Hyundai will be releasing a pretty cheap Android tablet that shows more than a little inspiration from Samsung. It’s got the same Exynos 4412 quad-core chip as the Galaxy S III, as well as a design that would easily be mistaken for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0. It also packs 1 GB of RAM, a Mali-400 GPU, and a 1280 x 800 resolution 7-inch screen, all while running on Android 4.0.4. Best of all, it will supposedly be priced under $200. Not bad at all. If Samsung really wants to undercut Google’s Nexus 7, looks like they’re going to have a bit of competition.
source: Pocket Now
Get ready for the most obvious statement of the year: smartphones are a big deal. Some of us want a concrete number behind that, though. Now that we’ve got all the major earnings reports for the year out of the way, we’ve got that concrete number. Over 200 million phones were shipped in Q4, and the annual total for smartphones in 2012 was 671 million. That’s a pretty huge number, and shows a 42% growth year-over-year. An interesting statistic out of that is that Samsung shipped 63 million smartphones in the last quarter, which accounts for about 30% of phones in that quarter. 1 out of every 3 phones sold over the holidays was a Samsung device. That’s something to be proud of if you’re Samsung.
source: Juniper Research
Last year when I reviewed the HTC One X, I said it was the best Android phone hands down. Of course that was a day before the unveiling of the Galaxy S III. Still by the time the year came to a close, I still picked it as the phone of the year, and it was the build quality that put it over the top for me. Late last year HTC released the One X+, which is essentially the same phone with a spec bump. It wasn’t meant for current One X owners to run out and buy one, but it was a needed release since Samsung and LG were releasing quad-core devices with LTE in the U.S. The world of smartphones is moving ever so rapidly, which means that flagship phones can’t last one year without some kind of mid-year spec bump. That’s exactly what the One X+ is, so hit the break to find out if HTC did enough to keep the momentum going.
Canadian shoppers for the popular LG Nexus 4 will have a new source to grab the device outside the Google Play Store. Canadian provider Fido has announced they will carry the Nexus 4 with shipments expected to start sometime in February. Fido has already setup the smartphone in their reservation system which requires interested buyers to deposit C$40 up front. A final price has not yet been announced.
In case you haven’t noticed, in the world of consumer electronics there is a continual effort going on to enable consumers to share content between their mobile devices and non-mobile devices like TVs. An example of this is Apple’s AirPlay system that gives users the ability to mirror iPad or iPhone content to their Apple TV. Apple’s solution enables some other features as well like initiating playback of remote content. Key to this is the ability to discover AirPlay capable devices. Great if you are part of the Apple ecosystem, not so great if you use other solutions or have hardware from other manufacturers. Netflix and YouTube hope to provide an alternative for non-Apple consumers and have launched DIAL with the backing of several other parties. Companies like Samsung, Sony, Hulu and the BBC are backing the effort to develop and implement the DIAL protocol.
In a world where games are so complex, sometimes it’s nice to go a little old school when things were very simple. Tunneler is the perfect example. This remake was created by ilikedroid and is a rendition of the popular DOS game from the 90′s. I have to be honest, I never played Tunneler back in the 90′s, and it’s not because I am too young, that’s for sure. With that said, I think it’s a lot of fun to play so don’t feel like you have to be familiar with it. It’s not going to blow you away with spectacular graphics or gameplay, but in an strange way, that’s what makes the game appealing. It’s old school baby!!
If you’re an aspiring Android developer you will want to check out Droid World. The free-to-attend Android developer event at Apps World North America on February 7-8 in San Francisco is all set to feature various leading Android developers, authors, evangelists and operators divulging their expertise on all things Android.
Sponsored by Barnes & Noble, the Android developer conference runs on both days of Apps World and will be of interest to anyone building apps on the Android OS.
Highlights of the day one track will include expert opinion from James Steele, author of The Android Developer’s Cookbook on how to create the optimal Android experience, and Tom Chavez, NOOK Developer Evangelist for track sponsors Barnes & Noble on how to quickly monetise on the NOOK bookstore.
AT&T’s posted their Q4 earnings, and they had a pretty impressive year. They posted a 3.9 billion dollar loss for Q4, but a 7.3 billion dollar profit for the fiscal year. Worthwhile tradeoff? I doubt you’ll hear AT&T complaining too much either way. They also activated 10.2 million smartphones last quarter, a number they’re claiming is “record setting.” AT&T’s biggest competitor, Verizon, only did 9.8 million smartphones, so that gives the claim quite a bit of credibility. Those 10.2 million smartphones accounted for 89% of AT&T’s total postpaid sales, as well. They’ve also added 1.1 million new customers, 780,000 of which were postpaid users. Overall, there’s room for improvement, but it wasn’t a bad year for AT&T by any stretch.
The DROID RAZR M is one really nice phone for the money. At $49 it’s has some really nice specs including that edge to edge display. A pink version is already available in stores to celebrate Valentine’s Day so if you’re looking for a gift for that special someone, this might be a good option. Of course they really have to like the color pink because they are going to look at it for the next two years. Anyways, Verizon put out a commercial featuring it, so check it out after the break.
HTC just pulled the covers off of another economy device. It features a 4-inch (800 x 480) display, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, Beats Audio, and 1,650mAh battery. These specs obviously put this on the lower end of the spectrum, but it does feature an interesting circular design on the back so it might not look as cheap as it performs. It’s already available now in Taiwan for NT $7,900 or $275.