While they may be trying new ways to capture your attention, HTC could soon be acquired by another Asian tech giant. A few months ago we learned that Lenovo was eying a 2014 arrival in the United States smartphone market and now it seems that they could absorb another company to make it happen. With their market share slipping and management going on the offensive, it may be a good thing for HTC to be taken over by Lenovo, who is one of the largest phone manufacturers in China. Talks have apprently been going on since August and the deal could (if an agreement is made) be done in the first half of 2014.
Lenovo isn’t lacking experience in takeovers. In 2005, they purchased the ThinkPad brand from IBM and assisted the company in becoming the world’s largest largest personal computer seller.
Source: AppleDaily Taiwan
Via: Phone Arena
Following up on the Samsung Hennesy clamshell released in August, Samsung is preparing to release another clamshell smartphone for the Chinese market with much better specs. The Samsung W2014 will come equipped with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and dual 3.67-inch AMOLED screens, although the screens only have a resolution of 800×480 pixels. The device will also come with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. The W2014 will not support LTE according to reports. The device has already cleared the Chinese telecommunications certification agency, Tenaa. When it finally gets to market, it is anticipated it will sell for approximately ¥4,300CNY ($700 USD).
Hit the break for a couple more images of the device. Whatever you may think of Samsung, it seems you do have to give them credit for exploring new, or recycled old, form factors for smartphone devices. Read more
Did you place your order yesterday with Amazon after learning Chromecast devices were available for delivery to locations outside the U.S.? If you hesitated, you may have missed out on a window of opportunity as Amazon has stopped accepting international Chromecast orders. It is unclear what the status of existing orders may be. Some orders have already shipped, so it is unlikely those can be stopped, but if the order was still being processed by Amazon the company could put a stop to it, though hopefully not for those lucky buyers.
Consumers outside the U.S. interested in a Chromecast will now have to go back to waiting for Google Play to make the device available in their country or find one through a site like eBay.
source: Android Authority
It seems as though Samsung has stepped up their investments in marketing. Instead of the usual 30 and 60-second spots, they are investing in short films. Last month they released “Dreams”, which later turned into a 60-second spot. They just released their second short called, “The Developer”, which is another music-inspired short film. This one features Lionel Messi and the hit single “Royals” by Lorde. In this video, a stranger (the developer) captures the imaginations of the children who live in a low income neighborhood.
These newer shorts are obviously a departure from what Samsung has done in the past, such as poking fun at the iSheep. Whether it’s your thing or not, one can’t deny the production and cost with these short films. They are done really well, but will they inspire people to buy the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear? Hit the break for the video.
The Nexus 5 hasn’t been announced yet, but that isn’t stopping one UK retailer from offering cases for the phone. MobileFun is offering two Cruzerlite Androidified cases for pre-order (clear and black) as well as two cases from Rearth Ringke (slim and fusion).
After adding any of the cases to your cart, the shipping date is revealed as October 23, which could be the actual date or most likely a placeholder. The Nexus 5 could be announced by then, but I am putting my money on the last week in October.
via: Cult of Android
The Galaxy Round is intriguing to say the least, but I am not sure it’s intriguing enough to slap down $1,000 for it. Most of us probably won’t get our hands on one since it will only be available in South Korea for the time being, so a video is the next best thing. This video primarily shows how curvy the Galaxy Round is as opposed to the Galaxy Note 3, It also gives you a quick glimpse of what must be a way of waking the device by giving the Galaxy Round a slight roll. Hit the break for the video.
Last week rumors started to circulate that the Nexus 5 would sport mems camera technology, which utilizes faster focusing. However, it appears the rumor was inaccurate because DigitalOptics just announced that OPPO is going to be the first company to utilize their mems|cam module. They actually referred to the rumor about the Nexus 5 in their press release…
There has been speculation on who would be the first to bring the significant benefits of mems|cam to the mobile imaging market. Last week, several technology news blogs reported that mems|cam was first being brought to market in another smartphone platform. Those reports were inaccurate.
So no mems technology, but at least the Nexus 5 is getting optical image stabilization, which will be a welcome upgrade from past Nexus offerings. Hit the break for the full presser.
It was recently reported that Samsung would eventually implement fingerprint scanners, but probably not until the second half of next year because the technology is still in its infancy. This morning, news out of Korea is that Samsung originally designed the Galaxy Note 3 with a fingerprint scanner, but scrapped it. They were going to use a company in Dittisham Valley, but the chip didn’t pass quality assurance tests. The problem is there just isn’t enough companies working on the technology. Apple gobbled up Authentec in 2012 and Crucialtec is working with Pantech.
Trying to read through the story in Korean, it’s possible that Samsung might release a phone with a fingerprint scanner by the end of the year or early next year. That could very well be the rumored Galaxy Note 3 Active we reported on earlier in the week. It’s also possible that Samsung will develop their own technology, but I doubt that would be ready so quickly.
A new rumor circulating indicates Xiaomi has a smartwatch in the works, possibly thanks due to the influence of Hugo Barra. Although Xiaomi has been receiving generally positive reviews of its devices, the company’s strategy has also been one of trailing the competition, so joining the bandwagon in the early stages is a bit out of character.
Hopefully that change does not portend a change in Xiaomi’s pricing strategy which has been to sell their devices for quite a bit less than the competition. If they try to match one of the lower-priced entrants in the market, that could put a Xiaomi smartwatch in the AUD$200 ($188 USD) range. If they can pack decent hardware into such a device at that price point, it could be very attractive to consumers.
At this point no details about any specs are available though it is believe Millet is producing the watches for Xiaomi. We also do not know whether a Xiaomi smartwatch will be smartphone agnostic or would require a Xiaomi smartphone to be paired with it to take full advantage of the features and functionality.