Samsung cleans Galaxy smartphones for free to help fight COVID-19

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No water required.
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Apple’s updated gadget cleaning guidelines give you the tips you need to keep your iPhone clean during the COVID-19 pandemic. But if you bought a Galaxy smartphone instead, Samsung will clean it for you.

The South Korean company on Thursday launched the Galaxy Sanitizing Service — a free program that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to rid your handset of germs and bacteria.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S11 will bring fight to iPhone in February

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Even better cameras on the way?
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Samsung has issued invitations for an “Unpacked” event on February 11 when it will reveal its new Galaxy S11 lineup.

Recent rumors have suggested even better cameras will be the handset’s main selling point. iPhone 11 Pro overtook Samsung devices in DxOMark camera rankings last fall, but its time in the top four may be short-lived.

Samsung charged for allegedly misleading Galaxy promises

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Samsung shows its phones being used in pools, but its warranty won’t cover that.
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Samsung has been charged by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for allegedly making false promises about its incredibly popular Galaxy S smartphones.

The watchdog says Samsung marketing made misleading representations about smartphone water-resistance.

The South Korean company depicted its devices being used in swimming pools and on the beach — then reportedly turned down warranty claims from customers who suffered water damage when using their phones in similar environments.

Samsung may have leaked its first foldable phone

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Samsung may have accidentally given us an early glimpse at its first foldable phone — weeks before it gets its official unveiling.

A foldable device appears in a one-minute teaser posted and then quickly removed by Samsung Vietnam. But is it really the handset that will be revealed during a big Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco on February 20?

Slumping Galaxy sales lead to weak Samsung earnings

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The Galaxy S9 isn't selling as well as expected.
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Despite releasing a series of iPhone-bashing commercials, Samsung’s own smartphone sales are beginning to decline drastically. And investors are not pleased.

Samsung posted a second-quarter earnings report Monday that put an end to its streak of record-breaking financial results. While the company’s memory chip business is doing well, sales of its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone and display panels are slipping after the company saw huge profit growth in 2017.

Apple demands $1 billion from Samsung for patent infringement

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Apple and Samsung are battling it out again.
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Apple wants Samsung to cough up a whopping $1 billion in damages for infringing iPhone design patents.

The two companies again returned to court this week over the long-running dispute, which first began seven years ago. Apple told jurors that Samsung should hand over all the profit it made on four devices that were heavily inspired by the iPhone. Samsung’s lawyers disagree.