Barnes & Noble and Samsung Release Collaborative Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK

Barnes & Noble and Samsung Release Collaborative Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK

Aug 20, 2014

Barnes & Noble and Samsung have released their previously announced joint project: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK.

The new offering has a 7-inch display that looks to merge web use and e-reading by bringing NOOK features to the Galaxy Tab line. It is a wi-fi tablet that comes in white or black, with 8 GB of on-board memory that is expandable up to 32 GB via SD card. It also has a GPS chip and has a camera each on the front and back. It will have access to Google apps and the NOOK Store as well.

Barnes & Noble CEO Michael Huseby invites people to come try the new device out. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is the most advanced NOOK ever, delivering the great NOOK experience our customers have come to love, with the high-performance tablet features they’ve asked for,” he says. “We invite reading and entertainment fans to visit their local Barnes & Noble store to experience the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. Once they do, we’re certain they will make this innovative device part of their daily routine.”

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is available for sale at Barnes & Noble online and brick and mortar locations for $179 (with instant rebate).

[Source: Barnes & Noble/Samsung press release via Business Wire]

Samsung GamePad Officially Released In Europe, Releasing in Additional Territories Soon

Samsung GamePad Officially Released In Europe, Releasing in Additional Territories Soon

Dec 23, 2013

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Samsung has released its controller, fit for a Galaxy phone of any size, up to 6 inches in size. It has NFC and Bluetooth 3.0 to connect to the device, and acts, pretty much, like a proper console controller would. It even has special button to browse supported games from Play Store, and can be connected to a TV-screen via HDMI cable. It’s said that it will soon be available in European stores. See the original press-release here: Samsung Website.

The Hills Are Greener: Why Google Should Be Wary of Samsung and Intel’s Tizen

The Hills Are Greener: Why Google Should Be Wary of Samsung and Intel’s Tizen

May 13, 2013

Samsung has been known for heavily skinning Android, and for experiencing great success while doing so. Now, it seems like this could actually be in the name of supplanting Android altogether with a new OS: Tizen.

Unlike alternative measures like Ubuntu for mobile, there’s a big reason why a Tizen push should leave Google at least a little concerned: Samsung and Intel are behind it. Samsung is by far the biggest non-Apple smartphone manufacturer in the world, and them pushing a non-Android OS could be a huge blow to Android if they can transition their customers over to Tizen devices. Intel is still the biggest processor manufacturer in the world, and they would likely much rather have devices made using the x86 architecture that they primarily manufacture. ARM chips from Qualcomm, Nvidia, and others have largely powered mobile devices thanks to their low power draws. While Android can run on Intel x86 chips, an OS that supports it from the ground up would be a major boon for the company, and give them a foothold in the low-power-chip race that they’ve seemingly been falling behind in.

GALAXY S 4 Product Image (5)However, Android still seems like the safety net for Tizen, as the OS is compatible with Android applications via a compatibility layer. So for Google, this is a possible nightmare scenario: they could get replaced by a quasi-open OS that can use the apps from their OS, totally supplanting their work and leaving them in third place. Android is very heavily propped up by Samsung at the moment. I say that Tizen is quasi-open because while the OS is built on open source Linux components, Samsung controls the licensing of their SDK under a closed model. They could exert more control over the platform and rake in licensing fees if they prove that Tizen is the future, not Android.

This does all make Samsung’s current initatives make sense. They want to skin Android so heavily and add so many features because they would want the transition to a Tizen device to be smooth. They want developers to put their apps and games on Samsung Apps (and offering limited-time 100% revenue deals) in order to fill out their store and to make it easier for future submissions. There may be gaps in the apps that exist on both platforms, but Samsung is in a position to make putting apps on Tizen a must for developers if the platform gains traction.

And really, it’s the traction-gaining that will be difficult. Samsung has reportedly promised that a high-end Tizen device will come later this year, but there’s still a grand total of zero Tizen devices out there, and the Galaxy S4 is still running Android. Samsung tried its own OS in the past with Bada, which is now part of Tizen, but obviously it failed to gain any significant momentum. But now that Samsung is top dog among mobile manufacturers, and given their success in many products that could potentially be powered by Tizen, Google and Android need to be wary of Samsung pulling the welcome mat out from under them.

Samsung Officially Unveils the Galaxy S III

Samsung Officially Unveils the Galaxy S III

May 4, 2012

On May 3rd in London, Samsung finally revealed their latest phone: the Galaxy S III.

Samsung has gone with a 4.8″ super AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass, at a 720p resolution. Unlike the Galaxy Nexus, the phone doesn’t use on-screen buttons, with physical buttons below the screen. The processor is a 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos, with 1 GB of RAM. Samsung has taken a step forward with the battery, providing a 2100 mAh battery by default. The phone will come in cobalt blue and white at launch.

The phone should lend more ammo to the “Samsung is ripping off the iPhone” crowd, and with good merit. The design, especially the international variant with The S-Voice feature is almost identical to Siri on the iPhone. They’ve boldly gone and implemented the “tap status bar to scroll to the top” feature from iOS in to TouchWiz. As well, they’ve introduced their own variant on AirPlay Mirroring and the Apple TV with AllShare Cast and the compatible dongle; this will allow for the display and media to be streamed to either a compatible TV or TV with AllShare.

However, the software and hardware have some standout features as well. The 8 megapixel rear camera will have zero shutter lag, along with a burst shot mode where the best photo of the burst can be saved. The front camera will boast a 1.9 megapixel resolution, and will be used for more than just video calls and self-shots. The device can use it to tell if the user is still looking at the phone, so it will not go to sleep, even if the user hasn’t touched it. The phone will also respond to the user’s voice and to specific commands, even when the phone is locked. While texting someone, users can hold the phone up to their ear and automatically call the person they’re texting. As well, Samsung is expanding on ICS’ Beam NFC technology, claiming to send files between phones at 5 MB per second, making it easy to share music and videos.

While there’s still a lot to find out about the phone’s launch plans, Europe will start getting the phone by the end of the month, and the US should get the phone this summer. Will it continue Samsung’s run of success in the Android market? Time will tell.

AppBrain Launches Android Market Stats

AppBrain Launches Android Market Stats

Mar 21, 2011

As anyone looking for information on the health of the Android Market would know, Google updates the stats very infrequently. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the most recent information at your fingertips on a daily basis? Thanks to the folks at AppBrain, we finally have exactly that.

On Monday, March 14, 2011, AppBrain launched a new service that should prove extremely useful to anyone interested in getting an idea of what’s going on in the Android Market. From the most popular apps in each category to the most popular phones, SDKs, search terms and words, it’s all available in the AppBrain Android Stats, and updated on a daily basis.

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab

Sep 17, 2010

The folks over at Android Central are reporting on Samsung’s announcement yesterday about their Galaxy Tab, a new Android powered tablet device. It will run on all major US carriers: Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Samsung is quoted as saying,

The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.

According to Android Central, Samsung is planning to have these babies out by this holiday season, and that a wifi only version is in the works.

Obviously, this is a direct competitor to the gorilla in the room, the Apple iPad. Whether devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab will compete at the same level as Android devices have with the iPhone remains to be seen. Stay tuned right here as we keep you abreast of all the latest news in this arena.