Australian's won't have to wait too much longer for Samsung's Galaxy Note II, with the South Korean company holding a launch event on November 14. This means that Aussies only have to wait two more weeks until official release information is available.
Samsung's Galaxy Note II should arrive with 1800MHz LTE compatibility on Telstra and Optus 4G networks. With Samsung selling over 10 million units of the original Galaxy Note, it'll be interesting to see just how many Note II's they'll sell.
Considering that the original Galaxy Note was only ever thought to be a niche device, it really has done well for itself.
It looks as though ASUS are on a roll with their Nexus 7 tablet, where yesterday we reported about their strong Q3 earnings but we didn't know about their Nexus 7 numbers. After a bit more digging, I've found those numbers and they're definitely strong. The Wall Street Journal report from ASUS' third-quarter earnings conference, that Asustek Chief Financial Officer, David Chang told the WSJ:
At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million.
Estimates over the last few months having been hovering at the 800,000 to 1 million mark, based on an analysis of Google's revenue figures. With ASUS' comments, the number seems to be higher. ASUS, along with Google, still have a long road ahead of them if they want to reach those dizzying heights of Apple's iPad sales, which reached 14 million in the quarter just gone.
I think we're only seeing the beginning of the Nexus journey from Google, and hopefully the end of carrier and phone maker UI crap on flagship smart devices, thankfully.
Some bad news for Australians regarding the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 3G devices, big Australian telcos Telstra and Vodafone won't be stocking them. Telstra have weighed in, saying they won't be stocking either of the Nexus devices:
At this stage we don't plan to offer the Nexus 4 smartphone or the Nexus 7 3G tablet. Our customers are increasingly demanding a high speed mobile internet experience on their devices so we are focused on bringing 4G LTE compatible models to market.
Telstra are expanding their LTE network, but their 3G side of things has far more customers and is a way bigger piece of the network pie. Myself and 99% of everyone I know is on 3G, with the only people I know on 4G are one, with Telstra, and two, have an iPhone 5. It was only on the first day that I saw people bragging about 4G speeds, and now it has died off - the honeymoon period for 4G disappears quite quickly, it seems.
I think the telcos won't be selling them because there's no money in it - contracts are a two-year thing, and with the ability of buying the Nexus 4 for $399 outright, who in their right mind would want to go on a $50+ contract? The only way it would make sense is to throw people on a $20-$30 per month contract, but there's no money in that. I think with a monster company like Google, the time of two-year contracts on $700+ devices is, well, over. Good riddance, I say. I'm going to get a Nexus 4 on day-one, and throw my Telstra pre-paid SIM card in it.
After Amazon's attack on the iPad mini, a curious and potential customer reached out to Apple's Phil Schiller, who is the Senior Vice President of Marketing, regarding whether or not the iPad mini features a mono or stereo speaker setup. This customer got lucky as he actually got a response, one that will contradict what Amazon posted in their ad.
Phil Schiller's response to a rather wordy question regarding the mono/stereo debate was just three words: "It is stereo." When you're a Senior Vice President, time is money, though I think he could have sent back a little more than those three words. However, three words is all it takes to settle the rumors as to whether or not the iPad mini features stereo speakers.
So there you have it: the iPad mini does feature stereo speakers and Amazon's advertisement was incorrect. Will this affect anyone's buying decision? Probably not, but it is definitely nice to know for sure what is inside the device.
Users of Android on the Verizon network will now have the ability to bill their Verizon Wireless account, instead of using a credit card or other form of payment. This change should help users purchase more apps easily, and is especially important for those users who do not have another form of payment, such as a credit card.
Users will be able to charge up to $25 of apps and other Google Play "merchandise" to their wireless bill every month and then they only have to pay through one channel. This latest addition brings the feature to Verizon, a feature that Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T have had for a while now. Just be sure to keep track of how much you're spending.
If you'd like, it appears to be something you can disable by going to Verizon's site and enabling "Block Web Purchases."
A press release has shown up on Samsung's Ukrainian site detailing a new device known as the Galaxy Premier. It appears to be a clone of the Galaxy SIII, save for an ever-so-slightly smaller screen. The specifications are also nearly identical and we know that the device will be released in the Ukraine in December.
The device sports a 2100mAh battery, 8-megapixel camera, LTE, and NFC connectivity. The screen comes in at a smaller 4.65inch Super AMOLED display and the Premier comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean straight from Samsung, no upgrade needed.
The device is set to launch in the Ukraine in December and there has been no announcement as to whether it will show up in other countries, though I have a feeling it will at some point. It's likely the Ukrainian site just made a slip-up on posting the new device. We will definitely keep you updated on this new device.
Samsung's Galaxy Note II has been launching around the world with last week's launch event in New York City highlighted with a performance by Kanye West. This week, the Galaxy Note II has officially been launched in Toronto, Canada and who better to highlight its launch than PSY.
PSY, who is best known for his world-wide hit, Gangnam Style, was the icing on the already impressive launch event cake as Samsung made many Galaxy Note II's available for guests of the event to check out for themselves. The event even sketch artists available to offer sketches of guests while using the Galaxy Note II.
If you thought the bezel on your screen was already small, get ready for some ultra-thin bezels in the near future. AU Optronics have shown off a new smartphone display sporting a 4.46-inch display with a bezel that measures just 1mm, all with a resolution of 720p.
With just 1mm of bezel, the screen would take up virtually all visible space on the smartphone. AU Optronics supply displays to companies such as LG, who offer panels for Apple's iPad mini, and others.
The only problem I have with 1mm bezel sizes is the fact that my hand would get in the way of the screen. Everyone holds smartphones differently, but I can see peoples' hands getting in the way of the screen, without much (if any at all) bezel in the way. I would love to see this technology on notebook displays, TVs, and more. I think I'll have to see it, and feel the phone in my hands to really judge. But 1mm bezel, wow.
Samsung have begun shipping out their Galaxy Note II to retailers in Canada, and should be available at most stores in the next two or so weeks. Android Central are reporting that TELUS, WIND and Mobilicity would have the Note II, as well as the already confirmed Bell and Rogers.
Rogers and Bell are already taking orders online for $199 on a three-year (eek) contract. If you haven't seen what powers the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II yet, this should get you up to speed:
- Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
- Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
- Display: 5.5" HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
- OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
- GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
- Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
- Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
- Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh
According to Strategy Analytics' latest figures, loyalty for the iPhone has dropped in both the US and Europe. This marks the first time since the iPhone launched in 2007 that the number of iPhone users stating they'd either definitely, or will probably purchase their next phone from Apple has dropped, both in the US and Europe.
The latest figures from the Wireless Device Lab Report found that 88% of US-based iPhone owners planned on upgrading to another iPhone, which is down from 93% last year. Over in Europe, 75% would stay with the iPhone, down from 88% in 2011.
Strategy Analytics' director said that the new numbers show a continuing success for Apple, where they've been able to retain their existing user base, while attracting new customers. He did cite that negative press and accusations of a lack of innovation by Apple are pushing customers toward other products from different manufacturers like Samsung, for example.
Intel to bake 48-core processor into future smartphones, tablets - your next smartphone just might play Crysis
I know I used the whole "can it play Crysis" thing yesterday when we reported about the new Titan supercomputer - but how can I pass up the chance again? Intel have announced plans to use their 48-core processor in future mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones.
Intel CTO, Justin Rattner, has said that baking the powerful chips into mobile devices could arrive "much sooner" than the 10-year window predicted by researchers. The chip is currently used for linear algebra and fluid dynamics, but being the heart and soul of a mobile device could speed up just about everything.
Having 48 cores on top would lead to immensely powerful multitasking that dual- or quad-core parts just can't even dream of doing. Future mobile devices could be running a Full HD (or 4K) game in the background, a 4K movie, while streaming YouTube, and sending e-mails, all while it feels like it has just loaded up and isn't even running a single task. The problem is now software developers having to develop the goods to take advantage of 48 cores. Let's just hope it's capable of running Crysis.
The future is looking great.
According to the latest estimate by Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley, we should see Apple sell more than 100 million iPads next year. Yes, over 100 million. Walkley says:
With the impressive refresh of the 4th generation Retina iPad and launch of the iPad Mini earlier this week, we anticipate very strong holiday quarter iPad sales. In fact, with Apple's decisions to price the iPad Mini at a $170 discount to similar 4th generation iPad SKUs and competitively priced versus lower priced competing products from Google and other Android OEMs, we anticipate strong sales of the iPad Mini, especially as gifts during the holiday quarter. Further, we believe the iPad Mini significantly expands Apple's tablet addressable market internationally and should lead to strong sales throughout F2013 as international distribution increases.
For comparison sake, Amazon are poised to sell just 10.7 million tablets, Samsung with 8.4 million. Smartphone sales are a whole different beast, with Walkley predicting that Samsung will sell 303.6 million in 2013, compared to Apple's 193.9 million iPhones. Personally, I think Apple will sell around half of that, at just 100 million iPhones.
The 32GB Nexus 7 by Google and ASUS has now been spotted, this time on Office Depot shelves. The retail outlet is putting them on display across the US as we speak.
This means that the 32GB Nexus 7 is locked in for a $249 price, dropping the current 16GB model to just $199. This can only be good news for would-be, or even current tablet owners, as the Nexus 7 tablet is one of the best tablets on the market and is now even cheaper.
The iPad mini isn't even here yet and Google are putting more pressure on it, dropping the price to nearly half that of the iPad mini.
We reported earlier on last night that Google had unveiled their Nexus 4 smartphone which is built by LG, but the detailed specs are now here for you to ogle over.
Nexus 4 will sport a 4.7-inch TrueHD IPS Plus display with a 1280x768 resolution, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, Gorilla Glass 2, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.2 and the latest update of Google Now.
Nexus 4 will be sold unlocked through around 200 carriers, will be available in both 8GB and 16GB variants, and will go on sale in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia on November 13. Pricing is set at just $299 outright for the 8GB model, and $349 for the 16GB model.
Amazon has started the tablet wars. On their homepage, you will see the ad, pictured below, which compares the Kindle Fire HD to the newly released iPad min. Sure, they pick on a few features where the iPad mini is weak, but what is even more interesting is the quote they picked up from Gizmodo. Take a look for yourself:
Pretty funny, right? Everything about that ad is factual. The Kindle Fire HD does feature a higher resolution screen and pixel-per-inch count. It also picks on the iPad mini for not featuring stereo speakers, though I imagine most people use headphones when watching a move or listening to music as the built-in speakers of most mobile devices are pitiful.
I had to laugh at the quote Amazon pulled from Gizmodo: "...Your 7.9-inch tablet has far fewer pixels than the competing 7-inch tablets! You're cramming a worse screen in there, charging more and accusing others of compromise? Ballsy." However, what Amazon is forgetting to compare is the "cool factor" of the iPad mini, something that famous UK judge noted about the original iPad.
However, they have a point, and Apple missed the mark with the new iPad mini in a lot of respects. What are your thoughts on the ad? Simple smear campaign or legitimate ad?
Google has unleashed a new wave of Nexus devices upon the world, even after canceling their press event due to Hurricane Sandy. Get ready for some great new devices because that is what Google has on offer. Out is the old Nexus 7 8GB, in is a 16GB at the same price. Also new to the Nexus 7 is cellular network capability.
The new Nexus 4 is not quite for sale, at least not yet. However, a sign-up page has been put online for users to be notified when the device is actually available. It comes in two models, an 8GB version for $299 and a 16GB version for $349. Noticeably lacking from the devices is LTE capability. Instead, they both feature unlocked HSPA+ radios.
The nexus 7 has seen a price cut along with some new features. The 16GB version will set you back $199, the 32GB version, $249, and a new 32GB model with mobile data will set you back $299, though this model isn't available yet. It has the same sign-up form that the Nexus 4 has. Google is no longer offering an 8GB model.
Lastly, the company has on offer a new Nexus 10 tablet, which is clearly designed and engineered to compete with the iPad. The 16GB Wi-Fi only model will cost you $399 and the 32GB version will set you back $499. Both are currently not for sale, though you can be notified when they are. The Nexus 10 tablet features a screen that has the same resolution as the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which means it has a higher PPI than the iPad.
Verizon customers will be getting the choice of a Nokia phone for the first time in roughly three years. It will be coming in the form of a new Windows Phone 8 device and branded as a Lumia. The Lumia 822 is a variant of the Lumia 820, which is set to go to AT&T exclusively for the first six months after launch.
The Lumia 822 isn't a bad phone. It comes with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.3-inch display, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, with options of up to 64GB. The rear-shooter is of the 8-megapixel variety and the front-facing camera will manage 1.2 megapixels. Nokia claims 11 hours of talk time.
The device will be LTE capable and come in black, white, and grey. Pricing and availability are still up in the air, though Engadget believes the device will set you back $100 on a new two-year contract with big red. The device should launch sometime in November or early December, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
Do you own the international version of HTC's One X smartphone? Well, you might want to wait patiently by your smartphone for an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.
HTC is doing things a little differently, though, instead of pushing the updates to all phones in a particular region, HTC push the updates out to certain devices based on their CID (Customer ID) in each region.
This means that for phones with a CID of htc__612 are sold in Taiwan, they started receiving their OTA update last night. HTC have said that all One X smartphones in Asia and Europe are getting updates "rolling out now".
Two years ago, a prototype iPhone 4 was left at a San Francisco bar, which lead to huge waves going through the Internet and technology industry - Apple was pissed, Gizmodo were flooded with hits for one of the most exclusive stories ever.
Well, it looks like it has happened again, with the Nexus 4 coming from LG. Wired reports that Jamin Barton, a bartender at the 500 Club in San Francisco, ended up with an unclaimed smartphone at the bar sometime last month. The smartphone didn't have a SIM card installed, sported the Google logo on the back as well as a sticker saying that the phone was "not for sale".
Barton says that a friend who is only referenced as "Dave", saw the phone and thought it was Google's next Nexus handset, and agreed to contact the Mountain View-based company. The next day, Dave was upset, saying that Google had gotten in contact with him regarding the prototype Nexus 4, threatening him as being an accessory to what is considered a crime.
Google took the world by storm by releasing the Nexus 7, which has been incredibly popular but the larger screen size end of the market doesn't really have anything in the same league without talking about the iPad.
Well, the Nexus 10 is set to change that with a 10-inch 2560x1600-pixel display, a dual-core 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5250, Mali-T604 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (no word on expandable storage via microSD), a 5-megapixel rear-facing snapper, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
We're talking "Retina"-like screen res here, at 298.9 pixels per inch, baby. The tablet will be used to usher in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, meaning that this is just a slight jump in the OS and not a leap like some were hoping. Android 4.1 is still the best Android OS out to date, so Android 4.2 will be a nice evolution of that.
That's right, the Nexus 10 tablet has been officially outed through pictures posted on Google+. And it was no slip-up either. Google exec Vic Gundotra is on vacation somewhere incredibly gorgeous (who knows, maybe Google paid for the vacation so he could do this "stunt") and has taken photos with a Nexus 10 and posted them on his Google+.
Of course, these pictures then went out to his 3.3 million followers. We're only 3 days away from when the Nexus 10 is supposed to be unveiled. Now, that in and of itself isn't that big of a deal, or at least it wouldn't be until you learn some of the specifications of the new device. Most important is the screen resolution, 2560 x 1600.
This is notable because it is higher than both the iPad 3 and iPad 4's Retina displays, an impressive feat. And, with the pictures that have been posted, we can also comment on the shooter, which is clearly a good camera specimen. It took some incredible shots of what I imagine to be an incredible vacation.