In case you're still left in the dark, HTC started a trade-in deal last month that allows you to receive a $100 prepaid Visa when you buy an HTC One and exchange an old smartphone. According to the company, they are extending the promo until April 4th to accommodate those who still request for it. To qualify for the promo, you need to register online and send in a copy of your HTC One receipt to get your gift card. That can be considered an outright $100 discount-if you don't mind waiting for the unit to be available because of the delay.
HTC looks like it really wants to compete head-to-head with Samsung and Apple and with the recent delays in the delivery of their HTC One; this just might appease anxious customers for a bit. Hope is not lost for the Taiwanese company and the bottom line is that people just want to see what the HTC One can offer and it's taking painfully long.
An early mockup hands-on video shows up way ahead of release, so we thought we would post it.
We expect Samsung to release the Galaxy S4 at the coming up CES 2013 in Las Vegas (2 weeks from now) which we will be attending. We will post all the news and details as soon as it's announced.
Even with the great success on Galaxy S line up and the Galaxy Note devices, pressure is mounting for the Korean manufacturer, as domestic Chinese phone makers such as Oppo and ZTE, have already announced their flagship phones for 2013 with specifications which easily surpass any current Samsung device.
So what do Samsung have up their sleeve to combat these upstarts? Well, according to this YouTube video, the device will be amazing, however, we have seen many fakes already been published all over the internet including this one.
See video below
Tizen is a Linux-based operating system that emerged from the death of Nokia's MeeGo. Intel, which originally worked with Nokia on MeeGo, and Samsung took over the development of the operating system, which is also overseen by the Linux Foundation. It is seen as more open than Google's Android, which despite its claims of openness, has irked some partners with certain restrictions, including the inability to make massive changes to the underlying platform.
Samsung is the biggest backer of the open source Tizen OS and according to Daily Yomiuri, Tizen-powered devices will likely to be on the market next year sold by Samsung. While the newspaper didn't divulge any more details, NTT Docomo is said to be the carrier in Japan who'll carry Tizen running phone manufactured by Samsung.
The OS that Docomo and its partners are developing is named Tizen. Samsung will probably begin selling the smartphones next year and they are likely to be released in Japan and other countries at around the same time, according to sources.
We'll hear more about Tizen at the expo in February at Mobile World Congress event in Spain.
The first is the the Keon(right) is a low end budget smartphone. There's a Snapdragon S1 SoC clocked at 1GHz, full support for the usual 3G and 2G bands, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. The display is a pokey 3.5-inch 480×320 unit, and there's only a 3-megapixel rear shooter, but there is a micro SD slot, GPS, and 802.11n.
The second phone is the Peak (left), similiar device, difference is it has a 4.3-inch 960×540 display, a front-facing camera, an 8MP rear camera, and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.2GHz. It's the enthusiast version, in other words.
No pricing available for either device, though the Keon will hopefully come in at around $100-150. Both phones will be available "in February." Both phones, of course, will be fully SIM unlocked, and will receive over-the-air Firefox OS updates.
GeekPhone says both Firefox OS developer smartphones will be available starting next month.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is touted to be the "biggest phablet" in the market and naturally, its accessories will mostly address its size and how to keep it safe from falling. The latest accessory to be introduced is the card dock, which helps you perch your phablet on the windshield.
While some like the new 8.0 accessory as it will help them with GPS navigation, possibly from an app from Google Play as well as hands-free calling, others don't like the idea that it will stare back at you while you are driving in all of its 8-inch glory. You will have to deal with that blind spot for as long as you want to keep your phablet perched on position.
Its glossy black finish is typical of other Samsung accessories, looks sleek and functional and the Galaxy Note 8.0 fits securely. It is sold separately and is a good addition to your stock accessories.
Samsung seems to be targeting a specific market with the first medical hub that it has opened in its hometown. It appears that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will come with specific hardware and applications that medical students and professionals will be able to use.
An anatomy app will be available and the S-Pen will actually be used to highlight specific areas, which will allow students and professors to use it in school and in work. This can actually be a conduit for some medical books to reach a good number of medical health professionals in the industry.
It is quite expensive because it will retail in South Korea for around $720 and early birds will even get free accessories to use with their devices.
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.
According to DRAMeXchange, a division of global research firm TrendForce, in the first quarter of 2013 smartphone shipments increased steadily worldwide, with total shipments reaching 216.4 million units, 9.4% Quarter on Quarter growth. Since the beginning of 2012, smartphone shipment figures have been up every quarter despite seasonality, indication the electronic device is here to stay.
Looking at first-tier manufacturers' shipment volumes, Samsung continues to take the lead in the first quarter as the maker uses its vertically integrated supply chain, global marketing, and various sales channels to its advantage. Samsung's smartphones series is expected to see 65M units shipped this quarter, which accounts for 30% of the global market.
As for Apple, the iPhone 5 has been unable to satisfy consumers' desire for innovation, and shipments were unsatisfactory as Android manufacturers have stepped up to the plate. The Cupertino company shipped a mere 37.5 million units in the first quarter, giving them 17.3% market share, a decrease of 1.2% from the previous quarter. Currently, circumstances surrounding the announcement of Apple's new device are unclear, while Samsung, HTC, Sony, and other global corporations are planning product unveilings for the second quarter, which will likely lead to another dip in Apple's shipments.
Nokia and HTC are other companies who have found themselves having smaller shares in the beginning of this year, with Nokia down 0.9% and HTC down 0.4%. Sony and Lenovo seem to be among the few companies that have actually registered a growth. Sony, which recently launched its Xperia Z smartphone, has climbed all the way from 3.5% to... 3.8%, while Lenovo currently controls 3.9% of the market, up from 3.3% in 2012.
Samsung has announced the Galaxy NX: the world's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera running the Android operating system. The Galaxy NX takes a 20.3 megapixel, SLR-style mirrorless camera and adds 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, connectivity and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The camera sports a gigantic 4.8" HD LCD touchscreen - with which you'll control nearly all camera functions.
Specs and features
- 4.8-inch touchscreen display
- 1.6GHz quad-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal memory
- microSD support
- Camera features: 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DRIMe IV Image Signal processor, advanced Hybrid Auto Focus system, 1/6000 sec shutter speed, 8.6fps shooting, up to 25,600 ISO, built-in Pop-up flash, lens shift image stabilization and various smart camera modes including Photo Suggest, Story Album, Smart Mode (30 different modes), Multi Exposure, Animated Photo, Sound & Shot, Camera Studio
- 3G/4G LTE support (but no voice calls support)
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS, GLONASS
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- Other software: Samsung Kies, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
- Size: 136.5 x 101.2 x 25.7 (37.65) mm
- Weight: 410g(without battery) / 495(with standard battery)
Samsung Galaxy NX will be available sometime this summer for an undisclosed price.
Introducing GALAXY NX, The First Interchangeable-Lens Camera with 3G/4G LTE & Wi-Fi Connectivity
Always connected, the Samsung GALAXY NX turns every picture into a story worth telling
LONDON, UK - June 20, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the GALAXY NX, the first 3G/4G LTE Connected Compact System Camera (CSC). Versatile and easy to use, the GALAXY NX combines cutting edge optical performance with connectivity capabilities and galaxy of applications based on Android eco-system, all in one stylish package. The result is a new type of connected device which allows users to turn their experiences into a story that can be instantly shared with anyone they choose, from wherever they might be, in amazing color and outstanding detail.
"The GALAXY NX reflects the unique needs of a user who needs to take professional photos and share them immediately in any situation. For those who want to express themselves and the exciting moments that make up their lives quickly, easily and on the go, the GALAXY NX is an ideal choice" said Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics.
Share everything, from anywhere
With the 3G/4G LTE technology, the GALAXY NX allows photographers to stay constantly connected with their world. Promising speedy sharing whether on the move or right at home, the GALAXY NXs' seamless connectivity transcends the current offering to photographers, providing a device which puts the sharing of professional level images at its heart. The GALAXY NX embraces the era of visual communication to provide an outlet for passionate photographers to express their exciting experiences immediately, in spectacular quality.
The GALAXY NX is equipped to help you capture the scene and mood of every hotspot you visit.Photo Suggest provides location based recommendations of popular photography spots, sourced from a huge library of images taken by fellow photographers across the world. Story Album lets users enjoy timeless memories by displaying special moments on one timeline, reframing and resizing them to create digital photo books which can be viewed and shared on other devices.
Stunning picture quality
Superior image quality is available whenever and wherever with the GALAXY NX and array of interchangeable lenses. The 20.3MP APS-C Sensor produces images which are bright and detailed, even in low light conditions, while the DRIMe IV Image Signal Processer delivers the speed and accuracy which today's photographers demand.
Life moves fast and the GALAXY NX makes sure that you don't miss a moment. Its Advanced Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) System ensures accurate phase and contrast detection for crisp, vibrant shots, while the 1/6000 sec shutter speed and 8.6fps shooting lets you capture the action as it's happening.
The flexibility offered by the GALAXY NX's selection of Interchangeable Lenses places creative control firmly in the hands of the photographer, opening up a world of imaging possibilities, whatever the scenario. From compact pancake lenses and an ultra-wide fisheye to exquisite longer prime and zoom lenses, the extensive range of lenses help change users perspective on their world to create images which are truly special and help them to tell their story in a new way. True 3D Creator also brings an added element of realism to the GALAXY NX results, allowing users to shoot images and movies in 3D with Samsung's 45mm 2D/3D lens.
Simple and easy to use
With Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the functionality of a smartphone is utilized to improve the photographic experience. Users can choose from an entire universe of Android apps to help personalize their GALAXY NX and do more than just shoot amazing photographs and video, from editing images to adding special effects to staying in touch with friends and family.
The GALAXY NX is packed with features which help photographers to take images that embody their passions and express their unique outlook on the scenes they are shooting. More than 30Smart Mode lets users choose the optimum settings for the environment they are capturing, as well as create fresh, artistic images. ‘Multi Exposure' merges two different shots together to produce one distinctive image, while ‘Animated Photo' connects continuous shots of up to five seconds, creating a moving GIF file. For added realism, ‘Sound & Shot' stores sound and voice together as the picture is taken, so moments are captured exactly as they happened.
For added personalization, Camera Studio allows users to easily customize settings with their most frequently used applications or camera modes, making sure their photos are captured exactly as desired every time.
For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxycamera.
Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, which breaks through the current scaling limit for existing NAND flash technology. The new 3D V-NAND will be used for a wide range of consumer electronics and enterprise applications, including embedded NAND storage and solid state drives (SSDs).
Samsung's new V-NAND offers a 128Gb density in a single chip, utilizing the company's proprietary vertical cell structure based on 3D charge trap flash (CTF) technology and vertical interconnect process technology to link the 3D cell array. By applying both of these technologies, Samsung's 3D V-NAND is able to provide over twice the scaling of 20nm-class planar NAND flash.
See press release below:
SEOUL, South Korea-(BUSINESS WIRE)-Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first three-dimensional (3D) Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, which breaks through the current scaling limit for existing NAND flash technology. Achieving gains in performance and area ratio, the new 3D V-NAND will be used for a wide range of consumer electronics and enterprise applications, including embedded NAND storage and solid state drives (SSDs).
"Following the world's first mass production of 3D Vertical NAND, we will continue to introduce 3D V-NAND products with improved performance and higher density, which will contribute to further growth of the global memory industry."
Samsung's new V-NAND offers a 128 gigabit (Gb) density in a single chip, utilizing the company's proprietary vertical cell structure based on 3D Charge Trap Flash (CTF) technology and vertical interconnect process technology to link the 3D cell array. By applying both of these technologies, Samsung's 3D V-NAND is able to provide over twice the scaling of 20nm-class* planar NAND flash.
"The new 3D V-NAND flash technology is the result of our employees' years of efforts to push beyond conventional ways of thinking and pursue much more innovative approaches in overcoming limitations in the design of memory semiconductor technology," said Jeong-Hyuk Choi, senior vice president, flash product & technology, Samsung Electronics. "Following the world's first mass production of 3D Vertical NAND, we will continue to introduce 3D V-NAND products with improved performance and higher density, which will contribute to further growth of the global memory industry."
For the past 40 years, conventional flash memory has been based on planar structures that make use of floating gates. As manufacturing process technology has proceeded to the 10nm-class* and beyond, concern for a scaling limit arose, due to the cell-to-cell interference that causes a trade-off in the reliability of NAND flash products. This also led to added development time and costs.
Samsung's new V-NAND solves such technical challenges by achieving new levels of innovation in circuits, structure and the manufacturing process through which a vertical stacking of planar cell layers for a new 3D structure has been successfully developed. To do this, Samsung revamped its CTF architecture, which was first developed in 2006. In Samsung's CTF-based NAND flash architecture, an electric charge is temporarily placed in a holding chamber of the non-conductive layer of flash that is composed of silicon nitride (SiN), instead of using a floating gate to prevent interference between neighboring cells.
By making this CTF layer three-dimensional, the reliability and speed of the NAND memory have improved sharply. The new 3D V-NAND shows not only an increase of a minimum of 2X to a maximum 10X higher reliability, but also twice the write performance over conventional 10nm-class floating gate NAND flash memory.
Also, one of the most important technological achievements of the new Samsung V-NAND is that the company's proprietary vertical interconnect process technology can stack as many as 24 cell layers vertically, using special etching technology that connects the layers electronically by punching holes from the highest layer to the bottom. With the new vertical structure, Samsung can enable higher density NAND flash memory products by increasing the 3D cell layers without having to continue planar scaling, which has become incredibly difficult to achieve.
After nearly 10 years of research on 3D Vertical NAND, Samsung now has more than 300 patent-pending 3D memory technologies worldwide. With the industry's first completely functional 3D Vertical NAND memory, Samsung has strengthened its competitiveness in the memory industry as well as set the foundation for more advanced products including one terabit (Tb) NAND flash, while setting a faster pace for industry growth.
According to IHS iSuppli, the global NAND flash memory market is expected to reach approximately US $30.8 billion in revenues by the end of 2016, from approximately US $23.6 billion in 2013 with a CAGR of 11 percent, in leading growth of the entire memory industry.
Rovio has released a new Angry Birds game called Angry Birds Friends. It has Facebook integration and focuses more on playing with friends than playing alone. If you haven't tried it yet, we've taken a closer look to show you what it's all about.
In this FREE new game, you can use your phone to challenge your Facebook friends for the title of ultimate pig popper and bird flinger! Play in weekly tournaments with your friends and see if you can snag the coveted bronze, silver and gold trophies. Plus, gather daily rewards, send and receive gifts, and brag about your accomplishments! And if you're playing Angry Birds Friends on Facebook, your tournament progress will automatically be updated, so you can continue playing wherever you are!
- - Tournaments with new levels every week!
- - Challenge your Facebook friends for bronze, silver, and gold trophies!
- - Brag, send gifts, and invite your Facebook friends to play!
- - Four classic power-ups, plus one exclusive to Angry Birds Friends on mobile!
- - Daily rewards!
- - Free bird-coins just for completing the tutorial!
- - Syncs automatically with your game on Facebook!