Monthly Archives: February 2018

Fewer than half of consumers are taking advantage of the broadband speeds available – are you?

Communication is at the heart of every business. Ensuring you can sell your goods and services, connect to your customers, deal with suppliers and manage your workforce. At CMM, we understand reliable and high quality broadband and mobile connections are vital for our customers to successfully run their business, and for some digital enterprises, actually deliver their services or products.

In January 2018, the government announced it had hit it’s connectivity target, with 10 out of 20 households and businesses now with access to ultrafast broadband connectivity. Yet only 38 percent of the population are taking advantage of the superfast broadband available to them, with the majority still using ADSL lines without feeling the need to upgrade (Ofcom).

Just 38% of the population are taking advantage of superfast broadband

We offer a variety of connectivity solutions, ranging from ADSL to private circuits, to ensure you receive a tailored plan that will optimise your telecoms infrastructure, according to your budget and needs. Most importantly, we want you to be aware of the newer technology that is available, to ensure your business is benefiting from recent advances and running as productively as possible.

Are you due an upgrade?

To determine whether opting for an upgraded solution would benefit you, you may wish to consider the following:

  1. Do you use your broadband at the same time as other people in your office or site?
  2. Download large online files on a regular basis?
  3. Upload videos and other large files to the web?
  4. Use Cloud or video-calling services such as Skype?
  5. Offer Wi-Fi to customers?
  6. Rely on the internet as a vital tool to run your business?

Alternatively, you can read our quick guide below about the recommended solutions for different business needs.

ADSL:

ADSL operates on a standard analogue phone line to your premises, to offer speedy and secure internet access. Although download and uploads speeds are a long way behind Fibre to the Cabinet, ADSL is suitable for businesses that are unable to receive FTTC internet or that just need the internet as a basic tool for activities such emailing, placing orders online or blogging.

✓ Ideal for small business’s looking for a cost-effective, basic use solution.

Fibre to the Cabinet:

FTTC involves running fibre optic cables from the telephone exchange or distribution point to the street cabinets which then connect to a standard phone line to provide broadband. This is combined with a copper cable from the cabinet to the business that can deliver much faster speeds over shorter distances. Benefits include file download and upload in seconds, improving the use of multi-media and conferencing facilities. Along with increased productivity with no delay’s online, FTTC can also lower call costs by taking advantage of VoIP delivered over Fibre.

✓ Ideal for business’s requiring a fast connection to the internet or services such as video conferencing, IP Voice and Cloud services.

Leased Lines/Private Circuits:

A Leased Line is a dedicated connection to the internet with guaranteed upload and download speeds, SLAs and an uncontended connection. This means that your internet speeds won’t be affected by your neighbours usage. Although still relatively expensive compared to FTTC, prices for your own dedicated connection have reduced dramatically in recent times. There are many different variants of private connection, which we would be happy to talk through with you.

✓ Ideal for businesses requiring a fast connection with guaranteed speeds, and quick response times for faults.

For more information on connectivity solutions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 01252 854352 or email: sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk for more information and advice on connectivity solutions, or request your free, no obligation quote and see the savings we could offer, all we need is a copy of your last bill.

Samsung has revealed the new Galaxy S9

Samsung has revealed the highly anticipated Galaxy S9. The S9 continues the popular trend of bezel-less screens, sporting a 5.8″ full frontal glass, edge-to-edge display, termed by Samsung as an “Infinity Display”. The Infinity displays have been showcased on previous Samsung models including the S8, the S8 Plus and Note 8. For those keen on previous designs, the Galaxy S9 follows closely to the look of S8 and has been released alongside a second, larger version, the Galaxy S9+, which sports a 6.”2 Infinity Display.

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The latest flagship packs a next generation dual-aperture camera, designed to adapt to super low and bright light automatically. In dark or nighttime settings, the S9 camera lens will open to F1.5 mode, providing multi-frame noise reduction so that you can capture nighttime shots with clarity. In the daylight, the lens will shift to F2.4 mode.  For those with a creative spark, the aperture can also be toggled manually to create a mood.

(Left: F1.5 aperture mode, Right: F2.4 aperture mode)

(Left: F1.5 aperture mode, Right: F2.4 aperture mode)

The camera also features new super slow-motion abilities, allowing you to shoot 960 frames per second in 6 second clips. This feature however only supports HD resolution which can drain both your storage (roughly, 100-200MB per minute of HD video) and battery life. However with the option to expand the memory and wireless quick charging, this is less of an issue for S9 users. Finally, the camera is equipped with upgraded optical image stabilisation so you’ll be able to minimise any vibrations from your hands for a steady shot.

The S9 has an improved version of Bixby, the Samsung virtual assistant, that can work alongside the updated camera to provide real-time language translation. Similarly to Google translate, with the S9 you can now point the camera (In Bixby mode) at some foreign text and Bixby will generate translated information overlaid onto the image it’s viewing in real-time, whether you wish to translate a road sign while navigating or decipher the lunch menu.

Further features include the latest version of Android – 8.0 Oreo, a waterproof body and improved stereo speakers, claimed by Samsung to provide 1.4x more powerful sound than any previous Galaxy model.  Security has also been given a boost with a new combination of facial recognition and a iris scan when unlocking your device. This is also useful for identification in low light settings as the two can work together to ensure you can be verified. This means the galaxy flagship now offers six different ways to secure your device, whether you choose the iris scanner, facial recognition technology, fingerprint sensor, a simple password, pattern or pin.

Spec overview

  • 5.8″ Quad HD SuperAMOLED Infinity Display
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 12MP rear camera with OIS
  • 8MP camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, expandable up to 400GB via microSD
  • Waterproof IP68
  • Wireless charging

Although unveiled, the new devices will be not be released until March 13th 2018.

For more information on the new Samsung devices, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. Your account manager can also give you information on pay-monthly or SIM only plans once the new devices are available.  We are always more than happy to help!

Android Oreo – Key improvements & how to update

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Behind the scenes power and efficiency

According to Google's tests on it's flagship Pixel, Android Oreo offers 2x the boot speed when powering up your device. The latest Android OS also offers 'Background limits'. Although many operating systems offer the option to manually minimise background activity, Oreo automatically incorporates background limits. This means it will minimise activity in the apps you use the least, to ensure your device is energy efficient, without you having to lift a finger.

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Autofill & Smart text selection

Once again, with efficiency and productivity at the forefront, Google has incorporated the 'Autofill' feature. With your permission, this means your device will be able to remember your logins and provide quicker access to your apps. Smart text selection means Oreo will recognise text when you select or tap, then recommends a next logical step via a suggested app.

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Picture-in-Picture

Picture-in-Picture gives you the ability to see two apps or 'windows' at the same time, for example, you could check your calendar to schedule an appointment whilst simultaneously video calling your colleague.   

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More apps with fewer taps

Oreo features 'Notification dots' this means you can quickly see what's new and easily clear them with a swipe. Android instant apps also means you can head directly into new apps directly from your web browser without the need to go through the installation process.  

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Google Play Protect

Oreo ensures over 50 billion apps are scanned per day, including those you haven't installed yet, to ensure the Android app store and thus your device and data is safe. 

Compatible devices

All Google devices have been updated to Oreo, these include: Google Pixel 2/2XL, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X. The Sony Xperia XZ1 and Sony XZ1 Compact also run Android Oreo out the box. 


The Oreo update for the Sony XZ Premium, Sony Xperia XZs, OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 is available now.


The following devices are awaiting the update:

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    Nokia 8

HTC

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    U Ultra
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    U11 Life
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    U11 Plus

Samsung

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    Galaxy S8
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    Galaxy S8 Plus​​​
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    Galaxy Note 8

OnePlus

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    OnePlus 5

Motorola

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    Moto Z​​​​
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    Moto Z Play
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    Moto Z2 Play
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    Moto G5
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    Moto ​G5S
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    Moto G5 Plus
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    Moto G5S Plus
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    Moto X4
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    Moto G4 Plus

Sony

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    Xperia X Compact 
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    X Performance
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    Xperia XA1
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    XA1 Ultra
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    XA1 Plus

How to update to Oreo 

  • Firstly, ensure your WiFi is on. You can do so by swiping down from the top of your screen and tapping the WiFi icon. 
  • Head to your Settings. Typically this is a gear shaped icon.
  • Scroll down and tap About Device, usually located at the bottom of the menu. If you're using an Android tablet, you may need to tap the General tab at the top of the screen first.
  • Tap Update. This may read "Software Update" or "System Firmware update" depending on your version of Android. 

Any questions?

If you have any difficulty updating your device, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager, we are always more than happy to help! 


You can get in touch via email: sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. 

Samsung set to launch the Galaxy S9

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Samsung is set to reveal its latest flagship device, the Galaxy S9, on February 26th. The S9 is rumoured to continue the popular trend of bezel-less screens, sporting a 5.77″ edge-to-edge display, termed by Samsung as an “Infinity Display”. The Infinity displays have been showcased on previous Samsung models including the S8, the S8 Plus and Note 8. For those keen on previous designs, the Galaxy S9 should follow closely to the look of S8 and is expected to be released alongside a second, larger version, the Galaxy S9+.

Samsung S9 Rumours

Despite a similar exterior, the internal specs of the S9 are expected to vastly improve. It’s rumoured the S9 will include facial identification technology as an updated version of the S8’s iris scanner, alongside the latest version of Android and Samsung’s newest and most advanced Exynos chip, for improved performance and speed. Finally, whispers have suggested that the S9+ will feature an all-new dual-camera, while the S9 camera will take on new heights with a souped up sensor, capable of 1,000 frames per second. 

Following the February announcement, it's likely the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be officially released around mid to late March, with prices expected to be between £649 and £799 (SIM-Free). Thinking of upgrading? Our overview below offers the  benefits of the latest model. 

How will the new model compare?

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8 display
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    Android 7.0 Nougat
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    12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
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    Samsung Exynos 8895 processor
  • Rear fingerprint scanner & iris scanner
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB storage

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.77 display
  • Android 8.0 Oreo 
  • Improved camera 
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    Samsung's latest advanced  9810 processor
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    Rear fingerprint scanner & facial recognition technology
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    6GB RAM, 64GB storage

Check back at the blog on the 27th of February for a full review of the new devices.