Samsung Apologises for Sowing Confusion About Galaxy Note 7 in China

Samsung Apologises for Sowing Confusion About Galaxy Note 7 in ChinaSamsung Electronics Co. apologized to Chinese customers after new complaints about combusting Galaxy Note 7 smartphones spurred doubts about their safety, as outrage grows over its decision to exclude the country from a global recall.

The world’s largest smartphone maker on September 2 recalled 2.5 million units of the premium phone after scores of reports surfaced about batteries bursting into flame. But it’s said repeatedly that Chinese models were safe because their power sources came from a different supplier – a stance it reiterated Thursday.

 

Samsung came under fire from state press and on social media as reports surfaced over the past two weeks about locally bought models igniting, some of which it blamed on external heat sources. The online backlash quickened after a recent incident in which Hui Renjie described how a Galaxy Note 7 bought this week on e-commerce site JD.com ignited, singing his fingers and a nearby MacBook. The company has said it hasn’t had a chance to inspect his device.

“We sincerely apologize for the confusion and unease caused to our customers in China,” the company said in a Chinese statement e-mailed to Bloomberg News. It added that it regretted not having fully addressed any misunderstanding about the safety of its products. “We guarantee the safety and reliability of our devices.”

Samsung has been engulfed in perhaps the worst crisis in its corporate history after Galaxy Note 7 smartphones began to burst into flames just days after hitting the market in August. It later said it had uncovered the cause of the battery fires, and that it was certain new smartphones wouldn’t have the same flaws.

 
The latest China incidents however raised the prospect that Samsung has battery problems with Galaxy Note 7 phones now hitting the market, adding the risk of further recalls and potential damage to its brand. Analysts have estimated that the original recall would cost the company $1 billion to $2 billion (roughly Rs. 6,669 crores to Rs. 13,377 crores).

Samsung is asking users like Hui to return phones for inspection. It plans to bring in independent outfits to inspect any devices brought to its attention in China. CTTL, a telecommunications research and testing agency under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and consultancy Exponent Inc. will perform the examinations on Samsung’s behalf going forward.

 

The sporadic reports of exploding phones and subsequent public backlash are unlikely to do Samsung’s business any favors in China, where it’s already slipped out of the top five and lost market share to Huawei, Xiaomi and other local manufacturers.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Samsung Galaxy Note7
KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.70-inch
Processor
1.6GHz
Front Camera
5-megapixel
Resolution
1440×2560 pixels
RAM
4GB
OS
Android 6.0.1
Storage
64GB
Rear Camera
12-megapixel
Battery capacity
3500mAh

Micromax Canvas 5 Lite With 5-Inch Display, 4G LTE Support Launched

Micromax Canvas 5 Lite With 5-Inch Display, 4G LTE Support Launched at Rs. 6,499

  • The Canvas 5 Lite sports a leather finish rear panel
  • The new Micromax smartphone bears a 2000mAh battery
  • It is exclusively available via Snapdeal from Friday

Micromax has launched yet another smartphone in its Canvas 5 series. The Canvas 5 Lite has been priced at Rs. 6,499 and is available exclusively via Snapdeal from Friday. The highlight of the smartphone is its brown leather finish, seen on the back panel.

The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Micromax Canvas 5 Lite is a dual-SIM smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity. The smartphone bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P SoC that’s coupled with 2GB of RAM.

The Micromax Canvas 5 Lite packs an 8-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone bears 16GB of inbuilt storage that cannot be expanded.

Connectivity options on board include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India), and Micro-USB. Sensors on the phone include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and accelerometer. The Micromax Canvas 5 Lite is powered by a 2000mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 150 hours of standby time, and 4.5 hours of talk time.

Commenting on the launch, Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax Informatics said, “Micromax has been relentless in its pursuit of launching Smartphones that combine superior performance with contemporary styling at accessible prices. The launch of the Canvas 5 Lite is the latest milestone in our resolve to offer the best products at competitive price points. The rapid Smartphone category evolution is constantly reshaping the preference of young urban consumers. They now expect top-of-line performance, 4G connectivity along with premium, modern styling in the budget Smartphone segment. We developed Canvas 5 Lite as a no compromise, all-in-one phone – for the festive season.”

Micromax Canvas 5 Lite

Micromax Canvas 5 Lite

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2000mAh

 

iPhone 7 Has the Best Mobile LCD Display Ever Tested, Says DisplayMate

iPhone 7 Has the Best Mobile LCD Display Ever Tested, Says DisplayMate

  • Unlike most smartphones, iPhone 7 packs two colour gamuts
  • iPhone 7’s display has record low screen reflectance
  • It also has record high contrast ratio for IPS LCD displays

Screen-testing firm DisplayMate termed the display on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as the “Best Performing Smartphone Display” that the company has ever tested. Now, the company has tested the display on iPhone 7 and claims that it is the “best performing mobile LCD display” that it has ever come across, while it also sets some overall records.

DisplayMate’s President Dr. Raymond M. Soneira said that even though in size and resolution the iPhone 7’s display is indistinguishable from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, the smartphone packs a display that is ‘truly impressive’ and ‘major enhancement’ on the display from iPhone 6.

One of the main reasons for the improvement, as pointed out by DisplayMate, is the presence of two standard colour gamuts. The iPhone 7 carries a “DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut that is generally used in 4K UHD TVs and Digital Cinema” and a “traditional smaller sRGB / Rec.709 Color Gamut,” the company said.

DisplayMate says that both colour gamuts have been implemented with absolute colour accuracy that is “Visually Indistinguishable from Perfect.” According to the company, iPhone 7’s display is rated to deliver 625 nits of brightness, but in fact only delivers 602 nits – which is still the “Highest Peak Brightness” DisplayMate has measured on any smartphone. However, the actual peak brightness is even higher, at 705 nits, when Automatic Brightness is turned on in high ambient light conditions.

As per DisplayMate, the displays on Apple’s smartphones have a record high contrast ratio for IPS LCD displays and a record low screen reflectance for smartphones.

Regarding the power efficiency of the display, Soneira said that wide colour gamut LCDs like the iPhone 7 use “specially tuned Red and Green phosphors to optimally transform the light for the chosen saturated Red and Green primaries, which improves their light and power efficiency.”

It has been rumoured that Apple’s iPhone for 2017 might be shipping with an Oled display. If this turns out to be true, iPhone 7’s display might be the last huge leap that Apple takes with LCD displays.

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

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

 

Xiaomi Mi Pay NFC-Based Mobile Payment Service Launched

Xiaomi Mi Pay NFC-Based Mobile Payment Service LaunchedAfter unveiling the service last month, Xiaomi on Thursday announced the launch of its Mi Pay service in China. Launched in collaboration with China UnionPay, Xiaomi’s new Mi Pay is currently only China-bound service.

The Chinese brand touts that it’s the first “smartphone company in the world” to support contactless payments through both bank cards as well as public transportation cards. The service will currently support public transportation cards from six cities across China. At launch, the Mi Pay service will support debit as well as credit cards from 20 banks including those from Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Bank of Communications and China Merchants Bank among others.

For paying through the Mi Pay service, Xiaomi users will have to add their China UnionPay or public transportation cards to the Mi Wallet app. China UnionPay is a payment network system that works same as the Visa and Mastercard. The new Mi Pay service will currently work only on the Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship smartphone.

Much like other mobile payment solutions, the Mi Pay will use the NFC technology. Xiaomi claims that it has incorporated multiple authentication mechanisms on the Mi Pay. For now, only the Xiaomi Mi 5 supports NFC in the company’s lineup.
Announcing the new service, Xiaomi Founder and CEO Lei Jun said, “We believe that Mi Pay will be a key driving force in promoting the development of China’s mobile payments industry, and deliver much more convenience to our users. In the field of mobile payments, China UnionPay has been committed to collaborating with various stakeholders to build a structured and sustainable ecosystem. After cooperating with China UnionPay over the past three years, Xiaomi is now truly excited about our joint partnership to launch Mi Pay.”

Moto E3 Power With 3500mAh Battery Goes on Sale

Moto E3 Power With 3500mAh Battery Goes on Sale

  • It is priced at roughly Rs. 9,500
  • The Motorola E3 Power offers 16GB of inbuilt storage
  • It support dual-SIM slots

Motorola unveiled the Moto E3 smartphone in July, revealing a few specifications, a price tag of GBP 99 (roughly Rs. 8,800), and early September availability in the UK. Now, a variant called the Moto E3 Power has gone on sale via a third-party retail site in Hong Kong – with no official announcement for it yet. As the name suggests, the smartphone comes with a better battery, and it also bears a few upgrades to other specifications, and sells at a price tag of HKD 1,098 (roughly Rs. 9,500).

There has been no official announcement by Motorola, so there is no clarity on whether the smartphone will be launched in international markets or not. As for the specifications, the Moto E3 Power offers more memory, more inbuilt storage, and of course the above mentioned larger battery, when compared to the Moto E3.

The Moto E3 Power features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 64-bit 1GHz MediaTek MT6735P quad-core SoC paired with 2GB RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via microSD (up to 128GB).

Optics include a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and autofocus. A 5-megapixel selfie camera also sits in the front. The Moto E3 Power runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and supports dual-SIM slots (Micro). It packs a 3500mAh battery, and offers connectivity options like 4G LTE, GPS, Buetooth, and Wi-Fi. The online availability in Hong Kong was first reported by Playfuldroid.

With respect to the Indian market, Motorola hasn’t even introduced the Moto E3 yet. The company launched the Moto G4 in June for Rs. 12,499, and is selling it exclusively on Amazon India. The smartphone has been made available in Black and White colour variants.

 

Spice Mobility to Increase Number of Women Employees

Telecom solutions provider Spice Mobility will increase number of women employees in coming days with its target to bring at least 20 percent of them in leadership roles.

“The global average is 40 percent women employees. We at Spice Mobility will take up the task to have 30 percent women at board level and in leadership role around 20 percent,” Spice Mobility Executive Chairman Dilip Modi said at a Ficci event.

Spice Mobility board Monday appointed Modi as Executive Chairman who was earlier chairman of the board. The board also approved his appointment as Executive Director and handed over additional responsibility of handling business operations along with existing work profile.

Modi said that in service business of Spice, women employees account for around 16 percent of the total.

“It is very less and we have to do more,” Modi said. He said that the company does not see women applying for top positions at Spice which is a matter of concern.

AT&T President – External Affairs for South Asia, Virat Bhatia shared statistics which showed women in India account for 33 percent of total online population.

He shared a data which showed women are very active on social media.

“Women outnumber men on top social media sites. There are more women on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr as compared to men. However, on Linkedin which is career linked website, women account for 8 percent of total users. This need to change,” Bhatia said.

Nvidia Shield Tegra X1 Tablet Gets Benchmarked, Specifications Tipped

The rumoured Nvidia Shield Tegra X1 tablet, which was previously had a leaked launch date for March this year, has now purportedly gone through the GFXBench benchmark test, revealing partial specifications.

According to the GFXBench listing, the unannounced Nvidia Shield Tegra X1 tablet features an 8-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution display and is powered by company’s octa-core Nvidia Tegra X1 processor (only four Cortex-A57 cores listed, clocked at 1.9GHz), clubbed with 3GB RAM and Nvidia Tegra X1 GPU. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based tablet includes 32GB inbuilt storage, of which 25GB is user accessible.

It is worth mentioning that the company introduced its Nvidia Tegra X1 processor in January this year during CES 2015. It housed an 8-core 64-bit CPU (4x Cortex-A57 + 4x Cortex-A53) and a 256-core Maxwell-based GPU and was claimed to be the first mobile chip to provide a teraflop of processing power. The latest device to run on Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC is Google Pixel C tablet.

Nvidia last week re-launched its Nvidia Shield tablet as the Shield Tablet K1 priced at $199 (approximately Rs. 13,000).The company’s Shield tablet was launched last year but was recently recalled in the US after the company found the battery in the device can overheat, posing a possible fire hazard.

For specifications, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 features an 8-inch (1920×1200 pixels) IPS display; 2.2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 4+1 core processor coupled with a 192-core Kepler GPU; 2GB of RAM; 16GB of storage along with microSD card slot; and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras.

BlackBerry Priv Android Smartphone Officially Launched

BlackBerry Ltd launched its first Android-based device on Friday, with the future of the company’s hardware business riding on a slick smartphone called Priv that boasts an impressive array of features and a hefty price tag.

The company is betting the Priv’s large curved screen, full array of Android apps from the Google Play store and blend of productivity and security features will help it rebuild its share of the smartphone market, which has slid to under one percent.

With hacking and data theft issues becoming a bigger concern these days, BlackBerry expects keen interest in its pre-loaded DTEK feature that alerts users every time any app attempts to access data, or turn on the phone’s microphone or camera.

“You will be blown away by some of the apps you use and how much data they actually access of yours,” said BlackBerry’s head of devices, Ron Louks.

The smartphone’s “wow” factor, as Louks dubs it, is actually a throwback – a slide out physical keyboard. While the small number of such Android ‘slider’ phones that do exist have had little success in the market, most are dated and clunky, say analysts.

BlackBerry is hoping its sleek design and touch-sensitive keys that allows users to swipe, scroll and set up shortcuts will woo former loyalists back to using the Priv.

Initial reviews of the device were mixed, with many lauding its security offerings, long battery life, camera, dual-keyboard design and other features, but panning the Priv’s high price tag – $699 (roughly Rs. 46,100) without a contract in the United States and C$899 without a contract in Canada.

Still, if the BlackBerry Priv does well, analysts note the device could be a game changer for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company.

“If the Priv – with its premium price of about $700 (roughly Rs. 46,200) – is a hit, it could drive meaningful growth for the company. Moreover, the smartphone industry tends to be largely perception-driven, and a single hit flagship product can bolster a company’s brand image and create a halo effect around its entire product line,” said research firm Trefis, in a note on Thursday.

Blackberry is pivoting to focus more on software and device management services but has said it will stick with hardware if the segment is profitable.

BlackBerry shares rose 4.7 percent to $7.96 in early trading on Friday on the Nasdaq.

LG Top OEM for Issuing Security Patches to Its Android Devices

In the light of the recent Stagefright vulnerabilities for Android, a report states that out of all the OEMsLG is best at offering security updates for its devices. The University of Cambridge, UK has released a research paper defining FUM (Free Update Mean) scores, based on which different OEMs including LG have been ranked.

As per the researchers, FUM scores include three segments – the proportion of devices free from vulnerabilities over time, the proportion of devices that run the updated version of Android, and the mean number of vulnerabilities the manufacturer has not fixed on the device.

Based on FUM scores published at Android Vulnerabilities website, LG is on top with the score of 4.0, followed by Motorola (3.1), Samsung (2.7), Sony (2.5), HTC (2.5), Asus (2.4), Alps (0.7), and worst being Symphony and Walton at 0.3. While this was for OEMs, Google’s own Nexus devices remain ahead of the game at 5.2 FUM score.

The University of Cambridge research paper however, has added that about 87 percent of all the Android smartphones are exposed to at least one of the known vulnerabilities. The average Android smartphone receives 1.26 security updates each year, something which contradicts the per month update OEMs promised couple of months ago when the Stagefright vulnerability came into spotlight – of course, with the more frequent rollout promised, this may change soon.

The study also puts the recent comment made by the HTC USA President Jason Mackenzie in new light. Mackenzie last week tweeted that pushing out monthly security updates to all the HTC smartphones is ‘unrealistic’.

For those unaware, LG, Google and Samsung in August promised monthly updates to fix the Stagefright vulnerability in all their smartphones. Sony, Motorola, and OnePlus and other companies have also rolled out updates.

While the companies are still rolling out the Stagefright vulnerability fix to devices, security experts earlier this month found a new Stagefright 2.0 vulnerability as well. The newer version of the bug can also affect devices running OS versions below Android 5.1 Lollipop. Unlike the previous Stagefright bug, the Stagefright 2.0 can enter any device in the form of mp3 or mp4 file instead of a MMS text.

Samsung Pay Launched In The US

Samsung Pay

Samsung’s new mobile payment system, Samsung Pay is now available in the US, Samsung launched their new service in the US yesterday.

Samsung Pay is only available on certain Samsung devices at the moment and only with some of the US mobile carriers.

In order to use Samsung Pay you will need either a Galaxy Note 5, a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge or Galaxy S6 Edge+ on one of the supporting mobile carriers.

The mobile carriers which support Samsung’s mobile payment in the US include AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular, Verizon Wireless does not support the service.

You can find out more details about Samsung’s mobile payment system over at their website at the link below.