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.
HTC was the first company that I’m aware of to ship a smartphone with a 5 inch 1080p screen. That device was called the Butterfly. The thing about the Butterfly is that it used LCD technology. If you value accurate color reproduction, then LCD is great, but Samsung sings a different tune. Their AMOLD technology, which is known for screwing with color saturation levels in order to make images “pop”, is preferred by millions of people.
ASUS, the company that gamers have known forever, but consumers are finally becoming familiar with thanks to the Nexus 7, has just revealed some shipment figures that are quite interesting. According to DigiTimes, ASUS shipped 3 million tablets during the first three months of 2013. They say the company has a goal of shipping 12 million tablets this year.
Legal proceedings are incredibly boring and almost always have zero impact on consumers, which I why I don’t plan on covering them on Android Beat, but this one is special. According to The Verge, who cites an article in The New York Times, a group of companies that includes Microsoft and Nokia have filed an antitrust complaint against Google in the European Union.
Google has an instant message service called Google Talk that’s incredibly basic. It works like the same IM services you used to use back in the 90s, by that I mean you need a username and password to get the thing to work.
Huawei is a Chinese network infrastructure vendor that once made cheap phones for operators, but then they decided to pull an HTC and promote their own brand. The company has had a lot of success, no one is denying that, but they’re not growing as fast as they’d like.