Thursday, June 22, 2017

Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) now receiving June security patch in India

Samsung has started rolling out this month’s security update, which transports 96 fixes for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the Android operating system and 23 patches for Galaxy-branded smartphones, for the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) in India.

For those who haven’t been following SamMobile closely over the course of the past few days, the June Security Maintenance Release (SMR) arrived on the Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge earlier today, and started making its way to the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at the start of the week.

If you own a Galaxy A5 (2017) or Galaxy A7 (2017), are feeling impatient and want to check to see if the upgrade is ready for your handset, open up Settings, tap Software Update, then hit Download Updates Manually. You shouldn’t need to follow these steps though, as you’ll receive an alert when the OTA is available.

Samsung Gear 360: Sharing



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Samsung launches Galaxy Folder 2 flip phone in South Korea

There aren’t a lot of manufacturers out there that are still making flip phones but Samsung is doing its part to keep the trend alive by launching a new device every now and then. The company launched the Galaxy Folder 2 ten months back and the handset has only been available in China since then. Samsung today announced that the Galaxy Folder 2 will now be available in South Korea.

The Galaxy Folder 2 is basically a mid-range Android handset in a clamshell form factor. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.

It has a 3.8-inch TFT LCD display with WVGA resolution aside from an 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera. Both cameras have f/1.9 aperture. There’s also a 1950mAh battery onboard.

Measuring in at 122 x 60.2 x 15.4mm, this 160g flip phone is powered by Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Samsung is going to offer its LTE and 3G variants to customers in South Korea.

Samsung is going to sell the Galaxy Folder 2 flip phone in South Korea for 297,000 won or $260. The handset will be available for purchase in black and burgundy colors. Samsung hasn’t said if it plans on releasing this handset in other markets across the globe.

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Galaxy S5 Neo Nougat update possibly being tested

Samsung launched a new variant of the Galaxy S5 over two years ago called the Galaxy S5 Neo. It had a different processor and support for LTE-A. The Galaxy S5 Neo featured a 5.1-inch 1920×1020 pixel resolution display with a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7580 processor. The handset featured 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, a 2,800mAh battery and a 16-megapixel rear camera.

The company doesn’t appear to have ceased firmware development for this device as just three months ago, a new firmware update was released for the Galaxy S5 Neo which brought the March security patch for this handset, even though countless more recent handsets hadn’t even received the February patch by then.

The Galaxy S5 Neo (SM-G903) has now been spotted on GFXBench. The benchmark listing for the device tested reveals that it was running Android 7.0 Nougat. This strongly indicates that Samsung may be testing the Nougat update for this device. However, it’s unclear if and when the company is planning to release it.

It may be over two years old but the Galaxy S5 Neo is more than capable of running Android 7.0 Nougat. It has the same hardware specifications as the Galaxy A5 (2016) which is definitely getting Nougat. So it just may be a matter of time before Galaxy S5 Neo can get a taste of Nougat as well.

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Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) hands-on

The recent launch of the revamped Galaxy J (2017) series marks a significant event in the development of Samsung’s hardware design. Though some markets already saw the launch of similarly built devices late last year (check our Galaxy J7 Prime review, for example) most Western buyers will only get their hands on Samsung’s new premium Galaxy J lineup in the coming weeks. I’ve got my hands on the first device of the series to be launched, the Galaxy J5 (2017), and will now share a few quick first impressions.

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Galaxy J5 (2017) hands-on: Build quality

After many years of repeated ridicule over its cheap choice of materials, it is safe to say the Galaxy J5 (2017) proves Samsung has learned from the past. While it is easy to see progress in expensive flagship devices like the Galaxy S8, the arrival of a full metal body in the much more affordable Galaxy J series is perhaps an even more significant landmark. After all, Samsung expects to sell one hundred million of these units this year. And with the Galaxy J5 (2017), it is not all that hard to imagine that happening, especially when you consider how well the earlier J series phones have done in the market.

The device feels very, very solid. The smooth curves and cool back plate certainly give the device a more sturdy, premium feel than the Galaxy S6, which was considered flagship material a mere two years ago. In fact, were it not for the lack of IP68-rating, I would prefer the hardware of the J5 (2017) over that of the Galaxy A5 (2017) by quite a margin.

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Display

Notwithstanding the excellent design, the Galaxy J5 (2017) is not a high-end phone. Therefore, the AMOLED display comes with a somewhat modest 720p HD resolution. If you try hard, you can see some pixels, thanks to Samsung’s loyalty to the PenTile subpixel matrix, making it similar to the J5 (2016) in this regard. Then again, a vast majority of users will never notice. I know you can get a phone with a 1080p display in this price class, but there’s something to be said for choosing AMOLED over LCD in spite of resolution. I will reserve final judgment until our full review of this device, but as a first impression, the display of J5 (2017) is fine, even without winning any awards for pixel density.

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Software and performance

Something similar can be said of the performance of the Galaxy J5 (2017). The Exynos 7870 SoC can also be found in the Galaxy J7 (2016) as well as the Galaxy A3 (2017), and was designed with one thing in mind: energy efficiency. The chip delivers sufficient performance to run Android 7.0 and the Samsung Experience UX smoothly.

The latter comes in version 8.1, which is the same as found on the Galaxy S8. And indeed, though a little less feature-rich, it is the same, offering plenty of customization options. Choose new themes and icon packs, and set how many apps your home screen and app drawer shows. Even entirely disabling the app drawer is an option, just like on the S8. Furthermore, there are features like Secure Folder, Blue light filter, and Samsung Cloud integration. And to be sure: there is no trace of Bixby.

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Fingerprint reader

Slowly but surely Samsung is fulfilling its promise to bring secure authentication methods to affordable devices. So yes, the Galaxy J5 (2017) comes equipped with a fingerprint reader (so did the J7 Prime, but that device was limited to a very few markets). In line with the overall user experience described above, it works well. It is always on, so you can unlock the phone without pressing the home key. But also when using it with Samsung Pass or Secure Folder it is an easy, fuss-free solution that is a welcome addition to Samsung’s lower mid-range portfolio.

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Camera and battery life

As you might expect, a short period of playing around with the Galaxy J5 (2017) is not at all sufficient to say anything useful about cameras or battery life. From what I’ve seen, the former should be more or less on par with the device’s price range, while the latter seems to be very promising. But again, you will have to wait for the final review for a definitive opinion. I will add that if there are any fans of easily exchangeable batteries left in 2017, the J5 is no longer a device that accommodates this requirement. Here, too, the design now trumps flexibility.

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Overall impression

The most important takeaway from this short Galaxy J5 (2017) hands-on, is that Samsung is indeed upping its affordable smartphone game in a big way. Mind you, it won’t be dirt cheap when it launches in Europe costing €279. However, most buyers will be paying considerably less for it, as prices decline in the course of the next twelve months. If the battery life does what the specifications promise, and the camera turns out to be at least up to the standard of its class, I have no problem imagining Samsung selling this phone by the boatload. Stay tuned for the full review.

First Galaxy J5 (2017) firmware update brings June security patch

Samsung recently launched its revamped Galaxy J series. The Galaxy J5 (2017) is directly available in the Netherlands today and the release coincides with the rollout of the first firmware update for this handset. The update that’s rolling out now brings the June security patch for the Galaxy J5 (2017).

The Galaxy J5 (2017) has a nice metal body, it’s powered by a 1.6GHz processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. It also has a 3,000mAh battery, a 5.2-inch HD Super AMOLED display as well as a 13-megapixel front and back camera.

Samsung is actually rolling out this firmware version J530FXXU1AQF5 in several countries across Europe where the handset has been released. It’s a minor update in that it weighs in at just 23MB and don’t bring any new features, but then again, the Galaxy J5 (2017) is already running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

It’s a good sign that the company is quick to release the latest security patch for this handset. Samsung is committed to rolling out monthly security patches but some devices tend to receive them a lot later than others.

The security patch for the month of June 2017 brings fixes for countless vulnerabilities in Android OS as well as 23 Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) in the company’s own software.

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Carphone Warehouse now accepting pre-orders for the Coral Blue Galaxy S8

The Coral Blue color variant of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ can now be pre-ordered exclusively from Carphone Warehouse in the United Kingdom. The former is priced at £689, while the latter carries a price tag of £779.

As you’d expect, the Coral Blue Galaxy S8 is identical to the regular Midnight Black model, packing a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 8895 Octa/Snapdragon 835 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery.

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

Obviously, the same applies to the Galaxy S8+, which features almost identical internals to its smaller sibling, with the main differences being it has a slightly larger 6.2-inch screen and a 3,500mAh cell.

This news comes less than a week after British 4G carrier EE started accepting reservations for the Arctic Silver version of both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the region.

Here’s what Connor Pierce, Samsung Vice President, IT & Mobile said at the time:

We’re delighted to be partnering with EE to exclusively offer their customers the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in Artic Silver. The Artic Silver edition has a modern and understated look and perfectly complements the Infinity Display screen. I hope EE customers like it as much as we do.

Tizen 4.0 First Milestone Release to Open New Opportunities in the IoT Era

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Samsung Begins Mass Production of First Exynos-branded IoT Solution, the Exynos i T200

 

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced the start of mass production of its first Exynos-branded Internet of Things (IoT) solution, the Exynos i T200. Built on a low-power 28-nanometer (nm) High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process and featuring high processing capabilities along with Wi-Fi connectivity, the Exynos i T200 is an optimum IoT solution to deliver the performance needed for upcoming IoT use cases.

 

In terms of processing, the Exynos i T200 utilizes both a Cortex®-R4 processor and an additional Cortex®-M0+ processor enabling the devices it supports to process and perform various tasks without the need for an extra microcontroller IC in the system. For connectivity, the Exynos i T200 supports 802.11b/g/n single-band (2.4GHz), and has received the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance, and Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT. It also natively supports IoTivity, an IoT protocol standard from the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), which enables seamless interoperability between IoT devices.

 

 

To address security and privacy, one of the biggest current challenges for device manufactures and consumers in applying IoT capabilities, the Exynos i T200 utilizes a separate and designated security management hardware block called the Security Sub-System (SSS). In addition, the Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) IP provides secure data storage and device authentication management without the need to fuse a key onto silicon, and rely on a discrete security IC for key storage. This security measure provides a much higher level of security compared to the conventional one-time programmable (OTP) based solutions.

 

“The Exynos i T200 is an IoT solution optimized to deliver both the performance and security demanded in the IoT market,” said Ben Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “With various Exynos solution offerings, Samsung will deliver further differentiated value to not only mobile devices, but also non-mobile spaces, including automotive and IoT.”

 

For more information about Samsung’s Exynos products, please visit www.samsung.com/exynos.