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Report says Galaxy S8 sales to flop due to iPhone 8 buzz

Sorry Samsung, your new Galaxy S8 will have limited sales because buyers are waiting for iPhone 8.

That’s according to the report by research firm TrendForce . The market study says the global production level of smartphones dropped 23% for the first quarter of 2017 and is expected to be slow  until Apple will release its 10th anniversary iPhone devices that will arrive in the third quarter.  TrendForce said it expects  Samsung and other smartphone makers  to post lacklustre growth as a result.

In a press statement however, Samsung said that pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are already outpacing the orders for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7+ released last year. The company said its Galaxy S8+ is more popular model among early buyers in the United States.

Furthermore, some have reported that Samsung has increased the production due to stronger  demand for the premium-priced S8 Plus.

We shall see this in one week’s time when S8 is released in the US. It is far too early to accurately determine how the long feud between Samsung and Apple will play out. Yes, the hype for iPhone 8 is ever increasing. Samsung has yet to prove that Note 7 disaster is a thing of the past. Rave reviews about S8 have plagued the internet. Rumours have also been circulating about the new game changing features of the iPhone 8.

You may ask, what’s the current score card?

Samsung is still the world’s top smartphone brand by market share, with a 26.1 percent share of the global smartphone market, followed by Apple with 16.9 percent slice of the pie. Huawei, Oppo, BBK/Vivo and LG round out the top six makers by market share.

Meet the Samsung Flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+

After much speculation, Samsung has finally  launched the Galaxy S8. We can now forget the Note 7 fiasco.  This will be the toughest test ever for the world’s biggest smartphone maker.

The main features of the new device include an “infinity display” with almost no bezel curved edge, new voice assistant and a 12 megapixel back camera. The phone comes in two variants with different screen sizes — the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus.

The display has a resolution of 2960 x 1440. The Galaxy S8 (both models) comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC in US( Exynos octa-core for other international markets). Other features include 12MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, 3,000 mAh battery (3,500 mAh battery on Plus model), USB-C charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, ( what a huge relief ), IP68 water and dust resistance capability, support for wireless charging, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G RAM, and support for LTE Cat 16. It runs Android 7.0 with TouchWiz interface.

 

Cutting-edge features to do the things you love faster, easier and better.

Samsung also revealed Bixby, a smart voice assistant to compete with Apple’s Siri. It has a specific button on the side to access it. It will be able to answer questions you ask, but Samsung highlighted how it’s different. One use case involved taking a picture of a monument and Bixby being able to tell you information about this as well as recommendations of restaurants nearby.

It’s stunning revolutionary design which you will appreciate in every edge of this Samsung galaxy S8 and S8+. You will going to love this from inside out, smooth and pure content with no bezel and the size is perfect that is easy to hold in just one hand.

For uninterrupted and immersive experiences, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ sets a new standard for its Infinity Display. Screen size expanded but not too large or “bulky” if you want to call it. The Big Screen  perfectly fit in your gentle hands. The Curves that you can immediately notice the smooth on it, giving you more comfortable grip while you do what you love like watching movies on its large screen. No worrying about the other apps with just a swipe away, as the edge screen is also available on S8 and S8+.

Samsung galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available in the United States starting April 21, 2017 with price of $720. For the rest of the world, shipping starts on April 28.  For those in the Philippines pre order starts on April 17 until  29. It will be available at Samsung galaxy Store or any e-commerce website for a price of Php39,990 for S8 and Php45,990 for S8+

The gizmo is available in Midnight Black, Maple gold and Orchid Gray colors.

Study Reveals Britons Spend More Time On Tech Than Sleeping

A recent study by a UK Communications regulator reflects an excessive use of technology that disrupts our normal life.

Research by Ofcom reveals that UK adults spend an average of eight hours and 41 minutes a day on media devices, compared with the average night’s sleep of eight hours and 21 minutes.

Among those surveyed, more alarming are the habits of 16-24 years old who squeezed 9 hours 8 minutes each day by multi-tasking and using different media and devices at the same time.

For the first time since 2009, TV viewing has fallen to under 4 hours per day and people have turned to tablets and smartphones.

On a positive note however, the report suggests that children were  found to have an advanced understanding of technology devices, with six-year-olds having the same level of knowledge as the average 45-year-old.

Samsung Hints September 3 Release of Galaxy Note 4

Watch out iPhone 6, Note 4 will be unveiled a few day earlier.

Samsung has recently sent a teasing press invite with caption “READY? NOTE THE DATE!” The September “Unpacked” event will be held simultaneously in 3 cities – New York, Berlin and Beijing. The launch is in tradition with previous announcement of Note 3 last year at IFA Berlin .

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The new device  is anticipated to have a 5.7-inch screen, will feature a more premium feel  using metail in its casing,  minimum 32GB of storage, built-in water resistance and fingerprint scanner to unlock the device like S4. If the new jumbo smartphone is to follow last year’s arrangement, it could be available for market by September 24.

What Makes Amazon Fire Smartphone Stand Out?

Amazon’s first smartphone is finally out today. Basically, it is the world’s largest online store  packed in a gadget .  And there’s more about Fire phone that it wants to show off.

Online shopping has never been easier with instant access to  Amazon’s  extensive portal and the help of Firefly. Firefly is essentially scanning app you can use to compare prices. By just clicking a specific button, it can scan, identify bar codes,  business cards and various products among the 100 million items available- books, movies, music and pretty much anything you like. It can also recognize sound, including music and scenes in movies and TV shows. Then just click and purchase right away.

With These Casing, Your Smartphone Will Never Look The Same

Bored with your ordinary and lifeless smartphone casing? Check out the following casing that will stand you out and make people turn heads. Thinking about outside-the-box.

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Bring out the child in you with these Lego inspired casing.  You can actually make your own creation.

Get Ready Siri, BlackBerry Is Bouncing Back With Voice-Enabled Assistant

Move over Siri, Google Now and Cortana! Blackberry Assistant is here. The app, together with Blackberry Passport smartphone, will be available starting this  fall.

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The Assistant can perform various voice-activated tasks such as searching your inbox and calendar, access the web or social networks, writing and sending emails as well as creating calendar entries or even checking the weather.  It is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices, making it suitables for hands-free car use. The new feature will also complete tasks using the Passport’s new touch-sensitive physical keyboard, usually without leaving the app.

Goodbye Siri in China?

Apple’s Siri may no longer be available in China as the U.S. company lost the lawsuit against Shanghai based Zhizhen Network Technology. The decision came after China’s State Intellectual Property ruled that Zhizhen’s patent of voice-controlled service, called Xiao i Robot is valid.

In its court filing,  Zhizhen claimed  that it has started with the speech recognition technology as early as 2003 and had applied for a  patent in 2004 and had been granted in 2006. However, Apple countered that Siri used a different process in its voice-recognition tech. It can be noted that Siri software has become available on the iPhone 4S model only in 2011, which  was developed by Siri Inc.in 2011.

7 Reasons Why LG G3 Is A Killer Smartphone

Move over  Samsung S5  and HTC One M8,  LG G3 is here. And iHaters will consider this. G3 is  the third iteration of the G series. Here are some seven reasons why this LG’s latest flagship is a killer smartphone.

  1. It has  the highest resolution in any smartphone available so far. Expect very clear, sharp and vibrant display with 2560×1440 Quad HD resolution with an eye popping 538 pixels per inch. That’s just pixel overload.
  2. G3 boasts a cutting edge 5.5-inch massive screen. Yeah, you could say it is a phablet. But it still looks great with its sleek design
  3. Watching a video is a delight with its thin bezel at 3.05mm on either side of the screen. Compare that to Samsung S5 with 4.05mm screen
  4. It is the first smartphone to introduce laser Auto Focus which enables capturing a photo in an instant. 13MP rear camera. 2.1 MP front camera perfect for selfie. Plus dual LED flash and optical image stabilization (OIS), which helps it to take better photos in low light and video without too much shakiness
  5. Removable Battery. Wireless charging. Superior battery life with 3,000mAh. So its ok to watch or record a 4k video
  6. Curved back for easy grip. The casing is plastic but looks elegant with its faux-metallic look. Notice the rear button layout? Just nice.
  7. Louder and clearer audio sound with 1W Speaker and boost AMP

The Biggest Selling Point of iPhone 6, Or Not

Finally, iPhone 6 is coming on September 19 ( or not? ). And everybody is excited. Maybe just me and all the Apple die hard fans.

Tim Cook and and the rest of the gang are actually more anxious. We heard Senior VP Eddy Cue said “ Later this year, we’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen at Apple in my 25 years at Apple.” Seriously? Yes, seriously and iPhone 6 is one of them.

 

Artist's impression of the new size of iPhone 6 in comparison with earlier versions.

Artist’s impression of the new size of iPhone 6 in comparison with earlier versions.