SEOUL (Reuters) – Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it plans to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were pulled from markets due to fire-prone batteries.
The Note 7s were permanently scrapped in October, roughly two months from the launch of the near-$900 devices, as more of the phones self-combusted despite a global recall initiated in September. A subsequent probe found manufacturing problems in batteries supplied by two different companies – Samsung SDI Co Ltd and Amperex Technology Ltd.
Analysis from Samsung and independent researchers found no other problems in the Note 7 devices except the batteries, raising speculation that Samsung will recoup some of its losses by selling refurbished Note 7s. The company estimated a $5.5 billion profit hit over three quarters from the Note 7’s troubles.
Samsung, which had sold 3.06 million Note 7s to consumers before taking the phones off the market, had not previously said what it plans to do with the recovered phones. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters in January that it was considering the possibility of selling refurbished versions of the device or reusing some parts from the recalled phones.
“Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand,” Samsung said in a...
When Huawei announced the Mate 9 one of the main selling points was that it would eventually receive an update that would add the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant. That day has come and Mate 9 units are beginning to receive the update OTA. The update is labeled MHA-L29C567B183 and is about 310MB in size. The main feature of the update is the Amazon Alexa app. You will be able to use all commands within the app that you would be able to use on the Echo speaker.
Home Automation, Games/Trivia, Shopping, Fitness/Health, News, and Entertainment are all included with Amazon Alexa on the Mate 9. The only drawback is that Alexa doesn't support hot word detection so you won't be able to activate it on your phone by simply saying "Alexa" with your voice. With Google announcing they will roll out Google Assistant to all devices running Android 6.0 or higher this means that the Mate 9 will be the first and only device to feature both assistants. You should be seeing this update come through on your phone. If not you can manually check for it in settings and system update.
Samsung won't be selling their own Exynos chips to other manufacturers for the next 25 years according to a new report. This is due to Qualcomm quickly putting their foot down when Samsung attempted to market their chips built specifically for Samsung devices to other manufacturers. Qualcomm felt like this would be an abuse of the "standard essential patent" license and used that to block sales of the Exynos to other manufacturers.
As you know Samsung is producing the Snapdragon 835 for Qualcomm this year and has first dibs on the first batch of the processors which they have apparently bought up and kept out of the hands of companies like HTC and LG. It would have been nice for Samsung to have been able to sell the latest Exynos to those companies, but Qualcomm knows that Samsung would eat into their market share with a slightly better processor. How would you feel about an Exynos processor in the LG G6?
Both the S8 and S8 Plus have larger screens then their predecessors. This shouldn't be too big of a deal when you consider the fact that each phone has a bezeless design meaning they can have a larger display without being larger. The Galaxy S8 is comparable in size to the Galaxy S7 Edge while having a larger display while the Galaxy S8 Plus is comparable in size to the Note 7 while also having a bit larger of a display. In the video we can see the dummies compared to many other flagship devices. Which device size is best for you? Personally I would be much more comfortable going with the Galaxy S8 if the battery were larger.
Plus sized phones seem to be all the rage these days. Apple has done it with their devices and of course Samsung has followed suit. Now it looks like Chinese power house might be doing the same with the Mi6. An all new "plus variant" spec sheet has leaked out to the web. The screen size on the Plus jumps up to 5.7" vs the 5.15" on the standard Mi6. While larger the display remains at 1080p resolution. The processor also remains a Snapdragon 835. The ram is bumped up to 6GB from 4GB and their are only 64GB and 128GB storage options on the Plus variant. Oddly the camera sensor is a bit smaller at 12mp but is a dual lens setup. The device will also come with an impressive 4500mah battery. We expect the Xiaomi Mi6 to be announced on April 11th or 16th. We may or may not see the Plus variant announced on that date as well.
Over the weekend a leakster took some very high quality images of the Galaxy S8 Plus. With these images we can see the phone next to an LG V20 which offers a quick size comparison. We can also see the new software of the phone in action. One of the images shows that we still have a double tap to open the camera option. That option used to be a double tap of the home button, but since there is no more home button double tapping the power button will do the trick.
We get a glimpse of the new camera software. You can see an eye icon which may be tied into Bixby search, and a teddy bear icon (your guess is as good as mine). The leaker claims the devices from Samsung will go live in Mexico in May with the latest Exynos processor. The price will be 17,699 pesos for the S8 and 18,999 pesos for the S8 Plus.
The knucklehedz are back and we discussed our experiences with carrier store reps, Uber's self-driving car and the drama they have with Google, as well as our thoughts on Google's change to hangouts. So you can either sit back and enjoy this now or pop this on during your commute.
I talked about my thoughts on the trailer and the franchise as a whole. The full trailer referenced at the beginning of my video has been posted below as well as in the YT description. I had to remove the video because the lag between sound and video was poor and I rather you get the full experience.
If you have been one of the many that have suffered with the bluetooth bug on the Pixel and Pixel XL it looks like Google may have issued a fix via server side update. An early bug in the Pixel was causing failed bluetooth connectivity in cars. A new issue came up later after the release where bluetooth devices would randomly disconnect. These issues reportedly started after the February security patch.
A Google Team member has reported in the Pixel User Community forum that Google has just put together a fix for the issue. He went on to mention that no downloads or installs will be necessary indicating it was a server side fix. While the issue is claimed to have been fixed some users are still reporting bluetooth problems. The update began rolling out as part of the Google Play Services update March 21. The update may take a few days to hit your device. Has anyone seen a change? Has this issue gone away for you?