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Samsung Announces New Galaxy Wearables

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 20, 2019 by itnerd

Samsung’s latest attempt to try and eat into Apple’s dominance in the wearables space comes in the form of the following:

  • The Galaxy Active:  The watch monitors blood pressure, in addition to heart rate. Clearly a shot at the EKG functionality in the Apple Watch 4. It has 4GB of storage and also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile payments via NFC. It can be charged by the new S10 smartphone. It can track over 30 activities. The watch will cost $199.99 US and will be released on March 8th.
  • The Galaxy Fit: Lower down on the food chain and clearly aimed at the Fitbit crowd is the Galaxy Fit. It has a rubber strap with a 0.95-inch full color, touch-sensitive AMOLED display. It pairs over Bluetooth, includes a heart rate monitor, charges wirelessly, and is water resistant. Expect to pay $99 USD on May 31 when it ships.

 

Samsung Announces Galaxy S10 Lineup

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 20, 2019 by itnerd

Because a foldable smartphone isn’t enough, Samsung has announced the Galaxy S10 lineup. There are four phones on offer:

  • There’s the S10E at the low end
  • The Galaxy S10
  • The S10 Plus
  • The Galaxy S10 5G which the brand’s first 5G phone

Key features (depending on the model) include:

  • An edge-to-edge screen with tiny bezels.
  • The ability to wirelessly charge another device.
  • An Infinity-O display that cuts a small circle (or oval) to make room for front-facing cameras.
  • The world’s first ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader, which unlocks the Galaxy S10 using sound waves.
  • Up to four rear cameras.
  • Up to 1TB of built-in storage.
  • The all-new One UI. Android Pie.
  • A Snapdragon 855 processor.
  • 5G capabilities

Preorders for all but the 5G phone begin on Feb. 21, for a March 8 release date. Each preorder comes with a free set of Galaxy Buds which is Samsung’s answer to AirPods from Apple as a gift.

UPDATE: Telus sent me this statement after the announcement:

Following Samsung’s unpacked announcement today, we’re happy to confirm that the S10e, S10 and S10+ are now available for pre-order at TELUS at telus.com/galaxys10. The Galaxy S10 will be available for purchase in-store and online at telus.com on March 8.

Customers who purchase the S10 on a Premium Plus rate plan and sign up for the Bring It Back program, can expect to receive the S10 at the absolute best cost. With pricing starting at $150 (S10e), $300 (S10) and $420 (S10+) for the 128 GB models.

TELUS customers who pre-order the new Galaxy S10e, on a two year term, will receive a Samsung Wireless Charger Pad, valued at $79.99 and those who pre-order either the Galaxy S10 or S10+, on a two year term, will receive Samsung Galaxy Buds, valued at $199.99.

 

Samsung Announces Galaxy Fold Smartphone

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 20, 2019 by itnerd

Samsung today officially unveiled its foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold.

Yes, I said foldable smartphone.

When folded up, the Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch display that’s designed to fit in the palm of a hand, and when opened up, it has a 7.3-inch display that’s tablet sized. There’s a hidden hinge and gears to facilitate that. The Galaxy Fold comes in four colors: black, silver, green, and blue, and with some color options, the outside hinge shade can be customized. Under the hood there is a 7-nanometer processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, and two batteries that add up to 4,380mAh. Oh yeah, there’s a mind blowing six cameras on board. Three on the back, two on the inside, and one on the front.

The Galaxy Fold will come in a LTE version and a 5G version and will start at a mind blowing $1,980 US. You can get your hands on one starting on April 26. and it will come with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Buds which are Samsung’s answer to AirPods.

As soon as I get product links, I will post them here.

UPDATE: Info on the Galaxy Buds can be found here. And info on the Galaxy Fold can be found here.

A Reader Complains About The Lack Of Support For The Samsung Galaxy Watch From Rogers

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 25, 2019 by itnerd

I got a comment related to this story that I posted about the Samsung Galaxy Watch. Which for those on Team Android is the chief competitor to the Apple Watch. I posted that story in relation to Rogers lack of eSIM support at the time. They now have that support. Sort of. But only for the Apple Watch. It’s not available for the Galaxy Watch because Rogers much to my surprise doesn’t seem to carry the Galaxy Watch. Here’s what the reader who tipped me off to this said:

I spent alot of the day today calling Roger’s and getting escalated to higher and higher up the Rogers management chain.

In the end I spent over half an hour talking to the Office of the President of Roger’s.

Supposedly the very top of Rogers.

I was told that Roger’s has made a business decision to not support the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

And worse that they have no plans to support it at any time in the future.

I was on hold for nearly 10 minutes while the Office of the President checked and confirmed with all groups that there is no support planned at all.

(While I was told that they may change their mind at any time, it seems highly unlikely as these things are normally scheduled months in advanced)

This is extreamly discouraging.

When I pointed out that this is making a large number of Roger’s customers very upset, I was told that I could complain to the ombudsman (who had no control over business decisions).

I also pointed out that the type of person who buys a 500+ smartwatch is likely to also be spending alot on other Roger’s services and that this business decision was likely to be a expensive mistake.

In the end I have decided to move all my business to a different carrier.

Not my preferred choice, but I am left with no choice.

Well, that’s someone who is never going to do business with Rogers again. And I confirmed via this page that the only carriers in Canada that have the Galaxy Watch are Telus and Bell.

At first I thought the person who pinged me on this was over reacting. But I reached out to a bunch of my friends and associates who are on Team Android to get their views on they. To my surprise their reaction to finding out that Rogers doesn’t carry the Galaxy Watch was one of shock. They all assumed that of course Rogers would carry all the latest and greatest devices. Thus the fact that Rogers didn’t carry the Galaxy Watch was mind blowing. Thus based on that, I think Rogers has really made a mistake here. One they might want to reconsider with the Galaxy 10 about to make an appearance as that will drive upgrades once it is available. Those upgrades will likely go to carriers that carry all of Samsung’s products. In other words, Telus and Bell and not Rogers. Pity.

 

Samsung Pulls An Apple And Puts Out A Warning About Future Financial Results

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 8, 2019 by itnerd

It seems that Apple isn’t the only company who is ringing alarm bells. Their chief competitor in the smartphone space which is Samsung has put out a warning of their own in regards to future financial results.

In its earnings guidance for Q4 2018, Samsung said it expected sales to be down roughly 11 percent year over year to about $52.5 billion USD. That’s about $3 billion less than what the analyst community was expecting. The reason for this is simple. Samsung is looking at weaker than expected demand for memory chips due to China/US trade tensions. And I am guessing that Apple who is known to buy chips from Samsung is not buying as many because of their issues.

I wonder how many more companies are going to put out statements like this?

 

 

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch, Wireless Charger Duo, and Galaxy Home Smart Speaker

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 9, 2018 by itnerd

Samsung announced a lot of stuff at a product event today. Here’s a rundown of what was announced:

  • The new Galaxy Note 9 was announced and it is equipped with a 6.4-inch 2960 by 1400 Super AMOLED screen, and like previous Note models, it works with the S Pen stylus. It features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 to 8GB RAM, dual AKG speakers, a 4,000 mAh battery, and 12-megapixel dual-aperture camera system. But it adds a Intelligent Camera function that’s able to detect what you’re taking a photo of. The S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 9 introduces new Bluetooth-enabled features that allow it to be used to control the camera of the device for taking selfies and other photos, control video playback, and more. It will ship with Android 8.1 and pre-orders start tomorrow with an August 24th launch date. Here’s a video that does a full rundown of the specs:

  • Samsung also announced the Galaxy Watch, an LTE-enabled device that’s been designed to look like “a real watch” with a circular face and bezel that doubles as a control unit. It offers up Corning’s DX+ glass and better battery life than previous Samsung smart watches, with Samsung claiming that it will last several days on one charge. I question this move as the Apple Watch dominates the wearables category. But clearly the Korean company thinks they can make a go of it.
  • Samsung has introduced the Wireless Charger Duo that’s able to charge the watch and the phone at the same time.
  • Galaxy Home, which is designed to compete with Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod, Google Home, and other smart speaker options on the market. I’m really questioning this move as for starters, Bixby sucks. And on top of that, I don’t know how much room is left for a new entrant like Samsung.
  • Samsung has finally announced a deal with Spotify to enable the streaming service to be used seamlessly across all of Samsung’s devices.

Clearly the Galaxy Note 9 is the headline here. But all of these announcements will get Samsung a fair amount of press. But will it translate into sales? It will for the Note 9. I’m not sure about the rest of it. But time will tell.

UPDATE: Telus sent me that statement;

Following Samsung’s announcement of the new Galaxy Note 9 today, we’re happy to confirm that it is now available for pre-order at TELUS. The latest iteration of Samsung’s Note series is available for pre-order at www.telus.com/galaxynote9 for $750 with a Premium plan, and $550 with a Premium Plus plan. TELUS customers who pre-order the new Galaxy Note 9 will also receive a pair of Gear IconX earbuds, valued at $299.99.

The Note 9 will be available for purchase in-store and online at telus.com on August 24.

 

#PSA: If You Have A Samsung Phone, Your Pics May Be Sent To Random Contacts

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 3, 2018 by itnerd

From the “well this is quite the screw up” department comes news that Samsung’s Messages app bundled with Samsung smartphones and tablets may silently sending people’s private photos to random contacts. At least according to a thread on Reddit that has people complaining about this. Samsung is apparently aware of the complaints, which surfaced last week and is investigating.

In the meantime, if you’re using Samsung’s Messages software and are worried about unapproved picture texts, especially of any pics that are “private” in nature, not that there’s anything wrong with that, you should open the app go into its permissions, and disable access to storage. That way pics that you don’t want out in the public domain don’t have the chance to surface.