ZTE, the world’s ninth-largest smartphone manufacturer, is looking to move into the high-end market in 2015 to help improve financial performance and improve their presence in markets like the U.S. ZTE, like other Chinese manufacturers, have tended to operate in the lower end of the market relying on sales quantity in markets like China to offset the razor-thin margins they achieve with their devices. Zeng Xuezong, ZTE’s executive vice-president, says “we will make more and more premium smartphones” joining Huawei and Lenovo as companies hoping to break out in coming years.
Today Samsung held a press conference in Taiwan where it announced a number of new LTE-enabled devices, such as the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Note 3 Neo, and a new entry-level smartphone called the Galaxy Core Lite.
The new Galaxy Core Lite features a 4.7″ display and a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP camera. The device will ship with Android 4.3, and there’s no word yet on whether the device will get Android 4.4 or not.
A new report from Chinese news site ET News indicates both Samsung and LG are working to incorporate Quantum Dot technology into their displays, possibly as soon as this year. Unlike recent moves my manufacturers to increase the resolution of their displays to produce crisper images, QD technology is intended to improve the color range, brightness levels and power consumption attributes of LCD displays. The QD technology relies on an additional substrate material in the layers of a display screen.
Oppo has confirmed two new devices today, one of which was the N1 Mini that we’d previously heard about. The specs are pretty much in line with what we anticipated, including a quad-core Snapdragon CPU and a 5-inch, 720p display. It still has the same 13 megapixel camera on a swivel that the bigger N1 had, too. The Mini will be about 63 grams thinner than the bigger N1, and you’ll be able to pick it up in white as well as blue and yellow.
Huawei has scheduled a press event for June 24 to unveil their new Honor 6. The device is set to include the companies new octa-core Kirin 920 chipset.
Huawei seems to be skipping the Honor 4 and 5 and jumping straight to the Honor 6. The device should include a 5″ 1080p display, but all we know about the device as far as specs go other than it including the Kirin 920.
Light-field camera startup Lytro is rumored to be preparing to release their own Android powered camera in the coming months.
Light-field technology essentially replaces standard lens-sensors with a number of micro-lenses that capture the scene from multiple angles. This allows for improved refocusing and faster image capture.
A few Android device manufacturers have attempted to replicate light-field cameras in the past. Samsung, Sony and Google are a few companies that have created software that aims to replicate the new camera technology.
Samsung will be holding its “Galaxy Premiere 2014” event on Thursday, June 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City — the invitation can be seen above.
You can stream the event live from your computer at www.youtube.com/SamsungMobile if you can’t attend.
Check out a promo video for the event after the break. We’ll be at the Garden Thursday night so stay tuned for updates!
Back in January, Samsung was granted a patent for a foldable tablet. Of course, a patent doesn’t necessarily mean that a product will ever come to fruition, but it appears this one will. Reports out of Korea indicate that Samsung showed such a tablet behind closed doors at Mobile World Congress, and the plan is to make it available next year.
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WakeUp allows you to turn your screen on without the power button
‘Orange Is The New… App?’ Netflix’s hit show makes its way to the Play Store
HTC updates HTC Gallery app to enhance UFocus blur function, other tweaks
While the WiFi version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 was released in the U.S. back in February, we didn’t see the LTE version. It seems like that might change, with the device rumored to be coming to T-Mobile.
The rumors suggest that the device will be coming to T-Mobile “later in the summer”. There’s no word yet on pricing, but we know it probably won’t be cheap. The LTE version of the device will allow users to make phone calls, but apart from that it likely won’t be too different from the WiFi version.
LG is being pretty open these days — the company has just announced the release of multiple SDKs for developers to use as they please.
The SDKs include the following:
Netflix has a hit on their hands to accompany House of Cards — it’s called Orange Is The New Black, and it just returned for its second season earlier this month.
As with all great modern shows, a presence on social media and other online areas is absolutely necessary, so the creators are doing all they can to promote the show via a brand new app titled “Orange Is The New App.”
T-mobile announced today that they would be ditching plans to host their June 18th Uncarrier 5.0 event in Los Angeles, and instead moving it to Seattle.
While we still do not know exactly what will be announced at the event, rumors have been floating around. T-Mobile’s Uncarrier plans tend to be permanent and industry changing, so announcements about plans and payment are expected.
After Samsung and HTC had big flagship device reveals earlier this year that included quick, if not immediate, availability of their devices, smartphone buyers hoping to get an LG G3 continue to wait for word on when the device will actually be available. Perhaps to appease the masses, LG has released a whole series of videos highlighting some of the features they are bringing to the market with the LG G3.
HTC has updated their HTC Gallery app to add user adjustability for the UFocus Blur effect. Owners of the HTC One (M8) with HTC’s new Duo Camera know they can just tap on an image to change the focal point. By changing that focal point, the rest of the image is blurred to create a bokeh effect. The new feature adds a slider so that users can customize not only the location of the focal point, but the level of blur that is applied to the rest of the image. Users can now increase the level of blur even more than what the HTC thinks the default should be or decrease it so no additional digital blur is added.