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All Samsung products will be IoT enabled by 2020

All Samsung products will be IoT enabled by 2020

Samsung has announced that all it’s products, from mobile devices to Samsung fridges, will be IoT (Internet of Things) enabled by 2020. IoT allows objects to be connected to the internet, be recognised by other devices and collect and exchange data. Smart Home is arguably the most popular IoT application, with Amazon Echo being a prime example of an IoT enabled device.

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Wearables are another example of IoT in action, from the Apple iWatch to Fitbit. Samsung’s IoT plans will allow them to gather a wide range of data from their users, to provide a deeper understanding of how their products are used and consequently how they can be developed to offer a better user experience. Further benefits of IoT include communication between you and your devices. For example, the Samsung fridge could have the ability to notify you when food will go out of date or when the milk’s running low.

If you’re a business considering upgrading the technology you use, we offer a alternative to IoT, Machine to Machine technology (M2M). M2M is an exchange of data between a connected device and a central system that monitors or controls that device. It allows machines to communicate directly with each other to convey information.

How can M2M help your business?

With M2M you can take advantage of real-time data, remote monitoring and analytics. For example, receive information on:

✓ How a remote asset in your business is performing, even down to the detail of it’s temperature and minimise the need for routine maintenance visits. But better yet, catch problems before they could affect your customers.

“If a machine or device can report back that it has broken down or that it needs refilling, then that saves, for example, a field-force employee driving around checking on these things. Because of the improved visibility, they only need to go where the attention is needed. That has a hard ROI for operations.” – Telsyte senior analyst.

✓ Where something is, allowing you to recover lost assets and prevent thefts.

Overall, M2M can help you increase profitably, launch new products and services, improve your customer relations and allow your business to become more agile and responsive. We offer M2M technology via dedicated sims that will connect over mobile networks. To find out more, please get in touch via sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.

Samsung expected to unveil three creative projects at CES 2018

Samsung will unveil three creative projects at CES 2018

Samsung has announced it will unveil three creative projects at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to “explore new business opportunities”. The innovative projects have been in development by it’s Creative Lab programme since December 2012.

“Since launching five years ago, our C-Lab program has gained exciting momentum across Samsung, helping foster an innovation culture, and providing avenue for our creative, talented employees to pursue innovative new projects. We will continuously introduce innovative projects through our C-Lab program.” – Jaiil Lee, Samsung Electronics vice president and head of the creativity and innovation centre.

The three projects include ‘S-Ray’ – also known as Sound Ray, a portable directional speaker made smaller and lighter than conventional directional speakers, that allows you to listen to music without disturbing those around you.

The second project is ‘GoBreath’, a portable device and app that functions as a recovery solution for people who have experienced lung damage and suffer from postoperative pulmonary complications after general anaesthesia.  GoBreath also offers a web and cloud service for doctors to monitor patient recovery progress, as well as provide reminders to practice.

Finally, Relúmĭno is a visual aid app designed to help people with low vision. The name itself originates from the Latin meaning ‘to return back the light’.  The app uses Gear VR to assist visually-impaired people by enhancing their vision to overcome everyday challenges. Building on that concept, Samsung’s Creative Lab built Relúmĭno glasses to utilize the technology more comfortably and discreetly. Samsung’s aim was to offer an affordable option for the visually impaired.

Latest Samsung Galaxy A8 & A8+ announced

Latest Samsung Galaxy A8 & A8+ announced

The Galaxy A8 and A8+ are Samsung’s latest additions to the A range. The new devices will be available from April in four different colours, however this may vary by country and region. As seen on the Galaxy S8, both the A8 and A8+ feature Samsung’s ‘Infinity display’. The Infinity display refers to the physicalities of the phone; by trimming the bezels, you can take advantage of the largest screen possible without the need for a bigger model. In fact, the A8 and A8+ feature the largest display ever seen on a Galaxy A phone, providing a wide horizontal view and 18.5:9 ratio.

“The Galaxy A8 exemplifies our continued dedication to meeting the needs of our consumers by providing them with greater choice and convenience.” Connor Pierce, Samsung UK & Ireland vice president of IT & mobile.

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Further improvements include improved low-light capability on the 16MP rear camera. Its bright F1.7 lens, larger 1.12㎛ pixels, and bigger 1/2.8” sensor bring in light from the environment to make photos crisp and detailed. Both the A8 and A8+ also feature the 8MP Dual Front camera and water resistance. The A8 and A8+ are rated IP68 which means you’ll be safe to submerse the device in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. The key differences in the models however are the difference in display size, battery and RAM options. The A8+ packs a 3500mAh battery offering up to 50 hours of MP3 playback compared to the A8 3000mAh battery that offers up to 44 hours of playback. The A8+ offers a 0.4″ increase in screen size and is 19 grams heavier.

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The storage is meatier too with a option of 6GB RAM available, compared to the 4GB RAM featured in the A8. Both models however are available with either 32GB or 64GB of storage. Disappointingly, the new models haven’t been announced with the new version of Android 8.0 Oreo and instead feature Android Nougat (find details here). Despite the older OS, the new Galaxy A additions would make ideal business devices. Featuring Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant that personalises your experience by surfacing specific apps and content based on where you are and what time it is. For example, you may see your Health app in the morning or your alarm and step count at night. Bixby also takes voice commands and sets reminders to ensure you make your next meeting. Better yet, the new models feature dual messenger, allowing you to separate your personal and business conversations.

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The A8 and A8+ also feature a Secure Folder, creating a seperate space within the device to store your sensitive and personal data that is only accessible to you. You can also take advantage of Samsung Pay – a contactless payment service that only requires your device. For more information on the new devices, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager on 01252 854352 or email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk, we are always more than happy to help!

Samsung Pay now available to American Express cardholders in the UK

Samsung Pay now available to American Express cardholders

As of October 19th 2017, Samsung Pay is now available to American Express cardholders in the UK. This comes as the second addition to Samsung Pay over the past few months, with support for cards issued by the Co-operative Bank added in September. In addition to American Express and Co-op, Samsung Pay supports Visa and Mastercard as well as cards issued by First direct, HSBC, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide and Santander.

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While owners of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (please click here for the full review) or the S8/S8+ can take advantage of iris scanner technology to authorise payments, providing a new level of biometric security. You can also set up a card as a ‘transport card’ to use on TfL services. This option means you don’t even need to wake your phone or verify with a fingerprint, iris scanner or PIN – simply touch the middle section of your phone against the card reader.

It’s rumoured that Samsung is planning to roll out the service to other phones lower down it’s range. This previously might have been problematic, due to the need for a fingerprint or iris scanner to authorise payments, but you can now alternatively use a registered passcode. There are also plans for Samsung Pay Mini app which will work with other Android devices, however the UK release date is yet to be known.

Will Samsung release a foldable smartphone?

Will Samsung release a foldable smartphone?

After six years of trial and error, Samsung, could be the first company to commercially launch a ‘foldable phone’. In 2011, Samsung’s prototype was able to remain intact after a whopping 100,000 folds with only a 6% drop in brightness at centre (where all the folding happened), however various manufacturing issues prevented the real deal – until now.

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Rumour has it, the South Korean multinational giant could be releasing two new devices, known as the ‘Samsung Galaxy X’ series at the CES consumer technology show in January, 2018. The devices will have a foldable 4K display, so that the resolution will remain high even when the phone is folded. Supposedly, one version will fold from a 5″ handset to an 8″ tablet, while the second version will fold in half to become more compact. Below is a video of Samsung’s futuristic ambitions:

Further whispers suggest that the foldable devices will initially be released in Korea to see demand levels for a flexible phone. Hopefully Samsung’s latest venture won’t go down in flames…

Samsung unveils Note 8 phablet

Samsung unveils Note 8 phablet

Design

The handset sports a 6.3in Super AMOLED Infinity Display, complete with curved edges; it’s essentially very similar to the Galaxy S8+ but 0.1in bigger. However, this does mean the S Pen has the largest screen yet to play with. Better yet, the Note and the S Pen are water and dust resistance (IP685) allowing you to write even when the device is wet.

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Features

Following in Apple and Nokia’s footsteps, Samsung’s Note 8 features a dual camera lens as seen in the iPhone 7 Plus and Nokia 8. It has two 12MP rear cameras, allowing you to create depth effects and zoom further. When it comes to power, the Note 8 supports the most advanced wireless charging capabilities yet, so you can get a quick, convenient charge without having to mess around with ports or wires. An ideal business phablet, Samsung has upped the security on the Note 8.

Iris Scanner

Offering a choice of biometric authentication options, including both fingerprint and iris scanning. While Samsung Knox7 provides defense-grade security at the hardware and software layers and with Secure Folder, keeps your personal and professional data separate. Finally, Samsung ‘DeX’ enables a desktop experience, powered by your phone. This means you can keep files on your device, conduct work on the go, and use Samsung DeX when you need an even bigger screen. The Note 8 also includes Bixby8, Samsung’s virtual assistant, that learns from you, improves over time and boosts your productivity.

Key specs

  • 6.3″ display
  • 12MP dual pixel sensor
  • Wireless charging
  • Dual SIM
  • Expandable memory
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Biometric authentication
  • Android 7.0
  • 6GB RAM

How to pre-order

To pre-order your Samsung Note 8 and find out information on pay monthly and SIM free price plans, please get in touch with your account manager on 01252 854352 or email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk, we are always more than happy to help.