After almost 8 years with Google, Vic Gundotra is leaving the company. Vic’s position was Senior Vice President for Social at Google ,and he led the creation and rise of Google+.
In a Google+ post, Vic said……
Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years. I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don’t believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else.
Only a few days after their one-day public sale of Google Glass, Google has now opened the Glass store for public orders of the Explorer Edition without an invite being necessary. Like the one day sale, Glass is available in a choice of five colors, including the Cotton color that appeared to sell out during the one-day event. In addition, buyers can still get a lightweight titanium frame or a set of shades thrown for free with their order. The other thing that has not changed is the price which remains at $1500.
If you missed the one day sale and have not been able to get an invite and you are ready to place your order to join the Explorer program, just hit the source link below. You may note though that Google has not released any word as to whether this is an official move on their part to open the program up to the public or if it is some glitch in their system. So you may not want to hesitate.
According to Chinese web site LED Wealth Network, Samsung has started work to scale up capacity at their A3 plant producing flexible displays. Samsung appears to be investing at least 2 Trillion won ($1.9B USD) in the current phase with a possible expansion to a total 6 Trillion won ($5.7B USD) investment on additional phases. According to the reports, Samsung hopes to have the plant operating at new capacity before the end of 2014, pointing the way toward flexible displays possibly being incorporated into the Galaxy S 6 or Galaxy Note 5 during 2015.
We’re at a point where we’re going to 4K all the things. We are seeing 4K televisions, laptops and with smartphone manufacturers also toying with the idea of making 2K and 4K smartphones it would only be a matter of time before we’d see tablets make the same leap. If Japan Display, Inc. is any indicator, tablets may be making that leap sooner rather than later. The company just announced a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. That’s a whopping 438 ppi for a tablet — something that hasn’t been done on a tablet yet. Currently the GalaxyPRO 8.4 holds the most pixels per inch with 359.
There’s a trade off to having a rugged phone. Usually that trade off consists of having a phone that’s ugly as hell. Sadly, if evleaks is correct — and the famous leaker usually is — Kyocera is continuing that trend with its Brigadier phone. Slated for Verizon, the device is an unknown entity at the moment. We just know the name and where it’s going. We can see from the leaked images that it will come with LTE and will have physical buttons. Other than that, it’s a real mystery.
Xiaomi is one of the fastest growing smartphone brands around right now, and they’re looking to expand their reach, by announcing that they will be entering 10 new countries for business. No, this doesn’t include the United States, or even most of Europe yet, but it’s a good start for the company. The Chinese manufacturer will expand to Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam over the coming year.
Xiaomi already outsells Apple and their iPhones in China, and even shipped 11 million smartphones in the first three months of this year, which is more than Motorola, for a comparison.
With Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatch now on the market, Samsung is scurrying to have as many apps as possible available for users. They have launched an “app challenge” for developers. Beginning May 8, Galaxy Gear 2 app developers can register their creations on Samsung Apps to participate in the challenge, with a prize pool of $1.25 million and a chance to win the grand prize of $100,000.
In addition, Samsung is planning on hosting various events globally to help developers better understand the SDK for the Samsung Gear 2. The company will meet developers around the world through the Samsung Gear Hackathon and Developer Day.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Thanks to a leak last month we already know that Samsung is working on another Galaxy Beam device. Today Samsung posted information on the successor to the original Beam, confirming the specs we already know. The model number is SM-G3858. The smartphone will come with a 4.66 WVGA screen with a 480×800 resolution. It will also pack in a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 5MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and a microSD card. We’re not sure how much RAM and internal storage the device will have, as those haven’t been listed.
The Beam 2 will feature a built-in projector like its predecessor. The projector itself also features a WVGA resolution and will have a background color correction. As for availability, it looks like China’s about the only market we’re sure of. Considering the original Beam had little market traction in other areas it may not make it out of China. Pricing is unknown at this point and there isn’t a release date in sight. We’ll update you when we know.
source: Samsung China
Last week we told you about the Hangout that Punit Soni would be leading to answer questions about all things Motorola, titled “Celebrating 50 Software Launches with Punit Soni.” The Hangout occurred successfully, and it’s now available for on-demand playback. Among the items discussed: Motorla’s software strategy, the Lenovo acquisition, and Android integration.
You can find the video embedded past the break.
Here is something for the person who likes a lot of bling. Samsung is teaming up again with Swarovski for another edition of the Crystal Collection. A teaser video was just released showing the Galaxy S 5 Crystal Edition, which should be unveiled next month in Korea. The phone will be essentially the same Galaxy S 5 that is available now other than the Swarovski crystals.
How much will this bad boy cost? We aren’t sure yet, but expect it to be a pretty hefty price tag. Hit the break for the very short teaser video.
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.
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Earlier this month a rumor started floating around that claimed that the HTC One M8 would be released on Verizon in red. Well it seems like that rumor has some weight behind it now, with an image supposedly being leaked of the special edition device.
At first glance of the device, it seems pretty much what we would expect, but upon taking a closer look at it, some things seem a little off. For example the official renders of the device show the dual LED flash as being round, while on this image the flash is square. The render also shows the plastic strips as being a little curved, while on the official shots they’re straight. These things add up, and the render could be a fake after all.