Video: Samsung’s new 90 second Galaxy S4 commercial is absolutely brilliant

Video: Samsung’s new 90 second Galaxy S4 commercial is absolutely brilliant

It’s Saturday, so I shouldn’t be in front of a computer, but after watching Samsung’s new 90 second commercial for the Galaxy S4, I felt compelled to share it with you guys. The ad takes place at a young man’s graduation party. It starts out pretty boring, just a guy taking a photo of his father grilling some meat, but then all of a sudden the pace picks up and most, if not all, of the GS4’s new features get demoed.

It’s official: Samsung’s Galaxy Knox software gets approved by the Department of Defense

It’s official: Samsung’s Galaxy Knox software gets approved by the Department of Defense

Back in February of this year, at Mobile World Congress in Spain, Samsung announced a new suite of software called “Knox”. It’s made for people who want to protect the data on their smartphone, and it does some pretty cool things like let you have two separate setups on your device.

The Korea Times: LG is currently working with Google on the next Nexus smartphone

The Korea Times: LG is currently working with Google on the next Nexus smartphone

If you’re really hardcore about Android, then chances are you own a Nexus device. For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s a brand that signifies the hardware in your hand runs pure unadulterated Google software, and that it’ll be supported by Google for the foreseeable future.

LG’s first quad core ARM Cortex A15 chip is done, project was led by an ex-TI employee

LG’s first quad core ARM Cortex A15 chip is done, project was led by an ex-TI employee

How did Samsung get to where they are today? By going “vertical”. It’s an industry term that means instead of partnering with lots of companies to produce a product, Samsung decided to do practically everything by themselves. They design and manufacture their own smartphone chips, their own DRAM, their own screens, and the list goes on and on.

LG says they’re going to start focusing on making OLED panels for mobile devices

LG says they’re going to start focusing on making OLED panels for mobile devices

Samsung isn’t the only company that makes OLED displays, LG is also in the game. But unlike Samsung, LG hasn’t really focused on making OLED screens for devices like smartphones and tablets. That’s soon going to change according to The Korea Times. LG spokesperson Frank Lee says:

“LG Display will produce an ‘unbreakable OLED display’, the first phase of flexible displays, at our AP2 line of the 4.5th-generation plant in Paju, Gyeonggi Province. The move is aimed at taking a lead over rivals in the race for next-generation displays.”

Samsung issues a statement about the lack of storage on the GS4, says buy a microSD card

Samsung issues a statement about the lack of storage on the GS4, says buy a microSD card

Samsung’s Galaxy S4, the 16 GB model, has less than 8.5 GB of free storage after a factory reset according to C|Net UK. They asked Samsung why that’s the case. Here’s their answer:

“For the Galaxy S4 16 GB model, approximately 6.85 GB occupies the system part of internal memory, which is 1 GB bigger than that of the Galaxy S3, in order to provide a high resolution display and more powerful features to our consumers. To offer the ultimate mobile experience to our users, Samsung provides a microSD slot on Galaxy S4 for extension of memory.”

Barnes & Noble finally gets it, issues an update to put the Google Play Store on their tablets

Barnes & Noble finally gets it, issues an update to put the Google Play Store on their tablets

What is Android? It’s a pile of code that anyone with a little bit of knowledge can slap on a device. That’s the technical answer. For consumers though, Android is a mobile operating system that comes bundled with a whole bunch of Google applications that make their lives easier. There’s Gmail, Google Maps, Chrome, and of course the Google Play Store, where one can find applications from third party developers.

Google now has a “Chief Game Designer”, let the rampant speculation begin

Google now has a “Chief Game Designer”, let the rampant speculation begin

According to TechCrunch, Noah Falstein is now the “Chief Game Designer” at Google. Never heard of Noah? It’s OK, neither have I. His Wikipedia page contains an impressive bio that shows the guy has a ton of experience, but I worry because it looks like he hasn’t made a game since the late 90s. He’s been a consultant since the early 00s, but it’s unclear what exactly he did as a consultant.

These are photos of the upcoming Motorola X Phone according to @evleaks

These are photos of the upcoming Motorola X Phone according to @evleaks

Everyone knows that Motorola is going to launch a phone later this year that’s going to run stock Android. What we don’t know is what it’s going to look like, how much it’s going to cost, and what’s going to make it special compared to devices from Samsung and HTC.

Paranoid Android’s Halo, Apple’s Assistive Touch, and the future of smartphone UI

Paranoid Android’s Halo, Apple’s Assistive Touch, and the future of smartphone UI

When Google showed off Android 3.0 Honeycomb in February 2011, to me it signaled the beginning of the end for hardware buttons. Practically every mobile device that’s been sold before that demo has included at least one button on the face of the device. Apple has the iconic home key, most Android phones used to have four dedicated capacitive keys, and if you look back far enough, you could see Palm OS and Windows Mobile both had similar controls.