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  • Galaxy S8 to get online doctor appointment feature?

    The Galaxy S8 rumour mill has been working overtime over the past month, purportedly revealing the hardware design. But what about software? Well, it seems like S-Health is getting a useful feature... According to SamMobile, citing "information we've received", WebMD and Amwell will be deeply integrated into the S-Health app, possibly coming to the S8 as well. In addition to searching for symptoms, medication and diseases (via WebMD), the integration will also allow you to schedule video appointments with a doctor (via Amwell). The updated app can apparently store appointment information (including photos and symptoms) as well as prescription details. The updated S-Health app,...

  • CES 2017: Samsung brings gaming laptops, QLED TV

    Samsung already revealed its 2017 A series of smartphones earlier this week, but what did it have on offer for CES 2017? Well, no more phones, but it did bring some interesting wares anyway. For starters, the company announced its first gaming laptops in the form of the Samsung Notebook Odyssey. Available in 17.3-inch and 15.6-inch variants, the laptops pack full HD screens (why no 1440p or 4K?), up to seventh generation i7 chips and a maximum of 32GB of RAM (or 64GB for the 17.3-inch model). Samsung hasn't disclosed the graphics card of the larger model, but the 15.6-inch version...

  • Samsung brings water resistance to Galaxy A series

    We don't often find water-resistance in mid-range smartphones, with the Hisense KO and Sony Xperia Aqua range being two that come to mind. Fortunately, Samsung looks to join the party with the 2017 Galaxy A series. The Korean firm revealed three updated entries in the series this week, in the form of the 5.7-inch A7, 5.2-inch A5 and 4.7-inch A3. All devices feature IP68 dust- and water-resistance, USB Type C ports, fast-charging, fingerprint scanners and Samsung Pay support. The A7 and A5 share a few features too, such as a full HD AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, Exynos 7880 octacore...

  • Galaxy Note 7: Samsung to issue phone-killing update

    Samsung has announced that it will be taking another step to encourage returns of the Galaxy Note 7, by effectively issuing an update that bricks US devices. The Korean company revealed on its website that just over 93% of all Galaxy Note 7 handsets have been returned in the US market. "To further increase participation, a software update will be released starting on December 19th and will be distributed within 30 days," Samsung confirmed. "This software update will prevent US Galaxy Note 7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices." Samsung's latest update for the Galaxy Note 7...

  • Galaxy S8: report claims 3.5mm headphone jack is no more

    Samsung is obviously hard at work on its 2017 flagships, but the company is apparently taking its cues from Apple for the Galaxy S8. According to SamMobile, it can "exclusively confirm" that the brand is ditching the 3.5mm audio jack in favour of USB Type-C. In other words, your wired audio peripherals won't work, unless you have an adapter. Bluetooth peripherals should work fine, however. It would also mean that people who listen to music via wired headphones while charging their phone can't do this anymore with the Galaxy S8. If the lack of a headphone jack annoyed you on the latest iPhone,...

  • Global smartphone sales spike as Samsung, Apple lose ground

    China's smartphone makers are slowly eating into Samsung and Apple's global market share, this according to a new report by Gartner. Globally, smartphone sales increased by 5.4% year-on-year, with 373.2-million devices sold. Leading this charge was Huawei, Oppo and BBK (the company that owns the likes of Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo). The three manufacturers claimed 21% of the global smartphone sales market in Q3 2016, compared to Samsung's 23.6% and Apple's 13%. Samsung had its worst smartphone sales quarters ever, thanks in part to the Note 7 Notably though, most of these smartphone sales from Oppo and BBK were in China. The fall of...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: more smartwatch than fitness tracker

    In the world of wearables, only the practical survive. Sure, gimmicks work for a few weeks, but in the long term, devices that can perform well in almost every situation are usually the ones that outlive all the others. A great example of this? Apple Watch. It wasn't the greatest fitness tracker, nor was it a good smartwatch, but it was adequate for both. It beamed notifications to your wrist, and kept up with your pulse at the same time. A company that's well versed in both smartwatches and fitness wearables is Samsung. Although it recently faced a few questions regarding...

  • Samsung to rival Xiaomi Mi Mix with Galaxy S8?

    Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 is coming (what were you expecting?), but it looks as though the company could be taking inspiration from Xiaomi and the Mi Mix phone. According to the Korea Herald, the next flagship could have a screen/body ratio of just over 90%, thanks to an edge-to-edge display. The publication spoke to a Samsung Display researcher, who stopped short of saying the Galaxy S8 would play host to the technology. A drastic (and reliable) design might be enough for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or similar flagship to emerge from the Note 7 disaster "Samsung Display would roll out...

  • Which Android flagship smartphone is for you? [QUIZ]

    There have been quite a few noteworthy high-end Android smartphones this year, ranging from multimedia beasts to some innovative designs. But which handset should be your next purchase? We put together a quick-fire quiz to guide your decision-making process.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 may use LG batteries

    If you know your Korean tech space fairly well, Samsung and LG almost never see eye-to-eye. After the two companies' television spat earlier this year, it seemed that the two giants would never ever kiss and make up. But that's about to change, according to a Korean media report. Following the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's battery woes, the company might be looking elsewhere, and LG is on its radar. And this move could be made in time for the Samsung Galaxy S8. "We are looking at diverse suppliers, including LG Chem," a Samsung rep was quoted by Maeil Business Newspaper. The upcoming Samsung...