Twitter announced a brand spanking new Android client last week that I didn’t cover on the site because frankly I wanted to use the app before passing judgement. When it launched, the outpour of hate was frankly a bit ridiculous. I’ve been using the app for almost a week now, and while I can’t say it’s my favorite Twitter client, it’s definitely more than acceptable for normal Twitter users. I’d go so far to say as it’s a huge improvement from previous versions of the official Twitter client.
Roughly 48 hours ago, a site called Digital Trends posted a rumor saying Google is in talks to buy WhatsApp for $1 billion. For some strange reason, everyone on the internet covered the rumor. I didn’t, because I never even heard of Digital Trends until yesterday. Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s Business Development Head pinged AllThingsD just now to tell them the rumor is indeed bullshit.
Facebook Home, the replacement Android launcher that Mark Zuckerberg likes to call a “collection of apps”, just got leaked over on MoDaCo. Unlike the official version of the application, which is certified to run on just a handful of devices, this version runs on damn near everything, though it is limited to just 1280 x 768 pixels.
I follow 57 people on Twitter, which makes me strange. Many of my friends follow several hundred accounts, some follow over one thousand, but I make an effort to keep my Twitter experience lean. I’m also one of those sick people who reads every tweet in my stream.
I bought a new phone less than two months ago, so I’m not in the market for a new one, but that still hasn’t stopped me from reading Brian Klug’s absolutely perfect review of the HTC One. Calling it a review would actually do it a disservice. He goes through just about every tiny little thing that makes the device special.
Google is going to hold their annual I/O event next month where it’s widely believed they’ll unveil the next version of Android, a successor to the Nexus 7, and an updated Google Play Store.
Several months ago, there were rumors floating around the internets that said HTC was working on two Android devices, the M4 and the M7. The M7 obviously became the One, so whatever happened to the M4? According to @LlabTooFeR, a well respected HTC ROM developer, the HTC M4 is essentially going to be the Facebook Phone, but without Facebook Home installed by default.
According to the Taiwanese supply chain and rumor website website DigiTimes, Samsung is in a bind. They’re the world’s largest producer of memory chips, but apparently they’re not making enough memory chips for mobile devices. DigiTimes says GS4 demand is “larger than expected”, and that’s forcing Samsung to rush to devote more resources to manufacture mobile DRAM. That’s causing the price of computer RAM to go up.
There are rumors floating around the internets that say Samsung is going to introduce a new portfolio of products called “Mega”. The first two devices in this family will be the Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3; the numbers correspond to screen size.
Samsung’s Galaxy Win started out as a rumor in Vietnam, then the official product page went up on Samsung’s Chinese website, and now a press release has just been published. The specs of the Win, in case you don’t know them already: 4.7 inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) display, 5 megapixel camera, 8 GB of storage, quad core 1.2 GHz processor, 2,000 mAh battery.