Friday, August 18, 2017

THIS IS QLED TV, Part 7: QLED TV – How Samsung Achieved Dominance in the Premium TV Market

Samsung Electronics Launches New Global Campaign for Home Appliances

 

Samsung Electronics today launched its new brand campaign for Home Appliances in 10 countries around the world, highlighting its mission to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. The new campaign video contains moments when consumers encounter Samsung’s helpful appliances and use them to improve an aspect of their day.

 

Through this campaign, Samsung aims to convey the purpose behind its continued efforts to develop new technology that puts the diverse needs of consumers first. With smart innovations and solutions that thoughtfully foresee consumer needs, Samsung offers brilliant value that not only can be immediately recognized but that also leads to the question: “why didn’t we think of this before?”

 

“Consumers have always been at the center of our longstanding spirit of innovation,” said JS Park, Executive Vice President of the Digital Appliances Business at Samsung. “This brand campaign, which is the first of its kind for us at Samsung Home Appliances, reflects our concerted efforts over the years to fully understand the everyday challenges consumers face and find truly meaningful solutions.”

 

This new campaign introduces how home appliances have changed from one’s parents’ generation to be able to support the modern lifestyles of the millennial-minded generation to make their life better. The video highlights AddWashTM door which enables users to add clothes into the washer mid-cycle. It also features Family Hub’s recipe functions to easily read out for users and food management functions to allow users to set freezer temperatures to suit their needs.

 

The campaign is set to run in the UK, Germany, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Lebanon, Jordan, and Australia.

 

To learn more about the new brand campaign for Samsung Home Appliances, please visit www.youtube.com/SamsungHomeAppliance.

 

 

Samsung Opens Highest-Ever Smart School in Cusco, the Capital of the Ancient Incan Empire

 

As part of an ongoing initiative to provide students around the world with equal access to a quality digital education, Samsung Electronics recently opened a Smart School in Peru that has taken the community-enriching initiative to new heights.

 

Samsung’s newest Smart School is located high in the Andes Mountains, some 3,399 meters above sea level, at the National College of Sciences and Arts (Colegio Nacional de Ciencias) in Cusco – a city that was once the capital of the Incan Empire and is home to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site also known as the “Lost City of the Incas.”

 

The goal for the Smart School is to use technology to help students in the region obtain a deeper understanding of their rich heritage, so that the legacy of the Incan Empire, and the Quechuan language and culture that descended from it, may be preserved for future generations.

 

 

Improving Education with Technology

Established in 2013, Samsung’s Smart School program equips classrooms in underserved communities with cutting-edge educational tools – such as PCs, tablets and electronic blackboards – to create interactive learning environments that allow students to truly thrive. As of this writing, a total of over 3,000 Smart Schools are up and running in over 90 countries around the globe.

 

 

As Fabian Im, Vice President of Samsung Electronics Peru, explained, Cusco’s Smart School will not only provide students with a more interactive and nurturing learning environment, but will also create exciting opportunities for them to explore the world around them and learn more about their unique heritage.

 

“We designed the Smart School in Cusco to allow kids to experience modern technology, which is something they have not had the chance to do until now, while learning how to maintain their beautiful heritage,” said Im. “We want to use our technology to improve education, support social development in this region, and contribute to preserving the rich Quechuan language and culture.”

 

Students sketch and show off drawings of Machu Picchu that they made using Samsung tablets. On August 9, Samsung organized a field trip that brought students to the historic site for an immersive lesson on Incan culture and history.

 

 

Connecting to a Rich Heritage

Like the region itself, the Smart School’s host institution, the National College of Sciences and Arts, carries great cultural and historical value.

 

Founded by Simón Bolivar in 1825, the school is the region’s first and oldest public institution. As part of the program, the 2,300 students who currently attend the school will receive an immersive digital education covering subjects including computer literacy as well as Incan history, the Quechuan language, and other aspects of their cultural heritage.

 

To create fun and interactive learning environment, Samsung outfitted the school with electronic blackboards, tablets, all-in-one printers, PCs and monitors, as well as brand new desks and chairs. Classrooms were also decorated with traditional Incan motifs to create a unique blend of past and present.

 

 

In addition, on the eve of the Smart School’s launch, Samsung organized a field trip to Machu Picchu that allowed students to immerse themselves in history through another blend of past and present. Once there, the students took part in an interactive lesson that allowed them to explore the historic site in person, and learn more about the Incan Empire using Samsung tablets.

 

Smart School students use Samsung tablets to sketch unique drawings of Machu Picchu on the train ride to the historic site.

 

It was an exciting experience for all involved. Afterward, the enthusiastic students described the trip as both fun and enlightening. “Thanks to Smart School, I’m now more familiar with our ancestors’ culture and way of life,” said one student.

 

Smart School students use Samsung tablets and the Gear 360 camera to snap photos of their field trip to the breathtaking historic site.

 

The Cusco Smart School is just one of 144 Smart Schools that Samsung is currently operating in Latin America. Peru is home to a total of 12, which are located across the country and have together offered over 20,000 students an opportunity to learn without limitations.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Samsung adds music discovery app Shazam to its Smart TVs

Samsung adds music discovery app Shazam to its Smart TVs

Samsungs’ 2017 series of Smart TVs are receiving Shazam update that lets users identify songs that are playing on TV. With just a single click, the app gives access to song titles, artists, lyrics, and albums while watching TV live as well. The Shazam app can be accessed from the SmartHub of Samsung TVs. Users can also utilize voice recognition technology in the Samsung One Remote to identify songs. By speaking into the remote and asking, “What is this song?”

This service however is restricted to Samsung’s Smart Hub in Korea, the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany. Hopefully in the coming days, Samsung will extend the same to other countries.

SamMobile Daily Recap: August 17, 2017 — Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8 and more!

We publish a lot of stories on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the majority of news breaks during our European hours of operation, which makes it difficult for our readers in the US (and other regions) to keep up. However, we think we’ve come up with a fantastic solution — a daily recap.

Here’s what we covered today.

Business

Analysts expect a slowdown in Samsung’s earnings growth in Q3 2017

Deals

Daily Deal: Save 65% on a pair of Level U Pro headphones

Firmware News

August security update now reaching the Galaxy S7 in the Netherlands

Phones

Galaxy S8 was the world’s best-selling Android smartphone in Q2 2017

Leaked Galaxy Note 8 brochure confirms major details

Samsung is backing a futuristic cable-free data transfer technology

TV

Shazam lands on Samsung Smart TVs to make music identification easy

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Galaxy Note 8 dummy leaves nothing to the imagination

You’ve all seen countless leaked images of the Galaxy Note 8 so far. Some live images of the handset were also leaked online recently. We have a pretty good idea now of what Samsung’s new flagship is going to look like. Nevertheless, there has been yet another leak today.

It’s not a render or a live image of the actual device. Images of a Galaxy Note 8 dummy unit have been leaked online today. These are the units that you see in cellphone shop displays across the globe.

The Galaxy Note 8’s impressive 6.3-inch QHD+ Infinity Display takes center stage. The design itself makes the handset seems like a stretched version of the Galaxy S8. That’s not a bad thing. The Galaxy S8’s design has been a hit. No wonder it was the best-selling Android smartphone globally in Q2 2017.

It’s hard to miss the dedicated Bixby button that’s placed below the volume keys on the left side. There’s a power button on the right side. The Galaxy Note 8’s much rumored dual camera system can be seen as well, placed alongside the heart rate sensor and the fingerprint sensor.

The images of this leaked Galaxy Note 8 dummy aren’t going to surprise anyone. They merely reiterate what we’ve heard so far about the new flagship. Samsung is due to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23.






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Leaked Galaxy Note 8 brochure confirms major details

Samsung is going to officially unveil the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23. We’ve already seen many leaked images and renders of this smartphone. There have also been countless reports detailing the specifications and features it’s likely going to have.

The leaks won’t stop until the handset is officially announced so it’s not surprising to see something new pop up. The folks at Ausdroid have received a leaked sales brochure for the Galaxy Note 8 which confirms some major details about the handset.

The leaked Galaxy Note 8 brochure confirms that the Galaxy Note 8 is going to feature a 6.3-inch QHD+ Infinity Display with S Pen support. It’s also going to feature an iris scanner and wireless charging. The Galaxy Note 8 will be IP68 dust and water resistant.

The Galaxy Note 8’s dual camera will have f/1.7 lenses with support for 2x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilization. Since this is a Note device after all, it will be very easy to take notes, the Screen-off Memo feature will be onboard to jot down notes with the stylus even when the screen is off.

Samsung is going to offer it in Midnight Black and Maple Gold colors, as far as the Australian market is concerned. The new Deep Sea Blue color option may be limited to select markets. The brochure doesn’t reveal any pricing information for the Galaxy Note 8.




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Daily Deal: Save 65% on a pair of Level U Pro headphones

Amazon has slashed the price of Samsung’s Level U Pro Bluetooth headphones by 65%, meaning you can currently snag yourself a pair for $34.99, which is a fantastic price to pay for a set of earphones that are sweat resistant (and sound great).

If you like the sound of the Level U Pro headphones and want to take advantage of this promotion, simply hit the Buy Now button below. You’ll need to hurry though, as Amazon has only set aside a limited amount of inventory for this deal.

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Samsung’s testing the Nougat update for the Galaxy A8, Galaxy A9 Pro and Galaxy Tab E

The Galaxy A8 (SM-A800), Galaxy A9 Pro (SM-A910X), Galaxy Tab E 8.0 (SM-T37X) and Galaxy Tab E 9.7 (SM-T560) have all been spotted on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s online database running Android 7.0, indicating that Samsung is in the midst of testing the long-awaited Nougat update for the devices.

Related: Galaxy A9 Pro spotted running Android 7.0

While it’s unclear when exactly the upgrade will start making the rounds, it typically takes anywhere from two-to-twelve weeks for an update to enter distribution from the day it receives approval from the Wi-Fi Alliance— that is, of course, if the firm’s decided that it’s definitely going to release it.

Android 7.0 Nougat brings a plethora of new features to the table, including enhanced notifications, improved application permissions, new emoji and refined battery saving tools, as well as an abundance of much-needed bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

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August security update now reaching the Galaxy S7 in the Netherlands

Samsung has released this month’s security maintenance update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in the Netherlands. The upgrade, which weighs in at approximately 23MB, transports patches for 50 vulnerabilities in the open-source Android operating system and 12 within the company’s own firmware, as well as a handful of other miscellaneous bug fixes.

Related: Samsung details the August security patch

If you own a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge and would like to check to see if the update is available for your unit, open up Settings, select Software Update, then tap Download Updates Manually. You don’t have to, though. You can always wait until you receive a notification prompting you to download and install the OTA—but it could take a little longer to arrive.

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ review: Samsung brings us the future, but it’s not perfect yet

Now that the upgrade is making the rounds for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in the Netherlands, it shouldn’t be too much longer until it arrives on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the region. But we can’t fathom why Samsung has put its former flagships first, when an identical release is already being distributed for the latest models in a number of other countries.

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