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Samsung won’t use the Snapdragon 810 processor in its Galaxy S6 due to overheating, says report

For years now, Samsung has been using a mix of its own Exynos processors — primarily in its native Korea and developing markets — and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips to power its phones, but its next flagship phone may eschew the Qualcomm option. A report from Bloomberg this morning states that Samsung will be “dropping its use of a Qualcomm Inc. chip that overheated during the Korean company’s testing,” with the part in question being the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 810 variant. If leaked pictures of the Galaxy S6 are to be believed, Samsung’s next major smartphone release will be built using an all-metal back, which is likely to have contributed to the thermal challenges the company has encountered in its testing.

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Samsung hires designer from Jony Ive’s old firm to overhaul its products

Samsung is turning a new design leaf lately, eschewing plastic on its flagship phones for the premium feel of metal — but the overhaul is going far beyond a single choice in materials. The Korea Herald reports that Samsung has just installed a new global design chief in recent days: 47-year-old Lee Don-tae of London-based design firm Tangerine, the company that British designer Jonathan Ive called home prior to his storied career at Apple.

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Samsung is building a Tizen iceberg for Google’s Titanic

We’re just two weeks into 2015, but Samsung’s already made more progress with its in-house Tizen OS than it had in all the previous years combined. Tizen now graces Samsung’s new line of premium SUHD TVs, there’s finally a real Tizen smartphone (albeit a distinctly low-end one), and the Korean company promises that the rest of the year will bring “a flood of devices” running its operating system.

A new article on the Samsung Tomorrow website boldly proclaims that the Tizen-powered smartwatchescameras, TVs, and the new Z1 smartphone that we’ve seen so far are “just the tip of the iceberg.” Tizen will be a crucial part of Samsung’s future Internet of Things strategy, helping to connect and smarten up devices and appliances around our…

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Samsung finally releases a Tizen phone

Samsung’s first Tizen phone has been a unicorn for years. In early 2013 a high-end model was promised for later in the year, but never arrived. Last year a mid-range device was set for release in Russia, but was later postponed without much explanation. It was looking like Samsung’s fledgling OS would be confined to smartwatches and TVs for the foreseeable future, until today — the company has both announced and delivered an honest-to-goodness Tizen smartphone. This is the Samsung Z1, and it’s on sale today in India.

That’s not to say Samsung has delivered on its initial promise, exactly. The Z1 is a much lower-end device than was first mooted — it has a 4-inch WVGA screen, 3G data, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, a 1500mAh…

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Watch Samsung CEO BK Yoon’s CES 2015 speech in under six minutes

On Monday evening, Samsung CEO BK Yoon spent an hour discussing his thoughts on the Internet of Things and a world in which everything is connected. During his keynote speech at CES 2015, Yoon shared the stage with invited guests from SmartThings, Jawbone, BMW, and other companies to illustrate how life can be enhanced when all the devices we use each day are in constant communication. Sure, the phone in your pocket and the tablet on your couch are pretty smart right now, but Samsung believes we’re at the cusp of radical innovation and partnerships in the technology industry that will positively impact many lives. That remains to be seen, but for now we’ve cut Yoon’s keynote speech down to under six minutes. It’s less long winded, and…

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This may be our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S6

It’s no secret that Samsung’s next flagship phone will be materially different from the Galaxy S series we’ve come to know. Starting with the Galaxy Alpha last summer and continuing with the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, Samsung is now committed to a new design language built around metal frames and a higher-end feel. What that will mean for the Galaxy S6 is yet to be decided, but today images of a purported S6 hull have shown up over at Nowhere Else.

While the veracity of the images can’t be confirmed, they do show a Samsung-esque design to an all-metal chassis. There’s a centrally positioned cutout for the camera and a slot at the bottom, potentially to minimize the metal case’s interference with wireless signal. It’s reminiscent of…

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Samsung set to discontinue Galaxy Alpha in favor of cheaper phones

The Galaxy Alpha might have been among the best phones Samsung ever produced — it’s certainly the prettiest — if it weren’t for a couple of stumbles: the battery didn’t last long enough and its full flagship price forced it to compete against better-rounded rivals. Now, just a few brief months after its introduction, the Alpha is reportedly being supplanted by its successor Galaxy A5, which will take over as the leading Samsung handset for the mid-range market.

ET News reports that the Galaxy A5, which launched in China last month, is being brought over to South Korea as part of Samsung’s effort to “take the bull by the horns” and reorganize its slumping smartphone division. The 5-inch A5 is a continuation of the Alpha’s design…

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Samsung ad that claims it will take your selfies to the next level

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This advertising campaign for Samsung rides on the popularity of selfies. The text and images that most cell phones and cameras will just let you take shitty selfies, and that their camera will turn your self-pictures into real portraits. For that, they took some of art history’s most famous paintings and recreated how the setting […]

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When it comes to chips, Apple just can’t quit its Samsung habit

Korea’s Electronic Times reports today that Samsung has begun manufacturing Apple’s A9 system-on-chip, the successor to the A8 currently powering the iPhone 6 and latest iPads. Using Samsung’s newest 14nm production process, the new chip is said to have entered production yesterday, December 11th, at Samsung’s facility in Austin, Texas. There’s been varying speculation about who will be building the next generation of Apple’s processor after the A8 saw Apple shifting most of its manufacturing orders to Taiwan’s TSMC. Now it appears that Samsung has reclaimed the lion’s share of Apple’s production needs, which is something the Korean company foretold in comments made to the press in October. Dr. Kinam Kim, the president and general…

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Samsung and Oculus are putting virtual reality to the test with the Gear VR

Samsung’s Gear VR is out today, putting virtual reality on the mass market in a way we haven’t seen since the Virtual Boy — although hopefully, this time, with more staying power. The Gear VR fits around a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, magnifying the Note’s screen to create the illusion of presence. Carefully marketed as an “Innovator Edition,” it’s technically a beta product with no final version announced. Even so, it’s probably the most user-friendly headset available, and Samsung virtual reality VP Nick DiCarlo succinctly sums up the marketing pitch: “We’re very carefully trying to avoid overhyping this, but we think it’s going to be amazing.”

The Gear VR was built in partnership with Oculus, which has sold over 100,000 of its own Rift…

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