Samsung never seems to disappoint with sales. The company’s April 11 launch of the flagship Galaxy S 5 smartphone has reportedly surpassed sales of last year’s Galaxy S 4 by more than 30%. In fact, some European markets experience sales growth of more than double when comparing the GS5 to last year’s GS4. And that number was expected to go up significantly had retailers not run out of stock. Across Europe, lines were formed despite many believing that there was no true excitement for the Galaxy S 5.
So before you go knocking Samsung for not using metal, just remember that people will still buy anyways.
Source: ZDNet Korea
Remember the Moto X+1 name that leaked earlier this month? It is now (almost) confirmed that it will be the device to feature Motorola’s upcoming leather backplates. On Twitter, @evleaks tweeted an image that listed twenty-five varieties among five categories. The star of the show here is the Leather category as it will allow customers to choose between four differ colors. Also, Wood backplates make a return along with the usual Cool, Neutral, and Warm categories.
Rumored Moto X+1 backplates, from @evleaks:
- Cool: Navy, Turquoise, Olive, Royal Blue, Dark Teal
- Neutral: Slate, Purple, Smoke, Black, Chalk
- Warm: Red, Orange, Lemon Lime, Violet, Crimson, Raspberry, Cabernet
- Wood: Teak, Bamboo, Rosewood, Ebony
- Leather: Black, Red, Grey, Blue
It looks like HTC is working very hard on releasing a variety of devices this year. A new report out today claims that HTC is planning to release the One (M8) in plastic. While the internal specifications and overall design would be the same as the aluminum One (M8), the plastic model would undoubtedly be cheaper. The reason for this is that the HTC One (M8) costs almost $900 in China and having a plastic model would bring that number down to about $483.
Source: TMT Post
Via: G 4 Games
The battle is on! Both the Galaxy S 5 and HTC One (M8) are now available globally. There is no question that Samsung will win the war, but can HTC put a dent into Samsung’s market share? Samsung also has another battle, but this one is in the court. It’s that same ongoing struggle with Apple, but shouldn’t Apple be going after Google? T-Mobile continues to shake the carrier industry up forcing the other carriers to respond. Google I/O registration entries got pushed back one week, and everyone will have an opportunity to buy Google Glass for one day. Are you buying? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.
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In less than one week, Spider-Man fans will be able to download the latest mobile game from the beloved franchise. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2 and the corresponding game will be released on April 17. The trailer for the game shows some gameplay along with cutscenes that will be packaged. Gameloft is the developer, so Spidey is in good hands.
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The CEO of T-Mobile received a gift from HTC America yesterday. Nothing too flash, just a new HTC One (M8) with a 24 carot gold finish. Of course, the device was promptly shown off on Twitter.
That’s not all though. As if all that gold wasn’t enough, Mr. Legere then received a gold Samsung Galaxy S5, which was also shown off on Twitter! It certainly must be nice to be getting all that gold!
Source: @JohnLegere (HTC One) and @JohnLegere (Galaxy S5)
Google gave a presentation at the recent Electronic Transaction Association’s trade show in Las Vegas. While they acknowledged that consumers have been slow to embrace the mobile payment service Google Wallet, they also said that they plan to stick with it.
Ariel Bardin, the chief of Google Wallet gave the presentation, and mentioned that when Google Wallet was launched it relied on NFC technology and only one carrier – Sprint – to push it. This limited the reach that the service had, and after a year it only supported one credit card and bank combination.
The Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active is coming. In fact, it is coming to AT&T, Sprint, and likely others as a recent leaked suggests. As many of you know, the Active model for Samsung’s Galaxy S devices bring extra durability. Many people were unsure that this device would return in 2014 since the Galaxy S 5 is already an extremely durable device with a high waterproof rating. But now the Galaxy S 5 Active is almost confirmed thanks to @evleaks sharing its APKs.
There are 277 of them and just too many to go through each and every one. So if any catch your eye in the list above, let us know in the comments below! Read more
At Verizon, the HTC One (M8) is only available in Gunmental Gray and Glacial Silver. Along with these colors, Verizon gained exclusivity from HTC by releasing the One (M8) on the same day it was announced. And it now looks like Verizon will be getting another exclusive. This time, another color.
On Twitter, @evleaks let the cat out of the bag by saying the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will soon be available in Glamour Red. When? We do not know. But we have heard about other red variants of the One (M8). The Stealth Red variant was recently delayed, so will Glamour Red hit a speed bump as well? Cannot be sure just yet. Read more
With the patent wars between Apple and Samsung raging on, an interesting person took the stand today. While the trial doesn’t involved Google, they got involved anyway, with the VP of engineering for Android taking the stand to aid Samsung.
In his testimony, Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the early days of Android, and how he worked 60 to 80 hour weeks. The point of him joining the battle was to show that many features in Samsung devices, including some that are on trial, were actually invented by Google and not Apple. This is all part of Samsung’s point that Apple is going after Samsung to indirectly affect Google. His testimony also was to talk to the jury about Android and how Google develops software to offer to hardware manufacturers, Samsung included.