At the Google I/O keynote earlier this afternoon, Google fully detailed Android Wear and its upcoming devices for the platform. Later today, Samsung and LG will have smartwatches running Android Wear go on sale in the Play Store. But for now, both companies have revealed the specifications inside of their respective wearables. Both require users to have an Android device running 4.3 or higher, something common with Android Wear.
We’ve got rumors from South Korea this morning — it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is currently in mass production and will continue through July, to prepare for a September 25 global launch.
An official announcement is expected at IFA 2014 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. The rumors, at least this time, can be taken with a bit more than just a grain of salt, as multiple shareholders seem to be the leakers this time.
Samsung, with a vast portfolio of smartphone devices and more seeming to hit the market on a weekly basis, is also the leader in patents related to smartphones. According to a new study by Thomson Reuters, Samsung applied for 2,179 patents related to smartphones, more than three times the number applied for by their biggest rival, Apple, which had 647 patents.
According to the report, LG came in second with 1,678 patents as it works on moving up to the number three position in the smartphone market. Other companies with significant numbers of patents related to smartphones included Qualcomm with 1,383, Sony with 1,071, Panasonic with 976, and Sharp with 963.
source: The Korea Economic Daily
Today Verizon announced that they would be releasing their variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 on June 26. The device, being called the “family tablet,” will be available both online and in store, and will cost $379.99, or $279.99 with a new two-year activation.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 features an 8-inch HD display, a 3MP rear facing camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. It comes with 16GB of internal storage, and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
As to whether or not Amazon needed to make a smartphone of its own, that is for CEO Jeff Bezos to decide. In an interview with Bits, Bezos explains why Amazon opted to manufacturer its own smartphone and enter into a crowded, cutthroat market. He wanted to produce a device that was differentiated from today’s offerings, but wanted differentiation that mattered.
If you thought companies were done slamming Samsung over the Galaxy S 5′s design, you don’t have to look any farther than HTC’s latest tweeted image. The graphic shows three Band-Aids that just so happen to share the colors of Samsung’s latest flagship, followed by the sleek HTC One. The image was captioned “One of these things is not like the other.”
HTC isn’t the first company to attack Samsung, and they certainly won’t be the last. None of HTC’s recent marketing tactics have put too much of a dent in the smartphone market, but that isn’t going to stop them from trying.
It looks like Samsung’s Q2 earnings may not be quite as great as the company originally anticipated. Early reports are saying that Samsung’s market share and device sales have dipped a considerable amount thanks to heated competition from other manufacturers like Apple and LG. Samsung’s market share in the smartphone market is predicted to drop to about 30 percent, and operating profits are expected to be around $7.74 billion. Those are still very impressive numbers, but for a company that’s on top like Samsung, shareholders want things to continually improve, not stagnate.
Sprint has added a (sort of) brand new device from Samsung. The carrier is adding the Galaxy S 5 Sport to its rotation. While that handset may not sound familiar, it currently exists over at AT&T with a different name. It is nearly identical to the Galaxy S 5 Active. Coming in Cherry Red and Electric Blue, the Galaxy S 5 Sport sports a different textured back than the GS5 Active. This is to make the handset easier to grip. Behind the 5.1-inch 1080p display is Android 4.4.2 (with TouchWiz), a quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. The usual 16GB of internal storage is what you have to work with.
Earlier this month, Samsung made the 8-inch and 10-inch versions of the Galaxy Tab 4 available in India, but the 7-inch wasn’t included. After a bit of delay, you’ll finally be able to pick up a Tab 4 7.0 off of Indian retailer Flipkart for about Rs 18,000.
The variant that Samsung is launching is the 3G model, which is typically how Samsung launches tablet products in India. Otherwise, the Tab 4 is identical to the models released everywhere else in the world with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and 8 GB of internal storage.
Last week Amazon finally introduced their first smartphone to the world, which didn’t seem all that spectacular. Amazon does have a major brand, but the pricing and lack of anything compelling makes me wonder if it will succeed. However, according to a report from the Korea Times, Samsung and LG should be scared.
One industry official said, “The top appealing factor for the Amazon phone is competitive pricing and the technology that enables it to produce three-dimensional (3D) images.” What competitive pricing? $199 on contract and $650 off contract is far from competitive. Yes, the 3D, or as the call it dynamic perspective, is different, but is it something that consumers really desire?