At a shareholder’s meeting held today, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou touted the company’s position mid-way through 2013 and promised “we are determined to do our best to expand the percentage to 10 to 15 percent in the future” in referring to global smartphone market share. At its most recent peak in 2011, HTC only managed to control 10% of the global and since then has seen that fall off to only 4%. Read more
In celebration of the 23rd anniversary of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog, Sega has announced that a few Sonic games for Android are on sale in the Play Store for a limited time. There are a total of four games on sale with savings up to 70% off. Check out the download links to the games after the break. Read more
HTC now has Iron Man on their side. Kind of. Bloomberg is reporting that HTC has signed actor Robert Downey Jr. to a two year, $12 million marketing deal. Downey Jr. will be playing himself (not Tony Stark or Sherlock Holmes) in television, print, and billboard advertisements. HTC has nothing to announce yet on a new marketing campaign, so we’ll have to wait for the specifics on how he will be used t.
HTC had a $1 billion marketing budget last year, compared to Samsung’s whopping $10 billion. Hiring one of Hollywood’s top actors is a great move for HTC, who suddenly has to play catch up to Samsung, whose marketing push includes featuring superstar athlete Lebron James.
We’ve received an invite to a press event hosted by LG in New York City on August 7. There’s no information given past that for right now, but this invite comes just hours after LG revealed that their next flagship phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s speedy new Snapdragon 800. Could we see the Optimus G’s successor? We’ll know for sure in 7 weeks, and we’ll of course keep you updated until then.
If you like odd phone accessories, we’ve got something that you’re really going to enjoy. UK carrier O2 is launching a new line of Talk to the Hand gloves, which basically let you talk to your hand. A collaboration between O2 and artist Sean Miles, these gloves are essentially Bluetooth headsets built into a glove for your smartphone with the ability to answer calls and talk on the phone built right in. Sure, you’re going to look really, really weird, but it’s a cool concept.
The coolest part about the gloves is that they’re made from old recycled phones. The entire project was really just a way to push recycling into the spotlight and prove that old electronics can be recycled for some pretty neat new uses. So don’t trash those old phones just because you upgrade to something newer and better; they’ve still got some life left in them outside of your desk drawer or a landfill.
source: Pocket Lint
Analysts with NPD DisplaySearch are predicting big gains in the number of tablet devices shipped in 2013 and the hot spot is expected to be 8-inch tablet devices. According to NPD DisplaySearch, their analysis of the display supply chain indicates 8-inch devices will make up 5-10% of the market. That will be significant considering most Android powered tablets now come in either 7-inch or 10-inch sizes. Read more
Google took a step today to improve its presence in India with the announcement that it will be opening brick and mortar stores called Android Nation. Google’s retail locations in India will follow the opening of two such stores in Jakarta, Indonesia last year. The stores carry Android powered tablets and smartphones from several manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and ASUS. Besides buying the latest in Android devices, customers can visit Android Nation locations to get expert help with their devices and the Android operating system, get info and help with the latest apps, or browse the aisles and shelves for accessories. The stores in India will be opened in partnership with Spice Global. Read more
In all seriousness, if you haven’t gotten SwiftKey by now this is your chance! In celebration of achieving over 150 thousand 5-star ratings, SwiftKey is having a 50% off sale for their beloved app.
This is by far the best keyboard I’ve ever used and I would recommend it to anyone. Links for both the phone and tablet version below after the break!
With Pixar’s latest sure-to-be hit Monsters University releasing this weekend, Monsters University the game has already landed in the Google Play Store. The game costs $.99 and offers quite a bit of content for all ages to enjoy.
• Get a hold of Archie the Scare Pig, the squealing mascot of Monsters University’s rival school, Fear Tech, in this thrilling game!
• Chase Archie in 30 exciting stages, and tire him out to win each stage!
• Swipe to jump, slide, and dodge tricky obstacles throughout campus!
• Compete in the first scare game event of the year, and put your agility skills to the test!
• Race against the clock, and run through the sewers before time runs out.
• Watch out for the stinging glow urchins that will sting and slow you down throughout all 30 stages!
Other Monstrous Features:
• Play as 3 of your favorite monsters: Mike, Sulley, and Squishy.
• Level up to unlock special power-ups!
• Find and collect Scare Cards featuring famous monsters.
• The Scare Games continue soon with FREE updates that will include more characters and new games based on the other events!
Links to the game right below!