Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Marshmallow Is Coming to Huawei's Honor 7

Huawei doesn't really position the Honor 7 as a Samsung S6 alternative for a lot less money but that's what the latest smartphone offering from the Chinese giant, really is. It's obvious as soon as you look at it. A beautiful metal frame manages to disguise the somewhat chunky size and the 8.5mm thick profile of the 7 but at least it makes Honor 7 cases an option rather than a necessity.

The Honor 7 actually looks a lot like Huawei's current flagship smartphone model, the Huawei Mate. It is fatter and heavier, but it looks every bit as premium as the Mate and you would be hard pressed to tell at a glance, which of the two was the flagship phone and which one the cut-price killer midrange offering.

The Huawei Honor 7 (Photo : Facebook/Huawei Honor 7)

Huawei is the biggest and most well known of the new Chinese smartphone makers and is at the cusp of breaking into the US market. While the Mate is a great phone for the price, it is the Honor 7 that may actually be the phone that takes the fight to Android smartphone stalwarts like Samsung, Sony and HTC. It boasts a number of top of the line specs that rival flagship phones from leading brands but it has a distinctly midrange price. Now that Huawei is increasingly popular, buyers of the Honor 7 ought to have no problem finding Honor 7 cases and compatible accessories either.

The impressive spec list on the Honor 7 starts with the must have feature on smartphones in 2015, a fingerprint scanner. The good news continues with a brilliant, Full HD display, a micro SD card slot and even an IR blaster, an increasingly rare but vaunted addition to a smartphone. Everything isn't exactly rosy though. The IR blaster seems to be disabled in software as none of the apps seem to work with it and the fingerprint scanner doesn't support Google's APIs just yet. Also, despite the great overall build quality and very nice fit and finish of the Honor 7, there are a few cheap and tacky feeling bits in the unibody metal frame, such as the tray for the Sim card and the Micro SD card.

There is one major selling point to the Honor 7 though. Google's latest flavour of Android: 6.0, better known as Marshmallow, is coming to the 7 and soon. Huawei has just made public that the they are working on or are already testing a beta version of Marshmallow on the Honor 7 and it should be available to the public before the end of the year if not earlier. This beats many established players to the market or at least it will if Huawei's sticks to their word. This also makes the Honor 7 one of the lowest priced and most compelling phones to be among the first to market with Marshmallow, which should be a huge point of attraction to Android users eager to try out the latest favour of Google's smartphone OS.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Features To Look For On Your Business Phone System

It goes without say that companies use a substantial amount of money in telephone expenses monthly. Getting value for money used on a business phone system has become the ultimate goal of every business. In the years gone by, businesses did not have a choice as to the type of business telephone system they could go for since virtually every provider offered the same kind of services. However, this is no longer the case as technology and competition has spurred many such providers to come up with unique and amazing features.

In fact, business phone system service providers are now coming up with great features solely meant to achieve a competitive edge and attract customer's attention. Some of the features that you need to look for on your business phone system include:

• Automatic call distribution

This is a feature that is commonly employed by call centers and is in essence designed to help them keep track of the number of calls made by employees in any given shift as well as the duration of calls. Such a feature is instrumental in helping a given firm improve its effectiveness and efficiency.

• Automatic call forwarding

This is a very unique feature that is instructive or instrumental in forwarding of calls to a number which is external to the firm such as a mobile phone or a home phone.

• Call convergence

Days when you could only make calls using your BPS are long gone. Just like the mobile phone has undergone tremendous changes in its features, the BPS has also undergone a metamorphosis. In fact, there are a number of things you can do with your business phone system. These are: video conferencing, emailing, faxing and sending of instant messages.

• Computer telephone integration (CTI)

This is a very unique and important feature beneficial to companies or firms that need information spontaneously. Firms such as call centers, those in the banking industry will find this feature quite instrumental. This feature can be effectively used to retrieve information about a clients profile quickly and also serves to reduce errors related to dialing of numbers.

• Interactive voice response

As the name implies, this feature is very important in reducing overhead costs for many companies who use the BPS. It allows companies or firms to interact with customers on a 24/7. It basically allows customers to find out information about their billings, report any stolen cards or ask any queries they might be having.

A business that largely depends on the use of telephones for the smooth and efficient running of the firm will without a doubt find the aforementioned features of business phone system of essence. All these features are specifically meant to ensure that firms meet their business objectives and that their customers get satisfied beyond measure. In a nutshell, these features are bound to strengthen your relationship with customers, focus on continuous improvement and ensure that all the needs of your customers are met.

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

Samsung's Newest Phones Can Compete With Apple's Best

Samsung has just launched its two new jumbo-screen smartphones. The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus are big, attractive and well designed. They appear to be the company's best effort to date to take on Apple's iPhone 6 series.

The phones are larger than the iPhone 6 Plus. Both have a 5.7 inch screen, bigger than the iPhone's 5.5 inch screen. Both phones run Google's Android operating system and share the same O.S. and high-resolution cameras.

The main difference between the two phones is that the Note 5 has a stylus and the software to drive it. The S6 Edge Plus, sort of a super-sized S6 Edge, does not have a pen but instead has a screen that curves around the sides.

Those who like to take notes and use the pen will favor the "5". Those who want a more multimedia approach with the appearance of more attractive photos and videos will opt for the S6 Edge Plus.

Fans of the stylus will like a new feature in the Note 5 called Scroll capture. It is a tool that allows you to scroll down to the bottom of a document to take a screen grab of an entire document as opposed to just a portion of the screen. One can also write notes on the document before saving or sending it.

Fans of the "6" will like the new curved screen. It has some interesting features. A user can add a shortcut on the curved side of the screen for their favorite apps and contacts. There is also a transparent tab that can be swiped to bring up a drawer of those contacts and apps.

Users can choose where to place the shortcut tab. Right-handers may want to place on the right, left-handers on the left. One can also access the drawer and add their favorite contacts and apps by tapping the + button.

Turning the phone upside down also yields another use for the curved screen. Once shortcuts are set up for favorite contacts, each has a corresponding color. When the device is face down and a call comes in from a favorite contact, the curves will glow with the contact's color. You will know quickly who is calling without having to turn the phone face up.

Another feature that will soon be available is Samsung Pay. It is the mobile payments system Samsung originally announced in the spring. It should be available in the U.S. in late September with a software update.

Samsung Pay could eventually be larger than Apple Pay. According to Samsung it will work with regular magnetic credit card readers and near-field communications (NFC) payment pads. Apple only works with NFC which is limited to a small fraction of retailers. Samsung Pay could in theory work anywhere credit cards are accepted.

The one factor that could impact the sale of the phones may be the price. One report has the S6 Edge Plus retailing for $815. The Galaxy Note 5 was at around the $740 mark. Both topping the tab for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

Overall the Samsung phones are attractive as well as innovative. Those who want a "Phablet" type phone with an Android operating system, and lots of features, now have a very good alternative to the iPhone 6 Plus.

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