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Samsung Smart Home: A Closer Look at Your Future Home

In the IoT era, what will the “smart home” look like? From September 8 to October 23, Samsung Electronics will be showcasing its vision for the smart home at the Gwangju Design Biennale, one of the leading international exhibitions of contemporary art, where this year exhibitors from over 30 countries are participating.

 

Samsung’s exhibit at the event will offer visitors the exciting chance to experience the future smart home, where home appliances are all connected through the latest advancements in IoT, as well as showcase the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator, and Samsung Connect application, which are at the heart of Samsung’s smart home vision.

 

 

 

A Better Lifestyle with Family Hub

Just imagine the scene. You are busy in the kitchen when you say, “Bixby, run cleaning mode,” to your Family Hub refrigerator. In an instant, your robot vacuum cleaner, POWERbot, turns on and begins to clean. As Family Hub also plays your favorite tune, you glance over to check on the status of your laundry in your FlexWash laundry machine, which sits in another part of the house, via Family Hub’s display panel.

 

 

A refrigerator is a home appliance that runs 24/7, all year round, for families to use anytime they want. This is the main reason why Samsung has positioned Family Hub at the core of its smart home vision.

 

Samsung Family Hub refrigerator features a beautiful, large 21.5-inch screen, as well as utilizes the latest in voice recognition technology. Samsung, leveraging its leadership in IoT to build an ecosystem for contents and services beyond just products, provides users with vast content and services options. Families can manage food items, find recipes, shop for groceries, as well as enjoy various entertainment options. These smart options are only available on Family Hub, with Samsung continuing to grow Family Hub’s partner ecosystem by collaborating with more than 100 partner companies across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

 

 

Samsung Connect Expands the Smart Home Ecosystem

Samsung Connect for the smart home was first demonstrated at IFA 2017, as an integrated application system that controls different home appliances, and based on the cloud, is compatible with any device or operating system. In the Samsung Smart Home with the Samsung Connect app, users can control as well as check on the status of nearly every device or appliance in their home. Voice support will also soon be integrated into the Connect app.

 

 

To illustrate how Samsung Connect works, picture this: While driving home, you say “Bixby, tell me the room temperature.” The sensor on your Wind-Free air conditioner at home, which is linked to the Samsung Connect App, measures the temperature of your home, and your mobile device communicates the reading to you by voice. Since you realize it is getting a little too warm at home, you ask Samsung Connect to turn on the air conditioner before you arrive.

 

Along these lines, Samsung has also been focusing on expanding its open ecosystem by closely interacting with other manufacturers. As a diamond member of the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), the company is actively pursuing the standardization of the smart home and IoT platform.

 

Samsung is also working with various third parties to integrate voice support, for example, with Amazon to integrate the Alexa voice assistant into its refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and robot vacuums, and also with Google Home for integration into its robotic vacuums. Samsung plans to focus on expanding services through collaboration with various smart home companies, and increase the range of devices compatible with SmartThings, building a comprehensive IoT ecosystem that ultimately connects everything.

 

Sounds very futuristic, right? Samsung Smart Home is already becoming the reality thanks to the endless efforts of Samsung to integrate a smart system and IoT functionality to connect across home appliances. It may not be very long before we all are living in smart homes ourselves!

Android Things Hackster Contest

Posted by Dave Smith, Developer Advocate for IoT

Android Things lets you build professional, mass-market products on a trusted platform, without previous knowledge of embedded system design. With Android Things you get a turnkey hardware solution and an easy-to-use software development platform based on Android Studio and the Android SDK -- making it easy to build designs that scale to production. Android Things is currently in developer preview and we'd love to see what you can build with our latest release.

Today we are announcing a contest with Hackster and NXP for developers to showcase their use of Android Things with other Google developer platforms. Project ideas should be added to Google's Hackster.io Community by including Android Things as a software component, then registered through the contest page.

Idea Submissions

Submit your project ideas starting today. Ideas submitted by September 29, 2017 are eligible to receive one of 120 Pico Pi i.MX6UL Kits to use in the final design. During this phase, projects do not need to be complete; we just want to see your amazing ideas! We are looking for concepts in the following categories:

  • Smart Home
  • Robotics
  • Smart City
  • Industrial IoT / Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Entertainment

Project Submissions

Final projects must be submitted by Oct 31, 2017. Your project does not need to be one of the chosen recipients of a Pico kit to be eligible for the grand prize. Winners will receive support from Avnet, Dragon Innovation and Kickstarter to take their ideas from prototype to production. See the contest page for more details.

We are eager to see the projects that you come up with. More importantly, we're excited to see how your work can inspire other developers to create something great with Android Things. To learn more about the benefits of Android Things, watch the recording from the Bootstrapping IoT Products with Android Things webinar. You can also join Google's IoT Developers Community on Google+, a great resource to get updates, ask questions, and discuss ideas.

Expanding Facebook AI Research to Montreal

By Yann LeCun, Chief AI Scientist 

At Facebook, we think artificial intelligence can play a big role in helping bring the world closer together. With that in mind, we’ve been investing in AI research and engineering for many years — and today we’re excited to announce an expansion of those efforts with the opening of a new AI research lab in Montreal.

As part of Facebook AI Research (FAIR), this new team will join more than 100 scientists across Menlo Park, New York, and Paris in working to advance the field of artificial intelligence. The Montreal lab will house research scientists and engineers working on a wide range of ambitious AI research projects, but it will also have a special focus on reinforcement learning and dialog systems.

We are excited the new lab will be led by renowned Professor Joelle Pineau, who co-directs the Reasoning and Learning Lab at McGill University. Dr. Pineau’s previous research has focused on developing new algorithms for planning and learning and then applying them to complex problems in robotics, health care, games, and conversational agents. Dr. Pineau will maintain her academic position at McGill University, in addition to building the FAIR Montreal team. We think the talent we can attract will bring valuable expertise and new perspectives to our work, and under Dr. Pineau’s leadership, we will continue to invest in this team and in the Canadian research community as a whole.

As we’ve done at other FAIR sites, FAIR Montreal will engage with the broader research community through publications, open source software, participation in technical conferences and workshops, and research collaborations. We are also launching new partnerships with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), McGill University, and Université de Montréal.

Montreal already has an existing fantastic academic AI community, an exciting ecosystem of startups, and promising government policies to encourage AI research. We are excited to become part of this larger community, and we look forward to engaging with the entire ecosystem and helping it continue to thrive.

Samsung Breezes into Latin America with Wind-Free™ Air Conditioner

Samsung Electronics is poised to make a dramatic impact on the Latin American market with the AR9500M, its first wall-mounted Wind-Freeair conditioner. Unveiled at Febrava 2017 – the International Trade Fair for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Air Heating (HVAC-R) – in Brazil on September 12, the AR9500M was awarded the exhibition’s Innovation Award (Selo Destaque Inovação). The product was first launched in Brazil, and features an innovative cooling system designed to simultaneously conserve energy and deliver comfort.

 

 

The World’s First Wind-Free™ Technology

 

Samsung’s AR9500M sets itself apart by producing no direct air drafts, keeping the room temperature comfortable thanks to Wind-Free™ technology. This unique technology gently spreads cool air through 21,000 micro air holes and creates “still air” moving at speeds slower than 0.15m/s.*

 

Wind-Free™ cooling technology introduces a two-step cooling process, reducing temperature in Fast Cooling Mode before switching to Wind-Free™ Mode, which maintains the desired temperature while minimizing drafts. In Wind-Free™ Mode, energy consumption is reduced by up to 72 percent** compared to Fast Cooling Mode. Furthermore, using the Samsung Digital Inverter 8-Pole with POWERboost™ Technology, the AR9500M takes less time to reach its desired speed.

 

The AR9500M’s unique Triangle Architecture also contributes to its superior cooling performance. The upgraded structure’s wider inlet allows for more air to be drawn in at once, while the optimal width and angle of the outlet, extra v-blades and large fan – which is 22 percent larger than in previous models – ensure that air is cooled and expelled faster, farther and wider to reach every corner of the room.

 

The Wi-Fi enabled AR9500M allows temperature and product settings to be adjusted remotely via the Samsung Connect application. The application offers users real-time updates on performance and power consumption, and it can identify problems in need of repair.

 

 

Cooling Down the Latin Heat

Visitors to the Samsung booth at Febrava 2017 in São Paulo test out Samsung’s AR9500M, the first wall-mounted air conditioner to feature Wind-Free™ technology.

 

The AR9500M was introduced to industry professionals at Febrava 2017, alongside the 360 Cassette, the world’s first circular-designed air conditioner, and the Wind-Free™ 1Way Cassette for residential as well as commercial use. Taking place until September 15 at São Paulo’s Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, the trade fair is the most important event in the HVAC-R chain in Latin America, showcasing over 550 HVAC-R companies and attracting more than 30,000 visitors each year.

 

Visitors to the Samsung booth can appreciate the comfort and quiet of Wind-Free™ technology for themselves at the company’s Wind-Free™ experience zone, which showcases its air conditioning technologies. Also on display are Samsung’s further cutting-edge HVAC-R solutions, including its corrosion resistance technology for long-lasting performance, with special protection optimized for the Latin American market.

 

Brazil is a significant first step for Samsung towards capturing the Latin American market. The country represents the continent’s core market, with an air conditioner market share of over 25 percent and a high demand for the comfort and efficiency offered by the premium air conditioner.

 

Brazil’s Latin American neighbors will not be left wanting. Samsung has mapped out a further expansion into the region’s substantial market, equivalent to $2.4 billion dollars, in the latter half of 2017. There will be consecutive launches in new Latin American markets, when countries such as Peru, Argentina and Chile will be able to welcome Wind-Free technology and comfort into their lives.

 

 

* ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) defines “still air” as air currents at speeds below 0.15m/s which lacks the presence of cold drafts.

** Tested on AR07M5170HA, based on the accumulated power consumption of Fast Cooling Mode vs. Wind-Free™ Mode. When compared to Normal Cooling Mode, Wind-Free™ Cooling Mode consumes 55 percent less energy.

A week for teamwork and Teams, as well as good-natured, gaming fun with ‘Exploding Kittens’ — Weekend Reading: Sept. 15 edition

Here, kitty, kitty, kitty…. Oh wait, sorry if we pulled you away from the highly addictive game “Exploding Kittens.” More on that in a moment. But first, a look at some of the people and news that made our week at Microsoft claw-dacious, er, audacious.

Five University of Washington students from a Data for Social Good team
Steve Barham, center, data scientist for the Seattle Department of Transportation and project lead for the University of Washington Data Science for Social Good project on traffic sensor data and vehicle cruising, with project fellows, from left, Orysya Stus, Anamol Pundle, Michael Vlah and Brett Bejcek. Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures.

More than two dozen students from the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver used data science and analytics projects to tackle traffic, transportation and other metropolitan issues over the summer as fellows in Data Science for Social Good programs, done with support from the Microsoft-sponsored Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative. Some of the students’ work was shared this week in Seattle at the second Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference. Steve Barham, data scientist for the Seattle Department of Transportation and a project lead, says the students “collectively contributed expertise that the city does not have, for example, in applied math and working with big data.” Moreover, “We had fellows that ate machine learning and different coding languages for breakfast.”

GIF of guest access in Microsoft Teams

Guest access for Microsoft Teams, one of the most-requested features by customers of the chat-based workspace, became available this week to Office 365 commercial and education customers. Office 365 users can add people from outside their company to a team, so guests can participate in chats, join meetings, collaborate on documents and more. Guest access is built on the enterprise-grade, B2B collaboration features of Azure Active Directory (AD).

Dr. Olivier Elemento alongside with his Ph.D. students Neil Madhukar and Katie Gayvert, analyze medical network data.
Dr. Olivier Elemento, left, alongside his Ph.D. students Neil Madhukar and Katie Gayvert, analyze medical network data. Photo courtesy of the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine.

Speaking of teams, we got to meet the team using Windows Mixed Reality for cancer research, including Alexandros Sigaras and Sophia Roshal, a duo who rapidly prototyped a Microsoft HoloLens application to achieve the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine’s “cancer moonshot,” a promise to empower better and faster cancer research, data collaboration and accessible care. It’s now in the Windows Store as Holo Graph, an app enabling researchers to bring their own network data into the real world to explore, manipulate and collaborate with other researchers in real time, whether they’re in the same room or on the other side of the planet.

Selina Motlieb, who visited Smart Works, smiles after trying on clothes
Selina Motlieb tries on work apparel at Smart Works.

In the U.K., a charity that helps vulnerable women find jobs – and their confidence – counts single parent Selina Motlieb as one of its many success stories. Motlieb was looking for work, but her lack of self-confidence held her back at crucial one-to-one meetings. One of her biggest concerns was the way she was dressed – “I didn’t feel I was wearing the right clothes,” she says. That changed with the help of Smart Works, a charity that helps thousands of women each year, providing them with coaching as well as suitable clothes for job interviews. Smart Works operates six sites across Britain. Microsoft Azure, Dynamics, Office and SharePoint play key roles in booking appointments for the women Smart Works helps, gathering feedback and giving those in charge an overview of the whole business so they can run a reliable and professional service that puts their clients first.

Azure confidential computing, a collection of features and services introduced Thursday, makes Microsoft Azure the first cloud to offer new data security capabilities. “Put simply, confidential computing offers a protection that, to date, has been missing from public clouds – encryption of data while in use,” writes Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure chief technology officer. “This means that data can be processed in the cloud with the assurance that it is always under customer control.”

Control is very important for Tetra Pak, which supplies food processing and packaging solutions to manufacturers in more than 175 countries. The Swiss-based company is employing new digital tools that enable its cloud-connected machines to predict exactly when equipment needs maintenance, averting breakdowns. Sensors on more than 5,000 Tetra Pak filling machines at customers’ sites, all connected to Microsoft Azure, feed real-time performance data to the company for monitoring and analysis – nearly 700 million data points each year. As a result, maintenance can be scheduled precisely and efficiently.

Last, but not least, we go to “Exploding Kittens,” the wildly popular tabletop and multiplayer game that is highly strategic and kitty-powered. The team behind “EK” is turning to Microsoft’s social bot, Zo, to offer the game’s first single-player version, for free. Fans can play one-on-one with Zo through Facebook Messenger (m.me/Zo), kik (kik.me/zo.ai) and GroupMe (contact: Zo). To play, start a conversation with Zo and ask if she’d like to play “Exploding Kittens” by texting “play EK.” Zo will reply with a link to play together.

Now, that’s the cat’s meow! Enjoy, rest up this weekend and we’ll see you back here next Friday!

Posted by Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

The post A week for teamwork and Teams, as well as good-natured, gaming fun with ‘Exploding Kittens’ — Weekend Reading: Sept. 15 edition appeared first on The Official Microsoft Blog.

Samsung Electronics Officially Releases the Galaxy Note8 to Global Markets

 

Samsung Electronics today announced the commercial launch of the Galaxy Note8 to select markets around the world. The flagship smartphone is initially available in 42 countries including the US, Canada, Singapore, Korea and major European markets, and will continue rolling out to additional markets in the weeks ahead.

 

Equipped with a large, bezel-less Infinity Display, the Galaxy Note8 lets users see and do more, from watching their favorite TV show in HDR to multitasking more efficiently. Expanded screen space means they also have more room to write, draw and color with the enhanced S Pen, which offers new features like Live Message and improved Screen off memo functionality.

 

Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone also boasts two 12MP rear cameras – a wide-angle lens and telephoto lens with Optical Image Stabilization on both – which are capable of producing clear and crisp photos, even when shot at far distances.

 

Furthermore, the device is outfitted with the same great collection of cutting-edge features that Galaxy users have come to know and love including IP68 dust and water resistance, powerful performance with a 10nm process and expandable storage up to 256GB.

 

The launch of the Galaxy Note8 is complimented by an expanded ecosystem that features enhanced services and devices, including Bixby, Samsung’s intelligent interface, and Samsung DeX, which provides a desktop-like experience for the Galaxy Note8.

 

For more information about the Galaxy Note8 visit http://news.samsung.com/galaxy or http://samsung.com/galaxynote8.

Updates to Our Ad Targeting

Facebook equips businesses with powerful ways to reach the right people with the right message. But there are restrictions on how audience targeting can be used on Facebook. Hate speech and discriminatory advertising have no place on our platform. Our community standards strictly prohibit attacking people based on their protected characteristics, including religion, and we prohibit advertisers from discriminating against people based on religion and other attributes.

As people fill in their education or employer on their profile, we have found a small percentage of people who have entered offensive responses, in violation of our policies. ProPublica surfaced that these offensive education and employer fields were showing up in our ads interface as targetable audiences for campaigns. We immediately removed them. Given that the number of people in these segments was incredibly low, an extremely small number of people were targeted in these campaigns.

Keeping our community safe is critical to our mission. And to help ensure that targeting is not used for discriminatory purposes, we are removing these self-reported targeting fields until we have the right processes in place to help prevent this issue. We want Facebook to be a safe place for people and businesses, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to keep hate off Facebook.

Advertisers can report any inappropriate targeting fields directly in the ads interface or via our Help Center.

Samsung Reveals the Speakers and Topics at the Forefront of Connected Thinking for Samsung Developer Conference 2017

 

Samsung Electronics released its keynote speaker and program schedule for Samsung Developer Conference (SDC), the arena that brings together some of the world’s most prominent innovators, entrepreneurs, artists and storytellers that are shaping the future of connected thinking and technology.

 

SDC 2017 will feature a special keynote from DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, who will unveil Samsung’s vision to connect all devices and services in an intuitive way and discuss a new initiative to create a seamless cloud experience for users. Additional notable keynote speakers include Samsung Electronics Executive Vice Presidents Injong Rhee, Head of R&D, Software & Services of Mobile Communications Business and Eui Suk Chung, Head of Service Intelligence of Mobile Communications Business.

 

Special guest participants will include Stan Lee, world renowned former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. Rain Paris, musician and YouTube star, will join Lee to lead a discussion of how connected thinking motivates creativity and disruption in a session called “Marvel, Movies and Music.” Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global founder and CEO, will join Marc Mathieu, CMO of Samsung Electronics America, in a keynote conversation on Samsung and Thrive’s shared philosophy on the use of technology to create social good. Additionally, SDC 2017 will feature a Creators Track, with talks from some of the most innovative and creative minds at the intersection of intelligent technology and design.

 

“At Samsung, the concept of connected thinking is at the heart of everything we do,” said DJ Koh. “Developers and partners are the backbone of Samsung experience and their work continues to enable us to drive innovation. That is why I am thrilled to be a part of this event and unveil some exciting news with this community at SDC 2017.”

 

“I am truly thrilled to have been asked by Samsung to keynote at their annual conference,” said Stan Lee. “Samsung has a long history of creating technology that helps push the limits of human creativity and as they continue to innovate, we’ll have greater opportunities to deliver our creative visions for the enjoyment of others.”

 

At SDC 2017, attendees can expect to learn about Samsung’s new initiative in creating a seamless cloud experience, which is part of its broader efforts to provide an easy and consistent user experience across devices. Samsung will also showcase its commitment to an open ecosystem of partners in areas including IoT and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Attendees will also have the opportunity to help build the next generation of services by learning about myriad topics including enterprise, games & entertainment, health, intelligence, IoT, mobile, payment, security, smart TV, virtual reality and wearables through technical talks, hands-on experiences and thought leader panels.

 

This year’s event will also feature activities such as stream.Code101, an in-depth and hands-on instruction for developers around emerging services such as VR, Samsung DeX and SmartThings, as well as Open Theater, an open stage for events and presentations such as startup pitch idea presentations, an Ask-Me-Anything session with Stan Lee and more.

 

SDC 2017 is a two-day event for leaders to network and learn about the next wave of intelligent technology. You can learn more about the SDC 2017 speakers here, and the full agenda here.

 

 

Register for SDC 2017

To sign-up for this year’s conference, visit https://www.sdc2017.com and register for your place today. Additional information can be found on Twitter (@samsung_dev) and at the hashtag, #SDC2017.

SafetyNet Verify Apps API, Google Play Protect at your fingertips

Posted by William Luh, Software Engineer

Google Play Protect, which includes the Verify Apps security feature, helps keep users safe from harmful apps. Google Play Protect is available on all Android devices with Google Play installed and provides users with peace of mind and insights into the state of their device security.

App developers can get similar security insights into the installed apps landscape on user devices from the SafetyNet Verify Apps API. This new suite of APIs lets developers determine whether a user's device is protected by Google Play Protect, encourage users not already using Google Play Protect to enable it, and identify any known potentially harmful apps (PHAs) that are installed on the device.

These APIs are especially useful for developers of apps that may be impacted by installed PHAs on the same device as their app. Determining that Google Play Protect is enabled with isVerifyAppsEnabled() gives developers additional assurance that a device is more likely to be clean. If a device doesn't have Google Play Protect enabled, developers can request that the user enable Google Play Protect with enableVerifyApps(). With Google Play Protect enabled, developers can use the listHarmfulApps() method to determine whether there are any potentially harmful apps installed on a user's device. This easy-to-use suite of features does not require API keys and requesting quota.

Enterprise-focused apps in particular may benefit from using the Verify Apps API. Enterprise apps are designed to safeguard a company's data from the outside world. These apps often implement strict enforcements, such as ensuring the mobile device is approved by the enterprise and requiring a strong password for lockscreens. If any of the criteria are not satisfied, the enterprise may revoke credentials and remove sensitive data from the device. Having a mechanism to enforce Google Play Protect and scan for PHAs is another tool to help enterprise app developers keep enterprise data and devices safe.

For better protection, developers should use the attestation API along with the new Verify Apps API. Use the attestation API first to establish that the device has not been modified from a known state. Once the Android system can be trusted, the results from the Verify Apps API can be trusted. Existing attestation API users may find additional benefits in using the Verify Apps API as it may be able to detect on-device PHAs. In general, using multiple signals for anti-abuse detection is encouraged.

To learn how to use this API in your app, check out the developer docs.

Samsung QLED TVs Winning Over Gamers

From real-time relay broadcasts of live gaming competitions to enhanced online, PC and console game options, Samsung Smart TVs, including the full Samsung QLED TV lineup, have been attracting gamers and TV lovers alike as a comprehensive entertainment hub for gaming and other media services.

 

 

Real-time Relay Broadcasts of Live Game Competitions

Starting this week, Samsung will begin offering real-time relay broadcast services for popular games including Battleground, StarCraft and League of Legend (LOL) in the U.S., Canada, and Korea for owners of Samsung Smart TVs released after 2015. With Samsung partnering with popular Korean P2P technology-based video streaming company AfreecaTV, the service will allow viewers to enjoy live competitions of professional games streamed in the highest resolution on Samsung Smart TVs once the AfreecaTV app is installed.

 

Among the regular live broadcasts, Korean StarCraft leagues feature as a highlight of the service with their contribution to the global e-sports phenomenon. Samsung Smart TVs users will be able to enjoy StarCraft league games remastered in UHD resolution, in addition to several other games. The real-time broadcast service will also be subsequently launched in other European and Asian countries from early next year.

 

 

 

Enhanced Gaming Options

Samsung is expanding its Smart TV services to ensure users can enjoy more games. The Samsung Smart TV Smart Hub menu has a “Gamefly” service that contains more than 100 games including casual, shooting (FPS: First-Person Shooter), sports, real-time strategy (RTS), role-playing (RPG) and other genre titles. Users can play simple casual games with a remote control or smartphone, and more intensive RTS and RPG titles by plugging in a game controller.

 

Also, in collaboration with Valve, Samsung has launched the Steam Link app enabling Steam subscribers to enjoy thousands of PC games directly on their Samsung Smart TV screens. Users can play Steam games on their Samsung Smart TVs by activating the Steam Link app, and after their TV and PC have been connected to one another via wired or wireless internet connection. After launching in August 2017, the service is currently available in 55 countries including the U.S. and U.K.

 

 

Finally, Samsung recently announced an exclusive U.S. marketing and retail partnership with Microsoft to utilize Samsung QLED TVs as the official 4K TV partner for the highly-anticipated Xbox One X. The partnership kicked off at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2017 in June as attendees experienced, for the first time ever, breathtaking 4K HDR gaming on Xbox One X and Samsung QLED TVs. Gamers will be able to experience the power of Xbox One X on QLED TVs at various Xbox and Samsung marketing and retail activations throughout the U.S. Consumers will also see a custom Samsung TV spot showcasing Xbox One X and QLED TV together that will run nationally around the launch of Xbox One X this fall.

 

 

Samsung QLED TV, a Game Lover’s TV

Samsung QLED TV continues to win attention from across the gaming industry for its game-optimized features, including best-in-class 4K HDR screen, short input lag of 20 ms (millisecond) and the ability ensure longtime game play with no image retention or burn-in. In addition, Samsung QLED TV automatically recognizes peripheral devices connected to the TV, and also consolidates the usual tangle of multiple, complex cables into one single, transparent optical fiber cable. The TV also offers voice recognition technology via its remote control so users can easily initiate the TV’s game mode to enjoy optimized graphics and sounds.

 

As Samsung’s Smart TV technology, and QLED TV lineup, continue to trail blaze the industry, Samsung will continue to push the boundaries of a TV to a comprehensive entertainment hub for enjoying and consuming various types of content.

 

Samsung Electronics Expands Commitment to Autonomous Driving Technology

Today, Samsung Electronics established the Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund, a new $300-million fund focused exclusively on the automotive market. The Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund will focus on connected car and autonomous technologies, including smart sensors, machine vision, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, connectivity solutions, automotive-grade safety solutions, security, and privacy.

 

In addition to the fund, HARMAN, which was acquired by Samsung earlier this year, has established a new Autonomous/ADAS Strategic Business Unit (SBU). The new HARMAN SBU, which will report to HARMAN’s Connected Car division, will work with the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC) Smart Machines team to develop key technologies for safer, smarter, connected vehicles.  The SSIC Smart Machines team is an advanced automotive engineering group dedicated to enabling next-generation mobility solutions.

 

“During this period of extraordinary transformation in the automotive industry, we are excited to play a leadership role in supporting and shaping the future of smarter, more connected vehicles,” said Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics and Chairman of the Board of HARMAN.  “The Autonomous/ADAS Strategic Business Unit and automotive fund reflect the company’s commitment to the values of open innovation and collaboration. In partnership with OEMs and startups, we will make the driver and passenger experience safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable.”

 

According to the World Health Organization, road injuries are among the top 10 causes of death worldwide.1 In the U.S. alone, the most recent data suggests that there are more than 35,000 fatal crashes each year.2 Samsung’s goal in the automotive market is to tackle this challenge by bringing to market technologies, from sensors to data-processing solutions, that will help make cars safer while creating a more comfortable and convenient mobility experience.

 

To address the increasing demand for integrated solutions, particularly those for automated driving, Samsung and HARMAN will focus on engineering, high-performance computing, sensor technologies, algorithms, artificial intelligence, as well as connectivity and cloud solutions that enable Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automated driving.

 

“There is already a high demand for ADAS solutions, and that demand is rapidly growing with the advancements in connected cars and autonomous driving,” said Dinesh Paliwal, President and CEO of HARMAN. “This strategic business unit demonstrates Samsung’s and HARMAN’s commitment to answer that call – to be the definitive partner for seamless and integrated technologies. It also reflects the incredible power that Samsung and HARMAN, as a collective force, will bring to our OEM customers as we combine Samsung’s scale and resources with HARMAN’s deep automotive experience and networks. Together, we are driving the future of automotive.”

 

Industry veteran John Absmeier has been appointed Senior Vice President of the new HARMAN SBU, and will also retain his current role as Vice President of Smart Machines for SSIC.  As a leader in both organizations, John Absmeier will ensure seamless collaboration to bring Autonomous and ADAS solutions to the market.

 

The first strategic investment of the Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund will be in TTTech, a leader in functional safety, deterministic networking, real-time systems, and complex software integration for ADAS and an automated driving platform. Earlier investments by Samsung’s existing investment funds have included stakes in automotive startups, including AImotive and Renovo for automated driving; Quanergy, TetraVue, and Oculii for sensors; Autotalks and Valens for connectivity; and Graphcore for high-performance computing.

 

To date, Samsung has secured licenses for on-road testing of autonomous driving software and hardware under development in Korea and California. Samsung will not enter the car-manufacturing business, remaining focused on working with automakers and mobility enablers to develop the next generation of automotive innovation.

 

 

About HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.

 

 

1 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en

2 https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812348

Samsung Electronics and TTTech Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Next Generation of Autonomous and Safety Technology to Automakers

Samsung Electronics today announced a strategic partnership with TTTech, a global leader in the field of robust networking and safety controls. Along with this partnership, Samsung will also make a €75 million strategic investment in TTTech as the first investment from its recently-announced Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund (SAIF), and highlights the company’s commitment to bringing safer cars to the road and ushering in the next generation of mobility. It comes on the heels of Samsung’s $8 billion acquisition of HARMAN, a leader in connected car technology, and marks another significant step for the company in the automotive space.

 

TTTech has been active in the automotive space for years, providing technology to a variety of manufacturers. Samsung’s future investment complements TTTech’s longstanding partnership with AUDI AG and their combined efforts in highly automated piloted driving systems for Volkswagen Group. TTTech’s safety technologies power the zFAS piloted control platform in the 2017 Audi A8.

 

Beyond automotive, TTTech has improved the safety and reliability of networked computer systems in the aerospace and industrial sectors, with its technologies found in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

 

“Automotive advances like autonomous controls and advanced driver assistance systems will have a profound impact on society—from transforming urban spaces to bringing mobility to aging populations.   At Samsung, we see it as our responsibility to invest in the technologies that will revolutionize the way we live, work, and connect with one another,” said Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics and Chairman of the Board for HARMAN. “TTTech has demonstrated a remarkable ability to innovate and build world-class technologies and platforms. This is a seminal moment for Samsung and our Automotive Innovation Fund, and we look forward to working with leading OEMs like Audi and the entire TTTech team to set a new standard for automotive-safety technology.”

 

“We’re excited about Samsung’s commitment to TTTech and the joint creation of new architecture for open autonomous and ADAS technologies, involving multiple key automotive players and suppliers,” said Alejandro Vukotich, Vice President Autonomous Driving of AUDI AG.

 

“We are very proud to have Samsung as an investor and partner in TTTech to create solutions for the next generation of highly integrated and data-intensive safety systems” said Georg Kopetz, Member of the Board at TTTech. “Samsung brings a breadth and a depth of technologies as well as an ecosystem of partners to accelerate development for level 2 to level 5 autonomous platforms.”

 

“Together we will build products to support new NCAP requirements, solutions for in-vehicle infotainment systems, and new scalable architectures to support fully autonomous vehicles across various industries,” stated Stefan Poledna, Member of the Board at TTTech.

 

At a transformative moment for the auto industry, TTTech plans to use Samsung’s investment to accelerate the growth of its safety technology for autonomous driving and operations. The company’s collaborative and flexible technology—like its new open safety platform, MotionWise—enables OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers to accelerate the development, integration, and validation of new capabilities in their vehicles.

 

Together, Samsung and HARMAN are fostering the development of cutting-edge automotive safety technologies like those from TTTech, which will raise the bar for automotive safety controls and ADAS throughout the industry.  HARMAN, a Tier 1 supplier, now makes TTTech’s open safety solutions available to the leading global automotive OEMs.

 

President Young Sohn will join Ricky Hudi, founder and managing director of Future Mobility Technologies, and other industry experts on TTTech Auto division’s new supervisory board.

 

 

About TTTech

TTTech is a global leader in the field of robust networking and safety controls. TTTech solutions improve the safety and reliability of electronic systems in the industrial and transportation sectors, with a portfolio of products that are helping to make the Industrial Internet of Things and autonomous driving a reality.

 

Thanks to the platform-based architecture, TTTech Auto’s production proven solutions enable simple system integration with shorter time-to-market and significant cost reductions for customers. TTTech solutions support highly scalable and modular open real-time control architectures based on Deterministic Ethernet and operates within a rich ecosystem of technology partners.

 

More information about TTTech and TTTech Auto is available at www.tttech.com

 

 

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including but are not limited to, statements regarding the benefits of the strategic partnership between Samsung and TTTech Auto;  the development of next-generation solutions for auto safety systems; and the ability of TTTech technology to enable OEMs and other customers to build advance auto safety solutions. These and any other forward-looking statements in this release are based on the parties’ current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, changes in the markets and the regulatory environment of automobile technology industries, difficulties in integrating technologies of the parties in the partnership, the inability of the new solutions to achieve wide market acceptance, and the ability to compete with other products in the market. The companies are providing the information in this release as of this date and do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

A New Center for Crisis Response on Facebook

By Mike Nowak, Product Director, Social Good

Today, we’re announcing Crisis Response, a new center on Facebook where people can find more information about recent crises and access our crisis response tools – including Safety Check, Community Help and Fundraisers to support crisis recovery – all in one place. As part of this update, we are also introducing links to articles, videos and photos posted publicly by the Facebook community, to help people be more informed about a crisis.

Crisis Response on Facebook
We have developed a number of crisis response tools, based on what we’ve learned from our community. When there is a crisis, people use Facebook to let their friends and family know they’re safe, learn and share more about what’s happening, and help communities recover. People will be able to access Crisis Response on Facebook in the upcoming weeks from the homepage on desktop or from the menu button on their phone. They will see the following tools when they’re on a crisis page:

  • Safety Check: an easy way to let your friends and family know you’re safe. It will continue to work the same way it does today and will be featured at the top of each crisis page if you are in the affected area.
  • Links to Articles, Photos and Videos: crisis-related content from public posts can help people learn more about a crisis.
  • Community Help: people can ask for and give help to communities affected by the crisis.
  • Fundraisers: let people create fundraisers and donate to support those affected by the crisis and nonprofit organizations helping with relief efforts.

Adding More Crisis-Related Content
When people receive Safety Check notifications or learn that a crisis has happened, they may not know much about the incident and want to learn more. Starting today, we will begin to include links to articles, photos, and videos from public posts so people have access to more information about a crisis in one place. Safety Check activations and related information may also appear in News Feed to help provide additional details about a crisis.

We hope these updates continue to provide people with helpful information to keep them safe and help communities to rebuild and recover.

[Photo] Worldwide Galaxy Note8 Events Kick Off Launch of Samsung’s Latest Smartphone

Over the past few days, Samsung Electronics introduced the highly anticipated Galaxy Note8 to the public in China, the UAE, South Korea and India via a series of interactive events and demonstrations. Attended by global media and Note fans alike, the events highlighted how Samsung’s new smartphone enables people to do bigger things.

 

 

Beijing, China

With approximately 1,000 people including media and partners in attendance, the Galaxy Note8 launch event was held at Beijing’s 798 Art District.

 

DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, noted in his keynote address, “Samsung will continue to make persistent efforts to gain the trust and love of Chinese consumers through our technology and high-quality standards.”

 

Sajeev Jesudas, President of UL, a global independent safety science company and one of Samsung’s key strategic partners, discusses the rigorous device and battery safety compatibility test protocols of the Galaxy Note8.

 

The Galaxy Note8 features optimized services for Chinese consumers, as outlined by Roger Chen, Vice President of SCIC Contents Strategy Group. New partnerships include WeChat Pay, which along with AliPay makes it easier for Samsung Pay users to make mobile payments, and Mobike, China’s quickly growing bike sharing platform that allows users to unlock a bike by scanning its QR code with their Galaxy devices.

 

Attendees of the Beijing launch event try out the Galaxy Note8 for the first time.

 

 

Dubai, UAE

Marking the Galaxy Note8’s entry into the UAE, Samsung Gulf Electronics hosted a launch event at the Rixos Premium Dubai Hotel in Dubai. The event brought together well-known personalities from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region to showcase how the features of the Galaxy Note8 help people to get things done.

 

Event attendees in Dubai get hands-on with the Galaxy Note8 as well as other Samsung Galaxy devices such as the Gear 360 and Gear VR in the Experience Zone.

 

In celebration of the Galaxy Note8 launch, Samsung Gulf Electronics (UAE) installed a giant display of the Galaxy Note8 made up 37,965 LED lights in Dubai’s Burj Park. At the event, the company was presented with a certificate from Guinness World Records that named the display the “largest LED structure” in the world.

 

These daytime (top) and nighttime (bottom) images were captured from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

 

 

Seoul, South Korea

Members of the Korean press get a first look at the Galaxy Note8 at the launch event in Seoul.

 

A participant experiences the new camera features of the Galaxy Note8 in the Experience Zone.

 

Photographer Daun Kim (top) and webtoon creator Chisung Lee (bottom) demonstrate the ways that the Galaxy Note8 has empowered their leap into bigger things by highlighting how the device’s features add value to their everyday experiences.

 

 

New Delhi, India

At the Galaxy Note8 launch in New Delhi, Hyun Chil Hong, President & CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia, announces that Samsung’s Bixby Voice will now understand English in Indian accents.

 

Some 250 members of the Indian press explore the features and services of the Galaxy Note8 in the Experience Zone.

Google and Ideas United Launch Program to Support Inclusivity in Game Design

Posted by Daraiha Greene, CS Education in Media Program Manager, Multicultural Strategy, and Kate Brennan and Mathilde Cohen Solal, Google Play

Today, we are thrilled to announce Infinite Deviation: Games. Infinite Deviation is an initiative created by Google Computer Science (CS) in Media and Ideas United in order to tackle issues of representation by bringing creativity and computer science together in unexpected ways -- ensuring that representations of computer scientists are inclusive of women, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups. Last year, Infinite Deviation produced a series of narrative short films to dispel stereotypes in computer science and is excited to collaborate with Google Play to bring the Infinite Deviation program to gaming.

Currently only 23% of people in the gaming industry identify as women and only 3% of game developers are African-American. From ensuring women are represented in video games to giving young girls the chance to create their own games, Google Play is committed to bringing new, diverse voices to gaming. The program gives game designers from all backgrounds the chance to pitch an original mobile game concept and have it developed, published, and promoted in partnership with Google Play. Applicants can submit their mobile game concepts until October 9.

The top three ideas will be chosen by a panel of industry experts and designers will receive the resources and support they need to bring their games to life on Google Play. Games will be judged on creativity and innovation, as well as their ability to tell original stories that resonate with underrepresented audiences.

Participants must have less than two years of professional game design experience in order to be eligible. For more information on the program, including how to apply, you can visit InfiniteDeviation.com.

By promoting original games that resonate with underrepresented audiences, we hope the program creates more favorable perceptions of computer science, bust biases, and nurture acceptance through an activity many enjoy.

[Video] Chinese Students’ Dreams Come True with Gear VR

We all have dreams and aspirations – goals we want to achieve in our lives, things we want to experience, places we want to go.

 

This is no different for the students of Samsung Hope School in Xinji County, Hebei Province, China, who dream of visiting faraway destinations like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, or going on exciting adventures, such as riding a roller coaster at an amusement park.

 

With a little help from Samsung Electronics, these children’s dreams are becoming a reality.

 

After interviewing students to determine their dream destinations, Samsung visited the sites that the children said they hoped to someday visit and recorded them with the Gear 360 camera. The students were then able to virtually experience the landmarks in 360 degrees via Gear VR headsets, and thus get closer to the places and people they’ve always dreamed of.

 

Perhaps the most touching ‘dream come true’ was when a young boy was able to watch a video message from his mother who works some 700 kilometers away from the small town to earn money for the family. The boy, who hasn’t seen his mother for over a year, was even more overwhelmed to see her sitting across from him when his headset was removed.

 

Watch the heartwarming event unfold and learn more about one of the ways Samsung is working to improve access to education in remote and often underserved regions.

 

Introducing Updates to the Live API

By Supratik Lahiri, Product Manager and Chris Tiutan, Product Marketing Manager

Since launch, we’ve seen many publishers use the Live API to deliver professional-quality live video experiences to their audiences.

As we work to improve the Live API experience, today we’re introducing new tools that help publishers and developers create more seamless Facebook Live broadcasts.

Updates to the Facebook Live API include:

Automated encoder configuration
Publishers have given us feedback that when going live through the Live API it can be challenging to constantly fine tune their encoder settings to ensure consistent, stable Facebook live streams.

With this update, the Live API now provides preview, start, and stop states for your encoder, and automatically configures it to the optimal settings for a Facebook Live broadcast, so you can be confident that you’re broadcasting the highest quality Live video to Facebook every time without having to manually adjust settings before every broadcast.

Frame-accurate start times
We know having a strong start to a broadcast is important, and we’ve heard from publishers that it can be confusing to determine exactly when a Live API broadcast is in fact live to viewers.

With this update, developers can now indicate the exact frame and moment to go live. One great use case for this is to implement a countdown clock that signals to the broadcaster the exact moment when a stream is live.

Publishers that programmatically connect to the Live API can enable these new features within their broadcast setup. Publishers can also work with a video solutions provider who has incorporated these updates. We’ve been working with Wowza to test these updates, which are now available in their live video encoding and delivery solution, ClearCaster.

We’re excited that all developers will be able to integrate these updates to the Live API and make their Facebook Live broadcasts even better and more seamless.

Developers can learn how to integrate these updates to the Live API from our Live API documentation.

Standards and Guidelines for Earning Money from Your Content on Facebook

By Nick Grudin, VP of Media Partnerships

Every day, people come to Facebook to connect with stories from creators and publishers they love. Fostering an ecosystem where creators and publishers of all sizes can connect with their fans and earn money for their work is a critical part of creating these connections and experiences for our community.

We want to support a diverse range of creators and publishers, which is why we’ve introduced a range of monetization options, including Branded Content and Instant Articles. More recently, we’ve been testing Ad Breaks with a group of publishers, and we’re working on opening it up more broadly.

As we continue to expand our monetization offerings, it’s important that we provide clear guidelines around what can and cannot be monetized on our platform. Many of these experiences are made possible through ads from over 5M advertisers on Facebook, and they need to feel confident and in control over where their ads appear.

That’s why today, we are introducing monetization eligibility standards. These standards provide clearer guidance around the types of publishers and creators that are eligible to earn money on Facebook, along with guidelines on the kind of content that can be monetized. We have similar standards for publishers monetizing their own sites and apps through the Audience Network — learn more here.

Standards on who can access monetization features on Facebook

To use any of our monetization features, you must comply with Facebook’s policies and terms, including our Community Standards, Payment Terms, and Page Terms. Our goal is support creators and publishers who are enriching our community. Those creators and publishers who are violating our policies regarding intellectual property, authenticity, and user safety, or are engaging in fraudulent business practices, may be ineligible to monetize using our features.

Creators and publishers must have an authentic, established presence on Facebook — they are who they represent themselves to be, and have had a profile or Page on Facebook for at least one month. Additionally, some of our features like Ad Breaks require a sufficient follower base, something that could extend to other features over time.

Those who share content that repeatedly violates our Content Guidelines for Monetization, share clickbait or sensationalism, or post misinformation and false news may be ineligible or may lose their eligibility to monetize.

Guidelines on what content can be monetized on Facebook

These guidelines provide more detail on the types of content that advertisers may find sensitive, and should help you make more informed decisions about what content to monetize. These apply to videos on Facebook today, and will extend to Instant Articles over time.

While the guidelines do not cover every scenario, they are a good indicator of what types of content are likely to generate more revenue. Keep in mind that even if your content is eligible for ads, some brands and advertisers may choose to use brand safety controls to tailor where their ads run.

If your content does not comply with these standards, we will notify you that we have removed the ads. If you believe your content should be eligible, you can reach out through the appeals channel.

These guidelines focus specifically on what content is eligible for ads. Your content may be impacted by these guidelines, but will remain on the platform provided it meets our Community Standards.

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We hope these standards and guidelines help you understand how to successfully earn money from your content on Facebook. This is part of our ongoing process to provide our partners with more clarity and transparency, and we remain committed to improving our products and experiences for people, publishers, creators and advertisers.

Samsung Redefines the Next Generation Network with Innovative User Experience-Centric Solutions at MWC Americas 2017

Samsung Electronics will showcase its next generation portfolio comprised of a diverse range of 4G and 5G network solutions targeting the U.S. market during Mobile World Congress (MWC) Americas 2017 in San Francisco September 12-14th. The new solutions to be introduced include User Experience-centric solutions providing diverse tools for perceived experience analysis and automation, massive MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) and small cell products that help operators advance the capacity of their existing LTE networks, and 5G technologies that will open up new operator revenue streams. Samsung will also highlight live demonstrations of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and massive MIMO – technologies that are likely to be commercialized in the coming years in the U.S. market.

 

“For Samsung, we see the user experience as a key element to drive further innovation in the LTE market. We also believe that now is the most appropriate time to lay out our vision for the next generation network architecture,” said Youngky Kim, President and Head of the Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our innovative spirit has brought yet another opportunity to leap forward, by enabling new markets and services that enhance our daily lives such as autonomous vehicles and holographic communications.”

 

 

User Experience-centric Solutions & Software-centric Solutions

Samsung sees user experience as the critical element to drive innovation in network performance. In alignment with this, Samsung will be presenting automated solutions such as Voice Measurement and Analysis (VoMA), Data Measurement and Analysis (DMA), Antenna Tilt Optimization (ATO), Transmit Power Controlling (TPC) and the 3D network design tool. These solutions monitor and dimension network quality and user experience, in real-time, for enhancing the user experience.

 

Samsung’s vision is to drive the transformation of the current network architecture to one that is software-centric. A software-centric network is open-source based, establishes an automated network platform, and realizes new services and functions as Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs). This virtualized platform enables operators to adopt new services faster and in a more seamless manner. Furthermore, this unified network platform allows for simple, flexible and cost-effective network management as it supports the Samsung 4G and 5G vRAN and vCore as well as the functions of the existing legacy equipment.

 

 

Massive MIMO Solutions

To improve the efficiency of operators’ existing spectrums, Samsung is introducing the Samsung Massive MIMO Access Unit (MAU) based on advanced three-dimensional beamforming technology. Samsung will provide products fit for different environments with support for diverse frequency bands that can later be applied for 5G. As part of the exhibit, Samsung will demonstrate 24 mobile devices connected to a live 64T64R 2.5GHz massive MIMO radio and producing a total cell throughput of over 1Gbps.

 

 

Latest Small Cell Technologies

To cope with indoor coverage and traffic in the most effective way, including cost, there has been a noticeable increase in interest and discussions around small cell solutions across the industry.

Samsung is spotlighting its latest small cell portfolio for home, enterprise, and outdoor environments. This also includes spectrums and technologies, like CBRS, LAA and WiFi, that cover LTE licensed as well as unlicensed.

 

 

5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Commercialization and Beyond

Using the complete 5G end-to-end solution announced earlier this year at 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung will be demonstrating, live, the deployment process and actual 5G FWA service being deployed in consumer homes as part of an active U.S. Tier 1 operator trial. Visitors will be able to experience – via Samsung Gear VR – a live 360- degree camera view of an apartment powered by 5G FWA service. With 5G FWA commercialization expected in the U.S. in 2018, Samsung will highlight the next wave of 5G use cases such as consumer mobility in sub-6GHz spectrum and 5G-powered autonomous vehicles.

 

The Samsung Networks booth is located at the South Hall Stand S.616 in the Moscone Center at MWC Americas 2017 and is available on a reservation-only basis. If you are interested in learning more about Samsung Networks presence at MWC Americas or would like to see one of the demonstrations listed above, please contact Jonathan Varman at j.varman@sea.samsung.com.

 

For more information on this press release and other Samsung announcements, please visit news.samsung.com/global.

Samsung Strengthens Advanced Foundry Portfolio with New 11nm LPP and 7nm LPP with EUV Technology

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced it has added 11-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology (11LPP, Low Power Plus) to its advanced foundry process portfolio, offering customers with an even wider range of options for their next-generation products.

 

Through further scaling from the earlier 14LPP process, 11LPP delivers up to 15 percent higher performance and up to 10 percent chip area reduction with the same power consumption.

 

In addition to the 10nm FinFET process for mobile processors in premium flagship smartphones, the company expects its 11nm process to bring differentiated value to mid- to high-end smartphones.

 

The new process technology is scheduled to be ready for production in the first half of 2018.

 

Samsung also confirmed that development of 7LPP with EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography technology is on schedule, targeting its initial production in the second half of 2018.

 

Since 2014, Samsung has processed close to 200,000 wafers with EUV lithography technology and, building on its experience, has recently seen visible results in process development such as achieving  80 percent yield for 256 megabit (Mb) SRAM (static random-access memory).

 

“Samsung has added the 11nm process to our roadmap to offer advanced options for various applications,” said Ryan Lee, Vice President and Head of Foundry Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “Through this, Samsung has completed a comprehensive process roadmap spanning from 14nm to 11nm, 10nm, 8nm, and 7nm in the next three years.”

 

Details of the recent update to Samsung’s foundry roadmap, including 11LPP availability and 7nm EUV development, will be elaborated at the Samsung Foundry Forum Japan on September 15, 2017, in Tokyo. The Samsung Foundry Forum was held in the United States and South Korea earlier this year, sharing Samsung’s cutting-edge process technologies with global customers and partners.

Helping indie developers get discovered on Google Play

Posted by Adriana Puchianu, Google Play Developer Marketing

There are increasing growth opportunities for indie game developers, but being one can still feel daunting in today's crowded gaming industry. We've been working hard to help indie developers find an audience and to recognize them for their creativity and innovation. We launched the Indie Corner as a destination for exciting new games along with longstanding indie masterpieces. Since launch, more than 380 games have been featured. Earlier this year, we launched Android Excellence which showcases apps and games that deliver incredible user experiences on Android, while providing another opportunity to be discovered on Google Play.

We've also held several indie games contests across the globe, giving indies the chance to showcase their games and find new audiences. In April, we selected the winner of the second Indie Games Festival in South Korea and we recently announced the top 20 finalists of this year's San Francisco event. Come and see the finalists in person on September 23rd, it's free to attend and open to the public. Soon we'll be bringing back the second Indie Games Contest in Europe too.

Watch François Alliot, the developer of Reigns, an indie game showcased in Android Excellence and the winner of last year's Indie Games Contest in Europe, share how he built a successful games business in the video below.

And, finally, check out our recent Q&A with Spry Fox, makers of the popular game Alphabear, to learn more about what it’s like to be an indie game developer.

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Can You Swim with Your Wearable? These Water Resistance Ratings Will Help You Find Out

Samsung’s recently released wearables, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, are lifestyle companions packed with everyday health and fitness features to help consumers get the most out of their activities, like swimming. In fact, users need not worry about wearing their new Gear device in the pool, the rain or the shower, as both have a water resistance rating of 5 ATM (50 meters) under ISO standard 22810:2010 for wristwatches.1

But what exactly do these numbers mean? And what makes ATM water resistance ratings different from other kinds of evaluation standards, such as IP ratings? Read on to find out.

 

 

IP Ratings – Making a Splash in the Mobile Industry

In recent years, as more and more individuals have begun taking their smartphones and wearables to places where just a little water can cause huge problems, demand for water-resistant electronics has skyrocketed. As a result, a number of international standards have been put in place for testing water resistance, including the Ingress Protection (IP) rating established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

 

A device’s IP rating consists of two numbers and is given in the format IPXY (i.e. IP67). X is the rating for physical ingress, or how resistant the device is to penetration by foreign solid objects such as dust, and ranges from 0 to 6. Y, meanwhile, represents the rating for liquid ingress, or how resistant it is to penetration by liquids under various conditions, and ranges from 0 to 8. Below are charts that summarize these protection levels.

 

SOURCE: IEC 60529 ed.2.2 “Copyright © 2013 IEC Geneva, Switzerland. www.iec.ch2

 

The rating number assigned for each category indicates that the device being tested has met the requirements for each previous rating. For example, Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatch, which has a rating of IP68, has passed the rating requirements for all six physical ingress levels and the first eight liquid ingress levels. In other words, under specific conditions, the Gear S3 can withstand accidental submersion up to 1.5 meters underwater for 30 minutes, as well as contact with harmful dust.

 

 

While a fitness band or smartwatch with an IP68 rating can be worn while jogging in the rain or doing the dishes, IP ratings do not take water pressure into account. Therefore, IP ratings are not indicative of a device’s ability to be used during aquatic activities such as swimming. This is where ATM ratings come in.

 

 

ATM Ratings – Water Resistance Under Pressure

While many manufacturers tend to follow IP ratings, some independently test their products to determine how much static pressure they can withstand when submerged. These pressure tests are measured in ATMs – which stands for atmospheres – and are converted to water depth to make the measurements easier to comprehend.

 

One ATM is equivalent to the static pressure exerted by static submersion in 10 meters of water. The higher the ATM rating, the deeper the product can go without being affected, as deeper water exerts more pressure. The basic ATM water-resistance levels are described below.3

 

 

Again, these ratings are for static pressure, meaning that if the device is resting still in a test chamber, it can tolerate pressure up to the rated value and will function properly upon its removal. Conversely, any application of dynamic pressure caused by movement of the wearer (such as diving into the water, for example) increases the pressure of water exposure. So, while a 3 ATM-rated fitness band could easily withstand rain, it might be damaged if sprayed with a powerful hose.

 

 

ISO 22810:2010 – The International Standard

The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) ISO 22810:2010 standard, meanwhile, specifies a detailed testing procedure that defines not only pressures but also test duration, water temperature and other parameters to provide a more accurate description of a watch’s water resistance.

 

Products are independently tested by the manufacturer under ISO test specifications. Those that meet the ISO 22810:2010 standard meet four requirements: water resistance to overpressure, water resistance at shallow depth, water resistance when strain is placed on the operative components and water resistance on exposure to thermal shocks.4 Therefore, products that adhere to ISO standard 22810:2010 are resistant to water during aquatic activities and may be used under conditions where water pressure and temperature vary.

 

 

With a water resistance rating of 5 ATM under ISO standard 22810:2010, Samsung’s Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro are resistant to pressure at a depth of 50 meters, meaning the devices can not only stand up to the rain, but can also be worn during shallow water activities. This, along with the Speedo On swim tracking app,5 make the two new wearables ideal companions for any swim, whether tackling laps or going for a relaxing dip in the pool.

 

In summary, not all “water-resistant” devices are created equal. Therefore, it’s important to understand water resistance ratings to ensure your devices meet your needs and are appropriate for your lifestyle.

 

For more information about Samsung’s Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, click here. For more details about water resistance ratings, visit the websites of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

 

 

1 Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro have a water resistance rating of 5 ATM (50 meters) under ISO standard 22810:2010 for wristwatches under specific conditions. This means that both devices are safe to wear while walking in the rain or showering, and may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool. However, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.

 

2 All such extracts are copyright of IEC, Geneva, Switzerland. All rights reserved. Further information on the IEC is available from http://www.iec.ch. IEC has no responsibility for the placement and context in which the extracts and contents are reproduced by the author, nor is IEC in any way responsible for the other content or accuracy therein.

 

3 ATM ratings are not authorized by the ISO. Listed usage examples are guidelines only. The survivability of a device depends not only on the water depth, but also on the age of the sealing material, previous damage, temperature and additional mechanical stresses, among other variables.

 

4 Source: “Horology — Water-resistant watches” © ISO 2010

 

5 Speedo On comes pre-loaded on the Gear Fit2 Pro and will be available for download on Gear Sport.

First look at Satya Nadella’s new book, Adobe and Microsoft deepen ties while science reveals (yet again) the power of the pen — Weekend Reading: Sept. 8 edition

Time to read, write and “Hit Refresh,” following a brief-but-busy week at Microsoft. We saw an alliance grow, protections reinforced and new chapters emerge.

Let’s take a spin through the news.

Microsoft SEO Satya Nadella in his office reading one of the first arrivals of his new book.

 

This week, the author got a first look at his new creation. Early copies of “Hit Refresh” arrived at the office of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. He smiled while leafing through pages packed with reflections, ideas and principles on transformation – the story of Microsoft’s quest to rediscover its soul, as told through Nadella’s eyes and experiences.

In a LinkedIn post published Wednesday, Nadella described “Hit Refresh” as an exploration of the renaissance of a storied company and the implications of the coming wave of technology — artificial intelligence, mixed reality and quantum computing — which will soon disrupt the status quo impacting our lives, communities and economies.”

“Hit Refresh” goes on sale globally Sept. 26 and is available now for preorder. Nadella is donating all proceeds from the book to Microsoft Philanthropies.

A student in the study wears hundreds of sensors to monitor her brain.

 

Pens down? Not so fast.

New research offers the first electrophysiological evidence that the brain behaves differently when people use a pen versus a keyboard – and that the physical movement of a pen boosts learning.

The finding builds on previous studies that suggest long-hand notetaking with a pen deepens the mind’s ability to retain and process information.

Cognitive neuropsychologists Audrey van der Meer and Ruud van der Weel outfitted participating students with more than 250 sensors that monitored their brain signals.

The students then completed tasks involving typing and note-taking by hand, including with the use of Surface Pro 4 devices. Van der Meer told Microsoft News Centre Europe that many tablet and stylus devices – like the Surface Pen – help people get the most out of ancient and modern technology.

Conducted over two months in Norway and later peer reviewed, the study provides fresh proof that the pen – once seen as an analogue artifact – can be fully appreciated as a key component of our digital learning experiences.

A Nordstrom sign outside a Nordstrom store.

Shoppers know: Nordstrom is synonymous with legendary customer service at its 350-plus stores and online.

During a recent chat between Cho Hwang, technology director at Nordstrom, and Ron Markezich, Microsoft corporate vice president, talk turned to Microsoft Office 365.

Office 365 supports the diverse and ever-evolving workstyles of Nordstrom employees in retail and corporate locations,” Hwang said. “It provides a comprehensive set of tools that enables employees to be more productive and always have the data that they need at their fingertips.”

On Thursday, more Office 365 news broke when Adobe and Microsoft announced they are expanding their strategic alliance to increase workforce productivity and drive more efficient business processes.

Adobe Sign, the market leading e-signature service in Adobe Document Cloud, is now Microsoft’s preferred e-signature solution across the company’s portfolio, including the 100 million monthly active users of Office 365.

A global map shows recent ransomware attacks.

A new Microsoft report details recent ransomware threats and the need for advanced security. You can protect yourself with Windows 10, which integrates next-gen security features that guard against ransomware, including multiple exploit mitigations, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and more.

The upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will make Windows even more secure against attacks through seamless integration of Windows Defender ATP across the entire Windows protection stack plus other updates. You can start taking advantage of these protections now with the Windows Defender ATP Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, now open for public preview.

The Microsoft logo
On Tuesday, Microsoft responded to the administration’s decision to rescind protection under the program for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), calling it a “big step back for our entire country,” writes Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, on the Microsoft on the Issues blog.

The administration is giving Congress six months to replace DACA with new legislation. “Congress now needs to reprioritize the fall legislative calendar and move quickly with new legislation to protect these 800,000 Dreamers,” Smith writes.

“This means that Congress should adopt legislation on DACA before it tries to adopt a tax reform bill.” Microsoft will work as needed with other companies and the broader business community to “vigorously defend the legal rights of all Dreamers,” Smith says. “For the 39 Dreamers that we know of who are our employees, our commitment is clear. If Congress fails to act, our company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees.”

Several Harry Potter books.

With fall (nearly) in the air, head back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as the complete collection of “Harry Potter” e-books arrives in the Windows Store. Find all seven books in the series in a single title, along with other favorites in this universe such as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Need more entertainment this weekend?  Get your scare on with the newest chapter in Ryan Murphy’s TV drama anthology, “American Horror Story: Cult.” Buy a season pass now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store – and follow what’s hot, new and trending in the Windows Store on Twitter and Facebook.

That caps our round-up. See you next Friday for another Weekend Reading!

Posted by Bill Briggs
Microsoft News Center Staff

The post First look at Satya Nadella’s new book, Adobe and Microsoft deepen ties while science reveals (yet again) the power of the pen — Weekend Reading: Sept. 8 edition appeared first on The Official Microsoft Blog.

Nearly 100 years later, a border stands strong with an arch and not a wall

Nearly a century after its dedication, the issues and technologies that led to the inauguration of the International Peace Arch “speak to us in multiple ways,” writes Brad Smith, Microsoft president, and Carol Ann Browne, Microsoft director of executive communications, in a new post in the “Today in Technology” series on LinkedIn.

The arch, an eight-story, steel-and-concrete portal in Blaine, Washington, was financed and constructed by American road builder Sam Hill at a time when the future of roads was also about the future of new roadway technology. “And the future of this technology is again ripe with innovation,” Smith and Browne write.

There’s another reason for the monument’s significance. “While the Peace Arch may sometimes not get much more than a glance from the 4,000 motorists who stream by in both directions each day, the unbroken peace it symbolizes between our two countries wasn’t a given for Sam Hill and his contemporaries,” Smith and Brown write. “A century later, the Arch provides a visible and powerful reminder that good neighbors should not be taken for granted.”

Read the full post on LinkedIn.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

The post Nearly 100 years later, a border stands strong with an arch and not a wall appeared first on The Official Microsoft Blog.

Introducing Android Native Development Kit r16

Posted by Dan Albert, Android NDK Tech Lead
The latest version of the Android Native Development Kit (NDK), Android NDK r16 Beta 1, is now available for download. It is also available in the SDK manager via Android Studio.
NDK r16 is a big milestone for us, because it's the first release that we're ready to recommend that people start migrating to libc++! More on this later.
We've also updated libc++ and its related projects, so this release has improved support for C++1z. Keep in mind that until C++1z becomes C++17, everything included is subject to change.
You can find the release notes for this release here.

libc++ and libandroid_support

The NDK has a library called libandroid_support that backports libc APIs that libc++ depends on that weren't available on older releases. The reason we've been unable to endorse libc++ (as implemented in the NDK) until now has been a lack of confidence in this library. The focus of r16 was to rewrite this library for improved stability.
Since libandroid_support is now a smaller library, your app's behavior should more closely match the behavior of the system. As an example, libandroid_support previously included an alternative implementation of part of stdio. While some features got backported to ICS, it also meant that any bugs in the alternate implementation would be present on all OS releases since the bug was baked into your app. In the new version of libandroid_support, we've removed this so you'll be missing some features on older devices (almost exclusively things that no one uses, like %a support in format strings), but your apps using libc++ will be smaller and more reliable for not having these features.

Switching to libc++

So, why should you switch to libc++? First and foremost, the other STLs will not be supported going forward (this has been noted in our roadmap for quite some time). We've been using libc++ for the Android platform since Lollipop, and that's been a change that our engineers have been overwhelmingly happy with. We were able to make this transition in the platform earlier than we could in the NDK because we didn't need libandroid_support, and could instead just update libc in place.
In contrast to the other STLs currently available in the NDK, libc++ fully supports C++11, C++14, and most of C++1z! Stlport hasn't had an update since 2008, and gnustl (what we call GNU's libstdc++, to avoid confusion with Bionic's libstdc++, which isn't an STL) historically hasn't worked very well with Clang, particularly in headers that are closely tied to compiler builtins like <atomic> and <type_traits>.
We'll most likely be making libc++ the default in the next NDK release, but for now you can opt-in if you're not using it already by following the instructions below.
Like the other STLs, libc++ is available as both a static and shared library. Which one you should use depends on your specific circumstances as described in our docs, but tl;dr use the static version if you have one and only one shared library in your application, and use the shared one in all other cases.
ndk-build
Add the following to your Application.mk file:
APP_STL := c++_shared
CMake
Pass the following when invoking CMake:
-DANDROID_STL=c++_shared
If you're using CMake via Gradle, add the following to your build.gradle:
externalNativeBuild {
    cmake {
        arguments "-DANDROID_STL=c++_shared"
    }
}
Standalone Toolchain
When you create your standalone toolchain, pass --stl=libc++.

The Future of libandroid_support

If you've read our roadmap, you've seen that we've planned to expand libandroid_support to backport as much of libc/libm as possible. Whenever we've spoken with people about this, we've received lukewarm responses at best. Given that this doesn't seem to be a thing that people are interested in, and that it would be something that increases library size (and therefore APK size, which is something everyone seems very interested in), we no longer plan to do this.
If we've misinterpreted your response or if we haven't heard from you and this is something you want, please let us know!

_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64

tl;dr: Don't set _FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 if you want to keep the behavior present in old NDKs.
Historically, setting _FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 in the NDK did nothing. This feature was not present in the deprecated headers at all. With unified headers, the NDK now has up to date headers with support for this feature.
_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 is a macro you can define in your application to get support for a 64-bit off_t in 32-bit code. This works by both making off_t 64-bit (by default it is 32-bit in 32-bit code) and by implicitly replacing calls to APIs like lseek with calls to lseek64.
Support for _FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 was not added to Android in a single release. One API, lseek64, has always been in bionic. Most APIs were added in Lollipop, and a few more were not added until later releases.
If you're targeting a release that does not support the 64-bit off_t variant of a function you are using and have set _FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64, the function will not be available. This is in contrast to the behavior for r15 and r15b (but matches r15c) where the functions were wrongly exposed with a 32-bit off_t that would be silently truncated.
Note that the 64-bit off_t APIs are still available without _FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 under different names. For example, instead of lseek, call lseek64. Instead of off_t, use off64_t.
Finally, since this feature is new to the NDK with unified headers, if you just want to return to the pre-unified headers behavior, all you need to do is stop setting _FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64.
For more information about off_t ABI details in bionic, see the Bionic 32-bit ABI bugs doc.

[Video] What Makes Samsung’s Cinema LED Screen a Game-Changer for the Movie Industry?

Since it was first used to screen films in 1895, the projector has become symbolic of the movie-viewing experience and of theaters themselves. With the unveiling of its Cinema LED Screen at Seoul’s Lotte World Tower in July, Samsung Electronics introduced a new standard for cinematic immersion – one that captivates audiences not by projecting light onto a screen, but by transforming the screen itself into a massive, vibrant, 4K-resolution display.

 

Designed as a High Dynamic Range (HDR) LED theater display, the Cinema LED Screen measures nearly 10.3 meters wide and delivers next-generation picture quality with both ultra-sharp 4K (4,096 x 2,160) resolution and peak brightness levels nearly ten times greater (146fL) than those of conventional projectors. All this adds up to distortion-free visuals that feature the brightest colors, the deepest blacks and the whitest whites, and a theater experience that makes viewers feel as if they’re part of the picture.

 

The Cinema LED Screen’s integration with audio technologies from JBL by HARMAN, meanwhile, provides likewise realistic sound. This state-of-the-art setup includes powerful speakers bordering the screen, proprietary audio-processing technology, and JBL’s Sculpted Surround System. The result of all this innovation is an incredibly accurate sight and sound experience that allows audiences to view films exactly as their creators intended.

 

Since its debut, Samsung’s first-of-its-kind screen has grabbed headlines around the world, and garnered positive reviews from filmmakers and movie-goers alike, who have tabbed the display as the theater technology of the future. See for yourself, in the video below, what makes Samsung’s immersive screen a game-changer for the industry.

 

Optimize your Android apps for Chromebooks

Posted by Cheryl Lindo Jones, Mobile App Solutions Consultant, Google Play

As more Chromebooks are enabled with Google Play, now is a great time to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks to reach a larger audience. The changes made to optimize for large screens will benefit mobile devices that are able to project to desktop monitors, like the Samsung Galaxy S8. The current list of Chromebooks that can access the Play Store continues to grow.

There are several differences to consider when optimizing your Android app or game for Chromebooks:

  • Larger screen sizes and higher resolutions
  • Multi-window and resizable-window support
  • Different hardware input methods: keyboard, trackpad, mouse, stylus
  • Convertible Chromebooks enabling use in laptop and tablet modes

Chromebook users can change screen resolutions, switch between various input methods, and convert from laptop to tablet mode at any time, so Android apps and games should handle all of these situations gracefully.

Discoverability on Google Play

If Android apps or games require hardware not available in a Chromebook (like cellular capability or GPS), those titles will not show up on Google Play for Chromebook users, similar to Play on Android tablets. Developers should maximize discoverability on Google Play by doing the following:

Set requested permissions and uses-features in the manifest to ensure compatibility with Chromebooks. Not all Chromebooks will have touchscreens, GPS, or rear-facing cameras which are typical for smartphones. Update the manifest so that sensors and hardware not commonly found on Chromebooks are not required. Example:

<uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.touchscreen"
    android:required="false" />

Additionally, to educate Chromebook users on any Chrome OS-specific features that have been implemented, for example supporting additional input methods like keyboard, trackpad, and stylus, or supporting large, high-resolution screens with a responsive layout, developers should update the app description on Google Play. It would also be useful to provide screenshots showcasing how well the app or game works on the larger screen, or how the title works on a Chromebook specifically.

Optimizing functionality

While most apps and games already work fairly well on Chromebooks without any changes, it is still a good idea to explore how to provide an optimized, consistent experience for Chromebook users.

Large screens and resizable windows

Chromebook users will be more inclined to multitask, opening multiple apps and/or games at once, taking advantage of the screen size, and operating in a manner consistent with a desktop or laptop form factor. Unlike on Android phones, they can also change the screen resolution to fit more onto the screen, or enlarge the fonts, UI, and graphics, if needed. Multi-window support and fully resizable window support are key for this usage. Graphics, fonts, layout, and touch targets should be adjusted accordingly as the screen resolution and orientation changes.

It is also important to note that just because an app or game window is not in focus, it does not mean that it is not visible. For example, if a video app is open in an inactive window, it should continue to play content "in the background" because it could still be visible along side another app window. To fully support multi-window usage in this case, pause video in onStop(), and resume in onStart().

Targeting Android N (API level 24 and higher) will signal to the Chrome OS window manager that compatibility restrictions should not be used. This allows for more flexibility and control on the developer's part for supporting window resizing.

The system will handle window management best if Android N is targeted, but for pre-N API support, windows can be toggled between either a default size selected at app launch, or a full-screen mode with either the window bar visible, or with window UI hidden in immersive full-screen mode.

When handling different windowing modes, it is important to know that the window area for an app or game will be offset by the presence or absence of the window control bar. The app should not assume that the activity will always be at (0,0) in the window. Adjust the layout and touch targets accordingly. It is somewhat common to see apps or games become unresponsive after a window resize or orientation change because it did not gracefully handle the presence of the window control bar, or the higher resolution settings of a Chromebook screen.

Orientation support

Because of the laptop form-factor, Chromebook users expect landscape to be the default orientation for apps on Chromebooks. However, Android apps often assume that portrait is the default orientation to support, due to the typical way users interact with their smartphones. To offer flexibility to users, it is highly recommended to support both portrait and landscape orientations. Some Chromebooks are convertible, so users can change between laptop and tablet modes at will, switching between portrait and landscape orientation, according to what feels comfortable for a given use case.

Most importantly, if possible, do not require a restart if the orientation or window size changes. If a user is in the process of filling out a form, creating or editing some content, or in the middle of a level in a game and loses progress because of an window change -- intentional or not -- it would be a poor user experience.

Developers can monitor window configuration changes using onConfigurationChanged() and dynamically handle those changes by adding this line to the activity's manifest:

android:configChanges="screenSize|smallestScreenSize|orientation|screenLayout".

If it is absolutely necessary to require a restart upon changes to the window, at least restore state by using the onSaveInstanceState() method so that work or state is not lost.

Additionally, it is important to be consistent with the app's orientation as the user is navigating through activities. Currently, the system forces Android apps to follow the orientation of the root activity to help maintain consistency. However, this may result in a situation where, perhaps an app starts out in landscape orientation, and a login screen normally laid out for portrait orientation pops up, and now does not look optimized due to an unresponsive layout. Also, it is still possible to have a case where a springboard activity starts out in an orientation that is different from the primary orientation of the app. Please keep these possible scenarios in mind when designing the layout for activities.

Finally, developers should be aware of the differences in handling cameras and orientation on Chromebooks. Obviously, Android phones have front-facing and rear-facing cameras that are situated at the top of a portrait-oriented screen. The front-facing cameras on Chromebooks are situated at the top of a landscape-oriented screen. Many Chromebooks do not have rear-facing cameras. If an app requires a camera, it would be best to use android.hardware.camera.any to access the front-facing camera, if a rear-facing one is not available. Again, developers should target Android N and, if possible allow the app to be resizable so that the system can take care of properly orienting the camera previews.

Supporting multiple input methods

Chromebook users are used to interacting with webpages and apps using a keyboard and trackpad. Effectively supporting these two input methods for an Android app means:

  • Supporting hotkeys for commands that a desktop app user may be familiar with
  • Using arrow and tab keys and a trackpad to navigate an activity
  • Allowing hover and opening context menus
  • Supporting other trackpad gestures to enhance productivity in desktop/laptop mode

Something as simple as hitting return to send text in a messaging app, or allowing a user to navigate fields by hitting the tab key will make an app feel more efficient and cohesive on a Chromebook.

While there is a compatibility mode for Chrome OS to emulate touchscreen scrolling and other touch events, it would be best to optimize an Android app by declaring

<uses-feature
    android:name="android.hardware.type.pc"
    android:required="false" />

in the manifest to disable compatibility mode in order to further define custom support for keyboard and trackpad.

Similarly, the system can guess at giving focus to the right views when navigating via the tab or arrow keys on a keyboard. But for best performance, specify how keyboard navigation should be handled in the activity manifest using the android:nextFocusForward attribute for tab navigation, and android:nextFocusUp, android:nextFocusDown, android:nextFocusLeft, android:nextFocusRight attributes for arrow key navigation.

On a related note, some Chromebooks do not have touchscreens, therefore well-optimized Android apps on Chrome should not assume the user can perform typical swipe and multi-touch tap gestures to navigate through an app or game. If primary functionality cannot be performed using only a keyboard or trackpad, the user experience will be severely impacted on non-touchscreen Chromebooks. Try to "translate" existing touchscreen tap and swipe gestures into something that can be easily done on a trackpad or using the keyboard.

Newer Chromebooks are gaining stylus support, allowing for richer interactions for sketchbook and note-taking apps, photo editors, games, and more. Developers are encouraged to use available APIs to support pressure-sensitivity, tilt, and eraser inputs. To enable users to comfortably rest their hands on the screen while writing, drawing, or playing games with the stylus, support palm rejection. The system will attempt to ignore input from a user's resting palm, but in case such erroneous touch events are registered, Android apps should gracefully handle ACTION_CANCEL events to erase the erroneous inputs.

By supporting all of these additional input methods, users will be able to take full advantage of the laptop mode for Chromebooks to work more efficiently, or to be more creative.

Learn more

While a lot was covered in this article, we have additional resources for you to learn more about optimizing their apps and games for Chromebooks. Read our Medium post with tips to get your app running great on Chromebooks and watch our session at Google I/O 2017, Android Apps for Chromebooks and Large Screen Devices. There is also training material on the Android developers website for building apps for Chrome OS. If you have any questions, reach out to the Android developer community and post with the hashtag #AndroidAppsOnChromeOS.

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Samsung to Launch Mobile Security Rewards Program, Welcoming Security Research Community

Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of its inaugural Mobile Security Rewards Program, a new vulnerability rewards program which invites members of the security community to assess the integrity of Samsung’s mobile devices and associated software to identify potential vulnerabilities in those products. By leveraging the skills and expertise of the security research community, Samsung will strengthen its ongoing commitment to providing customers with a secure mobile experience.

 

“As a leading provider of mobile devices and experiences, Samsung recognizes the importance of protecting users’ data and information, and prioritizes security in the development of each of its products and services,” said Injong Rhee Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Software and Services of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “As part of our commitment to security, Samsung is proud to work in close partnership with the security research community to ensure that all of our products are monitored closely and continually for any potential vulnerabilities.”

 

Samsung’s Commitment to Mobile Security

Samsung’s Mobile Security Rewards program is the latest initiative to demonstrate the company’s steadfast commitment to enabling secure experiences for all its customers. The rewards program kicked off with a pilot in January 2016 to ensure an efficient and productive public introduction to the broader security community.

 

Additionally, since October 2015 Samsung has been releasing monthly security updates for its flagship devices. This industry-leading pace of updates would not be possible without the cooperation and assistance of security researchers across the globe.

 

Mobile Security Rewards Program Details

The program will cover all of Samsung’s mobile devices currently receiving monthly and quarterly security updates, a total of 38 devices*. In addition, the program will reward submissions for potential vulnerabilities in the latest Samsung Mobile Services, including Bixby, Samsung Account, Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass, among others. Dependent upon the severity of a given submission, as well as the researcher’s ability to provide proof of concept, Samsung will issue rewards of up to $200,000.

 

The Mobile Security Rewards Program is effective immediately. For additional information, including terms and conditions, please visit the Samsung Mobile Security page.

 

 

* The number of devices receiving monthly and quarterly updates may vary by market or region.

World Suicide Prevention Day

By Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety

We’re recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day by letting people know about the tools and resources we have developed for people who may be at risk.

Throughout September, we’ll connect people with information about supportive groups and suicide prevention tools through ads in News Feed. We are also launching a new section of our Safety Center with additional resources about suicide prevention and online well being. People can access tools to resolve conflict online, help a friend who is expressing suicidal thoughts or get resources if they’re going through a difficult time. We’ve offered tools like these, developed in collaboration with mental health organizations, for more than ten years. It’s part of our ongoing effort to help build a safe community on and off Facebook.

Because of the relationships people have on Facebook, we are in a unique position to help connect those in distress with friends who can show support. Mental health experts say these connections can be helpful in preventing suicide, and we see it happen in a variety of ways.

People’s friends are in the best position to know when they’re struggling – and speed is critical – so they can reach out directly through things like comments on a post. As we recently shared, there are cases where the combination of technology — recognizing patterns in people’s comments on posts — and the compassion of people in our community can help prevent harm.

People can also reach out to Facebook when they see something that makes them concerned about a friend’s well-being. We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review reports that come in and prioritize the most serious reports like suicide.

For those who reach out to us, we provide suggested text to make it easier for people to start a conversation with their friend in need and also provide information and resources for how to best handle the situation. We provide the friend who has expressed suicidal thoughts information about local help lines, along with other tips and resources. Thanks to over 80 partners around the world, the resources people see are specific to where they are located.

We take other steps, such as working with suicide prevention partners to collect phrases, hashtags and group names associated with online challenges encouraging self-harm or suicide. We offer resources to people that search for these terms on Facebook. We also remove content that violates our Community Standards, which don’t allow the promotion of self-injury or suicide.

With the help of our partners and people’s friends and family on Facebook, we hope we can continue to support those in need.

KDDI and Samsung Break Track Record in High-Speed 5G Mobility Test

KDDI and Samsung Electronics today announced the completion of a comprehensive set of 5G tests which demonstrate the viability and performance of 5G millimeter wave mobility solutions at speeds over 190km per hour which is the fastest record in the world. The successful results highlight the potential and capability of 5G to support a wide variety of future service scenarios.

 

The demonstration, which took place at ‘Everland SPEEDWAY’ in Korea, involved a battery of individual tests to examine the performance of Samsung’s end-to-end 5G mmWave technology. Specifically, as a vehicle accelerated from 0 to 205km per hour on the race track between multiple 5G base stations, the test measured and evaluated a variety of metrics, including handover interruption time, uplink and downlink throughput stability, and latency stability (or “jitter”).

 

In addition, KDDI and Samsung also demonstrated a successful handover scenario, with Samsung’s 5G device attaching to the 5G base station as it approached the service area, and successfully being handed over to the target cell at a speed of 192km per hour (GPS speed).

 

Woojune Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Next Generation Strategy in Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, said, “It is becoming increasingly important that we accelerate our focus on 5G’s ability to meet a growing number of performance metrics. Until now, peak bandwidth has been the common refrain, and certainly a big component of the future of 5G. However, the test we conducted with KDDI will help us build a more diverse portfolio of future 5G use cases.”

 

“The trial successfully showcased stable performance under high-speed mobility conditions which will dramatically increase the service experience of users in vehicles,” said Akira Matsunaga, Senior Director, Mobile Network Technical Development at KDDI. “We will continue our joint efforts with Samsung to test next generation technology to unprecedented levels and discover new service cases.”

 

The test achievements build upon a string of mobility-related successes over the past several years. In February of this year, Samsung and KDDI successfully demonstrated 5G handover capability in an urban city environment at speeds of up to 60km/h on public roads. Both companies are in discussion with 5G trials for multiple 5G service cases.

 

One of the most exciting prospects of 5G technology is the potential for new and highly specialized service scenarios that go beyond traditional smart device connectivity. 5G’s ability to deliver on this promise is directly tied to its ability to meet the unique performance needs of a wide number of increasingly-connected industries, from Smart City IoT to Connected Cars and more. Samsung also continues to actively explore the potential for 5G-driven services under common high-speed scenarios.

 

 

 

About KDDI

KDDI, a Fortune Global 500 company and one of Asia’s largest telecommunications providers, has a proven global track record of high quality service delivery. We provide a multitude of services, including mobile phone services, fixed-line communication, and data centers, thus making us the optimum one-stop solution provider for everything telecommunications and IT environment related.

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