Android device performance lags behind iOS #smartphones #tablets #technology #pr

Samsung S6 smartphone

Android devices are no match for their iOS counterparts when it comes to device performance, according to the Q1 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released today by Blancco Technology Group. Based on diagnostics tests run on millions of iOS and Android devices via the SmartChk platform, the report reveals a glaring disparity in failure rates for Android devices (44 percent) and iOS devices (25 percent) during the first quarter of 2016. What’s more – out of the 44 percent of Android devices that failed, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note models had the highest failure rates.

These findings come off the heels of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s latest smartphone market share report, which shows that Android commanded the lion’s share of the mobile operating system (OS) market share for the three-month period ending February 29, 2016. In particular, Android saw considerable sales growth in various parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, China, Japan and Australia – leaving iOS, Windows and other operating systems in its dust.

“Android devices seem to be a contradiction in terms,” said Pat Clawson, CEO, Blancco Technology Group. “On the one hand, Android is the number one operating system in terms of global market share. But despite this advantage, Android device performance still lags behind iOS and tends to be plagued by high rates of crashing apps and app cache. With the launch of new smartphone models this year – such as Samsung S7, LG G5 and the rumored iPhone 7 – it will be interesting to see how Android device performance stacks up against iOS in the coming months.”

Key highlights from the Q1 2016 trend report include:

  • Out of the 25 percent of iOS devices that failed, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s models had the highest failure rates – at 25 percent and 17 percent, respectively.
  • While dual SIM emerged as a common source of performance issues in Europe and Asia, it was not prevalent in North America.
  • Crashing apps were detected on 74 percent of Android devices, while open/cached apps were found on 44 percent of Android devices.
  • A significant portion of the top 10 Android crashing apps in Q1 2016 were security-related, including Lookout, 360 Security, CM Security and AVG AntiVirus.
  • Device failure rates were significantly higher in Asia (55 percent) than in North America (27 percent) andEurope (35 percent).
  • ‘No Trouble Found’ returns were highest in North America (73 percent), whereas they were far lower inAsia (45 percent) and Europe (65 percent).

Clawson concluded, “Our data’s value goes far beyond providing a glimpse into device performance issues and trends. By using our analytics dashboard and business intelligence, mobile network operators and OEMs can actually see real improvements to their business, such as a more efficient post-sales customer experience, increased foot traffic, upsell opportunities, fewer NTF returns and reduced customer churn. For enterprise businesses, our data can help get C-level buy in to implement diagnostics tools as a way to cut down on unnecessary IT/support desk workloads, manpower and costs.”

 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Rumors

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Rumors swirl for the next big smartphone release and with the Mobile World Congress just days away, Samsung is reported to be releasing a new Galaxy S7 and a curved Galaxy S7 Edge.Samsung Galaxy S6

Now Internet rumors and speculation usually mean this is going to happen and Samsung itself won’t confirm what the S7 will look like or what it will do.

Here are some things we do know.

Look for a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display on the 7 potentially and a 5.5 inch screen on the S7 Edge. A 6-inch model that could be a  successor the Galaxy S6 edge+ might come at a later time.

The Exynos 8890 chipset or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, will likely be the processor in the phone while RAM is set at 4GB with 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage.

One of the most exciting features has to be the waterproofing on the Galaxy S7 as well as its bigger 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh batteries for the S7 and S7 edge.

Stay tuned for more updates and releases on the Mobile World Congress and phone releases.

Samsung Canada Introduces the First Consumer Edition of Gear VR, Powered by Oculus

Samsung Electronics Canada, one of the leading suppliers of mobile phones in the Canadian marketplace, announced today the Canadian availability of its first Gear VR Consumer Edition.  Powered by Oculus, the new Samsung Gear VR broadens the accessibility of virtual reality and offers Canadians the opportunity to immerse themselves in new worlds, games and experiences by simply snapping their Galaxy smartphone into the device.

The latest edition of the Gear VR is compatible with the Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge, leveraging each device’s super AMOLED display to provide the colour, clarity and performance needed for an amazing virtual reality experience. With new foam cushioning, the Samsung Gear VR is 19 percent lighter than the previous Gear VR Innovator Edition, making the device more comfortable to wear. In addition, the Gear VR’s touchpad has been improved, providing greater control while enjoying a robust selection of film, gaming, 360 degree video and experiential content available.

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“Samsung Canada has been at the forefront of delivering mobile experiences, and the newest Gear VR makes virtual reality accessible to even more consumers,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “The Gear VR offers a truly innovative experience, getting Canadians closer to incredible 360 degree content in a completely immersive way.”

Elevating the virtual reality experience, there are more content options to choose from than ever before in the Oculus Store, including the Samsung Milk VR application, available for download in Canada starting today.  With 300+ content titles and 25+ hours of VR experiences, Samsung Milk VR brings high quality content to life for Canadians, with exclusively developed content such as GONE, an original scripted thriller produced by Robert Kirkman and David Alpert’s Skybound Entertainment. Also included are must-see titles like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay as well as additional channels in music, sports, action and lifestyle.  All content can be streamed for instant access or downloaded for full-quality experience and offline viewing.ca_SM-R322NZWAXAC_000000007_Top_white

The Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition will launch in Frost White and will be available at select Canadian retailers and Samsung Experience Stores beginning December 11, 2015 for $139 CDN (MSRP).

Samsung Gear VR Product Specifications

Dimension / Weight

201.9 x 116.4 x 92.6 mm / 318g

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Proximity(Mount/Unmount Detection)

FOV

*Field of View

96 degrees

IPD Coverage

54 ~ 70 mm (Fixed Lenses)

Colour

Frost White

Compatibility

microUSB connection to the Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Read and follow warnings and instructions with the Headset before use. The Headset should be calibrated before each use. Not for use by children under 13. A virtual reality experience may trigger health reactions. See a doctor before use if you have a history of seizures. Stop use if you experience health reactions. 

About Samsung Electronics Canada
Samsung Electronics Canada inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances and printers. Samsung is a leader in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home initiatives. In 2014, Samsung was ranked one of the top 10 most influential brands in Canada, based on a study by Ipsos Reid. Committed to making a difference in communities across Canada, its Samsung Hope for Children corporate giving program supports children’s education, sustainability and health-related issues. Globally, Samsung employs 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of $196 billion.

To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will arrive in Canada on April 10

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will arrive in Canada on April 10
Apart from wearables, another much-awaited device that is said to “revolutionize” the mobile arena this year is the new smartphone from Samsung – the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Although previous rumors said that it will almost similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S5, there are more to expect from these devices, especially the Edge.

The announcement happened at the Mobile World Congress on March 1, 2015 (Sunday). The Korean electronics company said that both of their new flagship smartphones are compatible with Samsung Pay, their propriety mobile payment service.


Both handsets offer significant fresh features and functionalities that are new to the lineup of the Galaxy devices. It offers slimmer and lighter weight through its full metal and glass makings and designs, with more front and rear camera functions, and enhanced hardware specifications.

Specification sheet of Galaxy S6
According to the specification page online, here are the full features of the new Galaxy S6 smartphone:
Screen size: 5.1-inch
Weight: 138 grams
Colors: Sapphire Black, Pearl White, Platinum Gold
RAM: 32, 64, or 128 GB
OS: Android Lollipop
Connectivity: Mobile data (4G), Bluetooth, Stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3.5 millimeter Audio Jack
Front cam: 5-megapixel
Back cam: 16-megapixel
Camera specification: HDR, F1.9, High resolution zoom, Virtual shot, slow and fast motion, Selective Focus, Tracking AF, Automatic real-time HDR, and Pro mode.

Notable features:
– Fast battery charging of 10 minutes, which can run for four hours
– Smart Manager allows users to get more out of their battery life
– Made from premium metal casing, with a tough body wrapped in sturdy glass.
– Camera launches quickly so you will never miss a shot and a fast racking auto focus to avoid blurry photos

Specification sheet of Galaxy S6 Edge
Based on the list of features presented by O2, here are what you need to expect from this gamechanging handset.
Screen size: 5.1-inch
Weight: 132 grams
Colors: Sapphire Black, Pearl White, Platinum Gold
RAM: 64 or 128 GB
OS: Android Lollipop
Connectivity: Mobile data (4G), Bluetooth, Stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3.5 millimeter Audio Jack
Front cam: 5-megapixel
Back cam: 16-megapixel
Camera specifications: HDR, F1.9, High resolution zoom, Virtual shot, slow and fast motion, Selective Focus, Tracking AF, Automatic real-time HDR, and Pro mode.

Notable features:
– Made out of premium metal design with a toughened curved display, which is similar to the Galaxy Note Edge screen we featured previously.
– Option to color code important contacts to avoid missing any text or call from them
– Clear pictures are taken via the rear and front camera lens’ wider aperture of F1.9 even in low light condition
– Manage your applications and battery usage to improve your battery life, processing power, memory capacity, and device security.

Given the improved internal memory, Samsung tried the same technique by their top competitor, Apple, in avoiding the MicroSD slot and focus more on the RAM with its 32, 64, and 128 GB options.

Surprisingly, the company also took out some of its notable smartphone features such as the waterproof capability and the option to remove the battery. However, they stepped up to the competition by adding the wireless charging support for WPC and PMA to allow users to maximize Qi-enabled chargers.

Samsung modified their fingerprint scanner on the two handsets to enable the users to utilize the Samsung Pay. It is said to compete with the Apple Pay with its NFC and MST (magnetic secure transmission) chips to make it compatible with the NFC payment terminals and magnetic swipe readers on the market.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be available across several countries, including Canada, on April 10 with its three color variants.

Some mobile service providers are now offering pre-order options on their websites for the said devices as early as February.

Samsung Stays Ahead of the Curve with the GALAXY Note Edge

Samsung Canada, one of the leading suppliers of smartphones to Canadians, today announced the availability of an innovative twist to its iconic GALAXY Note series, the GALAXY Note Edge.  Featuring all of the things consumers love about the Note series including a stunning Quad HD Super AMOLED® display and S Pen, the Note Edge introduces a continuous curved screen that runs along the right side of the device. This beautiful new curved Edge Screen delivers access to email, Internet, apps, notifications, news and more — without interrupting the conteGalaxy Note Edgent on the main screen. Thanks to this revolution in display technology, Samsung continues to give Canadians the ability to increase their mobile productivity by giving them more screen for interruption-free notifications.

“The GALAXY Note Edge is one of our most innovative and unique smartphone designs to date, which once again demonstrates that we are listening and responding to our consumers,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President, Mobile Solutions, Samsung Canada. “The Edge Screen helps busy Canadians get more done on-the-go with incoming calls, texts, emails and alerts appearing neatly contained in the Edge panel without interrupting your main screen experience.”

Get the Edge:

  • An Uninterrupted Smartphone Experience: The GALAXY Note Edge provides more freedom and a continuous viewing experience with its one-of-a-kind bended Edge Screen. Plus, Table Top Mode turns your Edge Screen into a night clock, keeping you connected without draining your battery.
  • More Screen, More Content: Thanks to the GALAXY Note Edge’s curved screen, content viewed on the 5.6-inch main screen is kept free from disruption, simplifying how you interact with your smartphone and putting more control back in your hands. Watch a movie, browse the Internet or snap a picture with ease using controls on the curved Edge Screen.
  • Epic Selfies for Unforgettable Moments: In addition to its 16MP rear-facing camera, the GALAXY Note Edge features an impressive 3.7MP front-facing camera with an f1.9 lens that offers a 90-degree shooting angle and up to a 120-degree wide angle. Meaning users can capture even more friends and fun in the frame.
  • Power Up Fast and Keep Going Longer: Just like the Note 4, when it’s time to power up, the GALAXY Note Edge’s Adaptive Fast Charging recharges up to 50 per cent of your battery in about 30 minutes. Use Ultra Power Saving Mode to maximize battery life and continue to receive calls and texts for longer on only 10 per cent of a charge¹.
  • Get more done with the S Pen: With an enhanced S Pen featuring 2,048 touch pressure points, writing on the GALAXY Note Edge feels more natural and offers a much more authentic pen experience that flawlessly emulates writing on paper.

Revolutionary Performance:

  • The First CAT6 LTE Advance Mobile Device in Canada: The GALAXY Note Edge delivers a new level of mobile freedom by capitalizing on even faster LTE speeds, becoming the first CAT6 smartphone to hit the Canadian market.
  • A Multitasker’s Dream: The GALAXY Note Edge takes all the multitasking power that is familiar on the Note series one step further. The Edge Screen frees up more space to interact with your favourite applications and delivers an unrivalled productivity experience. It is equipped with Multi-Window where users can choose how they want to view their applications with full, split or pop-up screens, and easily change the size and positioning of apps with one intuitive swipe.
  • Your Favourite Content, Brought to Life: Samsung’s revolutionary Quad HD Super AMOLED display reproduces clear, vivid images with deep contrast, great viewing angles and response times as fast as a millionth of a second. With its bold 5.6-inch screen, your favourite HD content appears lifelike and looks amazing.

The GALAXY Note Edge will launch to Canadian consumers through an interactive campaign that brings the key device features to life. Working with prominent YouTube personalities, a series of videos will be released that show how to express creativity in fun new ways and highlight what’s possible using the S Pen and Edge Screen.

Availability

Pre-orders have begun for the Samsung GALAXY Note Edge, which will be available in Charcoal Black with select carriers on February 18, 2015. Please contact your carriers for more details.

¹  Battery power consumption depends on factors such as network configuration, carrier network, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, vibrate mode, backlight settings, browser use, frequency of calls, and voice, data and other application-usage patterns. Adaptive fast charging requires an AFC compatible charger to work.

Samsung GALAXY Note Edge Product Specifications

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)
*May differ by country and carrier.

AP

2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor
*May differ by country and carrier

Display

5.6 inch (141.9mm) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440 + 160)

OS

Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Camera

Rear Facing: 16 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Smart OIS
Front Facing: 3.7 Mega pixel camera with f1.9

Rear Facing Camera : HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty

face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot&More, Dual Camera
Front Facing Camera : Selfie, Wide Selfie

Video

Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8,

Recording & Playback: up to UHD

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(*)
(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support

S Pen Optimized Features

Air Command: Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip, Smart Select,
S Note, Photo note, Direct Pen Input

Additional Features

Multi Window

Ultra Power Saving Mode

Voice Recorder (Normal Mode, Interview Mode, Meeting Mode, Voice Memo)

Download Booster

S Health 3.5

Dynamic Lock Screen

Briefing

Edge screen UX : Revolving Interaction, Immersive apps(Camera, Video, S Note),
Ticker board, Express me, Quick Tools, Night Clock, etc

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps,

Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store,

Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe
GPS / GLONASS / Beidou
NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.1 (BLE)
ANT+
IR LED (Remote Control), USB2.0, MHL 3.0
MirrorLink Certified™ (v1.1)

Sensor

Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB, IR-LED
Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring,

SpO2 (Dependent on market)

Memory

32GB Internal memory + microSD slot (up to 128GB)
3GB RAM

Dimension

151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3mm, 174g

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 3,000 mAh, Fast Charging (Adaptive Fast Charging & Quick

Charging 2.0)

* The availability of service and the product specification may differ by country.
* All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Canada

Samsung Electronics Canada is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for young minded consumers everywhere through innovation, stylish design and premium experiences. Through relentless innovation and discovery, Samsung is transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. As a result, Samsung has become a true leader in the technology industry. In 2013, Samsung was ranked #8 in the Interbrand 100 Best Global Brands while the Canadian arm was named as one of Strategy Magazine’s 2013 Brands of the Year and Marketing Magazine’s 2012 Top 10 Marketers of the Year in Canada. Globally, Samsung employs 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

Gear S added by Samsung Canada

Samsung Canada, one of the leading suppliers of mobile products to Canadian consumers, announced the latest GearSaddition to its innovative line of Gear wearables – the Gear S. Hitting the shelves of Samsung Brand Stores beginning November 14th, 2014 and rolling out to carriers and retailers throughout the month of November, the Gear S combines an elegant, curved design with 3G1 connectivity and allows users to do more on the go – with or without their smartphone².

“The Samsung Gear S defines the next level of wearables,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President, Mobile Solutions, Samsung Canada. “Whether making calls, receiving calls, or keeping in touch and updated, the Gear S delivers the freedom and connectivity our consumers want – right on their wrists.”

More Freedom:

With access to 3G1, Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi®, the remarkable Samsung Gear S keeps Canadians connected with or without their smartphone2, which makes checking up on calendar and app notifications, calls, and social networking easy and fast. The Gear S also makes staying connected easier since its charger cradle doubles as an extra 315 mAh battery pack and the device features Power Saving Mode, which changes the display to black and white and limits non-essential functions to maximize time between charges.

For Canadians looking for a great fitness companion, the Gear S is ideal thanks to enhanced multi-sensors and a built-in GPS. Plus, the Gear S offers even more control over everyday fitness by combining the device with a variety of apps, such as Nike+ and S Health3, helping consumers stay motivated while on the move.

More Than Meets the Eye:

Featuring a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display, the Gear S delivers a rich and detailed viewing experience, brought to life through its beautiful and easy-to-use interface. With features such as Conversation View and Condensed Font, the Gear S gives the power to read messages and notifications with a single glance. The chic, curved design fits comfortably around the contours of the wrist and becomes an extension of the user’s personal style by giving the ability to customize screen options and interchangeable straps.

With over 1,000 apps already available in the Gear App Store, the Samsung Gear S offers even more ways to enjoy mobile freedom:

  • Location-based services like Turn-by-Turn navigation and Maps
  • View notifications from Facebook
  • QWERTY keyboard, continuous input and voice dictation, making text messages and emails easier

Pricing and Availability:

The Gear S will be available through major Canadian carriers and retailers beginning November 14, 2014 at an MSRP of CAD$399.99.

Samsung Gear S Product Specifications

Network

900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G)
900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)

Display

2.0″ Super AMOLED (360 x 480)

AP

Dual core 1.0 GHz

OS

Tizen based wearable platform

Audio

Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG

Features

Communications:
– 2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call
– Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Emails, QWERTY Keyboard

Fitness:
– S Health, Nike+ Running

Information:
– Schedule, News, Navigation, Weather

Media:
– Music Player, Gallery

Others:
– S Voice, Find My Device, Power Saving Mode

IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant

Samsung Services

Samsung Gear Apps

Connectivity

WiFi®: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass
Bluetooth®: 4.1
USB: USB 2.0

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer

Memory

RAM: 512MB
Storage: 4GB Internal Memory

Dimension

39.9 x 58.1 x 12.5mm

67g(Blue Black), 84g(White)

Battery

300mAh Li-ion
Typical Usage 2days

  1. 3G coverage not available everywhere and requires a qualifying wireless plan. Consult your carrier for details.
  2. Initial pairing with a Samsung Galaxy device running Android 4.3 or greater required.
  3. This device and related software is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease.

About Samsung Electronics Canada

Samsung Electronics Canada is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for young minded consumers everywhere through innovation, stylish design and premium experiences. Through relentless innovation and discovery, Samsung is transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. As a result, Samsung has become a true leader in the technology industry. In 2013, Samsung was ranked #8 in the Interbrand 100 Best Global Brands while the Canadian arm was named as one of Strategy Magazine’s 2013 Brands of the Year and Marketing Magazine’s 2012 Top 10 Marketers of the Year in Canada. Globally, Samsung employs 286000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion.

Samsung Canada Adds Powerful GALAXY Note 4 to Lineup of Devices

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Samsung Canada, one of the leading suppliers of smartphones to Canadians and category creator of the Note series, announced today that its most powerful and innovative device to date, the GALAXY Note 4, will be available to Canadians beginning October 24th. Featuring a superior viewing experience and powerful camera functionality, the GALAXY Note 4 provides users with one of the most unusual, enjoyable and productive mobile experiences on the market. The device also adds something special to consumers’ smartphone experience with its evolved S Pen™. Now Canadians can use the S Pen™ to add emotion, humour, clarity and style to their everyday tasks.Galaxy Note 4

“Samsung Electronics pioneered the large-screen smartphone category through the introduction of the GALAXY Note series in 2011, and we stay the industry leader in this category,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President, Mobile Solutions, Samsung Canada. “The new GALAXY Note 4 introduces the most refined Note experience to-date by featuring innovative technology including the enhanced S Pen™ which allows Canadians to add more of themselves to their mobile experience.”

Representing the fourth generation of Samsung Canada’s renowned Note lineup, the GALAXY Note 4 features a brilliant screen, advanced photo technology for both front and rear cameras, battery and charging improvements, as well as S Pen™ advancements. The extraordinary 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED® display creates a stunning viewing experience while the metal frame and soft textured body give the device a premium, stylish look and feel.

Noteworthy Features:

  • Add emotion with the S Pen™: With the reimagined S Pen™ featuring 2,048 touch pressure points, writing is more natural, allowing users to easily handwrite e-mails and texts, capture and edit meeting notes as well as add handwritten messages to their photos. Improvements to the S Pen™ mean it works with comfort and precision that is now akin to a computer mouse, making it easier to select and move information, resize windows, and drag and drop between different apps.
  • Add clarity to your content: Samsung continues to refine the S Pen™ experience with a more user-friendly Air Command functionality along with other intuitive features such as Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and Smart Select allowing you to create and collect content.
  • Add your own style: The GALAXY Note 4 offers multiple, seamless note-taking methods integrated with the S Note application. In addition to typing and writing, the innovative Snap Note feature allows you to take a picture of notes on a paper or a whiteboard, and then quickly and easily convert to an S Note.

Powerful Performance. Powerful Productivity:

  • Do More than One Thing at Once: Due to its large screen, the refined Multi Window feature helps Canadians multi-task more efficiently by letting users choose how they access their applications with full, split or pop-up screens.
  • Bigger Selfies for Bigger Moments: The GALAXY Note 4 is equipped with a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera featuring a Smart Optical Image Stabilizer that counter-balances camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in dark settings. In addition, a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera with f1.9 offers a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide-angle so users can get more friends and fun in frame.
  • Power-Up Fast and Stay Powered: Never miss that important call or text again. With the GALAXY Note 4’s Fast Charging ability, you can recharge quicker than ever. In addition, the Ultra Power Saving Mode¹ helps to maximize battery life, even at 10% charge, you can still receive calls and texts for up to 24 hours.
  • Keep the conversation going: Multiple microphones and an improved speaker phone for better noise cancellation when speaking in loud environments will help Canadians keep in touch. A built-in voice recorder offers eight different directional voice tags and a selective playback ability that allows users to isolate and listen to specific voices in a group conversation.
  • Stay protected: The Galaxy Note 4 also offers an improved Fingerprint Scanner, to secure personal data and the world’s first UV sensor in a mobile device.

Availability

The Samsung GALAXY Note 4 will be available in Charcoal Black and Frost White through major Canadian carriers and retailers starting on October 24, 2014. Additionally, pre-orders have begun. Please see carriers for more details.

¹ Ultra Power Saving Mode: Battery life will vary depending on power, applications settings and other factors. The largest capacity of the battery will decrease with time and use.

About Samsung Electronics Canada

Samsung Electronics Canada is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for young minded consumers everywhere through innovation, stylish design and premium experiences. Through relentless innovation and discovery, Samsung is transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. As a result, Samsung has become a true leader in the technology industry. In 2013, Samsung was ranked #8 in the Interbrand 100 Best Global Brands while the Canadian arm was named as one of Strategy Magazine’s 2013 Brands of the Year and Marketing Magazine’s 2012 Top 10 Marketers of the Year in Canada. Globally, Samsung employs 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion.

Phantom Glass review

Phantom Glass

Phantom Glass has the answer to protecting your devices as its a tempered glass screen protector, created with Corning Gorilla Glass, to ensure maximum impact and scratch protection.

What is it?

at .2millimeters thin Phantom Glass features two unique coatings: a silicone nano-adhesion layer, which allows for easy installation while its oleophobic nano-coating that allows fingerprints to wipe off with ease.

Where can I get it?

In development for 2 years, Phantom Glass is available Staples, Future Shop Best Buy in Canada starting this week. It is available for iPhones, iPads, Microsoft’s Surface, and Samsung devices. Vancouverites should also inquire at other stores where they buy their technology as the company was in Vancouver this week hitting up potential vendors.

The company is based in Markham, Ontario and we spoke with Richard Waters, one of the company’s founders about why this is a great buy for smartphone users and techies alike.

“Phantom Glass is super strong, easy to install, impact resistant and has a lifetime warranty. If and when you drop your phone its engineered to break in a way that is safe to the consumer. We stand behind what we have built and will continue to do so.”

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For me it’s given my iPhone 4s new life. Switching from the Ballistic case to a cover for the back and Phantom Glass on front, my phone is lighter and brighter. Phantom Glass is so clear and easy to look at that you hardly know it is there. It also cleans easily and has taken a few drops and falls very well.

Waters notes that “We intend to keep company going and build respected brand that’s a go to for consumers and techies alike. We plan maintain retail partnerships and further enhance those relationships rather than sell the company to the highest bidder.”

Keep your eyes peeled for Phantom Glass at your local tech retailer or big box store. If you have the chance to give it a try or put it on your phone do it. You will be glad you did.

Samsung Galaxy S5 launches April 11th in Canada

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The Galaxy S5 comes to Canada on April 11th through just about every wireless carrier and it’s likely to be one of the top sellers of the year. With Samsung’s marketing muscle behind it, the Galaxy S brand has become the preeminent Android smartphone on the market.

The devices have been, generally speaking, solid challengers to Apple’s iPhone. The Galaxy S5 continues that tradition, even if there isn’t much about it that’s terribly new or exciting.

Featuring a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and 432 pixels per inch, the Galaxy S5 has one of the sharpest screens out there. And though it’s still made of plastic, it feels better in the hand than last year’s S4 thanks to a dimpled back cover, a little more weight and corners that are a bit less rounded. By nailing that all-important “hand feel,” Samsung has all of the basics down.

Otherwise, most of what’s new about the Galaxy S5 is incremental, and some of it is questionable, starting with the fingerprint sensor. Samsung’s version works differently 9701849from Apple’s in that you have to swipe your finger down over the home button at the bottom of the phone, rather than just hold it over the button for a microsecond. I wasn’t sure I’d initially like the feature on the iPhone 5S but I quickly became a convert after seeing how quickly and accurately it worked. That’s not the case with the S5. The iPhone’s scanner can pick up your print from many different angles but on the Galaxy S5 your swipe has to be precise, which makes it easy to mess up.

Samsung is opening up the sensor to other app developers so that it can be used for more than just unlocking the phone (PayPal is on board for payments, for example), but I got so frustrated with it that I ended up turning it off. I can’t see too many app developers jumping on board unless this issue is fixed.

The same goes for some of the phone’s S Health tracking functions. The step counter doesn’t appear to be very accurate. I found it often wouldn’t track me while I was walking and then mysteriously add steps while I was sitting at a desk. Moreover, the function needs to be turned on and off, which is a pain to remember (who wants to track the tracker?). Step counting thus seems better suited to an always-on device such as a wristband fitness tracker, like perhaps Samsung’s Gear Fit. I did like the heart-rate sensor on the back of the phone just under the camera – you simply touch your finger to it for a second or two and it tells you how fast your ticker is going.

Samsung has also incorporated some innovative connectivity technology into the Galaxy S5 that combines both cellular and Wi-Fi signals into faster downloads. It’s a nifty addition, but again, it doesn’t seem very practical – or at least not in Canada, where download speeds on both cellular and Wi-Fi are generally pretty good. Indeed, the primary reason to jump onto Wi-Fi with your phone is to avoid using up your precious monthly data allotment, so why you’d want to do that and still use wireless data is puzzling.

I did like some of the new features added to the Galaxy S5′s 16-megapixel camera, with “selective focus” being a particular standout. With the function enabled, you can shoot a close-up subject (less than 50 centimetres away) and get the same blurred background effect that you might with a proper single-lens reflex camera. You can also reverse the blur in “post-production,” with the camera blurring the subject and bringing the background into focus. And, not to be outdone, you can also just simply bring everything into focus.

It works well. Although phones will probably never match the capabilities of full SLR cameras simply because lens and sensors sizes do matter, I continue to be amazed at the improvements being made. The decision to bring along a full, heavy camera on a trip is getting harder to make with each passing iteration of phones.

I’m also a fan of the S5′s “ultra power saving mode,” which shifts the phone’s screen into black-and-white and shuts off all non-essential functions. Only a few necessary apps can be enabled in this mode, including phone, text messages and the Internet browser, although comically, Google+ is somehow among the small handful of available apps. In any event, the mode greatly boosts available battery time – if you turn it on with 10% of your battery power left, you can just about squeeze another full day out of it.

The S5 is also largely water- and dust-proof, able to stay submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Some users might find these features handy, but as someone who has never gone swimming with a phone or used one in the heart of a desert, they’re more nice-to-haves than have-to-haves.

And so goes the story of both Samsung’s new flagship device and smartphones in general. Most of the major manufacturers have got the basics right, with further innovation and differentiation really a matter of throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. The Galaxy S5 gets a couple of these things right while a few of them flop. I’d like to have seen more of the former and less of the latter, but perhaps they’re just iterations that will be improved on with the inevitable Galaxy S6 next year.

This Galaxy S5 review was written by Peter Nowak. To read the original article please click here.

Galaxy S5 supposed to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress

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galaxyS5Samsung will defend its crown as the world’s top smartphone maker on unveiling a new premier smartphone – Galaxy S5 – in the face of tougher markets and a rising challenge from China.

On the opening day of the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the South Korean giant will almost certainly launch its flagship device, Galaxy S5 smartphone, rumoured to be equipped with a fingerprint scanner and larger screen.

Samsung’s brand was stamped on more than 30% of smartphones sold in the world last year, about twice the share of arch rival Apple, which traditionally skips the world’s largest mobile fair.

Despite Samsung’s dominance, early signs are emerging of difficult times ahead.

A 42.3% surge in smartphone sales to 968 million units last year was propelled almost entirely by developing markets, according to research house Gartner.

The worldwide boom disguised a slowdown in the mature markets such Western Europe and the United States, which are the most profitable, it said.

As a result, smartphone makers are scrambling for new sources of revenue.

“We will see all of the handset companies responding to slowing growth in the smartphone market and the difficulty of making money,” said Ian Fogg, senior principal analyst of electronics and media at research house IHS.

“They are going to launch a number of smart accessory devices including wearable devices that will give them opportunities in new markets to generate revenues and growth.”

Samsung thus launched an updated smartwatch, Galaxy Gear 2, on Sunday, adding new features and ditching Google’s Android platform in favour of its own operating system.

Besides an array of features including sports tracking software and a heart rate monitor, the Gear 2 marks an important and widely anticipated step towards independence from Android.

But Samsung faces other significant challenges, too, notably from China.

Indeed, hours after Samsung launched Galaxy Gear 2, rising Chinese smartphone maker Huawei revealed a connected watch of its own.

Huawei, already a major force in building mobile networks and the world number three smartphone maker in 2013, showed off its TalkBand, to be sold for 99 euros ($136).

Connected by Bluetooth to a smartphone, the watch lets you receive calls and messages without removing your mobile from your pocket, as well as measuring the steps you take with a podometer and even following your sleep pattern.

Other Chinese handset makers have global ambitions, too. Lenovo, the number four smartphone manufacturer in 2013, in January agreed the $2.9 billion purchase of the loss-making Motorola Mobility from Google to grab a strong platform in the Americas and a foothold in Europe

At the same time, the online world is elbowing its way into the mobile market.

Samsung Galaxy Mega is all about the screen

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Samsung and Apple are the top two contenders in the smartphone wars these days and I recently got the Samsung Galaxy Mega another smartphone that Samsung added to the Galaxy series.

Screen size and quality is always a big draw with Samsung phones and it’s often a main reason people pick them. Having reviewed the Galaxy S4 and Note 8 this  year already I was curious to see what the Mega had to offer.

The Galaxy Mega Screen

The name Mega is an easy giveaway with the screen size of this Galaxy. At 720 x 1280 pixels and 6.3 inches wide, it is ideal for consuming content such as video and for reading. Samsung is trying to marry the best of both worlds here with a smartphone that sits comfortably in your hand but with its majestic wide-screen looks and behaves like a tablet. The  display itself is an SC-LCD capacitive touchscreen capable of 16M colors.Galaxy Mega

I’m of two minds about this as this phone feels big and bulky in my hand compared to the Blackberry Z10 and iPhone 4S. I do appreciate the benefit of a larger screen but also want a smartphone be sleek and compact. If Samsung is the brand that you use primarily then the Galaxy S4 would be the way to go if size and portability is a concern. With rumors of the Galaxy S5 on the horizon as well and Galaxy Gear potentially on your wrist you may reconsider buying the Galaxy Mega given it’s size.

OS and Hardware

Once you get passed the screen size, I was in familiar territory based on the other Samsung products I’ve used this year. The OS is Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) which I am comfortable with but feels a bit dated against iOS 7 and Blackberry 10.2. This device did come out in June 2013 so that comparison could be unfair. I’d be interested to see what the newer versions of Android have to offer when released.

I was able to install all my usual iPhone apps on this phone from the Google Play Store unlike Blackberry phones I reviewed. Android apps install with ease and are every bit as good as iOS.

The Galaxy Mega includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and a 1.7 GHz Krait CPU. The Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery which will give you up to 420 hours on standby and 10 hours on 3G. 10 hours on 3G would make me a bit weary so you should keep this phone plugged in particularly if you are on the borders of network coverage.

The main camera is an 8 Megapixel camera while the front facing camera is 1.9 Megapixels. Photo’s are 3264 x 2448 pixels and the main camera includes autofocus and an LED flash. You can also geo-tag, use touch focus, face and smile detection, and panorama with this camera. Video shoots at 1080p at 30frames per second and is capable of stereo sound recording.

Audio and Video

The Galaxy Mega is great to look at while viewing video and gaming. I downloaded Lego Star Wars the Yoda Chronicles for gaming and found the game easy to view but the touchscreen on the Galaxy Mega bit slow to respond. Sound wise it’s great and I had no complaints watching video with or without headphones.

Galaxy Note 8 is a great tablet and more

Galaxy Note 8In the smartphone and tablet wars Apple and Samsung have duked it out for a while now and the Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung shows the company is serious about winning this battle. With its immediate competitor being the iPad Mini, the Galaxy Note 8 matches the mini stride for stride and easily compliments other devices you may have in your household.

As an iOS user I’m always curious to see what is available in the Android space and the Galaxy Note 8 like the Galaxy S4 is impressive in every facet. My tablet had a SIM Card with LTE capability which made this device that much better because i could surf the web, watch Netflix and YouTube and use apps without being dependent on wireless. It was also nice to be able to make calls from the tablet as well although it was a bit awkward considering the size of the Galaxy Note 8.

Galaxy Note 8 Hardware and OS Specifications

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with an impressive list of specifications and hardware and of course all that the Android ecosystem has to offer. This includes:

    • Android Jelly bean 4.1
    • Android Ecosystem including Samsung Apps, Readers, Music, Game, Video, Hub
    • UI / Web Browser including Android + Samsung Android Browser and Chrome Browser
    • Chipset CP XMM 6262 AP Exynos 4412 (1.6 GHz x 4)
    • Memory 2GB (RAM) and 16 or 32GB options for hard drive space. You can also add a microSD (up to 64GB)
    • Camera / Flash 5MP AF + 1.3MP
    • Dimensions 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95 mm
    • Weight 345g (3G/LTE) / 340g (WiFi)
    • Display 203.1 mm (8″) WXGA (1280 x 800, 189ppi) TFT

It was a bit surprising that the Galaxy Note 8 doesn’t have the latest Android OS on it and I did not try to upgrade it to the latest.

Apps and Operability

As I mention in my video review apps are found on Google’s Play Store and I had no issues getting whatever apps I wanted to install. I usually try to install as many apps as I can that I use on my iOS devices when reviewing another OS. The Galaxy Note 8 with Android passed the test easily.

In terms of operability, I found this tablet easy to use and navigate. I’ll admit that it isn’t as smooth as my iOS devices as the iOS interface seems a bit more intuitive and user-friendly.

All in all I give the Galaxy Note 8 two thumbs up. A great piece of hardware that’s sure to impress current Samsung users and those looking for something in the tablet space.