Samsung announced its new $99 Gear VR portable virtual reality viewer back in September and is now ready to start shipping it to consumers. Pre-orders are open in the United States on Amazon, Best Buy, and Samsung's sites, with orders ready to ship on November 20. Units will also be available for sale in Best Buy's retail locations. A week later on November 27, T-Mobile will also offer the Gear VR for sale online and in its stores, and AT&T is supposed to join the list but no specific date has been set yet.
The new Gear VR is lighter and more comfortable to wear compared to the previous Innovator Edition. Read More
Are you buying things with Samsung Pay? Samsung is willing to give you a bunch of stuff to give its new service a go. In the past it promised free wireless chargers to anyone who activated Samsung Pay for the first time. It has since taken forever to mail them out.
The last deal expired a couple days ago. Now the smartphone maker is back with an offer that is arguably better. Read More
The Galaxy View is Samsung's biggest tablet, and the company is positioning it as a sort of all-purpose, general-use device for an entire household rather than a conventional mobile device. To that end they've released another exclusive app for the 18.4-inch tablet, Family Square. According to the description in the Play Store, it's meant to be a digital bulletin board, allowing multiple users to post photos to the app which are then displayed on the screen.
The setup is... unique. Instead of simply pulling photos from Facebook or Google+ accounts, Family Square needs to connect to individual phones, presumably over the local Wi-Fi network. Read More
The Samsung Galaxy View is without a doubt a niche product, but for the right person, this giant 18.4" tablet could be a tempting buy. Granted, $600 is a lot of money, especially when it only manages to have a 1080p screen (and a rather meager 8 hours of battery life). Regardless, the Galaxy View is now available in the US direct from Samsung or via Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H.
Ordering from Samsung does allow you to also buy an extended warranty plan with accidental damage protection at the time of purchase, at $89.99 for two years or $159.99 for three. Read More
Good news, Sprint customers: you now get a free year of Amazon Prime! Maybe. If you activate a "qualifying" Samsung phone for a new line of service or a renewed line, Sprint will foot the bill for Amazon's premium shipping option for a year. The promotion starts today, and those qualifying phones are limited to the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and the Galaxy Note 5. So basically it's just for Samsung's 2015 flagship quadruplets - you can't just run out and buy an ancient Galaxy S II for ten bucks and get $100 worth of freebies.
The offer runs through November 30th, and it's valid for Sprint customers who buy their phone outright, lease it, pay in installments, or use an old-fashioned two-year contract. Read More
AT&T announced NumberSync a few weeks ago as a way to share a single mobile number with multiple AT&T devices. Now we get to see what sort of extra gadgets AT&T is looking to push with NumberSync. The Samsung Gear S2 and 2nd gen LG Watch Urbane LTE smart watches are going to be the launch devices for NumberSync, but the LG watch won't have it right away. Read More
In a new video, RootJunky demonstrates how in just 10 minutes he was able to navigate around Factory Reset Protection in a Galaxy Note 5. This security feature is meant to make it impossible for someone to take your phone and just perform a factory reset as a way to make it their own.
If anyone performs the factory reset via the recovery, the phone is more or less inoperable until the original owner signs into his or her Google account on reboot. This means that you have basically no extra steps to factory reset your own device for your own reasons, but a common thief can't do much of anything without knowing your password. Read More
The Galaxy View is big. Really, really big - the 18.4-inch device seems to be intended as a tabletop computer rather than a conventional portable tablet. Samsung's custom version of Android will make good use of the extra space, but even the tablet apps on the Play Store probably aren't well-formatted for a screen the size of a small PC monitor. To make sure users are getting a good experience on their Galaxy View, CNN has made an app especially for the tablet... probably with a little encouragement (read: payment) from Samsung.
"CNN for Samsung Galaxy View" is, of course, only compatible with the Galaxy View, but it's been published to the Play Store presumably for the sake of easy updates. Read More
Android tablets in the last year haven't been particularly interesting, but I am happy we're finally moving toward the more comfortable 4:3 aspect ratio*. There are a few devices that use that shape, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. It sure is expensive, though. The 9.7-inch variant is a little less spendy today with a deal on BuyDig—just $399.99 with free shipping. Read More