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Samsung revealed the Gear S2 a couple days ago when they unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+. Details about the device is slim, but we have enough evidence to know how cool it is going to look. The fashion-centric smartwatch will aim directly towards the fashion and design oriented. The radical change for the Gear will set a bar for the upcoming wearable devices.

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What we know about the current Gear S

The Gear separates itself from the smartwatch crowd. Whereas most smartwatches are powered by Android Wear, Sammy is taking a page out of Apple’s playbook and separating themselves by creating their own software. It further pushes the bar as it comes with a curved 420 x 420 display, making it one of the most crisp display’s in the smartwatch market.

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What we know about the upcoming Gear S2

Codenamed Orbis, from the start we knew Samsung was working on a circular watch. The Gear S2 ditches the cured OLED display for a full circular display. This markets the device with the likes of the LG G Watch Urbane and Motorola Moto 360. Complete with a dark strap, simplistic watch face, and brushed metal bezel, it makes for a fresher watch design. Samsung is also designing the device with a full watch face instead of the flat tire design like the one found on the Moto 360. More details about the Gear S2 will be revealed on September 3rd at the IFA Show in Berlin.

DigitalTrends

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Today is the day we get to see the unveiling of two big devices, the Note 5 and S6 Edge+. Both devices will set the bar for Samsung. We are just an hour away from confirming a few good nifty specs. So far, we can only confirm the sheer beauty of the device.

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Join us today as Sammy reveal what we think will set the bar for phablets. We are expecting the Galaxy Note 5 to lose a couple of features we know and love, but at the same time gain a great deal of specifications to make us forget about it. Under the hood, we are expecting the Note 5 to gain an 8 core Exynos processor from Samsung itself. However, Qualcomm will not be left totally out of the picture as it will be supplying the incredible Snapdragon 808 for the S6 Edge+ (At least that is our guess). 4GB of RAM is also expected to come on board the motherships. As you can see in the leaks, the Note 5 will get a design overhaul and what seems to be a spring lock S-pen design.

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We are expecting the same great UHD displays we know and love on each device. Rumors point to the Note 5 doing away with a big battery and trading it for a smaller non-removable version. The memory is also rumored to disappear as well. So either you can take it as a loss or a minor inconvenience. We shall see at today’s event.

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It seems like more leaks just keep coming in. From the looks of things, it seems like Galaxy Note 5 and S6 will share similar designs. That’s not a surprise considering the fact that both the S and Note lineups have always been sharing most of the internals. What is interesting is how well the design is done.

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Finally, the Note line up will be getting an updated design. The new leak, posted by @onleaks, has some pretty juicy info on the new Note 5. With the new Note 5, it will have the same design as the Note Edge, however the rear edges will be curved. Because this is just a mockup, I’m sure there will be a Note 5 Edge, making the screen curved as well. Samsung is now making the rear of the phone rounded to fit your hand a bit more ergonomically.

What’s missing is a lot, and hopefully the good will outweigh the bad. Apparently, the removable back cover is gone. So, for those who are looking to expand the battery pack of their device or quick swap their MicroSD cards so they don’t have to load a ton of songs or be able to expand their memory will be out of luck. Because the S6 dodged removable back, this was kind of expected, leaving Sony, LG, and HTC as the bigger Android handsets with expandable storage. Due to the blazing speeds of Universal Flash Storage 2.0, we may not need expandable storage or removable batteries. Because the transfer speeds are so fast, swapping wouldn’t be necessary.

Samsung is looking to refine the Note series rather than give it too much it doesn’t need. That could be why Samsung is keeping the 5.7″ screen. The removable back may question some hardcore Galaxy fans, but the ultimate sacrifice could equal a lighter, stronger, more powerful smartphone.

Gizmodo

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One thing you can’t beat is facts. And when it comes to rivals, Apple and Samsung is second to none. There is no questioning that the Android OS is the most popular operating system out there. The company that makes it big is none other than the Korean Giant; Samsung. Because of this, that makes Samsung the most popular smartphone manufacturer in the US.

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Samsung not only outsells its Android brethrens, but the company also outsells Apple; its main competitor. Just last quarter, Android manufacturers sold just over a quarter billion smartphones. Yes, you heard me right, that’s just over 250 million smartphones. Of those smartphones, Samsung is responsible for 82 million of those units. And where are most of those units sold? You guessed it; Murica’.

The US is Apple’s main customer base, and Sammy is beating them on their home turf. It’s like the Golden state coming to Cleveland and telling LeBron, “you just can’t win the championship on your own.”  In Q3 of last year, the iPhones dominated of course, as that was the first quarter of the new models release. Between March and May this year, however, the tables have spun, and it is Samsung going for the belt with the brand new Galaxy S6/S6 edge duo tag teaming the iPhone 6 like yesterday’s lunch.

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There’s nothing like competition with a little mudslinging. However, Samsung has been throwing a bit too much mud, and it looks like it’s backfiring. Samsung and celebrity stunts mix together well in commercials, but sometimes they can go wrong. (Especially with Twitter fails).

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of Twitter fails involving the via iPhone for Twitter signature. This time, Samsung did it, and it is hilarious. At Apple’s WWDC 2015 event, Tim Cook shared a story about how baseball player Brandon Moss of the Indians recently hit his 100th home run. His teammates decided to hold the ball for ransom and then started to list all the Apple products they wanted. By the end of the story, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook pulled out the ball and said Apple will happily “pay” the ransom and give Moss his souvenir back.

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Whether it is true or false is up to you to decide. However, no one can deny that it was a convincing story. In my opinion, it was the average PR stunt with a twist. It was pretty clever, but not surprising. However, we can’t say the same for Sammy’s PR stunt.

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A Tweet from Trevor Bauer; pitcher for the very same sports team, claimed that another Indians’ athlete’s souvenir ball is being held for ransom. It was the rookies first pitch for the team and he now wants to keep his souvenir. And what does he want? A bunch of Samsung products appearently. It was of course a parody of what Tim Cook did on stage at the WWDC 2015 event.

Here’s where the story gets interesting. Danny Salazer from the same team wanted a Gear Fit (Not a Gear S, but the Fit). He also wanted a Samsung Touch Screen laptop. In his tweet, it showed that he is an Android user. However, Corey Kluber asks for a Galaxy S6 edge, with his tweet revealing he is an iPhone user. So either this was a terrible PR stunt, or this is a really bad PR stunt.

BGR

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First came the S6 and S6 Edge. Now, the Galaxy S6 has taken its third form; the S6 Active. It wasn’t exactly a surprise to see Sammy bust out this iteration of the S6. The Active versions of the S line up has always been an exclusive device for AT&T. This rugged device is not only waterproof, but battery proof.

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The S6 Active is all about being tough. This device should help people understand why Samsung never made the original S6 IP67 certified. For those who want a rugged phone, they can go for the S6 Active. No longer is the Active just a water and dust resistant phone, it is now a beast when it comes to the battery. The previous Active was IP 67 certified. The new S6 Active is now IP 68 certified. The new device can now be dumped in water 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes. The physical buttons are now bigger to compensate for glove use.

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Everything for the S6 Active is the same as what you can find in the S6 and S6 Edge with a few minor tweaks. You can find the same 1440 x 2560 QHD 5.2″ Display, Exynos Octa core processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 MP camera. Limited are the color choices, however what’s not limited is the battery power, which the S6 Active comes with a massive 3500 mAh battery. That puts it in ranks with the Motorola Droid Turbo. Gone is the micro SD card slot and the removable battery. However, that shouldn’t be a deal breaker for such an unbreakable device.

AT&T

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Sony is similar to Samsung; they both supply components for the iPhone 6. Even though Sony isn’t a big player in the smartphone industry, it is still a relevant player in the market. Sony may not know the smartphone industry as it once did back in the day, but one thing it does know is imagery.

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When it comes to cameras, Sony knows it best. According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony is moving a ton of camera sensors. In fact, the company is the leader in shipping image sensors. Back in 2014, the company moved 40% of the entire camera sensor market. If that isn’t amazing, I don’t know what is. Its closest competitor is a California based company called OmniVision which only moved a barely 16% of the sensor fleet of last year. Samsung moved just over 15% of the sensor market last year, which still isn’t touching Sony by a long shot.

Sony’s image sensor can be found in almost any high end device today. The iPhone uses not one, but two of them. The front and rear facing camera has one. The Samsung Galaxy S6 also utilizes the sensors which continues Sony and Samsung’s long term partnership. According to analyst, Sony banks a whopping $20 everytime an iPhone is sold.

With Sony providing components for two of the largest smartphone makers in the industry, there’s no wonder why Sony is considering letting their smartphone business go; the company is better off manufacturing components for other companies.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Gear line-up was a rush to the market when it was first introduced. While genius, it wasn’t yet ready for the world. Still, it is the only smartwatch that features a camera. Their current Gear S however ditched the camera due to camera controversy (That whole NSA debacle).

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In just a year, Samsung has managed to push the Gear series forward in a number of ways. The current device now utilizes a bigger screen, better performance, and Samsung’s own Tizen platform that separates the device from other smartwatches.

According to Samsung, the 7th generation Samsung Gear device is on the way. Yes, in just over a year, the Korean Giant has managed to blast through 7 generations of a smartwatch in just a year. By now, this smartwatch should be doing my taxes.

Samsung is now teasing the next version of the Gear smartwatch. What we now know is that it will no longer be square. It will now be joining Asus and Motorola in making round smartwatches. On the teaser, Samsung has posted, “Get ready for the next Gear.” This implies that this could be a Gear instead of a Galaxy Gear. It also shows that it will be a full rounded smartwatch. The teaser poster also showed useful apps that could be preloaded for news like CNN, shows places to eat like Yelp, maps, and more. There is no word on when this device will be release, but I am guessing around the time when the Note 5 will be released.

DroidLife

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Samsung’s brand new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is nothing less than stellar. Both handset set a bar for smartphones spec and design wise. This could be one of the greatest Android devices currently available. With this device currently being the only octo-core device available in the U.S. and other markets, it’s hard to pass up this device as a new handset. Being the most premium device Samsung has ever made to date, it is now on par with the likes of luxury devices such as the iPhone 6. Because of this, iPhone 6 sales may have been impacted by the release of the device.

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South Korea-based tech news site The Electronic Times on Tuesday morning published data from a report issued by consulting firm Atlas Research. According to the research, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales began to decline the second week of this month. This comes just as the powerful Galaxy S6 was released. Of course these numbers are mere guesses, but pretending they are real, let’s look at the data;

The third and fourth week of March saw an 11.8% decline in offline sales during that period with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The decline the following week jumps to 15.3%, and then to 24.3% between the last week of March and the first week of April for the iPhone 6 duo. As the S6 and S6 Edge went on sale that week, the iPhone saw a 4.7% decline. Going from 24.3% to 4.7% in just a week is a huge declining rate. While there is a possibility that Samsung’s new luxury flagship is suppressing sales of the iPhone 6, a week doesn’t justify an impact. We will have to give it some time to see the damage the S6 may apply to the 6.

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Samsung and LG has pioneered in OLED technology. This is something that can be found in most smartphones today. The Technology became popular with the release of the Samsung Galaxy SII back in 2010. Now that the technology is being used in television applications, it is now extending into vehicular territory. BMW will be the first to push the technology forward.

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At CES 2015, BMW revealed organic taillights that were going to be introduced on the upcoming M4 model. The new OLED technology produces light from wafer-thin semiconducting layers of organic material. This lighting has a thickness of just 1.4 millimeters.

With this technology, it is able to create different styling of tail lamps on future BMW. In the video, people talked about the new BMW M4 Iconic Lights Concept. With the OLED concept, it is able to create and L-Shaped pattern in one mode, but when the car is put into sport mode, the lights change to a totally new pattern. BMW has already confirmed that the organic light setup will be coming to future M models stating that the technology is coming “Soon.” The M4 could possibly be the first M model to get the OLED lights soon.

CNET

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