Tesco was keen to mark the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 with as much bang as possible and went all out sending a unit into space. Tied to a special space balloon, the smartphone is accompanied by a trio of GoPro cameras monitoring its every move.
Launched from an undisclosed location within UK's Peak District national park, the balloon soared 32.5km to the edge of space surviving 160km/h winds and temperatures as low as -57 degrees Celsius.
Watch the Live Stream below for the S6 Launch starting tomorrow at 11am UK time.
There'ss an element of competition to the whole event, and the person who tweets "DROP" and "#S6EdgeOfSpace" at the exact moment the balloon bursts will WIN a brand New Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, in Tesco's wording. Now, apparently, a different device will need to be shipped to the lucky winner, as we don't see this one making it back to planet Earth in one piece.
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.
Back in 2014, it seemed that was the last time we would have a smartphone with limited storage - 8 GB or 16 GB. Although there are some high end phones with more storage space, most of the smartphones come with limited space. OEMs are still pushing these kind of phones and there-by making it easy for us to run out of space after installing few apps and capturing some images.
Now Google Photo app has come up with a solution to free up spaces by adding a new option in the app's settings section. After selecting this setting the app will actually scour through the phone to find out the photos which have already been uploaded to the cloud storage. Google is also giving notification message to the users who are about to use up all the space via an Assistant card for deleting the photos already stored in the cloud. A bug which was restricting users with SD card from deleting photos is now fixed.
Google Photos is also giving option to users who had initially stored photos in their "Original quality" (limited storage in Drive) to restore all those in "High quality" for unlimited storage. It is very useful to the users who are close the Google Drive limit. To downgrade photos, all you need to do is visit photos.google.com/settings from your computer and click the "Recover Storage" option.
This update is supposed to be released on the Google Play Store from today, which means you will be able to use this in your Android device within few days or weeks.