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Samsung takes record 20 million orders for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge

Samsung takes record 20 million orders for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge set off a blistering pace of orders, already racking up 20 million before its official launch.

That’s according to a report in The Korea Times, which says it’s a record number of early orders for any of the company’s smartphones. The orders break down as 15 million for the Galaxy S6, and 5 million for the S6 Edge.

Note that these are orders placed by retailers and carriers, not pre-orders placed by consumers.

The Galaxy S6 is powered by Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos processor with 3GB of RAM. It also has a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2,550mAh battery pack.

The Galaxy S6 Edge screen bends over on each side, though not as dramatically as the Galaxy Note Edge.

With this release, Samsung is trying to reverse its fortunes, which saw it losing marketshare to Apple and other competitors in the Android space. Samsung is stepping up its build quality, as many other devices like the HTC One and phones from LG have been far more remarkable to look at than the boring plastic build that Samsung used for its devices.

The story behind the story: Samsung gave its Galaxy flagship the most radical overhaul it’s done, going with a metal-and-glass build and eliminating removable batteries and an SD card slot. It left us impressed in our initial hands-on, though we’ll have to give it a more detailed review to see if it’s worth your money.


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Microsoft may be on the cusp of a major move to invade Android

Microsoft may be on the cusp of a major move to invade Android | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Microsoft may put its apps on what's likely to be the most popular Android phone of the year, the Galaxy S6, according to a new report from Sam Mobile.

The blog claims to have received information about Samsung's plans for the software that will be on the Galaxy S6.

The company will supposedly remove all of its own apps and offer them as downloadable options instead, but Microsoft's apps are said to come pre-loaded on the phone. This would include apps such as Microsoft Office Mobile, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype. 

In general, it sounds like Samsung is making major improvements to its software. The Galaxy S6 is expected to come with software that's very similar to the stock version of Android, just like Google's Nexus 6.

If true, this would be a big move on Microsoft's part too. Ever since CEO Satya Nadella took over about one year ago, he's emphasized the fact that Microsoft will be expanding outside it's own platforms.  

The company has released several apps for iOS and Android over the past few months, including its Outlook Mail app for iPhone  and Office for iPad, both of which has received generally positive reviews so far. Microsoft is also reportedly getting ready to invest $70 million in Cyanogen, a startup that builds its own version of Android and eventually wants to take Android away from Google.

Putting its own apps and services on a phone that's bound to be popular like the Galaxy S6 would obviously benefit Microsoft, but it's a puzzling move on Samsung's part. We expect to know more on March 1 when Samsung officially introduced it's new phone. 


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GuerillaStockTrading.com's curator insight, February 13, 2015 9:09 PM

Microsoft making big moves. I don't think it's puzzling what Samsung is doing. They want a phone that targets business professionals and that integrates with Microsoft Office and cloud.

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Samsung reportedly to unveil two versions of Galaxy S6 - CNET

Samsung reportedly to unveil two versions of Galaxy S6 - CNET | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Samsung may try to challenge the competition with not one but two new variations of its upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone.

The company, whose current marquee phone is the Galaxy S5, will reportedly roll out one model with a metal design, a change from the usual plastic, Business Insider said Monday, citing "sources familiar with the company's plans." The sources didn't say whether the new Galaxy S6 would offer a full unibody metal chassis or simply adopt metal accents. But an alleged metal frame for the S6, leaked a few weeks ago, revealed a unibody design, Business Insider said.

Samsung has traditionally used plastic for the frame of its smartphones, unlike rival Apple, which uses metal for its iPhones. But plastic has sometimes been criticized as looking and feeling cheap, so Samsung has moved toward metal with such phones as its Galaxy Alpha.

The second S6 model purportedly in the works would feature a curved edge, just like Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge. The Note Edge uses the curved border to display icons and widgets to supplement the content you see on the main screen.

Whether or not these rumors are true, Samsung may feel the need to try something different with its Galaxy S6 in order to battle back against its rivals. The company has seen its operating profits and market share drop in the wake of greater competition. During the third quarter of 2014, Samsung sold 73.2 million smartphones across the world, earning it 24.4 percent market share, research firm Gartner said last month. During the same quarter in 2013, the company sold 80.4 million smartphones and snagged a 32.1 percent market share.

Though still tops in the smartphone market, Samsung has been facing more competition on the higher end from Apple, which last September launched its bigger-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. On top of that, Samsung is being hit on the lower end by makers of less pricey mobile phones such as Xiaomi and Huawei, notably in key emerging markets such as China. As such, Samsung's challenge will be to show that the Galaxy S6 is still worth its premium price and features in an increasingly competitive global market.

Likely to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, the Galaxy S6 would be outfitted with Android 5.0 Lollipop. No other details were revealed by Business Insider's sources. But previous rumors claim the S6 could sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 1,440x2,560 pixels along with a 20-megapixel rear camera. Samsung has also reportedly conjured up a code name for the S6 known as Project Zero, which suggests the company will rethink the phone's design from scratch.

Samsung may have more in the works for MWC. The company will also reportedly unveil a new smartwatch with a round screen, similar in design to Motorola's Moto 360, Business Insider added.


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Samsung Could Roll Back Its Own Software And Embrace Microsoft For Galaxy S6

Samsung Could Roll Back Its Own Software And Embrace Microsoft For Galaxy S6 | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

We’ve already heard reports that Samsung could be pumping the breaks on TouchWiz with its next flagship, but a new report from the generally accurate SamMobile today says that it will also be removing most of its in-house pre-loaded software from the Galaxy S6, and instead offering a host of Microsoft’s smartphone apps pre-installed. If true, this is one of the surest signs yet that Samsung is rethinking its mobile strategy in a way that truly plays to its strengths and minimizes its weaknesses.

Per the report, Samsung will be reducing the performance impact of TouchWiz, as well as sticking closer to stock Lollipop in some regards. But the big news is that it will remove “all” of its pre-installed apps, which presumably means things like S Voice, S Health, S Note and others. These will still be available, and will offer more colourful redesigns, but they’ll reside in the Samsung Galaxy Apps store as optional downloads, instead of something you get on the device out of the box (and can never truly remove).

Samsung won’t be stripping pre-installed software altogether, though: Instead, it’ll offer Microsoft’s revamped suite of productivity apps, including OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile (complete with a free 365 subscription of indeterminate duration) and Skype. Given Microsoft’s success in reinventing its software offerings for the mobile platforms of its ostensible competitors, this should prove far more beneficial to users than offering them Samsung’s generally unimpressive equivalents.

For Microsoft, it’s a way to instantly gain the kind of reach that Windows Phone could never hope to achieve, at least not in the near future. As the company refocuses with special attention to its software and services division, doing this kind of thing will allow it to raise awareness among a whole new generation of users. Even if, ultimately, it wants to route users back to Windows Phone as a platform, appealing to users where they already are serves its short-term goals. And if its mobile OS ends up going nowhere, at least they have a relationship in place with users upon which they can build an alternate revenue strategy.

Samsung reveals all in just a few weeks at a special March 1 event in Barcelona before Mobile World Congress kicks off, and we’ll have all the details as soon as they become available.



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Samsung Galaxy S6 display to reach onto 3 sides, report says - CNET

Samsung Galaxy S6 display to reach onto 3 sides, report says - CNET | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it
Samsung may offer a Galaxy S6 with a display that you can view from three sides -- the front, left and right.

The mobile phone maker plans to unveil two versions of its next Galaxy S phone -- one with the standard front-facing display and one with a display that extends to three sides, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing "people with direct knowledge of the matter." Expected to take the stage at Mobile World Congress in early March, both phones would have all-metal bodies, come with 5.1-inch screens and use Samsung's most advanced processors, the sources said.

Samsung has been hit by greater competition in the smartphone arena -- on both the high end and the low end. Thanks in large part to demand for the new big-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's global share of the smartphone market rose to 20 percent in the fourth quarter from 18 percent a year prior, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Over the same time, Samsung's slice dropped to 20 percent from 30 percent. On the lower end, Samsung has lost sales in emerging markets to Chinese vendors such as Xiaomi and Huawei. As such, Samsung's Galaxy S6 phone needs to provide a compelling reason to draw in buyers.

The report from Bloomberg of two Galaxy S6 phone models echoes a similar story from Business Insider published last month. The main difference is that BI's story claimed that only one model would come with a metal body while the other would stick with the traditional plastic.

Samsung already offers a phone with an edge display -- namely the Galaxy Note Edge, outfitted with a 5.6-inch screen that curves onto the right side to display various icons and notifications. Assuming Bloomberg's sources are on the money, the Galaxy S6 would extend that concept by bending the display to both the right and left sides.

Earlier this month, Samsung sent out invitations to a March 1 event at Mobile World Congress. The all-black invitation said "What's Next" and displayed an image that seemed to hint at a curved device.

One feature that Samsung is touting for its 2015 Galaxy S phone is the camera. In a post on its Samsung Tomorrow site, the company took us through the history of its smartphone camera with details on how the picture-taking quality has improved with each new generation. The front-facing camera is now considered a necessity, prompting Samsung to promise even greater quality for the camera for its next Galaxy S phone.

"We meticulously evaluate every single facet of our smartphone cameras by taking over 10,000 photos in every imaginable lighting environment for analysis," Samsung said. "The same passion and dedication has been put into building the cameras for the release of our 2015 flagship model. It will be intelligent and do all the thinking for users, allowing them to take amazing pictures under any conditions, without having to worry about anything more than just pressing the shutter button."
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