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Samsung’s IFA 2016 invite is unambiguously about the Gear S3

Samsung’s IFA 2016 invite is unambiguously about the Gear S3

Unless Samsung has a surprise high profile smartphone in the works for IFA 2016, which would make it perhaps this year's best kept secret, the manufacturer's spotlight in Berlin next month will be trained on the Gear S3. That definitely seems to be the hint that Samsung has dropped in its invitation to its IFA 2016 press event. While there are no words to indicate it, the clock hands pretty much tell the story, without telling anything nor everything. And considering Samsung has no other notable smartwatch to speak of, it's definitely going to be the Gear S3.

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Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone coming to Kenya this month

Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone coming to Kenya this month

Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 and its curves to the whole world, but, in some local simultaneous events, it is by far not the only one getting the spotlight. In a local Kenya unveiling, an unexpected guest also arrived. There, Samsung revealed the Samsung Z2, its third, yes third, Tizen-powered smartphone. And although there is no definite word yet where the Z2 will debut first, it is, at least, scheduled to be announced in full in Kenya on the 26th of August.

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Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch to bring rotary bezel in September

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch to bring rotary bezel in September

While Samsung is eying a very early launch for its next Galaxy Note phablet, it doesn't seem in a rush to do the same for its next Gear smartwatch. Dubbed the Gear S3, because what else would you call it, the company's next high profile smartwatch isn't expected to debut to the public until September, during its usual IFA affair. And when it does, it will be sporting the same rotary bezel control that put Samsung's smartwatch back on the "interesting" map, enough to warrant a successor.

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Big surprise, hardly anybody is buying smartwatches

Big surprise, hardly anybody is buying smartwatches

Smartwatches may have been heralded as the Next Big Thing in consumer tech, but a stagnating market has seen the segment shrink dramatically compared to last year. Shipments overall drooped 32-percent in Q2 2016, according to the latest IDC worldwide smartwatch report, torpedoed for the most part by dwindling demand for the Apple Watch.

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Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

While it may seem that Android Wear is on vacation of late, Samsung is pulling out all the stops to keep its Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch from descending into obsolescence. It has just announced perhaps the biggest update to the wearable to date, almost amusingly called the Value Pack Update. But while it already has a ton of new features for owners to explore, it apparently also hides one little tidbit for the more tech savvy user who wants to be truly rid of paper and cards in their wallets.

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Samsung Gear S3 “Solis” will unsurprisingly run Tizen

Samsung Gear S3 “Solis” will unsurprisingly run Tizen

Early this month, Samsung revealed the Gear Fit 2 alongside a curious Gear IconX earbuds. That would have probably raised questions on whether Samsung also has plans for that other kind of wearable device. Of course it does, and it even has a codename for it. Dubbed "Solis", the smartwatch will most likely be named the Gear S3 after its predecessor. And like its predecessor, it will be running on Tizen, which raises questions on Samsung's actual commitment to the Android Wear platform.

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Samsung might soon be a Tizen-only shop

Samsung might soon be a Tizen-only shop

It has long been rumored that Samsung was looking for ways to free itself from dependence on Google, despite how Google's Android operating system brought it much needed fame and revenue. Tizen has been that get out of jail ticket, according to those rumors, which is now seemingly corroborated by an anonymous company exec. In the near future, according to that source, Tizen will be the OS for all of Samsung's devices, including smartphones. While its desire for total control is understandable, the switch carries a very huge risk, considering the current situation in all areas.

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Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 leaks with curved display

Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 leaks with curved display

This week we're having a peek at what's being called the Gear Fit 2, or Gear Fit2, if you prefer Samsung's spelling. This is the second edition of what was introduced a couple years ago - a wearable fitness band with a portrait-style display. Full color, touchscreen control, and a couple of hardware buttons. So what's this all about, a second edition of the same thing? Maybe we'll get a few new colors and some new connections this time!

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Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch app for iOS leaked, official support coming soon

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch app for iOS leaked, official support coming soon

Back in January, Samsung said that it would be bringing iOS support to its Gear S2 smartwatch, allowing iPhone owners to make full use of the company's latest wearable. It seems an official release may finally be drawing near, as several screenshots, along with the beta version of the Samsung app itself, have been posted to XDA Forums. While it's still in an early state, it reveals some of the features that iPhone users will be able to take advantage of with their Gear S2.

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How Samsung plans to take over your car (and maybe save you money)

How Samsung plans to take over your car (and maybe save you money)

Samsung isn't the first company to embrace the smart car concept, but it's certainly among those with the deepest pockets. The new Samsung Connect Auto platform starts out with a nondescript dongle that plugs in underneath your dashboard, but the implications - both for your everyday use of the car, and potentially for how much you're paying in insurance - are much further reaching.

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Samsung Connect Auto upgrades your car with 4G Tizen

Samsung Connect Auto upgrades your car with 4G Tizen

Samsung may not be building a car, but it is building a car connectivity system, with Samsung Connect Auto aiming to make your existing auto smarter. Plugging into the OBD-II port found under the steering wheel, the LTE-equipped dongle offers WiFi hotspot functionality as well as tapping into detailed performance, economy, and maintenance metrics from the car itself, freeing drivers from the dreaded and confusing "Check Engine" light.

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic released in Rose Gold and Platinum

Samsung Gear S2 Classic released in Rose Gold and Platinum

For those wearable wearers that want the best in fine metals for their smartwatches, Rose Gold and Platinum are here. It would appear that Samsung's readiness for launching their own Rose Gold and Platinum models for the Samsung Gear S2 has become a reality, as both models will be coming to Samsung online, Amazon, Best Buy, and a few other stores imminently. Inside, the watches remain the same. Same innards as the Samsung Gear S2 models that were first launched late last year.

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