Samsung pioneered the so-called 'phablet' design (smartphone/tablet hybrid) with its line of Galaxy Note devices. A new report says Apple plans to enter the market next September with the iPhone 6 featuring a 5-inch display, which would still be smaller than Samsung's models.
The Japanese magazine Mac Fan summarized a report by Macotakara that claims Apple's next-generation iPhone might include a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel 5-inch display packing in 440 pixels per inch.
According to the report, Apple plans to make both sides of the screen as "thin as possible" which would make it easier to operate with one [...]
Although there are few details as to new features or when it will be available, Jae Shin, VP of Samsung’s Knox Business Group says Knox 2.0 will offer more security features and work in more devices.
Knox is currently included with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet, which just became available last week in the U.S. The security layer is also being offered with some Galaxy S4 smartphones.
One example of what Knox offers is the creation of a secure boot so only authorized applications are on the device.
On the plus side, phablets, like the Samsung Galaxy Note, combine the features of both types of devices into one product.
The latest figures from app services provider Flurry shows phablets have carved out a niche. In a worldwide sample of almost 100,000 iOS and Android devices, Flurry found 7% were phablets.
But in South Korea phablets are a very big deal. According to Flurry Analytics' data, 41% of mobile devices in South Korea are phablets.
Overall, Samsung has a 60% market share in South Korea which tends to favor local manufacturers. Flurry said 85% of devices owned in South Korea were manufactured there.
Twitter for Android Tablets takes advantage of a tablet’s larger screen to display all your tweets, conversations and more in full landscape view.
But there is a catch. The app will only be available for Samsung devices at first, specifically the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.
That resolution means the new Galaxy Note has four times the pixel density of the current Galaxy Note 10 introduced about a year ago.
But the Galaxy Note also includes set of unique features including Multi Window for running separate instances of the same application. And the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 sports an enhanced S Pen which you can use to drag and drop content from one window to another.
You can also use the S Pen to take handwritten notes. And with Pen Window, Samsung says you can draw a window of any size on the screen, and instantly access unique in-application features such as YouTube or calculator.
In an interview with The Korea Times, Lee Young-hee, the executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said that the event will take place in Berlin, just two days prior to the IFA consumer electronics fair.
“We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on September 4,” said Lee, who added that the smartwatch will not have a flexible display.
“The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways. It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile [...]
Samsung fansite SamMobile claims that the much-rumored “Galaxy Gear” smartwatch will debut at the “Samsung Unpacked Episode 2” event, which is taking place at the IFA exhibition in Berlin, Germany on September 4.
The website, which has also been a constant source of Samsung tablet rumors in recent times, says that the smartwatch will act as a companion device to the firm’s collection of Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
Previous reports have indicated that Samsung will take the wrap off a smartwatch and the third-generation Galaxy Note phablet at the German tech exhibition.
Citing “sources from the tablet sector”, Digitimes reports an incoming wave of these larger smartphones – or phablets as they have been dubbed – could undermine 7-inch tablet demand, particularly if the phablets are offered with a telecom package.
In recent times, Samsung has launched the 6.3-inch Mega and is expected to unveil the new Galaxy Note next month, while Sony and China-based Huawei have also jumped into the market with the Xperia ZU and Ascend Mate, respectively.
Nokia last month announced the Lumia 925, which is essentially an affordable phablet with 4G connectivity, while BlackBerry and HTC are also widely-reported to be about to [...]
Samsung confirmed the news by sending out press invites over the weekend, invites which urged journalists to ‘Note the date’ of September 4.
This news doesn’t come as some great surprise, although we will have to wait to see if the new model is of phablet or tablet proportions.
Speculation leading up to the event suggests that it will be a third-generation Galaxy Note phablet with an improved 5.7-inch display, 3GB of RAM and an Exynos 5 processor.
Samsung launched both the first and second generation Galaxy Notes at the exhibition, while there are rumors that this year’s event could see the introduction of the firm’s first smartwatch.