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Samsung’s App Store Surpasses 100 Million Downloads

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

Samsung must be breaking out the champagne right about now, since its App Store has passed 100 million downloads of mobile and TV applications. That didn’t take long. Samsung’s App Store was opened in June 2010 and now has a total of 13,000+ apps for users to download onto their Samsung mobile phones and TV’s. And users have been doing just that.

Users in France downloaded the most, followed by Germany and Spain. Those three countries account for 40 percent of the total downloads recorded. Europeans obviously love what Samsung is offering. Sure those are not Apple numbers, but we are talking Samsung not Apple.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 photos and specifications

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

So now the Samsung galaxy Tab 8.9 is official and we have some official press photos and more detailed specs. The Samsung galaxy Tab 8.9 measures just 8.6mm thick, making it an uber thin and sleek tablet, thinner than the new iPad 2 even. It weighs just 470g and comes with Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb and a custom Touchwiz UI from Samsung.

Other features include an 8.9 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, a 1GHz dual core processor and it will play back full HD video in 1080p. There’s also a three megapixel camera on the back and a two megapixel camera in front. Two models will be available: one with Wifi and one with WiFi and HSPA+.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 revealed

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

This shot taken from CTIA by the guys over at Pocketnow shows off some Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 promo material. It may not be the actual device, but it’s almost as good and gives us some info. Looks like it’s comprised of the Live Panel homescreen with custom widgets, and an app switcher for BlackBerry PlayBook-like app switching with live previews of the apps that are open in the background.

This image also tells us some of the specs. It sports an 8.9″ display with 1280×800 resolution (that’s a higher pixel density than the Motorola Xoom). It’s very thin too at just 8.6mm, and will weigh just 470 grams. And the CPU onboard is a dual core 1GHz chip.

Samsung releases D6400/D6500 Series 3D TVs in South Korea

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Samsung has announced the D6400/D6500 Series 3D TVs for the South Korean market. They are available in 40-inch, 46-inch and 55-inch versions. The Samsung D6400/D6500 Series 3D TVs feature a Clear Motion Rate (CMR) of 480Hz, a Crystal Black Panel, Hyper-real engine and smart-real motion picture support that reduces cross-talk and flickering.

Both models have the ability to convert 2D content to 3D. Some other features include Bluetooth 3D glasses support, Smart Hub UI and Samsung’s 3D VOD service. The Samsung D6400 3D TV series is priced from 2,400,000 Won ($2,133) to 4,900,000 Won ($4,355). The Samsung D6500 3D TV series is priced from 2,600,000 Won ($2,310) to 5,200,000 Won ($4,621).

Samsung announces new QWERTY TV remote

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Entering text into a TV with a regular remote is a huge pain. You hate to do it, but if you don’t have a good alternative, you just have to deal with it. Well Samsung has just released a new TV remote that will make it easier if you have a Samsung Smart TV.

It packs in a full QWERTY keyboard, and some other cool features. You can automatically disable the opposite side of the remote when one side is being used for instance. The device will be included with every premium Samsung TV model including the LED D9000, D7000 Series, and Plasma D8000 Series. You can also buy it separately with the LED series D6300 and up. It will cost $99.99 and will be available next month.

Samsung demos 55-inch glasses-free 3D TV prototype

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Samsung is now showing off a 55 inch glasses-free 3D TV at the FPD China trade show. It’s a prototype for now. The 55-inch display can accommodate nine different viewpoints for glasses-free 3D viewing, and can be switched into a 2D mode any time.

To switch modes, it changes the optical refraction index of an LCD panel that sits on top of the main LCD that’s actually used to display images. The prototype uses a direct-lit CCFL backlight, which will likely be replaced with an LED backlight before it hits the market. For now, it’s still about 3 years away.

Samsung Series 9 Laptop now ready to ship

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

Tomorrow Samsung will ship their latest 13.3-inch laptop, the Series 9. This laptop features an Intel CoreTM i5 Processor 2537M (1.4 GHz, 3MB), 128GB solid state disk, 4GB of RAM, and Windows 7 Home Premium and you have the option to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional.

The 13 inch model will retail for $1649 and Samsung also has a smaller 11 inch Series 9 laptop that will be arriving in April. The 11 inch version will feature an Intel Core i3 Processor 380UM (1.33 GHz, 3MB) and will have 2Gb DDR3 memory and a smaller 64GB solid state drive.

Samsung Galaxy Player 4 and 5 to arrive in the US this spring

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

Remember the Galaxy Player? (otherwise known as Galaxy S WiFi). It’s basically a Galaxy S phone without the 3G and calling functionality. You still get Android 2.2 and what you have is a media player or shrunken tablet.

Well, both the 4-inch Galaxy Player 4 and the 5-inch Galaxy Player 5 will be headed to the US this spring. Samsung isn’t talking exact timing or pricing yet though. This player is upgradable to Android 2.3, with full Market access and will be headed to the US sometime soon.

Samsung Stealth spotted

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2011

The Samsung Stealth(SCH-i520) has been spotted in the wild and it looks like it will be arriving in mid-April. It might even arrive before HTC’s much delayed Thunderbolt, and if it does Samsung will beat HTC and be the first 4G LTE phone on Verizon’s network.

The Samsung Stealth features a 4.3″ Super AMOLED + display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front camera, LTE/CDMA radios, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, HDMI-out and Android 2.2. Nothing on price yet, but we will know more when it is announced officially.

Samsung Modus HM6450 Bluetooth Headset

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2011

Samsung has announced the Modus 6450 Bluetooth headset. It can be used as a mono-style headset or as a stereo Bluetooth headset since it has a second earbud that can be plugged in. It has Android application support, features voice command functionality, EQ settings, a separate Voice Command button on the headset and dual microphones to support the noise-cancellation feature.

The Modus 6450 supports Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, active pairing, advanced multipoint and multiconnection technology and also offers up to 6-hours of talk time and up to 180-hours of standby time.

Samsung Galaxy Pro sports 2.8-inch touchscreen, portrait QWERTY keyboard

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 7th, 2011

Samsung has unveiled another Android handset, this one targeting those of you who are addicted to BlackBerry portrait QWERTY keyboards. The Galaxy Pro has a four-row button array beneath a set of Android keys and a 2.8-inch touchscreen.

It also sports an 800MHz processor and a 3 megapixel cam with autofocus. UK carrier Three has already confirmed that it will be offering this Froyo handset and others should have their own announcements soon. Price is unknown at this time.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to launch at CTIA

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Samsung is getting ready to launch its 8.9″ Tablet and so the company is sending out invitations to the CTIA media. As you can see on the invite, the number 78910 is displayed and we take that to mean 7″ 8.9″ and 10″, the whole Samsung Tab line up.

Speculation is that the Samsung 8.9″ Tablet will use Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Not sure if it will have Tegra 2, or Samsung’s own chip. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses a Tegra 2, but Samsung also produces its own system on a chip (SoC).

Samsung Galaxy S 4G gets torn apart

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G just became available today and if you are wondering what makes this phone tick, we now have a gadget autopsy that reveals all, thanks as usual to the folks over at iFixit, who have given it the standard teardown.

They tore it apart piece by piece, lovingly describing the process and every component. Just for you, you morbid people. This time they even used fire to conduct an experiment to determine the material of the main structural plate inside the phone. Spoiler: It’s made from aluminum.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to stream live broadcasts from Smart TVs

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

Owners of Samsung’s latest Smart TVs will be able to stream live TV shows to compatible tablets or mobile phones. Both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy S II will be able to make use of the televisions’ second tuner, turning them into second sets to watch in your home.

We don’t have much in the way of specs right now, but of course the new service won’t work on every TV that the company offers , just the upcoming D7000 and D8000 ranges. We also aren’t sure if it will work with the company’s older phones.

Samsung Windows Phone 7 owners phones “bricked” after update

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

Here’s some not so good news for Microsoft. After releasing the Windows Phone 7 update this week, it looks like some users out there have ended up with a bricked phone, having no way to fix it except for a factory reset or returning it to the store.

Apparently it is only affecting a small number of people, but what is your definition of a small number? Hopefully they can resolve this issue very quickly and take care of these users. Interestingly, this was only a minor update, so we hope that Microsoft will learn from it’s mistakes here.