Sales figures on Galaxy S4 disappointing? ‘Not so,’ says Samsung


In the months following the release of the Galaxy S4 up until now, reports have been coming out saying that the sales figures of the S4 have been pretty disappointing, and didn’t live up to what Samsung originally expected for the device.

There were even rumors that stated the company would be preparing the Galaxy S5 for an early launch to make up for their poor sales.

However, it seems that there was a big misconception between what the Samsung officials were saying and what the press was saying.

Apparently, Samsung had “out-of-this-world” expectations for the sales of the S4. As it turns out, the numbers weren’t “out-of-this-w0rld,” but pretty darn close— still not enough for Samsung executives to be happy, though…

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T-Mobile announces 200 MB of monthly free data for all tablets

T-mobile tablet data ad

Here’s a bold move for the “Uncarrier.” T-Mobile will be offering 200 MB of data access free of charge to any and all T-Mobile tablets. No strings, no commitments, just free data. CEO John Legere talked up the free data packages that will be available starting November 1st, all while taking a few potshots at other carriers. He considers the fact that most tablets are WiFi-only and tethered to smartphones “silliness” that needs to stop, and he thinks T-Mobile will be the first step in moving tablets in that direction. Of course, 200 MB isn’t a whole lot of data, so T-Mobile will also be offering a $5 plan that gives you 500 MB for a day and a $10 plan that gives you 1 GB for a week. It’s not unlimited data, but hey, it’s convenient and cheap.

On top of the new data packages, T-Mobile will also offer their selection of tablets for $0 down, with monthly payments working similarly to their smartphone payment plans. They hinted that the $0 down may not be permanent, so if you’re in the market for a new tablet, you may want to check out T-Mobile pretty soon.

If T-Mobile had better coverage in my area, I would jump at the chance for something like this. Are any of you planning on taking up their free data offer? Let us know in the comments.

source: The Verge

Japan Display takes screen resolution to new level with 12.1-inch 4K display


A cooperative effort between Japanese companies Sony Mobile Display, Toshiba Mobile Display, and Hitachi Displays, collectively known as Japan Display Inc., has announced their success in producing a 4K resolution screen (3840×2160) in a 12.1-inch form factor. The screen uses TFT LCD technology to produce a 365 pixels per inch picture. According to JDI, they have also managed to control heat and power usage for the display and kept it thin enough so that it could actually be deployed as part of a consumer device such as a notebook computer or a tablet device. The product is being shown at the FPD International 2013 event in Japan this week.

Many people have expressed skepticism at the need for 4K resolutions on anything smaller than a large television, but it seems manufacturers are continuing to work on producing screens capable of this resolution in a mobile device. Do you think the market will reach the point where 4K capable devices are the standard?

source: Japan Display Inc.
via: Engadget

HTC looking to outsource phone production due to decreasing demand


If you’ve taken a few economics courses, you know all about how cost curves work. I won’t get down to the nitty gritty, because, after all, this isn’t an economics site. All you really have to know is that as production output shrinks, the cost to produce goods gets higher per unit.

As you probably know by now, HTC isn’t selling too many phones these days. Because of this, they have to manufacture less phones so they don’t end up with a surplus. However, if they were to produce less devices at their current factories, the costs for producing these devices per unit increases too much for the company to make a worthwhile profit.

It seems like the only option now is to outsource— which is exactly what they’re about to do.

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Sony Mobile to host November 12 event, possibly the Xperia Z1S global launch


Over the weekend, we learned that the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini could possibly be heading over to the U.S. as the Xperia Z1S. Now new information has revealed that Sony Mobile could be hosting an event on November 12 to launch the smaller handset globally. Another possibility for the event could be a budget phablet released in emerging markets.

While the screen of the Z1S is smaller than the flagship Xperia Z1, the internal specs are set to be toe-to-toe with the full size handset. Stay tuned for more info as an invite would have to be sent out relatively soon.

Source: Digi-Wo (translated)
Via: Phone Arena

Galaxy S4 mini to come to United States in November

Galaxy S 4 mini Verizon

Rumors flew in regarding the Galaxy S4 mini, and we had a pretty good idea that it would be headed to the United States on four carriers. All we needed was confirmation.

And guess what? Now we have that.

In a press release, Samsung announced that the phone is US-bound, and will be available from Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and US Cellular.

The device is similar to its bigger brother, but has a smaller frame and lesser internals. It features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display at 960×540 resolution, a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal storage which is expandable via microSD, an 8 MP rear shooter, and a 1,900mAh battery.

The phone ships with 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the most recent version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI— this means that you’ll get most of the same software add-ins that the full S4 has. Samsung also made it known that the device will receive a software update which will allow it to support Galaxy Gear.

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Samsung extending Galaxy Gear compatibility to Galaxy S III, S4, Note II, and five other devices


Previously being limited to just the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is going to be compatible with eight other devices. The company announced today that the Galaxy S III, S4, Note II, Galaxy S4 mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and S4 zoom are all en route to be used with the Gear smartwatch. The catch is that the S III, S4, and Note II will receive Android 4.3 first, with the other devices receiving an update at a later date. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more

Samsung grabs 7.4% of Corning and secures supply of Gorilla Glass through 2023


Samsung and Corning just made some interesting adjustments to their current 40-year partnership. Samsung and Corning already have a joint venture called Samsung Corning Materials. Ltd. Samsung owned a 43% stake in the company, but they will receive $1.9 billion in convertible preferred Corning shares as well as invest $400 million in new convertible preferred shares. I know it’s confusing, but the end result is that Samsung will have a 7.4% stake in the company on an as-converted basis.

What’s even more important is that Samsung and Corning signed a new long-term supply agreement that lasts until 2023. This is obviously a smart move for Samsung in that they won’t have to worry about other manufacturers jumping ahead of them. It doesn’t mean other manufacturers won’t use Gorilla Glass, it just means they won’t get preferred treatment. For Corning, it’s a win because they will gain more flexibility in serving customers, managing capacity, and minimizing capital spending as they expand production of Gorilla Glass and develop new specialty glass applications.

Full presser after the break.

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LG G Flex shows off back panel controls and makes first video appearance


The LG G Flex may not be the first smartphone with a curved display, but it will be the first curved smartphone with rear power and volume controls. That and 50-cents might get you a cup of coffee, but LG needs some recognition now that Samsung took the crown for the first curved smartphone, the Galaxy Round.

The G Flex should be unveiled next month and will probably be as limited as the Galaxy Round. Neither device is going to be popular since they are still evolving. One day we will have smartphones that we can actually bend, but for now it’s going to be flexible displays that are inflexible. Hit the break for a couple of more images and get an even better look with the G Flex’s first video appearance.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 22, 2013


With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!


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