Swedish company Fingerprint Cards sees multiple mobile players launch smartphones with fingerprint sensors next year, with Samsung believed to make at least one such device, “even two.”
Following Apple’s recently launched iPhone 5S, [companies], a first in an iOS device, more smartphone makers are expected to include such features in their upcoming devices.
According to the company, which was once on Apple’s buy list – Apple eventually purchased AuthenTec for its fingerprint scanning technology – companies including Samsung, LG and Huawei will include [companies] in future devices:
“I think at least seven or eight [companies] will launch a phone with a touch sensor in 2014,” Johan Carlstrom, Fingerprint’s Chief Executive Officer, told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.
Fingerprint hopes to ink deals with the majority of these companies. The company already has deals in place with Fujitsu, Pantech and Konka, and has recently announced new fingerprint sensors for Android and Windows decices.
Carlstrom did not provide additional details about what kind of Samsung devices would come with built-in fingerprint scanners – we would assume that the [companies] and Galaxy Note 4 would be among the candidates that would be considered for such a feature. However, we’ll also remind you that in late September Samsung [companies].
Interestingly, Fingerprint Cards was involved in PR snafu a few months ago, when a fake press release claimed Samsung purchased the company for 0. Swedish authorities are investigating the matter.
Earlier today we reported on a new claim from Korean publication ETNews that suggested Samsung may be launching the Galaxy S5 in the first quarter of next year, alongside as many as four other new Galaxy devices. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time that we’ve heard rumors about a Q1 launch for the Galaxy S5 either.
What’s interesting though is that we are now hearing a very different story from Elder Murtazin, a man with a reasonably decent record when it comes to leaks. According to Murtazin, the Galaxy S5 isn’t coming in Q1 at all, and is instead scheduled for a late-April launch.
Holy contradictions, Batman! So who should we believe? Short answer: trust no one.
Until Samsung makes it official or we get some very solid leaks, everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 is nothing more than speculation. Fun and exciting gossip yes, but not much more than that.
For what it’s worth, Murtazin doesn’t make mention of any of the other alleged Galaxy devices rumored by ETNews to be coming in Q1 of 2014, but he does mention that Samsung is actively working on a premium Galaxy F series — though it’s unclear when exactly this line will be launched.
Bottom-line, while it is still possible that the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be arriving in Q1 with several other new Galaxy family members, you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up one way or another.
What do you think, would it make sense for Samsung to release the Galaxy S5 early in order to get the device out around the same time as the HTC M8? Or do you think it’s more likely that Samsung will target an April release?
What appear to be unannounced LG and Samsung Android handsets have been spotted online, with product numbers reminding us of Nexus and Galaxy Note devices, respectively.
Well-known leaker @evleaks asked on Twitter in two status updates what the LG D830 and the Samsung SM-N7505 are, adding that the Nexus 5 has two versions (D820 and D821), while the Galaxy Note 3 has model number SM-N900x.
The LG D830 has been spotted on LG’s website, and the model number is awfully similar to the Nexus 5’s model numbers. The LG D830 has a Full HD display (1920 x 1080) according to the user agent profile, and will have LTE support.
The Samsung SM-N7505 device has been spotted on logistics website Zauba, which has been the source of similar leaks in the past concerning the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. According to the information available, we’re indeed looking at a mobile phone which will have a screen size between 5.5 and 5.7 inches, and which has been shipped “for testing and evaluation and not for retail sale.”
However, its model number isn’t similar with the Galaxy Note 3’s model number, rather reminding us of the Galaxy Note 2, whose model number is SM-N7100.
Images for either device aren’t available yet. Furthermore, we’ll add that the fact that these LG and Samsung devices have been spotted online doesn’t mean anything just yet, so we’ll just have to wait for more details.
Android is the preferred smartphone platform on the planet, Samsung is the foremost standard Android manufacturer, and the Galaxy S3 is almost absolutely going to be the most popular Android phone this year. And the iPhone 5 is going to be probably the most popular phones, period. So, that means someone taking a look to purchase a new phone for the next year will likely end up seeking to determine between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple’s iPhone 5. The good news is, both are phenomenal devices. The bad news is, that makes the alternative particularly touch. Our mobile Nations sibling site, Android Central has already given you their take. Here’s mine.
iPhone 5 vs.
Galaxy S3: Hardware
I’m not wild about Samsung hardware. I’ll state that bias right up front. by way of Android, I far prefer the build and material quality of HTC to Samsung. Likewise the LCD to SAMOLD PenTile display. That said, Samsung has been bettering year after year, generation after generation. It’s still not at the level of HTC, much less Apple or Nokia, but it’s better. Apple’s continues to be out of this world. At roughly 20% thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5′s glass and aluminum monolith, from design to construction, basically outclass Samsung’s plastic river stone. Build aside, however, Samsung has constantly and continues to jam an unimaginable amount of specs into their flagship line, and the Galaxy S3 is not exception. whilst the screen continues to be PenTile, it’s also HUGE. 4. 8-inches, 1280×720 big to be precise. That absolutely dwarf’s even the iPhone 5′s newly expanded 4-inch, 1136 x 640 screen. The iPhone 5′s IPS in-cell screen looks higher and at 326 ppi vs. the Galaxy S3′s 306 ppi, it’s insignificantly sharper. Overall, however, size does matter. Unless you really want a screen you can use one handed, or you have tiny hipster jean pockets, or you really care about pixel perfect graphics, Samsung’s greater is bigger. (You may even have the ability to skip a Nexus 7 — seriously. )
When it comes to performance, it’s tough to compare Apples to Samsungs. The iPhone 5 has the manufacturer new Apple A6 processor, which they simply cite as being twice as quick as final year’s Apple A5. Apple has a huge benefit in that they tailor make their personal exotic software for their own exactly matched hardware. Body and soul in one device. Samsung has to suit Google’s generic software to their specific hardware. Hand at the wheel. Rumor has it, the A6 may just be the world’s first production ARM Cortex A15-based processor, and that would be a big deal.
Android is the most well-liked smartphone platform on the planet, Samsung is the most popular Android manufacturer, and the Galaxy S3 is almost indeed going to be the preferable Android phone this year. And the iPhone 5 is going to be one of the foremost popular phones, period. So, that means any one having a look to purchase a new phone for the next year will most likely become trying to decide between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple’s iPhone 5. The excellent information is, both are phenomenal devices. The bad news is, that makes the alternative surprisingly touch. Our mobile Nations sibling site, Android Central has already given you their take. Here’s mine. iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3: Hardware
I’m not wild about Samsung hardware. I’ll state that bias right up front. in terms of Android, I far prefer the build and material quality of HTC to Samsung. Likewise the LCD to SAMOLD PenTile display. That said, Samsung has been making improvements to year after year, generation after generation. It’s still not at the extent of HTC, much less Apple or Nokia, but it’s better. Apple’s is still out of this world. At roughly 20% thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5′s glass and aluminum monolith, from design to construction, simply outclass Samsung’s plastic river stone. Build aside, however, Samsung has always and continues to jam an remarkable amount of specs into their flagship line, and the Galaxy S3 is not exception. while the screen is still PenTile, it’s also HUGE. 4. 8-inches, 1280×720 large to be precise. That absolutely dwarf’s even the iPhone 5′s newly expanded 4-inch, 1136 x 640 screen. The iPhone 5′s IPS in-cell display looks more effective and at 326 ppi vs. the Galaxy S3′s 306 ppi, it’s insignificantly sharper. Overall, however, measurement does matter. Unless you actually desire a screen you are able to use one handed, or you’ve tiny hipster jean pockets, or you really care about pixel splendid graphics, Samsung’s bigger is bigger. (You might even have the ability to skip a Nexus 7 — seriously.
Reports suggest that Samsung is pursuing a partnership with Mozilla, hoping to bring Firefox OS together with Tizen. At a recent conference, Samsung’s Chief Secretary Wonsuk Lee, noted that a relationship between the two is possible. Not only is it possible, it’s technically feasible.
Both operating systems are HTML5 based, meaning apps written for one app can be used for the other. That also means mobile apps for Chrome could be pinched, though those are currently not optimized for mobile. Both Tizen and Firefox are currently struggling to gain adoption, and foothold, in a crowded OS market.
While both are said to be used for low-end devices, Tizen is also meant for higher-end offerings. That would give Mozilla an inroad to a market segment they previously hadn’t pursued. Samsung, however, is currently dragging their heels with Tizen devices, delaying release of the handsets often.
Furthermore, when Samsung does bring Tizen out of the closet, they are quick to point out that it’s in the early days of development. The OS doesn’t impress those that have seen it, leading many to consider it unready for release any time soon. Samsung is again touting that the first Tizen devices will be released to the world early next year, but we’ve heard that kind of talk before.
Firefox is already available in some markets, and struggles to find a foothold. A partnership with Tizen would bring a partnership that is strong in name, but perhaps limited in functionality. One is new and finds trouble with making itself useful to a world dominated by android and iOS, while the other is often delayed and yet to be tested. If a partnership does occur, don’t expect much from it initially.
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The [#protected_0#] is now available in additional colors, with red and rose gold being added to the mix. That brings the total number of colors to 5, with white, black, and pink already on offer. Both new colors will be available worldwide early in the new year, according to rumors, though some carriers may reserve exclusivity for a while.
The Note 3 is currently the only device that can be reliably paired to the Galaxy Gear. Though some carriers have begun adding functionality to the Galaxy S4, AT&T has notably halted the rollout, leaving the Note 3 as the only smartphone for Samsung’s smartwatch. With that, we still like the Note 3 without the Gear, even though the Gear adds a depth t the user experience.
For fans of larger phones, the Samsung Note line is the benchmark. Though TouchWiz is a bit heavy, it does add a lot of functionality for larger devices and styli use. Multi window looks much better on a Note device, and the overall improvements Samsung made to the Note 3 over the Note 2 make it a very attractive offering. The art deco sides with Samsung’s smart cover are aesthetically impressive, too.
The new colors are currently available in Argentina, which is an attractive emerging market for OEMs. We saw the Moto G launch in South America, too, which signifies how important those new avenues are to device manufacturers. While we don’t know just when the new colors will reach the rest of the world, it would be nice to pair the device to a Galaxy Gear in color, too.
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Word surfaced back in April that Apple distancing itself from fierce competitor Samsung, forming a partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Those plans didn’t pan out immediately, however, because the Taiwanese company – called TSMC – failed to make chips that were up to Apple’s diverse standards. in the present day TSMC announced that it has ironed out the issues and officially entered into a care for Apple, but by way of the subsequent year Samsung will continue to be the company’s main supplier.
As Samsung grew to become a larger competitor against Apple – at last shipping out more smartphones globally than iPhones – Apple began taking steps to distance itself from the company, calling such moves “risk diversification” and other terms. The reality is that Apple still very heavily depends on Samsung for some of its hardware, and that distancing itself from the Korean supplier has proved slow. both the businesses have engaged in fierce back-and-forth legal battles over patents, adding additional tension to the symbiotic relationship they share. Sources told The Wall Street Journal that executives at Apple sense that by depending on Samsung, the corporate is inherently limited in its “ability to controls its destiny”, due in part to limited negotiation capability and branching out into other technologies. One former Apple executive in specific reportedly stated that the notion of taking all of the work and time that Apple has spent with Samsung and opening with a new supplier from scratch is “daunting. ” As well, Samsung is definitely one of the best suppliers for high-end components, and finding an alternative which could meet its needs is proving difficult, as the delays with TSMC have shown. despite the fact that Apple relies on Samsung for microprocessors for its slates and iPhones, it has moved away from using the manufacturer’s displays on nearly all of its devices, with only some of the newer iPads’ screens coming from the Korean company.
This week, Samsung will push an update to the U.S. variant of the Galaxy Gear that adds better third-party notification support and increases battery life.
After the update to the Samsung Galaxy Gear users will be able to receive full notifications from third-party apps directly on their wrist. That means, for example, that Gmail will finally display message previews on the Galaxy Gear, making it easy to see if an email is worth reading right away. When the Galaxy Gear first shipped, apps like Gmail, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, or any other non-Samsung app, could only display an icon on the smartwatch. The lack of full notifications was a major knock against the Galaxy Gear, and caused many to question the device’s usefulness.
With full notification support the Galaxy Gear can potentially compete with other smartwatches such as the Pebble and the Sony Smartwatch 2.
The Galaxy Gear update will also improve some of the basic features of the smartwatch. Samsung claims the update will improve the Smart Relay feature of the Galaxy Gear, which lets users open tasks on their phone from their smartwatch. Users will also see an improvement to the lift-and-pause gesture that turns on the clock after the update.
European users who received the update to the Galaxy Gear report increased battery life, though Samsung makes no claim to improving battery life with the update.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch currently only works with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and some Galaxy S4 devices, but will soon work with more Samsung devices. As Samsung updates its devices to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean it will add support for the 9 smartwatch.
The question is: will anybody actually want the Galaxy Gear after the update? Or are they waiting for a better competitor to come along?
HTC and Samsung have just uploaded their versions of the Android 4.4 source code for the Google Play Editions (GPE) of their respective flagships. While the source code for Android 4.4 has been freely available for a while now, these device-specific versions could help custom ROM makers fine tune and fix their code for those devices.
HTC has just started pushing out an OTA upgrade that brings the much-awaited Android 4.4 version to the Google Play Edition of its HTC One flagship. Now the company is making available the Android 4.4 source code for the same models. The release comes in two downloads, a larger 372 MB package that contains HTC’s framework support files, and a smaller 100 MB archive that has the stock UI.
Samsung has also made a similar step and uploaded the Android 4.4. souce code for its Galaxy S 4, also the Google Play Edition. Strangely, though, Samsung has yet to provide an update, OTA or otherwise, that will bring the latest Android version to its own flagship. The presence of the source code on their server makes us hope that it will come very soon.
Android developers and curious users can download the Android 4.4 code for the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 from the links below. End users, on the other hand, will just have to wait for the OTA update to arrive on their devices, which might take a longer time for those owning a Galaxy S 4.
Download: HTC One GPE, Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPE
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