Smart connected devices surpassed 1 billion units for 2012 worldwide, smartphones and tablets grew exponentially

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These numbers shouldn’t really surprise anyone, but a ton of people bought smart devices in 2012, according to IDC. They bought over 1 billion of those devices, actually. That includes, desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The leaders there were (obviously) Samsung and Apple, with Apple accounting for 20.3% and Samsung accounting for 21.2%. Pretty impressive for just two companies.

IDC also expects smartphone and tablet sales to surpass PC sales in 2013, which, considering how fast new phones and tabs seem to sell, isn’t all that surprising. They’re predicting PC sales will actually stall to no growth whatsoever by 2017. Four years is a long time, and things can change, but if the market continues on the trend it’s going now, I think that’s a very realistic result.

What do you guys think? Are you surprised that portable devices are eating into traditional PC market share? Do you think that’ll turn around in a year or two? Let us know in the comments.
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T-Mobile formally announces its 4G LTE network

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In a long-overdue announcement, T-Mo has officially unveiled its full-fledged 4G LTE network. Among the first customers to enjoy the speedy gains are those living in the following metro areas:

  • Washington-Baltimore
  • Kansas City
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Phoenix
  • San Jose

Don’t think T-Mobile is stopping there either. Complimenting the newly announced network is the announcement of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One smartphones having full LTE support, while the Galaxy Note II is also slated to have support as well (but you knew that already). T-Mobile also pledges that it will expand its LTE reach later this year and well into next year… but again, you knew that already too.

 

Samsung Galaxy S 4 wallpapers now available to download

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will launch towards the end of next month, but you don’t have to wait that long to enjoy Samsung’s newest wallpaper creations that will debut with the phone. There are seven in all, and they continue the Nature UX theme that started with the Galaxy S III. We have the full high resolution versions (1920 x 1920), so hit the break to grab them while they are hot.


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Samsung sues LG for tarnishing brand image

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Samsung has taken LG to court in a lawsuit claiming LG “tarnished its corporate image.” The accusation and lawsuit comes after LG ran a series of ads that Samsung says were incorrect and began when LG released a refrigerator claiming to have the world’s largest capacity. Samsung contradicted this claim in a YouTube video highlighting the differences. LG then sued Samsung for 10 billion Won, or $9027720, and began running ads against Samsung. As a result, Samsung is demanding a sum total of 50 billion Won, or $45 billion dollars, in damages from LG.

It will certainly be interesting to see if LG or Samsung will come out victorious in this latest edition of the advertising wars.

Source: SammyHub

Samsung Galaxy Note III Rumored To Have Unbreakable Display

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The Samsung Galaxy Note III will be out later this year and may feature an unbreakable display. According to South Korean news site Asiae, the display will be unbreakable thanks to flexible AMOLED technology, measuring in at 5.9-inches and in full 1080p HD. As far as specs are concerned, we’re still hearing a Exynos 5 Octa processor, 2GB RAM, 8 megapixel camera, bigger battery, and Android 4.2.2 onboard. However, with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie being announced at Google I/O, the Galaxy Note III could ship with that. Either way, even if the Note III doesn’t feature an unbreakable display, we’ll be sure to see a better HD display, performance, and many new features that debuted in the Galaxy S 4.

Via: Unwired View
Source: Asiae

Steve Kondik leaves Samsung, shares thoughts on Samsung Galaxy S 4

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CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik started out a Google+ post this morning with this, “I got to spend some quality time with the S4 (final hardware) before I left Samsung.” (emphasis added) The post contained his thoughts on the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone and what he sees as some strengths and weaknesses. Needless to say, the subtle announcement that he had left his position with Samsung has generated as much interest, if not more, than his thoughts on the Galaxy S 4. In a follow-up comment to the original post, Kondik indicates he thought Samsung was a “great” place to work, but he just decided he was interested in trying something new.
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Samsung Exynos 5210 processor revealed, Could power the Galaxy S 4 Mini

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It appears Samsung has another SoC known as the Exynos 5210. As pictured above, Linux dev tools were committed to a smdk5210 at Free-electrons.com. Unfortunately we don’t have much to go on, but it very well could be a quad-core that features the same big.LITTLE technology that’s in the Exynos Octa-core 5410. The belief is that the 5210 will sport dual Cortex-A15′s with dual Cortex-A7′s. On the other hand, it could also be a dual-core Cortex-A15.

The next question is which device(s) will we see the Exynos 5210 in, and all signs point to the Galaxy S 4 Mini that was leaked late last week. This device will feature a 4.3-inch display and much like the its bigger brother, the Galaxy S 4, it will feature different processors based on region. The HSPA+ GT-i9190 is expected to have a quad-core CPU and the dual-SIM GT-i9192 is rumored to have a dual-core CPU.

source: SamMobile

Samsung Fonblet appears in Global Download Center with 6.3-inch display

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Back in January we heard about a Samsung device destined for Europe called the Galaxy Fonblet. Some thought it was going to be a media player only, but it looks like it will be classified as a tablet. Back in January it was expected to sport a 5.8-inch display, but it is now confirmed to have a 6.3-inch display. The latest rumor for the Galaxy Note III is that it will have a 5.9-inch display, but ironically back in January, it was rumored to have a 6.3-inch display. Were people just mixing up the Fonblet with the Note III? Or is it the same device?

What we can tell you is the Galaxy Fonblet showed up in the Samsung Global Download Center with model numbers GT-I9200 (GSM), GT-i9205 (LTE/W-CDMA), and GT-i9208 (TD-SCDMA/GSM). Stay tuned because I’m 100% positive that more information will leak soon.

source: Blog Of Mobile

Prior Head Of Android Andy Rubin Was Stubborn, Says Samsung Exec

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Andy Rubin was a major part of Android ever since Google acquired the company in 2005, and Andy left his position with Android last week to work on something else inside Google. At Business Insider’s IGNITION Mobile conference in San Francisco, Jessica Lessin spoke with Samsung chief product officer Kevin Packingham. Kevin mentioned that Samsung’s relationship with Google has strengthened over the past couple years, and praised Sundar Pichai who will be replacing Andy, saying that he’s a “a super-nice person” and “very collaborative”. While there were good things said about Rubin, Kevin said that once he made a decision, “You weren’t going to get him to deviate from that position.” Stubborn or not, Andy’s decisions have clearly paid off.

Source: Business Insider