Why Galaxy Note 4 is a must-win for Samsung?

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_3_35827011_09_540x386.jpgSamsung will introduce the successor to the Galaxy Note 3, pictured here, during events in Beijing, Berlin and New York. CNET
The stakes have never been higher for Samsung's oversize Galaxy Note 4.
While Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone franchises have duked it out for flagship supremacy, Samsung's other marquee smartphone line, the Galaxy Note, has enjoyed the lack of opposition in serving power users willing to pay up for a much larger display -- a market it essentially created. But the Galaxy Note 4, which will be unveiled at Samsung's "Unpacked" event Wednesday, may no longer be the only legitimate jumbo phone in the market -- Apple is expected to unveil two larger iPhones next week.
The Unpacked event comes at a critical time for Samsung. While the Galaxy Note line has always played second fiddle to the Galaxy S line, the Note 4 arrives as more consumers are willing to tolerate the bulkiness of a larger display for an improved video, gaming, and Internet-browsing experience. Interest in the product is high. And the company bad ly needs a hit after the disappointing sales of the Galaxy S5 and mounting competition from Chinese vendors for budget smartphones and from Apple on the high end. Apple potentially offering two larger iPhones doesn't help.
"Samsung's in trouble right now," Gartner analyst Van Baker said. "I don't know what they've got in their arsenal that can [change] this."
Needing a jolt
Enter the Galaxy Note 4. Most variants of the device will come with the speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, according to people familiar with the matter. It's believed to feature a 5.7-inch ultra high-definition display 4K, a metal frame much like the Galaxy Alpha, and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Samsung also will unveil its new virtual reality headset, developed with Facebook's Oculus, said people familiar with the new device. And it will show off its new Gear S smartwatch that has its own 3G modem and runs Samsung's open-source Tizen operating system. Samsung announced the device late Wednesday, ahead of its Unpacked event. Of course, the company also could show off other items, and its plans could change.
Samsung declined to comment, saying it doesn't respond to rumors or speculation. Apple also declined to comment about the speculation that it will soon launch a phablet.
Samsung needs a jolt. The company -- the world's biggest smartphone vendor by a wide margin -- is being pressured in emerging markets by low-cost handset vendors such as Xiaomi and Huawei. It's also facing stiff competition from Apple in the market for pricey, high-end smartphones, despite the fact Apple's current phone, the iPhone 5S, is ne arly a year old. Of the five biggest smartphone vendors in the world, Samsung was the only one that saw shipments fall year-over-year in the second quarter, according to IDC.
Samsung admitted during its second-quarter earnings report in July that excess inventory in China and Europe caused device sales to slide and increased the amount it spent on marketing to counteract the issue. It also noted that its earnings were hurt by increased price competition, and it was hard to sell its older 3G phones in China as the country shifts to 4G LTE technology. Those factors contributed to a 30 percent drop in profits in Samsung's mobile division in the June quarter and caused the company to warn that the second half of 2014 would remain a challenge.
That challenge will come in the form of more potent competition. Apple is expected to potentially release two smartphones: a 4.7-inch smartphone and a 5.5-inch phablet, and the Chinese vendors will continue to release cheap devices wit h top-of-the-line specs at a rapid pace. Fitch Ratings, a major credit rating agency in the US, predicted in mid-August that Samsung's global smartphone market share will fall to 25 percent in 2015 from 31 percent this year.
Time to think different?
Simply releasing a Galaxy Note 4 with metal accents or emphasizing just how great the phablet's pen works won't be enough. And it's highly unlikely a standalone smartwatch or virtual reality device could generate enough sales to offset a slowing smartphone market. Instead, Samsung needs to take a hard look at its operations and figure out what it's going to do differently.
"A drastic change in smartphone strategy is required," Bernstein analyst Mark Newman noted in August. The company in part needs to "start winning share back with more aggressive specs and prices in the low end" instead of trying to protect its margins. It also needs to improve product design and innovation in high-end devices with features such as flexible displays and metal casing, Newman said. When technology such as foldable displays hits the market in late 2015, it could be a "real game changer" for Samsung, he added.
Samsung, once known as a low-end electronics manufacturer, rose quickly in the smartphone market after adopting Android. Its Galaxy line of smartphones, coupled with a savvy and massive marketing machine, helped it gain customers and overtake Nokia as the world's biggest phone maker in 2012.
While Samsung often gets knocked as a "fast follower" when it comes to tech trends, it's indisputable that the company blazed a new trail with the introduction of the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note in 2011. Though the device was mocked at first for its large, almost comical display, the larger display size gradually found acceptance with consumers. There was a begrudging acceptance of the Note 2 in the market and eager anticipation for the Note 3. It also set off a stream of similar big-screen devices from rival hands et vendors such as HTC and LG.
samsung-unpacked-2014-invitation.jpgSamsung's invite to its Unpacked press conference at IFA 2014 Samsung
Phablets, typically defined as having screens between 5 and 6.99 inches, still make up a small percentage of the overall smartphone industry's sales. Only 15 percent of smartphones sold worldwide last year were phablets, according to Strategy Analytics. This year, the phablet share should rise to 22 percent, thanks to Apple's newest devices, Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston said.
"Phablets are booming already in Asia, and we expect that trend to spread to North America and Europe when Apple launches its bigger-screen iPhones," Mawston said.
Despite pioneering the market, Samsung risks losing its position to Apple. Analysts say there's a lot of pent-up demand for larger iPhones, and the iPhone 6 could be one of the largest product launches in Apple's 38-year history. Apple reportedly has asked manufacturing partners to produce about 70 million to 80 million units of its larger screen iPhones by December 30, which is ab out 30 percent to 40 percent more iPhones than it ordered for its initial run of last year's iPhone 5S and 5C.
For Samsung, offering bigger displays has always been a key feature that sets its devices apart from those by Apple. The removal of the size advantage means the Galaxy Note 4 will have to impress on its other merits or risk falling behind. Given Samsung's precarious position, that's something it can ill afford.
-Ian Sherr contributed to this report.

8 Reasons the Samsung Galaxy S3 is Still a Great Phone

Thinking about getting mum or dad a smartphone, but worried you’ll be investing in a brick, since they still have a rotary? No problem. The Samsung S3 has a slew of low and high-end features, and is a very affordable £200 or so. That means you can start them off on a phone that will let them benefit from all Android has to offer. Since it’s working from the easy to use and friendly Samsung version of the OS, it’s a win-win situation for both you and them. Likewise, if you have a child who has been on about getting a phone, £200 is a lot less to spend than the £500 or more you’d put into competing smartphones. This makes the Samsung Galaxy S3 a great way to start them out, but still add incentive for them to get better marks, or improve behaviour, teaching them to work towards a better and more expensive phone. Read on for eight reasons why the Samsung GS3 is still a great phone: 1) Starter Mode: Perfect for first time smartphone users, Samsung Starter Mode places commonly accessed functions right on the home screen. That way new users aren’t caught up in screen after screen of menu, or calling you from their home phone to try and explain how they ‘turned something on’ and now can’t use their phones. This is one of several reasons why people were in queue for the Galaxy S3 in the UK when it launched. 2) Smart Stay: Your phone is watching you; at least, it is if you have Smart Stay turned on. This lets the phone detect when your eyes are looking at the screen, and it keeps the screen turned on. That way you won’t need to press buttons or take any other steps to keep your phone from turning off when you’re using it. This is a great feature if you are reading an eBook, or a long post, and are concerned that your phone might close itself. Follow these steps to turn it on: • From the Home screen, tap on ‘Settings’. • Tap the ‘Display’ option. • Then just tap on ‘Smart Stay’. • Now your phone will stay on when you are looking at the screen. 3) Double Tap to Top: Pretty simple in concept, but great in function, this lets you double tap a screen to get back to the top. For those of you who are elbow deep in the comments section of a website, but want to get back to the top, this is a very useful feature. 4) Instant Camera Access: For the shutterbug in you, or mum, you can set the phone to instantly turn on your camera. Just follow these steps, and you’ll be able to tap and hold your screen, rotating it to landscape mode to open the camera, letting you instantly snap shots of anything: • From your Home Screen, tap on ‘Settings’. • Then open ‘Lock Screen’. • After that, select ‘Lock Screen Options’. • Now just turn on ‘Camera Quick Access’. 5) Text Calling: One of the more frustrating things with modern tech is trying to call someone who sent you an SMS or text message. This is because actually getting to their number is usually a chore. Add to that the frustration of then trying to figure out which if their numerous possible phones they messaged you from, and you can be pulling out hair in short order. Samsung lets you directly dial someone from their text – to the number they messaged you from. This is a great feature. 6) Power Saving Mode: Not the most amazing device feature, but still a good one, this lets the phone turn off a number of generally unnecessary battery hogs. It limits processor use, turns off haptic feedback, and lowers the screen power. These things can save a ton of battery life – especially for someone who might forget to close their phone from time to time. 7) Facebook Lock Screen: Great for those who live in Facebook, this feature lets you set your lock your screen to provide Facebook notifications. This way, you can see at a glance if any life changing things are happening in your network. You can also keep up with gossip in real time, without needing to be logged into the phone and using valuable battery life. 8) Data Limitations: Perfect for those new to data plans and roaming, or people on your plan budget you want to monitor, this lets you set limits to the data a person can use. It’s great because it will prevent them (or you) from exceeding plan limits, making sure you aren’t getting hit with absurdly high phone bills. A trendsetter when it first came out, years later the GS3 is still a solid phone, and offers everything a new smartphone user could hope to have. While some of the tech may be a bit out-dated in terms of what else is available, if the person you’re going to be giving the phone to won’t need all the more expensive bells and whistles, then why put the money into paying for them? One of our top picks for a budget mobile, this phone is one you won’t be sorry for purchasing.

HTC Desire Eye Specifications

Screen: 5.2-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels)
Chipset: 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip
Memory: 2GB of RAM
16GB of internal storage + microSD card slot
Cameras: 13MP rear + 13MP front, each with own dual LED flash set-up
Speakers: BoomSound speakers
OS: Android KitKat + Sense 6 UI
Battery: 2400 mAh
Size: 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm, weight – 154 grams
Water-proof: IPX7 rating

Smart Reader for Android offers most comfortable reading experience

Are you an ardent reader? Do you read lot of e-books on your mobile phone? Then Smart Reader for Android is a must-have app. The app has user friendly UI and offers most comfortable reading experience on Android device. It supports ePub, oeb, mobi and fb2 file formats.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Z3 to be previewed at IFA 2014?

International Consumer Electronics Show (IFA) will take place in Berlin every year in September. All the the major manufacturers except Apple will be attending this show to showcase their developments and products that year.

This year, Samsung and Sony are expected to launch their flagship devices Note 4 and Z3 respectively at this event.

And as per leaks, Note 4 may have better specs than Z3. But one has to wait until September to know what manufacturers will offer on their premium devices.

Apart from mobiles, the show will also display smartwatches, HD TVs, laptops and all other consumer electronics.

Google Nexus 6 Rumors Roundup

Here are the inside rumors about Google Nexus 6:
  • Google had joined hands with Motorola to release its next flagship device Nexus 6.
  • Nexus 6 will have a 5.9 inch screen.
  • The phone will have a fingerprint sensor just like iPhone and Galaxy S 5.
  • Currently the phone is in testing phase and will be showcased in November this year.
  • This will be the first phone to come with Android L Operating system.

Samsung launched 7 inch Galaxy W in China

Samsung launched 7 inch Galaxy W phone in China as Galaxy tabq. Those who like the big screen mobiles can give this phablet a try. Spec-wise the phone is not that great, it comes with a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 8 MP camera on rear and 2 MP camera on front. It only has HD resolution i.e 1280x720. The battery size is impressive, 3200 mAh.

If you are interested in a mid-range phone with large screen, then you can buy this new model from Sammy.

iPhone 6 will hit the market in December

The mass production of iPhone 6 will take place in September and as per the inside reports, the phone will be hitting market in December. iPhone 6 will be available in 2 versions 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch. This is the first time, Apple is releasing iPhone with large screen in direct competition to Android manufacturers.

  Previously it has been reported that the two versions of the iPhone 6 will not be released at the same time. First iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch screen will be released and then after a gap of 3 months iPhone 6 with 5.5 inch screen will be released. iPhone 6 with 5.5 inch screen will have sapphire glass screen, and due to less availability of sapphire glass, 5.5 inches iPhone 6 will be postponed to be released later this year.

5.5 inches iPhone 6 Battery Leaked Online

Still now, the rumors are that Apple will be releasing 5 inch screen phone but as per the latest leaks Apple is also preparing 5.5 inch iPhone. The leaked battery of 5.5 inch iPhone suggests this. Check out the photos of leaked battery:

Android App of the day: Beat MP3

Beat MP3 for Android is a fascinating game. It is far beyond simple and boring rhythm beat game you ‘d ever seen before. It can support any music file extension you have in your phone including mp3,mp4 file.
You can enjoy and feel the beat with thrill.

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Various options.
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- Beat sound on/off function
- Random beat on/off function( everytime you’ll se different note even with same song)
- Support four different language(Korean,Japanese,English,Chinese)

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