The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 lands in America tomorrow, but you definitely shouldn’t buy it

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 lands in America tomorrow, but you definitely shouldn’t buy it

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 is going to hit America’s shores tomorrow and it’s going to cost $399. It isn’t the model that Europeans will be getting, the one with a SIM card slot and the ability to make phone calls; Americans will be stuck with the WiFi only variant. The guys at PocketNow made a video review of the device, which I’ve embedded below.

Google’s Play Store gets redesigned ahead of Google I/O, you’ll see the update in a week

Google’s Play Store gets redesigned ahead of Google I/O, you’ll see the update in a week

Numerous screenshots of Google’s Play Store redesign have leaked during the past few weeks, and I thought it was a sign that the company was going to announce something big at Google I/O. It turns out you don’t have to wait until the big show in May to see what all the hubbub is about. Google themselves just announced the Play Store’s new look on the official Android blog.

JPMorgan: Samsung will ship 320 million smartphones this year, 80 million being the S4

JPMorgan: Samsung will ship 320 million smartphones this year, 80 million being the S4

I’ve been searching high and low for an analyst prediction on the success of Samsung’s Galaxy S4, and today, in the French paper Les Échos, I finally found one. JPMorgan says Samsung will likely ship 320 million smartphones in 2013, of which 80 million will be the high end Galaxy S4.

Here are the rumored specifications of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Here are the rumored specifications of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Yesterday the specs of the Galaxy Mega 5.8 were leaked, courtesy of SamMobile, and today the site is at it again with the specs for the larger Galaxy Mega 6.3.

AUO: Hey Samsung, we can make 5 inch 1080p AMOLED panels for smartphones too!

AUO: Hey Samsung, we can make 5 inch 1080p AMOLED panels for smartphones too!

HTC was the first company that I’m aware of to ship a smartphone with a 5 inch 1080p screen. That device was called the Butterfly. The thing about the Butterfly is that it used LCD technology. If you value accurate color reproduction, then LCD is great, but Samsung sings a different tune. Their AMOLD technology, which is known for screwing with color saturation levels in order to make images “pop”, is preferred by millions of people.

DigiTimes: ASUS shipped 3 million tablets in Q1, has a goal to ship 12 million in all of 2013

DigiTimes: ASUS shipped 3 million tablets in Q1, has a goal to ship 12 million in all of 2013

ASUS, the company that gamers have known forever, but consumers are finally becoming familiar with thanks to the Nexus 7, has just revealed some shipment figures that are quite interesting. According to DigiTimes, ASUS shipped 3 million tablets during the first three months of 2013. They say the company has a goal of shipping 12 million tablets this year.

Microsoft, Nokia, and others file a complaint against Google for bundling services in Android

Microsoft, Nokia, and others file a complaint against Google for bundling services in Android

Legal proceedings are incredibly boring and almost always have zero impact on consumers, which I why I don’t plan on covering them on Android Beat, but this one is special. According to The Verge, who cites an article in The New York Times, a group of companies that includes Microsoft and Nokia have filed an antitrust complaint against Google in the European Union.

DigiTimes: Acer thinking about shaving $100 off their iPad mini clone to increase sales

DigiTimes: Acer thinking about shaving $100 off their iPad mini clone to increase sales

According to a report on the Taiwanese supply chain slash rumor website DigiTimes, Acer is thinking about cutting the price of the Iconia A1 to $149 from $249. Never heard of the Iconia A1? It’s a 7.9 inch Android tablet with the exact same screen resolution as the iPad mini.

Leak: Photos of Babel, Google’s upcoming chat client that will try to take on WhatsApp

Leak: Photos of Babel, Google’s upcoming chat client that will try to take on WhatsApp

Google has an instant message service called Google Talk that’s incredibly basic. It works like the same IM services you used to use back in the 90s, by that I mean you need a username and password to get the thing to work.

Huawei wanted to ship 60 million smartphones last year, but they barely did half that

Huawei wanted to ship 60 million smartphones last year, but they barely did half that

Huawei is a Chinese network infrastructure vendor that once made cheap phones for operators, but then they decided to pull an HTC and promote their own brand. The company has had a lot of success, no one is denying that, but they’re not growing as fast as they’d like.