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Not really big news, but we want to let you know that Samsung is coming out with a tweaked version of the Galaxy S III mini, that adds in support for Samsung's S Beam system, pairing NFC and WiFi-Direct for speedy data transfers, Samsung says a 10MB music file can be shuttled over in around two seconds. U.K. is bound to be among the first markets to get the upgraded variant.


Other than that, no other hardware alterations have been done to the device. The Samsung Galaxy S III mini with NFC packs the same dual-core processor running at 1GHz and a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, a 5-megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video and a front-facing cam for video chats. Android 4.1 comes pre-loaded on the device.


source: slashgear

 



The recently-launched Samsung powerhouse will not be available in UK mobile store shelves until April 26th. However, judging from how ingenious some vendors are in the country, they might already be selling units even before this date comes. Most UK carriers will all be offering the S IV, along with other popular online sellers like Carphone and Phones4U.


There is no word yet as to how much carriers will offer the unit but some will already take pre-orders from eager clients who want to be the first ones to get the phone. Also, since the S IV is LTE-enabled, users under some carriers will straight away enjoy quick connection and other perks on their carrier's LTE network. After months of speculations, it is time to put the most-anticipated smartphone to test.

 

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With Samsung Galaxy S4 is set to be shipped to 50 different countries, speculations have started going around as to the exact phones that will be sold. According to some insiders who work in the Samsung supply chain department, 10,000,000 Samsung Galaxy S4s will be shipped within the first month of release of the gadget in to the market. The same sources are predicting that 30,000,000 Samsung Galaxy S4s will have to be shipped to meet the expected demand by the 2nd quarter of 2013. These predictions are based on the growing positive reputation of Samsung in the market of smartphones. By the end of 2013, Samsung will launch Galaxy S4 in 155 countries. This launch is expected to take the sales even higher before the end of the year.


Samsung is a South Korean company and there have been worries that the tensions of the country with North Korea may affect the production and shipping of Galaxy S4. The good news is that the company has eight other manufacturing facilities in different places around the world. Therefore, even if production in the South Korean production plant was to be affected, the other locations can pick up the flop.


Source: digitimes

 




Is this another leaked picture of the Galaxy Note 3? From the picture, taken at a low resolution and unfortunately a bit 'fuzzy, it appears as the next device in the series Notes may have a battery slightly narrower but at the same time little bit longer.


Another detail that is evident as regards the edges and corners of the device, that are sharp and in contrast with the normal lines and the design which we have used to Samsung phones in recent years (although it must be said that the design is very similar to some leaked images of Note 3 revealed in the past ).


Samsung Galaxy Note III is expected to have an octa-core Exynos 5420 or quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 1080p display of 5.7-6″, a 13-megapixel camera possibly with optical image stabilization, LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) connectivity, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with an improved TouchWiz UI.


September will be the month Samsung revealing the Galaxy Note 3.




According to Korean site ET News, bothSamsung Display and LG Display will ship flexible displays this coming November, and they are considering expanding production capacity thereafter. As the first product will be introduced as an `unbreakable and light' concept phone, the production capacity of the current pilot lines of the two companies will be enough. However, if the response is good, the production capacity is so insufficient that it cannot handle a single mega-class model.


Besides being flexible, why should you be interested in this new display technology? The screens themselves are not made out of glass, they're made out of a plastic substrate that's far more resistant to damage. You'll hear the term "unbreakable" get thrown around a lot, and while I think that's pushing it, you'll definitely be able to drop your flexi-phone to the ground and not have to worry about it getting a nasty hairline fracture.


In addition to Samsung Display and LG Display, Japanese and Taiwanese companies are developing flexible OLED, but they seem to have a long way to go until mass production.


 



South Korean media site have reported that samsung is preparing to adopt a metal housing to its next smartphone to be released in early next year Samsung.  Could it be the Samsung Galaxy S5?


The report also claims that Samsung is looking to start a production line later this year to create those metal chassis, with a sample produced in Europe sent for testing to Vietnam earlier this year. Samsung is reportedly treading lightly and is looking to minimize effects of a metal housing, such as on the antenna reception (Apple's "death grip" on iPhone, remember that?). Hopefully, things like removable batteries and expandable storage are being focused on, too.


Still alot of time before the Galaxy Galaxy S5 makes its way to market, so it's best to take these rumors as grain of salt, but nothing stop us from hoping, right?

 

 



January 24th marks the end of Symbian phones from Nokia, as Nokia declared it with a report in which it also unveiled its quarterly earnings. This means, Nokia Pureview 808 launched last year becomes the last phone in the series of Symbian phones. In this tenure, Nokia launched 2.2 million handsets all over the world.


The main reason behind the closure of this phone is the decline in the sales of the phone over the years. With the rise of Android and iOS devices in the market symbian phones has lost their sales significantly. China has been one of the leading centers in which sales has declined quite sharply i.e. 69 percent in the previous year. However, Symbian was once the most dominant phones of the market due to its fantastic camera technology. So, now Nokia would be looking ahead with some new phones in the future and we would be looking forward to it.


Nokia Press Release



A few months back, China acknowledged that it largely depends on Android for its mobile communications needs. It even expressed concern over the consistently growing influence of Google and Android in its society and by year end last year, it is home to approximately 224M Android users and the numbers just keep on growing.


By end of 2013, this number could easily reach 300M owing to the sale of lower-end devices that use Android as their operating system. According to Wandoujia, a staggering 86% of smartphones in China run on Android. This very little differentiation has initially made experts anxious about Google's impact on their system. Also, this anxiety stems from China's bitter relationship with Google. This just goes to show how universal Android is. It goes beyond boundaries and even its opponents recognize that it as a good platform.

 

 

source: techinasia


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