It was a rough couple of weeks for Samsung-the first Galaxy Fold posts to look promising, but then reviewed units began to break. Now the company has canceled launch events in China and delayed Fold's release indefinitely. Ouch.
Fold, which went on sale for customers last week, slated to be released just three days from April 26. But with all display issues on review units, Samsung is driving the launch back. It is a statement, it confirmed that it would announce a new release date "in the next few weeks". That means everyone who ordered Fold will wait for at least a month, probably more.
Although this is not as disastrous as the exploding Galaxy Note 7 fiasco from a couple of years ago, it's still a pretty bad look for Samsung ̵1; especially because we all remember the note 7 situation quite clearly. It's been almost three years, but it's still not long enough to regret the damage.
The problem is that this is the second time something disastrously points to Samsung's quality control. Note 7 battery problems should have been found internally before they became public problems. And while Fold's viewing problems were found prior to the disclosure, it is incredibly worrying that it was not noticed during Samsung's testing. It took the unit to get into the examiner's hands before it became apparent.
The statement from the company points out that "initial results from the inspection of reported problems on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge." Do they not do any kind of impact testing during development?
In any case, the company claims that it will address these problems before being released to the public. It will also "improve the guidelines for the care and use of the monitor, including the protective layer" – you know, so that people do not remove the screen protector that is not a screen protector. Oof.
But on to other news. Apparently, Nokia 9's fingerprint reader can be tricked with a chewing gum, AT & T settled the trial over its 5G E-network, OnePlus sets a date for the OP7 message and more!
- A sticky situation for Nokia: A new update to Nokia 9 hung up its fingerprint reader with in-display, causing everyday objects like a gum to bypass it. What a stupid problem to have. [ZDNet]
- AT & T's 5G E-logo still goes: Sprint sued AT & T over its crazy 5G E-network logo (because you know it's still only 4G). The companies have settled – but the 5G E logo does not go anywhere. -__- [9to5Mac]
- OnePlus 7 comes: The company announced a 14th event to announce OP7, of which there are rumors of a few models. Interesting. [Engadget]
- Linux on your phone: Linux on DeX, the software that allows users to run Ubuntu from their phone via DeX, arrives at Galaxy S9, S10 and Tab S5e. It's like a desk in your pocket. [Android Police]
- iOS apps to get external storage access? The word on the street is that iOS 13 will provide apps like Lightroom access to attached external storage. It can be a game switch for creators. [The Verge]
- Bing Maps gets traffic jam access: A new feature added to Bing Maps gives users access to real-time traffic cameras. Also, Bing Maps is obviously a thing. [MSPowerUser]
For a long time, ASUS has been one of the last stakes to do high-end Android tablets, but the writing is on the wall for its ZenPad line. As the ZenFone series continues to become more popular, it will shift its focus away from Android tablets – which have long been dying, anyway – and to something you know is actually making money. I guess if you want an Android tablet now, Samsung is one of the last options for decent big-screen devices. End of an era.