Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch Set for March 29

Samsung Galaxy S8 is launching next month, Samsung has revealed. Samsung at its Sunday keynote in Barcelona confirmed that Galaxy Unpacked 2017 will be held on March 29, where the company is set to unveil its next flagship, the Galaxy S8. Previous reports indicate the smartphone will only go on sale by April 21.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch Set for March 29

Teasing the launch event, Samsung wrote in its official invite, “On March 29, Samsung Electronics will unveil the newest Galaxy as part of its endeavour to unbox your phone.”

The invite further said, “The forthcoming addition to the Galaxy line-up represents the start of a new era, by reshaping the device that has over the years become an indispensable tool in our everyday lives.” Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event will be also live-streamed on the company’s website.

Thanks to a flurry of leaks, we already know that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S8+.

Based on leaks so far, the company is expected to give the Galaxy S8 a design overhaul with no physical home button at the front. The company is also said to be adding a dedicated button for Bixby – Samsung’s new AI assistant which will work with native apps as well. For specifications, the Galaxy S8 is widely rumoured to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The handset is said to pack 64GB inbuilt storage while come with support for expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Samsung Galaxy S8 is likely to sport 3250mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet, Galaxy Book 2-in-1 Hybrid Launched at MWC 2017

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (seen below) and the Samsung Galaxy Book (seen above), the two latest tablet hybrids from Samsung, were unveiled at Samsung’s MWC 2017 event. Both come with the S Pen stylus in the box, and while both support Pogo Keyboard Covers, only the Galaxy Book comes with it in the box – making it a 2-in-1 tablet hybrid. The Galaxy Tab S3 runs Android 7.0 Nougat, while the Galaxy Book runs Windows 10.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet, Galaxy Book 2-in-1 Hybrid Launched at MWC 2017

For now, price and availability details have not been shared by the company. Starting with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 – the new Samsung tablet sports a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536 pixels) Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC (2 cores at 2.15GHz and 2 cores at 1.6GHz) coupled with 4GB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with flash and 4K video recording, and a 5-megapixel front camera. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).

The tablet will be available in Wi-Fi only and LTE models, while other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, and USB 3.1 Type-C port. The Galaxy Tab S3 measures in at 237.3x169x6mm and weighs 429 grams on the Wi-Fi only version, and 434 grams for the LTE variant. Sensors on board include accelerometer, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, geometric sensor, and RGB sensor.

Coming to the Samsung Galaxy Book – the 2-in-1 hybrid is the first Windows device with support for the S Pen stylus. The company has launched the hybrid in two screen sizes – 10.6-inch and 12-inch. Both feature some differences in specifications. The 10.6-inch display uses TFT technology and sports a full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution, while the 12-inch display uses Super AMOLED technology and boasts of a full-HD (2160×1440 pixels) resolution.

The 10.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book comes with a dual-core 7th generation Intel Core m3 clocked at 2.6GHz, while the 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Book features a dual-core 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 3.1GHz. While the 10.6-inch variant comes with 4GB of RAM in both 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage models, the 12-inch variant comes with 4GB of RAM in the 128GB storage model, and 8GB of RAM in the 256GB storage model.

The 10.6-inch Galaxy Book model comes with only a 5-megapixel fixed focus webcam, while the 12-inch model comes with a 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera and a 5-megapixel webcam. Both sort USB 3.1 Type-C ports, though the 12-inch model has two instead of one. The smaller model weighs 640 grams for the Wi-Fi only variant, and 650 grams for the LTE variant, while the larger model weighs in at 754 grams for both the Wi-Fi and LTE models. The smaller model has a 30.4WHr battery, while the larger model has a 39.04WHr battery. Dimensions are 261.2×179.1×8.9mm and 291.3×199.8×7.4mm respectively.

Getting to the common specifications – both the Samsung Galaxy Book models support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB), and connectivity options beyond LTE include Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth v4.1, and GPS. Sensors on board include accelerometer and an ambient light sensor.

Speaking about the launch, DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, said, “At Samsung, we are committed to expanding the boundaries of the mobile and computing experience by providing best-in-class products that satisfy mobile users’ diverse needs and demands. Our new tablet portfolio is built with premium technology that delivers a productive and versatile experience to consumers, designed for users at home, work or on the go.”

OnePlus 3T 128GB is now up for grab on Amazon

After a long wait, the 128GB variant of OnePlus 3T is back in stock. As most of us know, OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were the best value for money smartphones in 2016 and is still a hot product on Amazon. For those who are not satisfied with the 64GB variant of OnePlus 3T can now get their hands on the 128GB variant.

Related: OnePlus 3T TechRadar India review: The best is now better

The sad part is that only Amazon Prime members will be able to order the smartphone till now. Those who are not subscripted to the Prime membership will have to wait for one more week.

The only difference between the OnePlus 3T 128GB variant and the 64GB variant is the storage and the price. While the 64GB variant costs Rs. 29,999, the 128GB variant will retail at Rs. 34,999. One more thing worth noting is that the 128GB OnePlus 3T is available only in Gunmetal colour option, so if you were planning for aSoft Gold colour, that is not an option.

The sale will last till 10:00 AM tomorrow, after that the smartphone will go on sale again on February 25. The next sale will not be Amazon Prime exclusive , it will be an open sale instead.

OnePlus 3T Specifications

The One Plus 3T comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor along with 6GB RAM. It has a 5.5-inch full HD (1080×1920 resolution) AMOLED display. It features a 16-megapixel camera on rear and a 16MP sensor on the front as well. it has a 3400 man battery which come with company’s dash charge technology for super fast charging.

All new Chromebooks will get Android app support

If you’re buying a Chromebook released in 2017 or later you’ll no longer need to worry about whether or not it will run Android apps.chromebook android apps primary

Google recently added a note saying as much to its Android apps for Chrome OS support page, as first spotted by Android Police. “All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after…will work with Android apps in the coming future,” the note says.

That was pretty much expected to be the case, but it’s nice to see Google guarantee this for buyers of new devices. Even though Google is saying Chromebooks from here on out are getting Android support, it still plans to extend support to older devices. Chromebooks designated for Android support are still listed as they were before, and Google says they will still get Android support.

 

Even with this new policy, it’s not going to get any simpler figuring out if that Chromebook you want to buy is getting Android app support. New Chromebooks for 2017 have yet to appear, and even when they do there will likely be a glut of older Chromebooks available—especially if you buy online. Be sure to check Google’s support page (link above) to see whether or not the Chromebook you’re interested in will support Android apps.

Chromebooks have always found a home in the education market but they’ve yet to become popular with home users. With Android apps coming to Chromebooks, at least some computer makers are hoping that will change.

Fresh battles lines between Chromebooks and Windows PCs were drawn at CES 2017 in January. Asus introduced the next iteration of the Chromebook Flip. Samsung, meanwhile, unveiled the Chromebook Plus and Pro, two premium touchscreen devices that aim to make the most of Chromebook Android integration.

Samsung pushes back Galaxy S8 release, promises a ‘very innovative’ Note 8

Now that the results of its investigation into the Galaxy Note7 fires has been completed and reported, Samsung can fully turn its attention to the launch of one of the most anticipated phones of the year, the Galaxy S8. But don’t get your hopes up just yet. It looks like it’s going to take a little longer than usual to arrive.Samsung Galaxy S7 EMBARGOED until Sunday Feb. 21 1 PM EST

During an interview with Reuters following the announcement of the results of the probe into the Note7 batteries, Samsung mobile president DJ Koh said the Galaxy S8 would not be unveiled during its customary slot at the Mobile World Congress show next month. Rather, the company is taking a little longer with the production of its new handset as it implements an extensive set of testing to ensure the batteries are functioning normally.

Koh did not offer a time frame for the release, but reports have indicated that the handset could arrive in late March or April, possibly at an event in New York City. After Samsung was forced to pull the Note7 off shelves in October and implement a massive global recall, it found that the battery was to blame, and the company has since put an 8-point battery safety check in place to ensure future devices don’t have the same issues.

Samsung also revealed that there will indeed by a Note8 handset. In a separate interview, Koh told CNet that the company is not retiring the established Note name and instead “will bring back a better, safer, and very innovative Note 8.” He said there are “lots and lots of loyal Note customers,” but Samsung will surely need to work to build trust around the brand again. Samsung has said that 96 percent of the 3 million activated handsets have been returned.

The delay in Samsung’s launch of the S8 might be disappointing to fans anxiously awaiting to upgrade, but it’s good to hear Samsung taking its time with the new phone. Reports have indicated that part of the battery issues with the Note7 stemmed from the company’s aggressive production timeline (both before and after the initial launch), and Samsung certainly seems to be treating its new phones with the care and attention they deserve. As far as the Note brand goes, it remains to be seen whether Samsung can win over skeptical customers, but it’s refreshing to see a company embrace its history, warts and all, and not use marketing smoke and mirrors to hide their past mistakes.

This story, “Samsung pushes back Galaxy S8 release, promises a ‘very innovative’ Note 8” was originally published by Greenbot.

Ericsson Suffers in North America, to Cut Costs Further

Ericsson Suffers in North America, to Cut Costs Further

Sweden’s Ericsson said sales in North America, its biggest market, had fallen in the past three months, identifying another of its weaknesses after the mobile telecom equipment maker’s dramatic profit warning last week.

The company, the world’s biggest maker of mobile network equipment, also said it would introduce further cost-cutting to deal with a weaker mobile broadband market.

Ericsson shocked investors last week when it issued the profit warning – indicating a plunge of more than 90 percent in quarterly operating profit and tumbling sales.

The Swedish company is struggling with a drop in spending by telecoms companies, with new 5G technology still years away, and facing stiff competition from Finland’s Nokia and China’s Huawei.

The 8 percent reduction in North American sales was the second consecutive quarter of falls and was worse than expected, according to a SEB research note.

That decline was mainly due to lower sales in Professional Services – the business that supports and helps maintain networks.

Sprint Corp, operator of the fourth largest US mobile network, renegotiated a managed services contract with Ericsson in July, cutting its value by around 50 percent after the previous $5 billion, 7-year agreement expired.

US sales were also dragged down by one customer’s lower spending on mobile broadband, the company said, without giving details.

Ericsson had said last week that sales fell most in markets with weakening economies such as Brazil, Russia and the Middle East. Sales in Europe were hit by the completion of mobile broadband projects in 2015.

Adding to its troubles, the company has been without a permanent CEO since ousting Hans Vestberg in July.

Weak market
Ericsson shares, which plunged around 20 percent on last week’s profit warning, hit 8-year lows on Friday, down by as much as five percent on news of the broad decline in sales across nearly all business areas, weak cash flow and a poor near term outlook.

Year-on-year sales declined in most regions, including Europe, India and mainland China – with the only exception being South East Asia and Oceania. But the company blamed the overall weak global market.

“In our view we have not lost market share, but this is market driven,” acting CEO Jan Frykhammar told Reuters. Some analysts took issue with this, saying details in the poor company results showed specific problems for Ericsson.

Nokia is due to publish its quarterly results on October 27 when a broader picture of the market will emerge.

Nokia’s third quarter revenue is seen at EUR 5.9 billion ($6.4 billion), up 3 percent on the previous quarter. Ericsson sales fell six percent from the previous quarter.

“We will implement further short-term actions mainly to reduce cost of sales, in order to adapt our operations to weaker mobile broadband demand,” Frykhammar added in a separate statement.

Having been slower to cut costs than recently merged rivals Nokia and Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson has now announced plans to axe thousands of jobs, but analysts said third-quarter results showed the challenges facing the firm as it looks for a new leader.

There was no update on the search for a permanent CEO. The company could try to hire a chief executive with no track record in the telecoms industry after looking beyond the obvious candidates.

Ericsson’s operating profit in the quarter fell to SEK 0.3 billion ($33.7 million) from SEK 5.1 billion a year ago, a 93 percent fall, while sales dropped 14 percent to 51.1 billion, the company confirmed on Friday.

 

iPhone 7 Reportedly Catches Fire Inside Surfer’s Car

iPhone 7 Allegedly Bursts Into Flames and Damages Car; Apple Said to Be Investigating Incident

After the many reports of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones catching on fire which ultimately led to Samsung discontinuing the flagship, it now looks like Apple’s iPhone 7 is following a similar fate. Mat Jones, a surfer from the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia captured footage of the aftermath of a car fire, which he alleged was caused by his iPhone 7.

7 News reports that Jones had left his phone under a bunch of clothes in his car while he went to surf. He returned to find his car filled with smoke, with the phone having ignited and damaged the interior of the car.

“Ash was just coming from inside the pants which then, once you unwrapped the pants, the phone was just melting inside of it,” Jones told 7 News. Jones asserted that the iPhone 7 was a week old and was in no way damaged prior to the fire and he had not used a foreign charger.

Apple is reportedly aware of the incident and is investigating the reason behind the phone igniting. This isn’t the first such incident related to Apple’s newest iPhones. In late September, it was reported that aniPhone 7 Plus had exploded in transit, before even reaching the user.

So far, the incidents are still too few to expect a major recall on the scale of Samsung. However, such events only add to the alarming cases of lithium-ion batteries exploding and raise the question as to just how safe devices with these batteries really are.

Only time will tell if the latest incident is a one off or if Apple’s latest iPhones, much like the Galaxy Note 7, have missed certain quality checks along the way.

 

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Rs. 58,087

Display

4.70-inch

Processor

quad-core

Front Camera

7-megapixel

Resolution

750×1334 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

iOS 10

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

1960mAh

 

Telecom News Vodafone, Tata Teleservices Pay Rs. 12,499 Crores to DoT for Spectrum Purchase

Vodafone, Tata Teleservices Pay Rs. 12,499 Crores to DoT for Spectrum Purchase

Telecom operators Vodafone and Tata Teleservices Wednesday made payments of Rs. 10,100 crores and Rs. 2,300 crores, respectively, to the government for spectrum they bought in the recently-concluded auction.

The two telecom companies made the payment to theDepartment of Telecom (DoT), a day before October 20, which is the last date for making spectrum payment.

Vodafone, which emerged as the most aggressive bidder in the recent spectrum auction, paid Rs 10,100 crore under the deferred payment option, which involves part upfront payment and balance payment in ten yearly instalments after a two-year moratorium, DoT sources told PTI.

In the case of deferred payment option, telecom operators are required to pay 50 per cent of the bid amount upfront for spectrum bought in 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz, and 2500MHz bands, and 25 percent of the bid amount in the case of spectrum in the 800MHz band.

Vodafone also paid a financial bank guarantee of Rs. 1,900 crores, sources added.

The country’s second-largest telecom operator had made bids worth Rs. 20,280 crores to acquire spectrum in all its key telecom circles across 1800, 2100 and 2500MHz bands, and its overall spectrum spend placed it ahead of other rivals such as Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and the newcomer Reliance Jio.

Tata Teleservices also made its spectrum payment today. The company – which had fought fiercely to protect its spectrum holding in three circles, including the highly-lucrative Mumbai market – paid about Rs. 2,300 crores to DoT for airwaves it bought in the recent auction.

When contacted, both Vodafone and Tata Teleservices declined to comment on the issue.

Tata Teleservices bought airwaves worth Rs. 4,619 crores in circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh in 1800MHz band, during spectrum auctions which concluded recently.

It was crucial for the Tata Group company to get spectrum in the Mumbai and Maharashtra circles as its licence in these lucrative circles is set to expire next year.

The spectrum auction – which was touted as India’s largest sale of mobile airwaves – ended on October 6 after merely five days of bidding and garnered bids of just Rs. 65,789 crores against an expectation of Rs. 5.6 lakh crores, leaving nearly 60 percent of airwaves, including premium 4G bands, unsold.

Bharti Airtel, the nation’s biggest telecom company, bought Rs. 14,244 crores worth of spectrum, while Idea Cellular put in Rs. 12,798 crores of bids.

Newcomer Reliance Jio spent Rs. 13,672 crores on spectrum buying. Other operators which bought spectrum included RCom (about Rs. 65 crores) and Aircel (Rs. 111 crores).

 

Honor 8 India Launch Set for October 12

Honor 8 India Launch Set for October 12Honor, the Huawei Terminal brand, has sent out invites for a New Delhi launch event on October 12. The company has confirmed that it is launching the Honor 8 in India, and pricing and availability details will be unveiled at the event. The big highlight of the smartphone is the dual camera setup at the back, the full premium metal design, the fingerprint scanner at the back, and the USB Type-C port for charging.

The Honor 8 was unveiled first in China in July. The smartphone was then launched in three variants – CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,000) for the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage model, CNY 2,299 (approximately Rs. 23,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage model, and CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage model.

 

As for the specifications, the Honor 8 features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS LCD display with a pixel density of 423ppi. The smartphone is powered by a 1.8GHz Kirin 950 octa-core processor with 3GB or 4GB RAM configurations. There are also options for 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage, and it isn’t sure whether both or just one variant will make its way to the Indian market.
The Honor 8 smartphone sports two 12-megapixel rear cameras, with dual-tone LED flash and laser autofocus. Additionally, there is also an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.1, and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot. It measures 145.5x71x7.4mm and weighs 153 grams.

The smartphone is protected by 2.5D glass at the front and back, has smooth round metal edges, and dons the fingerprint sensor at the back. Interestingly, the fingerprint scanning ring doubles up into a physical button as well, and performs multiple functions on screen. The Honor 8 packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, and Infrared sensor.

RailTel to Provide Digital Connectivity in Far-Flung Areas

RailTel to Provide Digital Connectivity in Far-Flung Areas

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu Friday asked RailTel to adopt a “stand alone” approach to provide digital connectivity in far-flung areas.

Congratulating RailTel on its annual day, Prabhu said it plays a crucial role in providing digital connectivity across the country and has become the backbone of telecommunication network.

“We are facing challenges as India is a very big country. Some villages in the far-flung areas face difficulty in having connectivity, he said.

RailTel, railways’ telecom PSU, is at the forefront in providing nation-wide Broadband Telecom and Multimedia Network in all parts of the country in addition to modernisation of train operations and administration network systems for the Railways.

“We must have rural connectivity. Some villages in far-flung areas need stand alone solution to get digitally connected and RailTel should do that, Prabhu said.

RailTel, a telecom services provider, has a pan-India optic fiber network covering all important cities and many rural areas of the country.

He said through the RailTel network digital connectivity can be used for providing telemedicine facility, education and entertainment in remote areas.

With its pan-India high capacity network, RailTel is currently working towards creating a knowledge society at various fronts and has been selected for implementation of various mission-mode projects in the telecom field.

Prabhu said the country has a large youth population and we must fulfill their aspirations.

Speaking on the occasion, Google Vice-President Rajan Anandan said, “We are excited to provide very high speed free Wi-Fi service in partnership with RailTel. It is an important milestone.”

RailTel in association with Google is expected to provide free Wi-Fi facility at 400 stations by the end of 2018. Describing the experience in providing free Wi-Fi service at crowded stations as a “very exciting journey”, Google Vice-President said “Once we provide Wi-Fi at 400 stations there will be about 300 million Indians who go through the stations and will have access to very high speed Wi-Fi service.”

“300 million population is very large as India’s total Internet population is about 350 million so we are incredibly excited about it,” he said.