You may recall that on the night of Samsung’s Unpacked event when they revealed their new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, HTC decided to try some new, more aggressive tactics in their battle for market share. It appears the fun did not stop there as some new tweets have surfaced and then disappeared, but not before folks could grab some screenshots.
Although smartwatches haven’t caught on yet, we are about to see a major push from all the major manufacturers. We already know Samsung, Google, and Apple will come out with their own smartwatch in the near future. LG is the next manufacturer to jump into the ring as a source familiar with the matter told the Korea Times. It was also revealed that they are working on something similar to Google Glass
“It is one major part of many currently non-commercialized products under development by LG Electronics,” said the source. “The company has spared no efforts to invest in products that it believes are must-haves to stay ahead technology wise in the market, whatever the situation maybe.”
Recent reports have indicated tensions could exist between Google and Samsung, but were downplayed by Google CFO and Senior Vice President Patrick Pichette as well as Samsung Mobile Chief JK Shin. Although their working relationship is probably amicable, I have to believe that there is a little uneasiness at Google. Consumers continue to buy Samsung Galaxy branded phones in droves. So much so that 40% of all Android phones sold are Samsung branded. In fact, Samsung has sold 200 million more phones than the next Android manufacturer.
On one hand, Google should be delighted in what Samsung has accomplished. Android is now a dominating mobile OS, and a big thanks has to go to Samsung for being a big part of that. On the other hand, it’s never a good idea for one entity to have such a large piece of the pie. Companies with too much power can dictate and give less choice to consumers. If Google had their choice, every manufacturer would be equally as successful, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way in the real world.
If you are looking for a high-end Samsung Galaxy Tab device, you may not need to wait too long. The gang at SamMobile reports that Samsung is diligently working on a specialized tablet to compete against the likes of the iPad and Sony’s Xperia Z tablet. I know you’re all thinking wait a minute— Samsung’s existing tablets are already established competitors to the iPad and Xperia Z tablet, right? Well, there’s one thing that the Xperia Z and iPad has the existing Galaxy Tabs don’t: a superior display. Knowing this, Samsung will incorporate a full Super AMOLED FULL HD Display which would rival other brands’ offerings. Moreover— the displays are rumored to come in at 10.1 or 11.6-inches. Complimenting the HD display will be the new Exynos 5 chip running the show.
Considering Samsung already has its fingerprints over a certain tablet with an awesome display that is currently unrivaled by the competiton, it’s pretty safe to say that its new line of premium tablets are going to be amazing. Well— if that’s true that is…
Huawei definitely looks to be making some noise in 2013 by blanketing the market with high-end and budget level phones. The latest leak today is of the Huawei Ascend G700, which has fairly similar specs and a model number to the Ascend G710, which was a leaked, 5-inch budget level device. The G700 will also reportedly sport a 5-inch, 720p display, as well as 2 GB of RAM and a MediaTek quad-core processor. Best of all, it’s slated to come in at just under $300. The big difference between the G700 and G710 appears to be the design, so Huawei may release the two to really try to grab up the entry level market. There’s also the possibility that only one device may see the light of day. It’s anybody’s guess at this point.
Unfortunately, the device is only coming to Chinese shores at first, but maybe if it sells well enough, we’ll see it come to other countries? It’d be great to see more quality, budget unlocked phones in the US.
Huawei and MetroPCS announced today the addition of the Huawei Premia 4G to MetroPCS’s portfolio of 4G LTE devices. The Premia 4G is a 4-inch device equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5 MP camera. The device will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. MetroPCS will include their joyn by MetroPCS app on the devices to give customers the ability to make video calls or take advantage of WiFi calling.
MetroPCS is making the Premia 4G available for $149 with no contract. Check out more images and the full press release after the break.
LG mentioned that the Optimus G Pro would be available in North America in the 2nd quarter of this year. It looks like we are one step closer to this promise being fulfilled as an LG phone with the model E980 stopped by the FCC for a little visit. Considering the Optimus G is the E970, I think it’s a lock that AT&T will be bringing this beast to it’s network soon. As a reminder, this phone sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display along with a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU. We will let you know more as soon as we hear it.
One of the more innovative features of Sense 5 is BlinkFeed, which aggregates all of your social media and general news content into one gorgeous tiled interface. In their latest promo video, HTC highlights BlinkFeed in a pretty unique way. The video begins showing a young woman on a train alone with her HTC One. Upon using BlinkFeed, the images on her BlinkFeed come to life, reading aloud her status updates from her social networks as well as various news stories she has added to it. Check out the video after the break.
Since Samsung announced their new Galaxy S 4 last week, with a release date scheduled for April 26th around the globe, many people have been trying to figure out which model will be available for purchase in their location. SamMobile has started to compile a list to aid those trying to figure out their options. The Galaxy S 4 will come with one of two processors. The GT-I9505 model is slated to be equipped with a Snapdragon 600 quad-core cpu clocked at 1.9 Ghz while the GT-I9500 will come with an Exynos 5 Octa processor running eight cores at 1.6 Ghz. It appears one of the main determinants for which model will be available has to do with the availability of LTE service, which the Exynos chip does not support.
You can check out the list after the break.
With some analysts projecting Samsung’s new Galaxy S 4 will push the company back ahead of Apple in the worldwide smartphone market, the impact could be even more far-reaching according to IHS Research. In the broader cell phone market, Samsung is already number 1 in global shipments, leading second place Nokia by 5 percentage points. IHS Research is projecting Samsung’s lead should expand to 11 percentage points by the end of 2013.
IHS Research did not project actual market share for 2013. However, two factors are expected to increase Samsung’s lead and likely increase their share from the 29% they currently lay claim to. The first, most obvious item will be the Galaxy S 4 which is already generating massive interest. Samsung uses a strategy of making devices ready for “a massive worldwide rollout through almost every operator” to help get their devices into the hand of as many people as possible notes IHS Research analyst Ian Fogg. The second issue will be Nokia’s continued fade and inability to break into the smartphone market. Even if third place Apple were to experience significant growth, they are still far behind at only 10% of the worldwide market.