Samsung plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year. The company will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users who signed up for one-year upgrade program in markets such as South Korea and the United States.
Samsung Electronics unveils the “Dream Doghouse,” which cost $30,600, and took six weeks to make and is aimed at ‘tech-savvy pampered pooches.’ While the kennel is not for sale, it is available as a prize in a competition on Samsung’s social media channels. The Dream Doghouse comes with two indoor living areas (one for “rest and relaxation”, the other for “dining and entertainment”) and an outside area layered with fake grass. Features include a treadmill, a hot-tub spa, a “push-to-woof” call bell, wallpaper and framed portraits, a skylight, and a snack dispenser.
The Samsung Dream Doghouse looks sleek and modern, featuring the kind of tech the discerning dog of the future will need. From dogs who have social media profiles, to owners who use video calling to check on their pet while away, technology is fast becoming an integral part of everyday life.
Samsung announces The Galaxy Note 4 at the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin via livestream. The livestream happens in Berlin, Beijing and New York simultaneously. The Galaxy Note 4, along with Apple’s iPhone 6, is one of the most anticipated smartphone announcements of the year.
Samsung Galaxy S5 accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates all of its followers.
Samsung announces the launch of its Level line of headphones in the United States. Prices range from $149.99 for ear buds to $349.99 for wireless, noise canceling headphones. They also offer a $169.99 bluetooth speaker.
The Level audio portfolio is a collection of three premium headphones and a Bluetooth speaker — all designed for portability and style while producing high quality sound. The portfolio includes: Level Over, Level On, Level In and Level Box. All four devices work seamlessly with smartphones and tablets, and the Level Over can be further customized using the Samsung Level App to elevate the audio experience.
Apple makes a deal with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to create chipsets for the iPhone. These were made by Apple’s competitor Samsung from 2007 onward. An Apple insider tells the Wall Street Journal that Samsung will still produce some of the microprocessors for Apple’s 2014 devices, but Apple and TSMC are working together to create more advanced chipset for a 2015 release.
Bandits steal 40,000 tablets, smartphones, and laptops valued by the police at $36,000,000 from a Samsung factory near Sao Paulo, Brazil. They hold the workers hostage for nearly four hours while they take truckloads of merchandise. A Samsung representitive says in an email to the Washington Post:
We are very worried about this incident. Fortunately nobody was hurt. We have cooperated fully with the ongoing police investigation and will do our best to avoid any reoccurrence.
Samsung announces that by the 30th of November they will no longer make Plasma Televisions. It says falling demand meant it would instead focus on producing curved and ultra-high-definition (UHD) TVs.
Samsung announces the Samsung Z, the first smartphone to use the open-source operating system Tizen. The phone runs applications from the Tizen app store as well as Android applications using the OpenMobile app ecosystem. The phone has 2 gigbytes of RAM, a 16 gigabyte internal memory, and a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor:
The Tizen platform delivers a fast, optimal performance with improved memory management. The Tizen-based Samsung Z offers a faster startup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities, The Samsung Z fully supports superb 2D and 3D graphic qualities, smoother scrolling and an improved rendering performance for web browsing.
The S4 is launched in the US. It features includes a 13 megapixel camera, hover preview, smart pause, and dual camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is launched in the US. It has a dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera. The phone also allows users to monitor your data usage, share files with just a tap, and be woken with the sound of their own voice.