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Spark picks Samsung as partner to roll out 5G in NZ
Spark and Samsung have been working on network innovation since last year, starting with 5G trials throughout the country.
Samsung's commitment to eSIMs to overhaul market - report
eSIMs, a type of SIM card directly embedded into devices to allow for remote provisioning, are seeing a growth spurt in the market following Samsung’s move to adopt the technology.
Just two smartphone makers saw growth in Q4 2019 as global sales decline
The research conducted by Gartner also revealed a newcomer for second place in global sales internationally.
Kiwis not exactly fizzing for Samsung S20
All signs point to savvy Kiwi consumers waiting a few months before shelling out the big bucks on a flagship device.
Is smartphone innovation dead?
Have Apple, Samsung and co run out of ideas? Or is there something big waiting around the corner?
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ will support iOS devices
Samsung’s wireless Galaxy Buds have a new successor: The Galaxy Buds+. And for the first time, they’re compatible with iOS as well as Android.
Samsung commits to foldables with the Galaxy Z Flip
The Galaxy Z Flip is a 6.7-inch phone that features a ‘Hideaway Hinge’ to fold into half the size.
Samsung unveils new Galaxy S20 smartphone lineup
In New Zealand, only the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra will be 5G compatible, which leaves the Samsun S20 limited to 4G.
Trade war and coronavirus uncertainty proves challenge for Huawei as smartphone shipments drop
The full-year decline in 2019 represents the third consecutive year of falling shipments.
Smartphone market continues to grow - Canalys
Shipments of smartphones grew 1% this quarter, despite falling 2% generally in 2019.
Samsung reveals new rugged smartphone for enterprise
The XCover Pro is IP68 water and dust resistant, capable of withstanding drops of up to 1.5m without a case, and will include Samsung POS software.
Momentum across APAC drives wearable band market as Fitbit falters
Fitbit faltered in Q3 and was the only vendor in the top five not to grow shipments over last year.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally coming to NZ
The controversial foldable smartphone is now available for preorder in New Zealand from December 9, with shipping starting on December 18.
Gartner: Apple continues to lose as smartphone market drops
Huawei, Samsung, and OPPO increased market share in the third quarter of 2019, while Apple and Xiaomi share declined.
IDC: Global smartphone market returns to positive growth
"The market returning to positive growth shows the resilience of the industry as well as the ongoing demand for mobile phones, all in the face of many global macroeconomic challenges."
Samsung and Finder launch Aussie first with new credit card search feature
Samsung Electronics Australia and Finder have launched Promoted Cards, a new credit card shopping feature for Samsung Pay which provides Australians with different credit card offers from participating financial institutions.
Gartner: Wearable device spending to total US$52 billion in 2020
Competition from lower-cost smartwatches will reduce average selling prices by 4.5% in 2021.
Samsung Galaxy S10 software updated to be more like the Note10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is stepping up to become more like its cousin the Note 10, with a bunch of new software updates, camera tools and Windows integration.
Samsung Singapore says the Galaxy Fold is now back in stock
Samsung Singapore is also offering a ‘premier service’ for those who purchase the Galaxy Fold LTE.
Hands-on review: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is sleek and sexy
To quote my favourite Jedi master, while not yet complete is my journey to the Android side, much closer to turning I am. Want one I do.
The rise and rise of ‘hearables’, as told by IDC
Ear-worn devices captured 46.9% of the overall wearables market during the 2Q19, up from 24.8% a year ago.
Samsung says 'hundreds of apps' will work with Galaxy Fold
‘Hundreds’ of apps on the Google Play and Galaxy Stores have been updated to work with the foldable phone, thanks to a collaboration with Google to improve integrated Android OS support.
Security flaw left Android phones open to SMS phishing attacks found
Check Point Research discovered the vulnerability impacts phones from Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Sony.
Premium headphones driving revenue boom, says Futuresource
Thanks to the trend in premium brands, worldwide headphone revenue is growing four times faster than shipment numbers.