HTC CEO Peter Chou Says They Won’t Sell “Cheap, Cheap Phones”

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, HTC CEO Peter Chou restated the company’s new focus on higher-end devices in 2012. “We insist on using better materials to make better products that offer premium experience,” he said. “Many consumers like that.

HTC has recently launched what seem like relatively low-end devices like the Desire C and the One V, but Chou doesn’t “want to destroy brand image,” so HTC won’t sell “cheap, cheap phones“. The phones he’s referring to are the super low-end devices being released in China and other developing countries that go for half the price of the HTC phones available in those markets. At that price point, Chou says “we won’t have good products“.

So it seems that what we can expect from HTC from now on are devices no worse than the Desire C at the budget end, and the sky’s the limit on the higher end. It’s nice to know that when you buy an HTC phone, you’ll be getting a certain level of quality. Now let’s see if it helps their bottom line.

source: wall street journal

 


About the Author: Ed Caggiani

Originally from the East Coast, Ed now makes his home in San Jose, California. His passion for technology started with his first ColecoVision and Atari gaming systems, and has grown stronger through Tandy computers, IBM clones, Palm Pilots, and PocketPCs. Ed's love for Android began with his first HTC Hero, then blossomed with the original Evo 4G, and now the Evo 3D and Motorola Xoom. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, and is now a professional User Experience Designer working in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ed enjoys video games, jamming on guitar, and spending time with his wife, two cats, and Logitech Revue.


[APP Review] Hide It Pro For Android, Available In The Google Play Store (Video)

I’m sure there have been many instances where you or a buddy of yours are flipping through your phone’s “Gallery” and then stumble upon a picture that you or they weren’t suppose to see. It’s happened to me and many other people I know. Well, for Android there’s a wonderful app that can solve that problem! It’s called “Hide It Pro”, but it’s also under the alias “Audio Manager Pro”. It’s a free app on the Google Play store that does exactly what you would want it to do, and more. You can use it to hide pictures, videos, certain apps, files, text messages and even locks your desired app. What’s even more wonderful about it is that it disguises itself as an “Audio Manager” app so that people that are going through your phone won’t know what it really does. Surprisingly it also works well as an audio manager application, so in essence, it’s two apps in one.  
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Official Xbox Live for Android application launches. How does it compare to the competition?

If you’re both an Android lover and an avid gamer, chances are you will been waiting for Microsoft to release it’s new My Xbox Live application on the Google Play Store. With the application hitting Apple’s App Store last month it was only a matter of time before we’d see it arrive on Android and the good news is that today is that day!

I’ve personally been a fan of both Android and Xbox for a few years now and have been searching for the ideal application to suit my needs. For me, one of the biggest attractions that keeps me coming back to the Xbox is the social aspect of online gaming. The majority of my close friends are on Xbox Live and from time to time one of my favourite means of winding down after a long week at work is spending a couple of hours playing capture-the-flag whilst chatting with my friends. I was always interested in the concept of being able to glance at your phone to see who’s online and what they’re playing before deciding whether to fire up the Xbox or watch a film. With a number of popular, third party applications on the Play Store, the biggest challenge was always finding an application that you could rely on.


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About the Author: Chris Stewart

Originally from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, I'm now living in the UK's second city, Birmingham. I've had a passion for gadgets from a very young age, it all started with my Commodore 64 at the tender age of 2 years old. I purchased my first mobile phone aged 17 and it was from there the obsession began. Having now gone through 33 phones in 13 years it's safe to say my passion for phones is alive and well! My current phone is the Galaxy Nexus as I'm a big fan of the pure Android experience. I've been working in the Banking industry for the past 10 years and I'm currently working in Human Resources for one of the World's largest Retail Banks. I spend my spare time with my wonderful wife and young family and when I'm not fiddling with phones and tablets I can be found playing football (soccer for you guys in the States!), watching Mixed Martial Arts, tinkering with cars or listening to music.


[Update] Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Pre-Orders Go Live On Amazon, then Pulled

 

Update: Looks like Amazon jumped the gun on this one and posted the pre-order page before Samsung was ready. We’re just going to have to wait this one out a little bit longer. We will keep you up to date as soon as we hear anything more.

Ever since Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1, I’ve been very excited about it and thought that it might actually be the first tablet I’d buy. With the Galaxy Note being so popular and successful, I have no doubts that the Note 10.1 will be just as great especially with the S-pen functionality. Well, if you’d like to be one of the first consumers to get your hands on it then Amazon has you covered…. Kind of. The Note 10.1 was up for pre-orders on Amazon and said shipping would be about 3-5 weeks, but due to a high volume of pre-orders the page has been temporarily taken down until Amazon replenishes their inventory. I’ll post the link via the source so just keep your eye on it from time to time. Hopefully Amazon put it back on shortly.

If you’re not familiar with the Note 10.1, it will feature Androids latest firmware, Ice Cream Sandwich, and will feature Samsung’s innovative S-pen technology. It will be a WiFi-only 10.1″ tablet with 32GB of on-board storage. The tablet will don the 1.4 quad-core Exynos processor, similar to the one inside the international Galaxy SIII. This is definitely the tablet to keep an eye on if you’re a Samsung fan.

source: Amazon

Qualcomm’s 28nm Snapdragon S4 Chips Will Fail To Meet Demands Until 2013

A statement released by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the contract chip maker that’s in charge for the production of the SoC’s for Qualcomm, stated that they will fail to meet demands for the Snapdragon S4 processors until next year in 2013. The 28nm Snapdragon S4 processors are arguably the most used and wanted mobile processor on the market. They’re huge in the American market as it’s the processor that will be used in all of the US’s versions of the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and it is already used in the widely successful AT&T One X and T-Mobile One S. The reason it’s so popular within the American carriers is due to its LTE integration, considering every US market is or will be pushing their own LTE service.

The TSMC has said that production quantity of the chip should start improving near the end of the year in Q4 and the “market demand is likely to be satisfied in 2013″. While we’ve already reported before of the shortages of the Snapdragon S4, even causing the ASUS Padfone a slight delay in its release, I don’t think this generally jeopardizes any current upcoming device releases that will use this processor (i.e. the Galaxy SIII), but this is definitely something that we should keep our eyes on.

source: Reuters

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity gives the new iPad a beat-down in benchmark tests

Ritchies Room has taken a video of the two current hottest tablets on the market and uploaded the results to YouTube for our viewing pleasure. The results will likely surprise very few and upset very many. Apple and Asus top dogs were put through four sets of benchmarks in order to measure general performance, browser speeds, java scripting and graphics.

When it comes to processor and memory speed the Transformer wiped the floor with the iPad delivering a score that more than doubled that of Apple’s finest. In the battle of the browsers, Chrome on the Transformer is up to 50% faster than Safari on the iPad, another comprehensive win for the Asus. Javascripting performance is a closer run thing with the Transformer edging out the iPad and it was similarly close in Graphics performance with the iPad’s quad-core graphics chip ensuring the only win for the iPad.

For the full facts and figures you can check out the video below, just try not to look so smug when you show it to your iPad toting friends.

 

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About the Author: Chris Stewart

Originally from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, I'm now living in the UK's second city, Birmingham. I've had a passion for gadgets from a very young age, it all started with my Commodore 64 at the tender age of 2 years old. I purchased my first mobile phone aged 17 and it was from there the obsession began. Having now gone through 33 phones in 13 years it's safe to say my passion for phones is alive and well! My current phone is the Galaxy Nexus as I'm a big fan of the pure Android experience. I've been working in the Banking industry for the past 10 years and I'm currently working in Human Resources for one of the World's largest Retail Banks. I spend my spare time with my wonderful wife and young family and when I'm not fiddling with phones and tablets I can be found playing football (soccer for you guys in the States!), watching Mixed Martial Arts, tinkering with cars or listening to music.


New Kindle app update provides improved tablet support

 

Popular e-reader app, Kindle for Android just put out a new update that looks to improve its functions for tablet users. The changelog for version 3.6.0 is as follows:

  • Tablet users: customize your reading experience with new margin and line spacing controls.
  • Tablet users: see two pages side-by-side in landscape mode.
  • Fixed a bug that required some users to re-register when returning to the app.
  • Several bug fixes.

So if you’re looking to get your read on today, be sure to hit the link below to grab the update.

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Acer Announces the Tegra 3, 1080p Iconia Tab A700: Pre-Order Now for $450

Acer has just unveiled its Iconia Tab A700 and will be available for pre-order starting today at “national electronics retailers” throughout the U.S. The A700 sports a 10-inch screen but will be Acer’s first tablet with a 1920 x 1200 resolution display. That’s 1080p on a tablet folks! Just like the A510, this new slate features the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but also packs in Dolby Mobile 3+ technology coupled with 5.1 channel surround sound. To enjoy this awesome sound feature, just use the devices HDMI output to transfer media to your television. Available with 32GB of onboard storage, the A700 is capable of supporting up to a whopping 64GB’s of SD card space, one of the largest (official) storage options for a tablet we’ve seen to date.

The device will be available in black or silver and should arrive for pre-order at your favorite electronics retailer soon. You can also place an order right now through the Acer Store for $449.99. Join us after the break to see a gallery of images and the official press release. Anyone interested?
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About the Author: Stacy Bruce

Stacy Bruce was born and raised in Spokane Washington. He attended the University of Washington to study pre-med only to change his course study a year later to forensic science. Although currently not a doctor or a scientist, some believe he posseses the knowledge of both. He was a resident of San Diego California for ten years, lived beachside and sometimes wonders why the hell he moved back to Spokane. A multi-talented man, Stacy is a fabricator, an artist, a gear head, a tech junkie and at most, the disciple of Casanova. Growing up, he was always enthralled with electronics, gadgets and gizmos. Throughout his life he has had one, if not two, of every cool and new electronic device available. He began his smartphone experience with the original iPhone. After realizing it was more like theirPhone, he decided he wanted the ability to customize, so Stacy moved to the OG Droid and has been a loyal Android fanatic ever since. Moving through all of the top tier Verizon phones, he recently retired his Droid Charge in favor of the Galaxy Nexus, only to wonder what great device Samsung will come out with next. Stacy is a busy new homeowner in where he lives with his beautiful girlfriend and two dogs.


Samsung Plans to Launch It’s Own Social Networking Service

 

Based on a report from The Korea Times, Samsung is going to debut a social network that a Samsung official says will compete with Facebook. They noted that the project is called in no subtle terms, “Samsung Facebook”. They don’t seem to be hiding the fact that the project is definitely geared toward a Facebook-like feel. Well there is no hard evidence on what this all entails, but it has been confirmed that it should go live in the Q1 of next year. Samsung’s idea is to have this social network span across their many internet ready devices for consumers.

It’s quite hard to say that this project, ‘Samsung Facebook’ could ever be real competition for the social giant Facebook in my opinion, but what’s another social network? Go ahead and toss it right in there with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+?  Whatever your feelings are on this move, Samsung is going to give it a shot.

source: theverge

 


About the Author: Adam Johnson

Adam was born and raised in Florida. Once a grown man traveled around the country working as a contract 3D mechanical designer. Finally settled in Gainesville, FL doing the same work in a permanent position for a global medical device company. His interest in mobile devices started with his Motorola Q9h which sported Windows Mobile 6.1. Unfortunately he was captured by the enemy and owned an iPhone3G for a short while, but that didn't last long through some dealings with the mobile carrier at the time. Finally he found a happy secure place among the Android community, starting with his HTC EVO 4G and hasn't looked back. All during his time with these various smartphones, he's dug deep into them, hacking away to get the best performance he could, all the while making his devices unique. As new Android devices are always on the horizon, he can't say what his next device will be, but he is Android for life, and his passion for all things Google will stand fast.


Latest ICS leak for the HTC Rezound looks to be near official

It looks like the folks over at XDA have leaked another version of ICS for the HTC Rezound, this time version 3.14.605.10. The first thing listed is “no new radios” which is always a good sign pointing to an official release. The changelog in this version simply addresses some minor bugs with sms, the data widget and removes the caller ID app. Still no word on the official release, so flash instructions and the file can be found below for the brave and bold.

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source: xda