Why the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S means business

The business anatomy of the Galaxy TabPro S

If you want your staff to work more flexibly, they’re going to need technology that can keep up. 

The Galaxy TabPro S is built with the performance and efficiency of a laptop, while being light enough to use on the move.

Offering access to all the tools your business needs, the Galaxy TabPro S gives employees the freedom to work wherever and whenever they want to, without compromise.

To find out more visit www.samsung.com/business

Why the Galaxy S7 means business

Today’s tech-savvy consumers rely on fast, intuitively-designed devices like the Galaxy S7 to stay in control and run their lives as efficiently as possible. They’re used to being constantly connected and blending their work and personal lives in a way that suits them.

You’ll probably recognise this type of customer and know how to engage them, but what about when they work for you? The last thing you want to do is hamper their potential with clunky enterprise tech that just can’t keep up. Harnessing the power of these ambitious, hyper-connected individuals will help your business become more agile and forward-thinking, and more responsive to your customers’ needs. At Samsung, we call this kind of business an Amplified Organisation.

So how do you give your people the technology they need to work in the way they want, without sacrificing security and reliability? It doesn’t have to be complicated. Especially if the technology your staff already choose to use in their everyday lives can work just as well for your organisation. Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is perfectly suited for your business:

 

Business Anatomy of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge


Security’s sorted

Now your people can keep their personal lives private and their work data safe – all on one phone. The Galaxy S7’s secret weapon, Samsung KNOX, is built into the hardware. KNOX keeps work and personal data completely separate. It can track, back up and lock lost phones remotely and if a device is compromised you can wipe it completely. Samsung KNOX and full integration with leading MDM solutions make the Galaxy S7 the most secure Android phone on the market: we’ve got your security sorted.


Unlock your tech universe

On average, your staff own at least four devices between work and home, switching effortlessly from device to device to navigate their busy lives and make the most of their time. The Galaxy S7 puts them at the centre of their tech universe, letting them stream work presentations onto a Samsung TV or tablet, view notifications on the go with the Gear S2 or open up a whole new dimension with the Gear VR.


Get up and go – and keep on going

Your people work hard and play hard and they need a smartphone that can keep up. Luckily the Galaxy S7 can. It’s got a bigger, longer-lasting battery and it’s fully charged in less than two hours. You can even charge it wirelessly.


Take your work with you, wherever you go

Work isn’t 9-5 anymore, and it isn’t limited to the office. These days workers blend their work lives and their personal lives more fluidly, checking their work emails at home and updating their social media profiles at work. With the Galaxy S7, your work is there when you need it, wherever you’re working from. Cloud-based business apps like Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Business mean you can finish a report while your train’s delayed or show a client an extra case study you think they’ll like.


Built for the real world

Life can be tough, but the Galaxy S7 is designed to withstand it. Fully water and dust resistant, with tough Gorilla Glass, it can take whatever you throw at it. With our Enterprise Device Program it’s guaranteed for two years, and you’ll get continued support and regular security updates.

Thanks to the power of today’s mobile devices, your employees are natural multi-taskers and well-practiced problem-solvers, and they’re catalysts for change in the way your organisation works. Give them the tech they need to work and live the way they want, and you’ll be able to build a business that operates effectively in the faster, bolder and better-connected Amplified Economy.


Find out more about how the Samsung Galaxy S7 can amplify your organisation:
www.samsung.com/business


8 things you should know about the Amplified Individual

In a time when disruptive digital start-ups are reshaping whole industries, technology has given rise to a new generation of highly efficient and productive individuals, both in their personal lives and in their careers.

At Samsung, we call them Amplified Individuals, and if they are successfully engaged, they are empowering organisations to become leaner, more agile and more forward thinking. Amplified Individuals are catalysts for change in the way organisations work, and they’re the key to building a business that operates effectively in the faster, better connected and more collaborative Amplified Economy.

We’ve pulled out some of the key facts about the Amplified Individual from our new report. Get to know how to spot this new breed of employee and learn how to enhance their impact within your organisation – the future success of your business within the Amplified Economy depends on it.

 

1. They’re not impressed with enterprise tech

As Amplified Individuals rely on powerful devices and consumer-grade apps to stay on top of their social lives, these experiences heavily impact their expectations in the workplace. As a result, unwieldy enterprise technology often fails to excite them. Provide tools that enable the same levels of agility as your staff experience in their personal lives and your customers will see the benefits of a more responsive workforce.

 

2. Don’t expect them to read manuals

Being tech-savvy, Amplified Individuals are happy to work out how new tools work on the job, but they don’t want to read instructions or attend training sessions. Whether you’re asking them to use a new device, an app or a service, if it’s not simple and intuitive, they’ll find an alternative that is.

 

3. They’re not working 9 to 5

Gone are the days of the work/life balance – Amplified Individuals are in search of the perfect work/life blend. Though they’re happy to work out of hours, or check emails while on holiday, there’s a trade-off. Three quarters say they’re quite comfortable carrying out personal tasks during the working day.

 

4. They’re more than a demographic

Amplified Individuals are united by their relationship with technology, but not necessarily by anything else. While they may often be Gen X-ers or Y-ers, they don’t exclusively come from a specific generation – they could even be a Baby Boomer.

 

5. They’re efficient by default

Always on and constantly connecting via one of their many devices, Amplified Individuals are natural multi-screeners. But they don’t see all these screens and notifications as distractions, they’re opportunities – and they help them be more organised and more productive, in and outside of the workplace. Give them the ability to quickly sift through data and their in-built knack for multi-tasking will help them deliver better, more personalised customer service.

 

6. They’re comfortable in the cloud

Amplified Individuals don’t think twice about entrusting cloud services and platforms with their data. Whether it’s their email provider, a file sharing platform or a collaborative tool, if it helps them get the job done then they trust there’s adequate protection in place – make sure you’ve got a data strategy that covers them.

 

7. Design is important to them

Though they do care about owning the latest piece of kit, it’s not just a fashion accessory. Amplified Individuals want high quality technology that empowers them and makes their lives easier. They value a fluid user experience and recognise good product design when they see it.

 

8. They’ll do their own thing

Used to positive experiences with technology in their everyday lives, Amplified Individuals tend to seek out the most efficient solutions automatically, and it’s no different in the workplace. This makes them resourceful employees, and they’ll be keen to share the benefits of their discoveries with the wider business – create an environment that encourages them to do so.

 

Get the most out of your talent and engage them on their terms

Want to learn more about the Amplified Individual? Download our new report to find out how to identify them in your organisation and maximise their impact within your business.

Posted on January 26, 2016 .

The End of the Road for Work/Life Balance

As a society, the way we view our working life is constantly evolving. The very concept of “leisure” didn’t formally exist until the mid-19th Century, and it wasn’t until the 1970s that the term “work-life balance” was coined to describe the perpetual interplay between an individual’s personal life and their career. But we’ve come a long way since then.

As technology advances, both in the workplace and outside of it, it’s becoming harder to make the distinction between these two spheres. It’s no longer so much a balancing act, as a perfect blend. Rather than being a cause for concern though, this new work/life blend is liberating employees – it’s up to organisations to ensure the workplace is ready to adapt with them.

Internet connectivity has empowered a new generation of more flexible, agile workers who’ve cast off the chains of the office desk. Video conferencing, email, instant chat and file transfers have reduced the time it takes to communicate from minutes, hours, days or even weeks to a matter of seconds. As a result, remote working is now commonplace in many organisations, with some employees only entering into a physical office a couple of times a week – if at all.

 

The power is in their hands

Thanks to the increased ubiquity of smartphones and mobile devices, the lines between work and life have become increasingly blurred – now more than ever.  The emergence of more powerful devices and consumer applications has given rise to a new kind of employee: one that’s always connected and able to navigate effortlessly and efficiently between their commitments in their work and social lives.

At Samsung, we call this new breed of employee the Amplified Individual, and if you let them, they can have a significant positive impact within your organisation. Provide them with the right tools and they’re able to be more productive and more proactive. They no longer consider the workplace to be exclusively for work; 75% of employees say that they carry out personal tasks during office hours. But home is no longer a total retreat from the office either; 75% say they continue to work in their ‘free’ time.

 

Virtually always in the office

The workplace is no longer a physical building. Though most organisations still have a bricks-and-mortar HQ, for many the new capabilities for remote working and the immense power of mobile devices on the market have rendered the office space essentially redundant. The office is now a frame of mind, an attitude – one that employees can fluidly dip in and out of as they see fit, and it’s maximising the efficiency with which they handle all areas of their lives.

 

Block party

Many organisations are waking up to the realisation that work and life don’t need to be siloed, but unfortunately not everyone has caught up. In an effort to maximise productivity, some organisations still blinker employees from distractions, heavy-handedly blocking websites or applications that might take staff off task. Social media networks, file-sharing sites and chat clients are often on the hit lists for firewalls and over-zealous IT managers.

But when 41% of employees say that mobile business apps are already changing how they work, can organisations afford to be fussy about which tools their people are using during office hours for their work and play? In fact, aside from the usual suspects like Microsoft Office, the top business apps used in the workplace are names you’ll probably recognise: Dropbox, Skype, WhatsApp. It’s worrying then that 38% say that WhatsApp is the most restricted application in their workplace.

 

The social network: friend or foe?

Social media is a hot topic too. While social networks may strike some as hubs engineered solely for procrastination, it’s not that simple. While LinkedIn has established itself as the professional network of choice, Twitter is also frequently used as a business-networking tool – not just for your company brand, but for your employees’ personal brands too. Not forgetting the strength of these platforms in terms of collaboration – if employees can’t get hold of their colleagues or clients by phone or email then they may well rely on Facebook Messenger.

Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos, Consumer and Business Psychologist at University College London reassures us that this level of constant multi-tasking is far from a disadvantage: “This isn’t the era of information overload and digital distraction; workers are now developing new techniques and skills to augment their on and offline, personal and professional lives.” It’s worth remembering that your employees are customers too, and they use social networks to consult their peers – seeking tips, reviews and advice on how best they can service their organisations, and their own customers.

 

Open-source office

Ultimately, resistance is largely futile. If you’re not giving Amplified Individuals the tools they want or enabling them to use their own, then they’ll probably find a workaround. Recent research by Cisco suggests that there may be 15-20 times more unauthorised apps in use in organisations than CIOs think, which poses a potential risk for the security, safety and privacy of your data. And pay attention to which devices your people are using – even if your company supplies work devices and forbids the use of their own, 1 in 12 employees say they’ll use their own device for work anyway, regardless of company policy. It’s vital that organisations keep up with the trends in the consumer market.

It’s important to enable the Amplified Individual, but it’s even more important to provide the same tools to those in your organisation that haven’t yet found them of their own accord – so that they can improve their own efficiencies. There may be employees still actually relying on the archaic CRM solutions or ancient early smartphones you provided them with when they first joined, and that’s no good for anyone.

 

So what should you do?

·         Be open-minded about the sites and applications your workforce choose to use, providing they don’t pose a direct security risk or breach HR rules.

·         Have an open and regular dialogue with your staff about the tools they’d like to use for certain tasks, so that you have the visibility to plan appropriately.

·         Decide how you’re going to manage the use of devices and create policies accordingly. Choose between: COPE (Corporately Owned, Personally Enabled), BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or CYOD (Choose Your Own Device).

·         Put a strategy in place to manage privacy, security and safety of both company and employee data.

·         Consider how you can use smart mobile technology, such as Samsung KNOX, to allow users to switch between password-protected workspace and personal apps securely – all on the same device.

 

Take the leap

Ultimately, it’s a question of efficiency. The Amplified Individuals within your organisation are already predisposed to finding the most effective applications and methods for working in their personal lives. Enable them to use the same approaches at work and you’ll make them less stressed and more productive – and your business will reap the rewards.

 

Read our Slideshare as we follow two employees, Justin and Jake, through their working days – and see the difference the right technology can make to your employees’ productivity levels.

Revenge of the High Street: This Time It’s Personal

This year at ISE, we are bringing our future vision to life. Our display solutions — from outdoor signage and video walls to LED displays and curved monitors — are smarter, better customised and differentiated to provide new opportunities and drive growth for our retail customers. 

As a consumer brand, retailer and enterprise technology company - Samsung is witnessing radical changes in the retail industry. The altered behaviour and inflated expectations of today’s consumers has exposed weaknesses in many of today’s traditional retailers. Those that do not adapt may not survive. Only those willing to experiment and challenge the status quo will have a chance to lead in the future.  They are the businesses who seek innovative combinations of physical and digital to exploit untapped opportunities and competitor weaknesses.  

Rather than treat e-commerce, m-commerce and physical shopping as different sales channels – the retailers that pull ahead of the pack in 2015 will be those that cherry pick the best bits of each and combine them into seamless shopper journeys.  

Samsung predicts a comeback focused on convenience and engaging, personalised experiences. The revenge of the High Street. This time it’s personal.  

Shopping between online and offline worlds

Footfall rates are decreasing as people can shop for almost anything from the comfort of their own homes. When shoppers do visit a store they are increasingly better informed and connected than the shop’s own staff. Retailers will see that as a call to use shops differently: to create memorable experiences that drive brand engagement and loyalty.  

Samsung is helping major retailers to adapt to this transformation. The Concept Mall Bikini Berlin, in collaboration with Nike, uses technology to take in-store customers on a personal journey. Each shopper can experience clothes fitting in a virtual environment meant to recreate the childhood dream of becoming a football star. When trying on t-shirts, football boots or sports trousers, the shopper sees a football field and receive guidance on how to pass the ball. From there, Samsung’s SMART Signage display monitors shows a stadium filled with cheering fans and gives the shopper an option to replay personal game highlights. 

Although many people enjoy shopping online, there’s no doubt they’ll continue to be attracted to the “real” store experience.  The streetwear label store RAG in Vienna has created a shopping wall to virtually enhance customer advice in their store, using an interactive digital catalogue, shopping advisor, shopping basket and social networks fused together.  Customers can easily navigate Samsung’s 2.5 metre touchscreen to find out where products are located within the shop or transfer individual virtual shopping baskets to their mobile devices.      

A new generation of shops overcome high rent and space constraints

As the lines between online and traditional retail continue to blur, tablets and interactive displays will extend shop walls, creating “endless aisles” and “shoppable windows”.  With rents spiralling ever upwards this is good news for businesses as it means they can deliver a great physical environment without the need for large shops.  One such innovation is ‘CenterStage,’ Samsung’s new digital in-store display.  The interactive 4K UHD display enables Samsung to showcase entire product suites in a life size environment.  A consumer looking to purchase a new refrigerator, for example, could potentially browse the home appliance in multiple colours; visualize how the fridge would look in various kitchens settings; and scroll through clear explanations of product features and benefits.  Samsung predicts this type of one-stop-shop for all appliance needs will appeal to consumers as it enhances and makes their home appliance shopping experience easier than ever.  

When KENZO’s brand was first launched, the French luxury retailer’s vision was to take its fashion to the street, appealing to young, spirited individuals whose style was trendy and fun.  The vast majority of customers, who are under 40, primarily like to browse and purchase products online while sharing information with friends using their smartphones or tablets.   Realizing this, KENZO has created an energetic interactive experience in their real-world stores, appealing to these same online shoppers.  KENZO has delighted shoppers by installing Samsung’s VideoWalls which show garment textures in fine detail, displaying immersive video animations and pictures.  In addition, staff provide personalised attention by giving customers the ability to browse e-catalogues and select merchandise on their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 tablets.

In 2015, we’ll see continue to see the convergence of the physical and digital where it’s not just about “The High Street” or “Online,” it’s just “Shopping.”  In the meantime, be ready for the revenge of the High Street. 

By Vincent Slevin, Head of Retail, Samsung Electronics Europe

Posted on February 11, 2015 .

Europe Losing Out To Disruptive Start Ups

Bosch’s CEO Volkmar Denner, has expressed concern that German companies are lagging behind the business-model innovation of disruptive Silicon Valley start-up companies such as Uber. 

Speaking to the FT, Denner talks about the need for greater speed and collaboration across Europe to realise the age of the ‘industrial internet’ or Internet 4.0, as it is sometimes known in Germany.

Rory O’Neill, Marketing Director, Samsung Mobile Europe, comments on the opportunity for organisations to disrupt the status quo: “In this era of disruption, individuals have the ability to innovate and influence on a scale far beyond what once would have been possible.  Digital natives, for example, are showing us what the workplace will look like in a few years.  It’s time to embrace these amplified individuals, arming them with knowledge and technology which keeps them engaged and leads to innovation. 

Organisations across Europe must recognise that there are opportunities and not just risks associated with this era of digital disruption.  Businesses must act like entrepreneurs. They must use their experience to take more measured risks, while also remaining open to – as well as actively pursuing themselves – new initiatives that could contribute to the transformation of business.  It might be as simple as trialling augmented reality for 6 months.  Or making sure that the HR department is streamlining the recruitment process.  Or watching consumer technology come into the organisation and letting it go and monitoring it before reacting.   If organisations don’t drive this change themselves, then their competitors rising through the industry most certainly will.”

#Bett 2015: Dick and Dom host a live coding lesson on the Samsung stand with support from FUZE

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Every child born in the next 12 months will learn coding as a core subject alongside numeracy and literacy

The European Commission estimates that there will be 900,000 ICT vacancies by 2020. Around 90% of all jobs in 2015 will involve at least some computer skills.

Increasingly governments are recognising that computer literacy is a fundamental, basic skill and now incorporate coding into their curriculums. The UK has launched a new ‘Computing’ curriculum during this academic year, in which children as young as five will be taught programming skills. Estonia has been teaching children to code for some years. 

Samsung predicts that in 2015 and beyond these education innovations will gradually become the norm, with businesses, educators and governments working together to raise skills across Europe.

Longer term this will trend will help to drive the importance of internships as businesses recognise that they can benefit from welcoming young, computer-literate people into their organisations. The need for employees to be computer literate will also see a wave of intensive schools for coding spring up – helping longtime employees to learn coding quickly. Already schools such as 42 in Paris are beginning this trend – offering intensive one month courses in coding.

 

Posted on January 22, 2015 .

Future History Class?

Samsung introduced Gear VR, a virtual reality learning tool for higher education at #Bett2015. 

Widespread adoption of mobile devices, social networks and digital content is having a profound effect on students and the way that they learn.  They expect to be able to learn in an environment that has these facilities integrated as part of it.  In fact, Samsung research found that 72% of parents believe that technology at home is better than at school.  Samsung sees a huge opportunity to empower teachers with technology and mentoring, which makes lessons more collaborative and interactive.  For example, Gear VR will enable students to be transported back in time experiencing the visual elements of a history lesson.

Posted on January 22, 2015 .

Enter The Dragon

What do CIOs have in common with Dragons’ Den?

For the uninitiated, Dragons’ Den is a television programme that sees budding entrepreneurs pitch an idea to a panel of successful business people, putting their own money on the line in the hope of finding their next big money-making hit.

The characteristics of both the dragons and contestants seem quite at odds with those of CIOs. CIOs aren’t necessarily known for being risk-takers. Indeed, much of the discussion about technology decision-making in the workplace has centred on philosophies such as ‘management’ and ‘control’ – hardly words that imbue the spirit of entrepreneurship that defines the dragons and those that dare to enter their den.

Posted on November 18, 2014 .

What can CIOs learn from the ice bucket challenge? It’s time to disrupt.

The increasing power of the consumer has fundamentally changed how we communicate with each other and interact with the world around us. We’re living in an age of disruptive technology that is continuously transforming our personal life – and we have an increasing expectation that this same technology should be blended into our work life.

This era of ‘always-on’ has given rise to a new type of person: one that doesn’t view technology as an adjunct to their life, but rather sees it as part of the fabric of their every day. 

Meet the amplified individual.

At this year's Gartner Symposium in Barcelona, we've been discussing the amplified individual, the effect that their behaviours are having on organisations and how CIOs can harness the influence and approach of these individuals to champion change.

What defines an amplified individual? To better understand the way that they think, behave and take action, look no further than the Ice Bucket Challenge. In the space of just one month, thanks largely to technology, the ALS received close to $100 million in donations as the phenomenon spread. It ultimately reached an estimated 440 million people across the world.

Note these two things that the ice bucket challenge tells us about technology today – and the way that we use it.

Firstly, it could never have been as successful, or perhaps even possible, as recently as ten years ago.

Without a smartphone, how many videos would have been recorded?

Without Facebook, how would videos would have been shared?

Without SMS payments, how much money would have been raised?

Secondly, it was not started by an organisation or even a collective of people. True, the participation of high-profile public figures certainly contributed to its success but it all started with just one person. 

This is the power of the amplified individual: in this era of disruption, individuals have the ability to innovate and influence on a scale far beyond what once would have been possible.

So, how can the CIO benefit from this?

In essence, consumer technology, coupled with the behaviours of these individuals, can accelerate innovation that transforms business:

  1. Enterprise IT lags behind consumer everything: whereas once, the office was more sophisticated technology-wise than the average home, the reverse is now true. Consumer technology has outpaced business technology, creating an enterprise ‘lag’ where organisations are constantly on the back-foot, struggling to integrate the consumer technology that is part of the fabric of employees’ lives into the workplace. The amplified individual expects all of their day-to-day technology to be available at work and increasingly, they won’t accept traditional, inhibiting barriers that prevent this
  2. Consumer demands are putting pressure on traditional organisation structures and processes: the BYOD trend was just the tip of the iceberg.  The amplified individual switches between a variety of products, tools and services throughout the day. The expectation of being able to use the technology they want in the way they want at work will only become more exacerbated over time, as the digital-native generation rises through the workforce.
  3. New growth is coming from outside the business: the companies that are staying one step ahead are frequently those that are looking outside their own sphere for ways to enhance their customer experience. As an example, eBay has partnered with UK retailer Argos to create a nationwide Click and Collect service to enable customers to collect goods purchased online in-store. It’s not just about traditional companies going digital, but digital-first companies being open to every route and channel that helps them to remain attuned to evolving customer needs.
  4. Big data: whereas big data was once a niche practice confined to specific industry segments, it’s now increasingly at the heart of broader business strategy across multiple sectors. And as we can see from companies such as McLaren Applied Technologies, which is applying the data analytics capabilities derived from the race track to deliver business consultancy, it’s driving whole new areas of growth in its own right.

These forces illustrate the scale and pace of technological change and only reinforce how in an age of such disruption, sticking to the tried and tested is not an option. The CIO has traditionally driven the adoption and integration of new technology into the organisation. However, a significant proportion of workplace technology decision-making and deployment is now being led from teams outside IT, a trend that will only accelerate with this rise of the amplified individual. 

CIOs have the opportunity now to disrupt – if they don’t, in this new era of the ‘amplified’ individual, somebody else most certainly will.

Join the conversation on #CIODisrupt with @samsungatwork

 

Posted on November 11, 2014 .

Samsung and SAP Announce Plans to Collaborate and Deliver Innovative Enterprise Solutions on Mobile Devices and Wearables for Key Industries

These days, fewer people are tied to a desk for the 9-5 than ever before. Instead, today’s workforce are using consumer technology to blend their work and personal life, completing personal tasks during work time and work tasks during personal time, to the benefit of both themselves and their employer...

Posted on November 11, 2014 .

Re-imagine the retail experience with Samsung Galaxy Lifestyle Store

The growth of Internet shopping has seen a drop in footfall across the country’s high streets and shopping centres and has left some retailers wracking their brains over how to challenge the ease of shopping online and offer something that will engage, entertain and ultimately provide something fresh for the consumer. 

Posted on November 3, 2014 .

Wearable Tech Market Predicted To Be Worth £104.7 Million To UK Retailers This Christmas

UK wearables revenues set to be up 182% on Christmas 2013 making this festive season the new high point in the growing wearables category:

  • 1,028,800 million wearable devices predicted to be sold in the UK this Christmas across core wearable technology areas
  • People in the UK are forecast to spend £104.7 million on wearable technology this Christmas, more than Germany, Spain and The Netherlands who were also polled
  • The wearables market as a whole is forecast be worth £313.6 million in 2014 for UK retailers, the second highest in Europe after Germany

London UK – 30 October, 2014 – According to research released today by Samsung Electronics, 2014 is set to be the year that the wearables sector begins making a significant economic impact with its predicted value across the UK, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands expected to hit £924.2 million by the end of the year. The value of the market in the UK is predicted to total £313.6 million by the end of 2014 with Christmas set to be the time that retailers can expect the wearables sector to have the most impact on sales.  

The report, commissioned by Samsung Electronics and prepared by the Centre for Retail Research (CRR), looks at the wearables category across the UK, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands.

A Wearable Christmas

Total Christmas sales of wearable technologies in the UK are expected to rise by 182% (£67.64 million) this year to £104.7 million totalling 1,028,800 million units. In terms of spending behaviour, unit sales are broken down as follows with fitness and activity trackers expected to be the most popular this Christmas across Europe.

Unit Sales of Wearables

Equally in the UK, fitness and activity trackers are predicted to be the most popular wearable device accounting for almost £29 million of the total £104.7 million predicted spend on wearables this Christmas. This is followed by smart watches and healthcare wearable devices which will account for £25.04 million and £22.01 million respectively.

The evolution of the wearables sector - the 2014 success story?

According to the research, 2014 is set to be the year of the wearables, with the sector breaking into the mainstream consciousness. Based on retail figures from 2013 and 2014, the market is predicted to grow by 181% in terms of revenue in the UK by the end of this year, an increase of £202.05 million for the UK retail sector in 2014 alone. Fitness and activity trackers are expected to drive the most revenue for the retail sector at £80 million by the end of 2014, up from £39.1 million in 2013.

However, the biggest growth area in the UK in terms of unit sales is predicted to be in the smart watch category with an increase of 667% in 2014.  The UK is also the country with the highest growth in unit sales of wearables across Europe, at 120.8%, followed closely by Germany (118.2%) and Spain (117.2%).

Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung UK & Ireland, comments: “The wearables market has exploded over the past 12 to 18 months with some incredibly exciting and innovative products entering the market. As the benefits wearable technology can offer become better understood, it is natural that the sales within this sector will grow and we are delighted to see predictions of 121% growth and sales reaching €395 million in the UK alone by the end of this year. At Samsung, we are passionate about bringing to market products that enhance peoples' lives and hope that as we continue to innovate in the exciting wearables space that our products will continue to excite and engage people.”

William Kim, AllSaints-CEO, comments: “Wearables have a key part to play in the future of fashion retail and this research today from Samsung underlines their potential to totally reinvent the sector.  

The last decade has seen an evolution in verbal and written communication - today I have five ways I can instantly speak with anyone in the business whether in our atelier, our distribution centres or our global stores.  The next decade will see an evolution of non-verbal communication - wearables and the internet of things will communicate information at a rate never before seen allowing businesses to be more efficient and enabling greater emphasis on the customer experience.  For AllSaints this is the truly exciting part.”

 

For further information visit: www.samsung.com/uk/



Posted on October 30, 2014 .

Are you ready for the Samsung Developer Conference 2014?

With building better digital lives at its heart, more than 200 tech leaders from Samsung and its partners will take part in the company’s Developer Conference 2014. In its second year, the three-day Samsung Developer Conference will take place November 11-13, 2014 at Moscone West in San Francisco, California.

“We have attracted an impressive array of speakers and industry experts to inspire developers focused on creating new services in leading edge technology areas such as smart health, smart home, wearables and virtual reality,” said Won-Pyo Hong, President and Head of Samsung Media Solutions Center. “We look forward to partnering and closely collaborating with developers in order to grow the ecosystem in these new markets.”

The event will feature future-oriented topics and in-depth technical and business sessions across a wide range of topics. Samsung will unveil the tools and innovations for developers and partners in the areas of smart health, smart home, wearable technology, virtual reality and more.

To highlight the event, Samsung Electronics announced the keynote speakers. They include:

  • Won-Pyo Hong, President and Head of Samsung Media Solutions Center, together with strategic partners- Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente, will share his vision of the “Connected Lifestyle” and the opportunity for developers.
  • Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics, will address the current landscape for digital health technologies, overcoming roadblocks to implementation and opportunities for developers
  • Eric Anderson, Vice President, Content and Product Solutions/GM Smart Home, Samsung Electronics America, will talk about smart home trends and how smart homes will look in the near future for consumers.
  • Nicholas DiCarlo, Vice President, Immersive Products & Virtual Reality, Samsung Telecommunications America, will share Samsung’s vision for delivering a compelling, and mainstream Virtual Reality experience powered by the Smartphone
  • Pranav Mistry, Vice President, Head of Think Tank Team, Samsung Research America – will update developers on new tools to build compelling applications.
  • Alex Hawkinson, Founder & CEO, SmartThings, Inc., which was recently acquired by Samsung, will discuss SmartThings’ continued vision for openness and opportunities for innovation in the smart home and consumer Internet of Things.

The 2014 Samsung Developer Conference will also feature several technical workshops, including a “SmartThings Workshop”, an “Introduction to Enterprise HTML5 App Development” and a “Making Your Wearable Work for You” with a focus on Tizen for wearable technology.

For additional details about the conference, sponsors, and sessions, or to find ways to attend please visit http://samsungdevcon.com.

Posted on October 30, 2014 .

The World’s First Printer Powered By Android v2

We have advanced the printing experience and are offering a range of office printers that provide you freedom and ease of use unrivalled anywhere else.  Given an International Design Excellence Award for its innovation, it is a game-changing device that ushers in a new future for the now not so humble office printer.

The Smart MultiXpress range consists of 10 models of multi-function printers  (MFP) so you can scan, copy and print from your mobile devices, your computer and from the machine itself.

Imagine using your printer to search the web, find a map, text or image and be able to select and print, all from the printer. That’s precisely the functionality offered by the Smart Multi-Xpress series of MFPs.

Each model features a 10.1” full touchscreen panel that enables users to search and print without the need to connect to a PC or server. The touchscreen also offers the ability to preview and annotate documents.

Businesses are continuing to adapt to the realities of the BYOD workplace and the Smart MultiXpress deals with the expectations and challenges of people using a range of mobile devices. It is a printing solution that combines intuitive Android-based user interfaces, superior performance and above all else, increased efficiency and productivity.

Another problem is that employees don’t get the most from a printer because they simply do not have the time to read up on what these least loved machines can do. The Smart MultiXpress changes that by using a familiar interface – the same touch screen user interface featured on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. It is as intuitive and familiar as users’ smartphones and with each user able to customize their profile to reflect their printing needs.

The Smart MultiXpress series boast a dual screen with an ultra fast Dual Core processor and 1200 dpi resolution that can scan two sides of a document simultaneously and deliver professional print shop results. With NFC Pro users can connect to these printers with mobile devices beyond Samsung’s portfolio to provide mobile printing solutions including user authentication, wireless setup, and secure printing. One tap can release documents held in the printer’s memory.

In addition, the Smart MultiXpress series offers longer lasting toner and drum technologies that extend the lifespan of the device resulting in superior reliability and lower running costs.

Available from October 2014, the Samsung MultiXpress represents a new era for printing that puts the multi-function printer at the heart of the mobile office eco-system.

Posted on September 8, 2014 .

The Galaxy Tab Active: Built for Business

From building sites to office blocks, when people are on the move, the technology they reply upon should be a help, not a hindrance.

We understand that a device that’s fit for work should be designed for work. And that’s why our new Samsung Galaxy Tab Active has been designed specifically with business in mind. 

Reflecting our continuous commitment to meet and anticipate customer needs, we engaged in a series of advisory group workshops with Fortune 500 companies to find out what they wanted from a tablet device. Top companies from a number of key industry verticals, including retail, logistics and transport participated, providing invaluable feedback that helped to shape the development of the Galaxy Tab Active.

The result is a ruggedised tablet that is built to meet and exceed the expectations of business users around the world. 

Galaxy Tab Active

Galaxy Tab Active

No Limitations, Increased Productivity 

The Galaxy Tab Active delivers complete business functionality based on performance, durability and protection, allowing professionals to work without limitations while in and out of the office. The Galaxy Tab Active delivers the full connectivity and meets the “always on” needs of today’s mobile business environment. It is ready to take on the harshest of work settings, and its slim, light, premium, robust design, coupled with replaceable battery, allows users to work efficiently wherever and whenever needed. 

The following examples provide an understanding of how the Galaxy Tab Active is the right tool for users who require performance and durability: 

  • Its anti-shock covering can withstand a 1.2-meter drop, with the protective cover on, and it is water and dust resistant with IP67 certification. For example, a retail auto sales rep can meet with potential customers in the field and not have to worry about dropping their Galaxy Tab Active or getting it wet. Field agents of all descriptions will now be able to take their mobile device into sometimes harsh, rugged conditions without having to worry about exposure to heat, cold, dust or water. 
  • The 3.1MP Auto Focus Camera can easily scan barcodes and the Galaxy Tab Active’s NFC technology saves time on communications and work process management. These essential features can greatly boost productivity for transportation and logistics managers for example, who can leverage the Galaxy Tab Active to seamlessly connect with a building’s foreman on shipping and deliveries. 
  • Samsung’s robust “C-Pen” is installed at the top of the protective Galaxy Tab Active cover to provide professionals who may have to wear gloves, on a construction site with an alternative input option to their finger. 
  • For those professionals constantly in the field, such as utility workers, near continuous usage is supported by the 8-10 hour, long-lasting battery life. Moreover, the detachable battery provides a quick and easy exchange for a fresh battery when necessary for uninterrupted working. Also, the built-in POGO pin charging prevents micro-USB connector damage while allowing for multi-device charging when returning to the office. 

The Galaxy Tab Active is supported by Samsung KNOX for a defense-grade, comprehensive mobile security solution. This reinforced security desired by businesses keeps applications and data safe in a professional’s own secure space without the need for a third-party platform and extra cost. 

We will also provide Mobile Care Service with the Galaxy Tab Active that delivers an extended basic warranty period lasting up to three years, covering damage caused by accidents. Furthermore, reflecting the importance of timing to a business, the remote Smart Tutor Service gives each Galaxy Tab Active user a safe, easy and quick means to access technical support anywhere, anytime. 

The Galaxy Tab Active has been designed to meet the demands of the ever-digitising world of work. 

Posted on September 5, 2014 .

Walk free and stay connected with Samsung Gear S

Despite the perception that most workers spend their days staring at the same four walls, we know that the modern workplace is not all about the office. Many of us at some point will find ourselves away from our desks, for training, site visits or meetings, both at home and abroad.

Gear S offers brings the freedom of the smartphone to your wrist and with a GPS mapping capability you can be away from your office and away from your phone but still connected.

In developing the Gear S, we have partnered with HERE, an industry leader in navigation and mapping experiences to provide turn-by-turn walk navigation and public transit routing.

Samsung Gear S


With 3G connectivity the Samsung Gear S has independent functionality so you don’t have to carry anything else. You are wearing all you need to stay connected.

The app provides a complete stand-alone experience, including the ability to store map data locally on the device and use it offline for navigation, directions and search, so you can feel secure that you will have access to your stored info even if you stray into a mobile black spot.

To get the most out of Navigator on your Samsung Gear S, you can also pair it with a new app called HERE (beta) developed for the Samsung Galaxy family of devices. With the app you can conveniently plan and calculate routes for walking and public transit on your phone and then send them to your smartwatch. The app will be made available for download from the Samsung GALAXY App Store when the Samsung Gear S hits stores.

Available at no cost to Samsung Galaxy users, HERE (beta) offers among other features:

  • Offline Navigation: turn-by-turn drive or walk guidance without an internet connection for almost 100 countries;
  • Detailed maps for download to use offline with your Samsung Galaxy;
  • Public transport maps and directions for over 750 cities in more than 40 countries available without an internet connection and live traffic information for more than 40 countries.

We are committed to providing people with the best possible mobile experiences and we always look for partners to further enhance our wearable experience. The partnership with HERE brings bring innovative, personalized mapping pedestrian navigation services to the Samsung Gear S.

When your business and your employees need to get places, Samsung Gear S ill help allow them to travel light and still stay connected every step of the way.

Posted on September 4, 2014 .

Work Better and Faster with Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung unpacked the latest evolution of the Galaxy Note yesterday at an event in Berlin, Germany.

The Galaxy Note 4 features a bigger screen with multi-screen functionality that offers real benefits to users that want a mobile device that can power them through their working day.

Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4

With the original Galaxy Note, we created the large screen form factor that has now become an industry standard and with the new Note 4, we’re re-defining this category once again. 

More flexible and with more intuitive tools, the Note 4 is designed to make working on-the-go easier than ever before. Often, we wait to respond to emails received on-the-go until we have access to a bigger screen, be that a tablet or laptop. With the Note 4, we believe that the habit of moving between different devices for different tasks can be broken with a single phablet that is small enough to move with you but powerful enough to cope with your daily work expectations and needs.

With the Note 4, we’ve re-imagined the humble pen and paper for the digital age. The larger screen offers the opportunity to multi-task using two open windows at once, while the S Pen allows the user to select, cut, paste and edit with much greater efficiency and ease.

 

The Note 4 also uses fast charging technology that can recharge around 50% of battery in just half an hour. Even with a faster processor and Quad HD screen, the battery life on the Galaxy Note 4 has actually improved on its predecessor.

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Faster, smarter and sharper than ever, the Note 4 is the ultimate tool for your day-to-day work demands. 

Posted on September 4, 2014 .