Samsung announces 21-day trial program for Galaxy and Gear devices

Many of us always do a lot of research before spending money on a new device, but what if you could use that device for a few days before arriving at a buying decision. Well, Samsung might just have come up with a solution for the same, as the company has announced a new consumer trial program.

Interested buyers can walk into one of five Galaxy Studio retail locations in the US, provide a refundable debit or credit card deposit, and walk away with a device and try it for 21 days. That said, only a select few devices are eligible. These include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, along with the Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches. Besides, you also get the option to rent a phone or smartwatch separately or as a bundle.

That said, it’ll be great if Samsung can bring the program to more locations in the country, as currently, the new trial program is valid at only five locations across the United States. More details about the new trial program can be found on Samsung’s official website.


Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch now listed on Play Store

Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch are now officially available for purchase on the Google Play Store. They join the list of a handful of smartwatches that run Google’s latest wearable device operating system called Android Wear.

Pr-orders for both smartwatches are now open. The LG G Watch priced at $299, starts shipping first beginning July 3. According to the Play Store listing: it’ll available in India, France, Ireland, Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Key specs on the LG G watch include a 1.65-inch always-on display with a 280 x 280 resolution and a 400mAh battery. Under the hood, it gets powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 512 MB of RAM. It comes with 4GB of built-in storage, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 9-axis sensor.

The smartwatch also gets IP67 certification, making it dust and water-resistant for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water. The LG G Watch will be offered in Black Titan and White Gold color options and can be personalized with multiple standard 22m straps available in the market.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Gear Live is priced slightly lower at $199. The Gear Live starts shipping on July 8 and will be available in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Key specs on the Gear Live include a 300mAh battery and a 1.63-inch AMOLED display with a 320 x 320 resolution. It also features a heart rate monitor for enhanced fitness. Under the hood, it gets powered by a 1.2GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. Other features of the Gear Live include IP67 rating for dust and water-resistance, Bluetooth 4.0, and onboard sensors such as gyroscope, compass, and accelerometer.



Samsung Gear Live Android Wear smartwatch goes official

Samsung just announced its latest Android Wear smartwatch, called the Gear Live at Google I/O Developers Conference. The smartwatch gets a price tag of $199 and will be available for pre-order on the Play Store today. Besides, it’ll also be available on Amazon and BestBuy starting July 7th.

The Gear Live is the company’s first Android Wear device and features the same display found on Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatch.

The Gear Live comes with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED (320 X320) display. Under the hood, it gets powered by a 1.2 GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM. It offers 4GB of built-in storage. The smartwatch measures in at 37.9 mm x 56.4 mm x 8.9 mm and weighs 2 ounces. It’ll be offered in a choice of black and red wine color variants.

The Samsung Gear Live comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and accelerometer that are integrated with several fitness apps, as well as Google Fit. The smartwatch can be paired with any Android device running Android 4.3 or higher.


Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport to launch on July 25

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport is coming to the market on July 25. Its essentially the same as Active, apart from the name. The Galaxy S5 Sport will be offered in a choice of Electric Blue and Cherry Red color variants this summer.

The handset is a Sprint exclusive, just like the Galaxy S5 Active is an AT&T exclusive. However, the Sports variant happens to be just slightly bulkier to offer protection from rough usage. The handset comes with a textured rear which Samsung claims make it ‘easy to hold onto when you’re on the run’.

The Galaxy S5 Sport comes with IP67 water and dust resistance. According to Samsung, the new Sport is designed for fitness and sports enthusiasts.

Some of the highlights that set the Galaxy S5 Sport apart include Activity Zone – preloaded app that offers barometer, compass, flashlight, and stopwatch from a single screen. Besides, it comes with S Heath2, which is an integrated mobile platform to access health info, map out workouts, and make healthier eating choices.

Also, it comes with Sprint Fit Live, a preloaded app offering access to fitness applications and activities, along with delivering relevant health information.



Samsung Galaxy Tab S to launch in the US on June 27

Samsung has officially confirmed that both 8.4-inch and 105-inch variations of Galaxy Tab S will be available for purchase in the US starting next week, on June 27 to be exact. The tablet will be sold initially directly via along with retailers such as BestBuy, Amazon, Sears, many more.

The WiFi-only variant of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will cost you nearly $399, while the 105-inch model will carry a price tag of $499.99. If you’re planning to buy the tablet through a wireless carrier, you’ll have to wait a little longer as Samsung says the tablet will be available only later this year. The Korean company also notes that only the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 variant will be available with most carriers, except for Verizon which will carry both models.

In terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab S comes with a Super AMOLED display. Under the hood, it gets powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. And you get all this in a thin and lightweight body measuring 6.6mm and 465 grams respectively.

The tablet runs the latest Android KitKat operating system. In the photography department, it comes with an 8MP primary camera capable of recording full HD videos, along with a 2MP front-facing shooter. As for the battery, the 8.4-inch model gets juiced by a 4900mAh battery, while the 10.5-inch variant comes with a 7900mAH battery.


Samsung releases fitness-focused updates for its new wearable devices

Samsung unveiled a slew of wearables devices earlier this year. These include the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches alongside a new fitness tracker called the Gear Fit. Now, the Korean company has finally released fitness-focussed updates for all three devices in the US based on customer feedback.

Some of the enhancements in the update include a much-improved pedometer that automatically starts counting steps and higher pedometer goals. Besides, the enhanced transfer process makes it easier for users to transfer data from the pedometer.

Elsewhere, the update also enhances the heart rate monitoring process. The sleep mode also gets updated which now disables the screen wake up feature, to allow users to wear the device while sleeping without being disturbed.

Finally, the update gives users more options for messages sent to rejected calls along with the ability to create messages of their own.

The new update has already begun rolling out for users in the US. Users will receive a notification on their paired Galaxy smartphone or tablet when the update becomes available in a region.


Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy Tab S

Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S last night during an event at Madison Square Garden. As expected, the latest flagship tablet comes equipped with top-notch specifications and features. The device is now open for preorders and will be available in two screen sizes – 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch priced at $399 and $499.

“The tablet is becoming a popular personal viewing device for enjoying content, which makes the quality of the display a critical feature,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the launch of the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung is setting the industry bar higher for the entire mobile industry. It will provide consumers with a visual and entertainment experience that brings colors to life, beautifully packaged in a sleek and ultra-portable mobile device.”

Galaxy Tab S: Specs and Features

The latest flagship tablet boasts a 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED display. Under the hood, it gets powered by a Snapdragon 800 CPU, or Exynos 5 octa-core processor for international markets. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, which is further expandable via a microSD slot. The tablet runs the latest Android KitKat operating system. In the photography department, it comes with an 8MP primray camera cacapble of recording full HD videos, along with a 2MP front-facing shooter. As for the battery, the 8.4-inch model gets juiced by a 4900mAh battery, while the 10.5-inch variant comes with a 7900mAH battery.