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Galaxy Note 5

 

We already heard rumors about the Galaxy Note 5 and got some leaked specs, like UHD display and 4GB Ram. According to new reports from Korea confirms Samsung's plans on the Galaxy Note 5 codenamed "Project Noble" like the Galaxy S6 was codenamed "Project Zero".

 

Galaxy Note 5

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 model number is (SM-N920F). However, details lack as to what to expect from the Galaxy Note 4 successor, but we're probably going to see the smartphone being rumored and leaked countless times over the next couple of months, and we'll keep an eye out for more details. Until new information becomes available, you can take another look at the current-generation Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

 

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Android M

 

When Google's Android M was first announced we all assumed that it will be version 6.0 build... as Android 4.3 is Jelly Bean (J), Android 4.4 is KitKat (K) and Android 5.0 - 5.1 is Lollipop (L).

 

Android M 5.2

 

Surprisingly, Android M will have version number 5.2 according to the latest speculations. What we have is a screenshot taken from the new, exclusive to Android M, feature called "demo mode" exclusive only to the 2nd developer preview release,which clears notifications, simulates a full battery, and generally make the UI presentable for snaps.

 

Android M 5.2

 

The important bit here is the clock, it shows 5:20. This is presumably for "Android 5.2" at least provisionally recall that all official Google press images for Nexus phones show the current version of Android in the clock, i.e. 4:40 for Android 4.4, 5:00 for Lollipop, and so on.

 

Looks like that Google won't be going so far to version 6.0 with this release as the changes are mostly minor and based on the previous Lollipop APIs with no Key major features available.

 

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Recent reports by the popular market research firm Gartner reveals that the total worth of business conducted by Samsung and Apple in the semiconductor industry is about $59 billion, which constitutes 17.7% of the entire semiconductor business in the world. While the numbers are astounding, the rankings weren't really a surprise as it has been the same for the last five years. The deductions and estimations that were made from the reports were however, more interesting.


Total revenue brought in from the chip business suffered a decline of 1% in 2015 when compared to 2014. Samsung's own chip demands declined by 3.6% last year. Apple on the other hand, saw its semiconductor needs rise by 7.1% in 2015, which added an extra $800 million to last year's tally.


In spite of the fact that the semiconductor business as a whole isn't doing too well, Samsung will have its work cut out because it has now become the supplier of high-end chips for both Qualcomm and Apple; two of the biggest names in the silicon business. Nonetheless, as far as the title of the world's leading chip consumer is concerned, it looks like Apple is going to take it by the end of 2016.


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There was a time when the Moto RAZR V3 ruled the market and flip phones were hip, but fast forward to 2016 and the term "flip phone" is generally associated with a tang of nostalgia and may be some very cheap entry level phones. However, you would not think like that if you are in China though because Samsung has been making and selling high-end Android powered flip phones in the Chinese market for quite a while now. The latest edition of the series has been revealed via a leak on Weibo and it has the model number SM-W2017 according to the report.



The SM-2017, aka "Veyron," will succeed the SM-2016 while sporting flagship-grade specifications like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, a 4.2-inch Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM and 64 gigabytes of internal storage. There's a 12-megapixel camera at the back of the phone and a 5-megapixel selfie cam, which we suspect are the same ones seen on the S7 this year. The fingerprint scanner with a heart rate monitor isn't missing from the list either and the Veyron does support NFC and Samsung Pay. Although flip phone will most likely be exclusive to China only, would you buy one if one was available near you?


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A recent report based on a survey conducted by The Reputation Institute suggests that Samsung is the most trusted brand for teenagers and anyone else who was born in or after the year 2000. Considering the fact that no other smartphone manufacturer made it to the list apart from Sony, the report is an indication of the amount of trust that people put in the Korean manufacturer's phones. Even though Sony did make it to the list, we are inclined to believe that it is more due to their PlayStation line of products than their smartphones.



This survey and its results are based on the quality of the manufactured products, employee treatment, innovation in the specific line of business and the conduct of the company as a corporate member of the United States. In all their studies across the country on millennials (people born on or after the year 2000), The Reputation Institute found that while shopping, most of them had an affinity towards the products that were made by Samsung. Samsung is also one of the most successful companies in the US as a whole and this result just unveils one of the reasons as to why the MNC is so successful here.


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Although previous rumors have been indicating that the Note 8 would have the codename "Baikal," a latest rumor apparently negates that name in favour of "Great." The news comes via the courtesy of SamMobile, although they have not revealed their sources. We must admit, codename "Great" sounds a bit too cheesy! Nevertheless, that's exactly what the latest rumor is predicting at this moment. Additionally, the model number of the upcoming "Great" Note was also confirmed to be SM-N950F, which is in consistence with what Evan Blass had leaked back in November 2016.



In other news, SamMobile also reports that against all odds, Samsung will indeed be re-launching the Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea, with a safe battery. The commercial name for the refurbished Note 7 will be "Grace R," where R stands for refurbished. The devices will most likely not make their way outside the home country and we are not sure if that's good news or bad news! Grace R will allegedly feature the model number SM-N935 and make use of some of the hardware left over from the defunct Note 7. Will you be buying a refurbished Note 7 if it was available near you?


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There was a big upset last quarter when Apple toppled Samsung from the company's seemingly perpetual hold on the number one position in regard to the global smartphone market share. Of course that was a direct result of the infamous Note 7 disaster and the fact that Samsung did not have any recent major players in the smartphone market during the Holiday season, while every other company did, including Apple. At the end of Q4, 2016, Apple was the global market leader in the smartphone business with a 20.3% market share. Samsung had to settle for the second position with just 18.5% of the market share.


As expected, the tables have changed significantly, according to a new report published by the TrendForce analytics team. Samsung has taken back its number one position from Apple with a whopping 26.1% global market share at the end of Q1, 2017, pushing Apple back to the second position with only 16.9% market share. Considering that the S8 and the S8+ have not even been released yet, we would say these are truly impressive figures and Samsung has finally overcome the shadow of the failed Note 7 now. As the S8 and S8+ will hit stores all around the world in a few weeks, we expect that Q2 results for 2017 will be even more impressive for the Korean giant, despite all the recent controversies surrounding the conglomerate.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It is going to be the 25th year of Intel's undisputed number one position in the chip manufacturing business, but latest stats and data analysis is predicting that things may not exactly go that way. Samsung is about to snatch that title of market leader in the semiconductor industry from Intel, thanks mainly to the Korean company's booming DRAM and NAND memory chip business.


According to IC Insights, Samsung may overtake Intel by the end of the second quarter of this year. Intel will possibly end up with revenue of 14.4 billion by the end of Q2, 2017, while Samsung will likely end the second quarter with 14.6 billion in revenues. A point to be noted here is that Intel still has a higher sales number; it's just that Samsung's chips are more expensive. Keep in mind though that this is just speculation at this point and we will have to wait a while to find out if this actually happens.


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If there's just one thing that has been consistent about rumors in relation to Samsung's upcoming foldable smartphone (which has been coming for years now!), then it's the fact that they have all been mostly wrong! Make no mistake, there have been enough evidence around to convince us that Samsung does indeed have a foldable smartphone in the pipelines, it's just that any news regarding its real world release have turned out to be wrong. The latest victim of this phenomenon was the rumor regarding the SM-G888N0 being the Galaxy X, aka the mythical foldable Samsung smartphone that's coming.


When the SM-G888N0 showed up on Bluetooth SIG and the National Radio Research Agency for certification purposes, almost everyone was convinced that this truly was the foldable phone that Samsung is prepping for release in 2018. As it turns out, the SM-G888N0 had nothing to do with foldable displays at all. The model in question is a tough new device that has apparently been built for South Korean train personnel. It's a part of the LTE-R network project that's about to launch in the country and the world for the first time. While that in itself is quite an interesting topic, you will have to wait longer to hear any new updates regarding the elusive Galaxy X...


Via: SamMobile


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Earlier reports in regard to market share in India had shown that Xiaomi and Samsung were tied at the number one spot last quarter and now the unthinkable has happened; Samsung has been dethroned as the market leader of the smartphone business in India by the Chinese manufacturer! Not that it was unexpected though, given how rapidly Xiaomi has grown in India, especially after launching their own manufacturing and assembling plants in the country to reduce the expenses.


According to the data published by Canalys, Samsung's shipment of 7.4 million smartphones in Q4 2017 paled in comparison to Xiaomi's 8.2 million shipments in the country. This essentially puts Samsung in the second spot with 25% of the total market share and Xiaomi at the top spot with 27%. Vivo, Oppo and Lenovo took the following spots with significantly lower market shares. It should be noted that Samsung India's smartphone sector did show a 17% rise in growth, but it was just not enough to topple Xiaomi's meteoric rise to the top spot, all thanks to its superb range of budget and mid-range smartphones that offer better specs than any Samsung smartphone in the same price range.


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A few weeks ago, Google released a developer's edition of the upcoming Android N and it was only available for download on select Nexus devices. However, much is still in ambiguity because the company is yet to announce an official release date, version number and the actual name of the OS. However, leaks have played an ever-increasing role in the last few years due to their surprisingly high accuracy rate. This time however, the leak did not come from a journalist or an inside man, but it is the Korean electronics giant, Samsung who has revealed it accidentally (we presume that it was an accident).


The information can be found in the release notes of Samsung's MultiWindow SDK, where it clearly states that, "This version has been released with Android N (7.0) compatibility." This confirms that Android N is going to be labelled version 7.0 and all we need now is the name of the OS. There have been rumors about the N standing for an Indian sweet/dessert, but we will need to wait a while longer before making a statement. Hopefully, more information regarding Android N will be officially revealed at the Google I/O conference in May. Which dessert do you think will be used by Google to identify their upcoming Android OS?


 



iPhones were never cheap to begin with but with the iPhone X, Apple has pretty much shattered the price barrier with a starting price of $999 in the US! So if you happen to own an iPhone, the last thing you would want is to lose it and that's exactly where tracking comes in.


Is It Possible to Track an iPhone with a Phone Number?


Technically, it is indeed possible to track an iPhone with just the phone number as long as the SIM with the number is kept inside the phone. Now, what people usually do right after stealing a phone is they take out and throw away the SIM card, thereby making it impossible for the phone company or anyone else to track your lost iPhone. In other words, unless you are dealing with someone who wants you to give you your phone back or a really ignorant thief, you will not be able to track an iPhone with just a number for too long.


What Can You Do then?



All you need to do is install mSpy on your iPhone, which is the best iPhone spy app available today. Once you have installed the application, you can not only spy on your phone's location in the US, but pretty much anywhere in the world that it is taken to. Do it today because phones don't exactly get lost with prior notice and once it has been lost without a tracking app on it, nothing much can be done really.


How Should You Use mSpy to Retrieve Your Lost iPhone?


Now that you know mSpy will do the job, the next step is understanding how the software works and how you can put it to use. mSpy uses your iPhone's unique IMEI number to track it, therefore making any SIM change ineffective against stopping the phone from being tracked. After you purchase the application from their official website, you should receive a link for downloading the software. Once you have downloaded and installed the application, set it up with your PC and your iPhone as per instructions provided here. Once this part is done, you should always be able to see your iPhone's exact location on a detailed map by logging into your provided mSpy account.


Do You Need Your iPhone to be Jailbroken?


The short answer is no, you can spy on iPhone without jailbreak with mSpy, but the features will be limited. There are a few risks, but jailbreaking your iPhone opens it up to so many new things that you should probably try it at least once.


Perhaps the best part about choosing mSpy is that it lets you do more than just track your stolen iPhone. You can use it to know where your under-aged children might be going to or with whom your employees are talking to during business hours. Before using any of those features though, make sure that you are not breaking any legal boundaries.



Just as last year, Apple's iPhones have managed to hold the number one spot as the bestselling tech product of the year in 2017 as well. In fact, the iPhone has performed significantly better than last year, as is made evident by their astounding sales numbers. Apparently, Apple has sold more iPhones in 2017 than four of the other tech products on the list from 2nd till the 5th combined. Although we still have a day left in the year, it is being estimated that by the end of 2017, Apple will have sold 223 million iPhones and that's a staggering number.


It remains to be seen whether or not the recent reports about Apple slowing down its older iPhones to preserve battery affects the company's sales in any way, but given the loyalty of Apple users, that isn't very likely. The Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 managed to reach a sales figure of 33 million and take the second place on the list, followed by the Amazon Echo Dot speakers at 24 million, Apple Watch at 20 million, and the Nintendo Switch at 15 million.


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Samsung has recently shown a lot of responsibility and vigilance by updating even some of its three-year old handsets with the latest security patches and today we have similar news for a bunch of them. Check out the list below and see if your older Galaxy handset made it onto this list, or did it already receive the July security patch quite a while back.


• Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
• Galaxy Note Edge (China)
• Galaxy A5 2016
• Galaxy A5 2017


It is expected that along with Google's July security patch for the base Android OS, the OTA update will also bring some of Samsung's own little fixes for its smartphones' security loopholes. If you are wondering which firmware builds will be hitting the devices, check below for details.


Galaxy S6 Edge Plus - G928GUBS3CQG1
Galaxy Note Edge (China) - N9150ZCS1CQG1
Galaxy A5 2016 - A510FXXU4CQG1
Galaxy A5 2017 - A520FXXU2AQG6


In case you cannot see any available update yet, don't worry, it will be there soon.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


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