Samsung's Gear 360 is an interesting approach to building a 360-degree camera. It has two fish-eye cameras that stitch together a 3840x1920 360-degree video (or image), and if you have a supported Samsung phone, you can even edit the video from your phone. You can then view the content on a VR headset and share it to YouTube/Facebook. Now the camera is being sold through retail stores, in addition to online.
According to Samsung, you can now pick up a Gear 360 in-store from AT&T, Sprint, Best Buy, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Best Buy still shows the Gear 360 as "Coming Soon," and is not available for in-store pickup, so it seems to be an ongoing process. Read More
There are plenty of companies building smart hubs for your home, but it's safe to say that SmartThings, which was bought by Samsung, is one of the most popular. That's not only due to the wide range of connectivity options it has, like both ZigBee and Z-Wave, and the 10-hour backup battery life, but also thanks to the big number of smart home gadgets that are compatible with it. Even better, the community is very active and usually figures out a way, whenever technically possible, to add compatibility to brands and accessories that aren't supported officially.
One of the last companies to integrate with SmartThings is Google and its Google Home speaker / voice control hub. Read More
Since Google revealed that Android apps and the Play Store will be coming to Chromebooks, most have been eagerly anticipating using their favorite Android apps on a desktop platform. To that end, Samsung will soon be announcing a new Chromebook, named the Samsung Chromebook Pro, according to SamMobile. Read More
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brave foolish few who have been determined to keep their Galaxy Note7s after the device was recalled a second time might want to think again. Bloomberg is reporting that the Note7 is heading for a full ban on all US flights. That means it's no longer simply a matter of not using the Note7 on a flight, it's illegal to have one at all.
While carriers in the United States and other countries have been dealing with returns and refunds of the now-discontinued Galaxy Note7, customers in India haven't had much to deal with, largely because their Note7 pre-orders hadn't even shipped. Now, to thank those who waited all this time for their pre-ordered Note7s, Samsung India has churned up a pretty sweet offer to customers who choose to grab a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge instead.
Originally, Samsung intended for the Note7 to go on sale on September 2nd in India, but supply shortages caused that date to be moved back significantly - so significantly, in fact, that those who waited for the Note7 still didn't have their phones before the phone's complete cancellation. Read More
The Galaxy Note7 has been an absolute disaster for Samsung; although it was an excellent smartphone, its tendency to catch fire pretty much negates all of the praise that was heaped onto it. Case in point: Samsung's now estimating that the Note7's recalls and subsequent cancellation will cost them about $3.1 billion over the next two fiscal quarters. Read More
The first-generation Galaxy Tab S hails from a time when Samsung was still using swipe-based fingerprint scanners - yeah, it's that old. Just look at that stock wallpaper; Galaxy S5 flashbacks, anyone? Around three weeks ago, Verizon updated its 10.5" Tab S to Marshmallow, and now AT&T is doing the same. The Death Star is also throwing in support for NumberSync. Read More
Samsung's attempt at virtual reality manifested in the original Gear VR, which was essentially a suped-up version of Google Cardboard. If you have a compatible device, and want to give the Gear VR a chance, the original model is now half-off on Amazon.
To clarify, this is the microUSB model that is compatible with the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note 5, S6 edge+, S6 edge, and S6. This is not the 2016 model designed for the explosive Galaxy Note7 (but thanks to a modular connector, also works with older devices).
The original Gear VR has a 96-degree field of view, as opposed to the newer model's 101 degrees. Read More
The latest chapter in Samsung's ongoing Note7 nightmare has unfolded with the company's official statement on the new wave of battery fires. It says all owners of the Note7 should immediately turn off the phone while Samsung continues its investigation. This includes any original Note7 devices that might still be floating around as well as the replacements. Read More
At this point I think it's safe to say that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is the most embarrassing failure in the history of Android hardware. A spate of statistically high battery fires caused a worldwide recall of millions of Note 7 units, followed by multiple reports of explosions from the allegedly "fixed" replacement phones. American carriers T-Mobile and AT&T are no longer selling the device, all four major carriers are accepting unconditional exchanges, and we at Android Police are officially recommending that consumers not buy the phone for now. It's an unmitigated disaster for Samsung. Read More