Android platform still the top overall platform in most major markets worldwide, especially sees dominant growth in Europe and China



In other not-so-surprising news, Android is the dominant platform in most major markets worldwide. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Android-based devices are away and by far the dominant devices in Italy, Spain, Great Britain, France and Germany— countries which account for over 70% of the European market. Oh and don’t think Android’s dominance is limited to just Europe either— Kantar Worldpanel indicates that over 70% of all Chinese smartphones run Android, also placing Android head and shoulders above iOS and Windows Phone devices. The perceived culprits for the explosive growth? In Europe, it’s Samsung as it is responsible for almost half of all smartphones sold in the top-5 countries; in China, it’s probable that the likes of ZTE and Huawei help to spark the growth of the Android platform.

While Android has a healthy lead outside the States, it is still worth noting that the other platforms are still alive and kicking as well. Kantar highlights iOS-based devices currently hold a 41.9% market share in the U.S., an increase of 3.5% over the same period last quarter.  Conversely, Android saw its existing market share lead grow only marginally, from 51.9% to 52.0% over the same period last year. Oh and despite Windows Phone’s lack of popularity out here in the States, it too is experiencing significant growth in Europe as it saw its market share grow an average of 2.5 percent points in the measured top-5 European countries.

source: Kantar Worldwide

Samsung Galaxy Note III to be released on September 4th

Samsung Galaxy Note III


We’ve been seeing an awful lot of Galaxy Note 3 news lately, so it’s only fitting that we hear more about the upcoming device’s imminent release date. If you recall, we previously indicated to you that the phablet would be released at IFA 2013, which is sometime in September. Well according to the gang at Android Geeks, we won’t see the Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013. Instead, the Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled on September 4th at a Samsung Unpacked event, slightly ahead of IFA 2013. Considering Apple will also unveil its iPhone 5S around that time, Samsung will roll the dice and hope its upcoming device will be the phone to beat for the Fall and holiday seasons.

So yes friends, it’s looking like the mouthwatering Android 4.3 Android 4.2.2 phablet will be seen in only 2 months’ time. You folks getting warm and fuzzy yet?

source: Android Geeks

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom gets July 8 UK release date and price

galaxy_s4_zoom_landscapeOnce Samsung announced their Galaxy S 4 Zoom earlier this month, questions immediately arose of when and for how much it would be available. It looks like a UK release could be coming very soon. UK retailer Clove has begun to take pre-orders for the S4 Zoom, with shipments going out beginning July 8. The price for the camera-based phone is currently £369, which is about $561.40 in the US. We don’t yet have a US release date yet, but hopefully it will be soon.

As a reminder, the S4 Zoom has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) Super AMOLED display, with a pixel density of 256 PPI, a 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWi, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD slot for expandability (up to 64GB), and a 2330 mAh battery. Camera features include a 16-megapixel camera with 10x Optical Zoom and an Xenon Flash on the back, and a 1.9-megapixel camera on the front of the device.

Source: Clove
Via: Android Authority


Samsung found to have higher device subsidies than Apple, HTC


When most people buy a new smartphone, part of the equation that helps make it affordable to put a small computer in their pocket is the subsidy provided by the carrier. A new analysis of device subsidies by ABI Research shows that Samsung was the highest in terms of percentage when compared to HTC and Apple. Clocking in at 84%, Samsung topped HTC’s implied rate of 80% and Apple’s 74%. This may be surprising to some who have heard carriers are not especially enamored with Apple’s devices due to the squeeze Apple puts on their profits. While Samsung and HTC are worse for carriers from a percentage standpoint, Apple still leads the way with a higher $110 average subsidy cost in actual value.
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Samsung SM-T315 tablet tip-toes past FCC doors, shows us another LTE variant of the Galaxy Note 8.0 that won’t be headed to the States



Yes friends, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has made another appearance through the FCC hallways– this time highlighting a unique cellular modem. The SM-T315 variant was recently spotted featuring HSPA+ frequencies, but an LTE frequency that is currently not compatible with American technologies. So as a result, it appears that the only American LTE variant of the device will be made for AT&T stores, though we’re hopeful that Sammy will surprise us and come out with another LTE variant for Stateside consumers who happen to be with other wireless carriers.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

Galaxy Note 3 rumored to have 5.99-inch Super AMOLED flexible display


After some rumors about the new Galaxy Note 3 featuring an unbreakable, Super AMOLED flexible display, we’re getting some more news from a South Korean report, indicating that this may actually become a reality. Supposedly, production would begin in August, with an official launch coming at some point in September.

The report lists a few reasons why Samsung would want to go this revolutionary route with their next big device— first, they need to make a big splash in the market after poorer than expected Galaxy S 4 sales, and second, LG serves as a major threat, as the company has their own smartphone with a flexible display in the works as well.

Not only that, but Sony and HTC have devices that match up pretty well with the Galaxy Note 3 coming out later this year, in the Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One Max (T6). The drive for innovation serves as a pretty legitimate reason as well. A device with such features could be the next big thing, and would be the first device on the market with a flexible display, assuming it reaches stores before LG’s device does.

Remember that all of the information above is all rumors, but if it turns out to be true this could be some pretty big news. Check back for future updates as more information comes in.

Source: MT Media

Verizon Galaxy S 4 32GB version to be available starting tomorrow


If you’ve been waiting for the higher capacity Galaxy S 4 from Verizon, the wait is over as the 32GB variant is slotted to be available starting tomorrow (Saturday). The price is a $100 jump from the 16GB version bringing it up to $299 with a 2-year agreement. Sadly there’s no confirmation on which colors the 32GB variant will be available in, but we should expect the white and black to be offered. Will you be getting one?

source: Verizon

Android 4.3 firmware for standard, non-Google Edition Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9505) leaked


In our last post regarding the Android 4.3 firmware for the Google Edition Galaxy S 4 leaked by SamMobile, we warned you not to install the firmware on your standard Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9500/GT-I9505) as you might brick your device.

However, after some further toying around by the folks over at SamMobile, they discovered that after porting it to their standard Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9505), there were absolutely no issues whatsoever, as the phone was fully functional and running stock Android 4.3.

Once again, the instructions (per SamMobile) and files necessary to get the update can be found below after the break.
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Android 4.3 firmware for Google Play Edition Galaxy S 4 leaks— for developers only!


We’ve known about the Google Play Edition Galaxy S 4 for a while now, but had pretty much assumed at this point that it would launch with Android 4.2.2… up until now. SamMobile has received the firmware for Android 4.3 to the Google Play Edition Galaxy S 4 and has since placed the file on their site— and it’s completely stock. Android 4.3 has only a few minor improvements over Android 4.2.2, but keep in mind, all of this is coming before Google even announces the new version of their mobile OS.

We (and SamMobile) advise you not to install this firmware to your standard Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505/GT-I9500) as you might brick your device. If and when we receive firmware for other versions of the device (and other devices), we will let you know. For now, this firmware is ONLY for developers.

So for all you developers out there, the information (and files) from SamMobile you’ll need to get the firmware is after the break.
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Images leak of possible Samsung ‘Memo’ device with specs


SamMobile received images of a rumored Samsung Galaxy ‘Memo’ device from an anonymous tipster this morning, based on the Galaxy Note series. There is not confirmation at this time on whether the images are real or not, so take this report with a grain of salt. Rumors say that the device will have a 4.5-inch full HD TFT LCD screen, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, an 8MP camera, Android 4.2.2, and Samsung’s TouchWiz UX. What do you guys think about the possible upcoming device?

Source: SamMobile