Sony might not be the top Android vendor in terms of units sold, but they are winning in the number of phones department. I’m still trying to figure out when they will run out of letters. Entry-level phones have always been popular, but the specs were always meh. Things have changed since late last year as many entry-level to mid-range devices are now featuring compelling specs. Sony already offers entry-level phones such as the Xperia E, but they are looking to step it up a notch. Rumor is they are working on an entry-level device that will have a 5-inch display. Word is that it will be powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor as well. Sounds compelling, but don’t expect to see this one until Q3 at the earliest.
Normally I wouldn’t review a card game app because there are so many out there, but since Concrete Software is one of our favorite developers, I wanted to check it out. Now the closest thing I have played to Gin Rummy was Rummykub, which was many many moons ago. So forgetting the app itself, I had to learn how to play the game. Thankfully Concrete Software included a really nice tutorial with all the rules. At first it seemed complicated, but after one match, I wasn’t a pro, but I was well on my way to understanding how to play.
I won’t get into the rules itself, but what’s cool about Gin Rummy is the games are fairly quick. A match may consist of many games, but the games only last a few minutes. The app automatically sorts your cards and creates your melds, which makes it move really quick. Best of all is that if you need to stop playing for whatever reason, you can simply pick up where you left off.
You might say that things are going well for Samsung, and that would be an understatement. They are the top dogs in Android smartphone sales, and thanks to tremendous marketing, you won’t find too many people that never heard of a “Galaxy” smartphone. Although demand is generally lower during Q1, Hong Kong market researcher Counterpoint Research thinks Samsung will break another record when it comes to smartphone sales. They think Samsung will move 70 million smartphones during the quarter, which isn’t too shabby. Counterpoint says that Samsung had a 35% market share after February (2 months), which is 3% higher than Q4 2012′s 32%. For those of you that like to follow Apple, they didn’t do too bad either as they came in a 21% for February (2 months), which is up 4% from Q4 2012′s 17%.
Someone please tell me when Sony will run out of letters? We can now throw the Xperia A and Xperia UL into the mix. Both are headed to Japan this summer. The Xperia A is headed to NTT DoCoMo and is codenamed ‘Dogo’ with a model number of SO-04E. It will sport a 4.6-inch HD display (not sure if it will be 720p or 1080p), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2,300mAh battery. It’s also said to be water/dust resistant and will come with mobile wallet, One Seg and an IR blaster.
The Xperia UL is headed to KDDI and is codenamed “Gaga’ with a model number of SOL22. It will have a design that is similar to the Xperia ZL and it will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a removable 2,300mAh battery. Just like the Xperia A, it will be water/dust resistant and come with mobile wallet, One Seg, and an IR blaster.
Yes I know, an Amazon phone has been rumored for what seems like an eternity, but the latest rumor is they will go into mass production during the later part of the 2nd quarter. As far as specs go, it’s rumored that it will come with a 4.7-inch display. Apparently they were initially going to go with a 4.3-inch display, but they went bigger since that’s what everybody (other than Apple fanboys) seems to want these days. The rest of the specs aren’t confirmed and supposedly Amazon is still “enhancing other specifications”, which could be the reason for the delays we reported about a couple of weeks ago. This one should be interesting so stay tuned.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will launch towards the end of next month, but you don’t have to wait that long to enjoy Samsung’s newest wallpaper creations that will debut with the phone. There are seven in all, and they continue the Nature UX theme that started with the Galaxy S III. We have the full high resolution versions (1920 x 1920), so hit the break to grab them while they are hot.
The HTC Butterfly (aka J Butterfly and DROID DNA) is an incredible phone and it looks like HTC wants to build upon it. Focus Taiwan is reporting that they are working on a successor, and it will be marketed under the Butterfly name. Apparently HTC wants to capitalize on the growing consumer interest for larger screens, but the original Butterfly is only .30 inches larger than the HTC One.
Nothing was mentioned on what the next generation Butterfly display size will be, but I can only assume it will be a little larger for better differentiation. What surprises me is that they would go with the “Butterfly” name again. Wouldn’t it make more sense for the name to have “HTC One” in it? It’s okay to have a second major phone that’s larger (like Galaxy Note and Galaxy S), but the naming scheme should be unified. Let’s hope they will call it the HTC One Butterfly. I’m not sure if I love the name, but at least it keeps the brand unified.
It also raises the question on if this updated Butterfly will be the DLXPLUS for Verizon that we reported on a couple of weeks ago?
source: Focus Taiwan
Up until now, the majority of lockscreen security issues regarded Samsung phones, but it seems as though the Sony Xperia Z is suffering from something similar. With a few simple steps, you can bypass the lockscreen on any Xperia Z and get full access to the phone. From what I saw at CES, the Xperia Z is a really nice phone, but this is now the second major issue. Many users have reported their Xperia Z would suddenly die with no way to turn it back on. Sony did issue and update for European owners for that last week, but it looks like Sony software engineers will be hard at work again for another update to rectify this situation. Hit the break for the step by step video tutorial of how anyone can bypass the Xperia Z lockscreen.