Samsung just announced that the Gear S will be available in the U.S. starting next week. What separates this smartwatch from others is the curved AMOLED display as well as its 3G cellular connectivity. You will be able to find it Best Buy, as well as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, And Verizon Wireless. Sprint and T-Mobile already reached out to let us know they will offer the device on November 7 and November 9 respectively.
Sprint will offer it for $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $16 ($384 excluding taxes). There is also a $10 monthly charge when adding it to the Sprint Family Share Pack. However, they will waive the fee if it’s added to any plan of 20 GB or more.
With the smartphone market shrinking, Samsung has been feeling the pinch. Profits for the 3rd quarter were the worst in three years (49% drop), and it can only continue to deteriorate unless drastic changes are made. Apple introduced iPhones with bigger displays, which was probably the biggest differentiating factor for the past couple of years. That, and the fact that cheaper phones were being launched in India and China, have made it difficult for the Korean tech giant.
During an earnings conference call, Samsung investor relations head Robert Yi said they were “not quick enough” to the changing market conditions. Now they seek more efficiency in their product portfolio, which can be translated to a lower number of handsets. Samsung has always offered more handsets than any company, but that needs to be changed immediately.
9 months ago, Google shocked the world by announcing they had sold Motorola to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. As per all deals like this, it takes time to pass through all the regulatory approvals, and today the deal is final. We can now officially refer to Motorola as a Lenovo company.
The plan is still to keep Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and their headquarters will remain in Chicago. Whether all 2,800 employees out of that headquarters are safe remains to be seen though. And if you remember, Google retained Motorola’s deep collection of patents.
Earlier today, an unannounced scaled-down variant of HTC’s latest budget-friendly smartphone, the Desire 816, passed through China’s official nationalized certification database, TENAA.
Xiaomi has been aggressively selling phones since the company was founded just three years ago, and according to the latest shipment metrics, they’ve finally got something to show for it. The company moved about 19 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2014, which officially makes them the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. That puts it above other large companies like Lenovo and LG.
Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet alongside the Note 3. This time around, though, the Note 4 was unveiled next to a few other devices, but no new Note tablet showed up. Since Samsung has a larger 12-inch Note tablet and the relatively new Galaxy Tab S lineup, it seemed possible that the 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 would be the last of its kind. According to some info on Samsung’s website, however, it looks like we may see another 10-inch Note tab sooner rather than later.
A new leak posted via Twitter user @upleaks claims HTC will abandon the M* naming system for flagship devices when their next iteration is released in 2015. After the HTC One M7 in 2013 and the HTC One M8 in 2014, it seemed likely HTC would go with the HTC One M9 for their next device. However, if this latest leak is accurate, the next flagship will use something else.
HTC recently released a new smartphone, the HTC Desire EYE, which abandoned a familiar naming scheme for Desire devices. They had previously used a numbering system, like HTC Desire 820 or HTC Desire 610. If HTC decides to abandon the M* convention, it would not be inconsistent with this latest marketing move.
Do you think HTC should stick with their current naming scheme or would a change be welcome? If you could suggest a name to HTC for their flagship line of devices, what would it be?
The Chinese market favors competitively priced, high-quality smartphones, and for that reason Samsung has been losing ground for a long time. The Korean tech giant is hoping that changes with the launch of the A series (Galaxy A3, A5 and A7), mid-range devices with premium build quality that are rumored to be priced around 500,00 Won ($475).
After yesterday’s DROID Turbo unveiling, many people felt left out in the cold since it’s not only exclusive to the U.S. but it’s also on one carrier, Verizon Wireless. Have no fear because it looks like Motorola will release a variant of the phone for the global market.
Turns out Motorola is sending invites for an event in Brazil on November 5. Taking a look at the back of the phone in the invite, it looks just like the same ballistic nylon that the DROID Turbo sports.
Well it looks like the G series for LG is starting to pay off. The company just announced that their operating profit doubled during the third quarter. Looking at the mobile division, LG shipped a record-breaking 16.8 million smartphones during the quarter and enjoyed their best operating income (KRW 167.4 billion) since 2009.
That’s now two consecutive profitable quarters, and LG expects even better numbers even though the smartphone market might be saturated.
These numbers are no doubt from the success of the G3. We reviewed it and think it’s a strong candidate for the smartphone of the year.
You can see the full presser after the break.