Samsung has detailed its Android KitKat plans for a slew of devices, bringing version 4.4.2 to a bunch of its products and confirming Android 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 for others. The Korean company is often slower than some of its rivals (for example, both HTC and Sony's 4.4.3/4 plans are well underway), but it is nice to see Samsung dealing with so many of its devices in one swoop.
LG won't be the only Korean company launching a new smartwatch at IFA next week as Samsung will also be rolling out the Galaxy Gear S (not Solo as we reported yesterday). This wearable is arguably the most elegant Samsung has made so far, while it comes with one added differentiator. As we said yesterday when the Gear S was a mere rumour, it will allow taking and making calls directly on the smartwatch.
When a new mobile oriented event arrives, we are not content with just seeing what smartphones and tablets are released as the wearable market is now making its presence felt. No company has done more to pad out the smart watch market than Samsung, but then the Korean giant does that in any category. At its IFA press event in Berlin next week, Samsung will launch yet another smart watch from its Galaxy Gear range.
Samsung has recently launched the Galaxy Alpha, the company's first smartphone made from premium materials. Of course, when we say premium we mean metal, but either way the Alpha stands as a one of a kind in Samsung's range. Not for long though as some device codenames point to a new series being built around the Alpha.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with the company's Exynos chip has already wowed us today, but we have some more information about another part of the handset that could also be very good. We reported way back in June that Samsung would focus on the camera on the Galaxy Note 4 and look to make it a standout feature of the handset, or as we put it then:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is going to be a blockbuster device with market leading specs and stunning performance; we do not need a crystal ball to tell you that much. Every new edition in the Note smartphone range has been the same and things are unlikely to change when the phablet launches at IFA in Berlin next month. However, we have had a glimpse of just how powerful the Galaxy Note 4 will be as one of its variants blitzed a recent benchmark test.
Samsung will be launching a huge phablet at IFA, and we are not talking about the Galaxy Note 4 flagship. The Korean company will be busy at the Berlin based trade show and will also be showing off the sequel to its biggest phone ever when it launches the Galaxy Mega 2.
We told you earlier in the week how the first product from the Nook/Samsung union would be the Galaxy Tab 4, and now that slate come e-reader has been launched. As you would expect, this is very much a Samsung Galaxy device, from the overall ethos to the nailed on design language, and that all makes me a little sad.
Samsung's Galaxy Note range is responsible for creating an entire smartphone niche, not bad for a company often accused of failing to be innovative. The phablet (large screen smartphones) trend was started by the Korean company and ever since the Galaxy Note has dominated the market.
Samsung has added its considerable weight to the e-reader market and given one of its struggling giants a huge lift and a chance at rejuvenation. The Korean giant recently announced that it would team up with Nook from Barnes & Noble (B&R spun Nook off as a separate entity in June) for a series of new slates, the first of which is now being teased.