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.
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.
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 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.