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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Samsung Galaxy A80 gets new software update, adds autofocus for selfie camera

Samsung Galaxy A80

A few days back, Samsung Galaxy A50 users started receiving new software updates with Android July security patch that was aimed at improvements and security fixes. Now, the South Korean smartphone maker is rolling out a new update for Galaxy A80 handsets over the air.

The latest firmware update carries build number A805FXXU2ASG7 and weighs 413MB in size. The firmware was originally released on July 22 with Security patch level to July 1, but Galaxy A80 handsets recently started receiving it via OTA update.

As we know, the Galaxy A80 features a pop-up camera setup that uses a rotation mechanism when taking photos with a selfie shooter or back camera. More specifically, its 48-megapixel camera is used for both selfies and back cameras. However, the 48MP main camera's autofocus feature seems to have been missing when used as a selfie shooter. Therefore, to fix this technical error, Samsung has released the said OTA update designed to add new autofocus functions.

Apart from adding new functionality to its camera, the firmware improves camera stability and device security. As far as phone security is concerned, it fixes the known-bugs till July 1 and will further be validated once new updates are released.

If you have not received A805FXXU2ASG7 firmware yet, you can access the device settings and manually check for updates. Once the check is completed, your phone will begin receiving it if the update is available to your Galaxy A80 before a broader rollout.


Friday, July 26, 2019

Samsung Galaxy A50 receiving new firmware update with July security patch

Samsung Galaxy A50

During the previous months, the South Korean smartphone giant Samsung released 7 software updates with security patch level designed to bring minor improvements to Galaxy A50. However, this time, the company rolled out the last firmware update with build number A505FDDU2ASG4 that improves the camera and Wi-Fi.

The update in the talk not only improves picture quality and handset stability but also patches known bugs with Android security patch level to July 1. Compared to the previous firmware, the latest one seem to have improved Wi-Fi connection stability as well as connection quality.

The update weighs approximately 190MB in size which should be downloaded over a wi-fi connection in case the data is turned off or exhausted.

Users who have not yet received the notification regarding this firmware update need to access their phone settings before going to the software update menu. Once there, the device will start downloading it. In case, your phone refuses to install update due to insufficient storage space, you will need to release the required storage to get firmware installed on your Galaxy A50 phone.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Chinese brands continue to set notable records in Indian smartphone market, Xiaomi topped with 28%

Indian smartphone market

Jan VaĊĦek / Pixabay

In the second quarter (Q2) 2019, Chinese phone makers have set another record in the Indian smartphone market by shipping 37 million units which are larger than the previous shipments, Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service revealed yesterday.

Since the growth was based on new launches, price cuts on older devices and offline channel expansion across brands, Samsung's shipments declined by 7 percent year-over-year (YOY) due to not-launching new handsets compared to other smartphone makers. Samsung's shipment, however, remained growing due to the latest price cuts and the popularity of its A-series and M-series phones.

Xiaomi topped with 28% market share and grew to 6% over the previous year. Xiaomi's marketing strategy was primarily driven by portfolio expansion in the budget segment and expansion of the offline market. It also increased investment in the ATL/BTL campaigns and resulted in an increase in market share.

BBK Group-owned subsidiaries Oppo, Vivo, Realme and OnePlus grew 30% in the second quarter, becoming a leading smartphone maker in India with its combined share. Due to the popularity of Realme C2 phone and various discount offers, this device has been shown to reach 8 million smartphone shipments in the Indian market. The handset remained one of the best choices among the Indian consumers, the report reveals.

Huawei's trading ban seem to be affecting its market share in India, but the company succeeded in rising in the top 10 smartphone brand category, the reports read.

Brands focused on online as well as offline stores have set a noteworthy record. This indicates that offline channels play an important role in smartphone market share. As long as we understand, most people tend to buy new phones via offline stores. I the editor of PhoneSpeck live in a village. My 60% of neighbors choose to buy products via offline channels.


Samsung Galaxy S10 series receiving a new software update with July Android security patch

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung is rolling out a new software update for its s10 series phones over-the-air. The update bearing version number G973FXXU3ASG8/*FXXU3ASG8 has been reportedly released for Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10+, and Samsung Galaxy S10e devices.

The new firmware update is being rolled out for some regions at the moment, and other regions are expected to receive the said update once a broader rollout will occur. The latest firmware update not only brings improvements to the camera, bluetooth and Wi-Fi but it also includes the Android security patch level to July 1.

The said firmware weights more than 388MB in size and is currently available to Swiss and German customers. India, Pakistan, Australia, Canada, and other countries will receive the new software update in the next few days.

Meanwhile, if users want to manually install the firmware on their s10 series smartphone, they need to go to the phone settings and then access the software update to check for available updates. If their phone returns "No updates available", their phones will receive it soon once listed for *3FXXU3ASG8.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold issues fixed, now confirmed to be released in September this year

Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was originally announced February 20, 2019, but the device was delayed for several months due to a defect found in its screen. Now, the South Korean smartphone maker Samsung has confirmed that its first foldable phone is getting ready to enter the selected markets in September 2019.

The Galaxy Fold's display failure reported in April led the company to delay its foldable phone. But at that time, Samsung cautioned that the "special protection layer" should not be removed to make the phone work without a problem. The Galaxy Fold is Samsung's first phone that has been under development for a long time since its initial release.

According to a report published on Samsung Newsroom, the improved version of this smartphone will be coming with many hardware improvements and additional features added during the development period. Apart from this, the device is now optimized for overall user experience i.e., foldable UX.

The company said in a statement that new protection caps added to the top and bottom of the hinge area will be strengthening the foldable hardware elements. Furthermore, metal layers added underneath the Infinity flex display have also been included as a screen protection feature. Not only the metal layer, but the space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced, the statement reads.

The new (improved phones) will only be launched in certain markets, and the remaining markets are said to hit by Galaxy fold in the next coming weeks. The United States, Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and India will be the first countries where Galaxy Fold can be purchased from September.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Samsung Galaxy A80 with 48MP rotating camera launched in India, price starts at Rs. 47,990

Samsung Galaxy A80

South Korean smartphone maker Samsung announced the seventh smartphone of Galaxy A-series Galaxy A80 in the Indian market. Earlier, the company launched a series of smartphones from the Galaxy A-line, but not all phones are the same in key features and camera mechanisms.

Galaxy A80 is totally different from the other A-series devices as it has a rotating camera system with an image sensor of 48-megapixel working for triple rear camera setup. The other camera used on this phone is an Ultra-Wide snapper consisting 8MP sensor.

About two days ago, Galaxy A40 received Samsung Pay app with the latest firmware update, but A80 is equipped with military-grade Knox security payment-enabled app (Samsung Pay) that allows its users to make transactions over a secure connection, Samsung claims.

The handset features 6.7-inch FHD+ infinity super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. Weights 220grams, it has 165.2 height, 76.5 mm width and 9.3 mm thickness. The phone is available in three color options, such as Ghost White, Phantom Black, and Angel Gold.

The Galaxy A80 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G mobile platform clocked at 2.2 GHz speed and it runs on Android pie operating system. Priced at Rs. 47,990, the smartphone has 8GB RAM/128GB internal storage option, which can not expand via a microSD card, as the phone does not have a dedicated card slot for memory expension.

Users interested in purchasing the Galaxy A80 can place a pre-booked order from July 22nd to July 31st with one-time screen replacement offer offered by the Samsung for pre-booking orders. In case the customer chooses to pay via Citibank credit cards will get 5% cashback.

The Galaxy A80 will be available for open sale in the country starting August 1. It will be launched via online channels, retail and e-retail stores, and Samsung online shop.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G phone appears on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855 SoC

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G, a 5G connected handset that is believed to be marketed with 4G and 5G network options, has been spotted on Geekbench which confirms that it will have 6GB of RAM and Qualcomm's latest mobile platform Snapdragon 855 that is technically supported by the 5G network.

The new device spotted on the benchmark website has not revealed the tech specs of the said phone, but when it comes to device model number, the website reads as SM-A908N. Looking at the past listings, it will not be wrong saying that the Galaxy A90 could arrive soon with 4G and 5G network connectivity options.

The said smartphone is rumored to be launched in two variants 6GB and 8GB, but we believe that it will have 6GB/64GB for the standard variants while another variant will be launched with 8GB RAM option.

Apart from this, the Galaxy A90 5G or SM-A908N will be running on Android pie operating system like Galaxy A80 that is expected to be released in mid-July in India.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Samsung sued by ACCC over promoting Galaxy phones deceptively


The South Korean tech giant Samsung has been sued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for allegedly carrying out deceptive advertisement techniques to represent various Galaxy phones in more than 300 ads, reports Reuters.

Samsung's local unit in Australia allegedly showed the water resistance features in Galaxy phones. The feature in question did not exist in the Galaxy phones and thus led the users to believe Samsung's advertisements, ACCC added. If the launched lawsuit against the local unit of Samsung proved to be true, the company might face multi-million dollar fines, reports multiple sources.

The instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Samsung Australia reveals consumers damaged their phones when exposing the Galaxy handsets to water. It further states that Samsung had refused to honor warranty claims for the damaged phones.

Samsung on its website has stated that Samsung's Australian unit stands by its advertisement because the company complies with Australian law and advertising policies. The site further states that the company will defend the case in the Federal Court.

The ACCC's official website has added a screenshot of Samsung Australia's tweet that clearly shows that the company was engaged showing water-resist ads. The tweet confirms that Galaxy handsets were advertised in such way that represented the devices in a misleading manner.

The case background reveals the misrepresented device list ranging from Galaxy S-series to A-series. ACCC website has added S10e, S10, S10 Plus, S9, S9 Plus, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, Note 9, Note 8, Note 7, A8, A7, and A5 smartphones to the instituted proceedings. More importantly, the reputational damaged devices listed on the website are manufactured between 2016 to 2019, ACCC said.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Samsung Galaxy A30s with 3GB RAM appears on Geekbench

Samsung Galaxy

Representational purposes only

Samsung, a conglomerate South Korean company, has successfully launched a number of Galaxy A-series devices ranging from A10 to A90. If the users would not have hashtagged "Galaxy A100", then it might have arrived in the market.

Now again, the company is planning to launch the Galaxy A-series device, but this time, followed by "s" letter i.e., Galaxy A30s. The Geekbanch listing reveals an unidentified smartphone of the Samsung Galaxy which is believed to be the Galaxy A30s. The device in question is only a rumored one in terms of the market status.

The listing has not confirmed the handset name but has revealed a few details regarding the same. A new phone with model number SM-A307FN has been spotted on the benchmark website showing the system information, operating system, and a base frequency of 1.59 GHz.

According to the listing, the phone with SM-A307FN model number will come with Android pie operating system paired with 3GB of RAM, and perhaps powered by Exynos 7904 processor. From all the revealed information, we believe that the Galaxy A30s may be an upgraded version of the A30 phone.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Samsung Mobile Design Competition launched with a $40,000 prize pool

Samsung Mobile Design Competition

Ulrike Leone / Pixabay

South Korean smartphone maker Samsung and Dezeen Magazine have launched a designing competition. This competition will challenge the designers with a wide range of Samsung accessories to be designed for future Galaxy smartphones and smart wearable devices.

Samsung, as well as DeZeen, are looking for some fresh ideas on new accessories for Galaxy smartphones, tablets, wearables, and Galaxy wallpapers for the phone screen. Wallpapers should not only be interactive and creative and they need to be contextually informative and useful.

Samsung will select five winning members from each category. The winners will be able to speak and understand the English language in order to present the idea in London. Once there, the winners will then be invited to present their ideas before judges and other executives consisting Dezeen Magazine's editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, Samsung executives and a panel of designers.

The judges will then select only three challenging winners out of the five, and then the winners, on the other hand, the selected three winners will be taken to San Jose, California where they will receive their prizes at Samsung Developer Conference 2019.

The total prize money for the competition is $40,000. In each category, the winner will receive the highest prize of $10,000, the second will get $5,000, and the third will be given $3,000. The fourth and fifth winners in each category will be rewarded with $1,000 per winner.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Samsung Galaxy A30 and A70 receives new firmware updates

Galaxy A30 and A70 new firmware

Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Before this latest firmware update, Samsung has previously released the security updates accompanied by new features and improvements that was aimed to boost the overall device performance. Recently, the company has released the new firmware updates and the latest June Android security patch aims to operate on a deeper system level than previous ones.

The new update for the Galaxy A70 carries version number A705GMODM2AF4 and weighs 472.34MB in size, while the Galaxy A30 is receiving firmware update bearing version number A305GNDXU2ASE5 and weights 645MB in size.

New updates have been released, mainly to improve the Android security level of May and June. By releasing this new update, firmware improves the fingerprint scanner, touchscreen performance in the Galaxy A70. In the previous update, the camera was improved and was mainly focused to bring new key features to the device.

The new firmware bearing version number A705GMODM2AF4 is rolling out in an effort to improve the handset stability, camera performance, and device security. The update comes with the latest June Android security patch.

Philippines and Indonesia are among the countries where the Galaxy A30's new update is rolling out. The latest update for the Galaxy A70 is being rolled out in India with many improvements.

Users can check for updates by going to the settings. However, If you don't see the new update, then your devices will be able to receive it in the next couple of days.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e & Galaxy Tab A 10.1 launched in India, read highlights & key-features

Galaxy Tab S5e Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Samsung, one of the most anticipated Tab maker and world's first foldable smartphone manufacturer is very popular for launching its devices after releasing introductory teasers. The company has brought the latest models of Tabs in India starting June 24, 26 and July 1 accordingly.

The Korean technology giant has previously announced the launch of the Galaxy Tab S5e and Galaxy A 10.1 in the country, and now the company announced the said devices for the Indian market that are officially going to be available for purchase via Amazon, Flipkart, and Samsung online store.

Samsung has officially confirmed via its newsroom that the latest Tabs S5e and A 10.1 will be launched in three favorable colors such as Silver, Black, and Gold.

Galaxy Tab S5e comes with 10.5-inches Super AMOLED measuring the 2560x1600 dimensions while Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has a 25.54cm thin-film transistor display. S5e has a 13MP camera on the rear and an 8MP selfie shooter. A 10.1 sports 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera which produces good quality of images like S5e, but not as excellent as S5e.

Clocked at 2.0GHz, the S5e device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 mobile platform while Exynos 7904 chipset powers the A 10.1 Tab with 1.6GHz CPU. Both Tabs are running on Android P operating system, however, S5e comes with 4GB RAM/64GB and 6GB/128GB configuration, which can be further expanded up to 512GB via microSD card.

Galaxy A 10.1 has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage configuration which is also expandable via microSD card.

The 7040 mAh battery power capacity with fast charging and easy pogo connection abilities makes S5e more efficient and long lasting Tab. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 features a 6150mAh Li-Ion battery and also supports fast charging technology.

Galaxy Tab S5e will be available for purchase at Rs. 35,999 for the Wi-Fi model and the LTE model can be purchased for Rs. 39,999 via Samsung online and other e-retailer stores starting June 24. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Wi-Fi model will be available for purchase at Rs. 14,999 via Samsung e-store and Amazon India starting tomorrow June 26 while the LTE model is priced at Rs. 19,999 starting next month July 1.


Samsung Galaxy SM-T545 Tablet spotted on Geekbench, confirms device memory, chipset & more

Samsung Galaxy SM-T545

Representational purpose only

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5 has recently appeared on the Benchmark website a couple of days ago. Now, the South Korean company is reportedly bringing its Galaxy S-series device to India. While working on the Galaxy Tabs, the latest listing shows the Galaxy SM-T545 device on Geekbench database.

Geekbench has revealed the operating system and system memory of Galaxy SM-T545 tablet on its database. According to the cross-platform processor benchmark, the upcoming tab is powered by Snapdragon 710 SoC chip semiconductor product & 4GB RAM configuration.

The unidentified tablet runs on Android 9.0 Pie OS that could come with 64GB of onboard storage. Samsung or Geekbench, however, has not confirmed the exact size of internal memory. That said the company is working on another variant of the tab which is believed to come with 2GB/32GB configurations and 8-inch display size.

A journey to tablets — Samsung has been manufacturing the Tabs under different key specs, and this time, compared to other smartphone manufacturers, it seems the company is more interested in Tabs and back to back flagship shipments

Unfortunately, we don't have enough information regarding the Samsung Galaxy SM-T545 personal digital assistant device to share with you.


Friday, June 21, 2019

Samsung Galaxy M30s spotted on Geekbench, sports Exynos 9610 SoC, 4GB RAM

Samsung Galaxy M30s

M.R Rony - Pixabay: Representational purpose only

The Samsung Galaxy M series has received a positive response from Indian customers, and now the South Korean smartphone giant is considering to introduce the M30s smartphone, involving previously launched M series.

Since the company has successfully crossed its M-series wave in the market, it will now debut the Galaxy M30s, leaving the mid-range handsets behind M10s and M20s. Samsung has successfully managed to sell more than 2 million M-series phones in countries where these phones were already launched.

The recent Geekbench listing suggests that Samsung could introduce an upgraded version of the M30 handset, which is said could be the M30s. No official announcement has been made so far.

If the reports are to be believed, the M30s could come with Exynos 9610 SoC chipset instead of Samsung Exynos 7. It means the performance of the upcoming device is more efficient and multi-core-powered.

The listing has revealed the device model number and operating system. It states the handset bearing number SM-M307F, Android 9 OS, and 4GB RAM. The Galaxy M30 has 4GB / 64GB of internal storage, so the memory mentioned on Geekbench makes us believe that the M30s could come with the same storage capacity for the standard variant.

M30 has a weaker CPU speed as compared to M30s. Since the phone is powered by Exynos 9610 SoC, it means the CPU speed of the upcoming device could be better than the old model. Listing has revealed that M30s processor is clocked at 1.74GHz.

As mentioned earlier, the phone is an upgraded version of the M series, so the new phone could come with a variety of firmware and hardware improvements, including camera, speaker, display touch sensitivity and more.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Samsung is ready to launch the Galaxy Fold, says display issues have been fixed

samsung galaxy fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold was unveiled on February 20, 2019, that was originally announced on April 26 in Europe. However, due to hardware issues with its display reported by the various tech-savvies and reviewers or whatever you call them, the company postponed the world's first foldable handset in order to fix the noted issues.

Earlier in May, Samsung CEO DJ Koh said in a statement that the company is working hard to make the necessary improvements in delayed handset. Now, another leader of Samsung's Display vice president, Kim Seong-Cheol, issued a new statement stating that the company has fixed most of the issues with Galaxy Fold display and the device is ready to hit the market. No exact date has been announced so far.

Better late than never – While reviewing past reports and announcements made by the South Korean giant, we believe the company is making permanent progress in its foldable phone.

Samsung might be aware of Google's z-shaped Foldable Pixel. Any further mistake could lead the company to lose consumers' trust in its foldable technology. And the possibility is that people can prefer to buy other handy devices than Samsung.

Source  Via

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Samsung Galaxy M40 listed on sale in India, know price, specs, offers & more

samsung galaxy m40

Burned image

After Samsung Galaxy M30, the company has brought a new model of M-series handset Galaxy M40 to Amazon India and its online store. The handset is now available to Indian consumers via the said online store, where people can make purchases using online payment methods or cash on delivery.

Galaxy M40 sports a triple camera setup, which includes a 32MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide and 5MP depth sensors, making this device more powerful than the previously launched phone Galaxy M20 and M30. It also includes a hole in the upper-left corner where it shoots selfie photos using 16MP front camera.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, 2 GHz Octa-core processor and Android Pie OS, the handset comes with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage that can be further extended by using a microSD up to 512GB storage capacity.

Priced at Rs. 19,990 via Amazon India and Samsung online store, the 6GB RAM, 128GB variant features 6.3 inches Infinity O display, which is protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass v3 material.

Apart from this, Samsung is offering extra data up to 1120GB for Airtel consumers when recharging with ₹249 & ₹349 Plans. Those who are willing to pay in installments through HDFC, SBI, ICICI or any other bank specified by the company, they will be charged EMI @ Rs. 3,331.14 (less or more) per month. Consumers who recharge their numbers with ₹198 and ₹299 Plans will get Jio 4G Double Data Vouchers. (T&C) apply.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Galaxy M40 arriving tomorrow in India, sports Infinity-O display, 32MP triple camera & more

Samsung Galaxy M40

Samsung Galaxy M40 is going to boom the Indian market tomorrow by June 11, as previously expected. The company recently launched 3 back-to-back M-series smartphones in the country and will launch another blazing smartphone under the said series tomorrow in India.

Smartphone features 6.3-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio to nod Infinity-O display. The price is expected to start from Rs. 20,000, the mobile phone includes 2 nano-type dual SIM cards, using GSM / HSPA / LTE network technology.

Moving around the operating system and more — the handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, Octa-core processor runs on Android v9.0 (Pie) OS. Previously M-series phones run on Android v8.1 (Oreo). This means M40 is likely to come with more powerful features.

The phone includes 32MP + 8MP + 5MP triple primary cameras and a selfie camera with 16 megapixels. It comes with 3500mAh non-removable lithium polymer battery with fast charging capabilities. The fast charging feature is also widely used by other brands, so the Galaxy M40 is not the only phone that bags the extreme rapid charging series.

Coming to loved features - Galaxy M40 includes a fingerprint sensor with the rear position. Other sensors used by the handset are light, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and proximity sensor.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5 listed on GeekBench, confirms system info & more

samsung s4 tab

The model name and processor information has been released on the Geekbench website for the expected device that is still mysterious until officially confirmed by the South Korean company Samsung. The Galaxy Tab S5 spotted on the said website is listed along with the device model bearing number SM-T865.

The Geekbench listing confirms that the tab comes with 5393 MB memory (6GB RAM) runs on Android 9.0 Pie, rumors suggested too. That's said the Galaxy S5 Tab is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 technology and Octa-core processor runs on 64-bit architecture.

As far as network connectivity is concerned, the listed device is believed to have Wi-Fi 802.11, v5.0 Bluetooth based on mass storage and USB charging capabilities that don't seem to support micro-USB for USB Type-C.

SlashLeak, another phone leaker, shows the same info as posted by Geekbench. Therefore, it appears that the company may release the Tab S5 under the same model mentioned above.

The Samsung Galaxy S4, originally released on August 1, 2018, came with the model bearing number SM-T835 is currently available at Rs 57,900 in India, however, upcoming S5 could come with an affordable price tag. The official debut will authenticate the more details for the ratiocinated tab in the upcoming days/months.

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