Samsung Touches Off New Handsets
Today Samsung unveiled two more TouchWiz-based handsets. Aside from TouchWiz and Samsung's widgets, both phones have a new feature called Gesture Lock. Gesture Lock lets users lock/unlock different applications on their phones by drawing letters on the screen. For example, if a user draws the letter "M", it could be set to open their messaging applications. The S5600 and S5230 share many features, including accelerometers; quad-band GSM/EDGE radios; 3 megapixel cameras with smile shot and video capture; FM radios with RDS; Bluetooth 2.1; microSD support up to 8GB; and built-in Google search features.
- S5600: Features that set the S5600 apart are its dual-band 900/2100 MHz 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 2.8-inch QVGA screen. The S5600 will be available in Europe starting in May.
- S5230: This phone has no 3G, but has a 3.0-inch WQVGA screen. It will be available in Europe starting in April.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Built for the Adventurous and the Accident-Prone
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S7 Active, a semi-rugged version of its S7 flagship smartphone. The Active has a sturdier metal frame with rubber-coated corners to help protect it.
Cortana for Android Now Works On the Lock Screen
Microsoft today made it possible for Android device owners to access and use Cortana above the lock screen on their smartphones. Microsoft has been testing the feature since earlier this year and is now rolling it out to all users.
Samsung Shows Off Second Tizen Smartphone
Samsung today revealed the Z3, a new smartphone running its homegrown Tizen platform. The handset makes use of design language similar to that of the Galaxy S series and comes in black, gold, or silver.
LG Kicks Off CES with K Series Camera-Focused Phones
LG today announced the K Series, a new range of smartphones that prioritizes advanced photography features. The first two phones in the K Series are the K10 and K7.
Cricket Launches Two Galaxy Amp Handsets from Samsung
Cricket Wireless today announced the Galaxy Amp Prime and Galaxy Amp 2 (pictured), two low-cost Android smartphones from Samsung. Both devices ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Samsung's software customizations, such as Quick Launch for the camera.