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While there have been media reports that Samsung's Galaxy smartphone is outselling Apple's iPhone, new research by Dr. Esam Alwagait, Dean of King Saud University's Deanship of e-Transactions and Communications, and Basit Shahzad, a Deanship researcher, provides key insights into the reason for Samsung's growth.


"According to our research, while Apple is more popular in English-speaking countries, Samsung predominates elsewhere, particularly in Asia and Africa," said Dr. Alwagait.


He said the research suggests Samsung's smartphone may be seen as more user friendly by non-English speakers.


Some highlights of their findings include:


  • Samsung smartphones are universally more popular;
  • Android operating systems are more popular than Apple's iOS;
  • Apple followers are more likely to live in an English-speaking country than Samsung followers;
  • English is the primary language of choice for both sets of followers, though Samsung is more popular where English is not the primary language;
  • Considering the continental review, Samsung is significantly more popular in Asia, Africa, North and South America and Europe, while Apple is more popular in Australia;
  • While Samsung is overwhelmingly more popular in Asian and African countries, it has a relatively small lead over Apple in Europe
  • Based on Klout scores - a measure of a user's influence across his or her social network; Apple followers are more influential and more popular than Samsung followers. However, the sheer volume of Samsung followers suggests this could be a growing factor.


Source: enews.ksu.edu

 




Samsung somewhat introduced its wireless charger, Qi, last weekend at the FCC. However, more than impressing spectators, questions about which devices the Qi will be paired to have emerged. Moreover, how they will market the Qi-on its own or along with other Samsung devices is another question that interested people at the event. Most likely, it will be paired with an upcoming device to take advantage of the hype.


Aside from issues with how and when, somehow, Qi is expected to bypass Android OEM compatibility issues with accessories that are created by other manufacturers like Samsung. It will really be a big milestone if Samsung becomes successful in this perspective.


This charging system is interesting and is quite beneficial for many users. Also, other smartphone makers have already followed suit. In time, this type of charging method will be the norm and be used by all carriers.


Source: Engadget




At the Mobile World Congress held last February, Samsung only ended up announcing the Galaxy Note 8.0 and its wireless charging capabilities. However, it was really slated to introduce several tablets but for some reason, they focused on one major product and other mid-range devices.


Some of the Bluetooth-enabled devices for Samsung were already listed at the Bluetooth SIG and one of these is Galaxy Tab 3 Plus. It looks like an LTE version will also be on the way. Furthermore, the SIG confirms that the LTE edition will be released in Europe. No information exists when it will also be released elsewhere but it will be seen in various markets soon.


This is possibly the No. 1 tablet for the Korean giant this year. However, we could be wrong and the company might just come out with a tablet that has closer specs with the Galaxy S 4, Exynos Octa or possibly even one that has a higher RAM, who knows?

 

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has being approved by the Federal Communications Commission.


As far as the hardware specs of the S4 Zoom are concerned, nothing has been announced (evidently), but rumors are suggesting that it will feature a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.6 GHz CPU (of unknown make), 8GB of storage (expandable via a microSD slot), and a 1,900 mAh battery.


As far as the camera department is concerned, rumors are claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will boast a 16MP rear facing camera with 10x optical zoom.


The Korean company is believed to announce the Galaxy S4 Zoom as well as other smartphones at its special London event on June 20.


Source:  FCC

 



A South Korean version of the water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S4 Active called SHV-E470S popped up in GFXBench scores.


The benchmark detected a quad-core processor at 2.3GHz with Adreno 330 GPU in an MSM8974 chipset, a.k.a. Snapdragon 800. The score for the off-screen test is 25.9fps, when the Snapdragon 600 version did 16fps, the I9505 Galaxy S4 did 17.1fps and the Snapdragon 800-packing Sony Xperia Z Ultra does 23.1fps.


The Galaxy S4 Active supports IP67 standard for dust and water resistance and features 2GB of RAM, 8MP and 2MP cameras, 5-inch Full HD (1080p) TFT LCD display, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, 2600 mAh battery.


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I have been waiting for this since Google changed their API and you had to change weather data providers. This app smooth on my Galaxy Nexus. 

 

You can use it to see the current conditions and the forecast for today and tomorrow. You can customize your maps by choosing from nine sets of icons and by defining the list of your favourite cities.


Weather Maps includes five kinds of maps:


  • - the classical weather map
  • - a simulation of satellite view
  • - a map of cities temperature
  • - the current cities humidity
  • - a direct view of current winds

 


This app is intended as a tool for graphical visualization of free third-parts data, all responsibility for data incompleteness or accuracy are declined.


  • - cities list is derived by the database of GeoNamesTM
  • - weather data are retrieved by web services of Yahoo! WeatherTM




 



New Facebook feature which was spotted with a couple of users showing them when their online buddies were on web or mobile versions of Facebook. I was relayed through Facebook it's an evaluation. Now, Facebook states it's getting folded out globally.


As we mentioned yesterday, we think that Facebook is working on enhancing its messaging services as a way to keep the service evolving, and catching the attention of those who may not be using it as much as they could be to communicate.


This is also about Facebook shifting around where it gives you information: it already provides some of this detail but in a different way: today if a user is sending a message from a mobile device, the recipient can see that detail on the message itself. Add "mobile" or "desktop" into the status window preempts that.


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