with ubiquitous solution powered by LoopPay

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2014

Re/code is reporting that Samsung is prepping a response to Apple Pay in the form of its own mobile payment solution that doesn’t require NFC and should support virtually 100 percent of credit cards and payment terminals.

The service should be announced sometime in 2015 as the South Korean giant is reportedly in talks with the Burlington, Massachusetts based mobile payments startup LoopPay about possibly incorporating their technology into its wireless mobile payment system. Read More

 
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