Samsung smartphone sales show signs of recovery

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Samsung One-Ups iPad Pro With 18-Inch Galaxy View Tablet.

Samsung tried to steal Apple’s thunder by teasing an extra large tablet at its Gear S2 launch event at IFA, Berlin – but now it has finally come clean about the gadget.Way back in 2010, when the iPad first came out, there was a strain of criticism that now feels a bit ridiculous. (Besides the one about it being just a big iPod.) “The iPad is too heavy!” they cried.While many consider the tablet to be an extension of the smartphone or a computer that’s more portable than a laptop, Samsung believes it can also replace your television. In its regular position, the kickstand props the Galaxy View up at the right angle for setting it on a table or desk and watching from a few feet away.

It’s so big that it comes with a handle built into its screen cover, so you can carry the tablet like a briefcase — after all, it probably won’t fit into your actual briefcase. There were no details other than an image of a plain black tablet with a foldable stand, and the name – Galaxy View, with the South Korean firm promising a ‘closer look in October’. ‘According to the information that we’ve received, the SM-T670, which is codenamed ‘Tahoe’, is an Android 5.1 Lollipop-based tablet with an 18.4-inch display,’ said Sammobile. ‘It will feature a TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, an octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a microSD card slot (supporting up to 128GB cards), and a 5,700 mAh battery. ‘ It features the new A9X chip which Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said is 1.8 time faster than the A8X in the iPad Air 2. He added that the iPad Pro is faster than 80 per cent of the PCs that shipped in the past six months, and graphics are faster than 90 per cent of those PCs. With five years of hindsight, that first iPad now looks like the little capsule you get at Toys R’ Us that expands in water to become a giant foam dinosaur. Taking to the elaborate circular face, built to resemble a watch face, Samsung’s Pravav Mistry demonstrated how the bezel turns to give users access to features easily. ‘With the Gear S 2, the circular bezel lets me interact outside the screen, to read long emails and navigate within apps such as browsing through reviews of restaurants in Yelp.’ Dennis Miloseski, the studio head of Samsung Design America, posted the image to his personal account, saying he was ‘Giving the new Samsung Gear S2 a test drive.’ Leaked details of the Gear A’s internal specifications also suggest the gadget will be packed with sensors, including a a barometer, heart rate sensor, Wi-Fi chip and GPS, which would reduce the time it takes for maps to load on the watch.

To get to the traditional Android homescreen of app icons, you swipe in from the right. “The homescreen is an entertainment-based experience; there is no remote — all you have to do is tap and you’re into live television” Miloseski told me. Samsung chose this specific screen size for a reason—when the tablet is positioned at arms’ length from a user’s body, it simulates the experience of watching a 60-inch TV, the company claims. (Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.) The gadget’s unusually large size isn’t the only characteristic that makes it look and feel different from your average tablet. The idea (presumably) is that you can take the View anywhere and use it as a small wireless TV — in the bedroom or kitchen, perhaps, or on the plane or train.

A previous leak suggested users will navigate the watch’s interface by turning its bezel as well as a digital crown, similar to the one seen on the Apple Watch. There’s also an adjustable kickstand on the back that allows the View to either stand upright like a television or appear slightly sloped when you lay the tablet down on a flat surface.

Paul Lamkin, editor-in-chief of Wareable told MailOnline: ‘It’s hardly surprising Samsung has announced plans for a circular smartwatch, the Orbis device has been spinning on the web rumour mill for a while now but the timing, on Apple Watch launch day, is a little puzzling. ‘Samsung’s betting big on its own proprietary software and it makes sense to get developers in early to pack out the Tizen app store with circle-friendly apps. ‘After all, with 3,000 Apple Watch apps reportedly already on offer, the Korean company is playing catch-up to its long-time rival, despite the fact it’s been in the game a lot longer.’ Time will tell if the 1.6GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM will hold up when I’m opening and closing tons of apps, and running two of them simultaneously side-by-side with the Multi-Window feature. I could see the screen being even more useful for real-time-strategy games like Clash of Clans or Game of War where a bigger screen would let you see and tap the huge playing field better.

Sadly, Android games and apps designed for portrait-mode won’t display properly on the Galaxy View’s screen; you’ll get black bars on both sides since the Galaxy View’s content can’t be rotated from landscape-mode. Since the tablet runs Google’s Android operating system, users can swipe over to the right to access the standard home screen available on any other phone or tablet.

In the future, Samsung plans to add an on-screen button next to the home and back buttons that bring the user directly back to this selection of video apps. Most Android smartphones and tablets can be charged with a microUSB cable, which means consumers don’t necessarily have to use the specific charger that came with the device. Swipe to the next screen over and you get Samsung’s usual Android home screen. (The View also supports side-by-side apps and other Samsung features like SideSync.) The top left slot of that video grid is reserved for video apps from cable providers like Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and DirecTV. Samsung says it’ll update what’s on the home grid periodically, and you can always download video apps — Amazon Video, Sling, and so on — and put them on the secondary home screen.

Amazon recently launched a set of inexpensive $50 Fire tablets that are meant to be bought in a 6-pack—essentially giving consumers a tablet for each person in the family or each room in the house.

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