We are expecting a Google smartwatch this year, hopefully in time for Google I/O in June. However, not too much has been revealed about it other than LG will be the manufacturer. Well we finally have some information. Supposedly, it will sport a 1.65-inch IPS display with a resolution of 280 x 280, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. As to the processor, it’s still to be determined.
Lebron James, a professional basketball player of the Miami Heat, posted a tweet on Twitter yesterday expressing his concern over how his Galaxy Note 3 suddenly wiped all of the data on it.
His tweet read, ”My phone just erased everything it had in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I’ve ever had in my life!!!” James has been promoting the Galaxy Note 3 in various commercials for Samsung. Not long after it was retweeted by thousands of users, he deleted the tweet. Good news is that he later tweeted that he got all of his data back and everything’s back to normal again. “Close call. Wheew! Got all my info back. Gamer! Lol”. Read more
Samsung is working on a new tablet to add to their lineup with a Super AMOLED display as a followup to its first and only AMOLED tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2011. The tablet is going to come in WiFi, 3G, and LTE versions, with all having a display resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. The screen size is still a mystery, but we can expect anywhere between an 8-inch or 10-inch display.
The tablet will be powered by a processor in the Exynos 5 series, and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with the Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay including the Magazine UX. There are some new features being tested for the device, like the Ultra Power Saving Mode function, which saves battery life by disabling things like background data and color output of the display. From the specs, it looks like this device could become Samsung’s new flagship tablet.
Amazon is increasing the price of Prime by $20, to $99 per year. It’s a smart move for the company to increase the price, with the demand for the service higher than ever. There were rumors that they would increase the price by as much as $40, but they did us a favor with a more reasonable increase. The service is still a remarkable deal that everyone should take advantage of, offering free two-day shipping on over 20 million items, Prime Instant Video, and the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library
Samsung’s newest Galaxy Grand model, the Galaxy Grand 2, has been unveiled and will soon hit South Korea. The device features a 5.25-inch HD (720p) display with Optimal Wide View, LTE-A support, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM.
The device will have 16GB of internal storage, and 8MP camera, a microSD card slot, a 2600 mAh battery, and runs Android 4.3 with Multi Window, S Translator, Story Album, Sound & Shot. Expect the device to be released in both black and white for 517,000 won.
Last month, Samsung released a list of devices that would see the coveted KitKat update. While the first list was regarding the U.S. devices that Samsung planned on updating, it was expected that Samsung would release a list involving its international variants of the same devices. However, the international S3 appeared to have been skipped over when Samsung finally released that international list. Those of you outraged S3 owners can douse your torches and put away your pitchforks because it appears that the update is coming.
Xiaomi has been working hard at engraining itself in the budget smartphone game in various markets. The Redmi looks to give users decent specs for around $130. Well it looks like the company will be pushing the envelope. A new device has popped up showing a 5.5 inch 720p IPS display with an octa-core processor. There will be two variants, one clocked at 1.4GHz and one clocked at 1.7GHz. Both devices will have 1GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2.
Sadly, as with most budget devices, some things have to be sacrificed for others. There isn’t LTE on-board. There are either TD-SCDMA or WCDMA options out there with the possibility of CDMA2000 versions coming out later. So if you’re looking for LTE you’ll have to look elsewhere, but the caveat is that the phone should have decent battery life without the worry of LTE draining it.
It’s no secret that Samsung has complete control over the Android smartphone market. The company has a market share of 65%, and has a marketing campaign that essentially squashes the competition.
Its main competitors, LG, HTC, Sony and Motorola have global market shares of 7%, 6%, 5% and 4% respectively.
Analysts are suggesting that these market shares will soon change. Lenovo, which recently purchased Motorola Mobility, will expand the brand to new markets in Europe, China and emerging markets. With a new focus, Lenovo/Motorola may be able to surpass LG’s 7% market share. Although making a run at Samsung may seem a bit far-fetched right now, it might not be in the future.
One of the great things about Android is that you can replace the default apps if you want to. This can help you personalize your phone so that it’s really custom to you. We’ve put together a list of the best SMS replacement apps on the market. Check them out for yourself and find the one that best suits you!
Last week, we informed you about a leak related to LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG G3, with the model number LG D850. There was also the VS985 model of the G3 which could be the Verizon Wireless carrier-based model. The company is expected to announce the device in May or June.
Now, LG’s official website has posted the User Agent profile of the LG D850 model. According to the User Agent profile, the model has a Quad HD display of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Does this mean that the LG G3 could feature a Quad HD display? We can’t be sure, but this news coupled with previous rumors about the device coming with a Quad HD display hints that the device could possibly sport such a display.