I have to admit, I am a little surprised by this news. Love or hate Apple products, their fans go crazy when a new iPhone or iPad launches. However, it doesn’t seem like they go as crazy as I thought they did.
iQmetrix specializes in retail management software for the wireless industry, so they have a good handle on the data from retail channels. According to them, during the launch weekend of April 11-13, the Galaxy S 5 snagged 25% and 18% of the smartphone market share in the USA and Canada respectively. One the other hand, the iPhone 5S was only able to snag 18% and 13% in the USA and Canada respectively for its launch weekend of September 20-22.
We have the full infographic after the break, which shows more info such as the breakdown by region and the sales performance for both companies leading up to their launches.
OnePlus didn’t show off their StyleSwap back covers during yesterday’s big announcement, but we have a few really nice shots of the bamboo and wooden versions. Just like the Moto G, these covers easily swap out to give your phone a completely different look. They will offer wood, bamboo, denim, and Kevlar.
We have no idea how much OnePlus will be asking for these covers, but expect them to be under $25, which is what Motorola gets for their custom wooden back covers for the Moto X.
Hit the break for two more pics.
Android might dominate the mobile market share in terms of devices sold, but when it comes to mobile ad traffic and ad revenue, it has always lagged.
As reported by Opera Mediaworks, Android showed 42.8% of mobile ad impressions as compared to 38.2% for iOS devices during the first quarter 2014. However, Android still lags in ad revenue as iOS achieved 52% vs Android’s 33.5%. The good news is that Android did show a significant jump over the first quarter of 2013, which was 27%. Although this data is worldwide, the U.S. represents 50.6% of global market ad traffic.
This one is a little tricky, so listen up. Motorola’s Moto X is getting a price drop through two different locations. The first is from Motorola’s very own store and it only applies to one model. The Moto X for Republic Wireless can be customized through Moto Maker and the total cost comes in at $349. Whether or not this is permanent, we will will have to wait and see.
The other option is with Amazon. You can get the GSM model of the Moto X for $349 as well. This means for $349, you can take it to any GSM carrier such as AT&T or T-Mobile.
Unfortunately, it does not seem as if Verizon or Sprint models are involved in any deals. But if you have an education email address, ending in “.edu,” Moto Maker has the Moto X available for $339. So there is a way to take advantage of some sort of Moto X deal regardless of your carrier.
Source: Amazon, Motorola
Samsung has released a new ad for its Gear Fit showing off what it does best; tracking your physical activity and helping you manage your social life. The video shows the heart rate monitor in action, the calorie tracker at work, and it even shows a DJ declining a call from his wrist. It follows Samsung’s advertising mentality that the Fit is a device that can improve anyone’s life, no matter what they do for fun.
It’s definitely a fun video, and if you want to watch it, you can check it out after the break. Read more
Here is a device that will make just about everyone scratch their head. A Samsung device with the model number SM-T2558 has received certification from TENAA in China, but it features a rather odd design. No, it is not a smartphone as the image above would suggest. The device your are looking at is a 7-inch tablet that looks very much like a smartphone. It does have TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA connectivity, so it actually could act as a smartphone, right?
Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. In true Samsung fashion, there is a microSD card slot to expand upon the 8GB of internal storage. On the back is an 8MP camera and the front camera has 2MP. And the weight of this device is light at just 245 grams. Right out of the box, it runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and not 4.4 KitKat.
A new report out of China indicates the low-price Google Nexus device we heard about will be powered by a 64-bit MediaTek processor. The earlier rumor had mentioned MediaTek may be partnering with Google to provide chips for the devices as their chips are generally much lower cost than those from a company like Qualcomm and their high end Snapdragon processors. It appears Google is targeting a $100 price point for this new device as a way to get into the lower end of the market or to expand to emerging markets around the globe, so a low-cost chip is a requirement. Even though MediaTek’s chips use a 64-bit architecture, they are not intended for high end devices. Read more
A few days ago Samsung representatives indicated the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 would introduce a “new form factor” to the market. Rumors immediately surfaced indicating Samsung was planning to incorporate a Youm flexible display in the device, similar to a prototype Samsung released last year. Now a new patent application has surfaced that may reveal some more about this new form factor and how Samsung could utilize the flexible display technology. Read more
If you own a Verizon Galaxy S 5, you may have noticed a “Camera Failed” popup when trying to use the camera. If so, you are not alone. There seems to be no consistency with why this is happening or even what could remedy it. Some believe it’s the SnapChat application, but from what I am seeing, this appears to be a software issue that will only be fixed with a firmware update.
Unfortunately, once the popup appears, you might not be able to use the camera at all. For some, it happens at limited times. Users have tried factory resets, cache clearing, third party camera apps, and pulling the SD card with limited to no success.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 4 series earlier in the month, but didn’t specify specific availability for pricing until now. Starting May 1st, you will be able to buy either the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, or 10.1 at major retailers. If you’re really anxious, pre-orders start tomorrow at Samsung.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, and Tiger Direct.
For now, only the Wi-Fi models will be available for $199.99 (7.0), $269.99 (8.0) and $349.99 (10.1). There will be LTE versions offered this summer at AT&T (7.0, 8.0, and 10.1), Sprint (7.0 only), T-Mobile (8.0 only), and Verizon Wireless (8.0 and 10.1 only).
Hit the break for the full press release, and click here for the specs.