Samsung lunches it’s self repair program in Europe

Samsung has introduced its Galaxy self-repair program in Europe, expanding its availability beyond the US and South Korea. Starting from the end of June, the program will be accessible in Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Read more

Best selling smartphones of the year

The smartphone market was dominated by just two names in the last year be selling numbers of individual models.

Those two names are, you guessed, Apple and Samsung.

Counterpoint Research calculated that the iPhone XR was the best selling smartphone of 2019. In fact, 6 out of 10 best selling smartphones we’re iPhones.

iPhone XR, with 3% of the market is the clear leader, followed by iPhone 11 with 2.1 market share.

Samsung has three models in top 10 but none of them was a flagship. That means that Samsung had lower margins because their A10, A20 and A50 are all mid-rangers.

Apple actually has the iPhone XS Max in the tenth position witch says something.

The only smartphone in top 10 that is not Apple nor Samsung is the Oppo A5.

Apple dominated North America and has the best two selling smartphones in Europe too.

Samsung was the leader of the rest with their mid-rangers, while Oppo and Huawei we’re big in China.

Galaxy S20 has a secret feature that all smartphones should have

It was recently discovered that Galaxy S20 hides a hardware component that Samsung did not mentioned when it launched their latest flagship.

If data security is important to you, then this is a big deal. Samsung has put a special chip in Galaxy S20 for the sole purpose of security.

This chip is called Secure Element. What is does is separate de memory from the storage space of the device.

In doing so it creates an isolated space where it puts what’s really important. Stuff like your PIN, your passwords and your biometric data like fingerprint and facial recognition data, will be saved here.

So if a hacker gets access to your storage data he can’t copy your passwords and other sensitive data.

It doesn’t mean it’s impossible for a hacker to steal your data. It means that he has to breach another layer of security to do so. It’s now an impenetrable vault, it’s just harder to break in. Which is a good thing, obviously.

The Secure Element chip has a CC EAL 5+ (Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level) certification for security. The best level is 7.

So it’s not perfect but it’s pretty good.

Samsung says that it’s security chip will work against reverse engineering and other sophisticated attacks like those using laser beams. Yes’ it’s a thing.

This Secure Element security chip seems like a good reason for a business man to buy Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 flagship, doesn’t it?