LG Display has announced it will start mass production of flexible OLED displays for smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2013. The flexible displays will support ultra high-definition and besides the benefits of being flexible,will be very thin as well. According to LG’s official statement, “We have completed the development of our first flexible displays. We will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year.” The production facility in Paju is expected to be able to produce 12,000 sheets on a monthly basis, though it is not clear how many devices could be produced from a single sheet. » Read the rest
We’ve known that Samsung and AT&T had an Aurora Red Galaxy S 4 in their plans for a while, but now it’s officially available. Exclusive to AT&T, the Aurora Red Galaxy S 4 runs for the same price as every other S4 – $199.99 with a two year contract, or $639.99 without a contract – and has the same specs as other S4′s.
With this color addition, you can now buy the Galaxy S 4 on AT&T in three colors – Stealth Black, Glacier White, or Aurora Red. Of course, word is that more colors like Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, and Brown Autumn should be available later this summer. Stay tuned.
Have you been eyeing the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Galaxy S 4 but can’t decide which one you want to pick up? AT&T might just have a solution for you. AT&T will begin carrying the 4G-enabled version of the Note 8.0 on June 21st for $399, but if you purchase a Galaxy S 4 with it, you can snag the tablet for just $199. (That deal also applies to the Galaxy S 4 Active and the Galaxy Note 2) You’ll have to sign two year contracts for the devices, obviously, but it’s still a pretty nice deal if you were wanting to pick up both devices. If you would rather just buy the tablet, you can get one for $399.
You’ll be able to get in on the deal starting June 21st both online and in-store. Anybody thinking of picking one of these devices up?
For those of us not invited to Samsung’s Galaxy & ATIV event in London on June 20th, Samsung will be streaming it live at youtube.com/SamsungMobile. The event will start at 7 p.m. British time, or 2 p.m. EST.
Not much is known about the event, but its safe to assume Samsung will be showing off the new variants of their flagship S 4 (the Mini, Mega, Activ and Zoom) as well as a possible look at one of the two rumored camera’s Samsung will be introducing to their Galaxy line.
For those interested, tune in to the event on their YouTube page and let us know below what you want to see from Samsung on the 20th. I for one am hoping for an announcement regarding the Galaxy NX Camera and am excited to see what else Samsung has up their sleeve.
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg recently visited South Korea to meet with top executives from Samsung’s mobile division, reportedly asking Samsung to launch a phone with a Facebook interface. This would be the next step in Facebook’s quest to be the next Google, following HTC’s disappointing HTC First, a mid-range Android-powered Facebook phone that has apparently only sold around 10,000 units. Between those sales numbers and Samsung’s extremely close ties with Google, a Samsung/Facebook collaboration is highly unlikely.
The HTC First was the most recent attempt from HTC to provide a Facebook-oriented smartphone, previously launching the poorly received HTC Salsa and HTC Status in 2011. The First introduced the Facebook Home launcher, a disappointing attempt at a launcher replacement with a built-in news feed and not much else. AT&T dropped the unit due to its lackluster sales and lukewarm reception.
Samsung has yet to comment on the proposal, though its safe to assume they will not be manufacturing the next Facebook phone. Let us know in the comments section if you think another Facebook phone would be a welcome addition or if past attempts are proof enough that a Facebook phone just isn’t meant to be.
In an effort to break the world record for most variants of a single smartphone, Reuters reports that Samsung CEO JK Shin has confirmed they will producing a version of the Galaxy S 4 with support for LTE Advanced within the next month for Korean markets. LTE Advanced is a faster form of the LTE we’re used to, offering up to twice the speed of current networks. Reuters uses the example of movie downloads, stating that a movie that takes 3 minutes to download on LTE would be finished in just over a minute on LTE advanced.
Shin also confirmed that these variants would be powered by Snapdragon processors, which could explain those Galaxy S 4 benchmarks with a Snapdragon 800 CPU under the hood. The Snapdragon 800 is going to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, mobile processors ever, so combining that type of hardware with a network that’s twice as fast as traditional LTE is going to make for one fantastic phone.
Followers of our site are probably familiar with Samsung and Jay-Z’s mysterious $20 million partnership. Those who tuned into Game Five of the NBA Finals last night were treated to more details, and for fans of the undisputed king of mainstream hip-hop, the news was exciting. According to a dedicated website, Jay-Z is giving his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, to one million Galaxy phone owners (specifically the SIII, S 4, and Note II) via a special app available from the Google Play Store. » Read the rest
Smartphone theft is on the rise, and as these devices get more and more expensive it gets less and less easy to replace them. On top of that there is the risk of sensitive personal information going into the wrong hands (i.e. a thief). Samsung and other manufacturers recently met with New York Attorney General Erich Schneiderman to discuss the future of smartphone security and how to prevent device theft, reportedly working on a kill switch of sorts. Now, it looks like Samsung will be releasing this new feature as soon as July. » Read the rest
Last week we reported on an alleged deal between Samsung and rapper Jay-Z. That deal appears to have been completed based on the image above that was posted to Samsung Mobile USA’s Facebook page. As you can see, Samsung and Jay-Z want fans to tune in to game 5 of the NBA Finals and turn up the volume. The question is whether whatever is revealed will be just another clue to the partnership or will it reveal the nature of the deal itself.
If you are interested in finding out what the buzz is about, get ready to watch some NBA basketball.
When Samsung announced the release of the Galaxy S 4 Mini, they did not mention which carriers would make the device available. Given the wide number of spectrum bands available for the device and Samsung’s strategy with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 of making it available with a wide number of carriers, we would not be surprised to see the same thing play out with the Galaxy S 4 Mini. The first carrier that seems to have surfaced for the U.S. market for the device appears to be Verizon based on some Bluetooth SIG information.
A Japanese web site has reported an entry has been found in the Bluetooth SIG database for a Samsung SCH-I435. In the past, Samsung devices that are given a model number starting with “SCH” have landed on the Verizon network. The numbering scheme would seem to peg it somewhere below the Galaxy S 4 and its SCH-I545 and the Galaxy S III with SCH-I535.
source: Blog of Mobile