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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.

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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.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Gold variant coming to all major carriers

T Mobile earlier announced that it would start selling the Galaxy S5 in ‘shimmering metallic gold’ beginning May 30th. Now, it turns that this will be the launch date for all of the major carriers in the US. By the end of the month, the limited edition Gold Galaxy S5 will also be available from the likes of AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, and Verizon.

One of the highlights of the Galaxy S5 is the fingerprint scanner on the home button, a heart rate sensor placed near the 16-megapixel camera and the IP67 certification that makes it dust and water-resistant. The smartphone also features a new design with a perforated back panel, wider availability of colors, and optional designer back panels.

Key specs on the Galaxy S5 include a 5.10-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at a pixel density of 432 pixels per inch (ppi) and an aspect ratio of 16:9. Under the hood, the handset gets powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4.2 and packs a 2800mAh removable battery.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S5 on the rear packs a 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12-micron. The rear camera setup has phase detection autofocus. It sports a 2-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.4 aperture.

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Customize your Gear 2 with stylish interchangeable bands

Looking to amp your style quotient with new bands for the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches? Well, worry not, as you can easily swap the original bands with the ones that suit your style. Both devices use the standard 22mm band, so there are a plethora of options for both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo when it comes to customization.

“One way to stand out is to coordinate your bands with the season, your outfit or your mood. Since the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo both use a standard 22mm band, you can change bands to customize your look and personalize your style to keep your Gear 2 on trend whether you’re going to work or out for the night with friends.
We’re sharing photos to inspire your style, but the possibilities are endless. Stand out in a crowd by trying a stainless steel band for a classic look or a red leather band for a pop of color,” Samsung stated in a press release.

For now, there’s no mention of the availability of these stylish bands from Samsung stores or anywhere else. That said, the 22mm band size for both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo makes one thing clear – just walk into any branded watch store and easily swap the band to suit your style.

 

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Samsung announces US Galaxy devices that will receive KitKat update

While many of the major smartphone manufacturers have gotten on board with the latest Android update, Samsung has been rather slow when it comes to rolling out updates for its Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets. That said, the company has now finally announced a list of all the Galaxy devices in the US that will get the new Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. You can find the list below:

  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note II
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy S4 mini
  • Galaxy S4 Active
  • Galaxy S4 zoom
  • Galaxy S III
  • Galaxy S III mini
  • Galaxy Mega
  • Galaxy Light
  • Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Galaxy Tab 3
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

The latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update offers several innovative, easy-to-use features that enhance the user experience. These include a more intuitive user interface, better messaging capabilities, and updated applications.

The latest update brings an integrated location menu that enables users to easily summon GPS, WiFi, and mobile networks. The new enhanced messaging feature allows users to choose between Messages or Hangouts as their preferred default application. Additionally, it enables users to choose from a large assortment of updated emoji icons.

The Android KitKat 4.4.2 update for the aforementioned devices has begun starting today and will continue throughout the next few months. That said, the availability of the update will depend on the carrier and the product.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro now available for preorder

Samsung has officially announced that the Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro are now ready for preorder, while shipping begins on February 13. Both devices will be available for purchase via several retailers throughout the US. These include Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry’s, Newegg, and Samsung’s official website.

The Galaxy Tab Pro will hit store shelves starting February 13, while the Note Pro is expected to arrive sometime in March. Both tablets will be offered in a choice of black and white color options.

The new Galaxy Tab Pro will be available in three sizes — 8.4-inch, 10.1-inch, and 12.2-inch — while the Galaxy Note Pro will only be available in the 12.2-inch size. All four tablets have 2560 x 1600 pixel displays, Android 4.4 KitKat, Wi-Fi and LTE options, and 8-megapixel rear cameras as well as 2-megapixel front cameras.

You can find the official prices of all variants of the tablets below:

  • Note Pro 12.2: $749.99 (32 GB), $849.99 (64 GB)
  • Tab Pro 12.2: $649.99 (32 GB)
  • Tab Pro 10.1: $499.99 (16 GB)
  • Tab Pro 8.4: $399.99 (16 GB)

The Galaxy Note Pro is the largest in Samsung’s Pro range of tablets, and the Note Pro supports the S Pen as well. Other key specs include a high-res 12.2-inch display, Exynos Octa processor, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.4 KitKat with Magazine UX on top. It comes in 32/64GB storage variants. There’s also an 8MP primary camera along with a 2MP front-facing shooter. Juicing up the tablet is a 9500mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab Pro also packs the same high-res screen, however, it comes with a less powerful Snapdragon 800 processor and 8GB of RAM.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rose Gold variant arrives on Verizon

Samsung announced back in December that the Galaxy Note 3 will get additional color variants. The expanded color options included merlot, rose gold with white accents, and rose gold with black accents. Originally, the smartphone was available in black, white, and pink color variants. Samsung stated that the rose gold variants of the Galaxy Note 3 are created to compliment the rose gold Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Now, Verizon has officially announced that it will be the exclusive provider of the rose gold version of the Galaxy Note 3. The major difference between the rose gold version of the handset compared to its other versions is the color of the metal accents, which are mated with white. Other than the new exterior color scheme, the new rose gold variant is the same as the originally launched versions.

The Galaxy Note 3 packs a 5.7-inch full HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1020 x 1080. Under the hood, it gets powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone comes equipped with 32GB of internal storage which is further expandable via a microSD slot.

On the software front, the Galaxy Note 3 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. As for the battery, the handset gets fueled by a 3200mAh battery.

Talking about cameras, the Galaxy Note 3 features a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, autofocus, and smart stabilization. It can also record videos in full HD resolution. For selfies, the handset gets a 2MP front-facing shooter with flash.

One of the highlights of the handset is the S Pen support, which allows users to write directly on the smartphone’s screen. Connectivity options on the handset include integrated WiFi, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and IR remote control functionality.

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Galaxy S4 Mini coming to major carriers in November

Samsung has officially confirmed its plans to launch the Galaxy S4 to the United States in November. The mid-range handset will be available at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular. That said, there’s no information about pricing so far. However, just like the Galaxy S3 Mini, it’s safe to assume that the S4 Mini will be offered as a less expensive alternative to the original flagship, from which the S4 Mini gets its name.

The Galaxy S4 Mini is a mid-range handset that aims to deliver a Galaxy S4-like user experience, in a compact form factor and distinctively lower-end specs. Talking about specs, the Galaxy S4 Mini gets powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM and a 1900mAh battery. Upfront, there’s a 4.3-inch qHD (540X960p) resolution display.

“Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers’ needs,” said Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S 4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor.”

The Galaxy S4 mini also comes with several TouchWiz features found in its bigger counterpart, such as Easy Mode, KNOX, Sound&Shot, Panorama Shot, and Story Album photo features, as well its new S Health and S Translator apps. The Galaxy S4 Mini comes in White Frost and Black Mist color variants.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to launch in the US next month

Samsung has officially announced its plans to launch the Galaxy S4 Mini in the United States in November. As the name suggests, the S4 mini is a heavily scaled-down version of the original Galaxy S4, though aims to offer a similar flagship-like experience in a compact form factor.

The Galaxy S4 Mini gets powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage which is expandable via microSD slot. As for the display, the handset features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED QHD display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels.

There’s also an 8MP primary camera with zero shutter lag. The camera also supports several shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound and Shot, Panorama, and more. As for OS, the Galaxy S4 Mini ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Not to mention, Samsung also confirmed that the handset will receive an update that will make it compatible with Galaxy Gear.

“Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers’ needs,” said Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S 4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor.”

The Galaxy S4 Mini will be offered in Black Mist and White Frost color options. Samsung also confirmed that the smaller version of its flagship will be available AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, and Verizon in November. That said, the pricing hasn’t been announced by Samsung.

To recall, the Galaxy S4 Mini was announced back in May and since has been available globally except for the US.

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Samsung HomeSync turns your old TV into a Smart TV

Samsung HomeSync will be available for purchase starting October 6. The new device is an Android TV box that transforms your older televisions into Smart TVs. The box also lets you store and share content such as photos and videos in full 1080p resolution from mobile devices, provided these mobile devices are Galaxy products.

Samsung explained that any content any photos and videos captured by Galaxy devices can be sent back to the HomeSync over the web. Now, this allows you to share content with folks at home, who can also view the photos you took while away from home. In the same way, you can view content stored on the HomeSync through a Galaxy device over mobile broadband.

Not to mention, Galaxy smartphones and tablets can also be used as a remote control for the HomeSync. The box also allows you to play YouTube videos, surf the web, and even supports other applications for your television set. The HomeSync runs on Google’s Android Jelly Bean OS and offers a mammoth 1 terabyte of storage. It also supports up to eight individual encrypted and password-protected user accounts. Besides, each user will able to individually sync content from other devices and share them with the other accounts.

Under the hood, the HomeSync gets powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU paired with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash memory, a 1TB HDD, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n 2.4 & 5GHz, Gigabit Ethernet, plus optical audio and HDMI 1.4 outputs.