Earlier this week, the Samsung fan site SamMobile published a list of devices that would and would not get updated to the next version of Android. As expected, every high end phone to come out in 2012 is due to get the update.
The two year old Galaxy S II however, it’s only going to get Android 4.2.2.
A new rumor coming out of Phone Arena says that the next Nexus phone isn’t going to have a 1080p screen; it’s going to have a 720p panel that measures just 4.5 inches diagonal. The display is said to occupy 88% of the front of the device. To put that number into some perspective, the 5 inch screen in Sony’s Xperia ZL takes up “only” 76% of the front of the device.
Huawei, the Chinese handset maker that seems to announce a new flagship smartphone every other month, is allegedly going to unveil a device in April that pretty much has the exact same specifications as the Galaxy S4 from Samsung. There’s a 4.9 inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera, Huawei’s own K3V3 chip, which has four ARM Cortex A15 processors and an ARM Mali-T604 GPU, and to top it all off, there’s supposed to be a 2,600 mAh battery. All that power in a body that’s going to be 6.3 mm thick.
American operators are crooks. They charge way too much, they provide inadequate service more often than not, and they’re just plain evil. But you know what? Without them, the smartphone revolution would’ve never happened. Why? Because people don’t want to spend $700 on a brand new phone. They’d rather sign a two year contract and get the best the market has to offer for $200.
The Verge just published a story that says HTC is going to drop their “Quietly Brilliant” tagline. I don’t really consider that to be news worthy, but then I clicked their source link, which pointed to an article in The Wall Street Journal. Here’s a quote that just assaulted my eyes:
“We have a lot of innovations but we haven’t been loud enough,” said Mr. Ho, a Singaporean who is HTC’s third marketing chief in less than two years.
Samsung, in a surprise to no one, announced earlier this month that the GS4 would come in two flavors. One would have a Qualcomm Snapdragon inside, while the other would have Samsung’s own Exynos chip. According to the Korean Electronic Times, apparently Samsung is having some issues making chips for the GS4. They say that 70% of the first 10 million GS4 units shipped will use a Qualcomm part.
While I’m personally not interested in the whole Android rooting, hacking, and custom ROM scene, I know a lot of you are, and the name Steve Kondik probably rings a few bells. He was the guy who started CyanogenMod, one of the most popular Android ROMs currently in existence. Steve famously left his baby to go work for Samsung in August 2011. While he’s yet to talk about what exactly he did for Samsung, he did just announce that he’s left the company on his Google+ page.
There’s one thing about the Galaxy S4 that doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s size.
The GS4 measures 136.6 mm tall by 69.8 mm wide. The GS3 on the other hand, it measures 136.6 mm tall by 70.6 mm wide. So despite the fact that the GS4’s screen is 0.2 inches larger than the screen in the GS3, it’s actually a smaller phone.
Another day, another rumor. This time it’s about Motorola’s first “real” phone. I say “real” because Motorola had several devices in development when Google snatched them up back in May 2012. We’re nearing in on the one year anniversary of the aquisition, which means we’re getting closer and closer to seeing the first “real” Motorola smartphone that has the Google touch.
Phone Arena, for as long as I’ve been reading them, has always been one of the first websites to get hardware in for review. How do they do it? I wish I knew, especially since they’re based in Bulgaria, which isn’t exactly known as a country that has early access to devices. With that in mind, here’s their nine minute video review of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. There’s also a four page written review on their website, but I feel that the video is more comprehensive.