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sdc2016_full_logo Samsung Developer Conference 2016

[ April 27, 2016; 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Samsung USA
Venue: Moscone West Centre
Location: San Francisco, USA
Web: www.sdc2016.com
Hashtag: #heartSDC

Registration: here

Full two-day conference passes are available at early bird rate along with academic, alumni and group booking discounts. Continue reading

intel's genevieve bell is speaking Samsung opens registration for Samsung developer conference 2016 in San Francisco

Developers, creators and builders alike will come together to discuss the latest technologies and share future innovations

Press release

February 3rd 2016. Samsung Electronics has announced that registration for the Samsung Developer Conference 2016 (SDC 2016), which will be held from April 27 to April 28 2016 at San Francisco’s Moscone West Centre, is now open. Centred around the theme of ‘Connecting the Future Everywhere You Look’, the this year’s SDC will offer more than 60 technical sessions, interactive workshops, keynotes and hands-on device experiences across 10 different topics. These will include: – the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality (VR), mobile, wearables, business opportunities, enterprise, smart tv, games & entertainment, Tizen and health & medical. Continue reading

Huawei_logo Old guard handset makers shrinking fast

Even Apple isn’t immune says Juniper Research

It seems that the old guard manufacturers of smartphones – such as Microsoft (aka Nokia)’ BlackBerry (RIM); Sony (Sony Ericsson); and HTC are seeing their handset shipments shrinking fast. The beneficiaries are mainly Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi. But, according to market watchers – Juniper Research, even Apple isn’t immune to this trend. Apple posted its slowest ever YoY [Year on Year]  iPhone growth – reporting a 0.4 per cent YoY growth in iPhone shipments for Q4 2015. Apple did make record profits, though. Oh. And the USA is partly responsible for the slow down. Continue reading

Juniper_Smartphone_Markets Apple Posts 20% YoY growth despite Q4 smartphone slowdown

Whilst Microsoft declines & Samsung smartphones grow by >1%
Global smartphone market now reaching over 1.4 million device shipments per annum

Press release

February 1st 2016. Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research has released its Q4 and full year smartphone market assessment for 2015. Samsung shipped an estimated 317 million smartphones, representing less than 1 per cent YoY [Year on Year] growth. Apple posts its slowest ever YoY iPhone growth, but with record profits. However, Microsoft’s phones continue to slide, shipments declining 57 per cent YoY to 4.5 million devices. Xiaomi misses its annual sales target – slowing down to 75 million. shipments. Continue reading

Kaushlendra_Singh Guest Post: 5 handsets that are better than an iPhone

Especially if you are an Android lover in India

by Kaushlendra Singh, a writer with CashKaro

The world of smartphones is aconstantly developing industry which sees another device released consistently. Conspicuously, Apple’s iPhone’s enjoy a definite rivalry with other mobile suppliers such as Nokia, Samsung, Sony, and HTC – to give some examples. Aside from these wel–known contenders, the new participants like Xioami, Gionee and OnePlus are fit for giving strong rivalry to the Apple iPhone. Out of the considerable number of brands on offer (which our Indian readers can buy online through the latest CashKaro mobile phone offers), the iPhone 7 is liable to face rivalry from the five smartphones which I outline below. Continue reading

continued strength of iphone & app Store - cook Samsung retains smartphone crown despite iPhone’s Chinese sales

Sales in China did rise 71% though

Although Apple’s recently released figures (the quarter ending in March 2015) show that sales of the iPhone in China alone rose 71 per cent to £10.8 billion ($16.8 billion), research from Strategy Analytics showed that Samsung still retains the smartphone crown. It wasn’t just in China, either because overall iPhone sales were up by an impressive 40 per cent. The Cupertino based tech giant sold 61.2 million iPhones in this last reported period – up 40 per cent and above expectations. The company raked in profits of £8.7 billion ($13.6 billion), up from £6.6 billion ($10.2 billion) in 2014. However, Samsung recaptured the No.1 smartphone seller slot by shipping 83.2 million devices in Q1 2015compared to Apple’s 61.2 million. Continue reading

ikea home spot Qi wireless charging gets boost from Ikea

And even Apple is onboard for a change

What a gift for Qi – the emerging standard for wireless charging from the Wireless Power Consortium. What’s that? An announced tie up between the Swedish cost-competitive furniture maker – Ikea and world No. 1 smartphone maker, Samsung. It’s instantly put Qi on the map. There are currently over 80 Qi-enabled smartphones out there from names such as Apple, Nokia, HTC and LG as well as Samsung. This news comes on top of the news that (in the UK, for example) both McDonald’s and Starbuck intend to introduce wireless charging points (Qi compatible) in selected retail outlets. So no more searching for a mains outlet for your phone charger. Continue reading

Brits snoop on other halves’ mobiles

Women most likely to check a partner’s phone

It appears that suspicious Brits check their other half’s phone for questionable texts, emails and internet searches twice a week – with women most likely to snoop. Theses are the key findings from a study commissioned for the new Samsung Galaxy A-Series smartphone range by Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. Researchers found that four in ten adults in a relationship regularly sneak a look at their partner’s phone behind their back to keep an eye on what they are up to. Women are the most likely to check a partner’s phone behind their back, with 44 per cent admitting to it compared to just 36 per cent of men. Continue reading

Samsung’s handset division loses its shine

Launches handsets aimed directly at Indian market, though

Fir the first time since 2011, Samsung Electronics has announced an annual profit decline. And the clear culprit was Samsung’s handset division which could even be overtaken by its semiconductor division. In an admission that the Korean World Number One handset maker knows where the key battleground is, the company launched a number of handsets – including the A3 and A5, last week specifically aimed at India. Those are mid-range and entry phones whereas Samsung’s next flagship smartphone – obviously to be called the Galaxy S6, should make an appearance within the next few months? probably at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona we would guess. Continue reading

Samsung Tizen Z1 promised for India on Jan 18

Leaked presentation slides  indicate India will be first, then China & Korea

Reliable sources have leaked the fact that Samsung intends to launch a Tizen OS based (see ‘Tizen mobile OS 101: Understanding Tizen’s origins‘) handset – the Z1 in India. The launch date is probably going to be January 18th [2015]. The Indian launch should then be followed by similar launches in a February [2015] in China  with a South Korean launch following some time after that. Samsung’s first ever Tizen handset, the Samsung Z, was announced at a Samsung Developer Conference, San Francisco, USA on June 3rd [2014] but never actually materialised.  the expected price should be around INR 5,700 ($90). Continue reading

all these  technologies are available right now - balcombe Wearable fitness gadgets under Xmas tree in ’14

Not all will be smartphone compatible, though

It appears to be a safe bet that wearable fitness gadgets will prove a popular choice amongst Brits as presents for loved ones this Xmas [Holidays] season. According to research from Kantar a total of 6.7 million adults in the UK are using gadgets or smartphone apps currently being used to monitor health – such as checking heart rate, food intake and activity levels. Juniper Research, of course, predicts that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018 when smartwatches should take over. A Sunday Telegraph article by Marion Dakers here, speculates that insurance companies might tap into data gathered by such health monitors to fine tune their premiums. Continue reading

Smartwatch to overtake fitness device in 2018 says Juniper

Over 70 million wearable devices will be in use by then

Fitness wearables in use will almost treble by 2018, compared to an estimated 19 million being used in 2014, according to a new report from Juniper Research. Juniper predicts that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018 – driven by intuitive usage and lower retail prices. Nevertheless, the broader appeal of smartwatches will mean that they will be become more popular in later years. The Juniper report is entitled ‘Smart Health & Fitness Wearables: Device Strategies, Trends & Forecasts 2014-2019‘. Continue reading

Galaxy-note-4 Samsung takes lead in phablets with Note 4

Industry reaction to new product launches at IFA Berlin

Samsung has just introduced a swathe of new products at the increasingly more popular IFA show in Berlin, Germany. It revealed the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 (phablets) plus the Gear S smartwatch and Gear VR virtual reality headset. “You have to admire Samsung’s relentless stream of new products, be it smartphones and tablets at all price tiers or the volley of smartwatches that have been released over the last 12 months,” commented Ben Wood from CCS Insight. uSwitch.com’s Rob Kerr observed, “Samsung has owned the phablet space for a long time, knocking out more than any other mobile maker and proving there’s a super-sized market for supersize phones.” However, he warned that Samsung has still lots to fear from Apple. Continue reading

Asif Shaik Ask Asif: Dual SIMs, Android KitKat, Xiaomi & other probs

Our Agony Uncle, MySmartprice.com’s Asif Shaik answers readers’ handset questions

Saswat asks …

Sir,

“I was looking to buy a phone under INR 16,000 – one having as much features as possible. I referred to MySmartPrice.com, and narrowed down upon Xolo Q3000 and Huawei Honor 3X Pro (although it is yet to be released in India). Now, I was basically all set to buy the Xolo, but the user comments, stating that after service is disgusting, and the unavailability of service centres and spares deterred me. What do I do?” Continue reading

micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading