- Samsung posts record profits in Q1 2017 even as phone sales decline
Increased sales in the semiconductor business lead to Samsung’s second-most profitable quarter.
Samsung has published its earnings results for the quarter ending in March 2017, and as it forecast a few weeks ago, Q1 2017 was very profitable for the company. Operating profit saw a massive year-on-year increase of 48% to $8.8 billion (9.9 trillion won), leading to Samsung’s second-most profitable quarter ever and best-ever first quarter.
Net profit at $6.8 billion (7.68 trillion won) was also up 46% from the same period a year ago. Although profits increased significantly, overall revenue at $44.7 billion (50.55 trillion won) was a slight increase from Q1 2016’s $44.01 billion (49.78 trillion won). Sales from the mobile unit declined, with the business posting an operating profit of $1.8 billion (2.07 trillion won), down 47% from the $3.4 billion (3.89 trillion won) it netted a year ago.
With the termination of the Note 7, Samsung had to rely on the Galaxy S7 for longer than inten…
- Xiaomi Mi 6 hands-on: Two steps forward, one step back
Xiaomi once again sets the bar for value, but the decision to remove the 3.5mm jack could backfire.
Over the course of the last year, we’ve seen phones in the mid-range segment close the gap on flagships from Samsung, LG, and HTC. The likes of OnePlus 3T, Honor 8, and Xiaomi’s Mi 5 showed that you don’t necessarily have to spend big to get access to high-end internals and dual camera tech.
Xiaomi has built its entire business model on selling phones that offer great value for money. The manufacturer doesn’t make much profit from initial sales, but gets a bigger cut over the lifecycle of a handset as component costs come down. The strategy has worked very well for the Chinese company over the last three years, and the Mi 6 represents its boldest move yet.
The Mi 6 has everything you’d expect in a high-end phone in 2017: a sharp display, Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, dual 12MP cameras, and a 3350mAh battery. What sets the phone apart is that it offers all of these…
- Google TalkBack 5.2 is out of beta with speech verbosity settings, Select to Speak, and more
It might not matter how high the DPI on a screen gets cranked by each new model if you have trouble seeing it. Thankfully we have Google’s TalkBack, Android’s accessibility service for the blind and disabled. It reads what’s on your screen, but it als…
- Google Photos v2.14 is preparing personalized experiences and sharing suggestions based around facial recognition [APK Teardown]
When the Photos app launched in 2015, Google had already been working on computer vision for many years. It was no surprise that object recognition was a major draw for the app, and automatic sorting of pictures by person with the use of facial recogn…
- 5 things that prove Google Assistant is useful
Google Assistant is finally now available for more than just Pixel devices. If you’re skeptical about how useful it is, here’s what it can do for you.(This is a preview – click here to read the entire entry.)
- TWRP is now available for the Exynos Galaxy S8 and S8+
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ haven’t been in the hands of consumers for long, but as with almost any Android phone, developers are eager to flash custom recoveries and ROMs onto it. As such, it should come as little surprise that TWRP is already available fo…
- [Deal Alert] Get a Verizon/unlocked Galaxy S8 with warranty for just $699.99 ($56 off) from a reputable eBay seller
The still-new Galaxy S8 is arguably the best phone on the market right now. The gorgeous Infinity Display and Snapdragon 835 are features that competitors just can’t match. That being said, at $756 + tax for the Verizon model, it’s on the higher end of the market. Even though it’s been less than a week since pre-orders have been arriving on tech enthusiasts’ doorsteps, you can save a pretty significant chunk of change by purchasing one from a Top Rated Plus seller on eBay.
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- [Deal Alert] Here are 23 temporarily free, 2 cheap, and 18 on-sale apps for your Wednesday
Feels like it was just yesterday that I was writing the last one of these, but here we are halfway through the week. That means another round of apps that have gone free or on sale! Quite a few have popped up since then, though there is still a theme …
- FCC’s Ajit Pai announces that the future of internet regulation is deregulation
We’ve covered the FCC’s dance with Net Neutrality and Title II regulation for ISPs in the past, and it looks like chairman Pai has come out with a few more statements about the return to a future of deregulated internet regional monopolies. The FCC is…
- Google Trips gets new ways to make your next vacation better
New features let you find and share everything easier to make a vacation stress-free like it should be.
Planning your vacation can be a lot of work. And when you’re done figuring it all out you need to get it organized and put somewhere that you can use it. Google Trips can help and some new features make it even easier.
Keeping track of your reservations is now easier because everything is in one place in one app. The new Google Trips keeps it all on one tab and lets you share any of it with the tap of a button. The person you’re sharing with will get an email with all the details, and see them in the Google Trips app as well.
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The next new feature lets you instantly update details for flights, car rentals, and hotel or restaurant reservations even if you haven’t received any confirmation. Press the plus button while you’re in the reservation section and enter all the details.You can even add notes that don’t fit into a specific category.