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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Qualcomm Showcases 5G Leadership with its First 3GPP-based 5G New Radio Connection.



Connection Achieved with Qualcomm Technologies' sub-6 GHz 5G NR Prototype; Demo to be on Display at Mobile World Congress Barcelona in the Qualcomm Booth, as well as the China Mobile Communications Corporation's Booth as Part of Their Ongoing 5G Collaboration.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced the Company's first successful 5G connection based upon the New Radio (NR) work in 3GPP, which is expected to become the global 5G standard. The connection, which was completed utilizing Qualcomm Technologies' sub-6 GHz 5G NR prototype system capable of operating at mid-band spectrum from 3.3 GHz to 5.0 GHz, demonstrates how advanced 5G NR technologies can be utilized to efficiently achieve multi-gigabit-per-second data rates at significantly lower latency than today's 4G LTE networks. The successful connection serves as a significant milestone towards rapid validation and the upcoming commercialization of 5G NR technologies at scale.

5G NR will make the best use of a wide range of spectrum bands, and utilizing spectrum bands below 6 GHz is critical for achieving ubiquitous coverage and capacity to address the large number of envisioned 5G use cases. Qualcomm Technologies' sub-6 GHz 5G NR prototype, which was announced and first showcased in June 2016, consists of both base stations and user equipment (UE) and serves as a testbed for verifying 5G NR capabilities in bands below 6 GHz. 

The live prototype demonstration showcased advanced 3GPP 5G NR technologies including adaptive self-contained TDD subframes, scalable OFDM-based waveforms to support wider bandwidths, advanced LDPC channel coding, and a new flexible, low-latency slot structure based design.  These advanced technologies are based on key design decisions that have been made as part of the ongoing 5G NR 3GPP Study Item and will be critical to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality and connected cloud computing.

Qualcomm Technologies will be demonstrating the prototype system publicly at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 27 through March 2 in the Qualcomm booth (Hall 3, Booth 3E10), as well as in the China Mobile Communications Corporation's booth (Hall 1 Stand 1G50) as part of their ongoing collaboration.

"In addition to serving as a significant milestone in 5G development, this first 5G NR connection is a powerful testament to Qualcomm Technologies' continued leadership in developing next generation wireless technologies that drive and track 3GPP standardization," said Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

"As we did with 3G, 4G and Gigabit LTE, Qualcomm is collaborating with leading network operators such as China Mobile Communications Corporation to ensure timely commercial network launches of 5G NR."

Qualcomm Technologies' 5G NR sub-6 GHz prototype system is built to closely track the ongoing 3GPP standardization efforts on 5G NR – the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. The prototype will also be utilized in our over-the-air 5G NR trials and interoperability testing starting in the second half of 2017. 

Tracking the 3GPP specification is important because it promotes adherence and validation with the global 5G standard, accelerating the time to high volume standard-compliant devices and infrastructure. It will also drive forward compatibility to future 3GPP 5G NR releases. 

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. 

For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages


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SOURCE Qualcomm Incorporated.

Samsung Galaxy S8 showing apps list and on-screen buttons pic leaks.


Besides the pictures posted herewith after this first one that we think it is the most clear image of a real Galaxy S8 showing an almost bezel less display  which is taked by the side edges.

Also, you can notice an apps list and on-screen buttons than physicals.

 Apps edge:




The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 9 chipset (depending on market) and arrive with a 5.8-inch 18.5:9 Super AMOLED touchscreen (and a 6.2-inch one on the S8+), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of base storage (expandable via microSD), a 12 MP f/1.7 main camera, an 8 MP f/1.7 selfie shooter, a USB Type-C port, and a 3,000 mAh battery (3,500 mAh for the S8+).

Powered with Android Nougat. The official announcement has been rumored to come on March 29, with availability in the US starting on April 21.

Monday, February 20, 2017

LG WebOS 3.5 security management attains cyber security assurance program certification.





Smart TV Platform Delivers Safe, Secure Smart TV Experience to LG TV Owners Worldwide.

Press Release:

 The latest version of LG Electronics’ (LG) webOS 3.5 Security Manager smart TV platform has been certified for its effective cybersecurity capabilities by UL, the world’s foremost expert in safety and sustainability, a first in the smart TV category. Following in the footsteps of its expertise in smart TVs, LG intends to expand this level of capability to its entire smart home, smart home security and home automation product offerings.
UL’s 2900-1 Cybersecurity Assurance Program (CAP) tested webOS 3.5 Security Manager for malware susceptibility and vulnerabilities, software weaknesses and security controls that help protect users’ private information. UL assessed the effectiveness of each webOS 3.5 security layer by subjecting the software to a variety of virtual network penetrations and vulnerability attacks – covered under CWE/SANS Top 25 vulnerabilities – on its applications and system configuration center. LG webOS 3.5’s compliance in these categories provides the foundation for home IoT networks composed of multiple connected home appliances.
UL’s 2900-1 tests measure application security, information access control via authentication processes, engineer mode hacking protection and software falsification protection. Additional information on UL 2900-1 standards can be found at https://goo.gl/iJrf90. In addition to being the industry’s first smart TV platform to receive UL 2900-1 certification, LG webOS 3.5 has also been certified for its effective Digital Rights Management capabilities within smart TV applications.

“Our webOS platform was developed with security in mind so it’s heartening to know that UL, a trusted name in safety testing and certification, concurs,” said JH Hwang, senior vice president and head of R&D at LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “As more and more consumers embrace smart TVs and their capabilities to connect to other devices, information security will become even a greater issue for users. LG’s webOS, already considered one of the industry’s most intuitive smart TV platforms, will continue to set the benchmark for others to follow.”

LG Display is building a 10.5G TFT-LCD factory.



According to South Korea-based Maeil Business News Korea, LG Display is building a 10.5G TFT-LCD factory with monthly production capacity of 60,000 glass substrates in Paju City, northwestern South Korea, with the first phase to kick off in February 2018.

The factory aims to cope with competition from China-based panel makers BOE Technology and China Star Optoelectronics Technology, which will begin production at a 10.5G TFT-LCD factory in China in the third quarter of 2018 and an 11G one in China in 2019.

Substrates at an 8.5G TFT-LCD factory can be cut into four 55-inch TV panels and 10.5G ones 10 55-inch TV panels.


LG Display will begin to convert equipment at a 8.5G TFT-LCD factory to producing OLED panels in March 2017 and is expected to begin converting the 10.5G TFT-LCD factory beginning 2020 to meet growing demand for OLED TVs.



MWC 2017: SK Telecom to Unveil "360 VR Live".



SK Telecom today announced that it will unveil its 360-degree live broadcast platform named '360 Adaptive VR Live Streaming Platform (hereinafter referred to as "360 VR Live")' at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from February 27 to March 2.

360 VR Live is an innovative end-to-end broadcast system that enables users to produce and livestream ultra-high-definition (UHD) 360-degree virtual reality (VR) video with low latency using a 360-degree camera.

The platform produces UHD VR content through its differentiated stitching technology. When it comes to creating 360-degree visuals, it is important to seamlessly stitch multiple videos or images taken by the 360 camera. Based on multi-band blending algorithm, the platform stitches images in multi layers to produce a seamless 360 VR content without any distortion. In terms of frame rate, it supports 60 frames per second (FPS), which is translated into two times higher image quality than that of its competitors.

Moreover, 360 Live VR has significantly reduced the bandwidth required for transmitting 360 video data. Generally, live streaming of 360 VR video requires up to six times greater bandwidth than traditional broadcasting. However with the platform, the size of the 360 VR video file is reduced by 35 percent, while not compromising the image quality thanks to dynamic tiling.

In addition, applied with 'T Live Streaming*,' an innovative real-time streaming technology developed by SK Telecom, 360 VR Live creates a better environment for live broadcasting of 360-degree VR video by dramatically reducing latency from over 20 seconds to less than five seconds.

*SK Telecom developed T Live Streaming in May 2016 by customizing 'MPEG Media Transport (MMT),' a standard developed by the Moving Picture Expert Group (MPEG)*, to the mobile network environment.

360 VR Live creates a truly immersive experience by providing realistic 3D audio: Based on binaural rendering technology, 3D audio recognizes, in real time, the user's accurate location including the direction of his/her eyes and provides sounds consistent with the user's location.

For instance, while watching a live travelling content, users will feel as if they themselves have teleported to a distant and exotic location not only because of what they see but also because of what they hear. 

The volume of sounds – e.g. background noise, voices, etc. – changes according to what the user is looking at: When the user looks at the tour guide, the voice of the guide will be heard loud and clear. Then, when he turns his head to the right to enjoy the scenery, the voice will be heard louder in his left ear than right ear. When the user looks back, the voice will be smaller for both ears.

SK Telecom plans to commercialize 360 VR Live initially in the enterprise market for broadcasting companies and social networking sites. The company will also open its application programming interface (API) to build a new media ecosystem. With the API, individuals and small content developers will be able to create and offer 360 VR Live services.

"Immersive live VR broadcasting will become widespread in the 5G era. SK Telecom will focus on building a new media ecosystem by joining hands with diverse partners," said Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center of SK Telecom.

About SK Telecom
Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016.

SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services.

SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry.

For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com.


SOURCE SK Telecom.



Friday, February 17, 2017

Year 2016: Tablets Global Shipments market share: Apple 27%, Samsung 17.2%, Amazon 7%




Market research firm TrendForce reports annual tablet shipments worldwide posted a decline for 2016, dropping 6.6% to 157.4 million units. However, total shipments from branded tablet vendors surpassed expectations because of the robust year-end holiday sales.
"Together, major tablet brands posted a marginal decline in their total shipments for 2016," said Anita Wang, TrendForce notebook analyst. "Chief shipment contributors included Apple and Amazon. The former enjoyed strong iPad sales in the fourth-quarter busy season, and the latter nearly doubled its annual shipments. Other brands such as Huawei, Lenovo and Acer also expanded their shipments despite market headwinds."
As for white-box (white brand) vendors, Wang pointed out that their shipments were impacted by limited panel supply. "Due to profit considerations, panel makers scaled back the supply of tablet panels," noted Wang. "As a result, global white-box tablet shipments for 2016 fell by more than 20% compared with the previous year."
Going into 2017, demand for tablets will continue to be curtailed by the increasing consumer preference for large-size smartphones. Furthermore, major brands and white-box vendors will be constrained by insufficient panel inventory as South Korean panel makers cut back on the production of LCD tablet panels. According to TrendForce's projection, this year's global tablet shipments will come to 147.8 million units, a drop of 6.1% from 2016.
Apple posted better than expected iPad shipments last year; at least three new iPad models are lined up for 2017
Global iPad shipments for 2016 totaled 42.55 million units, representing an annual decline of 14.1%. Nonetheless, iPad shipments on the whole were above market expectations. Strong demand in North America and exceptional results from year-end holiday sales sustained iPad shipments last year.
Wang pointed out that Apple has as many as three to four new iPad products lined up for 2017. "In addition to an economically priced 9.7-inch model that is ready for market release, Apple will also launch a new 12.9-inch model," said Wang. "Furthermore, Apple will also introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad. This will be a new size category for the device series."
TrendForce estimates that this year's iPad shipments will fall by 6~8% annually to around 40 million units. There are reports of a "Pro" version of iPad mini being planned. If Apple decides to release such a product this year, the annual iPad shipments may stabilize and even register growth.
Samsung remains focused on promoting OLED tablets
Samsung's tablet shipments for 2016 fell 19.4% annually to 27 million units. "The general decline in tablet demand and the fierce market competition compel Samsung to offer products with higher specifications and unique features to in order to maintain profitability for its tablet business," said Wang. "OLED displays therefore will continue to be an important part of Samsung's marketing strategy for this year." Samsung has scheduled two models, respectively sized 9.7 and 12 inches, to be released in the first quarter of 2017. Both models will feature an OLED screen.
Samsung's tablet shipments for this year are estimated to fall by 8~10% annually to around 25 million units. The brand will be concentrating on developing the high-end segment of the tablet market with OLED products rather than growing its shipment volume.
Microsoft saw flat shipment growth last year and will face the challenge of supply bottleneck for panels this year
Looking at other brands, Amazon posted a phenomenal 99.4% annual growth in its tablet shipments for 2016, totaling 11 million units. Amazon benefited from its vast base of service subscribers and was very successful in its fourth-quarter promotional activities. By nearly doubling its annual volume, Amazon climbed to the third place in the 2016 ranking of tablet brands.
In addition to the home market, Lenovo also targeted Europe, North America and Japan for shipment expansion last year. Lenovo grew its global tablet shipments by 12.3% annually to 10.9 million units and took fourth place in the 2016 ranking. Lenovo did particularly well in the fourth quarter as favorable currency exchange rates increased channel distributors' stock-up demand for its products.
Huawei last year committed substantial resources on its tablet products with a special focus on tablets with phone function and low-priced models. The brand also expanded shipments in overseas markets by leveraging its smartphone channels and close relationships with telecom companies. Huawei retained its fifth-place position in the annual tablet shipment ranking with a volume of 9.77 million units for 2016.
Microsoft in the second half of 2016 oriented its marketing efforts for the Surface Pro series towards business customers and made a strong sales push in the year-end holiday season. On the whole, Microsoft's shipments of the Surface Pro series totaled about 3.89 million last year, a decline of just 1.4% compared with the 2015 shipment figure for the device series. The brand held on to its sixth-place position in the annual ranking.
Looking ahead, Microsoft has scheduled to launch Surface Pro 5 in the first half of 2017. However, Wang noted that shipments of the Surface Pro series are going to be affected by low panel supply through 2017. "The decision by the major panel supplier Samsung Display (SDC) to reduce its LCD tablet panel production, along with the limited Oxide TFT capacity, will work against Microsoft as it tries to secure panel supply for the Surface Pro series," said Wang.
TrendForce's current shipment estimate for the Surface Pro series in 2017 is less than 3 million units. On the other hand, Microsoft also has a 10-inch device in the works. If this product is released this year and does well in sales, then there is possibility for upward revisions in Microsoft's shipments of the Surface Pro series.
ASUS shipped 3.4 million tablets in 2016, representing a significant drop of 35.3% from 2015. ASUS currently wants to maintain profitability for its tablet business and is not interested in lowering prices to boost sales. If the brand stays with this strategy during 2017, its annual shipments are expected to fall by 5~10%.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

LG G6 offers ultimate user convenience and productivity with fullvision display.




Unique 18:9 Screen Aspect Ratio and Complementary UX

Enables Unparalleled Consumption of Mobile Content.




LG Electronics (LG) will feature its new mobile UX 6.0 in its upcoming G6 smartphone specifically customized to maximize the advantages of the device’s expansive FullVision®display. LG G6 will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display (2,880 x 1,440) with an 18:9 screen aspect ratio that almost entirely fills the front of the smartphone. The dimensions of the phone are ergonomically designed to ensure maximum comfort and compatibility with existing and upcoming digital content.
The phone’s new UX maximizes the benefits of the FullVision display, providing the user with the ultimate convenience and advances, such as:
  • Differentiated experience for viewing content such as video clips and web surfing
  • Improved camera UX that maximizes the extra real estate provided by the 18:9 format display
  • Smartly designed GUI (Graphical User Interface) that enables the opening of two perfectly square windows side by side, delivering a more productive, better multitasking experience
A Differentiated Experience
The FullVision display in the LG G6 provides users with a new viewing experience. The large screen features an expanded top and bottom that allows users to view more information when surfing the web, or while reading e-books and provides a more immersive experience when users view videos or play games.
The LG G6 is expected to kick off an era of premium smartphones with 18:9 screen aspect ratios, which is why such a wide variety of films, apps and games tailored to the 18:9 aspect ratio is sharply rising. The smartphone includes a feature that allows users to view existing 16:9 ratio content easily in 18:9 format.
Enhanced Camera UX
The camera UX has been considerably enhanced thanks to the expansive 18:9 screen aspect ratio display in a way that increases the convenience and the fun. The expansive screen enables users to take and review photos simultaneously. LG UX 6.0 provides a Square Camera feature which divides the 18:9 display into two identical perfect squares. With this, users can shoot images in 1:1 format –  a popular format on social media apps such as Instagram – and review them in the adjacent window. There is also new shooting mode called Food Mode that delivers high color quality and saturation ideal for, well, food. Users can create GIF files by combining anywhere from 2 and 100 pictures in a loop.
Advanced Multi-tasking
The LG G6 takes advantage of the expansive 18:9 display in many ways. Open a call reception window next to the calendar app or the photo gallery at the same time as the message app. Multiple square photographs can be connected together and viewed as a Collage Wallpaper on the lock screen. Type a memo on one side while surfing the web on the other. Inside the calendar app, turning the G6 horizontally will display the calendar in the left window while a detailed schedule will appear on the right. The combinations are endless.

“The LG G6 with FullVision was inspired by the philosophy of experts in the movie industry who believe that an 18:9 ratio screen would be the best solution for viewing both old and new cinematic content in the digital age,” said Juno Cho, president of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We’ve not only embraced that philosophy in our newest smartphone but taken it to a whole new level by incorporating the 18:9 format in many other ways. I think users will appreciate the many ways we’ve made the LG G6 more productive.”