The holiday season is just about here folks and that means many retailers and services will be vying for your business by trying to entice customers with some sweet deals or promotions, and TalkTalk is no different with its latest promotion out in the UK. It has announced that from Tuesday, November 20th, it will give away a free Nexus 7 tablet when customers purchase select devices and sign up for a smartphone plan. While we’re sure to see other promotions from other retailers in the coming days, we suspect many customers will get out and sign up as soon as the promotion is live because hey— who doesn’t want a free Nexus 7 tablet with their smartphone?
source: Android Central
In news that may not come as a surprise to too many folks, Samsung has announced that its next-gen memory chip, the 64GB eMMC Pro Class 2000, is already in production. As we know, this technology is among the fastest moving in the world, so chips becoming smaller, faster, and running cooler is no huge surprise, but the speed at which they evolve is mind-boggling.
These little 10nm fellas rock a 20 percent smaller physical footprint, and Samsung claims 30 percent advantages in both performance and manufacturing productivity compared to their last generation chip. The chips will have a write speed of 2,000 IOPS (input/output per second) and a read speed of 5,000 IOPS. That’s a 33% increase in write speed and a 42% increase in read speed compared with the previous generation. Seeing as these chips are already in production, they’ll be coming soon to a device near you. Hit the break for the full press release.
Are you on AT&T, but fancy owning a mid-level smartphone instead of say a Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II? Well great you’re in luck as it appears Ma Bell has a modest Pantech device on the way called Magnus. Thanks to notorious leaker evleaks, we have a clear image of the device— also known as Batsu or model number P9090— operating on what looks to be a
needlessly customized version of at least Ice Cream Sandwich at the very least. In addition to the on-screen display with the trademark 3 soft keys, the device seems to have a small likeness to the Pantech Flex smartphone, though the display on the Magnus seems to be a smidge bigger and is highlighted by the usual AT&T tramp stamp. Additional details like the processor speed, RAM and storage size are not available at the moment, but now that the cat’s been let out the bag, we suspect we’ll get more details about this puppy sooner than later.
source: evleaks Twitter
Samsung’s highly popular Galaxy S III handset is not only popular with consumers, it is increasingly popular with carriers who want to offer a high end device for use on 4G LTE networks. The latest carrier to offer the Galaxy S III is Cricket, which announced it will be available starting on Black Friday, November 23rd, for $549.99 with no contract. Buyers can opt for a data plan for as little as $50 per month for 2GB of data.
In conjunction with the announcement of the Galaxy S III joining their device portfolio, Cricket also released a list of additional locations with 4G LTE service. The new markets include Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen market, Texas. These join the existing 4G LTE service areas of Las Vegas and Tucson.
If you are interested in getting a Galaxy S III on Cricket, visit one of their retail stores or www.mycricket.com for updates on availability.
source: Cricket Communications, Inc.
In what appears to be a regular HTC One S in one photo is in fact a white 64GB One S beast rocking Android 4.1 out of the box that we mentioned last month. It looks like Taiwan is the lucky country to land this beast, at least initially. Along with 4.1 out of the box, this device also rocks the latest version of HTC Sense (4+). Not to mention that mammoth storage weighing in at a hefty 64GB. All other vitals are the same as the One S we know and love as far as RAM, processor, and display. No word on any other countries landing this bad-boy. Pricing will come in at 17,900 Taiwan dollars, or about $616 or €485.
source: Unwired View
We recently covered HTC’s licensing agreement with Apple to end their patent dispute and even speculated that it may become a blueprint for other OEMs to reach a settlement with Apple. Samsung Mobile Boss JK Shin would like to take the time to shoot down that rumor before it gets too much weight behind it. Shin told reporters “it may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won ($276 million) to Apple, but we don’t intend to (negotiate) at all.” Not exactly a warm response, but we’ve already seen that Samsung is willing to play hardball with Apple, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Samsung and Apple have been locked in legal battles all over the world in the past year, and judging from these comments, I think that’s going to continue, unfortunately. I guess Samsung sees itself as big enough and with enough marketshare and cash to keep doing the legal dance with Apple. Not great for consumers, but at least Samsung has enough faith in their products not to back down.
source: Yonhap News
It’s that time of the year kids as Gartner has announced the latest smartphone trends for Q3 2012. Coming as no surprise, both Apple and Samsung led all smartphone brands by controlling 46.5% of the overall smartphone market this quarter, despite the fact overall smartphone sales totaled close to 428 million units, a 3.1% decline from Q3 2011. Despite the minor decline, Gartner is quick to point out Samsung impressive sales’ totals: accounting for nearly 98 million units for Q3 2012 and up 18.7% from Q3 2011. Moreover, Gartner points out the collective growth of Android as a whole by highlighting there were 122 million units sold across all Android manufacturers for Q3 2012, bringing its overall market share to 72.4% and is up 52.5% from Q3 2011.
While the numbers are favorable for Android as a whole, it will be curious to see how well it bodes in Q4 when we see how Apple’s iPhone 5 impacts the smartphone market and all.
After months of constant backtracking on software updates, Motorola has finally revealed its highly anticipated $100 trade-up program. There’s only one slight problem–it’s garbage.
Owners of Motorola devices not slated to receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean need only apply. This means if you’ve got a Droid 3, Droid X2, Admiral, Atrix 2, Atrix 4G, Cliq2, Electrify, Photon 4G,XPRT, Titanium, or Triumph you’re eligible to receive $100 towards the purchase of a new Motorola smartphone. Unfortunately, this “cash” will come in the form of a rebate card rather than an up-front discount.
For example, if you choose to go with a new Motorola device on Big Red you can take your old device into a carrier store and you will be presented with a $100 Verizon gift card which you can then use to pay your bill or purchase accessories. Due to Motorola’s close partnership with Verizon, the process of getting a phone on any other carrier is a complete hassle. Say you opt for the Atrix HD on AT&T. You will have to purchase the phone outright and then send your receipt, along with your old phone, into Motorola. Within 6 weeks you can expect a $100 Visa gift card to arrive in your mailbox.
Sure, Motorola is trying to rectify things with its disgruntled user base, and we applaud them for that. But seriously, every eligible phone on the list is worth more than $100 if you were to sell it on Craigslist or eBay, and cold hard cash is a lot more useful than any sort of silly gift card.
Samsung seems to be taking over the world (or galaxy?) with yet another smartphone set to be released, this time on US Cellular. The phone leaked by @evleaks is reportedly called the Galaxy Axiom, which is basically a renamed variant of the Galaxy S III Mini, sporting the same 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a measly 4 gigabytes of onboard storage. This phone will take advantage of US Cellular’s growing LTE network and will run Android 4.0 with Samsung’s Nature UX skin on top (you aren’t surprised are you?). As for cameras, it will have a 5 megapixel shooter on the back with a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera for some fairly decent video-chatting capabilities. All in all, not a bad little offering from Samsung for US Cellular subscribers. If the price is right, this thing could be a hit!
Anyone out there interested in picking this little guy up?
Mobile tech giant, Samsung, has always been one to push the envelope when it comes to developing exciting new advancements in technology, but its latest plans just might alter the future of the modern smartphone as we know it. According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is now in the final phase of development for its new flexible display technology, with plans to use them in consumer products in the first half of 2013. Samsung has accomplished this amazing feat by opting for plastic over glass, which not only makes the displays flexible, but lighter and less likely to shatter. The new screens are said to use Samsung’s OLED Technology which it is currently using in its top tier devices such as the Galaxy S III.