It's been a tough couple of years for Samsung. While the company has managed to stay at the top of the smartphone market, there have been consecutive quarters of tumbling profits and declining sales. However, the company's third quarter saw the company finally return to growth, and while profit is not as high as it was when Samsung's was at its dominant peak they are hugely encouraging.
As promised, Samsung has released its Gear S2 smartwatch in the United States, with the wearable going on sale in the country on Friday (Oct 2). Those of you interested in getting one of them may be disappointed to see that Samsung has only made the Dark Grey variant so far, of course if Dark Grey is your thing then you're set.
Market analyst Counterpoint Researcher has revealed smartphone sales figures for the second quarter, revealing that Samsung remains atop the market. That's hardly a surprise considering the Korean giant has dominated the market for several years and still sells more different models than any other brand. It is also not a surprise to see Apple in second place, but the fight for third place remains as heated as ever.
Samsung's next smartphone is expected to be the Galaxy O7, which could be the Galaxy Grand On or the Galaxy Mega On, and now we think the Mega O has made its way through GFXBench's test suite, highlighting its mid-range specifications.
Android 5.0 Lollipop may be about to become old school with the launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow in November, but the current build of Google's OS is going out in style. There are still plenty of devices getting the bump to Lollipop, which will only bump up the platforms coverage among all Android products. Two of those devices, the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, are getting their Lollipop upgrade now.
Subsidized mobile contracts are slowly being phased out, especially in the United States. However, smartphone manufacturers will likely turn to their own upgrade models to ensure that their expensive products are still accessible. Apple launched the iPhone Upgrade Plan at its iPhone event earlier in the month and now it seems as though great rival Samsung will unveil a similar service.
Samsung is not always the most giving when it comes to sharing its software, but the company could be loosening its grip as the S Health fitness suite is now available for all Android devices. Well, all Android devices running build 4.4 KitKat and above that is, available now through the Google Play Store.
Samsung has been doing more than most to reach a goal have having a folding smartphone. The company already has folded glass on its various Edge handsets, and its project YOUM has been promising folded smartphones for some time. Indeed, Samsung said such a device could be ready by 2016, which now seems to be true.
A new Samsung smartphone has passed through a GeekBench benchmark run, the yet to be released Galaxy Mega On. This device will be a large screen smartphone to slot into the budget market, which means this is quite some way from the high end Galaxy Note 5 that arrived last month.
A mid-range Samsung smartphone has made its way through the GeekBench benchmark software and posted a very solid result while running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 processor. The "Samsung msm8976fhdlte-eur-open" device is possibly the company's Galaxy A9, the new addition to the ever expending and pretty spiffing Galaxy A series.