iLounge are reporting they've received information for the next-generation iPhone, that it would sport a 4-inch display by increasing height of the device. In order to accomodate the tallet screen, the body of the next iPhone will also become slightly taller. We should also see a 20-percent (or so) reduction in thickness. They go on, adding:
What we've learned: the new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S. Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm-a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width. According to our source, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic. Our artist's rendition provides a rough idea of what this change will look like; it echoes the current-generation iMac design, to be sure.
Samsung have proudly announced that their tablet/smartphone mash-up, the GALAXY Note, has sold two million units since its launch five months ago. The GALAXY Note smashed past the two million mark in the shortest period of time for any Korean LTE phone to date.
Samsung's GALAXY Note is set to receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update shortly, where it'll bring a slew of new features to the 5.3-inch tablet/smartphone mash-up device. Before it was released, most people thought it was a gamble pushing a device of this size onto the market. It was met with mixed reactions when it was announced, as it walks a fine line between smartphone and tablet. But, the huge reception it was received not only in South Korea, but the world, has shown that Samsung were right to gamble on a device like this.
Worldwide numbers are also quite impressive, where back in March, Samsung had announced it sold two million GALAXY Note's, as well as shipping over five million units across the world. These numbers would've grown by now, and should continue to do so when the ICS update hits.
Samsung released their flagship GALAXY S III smartphone today, and while we can perve at the pics, drool over the specs, and shout "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY" at the screen, it's still nice to see how the smartphone compares to its predecessor, the GALAXY S II.
Our friends over at Netbook News have done this in the form of a video comparison of the two GALAXY-branded smartphones. Netbook News throw a GALAXY S II up against the GALAXY S III and give their quick impressions, showing us the screen, how thick it is, and heavy it is versus each other.
We should see more of these videos over the coming weeks, and I've already reached out to SamsungMobileUS via Twitter to see if I can one for myself personally before I fly off to Computex this time next month. I wouldn't mind using the camera on the phone while I'm there, and I would feel like a hipster having the latest gear in my pocket and hands.
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with a load of new features, with many of them as suspected prior to launch. Several new things have also been added to the phone are extremely cool. For one, the front-facing camera tracks the user's gaze so that the screen will not lock while the user is looking at the screen.
The device features the new Exynos 4 Quad-Core 1.4GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16, 32, or 64GB of storage, and radios for Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and NFC connectivity. The front side features a 1.9MP camera which is used in the above described feature. The backside features an 8MP camera which can take HD video along with burst photos.
The screen is a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display. The device seems capable of accepting voice commands and also senses when you pick it up to make a call. It can also wake on a voice command. It is available in two colors: "Pebble Blue" and "Marble White."
Wireless charging is also available without an additional case. This phone has more features than you can shake a stick at or than I can list. The Galaxy S III will be available in Europe by the end of May and is looking at a summer launch for the United States. This phone very well could beat the iPhone. More as it comes.
Earlier on today we were invited to the ASUS headquarters here in Taipei where we got a look at a couple of exclusive features that part of is range of new Intel Z77 Express based motherboards. We got a look at Fan Xpert 2 as well as Wi-Fi GO! We're going to look at the latter first.
Wi-Fi GO! is a combination of hardware and software that is included in most new ASUS Z77 motherboards. It includes a hardware Wi-Fi chip on the board and lovely and easy to use software on your PC and finally an Android or iPad app called Wi-Fi GO! Remote. We tested in the video above using the currently unreleased app version of V1.1.01 - it should be released to the public in a week or two. It includes the following functions: DLNA Media Hub, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard and Mouse, Smart Motion Control, File Transfer and Capture and Send.
Let's start off with DLNA Media Hub. This part of the app allows you use your Android tablet or iPad as a big remote control to stream content from your host (your ASUS Z77 PC) to any DLNA-compatible media player or device on your local network. The only requirement is that all of the devices (the tablet, your PC and your media streaming device) are all connected to the same network...
ASUS' Padfone came smashing onto the scene during February's Mobile World Congress, and was meant to be launching in Taiwan in late-April, with an Italian launch rumored for the month after. But, it seems that a tweet from ASUS Indonesia is showing that it seems that Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 shortages are delaying the Padfone's launch in some markets.
Translation is always messy, but the tweet says that Qualcomm is still experiencing Snapdragon S4 shortages and that "unfortunately" that's the processor baked into the Padfone. The Verge sent ASUS an e-mail to get a clearer answer, with a company spokesperson reiterating the shortage saying "I believe [the shortage is] affecting all of Qualcomm's customers".
While ASUS aren't directly confirming the delayed Padfone launch, they're putting themselves into the basket of Qualcomm customers who are affected by the shortage. We should have more information as it happens.
In what can only be described as a bid for leakiest company, Samsung has apparently managed to allow more photos of the yet unannounced device. Rumors say that Samsung is at least disguising it inside a case. The photo below looks strikingly similar to the older Galaxy S2, however if you look closer, you can see that a more curvy device appears to be nestled in some sort of case.
An anonymous tipster provided this picture to Sam Mobile. Sam Mobile contends that the Galaxy S3 will come with the model name of the GT-i9300 - however the more likely number of GT-i9800 was also thrown out. The tipster also provided that the new Galaxy S3 will come with a 12MP camera, which, in reality, could be a bit excessive.
The launch of this upcoming phone should occur May 5 at a press event in London. Many people are waiting with baited breathe to see just how amazing Samsung has made this phone. If they don't release it at the May 5 press event, they will have a lot of unhappy customers who may decide to buy a different phone, so it would appear to be vital to release it on May 5.
Almost in tandem with my post about the poor Android ICS adoption rate yesterday, Huawei has announced the availability to download and update the MediaPad to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This aging tablet, which was first launched in October of last year, will gain a redesigned user interface, power management, and other benefits from the upgrade.
The 330MB download isn't available as an OTA upgrade, so users will have to download the software on their PCs to upgrade the device. Other features included with the new update include new app icons and resizeable widgets along with an improved web browser and much more. The update is encouraged for all users. If you buy a new MediaPad, you will find that Huawei has already pre-installed Android 4.0 ICS, so there is nothing you need to do.
Most Android phones, it would seem, are not running the latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. Google recently released some very detailed data about the Android landscape, which included percents of phone OSs that checked into Google Play over a 14 day period. Some of the numbers are surprising.
63.7% of the phones that checked into (used) Google Play over the 14 day period were based on the outdated, yet still functional Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Only 2.9% were running the latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich. The adoption rate of the latest upgrade has been slow, to say the least. But why? After all, 850,000 devices were activated per day in February.
Each time a new version of Android was released (historically), the adoption rate slowed. It took 2.1 a month to reach 25% of Android devices. It took 2.2 three times as long (three months) to reach the same point. It took a whopping 6 months for Gingerbread (2.3) to reach the same point. Part of this is due to the Android market being bigger. More people have to upgrade the software than just have new people buy phones.
Another issue is people are locked into contracts which prevent them, without extra cost, from buying a new phone. With it being almost 2 years since the release of many of these 2.1 and 2.2 phones, I would venture to guess that people will go shopping and the adoption of Ice Cream Sandwich to increase. But that's just a guess.
We know that smartphones are the hot device to have right now, but to have a market grow by 40% when the technology has been around for a while is nothing short of incredible. But, that's just what the smartphone market did this past year ending with Q1 2012. It grew a whopping 42.5%, yet the entire phone market shrunk by 1.5%.
Inside those market changes, companies exchanged blows for market share. Apple and Samsung snatched up over a combined 50%, leaving the remaining to be split among the 4 other major players. Samsung just about tripled its market share over the year, with a huge boost coming from 4Q11 to 1Q12 range.
Apple grew quite a bit across the 3Q11 to 4Q11 where Samsung's growth was flat. You can see how the interplay of the companies has affects on the others. Nokia, RIM, and HTC all experienced general declines to under 10% market share a piece. HTC and Nokia, I would expect, will get a bump on the heels of the successful One and Lumia series.
The latest teaser for Samsung's GALAXY S III is here, which seems to have taken on a NEXUS-style look. There's not much to go on here, but this shot is posing next to a ruler, so we can get a look at how tall the phone is, and we can guesstimate on the screen size.
Taking into consideration this isn't exact, it looks like the GALAXY S III sports a 4.8-inch display. But, we will have concrete information just days from now, because Samsung has an unveiling event of the GALAXY S III in London. But, that's not all, there's also another photo of the S III, below.
This photo looks very much like Samsung's GALAXY Nexus with its sexy curved design. Whatever is released, you can be sure people are going to go crazy over it. Samsung is beginning to be the new Apple with excitement building, that's for sure.
Thanks to a leaked slide from HP, we now know the company is working on a Windows 8-based tablet that is destined to be thinner than the benchmark: Apple's iPad. HP Slate 8 will sport a 10.1-inch display and have battery life hovering in the 8-10 hour range according to a "trusted" source of Neowin.
The slide pushes the Slate 8 as a business device, where its specifications point to it being capable of multi-touch or digital pen input, as well as enterprise level docking. Another bit teased is "outdoor viewing option", which has me scratching my head. HP lists its features of "Portable" as the 8-10 hour battery life, 9.2mm thin and weighs in at only 0.68kg.
HP CEO, Meg Whitman said earlier this year that HP would release x86-based PCs by the end of this year, with the Slate 8 being a possible candidate. No more information is available, but it's great that these Windows 8 tablet leaks are happening, it's only going to amp the competition up, significantly. I expect more and more leaks leading up to, and after Computex.
Research in Motion plan on giving away a BlackBerry 10 developer device during their BlackBerry World event next week, but the device itself has been caught on camera ahead of the event.
A CrackBerry forum poster snapped a quick, power-off look at the experimental smartphone, which looks quite simple in its design with a brick-like design which looks similar to RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook.
RIM has stated, in advance, that these were just test devices to help developers write apps early and is not representative of what customers would lay their hands on when BB10 devices hit the market. The first all-touch device, nicknamed 'London', is probably going to be considerably thinner and much more polished than this dev unit.
According to ex-Apple executive and now Nest founder, Tony Fadell, Apple had considered one of three core ideas for the iPhone, one of those? A hardware keyboard. He spoke in an evening session with The Verge, where he talked that the all-touch design that eventually materialised into the first iPhone had come after he wanted to try a virtual keyboard before resorting to the hardware option.
Being a key iPod architect, he understood the potential of an on-screen keyboard, which has its benefits such as disappearing when not needed, but didn't rule out physical keys at first. Whilst the iPhone was in development, there had been three different versions.
The all-touch iPhone that eventually became the number-one seller was joined by another model of an unknown layout as well as a third "iPod + Phone", implying that a design that more closely followed the iPod concept was once a consideration. At the time of the iPhone launch, the only experience with on-screen keyboards was with PalmOS and Windows Mobile-based devices. They used inprecise resistive touchscreens and their interfaces just weren't built to really make use of them the way that the iPhone and iOS ultimately did.
There are a few sources where Windows 8 news comes from: Microsoft and the companies who make devices that run Windows. This time the news comes from a "trusted source" who told Neowin about an upcoming x86 Windows 8 tablet that HP is building. It will be thinner than the iPad and have 8-10 hours of battery life.
The new slate will have a 10.1-inch screen and be called the Slate 8. As far as the name, I think that it could catch due to it having a catchy rhyme. Since the device is targeted for businesses, it will not be ARM-based. This leaves one option: x86. The slide seen above is a bit rough around the edges, but the source is sure that this is a working spec list and the picture is an early mock-up.
With Windows 8 coming, many tablets are expected to hit the market around the launch, or shortly after. HP, after the TouchPad fiasco, will sure to be a front-runner in the market. If HP holds to the spec list above, then they should have a strong competitor to the iPad as long as they price it competitively.
In an exclusive interview with Simon Stanford, Samsung's VP of telecommunications and networks for UK and Ireland, TechRadar picked up some interesting pieces of information. The most interesting one, as far as I'm concerned, is that Samsung doesn't like the way the tech world works in cycles around tech shows.
Samsung, apparently, is much more interested in announcing a product and then launching it shortly after that announcement. Due to this new revelation, the Samsung Galaxy SIII could be on shelves before the end of May. The interview did not outright name the successor to the Galaxy SII, but it seemed pretty clear that it was coming.
"Traditionally the industry works in cycles around an event, meaning there's usually quite a period of time between announcement and period of launch. Commercially, you have to question that; plus it presents a challenge by putting you in a position where everyone knows what you're up to," he said.
And in terms to the Galaxy SIII, he had this to say: "In terms of any successor to the S2, that will be hosted at separate event in due course. Whatever it is, and whatever it's going to be. As it stands, nothing exists. This is all should any successor be announced." So nothing exists right now, eh?
The rumors and whispers of a Facebook phone aren't gone, although there hasn't been much news on it lately. With Samsung Electronics covering the development of the next-generation Nexus smartphone for Google, HTC have decided to take a walk down a different path.
They're currently developing a customized smartphone in cooperation with Facebook which is looking to be launched in Q3 of this year at the earliest, as always, according to industry sources. HTC had previously joined forces with Google to launch Google's first own-branded smartphone, Nexus One. This means they're no stranger to cooperation with a large company.
Since Samsung have become the top Android vendor, Google will continue to tap Samsung to develop their next-generation Nexus models. This lets Google use Samsung's innovation ability with regard to the Android platform, and its ability to control the supply of key components, says DigiTimes' sources.
The new HTC Facebook phone would have a platform exclusive to Facebook which would enable and integrate all functions available on Facebook. HTC have previous launched two Facebook-enabled smartphones, the Salsa and Chacha.
Most of the mobile news around here has been focusing on the upcoming Galaxy III release. And while that phone should be incredible, it's important to note that their are other options available. A new leaked roadmap for upcoming Verizon phones attests to the fact that their still are other phones out there.
BGR is reporting that they have learned most, if not all, of Verizon's upcoming smartphone launches for summer and fall 2012. If the report is true, it's a good day to be a Verizon subscriber. First off, it is true that Verizon will be carrying the Galaxy S III phone that we have been reporting about for weeks.
In addition to that Android phone, there will be "multiple" Motorola RAZR models that will be coming to Verizon over the next months. One will likely feature a larger, clearer screen and be called something along the lines of RAZR HD.
HTC might just have the superstar Android phone this round, however. BGR has been told that "HTC will have a major flagship device hitting Verizon shelves in the fall." The device is said to feature a 1920x1080, 5" screen. It is also said to have a quad-core Krait CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU, HTC Sense 5 and a Scribe pen. Yes, it would appear that HTC is launching a Galaxy Note competitor.
Lastly, BGR reports that the iPhone is scheduled for a fall release.
element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers has announced it has over 100,000 confirmed orders for their pint-sized Raspberry Pi unit, these numbers are incredible considering they only launched the device in late-February.
The manufacturing and distribution teams have been worked hard to get customers their device, so for those who have ordered on, or before April 18 can expect to have the Raspberry Pi in their hands by the end of June. Orders placed after April 18 should be completed after July onward. element14 will continuously keep customers updated on individual delivery dates as they happen.
element14 haven't just made a kick-ass little computing device, they've also organized a Raspberry Pi Masterclass this week with Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation which is for 15 school children in the UK. Eben also hosted a Raspberry Pi tutorial webinar earlier this month to demonstrate just how to quickly program a Raspberry Pi.
Microsoft may have found a new OEM partner in Huawei, they would make Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 devices
China-based Huawei is poised to become Microsoft's new OEM partner, where they've offered to make Windows Phone 8- and Windows 8-based tablet products. Huawei are looking to debut new phones and tablets running Microsoft's latest and greatest touch-enabled OS by the end of the year.
Huawei has, until now, predominantly been concentrating on their Android-based products and have only recently started working with the Redmond-based company. Huawei have a little while ago been rumored to have created a 70-strong team of Windows Phone peeps, which would begin developing hardware for Windows 8 for release this year. On top of smartphones, Huawei would also create tablets compatible with Windows 8.
Huawei have been waiting to smash into the US market, recently bringing their Ascend P1 to the US market as well as moving its R&D operations to Silicon Valley. A partnership with Microsoft shows a huge improvement with the two companies' relationship. This first sign of love is a strong one.
A bit of a quick one here, folks. Acer's Iconia Tab A500 tablet owners should take note here, some folks are seeing updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for their 7-inch A100 and 10.1-inch A500 Tabs.
Acer previously noted that the A500 wouldn't lick any of that delicious Ice Cream Sandwich update until April 27th in the US or Canada, but some people are reportedly seeing their over-the-air (OTA) updates hitting their Tabs. If you're rocking an A500, manually check for an update, as you might be a little surprised.
The jump from Android 3.x Honeycomb to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a good one, I definitely suggest making the move.