In what was the worst quarter for Samsung Mobiles in the last two years, the tech giant has experienced a decrease of 96% in operating profits in Q3 2016, as compared to Q3 2015. It doesn't take a genius to guess that the recalling (twice) of the Galaxy Note 7 and its subsequent discontinuation due to mysterious hazardous threats that it posed to the customers are the main culprits behind such a disastrous financial quarter. That being said, Samsung is still the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world and significantly ahead of Apple, with a market share of twenty percent in the quarter!
According to Melissa Chau of IDC, "Samsung's market dominance in the third quarter was unchallenged in the short term even with this high-profile Galaxy Note 7 recall, but the longer term impact on the Samsung brand remains to be seen."
"If the first recall was a stumble for Samsung, the second recall of replacement devices face-planted the Note series. In a market that is otherwise maturing, Christmas has come early for vendors looking to capitalize with large-screened flagship alternatives like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel."
According to IDC, 72 million of the 363 million smartphones sold in this quarter were manufactured by Samsung. The report from Strategy Analytics differs slightly (75 million out of 375 million handsets sold) but still clearly depicts the strong presence of Samsung in the global smartphone business, in spite of the embarrassing episode with the Galaxy Note 7.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to Korea JoongAng Daily, over a million units of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 are still being used around the world and these customers are unwilling to part with their stylus touting Samsung phone. According to the report, many customers do not agree that there is anything available in the market right now, which can replace the Note 7 and thus they are sticking with it. While this love and loyalty must be flattering for Samsung in many ways, it is extremely unwise and meaningless at the same time.
What the customers are failing to understand is that the Galaxy Note 7 does indeed pose a safety threat that was great enough for the manufacturer to not only recall each and every one of them back, but also to discontinue the product altogether. While this has already and will continue to cost Samsung plenty of money (read billions!), it hopes to minimize the damage that the blunder will leave on their reputation. Even if you are a Samsung loyalist, kindly note that if your Note 7 does indeed catch fire, it will only further tarnish the company's reputation and they will have an even harder time leaving it all behind. Besides, we are pretty sure that the Note 7 will not be receiving any further updates or support in the near future as the product is already discontinued officially. We suggest opting for the S7 Edge and the additional $100 bill credit (in the US) that Samsung is offering now for staying with them during this crisis.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
OpenSignal Inc. thrive on smartphone statistics and took the time to plot Android Brand fragmentation. It was a Huge undertaking as the dominant smartphone platform has splintered in many different ways.
First off is that Android devices are made by a myriad of manufacturers. Samsung was by far the biggest with 43% market share and 12 of the 13 most popular devices. Despite the domination, the company's market share has actually slipped, last year it had 47.5% of the market.
Sony comes in a distant second with 4.8% market share. There's a large number of old Sony devices out there, some dating from the Sony Ericsson days. LG and Motorola also have decently-sized shares. Huawei and Lenovo are doing okay too, keep in mind new Motorolas will soon be counted towards Lenovo's share.
In a time when the world has invariably moved on to the rectangular brick form in varying sizes, Samsung is one of the few companies in the entire world that has not abandoned the flip phone completely yet. It's not like that the Korean company simply produces legacy devices just to keep the flip phone alive mind you; these are fully-fledged smartphones with top-of-the-line chips, Sufficient RAM, internal storage and the latest Android Operating Systems. The latest addition to this long line of flip smartphones is going to be the SM-G9298. No other name has been revealed for the handset so far, but it should be announced on August 3rd, during an exclusive media event by Samsung in Beijing, China. This is of course leaked news brought to us by @mmddj_china on Twitter. Check out the specs of the upcoming device below, as per the leaks so far.
• Two 4.2-inch displays; one on the outside and the other on the inside
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC
• 4GB RAM
• 64GB of internal storage
• 12-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera
• 2,300mAh battery with wireless charging
Check out the image above and let us know if you would buy one if you could.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Usually, new Android flagship smartphones prefer not to opt for the latest processing chip which is going to change for Pixel 5. The latest and most powerful processor by Qualcomm this year is Snapdragon 865. Samsung has installed the latest processing chip in its Galaxy S20 range for the U.S version and some Chinese manufacturers choose the do the same. But if rumors are to be believed, Google is going to use an older chip for its mid-range smartphone.
The Snapdragon 865 is certainly the fastest processor right now, but the chip is expensive and it also lacks an onboard modem. Qualcomm insists it is used in concert with the X55 modem to provide 5G connectivity. That means a more complicated internal design, which requires more physical space than an SoC that is integrated.
While sub-6 support comes as standard, the 5G network support is optional. These are the two leading 5G technologies right now. Despite having mmWave support for the plus and ultra models, Samsung decided to go without mmWave in the standard Galaxy S20. Google is using the next fastest chip - the Snapdragon 765G in Pixel 5. It is not fast as the latest chip but it does boast an integrated 5G modem. It's Qualcomm's first Soc with an integrated 5G modem that also supports sub-6 and mmWave. That means it requires far less space inside the device and has built-in support for 5G network connectivity. With the extra space left on the phone, Google may be able to fit a bigger battery in there or might tweak the sensor array to make the motion sensor more useful.
As the chip isn't expensive as the latest processor - you don't have to pay anything extra in the name of the small addition of speed. With the optimized software and UI, there isn't much need for the extra speed. Google has never been a hardware company and relies mostly on software to do its tricks. The pixel 3a is the perfect example of its capabilities that might be a beat or two slower than the flagship smartphones but can do clever things that other phones can't.
Google surprised a lot of people when they released Android N in its beta version yesterday, especially since Android M itself was released just a few months ago in last October. Many of the market leading smartphone manufacturers have not even been able to update their high-end devices to Marshmallow yet. Samsung is the worldwide leader when it comes to Android smartphones and things do not exactly look good when they have not been able to update their major flagship devices like the Galaxy Note 5 to Marshmallow in all locations yet; especially, since the next iteration of the OS is already out.
Back in February, it did look like Samsung was about to make sure that Marshmallow reaches all their high-end devices everywhere, within a few months. However, things did not pan out that way and many regions are still waiting for it impatiently. Taking the fact into account that Android 6 went official about six months ago, it seems like Samsung is living up to its name for being slow and unpredictable with software updates. After seeing how slow Samsung is even with their most expensive phones from 2015, things are looking really dim for our low or mid-range Samsung smartphones as far as being updated to Android Marshmallow is concerned.
Every Month, Google release the latest Android platform distribution numbers showing the current state of Android versions distribution among devices that have recently checked-in the Play Store. Here's the numbers for the last month July,2014.
As expected, KitKat has grown a bit more, up to 20.9% now (was 17.9% last month), while Jelly Bean dropping from 56.5 to 54.2%. Still hanging above the 50% mark and encompassing 3 API levels, Jelly Bean is still in the lead.
Froyo is hanging tight at 0.7%, while Gingerbread has grown 0.1% to 13.6%. Ice Cream Sandwich is continuing its own decline, dropping to 10.6% from 11.4% last month.
Google has already officially revealed that Android 5.1 Lollipop exists just a few days ago. We got a change-log and some details about this version but no release date so far. A leaked image of a Moto G 2nd generation running Android version 5.1 has appeared online (photo below).
The Moto G on the photo is running a build that is dated on 2nd Feb and Motorola is still testing it. Android 5.1 Lollipop is expected to arrive by the end of this month (February), starting with nexus factory images followed by OTA package updates.
You may remember the memory leak bug that was reported on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop when it was released. Unfortunately, the same Bug still exists in the Google's latest version Android 5.1 Lollipop and it affects the system performance in the long-run. Google promised a final fix for this issue.
Issue No. 159738, "Memory leak still present on Android 5.1" was reported at the AOSP issue tracker. Last Friday, Google closed the bug and said that it has internally fixed the issue and plans to include it in the upcoming release version, Which most likely would be Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
The complaints are beginning to read the same. Apps, especially Google+, restart on their own. Some active apps disappear in the middle of using them, and free RAM drops in hours to about 750MB-800MB from 1.1GB-1.3GB. Most of the people who sent in a complaint appear to be using the Nexus 5, although other Nexus devices have been cited. Some complaints said that opening apps would increase the amount of RAM in use, but closing apps would not reduce that figure.
Android version 5.1.1 shouldn't take long until we see it rolling-out to Nexus devices and tablets as an OTA package or a Factory Image.
If your Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ or Note 5 is under contract from Telus, then your Samsung smartphone has probably not yet received its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. It seems like the carrier is experiencing certain issues which are impeding them from releasing the latest updates for these smartphones on time. This was the most obvious observation after we came to know that the scheduled dates for releasing the Android M updates have been delayed.
Earlier, the scheduled date for releasing the latest Marshmallow updates for the Galaxy S6 Edge was March 16, but it has now been changed to March 30. That's a two week delay, which might disappoint quite a few customers who had been waiting for it eagerly. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 5 as well as the S6 Edge+ were scheduled for the same on March 9, but will start receiving the updates on March 13. Customers will definitely find this gap of four days more tolerable than the two weeks delay for the S6 Edge.
The original S6 was scheduled to be the last smartphone in the S6 series to receive Android marshmallow from Telus on April 13, and as far as we know, that date has not been changed yet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo users are eagerly waiting on fire for their Lollipop update, the Original Note 3 has already been updated a while ago. YouMobile is trying to gather all info about this Note 3 Neo updates for its readers. Here's what we got so far.
@cric_champ Hi Suraj, the update rolls out in fases. We have no further information on when this will be for the Note 3 Neo ^MB— Samsung Nederland (@Samsung_NL) April 29, 2015
SamsungNederland confirmed via twitter a week ago that Galaxy Note 3 Neo update will roll-out in "phases", like any other update it will be a staged roll-out that will be available region-by-region / carrier-by-carrier. However, Samsung Nederland still doesn't have any release date on when the update will start rolling-out yet.
2 days ago, Samsung published an official Firmware update for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo (SM-N750) with Android build 4.4.2 KitKat to India (INS), the update has a very fresh build date (April,8 2015) which is exactly one month ago. This release is a Preparation update for the Lollipop release, in some cases Samsung tends to release a minor update before a major one as a preparation, this means that Samsung's development team is working on the Note 3 Neo firmware developments.
Galaxy Note 3 Neo Firmware Details (Minor):
- Model Name: Galaxy Note 3 NEO
- Model: SM-N750
- Country: India (INS)
- Firmware Version: N750XXUCOD1
- OS: Android KitKat
- OS Version: 4.4.2
- Build Date: April 8, 2015
- Publish Date: May 8, 2015
- Changelist: 4623016
- PDA: N750XXUCOD1
- CSC: N750ODDCOD1
Just as a reminder, Samsung France has already confirmed the update on twitter before, also didn't specify a release date, just said that it's coming "Later this year".
When Lollipop is Coming ?
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is expected to be released by [Late June - Early July] and it's currently "In-development".
Where to get the update ?
As we said above, the update is a staged roll-out, means it will take a long time (few weeks) to reach all users. We will publish the Lollipop firmwares on the Note 3 Neo YouFirmware Section as soon as it gets released so you can flash it manually and don't have to wait.
It always feels good to know that Samsung has not forgotten its older handsets and that would without doubt be the case if this little rumor turns out to be true. The rumor in question indicates that Samsung might be planning to extend the Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S6 line-up. That would indeed be quite surprising given that the handset is now almost three years old at this point!
The rumor originated after a Reddit user initiated a conversation with a Samsung Rep which resulted in the representative telling the user that his Galaxy S6 will be updated to Android Oreo! Take a look at the screenshots yourselves to know what we are talking about here. The most logical explanation to this would be that it was a mistake from the side of the representative and little else, but if it does turn out to be true, nobody would really mind! Besides, if you go through the conversation, it does look like the Samsung Rep is pretty confident about the information.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)