Samsung profits sore thanks to smartphone sales

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Things continue to look pretty good for Samsung. They haven’t officially reported their 2nd quarter results yet, but they are estimating that profits will hit 6.7 trillion Won ($5.9 billion), which is a 79% increase over a year ago. As far as sales goes, they’re estimating it to be 47 trillion Won ($41.4 billion), which is actually below analysts expectations of 50 trillion Won.

Samsung probably sold 50 million smartphones for the quarter, but analyst estimates were expecting 53.4 million units. The drop isn’t the lack of success of the Galaxy S III. It’s because there were lower-than-expected sales of the lower end phones in emerging markets and competition from Huawei and ZTE. As far as the Galaxy S III goes, they probably moved 7 million units in the quarter, which is good, but they actually could have moved more if it weren’t for a shortage of components. This shortage is only temporary and they expect to move 19 million units during the current quarter.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to be unveiled at IFA 2012

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Last year Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note at the IFA Conference in Berlin, and in the “no shocker” rumor of the day, Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Note 2 during this year’s conference. We’re hearing it will have a 5.5-inch display (5.3 for the original), but the device itself probably won’t be any bigger than the original as they will make it up with less bezel. I also think it’s safe to assume it will sport an Exynos quad-core processor and will probably resemble the “made for humans” design of the Galaxy S III. The conference will take place at the end of August so there’s plenty of time for you guys to send us some fake renders!! Of course the image above from GSM Arena might just hit the mark.

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How to bypass T-Mobile’s anti-tethering policy

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T-Mobile instituted a hotspot plan in 2010, but many users were never charged because of technical limitations with the software. Recently T-Mo has been blocking users, after receiving Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades, and redirecting them to a sales page telling them that they can purchase the feature for an additional $14.95 per month. If you’re a T-Mobile user and experiencing this, you can bypass it, and it’s not too difficult.

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Apple sued in China for patent infringement involving Siri [Video]

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We don’t normally report what’s going on in the world of Apple, but since they have been a thorn in everyone’s side with patent lawsuits, we though you might find this interesting. Apple has been sued in China, but not by Samsung, Motorola, HTC, or another Android manufacturer. Zhizhen Network Technology is the culprit and they say that Apple’s Siri voice assistant infringes on their Xiaoi voice assistant.

The patent in question is ZL200410053749.9 and it relates to a “type of instant messaging chat bot system,” which happens to be called Xiaoi Bot. The Xiaoi patent was applied for by Zhizhen back in 2004 and was granted in 2006. What really has Zhizhen ticked off the most is the way Apple marketed Siri on their Chinese website. They said, “It (siri) can understand what you say and what you’re asking for, and it can find the answer that you are looking for on the web”. It’s no longer on the website.

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GSM Galaxy Nexus gets pre-rooted and deodexed Jelly Bean

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Last week Jelly Bean was ripped for the GSM Galaxy Nexus, but this week brings us a pre-rooted and deodexed version thanks to XDA member bigxie. Since the system apps and framework are deodexed, it means modding and theming will be easier, plus the superuser app comes from ChainsDD. Also, the ROM comes packaged with Busybox for increased root-enabled functionality. If works for any version of the GSM Galaxy Nexus (yakju, takju, etc), so hit the source link for more information.

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DROID Incredible 4G LTE unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

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I’m calling it the phone that could’ve been. The DROID Incredible 4G LTE is the third version of the Incredible series, but for whatever reason Verizon didn’t want to make this a flagship DROID device. Sprint, on the other hand, knew that the third installment of the EVO line needed to be a major player, and that’s why they chose the HTC One X as the basis. Verizon took a different approach and went with the HTC One S as the basis, but left out the ImageSense camera chip. On the flip side, they did allow for a removable battery and an available microSD slot for expanded storage. This phone isn’t part of the One Series, and it doesn’t feel like anything close with it’s 11.7mm thick frame, as opposed to 7.8mm for the One S and 8.9mm for the One X.

The specs are similar to the One S and include a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 8GB of storage, microSD slot for an additional 32GB of storage, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G LTE, Android 4.0.3, and Sense 4.0. The price is $149, which is competitive for Verizon Wireless, but one has to wonder if spending $50 more and getting the Samsung Galaxy S III would be the wiser choice.

Look for our full review soon, but for now check out our initial hands on after the break.

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Nexus Q gets a teardown compliments of iFixit, This isn’t your parent’s Magic 8 Ball

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The King of teardowns, iFixit got their hands on the Nexus Q. This has to be the most intriguing device that Google has ever created. It’s certainly high quality, but the price is steep. Of course everyone is talking about the fact that it’s made in the USA. It might look like the Magic 8 Ball, and it might even act like one if you do the right thing, but trust me, it isn’t.

As iFixit always does, they give us plenty of pictures and explanations through all 24 steps. Just hit the source link for all the details.

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Motorola Atrix HD landing page reveals full specs

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We’ve been hearing about the Motorola Atrix HD for some time now. It was actually almost a full year ago when we first  reported about the Dinara and it’s HD display. It’s finally a reality as it will now be known as the Atrix HD (MB886) and will debut on AT&T soon. As one might expect, it has Motorola’s signature Kevlar coating, and it’s very thin, at 8.4mm. This will also be Motorola’s first device to feature on screen buttons for the full Ice Cream Sandwich experience.

The big question is the battery. It’s going to sport 1780 mAh’s, which is quite surprising since I thought it would come with the same 3300 mAh battery that’s in the DROID RAZR MAXX. I’m not sure why they aren’t doing the same with the Atrix HD, especially since there isn’t another manufacturer that has been able to come close to that spec. Maybe they made a side deal with Verizon for all we know. Anyways, hit the break for the full spec list.

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Apple denied emergency ban on HTC phone imports

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Remember when the HTC EVO 4G LTE launch was delayed because it was held up at customs thanks to Apple? It wasn’t just the EVO 4G LTE with issues as Apple claims other phones, including the One X, infringed on a patent order issued in December. After a short delay, the phones were accepted in the U.S., but as expected Apple is fighting back. Apparently they made an emergency request to have HTC phones denied at the U.S. border. Thankfully the U.S. International Trade Commission denied that request.

The patent in question was related to a pop up that appears when clicking on certain links. For example, if you click on an email address, a pop up would appear letting you choose if you want to send it via Gmail, the stock Email application, or some other email application you might have installed on your device. Back in December it was found that HTC violated this infringement and was issued an order to fix it. The interesting thing is they did fix it as you can see in our previous post. Apple is still not pleased and continues to try to block sales of HTC products here in the U.S.

I seriously don’t get it. Why does Apple continue to stoop to these levels? Eventually the mainstream press has to start looking at Apple in a more negative light.

source: businessweek