The Verge just published a story that says HTC is going to drop their “Quietly Brilliant” tagline. I don’t really consider that to be news worthy, but then I clicked their source link, which pointed to an article in The Wall Street Journal. Here’s a quote that just assaulted my eyes:
“We have a lot of innovations but we haven’t been loud enough,” said Mr. Ho, a Singaporean who is HTC’s third marketing chief in less than two years.
Samsung, in a surprise to no one, announced earlier this month that the GS4 would come in two flavors. One would have a Qualcomm Snapdragon inside, while the other would have Samsung’s own Exynos chip. According to the Korean Electronic Times, apparently Samsung is having some issues making chips for the GS4. They say that 70% of the first 10 million GS4 units shipped will use a Qualcomm part.
While I’m personally not interested in the whole Android rooting, hacking, and custom ROM scene, I know a lot of you are, and the name Steve Kondik probably rings a few bells. He was the guy who started CyanogenMod, one of the most popular Android ROMs currently in existence. Steve famously left his baby to go work for Samsung in August 2011. While he’s yet to talk about what exactly he did for Samsung, he did just announce that he’s left the company on his Google+ page.
There’s one thing about the Galaxy S4 that doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s size.
The GS4 measures 136.6 mm tall by 69.8 mm wide. The GS3 on the other hand, it measures 136.6 mm tall by 70.6 mm wide. So despite the fact that the GS4’s screen is 0.2 inches larger than the screen in the GS3, it’s actually a smaller phone.
Another day, another rumor. This time it’s about Motorola’s first “real” phone. I say “real” because Motorola had several devices in development when Google snatched them up back in May 2012. We’re nearing in on the one year anniversary of the aquisition, which means we’re getting closer and closer to seeing the first “real” Motorola smartphone that has the Google touch.
Phone Arena, for as long as I’ve been reading them, has always been one of the first websites to get hardware in for review. How do they do it? I wish I knew, especially since they’re based in Bulgaria, which isn’t exactly known as a country that has early access to devices. With that in mind, here’s their nine minute video review of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. There’s also a four page written review on their website, but I feel that the video is more comprehensive.
The Verge makes the best videos on the internet. Period. It’s not even a contest. But who sits in second place? That’s a huge area of contention, but for me it’s an easy answer: Pocketnow. They’re not the biggest tech news site on the internet, but they damn well deserve more attention.
According to Mobile Magazine, Samsung plans to spend 20 million British pounds to to market the Galaxy S4 when it launches in the UK on April 26th. That translates to $30.5 million. Considering that the UK has a population of just over 62 million people, that’s the equivalent of Samsung giving every man, woman, and child enough money to buy a small bar of chocolate.
SamMobile, the Samsung fan site that has an above average track record when it comes to rumors, claims to have photos of Samsung’s as yet to be announced Galaxy S4 mini. Like the Galaxy S III mini, the Galaxy S4 mini simply looks like a shrunken down GS4. It’s said to have a 4.3 inch qHD display (960 by 540 pixels) and a dual core 1.6 GHz processor. Not much else is known.
HTC just issued a statement about the HTC One’s retail availability. It reads:
“The new HTC One will roll out in the U.K., Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait.”