Showing posts from November, 2016

Samsung will reportedly announce the cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire next month

Samsung may have stopped sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone but the company is yet to reveal the real reason why the phone was catching fire. Now according to a Korea Herald source, the company has been working with experts in South Korea and US and the announcement to reveal the exact cause could […]

Wallpaper Wednesday: Winter

Welcome to the latest edition of Wallpaper Wednesday. This week we’re focusing our attention on ten light blur wallpapers. All images are available in a FHD resolution, which is a perfect fit for the Galaxy S7Galaxy S7 edgeGalaxy Note 5 and other flagships, but they can, of course, be used on different smartphones too.If any of the following images float your boat and you want to download and set one as your wallpaper, simply tap on a photo to maximise it, then click and hold to save it. Once the picture is stored locally, open up Settings, locate and select Wallpaper, then just tap the newly-saved image to set it as your background.Alternatively, you can download a ZIP file containing all of this week’s backdrops by hitting the Download button at the very bottom of this post.Amazon ManGlacierIcicleLanternNight SkySnowy RoadDownloadNote: We’ve tried our best to identify the creators of all of the wallpapers featured in this week’s column. However, the images appear to lack copyrig…

Samsung faces patent lawsuit related to FinFET technology

Samsung is pushing forward with its 10nm FinFET technology for the upcoming Galaxy S8, but a new report out of Samsung’s home country says the Korean giant may face a setback.According to The Korea Herald, the US-based Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (or KAIST, for short) is suing Samsung over FinFET patent infringement. The report claims that KAIST developed FinFET, but was stolen by Samsung when the Korean giant invited FinFET developer Lee Jong-ho, a Seoul National University professor whose institution partnered with KAIST, to do a presentation on the technology to Samsung’s engineers. Intel is using FinFET but has obtained licenses from KAIST to do so, while Samsung has not.Samsung is not alone in the lawsuit: California-based Global Foundries and processor chipset maker Qualcomm are also facing the lawsuit, as Global Foundries has secured a license agreement with Samsung. KAIST says it will go after TSMC once it has the proper evidence to proceed.

Why the Galaxy S8 could be a game changer for Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has changed the way that we look at the company’s products. The manufacturer has been under fire continuously since September over the Note 7, and the only ray of hope has been the anticipation of the Galaxy S8. There was talk that the handset will be released by January 2017 instead of February.But will this be a burden too big for Samsung to carry?Well, I don’t think so. We have seen time and time again that Samsung is capable of surprising one and all. There is talk that Samsung will use a crisp VR compatible 4K display on the Galaxy S8. Given the work that has been done by Samsung in the VR segment, this will no doubt be one of the highlight features of the device.Other rumors have suggested that the smartphone could feature 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Further, the company’s new artificial intelligence based voice assistant will supposedly be capable of processing wireless payments on its own. This feature hasn’t been tried by any manufactur…

Samsung Quantum Dot TV ranked first in German consumer review

For at least the last two years, Samsung has been heavily investing in Quantum Dot TVs, and said earlier this year that it would bring 14 new Quantum Dot TVs to market. Samsung is now seeing the fruit of its labor. A new German consumer review has given Samsung’s Super Ultra High-Definition (SUHD) Quantum Dot TV the top grade in a contest involving 935 TVs.Quantum Dot TVs match the brightness of OLED TVs while staying more inexpensive on price. OLED TVs have fantastic color but cost much more, making them a no-go for manufacturers looking to profit in the consumer electronics market. Samsung’s 10-year, burn-in warranty for its Quantum Dot TVs will only add to the company’s success in the TV business.The Korean giant’s Quantum Dot TVs are making a splash worldwide, with the SUHD TV with Quantum Dot display being named the United Kingdom’s “TV of the Year” last month. Just last week, Samsung confirmed its acquisition of US-based Quantum Dot display company QD Vision, with an investment …

Daily Deal: Get $200 off on Samsung’s 55-inch curved 4K TV from Amazon

Now that Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, and some other video services are offering streaming 4K content, it’s a good time to invest in an excellent 4K television. If you are planning to get one this holiday season, have a look at this 55-inch curved 4K TV from Samsung. It is currently being sold for $847.99 on Amazon, which is a $200 discount over its regular price.The UN55KU6600 from Samsung is a 55-inch curved Smart 4K TV with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is compatible with HDR videos and comes with three HDMI inputs so you can hook up a UHD Blu-ray player, a 4K set top box, and maybe a PlayStation Pro or an Xbox One S with this TV. Moreover, it also has a couple of USB ports for local media playback.It comes with a smart remote control with a touchpad and Samsung has even included Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming service into this TV. It’s a solid choice if you want a 4K TV at an affordable price. So, grab one before stock runs out!

Patent application shows next-gen Gear VR headset with position, face and eye tracking

A patent application, filed by Samsung last May but published recently, shows a Gear VR headset with extended tracking capabilities. The documentation reveals that not only the headset’s position can be tracked, but also movements of the wearer’s eyes and their facial expressions.An important limitation of the current Gear VR is the fact that, unlike in non-mobile VR headsets, there is no position tracking. It should, therefore, come as no surprise to hear that Samsung looking for ways to fix this. A patent application published in South Korea, titled Image Processing for Head Mounted Display Devices, provides a glimpse of just that, and more.In fact, the patent itself is not directly about position tracking for the Gear VR, but rather about using various sensors to model the user’s face. Such a model can help make social interaction in virtual reality more personal. However, the patent does offer a glimpse of various tracking features that can greatly improve all types of VR experien…

We’re making SamMobile even better and we need your help!

SamMobile has come a long way since our humble community got its start as a one-stop destination for Samsung firmware. Since launching back in December 2011, SamMobile has seen monumental growth over the past couple of years and our readers have been an integral part of our success. We are firm believers in the fact that there’s always room for improvement which is why we constantly improve whatever we can as well as launch new initiatives such as the APK archive to provide a better experience to our diverse readership from across the globe.We’re very proud of the millions of members who form our robust community. Some of you have been with us since the very beginning and we couldn’t be more grateful for your continuing support. We’re working hard to take SamMobile to the next level and we want your help. We would appreciate it very much if you could send in your suggestions about what you’d want to see more of on SamMobile and what you miss on the site. Please email your comments, su…

Samsung releases firmware update for the Gear S3 in the US

After launching the Gear S3 in the US, Samsung has now rolled out a minor firmware update for its smartwatch. The update brings improved GPS performance for the S Health and the Golf Navi apps on the Gear S3. The update also brings some changes to the time zone settings in the World Clock app for Russia.The update with version number R770XXU1APK6/R760OXA1APK6 has a file size of 14.06MB and is being rolled out now. Samsung released the Speedometer for Gear app yesterday for the Gear S3. The app shows the speed of a user in real-time using the smartwatch’s GPS capabilities.

Meizu’s new flagship smartphone uses Samsung’s Exynos 8890 processor

Meizu and Samsung have quite a history together. The former’s high-end smartphones have been using Samsung’s Exynos processors for quite some time. Now, the Chinese smartphone brand has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Pro 6 Plus, and it uses Samsung’s latest Exynos 8890 chipset.The Meizu Pro 6 Plus features a 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display, an Exynos 8890 processor, 4GB RAM, 64/128GB of internal storage, a 12-megapixel primary camera with OIS and 4K video recording, a 5-megapixel secondary camera, a fingerprint sensor, LTE, USB Type-C, and a 3,400 mAh battery. It runs Meizu’s Flyme 6 UI with “AI Engine” called One Mind and 400 new features on top of Android Marshmallow.The Meizu PRO 6 Plus is powered by the flagship @SamsungExynos 8890 processor!— MEIZU (@MEIZU) November 30, 2016The specifications of the Pro 6 Plus are quite similar to that of the Galaxy S7 edge, but its AMOLED display isn’t curved on its sides, and there’s no dual-pixel phase-dete…

Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016) launched in South Korea

Samsung launched its revamped Galaxy On series a couple of months ago. It was a complete overhaul compared to what Samsung launched last year with the Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro. The Galaxy On5 (2016) and Galaxy On7 (2016) were initially launched in China only but the company in now going to sell at least one of these handsets outside the People’s Republic. Samsung today announced the launch of the Galaxy On7 (2016) in South Korea.Fashioned out of metal, the Galaxy On7 (2016) features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a 1.6GHz octa-core processor under the hood coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. It also features a 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera, both have an aperture of f/1.9. There’s a fingerprint sensor onboard as well which easily lets users control access to their device. Aside from 4G LTE support, the Galaxy On7 (2016) comes with a 3,300mAh battery. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.Customers in South Korea can purchase the Gal…

Samsung adds $9 billion to its market value as shares soar to record highs

Samsung Electronics’ much-awaited response to the corporate restructuring proposal put forward by minority shareholder Elliott Associates finally came through yesterday. While the company has given itself six months to decide whether or not it would want to split Samsung Electronics into two, it announced some eagerly anticipated measures to boost shareholder value in the short-term. Investors are happy with Samsung’s decision so far. Samsung Electronics shares have hit a record high today, adding $9 billion to the company’s market value in a single day.The company has said that it plans to dole out up to $3.6 billion in dividend payouts this year which roughly boils down to around $256 dividend per share. The amount earmarked for dividends in 2016 is 36 percent higher than it was last year. Samsung Electronics has also committed to returning 50 percent of its free cash flow in 2016 and 2017 to shareholders through greater dividend payouts and buyback of treasury shares. Samsung has a…

Leap of Fate v1.1.2 APK

Leap of Fate is a furiously-paced cyberpunk roguelike-rpg

Leap of Fatecom.cleverplays.LoF
Leap of Fate is a furiously-paced cyberpunk roguelike-rpg about overcoming your fears and achieving your fate. In a New York City where magic is real, you play as a technomage who must develop unspeakable powers to confront the Crucible of Fates. Can you survive the trials?

Experience an extremely fast and satisfying action game, built around the ability to Shadow Walk Upgrade over a hundred magical skills, through an innovative system of randomly-generated skill treesDiscover the profound and intense stories of four characters, told through beautifully illustrated cinematicsExplore a modern-day cyberpunk fantasy spanning cybernetics labs, dark alleys and secret societiesJoin Leap of Fate's communityWhat's in this version :(Updated : 29 November 2016)
No recent changes Required Android O/S :4.4 and up
Screenshots :

Download :465M [APK+OBB]

Grace UX - Icon Pack v5.4.4 APK

The new icons of the new Galaxy Note 7 are here!

Grace UX - Icon Packcom.dtaf.alonso.icon5
Download now this iconpack and comes into the world Galaxy.
In this iconpack have 1800 icons perfectly designed to adapt to any
environment, so no matter what device you have always look perfect.
It also has 54 wallpapers that you can download and use whenever you want.

For use it you need a launcher such as Nova, Apex, ADW that allow custom themes.

To request icons go to the corresponding section in the app
You can apply icons from launcher settings, if there is no apply button inside the app
If you hide the icon of the app, you can go to widgets / Grace UX and select "Icon restorer"
These icons will not exploit your device :)

Apply from app
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SO Launcher Prime (Galaxy S7 launcher) v1.97 APK

SO Launcher, is the most polished, highly customizable galaxy s6 style launcher. Smooth, Rich features!

SO Launcher (Galaxy Launcher)
SO Launcher, is the most polished, highly customizable galaxy s6 style launcher. Smooth, Rich features, NO AD

Support icon theme, compatible with 5000+ icon packs and themesGalaxy s6 TouchWiz Launcher scrolling effectSupport drawer app sorting, drawer folder, app hidingHandy Sidebar: include Cleaner, Toggle, Torch etc; and you can drag-out Sidebar from anywhereMany gestures and Dock icon gesturesUnread Counts/Notifier for SMS, MAIL, Missed CALL and Whatsapp etcTranslucent status bar and navigation bar for Android4.4, Android 5.0 devices, and Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note devices.Backup and restore launcher setting and layout; Import layout from other launcherHighly customizable, include 200+ options:Change launcher desktop and drawer grid size, edit icon, lock desktop, etc4 UI Size Mode, easy to change the icon size4 Drawer style: Horizon…

Lightning Web Browser + v4.4.2 APK

Enjoy Lightning Browser, one of the smallest browsers around!

Lightning Browser
The Lightning Browser Paid
The Most Powerful Web Browser of Its Size

Features the free version doesn't have
Unlimited TabsUnlimited BookmarksWill have more features eventuallyFeatures:
Holo InterfaceSupports Froyo to JellyBeanTabbed Internet BrowsingSupports Adobe Flash PlayerFast Start TimesSmall FootprintFast BrowsingSmooth ScrollingHigher Benchmarks than Chrome (tested on a Nexus 7)Enjoy Lightning Browser, one of the smallest browsers around. It is a high-performance small-sized browser built for those who don't want the cumbersome slowness or size of Firefox or Chrome. Currently it looks best on a tablet, but it will be optimized for phone sized screens soon. I will try to update this as often as I have time (I am a student...). This is my most major app release to date and I'm proud of my work, so if you have ANY problems at all, PLEASE contact me. I alway…

Battery HD Pro v1.67.01 APK

Instantly know for how long you can use each app !

Battery HD
Instantly know for how long you can use each app.
This is the perfect battery monitor for your phone or tablet. It is simple, beautiful and can be calibrated specially for your device.

Instantly know how many hours you have left for:
Listening to music Watching videoTalking on the phoneInternet Browsing ( WiFi / Edge / 3G / 4G ) Standby Time left to rechargeTime to use LED Flashlight2D and 3D GamesReading booksPS navigationVideo chatTaking photosRecording videosWhat's in this version: (Updated : 29 November 2016)
Version 1.67
- Graph: added charger icon to the bottom of charge area
- Charge Level Alerts: disabled sound during voice calls
- Charge Level Alerts: volume control is relative now (to other notifications) and doesn't affect global notification settings
- Graph printing: monor bug fixes
Version 1.66
Battery graph: combining of Charge level, Voltage and Temperature on the one scree…