The Samsung Note 7 battery problem is indeed a major blow but not unheard of. Samsung will recover and in fact, there are already rumors they've ramped up customer service to save face. Still, with Apple's new iPhone 7 coming out in mere weeks, the battery grenade problem couldn't have happened at a more inopportune time.
Apple stock tanks after iPhone 5S/5C announcementAs late-night talk show hosts had a field day poking fun at Apple’s lackluster iPhone 52 and iPhone 5C announcement and competitors began tweeting jibes about Apple's superficial presentation, Apple’s stock began a hearty plummet on heavy volume trading immediately following the announcement of their new flagship devices. And all with good reason. If Apple loses their status as a trendsetter, they will no longer be able to charge a premium for their products. Was Apple's announcement really all that bad? Let's put it this way: Don't. Stand. In. Line.
Verizon announced their new Droid lineup yesterday and their heaviest hitters, the Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra, look to be a pretty big disappointments (a cute little Droid Mini was also announced). We can hope that good software engineering overcomes some of the disappointing hardware specs but I’m not holding my breath. I think Motorola/Verizon blew it this round and with the race tightening, now’s not the time to misjudge the marketplace.
I can't say I don't appreciate the gesture but more to the point, I don't appreciate getting price-gouged to begin with. When Microsoft introduced the Windows RT Tablet, they must have felt like they could charge anything they like and people would come running. And to further poke its customers in the face, they introduced a killer keyboard cover (possibly the nicest tablet keyboard in the industry) for $125 more - in addition to the already costly Surface RT tablet. Now that demand has failed to manifest itself, Microsoft seems to have come to their senses. For a limited time, customers in the US and Canada can pick up a Surface RT tablet with a Touch or Type keyboard cover for no extra charge.
Yes, we can now call them tablets now without wincing. Barnes and Noble nulled out one of the biggest complaints consumers had about their Nook HD tablet/reader line, by announcing today that the Google Play store will now be made available on their Nook HD tablet devices. Nook HD users will now have access to the full breadth of Android apps, pushing the number of available apps to 700,000+, and putting it far beyond Amazon’s market of 50,000 apps. Nook HD users will have access to all of the Google Play apps, music, movies, games, and yes, even e-books. Barnes & Noble reps said that the Nook Store would continue to coexist side-by-side with the Google Play store and users will be able to import their bookmarks from the Nook's old browser to the new Chrome browser.
Really, again? SamMobile, who has a good record when it comes to Samsung leaks, has reported that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will indeed arrive with a octa-core processor, which was unexpectedly absent from the UK and US release of the Galaxy S4 flagship. The device will reportedly also include an eight-core Mali 450 GPU and a healthy 3GB of RAM (up from 2GB found in the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2). According to “inside sources”, the Galaxy Note 3 will run the Android 4.3 and not Key Lime Pie as was previously expected. The Note 3 will of course, include a large 5.99-inch Full HD display, the same Super AMOLED technology found on the Galaxy S4 with a ‘diamond pixel structure’ and a Full HD resolution (1080p), plus a 13MP rear camera. It is rumored that Samsung is still mulling over three different design options which seems a bit late in the game considering the device is expected to be announced in August/September 2013 (possibly at IFA 2013 in Berlin).
As Google Glass begins rolling off the production lines and the Explorer developer program kicks in, the Google Glass support documentation was released today so we now have the official specs in hand. The display is said to be equivalent to a 25-inch HD display viewed from 8 feet away. The camera is a 5-megapixel unit that shoots 720p video. Google Glass contains 16GB of memory of which 12GB is free and usable. The device includes a micro USB connector for data transmission and charging.
Android Authority and Sam Mobile have released performance results of the various Samsung Galaxy S4 variants and their findings are surprising. Recall that Samsung released three versions of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 – an American and UK version sporting a 1.9 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an “international" version operating off of a 1.6 Ghz octa-core Exynos 5 processor, and a Korean variant which features a 1.8 Ghz octa-core Exynos 5 processor. Some felt this was a slap against Americans but others countered that the 1.9 Ghz variant would be faster than the octa-core because of the higher frequency and fact that the octa-core will truly utilize only four of the eight cores for most tasks. Sadly, they were mistaken.
EMBRACE+ is anxious to get to market and we’re itching to get our hands on one. EMBRACE+ provides customizable notifications for incoming calls, texts, email, calendar alerts, alarm and timer, social media apps (Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype) and more via lights in a stylish, space-age looking bracelet. Users can choose different colors, light intensity, number of blinks, and speed of blinks for incoming calls from your girlfriend, boyfriend, boss, a contact group, unknown callers and more.
Samsung today announced its new Galaxy Xcover 2, a ruggedized smartphone designed for outdoor adventurers. It is dust and sand proof and water resistant up to a depth of one meter. It features a 4-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, VGA front-facing camera, and 5-megapixel rear camera. It will include 4GB of internal memory, expandable to 32GB with a microSD card. It’s small form-factor ensures it will be easy to carry around in your pocket or strapped to your arm. If the specs seem a bit low, it’s ability to hold a 570 hour charge should erase all ill feelings.
NEC Casio’s upcoming Medias W Android smartphone will have two 4.3-inch touch screens arranged back-to-back on a hinge. When unfolded, the rear screen swings up to form a single 5.6-inch touch screen (with the line in the middle). In normal usage patterns, the main screen will be used with the phone folded but when both screens are taken into account and put to use, there are several interesting “modes” that the phone can operate in opening up a unique set of opportunities for users.
Undoubtedly the Sony Xperia Z smartphone is going to rock and the Xperia Tablet Z looks to be lining itself up quite will with its smaller sibling. We’ re fairly certain the device will sport Sony’s highly touted waterproof and dustproof casing and Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 running on a quad-core processor is quite likely too. Twitter leaks from @Xperia_info have shown the specs to be as follows. Both devices are expected to hit the market during the second quarter of 2013. They are expected to debut in Japan and Hong Kong before being released to European markets.
Nvidia has formally introduced the Tegra 4 and specs pretty much match earlier leaks that we reported. Developed under the codname “Wayne”, the Tegra 4 will have 72 Nvidia GeoForce GPU cores giving it six times the graphics processing power of the Tegra 3. The main processor will be a new quad-core variant of ARM's Cortex-A15 CPU, a chip that Nvidia claims "delivers 2.6x faster web browsing and breakthrough performance for apps." 4G LTE will be provided by a new fifth-generation Nvidia Icera i500 chipset that is more energy efficient and 40% smaller than its predecessor. Other energy efficiency improvements include a new second-generation battery saver core and PRISM 2 Display technology that reduces backlight power. It should consume up to 45 percent less power than the Tegra 3 and provide up to 14 hours for HD video playback.