Jaybird Launches New Bluetooth Earpiece – Jaybird Freedom

Photo credit: Jaybird
Photo credit: Jaybird

We all know that Apple has dumped 3.5mm audio jack thinking that wireless- enable listening devices is the way to go! ( I have blogged about the obsolete of 3.5mm audio port like a year ago. Does that I mean I have more foresight than Apple?)

Not as if that is going to make a difference in how other headphone markers manufacture their products. Bluetooth is still currently the wireless standard for the audio devices.

Freedom Charging Clip that could be attached to the remote control of Freedom. Photo Credit: Jaybird
Freedom Charging Clip that could be attached to the remote control of Freedom. Photo Credit: Jaybird

Jaybird announced Freedom Wireless Bluetooth® Buds, its fifth-generation of Freedom.

Highlights of the product

  • Small in Size, Big in Sound – Freedom is Jaybird’s smallest, secure-fit buds to date using a patented taper down design, reducing speaker diameter by 20 percent and never compromising on sound.
  • Ultimate Hands-Free Experience – wirelessly-connected to 2 devices simultaneously.
  • Never Miss a Beat –With the charging clip, you could extend the battery usage upto eight hours of playtime with the charger on. The charging clip could get you an extra hour of playtime with a mere 20 minutes of quick charge.
  • Universal Fit – Sweat-proof premium buds fit perfectly in any ear thanks to ComplyTM memory foam tip and enhanced comfort ear fins. With over 12 different ways to personalize your buds, Jaybird Freedom’s slimmer profile fits comfortably for any lifestyle

Availability
Jaybird Freedom is available from 16 September onwards exclusively at all Jaybird authorized resellers for $259.00. The buds come in four fresh colors: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue).

Smartphone Market Maintains Growth in South East Asia in 16Q2; Samsung, OPPO, True and ASUS Dominate

According to the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, total smartphone shipments in the South East Asia (SEA) region is approximately 28 million units in the second quarter of 2016 reflecting an 18.1% increase quarter-on quarter (QoQ) and continued positive growth year-on-year (YoY) of 6.5%. Countries in the SEA region tracked by IDC’s local and regional analysts are Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The report states that competitive price points and heavy marketing activities in a now crowded market are the key driving factors for the budget conscious SEA market.

In terms of market share, the overall smartphone market remains dominated by Samsung, followed by OPPO, True (an operator in Thailand), Asus and Lava.

 

 

  • Samsung retained its top position by relying on its price and spec competitive Galaxy J series which was highly suited for the budget conscious SEA market. Meanwhile, the flagship Galaxy S7 series saw better YoY performance in terms of unit shipments compared to the Galaxy S6 series launched back in 2015.
  • OPPO moved to second position for the first time. Despite Oppo’s continued marketing investments to build a solid brand equity for its F1 family, it was the Neo model that drove up its volume.
  • Asus’ position is supported by its highly affordable Zenfone Go model. Meanwhile, the growth of its flagship, the Zenfone 2 Laser, slowed down in preparation for the new Zenfone 3 targeted for launch in the third quarter.
  • Unit shipments for True and Lava were propelled by heavy operator activities to increase 3G subscribers nationwide in Thailand.

 

 

Meanwhile, 3G handsets still make up majority of the market share as they carry significantly lower price points as opposed to 4G ones, a pivotal factor particularly for SEA consumers. Furthermore, the slow uptake of 4G is largely attributed to the temporary rise of 3G devices in Thailand, where operators were in a rush to migrate subscribers from 2G to 3G, handing out large amounts of free or heavily discounted handsets.

Source: IDC

Press Release: Singtel Offers ZoneAlarm Mobile Security App

Singapore, 5 September, 2016 – Singtel is collaborating with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd to offer ZoneAlarm Mobile Security, a world-class mobile security app that provides comprehensive protection from malware, hackers, WiFi attacks and other cyber threats.

 

Available for iOS and Android devices, ZoneAlarm performs detailed risk assessments by scanning installed apps, detecting unsafe WiFi networks and recommending the most secure WiFi hotspot options. It alerts users of suspicious processes running on their phones and protects their operating
system from attacks.

 

“For convenience, many people keep their credit card details, passwords and other sensitive information on their mobile devices. Mobile security is more important than ever as cyber threats become more prevalent. With ZoneAlarm and other products in the new Singtel Mobile Protection suite, our customers can enjoy a worry-free experience for mobile banking, online shopping and web surfing,” said Ms Diana Chen, Vice President of Mobile Marketing, Singtel.

 

ZoneAlarm is available as a value-added service to all Singtel mobile postpaid customers at a special price of S$2.90 per month. It is available at a further discounted price of S$2.00 with any subscription of MobileSwop, Singtel’s device care add-on service.

 

Customers can sign up for ZoneAlarm via My Singtel app or any Singtel Retail Shop

(Video) Maybank launches Samsung Pay Service in Singapore

It is official that Maybank will offer Samsung Pay to their credit and debit cardholders. This is inline with the bank’s objective in pushing digital initiatives in the South East Asia region. Samsung Pay provides an additional payment option for Maybank’s customers.

Senior management from Maybank and Samsung at the launch of Samsung Pay by Maybank Singapore (left to right): Choong Wai Hong, Head, Community Financial Services, Maybank Singapore; Karen Low, Head, Cards & Unsecured Lending, Maybank Singapore; Lim Kuo Siong, Head, Information Services, Maybank Singapore; Mohd Suhail Amar Suresh Abdullah, Group Chief Technology Officer, Maybank; Michael Foong, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Maybank; Lim Hong Tat, Group Head, Community Financial Services and CEO, Maybank Singapore; Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Andy Sim, Vice President and Head, New Business Development, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Christopher Tarr, Director, Samsung Pay – Southeast Asia & Oceania
Senior management from Maybank and Samsung at the launch of Samsung Pay by Maybank Singapore (left to right): Choong Wai Hong, Head, Community Financial Services, Maybank Singapore; Karen Low, Head, Cards & Unsecured Lending, Maybank Singapore; Lim Kuo Siong, Head, Information Services, Maybank Singapore; Mohd Suhail Amar Suresh Abdullah, Group Chief Technology Officer, Maybank; Michael Foong, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Maybank; Lim Hong Tat, Group Head, Community Financial Services and CEO, Maybank Singapore; Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Andy Sim, Vice President and Head, New Business Development, Samsung Electronics Singapore; Christopher Tarr, Director, Samsung Pay – Southeast Asia & Oceania. Source: Instagram user @weewu

As the world is moving towards transactions using smartphone, Samsung, as the world’s largest mobile phone maker, plays a strategy role in assisting the bank’s initiative in digitizing banks’ services.  With Samsung Pay, the bank expects the adoption to be 10,000 for the first year and 20,000 by the end of second year.

Besides payment, Maybank is exploring other banking solutions using Samsung Pay’s biometric authentication technology. Integration of loyalty cards and cardless withdrawals are services in the pipelines and will be made available to the bank’s customers in the near future.

Maybank has also supported Fintech community and will be a key partner of the Fintech festival in Singapore this November.

To view the presentation at Galaxy Studio, see below Facebook Live video below

Highlights (with Video) of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s Features

In an effort to streamline the branding of the Galaxy series of phones, Samsung has skipped “Galaxy Note 6” for Galaxy Note 7.

This week, we have the opportunity to meet with key executives from Samsung to talk about the features and designs of the new Galaxy Note 7. See the Facebook Live video I took at the Galaxy Studio held at the Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City

In the video, Mr Cue Kim, Product Planning Manager of Samsung Electronics (Mobile Communications) talked about the key improvement in the user interface of the Galaxy Note 7  such as the S Note/Memo and the text translation.

The presentation is followed by Mr Woontahk-Sung, Engineer who helped in the development of Iris Scanner. In his presentation, he shared about technology behind of the Iris Scanner.

Ms Haejoo Han is the product designer of the Note 7. She shared about the concept of the Galaxy Note 7 and how she gathered feedback from customers for the development of the phone.

 

(from right to left) Cue Kim, Product Planning Manager Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Haejoo Han, Designer, Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Woontahk Sung, Engineer, Development of Iris Scanner, Samsung Mobile Communication
(from right to left) Cue Kim, Product Planning Manager Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Haejoo Han, Designer, Samsung Electronics, Mobile Communication, Woontahk Sung, Engineer, Development of Iris Scanner, Samsung Mobile Communication

 

 

Press Release – LeEco hits new online sales record of ₹ 78 Crore with Le 2 & Le Max2

Bangalore / New Delhi, June 28, 2016:  LeEco garners Rs 78.6 crore by achieving sales orders of over 61,000 units of its next generation Superphones, Le 2 and Le Max2, in its flash sale campaign on both LeMall.com India and Flipkart, updating the industry records set by itself a few months ago. The total registration reached over 6 lakh within 8 days. LeEco is also the first brand which released two flagship phones with Qualcomm processors in the same day.

The records were achieved through two combined channels, LeEco’s own marketplace ecommerce platform, LeMall.com India, which was just launched on June 8th, and Flipkart.

Atul Jain, COO – Smart Electronics, LeEco India, said, “We are humbled to see yet another stupendous Flash Sale record in a row. The entire LeEco family is overwhelmed seeing the response from our users. This time we have introduced world’s first Digital Lossless audio standard (CDLA). This will bring an unparalleled audio experience to our superfans thereby ushering in an era of lossless music in India and the globe. This is going to become the new industry standard. We promise to live up to our Superfans’ expectation by bringing more breakthrough technologies, stronger comprehensive ecosystem, and disruptive pricing”.

The unprecedented responses from buyers were expected given four compelling reasons LeEco brought to the smartphone market in India: lossless music with CDLA standard, Supertainment with a complete content ecosystem and membership program, stylish design and unprecedented features with cool technologies, and all these three coming at a disruptive price offer by LeEco.

The record making numbers of more than 61,000 orders received from buyers only vindicates the point that LeEco’s Superphones popularity has been soaring in an unprecedented rate.

The total sales number in the flash sale also points to the growing craze for Lossless music. To catalyze this CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) standard adoption, LeEco has made a handsome investment of Rs 200 million. In the first flash sale of its Superphones Le 2 and Le Max2 that was held today (June 28), the internet technology conglomerate gave away a free CDLA earphone worth Rs. 1990 to all Le 2 and Le Max2 buyers. LeEco is the world’s first company that created the type-C CDLA earphone, replacing the traditional 3.5mm headphone port and creating a lossless audio experience to end users.

The Supertainment program of LeEco is something that is resistless given the popularity of entertainment programs in India. LeEco is now working with big names like Eros Now, YuppTV and Hungama in India. Through LeEco’s Membership program, users can get access to a collection of 2000+ movies, inclusive of premieres from Hollywood & Bollywood. LeEco membership program also provides 3000+ hours of curated shows, 150+ live TV channels and 3.5 million songs of users’ choices. LeEco takes the lead in offering 1.9 million songs with lossless audio, bringing the users’ audio experience to a brand new height.

Another reason that makes LeEco Superphone hard to resist is its stylish design and cool features and technology. With stylish unibody metal designs, Le 2 is powered by the Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, making the phone the first one in India to adopt such high-end and the most powerful Octa-Core CPU, which performs 21% faster than Snapdragon 800 and is also miles ahead of Snapdragon 808. Le 2 provides a 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. The image quality is visibly better with vibrant and true-to-life colours. With technologies like PDAF, Closed Loop and other ground-breaking technologies, people can catch clear pictures in moving and unfavourable conditions.

Powered by the world’s most powerful processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Le Max2 features the high performance combination of 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM, pushing the limits of the industry to new heights. With a RAM three times that of the iPhone 6s Plus, Le Max2 gives 40% faster performance than most other models.

Le Max2 features a 5.7 inch screen in 2K Super Retina Display, the best display for itself and for VR equipment. Its 21MP rear camera and 8MP front camera both come with the blazingly fast PDAF standard and F 2.0 aperture, which protects the images from smear and dim light. The cameras on Le Max2 shot pictures with great clarity thanks to improved components or technologies like 6-layer of lens, PDAF, Closed Loop, optical image stabilization, Dual HDR and Dual-tone flash and so on.

Le 2, the 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM combination Superphone, comes at a compelling price of Rs 11,999. Le Max2, the 4GB+32GB model is priced at a disruptive price of Rs 22,999, and for the high-end 6GB RAM and 64 GB ROM combination the price is at an irresistible Rs 29,999.

For people who missed June 28th flash sale, they can expect the upcoming opportunity very soon. LeEco’s 2nd flash sale for Le 2 and Le Max2 will start on July 5th, and the registration commence from 4pm today (June 28).

During the July 5th flash sale of Le 2 and Le Max2, users can look forward to some amazing offers from both Flipkart and LeMall India:

  1. 10% cashback. (Details to come soon)
  2. Free CDLA Earphones worth Rs.1990
  3. Both Superphones include a one-year LeEco membership worth Rs 4900

DBS Announces Partnership with Google’s Android Pay

After Apple Pay & Samsung Pay, DBS is entering partnership with Google to bring Android Pay to DBS card users in Singapore.

Anthony Seow, Head of Cards and Unsecured Loans, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank, “DBS/POSB is pleased to be partnering Google to bring Android Pay, which provides a fast and secure way to make purchases with Android devices, to our customers. Being the largest cards issuer in Singapore with close to five million credit and debit cards in circulation, we aim to provide an entire ecosystem of options to meet our customers’ diverse payment needs and preferences. Our early data shows that card users are more inclined to use contactless payments with mobile devices. After adopting mobile contactless payments, our credit card users show a 50% increase in contactless transactions, while debit card users triple their contactless transactions. We estimate that mobile contactless transactions will contribute to 80% of our contactless volume by 2020.”

Press Release – Samsung Electronics Claims Top Spot as Best Brand in Asia

Samsung Electronics has been named the best brand in Asia in 2016 for the fifth year in a row, according to results from ‘Asia’s Top 1000 Brands’ annual online survey conducted by Campaign Asia-Pacific in collaboration with Nielsen.

 

The ranking – which aggregates views across 14 major product categories including automotive, retail, F&B and consumer electronics – is based on consumer insights, and offers a clear measure of the most highly regarded brand names today.

 

For more information, please refer to the below press release.

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OnePlus 3 is Hitting Singapore This July

SINGAPORE, 15 Jun 2016OnePlus is releasing its long-awaited flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3 in Singapore from Q3 (July) onwards at traditional retail stores. Available in Graphite and Soft Gold.

OnePlus 3 will be available in Graphite and Soft Gold

The OnePlus 3 features Dash Charge fast charging technology, which adds a day of power in only half an hour. It comes completely unlocked – no carrier contracts necessary, and an unlocked bootloader . It is also the first OnePlus smartphone to be available for purchase at launch without an invite on OnePlus’ e-commerce site.

“We know that the best smartphone is the one that works exactly how you want it to,” said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “The OnePlus 3 delivers that experience. It combines what our customers already love about our products with what they want and expect next. For example, Dash Charge sets a new standard for fast charging technology. It’s a flagship smartphone inspired by – and made for – our fans.”

Dash Charge – A Day’s Power in Half an Hour

The OnePlus 3 utilizes Dash Charge technology, a faster, cooler and safer way to charge a smartphone. Unlike other quick charging technologies, Dash Charge replenishes more than 60% of the 3,000 mAh battery in 30 minutes and continues fast charging even when streaming video or playing energy-intensive games. This is made possible by leveraging a large electric current for stable, consistent charging speeds. In addition, Dash Charge carries more current than other charging solutions, and at lower temperatures, by shifting the power management process from the phone itself to the Dash Charge adapter, so a vast majority of the heat generated while charging never reaches the device. Along with five custom safety measures in place to safeguard the adaptor, cable and phone itself, users can charge their OnePlus 3 as fast as possible without worry.

Smart Capture – High-quality Photos and Easy Selfies

The 16 MP rear camera on the OnePlus 3 provides better imaging with incredible detail and clarity. OnePlus’ proprietary Smart Capture, allows users to capture the ideal shot in any environment. Smart Capture functionalities include HD Mode, Auto HDR and Dynamic De-noise, which compares several frames of the same photo and blends them together in post-processing to reduce noise. The OnePlus 3 also includes a new Smile Capture feature, allowing user to take selfie photo using the front-facing 8 MP camera simply by smiling.

Dual-stabilization technologies – Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) – help reduce blur, ensuring photos come out as planned.

Premium Design – Elegantly Curved Aluminum Unibody

The design of the OnePlus 3 takes aesthetics, quality and usability to a new level. The all-metal unibody, carved from a single slab of space-grade aluminum alloy, makes for a seamless, resilient build, while the balance of soft curves against sharp lines creates a striking impression and comfortable grip. At 7.3 mm, the OnePlus 3 is one of the thinnest flagships ever. The 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display produces colors that are more vivid and true-to-life than ever before – even in bright sunlight.

Fast, Powerful, Customizable

The OnePlus 3 was designed to deliver maximum performance. Packing the new quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor (up to 2.2 GHz), the OnePlus 3 performs tasks 35% faster than the OnePlus 2 and features a 40% boost in graphical power – all at a fraction of the power consumption.

The device also sets a new standard in smartphone memory. The OnePlus 3 boasts 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, allowing for next-level multitasking without delay or lag and ensuring it can handle the most demanding apps. The OnePlus 3 also features an improved, more durable ceramic fingerprint sensor that improves accuracy with increased use. Offering the ability to unlock the device in under 0.3 seconds, even from a sleeping screen, users can access their phone faster and more accurately.

Their custom operating system, OxygenOS, offers a fast, clean, customizable and bloat-free operating system based on Android Marshmallow. With off-screen gestures and customizable capacitive hardware and software buttons built in, the OnePlus 3 allows customers to personalize their smartphone experience.

The unlocked OnePlus 3 never ties you down to a carrier. Customers can have more control over connectivity with the ability to choose from a wide band of support for service providers across the globe. Additionally, with dual Nano SIM card support, the OnePlus 3 can connect to two networks with ease.

Availability

Fans in Singapore can expect to lay their hands on the OnePlus 3 at traditional retail stores from the start of Q3 (July), with pricing to be confirmed. The OnePlus 3 will be available for online purchase, followed by traditional retail stores.

Specification

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Event Coverage – Samsung Launches New Wearables at Galaxy Studio, Civic Plaza (Ngee Ann City)

Samung’s Galaxy Studio is back at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City. This time they are showcasing their latest wearables – Gear Fit2 sports band and Gear IconX. Watch the mini video clip at my facebook page.

Designed with consumers’ fitness needs in mind, the Gear Fit2 and the Gear IconX come with enhanced features including precise tracking technology and a standalone music player to provide users with the optimal fitness experience.

Gear Fit2: Advanced Features for Fitness and Fun

Equipped with an embedded GPS and built-in heart rate monitor (HRM), the Gear Fit2 offers users accurate auto-tracking and measurement of their fitness and lifestyle activities, from running, walking, cycling, yoga, to even utilising rowing or elliptical machines. Users can monitor their fitness on the sports band and get real-time audio feedback on their workout, without having to manually activate it. For further fitness monitoring and fun, users can also easily transfer their workout data to S Health, and engage in ‘Step Goal Challenges’ with their friends, family and co-workers.

The Gear Fit2 brings an ergonomic, slim and sleek design to users’ wrists, where they can also stay connected by checking their fitness updates and real-time notifications, such as messages and email, on its high-resolution colour SUPER AMOLED 1.5-inch curved touchscreen display. The sports band also comes with a standalone music player, providing users with additional audio entertainment and 4GB internal memory2 to motivate them to adhere to their fitness goals.

Gear IconX: Simple and Wireless Experience

Available in three different sizes of eartips and wingtips, the Gear IconX cord-free earbuds provide a lightweight, secure and comfortable fit for users without the hassle of entangling wires, and can be activated by simply placing them in their ears. It syncs easily with S Health, allowing users to track their fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned. The Gear IconX also includes a Voice Guide feature that provides users with instant voice feedback on the progress of their workout. Equipped with Bluetooth capability and 4GB of internal memory, users can store their music easily, and control the playlist with a simple tap or swipe.

Both devices are compatible with most AndroidTM smartphones operating with AndroidTM 4.4 and 1.5GB RAM, and above.

Local Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Gear Fit2 will be available from 10 June 2016, in colour options of Black, Blue and Pink while the Samsung Gear IconX will be available from Q3 2016, in colour options of Black, Blue and White. Both devices will be available at local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores, Samsung Experience Stores and Lazada Singapore, at the recommended retail price of $298 each.

The Galaxy Studio runs from 3 to 27 Jun 2016