Nokia “invented” a high amplitude dual membrane microphone that allows people to record really loud scenes and still get decent audio. STMicroelectronics manufactured said microphones, and they showed them to HTC, who then decided to use them in the One. The thing is, Nokia’s microphones were supposed to be exclusive to Nokia, so the Finnish handset maker complained to the Dutch courts and they’ve now been granted a preliminary injunction.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO, now Chairman, was recently interviewed by the BBC. He spoke about various topics, but the one you’re probably most interested in is Google Glass. Asked when consumers will be able to walk around the streets with a smartphone strapped to their heads, Eric’s response was “probably a year-ish away” from now.
AT&T just sent out a tweet saying that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available for purchase from their retail stores on April 27th. They specifically mention that it’ll only be the 16 GB model. Not that it matters, the phone has a microSD card slot for your movie and music hoarders out there.
TrendForce, an analyst firm that doesn’t exactly have the same notoriety as say Gartner or Strategy Analytics, has put out their Q1 2013 smartphone shipment data for all to see. They say that Samsung shipped three out of every ten smartphone manufactured during the quarter. Apple meanwhile had a 17.3% share of the market.
When LG said they were going to throw a party in New York City on the first of May, everyone, myself included, thought it would have something to do with the company’s newest flagship phone, the Optimus G Pro. According to the image above, which is a photo of an invitation to the event, there’s now 100% confirmation that the G Pro is bound for the USA.
Some guy who is a part of Samsung Romania’s Mobilers program (read: he gets phones to review) recently made a video that’s been circulating around Android sites like crazy. Did he uncover some awesome unheard of GS4 feature? Did he get a prototype of a device that hasn’t been announced?
Those tiny pixels that you stare at all day, they’re “glued” to a sheet of glass. Glass is a fantastic material to work with, but as anyone who has ever dropped a phone can tell you, it’s far too easy to break. Samsung, and several other companies, have been working on ways to make displays that use plastic as a substrate instead of glass. Not only is plastic cheaper to produce, but it’s lighter, and far more durable.
Tablets running Android started out as high end devices meant to compete with the Apple iPad. Most of them, scratch that, all of them failed miserably. Manufacturers then thought to themselves that if they can’t compete by making a product with the same specs as Apple’s tablet, they should try making something different, which lead to the development of 7 inch tablets.
The Galaxy S4 is going to launch this Saturday in several countries. Many publications already have one or two of them floating around their offices, but they agreed not to publish their reviews of the device until a specific time and date. That’s just how the technology journalism game works.
According to TechCrunch, who has been keeping an eye on Facebook Home’s entry in Google’s Play Store, over half a million people have given the app a go. It took an astounding nine days to reach that milestone. Many thought it would happen much faster.