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After forming the GVRA with Sony, Acer, Facebook, HTC and Google, Samsung is reportedly looking to launch its first ever AR (augmented reality) headset. Additionally, the company is also in the process of bringing forth the next Gear VR headset as well. Apparently, it was vice-president Sung-Hoon Hong himself who had revealed the aforementioned information at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego.


"Samsung's hologram technology is really, really realistic. It looks really touchable," - Sung-Hoon Hong.


In more of what he said at the summit, it might have been indicated that the next Gear VR headset is going to debut at the Mobile World Congress in February, 2017. Considering that it was only a few months back that Samsung had launched the last Gear VR, along with the disastrous Galaxy Note 7, we suggest that you take this news with a pinch of salt.


If you are excited about the augmented reality project, the report mentions that Samsung is planning to target businesses with this upcoming headset, rather than direct consumers. Even then, it is too early in the day to predict where and in which way the AR project will be heading in the future. A startup named Magic Leap was mentioned by Hoon according to the report and speculations suggest that this has something to do with the AR project in question here.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



As you probably know already, in an unexpected turn of events, Samsung has shown us a smartphone which could very well be the upcoming Galaxy S8.The OEM has released two advertisements in South Korea to promote their new Super AMOLED panels and in both ads, we see a smartphone which looks quite similar to what previously leaked renders of the S8 had revealed to us. As the chances of this being a coincidence are too small to be honest, I am of the opinion that these ads are in a way, the first Galaxy S8 teasers, albeit unofficially. Take a look at the screenshots in this article to get your first look at the upcoming flagship from Samsung (hopefully).



There will be two versions of the Galaxy S8 this year and both versions will have curved displays with a very high screen-to-body ratio. The Galaxy S8 Plus will have a huge 6.4-inch display, while the size of the display on the regular S8 will range in between 5.7-inch to 6.2-inch. If you are interested about the dimensions of the two devices, we have a leak for you which states just that. In order to know more about the proposed specifications of the two upcoming flagship smartphones, click here.



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Samsung only managed to secure a meagre 13% of the global smartphone market's total operating profit, while Apple managed to scoop up 83.4% in Q1 2017! In spite of Samsung outselling Apple globally by millions of handsets in the quarter, they only managed to show an operating profit of $1.57 billion, while Apple posted a figure of $10.1 billion for the same. Samsung experienced a 21.9% decline while Apple saw a 79.8% increase in their respective operating profits.


If you are wondering how it's possible, well, the answer is quite simple really; higher profit margins. Apple enjoys insane profit margins in the range of 30.7%; something that can only be pulled off by Apple because of its brand name. No other company, including Samsung can afford to sell their smartphones with a profit margin that high because no one would buy them. Apple on the other hand knows that people will continue to buy them, irrespective of the price. Samsung is having trouble holding onto even a 9.7% average profit margin due to steep competition from Chinese manufacturers in the low-mid end segment.


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While most of us know by this point that Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Note 8 at an exclusive event, instead of introduciing it at the IFA like it did with the previous gen Note smartphones, the exact launch date has been quite dubious so far. What we do know is that the launch event will be held in New York City and the date is likely to be set in the last week of August. In spite of all previous rumors pointing towards a an August 26 launch date, the latest report from The Bell is stating that the launch date will be even sooner and is set on August 23.

 

This news falls in line with the speculation which another South Korean source had made at nearly the same time, but they did not mention the date specifically as August 23 though. While all these are only rumors at this point of time, there is no denying that rumors have been surprisingly accurate in the recent history, especially when it comes to Samsung smartphones. Would you be happy if Samsung showcased the Galaxy Note 8 in August or it would be all the same for you if they did so in September? Let us know in the comments.

 

Via: SamMobile

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Fran Shammo, the CFO of Verizon has declared in an investor conference yesterday, that "At the end of the day, people don't need unlimited plans." At a time when T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are offering unlimited data plans to their customers through various packages, this particular statement by the high-ranking official clearly shows that Verizon thinks that their competition are misguided! He defended his opinion/decision/statement by pointing out that Verizon's "customer friendly" plans might have data caps but they are simpler, offer high speed data tethering and unthrottled video streaming.


As if the above statement was not embarrassingly clear enough, Shammo also added, "You cannot make money on an unlimited video world." Now with this statement, one can say that Verizon is bordering on or has already crossed the line marked "corporate money grab." He even called users of unlimited plans "abusive" as they tend to use a lot more data and impact the quality of the network for everyone around them. There is no doubt that Verizon is the leading carrier in the country and it seems that it does not think that this decision or these comments will affect their business in any way. Do you agree with Fran Shammo, or will you be moving to a more "abusive" data plan from another carrier?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Did you ever try to guess what the "N" in Android N will stand for? If you did, then here's your chance to try and get that idea be adopted by Google itself! That's right, the digital giant has even launched an entire website to register such ideas from people all over the world. This was quite a beginning to the Google I/O that started today. It is also an unexpectedly new move by Google, who have previously been content with just revealing the name of the next Android version at the yearly conference, up till now.


Android N was announced just a few months back in March and considering that Marshmallow was officially released only back in October 2015, it was obvious that Google wanted things to be on their way faster than before. To prove this point further, they released a developer preview as a follow up, which gave a few lucky users the taste of what's to come; improved battery life, split-screen multitasking and even brand new emojis among others. We are not sure if Google is looking for the name of innovative desserts or if they are planning to take a new approach this time around, but feel free to give it a try nonetheless.


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