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Samsung India’s online smartphone market is growing

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Samsung India focussing on online retail ways instead of physical stores because the physical stores’ of Samsung were hardly affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a report quoting Samsung India Senior Vice President Asim Warsi, the company now expects its online business to grow by 35% this year compared to 2019. This indicates that the company trying its competitive impact on Indian online business.

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The senior Vice President of Samsung confirmed that the M series of Samsung Galaxy has very successful in India’s online market in 2020 and the M series was the main strength behind the success of Samsung.

“Our average selling price (ASP) for the Galaxy ‘M’ series is likely to grow at 50 percent in 2020. We will double our online business market share in 2020 on the back of 100 percent growth (year-on-year) in the second half (July-December) this year,” Warsi told IANS.

“The ‘M’ series is the single largest brand from any smartphone company in India today, riding on meaningful innovations. M51 will be the most powerful device in the portfolio ever which no other device can match in its price segment,” Warsi added.

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“Be it an office-goer, a millennial or a student busy with online classes at home, the ‘Make in India’ M51 will be the go-to device for all,” Warsi added.

“This success is an ode to the fact that M series was designed ground-up in India for the young Indian consumers and manufactured at our factory in Noida,” Warsi said.

“The upcoming Galaxy M51 is the most powerful Galaxy M smartphone yet,” he added.

Recently the South Korean company revealed the release date of the Galaxy M51 in the Indian market. The Galaxy M51 will launch in India on September 10, according to a mocked image on the Amazon India website.

Samsung Galaxy M51 comes with a 6.65inch AMOLED display and a Full HD+ resolution. The Galaxy M51 packed with a 7,000mAh monster battery with 20W fast charging. The device runs on Android 10 and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor. It has 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM.

The device has a 32MP front-facing selfie camera. The Galaxy M51 has a quad-camera setup with a 64MP wide-angle camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera, 5MP depth sensor, and 5MP macro camera. The phone has a dual SIM card slot, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB Type-C port. We can expect the price of around INR25,000 in India.

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Google’s Gemini Nano AI deal with Samsung on EU antitrust radar

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EU seemingly investigating if Google’s Gemini AI deal with Samsung violates antitrust law. Regulators of the European Union seeking input from industry to know if Samsung’s Gemini AI deal constitutes anti-competitive conduct.

An EU document seen by Reuters indicates that the Commission wants the opinion of industry officials. The inquiry is about whether Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series with Gemini Nano would limit the pre-installation of rival AI chatbot platforms.

The query also includes whether Gemini Nano limits interoperability with other chatbots and apps on the Galaxy S24 series. Details are also required if there were any cases of failure in signing contracts with phone makers to pre-install AI chatbots.

“EU antitrust regulators are asking industry participants if Google’s multi-year generative artificial intelligence (AI) deal with Samsung hinders rival chatbots on Samsung smartphones.” – Reuters.

Earlier, EU competition authorities hinted at an antitrust investigation into Samsung and Google’s AI deal. The Commission’s Deputy Competition Commissioner asked to “understand the impact of pre-installing Google’s Gemini Nano on Samsung devices.”

The report notes that the executive committee distributed an 8-page questionnaire, with a response required by this week. Samsung and Google may be in trouble if the EU Commission observes any anti-competitive practices.

The Galaxy S24 series is the first to use the Gemini Nano AI model developed by Google. Both companies signed a multi-year partnership to fuel future products with the AI model. The Pixel 8 Pro also came pre-installed with Gemini Nano for on-device AI capabilities.

Samsung also brought Gemini AI to Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 devices. Google is also preparing to introduce the Pixel 9 series next month, equipped with Gemini Nano. Apple is also in close-door talks with Google to include Gemini in iPhone models.

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Apple iPhone could support Samsung Wallet, Google Wallet in Europe

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Apple iPhone users could soon be able to use Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe. Recently, the EU antitrust regulator revealed that Apple will open up its tap-and-go mobile payments system for third-party payment platforms in Europe.

KoreaTimes reports that the EU accepted Apple’s offer to open the NFC payments system. The iPhone maker agreed in favor of ending the antitrust probe began in 2020. It will expand Apple iPhone users’ choices beyond Apple Pay, such as Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe.

Apple’s agreement will be valid for a period of 10 years in EU territories. From now on, the US tech giant can no longer use its control over the iPhone ecosystem to keep other mobile wallets out of the market.

As Samsung Wallet looks to expand on the iPhone, Apple Pay is eating its market in its home ground. Following the launch in South Korea, Apple Pay is gradually gaining popularity. The company is expanding its support across categories to be acceptable everywhere.

European Union forced Apple to ditch its lighting port from products. The company replaced its lighting port with a universal USB C-Type port on iPhone models. iMessage is also adopting the RCS messaging standard that is heavily forced by Google.

Apple is also bringing place to third-party app markets on iPhones in Europe. Now with the latest development, iPhone users will be getting the choice to opt for a payment platform other than Apple Pay. It would be interesting to see whether Google or Samsung manage to make a solid entry.

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Gemini AI now functions on your Android’s lockscreen

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Google has upgraded the Gemini AI app to answer general questions even on your Android phone’s lockscreen. Initially, the company’s new Gemini app was limited to Google Assistant-level commands. Now, if you trigger Gemini on the lock screen, it will respond to some general questions.

The upgraded Gemini AI now allows you to “get answers on lockscreen from Gemini without unlocking your device.” You can now get weather information at a glance with the new Gemini application, but additional actions would require you to unlock the device first.

You can keep your phone locked if your query has been answered properly. If you prefer entering the whole user interface, just unlock the device using fingerprint or PIN. Once unlocked, you will get the keyboard in the popped-up state, offering seamless flow.

The Gemini app added a new “Gemini on lock screen” setting on the main preferences page. Google’s new “Gemini responses on lock screen” toggle completes the already available “Google Assistant on lock screen” option.

Notably, Google is rolling out this update to random users sequentially. You may soon notice the changes as soon as the update reaches your handset. As it’s the first deployment, you may not get responses to some basic queries, but not too long.

Similar to Google Assistant, Gemini was able to control alarms and timers, media (play/pause), and “some phone features,” like volume. As part of the “Utilities” Extension, the US tech giant is further enhancing the user experience through the Gemini app.

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