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Founded in 1938, Samsung is the largest chaebol in South Korea, and the myriad of companies under its brand are some of the biggest in their respective industries, but Samsung Electronics is the most notable. It makes some of the most popular phones in use today, like the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Z Fold 4. It also makes televisions, tablets, computers, headphones, and many of the displays, chips, and batteries found in devices from Apple, Sony, and others.

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Can Samsung Food usher in a new era for the smart kitchen?

Wi-Fi-connected kitchen appliances have struggled to prove their worth, but Samsung’s not entirely new app could help realize the potential of connected cooking.

Here’s how Apple’s new iPhone 15 models compare to some of the best Android phones

Checking the specs on the iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max vs. their Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel competition.

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Samsung is hosting a press conference at CES.

Unsurprisingly, the theme of the event is focused around AI, according to an announcement on Samsung’s Newsroom: “AI for All: Connectivity in the Age of AI.”

The show kicks off at 5PM ET on January 8th and will be streamed live. Perhaps we’ll see the announcement of the Galaxy S24 lineup?

Our best look yet at Samsung’s next midranger.

OnLeaks and MySmartPrice have published renders showing off the reported design of Samsung’s unannounced Galaxy A55. Its design and specs look broadly similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy A54, which is our current pick for the budget handset with the best screen. But, if MySmartPrice’s information is accurate, we might be getting a slightly bigger 6.5-inch screen with the A55.

An unofficial render of the Galaxy A55.
The reported design of Samsung’s unannounced Galaxy A55.
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Samsung has redesigned the home screen for its FAST streaming service, Samsung TV Plus.

Here’s an image of the updated UI, from Samsung’s blog post. In that post, Samsung’s Yonghoon Choi says that the company has seen a 60 percent increase in “global viewing time” on Samsung TV Plus over the past year.

The home screen for Samsung TV Plus.
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Roon, the popular high-end music streaming system, has been acquired by Samsung subsidiary Harman.

If you’ve ever poked around the world of high-end audio, you’ve come across Roon — it’s basically a very fancy riff on the classic iTunes app that can stream to all sorts of fancy devices. Well, it just got bought out by Harman, the parent company of JBL, Harman Kardon, Infinity, and others. (Harman itself was bought by Samsung in 2016 as part of a bet on connected cars, which, well, sure.)

Along with this forum post, a press release says Roon will not become a proprietary hell app:

Aligned with its ‘work with all’ strategy, HARMAN is committed to growing Roon’s open device ecosystem which includes collaborating with more than 160 other audio brands, delivering audio to more than 1000 high-performance devices.

People who can afford to pay for a high-end music service that works with their high-end music gear love change so we’ll see how this goes!

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Samsung boss, again, faces jail time.

The family that founded Samsung, and has ruled it for three generations, has a long history of convictions, pardons, convictions, pardons, conv... you get the idea. Jay Y. Lee, current boss and grandson of the founder, is facing a possible five-year jail term over accounting fraud, after having been granted a presidential pardon for a separate conviction in 2021. Lee contends he did no wrong in a trial that has lasted three years. A decision is expected within months.

Samsung UK customer? You might have been pwned.

Samsung has disclosed a data breach affecting some customers of its UK e-store between July 2019 and June 2020, according to emails sent to customers shared on X, and verified by TechCrunch. Although financial data or passwords weren’t impacted, contact information like names, phone numbers, email addresses, and postal addresses were. The UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, is “making enquiries.”

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Airbnb just bought its very own AI company, led by a Siri co-founder.

CNBC reports Airbnb bought the “stealth mode” Gameplanner.AI for almost $200 million, and notes its plans to use generative AI for trip planning help.

The article says Gameplanner.AI was founded in 2020 by former Siri co-founder Adam Cheyer, whose later work included co-founding Viv Labs, which Samsung bought to make Bixby.

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One UI 6 rolls out to Galaxy S23 owners in the US, more devices soon.

The Android 14 rollout timeline posted by Sammobile only applies to the European market, but other regions shouldn’t be far behind. After hitting S23 owners in the US this weekend, the One UI 6.0 update is expected today for A34, A54, Z Flip 5, and Z Fold 5 users in Europe, with most remaining phones expected by the end of the year.

Watch the Vergecast crew talk Humane and ChatGPT — and what it’s like to go Full Dex.

Because Nilay doesn’t usually have enough stuff to fiddle with during the Vergecast recordings, you know what I mean? There was a ton of news this week, from the AI Pin to the Steam Deck to custom GPTs. But that’s all just the sideshow to the grand (or not so grand) finale of Nilay’s experiments with Samsung Dex. Is it the end of the road, or the beginning of the future? You be the judge.

The Samsung / Qualcomm / Google mixed reality headset might be at least a year away.

The three companies announced an Android AR / VR headset in February but with few details. UploadVR and Korean business outlet The JoongAng report rumors of a late 2024 launch, after Apple introduces its Vision Pro.

Last month Samsung closed a $218 million deal to acquire eMagin, a US company developing Micro OLED tech that execs have said could surpass the panel in the Vision Pro, could be two to three years from being commercialized.

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Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon, Samsung Mobile president TM Roh, and Google Android senior vp Hiroshi Lockheimer on stage at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked February 2023
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Samsung Odyssey Ark review: curved and cursed

The $3,500 Ark isn’t as rich to look at as a cheaper OLED or as useful for multitasking as sticking a couple of cheap monitors together.


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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE review: parts bin revisited

There’s nothing wrong with the Galaxy S23 FE, but it feels like an uninspired collection of surplus components rather than one for the fans.

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The Be-nope Studio.

Samsung appears to have given up on the Bespoke Studio that lets you customize certain Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Watch devices, according to SamMobile. “As of this writing, some Bespoke Studio pages are still online but they no longer offer an option to buy any Galaxy devices,” SamMobile reports, and that’s what I’m seeing, too.

Don’t worry, though: You can still use the Bespoke Design Studio to make a custom Samsung fridge.

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Samsung projects 2024 recovery after 78 percent drop in operating profit.

As expected, the company’s memory chip woes continue to weigh-down quarterly earnings, but it sees recovery in the year ahead. Samsung says that demand for generative AI should be a boon to its foundry business, as will an expected return to growth for premium smartphones, PCs, and TVs which will also benefit Samsung Display.

You know, unless WAR.

Samsung infuses its Z Flip 5 with a dose of retro flair.

I wouldn’t say the 2003-era SGH-E700 it’s based on is as iconic as, say, Nokia’s 3310 or the Motorola RAZR. But the limited edition “Galaxy Z Flip 5 Retro” has a nice blue and silver color scheme, and a nostalgic Flex Window design. It’ll be available in “limited quantities” in Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Australia next month.

Samsung Z Flip 5 retro next to SGH-E700.
Yes, it’s basically a now color scheme for the Z Flip 5.
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Ever wanted to try a folding flip phone? Here are $300 refurbs.

Amazon seems to be holding a clearance sale on refurbished 2021 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 — there’s a few handfuls of “renewed” units that all cost under $300 today. Here’s the unlocked model.

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