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And Then There Were 8: Samsung's SOS Island Competition Heats Up

By: Taylor Keefe - Published: • References: sos-island & sos-island
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With just eight finalists left, Samsung’s “SOS Island: Survival of the Smartest” social media and survival competition is getting intense, especially now that the contestants are on their own without the guidance of their mentor, survival expert Les Stroud. To catch you up, here’s what the players have been up to:


Armed with the lessons Stroud imparted, along with the dynamic duo of devices, the Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom and the GALAXY NX (the first interchangeable-lens camera with 3G/4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity) the final eight have to show their survival smarts.

Among the challenges they must overcome include creating a home-like comfort from washed up debris and cooking up an appetizing meal from island ingredients. Their lifeline to the outside world, and to score votes, has been their devices. One episode’s challenge was to spend an hour shooting 5 Vine videos using the Samsung Galaxy NX; in another, they got to connect with family members back home via Google Hangout using the Galaxy S4 zoom.

Keep up with the live streaming action on the SOS Island homepage, and see which contestant is rocking the social media aspect of the show by following the SOS Island Social Feed. Then cast your vote and see who'll be announced the ultimate grand-prize winner -- walking away with $100,000 toward their very own private island paradise!

The winner will be announced on December 9th, 2013.

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