This Week’s Chitter Chatter – Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung Pay and Turning Your Phone into a Hologram Projector.

BlackNote5_600x600_grpLet’s start this week with the rather surprising news that Samsung have said they have no plans to launch their new Galaxy Note 5 in the UK.  But why? The Note series of Samsung smartphones have proved to be popular after all. Well, according to reports in the press Samsung have decided to concentrate on promoting the recently announced Galaxy S6 Edge+ which is a premium smartphone with very similar specs to the Note 5.

The S6 Edge+ boasts a 5.7-inch QHD display with a screen which curves over the edge of both sides of the smartphone. Samsung have used the same processor, camera specs and battery for the Edge+ as they have with the Note 5, the main difference between the two is that the Edge+ doesn’t have an S Pen Stylus. The S6 Edge+ will be available in the UK from September, it remains to be seen if Samsung have a change of heart and decide to roll out the Note 5 in the UK at a later date.

There was another big announcement from Samsung with the unveiling of their new mobile payment service Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay has just started to be introduced in South Korea and the USA, and the UK will be the first European country to go live. Samsung Pay uses different technology to Apple Pay for mobile transactions. Whereas Apple Pay requires the shop or business to have a payment terminal which features near-field communication (NFC), Samsung Pay uses magnetic secure transmission (MST) which is an exciting new technology whereby users can just touch the card reader with their Samsung smartphone to make a payment. The big advantage for retailers is that they don’t need to upgrade their card readers in order to accept Samsung Pay.

Similar to Apple, for security reasons the transaction is confirmed by a thumb swipe over the fingerprint sensor however credit or debit card details are not stored on Samsung smartphones as they are with Apple’s iPhones. Card information is instead sent to the user’s bank and a token is sent back which isn’t of any use in the wrong hands. As with all contactless transactions, the current limit for Samsung Pay payments is £20 which will increase to £30 in September.

hologram4_3395957bAnd finally, if you’ve ever thought about transforming your smartphone into a 3D Hologram Projector, then here’s your chance. It’s pretty simply to do by using some graph paper, a plastic CD case, pen, scissors, sellotape, craft knife and of course your smartphone. You will also need to choose a holograph effect video which you project on your smartphone display to get the full 3D hologram projection. Find out exactly what you need to do here.  Holograms have been in the news a lot recently with Microsoft showing off their HoloLens augmented reality headset earlier this year which is capable of creating personalised and printable 3D holograms.