Samsung launched a variety of devices and upgrades in the present day at its Unpacked occasion in Brooklyn. The overarching theme of the occasion centered on elevated productiveness all through its linked ecosystem with efficiency enhancements throughout the board.
Listed below are seven takeaways from Samsung Unpacked:
1. Be aware 9 rumors are confirmed
Samsung’s newest phablet was launched this afternoon with out a lot shock after weeks of leaks, hypothesis, and even a photograph of CEO DJ Koh utilizing the cellphone in public made their rounds on-line. Little has modified aesthetically on this yr’s Be aware, except for a number of new colours, a shifted fingerprint scanner and a display that’s a fraction of an inch bigger than its predecessor. The one enchancment that does stand out, nonetheless, is discovered within the Be aware’s battery, which now measures Four,000mAh hours — that’s a 700mAh bounce over the Be aware eight. Samsung is on the offensive this time round and made positive to spotlight its eight-point security examine the corporate instituted after the firestorm of Be aware 7 batteries exploding.
2. Elevated performance on the S-Pen
Samsung’s stylus obtained its personal reboot in the present day with a deal with efficiency. The corporate has outfitted the S-Pen with Bluetooth low vitality, permitting customers to untether themselves from the cellphone and use the stylus as a distant to take photos, advance slideshows or play music. Samsung additionally stated builders will be capable to incorporate BLE into their apps later this yr.
three. The brand new Galaxy Watch seeks mainstream adoption
Whereas Be aware 9 rumors have been swirling main as much as in the present day’s occasion, Samsung did a greater job at retaining its new Galaxy Watch below wraps. The corporate’s newest smartwatch will are available in two completely different sizes, an enchancment from earlier Samsung watches which have been too giant for a lot of wrists. Samsung beat Apple to the draw by introducing LTE performance on the Galaxy Watch and it’s sticking with Tizen as an OS, fairly than switching to Android Put on.
Four. Bixby will get extra conversational
Samsung demoed an up to date model of Bixby, the corporate’s voice assistant that noticed a lot backlash when it was launched final yr, resulting from its lackluster efficiency. Fortunately, that’s modified and at in the present day’s occasion Samsung confirmed how Bixby will keep on conversations and reply follow-up questions. The improve additionally incorporates a vary of app integrations with Yelp, Uber, Ticketmaster and extra permitting customers to make reservations, hail rides and purchase tickets even when they don’t have the app put in on their cellphone. Samsung additionally famous that Bixby will be taught out of your previous selections to raised serve requests sooner or later. For instance, should you’ve requested for French eating places up to now, Bixby will generate different French eating places in future requests associated to meals.
5. Samsung is (lastly) entering into the good speaker recreation
Enhancements to Bixby have been made much more obvious when Samsung unveiled its personal good speaker at in the present day’s occasion. The Galaxy House incorporates a material masking and a tripod stand with a built-in subwoofer and eight microphones designed for far-field communication that’s seen on different good audio system. Very similar to the preliminary announcement of the HomePod, there wasn’t a lot info on a launch date or value. For now, the product is just listed as “coming quickly.”
6. Spotify integration permits for seamless cross-listening expertise
To associate with its new good speaker, Samsung introduced a partnership with Spotify, cementing the Swedish streaming service as the popular music provider on Samsung units. Spotify will now be a part of the set-up course of for Samsung units, and the combination permits for a seamless cross-devices listening expertise inside the Samsung ecosystem. The partnership additionally pins Samsung instantly up towards Apple and the HomePod’s unique integration with Apple Music.
7. Fortnite for Android launches as a Samsung unique
In the end, Fortnite is coming to Android this summer season. The insanely fashionable survival recreation might be accessible for Galaxy customers with an S7 or larger, and the 6.Four-inch show on the Be aware 9 make for a cellular gaming powerhouse. Beginning in the present day, the title will seem on Galaxy units’ recreation launcher and can stay a Samsung unique till the 12th – at which level it can more than likely be accessible to all Android customers.