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🥐 Good morning! The hot baked croissant was a great way to start the day. (Why don’t I live in France?)
Samsung foldable dreams
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One of the really interesting developments in smartphones after this year will be the upcoming foldable devices from Samsung.
- As we were covering, a bunch of fake folds came out of China, some with a few minor design changes, but most of them looked a bit like the Z Fold series.
- The best from the likes of Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, Honor and Xiaomi in recent times was probably Oppo Find Innjust because there is a slightly variable form factor that calls for carrying.
Now, in its earnings report held earlier today, Samsung confirms new foldable devices are coming later this year.
- Yes, this is not a surprise. It would have been a great thing if Samsung said they don’t bother you.
- But the formal word is always good. Then, that’s what Samsung also said on its earnings call.
- First, she said she expects sales of foldable devices to double, noting, “We expect the foldable market to grow this year by about twice as much as last year.”
- After that, Samsung said of its goals: “Our goal in terms of foldable devices is to continue to increase sales of Z-series so that Z-series becomes another mainstay alongside the S-series in our business.”
- Having a foldable sales match for its S series really would be a thing, although, of course, Samsung will say it wants to.
- Samsung has also made it clear that it is working hard to improve the software experience in foldable devices, which is getting better and, for any supply chain concerns, is working to ensure that the launch of foldable devices is not restricted by a lack of components.
- One factor could be the availability of Qualcomm chips.
- On Qualcomm’s earnings, CEO Cristiano Amon said, as reported by Reuters: “…he expects the ‘relationship with Samsung only’ to increase,” adding that in the latest Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone, about 75% of the high-end chips were Qualcomm chips, up from about 40% in the latest Samsung phone, replacing Samsung Chips.”
- This is a huge leap for Qualcomm.
- We knew this was playing out because Samsung shipped fewer Galaxy S22 phones running Exynos, Switching to Qualcomm in India, for example.
- But the reason why Samsung preferred Qualcomm over its own Exynos chips is not clear, though guesswork is that the Exynos 2200’s returns were low.
- And Samsung Foundry itself has produced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset!
🔧 Apple’s Limited Self-Repair System has finally been revealed and launched in the US: It’s really good to see Apple’s version repair manuals, but believe it or not, it’s Apple’s self-service platform too: iFixit sees problems with all the different restrictions on parts, tool rentals entail $1,200 on your card to send it back, and it costs The iPhone 13 Pro self-service battery pack is $71, but instead, the cost of sending your phone to Apple and having them do it for you is only $69. (Although you might get a $24 credit for your battery from Apple, if you recycle it, it could be cheaper. But the number of people who think it’s all worth the trouble and risk is really small!) (Android Authority).
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💑 Eh, speaking of actual real relationships and connections: The former FDA-approved Lover app was iOS only But it is now available on Android. Funded by the founder of Tinder (Tech Crunch).
🥽 And back to virtual reality: Mark Zuckerberg said that dead The highly anticipated Project Cambria VR glasses are to work and will’ eventually [replace] Your laptop or work setup in Mixed Reality (Facebook).
🦆 deep diving fun in How Autocorrect started and evolved, including an interview with Ken Kocienda, who created the iPhone autocorrect program. and duck. do you know why. (The Wall Street Journal$)
Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority
Remember the day it came out that Netflix was having some big troubles?
Well, the exciting details about Netflix have already been released.
Like This guy said on Twitteryou usually have to wait for a book several years after it breaks for quotes and gossip, but it’s all here:
- “Netflix’s Big Wake-Up Call: The Clash of Power Behind the Crash” (The Hollywood Reporter).
- All internal politics play in real time.
- And just in case you thought the streaming companies were working together, no. no no no.
- The piece begins with an explanation of schadenfreude and “rooting the whole town against them,” which is a key quote if you want the gist of what’s going on.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.