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Samsung this morning have announced a tie-up with Amazon to offer free Kindle books to smartphone customers. Owners of Galaxy smartphones and tablets will be able to download one free book a month.


Each month, customers will have the option of selecting one of four free titles to download from the special Kindle for Samsung app. Apparently the four options will be "specifically chosen" for Galaxy users - because Samsung know what individual free spirits they are (I'm paraphrasing).

The app itself will be available for any Galaxy users using Android 4.0 and above and in every other respect, seems identical from the standard Android Kindle app - with Amazon's whispersync service for remember what page you're on still working the same.

It's an interesting move and an easy win for both Samsung and Amazon - Samsung have an easy value-add for their devices and don't have to worry about their own ebook service, Amazon get more people locked into the Kindle eco-system - and consumers are happy because, well, who doesn't love something for free?

Kindle for Samsung is available now in 90 countries, apparently - from Samsung Apps.

An executive at Samsung has been speaking to Reuters today about the company's plans for future phones - given the recent Galaxy S5 launch. Apparently they're working on making phones on their own "Tizen" platform.


If Tizen sounds familiar, it is because it is the operating system that runs on Samsung's newest smartwatches: The Gear 2 and Gear Neo. But rather than leave it to wearables, the company want to use it in phones too - with plans for a "high-end" Tizen device towards the end of May, as well as a mid-market one later in the year.

What's significant about this is that this isn't Android - this means that apps designed for their existing phones won't work, there will be no Google Play, and no compatibility. Instead, the Tizen phones will be new from the ground up, and have their own app store.

This might sound like madness: why would you want a phone with limited app support? Don't we already have Windows Phone and Blackberry for that? Perhaps it is because Samsung have become arrogant?

Samsung are by a long way the biggest Android phone manufacturer. Though Google provide the operating system and the apps, it is the South Korean company that are churning out the plastic rectangles - not to mention providing an extra layer of apps and functionality on top of Google's basic offering.

Unfortunately for Samsung, this arrangement means that they only tend to get cash once: when the phone is sold. In comparison, because Apple make their devices and own their own platform, they not only get paid when someone buys an iPhone, but take a cut on every app sold too.

To remedy this, Samsung need to own their platform - and that is no doubt the motivation behind Tizen. If they can make Tizen viable, they can junk Android, kick Google out of the picture and keep all of the money.

Samsung, given the runaway success of the Galaxy line are clearly thinking that the Samsung brand in consumer minds will trump concerns about where their apps will come from. This is a dangerous game to play - will people really switch if they can't download the apps their mates are all using? Do you really want to be the only person who isn't on WhatsApp or Instagram?

It isn't a hypothetical either - we're currently seeing this play out in real time with Blackberry and Windows Phone. Both platforms are struggling with only a few percent market share because despite nice hardware (in the case of Windows) or having previously been a Big Deal (Blackberry), few people are tempted by the devices because they're not Android or iPhone. Both are struggling to achieve the virtuous cycle of more apps, leading to more users, leading to more apps (and so on). Can Samsung really beat this with Tizen?

Of course - this is all speculation with an added dose of logic. We don't know much about Tizen as a phone operating system yet... we barely know what it is like on smartwatches having only two devices to look at. Perhaps Samsung have something revolutionary up their sleeves... or perhaps they're about to waste a lot of time and money?

galaxy-note-3-different-colours-635.jpgThree have just revealed their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 pricing info and, with the phone starting at just £30 on some contracts, it's at first glance a very reasonable deal.

Of course, to get the handset that inexpensively, you're going to have to be prepared to cough up a hefty contract fee per month to keep that oversized phablet in your pocket - providing you could ever squeeze its 5.7-inch frame in their in the first place. Pay £30 for the handset and you'll also need to part with £51 a month for 24 months too, bagging yourself 4G connectivity, 20GB of data, unlimited texts and calls, That's a generous bundle, but at over £50 per month you'd hope so too.

If you've got some ready cash, you have the option of grabbing the handset from Three for £310, after which you'll pay just £26 a month on a 24-month contract with 500MB data, unlimited calls and texts. You pays your monies, you makes your choice.

As for the phone itself? The giant Android handset makes use of a 1080p screen, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU and an S Pen stylus for unleashing your inner Rolf. If that's allowed these days.

Pick it up from September 25.

logitech-protective-folio-top.jpgNot wanting to leave Samsung's Android tablet owners out in the cold, Logitech have today revealed a pair of new cases for the Galaxy Tab range, taking their cues from the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio and Folio Protective cases Logitech already offer up to iPad users.

So, owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will get their own version of the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio, pictured above, turning the tablet into a sort of laptop replacement by offering full-sized keyboard key positioning and an upright stand for the slate.
logitech-protective-folio-mid.jpgThe entire Galaxy Tab range will be supported by the Folio Protective case, a more straightforward case simply designed to protect the tablet from bumps and scrapes as well as propping it up for when watching a movie. It's water resistant too - handy if you plan on leaving the tablet poolside when on holiday.

Heading to stores in the beginning of October, you'll pay £89.99 for the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio case, and £39.99 for the Folio Protective case.

Is this the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch?

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galaxy-gear-wild-leak.jpgCould this be the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch?

Thats the claim made by VentureBeat, who are said to have had some hands-on time with a prototype of the connected timepiece, one that came complete with a 3-inch OLED display, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 4MP camera and even speakers.

Though no 3G or 4G mobile data connection is spoken of, that Wi-Fi connection would let the wrist watch download emails and apps independently, apparently squashing rumours that the watch would need to be tethered to a smartphone at all times to ever gain web access.
galaxy-gear-wild-2.jpgVentureBeat also describe a series of pre-installed apps available for the watch, likely heavily modified to fit the screen size and capable of accepting S Voice vocal commands. These include social networking apps and health and fitness trackers.

However, GigaOm have also claimed to have spoken to sources that offer varying descriptions of the Galaxy Gear.

For starters, the GigaOm sources describe a "different, more finished product", one far less chunky than that shown off by VentureBeat's snaps. They also claim that the watch will run Android 4.3, have a dual-core 1.5GHz Exynos processor and make use of NFC connectivity.

Safe money is on the Galaxy Gear being unveiled on September 4th alongside the Note 3 at IFA this week. We'll bring you the full details as they're revealed, so stay glued to Tech Digest.

samsung-galaxy-s4-zoom-2.jpgSamsung have lifted the covers off the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE, their second stab at a compact camera/phone hybrid, with this latest version supporting LTE 4G mobile data connections.

Offering multi-band 4G, it works across six different band sets, meaning the new superfast networks from O2 and Vodafone (as well as the veteran 4G service from EE) should work without issue.

Other than that, it's business as usual for the Galaxy S4 Zoom, sporting a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED 960 x 540 screen and 1.5GHz dual-core processor backed by 1.5GB of RAM. Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, what truly sets the device apart from other Galaxy devices from Samsung is that, as well as offering the usual array of Android smartphone features, the Galaxy S4 Zoom also has a full 10x optical zoom lens built in. It's basically a compact camera, with all the social-networking and photo sharing mod cons of a smartphone.

"The introduction of LTE capabilities to the Galaxy S4 Zoom demonstrates our commitment to providing customers with the best possible product on the market," said Simon Stanford, vice president of the IT and mobile division at Samsung UK.

"Today's consumers place great importance on being connected with their world, a need that is catered for with the LTE technology. It's powerful, stylish and is perfect for those who want to take outstanding pictures from a device that's always with them and then share them immediately and easily."

We recently reviewed the standard 3G edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. Click here to check it out - aside from the download speeds, we expect its performance to be nigh-on identical.

note-3-body.jpgIs there anything left to discover about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? The much-leaked handset is due to touch down at the Berlin IFA 2013 conference on September 4th, but I feel as though I already know it like an old friend. Spilling the beans further are ETradeSupply, the gadget internals supplier who have shown off the above image of a 5.68-inch smartphone chassis, apparently belonging to the Note 3.

It seems a safe bet then that the Note 3 will sport (at least) a 5.6-inch screen, up from the Note 2's 5.5-inch display.

Looking to avoid further confusion in their busy mobile product range (god only knows how many "Galaxy" branded gizmos are out there now), it seems a dead-cert that Samsung will be keeping the Note 3's screen under the 6-inch mark to help differentiate it from the company's Tab tablet line. The 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega? Well, we just won't mention that one.

Latest rumours on the handset pencil in 4K video shooting and 3GB of RAM for inclusion. Now exactly a week away from the big reveal, we'll have all the answers soon enough.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Everything we know so far - specs, price, features, release date rumours

samsung-gear-concept.jpegSamsung executives - you just cant tell them anything and expect it to stay a secret. Samsung Mobile's executive vice president Lee Young-Hee has been chomping at the bit to talk about the company's smart watch plans since as far back as March. Today he's gone one step further, confirming to the Korea Times that the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Gear watch will indeed be launching at next week's IFA 2013 conference on September 4.

Young-Hee also shared a few details on what to expect from the smart watch, laying to rest rumours that the device will feature a bendy screen. The company's promising-looking Youm flexible OLED tech will have to wait a little longer before making its way into a product, it would seem.

Other than that, Young-Hee revealed little about the Galaxy Gear. Rumours suggest that, given the small wrist-based screen size, a heavily modified version of Android will power the device, while you'd assume a processor and screen size designed to maximise battery life would also have to feature.

It's set to be an incredibly busy show for the company, with Samsung also expected to show off the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as well as a range of new home cinema gear to accompany the soon-to-be-released S9C curved OLED.

samsung-curved-OLED-UK.jpgSamsung has annoucned that its curvaceous 55-inch OLED TV will hit UK stores on September 5th, coinciding with the company's IFA 2013 showcase.

The S9C is set to offer the sort of vibrant colours and contrast depth that only OLED technology can allow for, while its curved screen design theoretically negates picture distortion by making the extremes of the screen an equal distance from your eyes as the centre point. That, of course, is dependent on you being sat front and centre before the screen.

"Like bringing home an IMAX theatre that you can enjoy every day," Guy Kinnell, Head of TV and AV, Samsung UK and Ireland, the screen is also Samsung's first to use Multi View technology, allowing two 3D-spec wearing viewers to watch two different video sources on the same full screen, at the same time.

No word yet on what the official pricing will be, but if you're the sort of person who can afford the inevitably-high asking price, you probably don't need to ask anyway.

samsung-paper-printer.jpgAh, now this is clever - Samsung have designed a trio of laser printer concepts, one of which could be partly made of cardboard.

Recognised by the International Design Excellence Awards 2013, the Samsung Origami was envisioned as a commentary on printing's effect on the environment - printer cartridges are notoriously difficult to efficiently dispose of, and all printers make heavy use of plastics in their construction. Made of recycled materials, the Samsung Origami is also eco-friendly, built with far less plastics and plenty of biodegradable cardboard in its place.

Folded together by the user around the plastic printing mechanisms, all construction instructions are printed onto the cardboard casing itself, saving on paper manuals.

"There's no barrier for production," Samsung's senior designer Juehyun Jung told Wired.

"After a few engineering problems are solved, it can be offered about 10 per cent cheaper, compared to other products in same segment."

Not sure how a leaky ink cartridge would fair within a paper design, but it's good to see Samsung thinking outside of the box.

samsung-galaxy-gear-patent.jpgA new Samsung trademark filing suggests that the company will be launching a smartwatch device with the name Galaxy Gear.

Previously, Samsung's rumoured smartwatch was thought to be called the Samsung Gear, but a newly uncovered trademark shows that the Korean tech giants will instead be pulling the device under the Galaxy umbrella.

The filing also goes on to describe a wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages."

"This design is of a body made of flexible displays and elastic materials that can be used while wrapped around a wrist or flattened out," it continues.

So what does that tell us about the device? Of course, the communications features listed above seem par-for-the-course with our expectations for a smartwatch. But does the Galaxy moniker suggest that a full version of Android will make its way into the watch? Seeing as the Galaxy range's one unifying feature is its Android base, it seems highly likely that the OS will feature in some way in the new watch, rather than employing a proprietary system. By extension, it would also open up the smartwatch to potentially be used alongside other brands of Android smartphone.

Of course, a trademark filing is no infallible indication of a product's existence, so we'll still wait official confirmation from Samsung before getting too excited. However, with the invites for the company's Samsung Unpacked event at IFA 2013 now out in the wild, one has to wonder whether or not the Galaxy Gear could be making an appearance on September 4th. Rest assured that, if it does, we'll have all the details.

note-3-invite.jpgTech Digest have just receieved an invite from Samsung to attend the company's second Samsung Unpacked event of 2013, and with it comes almost-certain confirmation of the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Set to kick off at 7pm CEST on September 4, the company's pre-IFA 2013 showcase invite tells the press to "Note" the date, with handscribled text and and images suggestive of the Galaxy Note line's S-Pen stylus.

Confirming that the event will also be livestreamed at, the IFA Samsung Unpacked events are now the traditional springboard for the company's Note line-up, ever since first revealing the oversized original Galaxy Note at IFA 2011.

We've been pooling together all the info we can find on the Galaxy Note 3 for some time now. You can track our finding in this round up post here.

Tech Digest will be covering the launch of the Galaxy Note 3 on the night of September 4, so keep checking back here for all the confirmed final specs, pricing features and details.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Everything we know so far - specs, price, features, release date rumours

Galaxy_Note_3_internals_leak.jpgEdging ever closer to its expected IFA 2013 unvieling on September 4, here's yet another leak concerning the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This time, we're getting a good old look under the hood of the phone, courtesy of images posted to Weibo by insider C Technology.

Sadly, the blurry nature of the shots make gleaning any additional information from the images difficult - it's near impossible to tell what material the chassis is made from, and any clue as to what each internal component part is isn't visible. Most strangely, the area where you'd expect to find details of battery capacity has been censored with a red Paint streak, making identification even more difficult. If anything, its a little fishy, so take this leak with a pinch of salt.

Most recent leaks have suggested the Note 3 will launch in three different sizes, ranging from 5.5-inches to 6 inches, with potentially 3GB of RAM onboard and a 13MP camera round the back. We've pooled all the latest rumours together in a post you can view by clicking here.

As for official word from Samsung, we wholeheartedly expect them to kick off their IFA 2013 showcase with Note 3 news, so check back at the start of September for more details.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Everything we know so far - specs, price, features, release date rumours

galaxy-s4-vs-iphone-5-640x353.jpgSamsung have risen to the top of the smartphone profit pile, with the South Korean mobile manufacturer overtaking Apple's mobile profits for the first time.

Samsung's mobile range (including "dumb" phones and smartphones) pocketed the company an estimated $5.2bn, while Apple's (admittedly smaller) iPhone range pulled in just $3.2bn for the Cupertino company, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. That's a considerable drop from the $4.6bn made a year earlier.

As smartphones move from being devices only aimed at the wealthy to accessible devices for all, Apple's premium iPhone line has taken a hit. Penny-pinching smartphone buyers are still opting for the two-generation-old iPhone 4 model in considerable numbers, offered as Apple's "budget" device in lieu of an entry-level model, while the wealth of cheap Android handsets has eaten into Apple's aspirational market even further. Samsung, offering both high end smartphones like the Galaxy S4 alongside many cheaper alternatives, have solid sales numbers right across the pricing spectrum.

For Apple then, it seems that the rumoured budget iPhone device has become an even greater necessity, giving those without the cash to nab their top-end hardware at least an entry point where they can continue to swell Apple's App Store coffers. Keep in mind that the latest figures aren't taking into account the lucrative cut Apple take from each App Store purchase.

Whether such a move would damage Apple's luxury brand image would remain to be seen.

samsung-galaxy-s4-lens.jpgSamsung aren't shy about putting out new handsets under the Galaxy S4 branding umbrella, but this latest rumoured phone from the Korean tech giants is perhaps the most intriguing yet. It suggests that Samsung are planning to put out a "Pro" version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, complete with an even speedier processor.

According to a fresh batch of AnTuTu benchmarks dug up by GSMarena, Samsung are planning to release a new international LTE-Advanced version of the Galaxy S4 with a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz.

Without taking into account the Exynos 5 octa-core variant (unavailable in the UK), that's a significant jump up from the 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 in the standard S4.

The handset, sporting a model number of I9506, is running Android 4.2.2 also.

As yet, there's been no official confirmation of the handset's existence from Samsung, but we'll keep you posted as, when and if they announce it.

iPhone-5-official-06.pngThey may be regular combatants in court over patents the world over, but it looks as though Apple and Samsung are to bury the hatchet for one important piece of business. The Cupertino-based iPhone maker has reportedly recomissioned Samsung to once again manufacture processors for Apple's iPhone line.

"Samsung Electronics will supply 14 nano A9 chips that will be used for Apple's iPhone 7," reads The Korea Economic Daily.

Following the court fall out between the two tech giants, Apple moved their custom to Taiwanese firm TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), who began work on Apple's signature A-Series chipsets. TSMC are expected to be providing the 20nm-A8 chips that will likely be found in the iPhone 6 handset, following this Autumn's likely iPhone 5S reveal.

However, the fact that Samsung managed to create a new, superior 14-nm chip ahead of TSMC rival may have helped sway Apple's decision to once again recruit their rivals.

Interestingly, Apple's partnership with TSMC was expected to last three years - long after the A8 chips would be expected to be obsolete, suggesting that Apple will in the future source processors from more than one chip manufacturer at a time.

galaxy-note-2-official.jpgBigger isn't just better - it's best. That's the message coming out of Samsung HQ, as their flagship Android phones grow considerably larger year after year. From the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy S4 to the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2, the only way is up for smartphone screen sizes.

But are we ready to go even bigger? The popularity of the original Galaxy Note, with its somewhat anachronistic stylus pen and gigantic screen size took many industry experts by surprise, with the range now one of Samsung's key properties. Now approaching the inevitable release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, we've rounded up everything there is to know so far about Samsung's pen-packing phablet.


Conflicting reports have put the Samsung Galaxy Note 3's screen size at everything between 5.9 and 6.3-inches, with the former suggested by Samsung's J.K. Shin back in May. With the recent launch of the 6.3 inch Samsung Galaxy Mega, it's unlikely that Samsung will pop the same screen size into both devices - though their love of shared branding (see the mountains of Galaxy S4-branded handsets) across their range suggests they're not fearful of confusing their customer base with multiple similar handsets.

There's also been rumours of the handset sporting a flexible OLED display, though reports of a non-bendy full HD 1080p AMOLED screen seem most likely, and were pretty much confirmed yesterday.


Being the Note's key defining feature over the Galaxy S series, the Note 3 is all-but guaranteed to again ship with the S-Pen accessory. Will we see any innovations in this year's model? The launch of Sony's Xperia Ultra Z will certainly provide and impetus for Samsung to do so - Sony's phablet device includes screen technology that will allow any sort of standard pencil or dry-ink pen to work on its screen without damaging it, whereas the Note line has traditionally only worked with Samsung's proprietary S-Pen. With snappy scribblers likely to favour Sony's system in this regard over the Note's current set-up, we'd expect to see some similar innovation from Samsung on this front.

Running all that S-Pen software for one-to-one stylus input is demanding, so the Note 3 is likely to be a pretty powerful device. With the top spec Samsung Galaxy S4 sporting an eight-core Exynos Octa-core, we'd expect to see the Note 3 match it at the very least. 3GB of RAM is also tipped for inclusion, again helping deliver a smooth multitasking and pen-input system.


Many had expected Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 device to come with the company's newly-developed Orb Camera system, which would allow for 360-degree panorama shots, optical image stabilisation and include far deeper (and simpler) Facebook integration and social network sharing. Not present in the Galaxy S4, it's now being tipped for inclusion in the Note 3. In terms of megapixel count, a 13MP sensor is likely to feature.

Design and build

Looking to keep profit margins high, Samsung have traditionally built their handsets using plastic materials. However, the superb response to the aluminium build of the HTC One Android handset is said to have shaken Samsung, who are said to be considering a new metallic build for the Note 3 that could shake up the entire design language for the Galaxy line. This leaked image from @evleaks supports such claims:
However, we'd expect such a drastic departure to be reserved for Samsung's Galaxy S4 flagship, rather than the company's second-most important handset. And while we're not privy to the goings on in Samsung's design labs, the leaked images above looked decidedly un-Samsung like to us. In this regard, we'd expect an evolution, rather than a revolution, on Samsung's curvy plastic Note 2 build.

Operating System

With the Galaxy Note 3's launch expected so late in the year, many had hoped it would land running Google's latest build of the Android operating system, version 5.0, AKA Key Lime Pie. However, with Google still staying tight-lipped over the operating system's launch, and the latest rumours pencilling in its release date for October, it's looking unlikely that the Note 3 would launch with the desert-inspired OS onboard. Expect instead Android version 4.2.2, or possibly the rumoured Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update.

As with all Samsung's Android handsets though, expect to see plenty of love-em-or-loathe-em tweaks to the core Android operating system from Samsung's own TouchWiz UI. These will likely include apps such a S-Note, Smart Stay eye-tracking and Air Gestures for hands-free page scrolling.

The Samsung Galaxy Note line has always been a pricey one, with the 2nd generation Note 2 starting at a whopping £549.99 price tag. Expect no different from the spec-heavy Galaxy Note 3, which will likely start around the same price. With the comparably sized and comparably spec'd Sony Xperia Ultra Z up for pre-order on some independent retailers at £599.99 including VAT, Samsung could well push the price up from the Note 2 by £30 or so and still undercut their competition.

Release date and launch

Both the original Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 were launched at the annual IFA tech conference in Berlin, and we'd expect the trend to continue for the Galaxy Note 3, a reveal window even hinted at by Samsung's own J.K. Shin. Whereas the Galaxy S4, being the brand's flagship handset, has broke away from shared tech conferences to become the star of its own show, the niche-yet-newsworthy Note line has become the perfect headliner for Samsung's Berlin showcase in the Autumn.

However, the usual source "familiar with matters" at Samsung has suggested the handset may be revealed slightly earlier than the start of the IFA conference, with a special "press-only" Samsung Unpacked event rumoured to be planed for September 4th.

With IFA running from 6 - 11 September 2013 this year, expect to see the handset on the show floor throughout the conference at the very least.

As for an in-store consumer availability date, the Note 2 launched in the UK on October 1 2012, roughly a month after its August 29 IFA unveiling. Conservative estimates would expect a similar launch schedule for the Note 3, though with an iPhone 5S handset from Apple expected to launch around a similar time there's potential for Samsung to aim for a swifter global release with the Note 3.

So, what do you think of the Note 3 rumours so far? Enough to get you excited, and to stave off competition from Sony and Apple? We'll be updating this post with all the latest Galaxy Note 3 news as it comes in, so keep checking back for more in the run up to release.

galaxy-note-2-official.jpgSamsung's oversized, stylus-packing Galaxy Note 3 looks all but certain to be packing in a full HD 1080p screen, according to a newly uncovered listing from one of Samsung's own websites.

First spotted by the superbly-named Japanese site Ringer's Blue Men, the team found details on two handsets that fit the Galaxy Note 3 bill on Samsung's UAPROF.

Though the Galaxy Note 2 (pictured above) successor has not yet officially been confirmed, the site lists the SM-N900A and SM-N900T IDs, detailing features that seem to match up with expectations for the Galaxy Note 3 in two potential variations.

As well as the 1080p screen, the pages reveal ARM-based processors headed to the handsets, supporting rumours that the Galaxy Note 3 will use Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon chipsets, possible the Snapdragon 800.

Four variants of the Galaxy Note 3 are expected altogether, with V, A, T and S model number designations being dished out depending on the territory. Android Beat have also revealed a further five more IDs set to correspond to the Note 3 too: M-N900AI, SM-N900P, SM-N900R4, SM-N900V and SM-N900S.

galaxy-s4-active-official.jpgSamsung have revealed their Q2 2013 financial results. The company continue to go from strength to strength, posting an operating profit of 9.5 trillion won (£5.6 billion), a growth of 47% year on year.

Despite the record results however, Samsung shares still dropped nearly 4% following the results, with the company's share price dropping 15% overall over the past month.

So, with such high profits, what's causing the investor's fears? It seems a potentially shrinking smartphone market has the money men sweating; market watchers had expected Samsung to hit operating profits of 10.16 trillion won, an enormous figure that even the popularity of Samsung's extended Galaxy smartphone range couldn't achieve.

For Samsung's investors, the company now seemingly has to much of a stake in an increasingly saturated market: smartphones account for 70 percent of Samsung's profits now, compared to just around half for Apple with their iPhone sales. And with Samsung's business taking in white goods and a wider range of consumer electronics than their Cupertino rivals, the other areas of Samsung's business will have to pick up the pace if investors are going to remain content.

HANDS-ON VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review

samsung-Galaxy-s4-launch-mid.pngSamsung have announced that they have shipped 20 million of their Galaxy S4 smartphones, making it 1.7x more popular than the last-generation Samsung Galaxy S3 over the same period of its lifetime as the company's top-tier phone.

Selling 10 million in its first month on sale alone, Samsung are now stating that the Galaxy S4 is on track to become their first 100million unit selling smartphone.

However, it's not clear whether Samsung are counting this figure as sales through its channel to retailers, or those in the hands of customers. It's possible that Samsung are including devices sitting waiting for an owner in warehouses. Regardless, the company are still getting them out of the factory and on their way to stores more quickly than the previous generation.

If the vanilla Galaxy S4 isn't your thing, Samsung have been churning out Android handsets of various specifications bearing the branding; take a look at the Galaxy S4 Mini, the Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Galaxy S4 Active, to name but a few.

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