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Galaxy S6 edge+ now receiving June security update

Samsung’s in the midst of distributing the June security patch for the Galaxy S6 edge+ in Europe. The upgrade bundles all of the patches included in this month’s release, as well as a plethora of additional stability improvements.For those in need of a refresher, the June update transports 96 fixes for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the Android operating system and 23 patches developed exclusively for Galaxy-branded smartphones.Related content: Samsung highlights contents of June security patchIf you own a Galaxy S6 edge+, reside in Europe and want to check to see if the upgrade is ready for your handset, open up Settings, tap Software Update, then hit Download Updates Manually.

Themes Thursday: Take a look at this week’s seven best themes

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We’re back with Themes Thursday! We’ve chosen seven new themes for you this week, and we think there’s something for everybody. There are three great dark themes and four bright themes and all of them have brilliant designs.The [Anup] Novel Black (AOD), [Binod] HongUI, and Infinity Dark themes have dark backgrounds, and you might prefer them since such themes tend to showcase the brilliance of Super AMOLED displays in reproducing punchier colors. Greight and Greight W/ Background themes by Felipe Lelite have good-looking Material design wallpapers and backgrounds.The Summer Background and [WHL] Desert Landscapes theme packs look great too, and might be preferred by some. Which theme did you like out of the 479 new themes that were released in the Theme Store this week?[Anup] Novel Black (AOD)
[Binod] HongUI
[WHL] Desert Landscapes
Greight
Greight W/ Background
Infinity Dark
Summer Wave (AOD/Iris)_Hwang Gayeon – THENEW

SamMobile Daily Recap: June 29, 2017 — Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy S8 and more!

Samsung partners with soccer star Oliver Kahn to promote its smart TVs

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Samsung has announced that it has partnered with German soccer star Oliver Kahn to promote its new QLED TVs. The former German goalkeeper will be the face of Samsung’s new QLED smart TVs and a representative of the new ways in which users can enjoy soccer on these TVs. The South Korean electronics giant announced its QLED TVs at CES 2017 earlier this year.Oliver Kahn will feature in the new Goalplay app, which is exclusive to Samsung’s smart TVs. The app will search for soccer-related content from broadcasting channels as well as from Video On Demand (VoD) services. It will also offer exclusive content from Oliver Kahn such as match analysis and goalkeeping tips. These TVs are also the first to offer 100% color volume.Samsung’s new QLED TVs not only offer great picture quality, but also exclusive content and apps, making them a preferable choice for many consumers. It recently added support for HDR10+ to its QLED TVs. The company wants to offer everything it can before the start of th…

Samsung to build a ‘super OLED factory’ in China

Samsung is the largest OLED manufacturer in the world, and it plans to solidify its position even further by making a “super OLED factory”. The company is planning to build a new production facility which is expected to exceed the production capacity of its A3 plant in China by 30%. The new factory could be named A5, and could be built in Korea.According to industry sources, Samsung’s board of directors will meet next month to determine the final investment plant for its next OLED factory. If the company starts building its new plant in the second half of this year, it will take another six months or a year before the plant is built, and the production of OLED units could begin in 2019.Samsung could invest up to KRW 16 trillion for purchasing the equipment that’s required to kickstart the production of OLED panels. Furthermore, the company will keep on investing till 2021 to expand the factory as the plant will be built in two phases. The company had started expanding its A3 plant in …

Samsung’s wearable device sales overtake Fitbit for the first time ever

If the latest data from market research firm Strategy Analytics is believed, Samsung’s wearable devices have achieved a major milestone. Sales of Samsung’s wearable products have overtaken those of Fitbit for the first time ever. That is, without a doubt, a big achievement for the company.Fitbit has long been one of the strongest competitors in the wearable device market after Apple. It has occupied the second position on the list for a very long time. Samsung has been catching up to it and the data now shows that it passed Fitbit in the first quarter of this year.Samsung’s market share of wearable device sales was just 6.6 percent in the second quarter of last year. It rose to 7.5 percent by the third quarter. Samsung’s market share surged to over 10 percent and settled at 12.8 percent at the end of the first quarter of this year.This is the first time that Samsung has overtaken Fitbit, a company that specializes in wearable devices like fitness bands and activity trackers. Fitbit’s …

Argentina gets its very own Samsung Newsroom

In a bid to better connect with its millions of fans across the globe, Samsung has been setting up dedicated information hubs for key markets. These hubs, or Newsrooms as Samsung calls them, feature content in that country’s native language so that consumers can get information relevant to their market in their own language.The company is already running ten different Newsroom websites for key markets like Russia, India, Mexico, Vietnam, Germany, United States, Brazil and South Korea. Samsung Newsroom Argentina takes eleventh position on the list. It’s the second Spanish-language site in the region after Mexico.Samsung Newsroom Argentina will host latest information about the company, its recent innovations and CSR activities, Samsung’s corporate vision and business insights. It will now be the official company site for Argentina and will regularly feature videos, photos, feature articles, infographics and live streams of important Samsung events.The company has a long history in the …

Daily Deal: Save 31% on a Gear VR (2017) with Controller

For a limited time only, you can pick up a Gear VR (2017) with Controller, which ships with both a microUSB and USB Type-C connector, for $89.92, a 31 percent saving on its recommended retail price of $129.99.If you like the sound of this promotion and want to take advantage of it, hit the Buy Now button below. You’ll need to act fast though, as inventory won’t be around for too long — and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Samsung launches the unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy S8+ in Europe

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Samsung always releases dual-SIM variants of its flagship smartphones in select markets so it’s never known for sure which markets will get them. Samsung fans in Europe can rejoice as the company has now launched the unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy S8+ in the region.The launch for European markets comes a fortnight after Samsung released the unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy S8+ in the United Kingdom. It’s only being sold through the company’s online store in the country for £779. The handset is being sold in Midnight Black and Orchid Gray colors.Customers in Germany and the Netherlands can now head over to the respective Samsung online store and purchase the unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy S8+ for €899 in the aforementioned hues.There is nothing different about this variant save for the fact that it can power two SIMs simultaneously. The second SIM slot is a hybrid slot so it can either be used as a microSD card slot or a second SIM slot.Customers in the Netherlands who purchase the unlocked dual-SIM Galax…

Samsung Partners with Oliver Kahn to Enhance the Digital Soccer Experience on Smart TVs

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Samsung Electronics GmbH has launched a campaign with German soccer star Oliver Kahn to promote its smart TVs ahead of the start of the upcoming soccer season. Oliver Kahn, the former goalkeeper, football expert and entrepreneur, is the new face of Samsung’s QLED TV, and representative of the new ways in which sports fans can enjoy the digital soccer experience, right from the comfort of their living room.In addition to serving as brand ambassador for Samsung, Kahn features in his new Goalplay app available exclusively on Samsung’s QLED TVs. The app helps users discover soccer content across a range of sources on the TV, from broadcast to streaming video on demand (VOD). It also offers insights from Kahn such as goalkeeping tips and match analysis.With true-to-life picture quality, a beautiful design that provides both an ambient viewing experience and the freedom to be put wherever users want it, as well as smart features that make accessing and discovering content easier, the QLED T…

Samsung Flow now works with any Windows 10 PC, supports unlocking and file transfers

Samsung launched its Apple Continuity and Handoff competitor – Samsung Flowthree years ago, and it has been improving the software ever since. It works with Samsung smartphones, tablets, PCs, and laptops. However, we came to know four months ago that the company has plans to support more Windows 10 PCs.Now, Samsung Flow has received an update that makes it compatible with almost all Windows 10-based PCs, laptops, and tablets. All you need is a compatible Galaxy smartphone. Users can now unlock their Windows 10 devices using the fingerprint sensor on their Galaxy smartphone, sync texts, transfer files, automatically connect to the phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.You can download the latest version of Samsung Flow on your compatible Galaxy smartphone or tablet from the Play Store or from our APK section. For your non-Samsung Windows 10 device (which should support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi), you can download the app from Windows Store or from Samsung’s official website.

Galaxy Note 8′s dual-camera rumored to be better than others

Thanks to all the leaks and reports in the past few weeks, we’re confident that Samsung will debut the Galaxy Note 8 with a dual-camera system. Moreover, the company showcased its new ISOCELL Dual camera sensor yesterday at MWC 2017 Shanghai, giving more credibility to all those Galaxy Note 8 rumors. Now, we’ve heard some great things about the Galaxy Note 8′s dual-camera.According to an insider, the Galaxy Note 8′s dual-camera will offer better image quality and better background defocus (in portrait mode) than competing smartphones with similar dual-camera solutions. Samsung is expected to use a dual 13MP+13MP (RGB+Monochrome) camera setup with f/2.0 lens and OIS on the Galaxy Note 8 for improved colours and sharpness as well as reduced noise.The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be announced sometime in August with a 6.3-inch Infinity Display, Exynos 8895 processor, 6GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a 3300 mAh battery. The phone is also expected to continue off…

Samsung showcases official Galaxy S8 protective cases in a new video

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Samsung releases various official protective cases for its flagship smartphones, and this year has been no different. The company launched seven types of official protective cases for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Now, the company has published a new video showcasing three cases: Alcantara Case, Clear View Standing Cover, and 2Piece Cover.The video starts by promoting the Clear View Standing Cover (costs $25), which can not only protect the phone’s dual-curved display but also allow users to take calls, control music, and some additional functions without flipping it open. It can also act as a stand for the phone in landscape mode, so it can be useful while watching videos.The Alcantara Case is shown next, and it features a soft-touch, suede-like material. The case is available in various colors, and the company claims that it is stain-resistant and durable. The 2Piece Cover, which has been controversial due to its design, has been showcased in the video as well. The Alcantara Cas…

Samsung to release ‘See the Unexpected’ video series on extreme sports with Red Bull

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Red Bull is the energy drink that requires no introduction. The company has long aligned its brand identity with extreme sports. You would find it difficult to name an extreme sport that doesn’t have a Red Bull-sponsored top athlete.Samsung has announced today that it has teamed up with Red Bull to release a new series of videos called “See the Unexpected.” The video series is going to feature top extreme sports athletes demonstrating their skills throughout some of the most iconic locations in Morocco. The new video series is going to highlight the talents of Red Bull athletes and Samsung TVs.Red Bull athletes including motorcyclist Robbie Maddison, wakeboarder Felix Georgii and parkour athlete Jason Paul will be featured in this series. Morocco will serve as the backdrop in this series with the athletes taking their talents to unexpected places.Each location has been selected to showcase the juxtaposition between the unique and colorful locations of Morocco and the extraordinary tal…

Samsung TVs with LG display panels might be developed starting next month

Samsung found itself in a bit of a pickle when Sharp notified the company late last year that it would stop supplying it with LCD panels. Sharp decided to end supply to Samsung after being acquired by Foxconn, a decision that was likely meant to promote the company’s own TVs instead of backing Samsung in the lucrative LCD TV market.Samsung then started to look for other suppliers who could fill the gap and crosstown rival LG Display seemed like the perfect fit.It was then reported that LG Display might start supplying Samsung with LCD panels as early as June this year. Subsequent reports reiterated that claim and added that LG Display was planning on supplying 700,000 units of LCD panels for TVs.The latest reports out of South Korea suggest that Samsung will start producing LCD TVs with panels from LG Display next month. LG Display is reportedly going to supply the company with 40-inch and 60-inch panels for its high-end TVs. The production is said to take place at Samsung’s P7 and P8…

Samsung remains top smartphone display manufacturer in Q1 2017

The latest market data from industry tracker IHS Markit shows that Samsung retained its position as the world’s top manufacturer of smartphone displays in the first quarter of this year. One of the reasons why the company was able to retain its position is said to be the robust growth in shipments of flexible OLED products.IHS Markit’s data shows that combined global sales of LCD and OLED displays that are 9 inches or smaller in size raked in $13 billion in sales during the January-March 2017 period. Compared to last year, this was a 35 percent growth.Samsung Display remained in the lead in this market as it posted sales of $3.5 billion during this period and thus accounted for 27.2 percent of the global market. The combined sales of flexible OLED products accounted for $1.1 billion, doubling year-over-year on the back of the Galaxy S8′s release.Japan Display followed in second place with 17.8 percent. LG Display and China-based BOE Technology Group came in third and fourth place resp…

Samsung confirms $380 million appliance plant in South Carolina

It was first reported earlier this year that Samsung was considering setting up a plant in the United States to manufacture appliances. It was the company’s expected response to growing protectionism in the country following Donald Trump’s election to the office of the president.The president had long claimed on the campaign trail that he would hike tariffs on products manufactured outside the United States for sale in the country in a bid to push manufacturers to set up plants in the country and create new jobs in the United States.Recent reports had suggested that Samsung had decided to set up a plant in the state of South Carolina and that it would invest $380 million for the purpose. This has now been confirmed by the company.Samsung is indeed opening a new factory in South Carolina that’s going to cost it $380 million. The plant will be used to manufacture washing machines and other appliances. Samsung will also conduct research and development at the site. It’s going to be estab…

MWC Shanghai 2017 awards ‘Best Smartphone’ honor to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

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Samsung’s new flagship smartphone continues to bring in more awards for the company. Samsung today announced that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ earned the “Best Smartphone” honors at the 2017 Asia Mobile Awards. The awards are held annually to recognize game-changing innovations in the mobile industry at Asia’s largest mobile event, Mobile World Congress Shanghai.MWC 2017 Shanghai has been organized in partnership with GSMA and it runs from June 28 through July 1. The 2017 Asia Mobile Awards were held on the evening of June 28 at the DaGuan Theatre in Pudong, Shanghai. The awards are a celebration of companies whole mobile products have shown exceptional innovation.The Best Smartphone award that the Galaxy S8 brought home was adjudicated by a panel of leading journalists, analysts and market influencers. They considered a variety of factors such as physical design and user experience to the simplicity of use, performance, sheer innovation and value for money.The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8…

Rose Pink Galaxy S8+ will be released tomorrow

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Samsung confirmed earlier this week that it was going to offer the Galaxy S8+ in a new color option that it’s calling Rose Pink. The confirmation came from Samsung Taiwan’s official Facebook page which said that the device would be released in the country next month and that it would only be available for a limited time.Samsung has now sent out a press release confirming that the sixth color option for the Galaxy S8+ is going to be released in select markets including South Korea and Taiwan starting tomorrow, June 30.The company says that this new hue has been “inspired by nature” and that it envelops the device to create a sense of unity and fluidity between the glass and metal of the handset’s body. The Rose Pink color has been described as “sophisticated and modern” which only adds to the overall aesthetics of the Galaxy S8+.As Samsung mentioned, this is the sixth color option for its flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are already available in Midnight Black, Orchid …

Samsung Electronics Holds QLED & HDR10 Summit to Expand Leadership in the US TV Market

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Samsung Electronics hosted a QLED & HDR10 Summit in Los Angeles, California to showcase the company’s technological advancements, superior TV picture formats and demonstrate HDR10-enabled images on QLED TVs. The summit was co-hosted with Insight Media, a publisher of display industry market research from June 27 to 28.The summit gave attendees insight into Samsung’s plans for quantum dot (QLED) displays and the latest advancements in HDR10/HDR10+, metrology and calibration for wide color gamut (WCG), and the industry’s ambitions to bring WCG and HDR to the big screen.More than 100 participants, including industry experts, influencers and movie studio representatives attended the summit. Notable experts from world-renowned quantum dot material company Nanoco Technologies and SpectraCal, the No.1 display calibration software maker, were also present.At the summit, Samsung shared the benefits of HDR10+, which is now available on QLED TVs. The technology is able to produce vibrant col…