Monthly Archive: April 2017

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Apple patents a way to charge iPhones over Wi-Fi

A wireless phone charging bowl. Apple is exploring charging over Wi-Fi instead.

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Apple[1] is investigating ways to charge iPhones and iPads wirelessly and without contact using the signal emitted by radio frequencies such as Wi-Fi, a patent filing has revealed.

The indication the company is working on the system will raise hopes that the end of having to physically plug a cable into a mobile device in order to charge it could be around the corner.  

The filing reveals[2] Apple is looking at ways to re-power its devices using mobile, Wi-Fi and millimetre wave signals. It proposes directing the electromagnetic frequencies, normally used for data transmission, towards device as a “beam” of energy. 

Long-range wireless charging isn’t a new concept and Apple has been working on different ways to achieve it for a number of years. It first filed a patent for a way to wirelessly recharge an iMac at a distance of one metre back in 2010.

A Samsung S6 is charged wirelessly.

A Samsung S6 is charged wirelessly.

A Samsung S6 is charged wirelessly. Bloomberg

Last year, Bloomberg [3]reported that the company was working with partners to develop the system for mobile devices. It said it could be introduced to the iPhone as early as this year[4]

While the patent filing is the greatest hint yet that Apple is working on the technology, it only covers the theory behind the method rather than an actual way to do it. 

Glass case

Rumours suggest that Apple is planning to introduce wireless charging to the iPhone for the first time this year in time for its 10-year anniversary. Adding weight to reports, the company joined an industry group called the Wireless Power Consortium[5] in February.  

However, the method of wireless charging that Apple could use is still unclear. It had been claimed that the iPhone would not feature the short-range “inductive” wireless charging used on the Watch and rival phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Instead, Apple was said to be waiting to introduce wireless charging on the handsets only when it had developed a long-range system. But the recent patent appears to be too early stage.

Apple patented a separate “inductive charging station” concept for the iPhone last northern autumn, paving the way for short-range wireless charging on the iPhone 8.

The upcoming handset is rumoured to come with a glass case that could support the feature. 

Wireless charging

  • What is wireless charging?
    Using an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects (e.g. a battery)
  • When was it invented?
    Nikola Tesla first demonstrated it in 1891
  • How does it work?
    Currently the majority of wireless charging-supported phones work by resting the handset on an inductive charging pad or mat.
  • Which phones currently support it?
    The majority of high-end Android handsets feature wireless charging, including the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G4, Microsoft Lumia 1520, Blackberry Priv Z30 and Google Nexus 6.
  • What’s good about it?
    All wireless charging-supported phones can be charged on the same pads or mats, doing away with phone-specific chargers.

References

  1. ^ Apple (www.afr.com)
  2. ^ The filing reveals (appft.uspto.gov)
  3. ^ Bloomberg  (www.bloomberg.com)
  4. ^ introduced to the iPhone as early as this year (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  5. ^ joined an industry group called the Wireless Power Consortium (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  6. ^ magazine.afr.com (magazine.afr.com)

Xiaomi and Vivo Entered into Top Brands of Mobile Sellers Followed …

Xiaomi and Vivo Entered into Top Brands

Canalys report:

Xiaomi and Vivo Entered into Top Brands, Canalys is an independent analyst company. It delivers smart market insights.  In the first quarter of 2017 Indian smartphone market has grown 12 percent.

As usual, Samsung continued to dominate the market. It stood in the first position. Xiaomi held second following the Samsung. Vivo occupied the third position and pushed Lenovo to fourth. Oppo moved to the fifth position. Chinese players are trying to dominate the Indian smartphone market, pushing out Indian products.

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Samsung at first position: Xiaomi and Vivo Entered into Top Brands

Samsung is a South Korean company. Its headquarter is in Samsung Town, Seoul. This company maintained its market share, with 6 million units. It has sustained J-series shipments which support offline distribution partners. It helped Samsung to retain its place in market strategy. Xiaomi continued to grow in 2017. From 3 percent of shipments, it grew and increased its purchases up to 14 percent.

Xiaomi stood at second position:

Xiaomi Inc is a Chinese Electronics company with its headquarters in Beijing. Xiaomi’s first smartphone in August 2011. The online go-to-market strategy will decide the success of Xiaomi. Demonetization did not have any impact on sales of Xiaomi. It targets the customer who is young, well familiar with the Internet and willing to buy online.

Vivo at third position:

Vivo is also a Chinese multinational company. This company’s headquarters is in Dongguan, Guangdong. The company uses Hi-Fi chips in manufacturing the smartphones. Vivo reached third-place with an impressive 36% growth in subsequent shipments crossing from 10 percent.

Lenovo took the fourth position:

Lenovo Group Ltd is a Chinese company. Its headquarters location is Beijing. Lenovo is in the fourth position in the market with 7%  market share.The Lenovo company has launched a new range of ‘Yoga’ tablets in India to increase its sales.

Vendors opinions:

The Indian smartphone market is improved if we roll out Goods and Service Taxes. If the market did this, we could see changes in vendors channel strategies. Then the new distribution models become more cost-effective. The pure online players will suffer. The people who react quickly to the new regulations will get more benefits.

Conclusion:

According to Canalys report, Samsung bagged the first position in the smartphone market. Xiaomi secured second place. Vivo is at third position while Lenovo took the fourth position in Indian market.

Cellnet Review

A Galaxy X Prototype Might Debut With The Note 8 This Year, But It Probably Won’t Be Available Until 2019

The Galaxy X is arguably Samsung’s most cryptic smartphone to date. Always rumored but never confirmed, the transformable, bendable mobile device is yet to see an official announcement. With leaks and speculations alleging that the revolutionary hybrid smartphone would finally see an official unveiling this year, a timeline for the Galaxy X’s release could finally be inferred. If rumors prove accurate, a Galaxy X prototype might indeed show itself later this year, though production models might be available as late as 2019.

Leaks and speculations about the Samsung Galaxy X are abounding, with rumors stating that the upcoming device would most likely become the South Korean tech giant’s third flagship series. Though very little is known about the smartphone as of date, speculations suggest that the Galaxy X would feature robust internals such as Qualcomm’s latest processor, up to 6GB of RAM and an impressive 4K display. While Samsung has not confirmed these rumored specs, they do make sense considering the device’s unique transformable concept.

The story of the Galaxy X started way back in 2011, when Samsung unveiled a prototype foldable smartphone[1], according to a TechRadar report. The prototype the South Korean tech giant showed off then was quite unsightly, with a rather awkward design that completely kills the ergonomics supposedly afforded by a foldable smartphone. Despite its shortcomings, however, the device attracted the attention of tech fans worldwide.

Stunning #Samsung Galaxy X #concept shows foldable #phone that transforms into 4K tablet https://t.co/mibVo6L6hZ pic.twitter.com/CFKNsZOjcE[2][3][4][5][6]

— Matthew Lamons (@mlamons1) April 1, 2017[7]

By 2012, Samsung released a concept video showcasing a fully bendable and fully transparent hybrid mobile device, capable of transforming from a smartphone into a full-fledged tablet. Inasmuch as the concept got even more tech aficionados interested, however, a smartphone bearing the concept’s design was never released.

Three years after, rumors about a mobile device with the codename Project Valley emerged, with speculations stating that it would be Samsung’s first fully foldable smartphone. The device was initially rumored to have two displays, though leaks and rumors eventually suggested that the upcoming hybrid would fold in and out as it transformed from a smartphone into a tablet. Project Valley was eventually revealed to be the Galaxy X[8] in 2016, and rumors about the device have not stopped emerging since.

Possible designs of the Galaxy X have appeared in the form of concepts and leaks from patents that Samsung has filed in the past. From what could be determined so far, the Galaxy X could be two things — a bendable smartphone that features a clamshell design or a mobile device that folds out as a tablet. Regardless of what the Galaxy X would turn out to be, however, there is a good chance that the hybrid would indeed herald yet another revolution in the smartphone industry.

The release date of the Galaxy X, however, is an entirely different matter. Recent rumors about the Galaxy X’s debut have pointed to a possible 2017 release date, with some speculations stating that the device would most likely be launched together with the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s flagship phablet for 2017. If recent reports are any indication, however, this timeline might only be partly accurate.

#Samsung presenta su nuevo teléfono plegable: #GalaxyXhttps://t.co/Ip8ncEvuzU pic.twitter.com/enRtOW68J4[9][10][11][12]

— Ahora Tabasco (@AhoraTabasco) April 17, 2017[13]

A PC Advisor report, citing Samsung Display Engineer Kim Tae-wrong[14], stated that the Galaxy X’s technology would not be ready for mass production this year. Instead, the highly-anticipated device might end up seeing a release sometime in 2018, or even as late as 2019, due to the technology needed to mass-produce the mobile device.

While this launch window is much later than expected, there is still a pretty good chance that the Galaxy X would make an appearance this year. Instead of a device that is ready for mass-production, however, Samsung might simply reveal a Galaxy X prototype during the Galaxy Note 8 launch later this year.

Samsung has revealed numerous prototypes of foldable devices over the past few years. Thus, if the South Korean tech giant does debut a working Galaxy X prototype in the Note 8 launch, it would not be out of character for Samsung at all. If any, it would serve to fuel the interest of the public in the upcoming device even more.

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References

  1. ^ prototype foldable smartphone (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ #Samsung (twitter.com)
  3. ^ #concept (twitter.com)
  4. ^ #phone (twitter.com)
  5. ^ https://t.co/mibVo6L6hZ (t.co)
  6. ^ pic.twitter.com/CFKNsZOjcE (t.co)
  7. ^ April 1, 2017 (twitter.com)
  8. ^ Galaxy X (www.inquisitr.com)
  9. ^ #Samsung (twitter.com)
  10. ^ #GalaxyX (twitter.com)
  11. ^ https://t.co/Ip8ncEvuzU (t.co)
  12. ^ pic.twitter.com/enRtOW68J4 (t.co)
  13. ^ April 17, 2017 (twitter.com)
  14. ^ Samsung Display Engineer Kim Tae-wrong (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)