I'll start this article by saying there probably aren't too many of you interested in buying a new smartphone right now. And the...
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?