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According to a Korean press source, a new standalone variant of the Samsung Gear 2, equipped with a universal subscriber identity module, or USIM, will likely be christened the Samsung Gear Solo. Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom are jointly preparing to release the new smartwatch.
Prior to the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona we revealed that Samsung had applied for three trademarks relating to Milk Music, a new music streaming service. Yesterday Samsung launched their new music streaming with that exact branding.
Samsung officially introduced the next generation Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona as expected. One of the first notables is that the camera is now equipped to the main body of the smartwatch instead of it being attached to the strap making the design of the Samsung Gear 2 much sleeker. Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available around the world starting from April.
It's being reported today in Korea that Samsung Electronics has developed the world's first tablet PC that can be bent at a right angle. This product has a bendable display, more advanced than the curved display. The bendable tablet PC can be used with the screen in the upright position like a notebook, greatly enhancing user convenience. Samsung privately showed the design in secret meetings at CES this year and during an analyst meeting in January, Kwon Oh-hyeon, vice-chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics, stated that they "would lead innovation by introducing the 'foldable' display in 2015." According to the report, Samsung will unveil a tablet PC that can be bent at a right angle to VIPs in private at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 trade show that begins on Monday.
According to a December 2013 CNET report, more than half of Samsung's 62,000 engineers are now working on software. Samsung's co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon stated that "Software is something that we're working on continuously. These days, hardware is important, but that is not enough." That's because Samsung's future will rest upon how well its products work together, which is all about the software. With the World Mobile Congress trade show kicking off on Monday, Samsung's timing of three trademark applications in the US tells us about one of the software services that they're likely to introduce: Milkmusic.com.
News broke earlier today that Samsung plans to provide telematics and infotainment technology to both South Korea's Hyundai and India's Tata. Coincidentally, a new patent application published by the US Patent Office last week illustrated that Samsung was working on a simple smartphone app to work with car controls.
It's just a fact that Korean companies like Samsung and LG are leaders in display technology. These companies are now beginning to release smartphones with curved displays. The latest ambitious goal set by Samsung's Kwon Oh-hyeon, vice-chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics, is to deliver a product with foldable display by late 2015. While the technology behind foldable displays is relatively new, a Korean University is now on record as being the first to invent an ITO-based OLED display technology that is highly flexible and foldable. The discovery could lead to breakthroughs in foldable touch based displays as well as other related products such as solar cells.
In-vehicle wearable integration is the latest trend in automotive with announcements following each other in quick succession: Harman's ADAS Google Glass integration, Hyundai's Blue Link Glassware application, Mercedes' Pebble smart watch Digital DriveStyle application, BMW's i3 EV Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch integration, Nissan's Nismo concept smart watch displaying biometric and vehicle diagnostics and performance data, and INRIX's real-time traffic Google Glass demo app. Logically following in the wake of in-vehicle smartphone integration, wearable form-factors will interface – directly or via phones – with more than 90% of vehicles shipping globally in 2019.