A new report out of Korea says that Samsung has lowered their smartphone sales projections for 2014 from 360 to 330 million units. In doing so, Samsung hopes to focus on smartphone accessories and peripherals next year. The reason for shifting its focus and lowering sales projections is because the smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded. But by no means is Samsung worried. Selling 330 million units is certainly a great goal to have. This new focus will likely start with the release of the Galaxy Gear‘s successor when it is rumored to launch beside the Galaxy S 5. This could also mean that the S Pen’s functionality will be expanded with the release of the next Note device. Only time will tell to see how Samsung innovates in 2014.
Samsung has moved 10 million Galaxy Note 3 phones in just 2 months, which is way ahead of the four months it took for the Galaxy Note II to achieve the same total. Looking back at the original Galaxy Note, it took 9 months.
To celebrate, Samsung created an infographic of all their phones that are part of the “10 Million Seller Club.” The oldest phone is from 2002, the SGH-T100, which was a flip phone. Samsung will of course be adding to this list next year. Hit the break for the full infographic.
Verizon has started rolling out an update for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices on their network, bringing users some fixes for different issues along with some new apps. The new apps include a MyInfoZone widget, VMWare, Verizon Support & Protection (VSP) v.2.0.0, and Verizon Cloud. As far as issues, Verizon says they have addressed the following items: » Read the rest
Samsung continues to spend big bucks in their market efforts, and their latest offering is based on the #DesignYourLife hashtag. They feature Robin Thicke promoting the Galaxy Note 3 with some hot ladies. In episode one, Robin meets the girls while stopped at a traffic light and in the second episode, he shows off his communication skills while using multi window on the Galaxy Note 3. I can only assume that we will be treated to more episodes soon. Hit the break for the first two.
In a new set of advertisements, Samsung is telling you why buying a Galaxy device, particularly the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, is the “smart move.” Three videos take us through the lives of two Galaxy owners as they show us how they handle a day’s tasks with their Samsung device. In the first video, the 5.7-inch 1080 screen and faux leather backing are highlighted. The second video focuses on the Gear’s ease of use in real-life situations and compatibility with a Samsung device. The third is all about the multitasking and productivity of the Note 3 with its Air Command feature activated by the S Pen. Samsung wants to show that their devices can handle whatever your lives can throw at it.
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While the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has quite a few different color variations, the Note 3 was launched primarily in just black and white (with a hard-to-find pink variant out there as well). In January however, Samsung’s flagship phablet will be available in red and White Gold, according to SamMobile’s insider sources. The red version will launch in the first week of January, while the White Gold version will follow two weeks later.
Availability will be worldwide, but some retailers and carriers might get an exclusive claim on the new colors for a particular period of time. If you’re looking for a Note 3 for the holidays, just remember that you might want to wait a few weeks and grab a snazzy red or White Gold version instead of black or white.
Pantech is rumored to be working on another phone in their Vega lineup with a 5-inch screen and a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint recognition thing seems to be the hot new feature on smartphones, since we’re seeing it on many new flagship phones and even Pantech’s Vega Secret Note. There’s not much else known about the device, except that it will likely have a full HD screen (also a standard for smartphones now) and we’re expecting a December release. I’m sure we’ll hear more about it as we get closer to the launch date.
What do you guys think about fingerprint scanners? Are you happy that it seems like it’s becoming a standard feature, or does it seem gimmicky to you?
via: Unwired View
Although not as successful as they had hoped, the HTC One was highly regarded by the tech community, including myself. HTC had a clear winner in terms of design so they figured they would build upon that by “enlarging” the phone into a phablet since the demand continues to grow for phones that are large and in charge. The HTC One Max looks just like the One, only much bigger. HTC wasn’t able to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S 4 in the 5-inch category so will they be able to compete with the Galaxy Note 3 in the phablet category? HTC is hoping a few extras like a fingerprint scanner and a microSD slot will entice you, but is it enough and does the greatness of the HTC One translate to a much larger version? Hit the break to find out.
Huawei’s Ascend P6S isn’t their only device that has leaked. Today, the Ascend Mate 2 has posed for some photos and we have information on the specifications for the handset. This phablet’s screen comes in at 6.1-inches. But we now know that it will be a 1080p IPS display. The Mate 2 will have a 1.6Ghz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor with 2GB of RAM and Mali-450 GPU. Like the Ascend P6S, this handset will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI, but a software update could allow it to ship with Android 4.4 KitKat at launch. Right now we see 16GB variant as the only storage option. With both the Ascend P6S and Mate 2 seeing massive leaks as of late, we can expect to see them both formally unveiled fairly soon.
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Here’s some good news if you own Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. Android 4.4 KitKat should arrive in just under three months. According to a leaked schedule obtained by iTechAddict, Samsung plans to update those two flagships in January. They list the Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 2 to receive KitKat as well. Those two are scheduled to receive the update in March or April. Samsung is likely pegging their flagships for a January update due to HTC announcing its plans to have KitKat ready by then for the HTC One.