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Although there was not an iota of doubt regarding existence of the soon to be launched Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (or its name), an official confirmation from Samsung's own website is surely an important thing before the launch.


They recently added a new page about the edge screen features on the website where the company lets developers download SDKs and other similar development kits. This page is not only dedicated to description the edge screen features, but also used to show the devices in which they will be used. The most likely candidates, the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ are listed just like the Galaxy S7. Hence the existence of the flagship device along with the name is officially confirmed.


Apart from this, new edge display functions, which are matching with the S6 edge models's display features after getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade, have also been displayed on the website. Adjacent to the normal, narrow edge panels (‘Edge Single'), wider type (‘Edge Single Plus') panels will be added which will show more information and functionality. Those who loved the extensive functionality of the edge display panels present in Galaxy Note Edge, would sure love these wider edge panels in this smartphone.


It is nice to know that Samsung is proactive when it comes to finding fresh and and improved ways use the most popular features that came with nice aesthetics, but didn't score much in terms of functionality. It looks like the Galaxy S7 edge is moving in the right direction.


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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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Samsung upgraded its "A" series for the releases in 2016 and now they going for the economical "J" series. Right now the Galaxy J1 (2016) is available in the market, to be specific - in Dubai. We are also expecting that J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) will be released.


These new devices look quite promising, thanks to some kernel sources, unraveled by one a mobile enthusiast. The code was identified in the kernel sources of the Galaxy A9 and apparent name of a device, codenamed as "j7xlte".


This code also reveals many of the smartphone's features and specifications. The Galaxy J7 (2016) will feature a FullHD display, most likely a 5.5-inch one, going by previous GFXBench leak. Super AMOLED is nothing out of ordinary for this device , but it also quite easy to figure more details from the model number - ss_dsi_panel_S6E3FA3_AMS549JR01_FHD.


The new J7 will run on a Snapdragon 650 SoC (earlier named as the SD 618). Consumers can expect 3GB RAM, a 13MP the primary camera equipped with the Samsung S5K3L2XX sensor. The front snapper is supposedly a 5MP unit backed by Samsung S5K5E3YX sensor, 1.1µm pixels, coupled with a 23mm f/2.2 lens.


Note that there are signs of a fingerprint reader on the Galaxy J7 (2016), which is a significant boost to the device. Buyers can also expect a microSD card slot and a 4,300 mAh battery.


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The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been part a lot of leaks and the frequency is increasing as we approach the announcement at MWC 2016 event. Earlier, a full fledged specs sheet showed remarkable increment in battery capacity (3000mAh) in the Galaxy S7 in comparison to the previous version, which was 2,550mAh. And now, a very knowledgeable source, Eldar Murtazin has bolstered this claim by confirming that the S7 is, indeed, quite durable.


We don't know how Mr. Murtazin accessed this information, but as per him the next Samsung flagship device can deliver over 17 hours of continuous video playback, at highest brightness.


There is a tiny disclaimer: this looks like 17 hours of video playback with Samsung's own methodology for testing smartphones. Previously the Galaxy S6 got the rating of 13 hours and the Galaxy Note 5 bagged 15 hours of video playback. Taking these into consideration, a claim of 17+ hours playback is not something out of the world, especially when the battery power has increased. Other elements like more efficient Super AMOLED display tech, home-grown Exynos 8000-series processor, improved RAM and further optimized TouchWiz under Android 6.0 Marshmallow have played their part in this.


This might sound quite authentic, but we must wait for sometime as the release in February at MWC 2016 is nearing.


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Samsung bagged the highest market share in the smartphone space by acquiring 21.4% worldwide last quarter, up by 1.4% from last year, as per recent data released by market research company IDC.


The South Korean giant sold 85.6 million smartphones in the last quarter of 2015, which is 10 million more than the number released last year in the same quarter. But Apple has managed to stick to the second spot by selling 74.8 million iPhones last quarter and acquiring 18.7% market share. Huawei, Lenovo, and Xiaomi entered the league of top five makers with 8.1%, 5.1%, and 4.6% share, respectively.



In 2015, there was no overall change in the market share with Samsung retaining the top spot by shipping 325 million smartphones and Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi following to suite by shipping 231.5, 106.6, 74.0, and 70.8 million devices, respectively.


Among the top five manufacturers the Chinese firm Huawei achieved the highest year-on-year growth. "Usually the conversation in the smartphone market revolves around Samsung and Apple, but Huawei's strong showing for both the quarter and the year speak to how much it has grown as an international brand," stated Melissa Chau, who is a Senior Research Manager of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "While there is a lot of uncertainty around the economic slowdown in China, Huawei is one of the few brands from China that has successfully diversified worldwide, with almost half of its shipments going outside of China. Huawei is poised to be in a good position to hold onto a strong number 3 over the next year." In comparison to the total smartphones shipped worldwide, in 2015 10.1% increment was reported leading to shipment of 1.4 billion devices.


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