Samsung Caught Tweeting About Galaxy Note 9 Using an iPhone

Samsung Caught Tweeting About Galaxy Note 9 Using an iPhone

Samsung has been spotted promoting the Galaxy Note 9 ₹ 67,650 using an iPhone. The latest incident comes a long time after Spanish tennis player David Ferrer who was roped by the South Korean giant harped about the Galaxy S4 apparently using an iPhone. Samsung’s official Twitter account in Nigeria has now found sharing a tweet about the Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 9 that was found to be posted not through a Galaxy smartphone but using Twitter for iPhone.

As first spotted by tech reviewer Marques Brownlee who’s renowned for his YouTube channel MKBHD, the Samsung Mobile Nigeria account on November 25 posted a tweet that was apparently produced using the Twitter for iPhone app, which is exclusive for iPhone. The tweet in question was notably highlighting the display panel of the Galaxy Note 9 that is competing against the iPhone XS Max.

Since it’s been noticed on Sunday, the alleged tweet has been pulled down. Brownlee reported that shortly after he highlighted the flaw by its digital marketing team, Samsung even removed its Nigerian Twitter account. However, at the time of filing this story, the account was live, though the tweet wasn’t able for reference.

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Photo Credit: Twitter/ Marques Brownlee

This isn’t the first time when Samsung’s digital marketing team has been caught using an iPhone to promote Galaxy smartphones. Earlier this month, the official Samsung Saudi account made a similar mistake and allegedly used an iPhone to post a promotional tweet about the Galaxy Note 9. Also recently, Samsung filed a lawsuit against its brand ambassador in Russia – Ksenia Sobchak – for using an iPhone X ₹ 74,000 on television, despite being contractually obligated to use a Samsung smartphone in public. Spanish tennis player David Ferrer who was roped as a brand ambassador by Samsung in the past was also spotted praising the Galaxy S4 using an iPhone.


OnePlus leads premium smartphone segment in India, pips Apple, Samsung: IDC report

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has emerged as the market leader in premium smartphone brand in India, according to leading market research firm IDC’s Q3 2018 Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report.

The device maker led the USD 400+ premium segment with 37 percent market share with Apple and Samsung trailing behind at second and third position respectively.

In addition to leading the premium segment, OnePlus also clocked its highest shipment ever in a single quarter, which led to pushing the average selling price in the online space to USD 166 in 3Q18 from USD 156 in 3Q17.

“OnePlus climbed to the leadership position at the back of OnePlus 6, surpassing Samsung and Apple. With its dedicated community building activities and high decibel promotional activities on social media platforms, the vendor has been gradually scaling up in volumes,” Upasana Joshi, Associate Research Manager, IDC India said.

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After making its debut in 2014, OnePlus’ popularity has taken huge strides as the smartphone maker consistently launched devices with flagship level specifications at an affordable price.

While one can attribute OnePlus’ recent success to a strong word-of-mouth and positive reviews from tech pundits for its recently-launched flagship smartphone, it has tweaked its strategy for the OnePlus 6T.

In order to increase its reach into the tier-II and tier-III cities, the company moved away from its online-only strategy and tied up with leading offline players such as Croma outlets and Reliance Digital outlets pan-India.

OnePlus 6T, the company’s most recent flagship smartphone, sports features such as 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845, in-screen fingerprint sensor. The device is available in 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB variants and has been priced at Rs 37,999, Rs 41,999 and Rs 45,999 respectively.

The device is available for purchase from,, Croma stores, Reliance Digital stores along with all OnePlus exclusive offline stores. It has been launched in midnight black, mirror black and thunder purple colour variants. Thunder purple, which is a special edition, will be available only in the 8/128 GB variant and will retail at Rs 41,999


This Samsung exec wants gadgets to start talking to us like friends right out of the box

Gadgets of the future

It sounds incredibly dystopian, and like a nod to Spike Jonze’s 2013 movie Her, but Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus shared his quirky-sounding vision for the future of gadgets and machines during a discussion this week as part of the Samsung Developer Conference. One day, he imagines, you’re going to make a tech purchase of some kind, take it home, pull it out of the box, plug it in — and it’s just going to start talking to you. Politely, like a friend, in a kind of high-tech superseding of the days when you had to navigate start menus and read instructions. It will just know who you are, what you like (thanks to pre-loaded data), and will ask you what you want to do next.

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“I have a vision — and I think a lot of us here at Samsung share this vision — where it’s not just about buying a cool, shiny object anymore,” said Kittlaus, who’s also a co-creator of Apple’s Siri. “I can imagine a day where every time you buy a Samsung product, you literally take it out of the box, plug it in, authenticate yourself somehow and it says, ‘Hi Spike, how’s it going today? I just downloaded your favorite preferences. Do you have any questions on how to use me?”

The reference to Spike was because Jonze himself, along with Samsung CMO Marc Mathieu, were onstage with Kittlaus, who painted an ambitious future for a company that makes and ships 500 million TVs, dishwashers, appliances and other gadgets each year.

“It knows you,” Kittlaus continued, as reported by VentureBeat, “and that is sort of the first step toward moving from, ‘Wow, this is a really cool, shiny new device’ to creating an emotional relationship with a brand or a company that has gone so far as to take these ideas and really turn them into products, where it just makes you feel good when you pull it out of the box. And it knows you, and it knows your past and it can help you.”

It’s yet another radical vision of the future to come out of Samsung’s conference this week, the highlight of which has arguably been its long-awaited reveal of a foldable smartphone display. Samsung, however, also showed off a new version of its Bixby virtual assistant that’s based on technology developed by Kittlaus’ Viv Labs. Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh reiterated the 500 million shipments figure during the conference, and when you couple that with the company committing to put AI into all of its devices over the next two years, you quickly see how comments and ideas like Kittlaus’ this week shouldn’t be ignored. As he sees it, it’s a matter of when, not if, we’ll find it utter commonplace to talk to most, if not all, of our tech gadgets.