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Apple to introduce Smartwatches to the Market this October


Apple is getting ready to put it’s first wearable device on the market this October. They hope to produce 3 to 5 million smartwatches a month.

These smartwatches seem to be a strategic move for Apple following Samsung’s Electronic’s Galaxy Gear watches. The features of the watch are yet to be revealed but

Apple Smartwatch
Apple Smartwatch

they are likely to display certain sensors that can gather health information from daily calorie consumption to sleep activity.

Wall Street is hoping to see a new Apple product this year as there seems to have been a drought of New Apple products on the market.

Apple declined to comment.

Is this going to be the next ‘must have’? 4pm would like to know what you think and whether you will be dashing out to get a new smartwatch this October?



The Galaxy S5, due for launch in April; with the possibility of Iris Scan Technology

Samsung’s flagship product for its next generation of Android

images (1)phone is set to be far more discernible than its predecessors. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 is set to be visibly distinct from its S3 and S4 counter-parts, with its newer more stylish design to be the next generation forerunner for the Android Phone, with the possibility of it also including an iris scanner. It is set to ship in March or April, as said by the Korean company’s mobile-product leaders.

“Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology… We are studying the possibility,” stated Young-hee Lee, executive vice president of marketing for Samsung mobile phone division, during an interview with Bloomberg news during the CES exhibition in Las Vegas. The iris scanner works by scanning different patterns in a person’s eye and would give Samsung a competitive edge against iPhone and HTC’s fingerprint technology. However, for the iris scanner to be plausible, it would need to be more than a gimmick or an accessory to avoid the same criticism given to HTC’s One Max phone’s fingerprint authenticator system.

Lee said that the S5 should look significantly different to its predecessors too. “When we moves to S4 to S3 it’s partly true that consumers couldn’t really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market wasn’t as big” she had told Bloomberg. “For the S5 we will go back to basics. Mostly it’s about display and the feel of the cover.”

The S5 is set for release in March or April, roughly a year after the launch of the S4. Simultaneously, a new successor to the “Gear” smartwatch is set to arrive, which will be less bulky and have much more advanced features, while the new Galaxy note, a larger smartphone which targets higher-end customers, is due for launch in the second half of 2014.

Lee also said Samsung will be placing a lot more work into its Tab line of tablets in 2014. At the CES exhibition, it introduced the large 12.2 inch Galaxy TabPro and Galaxy NotePro tablets. The NotePro includes a stylus, and both models will ship in the first quarter.

How do you feel about the Galaxy S5’s idea to add iris-scan technology to their smartphones? Let us know @4pm!

Samsung Galaxy integrating with Blackberry Messenger

BlackBerry Messenger to be integrated with Samsung Galaxy

Several TV ads hinting at the combination of BBM with Samsung Galaxy were spotted on the African showing of the Man Utd v Chelsea game.

The collaboration was further hinted at when Samsung Ghana hinted that “another messenger is coming soon” on their Facebook page.

This latest collaboration would see BlackBerry Messenger being Samsung Galaxy integrating with Blackberry Messengerintegrated with currently one of the most popular smartphones companies available. BlackBerry Ltd has struggled in the competitive smartphone market and has seen its market share dwindle away from the previous heights that they achieved when BBM was first launched.

Do you think this collaboration will take the smartphone market by storm or is the time of BBM well and truly over, let us at 4pm know what you think?

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Samsung Smartwatch Plans

The buzz about Samsung’s plans for a smartwatch has intensified with the discovery of trademark and patent filings in the United States and Korea.Software for Estate Agents

The U.S. Patent and Trade Office filing lists the name of the patented device as “Samsung Galaxy Gear” and essentially describes a smartwatch

A document filed with the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service, KIPRIS, includes line drawings of what appears to be a wristwatch with a circular bracelet or wristband.

The Galaxy Gear joins a long list of smartwatches on sale or rumored to be in the works.

Everyone’s jumping into the pool to see what happens because they don’t want to miss out. It’s anticipated that Samsung would definitely look to play in the wearable space.

Samsung will have to sell a clear vision of what value a smartwatch will add to consumers’ daily lives without the Apple Design to guide it.

Interest in the smartwatch market is understandable. More than 1 million smartwatches will be shipped this year, ABI predicted.Software for Estate Agents

Sales of mobile wearable units and smart glasses will total 15 million units this year and climb to about 70 million by 2017, according to Juniper Research.

We at 4pm can’t wait for this to be available as long as it doesn’t need to be wound to charge it. Let us know what you think.

The shift towards affordable smart phones

I phone It seems like the only way for Apple and Samsung to grow more and to outplay each other in the future is to compete in the lower cost segment. While they have both made a fortune with their flagship products, it is now time to focus on other market segments, as an increasingly high percentage of potential smart phone users, especially in developing countries, are veering towards cheap, more affordable devices rather than the latest Samsung Galaxy or iPhone.                        iphone 2

The iPhone5 and the Galaxy S3 dominate more than 50% of the smart phone market and nearly all the profits. However, it seems like further growth will depend on other products. In emerging markets, such as China and India, many consumers are buying their first smart phone, and for them feature-packed expensive devices are simply not an option.

The low-end market is challenging for both companies, as there are countless established competitors, who know exactly how to sell in this market. China`s Huawei is just one of the successful players in the market and they have experienced a recent increase of 40% in market share. The signs of an upcoming change are obvious: Apple`s average selling price dropped $28 in the first quarter of this year and more and more customers now opt for the cheaper iPhone 4 instead of the latest iPhone5. Samsung, on the other hand, achieved quite good results in the first quarter, but they were also warned that they “may experience stiffer competition in the mobile business due to expansion of the mid- to low-end smart phone market”.

With more than 170 million people in China below the $1.25 per day poverty line, it’s clear that many customers in this area simply cant afford a $600 smart phone. So the question remains, which of the two rivals will perform better in this highly significant market segment? Apple is now even considering launching a lower-cost iPhone, even though they refused to do so in the past. However, Samsung currently take the lead in China as the largest smart phone vendor.

So what are you thoughts? Should Apple release a cheaper alternative of the iPhone?