Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 has rightfully arrived with much praise and enthusiasm thanks to its awesome internals and custom software, but how will the phone and its awesome features hold up in real-world use? Well friends, it appears the Galaxy S 4’s 2,600mAh battery certainly packs a bigger punch than one could have ever imagined. Thanks to our friends at GSMArena, extensive testing indicate the Galaxy S 4 excels in three testing categories that make up the average smartphone user’s daily activities:
- Talk time – 13 hours, 53 min
- Web browsing – 8 hours, 42 min
- Video playback – 10 hours, 16 min
While those results clearly place the smartphone in direct competition with other premium smartphones out there— the Galaxy S 4 essentially trumps everything out there on the “endurance ratings“, which are combined measurements showing how long a device could potentially last in real life. Hypothetically speaking, if a Galaxy S 4 owner did one hour of calling, web browsing and video watching every day— the smartphone would last for an astounding 63 hours— 3 days! Pretty impressive, right?
If you’re a Three customer in the UK, you’ll be pleased to know that Three‘s CEO Dave Dyson is excited about his company’s 4G LTE rollout, and vaguely discussed it during a quarterly earnings call yesterday. Unfortunately, he’s in “no rush for LTE,” and by that he means you shouldn’t actually expect it until later this year. Like, Q4 of this year. We know waiting is really, really hard to do, but hey, this is going to make a great Christmas present from your cellular provider.
He did also say that Three has no plans to charge their customers extra for LTE, so that’s another plus. According to Dyson, Three wants to see how competing companies set up their 4G before making any huge moves into the LTE space, so that’s a pretty sound decision. Better to do something right and take a bit longer the first time instead of rushing through it and putting out a bad product.
source: Mobile News
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will launch very soon and starting March 28 in the UK, Carphone Warehouse will give pre-order customers a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet. To qualify for this exclusive deal, you’ll have to be one of the first 2,000 to pre-order the Galaxy S 4 which is expected to launch April 26. Customers will also receive a free car charger, screen protector, and case. Carphone Warehouse COO Graham Stapelton believes its retail stores could be even busier than the holiday season during the launch of the Galaxy S 4. Considering Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 destroyed pre-registrations for the Galaxy S III, Graham could be right.
Source: Carphone Warehouse
At the Game Developers Conference 2013 today, SEGA dropped some news for fans of the old school fun known as Sonic the Hedgehog. The original version of the game has been remastered to run natively on Android devices and is expected to be available in April for $2.99. Hopefully the combination of sensors in modern smartphones and tablets, combined with some touchscreen controls, will prove to be a powerful combination with a game that did such a good job of portraying a sense of speed. Some gameplay video is expected to be released so that may give us a better idea of what to expect. SEGA also indicated they are working on Sonic 2 and progress is on schedule.
source: Android Police
Verizon is at this year’s Gaming Developers Conference in San Francisco, and announced the Playphone Games Portal which will hit Verizon devices in the second quarter. Powered by social gaming network Playphone, it’ll compete directly with the Google Play Store and allow Verizon to generate more revenue. What makes the Playphone Games Portal different from Google Play is the ability to interact with friends and purchases. A “friends” page within the application will allow you to see all your friends’ game activity and you can easily challenge them to a game, or invite them to games that you play. Read more
Samsung can’t seem to shake Apple off its back and although damages of $599 million were awarded to Apple, the tech giant still isn’t satisfied. In documents filed by Apple, they claim Judge Lucy Koh made an $85 million error in calculating damages. Supposedly, Koh thought the jury had granted $44,792,974 for the Infuse 4G and $40,494,356 for the Galaxy S II on AT&T. However, according to Apple, Samsung’s own statements prove that “disgorgement of profits for design patent infringement”, were permissible. Read more
You might say that things are going well for Samsung, and that would be an understatement. They are the top dogs in Android smartphone sales, and thanks to tremendous marketing, you won’t find too many people that never heard of a “Galaxy” smartphone. Although demand is generally lower during Q1, Hong Kong market researcher Counterpoint Research thinks Samsung will break another record when it comes to smartphone sales. They think Samsung will move 70 million smartphones during the quarter, which isn’t too shabby. Counterpoint says that Samsung had a 35% market share after February (2 months), which is 3% higher than Q4 2012’s 32%. For those of you that like to follow Apple, they didn’t do too bad either as they came in a 21% for February (2 months), which is up 4% from Q4 2012’s 17%.
Someone please tell me when Sony will run out of letters? We can now throw the Xperia A and Xperia UL into the mix. Both are headed to Japan this summer. The Xperia A is headed to NTT DoCoMo and is codenamed ‘Dogo’ with a model number of SO-04E. It will sport a 4.6-inch HD display (not sure if it will be 720p or 1080p), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2,300mAh battery. It’s also said to be water/dust resistant and will come with mobile wallet, One Seg and an IR blaster.
The Xperia UL is headed to KDDI and is codenamed “Gaga’ with a model number of SOL22. It will have a design that is similar to the Xperia ZL and it will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a removable 2,300mAh battery. Just like the Xperia A, it will be water/dust resistant and come with mobile wallet, One Seg, and an IR blaster.
Yes I know, an Amazon phone has been rumored for what seems like an eternity, but the latest rumor is they will go into mass production during the later part of the 2nd quarter. As far as specs go, it’s rumored that it will come with a 4.7-inch display. Apparently they were initially going to go with a 4.3-inch display, but they went bigger since that’s what everybody (other than Apple fanboys) seems to want these days. The rest of the specs aren’t confirmed and supposedly Amazon is still “enhancing other specifications”, which could be the reason for the delays we reported about a couple of weeks ago. This one should be interesting so stay tuned.