Google is the undisputed leader of digital maps. Nokia is pretty close with their “Here Maps”, and Apple is slowly and steadily improving “Apple Maps”, but neither of them come close to Google. Looking to keep that edge, several business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, are reporting that Google will spend upwards of $1.3 billion on an Israeli company known as Waze.
A whole bunch of Samsung devices were leaked while I asleep last night. Let’s start with the one that’s nearest and dearest to my heart, the Galaxy Note III. According to TechTastic and SamMobile, what you’re looking at above is a prototype of Samsung’s next generation Note. They say it has a 5.99 inch display, which I’m having a hard time believing. Earlier rumors said it would be 5.9 inches, something that makes a lot more sense. Going straight to 6.0 inches (for all intents and purposes) would be just too much for most people, myself included.
If you have ever owned an HTC device, you will have an idea about what S-ON is and its importance. S-ON is a protection mechanism from HTC that checks for certain partitions of the device before booting. On the One X and previous HTC devices, S-ON posed a major problem since it did not allow users to flash a custom kernel directly from recovery, or downgrade to an older firmware. While it is possible to flash a custom kernel from the recovery on the One, the device still comes with S-ON.
It’s something of a testament to the HTC One’s build quality and design that, of the last ten Android-focussed tech reviewers I’ve queried over the last two months, seven of them have ended up keeping the One as their daily phone and all have judged the device as the best Android smartphone they’ve ever held. Add me to the list, too. Not that the HTC One is perfect – despite its plus points, it’s ultimately restricted in a number of ways and there’s an annoying usability issue, but it’s fair to say that you have to be something of an Android power user or perfectionist to complain too loudly about any of this.
According to Mehdi Hosseini, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, Samsung has been holding private meetings with investors during the past few weeks to “temper” their Galaxy S4 shipment expectations. The definition of “temper”, as a verb, is “to make more acceptable.”
Devices running Android outsell devices running iOS. That’s not a topic of contention, it’s a fact. At Google I/O 2013, the search giant revealed that they’ve activated 900 million Android devices, but it’s one thing to activate a device and another thing altogether for that device to be in use.