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.
Samsung’s 2013 flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, is likely going to be the best selling Android smartphone of the year. That being said, some of you don’t like big phones. I used to be one of those people, but then I got a Note II and my world got turned upside-down.
Announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has recently started shipping in both the United States and Europe. When I heard that it was going to cost $399, I immediately dismissed the device as a complete waste of money, especially since you can get a 3G enabled Nexus 7 for less.
HTC, for reasons I can’t understand, just announced a phone in Taiwan called the Desire L. It has a 4.3 inch screen that pushes 800 x 480 pixels, it has a dual core 1 GHz processor from an unknown chip vendor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera. The battery weighs in at 1,800 mAh, which should be OK for a device that small.
I’ve been describing Google Glass to friends and family as a “smartphone that’s attached to your head”, and it looks like Larry Page, the CEO of Google, just confirmed my suspicions. During Google’s financial results earning call today, he said, and I quote:
“Obviously, Glass runs on Android, so [Android] has been pretty transportable across devices, and I think that will continue.”
Remember going to the arcades as a kid and racking up a high score? The game you were playing would ask you for your name, and it would then display it for posterity until someone else came to take your crown.
When Facebook Home came out, some people freaked out at the idea of seeing ads on their home screen. They pointed at Facebook and called them an evil company that just wants to shove sponsored throats down your throat and collect your data.
If the following rumor is true, expect Microsoft to be furious: According to DigiTimes, Intel is pretty upset with Windows 8’s performance, so they’re trying to convince computer makers to make Android tablet/laptop hybrids.
Before I get to this story, I want to point out that there are different interpretations of any given given English word depending on the country you’re in. According to DigiTimes, the HTC M4, which can best be thought of as the Facebook phone minus Facebook Home, will have a “metal-alloy chassis“.
ZTE has just published a press release saying the company has sold more than 500 million mobile phones. The company has been making phones for 15 years, so it’s about damn time they hit that milestone. For reference, Nokia, in their prime, used to easily ship more than 100 million mobile phones every three months.