Samsung’s Tizen-based smarpthone, the Samsung Z, has been postponed until further notice, according to the Wall Street Journal. Samsung would only say that the delay would allow them to “further enhance” the Tizen ecosystem, without giving further guidance on a potential launch. You now have to wonder if this device, which was slated for release at some point in Q3 of this year in Russia, is ever going to materialize in the consumer market.
“Further enhance” the ecosystem seems like PR speak for, “Our app selection is garbage at the moment and we can’t launch a phone without something for people to install or no one will buy it.” If their Russian developer conference turnout is any indication of interest, maybe Tizen will never grab the attention of app makers. I can’t say that I blame developers for not jumping on board. Android and iOS are already capable of making quality developers a ton of money, plus they have established ecosystems and tools. Tizen, well, is still mostly a big question mark. (more…)
The camera in the Galaxy S5 is pretty awesome. In our review, we noted that Samsung is once again leading the charge for mobile optics with the release of this year’s flagship phone. The GS5′s camera can take pictures with incredible detail, thanks to its 16MP sensor, but also does a fantastic job of capturing brilliant colors when it needs to without overdoing it.
To continue to show how impressive their cameras can be, Samsung released the video above, which takes us on a tour of Trieste, Italy during a day from sunrise to sunset. The video was shot entirely with a Galaxy S5. While it’s obvious that some sort of professional crew was behind it all, you can’t help but be impressed by the results.
Thanks to leaks, it is no secret that Samsung has been working on a VR headset of their own for some time, titled Gear VR, a device that will likely be introduced at this year’s IFA. Today, yet another leak took place, this time in the form of a series of screenshots from the manager app which will control the VR headset. (more…)
A few photos of Samsung’s reportedly upcoming Galaxy Alpha device have surfaced, showing off a quite refined hardware design. From the story the photos tell, the device will feature a metallic band around its outside, minor side bezel (plenty on top and bottom of the display, though), blackened backside with a slight texture added, frontside Home button, a large camera on the back, and it appears that the flash and heart rate monitor have been placed on the side of the camera. (more…)
Last year, Samsung held its first developers conference in San Francisco. Apparently, it was a success, so Samsung has set the date for this year’s conference, being hosted on November 11 through 13 in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone Center. (more…)
Samsung, in its latest ad targeted directly at iPhone owners getting excited about the larger display that has been rumored to finally arrive in the next phone from Apple, took the chance to remind those users that it has been at least two years now without that display, and yet a bigger, better display was right in front of them this whole time. Of course, Samsung is talking about the display in the Galaxy S5 or a number of other Galaxy products.
I think we will all laugh when Apple revolutionizes the big display. As Samsung points out, it will likely be “awesome” and “blow your mind.”
What Hummers? (more…)
Samsung continues to devote development and marketing resources to its homegrown smartwatches, much to Larry Page’s chagrin. Reaffirming the South Korea-based company’s commitment to its non-Android Wear-based devices, Samsung announced this morning the promised update to Tizen is now available for the Galaxy Gear through Kies. (more…)
Samsung announced another major partnership this morning, teaming up with Lionsgate to premier the Part 1 trailer for Hunger Games: Mockingjay exclusively on Galaxy Tab S tablets at Comic-Con. For anyone attending Comic-Con on Friday July 25, you can head into a Samsung Galaxy Experience center to view the trailer at 12pm (PT).
For those of you who are not attending, but still need to see what Katniss Everdeen is getting herself into, you can view the trailer at your local Best Buy on July 26 through July 27 on Galaxy Tab S devices that are on display. It’s a crazy promotion, bordering silly, but that’s Samsung for you. (more…)