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GigaOM Reads: A look back at the week in tech

Samsung released S4, which is like S3, except beefier; Google has killed the Reader and we are all upset; Andy Rubin is done with Android and Sundar Pichai is in-charge along with ChromeOS; Apple and Samsung fight is getting feistier + more cool reads.

Samsung Galaxy Grand: A big phone going after big markets

Samsung’s Galaxy Grand looks like a large Galaxy S III, but the 5-inch display uses a low 800 x 480 resolution. Still, the Grand may be a smart strategy thanks to other decent specs and dual-SIM support which should generate interest in China, India and Africa.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android update appears imminent

After waiting a few months, Verizon customers who own a Galaxy Nexus LTE smartphone should soon see their phones get updated to from Android 4.0.2 to 4.0.4. Aside from app-specific improvements, this version should boost camera performance and rotate the screen orientation faster than before.

Hey Samsung: Aren’t there enough stars in the Galaxy?

Samsung expanded its smartphone lineup on Monday, announcing the Galaxy S Advance for various markets around the world. But there’s little here to “advance” the Galaxy S design; it’s as if Samsung is now making Android handsets with spare parts left over from other models.

Samsung hits 300-million-phone goal with a month to spare

In July, Samsung projected it would have a record-breaking year, selling 300 million handsets, driven by the popularity of its Galaxy smartphone line. It turns out Samsung hit that target in November and still has one traditionally very lucrative month to build on that success.

First look at AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II

AT&T’s Galaxy S II launches on Oct. 2, but a review unit just landed on my doorstep. Here are several photos and my initial impressions of Samsung’s latest and greatest Android phone designed for AT&T’s HSPA+ network. So far, I’m most impressed.

Is Verizon waiting for this Samsung Galaxy S II LTE?

Samsung is expected to introduce an updated Galaxy S II handset with larger display, faster processor and bigger battery. But the real upgrade appears to be multimode network support including LTE. Could this be why Verizon is passing on the original and highly popular GS2 handset?

Apple top smartphone seller, Samsung gaining

By any measure, Apple’s growth in iPhone sales is impressive — 141 percent from Q2 2010 to Q2 2011 — but Samsung’s growth was more than double that: a whopping 380 percent. It shows the two are likely to be neck and neck for some time to come.

Who’s on pace to sell 1M phones a day? (Hint: Not Apple)

Nokia has long held the top spot for handset sales, but another company is quietly creeping up from behind thanks to a solid smartphone strategy. Samsung is expected to sell 300 million handsets this year, with 60 million of them in the highly profitable smartphone segment.

Could Success of Galaxy Tab Drive a 7-Inch iPad 2?

Samsung has already sold 600,000 Galaxy Tab slates, just one month after introducing the Google Android tablet. Steve Jobs has criticized such 7-inch tablets, saying that users would need to “sand down their fingers” to use them, but clearly there’s a market for an 7-inch iPad.

Unboxed: Samsung Galaxy Tablet [Video]

Apple’s iconic tablet, the iPad is going to start seeing some competition. Four major U.S. carriers are launching Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch tablet powered by Google’s Android OS. Here is a short unboxing video of the Sprint variant of the tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Breakdown: $205 vs iPad $264

Breaking down the Galaxy Tab into a list of components shows the 16-GB tablet carries an estimated price tag of $205 to make. This compares to the iPad’s estimated cost to build of $264, a difference due to the iPad’s larger screen and form factor.

One Phone to Serve All: Is Galaxy Samsung’s iPhone?

Samsung’s Galaxy S is headed to the big three carriers in China, which gives the company a realistic shot at selling 10 million Galaxy S handsets by the end of 2010. How is Samsung able to shoot for large sales numbers? It’s taking an Apple approach.

One Phone to Serve All: Is Galaxy Samsung’s iPhone?

Samsung’s Galaxy S is headed to the big three carriers in China, which gives the company a realistic shot at selling 10 million Galaxy S handsets by the end of 2010. How is Samsung able to shoot for large sales numbers? It’s taking an Apple approach.

Samsung EPIC 4G: Oh That Screen!

Samsung has a hit with the Galaxy S series of Android smartphones, and they have one on just about every carrier. The EPIC 4G is the new phone on the Sprint network that brings a great keyboard, beautiful screen and 4G connectivity to the consumer.

Video: Android Superphone Smackdown

Our coverage of Android smartphones continues with a head-to-head look at three of the top phones currently available: Motorola Droid 2, Samsung EPIC 4G and the HTC EVO 4G. These phones are superphones that clearly showcase the capabilities that Android brings to the smartphone space.

Samsung Galaxy — Another Rival in Superphone Universe

People are still buzzing about the HTC EVO, which debuted yesterday at the CTIA trade show. But if you take away the 4G, another phone appeared yesterday that rivals the EVO on paper. Samsung’s Galaxy S competes well with the EVO and supports GSM networks.