I’m going to be perfectly frank with you, I don’t like LG. I have no doubt that they have brilliant engineers and incredibly knowledgeable scientists working in their R&D labs, but when it comes to their consumer hardware, I’m left shaking my head.
All of today’s top tier Android smartphones use chips that have 28 nanometer transistors. In order for tomorrow’s smartphones to go faster, those transistors need to shrink. Why? Because the smaller a transistor is, the less power it consumes, and the less heat is puts out.
Alvin Kwock, an analyst at JPMorgan, says HTC’s One will help the company experience a “mini-turnaround”. He says that according to his checks, HTC shipped about 300,000 One units in March. They’re on track to ship 1.2 million units in April, and then in May that figure should hit 2+ million. Alvin says that the biggest threat to the One’s success is, obviously, the GS4, which goes on sale later this month in the UK, possibly even the United States.
I spent my weekend putting together IKEA furniture and entertaining guests, so I didn’t have time to watch the new HTC One ad that went up on Friday. TechCrunch said it was “embarrassing“, The Verge called it “absolutely cringe-worthy“, but I wanted to see it for myself before forming an opinion. Sadly, this morning I tried pulling up the video, but it was nowhere to be found.
I normally shy away from operator specific announcements because I recognize that a lot of you probably buy your smartphones like I do, fully unlocked and unsubsidized, but this next bit of a “news” is actually important. According to a leaked document from the office supply store chain Staples, Samsung’s Galaxy S4, the AT&T model, will go on sale on April 26th. That’s less than two weeks away. On the first of May the T-Mobile variant will be available. And on the last day of May you’ll be able to buy it on Verizon.
According to the Taiwanese supply chain and rumor website DigiTimes, ASUS plans on shipping between 7 million and 8 million Nexus 7 successors this year. The first million units are expected to go out in May, so they can arrive on store shelves in June, and then the rest are expected to trickle out during the rest of 2013.
When ZTE and Huawei started picking up steam, companies like Nokia, which at the time built phones in Finland, Hungary, Germany, and several other European countries, were scared that they were going to have to say goodbye to their margins due to cheap Chinese labor and components.
SamMobile published several rumors over the weekend, many of them related, so let me reorder them chronologically to tell a better story. Starting with the Galaxy S4, Samsung had prototypes of that device that were built using a metal body. The company really wanted to go with the metal variant, but they simply didn’t have the resources to mass produce them.
Facebook Home is going to launch today … eventually, and one of its best features, at least in my opinion, is Chat Heats. It’s a horrible name, I’ll grant you that much, but it’s a powerful concept.
Facebook Home, what Mark Zuckerberg refers to as a “collection of apps”, is going to launch today. It’ll be available in the Google Play Store in the United States, but I honestly can’t tell you if it’ll hit other countries. Me being in Finland, with lots of friends in the UK and various Asian countries, I hope that Facebook is smart enough to let everyone get in on the Home action.