Thorsten Heins, CEO of Research in Motion, has confirmed in an interview with a German newspaper that he would consider selling off RIM's BlackBerry hardware division.
In an interview with Die Welt, RIM's CEO said that he would consider selling the division, following a successful launch of RIM's next-generation platform. "The main thing for now is to successfully introduce Blackberry 10. Then we'll see," Heins told the paper.
No information has been released on if the company has held meetings with interested parties. Heins has also stated that Research in Motion is interested in licensing the upcoming BlackBerry 10 software to other hardware manufacturers.
Sammobile are reporting from a source that is claiming that South Korean electronics giant Samsung are set to launch a new 5.8-inch smartphone for the European market. This so far doesn't sound too far out of Samsung's reach, but the name for the device is quite odd - the Samsung Galaxy Fonblet.
The Fonblet is said to be based around the company's Galaxy Player 5.8 PMP which was a Korean-only device that sported just cellular abilities. The Galaxy Player 5.8 sported a qHD display, and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Sammobile is reporting that we should expect the Fonblet to feature the same qHD display. We should also expect the new European destined device to feature dual-SIM card capabilities, too.
The incredibly awesome Nexus 4 is constantly sold out as it's so popular, where ten times as many British smartphone fans want the Nexus 4 than Google had expected. LG is blaming the Mountain View-based search giant again, with LG France boss Cathy Robin talking to Challenges who has put the blame on Google once more.
LG has said that they built as many phones as Google had asked for, which was based on the number of Nexus devices sold previously. Obviously Google had badly misunderestimated the number of Nexus 4's they'd sell, which should've been obvious. It's one of the most powerful smartphones on the market, priced at the price of a mid-range smartphone.
LG have said it takes around six weeks to increase the number of deliveries, so by mid-February we should see many more Nexus 4's available.
3D printing is huge at the moment, with DIY models starting at $400 and ranging up to $2000 for ready built replicators. Nokia has also taken notice of the uptrend in 3D printing and has released 3D design files for the Lumia 820 cover.
Nokia was the first to bring us cell phones with swappable cases back in the 1990's and now they are hoping to refuel the custom case craze that once was. The Lumia 820 already has a range of colored rear covers, but the Finnish company wants you to print your own on a 3D printer.
The design files were released on Nokia's developer site and can be download by anyone who creates a free account on its website. As a long time proponent of 3D printing and a 3D printer owner, I wish more companies would begin doing this. I would even be willing to pay up to a few bucks for a design file of a simple broken part that I could print out at home.
If you've been holding out for the 3G-capable Nexus 7 in Australia, you might be happy to know it has finally landed into the Google Play Australia store.
The model listed is the 32GB variant, which includes both Wi-Fi and HSPA+ connectivity. The 3G-enabled Nexus 7 is also unlocked, so you're not stuck to just a single carrier and can move between Telstra, Optus and co.
If you want to jump on it, it'll set you back $349 which is still cheaper than the other 3G-enabled competitors, such as Apple's iPad mini.
Samsung has updated the colors available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The two new color options are Brown and Ruby Wine. These two colors will join the two existing color options, blue and white. Unfortunately for us in the states, the two new color options are only available in Korea right now.
However, it's entirely likely that the colors will make their way over to the United States. More important than the color options, the increased availability of colors show that Samsung has big plans for the Note line of products. Couple this with the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and you can see that the Note brand will become a big player for Samsung.
SamMobile is reporting confirmed specifications of a new Samsung tablet of the 8-inch variety. The new tablet, codenamed the GT-N5100, will be known as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and will come in two versions: 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi only. The report says that the device will be making its appearance at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona.
The specifications are said top be a 8-inch 1280x800 TFT display, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, and a 4600mAh battery. A processor specification was not provided, though the system is said to be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It looks as though this could be a competitor to the iPad Mini.
Of course, this is just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. However, the source seems pretty confident, so it could just turn out to be true.
Google's Nexus 7 has topped the sales charts in Japan over the recent holiday season, effectively knocking the iPad out of the number one spot.
Nikkei market research firm BCN in reporting from a survey of 2,400 stores in Japan that Google's 7-inch tablet accounted for 44.4% of all tablet sales in the country. Sales of Apple tablets, including the iPad Mini, only made up 40.1% of tablet sales over the same time period. It is however, unclear if Apple stores were included in the survey.
Google's plan of offering a smaller, yet still very capable tablet is working better than expected. In Japan the Nexus 7 costs around 19,000 yen ($212 USD, while the iPad and iPad mini cost 42,000 yen ($470) and 28,800 yen ($322 USD) respectively. Market research firm IDC estimates a total of 3.6 million tablets were sold in Japan during 2012.
Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus smartphones are now receiving their Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (JOP40D) updates, hosted by Google. There's been no word on over-the-air (OTA) updates just yet.
Instead of waiting for the OTA update, there's always the option to manually download the update and install it with more than one method provided on the Galaxy Nexus forums across the world. The update is around 100MB, which you can grab here. The download is direct from Google, so you know it hasn't been tampered with.
T-Mobile to offer Nexus 4 in all retail stores soon, now offers Nexus 7 with SIM through Google Play
T-Mobile have unleashed some news to consumers waiting to know about the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. The Nexus 4 will reach all retail stores 'in the coming weeks', and will be available once more through T-Mobile's website on January 23.
In regards to the Nexus 7, there's now a 32GB version sporting a T-Mobile HSPA+ SIM card. The hardware rocking along inside of the tablet is the same as the "AT&T version" that arrived just hours ago, but instead this one says "T-Mobile" on it and doesn't come with $100 credit on your bill.
Let's face it - you own a smartphone, your mom owns a smartphone, and I'm guessing that even your Nanna owns a smartphone. Well, it looks like 2013 is set to be a mammoth year for smartphone shipments, with accounting and consulting firm Deloitte reporting that smartphone shipments will pass 1 billion units this year, with the total smartphone install base shifting into 2 billion consumers.
Deloitte have also made other predictions, which include the increased popularity of authentication methods that aren't passwords, 4G LTE adoption ramping up with a subscription base exceeding 200 million, and the continued dominance of the PC which accounts for over 80% of Internet traffic - even with the smart device market chomping on its heels.
I can't even believe we're talking about it already, but Samsung's Galaxy Note III could have a very fast processor baked into it. We're already hearing rumors of a huge 6.3-inch screen, but it looks like it'll feature Samsung's new eight-core Exynos 5 SoC.
The Korea Times is reporting that Samsung will release the Galaxy Note III later this year, which will feature the eight-core processor according to executives from the company.
Samsung are also showing off their new eight-core Exynos 5 SoC to other firms in the hopes they'll be able to shift their reliance on selling billions of dollars worth of chips to main competitor, Apple. I'm sure that this will happen, as it'll be a huge bragging point to any manufacturer to sell a smartphone with an eight-core processor inside.
It's usually Apple that gets things right the first time around, but they really dropped the ball with the iPad mini. It's lacklustre display mixed with it's huge price tag when versed against the much cheaper Nexus 7 hurt Apple.
The latest rumors to begin circling is that the iPad mini 2 would sport a Retina display, which is, I guess, news to no one. The original iPad mini should've included it, but didn't and it looks like Apple will tweak the iPad mini to include the high-res display. There is also more talk of the iPhone 5S, and a "slightly tweaked version" of the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5S talk is pushing that the next-gen iPhone would feature a higher-end A7 processor, fingerprint sensor as well as an improved camera and smart flash. I guess we'll see in a few months time.
Microsoft isn't quite ready to spill the beans on exactly when it will be launching the Surface Pro. Previous rumors and speculation has placed the date around January 29, and this looks to be fairly accurate. Panos Panay, the general manager of Microsoft's Surface line, tweeted about checking out the Surface Pros coming off of the production line.
"On my way to the factory to check out #Surface Pro coming off the line...arriving in the coming weeks," the tweet read.
If Microsoft wants to make its 90-day deadline, the Surface Pros would have to come out next week, as Saturday, January 26 is 90 days from the general release of Windows 8. The 64GB Surface Pro is set to retail for $899, and the 128GB is set to cost $999. The Touch Cover and Type Cover will set you back an additional $120 and $130, respectively.
We'll be sure to let you know when a solid release date is given.
As the January 30th launch inches closer, more information about the upcoming BlackBerry 10 is surfacing. This time the leak is in the form of a sales manual.
The internet is swarming with images of RIM's Blackberry Z10 and X10 models, but the manual is packed full of screenshots, menu images and it confirms specs we have reported on in the past. The full manual can be found at the source link below.
Research in Motion is set to unveil the new handsets on January 30th, and analysts say that the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system and its accompanying phones might just save the dying company. This past weekend RIM held a series of "Port-o-Thons" that led to over 15,000 apps being ported to the company's new platform in just three days.
A new study has revealed that smartphones have for the first time topped the data consumption charts. In a study conducted by mobile analytics firm Arieso, smartphone users now "consistently consume" more mobile data than tablet users.
Apple's iPhone 5 tops out the list of "hungriest" data consumers, who actually demand 50% more data than iPhone 4S users and four times the data than iPhone 3G users. Samsung Galaxy S III users however, generate more upload data than all iOS-based phones.
Overall, mobile data usage is through the roof, and is growing exponentially, with new devices being activated every day. LTE networks are beginning to bear some of the load, but we are still far off from a true nation-wide LTE network in the United States.
If you haven't already picked up the incredible Nexus 7 tablet, maybe AT&T's latest promotion might sway you toward the Jelly Bean-powered, 7-inch slate from both Google and ASUS.
AT&T customers who sign up on an eligible two-year data plan will receive a $100 bill credit on their new contract. This promotion from AT&T only lasts until Valentine's Day, or February 14, 2013.
The iPhone remains the number one desired device in the United States, with half of American's planning to buy a new device in the next 90 days planning on getting an iPhone. That's down from 71 percent in September 2012, while Samsung's numbers have jumped from 13 percent to 21 percent, respectively.
More interestingly, 71 percent of iOS customers say they are "Very Satisfied," while only 53 percent of Windows Phone customers say they are. However, both groups are ahead of Android, which only sees 48 percent very satisfied. RIM lags behind with only 26 percent of its base being very satisfied.
Because of this, Windows Phone could very well see some great growth in the coming year, as long as those satisfied customers are getting the word out. The data above comes from 451 Research. They surveyed 4,061 people, with 88 percent of those being US-based.
Jeffries analyst Peter Misek has released another research report, which continues to assert that the iPhone 5S will be coming June or July. New to the report is the assertion that mass production of the next iPhone will begin in March. If this is the case, I would expect to start seeing leaks soon, and definitely by March, as long as Apple continues to be as leaky as they have been in the past.
Our checks indicate that preliminary builds for the iPhone 5S will start in March for a launch in June/July. As word of the earlier production schedule starts to spread, we believe we could see a slight slowing of demand CQ1 in anticipation of the new product launch and Apple will likely start curtailing channel inventory.
Along with rumors and predictions for the iPhone 5S, Misek provides some insight into the possibility of a cheaper iPhone:
Similar to the iPad mini, we expect a concentrated low-cost iPhone rather than a "cheap" one. Likely specs: polycarbonite case with 4" non-Retina display and no LTE. We believe a new low-cost iPhone would increase Apple's share, decrease [gross margins], but have little impact on [earnings per share].
We'll see if any of this comes true in just a few short months, so keep your eyes peeled for all news iPhone 5S related.
Tablet-like game-pads running Android are going to be a huge thing this year, and a new game pad is set to launch in February from Archos. The GamePad is both powerful enough to run most Android games, and still retains a sleek, lightweight, configuration.
The GamePad is fueled by a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 and 1GB of RAM. Graphics crunching is handled by a very capable quad-core Mali 400MP GPU, and internal storage is set at 8GB. Storage can be expanded up to 64GB by adding a Micro SD card. Also featured is a 1.2MP front facing camera with the rear camera weighing in at a mere 2MP.
The company has included its own Media Center apps which include music and video apps and 1080p video decoding thanks to multiple codecs. The GamePad also features integrated physical controls and still retains a touch interface as well.
I'm still absolutely smitten with my Nexus 4, but we're still hearing about supply constraints all across the world. LG are now saying that nobody is to blame during an interview with a Korean website.
An LG official stated that the Nexus 4 production is going "without a hitch" at their Pyeongtaek-based planet, and that there is no problem with supply. The biggest part of this news is that there have been rumors of another teamup between Google and LG for the Nexus 5, which would be unveiled at Google I/O in a few months time.
According to LG, though, this won't be happening. We've heard this before, from countless companies. I'm still going to hold my breath and hope for a Nexus 5 unveiling at Google I/O.