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. » Read the rest
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. » Read the rest
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. » Read the rest
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?
One of the biggest complaints people have had at the Galaxy S 5 — besides a “lack” of innovation — is the device’s backing. Some people haven’t been impressed with the dimpling and some have even gone to the extreme of comparing the gold S5 to that of a Band-Aid. There’s a decent amount of memes on the matter if you search hard enough. Even so, Samsung has announced a new variant that will make those unhappy people, a little less unhappy. » Read the rest
A list of more than twenty model numbers belonging to the Galaxy Note 4 has leaked. The upcoming large-screened device from Samsung looks like it will be heading to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The colors listed are black and white, but the latter of which is only for Verizon. We highly doubt the other carriers are restricted to just black, so be patient and don’t back on the list above. Internal storage options are 16GB and 32GB, and Samsung will presumably include a microSD card slot for expanding those numbers. Other than that, we just have a list of the model numbers.
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Source: @evleaks (Official site)
Earlier this week news surfaced that Samsung had filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “Samsung Gear VR.” It turns out that was not the only trademark application Samsung submitted related to their new Gear branded line of wearable devices. They also filed for protection on the trademark “SAMSUNG GEAR STORE” earlier this week. » Read the rest
With just a week left for Google’s developer conference to kick off, a new report from CNET suggests that Samsung will unveil its first Android Wear device at the conference, citing sources familiar with the matter. The device is likely to be similar to the Samsung Gear devices released last year. Android Wear, announced in March, is Google’s operating system designed specifically for smartwatch and wearables.