Samsung Announces Level Box Mini Bluetooth Speaker, Kind of Like a Jambox

Samsung added to their line of Level audio products this morning with the announcement of the new Level Box Mini. As the name suggests, this is indeed the smaller version of their previously announced Level Box.

The Box Mini is Bluetooth speaker that offers users “a smart, seamless user experience combined with Samsung’s iconic design and premium sound technology.” The body of the speaker is “metallic,” sports a large 55mm stereo speaker and a passive radiator, which is “optimized to deliver a premium-quality sound that is powerful, crisp and balanced.” You could use it for conference calls or consume media, just like any other Bluetooth speaker. Devices are paired to it via NFC.  (more…)

Samsung Acquires SmartThings, Deal Reportedly Worth $200 Million

Yesterday afternoon, it was announced that Samsung was set to acquire SmartThings, a company specializing in home automation, for an estimated $200 million. SmartThings has had a short journey on its way to acquisition, having raised over a million dollars on Kickstarter, then receiving an additional $12.5 million in Series A funding late last year.

As for Samsung’s plans, it seems rather clear, as Google went ahead and snatched up Nest, and Apple launched HomeKit. Samsung does not plan on being left behind in this space, as SmartThings is now packing up its office and heading on over to Samsung’s main California office in Palo Alto.   (more…)

Thursday Poll: Which Event has You More Excited – Motorola or Samsung?

September is officially going to be intense, busy, wild, and a whole lot of fun. We now have at least two (so far) major Android events to attend on September 3 and 4 from Samsung and Motorola, respectively. Samsung should bring us the new Galaxy Note 4, maybe a VR headset, and who knows what else. Motorola, it seems, will bring us up to four new products – the new Moto X, Moto G, Moto 360, and some sort of new Bluetooth accessory. And of course, Apple will do their song and dance the following week.

But since we are an Android site, let’s focus on our Android events. And because we like competition, we want you to tell us whose event you are more looking forward to and why. Are you dying to see where Samsung takes its Galaxy Note line or does Motorola still hold a place in your heart?

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 Photo Leaks, Features 5.98″ 720p Display

The original Galaxy Mega from Samsung was quite the device. While featuring a massive 6.3″ display, it was powered by mid-range specifications, not really making itself desirable to any American buyers. Unfortunately, for anyone hoping that the next rendition would be a bit more impressive, recent certification for the Galaxy Mega 2 shows another sad story.

From what is stated on the certification, the Galaxy Mega 2 will ship with a 5.98″ HD display (720p), Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 13MP rear-facing shooter, microSD slot, and come running Android 4.4+.  (more…)

Samsung Announces the Galaxy Alpha, a Mid-Range Device With a Fancy Metal Body

Samsung went ahead and made the oft-leaked Galaxy Alpha official this morning. Sure enough, it has a metal frame, a “solid finish,” and is the evolution of Galaxy design. Confirmed by the press release, this is indeed a mostly mid-range phone by today’s flagship standards, though it could be just a sign of things to come from the Korean manufacturer.  (more…)

Samsung’s Gear VR Headset Pictured Ahead of September 3 Unveiling

According to the newest leak from The Verge, Samsung is all set to announce and finally unveil its own VR headset, tentatively titled Gear VR, codenamed Project Moonlight, at this year’s IFA event in Berlin, Germany. The Gear VR won’t be the only product Samsung unveils on September 3, as that is also the day the company will show off the latest phone in the Note lineup, the Galaxy Note 4(more…)