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Newest Video Detailing Lollipop on Galaxy S5 Looks Fast and Smooth

Posted by Tim-o-tato November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Another preview of Lollipop running with TouchWiz on the Galaxy S5 has been previewed by the folks at SamMobile, and I gotta tell you, it doesn’t seem all too bad. In this “final build,” it appears Samsung has done a lot of optimizations and performance tweaks, making the entire system look a whole lot faster. 

While it still looks like TouchWiz, which isn’t a terrible thing, anything that can speed up performance on a device is a plus in our book. As for what is new in the build, SamMobile claims it is simply a few tweaks and new icons.

We still have no date for when to expect any Lollipop updates from Samsung, but as we can see, they are coming.

Newest Video Detailing Lollipop on Galaxy S5 Looks Fast and Smooth is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung announces Milk Video app for Galaxy users

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Just a few weeks ago, YouTube relaunched its app and also a video music service to make it easier for users to browse and view their favorite artists and music. Now Samsung has introduced to the US market a new service called Milk Video, and this one is dedicated to helping you discover and enjoy new video content on the web, not just limited to music videos but encompassing short films, comedy sketches, branded content, etc.

Milk Video will be curating all the best videos that available right now, depending on the tastes and interests that you specify. It has already been streamlined and designed for the mobile experience,especially since recent studies show that over 80 million Americans every month view videos not on desktops but on their mobile devices. Milk Video makes it easy for users to look for videos that they want but also to discover things they don’t know about. In fact, they claim that “searching is a thing of the past” because the app analyzes what you want to watch, who you follow, basically your whole behavior while using the app. Then they deliver the content that they believe you would want to see.

Just like any other social network, you’ll be able to follow friends, brands and other users within the app. Sharing to other social networks is also pretty easy,especially as not everyone you know will be on the app (Samsung hopes just for now). As part of their initial offering, they’ve teamed up with famous video content providers like VICE, Red Bull, Funny or Die, College Humor, Vevo, etc to provide special video content for new users.

For now, the app is only available for those in the US. It’s also only compatible with Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S III mini and Galaxy S5. This severely limits the app’s userbase but hopefully they’ll consider opening it up not just for Samsung but other smartphones as well. You can download Milk Video from the Google Play Store for free

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Android Lollipop previewed on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Not all smartphones are equal, especially when it comes to rolling out of major updates from Google. While some users are already enjoying their devices now running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, some of us have to wait for a little while longer. Good thing there are some very nice people out there who are generously showing us previews of how some gadgets will look like and will run on the update, and this time, it’s the turn of Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The previous flagship phablet will eventually get to be Lollipop-ized of course, but for now, if you’re excited to see what the effect will be on your device, let’s thank the guys from SAM Mobile for this one. Basically, it looks almost the same as the Lollipop on the Galaxy S4, complete with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI which they have been rolling out to all their devices as well. All the core green elements we’re used to seeing from Android have now been replaced by the Samsung Blue. The animations are also smoother, the font changes have also been applied, and it just seems to look better.

Another major change is that it now has the Multi-user window feature from the Galaxy Note 4, which will make those of you who are rabid multi-taskers (or maybe those who have digital ADD as well) really happy. Other Lollipop features that have already been much discussed, like changing the wallpaper, choosing widgets for the homescreen, the new notification system and of course the Material Design (with a Samsung twist) can be found here.

The one that the guys at SAM Mobile show in the video isn’t the final build of course, so expect a few differences when the Lollipop finally arrives on your Galaxy Note 3. There is still no official word as to when this will be, but as they say, patience is a virtue (and we know you want it right now).

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Xiaomi could be world leader five years from now, thinks CEO

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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If you live outside China, Malaysia, or Singapore, chances are you’re not very familiar with the name Xiaomi. Founded in August 2010, in Q3 2014 the Chinese company was ranked as the 3rd largest mobile OEM in the world. The WORLD. That is no small accomplishment to say the least, with companies like Sony, Motorola, LG, and HTC – all established players – wishing they could have such a coveted position. In fact, even the dominant giant, Samsung, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to scrutinize how the company has managed to be so successful. Then again, for a relatively new company to sell $163 MILLION worth of phones in 12 hours is pretty darn impressive indeed.

Here’s the catch though: Xiaomi isn’t content with its newly acquired bronze placement; it wants gold. It’s so confident, that CEO Lei Jun (currently China’s 23rd richest person) has likened his company to Apple, and proclaimed that it will become top dog within 5-10 years. Even more shocking? Apparently, China’s Steve Jobs may be planning for a global product launch after it reaches #1.

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Xiaomi’s sales have exploded in 2014

Given the rate at which things are progressing for the fledgling company, it’s safe to say Lei Jun may even best his own expectations, as Xiaomi is now targeting India for domination, along with other fast growing markets like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Brazil. Given the large number of customers there, it’s not unreasonable to assume that next year will see even bigger success and more money rolling in the door. Samsung stands to lose out big-time if more and more large markets fall to its rivals, and, even with a more streamlined product line being planned, it’s difficult to say what will happen. Still, it does have those folding screens on the way, something that Xiaomi apparently doesn’t, though given their potentially high cost, that’s probably going to be a shallow victory at best. Let’s see what the future has in store(s)!

For those who want to get a glimpse of what may come, be sure to check out our in-depth coverage of Xiaomi products and news.

Android 5.0 Lollipop spotted on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We can expect a fair amount of Samsung devices to receive a software update to Lollipop. The latest round of devices, such as the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4, are locked-in to get the update. Today, we are learning that the Galaxy Note 3 is en route to do so as well. A video posted by SamMobile shows Android 5.0 running on the Galaxy Note from 2013. Even with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, Lollipop is noticeable. The source claims that animations are smoother and blue fills in for Lollipop’s green.

Hit the break to see the video of Android 5.0 in action on a Galaxy Note 3.

Click here to view the embedded video.

And if you have a Nexus device, go right ahead to installing the Lollipop factory image.

Source: SamMobile

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Samsung launches brand new Milk Video app for Galaxy owners

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Samsung has just launched a new, exclusive application for Galaxy owners in the United States. The South Korean company claims that its new service, called Milk Video, will make “it easier than ever to find and share the best and most talked about online videos.”

The firm has teamed up with a selection of the industry’s top online video providers, including Condé Nast, Funny Or Die, Red Bull, Vevo and VICE, in order to supply appropriate content and exclusive videos for Milk Video users.

“Personalized at its core, Milk Video will learn and refine its content recommendations with every use. By understanding what consumers watch, who they choose to follow, who they like or repost as well as which videos are dismissed, Milk Video will deliver the content that is relevant for each user,” writes Samsung in a post on its official blog.

Users will also have the facility to follow friends, companies and other users within the application — they will receive a notification whenever a new, popular video is uploaded to the service by the people they’re following.

Be sure to check out the full gallery of in-app screenshots below.

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Milk Video™ is a video discovery service that makes it easier than ever to find and share the best and most talked about online videos. At launch, entertainment brands and networks will be contributing content and unveiling exclusive material for the service, including Condé Nast, Funny Or Die, Red Bull, Vevo and VICE, among others.

“The promise of Milk is a well-designed mobile experience that makes it easy to discover the content you want. We did this first with Milk Music, and now, we extend this promise with Milk Video,” said John Pleasants, Samsung EVP, Media Solutions Center America. “Samsung is committed to giving our customers the best software and services to enhance their device experience. We’re partnering with some of the best brands in new media to deliver great content across our consumers’ passion points: music, comedy, lifestyle, and entertainment.”

The beautiful, simple design makes browsing effortless — searching is a thing of the past. Personalized at its core, Milk Video will learn and refine its content recommendations with every use. By understanding what consumers watch, who they choose to follow, who they like or repost as well as which videos are dismissed, Milk Video will deliver the content that is relevant for each user. In addition, users can follow friends, brands and other users within the app. Sharing with friends outside of the app via Facebook®, Twitter® or email offers another option for others to see what you’re enjoying on Milk Video whether or not they have Milk Video.

According to a recent ComScore study, it was reported that over 80 million Americans view video from their mobile phone each month. With the brilliant displays and high resolution screens of Samsung’s family of premium Galaxy devices, consumers will have an unrivaled mobile experience for viewing the new premium service.

Download Milk Video now through Google Play®. Milk Video is compatible with Galaxy Note® II, Galaxy Note® 3, Galaxy Note® 4, Galaxy Note® Edge, Galaxy Mega™, Galaxy S® III, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy S® 4 mini, Galaxy S® III mini and Galaxy S® 5 devices.

 

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Lollipop Previewed in Video on Galaxy Note 3, Looks Like TouchWiz

Posted by Tim-o-tato November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

After previewing a Lollipop update build on the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4, the folks at SamMobile are back again this morning, this time showing off Android 5.0 running on the Galaxy Note 3. 

Thanks to the previous leaks, we have basically already seen Samsung’s take on TouchWiz running atop Lollipop, and the Galaxy Note 3 appears to be no different. While a few things do look different, the overall design of TouchWiz looks to be untouched.

And correct me if I am wrong, but at about 0:49 into the video and forward, is that jank I see? You can see the user trying to swipe down continuously on the notification bar, but the phone isn’t having it. Thankfully, this is probably just an early build and tweaking the performance is on Samsung’s to-do list. Hopefully.

Last year’s Note device is currently running Android 4.4.4 for most users here in the US, and as of right now, there is no word from Samsung as to when customers should expect to see Lollipop hit their device. Until Samsung gives any type of word, this video will have to keep you busy.

Thoughts?

Via: SamMobile

Lollipop Previewed in Video on Galaxy Note 3, Looks Like TouchWiz is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung’s streaming video service is available to U.S. Galaxy phones

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Eight months ago, Samsung released their Milk streaming music service in order to compete with Spotify and other streaming music services. Now, they are trying to take on YouTube and Vimeo.

Today, Samsung is introducing a video service that allows consumers to find and share videos online. The service, deemed Milk Video, is available in the U.S. to Samsung Galaxy owners. Several online networks and brands have joined with Samsung to add their videos to the service including Condé Nast, Funny Or Die, Red Bull, Vevo and VICE, among others.

Users will be able to follow friends, like, repost and dismiss videos. Facebook and Twitter are also allowing Milk Video users to see if friends on the two social networks sites are using Milk Video. Unfortunately, Milk Video users will not be able to download videos to their Galaxy devices. This means that offline video is not part of this release.

The Milk Video service is available right now through Google Play and is currently compatible with the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S 4 mini, Galaxy S III mini and Galaxy S 5 devices.

Samsung to cut up to 30% of phone models, protect profit margins

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It was bound to happen sooner or later – Samsung has been one, if not the most prolific gadget maker in the global market in terms of number of models out in the market. But with the Korean giant’s profit margins shrinking because of pressure from smaller Chinese smartphone manufacturers, Samsung has announced that they plan to reduce the number of smartphone models to cut costs.

The way the global smartphone leader wants to do it is to aggressively decrease the number of models that they are putting out to market, and increase the overlaps in parts between models to reduce further costs. The third quarter numbers for the company have been nothing but atrocious – falling from 35% market share the same time last year to 24.7% this year.

In stark contrast, China-based manufacturer Xiaomi nearly doubled their market share from 2.1 percent last year to 5.6 percent in the same period this year. It’s a small number, we grant, but the growth rate of small Chinese manufacturers are eating into Samsung’s traditionally strong market share in the entry level to mid-tier markets.

Samsung has not made it known which models are going to get cut from their catalog, but with the huge number of phones they have out there, 30% will mean that a lot of the current phones might not be in manufacture when 2015 rolls in.

VIA: The Wall Street Journal, Korea Herald

Samsung reducing smartphone lineup by up to 30% next year

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Times are getting a little tough over at Samsung. Profit is declining and executives are seeing their pay slashed. The company relies heavily on its mobile division and that is where changes are going to be made. Next year, Samsung confirmed it will be reducing its smartphone lineup by 25% to 35%. Samsung would like to streamline everything in an effort to be cost efficient.

Demand for Galaxy devices is in limbo and Samsung would like to focus on select models. Right now, there are far too many Galaxy devices available in various names, sizes, colors, and markets. It is undeniably messy and confusing for consumers. Focusing on select models will provide proper attention and promotion across the board. It clears confusion for consumers because there will be actual differentiation.

Samsung remains as dominant as ever in markets like the United States. But in markets overseas, competitors are pushing back. Low-cost devices, from hardware manufacturers such as Xiaomi, are giving Samsung a run for its money. Reducing its smartphone lineup will give Samsung’s low-cost devices the push they desperately need to be competitive.

Via: The Wall Street Journal

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