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Samusing rolls out ECG & BP in Watch 3, Active 2 in 31 countries

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, Feb 25: Samsung has finally rolled out ECG and blood pressure monitoring in its Galaxy Watch Active2 and Galaxy Watch3. Even though Samsung had announced these health support features way back in January, but these have been made available now. However, these features would be available in 31 markets across the world, but not India.

These features are available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, and the United Kingdom.

The Samsung Health Monitor app is what you need, and if you're in one of the aforementioned countries, it's now available to download from the Galaxy Store. You will also need to install a new software update for your watch before you can start using the app. That update is currently rolling out, but if you're impatient you can manually check for it from the Galaxy Wearable app.

Note that blood pressure monitoring requires calibration before use. To do that, you'll measure your blood pressure with both the watch and a dedicated blood pressure monitor three times, then input the values you get from the standalone monitor into the app. After that, you can simply use the app itself with your watch.

iPhone 11 Was the Highest Shipped Phone in 2020; Apple, Samsung Xiaomi Dominate Top 10 List

LONDON, Feb 25: Apple iPhone 11 was the most shipped smartphone in 2020, according to a new report citing market research data. Smartphones from Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi accounted for the top 10 shipped smartphones in 2020 with Apple taking five spots out of the top ten. Samsung, on the other hand, shipped the top-four shipped smartphones, while Xiaomi had just one handset in the top four most-shipped smartphones of 2020.

The new report comes from Omdia.

According to the report, the iPhone 11 shipped 64.8 million units, keeping up the pace with its predecessor, the iPhone XR, which was the most-shipped smartphone in 2019 at 46.3 million units shipped. Further, the iPhone SE (2020) took the second spot in terms of the most-shipped device, shipping a total of 24.2 million units in 2020, followed by the iPhone 12, which took the third spot with a total of 23.3 million shipments in 2020. Fourth came Samsung’s Galaxy A51, which shipped 23.2 million units, followed by Galaxy A21s that shipped 19.4 million units, and the Samsung Galaxy A01 came sixth with a total of 16.9 million units shipped in 2020.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max was the seventh-highest shipped smartphone in 2020 with a total of 16.8 million units shipped in 2020, followed by Samsung Galaxy A11, which saw 15.3 million shipments in the previous year. The Redmi Note 9 Pro from Xiaomi was in the ninth place with 15 million shipments in 2020, and the iPhone 12 Mini came tenth, shipping a total of 14.8 million units in 2020. The iPhone 12 Mini surprisingly shipped more units than the iPhone 12 Pro, according to the Omdia report. This, even after several reports in the past have hinted at the poor sales of the iPhone 12 Mini.

The report from Omdia does not mention anything apart from the highest shipped smartphones in the previous year. Apple’s iPhone remains a top contender in terms of the people opting for it as their primary smartphone, continuing an ongoing trends since years.

Samsung Takes Galaxy Security to the Next Level by Extending Updates

NEW DELHI, Feb 24: Galaxy products launched since 2019, including the Z, S, Note, A, M, XCover and Tab series, will now receive at least four years of security updates.

Samsung Electronics announced today Galaxy devices will now receive regular security updates for a minimum of four years after the initial phone release. By extending support for security updates delivered on a monthly or quarterly basis, Samsung is giving users peace of mind knowing their data is protected for as long as they use their Galaxy device.

Samsung prides itself in offering unmatched security to its users with Samsung Knox, its defense-grade security platform and cutting-edge technologies such as the industry’s strongest security chip, the embedded Secure Element (eSE); a Secure Processor to protect against physical attacks; and the recently introduced Knox Vault, which adds another layer of security.

As one of the few companies to design and develop its own products, software and services, Samsung offers true end-to-end protection, from the moment new product planning begins until a product is retired. By embedding security across every single layer of its devices, from the chip all the way up to the apps, Samsung can protect personal information in real-time and preemptively respond to increasingly advanced mobile threats.

“At Samsung, our number one priority is offering the best and most secure mobile experience to our users, and we’re constantly optimizing the security of our products and services,” said Seungwon Shin, VP & Head of Security Team at Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.

“Mobile devices play such an important role in our lives, it’s only natural that we want to hold onto them longer. That’s why, thanks to the latest technology advancements, we’re committing to securing Galaxy devices for even longer, so that everything that should be kept protected stays protected.”

Over the past decade, Samsung has made significant progress in streamlining and speeding up its regular security updates. Samsung worked closely with its OS and chipset partners, as well as over 200 carriers around the world to ensure that billions of Galaxy devices receive timely security patches. Samsung remains committed to offering security updates as quickly as possible to always stay one step ahead and keep its users safe.

Samsung believes openness and collaboration are critical to offering the best mobile experiences that people can trust. Samsung has worked closely with over 1,000 partners to establish security standards for all Android devices, including the first-of-its-kind regular security update program in 2015, and partnered with the broader security research community to ensure consumers have the most secure mobile experience possible.

Eligible Galaxy Devices Include:

Galaxy Foldable devices: Fold, Fold 5G, Z Fold2, Z Fold2 5G, Z Flip, Z Flip 5G
Galaxy S series: S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, S10 Lite, S20, S20 5G, S20+, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE, S20 FE 5G, S21 5G, S21+ 5G, S21 Ultra 5G
Galaxy Note series: Note10, Note10 5G, Note10+, Note10+ 5G, Note10 Lite, Note20, Note20 5G, Note20 Ultra, Note20 Ultra 5G
Galaxy A series: A10, A10e, A10s, A20, A20s, A30, A30s, A40, A50, A50s, A60, A70, A70s, A80, A90 5G, A11, A21, A21s, A31, A41, A51, A51 5G, A71, A71 5G, A02s, A12, A32 5G, A42 5G
Galaxy M series: M10s, M20, M30, M30s, M40, M11, M12, M21, M31, M31s, M51
Galaxy XCover series: XCover4s, XCover FieldPro, XCover Pro
Galaxy Tab series: Tab Active Pro, Tab Active3, Tab A 8 (2019), Tab A with S Pen, Tab A 8.4 (2020), Tab A7, Tab S5e, Tab S6, Tab S6 5G, Tab S6 Lite, Tab S7, Tab S7+

New Samsung Galaxy Watch models for 2021 revealed

NEW DELHI, Feb 22: There are quite a few products that Samsung needs to refresh for the new year and smartwatches are one of them. The new Samsung Galaxy Watch models for 2021 have now been revealed. There will be at least two different models on offer this year.

The last smartwatch that Samsung released was the Galaxy Watch 3. It came out last year after the previous two “Active” watches. Now it appears that the company has new smartwatches up its sleeve.

The folks at GalaxyClub are reporting that Samsung has two new smartwatches in the pipeline. They bear model numbers SM-R86x and SM-R87x. Since recent Galaxy Watch models were a part of the SM-R8xx series, it’s quite evident that these two models correspond to new Galaxy Watch devices.

This suggests that the new Galaxy Watch is going to be available in two sizes. This is something that Samsung normally does so it’s not going to be anything out of the ordinary. They will also be available in Bluetooth and cellular variants.

There’s not a lot of information available about the new Galaxy Watch models that Samsung has in store for us. It goes without saying that we can expect more information to trickle in through leaks and rumors in the coming weeks.

As for when they may be announced, it’s quite likely that Samsung will unveil them in the second half of this year. That’s it’s preferred timeline for new smartwatches. They may arrive around the same time as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 2.

Samsung One UI 3.1 Update Brings Select Powerful Features from the Galaxy S21 to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Z Series

NEW DELHI, Feb 19: Samsung Electronics has announced the latest One UI 3.1 update is coming to the Galaxy S20 series (Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 FE) and Galaxy Note20 series (Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Note20 Ultra), in addition to the Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy Z Flip series.

The update, which first launched with the Galaxy S21 series, brings select, new camera capabilities for capturing and editing incredible photos and videos and smart new features that enhance everyday life, so you can get even more out of your Galaxy device.

“Samsung is committed that our devices continue to deliver the up-to-date mobile experiences throughout their lifecycle,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Following the announcement of 3-generation Android OS upgrades for select Galaxy devices, we ensure to equip our consumers with powerful new features as soon as they are available. Our One UI 3.1 update marks an important next step in that mission.”

Airtel says its network is now 5G ready, shows live 5G services

NEW DELHI, Jan 28: Airtel on Thursday announced that it has become the country’s first telco to successfully demonstrate and orchestrate live 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city.

Airtel noted that it did this over its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA (Non Stand Alone) network technology.

The telco further noted that it used a "first of its kind, dynamic spectrum sharing to operate 5G and 4G concurrently within the same spectrum block." This demonstration has emphatically validated the 5G readiness of Airtel’s network across all domains - Radio, Core and Transport.

Airtel claims that 5G will be capable of delivering 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies. It noted that in Hyderabad, users were able to download a full length movie in a matter of seconds on a 5G phone, a demonstration which has underlined the company’s technology capabilities.

The full impact of the 5G experience, however, will be available to Airtel's customers, when adequate spectrum is available and government approvals are received. users will not be required to switch SIM cards when the network is available for them.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel in a statement said, “I am very proud of our engineers who have worked tirelessly to showcase this incredible capability in Tech City, Hyderabad today. Every one of our investments is future proofed as this game changing test in Hyderabad proves. With Airtel being the first operator to demonstrate this capability, we have shown again that we have always been the first in India to pioneer new technologies in our quest for empowering Indians everywhere.”

“We believe India has the potential to become a global hub for 5G innovation. To make that happen we need the eco system to come together applications, devices and network innovation. We are more than ready to do our bit,” he added.

When asked about Jio and Vi, Vittal said he will not comment om the competition and that he will speak for Airtel which is fully 5G ready after the testing was done on a commercial basis. When asked if space technoligies like Starlink were a competition, Vittal said that space is a use case altogether and aimed at working where there is negligible network available. Last year, Reliance CEO, Mukesh Ambani had announced that Jio's 5G network will be available in India in the second half of 2021.

Apple Reports Making Its Best Quarter Earnings in India

NEW DELHI, Jan 27: Apple on Wednesday reported that it had made its best quarterly earnings in India in the quarter ending December 26, doubling its business year-on-year.

As per market research firm Counterpoint, Apple shipped more than 1.5 million iPhone units in India in the quarter - a record for the company in the country.

CyberMedia Research reports the firm doubled its market share to 4 percent. Overall, Apple shipped more than 3.2 million iPhone units in India in 2020, up 60 percent year-on-year, TechCrunch cited Counterpoint to report.

The sales development comes soon after the company launched its online store in the country and offered buyers a wide-scope of financing and overhaul alternatives.

 

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