Samsung Electronics, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft compete to attain the maximum share of the burgeoning metaverse device market, which is expected to grow 80% annually. Looking at this we can say that the following companies could be a guiding light in the world of metaverse technology.
Samsung Electronics will launch an augmented reality (AR) device that will be loaded with hologram technology. The company is preparing to commercialize hologram technology for a long time.
Samsung’s contribution to the metaverse
Samsung’s AR devices will run on the company’s new generation Exynos application processors (AP) and Google Android OS. As per the industry insiders, the company is working in close cooperation with DigiLens, a U.S based company that is specialized in augmented reality technology.
Samsung Electronics has completed the development but the release time is adjusted and being delayed to the second half of the year 2022. Last month we have heard the news that Samsung is developing a dedicated handset to work with the technology, partnering with Microsoft.
Apple’s contribution to the metaverse
Apple is known to have recently completed a test on a Virtual Reality headset for launch, it will also be launched by the end of the year 2022. Talking about the Apple VR device is loaded with a micro-organic light-emitting diode.
Apple has already completed the development of the VR device with Taiwan’s TSMC. The micro-LED display technology does not require a color filter. It is smaller, thinner, and powerfully efficient. Apple is going to use its own M1 chip for the VR headset. Which is obviously to be powered by the iOS operating system.
Meta’s contribution to the metaverse
We all know Meta, formally known as Facebook is developing a new metaverse hardware product, loaded with the micro OLED display, a Qualcomm Application Processor, and Google Android OS. Microsoft developing smart glasses that are to be powered by a Qualcomm AP and hologram technology.
Tech Giants developing Metaverse technologies
An increasing no. of tech firms are focusing on the metaverse. According to the market research firm IDC, the global VR and AR device market will grow by 92.1 percent by 2026.
Currently, Oculus Quest 2 is having a market share of 78%, which is the virtual reality headset of the Meta Platform Subsidiary a stand-alone device that requires no smartphone insertion, and the new device from Samsung Electronics is likely to be the same type. We will be enriching you with all the updates that are going to come in the upcoming days.
Samsung Digital Car Key expands to more phones and cars, Android 12 required
Digital Car Key is a futuristic feature crafted by Samsung that makes select Galaxy smartphones like a digital key of flagship cars from select OEMs. Earlier, Digital Car Key support was available for a limited number of Samsung phones and cars, which is now expanded.
According to a screenshot shared by users, the Samsung Digital Key feature is now available on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra for Genesis GV60, G90 / Kia Niro / Hyundai Palisade, however, devices must be running Android 12 OS.
Aside from this, the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and Galaxy Z Flip 5G carrier-locked models are only supported through the Android 12 version upgrade. It’s worth mentioning that the Galaxy S20 FE doesn’t support the Digital Car Key feature.
Adding to this, the BMW models manufactured after July 2020 will support the Samsung Digital Car key feature on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series devices running Android 12. Most of the models seem to have gained the Digital Car Key feature support capabilities with the Android 12.
Last but not least, Samsung confirmed that more car models and supported phones will be added for the Digital Car Key feature in the future. In order to get more information about supported vehicles, consumers can contact the vehicle manufacturer.
The Digital Key feature is powered by UWB technology (ultrawideband), which is a short-range, wireless communication protocol that uses radio waves to operate, much like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It transmits radio waves at a much higher frequency that enables highly accurate spatial awareness and directional capabilities.
Meet Samsung Digital Car Key!
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Meet Samsung’s new UDC for Galaxy Z Fold 4
Just two days later, Samsung is going to launch its next-generation foldable smartphones for consumers. With the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung debuted the UDC (under display camera technology), which is going to get a significant upgrade with the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
It was the first time when the company used bring the under-display camera technology with a Galaxy phone, however, the performance of that hidden camera is not so good, and neither the hole is invisible, as every Fold 3 consumer knows.
Well, meet the next generation of Samsung UDC technology that will be unveiled with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 foldable smartphone, two days later. Thanks to @SamsungRydah (update: Tweet deleted) for sharing an internal slideshow of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 showing off the upgraded under-display camera tech.
As you can see in the image below, the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s UDC is capable of hiding the camera hole, comparatively better than its predecessor. The Z Fold 4’s camera screen area packs scattered subpixels instead of the collective subpixels which debuted with the Z Fold 3.
This upgraded UDC functionality improves the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s UDC area resolution up to 40% with a 132ppi pixel density offering. It’s important to mention that the under-display camera area of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a screen resolution of just 94ppi.
In addition to the UDC, the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s rear camera specifications have been leaked as well, which claims 50MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. The company will launch the phone on August 10 Unpacked, however, there are a lot of benefits on pre-reservations.
Samsung hires Apple semiconductor expert
South Korean media outlet reported that Samsung Electronics has recently hired a semiconductor expert from Apple. Recently, the company established the Packaging Solution Center in Device Solution America (DSA) and appointed Kim Woo-pyeong from Apple as its director.
Since 2014, Kim worked for Apple for around nine years after working for Texas Instruments and Qualcomm. Notably, the former Apple semiconductor expert studied at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
Industry experts say that it’s not good to see Samsung has hired a semiconductor expert from Apple, and it could bring bitterness in relations between both tech giants. Everyone knows, that Samsung and Apple are traditional competitors in the smartphone market.
We saw the Exynos processors are not so good so far and can’t compete with even Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets. However, Samsung is likely to get benefit from the ex-Apple employee as it’s focusing on technology development in the packaging field.
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