Friday, October 20, 2017

SamMobile Daily Recap: October 20, 2017 — Galaxy S9, Galaxy Tab Active 2 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.


Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong’s imprisonment could have long-term implications


Daily Deal: Take 60% off a pair of Active InEar headphones

Firmware News

Galaxy J7 Pro October security update rolling out now

Galaxy S8+ update brings October security patch, stability improvements


A massive Samsung showroom is reportedly being built in London

Samsung kicks off its annual Silicon Valley 5G Summit


Arianna Huffington’s new Samsung app will help you reconnect with life


Should the Galaxy S9 iris scanner be ditched for a display-based fingerprint sensor?

Samsung Pay

Better Mortgage customers can now earn Rewards Points

Samsung Pay updated with support for American Express in the UK


Galaxy Tab Active 2 rugged tablet now official

Specs comparison: Galaxy Tab Active vs. Galaxy Tab Active 2


Watchface Friday: Here’s our selection of this week’s best watchfaces

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Watchface Friday: Here’s our selection of this week’s best watchfaces

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another edition of Watchface Friday! For those unaware, every Friday, we highlight a selection of our favorite watchfaces for the Gear S3 classic and Gear S3 frontier. All of the offerings are available to download through the Galaxy Apps Store, so you can rest assured that you won’t have to search all over the Internet to find something we’ve listed.

Gear S3 classic

Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS by Marc Alfaro

Swiss Watch Antique by J-Watch

Gear S3 frontier

Roin Multihand+ by Robert Szantai

Szazs Classic Digital by Szabolcs Zsignar

A massive Samsung showroom is reportedly being built in London

Samsung is reportedly going to open a massive showroom in London’s King’s Cross district. The new location is said to be a showcase for Samsung’s products and technology. It’s reportedly going to be located in the under construction Coal Drops Yard mall.

The company is reportedly going to lease out the entire top floor of the Coal Drops Yard mall for its London showroom. The report suggests that it’s going to be more than just a conventional store where customers can walk in and walk out with a product.

Massive Samsung Showroom In London

Bloomberg reports that Samsung is finalizing details to lease the 20,000 square feet (1,858 square meter) top floor of the Coal Drops Yard mall in London’s King’s Cross district. The space will be located under the kissing roof of what used to be a Victorian coal store.

According to the report, this Samsung showroom is going to be similar to the Samsung 837 location in New York’s Meatpacking district. It’s not a store but “a new kind of place filled with ideas, experiences and Samsung’s cutting edge devices,” according to the company.

The Coal Drops Yard mall isn’t going to be open until October next year so it’s going to be a while before we find out what Samsung’s vision for this showroom is.


Daily Deal: Take 60% off a pair of Active InEar headphones

Amazon has slashed the price of Samsung’s InEar headphones by 60%, so you can currently pick up a pair for just $12.09. For those unaware, these are the same earphones that ship in the box of the firm’s smartphones, with the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 being the only exceptions.

If you want to take advantage of this particular promotion, hit the Buy Now button below. We’d advise you to hurry, though. Like most of the deals we highlight, including Samsung’s own, Amazon only has a limited amount of inventory available and it’s safe to say it won’t be around for too long.

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[Poll] Should the Galaxy S9 iris scanner be ditched for a display-based fingerprint sensor?

There have been countless rumors that the Galaxy S9 might feature an optical fingerprint sensor. What that means it that the sensor will be integrated into the display itself. This was also rumored for the Galaxy S8 as well but Samsung decided against it because apparently, the technology wasn’t ready.

Do you think the Galaxy S9 iris scanner should be removed if the Galaxy S9 comes with an optical fingerprint sensor? Would you feel better about it if Samsung improved facial recognition on the Galaxy S9 before removing the iris scanner? Or would you just like it to stick around as a novelty?

Vote below and share your thoughts about this with us in the comments below.

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Samsung Pay updated with support for American Express in the UK

Great news for Samsung Pay customers in the United Kingdom: You can now add your American Express card to the payment platform to start making payments in both brick-and-mortar and online stores using your smartphone—or smartwatch.

At the beginning of the month, Samsung Pay was updated with support for Co-op Bank, one of the United Kingdom’s largest financial institutions, and less than four months before that compatibility for HSBC and M&S Bank was added.

Related: Samsung Pay updated with support for Co-op Bank in the UK

It can take anywhere from 24-hours to 96-hours for the server-side upgrade to reach your handset, but as soon as it does, you’ll be able to add your American Express card to Samsung Pay to start processing contactless payments (up to £30).

Samsung Pay works with the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and more

As we’re sure you’re aware, Samsung Pay is available on a flurry of smartphones in the region, including the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6. It can also be accessed using the Gear S3 classic and Gear S3 frontier.


Galaxy J7 Pro October security update rolling out now

Samsung has now started rolling out the Galaxy J7 Pro October security update. Bearing model number SM-J730GM, the handset is an iteration of the Galaxy J7 (2017) and was launched earlier this year. The handset is available in several markets such as India, Singapore, Mexico and Thailand.

The company is now rolling out the latest October security patch for this handset. The October patch is gradually filtering down to more Samsung devices after being released a couple of weeks back.

Galaxy J7 Pro October Security Update

The Telcel-branded Galaxy J7 Pro has received firmware version J730GMUBU2AQJ2 in Mexico. Since the handset is already running Nougat, this is a minor update that only brings the October security patch.

The latest security patch features fixed for 215 vulnerabilities in the Android operating system. It also brings fixes for six vulnerabilities that Samsung found in its own software.

Samsung has rolled out the October security patch for several devices already. The Galaxy A5 (2016 and 2017), Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8+ have all received this latest security update.

The latest firmware release with the Galaxy J7 Pro October security update is now available for download from our firmware section. Samsung will likely roll it out in other markets as well in the near future.

Better Mortgage customers can now earn Rewards Points

Better Mortgage, a digital mortgage company attempting to improve access to home financing, has announced that it’s taking advantage of Samsung’s Rewards API to provide customers with Reward Points when they’re pre-approved for a mortgage, lock in a rate or fund a transaction.

“Our new Samsung Rewards API is really important to bring innovative developers such as Better Mortgage into the Samsung ecosystem and provide greater value to our customers,” said Nana Murugesan, VP and General Manager, Services and New Business, Samsung Electronics America.

Related: Samsung Rewards program launched for Samsung Pay users in the United States

Once customers rack up a substantial amount of Rewards Points, they’ll have the option to redeem them for Samsung products, gift cards, entries into Instant Win competitions, or even a digital Rewards Visa card, which can be used to pay for goods in brick-and-mortar stores.

Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart could be next

If Better Mortgage’s adoption of Samsung Rewards yields positive results—and there’s no reason it shouldn’t—we can expect to see a number of major companies, like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart, work with Samsung to reward customers for their loyalty.


Samsung Cinema LED Wins Raves from Hollywood Filmmakers at the Busan International Film Festival

The Samsung Cinema LED Screen, delivering a next-generation theater experience, has won rave reviews from global film industry professionals, movie critics and viewers at this year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).


The Samsung Cinema LED Screen was installed at the Lotte Cinema in Centum City – one of the official theaters of BIFF – in Busan this past September. At this year’s BIFF, which is Asia’s largest film festival, around 300 movies from 75 countries were showcased throughout the festival. Audiences were able to watch the film “Mother!,” featuring actress Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Darren Aronofsky, on the Samsung Cinema LED Screen. The screen received high marks from film industry professionals, in particular for its realistic screen and color depiction keeping to the original intent of directors and producers.




Darren Aronofsky, director of “Mother!,” said, “I got to see [the movie on] this new screen, which is beautiful. I’m hopeful that if I say enough nice things, Samsung will put one in my house.”


Lighting director David Brown, who is known for his work on “The Lord of the Rings” films and “Avatar,” also praised the Cinema LED Screen saying, “I’m genuinely excited to see the Samsung stuff today. I came out of there thinking ‘Yes!’ I mean, this is actually so cool!’’


Darren Aronofsky, Director of “Mother!,” talked to audiences about the Samsung Cinema LED Screen after the movie.


David Brown, chief lighting technician for “The Lord of the Rings” films, discusses the benefits of the Samsung Cinema LED Screen.


During “Link of Cine-Asia,” the Asian film forum and business showcase of BIFF, Samsung also hosted a seminar for some 150 global movie industry professionals. Included among attendees was renowned camera director Tom Stern whose works include “Million Dollar Baby,” “American Sniper” and “Sully.”


“It’s a little bit like a piano. Would you rather have a piano with 66 keys or 99 keys? Hopefully one day we’re going to have a visual piano with 108 keys, which would be fantastic as a tool for somebody like me,” Stern stated. “I think the Samsung Cinema LED Screen is going to take movies to the next level. It’s going be a better experience for everyone in the theater.”


Tom Stern, Hollywood Camera director for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Sully”, said that the Samsung Cinema LED Screen will provide a better experience for audiences.


Dow Griffith, location manager for “The Bourne Supremacy” and “Ghost in the Shell” also had good things to say about the screen. “I think it will engage all the senses, eliciting much stronger imagination and emotions. And that’s really what people in the entertainment business always strive to do – capture the audience’s emotions.”


The Samsung Cinema LED Screen has already begun to transform the film industry. At the beginning of this month, Samsung entered into an agreement with Major Cineplex, the largest movie theater chain in Thailand to provide its Cinema LED Screen. Samsung is continuing to expand its Cinema LED Screen theaters, with plans to install Cinema LED Screens in 10 percent of cinemas across the world by 2020.

Samsung Advances Mobility for the Global Workforce with the Enhanced Galaxy Tab Active2, a Ruggedized Tablet Optimized for Business

Built with the latest innovative features, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 offers a business-rugged design with improved business functionality and built-in durability for industrial environments


Samsung Electronics today introduces the Galaxy Tab Active2, a new business-rugged tablet built for business through a customer-centric design inspired by professionals with the latest innovations from Samsung. The Galaxy Tab Active2 helps accelerate the digital transformation of industries among key verticals like transportation, public safety and manufacturing by offering a wider range of features such as biometrics integration, multi-window screens and S Pen capabilities that function in extreme working conditions, ultimately improving worker productivity and flexibility.


“The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 was built based on in-depth customer and partner feedback and has been carefully developed to create a whole new category of tablet for the global workforce,” said Suk-Jea Hahn, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Global Mobile B2B Team. “We strategically worked to build a wider partner ecosystem for extended functionality through collaborations with leading industry players, such as IBM, ECOM Instruments, Gamber-Johnson, Ram®Mounts, iKey, Otterbox and Koamtac. With IBM Maximo, we are delighted to bring to Samsung, for the first time, industry leading asset management features for field workers to simplify their daily lives.”


Building a Partner Ecosystem with Industry Leaders

Samsung Mobile embraced an open approach with partners to expand the experience for the Galaxy Tab Active2 including working with IBM Maximo to integrate the capabilities of Asset Management and Work Management. By combining IBM’s advanced asset management capabilities with device features such as biometrics integration, multi-window screens and S Pen capabilities, tasks such as equipment inspection and maintenance will be easier and more efficient for workers, regardless of the complexity of the environment they are working in.


“With this collaboration, IBM Maximo and Samsung Mobile B2B are solving ever-changing business requirements for industrialized mobile devices and empowering field technicians with new tools designed to work where and how they do,” said Sanjay Brahmawar, general manager, IBM Watson IoT Sales. “Users will be able to conduct crucial on-premise analysis, such as updating work orders or counting inventory items, in an intuitive, friendly interface on a robust and reliable device.”


Additionally, the Galaxy Tab Active2 has professional-grade vehicle mounting options for commercial fleets and law enforcement through partnerships with Gamber-Johnson and Ram®Mounts. Other collaborations bring new features such as explosion protection for oil, gas, pharmaceutical and chemical industries with support from ECOM Instruments, portable barcode scanning from Koamtac, hand straps from Otterbox and rugged vehicle and portable keyboards from iKey.



Customer Inspired Innovation

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 is MIL-STD-810 certified, ensuring that the tablet is durable enough to survive excessive pressure, temperatures, environments, vibration and drops. The Galaxy Tab Active2 offers business-rugged features such as a 1.2m anti-shock inbox protective cover, IP68 water and dust resistance and better display touch mode for gloved and wet touch. These features provide greater durability in extreme environments with a simple design and interface for one-handed input and holding.



Latest Innovations for Field Workers

The thin and light tablet in class designed specifically for worker ergonomics, Samsung’s latest tablet has features that expand the productivity tools for those on the job, including a new advanced and popular S Pen that brings precise input options with 4096 pressure level and air command feature. The S Pen also features IP68 water and dust resistance for use in outdoor environments, even during rain and wet conditions.


Using the improved 5MP camera with 8MP Auto Focus, business users will experience better quality photos for work purpose such as ID card and passport scanning. A new fingerprint scanner offers enhanced security authentication, and the facial recognition feature is a convenient option for unlocking the device using just one hand. When paired with new gyroscope and geomagnetic sensors, employees will also benefit from a wide range of augmented reality (AR) capabilities. AR can now be used with Galaxy Tab Active2 for employee training and customer support experiences allowing businesses to train employees in a realistic environment before ever reaching the job site. It also contains NFC feature.


The device also features LTE connectivity, easy and convenient power charging with efficient battery control of multiple devices and additional data signal pins for optional keyboard connection.


Security and Management Businesses Demand

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 provides businesses with enhanced options for security, supported by the defense-grade Knox platform and convenient biometric authentication including a new fingerprint scanner offering improved security authentication and facial recognition for convenient hands-free access.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 will be available from October 2017 in select markets. For more information on the Galaxy Tab Active2 visit, or



*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.


Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 Product Specifications

DISPLAY 8.0” WXGA TFT (1280×800)
CHIPSET Samsung Exynos 7870
Octa-core 1.6GHz
LTE SUPPORT LTE Cat.6 (300Mbps)
microSD up to 256GB
CAMERA 8.0MP AF + 5.0MP, Flash
PORT USB 2.0 Type C, Pogo Pin
SENSORS Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz+5GHz)
Wi-Fi Direct, BT 4.2, NFC
DIMENSION, WEIGHT 127.6 x 214.7 x 9.9mm, 415g (Wi-Fi) / 419g (LTE)
BATTERY CAPACITY 4,450mAh, User Replaceable
OS/UPGRADE Android 7.1
Durability IP68 Water and Dust Resistance,
1.2m Anti-shock with inbox protective cover,
Pen S Pen (IP68 Certified, 4096 Pressure Level, Air Command)
Security Knox 2.8