Category: Mobiles

Samsung might retreat from the Galaxy Note 7

43367Samsung might be gearing up to back away from the Galaxy Note 7 as a tainted brand, even though the problem was a faulty battery.

Samsung has recalled the Galaxy Note 7 due to faulty batteries and stopped selling it. Sales are likely to remain suspended until it provides replacement inventory. Only then will Samsung resume sales and the company is yet to announce a timeframe for that, although it should be October.

It might have marketing blitz for the Galaxy Note 7 after to rebuild consumer confidence in its new phablet. But this would cost a lot of dosh.

Some analysts believe that this is going to force Samsung to advance the Galaxy S8 release next year so it can kill off the Note 7 early.

Analysts believe that launching a new flagship smartphone is going to be a more realistic solution to deal with this recall debacle. An early launch of the Galaxy S8 could help Samsung reduce sales impact from the recall.

Samsung has not talked about its Galaxy S8 yet – normally it would do that at the Mobile World Congress.

It is a bit of a disaster because the Galaxy Note 7 was far in advance of its rivals and slightly cheaper.

Samsung issues software upgrade for “not so magnificent” Note 7

The-Magnificent-Seven-2016-Full-Movie-Watch-OnlineSamsung will start a software upgrade next week to limit the battery charging cap of Galaxy Note 7 to 60 percent which is designed to stop explosions.

The Over-the-Air (OTA) software upgrade will commence on September 20, 10 am in South Korea and it is not really going to solve the battery problem. It is more designed to prevent the not so magnificent seven exploding when users ignore warnings to turn the thing off.

Samsung wants users to return the phone so they can put in a new battery. When the battery overcharges it is more likely to explode, so the software update prevents that. Of course it makes the phone less useful, but it is better being less useful than turning the user into a suicide bomber.

Samsung is in talks with telcos from nine other countries where the phablet is available to deploy a similar software upgrade.

Galaxy Note 7 has a battery capacity of 3,500 mAh, but the forced upgrade will enforce it to 2,100 mAh.

The measure is meant to protect people who are still using the Note 7 despite recommendation to halt use.

When the exchange starts on September 19 in South Korea, the tech giant will also offer to pay parts of the data fee.

Last week, the US government asked owners of Note 7s to immediately power down the phones and halt use.

Pokemon Go had the shelf life of fresh milk

Pokemon Go hands onAs far as fads go, Pokemon Go has to be one of the shortest lived ones we have seen.

While Pokémon GO has inspired a massive boost in merchandise and game sales, interest in the actual game is falling fast.  The paying population of the game is now down by 79 percent from its mid-July peak. It’s still easily the most profitable mobile app in the US, but that is not really saying much.

According to analysts at Slice Intelligence, at its peak Pokémon GO inspired twice as many people as normal to spend money on mobile games, but that’s now returned to normal.

But Pokémon GO still accounts for 28 percent  of all money spent on mobile games in America, bringing in six times more than nearest rival Candy Crush Saga.

It is not clear if Pokémon GO will continue to decline or if it follows Candy Crush Saga, it remains highly popular but just at a lower level than before. Our guess is that it will not.

Most analysts think that a cold winter will finish the game off completely. Wandering around the countryside is going to lose some of its appeal through snow drifts.

 

Microsoft set to drop Lumia brand by Christmas

Microsoft campusThe dark satanic rumour mill suggests that Microsoft will be withdrawing the Lumia brand by the end of the year.

Vole has a cunning plan to replace it with a brand new Surface Phone and kick start its ailing smartphone business.

Lately Microsoft’s Lumia lineup has shrunk to just four models, and there’s nothing to indicate it’s working on a successor.  Vole has removed the link to buy them from its US website. On the retail side, stores have started removing units from display, and are trying to shift remaining stock by offering steep discounts.

Laura Butler, engineering director at Microsoft also made the mistake of tweating the phrase  “Surface iPhone. ;-)” on September 6, and “Surface Phone not NOT confirmed. :-)” on September 7.

Microsoft is expected to hold an event in October, where it’s believed it will announce a new Surface all-in-one. This could be when Microsoft announces its new Surface Phone, just in time for Christmas.

The Tame Apple Press is rubbishing the Surface even before it is launched so we expect that any Microsoft attempts to revive its smartphones are doomed before they start.  It is a pity really, the windows based operating system powering the phones is rather useful.

Apple’s iPhone 7 is a “dick”

{EEB30F63-7755-43E1-8E54-F047F3A12BE5}Img100It seems that the fruity tax dodger, Apple cocked up when it did its research into the name of its iPhone 7.

If it had wanted to win the hearts and minds of Hong Kong’s population it should really have thought of a better name as calling it the “seven” which means “penis” in Mandarin slang.

The character for “seven,” pronounced tsat, is frequently used in slang not only for “penis” but to mean “goofy” or “dorky,” as in “You’re so seven”.

It has not helped that Apple has done some odd translations to Taiwanese and Mandarin as well, having the slogans read “Exactly is 7” and “7, is here.”

The jokes have been spreading widely around Hong Kong, with one person posting to Facebook, “Without a 3.5mm earbud jack, this is exactly penis.”

Apple is having trouble selling its “dick” in mainland China. Hong Kong should have been a safer port in a storm.

 

Apple refuses to talk iPhone 7 numbers

gag-500x300 The fruity tax dodger Apple is so terrified that its iPhone 7 will tank it is refusing to release sales numbers for the new launch.

Jobs’ Mob has always used the first weekend of sales to confirm to the world that its marketing has paid off and the phone is a success. Lately it has inflated those sales by adding in those from China and pre-orders.  All this is used to make this version of the phone appear like it is selling better than the last one.

However now Apple has said it won’t provide opening weekend sales numbers for new iPhone launches. Apple said Thursday in a statement that it won’t continue the practice because it’s “now at a point where we know before taking the first customer pre-order that we will sell out of iPhone 7.”

Apple said that “initial sales will be governed by supply, not demand,” leading the company to determine that opening weekend numbers are “no longer a representative metric for our investors and customers.”

The only reason for withholding the numbers is that it is hoping to create another marketing illusion.  We already know that it has ordered less iPhone 7s from its suppliers. It will run out of sales on the first weekend and create the illusion of scarcity and popularity.  If market watchers don’t know the numbers no one will know that the phone is not selling well at all, simply that it has just sold out.

The Tame Apple Press can be guaranteed to say the iPhone 7 is a selling out and report scarcity. In fact if sales are as poor as expected the Apple can even blame them on supply issues.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus become available for pre-order on Friday, while Apple and carrier retail stores will begin selling the phones 16 September. The new models are basically the same is the iPhone 6, with a slightly better chip and the inconvenience of having a terrible wireless speaker system.

Apple’s forecast for the quarter ending in September hasn’t changed, the company said in the statement. Apple on 26 July 26 projected fiscal fourth quarter revenue from $45.5 billion to $47.5 billion. Apple reported sales of $51.5 billion and more than 48 million iPhones sold in the same quarter last year.

 

Apple forced to defend stupid headphone decision

Man uses an ear trumpetFruity tax dodger Apple might have been surprised by the backlash that its move to replace headphone jacks has caused.

For those who came in late, Apple’s iPhone 7 phone came without a standard headphone jack.  Instead it had a Bluetooth connection which wirelesses sends its signal to wireless headphone buds.

The reason was that Apple could make its phone a little thinner and it would force all its Apple fanboys to buy new headphones.

Of course Apple is not spinning it that way.  During the iPhone 7’s launch it said Apple said was being “courageous”.  We understand that it is courageous giving people a phone which has limited reasons for anyone to upgrade but saddling it with functionality that no one wants. Courageous is one word “stupid” is another.

Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller claimed that the 3.5mm port, on the other hand, has to go because the company can’t justify the continued use of an “ancient” single-use port.

However, the wireless approach comes with some limits. For a start you will need to recharge the buggers which you don’t with the “ancient” technology.  We have grave doubts that the sound quality will be as good because it relies on a wireless connection going into lower quality headphone receivers.

Needless to say Apple’s spin is not going down that well.

As the normally pro-Apple rag the Verge said: “I was not ready for the revenge of the fucking Bluetooth headset… Don’t kill a good thing if you don’t have a better one waiting, Apple. That’s all I ask.”

Apple press worries about Chinese iPhone 7 response

big-trouble-in-little-chinaFruity tax dodger Apple expects the Internet to be alive at the moment talking about its coming iPhone 7 release.  It is a sign that its marketing has generated enthusiasm.  However, in key markets like China the discussion is the same as a Trappist monastery after a laryngitis outbreak.

The iPhone 7 is basically just the iPhone 6 with a better chip and terrible Bluetooth wireless sound system. While the Tame Apple Press enthuses about the phone, most people who know about technology feel that there is not much to offer.

The Chinese market is also discerning and less influenced by Apple’s marketing than Jobs’ Mob would like. This time, observers are looking for mention if the iPhone 7 and finding tumbleweed instead.

Posts on China’s popular Sina Weibo microblogging site show the iPhone 6, which took China by storm in 2014 with its new, larger screen, attracted around 15 times more comments in the month before launch than this year’s model.

Apple’s Greater China sales dropped by a third in April-June, albeit after more than doubling a year earlier, and revenue was down by more than a quarter to $8.8 billion – around a fifth of its total sales. Its 7.8 percent market share ranked fifth in China, trailing local vendors Huawei, OPPO and Vivo, which together accounted for 47 percent.

Apple also saw its value added services such as ibooks and movies closed in China after Beijing imposed strict curbs in March on online publishing.

Ben Cavender, Shanghai-based director at China Market Research Group, who described current consumer interest in China as “muted”.

Strategy Analytics claims that iPhone shipments in China will decline 20 percent in the second half of this year to 21 million from a year ago.

Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston said that Apple was struggling with consumer ‘iPhone fatigue’ in China, while competition from Huawei, Oppo and others remains fierce,” said.

Concerns that Apple has hit “peak iPhone” have harmed the firm’s shares this year, with the stock price up just 2.35 percent.

 

Apple increases iPhone 7 orders

apple-dalek-2Fruity tax dodger Apple has hiked orders for parts and components required for the production of the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, after its rival Samsung announced its Note 7 was having battery problems.

For those who came in late, Apple is going to be releasing its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which is basically the iPhone 6 and 6S with a better chip and no headphone jack.  Neither Apple nor analysts expected the phone to do very well and predicted shipments of the iPhone 7 this year would reach only 60 percent of that number over the same period.

But after the Note 7 started experiencing battery problems, Apple suddenly boosted the number of iPhone 7 orders by ten percent.

The figure is not much, but it does indicate that Apple thinks it can squeeze a few more sales on the back of Samsung’s troubles.  The Note 7 as a direct competitor to Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhones.

Samsung has told customers it will take at least 14 days to replace their phones, and with several mobile operators including T-Mobile offering full refunds to Note buyers over the same week the new iPhones are expected to be announced.

The Tame Apple press is flat out trying to save Apple’s bacon on the move, claiming that suddenly the piss-poor upgrade is “tempting.” Others have even suggested that Samsung’s woes were because it was trying to race Apple to the market with a comparable phone.  However Samsung’s phone is much better than what is believed to be the iPhone 7 spec and the battery woes are nothing to do with the design.  In fact the Note 7 had glowing reviews and the battery issue was caused by a third party part.

Previous information from notable smartphone leaker Even Blass suggested pre-orders for the iPhone 7 will take place this Friday, September 9, two days after the debut event with a launch for September 16.

This will give Samsung time to sort out its problems and have a minimum impact on the iPhone 7 sales. Some Apple suppliers reportedly are worried that the uplift could be short-lived, given that order volumes for new parts and components may start drifting down in Q4 “on seasonality.”

 

Samsung expected to recall the flaming Galaxy Note 7

fire-intro-picSamsung is expected to recall of all of its newest Galaxy Note 7 phablets sold at home and abroad in less than a week after reports that a few of the devices exploded while being charged.

The Samsung official told Yonhap News Agency that the cause of the reported explosions has been traced to the battery of the new phablet.

“The most important thing is the safety of our customers and we don’t want to disappoint our loyal customers,” said the official, who spoke to the Yonyap news agency.

Samsung is expected to announce the result of its investigation into the cause of the reported explosions, as well as comprehensive countermeasures either this weekend or early next week at the latest.

“Products installed with the problematic battery account for less than 0.1 percent of the entire volume sold. The problem can be simply resolved by changing the battery, but we’ll come up with convincing measures for our consumers,” said the official.

The official said the company’s announcement of the recall is unlikely this week because Samsung is in talks with Verizon of the US and other business partners on the issue.

“Global discussions are under way about matters such as how to deal with products delivered to dealers. Results of the investigation and relevant countermeasures will be made public this weekend or early next week at the latest.”

“We don’t have any intention to delay (the announcement) or hide (the result of investigation). The decision will be made in consideration of maximum consumer benefit.”

Industry watchers say Samsung will be able to take the likely recall as an opportunity to upgrade its credibility, as long as it takes prompt and convincing measures. The phabet has only been out a couple of weeks.