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Things won’t improve for Samsung’s mobile division next quarter but this is how it will respond

Samsung doesn’t provide shipment figures for smartphones in its quarterly earnings releases so it’s unknown precisely how many units the company has shipped in the second quarter of this year. We will soon see estimates from industry trackers, though.The company today reported its earnings for Q2 2017. It has seen strong sales throughout the quarter which is the why the mobile business has brought in 30.01 trillion won ($26.9 billion) in revenue.However, Samsung’s profit margins have taken a hit. The division’s operating profit for the quarter came in at 4.06 trillion won ($3.6 billion) as opposed to 4.32 trillion won ($3.8 billion) in Q2 2016.The Galaxy S8 was Samsung’s flagship product throughout the quarter and the company says that it saw strong sales of both models. The Galaxy S8 might actually have played a big role in generating a big chunk of the profits because Samsung’s affordable options have taken a hit.Samsung mentions in its earnings release that even though it saw stron…

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 spotted running Android 7.0 Nougat

On Thursday, the first-generation Galaxy Tab A 9.7 (SM-T550) was spotted in a document on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s database running Android 7.0, leading us to believe that Samsung is preparing to distribute the long-awaited Nougat update for the slate in the not-too-distant future.For those unaware, Android 7.0 brings a slew of new features to the table. In addition to enhanced notifications, improved application permissions and a ton of fresh emoji, the upgrade transports a multitude of essential bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.It’s nice to see Samsung preparing an upgrade for the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 seeing as its already approached the end of its two-year support period, so it’s safe to say that this is the last major upgrade the tablet, which debuted running Lollipop, will receive.Initially, we were worried that the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 wouldn’t be able to run the firmware smoothly, but after taking a closer look at its spec sheet, we’re convinced it will. Under the …

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have outsold the Galaxy S7 in almost all regions, says Samsung

When Samsung started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ a couple of months back, it was immediately evident that the new flagship was outperforming its predecessor as far as pre-orders was concerned.However, once the initial hype died down and customers who really wanted to buy a Galaxy S8 purchased one, we started hearing reports about sales of the Galaxy S8 slowing down. Some reports went so far as to suggest that the Galaxy S8 wasn’t able to keep up with the sales trajectory set by the Galaxy S7 last year.Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh refuted such reports recently by saying that this wasn’t the case and that the Galaxy S8 was performing very well. Samsung has now reiterated that claim in its Q2 2017 earnings announcement today.The company has said that the strong sales of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones have contributed significantly to the increase in earnings of its mobile division. It also mentions that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have outsold the G…

Here’s how Samsung made an obscene amount of money last quarter

You may have heard by now that Samsung made an obscene amount of money in the quarter ending June 2017. The company has broken its previous operating profit record and has become the world’s most profitable technology company in Q2 2017.Samsung has earned $12.67 billion in operating profit on revenue of $54.7 billion, more than any other company. The operating profit has surged 72.7 percent compared to Q2 2016. This begs the question, how has Samsung been able to achieve this?SemiconductorThe chip business continues to be a cash cow for Samsung, it is the biggest contributor to Samsung’s bottom line. The semiconductor business has posted consolidated revenue of 17.58 trillion won ($15.7 billion) for the quarter and an operating profit of 8.03 trillion won ($7.20 billion) up from 2.6 trillion won ($1.8 billion) in Q2 2016.Consistently high demand for DRAM and NAND chips have pushed up prices which mean wider profit margins for Samsung. The company has taken full advantage of its positi…

Samsung reportedly working on two new 10nm Exynos chipsets

Samsung’s first 10nm Exynos chipset, the Exynos 8895, was announced earlier this year, and it was used in the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Now, the company is working on two new Exynos chipsets that use 10nm FinFET fabrication technology. According to the information that has appeared on the Internet, Samsung could release the Exynos 7885 and the Exynos 9610 for its smartphones and tablets.The Exynos 7885 is rumored to be a 10nm FinFET chipset with two ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores (clocked at 2.1GHz) and four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores. It will also use an integrated LTE radio and Mali-G71 GPU, but the information regarding the number of GPU cores hasn’t been revealed. The chipset could debut with the Galaxy A7 (2018).The Exynos 9610 is a higher-end chipset based on Samsung’s 10nm FinFET technology, and it features a 64-bit octa-core CPU. It is rumored to feature four ARM Cortex-A73 cores (clocked at 2.4GHz) and four power-efficient ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Even this chipset is rumored to use…

Samsung’s Q2 2017 earnings cement its status as the world’s most profitable tech company

Some people might have thought that Samsung had taken its eye off the ball with everything that happened since last year. There was the spectacular failure of the Galaxy Note 7 and a leadership crisis that landed the conglomerate’s heir apparent behind bars in a corruption probe.Despite all of that, the company’s earnings guidance for the second quarter of this year suggested that it may become the world’s most profitable technology company. Samsung has announced the Q2 2017 earnings today and sure enough, it has earned more profit in Q2 2017 than any other tech company on the planet.Samsung reported 61 trillion won ($54.7 billion) as revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, up 19.2 percent from the same time last year. The operating profit has surged considerably compared to Q2 2016. Samsung has posted an operating profit of 14.7 trillion won ($12.67 billion), an impressive 72.7 percent improvement compared to the same period last year.The company has outperformed its own estimat…

Samsung to bring the Rose Pink variant of Galaxy S8 and S8+ to Mexico

After introducing the Rose Pink variant of the Galaxy S8+ in Taiwan, Samsung has announced that it will launch the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in Rose Pink in Mexico. These new variants will be available for pre-booking in the country from August 10. The South Korean smartphone giant has also partnered with Montblanc to offer pink cases to those who pre-book the devices from Telcel.com and AT&T.com.The pre-booking period will last until August 16 after which the phones will go on sale. Montblanc’s pink case for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ can only be purchased by its registered customers or by Samsung Members who buy the Rose Pink variant of the phone from any of the authorized stores. The company has not revealed the pricing of this variants, but it should be the same as other color variants of the smartphone.Samsung had partnered with Montblanc in the past for cases and covers for the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and the Galaxy Note 5.

Samsung posts Q2 2017 financial result

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Samsung posts Q2 2017 financial resultJuly 27, 2017 By Leave a CommentSamsung today published their Q2 2017 results that ended on June 30, 2017. Samsung recorded a revenue of 61 trillion won, a massive growth of 10.06 trillion won YoY with an operating profit of a record 14.07 trillion won, an increase of 5.92 trillion won YoY.Just like the last few quarters, this quarter’s profit surge was a result of the flourishing components business, thanks to the strong memory demand of high-density DRAMs and SSDs for servers. Other businesses also saw a rise in income due to good market demand. The mobile business also saw a growth due to robust sales of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.Samsung’s recent acquisition, Harman also saw sales of 1.9 billion USD and operating profit of 200 million USD. However, profit was eaten up by the costs associated with the acquisition and Samsung expects the same for the next few quarters.For the remainder of 2017, the company expects earnings to grow, ag…

Samsung Electronics Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

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Samsung Electronics today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Samsung’s revenue for the quarter was KRW 61.00 trillion, an increase of KRW 10.06 trillion YoY, while operating profit for the quarter posted a record KRW 14.07 trillion, an increase of KRW 5.92 trillion YoY.In the second quarter, the components businesses drove significant earnings growth, both YoY and QoQ, thanks primarily to strong memory demand for high-density DRAMs and SSDs for servers. System LSI contributed to earnings through increased sales of AP and CIS products while the Display Panel Business expanded sales of flexible OLED panels for premium smartphones and high-value LCDs under stable prices. Profits from the Mobile Business, driven by robust sales for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, also increased significantly QoQ.The Memory Business posted significant earnings growth, both YoY and QoQ, amid tight supply-demand conditions while strong ASPs coupled with increased demand from the s…

Wallpaper Wednesday: Food

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Welcome to the latest edition of Wallpaper Wednesday. This week, we’re highlighting four animated backgrounds featuring food. All of the images are available in a suitable resolution for the Galaxy Note 5Galaxy S8Galaxy S8+ and just about any other smartphone on the market.If any of the following images float your boat and you want to download and set one as your wallpaper, simply tap on the photo to maximise it, then click and hold to save it. Once the picture is stored locally, open up Settings, locate and select Wallpaper, then just press the image to set it as your background.BurgerDonutLemonPopsicleDownload

SamMobile Daily Recap: July 26, 2017 — Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and more!

Daily Deal: Take 67% off Samsung’s Level Box Mini Wireless Speaker

For a limited time only, you can purchase Samsung’s Level Box Mini Wireless Speaker for $33.49 (67% off). That’s a fantastic price to pay for a portable speaker that sounds great and has solid battery life.To take advantage of this promotion, tap the Buy Now button. Be warned, though: Amazon only has a limited amount of inventory available for this specific deal — and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Verizon update brings new navigation bar features for Galaxy S8 and S8+

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T-Mobile had released an update for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ earlier this month, which promised to bring Daydream compatibility to the smartphones. However, users reported after installing the update that the phones still weren’t compatible with Daydream, and the carrier corrected the official changelog.Now, Verizon has released an update for Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, which is supposed to bring Daydream support. However, Android Police is reporting that the update didn’t bring Daydream compatibility to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. What users do get are new navigation bar features, including new pastel colors and a little button that lets you hide the navigation bar.The updates with build numbers NRD90M.G950USQU1AQG4 and NRD90M.G955USQU1AQG4 also bring July 2017 security patch to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ as well as an option to send GIFs during voice calls. The update is rolling out now, and if you have installed it already, let us know if the phones actually wor…

SM-W2018 clamshell to come with a Snapdragon 835 CPU and 6GB of RAM

Twitter tipster @mmddj_china has revealed that Samsung’s upcoming SM-W2018 clamshell smartphone will sport a Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM — so it’s safe to say that it isn’t going to be a slouch when it comes to performance.What will probably let the SM-W2018 down, however, is its software. PhoneArena believes that it will ship running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which is disappointing; especially when you consider the handset is rumored to retail for around $2,000.The rest of the internals aren’t particularly impressive, either. The SM-W2018 is expected to feature a pair of 4.2-inch Full HD displays, a 12MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), a 5MP selfie shooter, 64GB of storage and a 2,300mAh battery.Related: Samsung SM-W2017 clamshell smartphone spotted on Zauba with 4.2-inch displayTo be honest, unless Samsung is using some sort of battery-extending witchcraft, we’re not sure how a 2,300mAh cell is going to power two displays and a Snapdragon 835 …

Samsung launches Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage in Brazil

Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S8+ with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage a couple of months back. This variant of the Galaxy S8+ is only being sold in a handful of markets, including Hong Kong and India.It was reported that this variant could be launched in markets outside South Korea and we’re seeing that happen.T he company today announced that the Galaxy S8+ with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage has been launched in Brazil.All of the other specifications remain the same so customers will get the same hardware package with this variant in Brazil that they do elsewhere. The only difference is the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which can also be expanded externally via microSD cards up to 256GB.The Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage that’s being sold in Brazil has also been manufactured in the country. It’s only available in the Midnight Black color. The handset is now available for purchase for a suggested price of R$4,799 or $1,500.This is the only variant of the Ga…

Samsung now offering 10-year burn-in warranty for QLED TVs globally

Samsung announced several months ago that it was going to provide a 10-year burn-in warranty for its premium QLED TVs. It initially extended this commitment to customers in South Korea and Europe before offering it to customers in North America later. The company has now said that it will offer the same warranty globally.“With strong confidence in QLED TV’s product performance, we are offering a 10-year warranty for our QLED TVs around the world,” a representative for the company said.Samsung has been building up to this in recent months as it has been rolling out the premium televisions to more markets across the globe. The premium QLED TVs were launched in Brazil last month and Samsung promised all customers that they will get a 10-year warranty against burn-in.The burn-in phenomenon refers to the possibility of the screen appearing as though it’s stained or the image not being displayed properly. It can be caused by the same picture or image being repeatedly exposed to a single spo…

[Update: 6GB of RAM] Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition to come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage

Samsung is testing a variant of the Galaxy Note 8 that will ship with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, according to renowned Weibo tipster Ice Universe. The handset, which has been dubbed the Emperor Edition, is expected to launch in South Korea alongside the base model that’ll come with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, before inevitably making its way to China.In addition, Ice Universe revealed that the Galaxy Note 8 will hit the shelves in three colors, including Midnight Black and Orchid Grey. Rival tipster Roland Quant believes that the third variant will be a new Deep Blue hue that’s different to the Coral Blue shade that debuted on the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, though we’re still yet to see any evidence to support his claim.Recent rumors suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a 6.3-inch edge-to-edge Infinity Display, an Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 CPU and a 3,300mAh battery. It should also ship running Android 7.1.1 Nougat (no, not Android O) skinned with the latest ver…

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge get July security patch

A couple of weeks after it released the June security patch for these handsets, T-Mobile has now started rolling out the July security for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge on its network. The firmware update for these handsets follows similar updates that T-Mobile has already released for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 5 recently.Firmware version G930TUVU4BQG5 and G935TUVU4BQG5 is now being rolled out by T-Mobile for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge. The carrier has released said update over-the-air and it should be live for all users in the near future.It’s a minor update which doesn’t bring much except the July security patch and the usual slew of stability and performance improvements. The update weighs in at just under 48MB so users shouldn’t expect much in the way of new features.The July security patch brings fixes for 65 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) discovered in the Android operating system. It also includes fixes for 16 vulnerabilities in Samsung’s ow…

Samsung’s smartphone market share in China estimated at just 3 percent

China is one of the most lucrative smartphone markets on the planet but Samsung has been facing challenges in retaining its lost glory. Most of its troubles can be attributed to strong competition from local manufacturers. The political tensions between China and South Korea aren’t helping as well because it leads many to shun the company’s products.The latest data from Counterpoint Research shows that Samsung’s smartphone market share in China for the second quarter of this year is at 3 percent. Chinese smartphone manufacturers are firmly in the lead with a combined 87 percent market share. The top four brands in China include Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi.Huawei and Vivo were the fastest growing brands in China during the second quarter followed by Oppo and Xiaomi. They continue to extend their lead over Apple and Samsung. Apple is the only foreign company with a decent share of the country’s smartphone market.Apple accounted for 8.2 percent of the market in the second quarter, almo…

Bixby 101: Get to Know the Ins and Outs of Samsung’s Intelligent Interface

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Bixby is an intelligent interface that makes interacting with your device, services and apps more seamless and instinctive. Bixby’s deep integration, contextual awareness and newly launched U.S. English voice support offer an assistant unlike any other – one that’s intelligent enough to learn your habits, and even your manner of speaking, and respond accordingly.But how exactly does Bixby work, and how can you ensure that you’re getting the most out of it? Here are some common questions and answers to help you get better acquainted with the intuitive interface.Q. How did Bixby get its name?We decided to call our new interface Bixby because we found the name to be playful, smart and gender neutral; perfect for someone who is bold and in the know.Q. How do I activate BixbyVoice?You can activate Bixby by saying “Hi, Bixby,” or by either pressing or holding its dedicated button (located under the volume controls of your compatible device) and dictating your request.1Q. Does Bixby get smar…