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63.7% of the phones that checked into (used) Google Play over the 14 day period were based on the outdated, yet still functional Gingerbread (Android 2.3).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.
One of RIM's last chances of capturing the hearts, minds, souls and hands of BlackBerry users and the smartphone market itself is their upcoming BlackBerry 10 device. So, Research in Motion is reportedly preparing to reveal its first BlackBerry 10 device in mid-August.
After the initial reveal, RIM hope to have the BB10 device in consumer hands by October. It has been previously reported that RIM want to have these BB10 devices in the hands of developers by next month, which would give this news just a tad more credit. What should we expect from RIM's BlackBerry 10 device?
We should expect it to sport a touchscreen, and not the usual QWERTY goodness that previous BlackBerry smartphones have featured. We should expect a QWERTY-sporting BB10 device sometime in early-2013. More news on BlackBerry 10 as it surfaces.
According to some leaked benchmarks that were spotted by an eagle-eyed reader of Phone Arena, show the GALAXY S III sporting a quad-core Exynos 4412 chip that looks like it smashes all previous Android-based devices, and probably the iPhone 4S, not by a bit, but considerably.
In GLBenchmark 2.1.4 Egypt Offscreen, Samsung's GALAXY S II scores around 30fps, with HTC's One X which sports NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 SoC scoring around 65fps, but the GALAXY S III just looks at those in disgust and spits out 90fps or so. An insane feat for Samsung, if it's true. This would mean that Samsung's GSIII would be nearly three times faster than its predecessor.
Samsung's GALAXY S III smartphone, or whatever they want to call it, is about as important now as Apple's next iPhone, or any iDevice released, which goes to show you just how much Samsung have riding on this. Today, we have another teaser shot.
We have a leaked image thanks to Chinese forum mobile01, where we can see the smartphone in much better quality, but definitely not in its final form. There is something that perks my interest: Samsung seem to have replaced the stock Ice Cream Sandwich software buttons, where they've switched the positions of the multi-tasking and back buttons.
Samsung also looks to have used a bigger menu button than the stock ICS look. Small detail, yeah, but there's nothing much more to go on, and I'm nearly salivating at the sheer thought of this phone being released. I think I'm building my expectations up, and I most likely won't upgrade from my GALAXY S II, but I have faith this will be an awesome smartphone.
Oppo, a China-based company is getting its share of airtime on news sites today, with a tease of another smartphone. Engadget China have an exclusive look at a device that is quite small indeed.
By small, we're talking just 6.65mm-thick, which is 0.03mm thinner than the Ascent P1 S from local competitor Huawei. If Oppo can drop this onto the market, they'll be able to claim they have the world's thinnest smartphone... for now.
More details aren't available, but from the picture we can see it sports a metallic bezel, three capacitive buttons and a three-pin contact for a dock connection.
Thanks to a new page put up by Samsung, everyone can see which Android-powered phones and tablets are set to receive an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. The support page breaks down the phone models by carrier but does not give specific dates to expect the updates by. The page, available here, at least gives hope to the owners of listed phones that they will eventually get the update.
For Verizon, owners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet are destined for Ice Cream Sandwich.
For AT&T, the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Captivate Glide, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Note is on the list.
For Sprint, the Nexus S 4G already has the update and the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is sitting around waiting.
For WiFi only, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners will be happy to hear they are getting the update.
For T-mobile, you guys are a bit out of luck as nothing specific has been given. It only states that Samsung is "in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will provide updates as we have additional details to share."
We all know it's coming, but whether Samsung would call it the GALAXY S III, or something else was the question on everybody's lips. Samsung have launched the Mobile Unpacked 2012 app, which lets users stream the event as it happens on May 3 in London.
From the Google Play description, we're seeing Samsung use the term "galaxy s3" in their description line, which would point toward it being called, well, the GALAXY S III. Of course, this could be a tease, and could be used to throw us off, but this is as real as it gets, folks.
As for the Mobile Unpacked 2012 app, you can use it to watch Samsung unveil the "Next GALAXY" live, no matter where you are. The app will also show the new product's details, an official press release, and give out helpful venue and transportation maps, as well as a map of foggy London town. The app also sports a count-down timer in the top right if you're not aware of how much longer it is.
10 more days and counting!