Samsung Gear S3 UK release date announced, pre-order now open

After the Samsung Gear S2 won Wearable of the Year at the T3 Awards 2016, we’ve been eagerly waiting for the Samsung Gear S3 to get a concrete release date.

Well, luckily for us, that has just happened, with the new series launching on November 11, 2016. In addition, UK pre-orders for the Samsung Gear S3 are also now live.

Two models are available for pre-order, the Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, both of which retail for £349.

With a promised 4-day battery life, 360 x 360 Fullcolor AOD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+, wireless charging, 4GB of on-board storage, Exynos 7270, 1Ghz dual-core processor and super fast Tizen OS 2.3.2 OS, the Samsung Gear S3 looks like it could become the new king of the smartwatch market.

Naturally, will have a full review coming shortly, so keep your eyes peeled to the site over the next week or two.



[Source:- T3]

Dual Camera Maker Corephotonics Receives $15 Million Investment From Samsung, Foxconn, Others

Dual Camera Maker Corephotonics Receives $15 Million Investment From Samsung, Foxconn, Others

Israeli firm Corephotonics, specialised in making dual camera setups for smartphones, has managed to raise a whopping $15 million in a funding round. The biggest investors in the company include Foxconn, Samsung, and MediaTek. The investment is significant as it indicates the importance being placed on dual camera setups, seen in such smartphones as the iPhone 7 Plus and the Huawei Mate 9.

According to Israeli publication Globes, the company says it will use the fresh investment along with current cash to develop next generation smartphone cameras, apart from increasing the penetration of existing products. Th funding will supposedly also help the company make its foray into the automotive, drone, surveillance, and action camera markets.

The company, which currently has 50 employees, will reportedly also recruit “dozens of engineers” for its Tel Aviv headquarters, apart from support and integration engineers in China and South Korea. It will also look to acquire complementary companies that work on the same imaging technologies.

This brings the total funds raised by the company to $50 million. Investors in the company also include, Magma VC, Amiti Ventures, Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing and Solina Chau’s Horizon Ventures, OurCrowd, SanDisk, Chinese telephony services provider CK Telecom, and other private investors.

Corephotonics was founded in 2012 by electro-optics professor at Tel Aviv University David Mendlovic, imaging expert Gal Shabtay and entrepreneur Eran Kali. The company specialises in dual camera technology, inevitably bringing features that are found on professional cameras, to portable smartphones. Alongside the launch of the iPhone 7 Plus last year – an unveiling by a major manufacturer that truly heralded the birth of dual camera setups – Kali said that Corephotonics is “the inventor of the computational dual camera for smartphones,” a concept derived from its own IPs. It will be interesting to see how this technology is taken forward.



[Source:- gadgets360]

Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, Specifications, Price, and More: What the Rumours Say

Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, Specifications, Price, and More: What the Rumours Say

With the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung has lost a lot more than just billions of dollars last year. The South Korean giant has spent considerable time and effort in making amends to Galaxy Note 7 buyers, fixing its reputation, as well as identifying the cause behind the smartphone’s explosions. And the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 is its first big bet to move past the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.

Therefore, it is no surprise that all eyes have been on Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks, much more than for other flagship smartphone, as 2017 is expected be the year of redemption for the company. Curious about the Samsung Galaxy S8? Here’s everything we know about the Samsung’s 2017 flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date

While Samsung was expected to be on schedule and launch the Galaxy S8 in February, recent reports indicate a delay due to the Note 7 fiasco and major design changes. The smartphone was expected to be unveiled at MWC this year, but Naver reports a further delay. The most recent pegged launch date is at April 18, and Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 at a dedicated Unpacked event. The Samsung Galaxy S8 release date is not known, nor its release date in India.

Samsung Galaxy S8 price

The price of the Galaxy S8 is still a mystery, but a few reports hint that due to the major changes, the smartphone will be priced a little higher than the Samsung Galaxy S7. Goldman Sachs predicts that the Galaxy S8 will see a rise in prices by up to 15 to 20 percent compared to its predecessor. Of course, for now, what the Samsung Galaxy S8 price in India will be is not known at this point.

Samsung Galaxy S8 display

Samsung Galaxy S8 is pegged to have a dual-edged curved display with almost negligible bezel. There was an early report that pegged the screen-to-body ratio at 90 percent. The recent photo leak shows that the display takes up all the space, and only the top and bottom bezel are seen; a promotional video by Samsung that is said to feature the upcoming Galaxy S8 also shows that the smartphone has thin bezels on the sides, and that the display takes up most of the front panel. The top bezel of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 houses the speaker, front camera, and the sensors, while the bottom bezel only houses the logo. As for specifications, one report indicates that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) Super AMOLED display and will boast of an impressive pixel density of 806ppi.

Samsung Galaxy S8 iris scanner

Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to feature an iris scanner, which will allow users to unlock the smartphone just by looking at it. The feature made its debut on Samsung devices with the Galaxy Note 7, so it won’t be a stretch to imagine this same functionality on the Galaxy S8 as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will come in two variants

However, a separate leak also suggests that the company could launch its next flagship smartphone in two screen size variants – 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch. The larger variant is expected to be called the Galaxy S8 Plus, which is said to have the model number SM-G9550/SM-G9550X; the smaller Galaxy S8 variant, on the other hand, is said to have the model number SM-G9500/SM-G9500X. More recently however, screen sizes of 5-inch and 6-inch were tipped for the same models.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will not have Home button

Samsung is expected to ditch the Home Button, and have an all-display front. The iconic capsule shaped button at the bottom will be ditched, along with the capacitive buttons as well. A recent photo leak testified to this rumour further, but the image strangely didn’t show any on screen buttons either.

Samsung Galaxy S8 fingerprint scanner

Traditionally, all Samsung smartphones have integrated the fingerprint sensor underneath the Home Button, but because the Home Button is being let go, the fingerprint sensor may reside at the back of the phone. Another report notes that the device may sport an optical fingerprint scanner that will enable reading thumb print through the display as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8 virtual assistant

Samsung is widely leveraging its Viv Labs acquisition to introduce “an enhanced artificial-intelligence service” in the Galaxy S8. The developers at Viv previously founded Siri which is now Apple’s digital voice-assistant on mobile devices. Samsung is calling its version Bixby, and will use the new virtual assistant in mostly all the native apps that will come pre-installed in the Galaxy S8. A separate rumour indicates that the male voice of the assistant will be called Bixby, while the female voice will be called Kestra.

Samsung Galaxy S8 processor

The Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone will likely be powered by the recently announced Snapdragon 835 SoC from Qualcomm while an Exynos 8895-based variant is also being rumoured. It will be paired with a 6GB of RAM or an 8GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S8 pressure sensitive display

Following Apple’s lead, Samsung may integrate a pressure-sensitive display technology in its next flagship. Notably, Samsung’s technology is expected to work similarly to Apple’s 3D Touch tech introduced with the iPhone 6s. The technology will be able to distinguish between a light tap and deep press, enabling access to more functions just by pressing harder.

Samsung Galaxy S8 storage

The Galaxy S8 is also rumoured to sport a 256GB storage variant. It is unclear whether this will be the only storage option, or one of the storage variants made available in the market. If Samsung follows tradition, then a separate microSD slot for further expansion of memory will also be offered with Galaxy S8. Just to put things into perspective, the predecessor was offered in 32GB and 64GB storage variants only.

Samsung Galaxy S8 camera

Early leaks point at a dual camera setup at the back – one 16-megapixel lens and another 8-megapixel lens. However, the latest leaks hint that due to the large display in the front, a dual camera setup will be hard to cram in. The camera, however, will see and upgrade and the Samsung Galaxy S8 may finally become the company’s first smartphone to feature autofocus functionality on the front camera.

Samsung Galaxy S8 audio jack

Just like the iPhone 7 rumours, the audio jack leaks of the Galaxy S8 have been aplenty. Reports indicate that Samsung is getting rid of the old 3.5mm audio standard, and will bundle a 3.5mm-headphone-to-USB Type-C adapter, just like Apple. A separate report also hints that Samsung will launch wireless headphones alongside as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8’s Continuum-like feature

Lastly, the Galaxy S8 is also tipped to come with something similar to the popular Continuum feature seen on Windows 10 Mobile devices. This means that you could use your smartphone on your PC by connecting the device to the monitor, and the keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth (presumably). According to the leak, the feature is being called the Samsung Desktop Experience.



[Source:- gadgets360]

Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge to Receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update in January

Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge to Receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update in January

Samsung last month rolled out its Galaxy Beta Program for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices. The Korean giant has now announced that the final build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat will begin rolling out for its flagship devices in January.

The South Korean company earlier confirmed in a response to a user query that it will skip the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the devices altogether, and jump directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Samsung will also pull the plug on its Galaxy Beta Program on Friday, December 30 midnight. This essentially means that there will not be any further beta updates for users under the program. The company will not accept or respond to any feedback received in the “Error Report” or “Suggestions” section, according to Sammobile, which got hold of Samsung’s statement through Weibo. Samsung says it will now manage feedback only via “community.”

The company said it thanks its Galaxy Beta Program members for their feedback and plans to apply as many useful opinions as possible in the final build. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, over an above the changes bring adds new emojis that reflect gender equality, GIF support right from the keyboard, and app shortcuts from the home screen.

Earlier this month, it was reported that some Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users started receiving December security updates. The update started rolling out in select countries including India.


[Source:- Gadgets360]

Samsung income ache From telephone challenge

Employees walk in the main office building of Samsung Electronics in Seoul
Samsung Electronics has revealed a 19% decline in annual internet earnings – with competitors consuming into its share of the telephone marketplace and semiconductor profits falling.

The business enterprise warned that due to the monetary slowdown throughout large parts of the world it would be a “taskto satisfy 2015’s operating profit stage in the current 12 months.

It made a net earnings of $15.8bn (£eleven.1bn) ultimate yearthe bottom stage for 4 years.

the sector‘s biggest maker of reminiscence chips for cellular devices, smartphones and TVs said weakening call for for client electronics knocked its fourth area net income by way of 40% – a larger margin than have been predicted regardless of general income rising 1%.

The company‘s semiconductor commercial enterprise – which has previously helped offset falling phone profits – joined the cellular department in enduring a weakening in income.

Samsung’s pinnacle give up smartphones, consisting of the Galaxy edge collection with curved shows, have did not dent the dominance of Apple’s iPhones whilst its cheaper options have come under pressure from rivals Huawei and Xiaomi.

however, the weakening of call for was meditated in Apple’s personal consequences in advance this week whilst it forecast its first year-over-year iPhone income decline in thirteen years.

Robert Yi, a senior vice chairman at Samsung, instructed a convention name with traders: “it might be a task to hold the 2015 working profit level as we expect vulnerable macroeconomic situations and the IT call for to persist in the course of the primary 1/2.

but, we expect the enterprise situations to improve in the 2d 1/2 driven by means of the robust seasonality in set companies,” he statedrelating to cellular telephones, home appliances and TVs.

Samsung stated its destiny plans included internetlinked devices for fitness and the home.

Samsung is developing a new OS for the Internet of Things

Samsung's Artik board for IoT

Samsung is developing a new operating system for the Internet of Things, hoping to make a bigger role for itself in the millions of smart home appliances, wearables and industrial equipment that are coming online.

The OS, which will be open source and hasn’t yet been named, will help devices to execute simple tasks quickly without human intervention. For example, the software could instruct a door lock to open and the lights to come on as a person approaches their home.

“Samsung will announce our new, open-source IoT real-time operating system (RTOS), which has a wide scope of features while maintaining a lightweight and efficient footprint,” the session agenda says.

A spokesman for Samsung couldn’t immediately provide further details.

A real-time OS processes data quickly, with virtually no delay. An example is Intel’s VxWorks, which has been used in the Mars Rover.

Samsung is making the operating system open source to help increase its chances of adoption and says it will allow for greater interoperability between IoT devices.

It’s goal is partly to avoid the fragmented OS landscape in mobile devices, particularly for Android, which has caused issues with device interoperability, chip compatibility and deployment of software updates.

The OS could turn out to be a pared-down version of Tizen, which is already used by Samsung in smartwatches and TVs. Samsung has a grand plan to equip homes with Internet-connected appliances like refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and bulbs, which could all potentially use the new OS.

Samsung also offers Artik boards for building smart devices. The OS could allow developers to connect to Samsung’s SAMI cloud platform for analytics, security and other services. For example, a cloud service could decide whether to switch an air conditioner on or off based on data collected from a smart meter. It could also analyze health information based on data collected over time.

The OS may also need to be compatible with IoT development platforms like Google’s Brillo or ARM’s mbed. Brillo is already supported on developer boards like Intel’s Edison.


[Source:- CW]

Samsung Q1 Profit Beats Estimates on Galaxy S7 Sales Boost

Samsung Q1 Profit Beats Estimates on Galaxy S7 Sales Boost

Samsung Electronics reported Thursday a better-than-expected operating profit for the first quarter likely driven by strong sales of its flagship Galaxy S7 smartphones that made an early global debut at cheaper prices.

The South Korean tech juggernaut put its January-March operating profit at KRW 6.6 trillion ($5.7 billion or roughly Rs. 37,974 crores) in its earnings preview. That represents a 10 percent gain from KRW 6 trillion a year earlier.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet, a financial data provider, forecast a figure of KRW 5.5 trillion.

Sales rose 4 percent over a year earlier to KRW 49 trillion in line with expectations.

Samsung did not disclose net profit or breakdown figures among its business divisions.

Analysts expected that at least about half of the operating profit came from its mobile division, which would mark the mobile team’s best quarterly result in nearly two years.

Samsung’s earnings suffered from a big decline since mid-2014 as premium handset sales slowed and its share in China’s mobile phone market sank due to the rise of local players. Earnings improved in late 2015 but that was largely thanks to the performance of its semiconductor division.

But with the Galaxy S7 smartphone, the company was able to counter the downturn in the premium smartphone sales and see a revival in its mobile phone profit, analyst said.

Sales of its flagship Galaxy S7 smartphones were likely much better than expected amid the absence of new devices from major competitors. Analysts revised their first-quarter sales forecasts for the Galaxy S7 smartphones sharply higher to about 10 million units from 5 million to 7 million units.

“Its initial sale was at least 1.5 times better than the Galaxy S6,” said Greg Roh, an analyst at HMC Investment Securities.

Samsung launched globally the latest iteration of its flagship smartphone on March 11, about a month earlier than it launched its new flagship phone last year.

Samsung’s pricing strategy also helped boost phone sales. Even though the Galaxy S7 features an upgraded camera, an expandable storage space and a water resistant function, the price was cheaper than its earlier version. The Galaxy S7 Edge, which features curved displays that wrap around the corner, was also cheaper than its previous version. Samsung also resolved the output issues that slowed the production of the curved screens last year.

The company was able to cut costs in phone components and reduce the number of cheap phone models, analysts said.

Samsung will disclose its full earnings figures later this month.


[Source:- Gadgets360]

Samsung Smart Contact Lens With Camera in the Works, Tips Patent

Samsung Smart Contact Lens With Camera in the Works, Tips Patent

Since 2014 we have been hearing about Google working on smart contact lenses for users. As it turns out, Samsung too since 2014 has been interested in the same field and might as well be already working on it, according to a recently granted patent. What’s different here is that while Google was only working on smart contact lenses for medical monitoring purposes, Samsung patent suggests its smart contact lenses will also feature a built-in camera.

The South Korean tech giant’s smart contact lens, as per the patent (via Sammobile) is supposed to project images on to the user’s eyes via a tiny display and take photographs wirelessly that the wearer can view in their connected smartphones. The 29-page patent published by Kipris (Korean Intellectual Property Rights Informative Service) was filed by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. back in 2014, same year when Google started working on its own smart lenses. The Samsung lenses are also said to detect eye movements and sensor inputs as and when the user blinks.

The translated abstract suggests the smart lenses are made to brings augmented reality closer to the masses in the most easiest form. However, as with all patents it is not necessary that the company granted the patent will use the technology in an actual production device. So, while we may never see Samsung bring the smart lenses with camera, we at least know the technologies the company is exploring.

In February, another patent hinted Samsung to be working on a future smartwatch that could use our veins for identity verification. In the patent, the company describes a method to identify users that takes a scan of the registered user’s vein layout, and then compares it to the layout of the person trying to authenticate themselves in the future.


[Source:- Gadgets360]