When Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S 5, one of the pieces of hardware they included in the device to try to differentiate it from the market was heart rate sensor. This was part of a larger effort by Samsung to capitalize on health and fitness features as selling points for mobile devices. Continuing down this path, Samsung’s next step is to include an ultrviolet (UV) sensor in the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4. » Read the rest
As Microsoft finalizes its acquisition of Nokia by fully merging Nokia into the larger Microsoft organization resulting in layoffs of 18,000 employees, they indicate they will also be putting an end to Nokia’s efforts to produce Android-based smartphones. This move comes as Microsoft has been expending some effort to ensure their software offerings are available across a wider range of platforms. When it comes to hardware though, especially smartphones, the company has decided to make Windows Phone the only platform that fits in their strategy.
Nokia had two Android-based smartphones in its portfolio, the Nokia X released earlier this year and the recently announced successor, the Nokia X2. Microsoft indicates they will continue to support those devices, but all future phones will be built for the Windows Phone operating system. This decision is part of an effort by Microsoft to target the budget and mid-tier portions of the market with their Lumia line of devices. According to a letter released by Microsoft,
“We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia. In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products.”
Microsoft is implementing a new phone business unit, based on the former Smart Devices and Mobile Phones business units, that will be responsible for both the Lumia line of smartphones and devices as well as the transition of Nokia X over to the Lumia line.
Last year, we saw Samsung release a slightly tuned-up version of the Galaxy S 4, complete with LTE-A support. The same thing happened this year, with the GS5 Broadband LTE-A getting released in South Korea with a Snapdragon 805, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, all slightly better than what comes with the standard Galaxy S 5. The most important difference, however, is the 2k screen that comes with the LTE-A version of the device. » Read the rest
Every flagship smartphone gets a miniature sibling to go along with it. All of the cool manufacturers — Samsung, HTC, LG, and Apple — do it! The launch these smaller devices usually happens a few months after the flagship’s launch. LG, though, does not seem to be choosing to wait very long to release the watered-down version of the G3. The G3 S believed to be this device and it has received certification in China. » Read the rest
Sony has often overlooked the mobile industry in the United States, but that is all likely to change with the Xperia Z3. A device believed to be the Xperia Z3 with the model number D6603 has passed through the FCC for testing. Aside from confirming its arrival in the United States, the FCC filing does not show very much of anything. » Read the rest
There is one more place to purchase an Android Wear device from. Best Buy is now carrying smartwatches from both Samsung and LG. Prior to this, the only places to get such devices from were Google Play and Amazon. Through Best Buy, the G Watch is ready to ship; however, the Gear Live is currently listed as only a pre-order. Both colors of the G Watch are available (Titanium Black and White Gold) and Best Buy has the Gear Live in Black and Wine Red.
Hit any of the links below to order one today.
HTC has officially announced the HTC Desire 610 will be available on July 25th through AT&T. As expected based on previously leaked information, the Desire 610 will come with a 4.7-inch running at 854 x 480 resolution. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2 GHz with 1GB of RAM and at least 8GB of onboard memory. The device does have a microSD slot that will support 64GB of additional memory.
Along with the announcement, AT&T has setup a page for customers to sign up to be notified when the device is available. However, no pricing information has been released. AT&T indicates the device will be available on their regular plans as well as through their GoPhone prepaid service.
Samsung announced today a portfolio of new products for the premium mobile audio market. The new Samsung Level devices include three headphones and a Bluetooth speaker that will work with smartphones and tablets, though Samsung includes easy syncing with their Milk Music service. The devices include the Level Over, the Level On, the Level In, and the Level Box. » Read the rest
Apple knows that the “cool factor” is key in selling products.
Hell, it bought Beats by Dre, a headphones company hailed by audiophiles everywhere as “overrated, overpriced garbage,” for $3 billion.
Apple also has a partnership with Nike, which both parties have found lucrative since striking the deal.
Samsung sees Apple’s successes, and clearly wants in.
Google’s Android One program, which is aimed at bringing affordable devices to developing markets, will be making its first stop in India later this year.
Google’s Sundar Pichai will be heading to India to promote and officially launch the program this October — the devices are expected to sell for only $100 each, and will be manufactured by Micromax, Karbonn, Spice, Intex and Celkon. Pre-installed apps will be allowed, although Google will be handling the OTA updates.