LG launched a smartphone called the Optimus G in September of last year. Two months later, we’d find out that it was the phone Google decided to use as a template for the Nexus 4. Then, in early 2013, LG announced a successor the to Optimus G called the G Pro. It came with Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 600 processor and a 5.5 inch 1080p screen. The Japanese version of the G Pro had a smaller 5 inch screen however, to suite that particular local market.
If you plan on making a consumer electronics device that has Bluetooth support, you should to get it certified by the Bluetooth SIG. Samsung, looking to follow the rules, listed a tablet device called the “SM-T311” on the Bluetooth SIG’s website. According to Unwired View, that’s the model name for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab 3.
There has been a lot of talk about smartphone hardware ‘plateauing’, with future improvements mainly being in software, but I disagree, there’s still a way to go in hardware too. At least, in terms of components. Favourite rants of mine include lambasting manufacturers for fitting a speaker so tinny and weedy that a robin could out-chirp it – and we’re just starting to see phones issued with better speakers in 2013, with the HTC One top of the tree by a country mile in terms of volume and quality. Microphones too, though we’ve just had the big kerfuffle over those naughty folk at ST Micro selling Nokia’s copyrighted design to HTC, again for the One.
And, staying with this particular device, we also have a pointer to the future of smartphone cameras, which have very definitely not plateaued yet. The HTC One’s 4 megapixel camera has OIS, Optical Image Stabilisation, and I’m convinced this is a technology we’ll all be using within a year or two.
Rumors are a dime a dozen these sites, and tech sites, including this one, love to cover them because they give us something to talk about when there’s a slow news day. Now that being said, there are three publications that rarely publish rumors. When they do, it usually means said rumors are true.
What happens when you take a Samsung Galaxy S4 and you give it another SIM card slot? The GT-I9502 is born. This thing is pretty much the exact same phone as the Exynos 5 powered GS4, same screen, same RAM, same camera, same everything, except that there’s now an additional SIM card slot. Will this phone ever leave China? Can’t say. How much does it cost? Again, it’s a mystery.
According to The Korea Times, Larry Page, the CEO of Google, recently visited a Samsung OLED factory in South Korea. Lee Jae-yong, Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics, led the tour, and he asked Page if he was interested in partnering with the company.
The exact quote:
“During the meeting with the Google CEO, I proposed the expansion of our business partnership to him. Larry Page showed interest in our OLED business.”
A countless number of OTT (over the top) messaging clients exist. People don’t want to pay for text messages, so they install something like WhatsApp, and then call it a day. One of the more popular services, one that even I use, is called Viber.
They say that when you buy a smartphone, you tend to stick with the same device maker or mobile operating system for the long haul. Looking back at my personal device history, I’ve gone from Symbian to Android to iOS to Windows Phone to iOS and then finally back to Android. You wouldn’t expect anything different from a phone geek, right?
Samsung’s Q1 2013 financial results are out. You’re going to see some big numbers on the internet today, and that’s because they include everything the company makes. Instead of going that route, I’m going to focus on the mobile side of the business. Revenues came in at $28.6 billion, which is up an incredible 49.8% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Comparing Q1 2013 to Q4 2012, revenues are up roughly 7.3%, which is an impressive accomplishment considering that Q1 is traditionally seen as a weak quarter.
The guys who run DisplayMate are professionals who take screen quality seriously. They’ve just published their analysis on the 5 inch 1080p panel in the Samsung Galaxy S4, and they say it’s some of the best work Samsung has ever done. The LCD that Apple uses in the iPhone is better when it comes to color reproduction and in terms of brightness, but the GS4’s screen does a better job when it comes to white levels.