Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has not hit the European smartphone markets for the first time. They are targeting consumers in the premium and budget-category of the smartphone industry there. The company is one of a few Chinese manufacturers who went international after achieving the considerable success in their homeland over the past decade. China is a huge market due to its population and is considered the second biggest hub of the smartphone manufacturers. Vivo isn't the biggest in China yet but doing good in its own capacity.
The only chinese company that has made it to European countries so far is Huawei, but now Vivo hopes to make its debut with fully-featured and affordable handsets. Denny Deng, the head of Vivo's European business said, "We are truly excited to showcase our first ever line-up of smartphones for the European market. To ensure we had a clear understanding of the market, we spoke to 9000 consumers across Europe, to understand how these devices are integrated into their daily life.
The company has launched Vivo X51 5G as the first flagship smartphone for the consumers who prefer to buy a high-end handset. The phone comes with full support to next generation networks without an additional cost. The main selling points are imaging capabilities, supported by a Gimbal camera system that compensates for natural shaking and distorted movies or images. Meanwhile the Y20, Y70, and Y11 are mid-range devices that aim to deliver as much capability as possible for the price. Vivo has also planned to offer Android and ditch the highly customized user interface to attract western consumers. The smartphone will support Google Assistant rather than Vivo's own alternative.
The Galaxy tab S3 is one of the premier Android tablets in a world where Android tablets are becoming rarer with each passing year. Most companies have stopped manufacturing premium tablets and even the companies like Samsung that do release a model every now and then, have stopped releasing them outside a few selected regions. However, with the Tab S3 just being released in Russia, fans from other countries can have their hopes up a bit too. Both the LTE and the Wi-Fi only variants have now been listed on the company's website in Russia.
Unfortunately, the price of the tablet in Russia is alarmingly higher than what it costs in the US or the UK. The 32GB Tab S3 costs around $599 officially in the US, while the same variant will cost someone picking it up in Russia, a whopping $965/RUB 54,990! That's $365 more than the US version, but they are identical to each other in every way. I am not sure how much of that is import duty, but whatever the reason may be, if the price difference is that much in your country as well, you are probably better off avoiding it. The Google Pixel will likely be a better deal if you can leave without the S-Pen, provided that's even available in your region of course.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After months of speculations and leaks, the S8 and S8+ were finally launched last month. However, except for pre-ordering it and waiting to get your hands on one, there wasn't really much that you could do at that point. However, all that waiting comes to an end today as the S8 and S8+ are now officially on sale across the USA, Canada, South Korea and Puerto Rico. Of course some of the customers in other countries have already started to receive their package as well, but they still can't go and buy one off the shelf yet.
All remaining countries where Samsung has not yet started to sell the device (officially), should see the two flagships smartphones arrive at the stores in the coming week or the next; that is by the end of April or the first week of March, you should be able to buy a S8 smartphone irrespective of your location, unless Samsung has no presence in your nation of course.
Would you be buying the Galaxy S8 or S8+? Have you already pre-ordered it? Would you rather wait for the Galaxy Note 8 which will come out later in the year? Let us know the answers in the comments section below.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
While the Galaxy S8 is without a doubt a pinnacle of achievement for Samsung Mobiles, it isn't without its flaws. However, I think one of the biggest flaws in the Galaxy S8 is not the fingerprint scanner but the way they managed the whole affair with Bixby. After investing so much into marketing their AI assistant and giving the phone a dedicated hardware button which just simply cannot be remapped to anything else, the S8 and S8+ were launched with a voice assistant that had no voice capabilities! Unfortunately, as per the Korea Herald, if you own a Galaxy S8/S8+ in the US or in any of the other English speaking nations around the world, you will likely not be seeing Bixby anytime soon.
In order to understand what exactly went wrong here, take a note of the following points.
• Samsung did not have sufficient Big Data available to them at that time to enable the voice functions of Bixby
• This happened because Samsung adopted Big Data integration much later than its competition
• There's a huge language barrier in between Samsung's English speaking developers and Korean developers which is making communication difficult
If you are wondering when you can expect Bixby voice communication to finally make its appearance on your S8 or S8+, the time is expected to be somewhere during the fourth quarter of the year.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Google's Nexus 5X smartphone is now available for pre-order across Europe. All you have to do is to head to Google Play and place your order.
In some countries, like Spain, Italy, Germany, and France - are getting a free Chromecast with the purchase of the handset until December 8th, which should partly make up for not including the $50 Play Store credit or the 90-day Play Music subscription that come with orders in the US.
As expected, the prices for the 16GB and 32 GB models are €479 and €529, respectively. Orders begin shipping by November 9th and come with free 3-4 business day shipping, so they'll be in customers' hands before the end of next week.
Link: Google Nexus 5X
If you have been living outside the US and have been itching to buy the new Nexus 6, Google has some good news for you. The Nexus 6 has gone live on 12 additional countries around the world, although it's not yet available for purchase.
The list of additional countries includes "Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom".
The Official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update for the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4 LTE-A I9506 got a limited release in Europe (Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) a few days ago. Now, the update has expanded to Scandinavia Sweden, Norway, Finland and Austria too.
Also, The Galaxy S4 I9505 update will begin its roll-out starting next month (March).
All these countries are receiving the same update to Android Build 5.0.1, You can check for an OTA update from the About screen in the settings menu. Bear in mind it's a large update (over 1.0GB) so best to be on Wi-Fi when you download it.
It has already been a week since Germany had started receiving the Android 9 Pie update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets, and now the same update is rolling out in a bunch of other countries in Europe as well. As per 9to5Google, the new list of European nations receiving the update for the S8 and S8+ include the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Malta, Belgium and Albania. Incidentally, users in India are also receiving the same, although it is likely the only subcontinental country to get Android 9 Pie for the S8 and S8+.
If you are in Europe and have not yet received the update for some reason yet, expect firmware versions G950FXXU4DSBA (S8) and G955FXXU4DSBA (S8+) to arrive soon on your smartphones, with a massive download size close to 1.6GB.