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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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