It appears that all is right in the world again, especially for Samsung. According to the latest quarterly report on smartphone market share recently released by IDC, the South Korean phone maker has snatched back its title as the number one smartphone maker in the world. The company managed to achieve this by capturing a comfortable 22.8 percent.
By consensus, Samsung’s newest addition to its Galaxy lineup of smartphones -- the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus -- appear to be the number one (or only) choice when it comes to taking full advantage of ultra fast network connection speeds that some wireless carriers are already starting to introduce.
According to a recent report published by Yonhap News, Google is said to be planning to pour an $880 million investment (at least) in LG Display in order to increase the production of OLED display screens for its Pixel devices. The aim of the move is to find a reliable supplier of panels so that the tech giant can minimize its reliance on Samsung Display.
According to the results of a survey (Taking Stock With Teens) recently conducted by Piper Jaffray, 81 percent of teenagers are expecting their next handset to be an iPhone device. This represents an improvement over the 79 percent as polled by the financial services firm in fall of last year, and also marks the highest percentage ever observed by the company.
Apple’s mobile payment system continues to expand its list of banking institution and credit union partners by adding more than 20 new names in the United States and a couple more in Russia. The tech giant has been busy with Apple Pay in the last three months -- weeks ago it had debuted the contactless mode of payment in Taiwan as well as in Ireland, which increases the number of countries with support for Apple Pay to a total of 15.
Comcast is apparently teaming up with Apple as it makes preparations to soon debut its mobile service. There is talk that the upcoming wireless offering will be launched under the Xfinity Mobile brand name. It turns out that Comcast’s name has been added to non-visible code that lists the carrier bundles for the iPhone. This list of carrier bundles is utilized by iPhones and even iTunes in checking if an Apple smartphone’s SIM card is supported by a service provider with whom the iPhone maker has an existing contract.
Apple is now deploying iOS 10.3 -- the latest update to its iOS mobile operating system -- to iPhone and iPad tablet devices. As expected, this new roll out will come with a number of enhancements. Interestingly, the tech giant has decided to utilize the iOS 10.3 update as a means for swapping the iPhone’s and iPad’s underlying file system from the previous HFS+ file format to the new Apple File System. In other words, the company is basically upgrading how its devices are saving and managing data.
T-Mobile has recently decided to include AppleCare in its device insurance plans (which normally cost $12 per month), absolutely free of charge. According to the number three wireless carrier in the United States, customers who choose to purchase a new iPhone device or an iPad tablet will now be covered under AppleCare if they also opt to sign up for the mobile operator’s Jump! or Premium Device Protection options (more on these two later).
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