There is no denying the success of the Galaxy S 4 event held last March 14th because a lot of people have pre-registered to be the first ones to own the phone. According to a popular UK mobile retailer, the Carphone Warehouse, the Galaxy S 4 was their most pre-registered phone or device to ever graze their company.
However, this does not mean to say that these people who pre-registered will each buy the coveted device. These are merely the number of people who have signed up to receive news or additional information on the device. According to the popular mobile retailer, Galaxy S 4 pre-registrations are four times more than pre-registrations for its predecessor, the Galaxy S 3.
With these kinds of report, it is getting more likely for Samsung to reach their target 100M sales. Even if it means just getting past the 50M sales mark, it will be an incredible feat for Samsung that others will surely find difficult to beat.
A new report shows that a quarter of U.S. patents issued this year are likely to be related to mobile technology. That's up from just 5 percent of all patents in 2001, according to analyst Chetan Sharma.
For his research, Sharma appeared at more than 7 million mobile patents awarded in the U.S. and Europe, the two largest markets for patents globally at the moment. He discovered that the U.S. has stolen a march in excess of its previous world counterpart given that 1996. The U.S. accounts for nearly a few-quarters (72%) of all mobile patents across the two locations.
Samsung led all companies in terms of U.S. mobile patents granted last year, while IBM filed the most applications last year, followed by Microsoft and then Samsung. Apple broke into the Top 10 on the strength of a slew of computer-graphics patent filings.
After having recently unveiled and released their latest mobile operating system updates, new Android and Windows-operated smart phones are expected to be launched during the upcoming year. We have already seen Apple's much rumoured iOS 8-operated iPhone 6 launched in September 2014, and mobile users are now expecting to see the new Android 5.0 Lollipop running on fancier smart phones that are much anticipated in 2015.
When buying a new smart phone you normally have two options; buy the phone on contract or buy the phone outright and get a sim-only contract or pay as you go. There is a third option however, you could buy a mobile phone on finance from a credit catalogue such as Littlewoods, Brighthouse or Argos. You can then pay back the cost of the phone in monthly installments, similar to a phone contract.
Here are 3 of the most popular mobile devices to be released next year.
1. Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung's last take on the Galaxy line of smart phones was quite a hit, having decidedly beaten Apple's iPhone 5 in terms of usability, features, and design. We are now expecting Samsung to release the Galaxy S6 during or close to the MWC, which will take place between 2 and 5 March, 2015. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is rumoured to have a slightly flexible body, although the company is expected to stick to the same basic flat screen we've been getting used to for at least one year.
Since Google's Android L provides 64-bit support now, the Galaxy S6 is also expected to feature a 64-bit processor, which is going to make the performance of the device sleeker, and mobile users' experience - outstanding.
Samsung's Galaxy S6 has also been announced to come with a 20MP camera, which will beat the Galaxy S5's and Note 4's 16MP cameras. Several other features this smart phone will likely be equipped with include a fingerprint scanner, microSD card slot, multi-directional microphones, fast charging, and UV sensor. As for the price, Samsung's upcoming smart phone is expected to cost at least as much as its previous counterpart at launch, selling for £579 upwards during the first few months.
2. Elliptic Labs' Ultrasonic Touch-less Smart phone
Elliptic Labs' much anticipated ultrasonic touch-less smart phone is also expected to be released in early 2015. The technology featured in this new line of mobile devices will enable users to open applications and display information without touching the screen, which is undoubtedly going to make their experience more interactive. The smart phone will be capable of registering and responding to "air gestures," as users will be able to simply wave a finger or hand mid-air, and control their smart phones while not making contact with the screen. The company has announced that Elliptic Labs' smart phone is going to feature "Multi Layer Interaction," which will allow the device to display different types of content depending on the distance between the hand and the handset.
3. HTC One M9
We have already admired HTC's One M8 and its greatness, but we are now waiting for its newer counterpart, the M9, to be finally launched at MWC in March 2015. There are many rumours about the upcoming release of HTC's newest model from the One line of smart phones, and many of them include the sapphire crystal screen we have seen in Apple's iPhone 5, as well as a camera with more than 16MP, as compared to One M8's 13MP. The HTC One M9 is also expected to be available in 128GB version just like some Apple iPhones, plus a better build and more attractive design as well.
Nokia has proved its resilience by being voted one of the most respected brands in India. As much as it has not been able to receive such accolades worldwide, this is an important milestone considering the turbulence it has experienced in recent years.
In India, users seem to adore its latest devices if a new report indicating that it has surpassed its competitors including Sony and Samsung is anything to go by. Retaining a strong position in emerging markets is good to the company right now.
Nokia became profitable again during the last quarter of 2012 after a long period of losses. Now that the holiday season has ended, it remains to be seen if the manufacturer will be able to maintain this performance. This will be ascertained at the end of the first quarter of 2013.
One of the best things about Android devices is that you can easily search for a good launcher to change and customize your home screen to your preference. There are plenty of launchers out there for various Android devices and if you are one of the owners of select Samsung or HTC smartphones, you might want to try the Facebook Home launcher to tweak your Android phone's interface.
At the very least, you will need an Android phone that runs on version 4.0 or higher to be able to use Facebook Home on your phone. Also, you must really, really like Facebook to forego other notifications that you require to be displayed on your phone, if you will use Facebook Home as a launcher. The reason for this is that you can only access your usual notifications through a status bar on top of your screen. Furthermore, the Google search bar seems to be missing on the application menu and this will probably be addressed on future updates.
You will also be asked to update your Facebook AND to log in each time, so it could be bothersome if you don't really like logging in Facebook all the time. It brings a nice, clean interface; unfortunately, it may not be for everybody.
Source: google play | Engadget