Samsung Secure Folder App Released for Nougat-Running Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

Samsung’s Secure Folder app, the downloadable form of which was leaked recently and supposedly teased the design for company’s upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, has now been officially made available for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. However, one important thing to note about this app is that it is compatible only with Samsung Galaxy smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat or later versions and has to be be downloaded from Galaxy Apps store.

The Samsung Secure Folder was initially launched with Galaxy Note 7 and also made its way to some Galaxy A-series models. It uses Samsung’s “defence-grade” Knox security platform to create a private, encrypted space for users to store their apps, images, and documents, the company said in its release. Users can benefit from this feature by storing and encrypting their personal and private content.

“Apps and data moved to Secure Folder are sandboxed separately on the device and gain an additional layer of security and privacy, thus further protecting them from malicious attacks,” Samsung said. Users can make copies of their favourite apps and access them via alternate profiles. The browsing history for apps within the Secure Folder will be kept separate from the same apps outside the Folder.

This feature can be beneficial for those who want to keep their banking information safe while handing out their devices to colleagues or friends, Samsung points out.

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In order to move the content to the Secure Folder, users need to just choose the Move to Secure Folder option from native apps like Gallery, Contacts, and My files, or by simply tapping Add files inside Secure Folder. Samsung further allows users to customise the Secure Folder app by changing its name and icon. Users can also choose to hide the Secure Folder icon from their home screen altogether by using Quick Panel.

Further, users can use PIN, passcode, pattern, or biometric verification such as fingerprint authentication to get access to the Secure Folder. The app supports cloud-based backup to help users transfer data between phones but ensures security even in this aspect as data backup from Secure Folder is kept isolated from the general backup files of the device. The data from the Samsung Secure Folder app can only be restored from Settings inside the app by original Samsung account users.

The South Korean company says that it plans to extend the support for Secure Folder app to other Samsung Galaxy smartphones soon (presumably when they get Android 7.0 Nougat).

The earlier leak of the Samsung Secure Folder featured a smartphone render that teased a near bezel-less design believed to be of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. The renders showed a smartphone without home button, giving fuel to earlier leaks that suggested that Samsung might finally ditch the signature Home Button below the device’s display.

Samsung Says Galaxy Note 7 Production Adjusted to ‘Ensure Safety’

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Production Schedule Adjusted to 'Ensure Quality and Safety'
Samsung was reported to have halted Galaxy Note 7 production earlier
Major US telecom companies have stopped selling the phone
The ‘replaced’ Galaxy Note 7 were reported to have caught fire
Samsung’s crisis with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone hit a new low on Monday as the company confirmed that it has made changes to its production of the problem phones to ensure safety.

The move follows multiple reports that even the newly released Galaxy Note 7 phones, which had been offered as replacements for the recalled fire-prone phones, also overheated or caught fire.

In a statement and in a regulatory filing, Samsung Electronics said it is “temporarily” adjusting the Galaxy Note 7 production schedule and production volume to “ensure quality and safety matters.” The company added that it will issue an update when more details are available.
But Samsung fell short of confirming or denying earlier media reports that it had halted production.

Earlier in the day, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency was first to report that Galaxy Note 7 production was suspended.
The move came after decisions by US phone retailers AT&T and T-Mobile to stop giving new Galaxy Note 7 replacement smartphones to consumers.

Samsung and the US authorities are investigating reports of the new Note 7 replacement smartphone catching fire but the move poses fresh trouble for Samsung because it had promised that its new Note 7 with a green battery icon is safe.

The reports of replacement phones catching fire raise doubts whether the battery is the only problem in the fire-prone smartphone as Samsung initially said. When it issued a global recall on September 2, Samsung blamed the batteries supplied by one of its two battery suppliers and assured consumers that other parts of the smartphones were fine.

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KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.70-inch
Processor
1.6GHz
Front Camera
5-megapixel
Resolution
1440×2560 pixels
RAM
4GB
OS
Android 6.0.1
Storage
64GB
Rear Camera
12-megapixel
Battery capacity
3500mAh

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) With 16-Megapixel Camera, Fingerprint Scanner Launched

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) With 16-Megapixel Camera, Fingerprint Scanner LaunchedSamsung has finally unveiled the long-rumoured Galaxy A8 (2016) in its home market, South Korea. The metal unibody Galaxy A8 (2016) is priced at KRW 649,000 (roughly Rs. 39,000). The smartphone in Blue colour will be available via SK Telecom, with pre-orders going live starting October 1. There is no information when Samsung is going to launch it in other markets.

The dual SIM (Nano+Nano) supporting Galaxy A8 (2016) runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, and features the new Grace UX. It is powered by Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 7420, with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.1GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz. The smartphone bears 3GB of RAM. It packs a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920) Amoled display.

The Galaxy A8 (2016) is a successor to Galaxy A8 that was launched in 2015. The camera setup in the smartphone comprises a flash module accompanying 16-megapixel rear and an 8-megapixel front camera. Both the cameras can record high definition (1080p) videos.

For the inbuilt storage, Samsung offers 32GB and 64GB variant, both expandable via microSD card support (up to 256GB). The Galaxy A8 (2016) supports 4G LTE, with other connectivity options including Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), WiFi Direct, Hotspot, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass (or BDS according to different markets) FM radio and Micro-USB 2.0. It packs a 3300mAh battery, which is better than the 3050mAh seen on its predecessor, the Galaxy A8.

Other remarkable features of Galaxy A8 (2016) are an Always-On Display and a fingerprint sensor mounted on the home button, which comes with Samsung Pay compatibility.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016)

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

1.5GHz

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6.0.1

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery capacity

3300mAh

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Will No Longer Ship With Samsung SDI Batteries

Image result for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Will No Longer Ship With Samsung SDI BatteriesGalaxy Note 7 devices have exploded due to fault in battery
This fault is attributed to the Samsung SDI battery
The battery is housed in 70 percent of Galaxy Note 7 devices
Samsung has become the centre of a controversy after reports started coming in of Galaxy Note 7 units exploding while on charge. Samsung suspended the worldwide sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones shortly after, and is also expected to issue a worldwide recall soon. The explosions were credited to a fault in the battery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and now new reports are coming in claiming that the fault was exclusive to units featuring batteries made by the company’s own affiliate, Samsung SDI.

Korea Herald is reporting that the issue was found exclusively on Samsung SDI batteries. Almost 70 percent of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices house the SDI batteries, and the rest units house batteries supplied by Hong Kong-based Amperex Technology, which is a unit of Japan’s TDK Corp.

Samsung has decided to stop using the SDI batteries in the Galaxy Note 7 altogether. “As a follow-up of the battery issue, we decided to temporarily stop using Samsung SDI’s battery for Galaxy Note 7,” the report reads.
Amperex Technology only supplied batteries for the units sold in China. Interestingly, no explosions of the Galaxy Note 7 were reported from that country. According to analysts, Samsung will suffer losses close to $1 billion as a result of the recall.

For now, there has been no official recall announcement, and reports of retailers continuing to sell the Galaxy Note 7, even after worldwide halt, have surfaced. Only after the recall announcement will it be considered illegal to sell the smartphone, and before that retailers cannot be held responsible for selling the smartphones.

Samsung Expands Payment Business to New Smartwatch Products

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Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled its new wristwatch device in Berlin Wednesday, which includes support for contactless payments, as the company pushes to catch up to Apple in a still nascent market of wearable products.

At the IFA technology tradeshow, the world’s biggest smartphone maker introduced the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier – two variations of the same base product, which support Samsung Pay and on the Frontier version also allow users to make phone calls or even book an Uber ride from the device without the need for a smartphone to be connected.

“We want people to be able to leave their phone at home and use only the Gear,” Tony Kim, from Samsung’s global product planning team, said ahead of the product’s announcement.

Samsung, which introduced its first wristwatch-like device in 2013 ahead of Apple and other rivals to carve a share of the just-forming wearable market, failed to draw people’s attention to the new watch category. But it has steadily been increasing the feature sets of such products, making them less dependent on being permanently in range of a connected phone.
Apple is slightly ahead of Samsung in rolling out its Apple Pay contactless payment business – currently present in nine regions compared to Samsung’s eight. Both systems let consumers register a credit or bank card to their phones in order to make small contactless payments in stores, taxis, or on public transport. And both companies now have wearables that support the technology.

But it’s the cellular features of the Gear line that may be a sore spot for Apple, which had been trying to incorporate similar technology into the next version of the Apple Watch but ran into delays. The feature in Samsung’s model allows the watch to have its own phone number for making phone calls, sending SMS messages or using apps from Spotify or Uber Technologies. Only US and Korean versions of the Gear will support this feature, with other regions needing Wi-Fi or to be connected via Bluetooth to a compatible phone.

Samsung’s incorporation of cellular connectivity into the previous Gear models was a key contributor to the product line’s success, according to market analysis published by research group IDC in July. “Focusing on the telco channel to drive future success in telco-driven markets is likely to remain the core strategy for Samsung moving forward,” the group concluded.

Other features of the Gear S3 include a 1.3-inch color display, a GPS location sensor, 4GB of internal memory, wireless charging, and a battery the company says will last between three and four days on a single charge. It’s also resistant to water and dust.

Just as Apple’s smartwatch does not connect to Samsung’s phones, Samsung’s Gear S3 doesn’t connect to its rival’s iPhone range, although it’s compatible with many competing Android devices such as those manufactured by Sony Corp. and LG Electronics Inc.

“We started a beta program for iOS in Korea on the S2. We opened it in beta to get feedback from our users about their experience,” said Kim. “There are no plans at this point to do this with the S3 but we’ll continue to revisit as we go along.”

“Smartwatches will be the fastest growing segment of the wearables market in 2016, and 2017 promises to be an even bigger year,” Morgan Evans, head of communications for Samsung in Europe, said in Berlin. The market for smartwatches specifically “will double in 2017,” he said.

A May survey by the industry body GFU showed 22 percent of respondents plan to buy a smartwatch by the end of 2017, Hans-Joachim Kamp, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, said during the opening keynote at IFA on Wednesday. Sales of wearables more broadly – that includes everything from smartwatches to glasses – are expected to grow 58 percent globally in 2016 to 122 million units.

In July, IDC reported a year-over-year decline in global smartwatch sales, with 3.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2016 compared to 5.1 million units in the same period of 2015. Of those 3.5 million, 1.6 million were Apple Watch models. IDC’s research showed that Apple was the only smartwatch manufacturer that saw declining sales year-over-year, with Samsung in second place.

“Consumers have held off on smartwatch purchases since early 2016 in anticipation of a hardware refresh, and improvements in WatchOS are not expected until later this year, effectively stalling existing Apple Watch sales,” said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers.

The new Gear S3 models are expected to be on sale before the end of the year.

Samsung gear healthy 2, Icon X Earbuds release anticipated at Thursday event

Samsung is sending out invitations for an event on June 2 in ny. whilst it is not clear what the enterprise appears to announce, we anticipate the gear in shape 2 and IconX earbuds to be unveiled.

Samsung Gear Fit 2, Icon X Earbuds Launch Expected at Thursday Event

The occasion will start at 5pm EDT (2.30am IST) where the click is invited to “enjoy how Samsung’s devices work collectively to create a Galaxy of possibility.” The equipment in shape 2 and the Icon X earbuds had been in brief noticed at the company’s S health internet site in advance in may, fuelling an forthcoming launch. as it isn’t always as Unpacked occasion, the launch of any smartphones is not likely – even though a few reviews speculate the Galaxy observe 6 launch.

Performances at tech activities have become a norm now, and this one isn’t any exception. Sasmung has showed a performance through Diplo, and ‘another wonder visitor’. The tools in shape 2 is predicted to be the successor of the gear fit that turned into launched in 2014.

The tools fit 2 has been subjected to diverse leaks currently, and it is predicted to game a curved Amoled show with 216×432 pixels resolution, and dual-middle digicam paired with 512MB of RAM. it’ll be surrounded with rubber bands, and be to be had in varied color alternatives. it’s far stated to aid GPS, and be dust and water-resistant (IP68 rating) as well.

As noted earlier, Samsung is likewise expected to release the contact-based totally Bluetooth earbuds gear IconX on the occasion. those earphones may additionally provide 4GB of internal reminiscence correctly replacing the tune player, and also will be dust and water-resistant. as with every leaks, all the records should be concerned about a pinch of salt till the legitimate unveil.

Samsung Takes Apple Patent Case to US Supreme Court

Samsung, on the losing end of a massive smartphone patent lawsuit, appealed on Monday to the US Supreme Court in hopes of overturning a ruling that it pay $548 million to rival Apple.

The two hi-tech behemoths went to court over the designs that have now become commonplace on most popular smartphones, with a court ruling in 2012 in favor of Apple.

At issue were design features by now familiar to consumers: a black, rectangular, round-cornered phone front, a surrounding rim, known as the “bezel” and a grid of 16 colorful icons.

Those design elements were protected, prompting the jury to award Apple all the profits from sales of smartphones containing those features, Samsung lawyers said in their filing.

“While Samsung prefers to compete in the marketplace, not the courtroom, the company feels that it is important to appeal this case to the US Supreme Court on behalf of all US companies, big and small, that could be affected if this legal precedent stands,” the company said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

Several of the world’s technology titans filed briefs supporting Samsung while the case was in federal circuit court in Silicon Valley, according to the firm.

Attorneys for the South Korean consumer electronics titan argued that the massive payout was not warranted, because smartphones “contain countless other features that give them remarkable functionality wholely unrelated to their design.”

“Even if the patented features contributed one percent of the value of Samsung’s phones, Apple gets 100 percent of Samsung’s profits,” the appeal said.

In response to an AFP inquiry, Apple said it stands by its comment after the trial victory in 2012.

“The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money,” the Apple statement said.

“They were about values. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”

Samsung pays up
Samsung early this month agreed to pay smartphone rival Apple just over $548 million (roughly Rs. 3,672 crores) in the years-long patent battle in federal court in California.

However, the agreement came with one key proviso, as the two tech giants agreed to continue “to pursue the existing cases in US courts.”

Samsung said in a legal filing that it would pay Apple the partial judgement awarded but that it reserved the right to get money back if the amount is modified or overturned on appeal or if the validity of patents at issue is successfully challenged.

Apple said in the joint filing that it disagrees with Samsung’s contention that it has a right to be reimbursed.

A court in September awarded Apple the partial judgment. Samsung’s options narrowed to simply paying the money or trying to take its fight to the US Supreme Court.

The hefty sum is significantly less than the billion dollars Apple sought at the outset of the 2012 patent trial in Northern California, and doesn’t put to rest an argument over who should pay Apple’s legal costs said to total $1.8 million (roughly Rs. 12 crores).

In another sign that the legal fight would drag on, Apple also asked the court for a green light to file a motion asking for supplemental damages for products that weren’t calculated into the award.

Samsung and Apple decided last year to drop all patent disputes outside the United States, marking a partial ceasefire in a long-running legal war between the world’s two largest smartphone makers.

The arch-rivals have battled in close to a dozen countries, with each accusing the other of infringing on various patents related to their flagship smartphone and tablet products.

But neither has managed to deliver a knock-out blow with a number of rulings going different ways, and in an announcement they agreed to drop all litigation outside the United States, suggesting a line was finally being drawn.

Samsung Electronics Mobile Chief Cedes Day-to-Day Management Role

Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s long-time handset division chief is ceding day-to-day management of the firm’s struggling smartphone business, shifting his focus to long-term strategy amid growing earnings headwinds.

Samsung Group, in its annual personnel appointments announcement, said Dongjin Koh will take over as president of the mobile communications business from J.K. Shin, who will remain head of the overall mobile division for Samsung and focus on long-term strategy and developing new growth businesses.

The shift comes as the world’s top smartphone maker struggles to reverse declining market share and profits. Samsung Electronics has continued to lose market share to Apple Inc in the premium segment and to Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Xiaomi Inc in the lower end of the market.

Samsung has revamped its smartphone lineup, implemented new designs and cut prices for high-end products to boost sales and reverse its handsets earnings decline.

But the latest research data show the company’s third-quarter global market share continued to slide from a year earlier.

Koh, previously head of Samsung’s mobile research and development, played a key role in the development and launch of premium devices such as the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5.

Samsung Galaxy A7 Successor Spotted on Certification Site With Images, Specs

The rumoured successor of the Samsung Galaxy A7, which has been seen in leaks for the past few weeks, has now purportedly passed Tenaa, the Chinese telecommunications certification website. The listing reveals few specifications about the unannounced smartphone.

The unannounced Galaxy A7 smartphone was listed with model name SM-A7100 on the Chinese telecommunications certification website with images. The Tenaa images were first posted by a user on Weibo.

As seen in the images on Tenaa, the Galaxy A7 sports a similar design as Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S6. It appears to feature a metal frame. Similar to Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy A7 can be also seen sporting rear camera that protrudes. The back panel image can also be seen holding the camera accompanied by an LED flash. The right panel holds the power button while the left houses the volume rocker buttons.

For specifications, the Galaxy A7 is listed on Tenaa to feature a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD display; powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core processor; 3GB of RAM; 16GB inbuilt storage; expandable storage via microSD (up to 128GB); Android 5.1.1 Lollipop; a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash; a 5-megapixel front-facing camera; dimensions of 151.5×73.95×6.9mm; weight of 155 grams, and 4G LTE support.

A recent report claimed that Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy A-series smartphones may pack a fingerprint sensor on their device home buttons like other previously launched Galaxy handsets. Samsung is rumoured to launch its new A-series of handsets as Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2016).

Earlier this week, successors of the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 smartphones were spotted in US FCC listings.

Samsung launches rugged smartphone Galaxy Active Neo

 Samsung Galaxy Active Neo is IP68 certified which makes it dust and water resistant up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes. It also boasts MIL-STD-810G certification for salt and sea water, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance. Galaxy Active Neo sports a 4.5-inch WVGA (800x480p) display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

Samsung's new ruggedised smartphone may soon be available in other markets.Samsung’s new ruggedised smartphone may soon be available in other markets.

Samsung has launched a new ruggedised smartphone, Galaxy Active Neo in the budget segment. The phone has been launched in Japan via NTT Docomo at 20,000 yen (Rs 10,900 approximately) but is also expected to soon make its global debut.

Samsung Galaxy Active Neo is IP68 certified which makes it dust and water resistant up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes. It also boasts MIL-STD-810G certification for salt and sea water, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance. The phone can tollerate 2 tons of load and survive drops on concrete from a height of 1.5 meters.

Galaxy Active Neo sports a 4.5-inch WVGA (800x480p) display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The phone sports an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera and comes with 16GB storage expandable via microSD cards. It has a 2200mAh battery and supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC connectivity options.

GENERAL

SIMnano-simDimensions133 × 70 × 10.1mmWeight154g

DISPLAY

Size4.5 inches, 800 × 480p (WVGA)TypeTFT LCD liquid crystal display

MEMORY

Card Slotup to 128GBInternal16GB, 2GB RAM

DATA

GPRSYesEDGEYesBluetoothYes

CAMERA

Primary8MPSecondary2MP

FEATURES

OSAndroid 5.1 LollipopCPUQuad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 CPUBrowserHTML5

BATTERY

Battery Capacity2,200mAh