Facebook Home is going to launch today … eventually, and one of its best features, at least in my opinion, is Chat Heats. It’s a horrible name, I’ll grant you that much, but it’s a powerful concept.
Facebook Home, what Mark Zuckerberg refers to as a “collection of apps”, is going to launch today. It’ll be available in the Google Play Store in the United States, but I honestly can’t tell you if it’ll hit other countries. Me being in Finland, with lots of friends in the UK and various Asian countries, I hope that Facebook is smart enough to let everyone get in on the Home action.
According to an independent study done by the Germany group AV-TEST, is you use Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, then you’re 5x more likely to see a malware infested website in your search results than if you were a Google user.
The recently announced Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 are extremely polarizing devices. You either hate that the company continues to make larger phones, or you’re excited that you no longer have to pick between owning a smartphone or owning a tablet since you can now have both products in one device.
Depending on who you ask, Samsung’s incredible component manufacturing skills are one of the main reasons why the company so quickly became the world’s number one smartphone maker. Chinese players, looking to mimic the South Korean company’s success, want to become responsible for a larger portion of their supply chain.
Japan Display, the barely one year old joint venture between Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi, is allegedly working on a 7 inch display that pushes an astonishing resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels (WQXGA). That’s 430 pixels per inch.
Pantech doesn’t get a lot of attention in the West, but they’re huge in their home country of South Korea. Phone Arena says they’re number two over there, right behind Samsung. So considering that both LG and Samsung have announced their respective 5 inch 1080p flagship phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, now it’s Pantech’s turn.
The long rumored Samsung Galaxy Mega product family has just been made official. As expected, there are two devices in the Mega portfolio, the Mega 5.8 and the Mega 6.3. Starting with the larger model, it has a 6.3 inch 720p TFT display, a dual core 1.7 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, and a massive 3,200 mAh battery. In terms of dimensions, SamMobile nailed them: 88 mm × 167.6 mm × 8.0 mm. The whole thing weighs 199 grams.
While technically not an Android related story, the following news item is still significant. Samsung has just announced that they’ve begun mass producing “128-gigabit, 3bit multi-level-cell NAND memory chips using 10 nanometer (nm)-class process technology”.