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First 900 locations will be ready in May with the remainder coming by early summer

Samsung has announced that it has teamed up with Best Buy to help promote the wide range of Samsung mobile products. The partnership between Samsung and Best Buy will see Samsung Experience Shops installed in 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations around the country.

The installation of the Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy locations around the country will be rolled out in stages. Samsung expects 900 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations around the country will have Experience Shops by early May, while the remaining locations will have them installed by early summer.

Customers who visit the Samsung Experience Shop will be able to touch and play with Samsung's full range of mobile products including smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected cameras, and accessories. Some Best Buy locations will also get Samsung Smart Service with dedicated Samsung Experience Consultants and Best Buy blue shirt sales associates.

Employees working these Experience Shops will be specially trained on Samsung products including activation and usage. These employees will be able to help customers with demonstrations, basic product services, Samsung account set up, warranty registration, and post purchase support.

 
If this sounds familiar, it’s because Apple has already made its mark on Best Buy stores with dedicated sections that display various products ranging from iPads to MacBook Airs to iMacs.

"Samsung has been delivering the latest innovation across the consumer electronics category for some time," said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. "With the Samsung Experience Shops, we are ensuring consumers get the most of that innovation by learning how to leverage their mobile devices across our ecosystem of consumer electronics. Consumers will have one place to not only explore and learn about our full portfolio of mobile products, but also the support of a Samsung expert to help with selecting and servicing them. This will truly be a unique mobile shopping experience."

Samsung says the largest of its Experience Shops will be approximately 460 square feet. The size of the Experience Shops will of course vary depending on the Best Buy store size.
 
Rumors surfaced earlier this week that Samsung would soon be launching a line of big-screen smartphones called Mega. Devices such as this will certainly be featured prominently in the Experience Shop locations.

Source: Best Buy



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RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/5/2013 6:00:35 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how Android being an OS that is still playing catch up, is still a platform that developers despise, and is still mainly on low end hardware can be considered a "feature", but sure thing dude!


RE: Wow...
By Reclaimer77 on 4/5/2013 7:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
By "playing catchup" I assume you're, as usual, only basing that on things YOU think are important.

When we counter this with things that Android blows iOS at, you simply respond with a trollish "those are gimmicks" and blow them off as irrelevant.

Developers despise? Yeeeah, hyperbole in the extreme. Last I checked there were millions of Android developers, multiple major app stores for Android, etc etc. Seems like a pretty thriving community for people who "despise" doing the work.

Like Tony, you don't even see your own bias. This is apparently a normal way to look at this stuff lol.


RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/6/2013 5:34:33 AM , Rating: 3
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Developers despise? Yeeeah, hyperbole in the extreme. Last I checked there were millions of Android developers, multiple major app stores for Android, etc etc. Seems like a pretty thriving community for people who "despise" doing the work.


Despise is an understatement, I don't know a single Android developer who likes doing it. They do it because there are enough users out there to require it, they don't do it because they want to.

This came up a few days ago, developer for a major app that is on iOS, Android, and WP8. Several other developers chimed in with their negative experiences, as well as one of the people who works at Google trying to give some help.

http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=29943362#item_2...
http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=29943478#item_2...
http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=29943648#item_2...

Another quote:
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And along comes Android phones supporting 1080p with an insane 440PPI. So now you have a whole new graphics set 50% higher res than the next smallest res. This would be considered xxhdpi. BUT!! BUT!!! Android has no proper support of xxhdpi.

Getting the 1080p phones to properly support those assets requires all sorts of hacking and trickery. It doesn't work at all. Oh but it looks perfect on the emulator, apparently.


He summed it up here:

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Android isn't a tool. It's quicksand advertised as concrete.


Another quote from elsewhere:
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As a developer, I can back this up. I made a web game that ran smoothly on an iPhone 4, averaging about 30fps, great on an iPhone 5 at 60fps, and like crap on the FOUR core Galaxy S3, at about 20fps.

Don't even get me started on the fact that I had to support Android all the way back to 2.3.3, and the Android Browser which has been modified by the various hardware makers (HTC, Samsung, etc) to break a few web standards we needed. I can't wait for the day when the whole world is on a late version of Chrome.


Forget software, I've seen hardware compatibility issues where something would run on Tegra 3 but not Enyxos, and vice versa.

Quote from an id Software developer that I posted before:

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For gaming, Android's hardware diversity is a curse, not a blessing. Let's say you have 200 potential devices to support (as a rough example). Of those, only 20 can actually run games at a level you'd be comfortable with. That remaining 20 has 2-3 display resolutions and graphics architectures to support, and only that same amount of phones has enough users to justify development -- but that combined group ends up being considerably smaller than the iOS group you could reach. You end up either giving up sales or building for the lowest common denominator.

iOS may have limited selection, but it's much, much, much easier to develop knowing that you'll hit a big swath of users -- including much larger media player and tablet audiences. You can also optimize your code much more effectively. Knowing that fewer people will steal your game just makes it that much easier to justify supporting iOS first or exclusively.


More work and headache to make less money. The people I know who truly deeply hate Android aren't users or fanboys, they're developers.

I know you're going to take all of this as anecdotal evidence because the conclusion offends you, but the continued and widening gap in applications even from major companies like Microsoft and Blizzard (and Google!) points to Android still being a secondary development platform.

No joke, this honestly surprises me. A year ago I thought that the gap would have closed, but it hasn't gotten any better.


RE: Wow...
By Reclaimer77 on 4/6/2013 9:00:35 AM , Rating: 1
Takin far too often you resort to this "people I know" argument. This is what's called "myopic".

Yes, clearly you can find developers who whine and moan about Android. That wasn't the argument. They are clearly in the vast minority. We can evidence this from the fact that Android app markets and apps are everywhere today. There's no shortage of either. There's simply no evidence that Android is some loathsome platform to code for, in the GENERAL sense.

You've frequently tried to make this argument, but I'm like, who cares? Congrats on your cherry picked examples and quotes from, obvious, unprofessional people and teenage developers.

If I cared right now I could fire up the Google and find just as many examples of people bitching over some iOS development issue. You know I'm right. But that's just lame and I'm not in the mood anyway.


RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/7/2013 10:43:39 PM , Rating: 2
I already covered your first paragraph by saying "I know you're going to take all of this as anecdotal evidence because the conclusion offends you".

Reality reflects those anecdotes, it continues to.

I was honest when I said that I thought the difference in Android and iOS apps would close up by now. It hasn't and I don't think that anything short of Google taking control back will even begin to reverse that trend.

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There's simply no evidence that Android is some loathsome platform to code for, in the GENERAL sense.


Major developers like MS, Blizzard, and EA continue to pass on it despite having resources and money.

This isn't rocket science: More expensive to develop for + lower profitability = fewer applications or inferior ports.

Reality seems to really bother you and retro. Its weird, you should enjoy your platforms based on their strengths (big screens, SD card slots) whatever their objective deficiencies are.


RE: Wow...
By retrospooty on 4/5/2013 7:52:44 PM , Rating: 2
"I don't see how Android being an OS that is still playing catch up"

Sorry, Android caught up, then surpassed, then lapped and is now making IOS look simply stagnant and mindnumbingly boring. Seriously, where do you come up with this stuff? Nevermind, dont even answer, just insert everything you have parroted for the past 6 months. I know. I know. Regardless of how many missing features and the total lack of options IOS is a better OS because it has better apps in your opinion.

Good luck with that point that you are stuck on. Your mind is closed like a clenched fist. Let me know when you are ready to pry it open and get off the best platform of 2007-2011. Its 2013 now and the world has passed you by and you cant even see it.


RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/6/2013 5:18:47 AM , Rating: 2
OMG, widgets!

You made me see the light, thank you.

/sarcasm off

First off, Android doesn't have the best mobile UI, WP8 does. Why you think Android has any kind of advantage there, especially when most Android devices try their hardest to look like iOS (just look at all the GS4 shots), is beyond me.

Second, apps are how we use hardware. They're how we view video, interact with websites, interact with businesses and services, play games, do scheduling, do finance, do everything.

So yes, I guess I'll continue being stuck in this mindset that having objectively better applications matters. Silly me.

It seems like you think they're overrated. Perhaps you should consider dumping Windows for a Chromebook. Apps don't matter, right? Wait a second, you can't futz with the UI.

I know, Linux! Those silly Compiz UIs in Ubuntu seem like they'd be much more up your alley compared to stale old Windows 7: http://youtu.be/4QokOwvPxrE?t=1m35s


RE: Wow...
By Reclaimer77 on 4/6/2013 9:09:40 AM , Rating: 2
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First off, Android doesn't have the best mobile UI, WP8 does.


I don't even know how you state this as a fact. Maybe you think this is true, but I really cannot stand the Live Tiles UI concept. And clearly something like 94% of the worlds population feels the same way. Windows phone is dying on the vine, and you continue to hold it up as a great platform. Only an idiot would risk locking himself into THAT for two years. I think the last time people did, they were smacked in the face with the news that their new Windows Phone 7.5 was already obsolete when Windows Phone 8 was announced.

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OMG, widgets!


Yeeah pretend that's the only thing Android has over iOS.

You're such a fanboi it's not even funny. You'll just do this for every thing we bring up. "Omg (insert here), big deal!"

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Second, apps are how we use hardware. They're how we view video, interact with websites, interact with businesses and services, play games, do scheduling, do finance, do everything.


Kinda of tying yourself in knots to bash Android here. Because Windows Phone, which you constantly rank higher than Android, is still to this day seriously hurting for app development. And they are the last to get those "killer apps" usually.

Anyway the constant bombastic method in which you approach this topis is tiring. There are way better things to do on a Saturday than attempting to break through a reality distortion field. Troll on!


RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/7/2013 10:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Kinda of tying yourself in knots to bash Android here. Because Windows Phone, which you constantly rank higher than Android, is still to this day seriously hurting for app development. And they are the last to get those "killer apps" usually.


Absolutely, and this is the biggest nagative thing about WP8.

I was talking specifically about its UI though, and it is great for mobile. Apps are why I won't switch over myself, but if it fits people's needs well then I don't see a reason why they shouldn't get it.


RE: Wow...
By retrospooty on 4/6/2013 9:44:37 AM , Rating: 2
"OMG, widgets! You made me see the light, thank you."

Widgets is one of like 20 things I can think of IOS is missing, [insert your favorite list here]. Lets not biol it down to one thing, there are a TON if things missing on IOS.

"First off, Android doesn't have the best mobile UI, WP8 does"

I wouldnt say that. Android BB, WP8 are all pretty equal if you ask me. Live tiles are OK, but I prefer custom widgets. BB has a good approach as well. The only thing you can say for sure is IOS is WAY behind all 3 of the others and still stuck in 2007. Hopefully the rumors of an IOS7 UI redesign are true.

"Second, apps are how we use hardware. They're how we view video, interact with websites, interact with businesses and services, play games, do scheduling, do finance, do everything. "

Yup, and there isn't a SINGLE thing you can do on IOS that you cant with Android. There are however a TON of things you can do on Android that you cannot on IOS. NOt sure if you are trying to make a point against me, you just made it for me.

"It seems like you think they're overrated. Perhaps you should consider dumping Windows for a Chromebook. Apps don't matter, right? Wait a second, you can't futz with the UI.
I know, Linux! Those silly Compiz UIs in Ubuntu seem like they'd be much more up your alley compared to stale old Windows 7: http://youtu.be/4QokOwvPxrE?t=1m35s"


Talk about a stretch. Pulling in things that are nothing alike to make a point really just loses the point. The app difference between Android and IOS is small. The app difference between Windows and Linux or Chrome is freegin huge. Again, there isn't a single thing you can do on IOS that you cant with Android. There are a ton of things you can do with Windows that you cannot do with Linux or Chrome.

You really neeed to change your handle because you are "givin" too many points lately. MAybe go back to the drawing board and come up with some new talking points. ITs gonna be hard because outside of larger screens, 4g and retina, the iiPhone hasnt changed in years. Neither have your arguments.

I wonder... With IOS stagnating and Android improving by leaps and bounds every year, how long can you hold out being a clandestine Apple zealot?


RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/7/2013 10:36:01 PM , Rating: 2
This made me laugh when I saw it: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-s...

Why you stuck in 2010?

Either way, whatever "staleness" iOS has is far outweighed by its unparalleled third party support. I'm sure an update is coming, but even if the changes are minimal I can deal since switching to another platform would mean either downgrading or losing entire applications.

Much like switching from "boring old Windows" which has remained fundamentally unchanged for about 15 years for something flashy like moddded Linux, I'd be downgrading way too much.

The Linux parallel is spot on as well. You prefer superfluous UI flash over practical utility, applications, and polish.

Seriously, its ok to say you like big screens and SD card slots and all the other things that a big chassis gets you, that's totally cool! Don't pretend the software is anywhere close though. The quantity of applications on Android is highly inflated by shovelware and malware. The situation is worse on tablets, almost nothing out there that is optimized aside from ultra-mainstream stuff like Angry Birds and Netflix.

About half of Microsoft's applications for iOS aren't on Android, the best FTP/SSH/RSS/misc browsing apps are iOS exclusive, there's all kinds of niche stuff (financial, medical) on iOS that isn't on Android, and even Google has better versions of GMail and Maps on iOS.

This is before we even get into games from companies like Blizzard, 2K, EA, Epic, id, and all the typical stuff that are in these comparisons, which you'll automatically write off because they're "just games".

Hell, you'll probably write off medical and financial apps as well, "who cares" you'll say? Its all about depth, that's the point.

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Again, there isn't a single thing you can do on IOS that you cant with Android. There are a ton of things you can do with Windows that you cannot do with Linux


Not true at all, you can find applications to fill in almost anything you can do on Windows. The level of polish and depth in applications is the difference.

It is exactly the same as the difference between iOS and Android.

Android's selection is shallow by comparison, and based on the emphasis some of its users place on inflated bulletpoint features while ignoring fundamental things like the quality of screens, battery life/performance balance, and third party support, its users are shallow too.

You are easily distracted by flash and glitz.


RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/6/2013 5:49:47 AM , Rating: 2
This quote is so telling:

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Good luck with that point that you are stuck on. Your mind is closed like a clenched fist. Let me know when you are ready to pry it open and get off the best platform of 2007-2011. Its 2013 now and the world has passed you by and you cant even see it.


You hate choice!

I tell people if they want big screens, get an Android phone. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the DNA or the One, or the Lumia 920 for that matter. Even the Nexus 4 if they want a low cost device that's going to be supported by Google and they don't mind missing LTE.

You want to stonewall people into Android at any cost because you're an ideologue. I know Reclaimer is, I've even seen him rail on someone because they dared use Chrome rather than his preferred Firefox (crazy person), but you try and come across as reasonable while also saying that Android is the only real choice based on your list.

Android lacks things that matter to me like apps, support, and polish, and it will continue to be secondary in those ways based on Android's fragmentation (never going away until Google takes it back from manufacturers and carriers), an inferior SDK, and fewer users in the high end category.

It doesn't mean Android is bad, it just isn't for me! For some people the features on your huge list trump applications, hardware, and polish, and its totally understandable. Not everyone has the same priorities. Choices!

If you claim to be about choice then be about choice. I'm not hating on Android, I just bring reality into discussions.


RE: Wow...
By retrospooty on 4/6/2013 10:02:38 AM , Rating: 1
"You hate choice!"

No, I love choice, that is why I dont like the iPhone. One model, one shitload of missing features is not much choice.

"I tell people if they want big screens, get an Android phone. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the DNA or the One"
Somehow I doubt you actually say that to anyone.

"You want to stonewall people into Android at any cost because you're an ideologue"

Like I said, Android is the best mobile OS and platform today. It has the most options and supports the most features period. If something comes along and takes that crown, I will drop Android in a hot second and never look back. You cannot say the same, because its already happened to your platform and not only can you not "not look back", you are stuck back there and cant look forward. Trying your hardest to justify your platform's lacks to anonymous losers on the internet like me. Why? Why the endless defense? And I do not railroad anyone on to Android. I do suggest it to people I feel are smart and/or semi technically inclined. I push IOS to people that know nothing about tech, because it is a better newbie platform. It doesnt do alot, so not alot to learn.

"It doesn't mean Android is bad, it just isn't for me"

Really? because you said this... "The Droid DNA has an amazing screen. Shame about the crummy OS but at least the hardware is really good."

That kind of outs your bias. You can say Android is alot of things, but considering all it does and all it supports while IOS still has its same "one way, one size, one chip, one screen, one option fits all" you cannot call it crummy. Its is FAR more complete an OS and dynamic than the walled garden IOS approach.

Can you imagine a real OS that only supports a couple of different resolutions and only when doubling the initial release. That would be like MS Windows only supporting 640x480 and 1280x960. Nope, sorry, that is the only options. LOL IOS cant even deal with a different res and you think its a superior OS?. LOL. You should really stop visiting tech sites, because either you aren't up to the "tech" or at least change to a platform that has more merits if you are going to blindly defend it with such vigor.


RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/7/2013 10:14:06 PM , Rating: 2
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That kind of outs your bias. You can say Android is alot of things, but considering all it does and all it supports while IOS still has its same "one way, one size, one chip, one screen, one option fits all" you cannot call it crummy. Its is FAR more complete an OS and dynamic than the walled garden IOS approach.


What's crummy is its continued laggy performance, the amount of malware, massive fragmentation, lack of polish, developers treating it as a second class platform, and Google still not having as much control as they should over carriers and manufacturers.

It is damaging to the platform and harmful to customers, which is why it is inferior to iOS and Windows Phone in so many ways.

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Can you imagine a real OS that only supports a couple of different resolutions and only when doubling the initial release. That would be like MS Windows only supporting 640x480 and 1280x960. Nope, sorry, that is the only options. LOL IOS cant even deal with a different res and you think its a superior OS?


And again you reveal your complete lack of technical knowledge. There is a massive difference between a windowed desktop operating system on uses large displays and one that runs everything fullscreen on small displays.

The technical considerations between optimizing UIs between the two are completely different, but obviously you know more about this than Microsoft, Blizzard, EA, and the numerous developers that make applications ranging from social to pro apps for things going from the financial to the medical fields while leaving Android behind.

Supporting multiple resolutions had made Android apps worse, not better, and this is why Apple continues to maintain a standardized platform.

Fullscreen and limited versus windowed and large. Get it through your head.

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You should really stop visiting tech sites, because either you aren't up to the "tech" or at least change to a platform that has more merits if you are going to blindly defend it with such vigor.


Pot, meet kettle.

Seriously, half your silly list are either features iOS had way back in 2009 through applications, are the byproduct of big chassis which most people do not like (your beloved GS3 is a niche product, sorry), or are legacy features like mini-HDMI.

Who needs HDMI on a phone when you've got Miracast or AirPlay? Its like the people who defended dead tech like optical drives in laptops, such a waste of space!

So many things you put on your list are either personal preference or are superficial flash without real practical utility for most.

Applications, a polished efficient UI, and solid hardware, those are important to me.

Why are you so shallow?


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