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Samsung’s first update for the Galaxy Buds Pro is now available

Even though it only dropped last week, Samsung has already released the first update for Galaxy Buds Pro. The new update includes "left / right sound balance adjustment", a new "hearing enhancement feature", better overall "stability and reliability" and more. The full update is only 2.2MB according to Samsung's update page. While I'm impressed with Buds Pro's unique voice detection and active noise cancellation feature that lets you hear someone speaking even with ANC on, I found them surprisingly uncomfortable. I also find it odd that Samsung has removed iOS support via the Galaxy Buds app with Buds Pro. To learn more about the Galaxy Buds Pro, check out my review of Samsung's earbuds that purport to be the South Korean tech gi...
Deals, Galaxy S21, News, Samsung

Samsung is already slashing the price of the Galaxy S20 series in Canada

Not even a full week has passed since the reveal of the Galaxy S21 series and Samsung is already discounting the cost of its S20 series, including the already more affordable S20 FE. At Samsung Experience Store, you can buy the Galaxy S20 FE, S20 + and S20 Ultra at a lower price; currently the base S20 is out of stock. It's unclear how long this sale will last, but this may be the regular cost of the phones until they go out of circulation. The S20 FE costs $ 764.99 but normally costs $ 949.99. It's worth noting that this probably should have been the cost of the S20 in the first place, considering the price of the device in the United States. The S20 + is priced at $ 1,349.99, saving consumers $ 230 since the original cost of t...
Business, General, Samsung

Samsung heir returned to prison for two and a half years on bribery charges

Samsung's heir Jay Y. Lee will be sent back to prison for two and a half years on bribery charges. Bloomberg reports that this latest decision closes a legal battle that began four years ago. In 2017, Lee was sentenced to prison for five years, but was released after a year once his sentence was suspended on appeal. The South Korean Supreme Court overturned the decision in August 2019 and ordered a new trial and this sentence is the result of that new trial. At the final hearing, Lee promised to create a "new Samsung" and not repeat the wrongdoings of the past. Lee was found guilty of using his wealth to influence former South Korean president Park Geun-Hye in various of Samsung's business interests. This includes a merger of ...
Galaxy S21, News, Phones, Samsung

What do you think of Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 series?

Last week, Samsung's Galaxy S21 series was revealed, including the S21, S21 +, and S21 Ultra. The S21 Ultra features top-of-the-line specs, including a WQHD + display, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 5,000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 888 chipset, and up to 16GB of RAM. The S21 and S21 +, on the other hand, aren't that high-end in comparison, but they still sport the flagship Snapdragon 888 processor and a 120Hz refresh rate. To me, the S21 and S21 + don't seem as good as last year's S20 and S20 +, but the S21 Ultra will probably end up being the phone to beat in 2021, unlike last year's S20 Ultra. That said, the S21 series is also more affordable than the S20 series, so in a sense it makes sense for the S21 and S21 + to feature some minor do...
News, Samsung, Tablets & Computers

Samsung’s rugged Galaxy Tab Active3 is now available in Canada

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Active3, a rugged tablet that features a replaceable battery and a waterproof S Pen, is available now. Interestingly, the company opted to add a removable 5,050 mAh battery that can be switched on the fly, so users don't need to wait for the Tab Active3 to charge to use it again. While I doubt this feature will reach consumer phones or tablets anytime soon, it's nice to know that some devices still get that edge. Other cool features include gloved tablet use and a camera barcode scanner designed for retailers. The tablet costs $ 799 and you can order it now on Samsung's website. However, when you navigate to the website, it only says 'Sales Inquiry', so it's unclear how easy it is for regular customers to get ...
Featured, Galaxy S21, Samsung

SyrupCast 229: CES 2021 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 | MobileSyrup

This week the SyrupCast is bursting with a cast of four Patrick O'Rourke, Brad Bennett, Jon Lamont and Dean daley. The first half of this week's episode focuses on our favorite gadgets and announcements from CES. Dean talks about his fondness for TCL's upcoming roll-up smartphone, Brad is expected to talk about televisions and Jon mentions computer hardware and Patrick talks about the strange new Xbox accessories from OtterBox. After reviewing the highlights of everyone from CES, the team toured to discuss all the news from the recent Samsung Unpacked event. This includes breaking down the Galaxy S21, S21 +, and S21 Ultra and how each device fits into the Canadian market. There are a lot of interesting corners cut out with this year's S Series, so if you're considering bu...
android, Galaxy S21, News, Phones, Samsung

Samsung offers some Galaxy S21 + and S21 Ultra color variants exclusively through its own store

While Samsung's recently revealed S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra are available in a wide variety of colors, two shades that interest me, 'Phantom Violet' and 'Phantom Pink, are only available exclusively through the company's own store. company and specific S. Serial devices. The situation regarding which versions of the S21 are available in which stores is a bit confusing, so I broke it down below: The 128GB Samsung Galaxy S21 is available in 'Phantom White', 'Phantom Gray', 'Phantom Violet' and 'Phantom Pink'. The 256GB S21 is only available in 'Phantom Gray'. These color variants are available from most vendors and Samsung Experience Stores. The 128GB Samsung Galaxy S21 + is available in 'Phantom Violet', 'Phantom Black', 'Phantom ...
android, News, Phones, Samsung

Samsung’s S Pen is coming to additional devices in the future

Samsung has confirmed that its S Pen stylus will make its way to other devices in the future. This comes after the company officially launched the S21 series with the Ultra variant compatible with the S Pen. A statement from Samsung on S Pen compatibility is available below: We are committed to innovating new mobile experiences that flow seamlessly and continuously to make our consumers' lives easier and better. We've made the bold decision to expand the S Pen experience to the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and we plan to expand the S Pen experience to other categories of devices in the future. Samsung told the Netherlands-based publication Sammobile. Previous rumors indicate that Samsung will drop the Note line in 2021 and start selling the ...
android, Galaxy S21, News, Phones, Samsung

Canadians are paying for more than just the exchange rate with Samsung’s S21 series

Samsung recently introduced the Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra, its latest flagship smartphones. These devices start at $ 1,129, which seems like a lot of money, but last year's models started at $ 1,319, so there is definitely a noticeable decrease in price. The price cut is likely due to the lower-resolution displays featured on the S21 and S21 +, the polycarbonate back on the S21, and Samsung no longer includes headphones and a charger in the box. That said, the phones could have been even more affordable. When comparing our prices to the US, there appears to be an additional Canadian premium for the S21 series. Below are the current Canadian prices for the Galaxy S21 series: The base model of the Galaxy S21 in the United St...
Galaxy S21, News, Phones, Samsung

Galaxy S21 series will have ‘native’ Google messages, but it’s tricky

During its Unpacked event on January 14, Samsung took the time to highlight a new partnership with Google that will make it appear that some of the search giant's software technologies are gaining prominence in Samsung's newest phones. Samsung briefly brought in Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome, Chrome OS and Play, to discuss the partnership. First, Lockheimer discussed a deeper integration of Google Duo and Message in Samsung's S21 line. It appears that Messages will be "native" on the S21 series, but it will not be the default. In addition to including Google Messages on the S21 line, Lockheimer also detailed a new 'TalkBack' screen reader experience that would launch first on the S21 line. Dieter Bohn, Executive Editor of The edge, noted in ...
Accessories, News, Samsung

Samsung introduces its Bluetooth SmartTag tracker priced at $ 39.99

Samsung has officially unveiled its Tile-type Bluetooth tracker during its 'Galaxy Unpacked 2021' event on January 14. The Galaxy SmartTag uses Bluetooth technology to connect with nearby devices. Like other trackers, it features a hole that allows it to be easily attached to a keychain. The tracker can be used to keep track of things like wallets, keys, headphones, and more. The device pairs with a smartphone via Samsung's SmartThings app. The application will display the last known location of the tag on a map. Once you find the tag, the app will show you an indicator based on the signal. Users can also click a button for the label to make a sound. “Even offline, Galaxy Find Network can use the scanned data to find it privat...
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