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Samsung has halted the production and global sales of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and asked users to stop using it after reports came in of replacement units catching fire. Samsung may have been clear with its communications to consumers but the South Korean company isn’t taking any chances of misinformation being spread. According to a media report, Samsung has been pushing a pop-up message to select Galaxy S7 units in an attempt to reassure users that their phones aren’t affected and aren’t being recalled.

TechnoBuffalo’s Todd Haselton reports that some Samsung Galaxy S7 users are receiving a push message from the company that reads, “Your Galaxy S7 is not an affected device.” It also says, “The Galaxy S7 is not subject to recall. You can continue to use your device normally.” At the moment it isn’t clear whether Samsung is sending push messages to just Galaxy S7 users in the US only or outside the country as well.

One of the possible reasons for Samsung to send push messages is the Galaxy Note 7 recall and the company clearly wants to differentiate the two premium units. Another reason may be the use of number “seven” on both the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 which may confuse some consumers. Unfortunately, there is no word whether Samsung is pushing such messages to Galaxy S7 Edge users as well which was unveiled alongside Galaxy S7 earlier this year.

A recent report claims that Samsung after discontinuing Galaxy Note 7 smartphones may kill its Note branding entirely. The Galaxy Note 7 fiasco has caused major brand image damage to the company’s Note lineup, and it is quite plausible Samsung will kill the entire Note phablet range after all.

Amidst the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 controversy, a report last month alleged that a Galaxy S7 Edge exploded inside the pocket of an Ohio resident.

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Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 Edge owners are reporting battery drain issues, after installing the latest Oculus app update. Users have been reporting of the issue on Oculus and Reddit forums, and claim that the issue seems to resolve itself after the app is deleted altogether.

Samsung users claim that their battery drains quickly as the Oculus app continues to run in the background constantly and put strain on the smartphone’s CPU. On the Oculus forum, users claims that almost one percent battery drained every 30 seconds from their smartphones, because of the update. For all those unaware, the Oculus app is a required install if users want to use their smartphones with the Gear VR headset. Some Samsung users also reported that their smartphone refused to charge up to maximum, even after leaving it on charge overnight. Overheating of phones while on charge, and the TouchWiz UI going wonky was also reported in some cases.

However, Reddit users claim that deleting the app resolves all the issues at once. The devices stop acting up, they charge fully, and the battery drain issue also disappears. Oculus acknowledged the issue and confirmed that it has been resolved. It told Gizmodo that updating or re-installing the app won’t cause any of the above-mentioned problems now.
“We recently pushed an update to the Oculus app that inadvertently caused some people to experience phone battery drain. The team has issued a fix that prompts people to update the Oculus software when they open the Oculus app. If they do not see the prompt, then the phone has been automatically updated and no further action is needed,” the company told the publication.

Samsung has being courting a lot of controversies this season, and this latest one, however temporary, will cause further dents in its reputation. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fault forced Samsung to do a worldwide recall, reporting a loss of billions. For now, Samsung has delayed the launch of the Galaxy Note 7 in India indefinitely. It assures it will fulfil pre-orders soon, but has not given any timeline for delivering on that promise.

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As if the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 controversy wasn’t enough, another alleged Samsung smartphone explosion case is now surfacing online. This time, Samsung reportedly faces a lawsuit after a Galaxy S7 Edge exploded inside the pocket of an Ohio resident.

The explosion allegedly gave Daniel Ramirez second and third degree burns on his groin, leg, and lower back. He had to undergo a complicated skin graft surgery, and is now under extensive physical therapy. The incident occurred in May, but the lawsuit has been filed recently, ClassAction claims.

It allegedly happened while Ramirez was working at a construction site. He had kept his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in the front pocket, when it suddenly started emitting smoke, vibrating, and making noises. While trying to remove his smartphone, Ramirez suffered burns on his right hand first. Then, without any warning, the S7 Edge exploded giving him severe burns around the area of his front pocket, the lawsuit alleges.

It still remains unknown whether the same faulty SDI battery was lodged inside the S7 Edge and was the cause of the explosion. This is the first case of explosion of the S7 Edge that has come to light since its launch earlier this year. ClassAction notes that there are only subtle design differences between the S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7. While the former has a 3600mAh battery, the latter has a bit smaller 3500mAh battery. Because the two smartphones are very similar in design, ClassAction asserts that a closer look at the S7 Edge is also needed, in light of Ramirez’s incident.

This comes as Samsung is knee deep in controversy because of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units. Samsung officially reported 35 cases when it announced Note 7 sales were being halted, while more reports of explosions have been coming in from around the world since.

Recently, a jeep in the US was set ablaze while the Galaxy Note 7 was kept inside the car to charge, and even a garage adjacent to the house caught fire after a Galaxy Note 7 was left to charge unattended. For now, Samsung has suspended sales and has expedited the exchange process. It is also reportedly expected to deactivate old Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units after September 30.

Intex has launched a new budget smartphone in India, the Aqua S7. Launched at an event in New Delhi on Monday, the 4G VoLTE-enabled Intex Aqua S7 has been priced at Rs. 9,499, and will come with the Reliance Jio Welcome Offer. The phone will be made available in Rose Gold, Dark Blue, and Champagne colour variants, however, exact availability was not detailed.

The dual-SIM Intex Aqua S7 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display at Rs. 9,499. The smartphone is powered by a 64-bit 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC coupled with Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Another highlight of the smartphone is that it sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.

The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash module, and a 5-megapixel front camera. The Aqua S7 bears 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card. In terms of connectivity, the phone supports 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, and GPS/ A-GPS as options. The smartphone houses a 3200mAh battery. The Intex Aqua S7 measures 142.5×72.5×8.7mm and weighs 150 grams.

Intex last week launched smartphones Aqua Costa and Aqua 4.5 3G smartphones. The Intex Aqua Costa was launched at priced of Rs. 5,449 while the Intex Aqua 4.5 3G was priced at Rs. 3,349. Both smartphones are expected to be made available in India soon.

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Samsung has dropped the prices of its flagship smartphones in India, specifically, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The two smartphones have received price cuts of Rs. 5,000 each from their launch prices in India.

The price drops of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge were first tipped by an established Mumbai-based retailer, but Gadgets 360 has received independent confirmation of the move.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 will now sport a dealer price of Rs. 43,400 in India, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will sport a dealer price tag of Rs. 50,900. Both prices are referring to the 32GB variants of the smartphones in the country, which were launched carrying a consumer-facing MRP of Rs. 48,900 and Rs. 56,900 respectively.

To recall, Samsung had launched its two flagship smartphones at MWC 2016, and brought them to India a month later in only their 32GB variants.

We’ve since reviewed the smartphones, and found them to very compelling options if money is no object. Samsung may have dropped the prices of the smartphones to boost their demand ahead of the availability of its flagship phablet in India, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Launched in India earlier this month, the Galaxy Note 7 will go on sale from September 2. Pre-bookings for the smartphone began on Monday, and thus the timing of the price drop seems to indicate a connection. Pre-bookings will carry on till August 30

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Samsung extended its lead in the global smartphone market over Apple in the second quarter, gaining from the launch of its updated flagship handsets, surveys showed Thursday.

The South Korean giant delivered 77 million smartphones in the quarter, up 5.5 percent from a year ago, for a market share of 22.4 percent, research firm IDC said.

That compared with a 15 percent drop in sales for Apple’s iPhones, which accounted for 11.8 percent, IDC said.

Samsung got a lift from the March launch of its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge flagship models, with an upgraded processor, waterproofing and other features, IDC noted.

Apple, despite the launch of its more affordable iPhone SE, failed to keep pace and reported weaker sales compared to a year ago.

A separate survey by Strategy Analytics had a similar estimate, with Samsung at 22.8 percent to 11.9 percent for Apple.

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said he sees Samsung making further gains this year.

“With a new Galaxy Note 7 flagship model rumored to be on the way, Samsung will be able to strengthen its smartphone leadership into the second half of the year,” Mawston said.

“Apple continues to face iPhone fatigue among consumers and the new iPhone SE model has not been able to stem that trend.”

IDC’s Ryan Reith said the saturation of many markets has forced makers to rethink their strategy. “Apple is beginning to put more emphasis on ‘device as a service’ to try to prevent lengthening replacement cycles,” he said.

“This is a growing theme we have heard more about from PCs to smartphones. Additionally, the overall China market slowdown continues to ramp up competition in other high growth markets like India, Indonesia, and Middle East.”

Both surveys showed China’s Huawei the number three vendor with a 9.4 percent market share.

Other Chinese vendors were in the top five.

According to IDC, Oppo and Vivo were fourth and fifth with 6.6 and 4.8 percent respectively.

The Strategy Analytics report showed Oppo with 5.3 percent and Xiaomi fifth with 4.3 percent.

IDC said overall smartphone sales rose 0.3 percent to 343.3 million units, while the second survey showed a one percent rise to 340 million.

 
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It is safe to say Samsung’s latest flagship entries Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and have been received well by both customers and critics alike, and now a market research report indicates that sales of Samsung’s flagships were better than Apple’s current flagships iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in the US market in Q2 2016.

According to latest mobile market data numbers by Kantar Worldpanel, Samsung’s flagship models Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge accounted for 16 percent of all smartphone sales in the US, while iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus accounted for 14.6 percent of sales in three months ended May. Even though Apple’s flagships were launched in September last year and those of Samsung in March this year, this can be considered a worrying sign for the Cupertino-based company as it showed a trend of maintaining lead in market sales despite the launch gap till this very year.

In terms of all smartphone models, Samsung took an even bigger lead over Apple as the company accounted for 37 percent of all smartphone sales in US while Apple lagged behind at 29 percent market share during March-May.

The only respite from Apple’s point of view in the released data was that 88 percent of current Apple users have chosen to stay loyal and intend to buy another smartphone from the same company. Although Samsung seems to be catching up in this regard as well with 86 percent of Samsung customers chose to stick with the company.

In April, Apple posted its first-ever decline in iPhone sales and its first revenue drop in 13 years, during January-March, as the company credited with re-inventing the smartphone struggled with an increasingly saturated market and faced the heat from Samsung’s new flagships.

With the latest mobile market data from Kantar Worldpanel, it seems like the trend is likely to continue and Apple will have to hit it big with its upcoming smartphones – anticipated to be called the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – to change this trend, otherwise the company might not be able to hold onto its position for long.

 
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Samsung Electronics said Thursday that its second-quarter operating income jumped 17 percent over a year earlier to the highest quarterly profit in more than two years, as strong sales of its Galaxy smartphones drove profit growth in the mobile business.

In its earnings preview, the South Korean company put its operating income at KRW 8.1 trillion ($7 billion or roughly Rs. 47,200 crores), compared with KRW 6.9 trillion a year earlier.

That was much higher than forecasts. Analysts predicted KRW 7.4 trillion of operating income according to FactSet, a financial data provider.

It was the best performance in nine quarters. The last time Samsung raked in more than KRW 8 trillion of operating income was during the January-March period in 2014 when it reported KRW 8.5 trillion in operating profit.

Sales rose 3 percent to KRW 50 trillion. Samsung did not give its net profit or breakdowns among its business divisions.

The company is the world’s largest maker of smartphones, televisions, memory chips and display panels. Each of Samsung’s four business divisions likely showed strong results during the latest quarter, according to analysts. Key products of each business division – the Galaxy S7 smartphones, ultra-high definition TVs, solid state computer storage devices and thin and light displays known as OLED – all saw solid demand.

The most important drive behind its forecast-beating earnings was smartphones. In recent weeks, analysts revised up their forecasts on Samsung Electronics saying that Samsung’s mobile business performed better than expected thanks to robust sales of the Galaxy S7 smartphone models.

The optimistic view reflects a shift from earlier this year when analysts thought Samsung’s best year was behind it and that its annual profit would fall, largely because they saw Samsung’s mobile growth coming to a halt.

After the release of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones in spring, however, the mood has changed. While Apple’s flagship iPhone sales slowed, analysts predicted that Samsung’s mobile profits would gain this year.

“Foreign investors’ sentiment toward Samsung Electronics is quickly changing after the second quarter,” CW Chung, an analyst at Nomura Financial Investment Co., said before Samsung’s disclosed its earnings preview.

“We think it is the most promising stock among Asian tech companies,” Chung said.

Shares of Samsung Electronics have surged nearly 20 percent since January.

Some analysts said Samsung’s new strategies with its flagship phones paid off since Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge smartphones in March, a month earlier than it did with the previous flagship phone.

The camera and the battery life of the S7 smartphone were better than in the older models and the phone was water resistant, but its price was lower.

In 2015, the company struggled to meet demand for smartphones with curved displays, but this year component supply issues have been resolved and some analysts believe the higher-priced S7 Edge smartphones, which feature curved displays, saw stronger performance than its sister phone with a flat screen.

Samsung is expected to announce the latest version of its Galaxy Note smartphone – featuring a larger screen and a stylus – in the fall.

IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo estimated Samsung sold 16 million Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones in the second quarter, with slightly more than half of its quarterly profit coming from the mobile division.

Analysts said besides the high-end S7 smartphone, the company’s its middle-of-the-line J series smartphones are doing well in countries such as India, which helped its profit gain.

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Tech large Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is poised to difficulty guidance for its Pleasant quarterly earnings in extra than two years, propelled by a surge in mobile income at the returned of strong income of its flagship Galaxy S7 smartphones.

The South Korean large will expose its estimates for 2nd-Area profits on Thursday, with analysts predicting a robust mobile department contributed to a thirteen percent bounce in operating take advantage of the identical length a yr earlier.

The common forecast from a Thomson Reuters survey of 16 analysts pointers Samsung to record April-June operating profit of KRW 7.8 trillion ($6.eight billion or roughly Rs. forty five,816 crores), the best since an 8.five trillion won profit in January-March of 2014.

The cell division of the arena’s pinnacle maker of smartphones and reminiscence chips turned into in all likelihood its top earner for the second one instantly Zone with a KRW four.3 trillion earnings, according to the survey. Samsung amazed many with higher-than-expected first-Area earnings, and issued steerage for a in addition pickup in April-June.

“Galaxy S7 sales are higher than predicted inside the first half, and the semiconductor commercial enterprise is likewise outperforming competitors,” said KTB Asset Management’s Lee Jin-woo. The fund manager envisioned the firm’s quarterly running profit could also live sturdy in each the third and fourth quarters at among 7 trillion gained and eight trillion gained in each.

Samsung’s smartphone business have been squeezed before the begin of this year between Apple Inc, on the high end of the market, and Chinese opponents like Huawei Technology in the finances segment. But the Galaxy S7 has provided a catalyst for the profits rebound, in all likelihood placing the cellular enterprise on course to report its first annual profit boom in three years.

Some analysts say Samsung shipped round 16 million Galaxy S7s in April-June, with a better-priced curved-screen model outselling its flat-display counterpart and boosting margins. Lacklustre income of offerings from rivals inclusive of Apple and LG Electronics additionally helped reduced advertising prices, they said.

“Even as operating profit margins for the cellular phone commercial enterprise will decline inside the 1/3 and fourth quarters because the Galaxy S7 effect fades, operating profit will continue to grow on an annual basis,” Korea Investment & Securities said in a report.

As its smartphones thrive, Samsung’s chip enterprise – last yr’s key profit motive force – probable noticed quarterly earnings sink to its lowest in nearly  years due to weak call for from makers of different smartphones and personal computer systems.

However signs and symptoms of Some charge recovery for DRAM chips beginning last month and Samsung’s dominance within the top class stable-country disc force market with its 3-d NAND chip production generation propose a pickup in coming months, analysts stated.

Samsung will promote unlocked variations of its flagship Galaxy S7 phones within the US so consumers can transfer providers greater effortlessly.

Although two-12 months service contracts at the moment are rare, clients are alternatively stuck with two-12 months installment plans and can not take a smartphone to a rival till it’s paid off.

Unlocked phones haven’t any such regulations. They are additionally freed from provider-precise apps for messaging, video and other tasks, though Samsung nevertheless provides numerous past the standard model of Android from Google.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 will sell for $670 (roughly Rs. forty five,000), and a version with a curved aspect display screen known as Facet will cross for $770 (roughly Rs. 52,000). The expenses are less expensive than Verizon, AT&T and T-Cell, although greater high-priced than Dash. You pay the smartphone’s full fee instead of month-to-month installments.