Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Sport Either Sony or Samsung Camera Sensors

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Sport Either Sony or Samsung Camera Sensors

Your Galaxy S7 smartphone could be different from your friend’s Galaxy S7 smartphone in more than one way. It appears the South Korean technology conglomerate has utilised two different kinds of camera sensors on its new flagship smartphones. One of them is made by Sony whereas the other one has been manufactured by Samsung.

Depending on your location, Samsung is either shipping an Exynos 8890 SoC-powered Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge to your market, or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC-powered handset. But the SoC is not the only thing that separates the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets in different regions. Over at XDA-forum, users found that Samsung is utilising two different camera sensors (either Sony’s IMX260 or Samsung’s ISOCELL S5K2L1 sensor), albeit presumably with same technical capabilities, on the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 handsets.

“I just got my Samsung S7 Edge (G935F) and to my utmost surprise I have got Samsung’s own BRITECELL(or whatever they call it) Camera Sensor instead of beloved Sony Sensor,” a user wrote on the forum. “[…] “That’s pretty strange.”

According to the screenshots provided by users, both the Samsung Galaxy S7 models seem to have a camera sensor of 12.2-megapixel rating. It is currently not clear if one of them offers a superior capturing technology.

Interestingly enough, Samsung on Wednesday announced its newest 12-megapixel image sensors for smartphones. The company noted that its 1.4μm-pixel-based image sensor with Dual Pixel technology, are already in mass production. Whether the same camera sensors have been used on some Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones remains a mystery for now.

Over the years, Samsung has gotten increasingly focused on innovating and manufacturing its own components. From displays to memory chips and modules, to camera sensors and processors, Samsung continues to expand its presence in the electronics market.


HTC’s Rumoured 2016 Nexus Phones Tipped to Sport ‘3D Touch’ Technology

HTC's Rumoured 2016 Nexus Phones Tipped to Sport '3D Touch' Technology

Google last year introduced a native fingerprint API for Android 6.0 Marshmallow letting a range of OEMs add the standardised technology to their own smartphones. In Android, we have already seenHuawei Mate S smartphone featuring pressure-sensitive display technology. However, that is still limited to as far as the software implementation goes.

This time, with Android N, Google is rumoured to include universal support for pressure-sensitive display technology. This will let OEMs test enjoy standardised pressure sensitive touch interfaces on their devices and launch more smartphones with such displays. According to an industry insider, HTC will be adding the 3D Touch like display feature in its rumoured Nexus smartphones. If true, the new Nexus smartphones will most likely be running Android N, which will be useless without the pressure-sensitive display implementation.

The report also added that besides HTC, other OEMs such as Xiaomi, Meizu, Oppo, and Vivo are already working on future handsets with such technology. However, it is too early to jump to any conclusions until and unless Google has confirmed it.

To note, Gionee launched its S8 smartphone with 3D Touch technology at MWC 2016, while Huaweiactually beat Apple to introducing pressure-sensitive smartphone displays with the Mate S at IFA 2015.

The search giant will likely be introducing its Android N mobile OS at this year’s Google I/O 2016conference. The registrations for the event will commence from March 8. Until now, the two rumoured Nexus smartphones by HTC are said to feature 5-inch and 5.5-inch displays. Nothing else is known about the two smartphones for now.

HTC is no stranger to Nexus devices. The company released the Nexus 9, a 9-inch tablet in partnership with Google in 2014. To recall, the two companies partnered to launch the Nexus One, the first Nexus device, in January 2010. The handset was shipped with Android 2.2 Froyo.

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Unicorns are a myth. But you do believe in them!

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The enterprise value of Google pre-IPO (initial public offer) was estimated to be between $33 billion and $40 billion (based on a S&P’s pre-IPO Google report). Google listed on Nasdaq on 19 August 2004 at $85, the low end of its revised price expectation of $85-95.

Its market capitalization was valued at $23 billion at that time. Google or should I say Alphabet Inc.’s Class C shares listed on Nasdaq under GOOG symbol at the time of writing this article (21 January 2015 9:44pm India time) trades at $713.55, giving it a market capitalization of $495.2 billion.

Simple math states that Google created more value for its investors post IPO ($472.2 billion) than its pre-IPO ($23 billion). Of course, one may argue that the select few who invested early in Google (pre-IPO) shared larger bits of the smaller pie than the many who shared smaller bits of the bigger pie (post-IPO).

But the undeniable fact is that Google created more enterprise value after its rocky IPO in 2004. That “more” is a staggering 1,575%—which means a $10,000 investment into GOOG in 2004 would have become $167,894 today (accounting for a stock split)!

Now let us take a look at the phenomenon of private share trading of unlisted unicorn and decacorn start-ups which has become commonplace. Not sure the term start-ups really applies to these companies anymore! Given the relative easy availability of hyper-funds, the incentive to go public has been reduced, creating a private primary and secondary market where paper stock options have assumed real value. It’s now been used as a tool to retain talent by allowing employees to sell their stock options in this private market.

But this is going to have a fall-on effect. All these unicorn and decacorn private companies that have delayed listing on the stock exchanges will list at some point of time in their life-cycle. The danger is the value created that the mass investor will participate in. This value may be marginal compared to the privileged investor who invested early on (pre-IPO).

The market will already assume the growth numbers and value created at the time of listing. As the listing of these companies is not happening earlier in their life-cycle, the created value keeps decreasing as they keep delaying. The depressed listing of Box and Square in 2015 are two such examples.

If Google were born in 2010, it would probably still not have gone for an IPO in 2016 (like many of our favourite unicorns today) and listed much later than it achieved its $23 billion market cap value, thereby decreasing the IPO participant value as it continuously delays its listing in public markets.

Public markets are the real test. When these unicorns (read Uber, Flipkart, Xiaomi, Ola, etc) list the aura of the celeb founders, the novelty of the business model and the innovation of the product/service would have worn off.

All that the retail investors look at is the numbers on a spreadsheet. And these numbers sit alongside that of pharma, oil and gas, auto, retail and other companies. It is usually the math that wins over press mentions.

This begs the question. Will you fall for the honey trap and participate by investing when these unicorns eventually list? If yes, what is your value expectation?

Arvinder Gujral is Director Business Development APAC for Twitter overseeing its strategic partnerships. Connect with him on Twitter @arvindergujral


Magic Crate raises seed funding from Mohandas Pai, others

The firm said it ships several thousand activity crates each month, customised to specific age groups, with the prices starting at <span class='WebRupee'>Rs.</span>549.

The firm said it ships several thousand activity crates each month, customised to specific age groups, with the prices starting at Rs.549.

Bengaluru: Funfinity Learning Solutions Pvt. Ltd, which makes Magic Crate subscription-based activity kits for children, on Thursday said it has received seed investment from Aarin Capital, T.V. Mohandas Pai, chairman of Manipal Global Education Services (who invested in his personal capacity), Narayanan Ramaswamy, Sethuraman Sivaramakrishnan and others. The company did not disclose the size of the investment.

The Bengaluru-based start-up, which was launched in 2015, said it was going to use the funds to expand its product portfolio, grow its team and scale manufacturing.

“Research shows that about 80% of critical brain development happens before a child turns 8. This has a direct correlation with what they are exposed to, during those years. Also, in this age group, they have a phenomenal amount of free time and it becomes a big challenge to engage them at home. Magic Crate is solving this pain point for millions of busy, but well-intentioned parents,” said Viswanathan Ramakrishnan, co-founder Magic Crate, in a statement.

The firm said it ships several thousand activity crates each month, customised to specific age groups, with the prices starting at Rs.549.

“The early childhood learning challenge is not just a child-oriented problem, but one that is also driven by the need for parents to engage their children in the right manner. The Magic Crate team has deep expertise in the field, and is leveraging its domain experience and design talent to scale production and adoption very responsibly and successfully,” said Pranav Pai, who invested in the firm on behalf of his father, Mohandas Pai.

Magic Crate competes with Chennai-based Flintobox which also offers activity boxes for kids on a subscription basis.