Sunday, August 28, 2011

Samsung Announces Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE
Samsung has just announced the LTE editions of the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9, both of which offer high-speed 4G connectivity in addition to increased power, portability and screen technology.

According to President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business JK Shin, "With the introduction of Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE, we will take the capabilities of these devices to a whole new level. LTE redefines the user experience made possible by these devices and opens entirely new possibilities in terms of content viewing, sharing, quality and connectivity. This is a milestone in our commitment to lead the charge in 4G mobile telephony around the world, both in terms of back-end network solutions for service providers and the development of powerful consumer handsets."

LTE technology, when connected to a 4G network, allows portable devices to download high quality files at speeds of up to 100Mbps. In addition to that, it also allows these devices to upload information at 50Mbps, five times faster than the fastest HSPA+ connection. What this means is that a four minute MP3 song can be downloaded in 0.3 seconds or a full length movie in under two minutes.

The enhanced connectivity that comes with LTE technology broadens the range of possibilities for the user. You can enjoy a plethora of features seamlessly, including social gaming, video conferencing and high-quality media streaming. In addition to that, 4G technology also allows you to seamlessly and instantly share multimedia content with anybody, anywhere, anytime.

Unfortunately, the announcement about these two devices is all there is at the moment. Samsung has yet to release any sort of pricing or availability information though it is rumored that both the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE will both debut at IFA.

Source: Engadget - Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE announced, set to debut at IFA

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Samsung's Super Fast 6Gbps SSDs

Samsung 6Gbps SSDSamsung Electronics has just announced volume production of SSDs that support the Serial ATA Revision 3.0 interface with data transmissions at 6Gbps. These new high performance PM830 SSDs are also available in up to 512GB volumes.

According to Executive Vice President of Memory Sales & Marketing, Device Solutions for Samsung Wanhoon Hong, "Samsung's new lineup of advanced SSDs will raise the performance bar to the next level for ultra-slim notebooks and tablets and accelerate growth of the market for high-performance SSDs."

These new high-speed SSDs from Samsung are perfect for use in high-performance OEM notebooks and tablets. Sample production of the SATA 6Gbps 512GB SSDs started back in May with volume production initiated earlier this month. The new drives are expected to take over for the SATA 3Gbps-based SSDs by the end of the year.

Hong went on to say, "The industry is expected to quickly embrace SATA 6Gbps-based SSDs, which also will help increase market interest in 256GB and higher densities significantly."

The SATA 6Gbps SSD shortens system boot times to nearly 10 seconds while the high-performance allows you to download as many as 5 DVD files in under a minute. The 512GB SSD will utilize the most advanced 20 nanometer class 32Gigabit multi-level cell NAND memory chip that Samsung has to offer, which incorporates the toggle DDR interface. In addition to that, a proprietary NAND controller facilitates high-performance levels that take full advantage of the architecture of the toggle DDRas well as the SATA 6Gbps interface.

On top of that, this new SSD doubles the performance of a SATA 3Gbps drive with sequential read speeds of 500Mbps and a sequential write speed of 350Mbps. The drive also features the industry's highest security level, which uses an AES 256-bit encryption algorithm in order to protect all of your data from any and all unauthorized access.

The new 6Gbps SSD will be available in 128GB, 256GB or 512GB volumes and is targeted for use in premium OEM notebooks and tablets.

Source: Engadget - Samsung's speedy 6Gbps SSDs shreds bits, blows minds

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Skype Video Calling Now on Android Devices

Do you own an Android device? If you do, then most likely you now have the ability to use Skype Video Calling. On Wednesday, August 3 Skype released an update to its Android app that brings video calling abilities to 17 more Android devices.

It was just earlier this summer that Skype added video calling capabilities to its Android app; however, it originally only worked on the Google Nexus S. Now, after this latest update, dozens of Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Incredible, will be able to enjoy video calling as well.

Skype said that the update also fixed a few bugs that the app was experiencing and included some performance enhancements. (If you have a Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and you were having some issues with a faulty microphone, the update should have taken care of the issue.)

The updated version of Skype for Android, Skype 2.1, is now available in the Android Market or via “For those of you using Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above, you should…be able to enable video calling in your Skype settings. Just go to ‘Skype settings’ after launching the app and select ‘enable video calling’, said the Skype Blog.”

“Unfortunately, if you cannot see the video calling settings, it means your Android phone does not meet the minimum requirements needed to make Skype video calls,” the blog continued. “Please be aware that video call quality may not be as good as on a certified Android device and only the back camera of the device will work if your device is running on Android 2.2 (Froyo).”

“We are really excited that video calling with Skype for Android with video calling is now available on the majority of Android handsets, so you can easily share moments wherever you are with the people that matter most to you.”

Here is the complete list of devices that can now use Skype Video Calling:

• Acer A5
• HTC Desire (2.2)
• HTC Desire HD
• HTC Evo 3D
• HTC Evo 4G
• HTC Flyer
• HTC Incredible S
• HTC Sensation
• Samsung Galaxy S
• Samsung Galaxy S II
• Samsung Galaxy Tab
• Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
• Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
• Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

U.S.-only phones getting the update include:

• HTC Thunderbolt - Verizon (2.2)
• LG Revolution - Verizon (2.2)
• Samsung Droid Charge - Verizon (2.2)

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Apple Brings in Great Second Quarter Numbers

According to the International Data Corporation, Apple has more than doubled the number of smartphones it has sold compared to the same quarter last year.

Strategy Analytics said that in the second quarter, Apple shipped 20.3 million iPhones, which is up 8.4 million phones from last year’s second quarter. They continued saying that this means that Apple has 18.5 percent of the global smartphone market, which is up from 13.5 percent last year.

"We had previously reported on Apple becoming the largest smartphone vendor in terms of revenue and profits. Now, just four years after the release of the original iPhone, Apple has become the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume with an 18 percent market share," according to Strategy Analytics.

Samsung wasn’t far behind Apple. In the second quarter, they shipped 19.2 million smartphones grabbing 17.5 percent of the smartphone market. That was also quite a big bump from their numbers the previous year. Last year, Samsung only shipped 3.1 million smartphones and had a 5 percent share of the market. The success of Samsung and Apple caused Nokia’s numbers to drop however. Last year, they had snatched 38.1 percent of the global smartphone market, but this year their numbers dropped to 15.2 percent.

When it comes to the overall shipment of smartphones and feature phones, Nokia is still the number one phone provider. During the second quarter, Nokia shipped 88.5 million phones globally, down 20 percent. Samsung was number two, shipping 74 million units, a 16 percent boost. LG came in a close third right in front of Apple. They shipped 24.8 million devices, but were down 19 percent. Apple was so close to coming in third place. Strategy Analytics said that this is "the closest Apple has ever been.”

The IDC confirmed the numbers that Strategy Analytics released naming Nokia, Samsung and LG as the very top mobile phone providers. The firm also did say that Apple’s “record” quarter helped to close in on the gap and bring the company much closer to the top.

Apple "easily posted the highest growth rate of the worldwide leaders despite the fact that its flagship iPhone 4 is now more than a year old," IDC said. "The triple-digit shipment volume growth allowed Apple to more than double its share when compared to the same quarter last year."

IDC agreed with Strategy Analytics and reported sales of 20.3 million iPhones in the quarter. It gave Apple a 5.6 percent market share in the global handset market, as well as a 141.8 percent boost from the same time period last year.

"Apple’s ability to bring its smartphone momentum to developing economies, where it’s less successful, will help dictate the company’s smartphone fortunes in future," IDC said. is news of, for and by SMBs! The Small & Medium Business Magazine!
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