3.3 mn premium smartphones were shipped in 2015, of the total 96.4 mn. This accounted for 3.4% of the total Smartphone shipments, said Cyber Media Research. 53% growth registered in Premium Segment Smartphones through 2015. 13% of the devices were shipped with the latest version of the OS.
South Korean mobile device making giant Samsung has launched Galaxy J3, designed specifically for bike riders in India. Once activated, callers are notified that the user is riding and cannot attend the call using an automated answering machine. The caller can press ‘1’ after the notification in case of urgency.
Smartphone shipments in India grew 15% annually in Q4 2015 and in the CY 2015, it grew 23% YoY and crossed 100million units. The smartphone user base in India also grew to 220 Million users by end of 2015 surpassing USA for the first time ever, said Counterpoint research in a report.
Gear VR, a virtual reality headset and Gear S2, a smartwatch is priced at Rs.8,200 and Rs 24,300 respectively. Gear S2 comes in a circular design and is available in two variants; the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic. The smartwatch runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS and its battery lasts for 2-3 days.
The phablet features a 5.7-inch QHD Super-Amoled display and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core. The device will be available in Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium. Prices of the single SIM model,has slashed and is now available for Rs. 47,900 for the 32GB and Rs. 53,900 for the 64GB model.
Samsung’s Indian unit grew by just 3%, i.e. Rs 41,575 crore in gross revenues (when compared to Rs 40,392 in 2103-14). This is the lowest growth-rate that the company recorded in the last 10 years, reports Trak.
The four-year-old dispute was settled yesterday when the two rivals filed a joint statement with the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The two parties came to an agreement as Samsung agreed to pay $548 million in fines to Apple for copying iPhone designs.
Both devices feature 5.7-inch QHD displays, with the S6 Edge+ retaining its signature dual curved screen. Specs of both devices are similar too featuring an octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC coupled to 4GB of RAM, 3,000mAh batteries, 16MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras. The biggest difference however is the lack of the S Pen in the S6 Edge+.
Following the discovery of the Stagefright vulnerability, Google and Samsung have announced that they will roll out Android Security Updates for Nexus and Galaxy devices once every month. Google says its monthly updates will be in addition to the updates the company rolls out whenever they’re ready. Samsung on the other hand says its working with carriers across the globe to perfect the method for regular updates.
According to a report by IDC, people are buying lesser tablets worldwide. Apple and Samsung lead the market but have sold fewer tablets than last year; 17.9% and 12% respectively. The data suggests that lack of hardware innovation, competition from smartphones and the ability to upgrade operating systems has seen consumer demand for tablets lower each year.