According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), in spite of Samsung's best efforts to retain its customer base in light of the Note 7 disaster, many of the customers who have returned or will return their hazardous Note 7 would likely opt for an iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus. However, keep in mind that this conclusion was drawn after the firm conducted the survey on a very limited number of people. Nevertheless, here is what they found in a nutshell.
The survey was conducted after four days had passed since Samsung officially killed the Note 7. The group consisted of 1082 people in total and only 24 of them were actually using a Note 7. The rest consisted of people who are using a Samsung smartphone right now (483 + 24), people who used to in the past (347) and people who had no experience in using a Samsung smartphone whatsoever.
Roughly half the Note 7 population stated that they will opt for an iPhone, while most of them stated that they will go for a refund. About 17% of the 24 people carrying a Note 7 stated their wish to stay loyal to Samsung by simply opting for another Samsung device in exchange for the Note. In our opinion, the number of people with an actual Galaxy Note 7 involved in the survey is far too low to draw any reliable conclusions. While it is true that Samsung will lose a percentage of its customer base, this survey isn't inclusive enough to be taken seriously.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Ever since the Note 7 disaster, reports and surveys have been rampant, as well as conflicting. Just the other day, we were hearing about IDC's report which stated that roughly half of the Note 7 owners may switch over to the fruity side (read Apple iPhone 7), while today, we have a report from ReportLinker that says otherwise.
This particular survey was conducted on 500 smartphone users in the US, over the internet. While a majority of the customers (60% approx.) felt that Samsung did not handle the Note 7 recall episode well enough, about 86% of the survey population stated that they would still consider Samsung smartphones the next time they decide to buy a new phone.
In fact, 84% of the people voted that they do not feel that their smartphone poses any kind of risk to them. Provided that Samsung manages to deliver a product that we had come to expect from the company before the Note 7, the Galaxy S8 seems all ready to lift Samsung up and out of the ditch which the Note 7 landed it in.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As anticipated, Samsung Labs are still working on the "next big thing" flagship. A report from Korean tech blogging site ET News says that Samsung is working on the Galaxy S7, codenamed "Jungfrau". We should start seeing concepts and texting-prototype leaks in the next few months.
What is interesting about the report, however, is that it claims Samsung is testing units with a Qualcomm chipset alongside a 5 GB RAM LPDDR4 chip too. So, if this rumor is correct, it seems that Samsung and Qualcomm may not have fully divorced yet.
And, just like we've seen with the top-shelf Galaxy devices before, the S7 may have an Exynos variant and a Snapdragon variant. We can't say we are fans of this outlook the jungle of Android handset variants is thick enough as it is.
What features are you looking forward to in the Galaxy S7 ?
According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple's previously rumored 12.9" iPad won't enter production until September. This upcoming large iPad aims to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 and other large tablets that are already on the markets.
The Cupertino giant allegedly planned to begin manufacturing the tablet during this quarter. Delays in the supply chain for display panels is said to be the reason for the new production timeline.
Apple has large expectations for the upcoming 12.9" iPad. The device will have the task to reinvigorate the iPad family's slumping sales. The latter have been strongly affected by the launch of the large-screen iPhone 6 family.
Earlier in May, Samsung Danmark confirmed that Galaxy Note 2 will get Android 5.0 Lollipop update later this year with no confirmed date. However, Samsung said that the phablet's update will NOT be available to all Regions.
Now, some Un-confirmed reports from Samsung UK hints that Galaxy Note 2 and Note 2 4G won't be getting its official Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the UK. SamsungUK's official twitter account mentioned that "Note 2 will not be receiving the Lollipop update in the UK" which confirms the reports we got, there is still no clear reason why the update is not going to be released.
@WesoLabeshnai We don't like to give out bad news Rohan but the Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 won't be receiving the Lollipop update.— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) July 4, 2015
Last Month, Samsung Gulf confirmed that it won't be releasing the Lollipop update to the Galaxy Note 2 as well.
It's a surprise that Samsung announced it's going to update this 3 years old device to Lollipop. Worth mentioning, the Galaxy Note 2 was launched with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, Exynos 4412 CPU and 2 GB Ram. These reports are still unconfirmed, so there is still hope that Note 2 users may taste Lollipop after all, so Stay tuned for more info!
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