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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip gets its first official teaser ad during the Oscars

The existence of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has been leaked via video and renders well before Tuesday’s big Samsung Unpacked press event. However, the company has now decided to run an official teaser TV ad for the upcoming foldable phone two days before that event. The commercial was first shown during ABC’s telecast of the Oscars.

While the ad doesn’t actually show the name of this phone, it’s clear the device is the clamshell-based Galaxy Z Flip. As reposted on the It’s me CL YouTube channel, the commercial shows the smartphone opening up to its full-screen length. It then shows how the camera app can be used to place the subject on the top screen, while the bottom screen can be placed flat on a surface to take a photo.

The ad also shows the small secondary screen when the Galaxy Z Flip is closed that can be used for phone notifications. One interesting thing about the commercial is that there’s a small disclaimer on the bottom that says people may “notice a crease at the center of the main screen”, which Samsung says is a “natural characteristic of the screen”. It’s obvious that Samsung is trying to head off complaints about visible creases on the Galaxy Z Flip.

The ad concludes with the February 11 date for the Samsung Unpacked event, where we will presumably get a full and official reveal of Samsung’s new foldable. You can check out what has been unofficially leaked about this foldable phone at our Galaxy Z Flip page. Stay tuned as we will have full coverage of the Samsung Unpacked press event on Tuesday.

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Pokémon Go hits 100 million installs on Android, made $200 million in its first month

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The Pokémon wave continues to wash across the world, with more regional releases in Central and South America, Asia and Oceania in recent days. While the game’s popularity is on the wane in the U.S., it’s worldwide appeal will last for a long time yet. With each new market, Pokémon Go adds a new spike to its download figures and opens up the potential for a lot more paying players. Pokémon Go has now surpassed 100 million installs in Google Play and reportedly made $ 200 million in its first month of release.

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Making millions daily

To put some of these figures in perspective, we recently reported that Pokémon Go developer Niantic is making $ 10 million per day on the title. Which is not bad at all considering the game’s slow geographical slow rollout.

Now, app analytics firm Sensor Tower is reporting that Pokémon Go made $ 200 million in its first month of availability. As more and more new markets start playing, that monthly revenue figure may continue to grow significantly.

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100 million Android installs in a month

Following its launch on July 6, on July 25, Pokémon Go topped 50 million installs on Android and 75 million on iOS and Android combined. One week later on August 2, across both mobile platforms, Pokémon Go topped 100 million installs.

Then, less than one week later, on August 7, Pokémon Go surpassed 100 million installs on Android alone. (In Google Play, you’ll notice that the game now sits in the 100,000,000-500,000,000 install bracket) The game saw its first 50 million Android installs in 19 days. The next 50 million came in half that time. With even more markets opening up that download rate will only continue to accelerate.

While some very large untapped markets remain, in particular India and Africa, some others – including Russia and China – won’t be getting Pokémon Go for some rather comical reasons. Regardless, the game doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon and will likely earn a billion dollars for Niantic before the end of the year.


How much have you spent on Pokémon Go? Do you think its popularity will slow down or continue to grow?

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Over 100,000 Galaxy S7 phones sold in Korea in the first two days


Samsung managed to sell more than 100,000 Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones in South Korea during their first two days on the market, according to the first industry data about the two new phones.

A closer look at the figures reveals that the regular Galaxy S7 appears to be the more popular of the two phones in the series, accounting for approximately 60 percent of sales during the two day period. Combined sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge reached around 60,000 units on Friday and 40,000 on Saturday. Samsung was also keen to point out that it considers Saturday a “slow day” for handset sales and so is happy with the initial performance.

While the figure may seem small in the grand scheme of Samsung’s yearly sales figures, these opening sales numbers suggest that the Galaxy S7 range is at least as popular as last year’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Given Samsung’s declining flagship mobile sales over the past couple of years, a plateau in sales performance is perhaps no bad thing.

However, those hoping that the Galaxy S7 series would substantially lift Samsung’s sales may feel underwhelmed that these new phones haven’t generated a notable boost to consumer interest. Especially as the handsets offer improved camera components, water-resistance, and reintroduced the microSD card.

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Of course, Samsung’s global smartphone sales may look quite different to those of its home nation. We should probably wait for a quarterly report or two before drawing too many conclusions about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s impact on Samsung’s mobile business.

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BlackBerry Priv receives its first update, includes camera tweaks and 16:9 photos

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The BlackBerry Priv had just started receiving its first software update, which makes some adjustments to the phone’s camera app along with productivity and security improvements. BlackBerry had committed itself to monthly security updates for the Priv and is sticking to its word.

The update weighs in at a hefty 475MB, but there are a number of notable changes included. The camera app has seen a few tweaks and should now operate much faster. BlackBerry has even adjusted the camera’s processing to improve image quality in low light situations and 16:9 photo support has been patched in as well.

Overall system performance and stability have also received a tune-up. BlackBerry has crushed a number of bugs that would lead the phone to crash or freeze and also claims to have improved the handset’s performance. Finally, the release includes December’s security patches to protect users against the latest Android vulnerabilities. A must have for a device promising top notch security.

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BlackBerry is also lining up updates for some of its Android apps. The Keyboard app will soon have improved language support and new emojis, there’s WhatsApp support coming the Hub & Contacts, and the DTEK app will have a notification options to alert users when apps checks into user info. These updates will be available from December 14th through the Play Store.

The Priv’s update is already rolling out over-the-air this week for customers who bought the phone through ShopBlackBerry (unlocked models), while carrier branded smartphones should begin to see a notification appear sometime after December 7th. You can always force a manual check by heading over to Settings -> About -> System Updates.

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NTT DoCoMo conducts first real-world 5G trials in Japan

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NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest wireless carrier, has been conducting its first real-world tests of its upcoming 5G network technology, in partnership with Nokia Network, as the company prepares to launch its high-speed network to consumers by 2020.

During a 5G data transmission test at a commercial complex in Tokyo, which took place on October 13th, the network produced 5G speeds in excess of 2Gbps. The trial used millimetre-wavelength signals at 70GHz and was the first real environmental test of this technology, as previous tests have all required transmitter line of sight. Recently, Huawei and NTT DoCoMo also demoed 5G wireless speeds using sub-6GHz bands. This resulted in end speeds at around 3.6Gbps.

“To date, no test had achieved a 5G data transmission in a commercial complex, such as a shopping mall, due to problems with base stations being out of line of sight and diffused reflections causing the attenuation of highly directional millimetre signals … This time, however, the trial was successful thanks to the use of two new technologies: beam-forming, which focuses radio waves in a specific direction, and beam-tracking to control beam-direction according to the mobile device’s location,” – DoCoMo

The use of beam forming and device tracking is seen as a key innovation to overcome issues with mm-wave mobile propagation and to bring fast 5G speeds out of the laboratory and into the real world. In Europe, a number of big names in electronics, including Nokia, are also looking into this technology too, through the mmMAGIC (Millimetre-Wave Based Mobile Radio Access Network for Fifth Generation Integrated Communications) project.

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While unlikely to reflect of the final real world speeds that consumers will see during the eventual launch, this 2Gbps result is substantially faster than the world’s leading 4G network. A title currently held by New Zealand, which scores the highest average mobile network speed at 36Mbps.

DoCoMo is planning to be one of the first to launch its 5G network, which is expected to arrive sometime in 2020.

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HTC expects a solid first quarter, but the One M9 may not make a difference

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Following a good end of the year, HTC hopes 2015 will continue on an upward trajectory.

For Q4 2014, HTC posted a small profit, as well as the first quarterly increase in revenues in three years. The growing revenue is especially important because it means that HTC has managed to sell more devices (or increase the average selling price of its phones) compared to the previous quarter. While HTC remained profitable throughout most of the year, staying in the black was thanks to slashing costs, rather than increasing revenues.

Today HTC published consolidated results for Q4 2014, showing small differences from the preliminary figures published on January 6. Quarterly revenue was NT$ 47.9 billion, while net profit was NT$ 0.5 billion.

What’s more interesting is HTC’s outlook for Q1 2015. Peter Chou’s company is forecasting between NT$ 41.5 billion and NT$ 45 billion ($ 1.32 billion and $ 1.43 billion) in revenue, a decrease compared to Q4 2014, but roughly 30 percent more than the same quarter in 2014.

Most electronics companies go through a lull in the first quarter of the year compared to the holiday quarter, but the fact that HTC expects a slowdown suggests the M9 won’t be available for enough time in Q1 to make an impact on revenue. The device will be introduced at the beginning of March (last month of Q1), but it may be weeks before the device becomes widely available.

All in all, HTC appears to be on a good path, but a lot depends on what the company will show us on March 1. Samsung has a lot weighing on the success of the Galaxy S6, due the same day, and it will be fun to see these two major players trying to one-up each other.

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