Reuters - For related article * One company likely to gain from rising interest in LoRanetworks is Semtech Corp, which holds some of the relatedintellectual property and makes most of its chips.MicrochipTechnology has also made LoRa-related kits.* The most likely gainers from the spread of low powerconnectivity will be the companies building and managingthe networks.SigFox, a LoRa rival, allows others to make thehardware, and its partners to build the networks, butcharges companies fees for connecting their devices to thenetwork."We'll see a ton of SigFox and LoRa launches inAsia-Pacific over the next 12 months," says Charles Anderson,analyst at IDC.* More traditional telecoms firms are either adopting orcompeting or both with the new networks.
When the first Galaxy Note was launched in the autumn of 2011 was considered a ridiculously huge mobile – however, some reviewers dismissed even Note due to the size.Five years later, the large phones are the norm and the Samsung was a pioneer with the Note series.the size of the screen climbed from 5.3 for the first model, to 5.5 for the sequel, and finally up to 5.7 where Samsung have chosen to stay.Despite a relatively large panel is the Galaxy Note 7 uncommon neat.Thanks to that the screen goes right to the edges has a width reduced by more than two millimeters compared to its predecessor.When we compare with the Huawei Nexus 6P that has the same screen size is the Note 7 is almost 6mm lower and 4mm narrower.
Samsung is set to announced the Galaxy Note 7 at an event later today, but it could be in for some keenly priced competition in the form of the Huawei Honor Note 8.The Chinese manufacturer recently unveiled its new phablet at the Huawei Exhibition Center in Beijing, and it looks likely to make a big impact.Inevitably, the big talking point here is the Note 8's whopping 6.6-inch QHD display.Yes, you read that right.The Note 8's display will be closer in size to that of a small Android tablet than it will to a typically large Android phone.The fingerprint sensor is located on the back, too, so the phone isn't as long as it might have been.
The fact that Android, search giant Google s mobile operating system, is open source means it should be somewhat consistent across the devices on which it s installed.But in practice, that s not exactly true.The firm has lately shown favoritism toward its top-end Nexus line of smartphones, in recent months introducing exclusive features like call spam filtering, a live support app, and photo cloud storage benefits.Android Police reports that Google s upcoming Nexus devices, codenamed Marlin and Sailfish, could debut with a brand-new Android 7.0 Nougat launcher — the technical name for Android s home screen — some time in the near future.Google has offered its own first-party launcher, the Google Now Launcher, as an alternative to customized home screens from phone makers like LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Sony since 2014, but the rumored Nexus home screen reportedly stands independent of that effort.Aesthetically, the most obvious change is the elimination of the drawer icon, the Android shortcut that reveals a list of your phone s installed apps.
While the recent International Data Corporation IDC report on the state of the global smartphone market shows year-on-year growth to be flat, phone sales are looking quite healthy next to tablet shipments, which have declined for the seventh quarter in a row.The latest IDC tablet figures show that total tablet sales have fallen by 12.3 percent in Q2 2016 compared to the same period last year.The numbers cover both slate and detachables, which refers to those tablets with a dedicated method of attaching docks, keyboards, or similar accessories.Apple may have sold 9.2 percent fewer tablets than it did in Q2 2015, but it remains the top manufacturer with 10 million units shipped, giving it a 25.8 percent share of the market.In what is a reverse of the smartphone sector, Samsung lies in second place behind its Cupertino rival; the Korean giant shipped 6 million tablets during the last quarter, down by almost a 25 percent compared to last year.The rest of the top five is made up of Lenovo in third with 2.5 million sales and a 6.6 percent share, Huawei s 2.2 million tablet sales puts it in fourth with a 5.6 percent share, and the 1.6 million Kindle Fires Amazon sold gives the online retailer fifth place on a 4 percent share.
The International Data Corporation IDC has released a new report with preliminary data that shows tablet shipments around the world continuing to fall.This continues a trend we've seen in quite a few previous quarters, with tablet shipments dropping year-over-year as prospective buyers continue to either opt for detachable form factors over the more traditional slate form or wait on their tablet purchase altogether.IDC says that tablet shipments were down 12.3% year-over-year, racking up 38.7 million total shipments as compared to Q2 2015's 44.1 million shipments.Though Apple and Samsung managed to secure the respective number one and two spots in tablet shipments for the quarter, they both suffered declines in total shipments, with Apple's shipments dropping 9.2% over the year-ago quarter and Samsung's taking a 24.5% dive.Lenovo, Huawei, and Amazon rounded out the top 5 for the quarter, and they all enjoyed growth in tablet shipments year-over-year.One of the most exciting statistics in IDC's report is seeing Amazon's tablet shipments grow 1208.9% year-over-year, though IDC admits that a fair amount of that growth comes for a fact that it didn't report shipments of Amazon's 6-inch tablets last year.
The Huawei Honor 8 is just in time for the long-rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 7 unveiling tomorrow, giving phablet buyers a cheaper alternative thanks to the Chinese phone maker.Honor, technically a sister company to the Huawei, showed off its Note 8 specs today, and they are big, with a 6.6-inch 2K resolution screen and 4500mAh battery.Both are significantly larger than the 5.7-inch display and nearly 4,000 battery rumored for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.The device also sports a powerful eight-core Kirin 955 processor and 4GB of RAM - the latter of which is rumored to be similar to the Note 7's rumored Snapdragon 820 guts.Of course, the Note 7 in the UK and pretty much every country outside the US and China may have Samsung's faster Exynos processor.What isn't larger is the price - the Huawei company says the price for the Honor Note 8 starts at ¥2,299 about $346, £262, AU$457 for a 32GB model and goes up to ¥2,599 about $421, £319, AU$557 for a hefty 128GB version.
Tablet shipments reached their lowest point in three years in the second quarter of 2016, according to analyst firm Canalys.However, analysts at Canalys and IDC are seeing a glimmer of hope for the devices with business demand for detachable tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro and the iPad Pro.The Windows 10 anniversary update, which rolls out tomorrow, could further the business trend toward detachable tablets as could the next version of Android, called Nougat, with its better multitasking support.According to Canalys, Apple tablets took the top spot at a 28% share of the market, while Samsung took a 16% share and Lenovo and Huawei got 7% and 6% respectively.IDC's numbers were about the same: Apple had 25.8%; Samsung, 15.6%; Lenovo, 6.6% and Huawei, 5.6%.IDC tracked Amazon with a 4% market share, citing its low-priced Fire tablets, based on an Android variant, including its 6-in.
The smartwatch is the mother of all smartphone accessories.Samsung is finally a real smartwatch contenderOS: Tizen OS Compatibility: Android Display: 1.2" 360 x 360 Super AMOLED Processor: Dual-core 1.0GHz Band sizes: S 105 x 65mm L 130 x 70mm Onboard storage: 4GB Battery duration: 1.5 days Charging method: Wireless IP rating: IP68 Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFCWorks with many Android phonesThe Samsung Gear S2 is one of the best smartwatches on the market.This is definitely worth considering over similarly priced Android Wear devices.
Huawei Note 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 7We ve seen all kinds of leaks indicating the Galaxy Note 7 is going to be a pretty fantastic smartphone.But all Samsung s bells and whistles will guaranteeably cost you serious money, money that could be better spent on beer.That s where China comes in.Huawei, a telecoms giant in China, has been making phones with flagship specs for way less money for a while, and the newest honor Note 8 could make the Galaxy Note 7 dead on arrival.DON T MISS: This leaked photo sure makes it look like the iPhone 7 will come in a new color
Huawei subsidiary Honor has unveiled its latest offering, the oft-rumored Honor Note 8 with a colossal 6.6-inch display.The screen on the new phablet is of the QHD 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, 443 PPI , 2.5D curved Super AMOLED variety that s driven by a HiSilicon Kirin 955 octa-core processor four Cortex-A72 cores @ 2.5GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU alongside a healthy 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of local flash storage expandable via microSD card up to 256GB .There s a 13-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture camera on the rear with autofocus, optical image stabilization and dual LED flash, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter with f/2.0 aperture that s capable of 1080p recording, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Wi-Fi, a USB Type-C connector, dual SIM support, a 3.5mm audio jack and so on.The Honor Note 8 is powered by a non-removable 4,500mAh battery and will ship running Android Marshmallow version 6.0.1.It ll be offered in your choice of white, gold and gray color schemes.Honor also unveiled a more modest smartphone – the Honor 5 – that packs a 5-inch, 720p display, a quad-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of local storage plus an 8MP rear camera and dual SIM cards for just 599 RMB $90 .
Huawei today announced giant Honor Note 8 during an event in China. The phone has a 6.6-inch panel with 2560 x 1440 pixels. Aside from the Nexus 6P is Huawei's first mobile with WQHD resolution. The hardware in general consists of the chip Haisi Kirin 955 same as in P9 / P9 Plus, 4GB of RAM, a 13MP camera OIS, an 8MP front camera wide angle, USB Type C, a 4500mAh battery, and up to 128GB of storage. We also find Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac, GPS / GLONASS / Beido and Bluetooth 4.2, but the NFC is missing. Honor Note 8 naturally has a fingerprint reader, which sits on the back cover Huawei in classic style.
Rumors have been flying about the Huawei Honor Note 8 smartphone for a while now and only a few days back we heard that it could have a massive 6.6-inch screen.The smartphone has now gone official and it turns out that the rumor about screen size was accurate.The Note 8 has a 6.6-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 2k resolution and pixel density of 443ppi.That big screen is a Super AMOLED unit and covers 105% NTSC color game and has a 70,000:1 contrast ratio.The smartphone has a 2.5D curved glass cover, aluminum back and a ceramic sand feel, whatever that means.The smartphone weighs 219 grams and is 7.18-inches thick.
The tablet market has now been in decline for seven quarters in a row.Q2 2016 saw a 12.3 percent year-over-year decline: 38.7 million units shipped worldwide compared to 44.1 million units that shipped the same quarter last year, according to market research firm IDC.The numbers include both slate and detachable form factors, meaning tablets with keyboards are counted.Android dominated with 65 percent share, followed by iOS, which captured 26 percent.That left just 9 percent for Windows devices shipped during the quarter, though IDC pointed to early signs of change as the Android vendor list has contracted and champions of the OS have begun to offer Windows-based products, hedging against the decline of Android slates.The top two tablet makers maintained their positions: Apple was first and Samsung second.The top five vendors accounted for 57.6 percent of the market, up from 51.8 percent last year:Both Apple and Samsung saw their shipment numbers fall once again.
With the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S, which we tested last spring, they have more or less caught up, at least in the slightly larger size. The twelve-inch plate is easy and smooth as an iPad, and with equally good display, but with all the functionality of a real Windows PC. Now is the time for the next handset manufacturers to focus on the PC in the form of a Windows-plate. Maybe it was a bit odd opportunity to present it, and the new mobiles launched Huawei until later in the spring. As for the Galaxy Book we are struck, however, by how very similar it is precisely the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S. Both have Intel Core m3 processor under the hood, 128 gigabyte SSD, 4 GB of RAM and 12-inch qHD display that is 2560 x 1440 pixels. There is plenty of performance for normal everyday tasks like web, media playback and office jobs, and you can also patiently eg edit photos.
Android Nougat beta build has been leaked for the Huawei P9A beta build of Android 7.0 Nougat featuring EMUI 5.0 skin has leaked for Huawei P9.The EMUI 5.0 brings a bunch of optimisations for the P9 promising a secure and unique experience.The OTA link that brings Android Nougat beta version has been captured by folks over XDA forum, who have also posted the changelog of the beta build.According to the changelog, the multi-user mode allows users to share their device and apps and protects data and privacy, while making it easier to change settings to manage more powerful functions.The update optimises the interactive gestures that enables you to swipe left and right to switch between the mode and settings screens.
Looking for a new handset, and hoping to base your purchasing decision on the back of a phone s battery life credentials?Samsung s German division has posted a new video on YouTube that compares the battery life of seven of the latest flagship smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.Also competing are the LG G5, the Huawei P9, the Sony Xperia X, the HTC 10, and the iPhone 6S.The test is a simple battery rundown, where all of the phones are charged to full, given a task, and set against the clock.The phones die one by one until there s a winner, which in this case turned out to be the Samsung Galaxy S7.Here are the times, from worst to best, in HH:MM:SS format:
Update: Time is running out in 2016 for Sony to release its follow-up to the Smartwatch 3.After all, Samsung is rumored to announce its Samsung Gear S3 at the event, so it'd be in Sony's interest to capitalize on the buzz.But, as the world of wearables keeps advancing and, in doing so, producing some truly innovative and gorgeous timepieces, there's never been a better time for the Sony SmartWatch 4 to share the same stage.Likely about $299 around £210, AU$420 A gym and office-friendly designThe Sony SmartWatch 3 is a slick looking wearable, but most would agree that it was crafted more with the sporty type in mind.
Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both have great battery life, but are they the best out there?Well, if you trust Samsung Deutschland's battery test video, in which the company compared five other phones with its two flagships, there's no competition.In the test, we see five popular phones go against the S6 and S6 Edge.Sometime around the 6:30 hour mark, the phones' batteries start dying.The first to go is the LG G5, followed by the Huawei P9, Sony Xperia X, HTC 10 and iPhone 6S, which lasts 8 hours and 13 minutes.The last two phones standing are Samsung devices.
That s what the choice boils down to.The Galaxy has far better after-market support with a wide range of Samsung and third party cases, and there are some hidden treasures in Samsung s own app store, particularly the music studio app.But whether this is worth it is up to you.Since the Plus s display resolution is unchanged at 1080 x 1920, the pixel density is lower, but it s a bold and bright SuperAMOLED panel.Besides a bigger battery, the difference is the inclusion of an IR blaster, more RAM 64GB or 128GB and a Force Touch pressure sensitive.On the desktop, it only works with Huawei s EMUI launcher, so if you change to a third party which you might need to for your sanity , forget it.