HTC’s One and Samsung’s Galaxy S4, two of the hottest Android smartphones, are both powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600. If you’re a spec junkie, that means you probably want to know what comes after the 600, despite it being so fresh you can still smell the plastic.
The analyst firm IDC has just published their Q1 2013 figures, and they can confidently say that, for the first time in mobile telecoms history, smartphones outsold feature phones. Roughly 418.6 million mobile phones shipped during the first three months of this year, with 51.6% of them running a smartphone operating system of some kind.
When DigiTimes published a rumor earlier this month saying Samsung was having issues making enough mobile RAM chips for the Galaxy S4, the report was dismissed. Because let’s face it, DigiTimes is usually right only 50% of the time about anything they put up on their website.
The Russian website Hi-Tech just leaked a brand new Galaxy phone, the Core. From the front it looks like a GS4. From the sides it looks like a GS3. And the back shares design elements from both devices.
Chances are you haven’t heard of “Vine”. It’s a video sharing service that piggybacks on Twitter, with the catch that each video can be a maximum of six seconds long. I say you haven’t heard of it because there’s an iOS version of Vine, but an Android client has yet to be made available.
LG is going to hold an event next Wednesday in New York City where they’ll unveil the LG Optimus G Pro. I know this because that particular device takes up a third of the company’s invitation to said event. During the past 24 hours, two new pieces of information about the American G Pro, from two different sources, have hit the internet.
Geeks usually become geeks at an early age, and they typically start by taking a screwdriver to the gadgets mom and dad have laying around the house. That desire to take things apart continues into adulthood, and luckily, there are people who are paid large sums of money to work in a field called “Competitive Analysis”. These people buy the latest and greatest consumer electronics equipment, meticulously document everything about their internals, and then sell that data to companies who want to know how their competitors do what they do.
If you want corporate clients to take your devices seriously, you need to make your phones ultra secure. That’s the whole point of Samsung’s Knox software, which the company created to let people easily manage their personal content and their work content on the same device.
Best Buy has all these stores around the nation dedicated to selling televisions, stereos, computers, and pretty much any interesting piece of consumer technology. So Best Buy’s CEO, Hubert Joly (above), met with J.K. Shin, one of the heads of Samsung, half a year ago to see if he could get Best Buy to dedicate some of their floor space for a small store that would only sell Samsung stuff.
Samsung Korea has just published a press release (Google Translate) saying their flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, will start shipping on all three Korean mobile operators tomorrow. What makes the Korean S4 special is that it has the Samsung made Exynos 5 octo-core chip.