New Samsung Pay trial service begins in South Korea

Samsung's very own mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, is set to launch in September instead of July. Even if Samsung Wallet ceased operations last June 30, the company wasn't quick to debut the replacement but rather just the trial service launched in South Korea. The trial service started last July 15 for some customers in the country. This is in preparation for the full service launch happening in a few months. The mobile payment Samsung Pay with Samsung Card is initially available to owners of the latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

GSMA says Samsung looking at using e-SIM for new smartphones

If you suddenly want to switch to another network, you’d need to get a new SIM card of course, unlock your current smartphone or for less hassle, just get a new smartphone altogether. But someday, that will not be a hassle or problem anymore, according to the GSMA. They believe that big brands like Samsung and Apple are considering switching to embedded SIM cards or e-SIMs soon for their newest devices.

Top 10 smartphones of the first half of 2015 from AnTuTu

Looking back to Q1 of 2015 and AnTuTu’s revelation of which smartphones reigned their benchmarking databases for the early part of the year, we see Samsung’s dynamic duo – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge – dominating those rankings, with HTC’s One M9 not so far back at third spot. The China-based benchmarking outfit has now released its data for the first half of the year, crowning 10 smartphones as top of the pile – at least, the ones that have been benchmarked by their app.

Dashlane adds Samsung Fingerprint Scanner to its app

Biometrics may not be applicable yet for all smartphones or tablets, but many are saying that all future devices will probably have it one way or another. Password manager Dashlane is one of the first among its kind to integrate fingerprint authentication to their app, and they have now announced that they are adding the Samsung Fingerprint Scanner to their Android app, making it easier for users to access their passwords and personal information while still keeping everything secure (or so we hope so).

Samsung Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge Plus arriving this Aug 12

We've been saying that Samsung may not showcase the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 at the IFA this September and there's a possibility of an early launch. True enough, the South Korean tech giant will finally unveil the new Note in a special tech event in New York on the 12th of August. No formal invites have been sent out yet but this information came from sources close to some telecoms in Taiwan.

Apple captures 92% of all smartphone profits in Q1 2015

We’re not sure if we’ll be happy about the news but Apple has recently beaten Samsung and any other phone makers today when it comes to profits. A recent estimate by Cannacord Genuity’s managing director Mike Walkley said that the Cupertino company has taken 92% of the total operating income from the top phone makers in the world today during the first quarter of 2015.