Posts Tagged ‘samsung’

Keylogging Android by design

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Samsung are working on a service that allows application ‘a’ to receive the keystrokes from application ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, etc (reports The Verge) so that application ‘a’ can be more contextually aware and deliver better search results and improved experiences. Automatically.

I can’t see an issue with that at all. I’m sure everyone will be more than happy that Android will allow data to flow to apps, to servers outside of the handset, and be analysed and recorded, with nothing more than a security pop up at install. Nobody would ever leverage that for evil…

The Android watch that you need to hack to run Android apps

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

ArsTechnica highlights the hack on the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch so that it breaks out of the ‘walled function garden’ that Samsung placed it in, and allow it to almost any Android app. As wearables becomes the new technology battleground, the battle between ‘companion’ and ‘standalone’ will continue… just as the old one-box or two-box challenge dogged the PDA/mobile field at the turn of the century.

Samsung, Dyson, and the vacuum cleaner patents

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Dyson’s steering mechanism on its vacuum cleaners was patented in 2009, but now media friendly inventor James Dyson is looking closely at Samsung’s Motion Sync vacuum cleaners, which debuted at the recent IFA tech show (along with the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch). It looks spookily family to Dyson.

Samsung has many patent lawyers so I find it hard not to believe that this is a deliberate or utterly reckless infringement of our patent. We have been forced to issue proceedings in the English High Court, but I would much rather invest in research to develop new technology than have to sue.

Isn’t it amazing how many patent holders end up suing Samsung…

Are there enough pageviews for continued Galaxy Gear coverage online?

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Here’s a fun game to play over the next few days. Watch the news websites and tech blogs and see how many articles about the Samsung Galaxy Gear are posted. Looking at web traffic numbers on some stories in the first 24 hours, it doesn’t look like the announcement of the Galaxy Gear has created any significant public enthusiasm. If it has, websites are going to keep finding angles to write about the watch.

Right now? It’s a sea of ‘Samsung were too early’, ‘This looks silly’, ‘They really want to lock-in users’, and ‘Why?’ stories. That’s fine for today, because journalists who penciled in ‘launch’ and ‘follow up’ articles in their diary need to find something. But when an Apple device launches, there’s always a good few days of productive page views to chase. I don’t see the same lust for the Galaxy Gear in the log files.

Which is not a good sign if you are Samsung.

Why did Samsung skimp on the Galaxy S4 Mini battery?

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

It might be a derivate of the regular Galaxy S4, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is a nice size in my hand, does all the basic smartphoen tasks well, and burns through the battery far too quickly.

A few extra millimetres of depth would not have spoiled the lines of the S4 Mini, but would have allowed a larger battery compartment to be placed into the design. FInding another 200-300mAh with slightly more volume would have made the S4 Mini a handset that can get through the day without the user having to make any compromises in how they use the handset.

Samsung’s designers had it easy with the S4 – they just threw everything into the chassis, and made it as big as it needed to be. The S4 Mini needed a bit more style, a bit more love, and some rational decisions. This smartphone is quite simply, a fantastic idea that needed more focus on it’s own achievable goals from Samsung. And it didn’t get it.

My full review is over on Forbes.

The camera is next as I continue my review of the Samsung Galaxy S4

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Over on Forbes…

To recap, I’m taking a narrative approach to reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S4. By using the device in day to day life, rather than a forensic examination of every single feature, I’m hoping to get a better feel of the device as a tool to be used every day by ‘normals’, rather than racing to meet a deadline and working down a bullet point list of new features… This week, after some surprisingly nice weather in Scotland, I’ve been out and about with the S4 and seeing how the camera performed.

Don’t call it a Galaxy S3, you’ll make it mad

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Steve Litchfield on the Samsung ATIV S:

 Navigation aside though, the extra bells and whistles of Nokia’s software additions can be largely matched (or at least equivalenced) with a few timely downloads from the Store on the ATIV S, making the latter’s unique selling points – its large and pleasing screen, its large capacity, removeable battery, its microSD expansion and flexibility, its use of faux-metal materials for a premium look (if not feel) – perhaps the critical factors in deciding which Windows Phone 8 handset to buy.

Samsung has done a good job with the ATIV S’s hardware, producing something that’s definitely desirable. The clever buyer will snap it up and, with some choice application additions, use it as the basis for a Windows Phone that will serve well for years.

It’s like a Galaxy, but it runs Windows Phone

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

On first impressions, the Samsung ATIV S is not going to be the Windows Phone 8 handset that everybody will be fighting for, but it will be one that will not disappoint you, if your office IT manager hands you one as your work phone. It may be the least-talked-about Windows Phone 8 device at the moment, but it has an important place in the ecosystem.

My preview of Samsung’s ATIV S is on All About Windows Phone.

The 80/20 rule doesn’t mean that 80% is enough for a Chromebook

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Engadget

Ultimately, this is a phenomenal device for the price. If you’re used to working in the cloud, you’re basically getting 80 percent of the entry-level MacBook Air experience for a quarter of the price.

So it’s lower spec than what is normally acceptable in a laptop? Didn’t we go down this failed route with netbooks and they didn’t break out of a very small percentage of the geekerati?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 ‘Mini’… Really?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

When did a four inch screen make a smartphone mini?

“…this massively hyped litigation will have little effect on the adoption of Windows Phone 8″

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Perhaps unavoidably, the technology press massively jumped the gun when the jurors read out their verdict on Friday.

David Gilson on what Apple/Samsung really means for Windows Phone.

The Geeks Have To Stop Forcing Android On Everyone

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Most consumers who’ve been tricked into buying Android will either migrate to iPhone or perhaps move to a legitimate third alternative if one ever arises. And that means there’s no battle for the geeks left to fight… their influence on the mainstream, which had been in freefall for a decade, officially ended this week. For the first time in the history of consumer technology, consumers are now fully calling the shots going forward.

Bill Palmer on the consequences of the Apple/Samsung patent case.

The Apple-Samsung Jury Issues Would Not Happen In Scotland

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Because on this side of the Atlantic, the first rule about jury service is… you do not talk about jury service.

An apology over the Samsung Galaxy S III

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Last night, after several months of rumors and speculation, Samsung finally announced their 2012 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. It’s a device that I’ve been telling everyone to wait for, telling everyone that it’s going to be the best Android handset to come out this year, telling everyone that buying any other smartphone would be a huge mistake. Now that the Galaxy S III is official, I have to admit that I was wrong, and I’m deeply sorry.

Stefan Constantinescu.

Samsung Windows Phones look too much like Samsung Android Phones

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Got to love the alleged view of the UK mobile networks:

 Citing an “extremely reliable” source, [Professeur Thibault] first goes on to address the absence of a Focus S equivalent in Europe which is apparently due to carriers’ unwillingness to stock a device that looks so similar to the Galaxy S II. If there were ever a good incentive to not be lazy with design for Samsung, that would be it…and it really does look to have gotten to them. The source goes on to say the leading OEM is ready to release new models this year for Europe and that, “they should be beautiful”.

My emphasis, via Windows Phone Daily.