ZTE seems to be looking to make a pretty big splash very soon in the U.S. phone market, as information and pictures of the ZTE Vital have leaked. The device will have a 5-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 13MP camera, and will ship with Android 4.1. Other features include 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable via microSD), NFC capabilities, and a strong 2,500mAh battery. The phone is going to have to compete with the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4, but if Sprint can offer this one at the right price, they may have a hot one on their hands. Check out the video after the break. » Read the rest
Well that certainly didn’t take long. After tons of speculation, a leak here and another one there, Samsung has finally come out of the dark and introduced the Galaxy S 4 Active smartphone to the general public. Identified as a more rugged version of the existing Galaxy S 4,the Galaxy S 4 Active features full IP67 certification— so the device is fully water and dust-proof, allowing users to do things like take some sweet photos underwater thanks to the device’s Aqua Mode feature or use the device during those difficult hikes. Complimenting the rugged exterior is a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, a 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD screen, 8MP camera + 2MP FFC and of course— Android 4.2.2 (accompanied by Sammy’s suite of software). So all in all— we’re looking at a rougher, tougher and stronger version of the Galaxy S 4, which is certainly welcome out here in the Android world.
The device will initially launch in 3 colors (Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare) this summer in the U.S. and Sweden, followed by a more formal global rollout. You can find more details once you hit the flip and check out the full presser.
TouchWiz is notorious for having dozens upon dozens of features that most say they would never use and turn off anyways. In Samsung’s recent ad on YouTube, they show off how their Smart Pause feature could be used in a surprisingly useful way. How are you Galaxy S 4 users liking the features of your device?
After watching HTC struggle financially during the past couple years, we have news from them today showing a nice rebound during the month of May. Unaudited revenues rose to NT$29.0B ($969M USD), following up the month of April 2013 when unaudited revenues were NT$19.6B ($655M USD). That is a 48% increase month to month. To add some context, during the first quarter of 2013 revenues for HTC were only NT$42.8B ($1.43B USD), which means HTC has already generated more revenue in just two months of the second quarter than they did during the whole first quarter of the year. » Read the rest
Intel may be making headwaves by rapidly penetrating the Android world, but it certainly realizes that it has a long way to go before it wins the hearts of the general public in the world. According to Intel executive vice president of sales Tom Kilroy, the “absence of LTE is the reason” is the sole reason for why Intel hasn’t been able to fully gain much traction here in the U.S. Kilroy also adds that “we can’t get ranged by U.S. carriers without LTE, so once we have multimode LTE coming to market later this year, we have an opportunity to compete in that business.” The good thing is this: Intel has finally realized this and has begun developing multimode processors with LTE technology built in since 4G LTE continues to grow and grow at an extraordinary rate. Oh and don’t under-estimate this either direction either it should put a scare into competitors like Qualcomm and even NVIDIA, since each company certainly adopted LTE integration into its chips for some time now. So the overall hope is that with Intel’s new direction, we should see not only faster and more power-efficient chips, but who knows— we may even see a new wave cost-effective devices.
source: Fierce Wireless
Intel is still struggling to break into consumer devices, especially in the US, but you can’t say that they aren’t trying. Right on the heels of their 4th generation Haswell processors, Intel has announced a new 22 nm processor for smartphones, dubbed Merrifield. Intel Executive Tom Killroy talked about the processor’s low power, high performance philosophy, but said the processors wouldn’t be available in consumer devices until 2014.
To show the chip off, though, Intel also unveiled a new reference design smartphone running on the Merrifield chip, which is also said to to include an “integrated sensor hub.” We’ve seen Samsung recently plaster the importance of sensors all over television commercials, so it’s not surprising to see Intel follow that path. Hopefully we’ll get a little more info on that reference design in the next few days. Hit the break below for Intel’s full press release. » Read the rest
Sony is continuing its 2013 assault on the mobile world by introducing the Xperia M and Xperia M Dual smartphones. Both handsets are your typical run of the mill mid-range devices and will come with a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4-inch scratch-resistant display, a 5MP rear camera with HDR and dedicated shutter key, a microSD card out and of course, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running the show. So while both devices will be nearly identical, there is one key difference: the Xperia M Dual will utilize dual-SIM technology, allowing certain customers to operate on two wireless carriers simultaneously. And for those of you that care—the device will arrive in a trio of colors: black, white and purple.
No word yet on how much the device will cost just yet, but expect the device to launch sometime in Q3 of this year for those of you living out in European markets out there.
source: Sony Mobile Blog
Hulu released an update today to its popular Hulu Plus app, which reportedly promises increased playback resolution for three 1080p devices, including the Droid DNA, Galaxy S 4, and the HTC One. Unfortunately, there’s only a small amount of content on Hulu that’s actually in 1080p so this news doesn’t come off as big as it could be. There wasn’t really any other information given about the update, so this is all we have for now. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store. » Read the rest
When Asia’s HTC Butterfly evolved into the HTC DROID DNA in the United States, we thought that would be the end of the Butterfly line. Maybe not though, as ePrice is telling us that the Butterfly could be kept alive in the form of the HTC Butterfly S, scheduled to launch in China by the end of this month.
The new Butterfly S would feature the same 5 inch, 1080p display, but new features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, an improved processor, HTC’s upgraded 4MP “UltraPixel” camera, and the new Sense 5. It’s doubtful that the Butterfly S would be available outside of Asia, with the HTC One currently being their prime device, and an HTC Mini on the horizon. We should learn more on the upcoming phone in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
The number of phones upgrading from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean is slowing down, as most high-end Android devices are pretty much all shipping with Jelly Bean at this point, or are stuck with Ice Cream Sandwich with no plan for upgrade. The number will eventually come to a steady halt, and this month, the numbers only decreased by 1.9%.
Jelly Bean is up 4.6%, a pretty decent jump up from 3.4%, which I predicted in last month’s distribution update. The total Jelly Bean number of 33% will keep on increasing as more and more devices ship with the latest version of Android, and will keep moving up when 4.3 launches later this year. This month’s total distribution count can be found after the break. » Read the rest