A newly published European patent application from Samsung details a method for controlling a smartphone through what basically amounts to head tracking with a front-facing camera. And while there's no indication in the document or from Samsung itself when or where we might first see this tech put in place (many innovations get patented but never become publicly available), intomobile points out that the application was filed in July, not too long after the release of the Galaxy S4, so it could be part of an R&D iteration cycle in preparation for creating a successor.… Read more
Samsung's alleged Galaxy Note 3 Neo or Note 3 Lite may have gotten its first public exposure courtesy of a leaked photo.
Tweeted by Sammobile on Friday, the image reportedly displays the Note 3 Neo side by side with the regular Note 3. The two phones look alike except the Neo is slightly smaller.
Beyond the model number, SM-N750/5, Sammobile's tweet didn't serve up any details about the phone. But a story out Wednesday from blog site GSMArena claimed to have the specs via an unnamed tipster.
What were the top three most used phones in 2013? The iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 4, according to an Actix study that tracked communications between mobile devices and carriers' mobile networks.
But Samsung is the clear rival: its Galaxy S3, S2, and S4 claimed the fourth, fifth, and sixth places, respectively, according to figures that Actix, which sells software to track such usage, shared with CNET. Samsung also had a significant presence in the rankings with a handful of lower-end models such as the Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy Ace.
The ranking is based on the … Read more
The Korean electronics giant is "becoming a little more cautious about integrating unproven technologies in devices," Ryan Bidan, director of product marketing for Samsung's US mobile business, told CNET here at the Consumer Electronics Show. That includes fingerprint or iris scanning or any other technologies the company has considered using in its gadgets, he said.
"What we want to make sure is not only does it have a useful purpose, but does … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy S5 will be stylistically distinct from S3 and S4 predecessors, and the next-generation flagship Android phone could include an iris scanner when it ships in March or April, according to the company's mobile-products leader.
"Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology... We are studying the possibility," said Young-hee Lee, executive vice president of marketing for Samsung mobile's division, in a Bloomberg News interview at the CES conference in Las Vegas published Thursday.
Iris scanners can identify a person based on patterns in the eye, and adding one would be a competitive response … Read more
Though companies flock to CES to show off big tech, like TVs and smart appliances, there are still plenty of tablets shown off at the event. We've already seen two big releases from Samsung, the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro and plenty of models from Asus. Stay tuned to this page for videos of the tablets from our CNET team on the ground. We'll update this page with new releases as they happen.
Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 home and gaming console Available starting January 31, the Vyper is an Android tablet packaged with a docking … Read more
Samsung Electronics said Monday it expects to record an operating profit of 8.3 trillion won ($7.8 billion) for the fourth quarter of 2013, an 18 percent drop from the previous quarter's record earnings due to smartphone market saturation and increased competition from Apple.
The guidance, issued ahead of the release of full quarterly financial results later this month, was lower than the 10 trillion won average analysts polled by Bloomberg had expected. The South Korean electronics giant also expects to report fourth-quarter sales of 59 trillion won ($55 billion) for the three-month period ended December 31, compared … Read more
Logitech pulled the wraps off a new case at CES 2014 for Samsung's brand-new Galaxy NotePro and Galaxy TabPro tablets. Appropriately named the Logitech Pro, this folio-style case comes with a full-size Bluetooth keyboard and doubles as a tablet stand.
Designed to fit the new 12.2-inch tablets, the Logitech Pro has a thin design and "durable and wipeable" exterior, according to Logitech. It wraps around the edge of the tablets to prevent scratches on the screen and even protect against spills. Logitech uses its SecureLock system to hold the tablet in place, which is just a … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Samsung's new Galaxy TabPro line makes a significant step toward the company leaving behind the traditional Android interface in favor of something more graphical and immediate. The tablet comes in three sizes: 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch. Look for Wi-Fi and LTE versions -- as well as a 3G variant in international markets -- in the first quarter of 2014.
The 8.4-inch and 10.1 inch models will arrive on February 13, while the 12.2-inch is coming in March. The 32GB Wi-Fi model of the 12.2-inch will hit at $650. The … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- AT&T continues to take chances on intriguing devices.
The latest is LG's G Flex, which made headlines for its curved, slightly bendable design and self-healing back cover. The company later announced the Asus Padfone X.
AT&T would only say the G Flex would come in the first quarter. The company said pricing and more detailed availability would come at a later time. LG, meanwhile, said separately that the G Flex would also come to Sprint and T-Mobile, but not Verizon Wireless.