As we close out one week and kick off another, let’s take a moment to look back at the attention-grabbing headlines from the past seven days (February 23 – February 17). Some of the news you may recall, some may be new to you, but all of the topics below are worthy of a mention.
Hardly anything is certain apropos of Samsung’s impending Galaxy S5, with only six days left until the big unveil, and the latest piece of gossip also debunks previous reports to keep the waters as muddy as possible. It’s as if so-called tipsters and insiders are trying to confuse us and preserve the mystery.
Unlike its “M8” cousin, which remains a puzzle in many ways, the HTC Desire 8 is basically an open book after a couple of appearances in the rumor game and an official confirmation/tease from HTC China.
Once again trailing Samsung, HTC has reportedly started sending out invites for a simultaneous London – New York press event on March 25, thus confirming the announcement date of the company’s next-generation flagship.
Samsung has so far been peculiarly quiet about how many Galaxy devices will get the impending Android 4.4 KitKat update and when, even with the OTA already rolling out to the Note 3. But the ominous silence is now behind us, as a list of 14, that’s right, 14 smartphones and tablets due for a chocolaty software bump has gone official.
LG isn’t waiting around for Mobile World Congress to kick off and has unveiled details on the G2 mini ahead of its formal launch next week. The Korean company is continuing the tradition of manufacturers fitting mid-range specs inside devices carrying the name of their larger, flagship counterparts, a tradition that was temporarily turned on its head with the release of Sony’s small-yet-powerful Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.
Mark your calendars for June 25th and June 26th as that is when Google will be holding its I/O developers conference at San Francisco’s Moscone West conference hall. The initial event details were announced on Google+ by Android head Sundar Pichai.
Facebook announced on Wednesday that it is buying WhatsApp and its messaging service for $16 billion. The social network will pay a total of $19 billion including $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook stock shares and $3 billion in restricted stock units, which will be given to WhatsApp’s founders and its 50 employees.
Since Android doesn’t technically offer support for 64-bit hardware yet, there was never much to rumors of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 packing a brand new Exynos processor built on the same architecture as Apple’s A7 chip.
It’s so close I can almost feel it, see it, smell it, touch it, scan my fingerprints on it. Samsung’s “next big thing”, the Galaxy S5, is to go official at long last on Monday, during an Unpacked press conference at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress.
Google today took the wraps off Project Tango, a prototype smartphone from the Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. ATAP, now under the oversight of Google’s Android group, has developed a sensor-filled smartphone capable of mapping the 3D environment of a device.
Less than two days after it sold to Facebook, the social network that is notoriously known for having major issues with privacy, WhatsApp released a new version for Android that allows users more granular control over their status, profile photo and last seen date and time — almost as if to prove to everyone that the Facebook acquisition won’t impact their work.