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AnTuTu 2014 charts: Xiaomi tops, Samsung dominates

AnTuTu 2014 charts: Xiaomi tops, Samsung dominates

With January almost halfway through, AnTuTu is releasing some interesting numbers for 2014. Although it isn't surprising to see Samsung's smartphones take up four slots in 2014's top 10, despite slumps in profits and sales, the charts do have a few unexpected revelations. While we have indeed seen the rise of Chinese manufacturers in the global smarpthone market, the inclusion of rather small players like OnePlus into the top 10 most popular smartphones is quite unexpected and perhaps hints at the changing tastes of consumers.

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Galaxy S6 fingerprint scanner may be more like Touch ID

Galaxy S6 fingerprint scanner may be more like Touch ID

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 flagship will have a new fingerprint scanner, according to sources. Rather than sliding your finger across the button, you’ll reportedly have the ability to rest a finger on top, ala Touch ID. The new functionality will make one-handed use much simpler; a big knock on Samsung’s fingerprint scanning tech when they introduced it on the Galaxy S5 in 2014. Since then, Samsung has implemented the hardware on several top-end handsets like the Note 4 and Edge as well as the Galaxy S5 mini.

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Galaxy S6 screen “confirmed” by Samsung website’s own UAProf

Galaxy S6 screen “confirmed” by Samsung website’s own UAProf

We're getting closer to MWC 2015, as close as one can get with more than a month to go, so naturally rumors and leaks of Samsung's next flagship are pouring in and pooling up. It also isn't surprising to see many attribute the best of the best specs to the Galaxy S6, which is rather common fare for every high-profile upcoming Samsung smartphone. Once in a while though, we do get semi-official confirmation of some features coming from Samsung itself, like this confirmation of the smartphone's high-resolution display.

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Rumor: Samsung’s round smartwatch will have rotating bezel

Rumor: Samsung’s round smartwatch will have rotating bezel

Samsung has a round watch in the works, according to various reports we’ve seen circulating of late. Rather than a static round-face screen, Samsung may be working on something tricky. According to at least one source, Samsung will borrow a page from Apple’s book and use hardware to manipulate what you see on-screen. There may not be a crown, but there will be a bezel, and Samsung is reportedly working on a rotating ring that will mimic what Apple is doing with the Apple Watch.

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Report: Samsung wants to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion [Update]

Report: Samsung wants to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion [Update]

Samsung, who have seen their troubles mount of late, are reportedly in talks to buy blackBerry, who have a storied history of their own. The deal is worth up to $7.5 billion, and will give Samsung access to BlackBerry’s patent portfolio. Sources are indicating BlackBerry’s impressive patent portfolio is what Samsung is seeking, not necessarily a wholesale buyout and operational takeover. The buyout is reportedly on the table for $13.35 to $15.49 per share, or 38-60% over what BlackBerry currently trades at.

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Samsung Z1 smartphone: powered by Tizen, destined for India

Samsung Z1 smartphone: powered by Tizen, destined for India

Samsung has taken the wraps off its new Tizen-powered smartphone, the Z1. This relatively modest smartphone is the first running Tizen that will be offered to users in India, and it will be bringing with it things like regional entertainment apps and a simplified UI. The handset is tailored to certain needs found in emerging markets, including elements that help keep data use to a minimum. The handset is available as of today for INR 5,700 (about $92 USD).

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Galaxy S6 specifications may include “less TouchWiz”

Galaxy S6 specifications may include “less TouchWiz”

Word on the street this week is that Samsung's next hero phone may kick TouchWiz to the curb. However unlikely that may seem, it would go with the trend. Imagine Motorola - owned by Google for a while rather recently - with a Moto X with a far more skinned UI. Imagine the HTC One M8 with Sense 2.0. Samsung may be taking a cue and making with the quicker updates to Android - straight from Google, like Nexus devices are prone to do - in the process.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 details to mirror Galaxy S5 and Note 4 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 details to mirror Galaxy S5 and Note 4 Edge

Imagine a world where Samsung takes the successes of its past releases and makes a phone with a combination of winning elements. That's the world we've been living in for the past several years. The Samsung Galaxy S5 showed us for the 4th year in a row that Samsung does exactly that - takes what works and makes it into a hero phone. This week we're exploring what this strategy will mean for the Samsung Galaxy S6 as it's revealed in March at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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LG leaked to have “Dual Edge” screen ala Galaxy S6 rumor

LG leaked to have “Dual Edge” screen ala Galaxy S6 rumor

Monkey see, monkey do? Once again Korean rivals LG and Samsung might be neck to neck in fighting over "innovation", once again in the realm of flexible and curved displays in small sizes. Although it can't be considered a commercial success, especially since Samsung is advertising the Galaxy Note Edge as a "concept smartphone", albeit a very expensive one, it will be following it up with the double curved edges of the Galaxy S6 according to rumors. Naturally, LG will be doing likewise, though this time it might be by proxy.

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What the Samsung Galaxy A7 can tell us about the Galaxy S6

What the Samsung Galaxy A7 can tell us about the Galaxy S6

We're just weeks away from what almost certainly will be Samsung's next big unveiling of a super-phone. Last year the company decided to reveal their Samsung Galaxy S5 in a multi-country fashion during Mobile World Congress 2014. We've no good reason NOT to believe they wouldn't do the same thing again this year at MWC 2015. To prepare, we've been gathering rumors, leaks, and clues from Samsung to put together a puzzle that is the next hero phone from the biggest brand in Android.

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