Well, it’s that time of year again and I’m not talking about the Super Bowl. I’m referring to that time of year when everyone’s wondering what’s Samsung got under their sleeve now? Check out the teaser below where Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen, two of Hollywood’s funniest comedians team up to bring you this year’s Super Bowl ad for Samsung’s “Next Big Thing“.
Dubbed “The Big Game”, this multi-million dollar spot will air at half time for this year’s kick-off between the San Francisco “50 minus 1ers” and the Baltimore “Blackbirds.” Who? Yeah, it’s gotten a little nuts but check out the video of the teaser below and it’ll all make sense. And as usual, in typical Samsung style, our curiosity is peaked once more as we’re dying to know what the mega smartphone manufacturer is going to showcase. Here’s to being patient for the day to arrive and if history has any indication, we’re sure they’ll take a little bite out of Apple during the air. I’m really looking forward to that. Samsung has proven before their ads can be effective with the launch of the Galaxy S III and Note/Note II devices. Not only were people walking around saying “dude, you’re a Barista” for months, but it’s definitely swayed many towards the larger screen when push came to shove. I think the numbers can attest to that.
Sony has kicked off a new pilot project to bring a remote security service to market for owners of their Xperia smartphone devices. Sony is calling it “my Xperia” as they pilot the service in the Nordics and target a global release during the second quarter of 2013. One of the individuals behind the service, Sony Experience Planner Marcin Zielinski, described some of the service’s features in a one sentence blurb as helping “you locate your misplaced Sony smartphone and protect your personal data.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, smartphones are getting bigger and bigger and the ultimate one-handed operation device is slowly fading away. The need for something to assist with not dropping your rather expensive investment is on the rise. In stepped Flygrip, the small and popular solution for all things large. Flygrip allows seamless one-handed operation without the fear of dropping your phone or tablet. However, there’s the small little matter of price which doesn’t happen to be small at all. The popular mini mechanism will run you a whopping $29.95 ea. That’s a bit steep if you ask me. $19.99 seems a little more reasonable but the folks over at the Flygrip team may not share my opinion. So, coveting the functionality I began to look for alternatives that wouldn’t break the bank for techs on a dime. Surprisingly, there’s quite a few options for you if you’re interested. We’ve covered three that caught our attention for style, ease of use and of course its cheap price tag.
IDC reported today that the worldwide tablet market grew 75.3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Even compared to the third quarter the growth was impressive with an increase of 74.3% or 22.4 million units worldwide. The total for the quarter, 52.5 million units worldwide according to preliminary data, is a new record for tablet shipments.
Tom Mainelli, a research director with IDC, attributes the strong growth to new product launches, including Microsoft’s entry into the market, and increased consumer interest in tablet devices. Market leader Apple saw growth of 48.1% compared to the same period last year. The news was not all positive for Apple though as their market share continued to decline, down 3.1% from the prior quarter and 8.1% from a year ago. Meanwhile, Apple’s primary foe, Samsung, saw year-to-year growth explode by 263.0% on the way to grabbing 15.1% of the market while shipping 7.9 million units. Amazon and ASUS both saw impressive gains year-to-year as well, with ASUS tablet shipments growing by an mind-boggling 402.3%. Barnes & Noble saw shipments slip by 27.7%, though they still managed to hold onto the number five spot.
We already received official confirmation of the new T-Mobile GoSmart prepaid service last last year, and it looks like it will launch in February. It’s already available in some test markets and there will be three price points:
- $30 per month for unlimited voice and texting
- $35 per month for unlimited voice, texting and 2G Web service
- $45 per month for unlimited voice, texting and “high-speed” Web service (5GB of data at “high-speed” then slowed to 2G speeds)
Those of you out there who are big fans of dual-SIM phones are going to be excited by the outing of LG’s latest upcoming device. The device is identified as the Optimus L7 II Dual and is a follow-up to the L-series of smartphones that were launched last year. LG will equip the dual-SIM device with some noteworthy features including a 4.3-inch IPS display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera and Jelly Bean running the show. The smartphone will be available by mid-February in Russian markets for about 12,990 rubles (approximately $430 USD)– but there’s no word on if or when the device will be available in other markets worldwide.
I think Sony gets the prize for using just about every letter in the alphabet. I dare anyone to rattle off all the phones they have released in the past two years. My family tree is less complicated than Sony’s chart of phones. It looks like Sony has no intentions of slowing down because word is they plan on adding Xperia SP and the Xperia L to the mix.
The Xperia SP will feature a transparent bar so it will be in the NXT series, and since there is an “S” in the name, it will be similar to the Xperia S. It will feature a 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, and Adreno 320 grahics. The codename is Huashan and the model is C530X (C5302, C5303, C5306).
The Xperia L is going to be a lower-end phone. It will feature a FWVGA (854 x 480) display, a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, and Adreno 305 graphics. No word on the codename, but the model is C210X (C2104 and C2105).
Is it unusual to have a big chrome Android figure poking out of a building? Well, if you are lucky enough to be at the GooglePlex— then no… it’s not unusual. Paul Wilcox was casually walking around the Google headquarters and noticed the giant figure sticking out of one of the more prominent areas of the campus. Of course this could be some sort of indication that something major may be coming in regards to Chrome for Android or it could just be Google having some fun as usual. We’re going to go ahead and put our bets on the latter for now.
source: Paul Wilcox Google+
In a few weeks we will finally get our hands on the HTC M7, or whatever they will call, but we are already wondering when it will actually be available. Well Pocketnow was tipped that it will go on sale on March 8th. They could be releasing it in the UK and Europe first, but since they are holding events in both London and New York, I would imagine a U.S. release won’t be far behind.
All the images that we have seen of the M7 have been black, but it’s unlikely they will only offer one color, especially since this is going to be a worldwide launch. Word is that the second color option will be silver/white.
It’s clear that HTC is trying to get ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV launch, but will it be enough? Releasing the phone early is a good idea, but throwing some marketing dollars in the mix probably is an even better idea.
It’s no secret that some of us out there are pretty excited about NVIDIA’s upcoming Project Shield gaming device, but ever wonder how the brains at NVIDIA came up with and developed the idea of a topnotch gaming system? Well wonder no more as NVIDIA took some time to highlight some of the major factors that came into the development of the new toy. For the most part, NVIDIA believed that it was necessary to develop a new gaming device with items it already specialized in and had in-house— such as stuffing its new Tegra 4 chip and using Android-based software to operate the device— something it is quite familiar with since it already features some sort of Tegra-based chip in all sorts of devices. In addition, NVIDIA used its various development and engineering teams who are also avid gamers and implored the teams to develop a topnotch gaming system that would make not only themselves content, but having other gamers content worldwide as well. Once the concept was fully realized, all that was left was for the company to work out minor kinks like assembling the demo units and voila!!— you have the exceptional device presented at CES. Pretty neat, right?
source: NVIDIA Blog