Samsung in 2019 Get ready for foldable phones 5G and more

first_img3:05 See also CES 2019 Snapdragon 855 demos hint at what you could do on Galaxy S10, Pixel 4 For Samsung in 2019, that’s going to change. New components from its own operations, Qualcomm and others will enable some of the biggest innovations in phones we’ll have seen in years. That includes ultrafast 5G connectivity and truly flexible, foldable displays. No longer just a black, rectangular slab of glass, smartphones this year and next could be much different from anything we’ve used before. We may actually get excited about phones again.”2019 is really going to be a breakout year for Samsung,” Technalysis Research analyst Bob O’Donnell said. “It puts them in a very unique position as really being seen as the technology leader.” Samsung’s big year starts next week at CES in Las Vegas. The company isn’t expected to have mobile news at the show but instead will focus on its TVs and home appliances. It’s the following month that will likely mark the debut of Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S10. And coming later will be its foldable phone, dubbed the Galaxy X or Galaxy F. Samsung declined to comment. The Galaxy S10 arrives Feb. 20 but the photos are here now Share your voice Galaxy S10Next year’s flagship phone from Samsung may not actually be its flashiest device (that’s probably going to be the foldable gadget), but it’s expected to offer plenty of big changes. That’s important, since the Galaxy S10 is the phone most Android users ready to upgrade will consider. First up for the Galaxy S10 is 5G, the new flavor of mobile tech that will significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It promises to make phones upload and download data 10 to 100 times faster than with today’s typical 4G LTE network. Movies could be downloaded in seconds, rather than minutes. 5G networks will roll out in the US and around the world in the coming months, starting with smaller cities before making their way to major metropolises and even rural areas. Tags 2018 was the year of the phone. It’s only getting better 15 Photos Samsung’s phones last year weren’t quite what you’d call earthshaking. Its Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 didn’t have many noticeable changes from 2017’s Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8. Sure, they had faster processors and other souped-up components. But they kept the same design, something that reportedly has hurt demand for the smartphones.After all, why buy the new, pricier devices when the previous year’s models are nearly as good? That’s been the problem for Samsung and other handset makers, who tend to save major updates for every other year, if then. It’s one reason Apple and Samsung handset sales are slowing and the global smartphone market is said to be in recession. We’re all holding onto our phones longer than before, and it’s tougher for smartphone makers to produce big, flashy innovations. Samsung has said it will introduce a 5G phone for Verizon, AT&T and other wireless providers in the first half of 2019. It’s believed one version of the Galaxy S10 will come with 5G connectivity, though it’s likely Samsung won’t offer 5G on all its phones. 5G components are expensive and the service isn’t yet in all markets. That means the 5G variant will likely be pricey. Another likely major feature in the Galaxy S10 is an in-screen fingerprint reader.  Samsung is expected to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the first chip that supports Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor, an ultrasonic fingerprint reader that’s embedded right into the display itself. That means Samsung fingerprint readers could return to the front screen, instead of next to a phone’s camera lenses on the back — something consumers complained about. With that 3D Sonic Sensor, Samsung can still offer a display that stretches across the entire front. It’s expected to be much more secure than Samsung’s Face Unlock technology.Those two features alone are likely enough to woo many smartphone buyers who’ve been waiting on the sidelines.center_img Foldable phoneConsumers wanting the absolute latest and greatest in smartphone technology may find Samsung’s foldable phone appealing. The company has been talking about the device for years and finally showed off a prototype in November. It uses a new display technology called Infinity Flex Display that lets you repeatedly open and close the device without screen degradation.The device will be a compact smartphone when closed and a more expansive tablet when fully opened. Apps will seamlessly transition between the display sizes, letting you pick up on the tablet where you left off on the smartphone. And you’ll be able to use three active apps on the bigger display. Samsung Senior Vice President Justin Denison shows a dummy version of the company’s foldable phone in November at Samsung’s developer conference. Angela Lang/CNET The first version of the Galaxy X/F will probably be sold in small quantities as Samsung perfects the user experience and app developers come on board. The device won’t come cheap. Samsung may view foldables as the future of the mobile market, but it still has to give us a reason to view the device as more than a gimmick.”Samsung has to make people understand, if you’re buying that phone, you don’t need a tablet,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “Or you can hold onto your PC for an extra two years because the amount of time you’re going to spend there is going to be minimum.”TVs, appliances and smart speakers Just because Samsung has tons of mobile news this year doesn’t mean it’s forgetting about its other operations. CES will mark the introduction of the company’s latest TVs and home appliances, as well as news from its Harman speaker and auto-tech businesses. Samsung reportedly may integrate the Google Assistant into new TVs, instead of focusing solely on its homegrown Bixby voice assistant. Bixby, which launched in 2017 on the Galaxy S8, has been criticized as not being smart enough to be really useful. Only 4 percent of US adults accessing voice assistants on a smartphone use Bixby, according to a September survey by Voicebox.AI. That compares to 44 percent for Siri, 30 percent for Google Assistant and 17 percent for Alexa. Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android Comments Now playing: Watch this: But Samsung’s not giving up. Its developer conference in November centered on Bixby and AI, with the company saying it plans to integrate Bixby into more than just mobile devices, open the software to developers and make it work with five more languages. The aim is to change Bixby from a way to control phones to a platform that works across all Samsung products and various third-party apps.Bixby already works on smartphones, TVs and refrigerators, and we could hear more about that at CES. And it’ll soon come to even more devices, including tablets and Samsung’s still-unreleased smart speaker, called the Galaxy Home. Unveiled in August, it combines Samsung’s design and AI smarts with Harman’s audio expertise, but the design has been likened to everything from cauldrons to fondue pots and grills. Samsung hasn’t yet provided a launch date or selling price for the Galaxy Home, but it’s likely the speaker will hit the market this year.In the meantime, we’ve got plenty of phones to think about. 5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. 23 21 Photos Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors: Everything we know about a Feb. 20 launch, March 8 release, specs, features and price Samsung’s foldable phone is real and opens into a tablet Samsung goes all in on its Bixby digital assistant Samsung, Verizon will partner on 5G smartphone in first half of 2019 36 Photos Phones Smart Home Appliances TVs 5G AT&T Samsung Verizonlast_img read more

60 killed in Brazil prison riot

first_imgAt least 60 people were killed in a prison riot in Brazil’s Amazon region when fighting broke out between rival gangs, an official said Monday.The riot happened Sunday at a prison in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, said the head of the state’s prisons administration, Pedro Florencio.“There are 60 dead so far,” he told journalists.Riots are common in Brazil’s overcrowded and underfunded prisons.Some 622,000 people were imprisoned in Brazil as of the end of 2014, according to a justice ministry report. Most of them are black males.That makes it the world’s fourth-largest prison population, the report said, after the United States, China and Russia.Human rights groups have long complained about the conditions in Brazilian prisons.On October 18, deadly riots broke out at three separate prisons blamed on fighting between members of the country’s two largest gangs.During that episode, rioting inmates took visitors hostage, beheaded rivals and burned others alive, authorities said.last_img read more

Trump berates EU allies ahead of NATO summit

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump told NATO allies to “reimburse” the United States for defence costs as he landed for the alliance’s most difficult summit in years.Trump touched down in Brussels aboard Air Force One hot on the heels of a stern warning from the EU’s top official that America should “appreciate” its allies.The leaders of the other 28 members of the NATO alliance are hoping for a show of unity despite stark transatlantic tensions on a host of issues, most notably Trump’s repeated invective against Europe over defence spending.“Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made,” he tweeted while his plane was in the air. “Will they reimburse the US?”Trump had said before leaving Washington that his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin next Monday “may be the easiest” part of his upcoming European tour, which also includes a trip to Britain, where the government is in crisis over Brexit.“Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think?” he told reporters.He vowed not to be “taken advantage” of by the European Union, which he accuses of freeloading by relying on the United States for its defence while blocking US imports into the bloc, the world’s biggest market.“It’s certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO,” Trump told journalists.‘Appreciate your allies’The meeting of Western leaders in Brussels has the potential to turn into another public bust-up following a divisive and bad-tempered summit of G7 nations in Canada in June.Trump has ramped up his rhetoric ahead of the talks-including in three separate tirades on Twitter on Monday and Tuesday-making the summit one of the most difficult in years for the military alliance that has underpinned European security since World War II.European officials have expressed hopes that member states can paper over their differences, but European Union president Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to the US leader on Tuesday.“Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have that many,” Tusk said, before reminding Trump that European troops had fought alongside Americans in Afghanistan following the 11 September, 2001 attacks on the United States.“Please remember this tomorrow when we meet at the NATO summit, but above all when you meet President Putin in Helsinki. It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem,” he said.Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on July 16 for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the US into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.Many European diplomats fear a re-run of a sequence in June when Trump clashed with his Western allies at the G7 summit, calling Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau “dishonest and weak”, then praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “very talented” at a summit afterwards.“He chews out the allies then embraces the adversary,” one diplomat told AFP recently.‘Unwavering commitment’Trump set the stage for clashes at the NATO summit by writing to around a dozen allies to berate them for lagging on a 2014 pledge to try to spend two percent of GDP on defence by 2024.Speaking to a cheering crowd at a rally this week, Trump told them that the US would no longer be “the schmucks paying for the whole thing.”According to a joint declaration prepared in advance of the summit, which was seen by AFP, NATO members will make an “unwavering commitment to all aspects of the defence investment pledge agreed at the 2014 Wales Summit” which includes the 2.0-per cent target.But it adds that they will also “submit credible national plans on its implementation” in language that will perhaps please the US president.New figures published on Tuesday showed that only seven European NATO countries-Britain, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania-would reach the 2.0-per cent spending target in 2018.But NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that military spending had been rising in Europe since 2014 and members were making efforts to meet the objective, particularly Germany, which is often singled out by Trump for criticism.Europe’s biggest economy is on course to spend just 1.24 per cent of GDP on defence in 2018.US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters that Trump would also recommit to one of the founding articles of NATO-Article 5 — which holds that an attack on one member is an attack on them all.last_img read more