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While Apple iPhone sales aren't as strong as people think, Apple revenues were stable during a tumulus time for the company where Jon Rettinger of TechnoBuffalo says Apple is boring, and stopped innovating years ago.
Well, Samsung has posted its Q2 2016 earnings report - and while we're late to the party on the news, I've been on planes and airports for over 36 hours and I'm currently enjoying the effects of jetlag, and so much international travel. Continuing to Samsung's Q2 2016 financial results, the company posted a 18% increase in revenue, with $45.2 billion in revenue over the three-month period, while profits were up 5% to $7.22 billion.
Samsung's success with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 have been noticed, after the last two smartphones failed to gain this type of traction. The company is now actually competing and beating Apple in many areas, bringing back missed features they took away from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge like the microSD card slot. The company has added that its Q3 2016 results should be impressive, teasing that "the release of a new large-screen flagship smartphone will help to maintain solid sales of high-end smartphones led by the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge".
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 is nearly here, where it will rock a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, some impressive cameras, and more.
The Galaxy Note 7 should rock a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with an f/1.7 aperture that will also include OIS (optical image stabilization - making your videos appear smoother, and not so shakey cam) and 4K video support. The Galaxy Note 7 should also include a rather large 3500mAh battery, 64GB of onboard storage which is expandable through an included microSD card slot (thanks, Samsung - now don't take it away again), and a USB Type-C port.
We're expecting the appearance of an iris scanner, while Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 7 will measure in at 153.5mm x 73.9mm x 7.9mm, with a weight of 168 grams, reports 9to5Google.
Apple has just posted its quarterly results, where we now know that the company sold 40.4 million iPhones in the three-month period, compared to 47.5 million from the same time last year. This is a 15% drop, very similar to the 16% year-over-year drop, and it's not good.
When it comes to the money side of things, Apple pulled in $42.4 billion in revenue with a net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per share. Comparing that to the same quarter of 2015, Apple generated $49.6 billion in revenue, had a net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per share.
Analysts expected Apple to have $42.2 billion in revenue and have sold 40 million iPhones, so Apple barely beat analyst expectations. For 10 quarters in a row now, iPad sales have declined, down 9% to 9.95 million units sold. Apple sold 4.3 million Macs, which is down 11.3% year-over-year.
Apple has just come out with its quarterly financial report, beating analyst expectations with $42.4 billion in revenue over the quarter.
The bigger news, in my opinion, is Jon Rettinger from TechnoBuffalo being featured on CNBC where he said that Apple "stopped innovating years ago". It's quite shocking, but in a good way, to see someone come out and not be glossing over Apple's new products.
TechnoBuffalo's Rettinger said that right now, Apple is "very reminiscent of BlackBerry, a company resting on their laurels, that seems to have stopped innovating several years ago. Apple's flagship 15-inch MacBook Pro uses a processor that is three generations old", adding that he's "not overly optimistic on Apple's next-gen product offerings".
Owners of a Nexus or Android One smartphone can now benefit from spam caller protection, as a new update to the Google Phone app means you'll be warned about spammers going forward.
You're also able to block and report such numbers: to do so, open the Phone app, go to Recent Calls, tap whichever call you want, and tap Block / Report Spam.
Assuming you have Caller ID enabled and the Google Phone app is updated, spam protection is already enabled and working.
The announcement and release of Apple's next-gen iPhone 7 smartphone is closer than you think, with Apple set to reveal the new iPhone in the "week of September 12", according to notorious leaker Evan Blass.
Blass took to Twitter to say: "iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12" and quickly followed that up by tweeting: "Just to clarify, this refers to the retail release, not the launch event. To be even more specific, it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th".
Rewinding the clock back to the last two iPhone releases, Apple revealed the iPhone 6 on September 9, and the iPhone 6S on September 25. What should we expect for the new iPhone? Considering Apple saves its bigger upgrades for the 'S' variants a year later, we shouldn't be too excited - but Apple needs something exciting to get people upgrading, and converting over from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge from Samsung right now.
We've all been there: you drop your smartphone, your heart, soul and time itself stops for those 1-2 seconds as it hits the ground... but does it shatter? Sometimes yes, and sometimes no - depending on the smartphone itself, and whether it has Gorilla Glass protecting it.
Most high-end smartphones have Gorilla Glass, but now Corning is working on Gorilla Glass 5 - its best iteration yet. The Verge reports that Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80% of the time, when dropped from as high as 5.9 feet (1.8m), which is not too damn bad at all.
Until now, Gorilla Glass has protected smartphone screens from drops to flat and hard surfaces, but part of the development behind Gorilla Glass 5 is that it will protect your smartphone screen from sharp objects and rough surfaces. These surfaces might not necessarily shatter your screen, but they will damage the front of your phone - and this is what Corning hopes to stop with Gorilla Glass 5.
Google is expected to unveil their next-gen Nexus smartphones very soon, but now we have some 3D video renderings of the new Nexus, which is being made by HTC.
Inside of the new Nexus we should see a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, while it's expected that the new Nexus will feature a 5.1-inch 1080p display. We should expect 4GB of RAM, a 2770mAh battery, 32GB of on-board storage, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera backed by an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
HTC will have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, bottom-firing speaker/s, top-mounted headphone jack and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. Google should unveil the new Nexus smartphone in the coming months.
LG has been making some huge strides in its push for OLED technology dominance, with their 65-inch 4K OLED TV being one of the most beautiful TVs on the market. Well, the company is now going to use its OLED technology in foldable/rollable smartphones and tablets, starting in 2017.
According to the Senior Principal Analyst for Emerging Display Technologies and OLED at IHS, Jerry Kang, foldable and rollable smartphones, tablets and wearables aren't that far away. Kang said that manufacturers like LG are going to be launching them with tablets that can fold into the size of a smartphone, but wearable devices will also be a focus point.
The displays on the foldable and rollable products will utilize OLED, thanks to OLED displays not needing to light up the back panel - making them thinner, and much more power efficient. It isn't easy to bring foldable screens to the market, as it represents a fundamental change in the way smartphones and tablets are created today. Batteries, circuits, touchscreen layers and more will be needing some change, allowing the flexible screen revolution to begin.
Flexible displays are set to become part of the future of mobile devices, with IHS projecting that by 2022 we should see 433 million flexible displays shipped, while 3.6 billion non-flexible displays will ship.
Don't worry about the Zika virus everyone, Samsung has released its official Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition, which is surely to be a cash-in.
Samsung is pricing the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition at $970 or so, with Samsung to sell the new Olympic Games themed Galaxy S7 edge in Brazil, China, Germany, Korea and the United States. It will feature a customized UI, and a theme that will match the dark chassis, which looks pretty damn good I must say.
The new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition comes in two variants; one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and the other with Samsung's own Exynos 8890 processor. Both smartphones feature a microSD card slot, with up to 200GB of storage mixing the on-board and microSD card storage together.