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Leak Reveals Galaxy Note 7’s One Key Advantage


Putting aside the discussion over potential screen sizesdesign echoes of previous handsets, and the tweaks to Samsung’s Android UI, the upcoming phablet from the South Korean manufacturer has one key advantage over the rest of the Galaxy family which will help it stand out in the internal competition with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

The S-Pen.

As Samsung rationalizes its production chain, focuses on more cost-effective marketing, and looks to create a connected set of devices, it is only natural that the phablet is going to start looking more like the base handset and the innovative brother with the curved screen. The glass design, the iconography, the physical buttons, everything is played out the same field.

The Note range already has its fans, attracted by the larger screen and the highest possible specifications on a Samsung device. They are going to be very satisfied with the expected package, although it looks like the Note 7 is going to ship with the same 3600 mAh battery as the S7 Edge - which is lower than the hoped-for 4000 mAh. The challenge is not how to sell to the faithful, but how to reach beyond that group and boost sales of the device.

Although the S-Pen is not a new addition to the phablet, as the Note 7 design moves towards the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, it acts as a clear point of difference. The jump in screen size between the S7 Edge and the Note 7 is appreciable, but when you lay the handsets out on the retail shelves, only one of them will have a stylus fashionably lying over the touchscreen.

The perceived value of a stylus has grown over the last year. Both Microsoft (with the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book) and Apple (with the iPad Pro’s Apple Pencil)  have pushed the idea of creativity and consumption of media with a stylus. Samsung might be forgiven for feeling a touch chagrined because it has been saying this for years, but the smart thing is turn this around to its own benefit.

The latest information is that the South Korean company will be doing just that. The S-Pen for the Note 7 will have improved BlueTooth LE hardware to allow for more accuracy and features to be utilized by the phablet. Air Command, which is triggered by the S-Pen, will have new options to create a better input experience without actually touching the screen.

The Galaxy Note 7 is expected to be announced on August 2nd, with an appearance in US, South Korean and European retail markets shortly afterwards.

Read Article (Ewan Spence | | 06/21/2016)

In an amazing age of technology, it’s so unfortunate that not everyone knows how best to use it to their best advantage.

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Samsung Profits Jump 14% on Success of Galaxy S7


The Galaxy S7 handset could put Samsung’s mobile business into profit again, finally, and pile pressure on Apple to produce an improved iPhone. Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone maker, has recorded better than expected first quarter profits thanks to the successful early release of its new flagship Galaxy handset.

The result will encourage shareholders after a disappointing 2015 that saw Samsung lose more than $8bn in market value, with its smartphone business sandwiched by top-end rivals like Apple’s iPhone and lower-end devices from fast-growing Chinese outfits like Huawei and Xiaomi.

In an effort to defend its smartphone share, Samsung rolled out the latest version of its Galaxy S7 smartphone in March – a month earlier than the previous year and ahead of new launches by its competitors.

Boasting an improved camera, waterproofing and microSD storage support, Galaxy S7 models are on track to set a new first-year shipments record, boosting hopes the mobile business will post its first annual profit gain in three years.

“The first quarter saw overall earnings growth led by the early launch and successful sales of the flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 edge,” the South Korean company said on Thursday. Net income for the January-March period stood at 5.25 trillion won ($4.56 billion), up 14.1% from 4.63 trillion won in the same quarter last year.

The first quarter figure was higher than the 4.42-trillion-won average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg News.

The strong Galaxy S7 performance came in the face of a flattening global smartphone market that saw arch-rival Apple on Tuesday report its first-ever drop in iPhone sales since launching the iconic handset.

Apple reported net income of $10.5bn in the fiscal quarter to March 26, down from $13.6bn last year.

Read Article (Staff | | 04/27/2016)

For many familiar with the industry, Samsung deserves this success as it has been the most innovative tech company of the last five years. We can only hope that this is the start of a huge resurgence for Samsung and the tech industry.

Many of us have also found that: Mobile device ownership doesn’t always translate into Intuitively knowing how to fully use it to ones’ best advantage.

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Samsung Wants You to buy New Phone Every Year


It’s a fairly common feeling, you get a new smartphone and are thrilled with it.  A year goes by, the new phones come out and that debate with yourself begins all over again.  Should you wait a year, or is it worth it to upgrade now?

Well, Samsung is trying to make it easier for some of its customers to make that grand decision, officially launching an upgrade program that makes it easy to trade in your old Samsung smartphone when a new one comes along.

The program appears to have launched in South Korea and in Britain.  Users are asked to agree to pay a small additional monthly fee – the price seems to vary by market – for 24 months when they buy their phone.  After 12 months, if their phone is in good condition, they can trade their old phone in for a new one.  This program is timed to activate with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

A Samsung spokesperson said that the company doesn’t have any information to share about the launch of this program in the United States at this time.

Apple already has a similar program for the iPhone and many carriers also offer plans that let you upgrade your phone more frequently. But the benefit for smartphone makers to run these programs is quite clear: getting people signed up on their own upgrade plan gives them a better shot at a repeat consumer, repeatedly.  If you’re paying for and annual upgrade plan, chances are pretty good that you won’t be waiting two years before buying your next phone.

This scenario is particularly appealing to companies like Samsung, because of the current slow growth in the high-end smartphone market.  Consumers aren’t quite as excited as the used to be with new smartphone introductions, which have become more incremental rather than revolutionary lately.  Not only that, low-end smartphones are improving in overall quality, making them more appealing to those who don’t need to stay on the cutting edge of smartphone design.

Samsung has been hit particularly hard by the diminished enthusiasm for smartphones.  The company said in January during its quarterly earnings report, that it expects smartphone sales to be slow throughout the year.  While it did report a fairly strong holiday quarter for 2015, the company said its net profits had fallen 40% from the previous year.

Samsung’s new phones, however, have gotten rave reviews for combining the strengths of its most recent phones – metal construction, and an excellent camera – with some features it brought back from older models, such as expandable memory and water-resistance.  The new phones will officially go on sale Friday.

Read Article (Hayley Tsukayama | | 03/09/2016)

I must agree, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge just hit a home-run in the market.  And the new upgrade program even has me thinking.  We have already covered how mobile innovation has plateaued, which meant smartphone sales were going to do the same, so this is no surprise.

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Your Next Phone Could Have 256GB of Storage


Here’s some good news for those of you that constantly battle “not enough space” messages on their smartphone: Samsung has announced a 256GB flash embedded memory that’s aimed at high-end mobile devices.

Besides offering a lot of storage space – today’s top smartphones top-out at 128GB, if you don’t count microSD cards – the new chips, based on the next-generation Universal Flash Storage standard, are also blazingly fast.  According to Samsung, they’re nearly twice as fast as a SATA SSD for a PC, and, in at least one scenario, three times faster than high-performance external microSD cards.

Here’s a couple of numbers to put this into perspective.  For example, with the new chip you could be watching a 4K movie on a split screen of your smartphone, while performing a different task on the other side of the s$40/month for up to 3GB of 4G LTE
$50/month for up to 5GB of 4G LTEcreen.  The 265GB storage means you could have around 47 full HD movies stored in the phone’s memory.  And, if your phone supports USB 3.0, you could be transferring a said full HD movie to or from your phone in 12 seconds.

So, when can you expect to see the new chips in smartphones?

A January rumor says possibly in the new iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7.  No doubt after this announcement 16GB sounds really embarrassing.  Just sayin’.

What impact will this have on those expensive data plans?  I have absolutely no idea.  Ever wonder “What is a Data Plan?” most articles on the subject seem to double talk or just appear to withhold information they really want to say.

  • $40/month for up to 3GB of 4G LTE
  • $50/month for up to 5GB of 4G LTE
  • $60/month for up to 10GB of 4G LTE

Many folks say there’s really no longer a need for data plans.  I tend to think they’re right.  But there is one thing I know for sure.  Smartphone manufacturers and mobile providers make millions from these plans, so they will not let them go any time soon and will censor any innovation that may jeopardize this cash flow.

Read Article (Stan Schroeder | | 02/26/2016)

The data plan topic is similar to TV cable boxes; cable providers force you to lease theirs even though you can buy your own.  But recently the FCC says they are going to change this situation, it’s about time.

Technology is advancing at an exponential rate, inevitably the day will come when even millennials will be unfamiliar with the latest technology.  It’s up to each individual to become at least a little tech-savvy, for their own wellbeing and that of loved ones.  We have a webinar for that.

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Leaks & Rumor Mill


On 12/15/2015 ‘gsmarena’ got their hands on the measurements of the incoming Samsung Galaxy A9, by way of accessory maker ITSKINS. Having previously provided specs on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Plus, it’s interesting the A9 is slightly more compact than the S7, despite both having 6.0” screens.

The Galaxy A9 will measure 161.9 x 81.3 x 7.34mm compared to 163.32 x 82.01 x 7.82mm for the S7 Plus. Both these devices are a head taller than the Galaxy Note 5 (maybe this indicates Note 6 will also take a growing pill?)

Samsung had already made public the 2016 A-series lineup with the A3, A5 and A7 but kept the A9 up its sleeve. The 6-inch machine just couldn’t stay hidden forever and now even shows up on video. The video compares the Galaxy A9 to the A7, you can see the big difference between 5.5” and 6”, but other than that the designs appear similar.

The specs are also pretty much the same –a 1080p Super AMOLED screen, octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM, 13MP camera with OIS and a fingerprint reader for Samsung Pay. The A9 is expected to launch around Christmas or early January and its price will likely top $363.00.

Then on 12/17/2015 a reliable source on info about a smartphone’s development progress, noticed the FCC database now lists the Samsung A9. So the US communications authority has thoroughly examined the device and given it the green light. There’s not much detail given in such findings, at least in terms of specs, but much of that has already been covered.

But what we can glean from this FCC certification is the launch of the Galaxy A9 is just around the corner.

Read Article (Peter & George | | 12/17/2015)

Included in comments about the A9, is an interesting current trend of smartphone users wanting a smaller rather than larger device. Analysts seem to have gotten it wrong -what happened to “size matters”?

Knowing how to properly use a digital device and Internet also matters, especially today as employers expect this ability and senior citizens need the ability not only to communicate with family but medical services and to pay bills.

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