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After months of teasing, Samsung has just officially unveiled the new Galaxy Alpha smartphone. Samsung's latest handset is an ultra-thin Android-powered smartphone, featuring a 4.7-inch 1280x720 display.
On the back, we have a 12-megapixel camera, a smallish 1860mAh battery (depending on your region), and either a quad- or octa-core processor (again, depending on your region). The design of the Galaxy Alpha is what this is all about, with a new-look design, ditching the plastic we're all used to on Galaxy smartphones.
Samsung calls the Galaxy Alpha "the evolution of Galaxy Design," and that it shows off a "new design approach" for the South Korean-based giant. The shape of the Galaxy Alpha isn't much of a departure from the Galaxy S5, but we are seeing some more finness to the Galaxy Alpha. The company hasn't unveiled pricing or availability for the Galaxy Alpha, but it will launch in black, white, gold and blue colors.
The global smartphone market might be dominated by the U.S.-based Apple and Korea-based Samsung, but a growing number of Chinese smartphone manufacturers are making their name heard. No. 1 global PC manufacturer Lenovo is reportedly the leader of Chinese market, but is facing intense pressure from increasingly popular companies.
In their respective domestic market, Lenovo and Xiaomi are battling it out - with Lenovo holding a slight 12.5 percent lead over 12.4 percent held by Xiaomi - but both companies have other rivals closing in. It will take some time before Xiaomi and Huawei become better recognized names in the United States, but will continue to garner fans in China - and in select emerging markets.
Samsung and Nokia both were dominant in the Chinese market, but with the country's more than 700 million active smartphone users looking for cheaper options, Chinese-made devices are rising in popularity. Expect to see Apple and Samsung push heavily in China, but if pricing isn't right, then sales and marketing efforts will struggle.
Motorola launched its slick smartphone called the Moto G a while back and a rumor claims that the successor to that smartphone is coming soon. According to a source who claims to have been given launch details straight from a Motorola rep, the next device will be the Moto G2 and it will launch on September 10.
The devices are tipped to hit dealers by August, but sales won't kick off until September 10. The smartphone is said to sell for around €250, not exactly an inexpensive handset. We have heard spec rumors for the device in the past.
The smartphone is tipped to have a 5-inch 720p screen, Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera. The front camera is a 2MP unit and the smartphone will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box. Internal storage is tipped at a paltry 8GB; presumably, the smartphone will have storage expansion.
Apple rumors are a dime a dozen and another new one has surfaced this week that says Apple suppliers have begun production on two new iPad models. These same sources claim that both new iPad models are set to land in time for Christmas shopping this year.
The sources claim that Apple is manufacturing a 9.7-inch iPad, which is thought to be the next generation iPad Air. Launch for the device is expected to come this quarter or early in the next quarter.
The new iPad mode is also expected to have an anti-reflection coating on the screen that will improve readability in sunlight, but that special coating is expected to limit production capability for the new tablet. The other new model tipped to be in production is a 7.9-inch iPad mini expected to launch late this year.
Consumers are expected to control more than half of the estimated 5.2 million Chromebook units sold in 2014, according to research firm Gartner. The devices will see strong growth in the education sector - and while still not largely appealing to technology enthusiasts - the low-cost devices are building a stronger following.
Samsung led the Chromebook market in 2013 with 1.3 million units sold, and is expected to have 64.9 percent of the market by the end of 2014. Meanwhile, Acer has 21.4 percent, relying on the cost-effective ARM-based CPUs, while Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo have 6.8 and 6.7 percent control of the market, respectively.
" Competition in the Chromebook market is intensifying as more vendors launch Chromebooks, with eight models in the market in 2014,"said Isabelle Durand, Gartner Principal Analyst, in a press statement. " Now that the PC market is no longer growing strongly, vendors are searching for new business opportunities. They launched Chromebooks to revive interest in sub-$300 portable PCs once the netbook bubble had burst."
Microsoft announced that it would be stopping production of some of the devices that Nokia had previously offered to the low-end of the market. Some of those discontinued devices include the Nokia X, Asha, and S60. After announcing that it was ending production of those devices, it is a bit surprising to hear that Microsoft is rolling out a new Nokia feature phone.
The feature phone is called the Nokia 130 and it will sell for the equivalent of $25 in Europe. The device is aimed at first time buyers around the world and runs the Nokia Series 30 software. Microsoft notes that this is the most affordable phone with a video and music player out there.
The device has a FM tuner, MP3 player, and can play movies from a video card. It lacks any support for internet access. Battery life is 46 hours for audio and 16 hours for movies. It has a 1.8-inch screen and is good for 13 hours of talk. The feature phone can be purchased in dual or single SIM versions.
I don't know why I didn't do this first, but YouTuber Jonathan Morrison took a fake iPhone 6 to a bunch of random consumers to see if he could convince them that his early next-gen iPhone 6 was truly revolutionary. The results, are hilarious.
The iPhone 6 in question is a cheap Android smartphone with a very convincing skin of iOS painted on top, with Morrison explaining that: "once you look a little closer and spend even a minimal amount of time with it, you'll quickly realize that it is a big pile of s***". Better yet, he was able to convince people that this early iPhone 6 he had in his hands had a 26-core "A10" processor, because Apple was just so ahead of the competition it decided to skip the A8 and A9 processors.
Morrison continued bragging the specs up, telling the people in the video that it had an 8K display that was a Fire Phone-style 3D panel. Morrison went as far as telling the people in the video that Apple had replaced Siri with Google Now, because Google Now was superior and Apple had finally realized this.
The latest prototype smartphone from Samsung looks super interesting, with the South Korean giant reportedly playing around with the idea of a smartphone prototype that features a wraparound display that would ditch the need for side bezels, reports ZDNet Korea.
What this means is that the touch display will extend to the side of the smartphone, and will be used instead of the side buttons that we have on our smartphones today. ZDNet Korea's supply chain sources have said that it's "unclear whether Samsung will produce the new phone massively or change it to a limited edition premium phone for developed countries". What do you think about this type of smartphone? Would you love to ditch your tablet and have the best of both world's sitting in your pocket?
The rise and rise of mobile instant messaging is largely attributed to flirtatious messages among young people, according to a report.
The likes of WhatsApp, Snapchat, iMessage and Facebook Messenger have enjoyed an enormous boom in usage, according to Deloitte, with some teenagers and young adults sending as many as up to 100,000 messages each year. Smartphones are naturally the primary delivery method, and in Britain, the total number of messages is expected to reach 300 billion by the year's end - up from 160 billion the year before.
"Teenage romance is appropriating technology for its needs," Deloitte's research head Paul Lee said. "A constant among humans is courting and they use different tools to do it. It used to be hanging on the phone, now it's instant messaging." Lee went on to say that the average person sends seven text messages a day, but this is hardly anything at all compared to instant messaging which makes up 46 messages a day, or three per waking hour.
A certification listing found on Indonesia's Postel website has led people to believe that Sony is close to unveiling a new tablet, which should arrive as the new Xperia Z2 Tablet, but with LTE capabilities.
We know this because the earlier tablet models within Sony's Xperia line fall into the same pattern, with the Xperia Tablet Z being model SGP321, while the Xperia Z2 Tablet is model SGP521. The new model howevere, is SGP621. We should expect the new tablet to be a bit smaller than the regular 10.1-inch Xperia Z2 Tablet, arriving with an 8-inch display.
Sony will most likely unveil this new LTE-capable Xperia Z2 Tablet at IFA in Berlin next month, so we don't have much longer to wait.