Videos: Two hands-on demos of Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3

Videos: Two hands-on demos of Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3

Samsung announced a 6.3 inch 720p smartphone last week called the Galaxy Mega. You’re probably thinking that’s the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard of, right? Not so according to Engadget, who had a chance to play with the Mega 6.3 at the company’s London “Galaxy S4 World Tour”. They found the device surprisingly comfortable to hold, which is just about the last thing I would expect them to say.

Android activations now at 1.5 million a day, that’s a billion devices every 22 months

Android activations now at 1.5 million a day, that’s a billion devices every 22 months

Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO, now Chairman, was interviewed yesterday in New York at the AllThingsD Dive Into Mobile conference. He talked a lot about Android and the mobile industry in general, but it’s the new data points he dropped that are most interesting.

Leak: Here’s the HTC 606w, the Facebook Phone minus Facebook and with a dash of UltraPixel

Leak: Here’s the HTC 606w, the Facebook Phone minus Facebook and with a dash of UltraPixel

The HTC First, better known as the Facebook Phone, is a fantastic mid-range device. It has a 4.3 inch 720p screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and 1 GB of RAM. It’s easy enough to uninstall Facebook Home too, which leaves you with a stock Android phone, but what if you want to buy the First and you don’t live in a country where it’s being sold?

Does this squared off piece of plastic represent the future of Samsung’s designs?

Does this squared off piece of plastic represent the future of Samsung’s designs?

The picture you’re looking at above was tweeted roughly 12 hours ago by @evleaks. He (or she) is the anonymous Twitter user that has consistently proven to be one of the most accurate sources of leaked information. The picture was published with text that reads: “Upcoming Samsung design language?”

Samsung Galaxy Ace III spotted in GLBenchmark, when will it get announced?

Samsung Galaxy Ace III spotted in GLBenchmark, when will it get announced?

Samsung’s Galaxy portfolio is never “big enough”, and I’m expecting the company to announce a successor to the hugely popular Ace II (pictured above) at some point this year. The device, which I assume will be called the Ace III, was just spotted by The Droid Guy in the GLBenchmark database. At least that’s what he thinks. All that exists right now is a model number: GT-S7272.

The European Samsung Galaxy S4 is going to be stuffed full of third party apps

The European Samsung Galaxy S4 is going to be stuffed full of third party apps

What’s the first thing you do when you get a new smartphone? You spend countless numbers of hours trying to find apps for it. Whether you keep on visiting the Play Store (or App Store) one or two months after first setting up your phone is another question altogether.

The company that makes the iPhone for Apple is now paying Microsoft to make Android phones

The company that makes the iPhone for Apple is now paying Microsoft to make Android phones

Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, is the Taiwanese company that makes the iPhone for Apple. But they’re also a company that makes smartphones for other handset makers. According to a report from Reuters, Foxconn has entered into an agreement with Microsoft for patents that cover Android and devices running Chrome OS.

LG to hold an event in New York City on May 1st, likely to show off the Optimus G Pro

LG to hold an event in New York City on May 1st, likely to show off the Optimus G Pro

LG has just sent out invitations to various media outlets for an event in New York City due to take place on the first of May. The title of the invite reads “Share the Genius”, with a subhead that says “Capture the Spotlight in True Brilliance”.

Motorola’s Design Chief confirms the first pure Motorola Google phones will come this year

Motorola’s Design Chief confirms the first pure Motorola Google phones will come this year

Sascha Segan, arguably the internet’s most vocal critic against today’s race to create the largest smartphones capable of fitting into a normal sized pocket, has scored an exclusive interview with Jim Wicks, Motorola’s Design Chief. I recommend you read Segan’s entire article for all the nitty gritty details, but here are the two main points that stand out.

Andy Rubin: “The exact same operating system we built for cameras, that became Android.”

Andy Rubin: “The exact same operating system we built for cameras, that became Android.”

Andy Rubin, the man that most people associate with Android, recently revealed that the mobile operating system started out as a platform for smart cameras back in 2005. The comment, made at the Japan New Economy Summit, was part of a longer presentation on the origins of Android and where it might be heading. For those of you who haven’t heard, Andy is no longer in charge of the OS he gave birth to. That job now belongs to Sundar Pichai, the guy responsible for Chrome.