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Samsung Finally Releases Its Foldable Smartphone

Samsung said it would expand support to five new languages in the coming months, including British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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Samsung also opened up its own voice-based assistant Bixby, allowing third party developers to build functionalities for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant.
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After weeks of teasing, Samsung finally showcased its foldable smartphone at its fifth annual developer conference here that would be mass produced in the coming months.

The foldable phone, which is a tablet when it’s fully opened and a phone when it’s closed, was demonstrated by Samsung’s Senior Vice President of Mobile Marketing Justin Denison on Wednesday, The Verge reported.

However, the smartphone showcased at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) is not the final product yet.

“The foldable display lays the foundation for a new kind of mobile experience. We are excited to work with developers on this new platform to create new value for our customers. We cannot wait to see where the technology and collaboration takes us,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.

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It offers access to the same development tools Samsung’s internal developers use to create Bixby Capsules

The company has used what it calls “Infinity Flex Display” for the foldable device that lets users open and close it again without any degradation.

“Because the Infinity Flex Display is a next generation platform, Samsung invites developers to participate in this journey from the beginning. Working collaboratively with Google and the Android developer community, Samsung will maximise the potential of this new form factor to create an optimised foldable user experience,” the company said.

The tech giant also announced it would join the notch bandwagon soon.

During the keynote, the firm showed several notch designs that are certainly coming to its smartphones beginning 2019.

Samsung also opened up its own voice-based assistant Bixby, allowing third party developers to build functionalities for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant.

Bixby started as a practical way to use voice to interact with the phone. Now, it is evolving into a scalable, open AI platform to support many devices, including fridge and TVs.

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The foldable phone, which is a tablet when it’s fully opened and a phone when it’s closed

Samsung announced the opening of Bixby Developer Studio, an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), to developers.

It offers access to the same development tools Samsung’s internal developers use to create Bixby Capsules, which is what developers build to add features to Bixby.

“Our goal is to offer developers a robust, scalable and open AI platform that makes it easy for them to launch and evolve the amazing experiences they create for our users,” said Kyunghak Hyun, Product Manager of the AI Product Management Group at Samsung.

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“As Samsung’s ecosystem of devices continues to grow, it creates more points of contact not just for Bixby, but for a growing number of third-party services as well. Developers have more ways to reach users, and users get more opportunities to make the most of them,” Kyunghak said.

As part of its efforts to scale Bixby services, Samsung said it would expand support to five new languages in the coming months, including British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. (IANS)

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Samsung Launches First Smartphone With 4-Rear Camera System

The device comes in Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink colours and a 3D Glass-curved back

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Samsung brings world's first 4-rear camera smartphone to India. Flickr

Upping the ante in the camera department, South Korean tech giant Samsung on Tuesday brought Galaxy A9, its first smartphone with quadruple primary (rear) camera system, to India.

This is the world’s first device with quad camera system at the rear and the first from the company to feature dual tone, reflective gradient design.

The 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants of Galaxy A9 cost Rs 36,990 and Rs 39,990, respectively.

“Our final launch of the year has brought out four-camera phone to India,” Asim Warsi, Global Vice President, Samsung India, told reporters here.

Samsung has already launched a three-camera Galaxy A7 in the country.

Prospective buyers can pre-book the smartphone starting Thursday. The device will be available across all channels starting November 28.

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The 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants of Galaxy A9 cost Rs 36,990 and Rs 39,990, respectively.

A major highlight of the device is its vertically-stacked four cameras consisting of an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 24MP main sensor, a 5MP depth sensor and a 10MP telephoto sensor at the back.

On the front, the smartphone features a 24MP camera.

There’s a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, face recognition support and a 3800mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ sAMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio.

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The handset is backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, coupled with 128GB internal storage that can be further expanded.

The Galaxy A9 features digital assistant Bixby, Samsung Pay and Samsung Health.

The device comes in Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink colours and a 3D Glass-curved back. (IANS)