DigiTimes: Samsung buying memory chips from competing firms, can’t make enough themselves

DigiTimes: Samsung buying memory chips from competing firms, can’t make enough themselves

Several days ago I covered a DigiTimes report that said Samsung was experiencing “larger than expected” demand for the Galaxy S4 and that they’re having issues manufacturing enough memory chips for the device. This is Samsung we’re talking about here, the leader in DRAM manufacturing.

Here are the first three commercials for the Samsung Galaxy S4

Here are the first three commercials for the Samsung Galaxy S4

Don’t ask me why, but every once in a while I’ll do a YouTube search for “Galaxy S4” just to see if something new has turned up. There are plenty of reviews already posted from people in Russia, the Ukraine, and Denmark if you know where to look.

Korea Times: LG will start shipping flexible displays this year, way before Samsung

Korea Times: LG will start shipping flexible displays this year, way before Samsung

According to a report published in The Korea Times, LG is on track to ship flexible displays before their archnemesis Samsung. Said displays should hit the market this year, but the report doesn’t say how big they’ll be or for which applications their best suited. LG could very well be planning on introducing 1.5 inch flexible displays for smart watches for all I know.

LG to open 600 stores in emerging markets to increase phone sales, chances are they’ll fail

LG to open 600 stores in emerging markets to increase phone sales, chances are they’ll fail

According to The Wall Street Journal, LG Executive Vice President Kim Ki-wan says the company will open 600 new stores in emerging countries in an attempt to increase sales of their phones, televisions, and home appliances.

ZTE Geek: One of the first Android phones to use Intel’s new 2 GHz Atom Z2580 chip

ZTE Geek: One of the first Android phones to use Intel’s new 2 GHz Atom Z2580 chip

ZTE has just announced a phone in China called the “Geek”. Not making this up. It has a 5 inch 720p screen (boo!), but what makes it special is the CPU: Intel’s brand new Clover Trail+, otherwise known as the Atom Z2580. It runs at 2 GHz, but you’ll probably never know how fast it is for two reasons.

Here’s what Ars.Technica, Engadget, and The Verge have to say about Facebook Home and the HTC First

Here’s what Ars.Technica, Engadget, and The Verge have to say about Facebook Home and the HTC First

Facebook Home is going to launch tomorrow.

What is it? It’s a replacement Android launcher that takes over nearly every part of your phone. It changes your lock screen, it changes your home screen, it changes your app launcher, and it also installs this neat little messaging client called “Chat Heads”.

Will the HTC One media tour help or hurt the company?

Will the HTC One media tour help or hurt the company?

Last week HTC published a press release that I’ve now read at least 10 times. It’s about the HTC One and how the company will be taking the device “on tour” around America to show people why they should buy it instead of another smartphone.

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.