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Arrest of Samsung’s Lee may not affect smartphone business in short term

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The arrest of Samsung Electronics’ vice chairman Lee Jae-yong on Friday in South Korea may not have a direct impact on the company’s high-profile electronics business, including its smartphones unit, according to analysts.


Samsung announced in 2012 the promotion of the executive, also known as Jay. Y. Lee, to his current formal position at Samsung Electronics. But he is largely seen as the de-facto leader of the Samsung Group, running the business on behalf of his ailing father, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-Hee.
He was arrested on charges of bribery as part of an alleged corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye.

The Galaxy S7 Edge may have just made me a Samsung convert

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Historically, I’ve had a begrudging respect for Samsung flagships. I can objectively acknowledge the company makes very good, extremely popular phones, but I’ve never felt that the Korean manufacturer got everything right in a Galaxy S device. I’m not the easiest person to please, admittedly, but I’m finding myself irresistibly drawn to the Galaxy S7 Edge like never before.
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With every previous Galaxy S phone I’ve always found a few too many decisions I didn’t like, missing features I desperately wanted or gimmicky add-ons I saw no use in. Despite the way the world fawned over the Galaxy S6 Edge, even it didn’t tickle my fancy because I thought it was largely unnecessary. The edge was new but it had no real purpose. If anything, I thought the S6 was the better option.
Samsung's latest flagships all sport the formidable Mali-T760 GPU
The S6 Edge felt awkward with that sharp edge on the back, had a largely useless edge display, had dropped three popular Samsung features found in the Galaxy S5 – microSD support, water-resistance and a removable battery – and cost too much more money for what I saw as no added benefit. As good as the phone was in terms of performance and camera, it was still not a phone I would spend my own money on.
For fairly obvious reasons, I’ve been a Nexus user since the Nexus 4 and have rarely looked elsewhere for a daily driver. Sure, I review phones and familiarize myself with new UIs, features and settings of other OEMs but I always come back to my Nexus. But Samsung has recently started making the kinds of decisions I have been wanting for a long time: less bloat, fewer gimmicky features, a cleaner, faster, more refined TouchWiz and so on.
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The Galaxy S6 was a big step forward for Samsung, at least in my eyes. The design didn’t really appeal to me, but at least it replaced the atrocious design found in the Galaxy S5. TouchWiz went from a half-baked mess to a rebuilt and tidied up interface. The finger scanner was much better, there was less bloat and gimmicks and more of a focus on the core experience. But there were still too many things I didn’t like about the S6 for me to want it in my pocket long term.
But all that has changed with the Galaxy S7 Edge. The design is basically the same as the S6 Edge, and it still doesn’t really appeal to me, but the camera bump has been significantly reduced and a 40% larger battery crammed in. The addition of the curved edges on the back from the Galaxy Note 5 has made the device much more comfortable to hold and it even seems as though the glass back handles fingerprints a tiny bit better (although the new Galaxies are still pretty bad).
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TouchWiz has never looked better and Samsung has learned the valuable lesson of providing toggles and options for mostly everything. Android users don’t want features forced on them. We want the option to use the ones we want and get rid of the ones we don’t. The Galaxy S7 has so many customizable features and settings I can honestly say I could live with TouchWiz on the S7 Edge without hating my life. Even the Flipboard screen isn’t so laggy you want to die (but you should still disable it straight out of the box).
Simply put, the Galaxy S7 Edge is as close to the perfect smartphone as Samsung has ever come.
There’s app icon layout options for the home screen, an app drawer-less option, Always On Display, very nice game optimization settings, the S7 and S7 Edge have significantly larger batteries than their predecessors, have reintroduced the microSD card slot and added an IP68 waterproof rating.
The S7 Edge now has improved edge functions like customizable shortcuts and actions, a vertically scrolling news ticker and the promise of more now that third-party developers are encouraged to join the party. The S7 also has massively improved low-light camera performance and insanely fast auto-focus, thanks to the dual-pixel sensor. The Galaxy S7 Edge is, quite simply, the Samsung phone I have always wanted the company to make. For a long-time Samsung cynic to admit this fact demonstrates just how many right decisions Samsung made on the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Of course, there are always a few things I don't entirely like about any phone, no matter who makes it, and the same is true of the Galaxy S7 Edge. It's just that the list is very short and pretty negligible. The lack of USB Type-C seems a strange choice (understandably made because of Gear VR compatibility), fingerprints are still a problem on the back and Samsung is still absurdly dedicated to a physical Home button.
I can't tell you if the finger scanner is actually better because Samsung blocked access to lock screen options on the demo units (which are required for registering fingerprints). Battery life will largely remain a mystery until review units are shipped, even if the big capacity bump is very welcome and shows great promise. Simply put, the Galaxy S7 Edge is as close to the perfect smartphone as Samsung has ever come.
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As much as I'm happy to confess I want the Galaxy S7 Edge like I've never wanted a Galaxy device before, the last great hurdle for Samsung to win my admiration is to get Android updates out a lot faster. That's a whole other kettle of fish though, and an argument best saved for another day. But as far as the Galaxy S7 Edge is concerned, I can finally say: Samsung, shut up and take my money.

What was your favorite Galaxy device? What do you think of the Galaxy S7 Edge?

source: androidauthority 

Apple introduces new iPhones, SmartWatch, software

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 For the first time in years, Apple iPhones were not the star of the show. Apple released a SmartWatch Tuesday, a portable device that marks the first major entry of the company into a new product category since the debut of the iPad in 2010.


 The move is significant due to recent questions about whether Apple still has the ability to innovate after the death of 2,011 co-founder Steve Jobs.

The introduction of two new device eclipsed the iPhones, larger company that does not quite have larger screens; they will have a new landscape mode to take advantage of the larger screen.

The iPhone 6 will have a screen that measures 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches. In both cases, application developers can design applications that can be viewed differently when the phone is horizontal.

Apple also introduced a system to use the phone to make credit card payments in retail stores.

Apple is turning to the past, as it exposes their future. The company is holding the event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, the same location where Jobs introduced the Mac computer changing industry 25 years ago. The Cupertino, California, located close to the headquarters of Apple.

As for iPhones, which still represent the main source of profit for Apple, the larger models should help the company compete with Android devices.

This is what unfolded in Tuesday's event



BIGGER iPHONES

 

The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches. The screen resolution on the Plus version will be sharper than previous iPhones, to 401 pixels per inch instead of 326.

With the larger screen is a new horizontal view of the Home screen. Usually icons are stacked vertically, even when the phone is horizontal. Application developers will also have new tools to reorganize their content to take advantage of the larger screen.

The new phones are not as great as the last flagship phone of Samsung - 5.1 inch to 5.7 inch Galaxy S5 and to Note 4 - but they will be large enough to neutralize a key advantage of Samsung and other manufacturers Android have had.

In particular, Note Samsung phone is not growing this year. Last year Note 3 was 5.7 inches. Instead, Samsung is emphasizing other hardware features, such as a sharper screen. Also releasing a model with a curved edge to show the time, weather and other information on the side of the phone.

Apple says the new phone will be faster and have better battery life than previous versions. The phones also have a new sensor, barometer, to estimate the amount you've climbed the stairs, not just how far you have walked or run.

Of course, some people still use their phones to actually make calls. When there is poor cellular reception, people will be able to make regular calls over Wi-Fi. The transfer between the two networks will be transparent. In the USA, this feature will initially be available through T-Mobile.

The resolution of the camera is 8 megapixels, while Android and Windows Phone rivals are pushing that. The S5, for example, is 16 megapixels. However, the number of megapixels is only one factor in what makes a good photo. Apple says it is putting in new sensors for better shots.

Apple is also enhancing the role of video in slow motion, allowing even slower shots. The camera is capable of taking 240 frames per second, twice what is on the iPhone 5s last year. Normally, the video is at 60 frames per second.

The new phones will begin shipping in the USA September 19, with pre-orders to start on Friday. Starting Prices are comparable to those in the past - $ 199 with a two years for the iPhone 6 with 16 gigabytes of storage.

However, models of elevators have double the memory than before - $ 299 for 64 GB and $ 399 for 128 gigabytes. The iPhone 6 Plus phones will cost $ 100 more for each configuration.
 

 

 

MOBILE PAYMENTS 

 

Apple is calling its new payment system Pay Apple.

You will be able to use your phone's camera to capture a photo of your card. Apple will verify that behind the scenes and add it to the account passbook your phone so you can make payments to a retailer. Apple announced several merchants who accept this system, including Macy's, Whole Foods, Walgreens and Disney stores - and, of course, Apple stores.

Many companies have tried to push mobile payment services, but none has caught on widely. Cook says that's because the business models have focused on self-interest of companies rather than the user experience. The latter, Cook says, is "exactly what Apple does best."

For security, the card number is stored only on the device. Every time you pay a card once to create the transaction.

 

A SmartWatch

 


The audience burst into applause as Cook proclaimed that he had "one more thing". It was how Jobs used to close his speeches.

That was a closer SmartWatch Apple thing. It's called the Apple clock instead of iWatch many people had been speculating.

Consumer electronics companies have yet to demonstrate a compelling need smartwatches while bracelets have been largely niche products aimed at tracking fitness activities. Apple device seems to change that.

Consider the history of the company: music players, smartphones and tablet computers existed long before Apple made ​​their own versions. But they were not the main or until the current popular iPod, iPhone and iPad arrived. According to Jobs, Apple made ​​those products easy and fun to use.

Cook said Apple had to invent a new interface for the clock because simply shrinking a phone would not work.

Much of the interaction would be through the dial on the clock, which Apple calls the digital crown. It is used to zoom in and out of a map, for example, which is not blocking the screen, what would have happened if you were pinching in and out of zoom.

Apple has also been working with application developers to create new functionality. You will be able to open the doors of the rooms at Starwood hotels or remembering where you parked your car with a BMW application.

The new watch will come in a variety of styles and straps, with a choice of two sizes. Clocks competing vendors have been criticized for being too large for small arms.

The clock will require one of the new iPhones or an iPhone 5, or 5c 5s. It will be available early next year, with a starting price of $ 349

  

 

NEW SOFTWARE

 

While much of the attention has focused on the new devices, software powering these devices is becoming its annual update. Apple iOS considers 8 to be the biggest update since the introduction of the App Store in 2008.

Current users of iPhone and iPad will be eligible for the free upgrade, too. Apple is proud of pushing customers to the latest version of the software, allowing application developers to incorporate new features without having to worry about the abandonment of existing users. With Android, many recent phones can not be upgraded immediately because of the restrictions imposed by manufacturers and wireless service providers.

Among other things, 8 will allow iOS devices work best in sync. For example, it is possible to start a message on an iPhone and finish it on an iPad. With a forthcoming update called Mac Yosemite, will be able to continue working in the same message on a Mac computer also.

These features extend handover to the new Apple clock, too.

The new software will be available for existing users on September 17.

Closing the event, U2 performed on stage before Cook made ​​his new album, "Songs of Innocence", available for free to all customers of Apple's iTunes.

Apple shares rose 1 percent to $ 99.36 in afternoon trading Tuesday.