While the global smartphone market recorded its third consecutive decline this year, Apple remains the only company to register positive growth. This time, the new iPhone 14 lineup, in addition to the previous models, helped Apple to be the only vendor in the top five to record this positive growth.
According to Canalys, Q3 2022 registered a drop of 9% in a year-on-year comparison, marking the worst Q3 since 2014.
Samsung still maintains the leading position with a 22% market share. Apple, as pointed out by the analysis, “was the only vendor in the top five to record positive growth, improving its market position further with an 18% share during the market downturn thanks to relatively resilient demand for iPhones.”
Image source: Canalys While iPhone 14 Pro models are surely helping Apple to maintain its position, several reports show the company is struggling with the base models iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. A new DigiTimes story (via MacRumors) shows that “several supply chain makers” received a notification from Apple to cut iPhone 14 Plus production by around 40%.
Not only that, but DigiTimes’ sources show that Apple will revise downward the total shipments of iPhone 14 Plus to around 10 million units for 2022. At least, it seems the company is moving its production efforts to the iPhone 14 Pro models.
Recently, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple failed with its product segmentation for the base model iPhones as the iPhone 14, the iPhone SE 3, and even the iPhone 13 mini sold poorly.
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As it continues to innovate for users, Samsung Electronics is gearing up to present its latest developments at the Samsung Developer Conference 2022 (SDC22). At the conference, Samsung showcased the updates to its software, services and more, aiming to improve the overall user experience. To learn more about some of the ideas behind these developments, Samsung Newsroom sat down with four SDC22 speakers to hear more.
As people become increasingly more health-focused, tech industry realized the value in pursuing projects that help individuals monitor their health and fitness. Principal Engineer Jinwoo Song from Samsung Research’s Data Research Team explained how Samsung Health Stack project helps developers and engineers optimize app development and more.
Q1. What does Samsung Health Stack do and what benefits does it ultimately provide?
Samsung Health Stack is an open source project that provides help in conducting research related to digital health using wearable devices, developing applications needed and creating tools for backend server and analysis in Android and Wear OS environment. By utilizing Samsung Health Stack, IT developers and engineers can save time and cost needed for developing the right environment, and researchers can focus more on conducting research studies that utilize new digital data. I believe that such convenience for development will be a great foundation for various forms of digital health care research and new data-based technologies.
Q2. What was the focus of the open source when designing Samsung Health Stack?
We designed it by analyzing the user experience of everyone involved in healthcare research so that the solution can accommodate the entire process of recruiting participants, collecting data and analyzing data. When there were some difficulties during the course of the development, we found solutions through health care-related cooperation with many research institutions.
In addition, we made effort to provide the structure that can continue to be scaled up to handle new forms of data and devices that become the interest of digital health researchers. In particular, we’ve designed the structure so that only certain necessary parts can be selected and expanded for use in order to enable application in various cases that go beyond clinical research, such as the area of care, etc.
Q3. What do you think the direction of development will be going forward for data-based health-care technologies?
Due to the technological advancement including AI, and the transition to aging society, the digital technology that centers on consumers and data is becoming more important in the field of health care. In order to respond to such changes, it is important to have the capability to safely manage and precisely analyze various data on users.
We believe that a world in which everyone will be able to receive customized, optimal health care solutions with data on users’ everyday life will come in the future. We’ll continue to make effort to develop technologies and products to make this possible, and we look forward to seeing many developers participate in this effort.
In order to create the best product experience, Samsung’s One UI platform offers a simple and intuitive interface across all of its devices, putting the user at the center of its unified device experience. Content Strategist Josh Ross from Samsung’s Core UX Group of MX Business shared the inspiration behind One UI and how it was created with users in mind.
Q1. What is One UI and what experiences does it provide to users?
One UI is the unified platform for Samsung Galaxy products, from phones and tablets to watches and Galaxy Books. It creates a single, seamless experience that empowers users to get the most from their Samsung products.
Q2. To create an intuitive and easy-to-use interface for users, One UI adheres to four key principles: simplicity, effortlessness, consistency and authenticity. Can you explain why these principles are important for development of One UI and how you think this enhances the mobile experience for users?
You need principles so you can be sure your design is heading in the right direction. We’ve chosen these four principles because they put the focus on the user, which is what we always want to do. Simplicity helps users focus on what matters. Effortlessness means that you don’t have to struggle to get things done. Consistency means that things work the way you expect them to, which helps to make things effortless. And authenticity is about creating experiences that feel natural, like a part of your own self-expression. When these principles come together, the result can be very powerful but also subtle. You don’t always notice all the work that goes into the design, and that’s actually good. The best design is almost invisible.
Q3. Why are partnerships an essential part of One UI? What are the benefits of partnerships for One UI development?
Partnerships are a huge part of the One UI experience. As good as Samsung is, we need the insight and expertise of others to deliver the best experience to users. Partnerships make apps like SmartThings and Samsung Wallet possible, so that you can do amazing things like control your car or your lights, make payments, board an airplane and so much more, right from inside One UI. Partnerships enrich our Samsung Health content with fitness expertise about everything from sleep coaching to body composition to mindfulness. Partnerships add flavor to your chats with GIFs from Giphy and Tenor, stickers, fun camera features on Snapchat and much more. Partnerships like the Global Goals app, a collaboration between Samsung and the UN, help bring awareness to important causes.
We want to empower our users to do things the way they want, with the apps and services they love. Partnerships are a huge part of that.
Q4. Going forward, what are some things users can expect from Samsung’s One UI?
We have a lot of things we’re announcing at SDC this year, so I don’t want to give everything away, but you can always expect further refinement and improvement. We look at everything from icons and animations to how you organize and find things and so much more. We’re learning more and more from our users about how the foldable experience changes things, so keep looking for exciting developments in the area of unique features for the Galaxy Flip and Galaxy Fold.
Samsung has also partnered with HealthTap to provide telemedicine services through its Smart TVs. Samsung’s Tizen, an open-source operating system, helped developers optimize the service for use on Smart TVs. Sean Park, Senior Product Manager from the Experience Planning Group of Visual Display Business, explained more about accessing telemedicine through Samsung’s Smart TVs.
Q1. How did Tizen help with the development of this service?
Samsung Electronics’ smart operating system (OS) Tizen provided the grounds for easy navigation on the large screen display. Tizen is very quick to deploy as evidenced by what we were able to achieve in three months’ time.
Q2. What are the benefits of accessing telemedicine services through Samsung Smart TVs?
Everything nowadays has gone remote. We want to provide Samsung users with a more convenient way to access medical care, which is telemedicine.
Samsung’s collaboration with HealthTap allows you to see a doctor through a large screen from the comfort of your home, creating a more immersive telehealth experience. If you want to access services including mental health counseling, you can do that with Samsung Smart TVs. For those who are a bit older and whose vision makes it difficult to use a small mobile screen, or for those who need to hold small children while consulting a doctor, they can easily access telehealth services through Samsung Smart TVs. We want everyone to be able to easily see a doctor from home, which we believe is not only convenient but necessary.
Ultra-wideband technology (UWB) has been recently gaining more and more attention in the smart device industry. Principal Engineer Haeyoung Jun from Samsung Research’s Standards Research Team talked about the importance of standardization of UWB and how it could shape the future of the industry.
Q1. What is the role of the FiRa Consortium that Samsung Electronics established in 2019 with key industry players, and what specific activities does it do?
The FiRa Consortium develops the interoperability standard and certification program to enable consumers to use services powered by Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology in smart devices across devices made by different manufacturers.
After the FiRa Consortium was initially established by only a few companies, including Samsung Electronics, there are now more than 115 member companies participating in defining the interoperability standard together. Furthermore, FiRa is exploring various applications that utilize UWB, and is cooperating with multiple standard organizations across various industry verticals for the standardization of these applications.
Q2. We’d like to know why UWB technology is gaining attraction again recently and how it is moving forward.
As many service providers and manufacturers investigate use scenarios utilizing relative location information obtained by direct communication among devices without heavy infrastructures, the barrier to implementing UWB technology and applications have been lowered. Along with Samsung Electronics, global companies are also implementing UWB into their devices. As the number of UWB enabled products increases in the market, there will be motivation to install UWB infrastructures as well. We anticipate that, if just one or two game-changing UWB applications emerge in the market, the UWB ecosystem will expand rapidly.
Q3. We’d like to know what the new era of wireless communications envisioned through UWB technology standardization would look like in detail.
UWB technology allows your own devices to detect the location, including distance and direction, of other UWB devices in proximity. It also enables the secure data transactions among devices as well as secure internal interfaces, therefore UWB can provide different type of location-based services that GPS is unable to. For instances, UWB brings the same effect as tagging NFC to a reader even with the smartphone placed in a pocket or bag. With the standardized UWB technology, consumers will be able to access new convenient services across multiple verticals.
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Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 on August 10th, but the company is already running a massive reservation promo where you can save up to $200 just for reserving a phone. That’s a sweet deal for Samsung fans who already want to purchase a Fold 4 or Flip 4. And now we have a huge new leak that provides another helpful detail to help you decide faster. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 color options have leaked, and there will be support for Bespoke customization.
Buyers are looking at 71 color choices for the Bespoke Flip 4, and the information comes directly from a Samsung website that accidentally listed the Flip 4 color options. However, it’s unclear if the Bespoke colors will be available to people who preorder the phone.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 color options have leaked
A Redditor found the Galaxy Z Fold 4 color choices on Samsung’s Care+ page for UK buyers.
Samsung lists four primary colors for the unreleased Galaxy Z Flip 4. We’re looking at Blue, Bora Purple, Graphite, and Pink Gold. These are the main colors that will be available at launch. That means you’ll have to pick from one of those during preorders. Those colors also appeared in previous leaks, as seen below.
But the Care+ page also lists all the combo options for Bespoke Flip 4 customization. The site reveals five colors available to Bespoke Flip 4 buyers: Green, Navy, Red, Yellow, and White. On top of that, you get three frame color choices: Black, Silver, and Gold.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 leaked press render. Image source: MySmartPrice The Bespoke colors can be applied to the phone’s top half, bottom half, or both. Considering these factors, you end up with 23 color options for each frame. 9to5Google calculated that you get 71 unique Galaxy Z Flip 4 color combinations when taking all of the Bespoke options into account.
The Care+ page also reveals that the Flip 4 will be available in the UK with 128GB and 256GB storage options.
Separately, the same Samsung site listed the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, which are also unreleased. The site confirmed the Fold 4 colors: Beige, Grey/Green, and Phantom Black. Also, according to the website, the Fold 4 will come in 256GB and 512GB variants.
Will preorder deals include Bespoke colors?
Flip 4 and Fold 4 rumors out there say the prices will remain in line with last year’s phones for the most part. But there might be some changes. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 might be slightly more expensive than the Flip 3. The Fold 4 should have the same price as the Fold 3, but it might feature only 128GB of storage in some markets.
What’s really important to remember is that Samsung has an excellent reservation promo in place that lets you cut the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 prices by up to $200. That’s on top of whatever preorder deals Samsung has in store. And Samsung is desperate to sell as many foldables as it can, even if that means throwing plenty of deals your way and cutting margins.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 press image leak. Image source: 91mobiles/Evan Blass Of that $200 Samsung credit reservation deal, you get $100 for buying a 2022 foldable. The rest comes by also ordering new Samsung wearables.
With that in mind, it’s unclear how the Bespoke color options might factor into Galaxy Z Flip 4 preorders. It’s a lot easier for Samsung to sell the clamshell in those four main colors. The Bespoke options might take longer to ship as they involve a customization process.
That’s why buyers who want to customize the look of their Flip 4 will have to wait and see whether they can preorder Bespoke models and take advantage of all the savings.
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Samsung’s Latest Virtual Experience Serves Up Cutting-Edge Solutions for the Food and Beverage SectorBy STF News
Samsung Electronics has announced that registration is now open for the third installment of its Virtual Experience series, following the success of its recent broadcast-focused VX showcase. The event will highlight displays that have been designed for quick service restaurants (QSRs) and Small and Midsize Businesses (SMBs).
From fast-food outlets to cafés, Samsung, a leader in the digital signage market for over a decade, will take its audience on a virtual tour of a QSR or SMB environment to demonstrate how its portfolio of displays enables businesses to realize their vision.
At the center of the SMB experience, visitors will learn how Samsung’s cutting-edge self-ordering kiosk can revolutionize the shopping experience for customers and storeowners alike. The company’s business TV optimizes engagement as it sits behind the counter, displaying the latest promotions and sales offers.
The QSR experience will take the audience on a journey through a typical quick service restaurant, putting a spotlight on Samsung’s Crystal UHD, Outdoor LED and Business TV units. The video wall and window display provide an exceptional customer experience, allowing customers to easily access the menu. Samsung’s showcase will also highlight screens for outdoor use, which can be utilized for curbside pickup and drive-thru restaurants. The Full Outdoor Signage ensures clear and bright messages, regardless of environmental conditions.
Samsung’s full line-up will be on display throughout the virtual showcase, and will be supported by customer success stories that prove the efficiency of its products and solutions. Visitors will hear internationally recognized QSRs and successful SMBs discuss topics including implementing Samsung’s portfolio, and how a seamless, efficient experience can be provided to customers.
To join the experience and learn more about what Samsung’s latest visual display solutions and innovations can do to enhance your business, please visit: https://displaysolutions.samsung.com/showcase/virtual-experience/samsung-vx-2021/qsr-smb.
(Clockwise from top left) A QSR drive-thru, displays for ordering and payment in a QSR, promotional displays in a QSR and a QSR patio area
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