7 Things launched at Samsung Unpacked 2015 that IT departments should have noticed

Galaxy S6 edge+

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The company’s latest smartphone update includes ‘Apps edge’ for easy access to favorite apps (which could include business-focused enterprise apps, for example). ‘People edge’ meanwhile, could be a way for information workers to connect more readily to members of their team or even the IT department. Is this the future of the help desk?

Samsung Pay

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Expected in Korea on August 20 and in the U.S. on September 28, there were no Canadian dates given for the company’s answer to Apple Pay and Android Pay. For CIOs, however, there might be interest in a mobile payment platform connected to KNOX, Samsung’s fingerprint verification and digital tokenization. The company said Samsung Pay works with both MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies, which may also please security staff.

Galaxy Note5

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The company’s phablet has an update to the ‘Air Command’ feature that sounds intriguing:  Samsung says customers will be able to annotate PDF files and using “Scroll Capture” to store articles or images in a way that sounds a bit like Evernote and similar apps.

Galaxy S6 edge+ keyboard cover

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Yes, it looks a lot like what you might have expected from BlackBerry. Which means it might work as a possible alternative to enterprises that aren’t interesting in continuing with a BlackBerry-centric device program anymore.

The S pen

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It’s unclear to what extent enterprises have embraced the S Pen and the experience of handwriting on the company’s phablet offering. However, this time around Samsung is promising a “unique clicking mechanism (that)offers a joyful experience of popping the S Pen out with just one quick click.” Users can now quickly jot down ideas or information when the screen is off without even unlocking the phone, which could be great for information workers who aren’t always in range of their provider.

Galaxy S6 edge+ wireless charger

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Samsung said the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 will also include embedded wireless charging technology. For most enterprise users, however, it’ll all be about wired charging, and the company said both devices can be fully charged in approximately 90 minutes. Impress the CEO with Samsung’s latest wireless charger, which boosts that speed to a full charge in two hours.

Galaxy S6 edge+ cases

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Because, just possibly, their prettiness will convince employees to better protect important mobile technology from being rendered useless should they drop it on the floor between one meeting and another.


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