As many of you know, Samsung supplies several important pieces to some of Apple’s devices, including the processors. Recently, Samsung decided to ask 20% more for the cost of those processors. According to sources, Apple disapproved at first, but they could not find another source for the chips and had to accept the price increase. The report also listed the number of processors that Apple has bought from Samsung, a staggering amount of 130 million chips last year and more than 200 million this year. That price increase is going to sting a little with those numbers.
Now this could just be a purely business move, reflecting changes in the supply and demand chain between Apple and Samsung. And it’s definitely a lucrative move for Samsung, because Apple has no choice but to buy the chips from Samsung, at least until 2014 when Samsung’s contract to sell processors to Apple ends. But hopefully I’m not too crazy in thinking that Apple’s constant litigation against Samsung might have played a small part in Samsung’s price hike.
In the past, the Sony Xperia P has been recognized in Europe as an award-winning “green” phone. We have also seen Sony produce the phone in a pink version. Now Sony is upping the ante by combining color with material for their latest version, a gold Xperia P. The unibody phone is likely gold-plated with 24k gold over the aluminum frame rather than being molded out of gold. Even that gold plating should be enough to really drive up the retail price, but we can only guess since no details were provided as to whether it would even be made available.
Sony produced this latest version for a competition they are conducting via their Facebook page for customers in Nordic countries. Hopefully Sony fans in that country were following the Sony Facebook page and entered by telling what “gold Friday” means to them as the deadline appears to have passed.
source: Sony Mobile Facebook
via: Xperia Blog
Tower defense and real-time RPG fans need to take a look at Wars Online. It was developed by Mobe Labb Corp, and it has equal parts of both of these elements. Much like other tower defense games, you must defend your kingdom by releasing various soldiers, but you can strategize things more effectively with a cannon that you control. The soldiers operate the same way as you would expect by shooting or utilizing whatever their weapon is constantly until they are killed. With the cannons, you can control the power as well as how far it will fire. You also get to fire it whenever you feel it’s important, which is crucial since you don’t have an unlimited supply.
After previously seeing the upcoming Nexus 4 on T-Mobile will likely not have WiFi calling, it appears that it will after all. T-Mobile Support recently outlined the full data features of the devices and lo and behold– full WiFi calling is indeed supported. All that’s needed is for T-Mo customers to get a specialized GBA SIM card, register a 9-1-1 address and turn on the phone’s WiFi and connect to a WiFi network. All in all— while the pricing of the device is somewhat absurd on-contract, at least T-Mo customers will be able to save many of those precious monthly talk minutes which is a good thing, right?
source: T-Mobile Support
There are always pros and cons when it comes to rooting your Android devices. Among the major pros are being able to make your Android device much more flexible and slap on things like custom ROMs. On the flip side there are cons such as the potential of major security breaches, such as one that was recently found by XDA user graffixnyc. While going through his S-Memo SQLite files on his Galaxy S III, he found out S-Memo store his Google account password in plain text, instead of the password being encrypted. After posting his issue in an open forum thread, another XDA user named ViViDboarder highlighted rooted devices will be able to view internal contents like that of the SQLite files, though graffixnyc the records of the SQLite files should be encrypted, whether a device is rooted or not.
While this is incredibly troubling to hear, this is a good wake up call for all Android owners, especially owners of rooted devices to take extreme caution in ensuring their sensitive information is safe and secure. The last thing you want is your important information getting into the wrong hands and all.
source: XDA Forums
While we just about know everything we need to know about HTC’s upcoming beast here in the States, it seems there will be some slight differences in the overseas’ variant of the device. According to various reports, new renders have surfaced highlighting HTC’s new 5-inch device
will is likely to be identified as the DLX in Asia, likely based off the HTC J Butterfly in Japan, as opposed to retaining the DROID DNA seen here in America. As seen in the photo above, it seems as if the render matches up quite nicely with what we’ve already seen— so this tidbit of news indicates the DLX is possibly be the real deal. The render leaks also highlight some good news for those of you in the Asian markets– the HTC DLX is expected to debut in China on December 6th and later on in Taiwan on December 10th in white, black and brown color variations.
Ladies and gents, let the salivating of this device commence!
source: Phone Arena
Earlier today the President of India announced the government-subsidized Aakash 2 tablet, a follow up to the country’s unsuccessful original Aakash tablet that was announced a couple of years ago. The second iteration of the device has been completely redesigned, effectively allowing for a decent low-cost tablet alternative for college students.
What exactly qualifies as “low-cost”, you ask? Well, when the 7-inch tablet hits the market in the coming months, it will be priced at 2,236 INR, or about $40 US. Moreover, the Indian government will be offering the Aakash version 2.0 to students at a subsidized price of 1,132 INR, which equates to around $20 US.
Don’t think you’re getting a complete pile of garbage for that price either. Datawind, the Canadian-based manufacturer responsible for producing the device, has managed to pack in some adequate hardware, including a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 7-inch capacitive display, 512MB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery, 4GB of internal storage, as well as a MicroSD slot for further expansion. Additionally, the device will run Android 4.0 at launch.
Sure, it isn’t the most powerful device by any means, but considering the inexpensive price point and the targeted customer base, this tablet could prove to be incredibly beneficial. The new slate is expected to make its way to over 220 million Indian students over the next few years, with 244 select engineering colleges to receive first access as a part of the country’s “Aakash in Education” program. Jump past the break for the official PR. Read more
In an attempt to keep up with its incredibly quick release schedule, Samsung has officially delivered the source code for a duo of new devices. Both the Galaxy Express on AT&T and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on T-Mobile are the newest members to join the kernel source club, meaning stable custom ROMs could be on the foreseeable horizon. So, if you’ve got either of these two devices and consider yourself a tinkerer, you can hit the source link below to get in on the developmental action.
Source: Samsung, (2)
ZTE, the manufacturer of the $160 quad-core smartphone, will soon launch the Nubia Z5 and pictures of the device have already been leaked. The device suspiciously looks like an HTC One X with its matte white coloring and unibody design. Since we’re merely dealing with a few leaked photos here, it doesn’t reveal anything on the specs front but we do know the device will sport a 5-inch, 1080p display while rocking a 13MP rear camera. We do know, by looking at the photos, that it’ll be even thinner than an iPhone 5,which if you’re familiar with that device, is a massive feat considering this bad-boy is rocking four cores. ZTE’s goal was to compete with the likes of Nokia, HTC and Apple, and I don’t see how they won’t at least make it interesting with this offering. Quality and reliability will most likely be the deciding factors. We’ll find out more when it’s launched in December.
According to a leak from the GL Benchmark database, it looks like Acer is working on the successor to the Iconia Tab A210. The model revealed in the benchmark, the A220, will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocking in a 1.3GHz. Granted, it’s a bit lower by today’s standards, but this may be a move to squeeze more battery life out of the device. It also looks like the device will run Android 4.1.2. Since it’s only a benchmark leak, we obviously can’t tell much more other than what was revealed in the actual benchmark, but we’ll let you know as we learn more.
source: GL Benchmark