Galaxy Gear 2 may be cheaper as Samsung fears the phantom iWatch

Galaxy Gear 2 may be cheaper as Samsung fears the phantom iWatch
We could spend a lot of time listing the design and feature tweaks we want to see in the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, but there’s no getting around the fact that the biggest problem with the current watch is the price.
So the latest rumour might be the most pleasing yet: according to “local industry officials” speaking to ZDNet Korea, Samsung is rethinking the watch’s price point.
These sources say that Samsung’s got the heebie jeebies about Apple’s plans for an iWatch, which could be cheaper than the Gear 2.
* We reckon the Galaxy Gear 2 should look a little something like this That’s the same iWatch that may not even be real – for all we know right now, Tim Cook and his board are laughing into their coffees as the rest of the tech world frantically tries to preempt the arrival a non-existent device.
‘They say it’s as big as four cats’
Still, with Apple dropping various clues that it’s planning something big in the fitness domain, Samsung is probably wise to plan ahead.
The current Galaxy Gear launched with the eye-watering price of

Express your inner darkness with a black Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S4 Mini

Express your inner darkness with a black Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S4 Mini
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to be unsheathed in less than three weeks, but that hasn’t deterred the Korean company’s efforts to squeeze a little more life out of its popular Galaxy S4 range.
With the S4’s inevitable passing as Samsung’s flagship handset nigh, it’s perhaps apt that the firm has outed a new version of the device (and it’s Galaxy S4 Mini counterpart) in fetching Funeral Black*.
Available in the U.S., UK and other markets this month, the Black Edition devices feature the “leather-like” (meaning faux leather) rear casing, black bezel and exclusive themed wallpapers and ringtones.
For those whose inner darkness cannot be expressed simply through handset colour tones alone, the power adaptor, micro USB cables headphones, also adopt the same gloomy shade.
Abyss of blackness, but no KitKat Beyond that abyss of blackness there are no other differences to report. The specs all remain the same, while both devices will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean rather than the newer KitKat OS.
Official pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed, but it seems like it surely will be before Samsung reveals the long-awaited Galaxy S5, almost certainly at the Unpacked event at MWC 2014 on February 24.
*Funeral Black isn’t the real colour name, it’s actually just called the ‘Black Edition.’
* The Phone Show: Is Samsung preparing us for a disappointing Galaxy S5?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 benchmark leaks, reveals specs

Samsung Galaxy S5 benchmark leaks, reveals specs
Ahead of its Mobile World Congress debut, Samsung Galaxy S5’s hardware spec sheet has leaked out with a set of benchmark shots.
HD Blog spotted leaked AnTuTu benchmark testing screens revealing Samsung next flagship phone will out speed the Galaxy Note 3.
Before you say “well duh,” what’s interesting is the screens confirm that the phone will indeed skimp out on the rumored 2560 x 1440 AMOLED screen. Instead it will feature a full HD 1920 x 1080 display with a 480 pixel-per-inch density.
It will also have a slightly bumped up 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, although there’s no confirmation if it will be 64-bit. Meanwhile other elements of the phone’s system hardware include an Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM,
and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the upcoming device is the 16-megapixel camera on the back. Up front it will also include a two-megapixel sensor.
One (sad) saving grace The hardware revealed in the latest AnTuTu screenshots fall in line with our earlier concerns that the Galaxy S5 would be the most underwhelming Samsung handset yet.
Despite the unimpressive screen and internal hardware, the Samsung Galaxy S5 might still have some things going for it. One of these is a swiping fingerprint scanner that’s purported to be better than the Apple iPhone 5S’.
We’ll soon know if the Samsung Galaxy S5 is as boring as it seems on paper when it gets its big reveal at MWC 2014. Stay tuned for more!
Via Boy Genius Reports * World leading specs count for everything, just look at how much we liked the Motorola Moto G

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Galaxy S3 among 10 Samsung devices that may get Android KitKat sometime…

Galaxy S3 among 10 Samsung devices that may get Android KitKat sometime...
Samsung device owners learned long ago that holding one’s breath while awaiting an Android would almost certainly result in their permanent demise.
However a lifeline, in the form of Android 4.4 KitKat, may be on the way for those rocking gadgets like the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Note 8.0 Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Mega.
Those handsets, as well as the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Tab 7.0, Galaxy S4 Active are on a list of ten Samsung devices in line for KitKat, according to a purported update roadmap, obtained by Phandroid.
The remaining two devices, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 have already started to receive Android 4.4 roll-outs in the odd territory here and there..
But when?
Although the site claimed to have procured details on which legacy devices will eventually receive the latest version of the operating system, there was no word on when and where that might happen.
So although that’s good news for S3 and S4 Active owners, it’s not really time to party just yet. As you were, Samsung fans, as you were.
* KitKat is now on 2 per cent of all Android phones. Yeah, about that….

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