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  • Bixby now available in South Africa, here’s how to get it

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review) was one of the better releases this year, but its Bixby assistant was left in a very unfinished state, despite the inclusion of a dedicated button for the service. The company marketed Bixby for its voice functionality, but this aspect was completely absent at launch. Now, on the eve of the Galaxy Note 8 launch, the voice service has finally launched in the country. To take advantage of Bixby Voice, you'll want to make sure that all the Bixby-related apps/services are updated. This can be done by visiting Galaxy Apps, tapping the ellipsis (...) in the top...

  • Samsung Bixby US launch reportedly delayed due to ‘big data’ issues

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 might be one of the more impressive flagship smartphones to debut this year (read our review here), but its smart voice assistant Bixby -- to which the phone dedicates an entire hardware button -- is riddled with teething issues. Sure, the service works in Korea, and even raps in Korean if you ask it nicely. But across the Pacific Ocean, it's a completely different story. Samsung has previously said that Bixby would be available to American consumers by May 2017. Of course, the date has since passed, with Samsung only revealing a US beta preview. What's the reason...

  • Watch: Samsung’s offbeat Gear VR ad, set in Karoo

    Aside from the actual Galaxy S8 smartphone, it could be argued that one of the more entertaining reveals was a new ad for the Gear VR. The headset has been available in various incarnations for a while now, but Samsung used ostriches as part of the new spot. In the ad, an ostrich accidentally dons the Gear VR, gradually learning to fly as a result. It's downright goofy, but it seems to work in this case. Interestingly enough, the ad was filmed in the Karoo, Samsung South Africa confirmed. Check it out below.

  • Galaxy S8 prices leaked: will it break the bank though?

    We already know a lot about the Samsung Galaxy S8 phones, thanks in large part due to recent leaks. Now, another leak has occurred, in the form of pricing for the device... According to the ever-reliable Evan Blass, the Galaxy S8 will have a €799 price tag and the Galaxy S8+ will feature a €899 price. Do an ill-advised currency conversion (other costs still have to be taken into account), and you're looking at R10 906 for the S8 and R12 271 for the S8+. Don't expect Xiaomi pricing for the upcoming Galaxy S8, according to the latest information In other words, you can...

  • Samsung Africa Forum: smart home gadgets and more

    Samsung Africa Forum 2017 has come and gone, with the giant electronics corporation outlining its plans for Africa this year. So what's on the horizon for South Africa? From smart home devices, to QLED televisions, South Africa is set to be on the receiving end of many of Samsung's newest innovations. In addition to the forum presentations, we spoke with Samsung Electronics South Africa Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications, Michelle Potgieter, as well as Michael McKechnie, Samsung South Africa's Director of the Digital Appliance Group. So what is in store for us this year? Smart homes One announcement that slipped under the radar,...

  • 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 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...

  • 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,...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7: everything the S6 should’ve been

    In a kiss-and-make-up session in Barcelona, Samsung practically remedied all that was wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S6 series, announcing the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The new S series is undoubtedly one of the company's most important devices ever, competing against stiff competition in the form of the LG G5 (announced earlier today) and September's iPhone 7. So what do these two devices do to impress? Well, for one, both feature a microSD card slot for data expansion, both feature water and dust protection with an ingress rating of 67, and the S7 and the S7 Edge are now...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 rumour roundup: sales to begin from 11 March

    Feature image: Evan Blass via Twitter Samsung has been enjoying some Apple-like rumour attention in recent years, and we're not too sure if its thriving as a result, or cursing that its phones' specifications are seeping through the cracks before launch. Nevertheless, the latest rumours suggests an exciting prospect that will likely be the Samsung Galaxy S7. Have a look at some conformed news from Samsung HQ's back alley below, and further below, have take a look at all the rumours and potential features we've uncovered thus far. Confirmed news: Samsung will launch the Samsung Galaxy S7 at its Unpacked 2016 event, a day...