Thursday, November 21, 2019

Samsung to launch new Galaxy Home Mini AI speaker.

Samsung Electronics showed its new AI speaker Galaxy Home Mini at Samsung Bixby Developer Day held at the Convention Center of Sejong University on Nov. 21st.
Samsung Electronics unveiled its first AI speaker, Galaxy Home, in New York in August of last year. However, the company has not released the Galaxy Home until now, one year after unveiling the model. Instead, it will enter the AI ​​speaker market in earnest by launching the Galaxy Home Mini within several months.
While Samsung Electronics focused on the sound quality of the Galaxy Home last year, it emphasized a connection with the Galaxy Home Mini. Using the Galaxy Home Mini, it is possible to control the voice of various home appliances regardless of their manufacturers. In particular, a user can use his voice to control a device without an internet connection.
"We loaded four infrared transmitters on the Galaxy Home Mini. Infrared transmitters are commonly used in remote controllers,” said Lee Ji-soo, a director of the AI Team of the Wireless Business Division at Samsung.
“We can control a device even though the device is not a Samsung product and not connected with the internet.” The Galaxy Home Mini enables you to turn on and off an LGs vacuum cleaner or a Xiaomi air purifier or with your voice. In fact, on the day, Samsung Electronics demonstrated voice control of a Hanil electric fan that did not have an internet connection. "Hi Bixby, turn on the electric fan," a Samsung employee ordered. Then the fan began to run. When the employee said, “Turn the head,” it turned its head right and left.
The Galaxy Home Mini is expected to go on sale within several months as it passed its beta test. It is expected to retail for less than 100,000 won. (USD$85.-)
With the participation of Samsung Electronics, much attention is focusing on what kind of change will take place in the global AI speaker market led by the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.
Most global IT companies are jumping into the AI ​​speaker market as the IoT becomes increasingly important in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In the past, the Amazon Echo and Google Home formed a two-runner race but recently Chinese companies such as Alibaba and Baidu are rising as new notable players.
According to market research firm Canalys, Amazon sold 10.40 million AI speakers in the third quarter of this year, accounting for 36.6 percent of the market, followed by Alibaba with 13.6 percent, Baidu with 13.1 percent, Google with 12.3 percent and Xiaomi with 12 percent.
Meanwhile, Samsung also emphasized an AI ​​service Bixby ecosystem. “Bixby is now available for 160 million units of electronic devices including smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, TVs, and refrigerators around the world,” said Jung Eui-suk, vice president of software and artificial intelligence at Samsung Electronics.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Motorola Back to the Future with the new foldable MOTO Razr and it flips. Videos.

 Motorola has gone back to its origins on the flip phone Razr and coming to the future with a foldable pocketable version with simple technical specifications but with no mistakes around the screen. Flips completely in half with no gap where you can take photos and in night vision mode also, receive notifications and more.

6.2-inch screen flexible OLED  display
Camera 16 MP

Price: US$1.500
Credit: 24 months of $62.49

The phone comes with Razr earbuds, a premium USB-C headset powered by Denon Audio. Also, Verizon claims a range of cases specifically designed for the Motorola Razr will be available at launch from Otterbox, Kate Spade and other brands.

Exclusive on Verizon
Pre-orders: December 26th, 2019.

Launches on January 9th, 2020

More information on the Press Release below:

The iconic Motorola razr is back like you’ve never seen it before; exclusively on Verizon

Press Release:

What is it and how much does it cost?

Motorola unveiled a reinvented razr with a design that gives a nod to its iconic past, but with leading-edge technology previously unheard of in a flip phone. It’s instantly familiar, but totally unique. Best of all, it’s available exclusively on Verizon.
  • Motorola razr will be available for preorder from Verizon starting December 26 and it will be in stores and online on January 9.
  • razr is $62.49 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment (0% APR; $1,499.99 retail).

Why is the razr awesome?

While the new razr might look familiarly closed, flip it open to reveal a modern smartphone unlike any other. The main screen is a gorgeous, full-length 6.2” display that closes completely in half. On the outside, a touch-enabled “Quick View” display lets you interact with notifications without having to open the phone. The razr also has a 16-megapixel camera with Night Vision and all-day battery life with TurboPower charging. Want to know why this phone is perfect for consumers and businesses? Here you go:
State-of-the-art flexible screen: The razr uses advanced flexible OLED screen technology and a groundbreaking hinge mechanism that allows the phone to close with both sides perfectly flush. This engineering breakthrough protects the display and creates an even thinner, more compact design. Flip it open to bring movies and videos to life in high-definition on a stunning 6.2” Flex View display. The display also has a 21:9 CinemaVision aspect ratio – the same ultra-wide dimensions used by the film industry – so you can enjoy all of the action from edge to edge.
Two displays; one excellent experience: The touchscreen Quick View external display lets you respond to notifications, take selfies, play your music, use Google Assistant, and more without having to flip open your phone. Just twist your wrist with the phone closed to open the 16MP main camera and shoot away. Also, the displays are made to work together. Whenever you need more information or want a bigger view, simply flip open the phone and whatever you see on Quick View display instantly moves to the larger Flex View display.
A camera you’ll flip over: The razr is rounded out with a feature-packed 16MP camera that captures amazing photos you’ll be proud to share. Night Vision mode brings light and clarity to the darkest scenes, and electronic image stabilization steadies the shot for better videos with fewer blurry takes. Built-in artificial intelligence (AI) looks for ways to give you the most professional results possible. Use AI for shot optimization, portrait lighting, smart composition, auto smile capture, and gesture capture.

Are there any new accessories?

  • Every razr includes razr earbuds, a premium USB-C headset professionally tuned by Denon AudioTM expert sound engineers with advanced Digital Signal Processing for amazing sound whether traveling, working or relaxing.
  • An assortment of cases will be available at launch from Otterbox, Kate Spade and more.

Where and when can I get a razr?

You can preorder your razr, exclusively from Verizon, starting December 26 or pick one up in stores and online when it launches on January 9.

Friday, November 1, 2019

3Q2019: WorldWide Smartphone market share : Samsung 21.3%, Huawei 18.2%, Apple 12.4%, says SA.

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 2 percent annually to reach 366 million units in the third quarter of 2019. This is the smartphone industry’s first period of positive growth for two years. Samsung maintained first position with 21 percent global smartphone market share, Huawei rose to a record 18 percent, while Apple held 12 percent market share in third place.
Global smartphone shipments grew 2 percent annually from 359.8 million units in Q3 2018 to 366.3 million in Q3 2019. The global smartphone market grew for the first time since the third quarter of 2017. Worldwide demand for smartphones is recovering, due to strong pricing competition among vendors and new innovations such as larger screens and 5G connectivity.
Samsung shipped 78.2 million smartphones worldwide in Q3 2019, jumping 8 percent annually from 72.3 million units in Q3 2018. Samsung has lifted its global smartphone market share from 20 percent to 21 percent in the past year. Strong sales of the premium Galaxy Note 10 and mass-market A-Series models boosted Samsung’s smartphone shipments and profit during the quarter. 
Huawei once again surprised everyone and grew its global smartphone shipments by an impressive 29 percent annually from 51.8 million during Q3 2018 to 66.7 million in Q3 2019. Huawei captured a record 18 percent global smartphone market share in Q3 2019, up sharply from 14 percent a year ago. Huawei surged at home in China during the quarter, as the firm sought to offset regulatory uncertainty in other major regions such as North America and Western Europe.
Apple iPhone shipments fell 3 percent annually from 46.9 million units worldwide in Q3 2018 to 45.6 million in Q3 2019. Despite the slight decline, this was actually Apple’s best growth performance since last year. We believe Apple is stabilizing, due to cheaper iPhone 11 pricing and healthier demand across Asia and the United States.
Xiaomi maintained fourth place, capturing 9 percent global smartphone market share in Q3 2019, slightly down from a year ago. Xiaomi is losing ground in core markets of India and China, due to fierce competition from Huawei, Realme and others. 
OPPO took fifth position with an 8 percent global smartphone market share during the quarter, slipping from 9 percent share a year ago. OPPO is expanding hard into Western Europe, with new models like the Reno 5G, but it is coming under severe pressure at home in China from a resurgent Huawei.

QtWS2019 Berlin: LGE Helen Choi, VP of webOS business development keynote on Nov 5th.

Helen Choi, VP of webOS business development at LGE, will give a keynote presentation on November 5th. Also, there will be two technical sessions related to webOS, and you can find a webOS booth at the site. Qt and more information on Qt linkedin

Source: webOS Linkedin.

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