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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
As noted in one of my fearless predictions for next year (see the whole list here) I theorized that the next Nexus phone would be produced by a joint Google and Motorola venture. Since Google owns Moto, that's no small thing...but since Samsung, HTC, and now LG have all had their shot - I'm thinking it just makes sense if Motorola gets a shot at it. And it looks like we might be well on our way to that future - if reports from the Wall Street Journal are true. The rumored device, the so-called "X Phone" would be made by a super secret division within Motorola, and sanctioned by Google, to produce the next generation smartphone so that it can be released in 2013.
I for one am hoping for the unlocked, quad core, 3500mAh, LTE toting beast all Android smartphone lovers have been waiting for since LTE was introduced, but hey - this is just a rumor and could be darn near anything at this point. Even something crappy. So we'll all just have to wait and see.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
|HTC's One X/One X+|
HTC's really slick unibody construction would give it the look and feel of the already beautiful One X series, but with much beefier internals. If this bad boy comes to Verizon (no carriers rumored as of yet) I'm going to give it a strong look as my next phone. Alas, we are still in just the rumor stage as of yet, but February is the early target date of release so far. You know we will keep our ears to the grindstone for any more details. Stay tuned.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
|Could this be the Galaxy Note 3?|
I can't imagine why anyone would consider such a large screen or form factor in their phone, but since that's pretty close to the size of my Nexus 7 - let's just call it like we see it and say any phone that size is really just a 3G/4G enabled tablet, shall we? We'll just have to wait and see I guess.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
As we approach the end of the year, we are also approaching the beginning of 2013. Duh. But what this means for fans of Research in Motion (RIM) is that the next generation of Blackberry devices are actually coming soon. The all touch screen device (with the code name of London) is set to debut in January 2013. An Asian group has managed to lay hands on the device and offer up a walk through of the phone itself, as well as some of the new Blackberry 10 operating systems features. Sadly, I don't speak Vietnamese, so most of the info is lost on me...but its worth a watch nonetheless. Check out the video below if you are interested in seeing what RIM has up its sleeve with its newest Blackberry smartphone.
Now this news will probably not mean much to a lot of folks, but for those precious few Android enthusiasts who enjoy "modding" their phones...this is a great day. The good folks over at XDA Developers have found an exploit that allows the bootloader of the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 to be unlocked. This allows for a variety of custom options to be flashed onto the device, including a custom recovery, kernels, and ROMs. If you're like me and have a desire to always tinker with your device, the Galaxy Note 2 (already a great smartphone) just got a little better.
This link to the chaps over at Droid-Life includes some more info, along with the video on how its done. You might want to make a "Note" of it if you are thinking about picking up this phone and messing around with it.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
There is no firm date for when the iPhone will be offered, as well as how much it might cost on T-Mobile. If it is released in the middle of next year, it might coincide with the release of the so-called iPhone 5S, if Apple does do a mid year refresh to its flagship device. Without a carrier subsidy, the iPhone would probably run somewhere in the $399 range to start however. Speaking of removing carrier subsidies, this represents another change in the way the mobile wireless industry does business, and is something that was first embodied by Google offering their Nexus 4 device unlocked for as little as $299. This selling of devices direct to consumers (see our article here) is something new to the US shores, but is fairly common in Europe and the UK where carriers operate much differently. If T-Mobile is looking to stand out from the crowd, this new business model might be a really good start. It would likely take the American smartphone buyer a while to get used to, but the profits it brings to the carrier and the freedom it gives the buyer make this situation a true "win-win" scenario.
*Source: Digital Trends
Friday, December 7, 2012
The last quarter of this year isn't expected to be kind to Apple. According to a Forbes.com report, the company will likely post its first decline in profit since 2003. This news comes as Apple stock continues to fall from record highs reached just before the release of the iPhone 5 earlier this year. Now down over 21%, most analysts predict this tend to continue for the short term.
The fact that the world largest publicly traded company is experiencing a downturn in profits is also causing analysts to believe the entire tech sector's profits will shrink by 2.4% in the 4th quarter. How this might impact other phone OEMs remissions to be seen, but this is surely a day that hasn't been on the mind of Apple in a long, long time.
The size of the Galaxy S3 makes this an almost no brainer, and makes a great phone even more versatile and functional. Now...the bad news. So its pretty much being released by Samsung as the "Premium Software Suite" and will be available in the international market first. And then it would be up to the individual carriers at some point to make it available to those in the U.S. market. Sounds like it won't be hitting anyone around here anytime soon. But still...hope is a good thing. And Samsung gets props from me for even offering this suite to begin with. Good on you Sammy!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Who knew? Analysts with IDC are predicting that sales numbers for popular Android and Apple tablets will be greater than previously thought, with an estimated 122.3 million devices sold worldwide (up from the previously estimated 117.1 million). These trends are expected to continue though the next few years, with forecast numbers published through 2016. Market share is expected to be largely dominated by Apple products, with Android devices coming in 2nd place, and Windows devices a (very) distant 3rd. A whopping 282.7 million devices will be in the hands of consumers by 2016 - a number that is mind boggling to me right now. But if folks are getting as much enjoyment as I am out of my tablet, perhaps this isn't such a huge surprise after all.
Mobile computing and web content consumption is on the rise, especially in the global market, and tablets (as well as smartphones) are an alternative to get this content at a much more cost effective price point than a traditional home PC or laptop. Google's $249 Chromebook notwithstanding, most people have to have a mobile phone for a host of other reasons, and when it comes to spending discretionary cash, a lot of folks are going to choose what they need first. And that means that the mobile phone (or smartphone) comes before a laptop or PC. And it looks like the tablet is quickly growing into the "need" category from the "want" category.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
So it would seem that having the Galaxy S3 be a huge hit wasn't enough to make Samsung sit back and rest on their laurels...some rumors coming out of Korea are hinting at the Galaxy S4 (possibly codenamed "Project J") as well as a successor to the Galaxy Note 2, and even (possibly) a giant 13.3 inch tablet (along with a keyboard dock) to compete in the new space that Microsoft is looking to dominate with their Surface line of devices.
After seeing the Galaxy Note 2, and the Galaxy S3 for that matter - I'm pretty excited for what Samsung has coming down the pipe. Anyone else feel the way I do?
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Best Small Tablet (8" screen or smaller):
The Nexus 7 has it all; a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a 1280 x 800 IPS LCD display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal memory. Better yet, the 16GB version will only set you back $199.99 while the 32GB version goes for $249.99. Sure the iPad mini may be thinner and constructed of nicer materials, but it has an inferior screen and the 16GB iPad Mini costs 65% more than a 16GB Nexus 7. In the smaller tablet market, the Nexus 7 reigns supreme.
If you are an AT&T or T-Mobile customer and are in the market for a new Android device, this might be right up your alley. For detailed specs on pricing and the device, go here. For a link to the Google Play to buy this unlocked bad boy, go here.
Monday, November 26, 2012
As a recent tablet owner, I can speak for its usefulness in certain settings, but can I see it replacing what a laptop can do for me? No. Having said that, I think that our lives have been forever changed by things like the iPad and to a lesser extent other tablets like the Nexus 7. The way we act and behave on a daily basis is almost exclusively focused on mobile computing. And those devices that aid us in our quest to always be connected.
Sound off in the comments if you have an opinion!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
See the article here to read up on what hopefully be in our very near future.
*Source: Phone Arena
All of this is just our way of saying that while the "news" portion of the site may dwindle a little bit, please keep checking back with us frequently for more new content! Like the US Post Office, nothing can keep us from making our daily tech rounds of news and views! Wishing everyone a safe holiday season!
-Sean and Shawn
While these numbers don't compare to the number of iPads sold each day, week, or month, demand for the Nexus 7 is growing - indicating a definite need in the market for a 7 inch tablet. Google and Asus have a home run on their hands with this one.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Google is well known for providing low cost, high quality solutions for free or next-to-free pricing, and as a wireless carrier, I can think of nothing but good things to come from the good folks in Mountain View, California.
*UPDATE* Droid-Life is indicating that they have information from a 3rd party source that these talks are more than preliminary, and that Google is "deep into development" and might be targeting a mid-2013 launch for this service. The who, what, where, and when of this new "Google Wireless" is still as yet unknown, but as I said before - this could be a game changer for the industry. Would AT&T or Verizon Wireless see a defection of people leaving for a service that offers reasonably priced smartphones, with a potential for unlimited data/voice plans at below AT&T/Verizon prices? I for one would leave Verizon in a heartbeat, if not sooner. Stay tuned for more details as we come across them.
*Source: BGR, Droid-Life
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Any Android users out there love Google Now? Hate it? Think its just more ways for the government to get past our tin foil hats to steal our personal info? Personally I don't think the government cares that much about me or my life, but hey - other folks may feel differently. Sound off how you feel in the comments!
For the entire list, which is an interesting read, go here.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
1) Apple will release an iPhone 5S that looks virtually identical to the iPhone 5. The internet will decry the new phone and say Apple has lost its way. Tech sites and blogs will write editorials expressing their disappointment. Apple will sell as many as they can produce.
I'm probably on board with this one, considering the years and years of history we have of Apple to fall back on. I'm really not sure where Apple takes their iPhone from here though...even thinnerer and lighterer?
|World Exclusive: the iPhone 5S will look exactly like this|
I know Sean is very much looking forward to this device (except for the inexplicable VZW branding on the home button) but is anyone else out there considering this device? Check out more details on the device here...but let us know if this is your next smartphone in the comments!
|Photo Courtesy of Droid-Life|
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Release Date: November 20th
Price: $199.99 on contract
CPU/GPU: Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro/Adreno 320
Screen: 5" Super LCD-3 (RGB) 1920x1080p
SD Card Slot: No
Many potential buyers will be cross shopping the DNA with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The DNA has a slightly better CPU and GPU, is made of more premium materials, and has a much higher resolution screen. It also has a smaller non-removable battery though.
The Note 2 has a larger screen, a bigger/removable battery, an SD card slot, S-Pen and some cool proprietary features like multi-window.
If the battery holds up the DNA is a very compelling device, but I have my doubts and that's why I'm still leaning towards the Note 2.
What do you guys think, Note 2 or Droid DNA?
Going into next year and missing the holiday rush is probably not going to do wonders for RIM's sales numbers. However, doing anything to right the ship could help RIM's failing stock prices significantly. I'm sure the whole world will be anxiously awaiting the end of January to see what Blackberry 10 has in store for us.
*Source: TNW's Daily Dose
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Way back in September, I made a decision to purchase a tablet for my own use around the house. I have a burning desire to surf the web, check my fantasy basketball team, post on the Facebook, and blog all from the comfort of my couch. Sure I could do this on my netbook, and I bought it with that in mind, but the idea of using a tablet for these endeavors seems darn near perfect.
The 16GB version now costs a mere $199, the 32GB w/WiFi only is $249 (plus applicable tax) and on November 13th, 2012 the 32GB version with HSPA+ will launch for $299. I decided to pull the trigger once the 32GB WiFi only version arrived in a local retail store. Since I had a few gift cards laying about, I picked it up last Wednesday night for exactly $41.36...and even as a fan of Android, I can easily say I'm impressed with this device.
Friday, November 9, 2012
If you've got spare cash and need a new phone (and are with those AT&T people) check it out.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
It's unclear exactly what Samsung phones are eligible for the deal, but the Galaxy S III (GSIII) is featured twice on the flyer, so it would be a pretty dick move if it wasn't included.
Despite these questions marks, if you're a T-Mobile customer or looking to become one, a free Galaxy S III is a nice incentive.
Below is a quick photo of the tag; if you're in the market for one of these, it might be worth a trip to your local Walmart to see if one can be had ahead of the launch week rush.
|Photo courtesy of Droid-Life|
For the first time in a VERY long time, the iPhone isn't the best selling smartphone in a business quarter. For the 3rd quarter of 2012, that honor belongs to the Samsung Galaxy S3. I don't think I have to tell you how popular the GS3 is, especially if you've been reading this site for a while (which I know you have). Selling 18 million units in Q3, the GS3 narrowly edged out the iPhone 4S, which sold 16.2 million units. Of note...the iPhone 5 sold 6 million units in the quarter, so if you combined the line of Apple products, they were still #1 in sales - and the iPhone 5 wasn't available for sale the whole 3rd quarter, so its possible this stay at the top for Samsung is short lived. Still, I'm sure Sammy will take whatever small victories they can get.
Until then...all hail the new king of smartphones!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
What's not cheesy is the specs on this monster - not the least of which is that 5 inch 1080p resolution display. For more details on the rumored HTC superphone that we loved calling the Deluxe, go here.
More pics below - but I guess we'll all be waiting for next Tuesday's official unveiling.