Last fall Motorola hinted that they were planning to start moving the interfaces for their devices to being closer to a stock Android experience. Owners of Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX devices will see the fruits of that change in strategy as Motorola starts to officially roll out their Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. According to Motorola’s software upgrade page, several Motorola specific applications have been removed and replaced with stock Android apps. Read more
High-end handsets will always be in demand, but so will the lower-end devices. The latest comes from the Times of India that reveal that Samsung is working on a RS 5,500 ($100) contract free 4G LTE smartphone for Reliance Communications in India. Let me repeat..that’s contract free. We have a number of $100 phones here in the U.S., but they are all with 2 year contracts. Right now Samsung is already offering contract free 3G phones in India for $100, so this would be the first 4G LTE offering. No word on the OS, but we assume it will be Android in favor of Windows Phone 8.
Reliance’s new LTE network, of which Samsung will assist with, has a planned soft launch in Mumbai and Delhi by the middle of the year. The formal launch will take place by the end of the year.
source: Times Of India
Should Android manufacturers finally have reason to worry about Android’s perceived growth as a mobile platform? The latest ComScore report indicates that yes, they may need to worry for once. According to the report, the period between October 2012 and January 2013 shows that Apple is slowly beginning to eat away at the overall smartphone subscriber market share thanks to its 37.8% share among smartphone subscribers— up from 34.3% in October. Conversely, Samsung led the pack among Android devices thanks to its 21.4% share among smartphone subscribers— up from 19.5% in October. HTC, Motorola and LG round out the top five manufacturers.
Additionally, Android’s market share is slowly beginning to show signs of erosion, while Apple’s iOS platform is experiencing steady growth. Android’s overall share decreased to 52.3% in January, down from 53.6% in October; iOS grew to 37.8%— representing an increase from 34.3% in October.
When it comes to Android phones and marketing, Samsung is the reigning king. A lot of people are already aware of a certain event that Samsung has planned for next week, but for those that just aren’t in the know, Samsung wanted to make sure they do. Throwing up a huge billboard in the center of Times Square could help that cause in a major way, and that’s what Samsung did.
Samsung is the only Android manufacturer that could pull this off and kudos to them. They earned it, and there is nothing wrong with going big. The Unpacked Galaxy S IV launch event will be one of the biggest Samsung Mobile events ever and TalkAndroid will be there to give you all the information as it happens.
SECLISTS.ORG has recently disclosed a potential security flaw on the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to the report, “It is possible to bypass the lock screen on the GSIII allowing an individual full access to the phones features.” We previously reported a similar screen lock bug relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
It appears that when Samsung messes up with security, they go BIG or go home! Similar to the Note II Security flaw, it takes pressing a combination of buttons in the correct sequence to get it to work. Here’s how to do it on the GSIII: Read more
To say that Samsung’s Galaxy lineup is ‘diverse’ is a huge understatement. More evidence of Samsung overtaking every level of the smartphone lineup is the soon-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo. As the name suggests, this little fella will be pint-sized. It’ll come in two versions: with and without dual SIM capability. This new device is very similar to the Pocket Plus as well as last year’s Galaxy Pocket which raises a little bit of confusion.
The Pocket Neo is said to launch with a 3-inch display (320 x 240) with QVGA resolution and a 2 megapixel camera. Again, these vitals are not much different, if at all, from the Pocket Plus or last year’s Pocket for that matter aside from the 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The only color offering rumored at launch for the Pocket Neo will be silver, at least initially. We’re thinking maybe since it’s very similar to the Pocket Plus, that maybe the Neo is being targeted in emerging markets.
Sprint seems to be getting into the ‘green’ movement. The nation’s third largest carrier announced a new program they’re calling “Bring Your Own Sprint Device.” Their hope is to lessen the large amount of phones that get deposited into landfills each year by offering customers with idle Sprint phones the ability to use those devices on Virgin and Boost Mobile.
Along with the nod to the environment, this plan will also help budget conscious customers by offering more options on the pre-paid front. As to which Sprint phones will be compatible with Boost and Virgin? It hasn’t been announced as of yet, and there will definitely be a list of requirements that each device must meet. We’ll provide an update as soon as that official list of devices is published.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV hasn’t officially been announced yet, but that won’t stop us from talking about the upcoming Galaxy Note III, which won’t be announced till mostly likely August/September. The Galaxy Note is all about size and the biggest question we need answered is what will the display size be? The first Note had a 5.3-inch display, and the Note II jumped to 5.5-inches. You don’t believe for a second that the Note III won’t have a bigger screen do you?
Well Samsung might have let the cat out of the bag. An anonymous official from Samsung told the Korea Times, “Samsung is working on introducing a new phablet using a 5.9- inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen.” I think it’s safe to say that “phablet” will be the Note III, and I’m liking the sound of OLED.
source: Korea Times
Earlier we showed you some leaked screenshots from what was supposed to be the Galaxy S IV, but it might have only been from a leaked Android 4.2.1 ROM that will end up on the GSIV. Now we have some more screenshots out of Israel, and these look like they are definitely from the GSIV, or at least one of the variants (SCH-i337 and most likely AT&T). The screens confirm what we are already expecting and that’s a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU (on certain variants) and a 13MP camera. We also get confirmation of the expected 1080p screen, but I believe for the first time, we get the PPI, which is 441 and a touch lower than the HTC One (468). Another screen confirms the smart scroll feature, but that will end up being a feature that will end up on all devices that receive the Android 4.2.1 update. Hit the break for the rest of the screens.
It appears there is yet another Sony Xperia smartphone is on the horizon folks. Also known as codename “TaoShan“, the Xperia L (model C210x) will be a fairly modest smartphone and feature the typical run of the mill budget-level specs. The Jelly Bean-powered device will have a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip, a 4.3-inch FWVGA display at 854 x 480 resolution with virtual buttons, 8GB of storage and get this— an 8MP camera utilizing Sony’s Exmor RS sensor giving users topnotch photo and video quality. There’s no word on where and when the device will be launched as of yet, but you can bet we will keep our eyes and ears open for all of you prospective buyers out there.
source: Xperia Blog