Google IO 2016 Coverage

Samsung raises processor cost on Apple by 20%


As many of you know, Samsung supplies several important pieces to some of Apple’s devices, including the processors. ┬áRecently, Samsung decided to ask 20% more for the cost of those processors. According to sources, Apple disapproved at first, but they could not find another source for the chips and had to accept the price increase. The report also listed the number of processors that Apple has bought from Samsung, a staggering amount of 130 million chips last year and more than 200 million this year. That price increase is going to sting a little with those numbers.

Now this could just be a purely business move, reflecting changes in the supply and demand chain between Apple and Samsung. And it’s definitely a lucrative move for Samsung, because Apple has no choice but to buy the chips from Samsung, at least until 2014 when Samsung’s contract to sell processors to Apple ends. But hopefully I’m not too crazy in thinking that Apple’s constant litigation against Samsung might have played a small part in Samsung’s price hike.

source: MarketWatch

Rogers price plans leaked for upcoming Nexus S launch


All major carriers in Canada will be launching the Nexus S over the next few weeks, and Rogers prices have been released, which should more or less set the standard for pricing across Canada for others to follow. Prices are shown in the flyer above, and place the Nexus S at $499.99 outright, $449.99 on a month to month or 1 year plan, and finally $99.99 on the introductory price with a 3 year contract.

You may also notice in the flyer that it says the 3 year contract would be $349.99 normally, which we hope Rogers doesn’t do because that is insanity! Don’t worry though, if Rogers does that eventually, it’ll only open the door wider for places like Videotron and Telus to mark it much lower and thus…steal customers.

Rogers, you so funny sometimes!

[via mobilesyrup]

Droid Pro, Droid 2 Global, and Samsung Continuum all get prices

A new Verizon internal pricelist is going around which seems to confirm that the Droid Pro will be priced at $179.99 when it launches on November 9th. This is a bit surprising given that the price was expected to exceed $250 (although it may be priced higher but come with a rebate), so good news for people interested in buying a Droid Pro.

Also, the Samsung Continuum and the Droid 2 Global are both slated to be priced at $199.99, which is a bit less surprising. So, if you’re looking to buy a Droid Pro, Droid 2 Global, or a Samsung Continuum, you now know how much you’re going to have to fork out.

[via Engadget]