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HARMAN acquires US-based Roon to boost Samsung’s audio market presence

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Samsung-owned Harman International has taken over Roon Labs, the multi-device and multi-room audio technology company popular among audiophiles for its streaming platform and hi-fi sound, to accelerate its foray into the burgeoning home audio market.

Today, Samsung Electronics’ wholly-owned audio electronics giant announced its acquisition of the US-based high-end music streaming platform company without disclosing the financial terms. Roon offers a music player platform with a rich interface for browsing and discovering music.

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Supported by various operating systems, it is compatible with any audio device, and its playback engine boasts a sound that meets audiophile standards. Founded in 2015 by a team behind the modular music server Sooloos, Roon’s platform and system are well-known among high-end music enthusiasts.

With its multi-device, multi-room hi-fi music streaming system, Harman is expected to raise the stakes in the global home audio market, which is forecast to grow at an 11.1% compound annual growth rate from 2023 to reach $84.1 billion in 2031.

Roon’s platform can also be connected to Harman’s connected car systems. The latest acquisition comes less than a month after Harman’s purchase of French audio software firm FLUX, underlining its ambition to bolster audio software capabilities.

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Try Galaxy: Experience the Galaxy S24 series’ AI and camera features on all Android and iOS devices

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If you are interested in the new AI-powered features and advanced camera tools of the Samsung Galaxy S24 series, you can now try them out on your device with the updated Try Galaxy app. The app, which was previously only available for iOS users, is now compatible with all Android devices, including Galaxy models.

The Try Galaxy app allows you to enjoy the look and feel of the Galaxy S24 home screen and One UI 6.1 interface. You can access tutorials and interactive content to learn how to use the new features, such as Live Translate, Note Assist, Chat Assist, Photo Assist, and Circle to Search with Google.

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Moreover, you can also watch amazing videos of the Galaxy S24 series’ camera capabilities, such as Nightography Zoom, Super Steady, and Portrait mode.

Furthermore, the app introduces you to the Galaxy ecosystem, including the new Galaxy Themes, the Samsung Health app, and the latest foldable devices, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5.

Notably, the app is available on supported Android OS smartphones with the latest version of Chrome, but may not be perfectly optimized depending on device model, setting, screen size, etc. It also runs on Safari, on iPhone 7 and above with iOS 14 or higher.

The Try Galaxy app supports 20 languages in 120 countries and has over 18 million downloads worldwide. You can download the app by scanning a QR code or visiting trygalaxy.com.

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Samsung Galaxy Book 4 series laptops will release in the US on February 26

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After the initial unveiling in South Korea, the Samsung Galaxy Book 4 series laptops will now be released in the US on February 26, 2024. Notably, the lineup consists of three models Galaxy Book 4 Ultra, Galaxy Book 4 Pro, and Galaxy Book 4 Pro 360 that deliver an intelligent and powerful experience.

The Galaxy Book 4 Pro features Intel Core Ultra 5 and Ultra 7 processors, an Intel Arc graphics, and runs on Windows 11. It boasts a 14-inch and 16-inch AMOLED display, a backlit keyboard, a 2-megapixel webcam, and AKG quad speakers with Dolby Atmos.

While, the Galaxy Book 4 Pro 360 includes a 360-degree hinge for tablet use, a 16-inch AMOLED touch display, and comes with S-Pen support. It shares the same processors and graphics as the Pro model and features Dolby Atmos and a backlit keyboard.

Furthermore, the Ultra model of the Galaxy Book 4 series is equipped with the new Intel Core Ultra 9 and 7 Processor, combining a CPU, GPU, and a newly added NPU into a single package. It also offers enhanced security with a new discrete Samsung Knox security chip.

Connectivity options of Galaxy Book 4 series laptops include WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, multiple ports, and substantial batteries with USB-C charging. Overall, all three laptops come with several sophisticated features and capabilities to provide users with a robust performance.

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However, the Samsung Galaxy Book 4 series will be available in the US and some other markets starting February 26, so if you were planning to switch to a new device, that meets all your requirements, then any of these models can be a great option for you.

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Pixel boost crucial for Android, Google Search as Samsung, Huawei loom large: Source

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Samsung may have made Google its biggest rival in the smartphone market. Previously, Samsung considered replacing Google with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine on Galaxy devices. This attempt by Samsung may have triggered Google to seek Pixel boost for Android and Search.

According to a report, Google managed to achieve a milestone of selling 10 million Pixel devices in 2023. The company sets an ambitious target to exceed 10 million Pixel sales target this year as well. There are multiple motives for Google apart from expanding the smartphone business.

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A source with direct knowledge told Nikkei Asia that keeping Google’s Pixel phone business thriving is important for the sustainability of its search engine and mobile operating system ecosystem when Huawei’s HarmonyOS user base is growing and Samsung attempted to switch default search engine.

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HarmonyOS is a direct competitor to Google’s Android, which is growing rapidly. Whereas, Samsung is becoming a big threat to Google’s hold on its OS due to the highest number of shipments. We are also seeing Galaxy-exclusive Android features launching over the past two years.

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Apart from this, the US tech giant has also told suppliers to start making its Pixel smartphones in India by the next quarter at the earliest to further diversify its supply chain away from China and capture the booming Indian smartphone market.

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