Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;
Samsung‘s own virtual assistant called Bixby and its voice capabilities are now available in more countries worldwide, including the Philippines.
The Korean tech giant has just rolled out its proprietary virtual assistant onto 200 more countries, including the UK and Australia. Before the worldwide rollout, Bixby is only available in two countries — the US and in their home turf of South Korea.
It’ll be interesting how many people will be talking to their Samsung smartphones calling it Bixby!
Brian Heater, writing for TechCrunch;
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for refurbished Galaxy Note 4 batteries. While the news has undeniable echoes of last year’s massive Note 7 disaster, this time out, the fault appears to fall at the feet of potentially counterfeited batteries supplied by FedEx.
Not the news that Samsung needs, since they are about to announce Note 8, specially after what happened with the Note 7.
This is pretty much the best way to be in the news, specially today is the last day of 2017 Mobile World Congress.
The image perfectly match the purported S8 phone in the leaked video the other day.
We still have 28 more days before the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 – Unbox Your Phone, which will be held in New York this 29th of March. By that time, the only thing that Samsung will need to do is to just make every leaked information about the phone official.
Samsung Electronics announced today that the new Facebook video app for TV is available on Samsung Smart TVs, including its 2017 QLED TV lineup and the app will be available on all of its 2015, 2016, 2017 Smart TV models. Further solidifying its role as the global leader in TV, Samsung is the only TV manufacturer that will support the app at its launch.
To use the Facebook Video app on your Samsung TV, just go to Samsung Smart Hub and download the app then login to your Facebook account.
Judging from the specs, it looks like a mid to high end smartphone. Not a flagship smartphone material. 🙂
Evan Blass, writing for Venture Beat;
In a surprising report out of South Korea today (via XDA), Han Kyung claims that Samsung has plans to re-release recalled units of the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 as refurbished handsets, complete with lower-capacity batteries. After utilizing a reported 200,000 returned phones for testing, Samsung apparently still has over 2.5 million left in inventory.
Instead of the stock 3500mAh battery, which was determined to be the primary cause of the malfunctioning devices, Samsung will reportedly equip the handsets with packs in the 3000mAh to 3200mAh range.
The keyword here is Emerging Markets, here’s hoping that the refurbished Note 7 will not have the same problem.
Michael Tegos, reporting for Tech in Asia;
Samsung Pay, the Korean mobile giant’s cashless payment service, has officially landed in Thailand, the company announced today. The service has been running in the country in an “early access” fashion for a limited number of users since October last year.
Samsung Pay works with MasterCard, Visa, KCC, Bangkok Bank, Citibank, KasikornBank, KTC, and Siam Commercial Bank. Samsung says that department stores and shops in the country will also accept payments through Samsung Pay.
Yon Heong Tung, reporting for E27;
Samsung has announced it will roll out its mobile online payment service for non-galaxy Android smartphones in South Korea, according to a report by Reuters. The app, Samsung Pay Mini, is expected to be available in the first quarter of this year.
Samsung did not disclose when, if ever, Samsung Pay Mini will be launched in other markets.
So Samsung Pay will exclusively be for Samsung smartphone, while Samsung Pay Mini will be non-Samsung android smartphones.
Ahead of its March announcement, details of the Galaxy S8 leaks online.
No physical Home button, Edge design and still porting the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Following several months of in-depth investigations, Samsung Electronics today announced the cause of the Note7 incidents and measures to prevent a recurrence during a press conference held in Seoul, Korea. DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, shared detailed results of the investigation and expressed his sincere apology and gratitude to Galaxy Note7 customers, mobile operators, retail and distribution partners and business partners for their patience and continued support.
It’s basically what Anna Shedletsky of Instrumental Inc., published two months ago.
Choe Sang-Hun, reporting for New York Times;
SEOUL, South Korea — The sprawling investigation into President Park Geun-hye of South Korea took a dramatic turn on Monday with word that prosecutors were seeking the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung, one of the world’s largest conglomerates, on charges that he bribed the president and her secretive confidante.
A prosecutor’s call for the arrest of Jay Y. Lee, the vice chairman of Samsung and only son of the company’s incapacitated chairman, Lee Kun-hee, brings new scrutiny to the deep ties between top government officials and the handful of corporations that dominate South Korea’s economy.
It was not a good 2016 for Samsung and looks like 2017 will not be any different, well at least for the start of the year.
MIX, writing for The Next Web;
Yesterday, Samsung dropped the bomb at the North American International Auto Show, announcing its energy storage subsidiary SDI is readying a next-gen electric vehicle battery that crams enough oomph to cover distances of up to 372 miles on a single cycle and packs a mighty quick charge feature.
Explosive title and that last paragraph!
Louie Diangson, reporting for Yugatech;
The new Samsung Galaxy A Series (2017) smartphones were announced just a few days ago but it looks like we’re going to have it in the country soon when it launches on January 11.
Jamie Inocian, writing for Unbox;
ASUS has the Republic of Gamers, Dell has Alienware, HP has Omen, and even Lenovo recently released its own gaming sub-brand — Legion. It seems like Korean company, Samsung, wants a piece of the gaming pie by unveiling its gaming laptops at CES 2017 under the name — Odyssey.
This laptop has one meaty specs.
Daniel Morial, writing for Yugatech;
Last month, Samsung ended its Galaxy Beta Program for beta builds of Android 7.0 Nougat for both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Since things are all set for launch, some users are already reporting to have the official update.
Eva Xiao, reporting for Tech in Asia;
After a rocky year of Galaxy Note 7 explosions, Samsung is starting the new year with good news.
On Wednesday at CES, the Korean tech giant announced the launch of the Samsung NEXT Fund, a US$150 million venture capital fund for early-stage startups in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, internet-of-things, and other “frontier technologies.”
Louie Diangson, writing for Yugatech;
Android Nougat for Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge is just around the corner as the company has announced that it plans to roll out the said update in January 2017.
The Nougat update will come, 10 months after Samsung officially announced Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge.