6-27: Brexit might impact LG, Samsung and Huawei; Brexit on 24 June almost all technology stocks took a hit, the world’s billionaires lost a total of USD99 billion; etc.

Google will reportedly release a smartphone with tighter controls over “design, manufacturing and software” before the end of 2016; HTC to launch 2 new Nexus models with 5” and 5.5” AMOLED panel in late 3Q16; Google says that adaption of VR is going to be slower than many had hoped for; Brexit might impact LG, Samsung and Huawei; Brexit on 24 June almost all technology stocks took a hit, the world’s billionaires lost a total of USD99 billion; etc.

Chipset
Nvidia has creaded “Virtual Eye” in collaboration with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Virtual Eye uses 3D and virtual reality along with a set of cameras to create an environment where first responders can take a virtual walk through an environment before sending humans in. (Daily Mail, NVIDIA, Digital Trends, CN Beta)nvidia-darpa-virtual-eye
Intel is looking at options for Intel Security, including potentially selling the antivirus software maker formerly known as McAfee which it bought for USD7.7 billion almost 6 years ago. (CN Beta, CSO, Bloomberg, Financial Times)
Touch Display
Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has expressed a desire for the iPhone to appear like a single sheet of glass. The current design ideas for the 2017 iPhones are expected to push the handsets in that direction by eliminating much of the bezel around the display with the OLED screen. (TechNews, BGR, WSJ)

Biometrics

Samsung will reportedly name its next Galaxy Note as Galaxy Note 7, featuring an iris scanner as a secondary layer of biometric security. (TechNews, Android Central, BGR)

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Connectivity

Korea Telecom (KT) has teamed up with U.S.-based telecommunications giant Verizon, to establish global standards and developing technologies for the 5G wireless network. (Phone Arena, Korea Herald)

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Smartphones

Google will reportedly release a smartphone with tighter controls over “design, manufacturing and software” before the end of 2016. (Telegraph, Engadget, Sina, ZOL)
LG indicates that “there are possibilities that more European consumers may tighten their belts in spending for consumer products,” noting that “the biggest worry are that the Brexit may dent consumer and business confidence.” Samsung has also spoken out, siding with an analysis from Moody’s Investors Service that “heightened uncertainty during negotiations over new arrangements between the UK and EU will likely dent investment inflows, weighing on its growth prospects”. (Korea Times, Android Authority, CN-KR)
“Brexit” may influence Huawei investment in Britain – Huawei announced UK investment in 2012, promising to invest USD2 billion within 5 years, and plan to increase the R&D positions to 300 before 2017, and USD200 million in R&D. (NBD, CN Beta)
Isaiah Research expects HTC to launch 2 new Nexus models with 5” and 5.5” AMOLED panel in late 3Q16. As LG Innotek has limited resource for dual-camera modules because of Apple iPhone, HTC Nexus models to have in total 3 million units for the entire product lifecycle. (Isaiah Research report)

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According to “Fortune”, Spooked by the “Brexit” decision in the U.K., the U.S. and global financial markets lost at least USD2 trillion in value on Friday in what was the biggest decline since the 2008 financial crisis. Almost all technology stocks took a hit including Google (down 4.15%), Apple (down 2.81%), Square (4%), Yahoo (4.08%), Microsoft (3.9%) and Twitter (3.52%). (Fortune, TechNews)
The world’s billionaires lost a total of USD99 billion on 24 June because of Brexit, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The top 10 richest men shed a combined more than USD21 billion alone. (Bloomberg, 163, CN Beta, Visual News, RT, Fast Code Design, Hexun, Vanity Fair)

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Tablets

According to GWI, at a global level, tablets are close to reaching mainstream status, with 44% of internet users personally owning one. But leading the way here are consumers in Hong Kong, Spain and Portugal; in these three markets, close to 6 in 10 among the online population own a tablet. (GWI, press, 199IT)

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Acer chairman George Huang has said the company’s new business development is heading to the right direction and has achieved breakthroughs in areas including VR, medical care and robot. However, the company’s transformation will still need some more time to be completed. (Digitimes, press, China Times, Sohu)

Wearables

The head of Google’s VR division, Clay Bavor says that adaption of VR is going to be slower than many had hoped for. (Phone Arena, WSJ, 913VR)
Samsung has filed for a trademark on a logo for an unannounced product called Ahead, which may be a Google Glass-like Smart Helmet. (CN Beta, Liliputing)

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According to Isaiah Research, Sony Playstation VR is assembled at GOERTEK Inc. with shipment forecasts of 1.2 million in 4Q16. They also believe HTC to launch 2nd generation HTC Vive in 4Q16 timeframe. (Isaiah Research report)

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Internet of Things

Tesla has reportedly signed a non-binding agreement with Jinqiao Group to start work on a Tesla production plant in Shanghai. This deal is worth USD9 billion. (Ubergizmo, Bloomberg, 163, CNFOL, iFeng)
Verizon is acquiring Telogis, a California-based company that develops cloud-based solutions for mobile workforces, and specifically telematics, compliance and navigation software used by Ford, Volvo, GM and other car companies. (TouTiao, TechCrunch, PR Newswire)
Amazon is expected to announce the addition of dozens of new brands for Dash buttons. (CN Beta, CNET, WSJ)
German robotics maker Kuka is on the brink of agreeing to an investor agreement with Chinese bidder Midea that includes a long-term commitment to existing headquarters, factories and jobs. (CN Beta, Reuters, Venture Beat)
Lenovo Accelerator signs a strategic collaboration with Jiangmen, a company that provides services to start-ups, in Beijing to scout and support AI, Big Data and robotics industry, providing supply chain support services to start-ups. (EE Trend, PRNewswire, Morning Post)

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