Research firm IHS has released their predictions for shipments of wearable, high tech glasses, like Google Glass, and it’s definitely a positive outlook. According to the firm, they believe up to 9.4 million units could be shipped between 2012 and 2016. They only expect about 124,000 units of Glass to ship this year, but they see the demand for devices to accelerate by 250% next year, and if Google plays their cards right with development and advertising, they could ship over 6 million Glass units in 2016. The firm does warn, however, that price may be the Achilles Heel of Google Glass. Hit the press release below to check out the full details.
Just because Google Glass hasn’t officially been released yet doesn’t mean we can’t speculate on what the next version will be like. According to a new patent filed by Google, the next generation of Glass will have a more traditional look, like what your sunglasses look like today. The patent describes a “near-to-eye display with diffraction grating that bends and focuses light,” and it gets even more complex from there. However, it more or less describes a device that looks like normal sunglasses instead of the bulky Glass model Google is currently working with.
Obviously this should be taken with a grain of salt, as this is just a patent for something Google can potentially work with. I don’t expect Google will want to obsolete their current version of Glass within six months, and I seriously doubt the necessary hardware is even there for them to do that if they wanted to. This stuff is years down the road, at least. But hey, a little speculation never hurts.
source: US Patent Office
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HTC is clearing the air in regards to the injunction that was ordered in the Netherlands on Nokia’s behalf. They want to make it clear the injunction wasn’t on the HTC one, but it was on STM, manufacturers of the microphone on the HTC One. Nokia had an exclusive arrangement with STM for these microphones and HTC bought them in good faith. In fact, HTC was found to be blameless in the case. Regardless, HTC can’t buy microphones from STM anymore, but HTC wanted to make it clear that they are still able to utilize the microphones they bought before the injunction was granted. HTC is already working on an improved design and will transition to it when the current STM supply runs out. Hit the break for HTC’s full statement.
I was actually wondering if it would ever happen, but it looks like the Jelly Bean update is officially rolling for the T-Mobile HTC One S. Of course it isn’t the latest version of Jelly Bean, but Android 4.1.1 still brings a lot of new features such as Google Now. The file size is pretty high at 675.49MB so you need to be connected to WiFI for this one. You should receive your update automatically, but you can always check to see if you can manually pull it by going to Settings/About/Software Updates. Let us know if you received your update yet.
A couple of weeks ago we heard that LG is ahead of Samsung in terms of bringing a flexible display to market. Now LG is saying they will unveil a smartphone with a flexible OLED display towards the end of the year according to LG’s vice president of mobile Yoon Bu-hyun. Samsung, on the other hand, hasn’t committed to when we will see their first offering.
It will be interesting to see if either company will utilize these displays on one of their flagship devices at first or offer a completely different phone. I can’t imagine either company will have a tremendous supply at the beginning, so don’t expect to see them on popular models such as the Optimus G 2, Galaxy S 5, or Galaxy Note III.
The HTC One is launching on carriers all over the world, and now we’ve got the official announcement for China. As we’d previously heard, the Chinese variant of the HTC One is still packing dual sim slots and that coveted microSD card slot. The battery is still completely non-removable, but the SD card is a very, very nice addition. There’s no word on carrier subsidies, but you can expect the device to be available directly from HTC on April 26th.
As we’d heard before, this customized version of the One is probably not going to hit any other parts of the world, so don’t hold your breath.
Tower defense fans will be happy to know that a sequel to one of the most popular tower defense games is now available in the Google Play Store. Fieldrunners 2 from Subatomic Studios gives players the opportunity to once again match wits with an enemy force while saving the world. The title boasts some of the best AI to be found in a Strategic-Action-Puzzle-Defense game to match the beautiful graphics. Subatomic Studios has packed some unique new features into the game, including a tower that shoots bee hives; trenches, bridges and tunnels; and a tower that will turn enemy combatants into barnyard animals. Subatomic estimates the game provides 20 or more hours of fun to complete the campaign against the invading fieldrunners.
How many of you think it matters how many cores the processor in your phone has? It doesn’t matter, or at least that is what the head of IT and Mobile Communications and co-CEO of Samsung J.K. Shin would like you to believe. While Europe and the U.S. will get the quad-core Snapdragon version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, other markets will see the Exynos 5 octa-core variant. This decision has ruffled some feathers with consumers hoping to get their hands on the Exynos version here in the states without having to import it.
While we have an idea of when other carriers will open up the pre-orders for what should be this year’s hottest smartphone, Verizon has finally come clean and announced when its customers can expect the Galaxy S 4 to arrive in its stores. Using its Twitter page, Big Red will officially start taking in pre-orders for the device from this Thursday, April 25th, with the store being available in stores from May 30th. The 16GB version of the smartphone certainly won’t come cheap as it’ll launch for a standard $200 or if you’re feeling lucky… $650 full price.
Let’s just hope that Verizon is able to keep up with demand because after all, we’re pretty sure it doesn’t want to be like other wireless carriers and let us down by delaying the smartphone’s launch.
source: Verizon Wireless Twitter I | II
Samsung introduced Animation Shot and Sound & Shot with the Galaxy S 4, which gives you more creativity with your photos. Animation Shot allows you to make an image that has movement in it. In other words, an animated GIF. The best part of it is that you can fine tune the duration as well as what parts of the image you want to actually show movement.
Sound & Shot is simply adding voice to a photo. Take a picture, but hold it for another eight seconds for an audio message such as, “We miss you Grammy” or “I love you Mommy.” Both are pretty cool, but with so many new features, it can be overwhelming sorting it all out. That’s why we created this hands on video showing you how to use both modes. In no time you will making some pretty cool animated GIFs and putting a smile on Grammy’s face.
Head on past the break to watch the video and don’t forget to check out all our Galaxy S 4 guides.
Samsung continues to enhance their camera functionality with the Galaxy S 4, and Drama Shot and the Eraser are just the tip of the iceberg. Drama Shot allows you to take consecutive shots of something moving and put multiple images in one picture. For example, you could take a picture of a motorcyclist going over a jump, and the finished product might include five or six images of the jump itself.
Then there is Eraser mode, which lets you erase unwanted subjects from a photo. Say you are in a crowded park and trying to take a picture of the family. It’s hard to get a shot in which there isn’t somebody walking into the picture. With Eraser mode, you can easily remove these people. Both are fairly easy to use, but we put together a hands on tutorial of how they work so you can use them more effectively.
Skip on past the break to see the video and don’t forget to check out all our Samsung Galaxy S 4 guides.
The to do app with the funny name, Remember The Milk received a major update to the Android app today taking it up to version 3.0. The overhaul, codenamed “Tik-Tok,” brings a completely redesigned interface to the app that utilizes a “card stack” concept. Remember The Milk developers indicate this is similar to their iPhone or iPad versions, but you will probably find it also has a strong Android Holo-esque look and feel to it. In adopting some Android design guidelines, they also optimized the app to run on tablet devices while redesigning task and note views to make it easier to view and edit using taps and swipes. Among the improvements to the basic workings of the app, Remember The Milk makes it much easier to edit multiple tasks at one time and task completion or postponement is now accomplished using a tap and hold.
The Acer Liquid E2 is the follow up to the E1. The specs include, a 4.5-inch IPS display, Optional dual-SIM support, an 8MP rear camera with zero shutter lag, 2MP front camera, a microSD card slot, and the radios are WiFi Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, and a 42 Mbps HSPA+. The picture suggests that it is running Android, what we don’t know is which version it is. The E1 came with Jelly Bean 4.1, so it would be safe to assume that this would be running the same or later.
The device has been announced for many parts of Europe; Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, France, Spain, the UK, Italy, Germany, and Russia. No word on a trip across the pond for us yet though. If you live in any of the areas I mentioned you can get the device around the middle of May for €229 ($297.40). Let us know if you plan on picking one of these up. Or maybe you plan on waiting for something better, either way we would love to hear about it.
Source: Unwired View
You have no doubt noticed a trend amongst most smartphone manufacturers to push the boundaries of screen size with several models on the market in the 5-inch or larger range. Samsung’s Galaxy Note series really pushed the market into this “phablet” sized range with its success, demonstrating there was a market for large devices. Transparency Market Research has published a new report that puts some numbers to what we seem to be seeing and predicts sales of phablets and superphones will reach 825 million units by 2018, generating $116.4 billion for manufacturers that jump into the market. Although North America has been the leader in the market to date, Asian Pacific markets like Korea, India and China are expected to experience the largest and fastest growth rates over the next five years.