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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumour roundup: 5.8-inch screen and 6GB of RAM?

    Now that the initial wave of flagship smartphone launches are done for the year, we eagerly await the next wave of uber-sized phablet devices. Huawei's Mate 8 kicked us off (in South Africa at least), but there's a much older kid on the block due for an upgrade pretty soon -- the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. With that in mind, we take harvest the rumours, official news and word on the street so you don't have to in our rumour roundup. Fake CPU-Z screenshot reveals what could be for Samsung phablet fans -- 18 April Back in 2012, we had no idea that...

  • 5 must-have virtual reality games for your Samsung Gear VR

    Samsung and Facebook are pushing virtual reality in a big way this year. The companies are giving away Gear VR headsets at events and customers could even get one as a bonus for preordering the Galaxy S7. So if you've got the headset or are thinking about getting one, you'll want to try out these games. Ocean Rift You'll be exploring the depths in this simple game (it's more of an experience though), which has you marvelling at all sorts of marine life floating around you. Ocean Rift also lets you specify creature-specific scenes, placing you inside a shark cage and letting you swim with...

  • Is the LG G5 better than the Galaxy S7? Here’s what reviewers are saying

    The first reviews for LG's G5 have been published online, so just what are they saying about this radical product? For starters, Phone Arena's review says that, despite the specs and features, something "isn't feeling exactly right" with the handset. "Objectively, it's a competent flagship and even a decent improvement over its predecessor in some ways, but it feels like it's just way too round in character. There are no sharp edges, nothing that jumps out, no area where the G5 is, or at least appears to be, significantly better than what the competition has to offer," the review reads. The write-up also...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is coming, S7 Mini also in the works

    Samsung fans who loved the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active can rejoice, because it seems that the S7 is getting the rugged treatment too. Keeping with tradition, the phone will be bear the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active badge, and will carry all the S7 internals, from the camera to the chipset in a sturdier, drop-resistant body. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active was also launched after the standard S6's announcement, so there's no real surprise there. However, the company has yet to pen a release date for the device. Samsung's also planning to cover the lower spectrum of the smartphone market too....

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hands-on: what a difference a year makes

    Samsung sure knows how to throw a party. At the company's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launch in Johannesburg last week, influencers, resellers and media got the chance to fraternise with each other, swap dance moves with indie dance band Goodluck and experience some interesting and novel gadgets. But while the event was one of the most lavish I've ever attended, the real stars of the show were undoubtedly the phones themselves. Now, I'd like to state up front that it doesn't matter how great your launch is, if the device you're launching isn't anything to shout about, I couldn't...

  • Oculus makes Samsung Gear VR more social with multiplayer games

    Real friends can now be virtual friends too, thanks to Oculus' new pseudo social network and added features. Users who have a Samsung Gear VR can register an account on the Oculus website, "and then easily search for others on the platform by real name or Oculus username," the company explains. Although the social features do seem scary, the proposed functionality sounds great for friends in various parts of the world. For instance, Oculus will let users create Social Rooms which allows users in a given room to watch video streams together, in a virtual cinema. Multiplayer games are also coming to virtual...

  • Samsung makes 256GB smartphones more likely with UFS 2.0 chips

    Running out of storage space but have no microSD card slot? Samsung's latest announcement might pique your interest. The company today announced that it is now producing "the industry's first" 256GB UFS 2.0 internal storage chips for smartphones and other mobile devices, which will allow for "ultra-fast speed, large data capacity and compact chip size" in mobile devices. UFS, or universal flash storage, is a term we're going to be hearing a lot of in the future. It's the newly adopted technology standard for storing data on mobile devices, replacing the older eMMC standard. "The newly introduced embedded memory features outstanding performance...

  • LG G5 joins Samsung Galaxy S7 in shirking microSD card app installs

    There's no such thing as a perfect phone, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 is probably the best recent example. After Samsung righted its wrongs by placing a microSD card slot on the phone, it goes and disables app installs onto the card, effectively crippling the device's capabilities. Now, not to be outdone, LG has done exactly the same thing with the LG G5. Android's Marshmallow OS boasts a feature that allows users to install apps onto the microSD card. It's particularly useful if you happen to install a ton of games (something the Samsung Galaxy S7 was punting profusely at launch)....

  • MWC 2016 live blog: the best MWC ever?

    Barcelona is this week the epicenter of the world's mobile technology enthusiasts as MWC 2016 slowly awakes from its near-year slumber. And what a lineup of live launches we have this year. LG, Huawei, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi have all announced that they will host live launches in and around the city in the days to come, which means there's a lot to get through in a short space of time. Combine this with new Internet of Things announcements, the advent of 5G and other mobile-centric news, we're in for another long but exciting week. So stay tuned to our live...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 won’t let you install apps on the microSD card

    Quick question: how many apps do you have installed on your phone right now? If you're getting by with a measly 16GB of storage, you can sit back and relax. However, if you're finding that 32GB is just not enough and rely on external storage, you should probably sit up and listen, especially if you're planning to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S7. Samsung has decided to strip the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge of Android Marshmallow's inclusive storage feature, which allows apps to be installed on the microSD card as well as the internal storage bank. So in essence,...