What does Samsung have in store for 2018?

Are you curious to hear what Samsung is doing in 2018? According to an article in The Verge, the company will focus on “foldable OLED displays and Bixby” to “help drive the company’s growth this year.” A foldable display – think smartphone vibes with flip phone portability – is intended to help distinguish future Samsung devices from those of competitors. This tech has been buzzed about for years, and while multiple patents have been filed, nothing of real significance has been released.  Samsung will also be working on some new business related AI using its Bixby voice assistant technology. The

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Samsung smartphone users will soon have access to FM radio

Future generations of Samsung smartphones will be FM radio compatible to users across the United States and Canada. This is a feature that iPhone users do not have access to. According to an article in Business Insider, Samsung has been working in collaboration with TagStation to enable FM radio on Galaxy smartphones through the NextRadio app. This will allow Samsung users to access FM radio “without pulling excess data or battery power from their smartphones.” You may be wondering if people would even want to use FM Radio on their phones, considering the popularity of apps like Spotify and similar

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Samsung unveils new co-CEOs

Samsung has dealt with a wave of scandals in the past year, including the embarrassing Note 7 recall and corruption allegations involving its de facto CEO. According to CNET, Samsung has made a move to recover by promoting three presidents – Kim Ki-nam, Kim Hyun-suk and Koh Dong-jin – to the roles of co-CEOs. These three figureheads will lead the company’s device solutions, consumer electronics and IT, and mobile division respectively. “The next generation of leaders are well suited to accelerate the pace of innovation and address the demands of the connected world,” Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung’s retiring vice chairman, said

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Samsung Pay expanding in Canada

According to The Financial Post, Samsung Pay is expanding to more Canadian financial institutions soon. The payment platform came to Canada in late 2016, and is currently only compatible with CIBC Visa cards. Allegedly, the service will soon include Interac, meaning it will be accessible through a number of Canadian banks as early as this month. Interac compatibility made Apple Pay a success in Canada, as many banks use it for both credit and debit card transactions. Likewise, Google’s Android Pay has recently come to Canada and works with most banks, including BMO, CIBC, Banque Nationale, Scotiabank, Desjardins, President’s Choice

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Galaxy S8 disappoints in sales while iPhone remains on top

Despite their anticipated release and positive critical reception, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones have not garnered the hoped-for success in the U.S smartphone market. In fact, according to BGR, Android makers in general are struggling to compete with Apple in the United States. Data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech says that Android’s market share in the U.S fell 5.9 percent from 67.6 to 61.7 percent in the three month period that ended in April of 2017. At the same time, iOS sales grew 5.8 percent across the U.S, giving Apple 36.5 percent of market share. “Android partner

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Samsung wants to do better amid year of scandal

 On February 16th, 2017, the heir to the Samsung Group, Lee Jae-yong, was arrested in connection with a bribery investigation that resulted in the impeachment of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye. According to The Verge, the company is taking measures to enhance transparency and oversight regarding donations made to third parties. In a recent press release, Samsung Electronics said that any donations or corporate social responsibility funding that totals at least 1 billion won – or $882,050 – will now be subject to approval from its board of directors. As well, Samsung has promised that such donations will now

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A solution in sight to Samsung’s Pink Line issue?

It was just not Samsung’s year. First, the Galaxy Note 7s began exploding. Then, the replacements did as well. Now, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge has its own unique issue that is plaguing users. According to TechTimes, Galaxy S7 edge users have been reporting a defect in the phone that causes a pink or purple line to appear across the screen. Samsung has now come forward to acknowledge the issue. Samsung claims the display issue occurs only if a handset has been dropped, but it’s possible for the line to appear on a phone that does not have a broken display.

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Samsung Explains Your Exploding Phone

Samsung has finally come out with an official, public explanation for the disastrous series of exploding Note 7s that injured consumers and damaged their property last year. According to CNET, during a press conference on January 22nd, Samsung admitted that two separate battery defects caused both the original batch of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and their replacements to overheat and occasionally set ablaze. Justin Denison, head of product strategy and marketing for Samsung US, explained the issue to the press. The first battery apparently suffered from a design flaw that left it with a small external casing, unable to hold

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Samsung making moves into the automotive industry

 According to Reuters, South Korean tech-giant Samsung Electronics has made a milestone step into the auto industry by purchasing Harman International Industries for eight billion dollars.  This also marks the company’s largest ever overseas acquisition. Harman International Industries is based out of Stamford, Connecticut and makes connected car and audio systems to meet the demand of an increasingly mobile and software-friendly focused industry. Some of these products include infotainment systems, telematics, connected safety and security services. You can find them today in 30 million vehicles made by companies like BMW, Toyota, and Volkswagen. This opens a new, exciting source of

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Huawei ready to surpass Apple’s market shares

Here in North America, Huawei isn’t known for its smartphones the way manufacturers like Samsung or Apple are. It is more well known globally for being a builder of telecommunications networks. Surprisingly, according to Reuters, the Chinese-based company says it wants to become the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world within two years, surpassing the likes of Apple. Even if you’re not overly familiar with Huawei, it does account for nine percent of the global smartphone industry, or about 33 million devices. Apple currently has twelve percent with 45.5 million devices, and Samsung leads the market with just over

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