Week in a Nutshell #8

Welcome to the eighth episode of the 'Week in a Nutshell’ series.

Mobile World Conference week is over. Samsung was all over the headlines with the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge announcement.

Headlines:

  1. Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge put design first
  2. IKEA Will Start Selling Qi Wireless Charging-Enabled Furniture In April 2015

Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge put design first

Samsung surprised me this year by announcing 2 flagship phones, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. I really liked S6 Edge's curvy front display on each side of the phone. There aren't any technical differences between the phones except for the display specs.

Source: Samsung

Galaxy S series smartphones are Samsung's answer in the premium smartphone segment. However, most of the Samsung fans and customers complained a lot about last year's Galaxy S5 having a plasticky feel and running lots of bloatware. 

It seems like Samsung took notice of those customer complaints and increased the quality of the design materials for S6 and S6 edge and reduced the amount of pre-installed bloatware apps. Both phones have flat display, metal frame, and front and back panels made of glass. My friends using Samsung Galaxy devices for a while now told me that Galaxy S series smartphones now truly deserve the premium price after getting rid of that plasticky look and feel.

Samsung S6 and S6 Edge will support Samsung's new mobile payment app, Samsung Pay. I'm very curious to see the comparison stats for Apple Pay and Samsung Pay later this year.

Tech news articles claim that Samsung also trimmed down the number of pre-installed apps in S6 and S6 Edge but I couldn't get any confirmation about this. Bloatware has become a big issue for Samsung customers so I believe Samsung needs to take action and significantly limit the pre-installed software. This would be extremely important for Samsung as Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge compete with other premium segment smartphone producers such Apple, HTC and Xiaomi. You can read my previous post "Week in a Nutshell 6" if you would like to get more information about the smartphone market in China.


 

IKEA Will Start Selling Qi Wireless Charging-Enabled Furniture In April 2015

Qi is a wireless charging technology that is based on inductive electrical power transfer. Most of the Android smartphones such as LG G3, Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 and the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge support Qi technology. You can easily charge your Qi-supported smartphone by just placing it on top of the Qi wireless charging pad.

Source: Ikea

 

Ikea will start selling Qi wireless charging pad integrated furniture in April 2015. You would still need to plug the Qi-integrated furniture into a wall electric outlet but still Qi makes your life easy. This is the beginning of a new approach to furniture.

Imagine your desk at work, tables at your favorite restaurant and coffee shop, all your furnitures at home having this charging capability. If Qi technology achieves mass adoption, then you would never have to worry about running out of battery. There will be no charging cables for your smartphone, and laptop and no power cables for your TV, fridge, oven, coffee machine and more. World would be cable-free! This could be a moonshot but think about all the roads and highways having more powerful Qi type of charging technology where you can drive your electric car freely. Isn't it very exciting?


We came to the end of the eighth episode of ‘Week in a Nutshell’ series. If you enjoyed this post, I'd be happy if you could comment, share, like and/or recommend it. 

Thanks,
Birkan