Thursday, September 25, 2014

Samsung prompted early launch due to iPhone 6's initial weekend on sale

Apple has officially confirmed a total of 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales during their initial weekend on sale. This is a new record for an iPhone launch, besting the 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c sales from that launch last year, and the 5 million new iPhone 5 devices sold in 2012. This was definitely something that Samsung could not ignore, and as a result it has decided to speed up the release date of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. 

Thus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will finally be released in Korea on September 26 instead of early October as originally planned by the three major providers, SK Telecom, KT and Uplus. It will then debut in the U.S. on Oct. 17. The company's moves will allow it to beat Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to market in those two countries.

Samsung aims to score 15 million sales for the first 30 days of marketing Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Within the first week Samsung will distribute 3.75 million devices to the market. It is worth noting that last year Samsung distributed 10 million Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during the first 2 months, so the target of 15 million within 30 days is quite optimistic. 

A Samsung marketing executive said that the positive reception of the new iPhone 6 from the public, was what pushed Samsung to reveal the Note 4 earlier than it had planned, and that Samsung would pursue a very aggressive policy to promote its phablet. The executive also admitted that Samsung is extremely pressured by the new larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 

This year's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the cheapest Galaxy Note so far, with a suggested price of $ 919 in Korea, compared to the first Galaxy Note that was sold for $ 960 and the Galaxy Note 2 and 3 that were of $ 1,038 and $ 1,018 worth respectively.



Sunday, July 13, 2014

iPhone 6 4.7″ and iPhone Air 5.5″ with a 1900 mAh and a 2500 mAh battery respectively

Lately all the rumors and leaks that we see for the upcoming iPhone 6 which will be published in two versions focus more on rendersand less on the technical characteristics. Today we heard about the new devices' batteries.

Chinese media reports say that the battery on the small 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be somewhere between 1800 mAh and 1900 mAh. The 5.5-inch iPhone or iPhone Air will have a 2500 mAh battery.

That means more battery capacity than the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C batteries that have 1560 mAh and 1510 mAh respectively. However, it remains to be seen whether they will be efficient batteries for displays of this size, since similar Android devices come with larger batteries.

For example, the 4.7-inch LG G2 Mini,  comes with a 2440 mAh battery. The Motorola Moto X has the same screen size and a 2200 mAh battery. The 5.5 inch LG G3 has a 3000 mAh battery while the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a 3200 mAh battery.

However,these are rumors that have not yet been confirmed. If proven true, Samsung can continue the "Wall huggers" joke shown on the following video.




Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Smartphone priced at $20 by ARM

Smartphones are constantly getting cheaper. ARM, headquarted in Cambridge, UK, said in a slide at their Tech Day that it can produce a smartphone until the end of 2014 that will be priced at $20. 
The smartphone will feature a single core Cortex-A5 processor and will be able to connect to 2.5G (EDGE) networks. 
According to AMR, we could see more third-world countries connecting to the internet through their phones. We will have to see how this plays out over the next months and whether ARM’s $20 smartphone will become a reality.



Monday, April 28, 2014

Knock Code: LG's unlock method better than Apple's and Samsung's fingerprint scanners

LG wants to present to consumers their own way of locking a device which is rather special and would be classified as user-friendly and safe.

The unlock method is called Knock Code and is here to replace all other ways of unlocking a device, from the simplest such as pin to the most special as fingerprint unlock.

Knock Code, as one realizes from its name, is based on "knocking" with the finger on the screen of a locked phone to unlock it. Each user has the ability to tap anywhere on the screen a personal, unique combination of taps, activating and unlocking the device with ease even with one hand.


LG decided to work innovatively for the user by offering the ability of safe storage of personal data, as well as ease of access. The Knock Code may consist of 2 to 8 taps, creating over 80,000 possible combinations. From the plethora of combinations, the user can create combinations that are quite simple to very complex. All you need to do is envision a 2x2 grid on the screen, tap in your selected Knock Code, and you’ll be taken directly to your home screen, saving the extra step of unlocking it while using Knock On.

Other companies, such as Apple with the iPhone 5S and Samsung with the Samsung Galaxy S5 use fingerprint scanners on their flagships. However, recent researches indicate that 20% of users using Fingerprint Scanner are not satisfied with the efficiency of the detector and have to repeat the process since the scanners are affected by external factors such as temperature or dust. Biometric technology used by companies today is not able to distinguish a real from a artificial fingerprint.

In addition, the use of password to unlock the screen can be easily visible by a stranger.

As a result, Knock Code is the solution to all these problems while being easy to use, fast, free from the need for a specific position of the user during the introduction of the code. This solution needs no expensive equipment. LG already incorporates the Knock Code in the new L Series III and will soon be available for most smartphones through upgrades including the series G, thus converting the safety of the smartphone an affordable luxury for most users.


Friday, April 25, 2014

LG G Watch with OLED display, water resistant and "always on"

The official LG site for the "smart" watch G Watch, says it will run on the operating system Android Wear and will become available in the second quarter of 2014. It is expected to have a 1.65 inch display and 4 GB internal memory.

The G Watch will be released in two colors: black and gold, also called «Stealth Black» and «Champagne Gold».

The watch is water resistant and dust-proof, while it will offer an application called Google Search which will offer «useful information when you need it the most». Moreover, it has a color screen that will be in permanent operation, with OLED display, so the battery cannot be exhausted that easy. Permanent operation screens aren't something all smartwatches offer. The displays of Samsung's Gear line of wearables, go dark after a few moments in order to conserve power. 




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Charge your smartphone in just 30 seconds

Charging your mobile is a recurring daily and lengthy process that nobody likes, especially during daytime. The solution comes from Israel where a startup called StoreDot comes to our help.

What they did is to make a device that can charge your mobile's battery in just 30 seconds. StoreDot demonstrated their charger by placing it on a nearly-dead Samsung Galaxy S3 and letting it work its magic. As claimed, the battery went from 27% to 100% in just 26 seconds.

The company is part of the nanotechnology department of the University of Tel Aviv and was introduced at the conference Think Next (Microsoft). The battery is derived entirely from bio-organic materials including nanocrystals made from peptides and chains of amino acids. Bio-organic materials have the potential to be much safer than today's batteries, which are primarily composed of heavy metals like cadmium or lithium. The technology is based on "nanodots" (tiny magnets) that despite their small size, can store a larger load.  As shown in the video, plugging the prototype with a mobile Samsung, it fully charges in 26 seconds.

Despite the fact that this charger would be the ideal solution for everyone, it is not expected to enter mass production until 2016. However, StoreDot has gathered 6.25 million in funding so far.



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is here

At the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Samsung's new flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was presented.

Its design remains very close to that of previous models like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, with poly-carbonate material and significantly changing the back cover of the device, from a glossy plastic battery cover to a dimpled soft-touch finish. 

The screen is super Amoled, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and has grown by one inch compared to the previous model, reaching 5.1 inches. The Home Button, has been added with a detection sensor fingerprint lock / unlock.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a quad-core processor, clocked at 2,5 GHz with 2 GB internal memory and a choice between 16 and 32 GB of storage. Memory can be expanded up to 64 GB, using a microSD.

Camera's resolution is 16 megapixels and records 4K video at 30 frames per second. According to Samsung, the new device has the fastest autofocus in the world with a time of focusing only 0.3 seconds. In addition, the front camera has a 2,1 megapixels resolution.

The device runs the latest version of the OS by Google, the Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is waterproof and offers protection against dust.

Powered by a 2800 mAh battery which allows up to 390 hours standby time and 21 hours of talk time.

In terms of connectivity, it has all the modern protocols such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, NFC and infrared, and can be connected to a wide number of 4G LTE frequencies.

Finally, S5 has speedometer , gyro , compass , barometer sensor motion detection and heartbeats detector.
It comes in 4 different colors (black, white, blue and gold).

Comparing to Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S5 has full HD 1080p display instead of UHD, 3GB RAM instead of 2GB RAM, and 4MP more of camera resolution.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, press photos leaked

Soon to be announced is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (or Lite). The device is now available for pre-ordering in Belgium with a starting price of 599 euros ($812). Sammobile has official photos of Note 3 Neo as well as some valid information about its technical characteristics.

According to Sammobile, Note 3 Neo will have a 5.55 "Super AMOLED display  with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 2GB memory RAM, Camera 8 Megapixel, 3100 mAh battery and some of the pen-enabled functions of Note 3 such as the Command Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip and Direct Pen Input.

The official announcement of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo might happen any time soon. Worst case scenario, it will be officially revealed at the Mobile World Congress, which kicks off on February 24 in Barcelona.