You can tell a lot about an Android handset maker by how well they support their devices. Sony, once the laughing stock of Android-land, now tries incredibly hard to keep their entire portfolio up to date. Samsung, like Sony, used to be horrible, but these days their devices ship with the latest versions of Android and they’re often supported for at least two years.
According to SlashGear, who received a statement from HTC, international One owners should check their device for a software update. HTC just issued one that fixes quite a few number of bugs, with the main focus of the update being the camera. The Taiwanese handset company has tweaked color reproduction and dynamic range in an attempt to make the photos the One outputs that much prettier.
The onscreen keyboard in Apple’s iOS operating system is considered to be the best in the mobile industry. When Google started shipping Android, it became painfully obviously that the search giant didn’t care about matching Apple’s input abilities.
Stock Android is said to be the greatest invention ever conceived by man. As someone who once owned a Nexus One and now owns a Galaxy Note II, I don’t agree with that sentiment, but whatever, mob mentality.
According to TechCrunch, Google just bought a company called Wavii for $30 million. The company has just 25 employees, so that gives everyone a nice chunk of pocket change.
Andy Rubin, the man who gave birth to the Android operating system, did so at a company he started up called Danger. Now everyone knows Andy works for Google, but not many people remember that Microsoft actually purchased Danger for an estimated $500 million.
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 does a whole bunch of things with its front facing camera that are genuinely new, though I’m not so sure if said things are actually useful. But enough about that, according to Engadget, a company out of California called “DigitalOptics” has revealed that they’re the guys behind the GS4’s eye tracking features.
For the next few days and weeks, Samsung is going to hold Galaxy S4 launch parties all over the world. According to T-Break Technology, during the GS4 launch party in Dubai, the Head of Samsung Gulf Electronics, Young Soo Kim, revealed that the South Korea Korean company is going to come out with a version of the GS4 that’s waterproof and dustproof in “the months ahead”.
If you’re a tech journalist, you often get courted by hardware makers to review their latest wares. There’s usually a catch though. You can’t publish your findings until an agreed upon time and date. This is called an embargo. According to my Twitter stream, it looks like the embargo for reviews of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 lifted roughly three hours ago. I’ve spent all morning reading a number of them, and here are some snippets I’d like to share.
LG’s Q1 2013 financial results are out, and they’re nothing but good news. Smartphone unit shipments hit 10.3 million, which is nearly double the number of Widows Phones that Nokia shipped. Just goes to show off far the mighty fall. That 10.3 million figure is also, according to LG’s press release, the “highest for LG since it entered the smartphone race.”