Big Tech is joining together to solve some of the industry’s challenges when it comes to smart homes.
Amazon, Apple, Google and the Zigbee Alliance on Thursday announced a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard — centered around security — to increase compatibility among smart home products.
The Zigbee Alliance’s board member companies including the three tech companies and IKEA, Comcast, Legrand, Schneider Electric, Signify, Somfy, Resideo, NXP Semiconductors and others are also on board to join.
The goal of the project, called Connected Home over IP, is to simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers by building around a shared belief that smart home devices should be secure, reliable and seamless to use, the groups said in a press release.
“By building upon Internet Protocol (IP), the project aims to enable communication across smart home devices, mobile apps, and cloud services and to define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification,” the companies said.
An open-source approach will be taken for the development and implementation of the new unified connectivity protocol with contributions from proven smart home tech from Amazon, Apple, Google Zigbee members and others.
“The planned protocol will complement existing technologies, and working group members encourage device manufacturers to continue innovating using technologies available today,” the group said.
As more devices are being connected to the internet, there is more of a push to make those devices compatible with smart homes and smart assistants like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and others.
The press release only mentioned smart homes and didn’t mention smart office buildings, but AV over IP is a popular buzzword in the industry now as wireless connectivity and the IoT permeate the audiovisual and smart building space.
Many smart home technologies are designed to streamline and automate things you do in the home, but many of those same activities are done in an office.
Smart assistants like Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and even Microsoft’s Cortana are increasingly finding usage in the workplace, so we expect some crossover when these smart home standards are developed.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Teardown Video Reveals Difficulty in Replacing Battery and Display – Gadgets 360
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown video has been posted on YouTube, highlighting the difficulties in replacing its AMOLED screen. Changing the battery pack of the Galaxy S21 Ultra is also hard, as the teardown shows the requirement of quite an effort to pry the battery off. The teardown video also provides a detailed view of the components powering the latest Samsung flagship. The phone carries optical image stabilisation (OIS) support on three of its cameras. The Galaxy S21 Ultra also appears to have an enhanced thermal management.
The nearly nine-minute teardown video posted by YouTube channel PBKreviews begins with removing the back of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra by applying some heat. The back features a glass construction, though the camera housing is made of metal.
Removing the back panel of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is just identical to how one can remove the back of the regular Galaxy S21, that also received a teardown treatment by the same YouTube channel recently. However, there are some major differences between both phones in terms of internals and their assembly.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s top speaker come without foam-ball insulation that’s there on the Galaxy S21. Foam balls on the speaker assembly are believed to help produce louder sound with more coverage. Samsung, however, didn’t provide that tweak on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
In comparison with the vanilla Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also lacks a detachable screen connector cable. The phone instead has a cable fixed with the screen.
“If you need to replace the screen, you would have to take the backplate off, remove the top cover, and disconnect the screen cable from the main board,” the narrator in the teardown video said. “And then you’d remove the speaker assembly on the bottom. You’d heat up the front of the phone where the screen is, and you pry your old screen off.”
The battery of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is also fixed with adhesive and doesn’t include any pull tabs to help you remove the battery pack.
“This battery is really difficult to pry off,” the narrator said. “I had to use some isopropyl alcohol to loosen up the adhesive underneath so I could pry it off.”
Samsung appears to have deployed graphite on the NFC antennae and motherboard to provide better heat dissipation. The Exynos 2100 processor and RAM also have a thermal paste on top, as per the video.
The YouTube channel has given the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra a repairability score of six out of 10 — given the struggle it requires in removing the battery and the screen. The repairability score is notably lower than the one given to the Galaxy S21 – 7.5 – as the Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a glass back that is more difficult to remove, compared to a plastic back.
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Apple’s latest iPhones.line has plenty going for it. The displays have been improved, the processor has gotten faster and the cameras have been upgraded to take sharper photos and videos. And at a , they are once again an enticing alternative to
But in seemingly taking a page out of Apple’s playbook, Samsung is scaling back on a few things. There is once again, and a . For some, it’s like Samsung is copying Apple in all the wrong ways.
Sure, some of these changes should no longer be a surprise. Last year’s phones have said goodbye to the port as companies push Bluetooth earbuds and headphones. (Samsung unsurprisingly unveiled its latest at the same event as the S21.) This year Samsung, like Apple with the , went a step further and also removed the included wired headphones, which makes sense as it clearly wants people to buy its wireless buds.line didn’t have a headphone jack, and most pricier
It is, however, giving up to $200 in Samsung Credit for those who are preordering its new phones directly from Samsung.com. The credit can be used toward buying a pair of Buds Pro or other accessories, softening the blow for at least early adopters.
The microSD card slot was also seemingly on borrowed time. Samsung already has dropped the expandable storage option on its foldable phones, and a number of other manufacturers have turned away or long ignored the capability. Apple and Google never supported microSD storage expansion for their phones, while OnePlus only has the option available for its more affordable Nord series.
“Over time, SD card usage has markedly decreased on smartphones because we’ve expanded the options of storage available to consumers,” the South Korean electronics giant said in a statement. The company notes that its phones come with at least 128GB of storage while also supporting 5G and Wi-Fi 6E for faster wireless transfers to and from cloud storage platforms like Microsoft’s OneDrive and Google Drive.
While I can understand why this is frustrating for some power users, the idea of losing the microSD card slot never really bothered me. I also do appreciate that the base storage option is 128GB across the board, not 64GB like on Apple’s iPhone 12 and 12 Mini.
So long, included fast charger
What I’ll really miss, however, is the power adapter.
Apple kicked this “trend” off last year when it announced that it would some analysts pointed out, there may have been a nice financial benefit on the side to cash in on accessory sales).. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, said at the time that removing the products from the box will be better for the environment because it cuts down on waste (though, as
Apple’s 5-watt USB chargers that have been included with most iPhones for years are largely wasteful in 2021, ending up in a drawer or staying in the box. It would’ve been great for Apple to include a faster USB-C charger as it did with the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, but in ditching the slow charger the company could pretty easily claim it is helping the environment because so many people have the same charger from various other Apple products they’ve purchased over the years.
Samsung, like Apple, says it is dropping the included power brick to help the environment. Federico Casalegno, Samsung’s senior vice president of experience planning and its design innovation center, explained during Thursday’s virtual press conference that “many of our users prefer to reuse their current chargers and earphones and to leave the new ones in the box, unused.” Just like Apple, Samsung is shrinking its packaging for the S21 line in a bid to reduce its footprint.
Unlike Apple’s chargers, however, Samsung’s chargers have been getting more useful to me over time as the company’s included power bricks can fast-charge devices over USB-C. For the Galaxy S20, Samsung included a 25-watt fast charger which, well, is actually pretty great.
The company says on itsthat using that same type of power adapter can recharge the Ultra’s 5,000-mAh battery in “about an hour.”
Any effort to help the environment and also is more energy-efficient, wasting less heat compared to traditional silicon chargers.should be commended, but instead of dropping features, it would’ve been great to see Samsung take the lead and embrace new technologies such as gallium nitride for its chargers. This technology not only offers a fast way to charge but
If it coupled offering newer, faster chargers with the S21 with an incentive of an extra few bucks for people to trade in their older chargers with their phones, it could’ve flipped the conversation. By recycling plenty of older chargers and giving users a more energy-efficient way to power their fancy new phones, Samsung would still be helping the environment while not taking away a useful feature from consumers.
And it’s not like these new gallium nitride chargers are overly expensive. A newis available for less than $20, roughly the for a new 25-watt power adapter on its website.
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