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One of the most undervalued facts of 4G is that E in 4G LTE stands for evolution. Not all 4G devices are the same, though if you compare the network speed on these devices, you will find a surprising fact. Huawei phones are among the slowest available stateside compared to the other LTE enabled devices, with iPhones are underperforming despite of their huge price tag. Network performance depends heavily on the capabilities and and prioritization of the network, though older smartphones and budget-oriented models are less likely to feature Cat16, or gigabit-class, LTE.
According to the Opensignal's Mobile Network Experience report, published Monday OnePlus phones allows you to experience the fastest LTE speeds on US mobile networks among the gigabit-class smartphones. The average speed of OnePlus phones was 35.7 Mbps, while Samsung placed second at 33.9 Mbps, followed by LG in third, at 33.1 Mbps. Razer, Sony, and Google phones averaged around 31 Mbps, while Apple was in seventh at 25.4 Mbps, among models capable of LTE Cat16. Huawei was last, in eleventh, at 22.4 Mbps.
For mid-range smartphones - defined by Opensignal as LTE Cat5 (300 Mbps) to LTE Cat15 (750 Mbps)-the winner was HTC at 31.8 Mbps, with Google in second at 29.1 Mbps, and Samsung in third at 27.5 Mbps. Apple ranked twelfth, at 19.5 Mbps. Huawei followed at 18.5 Mbps. For low-tier smartphones-LTE Cat4 (150 Mbps) or lower-Apple was dead last in 15th, at 12.0 Mbps.
Apple's long-lived support for iPhone models is likely working against them in these statistics, as 2013's iPhone 5S-still supported in iOS 12-enables users to hold on to their phones for far longer than is practicable with Android. Using an iPhone 5S in 2019 is not likely to be the most pleasant experience, granted, though it should still be head and shoulders above using any of the Android phones on ZDNet's Top 10 smartphones of 2013. Huawei's underperformance isn't necessarily related to their hardware. It is most likely because these phones are not sold by any major US carrier so there is less incentive for vendors and US carriers to optimize their network to support Huawei smartphones.
The iPhone has inspired generations, set new trends in the design and tech industry, and set high standards for mobile phone manufacturers. While rumors and leaks are nothing new to the tech world, here are a few rumors we have gathered up. So far, Apple has held its launch event in the second week of September and normally on a Tuesday. This year, we were expecting the launch event to be held on 8 September but as we are going through the unprecedented times of pandemic, Apple had to break its own pattern and launched the iPhone 12 on October 14. If the company decided to stick to its old pattern, the iPhone 13 event will likely take place on 7 September.
With the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max launched this year, we will likely have iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max next year. With the iPhone 12 series offering an OLED display, it is likely to repeat the display for iPhone 13 models. There were reports of a higher refresh rate for the iPhone 13 models with Pro Max having up to 120Hz refresh rate. Some rumors suggest an in-display fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 13 models.
There aren't any rumors about the camera specs but as always, the iPhone will get better and improved camera sensors for the iPhone 13. There is a good reason to predict that the upcoming iPhone series will offer the 5G network support and these probably run on an A15 processing chip and iOS 15 software. Several reports suggest that iPhone 13 would have a smaller notch, yet all the Face ID sensors will be present in the notch area. Another rumor says that Apple filed a patent for a notch-free phone but it will raise concerns for users who are keen to keep their Face ID options.
The Lenovo owned Moto brand had earlier taken a "not too subtle" dab at Samsung when they stated that, "At Moto, our priority is safety first. Unlike some manufacturers, we adhere to the highest standards in quality and testing of all our batteries." It isn't too hard to guess that the statement was definitely a reference to the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 batteries, which had caused the company to recall each and every one of its devices all over the world. Apparently, Lenovo thought that it wasn't enough so they have now launched a campaign (along with Moto) called "Skip the Sevens" which targets the Apple iPhone 7 directly. As you will see in the video below, the Chinese OEM clearly takes a strong shot at brand loyalists of the Cupertino electronics giant.
Not to be left behind, LeEco tweeted out "Some Lead, Others Follow" after the launch of the iPhone 7 without the headphone jack. The tweet continued on to state that "We evolved to the Continual Digital Lossless Audio era in April 2016. Here's welcoming the followers! #LiveTheFuture"
Although not as aggressively, OnePlus took a somewhat humorous approach in mocking the new iPhone's lack of a headphone jack. The company simply tweeted, "You have headphones. The#OnePlus3 has a headphone jack. It's not rocket science ;)"
Amidst all the dabs and digs, Apple has actually shown a lot of class in refraining from making fun of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster. Considering the fact that Samsung has taken multiple shots at Apple over the years at every opportunity, many had expected otherwise. What do you think about the entire situation?
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Even though it's a bit early to be throwing around comparisons as both the phones are far from being unveiled or even cited at a benchmarking app or two, here are a few things we can intelligently guess about them.
It would be particularly hard to recommend someone a Samsung smartphone after the embarrassing episode that Samsung just had with the Note 7. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that the number one name in the smartphone business will bounce back with the S8. Having said so, the iPhone 8 will still win in this respect as they do not have any proven cases of multiple exploding phones yet.
It is always hard to predict just how powerful Apple's next chip is going to be and in spite of having seemingly less resources on pen and paper, the Apple iPhone 7 did blow the S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 out of the water in benchmarking tests like AnTuTu and Geekbench. Therefore, the iPhone 8 might just have an edge here over the S8.
This is a tough one as both the manufacturers usually endow their flagship smartphones with awesome cameras. However, the S7 did sport a slightly better rear camera this year when compared to the iPhone 7, so we will give this one to the S8.
The iPhone 7 is a beautiful device and many Android smartphones have been and continue to be "inspired" by the Apple iPhones. Samsung flagship grade smartphones on the other hand have recently been producing beautiful smartphones with curved displays. The preference will depend largely on the individual, so we will refrain from a judgement on this one.
Anyone who isn't familiar with the business relationship that the two companies actually share will probably assume that Apple and Samsung are the worst of enemies. Although that statement wouldn't really be off by much, the truth is that the two giants have had multiple business relationships for years now, in spite of all the controversies and lawsuits in-between them. For example, the rigid OLED panel used in making the innovative touch bar for the new range of Apple MacBook Pros is a product supplied from the A2 line of Samsung Displays.
The reason as to why Apple chose OLED over LCD for making the touch bar lies in the fact that OLED panels are considerably slimmer than LCD panels (three times approximately). Another report indicates that even the Driver IC used to bond the touch bar to the MacBook was supplied by System LSI division of the Korean tech giant. There is no doubt that OLED is the next step in terms of display evolution as they consume less power, produce better colors and have a lower response time than LCD. In fact, most smartphones have been predicted to switch over to OLED panels by 2018. Once you consider that Samsung is the largest OLED panel manufacturer in the world, the future does seem bright for them.
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Samsung had to kill the Note 7 after a second worldwide recall was initiated and that has cost the South Korean giant quite dearly. Apart from the billions of dollars that Samsung had to shell out in order to recall all the Note 7 smartphones and refund its customers, there is no telling how much this incident will hamper Samsung's business in the long run. According to Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Market analyst firm, Samsung may lose as much as 5 to 7 million customers to Apple's iPhone 7 in the remainder of this year alone.
About 12 million units of the Note 7 were ordered and since each and every one of those customers will now have to opt for another smartphone, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are lucrative alternatives for them. The iPhone 7 Plus in particular will appeal to most of the ex-Note 7 customers, due to its large display, dual rear camera setup and a price tag that's quite similar to the Note 7. A portion of the remaining customers will of course stay loyal to Samsung by choosing the Galaxy S7 Edge or some other Samsung device. Other contenders for the sales gap created by the untimely death of the Note 7 are mainly the Google Pixel XL and the LG V20. We are not entirely sure about the report, but only time will tell if the Note 7 disaster is enough to make so many people change loyalties.
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In the latest report regarding the iPhone 8, it has been mentioned that Apple will launch three variants, instead of the two that we are accustomed to. The rumor was supplied by KGI Securities, who have an excellent track record of providing the internet with accurate leaks when it comes to Apple products. If it's indeed true, then there will be two different variants of the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 8 (Plus), along with a single smaller 4.7-inch regular version.
1. 4.7-inch LCD display and a single camera
2. 5.5-inch LCD display and a dual rear camera setup
3. 5.5-inch OLED display and a dual rear camera setup
I am not sure, but the iPhone 8 Plus having both an LCD version, as well as an OLED version could be directly related to the fact that Samsung is unable to produce sufficient OLED panels for the upcoming iPhones. According to a report by Bloomberg, Samsung's production rate of the OLED panels isn't high enough to keep up with Apple's demand. Nevertheless, Samsung will still be the only supplier of the OLED panels to Apple till 2018, as they are already into a contract. We will find out more in the coming months.
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Apple has finally managed to beat Samsung in the global smartphone market for the first time in quite a few years. A report published by Strategy Analytics clearly shows that in the fourth quarter of 2016, Apple captured 17.8% of the market share, while Samsung had to remain content with 17.7%. This difference of 0.1% may not seem like much of a difference, but it does confirm that Apple outsold Samsung, even if it was for just one quarter of 2016.
As one can guess, the defeat was largely a result of the Note 7's failure. Once you consider the fact that Samsung did not have a major flagship in the playing field during the holiday season when every other major competitor had put in one, the 5% dip in sales starts to make more sense. Apple shipped 78.3 million units around the world during the last quarter and broke a barrage of sales records with the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Samsung on the other hand, sold 77.5 million smartphones in Q4 2016, which isn't really that bad, once you consider their unfortunate situation.
In a year to year comparison, Apple lost market share in 2016. Whereas the company enjoyed 16.1% share of the global smartphone market in 2015, it dipped to 14.5% in 2016. In spite of enjoying record breaking sales numbers with the iPhone 7 series, Q4 2016 brought only 17.8% of the market share to Apple, while Q4 2015 had brought them 18.6%. Samsung on the other hand, lost more significant portions of the market share both in a year-to-year comparison, as well as in a quarter-to-quarter comparison. Check out the screenshot to understand what we are talking about.
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While Samsung had hoped to bring the world's first under-the-glass fingerprint scanner with the Galaxy S8, that plan didn't work out as the technology just wasn't ready in time. As a result, the Galaxy S8 ended up with the world's weirdest fingerprint scanner ever! Nevertheless, Samsung tried to incorporate it once again with the upcoming Note 8 and this time by working with a different company. However, reports are indicating that it didn't work out either and the Note 8 will sport a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, but in the middle thankfully! As it turns out, Apple themselves were not finding it easy to incorporate the next-gen fingerprint scanners either and rumor has it that there's no guarantee as to how the iPhone 8 OLED will be sporting its fingerprint scanner when it comes out later in the year.
Strangely enough, it's the Chinese manufacturer Vivo who is reportedly ahead of both the big guns and has already implemented the technology in one of their upcoming smartphones, which they are going to unveil in this very month (June 28) at the MWC Shanghai. I am really looking forward to this one, what about you?
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Even in 2018, Apple, Samsung and Google were competing only with each other in the smartphone camera battle and the Pixel 2 was leading only by the narrowest of controversial margins. Right now though, only the Google Pixel 3 is still on the top 3 list, with the likes of the iPhone XS Max and the Note 9 not even making it anywhere onto the top 5 spot! According to the latest rankings on DXOMARK, the top three positions are held by the Huawei Mate 20 Pro (116), the Huawei P20 Pro (109) and the Google Pixel 3 (107). While these results have not been officially published on their site yet, the leaked screenshot you see above has been all but confirmed by multiple reliable sources. Just in case you are not aware, DXOMARK is basically the most reliable and trusted benchmarking source when it comes to ranking D-SLR cameras and smartphone cameras after rigorous testing in various conditions.
It is clear now that the Chinese brands are not only offering similar hardware at better price points than Samsung or Apple, but they are actually producing better hardware too! The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is so far ahead of the curve that it's almost embarrassing for the rest of the competition to be honest. Consider the fact that
Vivo has apparently done what Samsung could not and Apple was only planning to. The famous in-screen fingerprint scanner which has so far eluded all devices till date, has been brought forth and showcased on a Vivo smartphone.
The Qualcomm fingerprint scanner which was put into effect at the show on a Vivo Xplay 6 prototype was announced earlier at the same show. It detects ultrasonic fingerprint signals through OLED displays up to 1200um and is more secure than any other fingerprint scanners that are available on smartphones at the moment. Check out the GIF image which we can now look at, thanks to Engadget.
The fingerprint scanner works underwater and doesn't care much even when your phone or your fingers are dirty. There are two points to be noted though. Engadget reports that the actual fingerprint recognition is much slower than what we are used to and also that the display was only able to detect the fingerprint from one particular place on the display. In theory however, the whole display should be able to detect your fingerprints flawlessly. Then again, this is just a prototype that we are looking at and things will definitely improve once the ultrasonic technology and the smartphone is ready for commercial release.
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The Top two flagships in the market is currently the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Apple iPhone 6s Plus with no doubt. Today, we gonna make a simple comparison between both devices with focusing on the main key features. So let's start...
Display Resolution and Density
Build Material (Back)
Build Material (Side)
Fast charging Support
Now, a new report by the research firm IHS, shows that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 64 GB (Verizon model) costs around $290 to build. This means the handset is more expensive to make than any of Apple's latest iPhones (6, 6 PLUS), which can cost up to $263 (iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB) to manufacture. The S6 edge is obviously also more expensive to build than a Galaxy S5 ($256).
Unsurprisingly, the most expensive component inside the Galaxy S6 edge is the curved Quad HD display: at $85 per unit (you can buy a decent, complete smartphone for that kind of money), the unique, dual-curve screen accounts for 29% of the total cost of an S6 edge. The next most expensive part inside the S6 edge is the octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, which is manufactured by Samsung itself, and costs $29.50 to make.
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A report from a Strategy Analytics, shows that Apple and Samsung are the top smartphones vendor in the world in the fourth Quarter of 2014. Surprisingly, Apple and Samsung sold the EXACT same amount of devices in the Q4,2014 which is 74.5 million each.
For the year as a whole, Samsung remained at the top with total shipments of 317.2 million, which translates into 24.7% share of the market. This compares to 2013, when the company's overall smartphone shipments stood at 319.8 million, giving it a 32.3% market share.
Samsung continues to face intense competition from Apple at the higher-end of the smartphone market, from Huawei in the middle-tiers, and from Xiaomi and others at the entry-level," the report said, adding that the company "may soon have to consider taking over rivals, such as Blackberry, in order to revitalize growth this year.
Apple is looking on buying a new Maps service, Nokia is looking on selling its entrie "Here" mapping business. According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple is among the potential buyers for Nokia's HERE mapping business.
Other potential buyers of HERE include Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Baidu, and a group of German carmakers among others. A number of private equity firms are also said to be interested.
Nokia has been working with a financial advisor on the sale of its mapping unit. The Finnish company is seeking more than €3 billion (about $3.2 billion), with the first bids due to arrive at the end of next week. Nokia has been busy making headlines lately. The company acquired Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion. It is also rumored to return to making phones next year.
As per reports of Q1 2016, the Galaxy S7 is a huge hit for Samsung. In just March, Samsung has sold off around 10 million Galaxy S7 devices and that alone is quite a milestone. As if that was not enough, reports suggest that in the first quarter of the year, Samsung has managed to sell double the number of smartphones as Apple.
Global leader in the smartphone business and its market share just became even bigger. Samsung now holds 27.8% of the market after selling 81 million units in Q1, 2016 alone. Apple is a distant second with a market share of 14.4% and a Q1 sales number of 42 million units. Huawei (9.3%) is in the third position after Apple right now, followed by Lenovo (5.8%), Xiaomi (5.5%) and LG (5.1%) respectively.
The Korean electronics giant's market share increased by 2.5% from last year's Q4, but the 5.7% increase from Q1, 2015 seems even more impressive. If you are in any doubt regarding the massive success of the Galaxy S7, just take in the fact that the difference in market share between Samsung and Apple was just 1.2% in Q4, 2015 and it skyrocketed to 13% after Q1, 2016! As the S7 and S7 Edge were released in March, the math isn't that hard to figure out. It just gets to show that if you release a product that delivers in every front, even a global decline in the smartphone business cannot really stop you from making immense profits.
With the S7 and S7 Edge being just launched, the competition is heating up for the latest iPhone. In this article, we will note five points in which the S7 surpasses the iPhone 6s.
Display - To put it simply, the Super AMOLED panels by Samsung are brilliant and possibly the best in business. The S7 sports the latest iteration of that 1440p AMOLED panel and it's even brighter than that of the S6, which in itself was an excellent display. Samsung wins this one hands down.
Design - Apple phones were not known for big displays, but when they finally opted for it in the iPhone 6s Plus, the result wasn't a phone that was very comfortable to hold. The S7, despite its larger 5.1" display compared to the smaller 4.7" screen of the iPhone 6s, feels much better in hand because of Samsung's decision to round of all its edges and give it a curved back.
Micro-SD card slot - Samsung had always won on this front until last year, when they decided to ditch the expandable memory altogether. This year however, the S7 sports a SIM/micro-SD card hybrid slot that brings back the hit feature. The iPhones however have never supported expandable memory and probably never will.
Camera - An f/1.7 aperture, brighter pixel technology and a superfast focus takes the S7's camera to a whole new level. The iPhone 6s has a very good camera, but it simply cannot match up to the S7 in this aspect, especially in low-light situations.
IP 68 certification for dust and water resistance - The S7 can survive underwater for up to half an hour and is perfect for the rocky outdoors with its excellent dust resistance capabilities. The iPhone is no slouch either in this regard as it offers protection against liquid damage as well. In terms of degree however, the S7 is way ahead.
These points do not mean that the Galaxy S7 is superior to the iPhone in every way, but it does give the Korean flagship an edge over its Cupertino counterpart.
Samsung is often accused of "following" Apple's path and it seems like they are planning to do some following once again! This time around, it isn't a feature but a business model called the iPhone Upgrade Program which Apple uses to make upgrading to the latest model of the iPhone easier for their customers. Reportedly, Samsung may start something similar as well with their Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. Initially, the leasing program will most likely be available only through the Samsung Digital Plazas in South Korea. LG Uplus, SK Telecom and KT are going to be Samsung's partners in the program in South Korea.
In the US, you are allowed to lease an iPhone 6s (16GB) at $32 per month for two years. As part of the upgrade program, the 6s can be exchanged a year later for the next iPhone, provided that you are okay with the new revised lease starting all over again. From what we have heard so far, Samsung's upgrade model will be exactly the same with the Galaxy S7 series with one addition; the customer will have to opt for a Samsung credit card in order to avail the upgrade program and pay out the lease with zero interest. With all the similar programs that are already offered by carriers like AT&T and Verizon in the US, will this be of any use to customers over here?
If the latest rumor from Taiwan is to be believed, then Samsung is planning to release a smaller version of its 2016 flagship smartphone. Many believe that the S7 mini will be released into the market in an attempt to compete with the upcoming iPhone SE. This idea seems even more plausible once you realise that Samsung had recently discarded its tradition of releasing "mini" versions of Galaxy S devices when it skipped on the Galaxy S6 mini last year.
As per the rumor, the S7 mini will sport the same Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890 chipset as its bigger sibling, but a smaller 4.6-inch display and only 3GB of RAM. There is a possibility that the iPhone SE will be powered by the same Apple A9 chip, along with sharing other features of the 6s like Apple Pay, NFC, Live Photo and Touch ID. The iPhone SE may not have 3D Touch though. It makes sense that after learning how powerful the iPhone SE probably will be on release, Samsung has also decided not to skimp on power with the S7 mini.
The same 12-megapixel camera that is on the back of the S7 is rumored to make it to the S7 mini too, but with the additional feature of 3x optical zoom. If you consider that all of this will be encased in a body that's only 9.9mm thick, the S7 sounds like a fantastic device. However, the alleged 720p resolution might be a bit of a letdown if it actually makes it to the final version. We will soon find out if there is any truth to this rumor and when we do, you will know about it right away.
It has become quite a norm with Samsung - just before the release of major smartphones certain information gets leaked. This time around a list of Galaxy S7/S7+/S7 edge accessories have surfaced which gives out pricing info - specifically in the German market. Thanks to German WinFuture, the selection packages few major surprises.
To start off, Samsung is planning to compete with Apple by manufacturing a battery case that would look exactly like Apple's case, which will hopefully look beautiful in terms of design. The case would cost €89.99 ($99.9) which packages a battery with a capacity of 2,700 mAh with support for wireless charging. As per recent speculations, the Galaxy S7 is supposed to come with a 3,000 mAh battery and the S7+ and S7 edge are said to package a gigantic 3,600 mAh battery.
Another interesting thing in the list is the first of its kind Samsung LED View Flip Cover (€69.99, or $77.7). According to the source, the flip-type case will have LEDs which will send out notification in case of incoming calls. Finally, a Leather Cover in black and brown color will also be released during the launch.
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.
Samsung Philippines tweeted a photo mocking Apple's latest iPhone 6 Plus. Apple's CEO Steve jobs said in the past on the matter of large smartphones "No one is ever going to buy a big phone," The quote from Jobs dates from July 2010 at an event related to antenna-gate (iPhone 4 release)... However, Apple's made a pretty big 5.5" Smartphone!
As you may recall Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at 4.7" and 5.5", respectively, a display size for smartphones, which Samsung embraced long ago. Naturally, the comment on Samsung's side is snarky and goes "Guess who surprised themselves and changed their minds."
While at it, let's also remember another popular Apple ad regarding the perfect phone size, released back when the iPhone 5 became the company's flagship.
The battle between Samsung and Apple has been going for more than 2 years now. Recently, Samsung will be looking to key Google Engineers to testify in court in its favor, to provide evidence that Android was developed independently and unrelated to Apple's iOS.
Jury selection begins this week in the most recent of a long series of trials between the two top smartphone manufacturers. Apple is seeking up to $40 per Samsung device sold in royalties totalling $2 billion in damages on five distinct patents including tap to search and slide to unlock.
Samsung has decided to countersue on two of its own patents, which the Koreans say are infringed in the iPhone and iPad.
Samsung is truly a formidable giant in the tech world and this is definitely not confined to mobile devices. The Korean company makes a huge part of its profit from chip sales and buying silicon from Samsung is a pretty common practice in the business. Apple for one has had a long history of relying on the Korean company for its mobile CPU chips and paying heftily for them on an annual basis, despite all the rivalry and legal issues on consumer markets.
A new report from the Korean Times has come out today stating that Samsung has struck yet another major supply deal. This time it is for the LPDDR4 RAM module that the company created way back in 2013. This new memory standard is increasingly gaining popularity and has already appeared in LG's latest flagship device the LG G Flex 2. It is quickly becoming the norm and consequently LG has signed up to receive all of the aforementioned module it needs from Samsung.
The report also states that Samsung will manufacture 50% and perhaps even more of DDR4 modules for future Apple devices. As some of you surely remember, the Korean giant recently announced a new kind of memory module, dubbed ePoP, which stacks RAM and internal storage into a single chip. That technology is also sure to catch on quick and might even find its way into the iPhone 6s.
Android is overtaking iOS as the world's most popular Mobile operating System. Samsung is one of the biggest Android device's manufacture in the world, Samsung is indeed selling more than anyone else in the Android world out of roughly 257 millions sold with Google's mobile OS last quarter, Samsung accounted for about 82 million.
According to the latest market share reports, Samsung overtook Apple and became the best-selling phone maker with highest market share in the U.S. market.
In April, the iPhone 6 was still the most popular handset in the U.S, followed by the inertia of the S5. In May, however, the S6 stepped on the throttle, and delivered a first place to Samsung for the period, according to data from research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, released yesterday. Samsung's next stronghold is Southeast Asia, where it sold 5.5 million phones in the first quarter.
Apple released a new lineup of devices this year... the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch. All these new devices are running iOS 9 and powered by Apple A9 chipset which is said to be the most advanced and fastest CPU so far.
What you may not know that all these devices are actually Powered by Samsung, the Korean giant is the main manufacturer and supplier for the Apple A9 chip. Apple have chosen Samsung to build its CPUs since the Apple A6, admitting that Samsung is the best hardware supplier in the industry even though the companies are in a serious competition in markets and court too.
Also, Samsung has been allegedly employed to provide between 3,000 and 4,000 12-inch silicon wafers for the Apple S1 SiP (which powers the Apple Watch) each month, based on Samsung's 28nm manufacturing process for all Apple Watch variants.
This clearly tells that Samsung has a big part of the Apple's devices success.
Everyone knows that the tablet market has been declining every year for the last few years and the latest report by Strategy Analytics confirms it. Two of the biggest players in the game, Samsung and Apple have lost 0.1% and 2.6% market share respectively, in a YoY comparison between Q4 2015 and Q4 2016. In fact the global tablet shipment irrespective of the brand came down by 9% in the last quarter.
According to the report, Apple had managed to ship 13.1 million iPads in the last quarter, which is a 19% decline in shipment when compared to the 16.1 million iPads it managed to ship in Q4 2015. Samsung suffered a decline of 10% in shipment as the total number of tablets the company managed to ship in Q4 2016 came down to 8.1 million, from 9 million in Q4 2015. As per the report, Samsung occupies the third place in tablet market share with 12.8%, while Apple slips to the number two spot with 20.6%, despite losing a chunk of its hold on the market. If you are wondering who the number one tablet OEM is, it's the "White Box" vendors! Apparently, people have realized that watching YouTube, streaming NetFlix and playing casual games on a tablet is possible without spending 500 dollars on an expensive device.
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Apple may take a page out of Samsung's book as the iPhone 8 is rumoured to sport an iris scanner for security. If you remember, the Galaxy Note 7 was the first phone to come with an in-built iris scanner and as of now, there has been no other release from any company which sports similar technology. If the rumors are true then the most expensive version of the iPhone 8 with an OLED display will be Apple's first phone with an iris scanner.
Rumors also indicate that the Galaxy S8, which will be launched next month, could sport the same iris scanner as the one we briefly saw on the Note 7, before it was discontinued. It will be interesting to see what changes Apple brings to the scanner to make it stand out from the competition. If they do indeed bundle in the iris scanner, will that justify the $1000 rumored price tag for the iPhone 8? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.
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As per a recent report published by Strategy Analytics, Samsung is selling their smartphones at $465 less than Apple on an average. This conclusion was reached after the firm established that the average selling price of iPhones is $692 and that of the Samsung smartphones is $227. This data is still somewhat dated though, given that the parameters were last updated at the end of Q4, 2016.
You can probably guess that this isn't really a big surprise since Apple only sells premium smartphones, while Samsung does business in every budget category out there. The difference wasn't so shocking before though, but we are guessing that's an obvious effect of the tremendous competition from Chinese manufacturers, who continue to grow in the emerging markets. As Xiaomi, OnePlus and others continue to take over the budget and mid-range segments, Samsung has no choice but to lower the prices in order to stay competitive. They are nevertheless, still the leader in all segments on a global basis.
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The sales of tablets has waned down to such a degree that most manufacturers have actually stopped producing them altogether. Even the likes of Samsung, a company which used to churn out multiple tablets in every price segment just two or three years ago has released only one new tablet recently and that's the Galaxy Tab S3. However, the Apple iPads have almost inherently been more popular than Android tablets and still continue to enjoy similar popularity in most regions. Therefore, you can understand our surprise when IDC presented reports which placed Android tablets (read Samsung tablets) higher than the iPads in Western Europe!
Although the tablet market in general waned down by 1.7% YOY at the end of Q1 2017, Android tablets were in majority in the 7.1 million tablets sold in the region during the period. Samsung secured the first position with 26.5% of the market share in the quarter and a sales number of 1.89 million units. Apple slipped down to the second position with 21.7% market share and a sales number of 1.54 million units. What is even more important is the fact that while Samsung's tablet sales saw a YOY Q1 growth of 17.9%, Apple saw a decline 11.5%, which is quite unexpected and staggering. I guess Samsung is coming back on top everywhere and in every segment!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
You read that headline right, although the "team up" part might have been a bit overstated! But you can't really blame me for my excitement, given the two company's historic rivalry and court contests. In a seemingly strange turn of events, it looks like Samsung is backing Apple in their ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm. Samsung is not alone in making its support towards Apple's case public though, because Intel too is onboard this "alliance." But then again, Intel does have a very big stake in the matter as well.
Apple had sued Qualcomm for $1 billion with support from the Federal Trade commission, in accusation that the chipmaker is using its position in the US market to force Apple into paying very high and unreasonable patent royalties for their baseband processor. As expected, Qualcomm sued them back by launching another lawsuit in return, which stated that Apple is not making payments that they are supposed to, as per previous agreements. Since Qualcomm is now trying ban Apple from selling and importing any iPhone that doesn't run on a Qualcomm affiliated chip, Samsung and Intel are trying to make sure that doesn't happen. Given that Apple is now buying chips from Intel, while Samsung and Qualcomm are no longer partners, this move actually makes sense.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It is no secret that Samsung doesn't exactly consider the iPhones to be much more than fanfare and they have seldom stopped their marketing team from taking a dab or two at the Cupertino giant. This time is no different as Samsung has just released an ad which clearly and openly ridicules all iPhones in general and even delivers a clever little jab at the mighty iPhone X! Take a look at the video above, just in case you have not seen it yet.
In the off chance that you missed it in the ad, the photo above should show you how the Korean OEM has cleverly poked fun at the iPhone X's twin notches, without even mentioning or showing it anywhere in the ad. It's basically just a guy shifting to a Note 8 after years of being frustrated with his iPhones and their multiple shortcomings. To be honest, great as iPhones might be, their Android counterparts do hold some significant advantages over them, especially when it comes to smartphones such as the stylus touting Note 8.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
This is not a Prank or April's fool, it's a REAL thing.... A giant Green Android Robot urinating on the Apple logo appears on Google Maps, Go to this Link HERE and view Google Maps of "Rawalpindi, Pakistan" and you'll see the photo above.
We don't know who approved this photo from Google Maps Team... but it looks funny as hell. Also, note that the photo only appears in the traditional map view, and we'd hurry up if we were you. We doubt it'll be up there for very long.
It is now official, all iOS devices will be getting Google's latest AI powered voice assistant. It looks like Siri's days of monopoly are finally over for iDevices. No date was confirmed but the news was made official at the I/O earlier. It would have come as a complete surprise, had it not been for an earlier report by Android Police which hinted at the same. According to Android Authority, "it will "likely" combine its voice command features with the chat functions found on the Google Allo version of Assistant." It would be interesting to see how they implement it on the iPhone.
Microsoft Cortana is already available on both the Google Play Store and the App Store, but till date, the Google Assistant had been exclusive to certain Android smartphones only. It looks like the competition is about to get really hot for AI assistants on both platforms sooner than we previously thought. If only Bixby (outside South Korea) had a bit more to bring to the table, things could have been even more interesting.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There have been a lot speculations about Apple's plan to get rid of the headphone port in the next smartphone - the iPhone 7. Recently in China there was an announcement of three devices without any headphone port and they all run on Android.
LeEco, previously LeTV, yesterday unveiled the new Le 2 series, showcasing the Le 2, Le 2Pro and Le Max2, none of which feature the widely used 3.5mm headphone jack. All of these devices will come with USB Type-C digital headphones via the charging port.
This would result in improved audio quality, as digital headphones are based on lossless technology. The negative point is that it won't be possible for anyone to listen to music while the phone is getting charged (something that most of the folks do while working). That means although the USB Type-C headphones are nice to have feature, consumers might end up paying for a pair of Bluetooth headphones.
Until the introduction of LeEco's two new pairs of USB Type-C headphones - an in-ear variant and over-ear set - the JBL Reflect Aware C sports earbuds made it official alongside the HTC 10 that they were the only USB Type-C headphones available (till now they are not in the market). To conclude we can safely say that this trend might set the direction for next gen smartphones.
A brand new version of Apple Music was released on April 28 for Android smartphone users. The most significant change that it brings to the table is that Android users can now access music videos within the application. This is a big change because earlier, this feature was exclusively available to Apple hardware only. Along with this, the app has also introduced a "Family Plan," in which the entire family (a maximum of six) can enjoy the services of Apple Music for a monthly subscription of $14.99. Considering the fact that it generally costs $9.99 per month for every individual subscriber, this sounds like a good plan for families all around.
This update comes in after about two months since the last one, which allowed users to store or move downloaded content on to an external SD card. The effort seems to be in line with Apple trying to boost its services in regard to the video content available on Apple Music. In addition to Vice Media's new exclusive documentary series for Apple Music that was released in March, the company might also be working with Dr Dre to launch a fresh TV show through the app. Since Spotify and Google Play has this area covered for Android users, it would be interesting to see how Apple Music's new features are received by the Android crowd.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
In 2014, Android Gained more market share with over than 47% of the whole mobile market Smartphones are running a version of the Android OS.
In an interview with Bloomberg in 2012. Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt said that Android is quite clearly winning its war against iOS. Schmidt compared the rivalry between Android and iOS in the mobile OS space to the Microsoft versus Apple debacle 20 years ago... He was right.
"This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago Microsoft versus Apple. We're winning that war pretty clearly now." - Eric Schmidt, Google
No-one buys physical music anymore; gone are the days of queuing up outside HMV to get your hands on that freshly released CD. Thankfully, music streaming services have completely changed the way we consume music, and they've changed it for the better. For access to millions of songs on demand, for the price of a single CD each month, there's no wonder it's where the future of music is heading.
Spotify launched back in 2008; it was the first time that you could stream music as opposed to downloading it on this scale. With Spotify, you have access to (almost) any song or artist that your ears desire - including that obscure band you went to see in the back room of a pub last week. Spotify offers both free and paid for subscriptions (although most of the sought-after features are only available on the paid plan) and with 40 million paid subscribers and a further 55 million free subscribers, it is truly the market leader.
For seven years, Spotify ruled the roost. In 2015, however, our favourite tech brand wanted in on the action; Apple Music was born. Since its launch, Apple Music has gained 16 million paid subscribers. There's no free subscription available, just a three-month free trial for all users. You might think that this would mean that Spotify has the edge, but Apple Music has soared in its first year, proving to be a true competitor.
With two top-notch music streaming services out there, how do you go about working out which one to go for?
How to Pay
You can pay for Spotify via credit or debit card with an online gift card, or add the payment to your monthly phone bill. Apple Music links to your iTunes account so you can pay the same way you do for apps: via credit, debit card, monthly phone bill, online gift cards, or store credit.
Both services offer a wide range of payment options, and if you fancy saving a bit of money, you can actually get your hands on discounted online gift cards for both Spotify and Apple Music. Who doesn't love a bargain?
Despite boasting over 30 million tracks, the major albums not available on Spotify are Taylor Swift's 1989, Kanye West's Life of Pablo, Adele's 25, Jay Z's The Blueprint, and even Prince's Purple Rain.
Don't expect to get Apple Music and be able to listen to The Beatles or Prince anytime soon (where can we actually listen to Prince?!). Apple Music does take the lead here though, as most of the music not available isn't on Spotify either.
On The Go Listening
We're always on the go and the last thing we want is to drain our precious data. Both Spotify and Apple Music have mobile apps that allow you to download playlists to listen to offline.
Both services do technically allow you to integrate your own library. Although Spotify's process is a tedious desktop based one whereas Apple Music should integrate with your iTunes library automatically. There are still a couple of known bugs with the integration, but it looks like Apple are in the process of ironing out the creases.
There are pros and cons for each of the services. Spotify is still the market leader with the number of subscribers and the number of tracks available, but Apple Music is creeping its way up the ladder, getting the big artists on board and pushing the boundaries of online streaming.
Everyone knows that once a potential flaw is discovered in the new iPhone then all phones in existence must be tested for the same flaw. It happened with Antennagate and now it's happening with Bendgate.
The Apple iPhone 6 Plus proved easy to deform under pressure so the smaller iPhone 6 was put under the same test along with the iPhone 5s, the HTC One M8, another aluminum phone, the Motorola Moto X (2014) and the Nokia Lumia 1020.
The iPhone 6 has the same basic design as the iPhone 6 Plus but it's shorter and narrower, which gives its body more rigidity. It gave way a little bit but the problem isn't anywhere near as severe as on the big phone. Watch the Video below to find out Which phone will Bend!
Both Apple and Samsung latest flagship devices pack a Fingerprint Scanner on their home button. Apple introduced fingerprint-scanning technology on the iPhone5S (Touch ID) scanner then Samsung included the same technology on its Galaxy S5 home button.
The iPhone requires you to place your finger on the Touch ID button, while Samsung asks that you swipe your finger, starting above the home button and moving almost directly through the center of it. And while Apple's software suit takes into account unlocking via different angles, Samsung's is sticking to the centered approach.
The Video below compares both device's Unlock Methods.
It looks like Samsung isn't the only one taking advantage of Apple's #Bendgate. Samsung made a clever ad of the Galaxy Note 3 has popped up, showing the bent iPhone 6 Plus bowing to the Android phablet.
In addition, HTC and KitKat have also jumped on the Bendgate bandwagon on Twitter.
Sarcastically, HTC notes, "Designed to withstand the most demanding environments. Like your pockets." It refers to the One M8, which is also made of aluminum, but hasn't suffered from bending issues so far. In the other hand, KitKat said it doesn't bend, it Break.
Samsung is planning to start producing chips using its 14nm manufacturing process at the end of the year. It seems the company has managed to secure a deal with Apple and it anticipates a notable sales boost once it begins to deliver on it. Samsung also made the A8 chips apple used on the iPhone 6.
Kim Ki-nam, President of Samsung's semiconductor business told reporters at the company's HQ in Seoul that profits "will improve positively" once the deal goes through. Apple isn't the only Samsung 14nm chip client, however, with Qualcomm and AMD also signing to use the company's 14nm manufacturing process around the end of the year.
Mr. Kim didn't specify when Samsung will start mass production of the chips for Apple and the rest of its clients. Currently, Samsung is responsible for around 30% of the Apple A8 chips, while TSMC is making 70%, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Two roommates, one with the Apple iPhone 6 and the other sporting the Samsung Galaxy S6, had a heated argument over which model is the better smartphone. The fighting intensified until both men smashed beer bottles and used the jagged edges to stab each other. One of the men received a beer bottle blow to the back of his head.
The police investigation found that alcohol was involved as both roommates had been drinking. The incident took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma before 1am early this morning, and the cops initially weren't sure if there would be charges filed. Both of the men involved were taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Local television station KTUL reported that its photographer asked the cops which phone was better, a question most likely met with an icy stare. Luckily for the cops and the neighbors, no BlackBerry or Windows Phone users joined the fray.
Last Year, Apple CEO Tim Cook decided to stop the bloodshed and started to initiate peace efforts with Samsung. The two had been going at each other with patent infringement suits that made the first page of major newspapers. Now, both tech titans are teaming up on certain components which will take business away from the competition.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung will be responsible for most of the Apple A9 chips that will be found in the next iteration of the iPhone. We've gone back and forth on this with some swearing that TSMC will get the A9 business and others insisting that the chip will be coming out of a Samsung factory. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, TSMC will get 30% of the business which could leave Samsung with the balance. Last year, with Apple and Samsung on the outs, TSMC was responsible for the Apple A8 chip.
A third manufacturer that has been mentioned this year, Global Foundries, has a yield of 30%, well under the 50% required for mass production. With Apple and Samsung working together, the latter has been showing improvement in its Q1 component sales. Samsung is optimistic enough about the future of the business to expand its chip making capacity. On the other hand, TSMC has announced a cutback in its spending.
Another company that is feeling the financial heat from Apple and Samsung's new found love for each other is SanDisk. The latter produces chips for mobile devices like the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. While Apple was once SanDisk's largest customer, accounting for 19% of its revenue, those days are apparently gone. On April 15th, SanDisk said that it expected to report lower than expected sales for the year as its loses customers for its chips. Apple would certainly be on that list.
For Samsung, its resurgence in chip sales came at a perfect time. 2014 was a poor year for the company's smartphone business as it dropped from contributing 75% of Sammy's profits in the first quarter of 2014 to 37% by the fourth quarter of last year. Meanwhile, chip profits went from accounting for 20% of the company's profits in the third quarter of 2013 to contributing 55% of the profits a year later. Since then, Samsung's chip business has been outperforming its phone business. Although that might change with the success of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, it doesn't take away from the fact that Samsung is growing its semiconductor profits.
Together, Samsung and Apple control 40% of the smartphone market. With Apple turning back to Samsung for its component needs, and Samsung using its home grown chips for its flagship phones (a practice that will continue with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5), there could be dark days ahead for more chip makers that once relied on Apple and Samsung for business. Besides TSMC and SanDisk, Qualcomm is another name that might belong on that list.
Gartner has unveiled its latest research about the state of the phone market in the second quarter of 2015, and there are two big conclusions: First, that Android is Dominating in the Top smartphones market worldwide. Secondly, that Google's Android and Apple's iOS together now control a whopping 96.8% of the smartphone market, and the other 3.2% is getting even smaller year-by-year.
Apple's iOS is actually gaining new ground, growing to get a 14.4% of the market with 48.1 million devices sold in the quarter, up from a market share of 12.2% in the second quarter of 2014.
Google's Android, on the other hand, remains the dominant leader, but while it has grown the absolute number in units shipped to 271 million (up from 243.48 million in Q2 2014), its share has actually dwindled to 82.2%, down from 83.8%.