Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Q4 2016: Apple retakes 1st place in Global smartphone shipments.

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 3 percent annually to hit a record 1.5 billion units in 2016. Apple iPhone recaptured first position with 18 percent global smartphone marketshare in Q4 2016, while OPPO grew 99 percent annually and was the star performer.

Global smartphone shipments grew an improved 9 percent annually from 403.0 million units in Q4 2015 to 438.7 million in Q4 2016. This quarter was the smartphone industry’s fastest growth rate for over a year. Smartphone growth is recovering slightly due to stronger demand in major developing markets like China and Africa. Global smartphone shipments grew 3 percent annually from 1.44 billion in full-year 2015 to a record 1.49 billion in 2016.

Apple shipped 78.3 million smartphones worldwide and captured 18 percent marketshare in Q4 2016, rising a steady 5 percent annually from 74.8 million units in Q4 2015. This was the iPhone’s best performance for over a year, as Apple capitalized on Samsung’s recent missteps. Samsung shipped 77.5 million smartphones worldwide in Q4 2016, dipping 5 percent annually from 81.3 million units in Q4 2015.

Samsung lost momentum in the quarter as a result of its Note 7 battery fiasco. Samsung captured 18 percent share for the quarter and 21 percent share for the full year, its lowest level since 2011. Samsung will be banking on the rumored Galaxy S8 model in a few weeks’ time to reignite growth and return to the top spot in quarterly smartphone shipments. On an annualized basis, Samsung maintained first position with 309 million units shipped worldwide in 2016.

Huawei maintained third position with a record 10 percent global smartphone marketshare in Q4 2016, the first time the company has ever reached double figures. It was an impressive performance. Huawei is struggling at home in China against rivals like OPPO, but its overseas performance in markets like Western Europe is accelerating due to improved smartphone designs, more sophisticated marketing, and deeper retail distribution.

OPPO held on to fourth position and grew a robust 99 percent annually to capture a record 7 percent global smartphone marketshare in Q4 2016, almost doubling from 4 percent a year ago. OPPO has grown swiftly in China with popular Android models such as the R9. OPPO’s next challenge in 2017 is to expand beyond China and continue its momentum in emerging regions like India and Nigeria.

Vivo maintained fifth place with a record 6 percent marketshare in Q4 2016. Like OPPO, Vivo is very popular in China and it continues to strengthen its portfolio with upgraded smartphone models like the X9 and upcoming V5 Plus with 20MP dual-camera functionality.

Samsung keeps the Full Year 2016 lead with a 20.8% market share, followed by Apple 14.5%, Huawei 9,3%, OPPO 5.7% and Vivo 4.8%

ISE 2017: Samsung Display invites to Experience How Samsung’s Innovative Display Solutions Create Exciting Business Opportunities.

See in the video below how Samsung’s display solutions can help you establish “Your Future. On Display.”

At this year’s Integrated Systems Europe exhibition, the world’s largest AV systems integration show, Samsung Electronics will showcase a host of new technologies designed to help businesses foster more immersive and engaging visuals. Those in Amsterdam for the February 7-10 event are invited to see firsthand how Samsung’s industry-leading display solutions bring creative visions to life.

Samsung’s ISE 2017 lineup includes products optimized for specialty markets, including the retail, public, corporate and education sectors, as well as its new, innovation-inspiring SMART LED Signage and QLED Signage displays. Attendees are also invited to visit Samsung’s exclusive showroom to experience its vision for the next wave of engaging display innovations.

For more information, please follow the link here.

MWC 2017: Samsung sends out invitation for press conference.To unveil new products.Teases a Galaxy Tab.

Samsung is sending out invitations for the press conference at MWC 2017 and clearly teases the upcoming Galaxy Tab S3. (lower bezel is shown)

Rumors are saying the tablet will sport a Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera with a 5MP front-facing one, a 9.6-inch 2,048 x 1,535px display, versions in LTE and Wi-Fi variants.

At this time you know Samsung confirmed through one of their excutives that is not going to unveil the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus at the MWC 2017 as they are used to. Instead the company will present the two new models in March 29 in New York.

What other products are going to unveil Samsung? 

Press conference:

Date: February 26 (Sun) 19:00 CET (Doors open at 18:00).
Venue: Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, Barcelona (Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 661-671, 08028 Barcelona, Spain). 

Samsung will unveil new products during a press conference that will be live streamed on www.samsung.com/galaxy and Samsung Newsroom.

Monday, January 30, 2017

MWC 2017: ItsOn Recognized as Nominee for 2017 GSMA Glomo Awards.

ItsOn, the leader in mobile digital transformation, has been shortlisted as a nominee in the "Best Mobile Network Solution for Serving Customers" category for the 2017 GSMA Glomo Awards. This category recognizes the best solution or platform for its enhanced service delivery to mobile users.

The GSMA judges selected ItsOn as a nominee for its innovation in delivering a highly personalized digital experience to mobile users. By providing services through cloud technology, ItsOn enables mobile operators to deliver contextual and customizable offers and services directly to its end-users, while at the same time empowering them to be in full control of their mobile service without unexpected surprises.

"At ItsOn, it's our goal to build a platform that mobile operators need while concurrently creating a personalized and enjoyable experience for mobile users," said Robert Oberhofer, vice president of technical sales and marketing at ItsOn. "Through our work with global operators like STC and Telefónica Mexico, we're able to see first-hand the positive effect our platform has on end-users and we're honored to be recognized by the GSMA for our developments in this category."

ItsOn was selected as a nominee from hundreds of applications by a distinguished panel of journalists, analysts and industry experts. The Glomo Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

"We congratulate all of the nominees for the Glomo Awards, which once again saw an impressive number of entries," said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer of GSMA. "The Glomo Awards recognise those companies and individuals that are driving innovation in the rapidly evolving mobile industry, and we are excited to this year introduce several new awards that highlight the very latest developments in this dynamic industry."

ItsOn was also selected as a nominee for the 2016 Glomo Awards in the "Best Mobile Cloud Service or App" category.

About ItsOn 
ItsOn is a proven leader in the telecommunications industry, having fundamentally changed how mobile services are delivered and consumed. The company launched its services platform for mobile operators in the U.S. and globally last year, and counts MTN, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Sprint, Telefónica Mexico and Virgin Mobile USA as customers. ItsOn investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Tenaya Capital, Vodafone Ventures, Verizon Investments, Cisco and Delta Capital Partners. The company is privately held and headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information, please visit www.itsoninc.com or follow @ItsOnInc on Twitter.


What is going to show Samsung at MWC 2017?

At this time you know Samsung confirmed through one of their excutives that is not going to unveil the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus at the MWC 2017 as they are used to. Instead the company will present the two new models in March 29 in New York.

However, Samsung will make presence at the MWC 2017 about LTE networks to 5G technologies

"Controlling the uncontrollable", "Enhancing indoor coverage", "Bolstering your Network", "Cloud Network", "5G"

Apparently Samsung and Verizon might show up some devices working on 5G. 


Samsung is ready to share with you technologies that will act as a steadfast foundation for operators’ networks. We are not only focused on bolstering current LTE networks but endeavoring to become the forerunner in designing and constructing future networks. As such, our exhibit will range from how to efficiently operate a busy LTE network to a full span of 5G technologies that is on the cusp of commercialization.

More information on: Why Samsung Networks


Friday, January 27, 2017

ASUS ZenFone AR world`s first AR&VR with 8GB RAM features on pictures.

Please tap on each picture to enlarge the view:

  • Specifications:
  • Finish/Color
    Leather-like finish : Charcoal Black
    Premium-crafted metallic diamond-cut
  • Dimensions
    158.67 x 77.7 x 4.6 ~ 8.95 mm (WxDxH)
  • Weight
    170 g
  • Operating System
    Android™ 7.0 with brand-new ASUS ZenUI 3.0
  • Processor
    64-bit Qualcomm® Quad-Core ProcessorSnapdragon™ 821 @2.35Ghz
    Adreno™ 530
  • Display
    WQHD (2560 x 1440) Super Amoled
    79% screen-to-body ratio
    Tru2life technology for high contrast and outdoor readable
    Bluelight Filter for Eye Care
    Corning® Gorilla® Glass4 (Super Anti Scratch)
    NTSC over 100% /3,000,000 : 1 dynamic contrast
    10-finger capacitive touch
    Industrial-leading 60ms touch response time for smooth gaming experience
    Support glove touch
  • Memory
    RAM 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4
  • Capacity
    Internal Storage:
    UFS 2.0 32GB / 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
    Micro SD:
    Micro SD(SDXC) Card up to2 TB

    ASUS WebStorage: 5GB free for life
    Google Drive: 100GB free space (2 years)
  • Battery
    3300mAh (non-removable)
    BoostMaster Fast Charging : 60% battery capacity in 39 minutes (18W)
    PowerDelivery 2.0
    Quick Charge 3.0
    Depending on testing conditions, results may vary.
  • Audio
    Built-in Mono speaker
    “New” 5 magnet speaker for up to 40% better performance
    ASUS SonicMaster 3.0
    DTS Headphone:X™ for virtual 7.1 surround sound
    Hi-Res Audio 192kHz/24-bit standard that is 4 times better than CD quality
    NXP Smart AMP technology delivers up to 4X sound volume
  • Video

    4K video recording
  • Wireless Technology
    5 Ghz 2x2 MIMO Support
    Bluetooth V 4.2 +A2DP +EDR
    Wi-Fi direct
  • Navigation
  • SIM Cards
    Dual SIM card
    SIM 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
    SIM 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
    Dual SIM Dual Standby
    Only use the nano SIM card or the microSD card at a time
    Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA network band. But only one SIM card can connect to 3G WCDMA service at a time.
  • Network Standard
    Data Rate:
    HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42.2 Mbps
    LTE Cat12: DL 600 Mbps
    LTE Cat11:UL 75 Mbps
    ASUS phone 4G/LTE band compatibility varies by region. Please check compatibility with local carriers If intending to use your ASUS phone outside the original purchase region.
    4G LTE is supported in specific countries/regions only.
  • NFC
  • Sensor
    Accelerator/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity sensor/Hall sensor/Ambient light sensor/RGB sensor/IR sensor (Laser Focus)/Fingerprint/Barometer
  • I/O Ports
    USB Type-C 2.0
    3.5mm audio jack(1 Head phone / Mic-in)
  • Camera

    8MP Camera , f/2.0 aperture 85˚ wide-viewing angle
    Dual-LED real tone flash
    PixelMaster Camera Modes:
    Back Light (HDR) Mode
    Low Light Mode
    Manual Mode (for DSLR-like camera detail settings)
    Real Time Beautification Mode
    Super Resolution Mode (for up to 4X resolution photos)
    Night Mode
    Depth of Field Mode
    Photo Effect Mode
    Selfie Panorama
    Selfie Mode
    GIF Animation Mode
    Panorama Selfie Mode
    Miniature Mode
    Time Rewind Mode
    Smart Remove Mode
    All Smiles Mode
    Slow Motion Mode
    Time Lapse Mode
    Panorama Mode


    23MP Camera, f/2.0 aperture, 6 P Largan lens

    Auto Focus
    0.03 second laser auto-focus
    32 second long exposure
    Close-up macro photography (5 cm)
    4-axis, 4 stops Optical Image Stabilization for steady photos
    0.03 sec Ultrafast TriTech auto focus
    Ultra-fast 0.03 sec TriTech Focus System : Phase Detection AF / 2nd gen Laser AF / Continuous AF
    Color correction (RGB) sensor for the best white balance and natural-looking colors
    RAW file support
    Blue Glass IR Filter
    Zero Shutter Lag
    LED flash
    Dual-LED real tone flash
    PixelMaster Camera Modes:
    Back Light (HDR) Mode
    Low Light Mode
    Manual Mode (for DSLR-like camera detail settings)
    Real Time Beautification Mode
    Super Resolution Mode (for up to 4X resolution photos)
    Night Mode
    Depth of Field Mode
    Photo Effect Mode
    Selfie Panorama
    Selfie Mode
    GIF Animation Mode
    Panorama Selfie Mode
    Miniature Mode
    Time Rewind Mode
    Smart Remove Mode
    All Smiles Mode
    Slow Motion Mode
    Time Lapse Mode
    Panorama Mode
    TriCam™ System for Tango:
    Motion tracking camera lets ZenFone AR track its location as it moves through space.
    Depth sensing camera with an infrared (IR) projector lets ZenFone AR measure its distance from real-world objects.
    High-resolution 23MP camera lets you view virtual objects in your actual environment in stunning detail.
  • Power Adapter
    9 V 2 A 18 W
    100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
    Support Fast Charging /Bundle Fast Charging
  • Accessories
  • User Interface
    ASUS ZenUI 3.0
  • Note
    3G:Support WCDMA
    4G:Support FDD/TD/2CA/3CA
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ASUS ZS550KL ZenFone 3 Deluxe Unlocked Dual SIM Cell Phone, 5.5-inch 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, US Warranty (Glacier Silver)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

SAMSUNG Galaxy S8 5.8 inch and S8 Plus 6.2 inch, both edge QHD Super AMOLED screens. Pics leaked.

SAMSUNG will finally unveil the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus in March the 29th in New York and to go on sale in April 21.

Both models will have edge displays.

The GALAXY S8 with a 5.8 inch edge QHD Super AMOLED screen. Battery 3000 mAh

The GALAXY  S8 Plus with a 6.2 inch edge QHD Super AMOLED screen. Battery 3500 mAh.

Aspect ratio at 18.5:9  deviates slightly from the industry-standard 16:9.

The Android Nougat-powered phones may include different systems-on-chip depending on sales region , Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in some and Samsung Exynos in others , all will have processors made using 10-nanometer fabrication methods.

Performance compared to the Galaxy S7/S7edge will be 11% faster, 23% faster graphics processing and 20 % more energy efficient.

Both with a 4GB of RAM but with 64GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot for micro SD cards up to 256GB, USB-C port,  a 3.5 m.m jack, and iris-scanning capability.

Cameras 12mpxls rear and 8 mpxls front, both of whose lenses possess f1.7 focal ratios.

New features to be confirmed by Samsung:

The main camera allegedly possesses a new visual search functionality, with icons appearing on screen that allow the user to indicate the type of search to be performed (OCR-enabled web search on photographed text, for instance, or a shopping-site search for products of interest)

The ability to connect the handsets to a monitor for a desktop view of Android that can be controlled via keyboard and mouse, like Microsoft Continuum, called Samsung DeX ,though it requires an optional, HDMI-equipped dock.
Another is Samsung’s version of the Google Assistant (and Apple’s Siri), known as Bixby. 
It’s said to be able to handle more complex commands than its competitors, such as multi-part instructions, and is launched by a dedicated button on the side of the devices.
Lastly, the pressure-sensitive input technology known as force touch is finally coming to the Galaxy brand, with the lower part of the display supposedly capable of distinguishing between different types of screen presses. Apple first included a similar technology on 2015’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

China Year 2016: Smartphone Market share: Huawei 20.8%, OPPO 15.5%, Vivo 13% says TrendForce.

Strong performances from Chinese brands with Huawei, OPPO and Vivo edging closer to leader Samsung and second-place Apple.

Huawei’s heavy investments on R&D, particularly within its chip subsidiary HiSilicon, continue to pay off dividends in terms of obtaining in-house application processors and the accumulation of IPs.

The Chinese brands therefore have the strength to expand into overseas markets with products of comparable qualities to those from its international competitors. At the same time, it is able to avoid legal challenges to its technology patents. 

Huawei currently uses in-house, Kirin-series application processors for all its high-end devices and continues to work with Qualcomm and MediaTek in the mid-range and low-end device segments. 

Huawei also has developed good relationships with major telecom companies worldwide. After surpassing the 100 million mark in 2015, Huawei’s production volume increased by 21.3% annually in 2016 to reach 131 million units, giving the brand a secured third-place spot in the ranking.

OPPO and Vivo are two Chinese smartphone brands that burst into the market in 2016 with successful sales strategies and higher product specifications. Added together, OPPO and Vivo’s production volume for last year amounted to 180 million units. Furthermore, OPPO and Vivo respectively displaced Lenovo and Xiaomi to take the fourth and fifth place in the worldwide ranking.

The return of Nokia-branded products in the smartphone market is going to be one of the highly anticipated events in the early 2017. Last May, Foxconn’s subsidiary FIH Mobile acquired the Nokia brand and its mobile phone business from Microsoft and at the same time entered a brand licensing and patent agreement with HMD Global Oy (HMD). Supported by Foxconn’s vast resources, Nokia is expected to release a new device at the start of this year, generating new buzz in the market.

Year 2016: Smartphones Global Market share: Samsung 22.8%, Apple 15.3%, Huawei 9.6%, OPPO 7.2% says TrendForce.

The global smartphone production volume for 2016 grew 4.7% annually to reach 1.36 billion units in total, according to market research firm TrendForce.

Samsung continued to top the annual global ranking despite the discontinuation of Galaxy Note 7, suffering a marginal decline of 3.3% compared with the 2015 figure. Chinese brands Huawei, OPPO and Vivo respectively occupied the last three spots in the global top five and followed closely behind the second-place Apple.

TrendForce points out that the total production volume of all Chinese brands for 2016 was 629 million units, surpassing the volume of 519 million units jointly from Apple and Samsung. Going forward, Chinese smartphone makers together are expected to account for around 50% of the global market in 2017, posing even greater challenges to other international brands.

Samsung saw declines for the second consecutive year and Apple’s performance fell short of expectations

Samsung had a difficult 2016 in the smartphone market and the company did not achieve its annual shipment target due to the fallout from the battery defect in Galaxy Note 7. Samsung’s global market share also contracted steadily, from 28% in 2014 to 25% in 2015 and then to 23% by the end of 2016. 

Much of the market share loss was attributed to the stiff competition from Chinese brands across all market segments, from high-end to mid-range and low-end models. 

Samsung’s production volume registered its second consecutive year of decline in 2016, falling by 3.3% compared with the prior year. Nonetheless, the brand was still the leader in the annual global ranking. TrendForce anticipates that Samsung’s smartphone business will keep struggling this year as well and will likely post another drop in the annual production volume.

Apple’s iPhone production volume fell 11.5% annually to 209 million units in 2016. The general reception to the major iPhone releases last year – iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – was average at best as both models lacked innovations that excite consumers. Though Apple was second place in 2016 ranking with 15.3% of the global market share, the market share difference with the third-place Huawei was just around five percentage points. 

The general market expectation for 2017 is that the next iPhone release, which is the 10th anniversary edition (and currently labeled “iPhone 8”), will shoulder the burden of driving sales for Apple. However, TrendForce’s latest projection indicates single-digit growth for this year’s iPhone production volume.

LG’s production volume performance not particularly impressive during 2016 as its flagship G5 did not gain significant traction in the market upon release during the year’s first half. The brand’s performances in mid-range and low-end segments were also generally lackluster. As a result, LG was only able to increase its production volume by 10% annually to 75 million units.

SAMSUNG low/mid range smartphones coming w/water/dust resistant and fingerprint scanner. Flagship w/AI

Samsung wants to give you a differentiated mobile experience and will try to have a water- and dust-resistance design, and a fingerprint scanner in the low-end and mid-range smartphones, while adding artificial intelligence to the upcoming flagship model. 

Samsung said on Jan. 24 that it sold 90 million mobile phones in the October-December period last year, in addition to 8 million tablet PCs. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Nokia and SK Telecom Develop Mission-Critical Push-To-Talk (MCPTT) Solution Over VoLTE.

SK Telecom and Nokia have announced joint development of “Mission-Critical Push-To-Talk (MCPTT) solution, which is a next-generation push-to-talk communications technology over VoLTE, and demonstrated the solution at Nokia's Research and Development Center in Kraków, Poland.

SK Telecom plans to utilize the MCPTT solution for Public Safety-LTE (PS-LTE) and LTE-Railroad (LTE-R) in Korea and also expects to expand its reach to countries that are currently promoting the public safety network projects such as the United States and Great Britain.

As the standard for mission-critical-voice functionality over LTE adopted by the 3GPP standards body, MCPTT enables efficient communication among hundreds of rescue workers by using a dedicated channel at times of massive disasters.

Unlike the existing IP-based push-to-talk, which is heavily affected by the number of users on the same network, MCPTT ensures high-quality communications as it uses the VoLTE network and supports a stable group communications service - even when there is a surge in users - through the application of Group Communication System Enabler (GCSE) based on evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS).  

GCSE is an eMBMS-based group communication technology adopted by 3GPP. eMBMS is a technology that can transmit large-volume multimedia content to massive users at once over wireless LTE network.

For this reason, emergency service organizations such as police and fire fighting agencies in countries like Korea, the United States and Great Britain called for the development of MCPTT, and as the result the technology has been standardized in March 2016 by the 3GPP standard body through close cooperation and active participation of these relevant organizations.

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