Google has named their best apps of 2013. It is not clear how Google went about picking the 15 titles as the best ones for 2013. The good news though is that all but two of them are free, so there is little risk in giving them a try to see whether you agree with Google. The titles include: » Read the rest
The Nexus 7 LTE 2013 is receiving a surprise update bringing it to Android 4.3 .1. It’s most likely an update with bug-fixes and patches, however Google had updated the non LTE version a few times with bug-fixes and had not changed the version number, so this is a bit odd. There might be more to this update than we currently know.
The update is OTA obviously, so if you haven’t received it yet, you will soon. Be patient!
According to the latest IDC forecast, tablets may not reach their previously estimated 229 million units in 2013, but it’s probably not because of the reasons most people think. The experts seem to think that when a new wave of wearable tech hits the market, it’s going to have an affect on the tablet market. Not only that, but IDC believes that phones with larger screens are functioning as both phone and tablet for some consumers, which further reduces the need for tablets. Throw in the fact that aren’t very many new tablets that will be available for the holidays and it’s easy to see how the shipments may not be as high as what was originally expected.
Now, to put this in perspective, the estimates are still sitting at around 227 million, so total units are only down about 2 million. The bigger picture here is to look at the trends of these tablets, though, not necessarily the shipment amounts. IDC has found that in mature markets, like the US, tablet sales are slowing down and losing market share to emerging markets such as Asia. Once the market gets so saturated, less new devices are going to be sold. Of course, if wearable watches and glass turn out to be the next big thing, we could see the exact reports for Google Glasses and Galaxy Gears in the next few years.
It feels as though it has been quite a while since HTC has released positive news about its sales numbers… The wait will continue.
Earlier today, HTC announced that it expects a 30% decrease in revenue in the next quarter as the company struggles to release popular mid-range devices, and as the high-cost, low-margin HTC One fails to garner the same explosive sales as its competitor at Samsung.
In its press release, the company blames its poor quarter on a “higher cost structure and a lack of economy of scale.”
Unsurprisingly, HTC announced that they have a number of mid-range and innovative products in line for release next quarter. Hopefully their future plans turn things around for the Taiwanese phone maker, which currently ranks ninth in global market share, holding 2.4 percent of the market.
In 2013, smartphones are poised to make a big leap in growth. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphones are expected to rise about 32.7% during this year which should reach in a total number of 958.8 million units, up from 722.5 million from the previous year. Now days smartphones aren’t considered a luxury item as it once was just a couple years back. With feature phones slowly going out of style and smartphones becoming more and more affordable (thanks to Android), many customers are making the switch. Starting this year, smartphones are expected to account for 52.2% of the total mobile phones in the world, an astonishing number if you ask me.
Cost effective and affordable smartphones is a huge reason for such a big leap in smartphone popularity. According to the IDC, smartphone vendors being able to provide cheaper and cost-effective 3G handsets alongside the more expensive 4G ones has really helped get these smartphones into peoples hands.
With smartphones becoming such a huge market in not only this year, but for the foreseeable future, I don’t see this trend ending any time soon. The smartphone market will only grow and continue to dominate the tech world.
Despite being the hottest selling smartphone on the planet right now, Samsung is apparently talking with investors to reduce expectations for the amount of Galaxy S 4s that will be sold this quarter and next quarter. This all stems from a neutral rating for stocks from companies like Broadcom, with analysts saying some component makes may not meet estimates this quarter because of slowed down sales of Samsung’s latest flagship.
Now, this doesn’t mean to say that Samsung expects their latest Life Companion to drop off the sales entirely, they’re just being more realistic about what we should expect the S 4 to do in the coming months. Samsung expects 20 million devices this quarter, and 20 million next quarter, as opposed to early estimates of 25 million and 30 million in those respective quarters. While reducing expectations by 15 million phones sounds like a lot, selling 40 million phones over two quarters will still be an impressive feat that most companies only dream of doing. Besides that, Samsung likely has some other devices in the pipeline, such as budget models and more niche devices that may steal a little thunder from the S 4.
Either way, Samsung is poised for an extremely successful 2013.
source: Tech Trader Daily
A new report from Digitimes says Samsung has set a goal to sell 500 million handset devices in 2013. This is a step up for Samsung given that they sold 420 million handset devices in 2012. The report also stated that BOE, a China-based panel maker, is supplying Samsung with a rate of 10 million panels per month for its entry-level and mid-range handset devices. Samsung is shooting for the stars, and depending on the success of their newly announced Galaxy S 4, they may very well reach their goal.
If you love March Madness then we have some good news for you. This year’s March Madness Live app will be available for your Android devices and is completely free to download. The catch here is that any games broadcasted on cable networks will require you to login using the credentials for your cable or satellite provider’s subscription service. Any other games aired on CBS will be streamed for free using the app or on the web. According to the press release, the app has been “redesigned for optimization across platforms” which means we can expect a good looking app for our tablets as well as our smartphones. March Madness kicks off on Selection Sunday, March 17th, and the first games begin on March 19th, so be sure to look for the app in the Google Play store soon.
We’ve seen some pretty exciting new phone announcements lately, but none of them are running NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chip. ZTE is looking to be the first to market with a line of ”super phones” powered by the powerhouse quad-core Tegra 4. They plan on debuting the phones in the first half of 2013 in China, and thanks to the new i500 LTE chip, they’ll sport global LTE voice and data. Cool, right? ZTE has always had a knack for making affordable, but powerful phones, so hopefully this new lineup will have some success. Fingers crossed we see it in some other markets, too. Hit the break below to check out the press release. » Read the rest
If you’ve been a bit disappointed by Sprint’s LTE rollout, you might be in a for a nice surprise in the next few months. Sprint has released a mini roadmap for some LTE deployment in the coming months, listing 28 cities within its 3G footprint. Sprint is claiming this upgrade is part of their Network Vision strategy, so even 3G users should see some faster speed and enhanced voice quality. They even hint that 4G phones might pick up sporadic LTE a little early, and you’re welcome to use it before it’s officially available. (hint, hint) These 28 new cities are in addition to the 200 4G cities already announced by Sprint, so by the looks of it, 2013 is going to be a pretty busy year for LTE. Hit the break to see if your city is covered and check out the press release. » Read the rest