There are some reports out there pointing to how well Samsung has done in it’s first quarter. All thanks to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. These reports are touting it to be “the best selling smart phone of all time”. That is quite the title. And even a bigger deal if true. So what exactly does this mean? First of all, it means that more people are using Android devices. Which should send a loud message to Apple. Especially since we are mere months away from the launch of the iPhone 8. Or whatever it’s going to be called. But another thing to consider in all of this, is that Samsung doesn’t just make phones. They have a whole range of products including TVs (of which I own), appliances, printers, tablets and home entertainment systems. To name a few. So of course they’re doing well. However, it seems that the reason they are doing so well is because of the new phones.
I kind of like conspiracy theories. Or at least the idea of them. Not in a nefarious way, but just knowing that there might be more at play than we know is kind of intriguing. In today’s society, we assume we know almost anything. Or we can find out almost anything through a quick Google search. And you are likely right. So why am I talking about this in relation to Samsung? Well, it is also rumoured that Samsung is going to have a strong second quarter. … Read the rest
Google just announced that it will be the default music play for the Samsung Galaxy S8. Which is great news for both Samsung and Galaxy owners. Why is this great news? Well, consumers want to be able to use apps and services that they know and are used to. Who wants to use a generic music service that no one has ever heard of? Samsung needs to make sure that it has these capabilities in order to keep customers, and ultimately draw new ones. I’ve said it before, and I will likely say it again, but you have to give the people what they want.
And that is exactly what Samsung is doing. Not only are they giving users Google Play Music, they are also giving users 100,000 songs for free. But there is one small catch. You have to be a new user. Too bad for those who already use the service. But let’s get back to the number of songs. Who has or even wants access to that many songs? I’m a bit envious as my iPhone has some storage issues, and I can only handle about 20 songs at a time. That doesn’t include cloud access. But, if I was really interested in listening to music, I would definitely consider this phone as an option for my upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, I love music, but I have found ways around my storage issues.
The downside to that is you have to be new to the service. … Read the rest
Samsung has announced that they will be releasing the Galaxy S8 next month. Pre-orders begin tomorrow (March 30). Along with that announcement we are being provided with all the juicy details that we’ve been waiting for. But wait… the information that we’ve seen leaked over the last few weeks (or longer) might have been, in fact, accurate. A big part of this announcement by Samsung is to try to put the Note, and its incredible safety issues, in the distant past. And to show that Samsung is a player in the phone market. Now, you might be thinking that they have been already, but until this update, I’m not sure that they have been. Later in this article I will compare the S8 with the iPhone 7 and you can judge for yourself.
First though. Let’s look at the specs:
- Galaxy S8 has a 5.8″ screen. The Galaxy S8 + has a screen size of 6.2″
- It comes in a variety of colours, including: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver and Maple Gold
- Both have a camera with an 8 times digital zoom as well as many different “modes”
- Both have the ability to record video in 4K
- The Galaxy S8 has a battery life of anywhere between 11 and 67 hours, depending on what you’re doing. Where as the S8+ lasts a bit longer ranging from 13 to 78 hours, again depending on what you are doing.
- Wireless charging capabilities
- An iris sensor (among a few others) and;
- Bixby – which I will get into more detail later on in this article.