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All posts tagged "Samsung"

  • Bixby Voice still needs plenty of polish – and that’s perfectly okay

    Bixby Voice launched in South Africa yesterday, coming several months after the Galaxy S8 (review) came to market. Before you go out and buy a new Samsung phone purely because of this new development, it's worth noting that the voice functionality certainly needs more attention at this stage. Voice recognition is still hit and miss right now -- at least for me. No matter how hard I tried to enunciate, it would detect "Gavin" as "Kevin", for instance. I don't think I'm that coloured. Don't even think about complex (i.e. non-English) surnames either. Otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised by the commands that don't involve names,...

  • Bixby now available in South Africa, here’s how to get it

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review) was one of the better releases this year, but its Bixby assistant was left in a very unfinished state, despite the inclusion of a dedicated button for the service. The company marketed Bixby for its voice functionality, but this aspect was completely absent at launch. Now, on the eve of the Galaxy Note 8 launch, the voice service has finally launched in the country. To take advantage of Bixby Voice, you'll want to make sure that all the Bixby-related apps/services are updated. This can be done by visiting Galaxy Apps, tapping the ellipsis (...) in the top...

  • Samsung teases Galaxy Note 8 dual cameras in new video

    By now we already know that the Galaxy Note 8 will be packing two main cameras, adopting a trend started by the likes of HTC, LG and Huawei. Now, Samsung Korea has released a teaser video ahead of the 23 August reveal date. The teaser shows a woman using her hands as a pair of binoculars, alluding to two cameras. We then see depth-of-field effects applied to a man standing in a crowd (blurring the crowd around him) and to a figurine in a toy store (blurring the other toys). Finally, the teaser shows a close-up photo of a woman on...

  • Photo comparison: Galaxy S8 vs XZ Premium

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has built on the extremely solid foundation set by the S7, featuring the same camera sensor but with a renewed focus on image processing to get quality results. Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has seen the Japanese firm adopt a cutting-edge 19MP camera sensor with super-fast memory for super slow motion clips. So how do these phones stack up when it comes to photography? We've got a few samples for you to peruse... We set the phones to automatic mode for these shots, generally holding the phones at the same distance and angle from the subjects. Expect...

  • Chromebooks: who sells them in South Africa?

    Chromebooks may have had a slow start back in the day, but we've seen sales steadily increase and Google's support remain unwavering. But what if you want one of these laptops in South Africa? Of course, Google's own Chromebook range isn't in SA, but we asked some of the bigger tech brands about their devices. Acer Search for Chromebooks available in South Africa and you're very likely to find Acer laptops as an option. "We definitely do have Chromebooks in SA. They can be found at WebAntics.com and other online stores as well," a representative wrote in response to a Gearburn query. Aside from...

  • Smartphone shipments: Xiaomi grew 52% but still finished sixth

    IHS Markit's smartphone shipment data for Q2 2017 has revealed plenty of growth in the industry, up 7% compared to a year ago. But who were the top performers? Data showed that Samsung, Apple and Huawei occupied the top three positions, growing by 3%, 2% and 20% respectively. Meanwhile, BBK's Oppo and Vivo brands filled out fourth and fifth spots, growing by 39% and 45% respectively. The analytics firm credited Oppo and Vivo's growth to the Chinese market, but the companies have spread to India in recent years. Xiaomi missed out on a top five spot by 0.7 million units, IHS Markit wrote...

  • This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is just a few short weeks away from an official reveal, but serial leaker Evan Blass has laid it out for all to see. Blass's renders show a phablet packing a dual-camera setup, a fingerprint scanner next to said cameras and more of a square form factor, if anything. Otherwise, the S-Pen stylus, tall screen ratio and similarly thin bezels to the Galaxy S8 are present here. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to pack an Exynos 8895 processor, a dual-camera setup capable of lossless zoom and focus-related trickery and a similar iris scanner to the S8. As...

  • Galaxy S8 Daydream update starts hitting devices

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) is arguably the best mobile platform for virtual reality (VR) right now. The Gear VR is one of the better headsets around, packing plenty of Oculus-exclusive goodies -- then there's the S8 itself. The phone packs a punch thanks to its internals, but it also delivers a super sharp AMOLED screen that makes it ideal for VR experiences. Still, what if you want Google's Daydream apps on the handset? Well, earlier this year we saw Google confirm that it would be bringing Daydream apps to the S8. Now, Google's GoogleVR Twitter account has tweeted (obviously) that the...

  • Samsung outs official reveal date for Galaxy Note 8

    We all know that the Galaxy Note 8 is coming later this year, following Samsung's cycle of a flagship phone in the first half of the year and a Note device in the second half. Now, the Korean firm has revealed a launch date for what we presume is the phablet. Samsung used Twitter to confirm that it will be holding an Unpacked event on 23 August 2017, showing the outline of a thin bezel smartphone and a stylus in an attached image. "Do bigger things," reads the tagline on the image, presumably alluding to a larger phone. Find out what...

  • Smartphone shipments: Samsung steals crown from Apple again

    Apple edged out Samsung in Q4 2016 smartphone shipments, according to statistics by the IDC. But now, the analytics firm's Q1 2017 stats show that Samsung is back on top. According to the IDC, Samsung saw its marketshare jump from 18% in Q4 2016 to 23.3% in Q1 2017 -- no doubt helped by the Galaxy S8 and its 2017 mid-range devices. Meanwhile, Apple, which traditionally enjoys a strong Q4 thanks to iPhone launches, dropped from 18.2% in Q4 to 14% in Q1 2017. Huawei and Vivo also saw slight drops in marketshare from Q4 2016 to Q1 2017. Huawei dropped from...