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Samsung Will Pay Good Money For A New QLED TV Stand Design

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


Samsung wants to redesign its QLED TV stand and it has teamed up with popular design magazine Dezeen to launch a competition that is free to enter for all professional designers, non-designers, students and teams. It’s also going to accept entries from individuals and teams of designers.

All those who submit their entries must be over 18 and able to present their design to a panel of English-speaking judges. They also have to be available from August 26 to September 2 as Samsung will invite the five finalists to the IFA 2017 trade show in Berlin.

Samsung is asking contestants to rethink the dimension and shape of its QLED TV stand. The designs that are submitted can either be freestanding or table-mounted. Samsung encourages participants to use innovative materials.

The company wants the designs to be outstanding, designs which show that the TV is no longer just a technology item but a lifestyle product. Participants should have a certain lifestyle in mind and their design should match it. For example, this can be luxurious, minimal or eccentric.

Samsung has a prize pool of €30,000 for this contest. The winning design receives €8,000 and the other four finalists get €3,000 each. The 10 entrants that make it to the shortlist will receive €1,000 each.

Contestants will also have the chance to ink a separate agreement with Samsung over the rights to use their design. The ownership of the design will remain with the designer.

More details about the contest as well as the technical files and specifications are available on Dezeen’s website. Entries are due by August 1.

Samsung Will Pay Good Money For A New QLED TV Stand Design , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Might Not Launch A Bixby Speaker After All

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Following the success of the Amazon Echo, we saw it spawn devices like the Google Home and the Apple HomePod. Given Samsung’s competitive nature, it was reported that Samsung might have something similar in the works that would be powered by Bixby. However accord to the latest reports out of Korea, that may no longer be the case.

In a report from The Investor, it seems that Samsung might have given up on their plans to launch a Bixby-powered speaker. The device, apparently codenamed Vega, was in the works for more than a year, but it seems that Samsung has decided that such a device might not be very marketable.

The source was quoted as saying, “Samsung currently does not view Al speakers as marketable, as the global market is already dominated by unbeatable Amazon and the Korean market is too small to make profits.” It is true that Amazon’s Echo speakers are pretty dominant at the moment given their varying price points, but considering that the market is still pretty new, the number one spot isn’t necessary set in stone yet.

According to analyst Kim Jong-ki, he suggests that Samsung may instead take a wait-and-see attitude instead of jumping right in. At the moment Bixby Voice is only just rolling out in the US, so it remains to be seen if the service is used often enough and is well-received for Samsung to consider a Bixby-powered speaker in the future.

Samsung Might Not Launch A Bixby Speaker After All , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung (Finally) Launches Bixby Voice In The US

Tyler Lee July 19, 2017

Imagine a company launching a new product and boasting about a particular key feature, only for customers to discover that when they buy the product, the feature has yet to be launched/activated, or does not work as intended. That’s what we saw when Apple first introduced Siri, and that’s what happened with Samsung’s Bixby.

The Galaxy S8 was announced earlier this year with Bixby Ai digital assistant being one of its key features. However Bixby Voice, perhaps the “main” component of Bixby, was not launched together with the phone as Samsung was still working on it, but it seems that the wait is finally over as Samsung has officially announced that Bixby Voice is now available to users in the US.

According to Samsung, “Users can now use their voice to do many things they do with touch. Users can ask Bixby to complete simple tasks like turning on the flashlight, taking a screen shot, or taking a selfie. Bixby can complete more complex tasks like creating a photo album of all the pictures a user took last week and calling it ‘Vacation,’ and then sharing those photos with family and friends. Users can have Bixby remember things and remind, such as ‘remember this is where I parked,’ or ‘remind me to pick up eggs and milk at the grocery store.’”

If you’d like to start using Bixby Voice, users will need to get their hands on the Bixby update which should already be available, so once the software has been updated you’ll be good to go.

Samsung (Finally) Launches Bixby Voice In The US , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Xiaomi To Source OLED Displays From Samsung

Adnan Farooqui July 18, 2017


Xiaomi has quickly become one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world. The company has been able to achieve this feat by aggressively pricing devices to entice customers to opt for its products. It’s a strategy that has worked very well for the company so far. That’s not to say that its devices don’t offer good specifications. They do and it appears that its upcoming handsets will feature even better displays because according to a new report, Xiaomi will start sourcing OLED displays from Samsung.

As many of you might be aware, Samsung is the largest supplier of mobile OLED displays on the market right now. Not only that, its mobile OLED panels are highly regarded by the mobile industry.

According to the report, Xiaomi’s 2018 flagship smartphone is going to have an OLED display sourced from Samsung. Xiaomi has reportedly placed orders for a 6.01 inch OLED display panel and the first shipment is said to take place in December this year.

Xiaomi was actually expected to source this display panel from LG but since the latter’s new plant operation has not taken off in a timely fashion, Xiaomi has gone elsewhere and at this point in time, there’s no better manufacturer of OLED displays than Samsung.

Xiaomi To Source OLED Displays From Samsung , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Rumored To Product Apple’s 2018 iPhone Chipsets

Tyler Lee July 18, 2017

For a while Samsung was chosen by Apple to be one of their manufacturers for their A-series chipsets used in their iPhones and iPads. However the legal dispute between both companies as well as Apple’s desire to not be over-reliant on one supplier has led to Apple working with both Samsung and TSMC.

However in recent times, it seems that TSMC has scored an exclusive manufacturing agreement with Apple, but apparently that is set to change in 2018. According to a report from The Investor, Samsung will apparently be joining TSMC in manufacturing the chipsets for 2018’s iPhones.

That being said, we doubt that this will have an impact on the end results of the phone. In the past Apple has used Samsung and TSMC and apart from some slight discrepancies in battery life, which admittedly is probably more felt on paper than in real-life usage, there were no perceivable differences in performance.

However the upside is that given that how many iPhones that Apple tends to manufacture, an with analysts predicting a super-cycle, it will be good business for Samsung, but take it with a grain of salt for now since we haven’t heard anything official from Apple or Samsung yet.

Samsung Rumored To Product Apple’s 2018 iPhone Chipsets , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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2018’s Galaxy S9 And Note 9 Rumored To Retain The Same Display Sizes

Tyler Lee July 18, 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is barely half a year old and the Galaxy Note 8 has yet to be announced, but it seems that the rumor mill isn’t taking a break because it looks like some information regarding the 2018 Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9 has been revealed, with the information being about their display sizes.

In a report from The Investor, there have been claims made by unnamed industry sources who say that for the Galaxy S9 next year, Samsung will be retaining the same display sizes as this year’s models. This means that the Galaxy S9 will sport a 5.77-inch display, while the Galaxy S9 Plus will feature a larger 6.22-inch display.

The report goes on to claim that this will be the same for the Note 9 in which it will keep the same display size as the Note 8, which at the moment is rumored to be 6.32-inches. Given that the Note 8 has yet to be officially announced (we’re hearing end August), we’re not even sure if those rumors are true to begin with.

Take it with a grain of salt for now, but we suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised if Samsung were to retain the same display sizes. After all phones these days are already pretty huge and it’s not often that OEMs go beyond 6-inches these days, so it’s not as if we expect next year’s models to make that jump.

2018’s Galaxy S9 And Note 9 Rumored To Retain The Same Display Sizes , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Will Recover Rare Metals From Recalled Note 7s

Tyler Lee July 18, 2017

We’re sure many are wondering what Samsung plans to do with the millions of Galaxy Note 7 handsets that were recalled. We’ve seen Samsung relaunch the phone as the Note 7 Fan Edition which is basically a refurbished version of the handset minus the faulty battery, but given that its availability is limited to the South Korean market, what about the rest of the phones?

For those who are worried that it might end up in some landfill, you can rest assured that Samsung will be doing what they can to reduce the environmental impact, and that is by recovering rare metals from the phone. As you probably know, a lot of rare metals is used during the manufacturing of our electronics, and Samsung plans to try and recover as much of them as possible, along with components that could be used as replacement parts for devices that are sent in for servicing or repairs.

This includes camera modules, chips, and displays, along with the rare metals used such as cobalt, copper, gold, and silver. Environmental activists Greenpeace have called on Samsung to try and recover the materials used, and it looks like they’ll be getting their wish, and we guess it makes sense too since discarding them would be a massive waste considering how many units were produced.

Samsung Will Recover Rare Metals From Recalled Note 7s , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Galaxy S8 Outselling Galaxy S7 By 15%

Tyler Lee July 17, 2017

Last year Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 and while the handset itself was good without any question, it’s safe to say that this year’s Galaxy S8 with its near bezel-less display, sleek design, and amazing hardware that could be considered something of a game-changer for Samsung, which is why we’re not surprised at it success.

According to Samsung’s president of mobile business Dongjin Koh, he has revealed that the Galaxy S8 is doing better compared to that of the Galaxy S7, where the 2017 flagship is apparently outselling its predecessor by as much as 15%. Koh also expressed his optimism that momentum for both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will continue into the third and fourth quarters of the year.

Assuming this is true, this is something that Samsung can lord over the competition such as Apple, who has been experiencing a decline in iPhone sales over the past few quarters. However many expect that the iPhone 8 will help Apple to rebound, but lest we forget, Samsung has the Note 8 handset which is due for a launch towards the end of August that could possibly steal some sales from Apple.

That being said, are you surprised at the Galaxy S8’s success and how it has beaten out its predecessor, the Galaxy S7?

Galaxy S8 Outselling Galaxy S7 By 15% , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Galaxy A7 (2017) Nougat Update Gets Certified

Adnan Farooqui July 17, 2017


It was reported recently that Samsung might soon release the much-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017). Both premium mid-range smartphones were released earlier this year. Samsung is yet to confirm when it will start rolling out said update for these handsets but now there’s mounting circumstantial evidence to suggest that the release is not that far off.

The Galaxy A7 (2017) running Android 7.0 Nougat has been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The approval from the Wi-Fi standards body is often taken as an indication of an impending release.

This latest development suggests that it may not be long before Samsung starts rolling out the Nougat update for the Galaxy A7 (2017). It’s going to take quite a bit of time to become available for all users, though, as availability varies by carrier and region.

Those who own unlocked versions of the Galaxy A7 (2017) will undoubtedly be among the first to get a taste of Nougat on their handsets. That’s one of the benefits of purchasing an unlocked and off-contract device.

Samsung recently launched a variant of the Galaxy A7 (2017) in China with Bixby onboard. It remains to be seen if the company is going to release Bixby for this handset in other markets across the globe as well with the Nougat update.

Galaxy A7 (2017) Nougat Update Gets Certified , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Debuts The World’s First Cinema LED Display

Tyler Lee July 16, 2017

At the moment, the majority of cinemas that you go to rely on projectors. This has been pretty much the case since the start, although admittedly projectors and its quality have come a long way since. However it seems that in the future, we could be watching movies using the same display technology offered by our TVs.

This is thanks to Samsung who has announced the world’s first cinema LED display, possibly in a bid to replace projector technology that we’ve all grown accustomed to. The display which they unveiled measures 34 feet and offers 4K resolution in a HDR LED display that has been designed specifically for movie theaters.

According to Samsung, “The display brings the visual power of HDR picture quality to the big screen, and enlivens content with both ultra-sharp 4K resolution (4,096 x 2,160) and peak brightness levels (146fL) nearly 10 times greater than that offered by standard projector technologies. Additionally, the Cinema LED Screen’s futuristic, distortion-free presentation leverages ultra-contrast and low-tone grayscale settings to showcase the brightest colors, deepest blacks and most pristine whites at a nearly infinite contrast ratio.”

Now whether or not movie theaters around the world have plans to upgrade their screens to Samsung’s offering remains to be seen. However if you live in Korea or are planning to visit Korea, you’ll be able to check it out for yourself as the world’s first installed version will be at the Lotte Cinema World Tower in South Korea.

Samsung Debuts The World’s First Cinema LED Display , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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