Samsung seems to have become serious about Rich Communication Services (RCS) offerings, as it has acquired the RCS arm of Canadian telecom firm NewNet Communication Technologies. The South Korean company has defined the firm as a “leading provider of RCS infrastructure and services.”
To recall, RCS or Rich Communication Services is essentially a new standard for carrier-based messaging that would allow high-res photo sharing ability, group chats, and other capabilities that were not offered by the previous communication standard.
“This acquisition is a critical milestone not just for Samsung but also for the communications industry. As an end-to-end GSMA-compliant RCS solution, it will accelerate the deployment of RCS-enabled networks, providing consumers with a ubiquitous standards-based messaging and communications platform. The acquisition will also enable Samsung to offer interoperable server solutions for mobile operators that do not already have their own RCS infrastructure,” the company said in its announcement post.
Samsung said that the acquisition shows its commitment towards RCS as mobile networks transition to IP-based networks and services. The company has, however, not disclosed the amount of the acquisition deal. Specifically, the company has acquired NewNet Communication Technologies (Canada) or NewNet Canada, which operated the RCS business within NewNet Communication Technologies. It was previously known as NewPace.
The company pointed out that “unlike other messaging apps in the market, users will be able to communicate on any network, with an RCS-enabled device as well as SMS-only devices.”
However, Samsung is not the only major company that has shown its commitment towards RCS, as beyond the Google acquisition of Jibe Mobile earlier this year, the company recently brought RCS to its Messenger app on Sprint Android devices.
South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it will launch its mobile payments service in three additional countries, as well as introducing the system on its Gear S2 smartwatches.
Samsung, through an official Twitter account, said Samsung Pay is “coming soon” to Australia, Brazil and Singapore. The service launched last year in South Korea and the United States with plans to enter other markets including China, Spain and Britain.
Samsung is hoping the payments service will set its phones apart from competing devices, helping the firm protect market share against rivals including Apple Inc and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and compel users to pay a bit more for the convenience.
In a separate statement Samsung said its Gear S2 smartwatches will start supporting Samsung Pay in South Korea and the United States in early 2016. The watches will soon be compatible with Apple devices, the firm said without elaborating.
Samsung has reported a strong response to Samsung Pay in its home country and the United States, though the service does not generate revenue on its own for Samsung. An early advantage for Samsung Pay is its compatibility with magnetic stripe card readers already in wide use among retailers.
In comparison, Apple’s competing service – Apple Pay – requires retailers to install new equipment supporting near-field communication technology.
We have already seen the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Plus along with their cover cases in leaked images last month. This time more images showing the cover cases of the Galaxy S7 have emerged on the Web – once again hinting at the design of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone.
The images come from Mobile Fun, a UK-based smartphone accessories retailer, and show the FlexiShield Samsung Galaxy S7 Gel Case by Olixar (via GSMArena) along with the smartphone. The handset can be seen from the front in the images. The website has also listed cover cases for theSamsung Galaxy S7 Edge but without any images.
From the listing, the Galaxy S7 is seen sporting a narrow square-shaped home button along with the usual multi-window and back buttons on either side below the display. A speaker grille with sensors placed on its left are also visible. The front-facing camera is placed at the top-right corner of the panel. The cases are seen in Black, Light Blue, Navy Blue, and Silver colour variants.
Some puportedly official Qwerty Keyboard Cover and ‘BackPack’ accessories for the Galaxy S7 were also seen listed on the website. The S View case, Clear Cover Case and the Guard Cover Case listing for the upcoming flagship smartphone are also seen. The prices for the cover cases start at $8.99 (roughly Rs. 600) to go all the way up to $51.99 (roughly Rs. 3,470).
The previously leaked cover case images of the smartphone also hinted towards the Galaxy S7 Plus variant. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus cover case did not reveal much about the smartphone but it did showed the rear camera and LED flash setup. The design seen in those images corroborate the latest images.
Samsung has unveiled the 2016 editions of the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 andGalaxy A7 smartphones. All three new Galaxy A devices feature the same premium metal and glass design found on the first-gen A series offerings, but offer improved specifications. The Galaxy A3’s qHD screen has been replaced by a Super AMOLED HD display. The new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 have been upgraded to support Samsung Pay easy mobile payment technology, OIS and fingerprint sensors.
The Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2016 share quite a few specifications. They run Android 5.1 Lollipop, and offer connectivity specs including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, ANT+, USB 2.0 and GPS. They offer Super AMOLED displays, and 16GB of internal storage, further expandable up to 128GB via microSD cards. They come with 13-megapixel primary cameras and 5-megapixel secondary snappers. The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 also get fingerprint sensors embedded into the home button, Samsung Payment support, and OIS.
The Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 appears to be the most affordable of the trio with a 4.7-inch HD display. The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. It is fuelled by a 2,300mAh battery.
The Galaxy A5 2016 sports a 5.2-inch full HD display, and is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, aided by 2GB of RAM. It is backed by a 2,900mAh battery with fast charging support. The Galaxy A7 2016 is the largest of the lot with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging. The rest of its specs are similar to the A5 2016.
The Samsung Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2016 editions will go on sale in China first starting mid-December, followed by a global launch later on. The price of these phones will be announced at local launch.
Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S7 has already been the subject of a number of leaks in the past couple of weeks. Now a fresh report from Wall Street Journal suggests that the phone will boast a pressure-sensitive display similar to the one found on the Apple’s newest iPhones. The report also reveals some key features of the upcoming flagship from the Korean brand.
As per the publication, the pressure-sensitive screen will work similar to Apple’s implementation of 3D touch in the new iPhones. The responsive screen allows the device to interpret different taps and touches depending on how hard the user presses on the display.
Moving on, the Galaxy S7 will come with a USB Type-C port for fast charging support. The phone is expected to be released in four variants. WSJ adds that all of them will feature fingerprint reader, with one of these models boasting a retina sensor. Just like the curved S6 edge (review | FAQs), the next flagship would also be introduced with a curved sibling. The brand also seems to be going back on its decision of non-expandable storage as the report suggests that the non-curved editions will support memory expansion.
Lastly, the report adds that the Galaxy S7 will offer improved camera, optimised for low-light photography. As per the earlier leaks, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be unveiled around late February or early March, possibly at MWC 2016 in Barcelona.
Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A72016 editions. The lineup might also be joined by the Samsung Galaxy A9, as per the latest leaks. Ahead of the official unveiling, the Galaxy A9’s press materials has surfaced on the interwebs, revealing the design and full specifications.
It seems that just like the other Galaxy A series offerings, the Galaxy A9 will also sport a metallic frame and dual 2.5D glass panels. It’ll likely flaunt a phablet-grade 6-inch full HD Super AMOLED display. The phone is tipped to be backed by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 processor (quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex A72 + quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex A53), aided by an Adreno 510 GPU and 3 gigs of RAM.
The Galaxy A9 will feature a 13-megapixel optically-stabilised rear camera, and an 8-megapixel selfie snapper with support for panoramic selfies. The rest of the expected specs cover 32GB of expandable memory, 4G LTE support, Android 5.1 Lollipop, Samsung Pay, and a 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support.
The Galaxy A9 will boast a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button. In one of the promo shots, the phone is also touted to feature reverse charging capabilities. There’s no word on its price yet, but we do know that it will be available in multiple hues like white, gold and pink. It is expected to be officially unveiled later this month.
Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy A9, the brand’s latest phablet in the Galaxy A series at its Party 2016 event in China. It is the most high-end smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy A lineup. Similar to the Galaxy S6 range, the Galaxy A9 also sports a metal frame and glass black panel. The phone’s highlights include a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button, and a 4,000mAh battery that supports fast charging.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 flaunts a 6-inch Super AMOLED full HD display with 2.5D curved glass. The phone is fuelled by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (620) SoC that has four cores running at 1.8GHz and four clusters spinning at 1.2GHz, aided by an Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB of RAM. For storage, it gets 32GB of internal memory, further expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card.
The camera department includes a 13-megapixel primary snapper with OIS, S5K3L2 sensor, f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash, and an 8-megapixel secondary shooter with f/1.9 aperture. The phone offers 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+ and NFC connectivity options. On the software front, it runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and will be getting the Marshmallow update in the coming months.
The Galaxy A9 will first go on sale in China later this month in white, gold and pink hues. There’s no word regarding its price and global availability at the moment.