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According to a screenshot taken by the folks at Engadget, it looks to us like the cheapest HTC One on contract will be priced at $250.  Engadget did not receive any official information regarding the flagship's pricing or specific availability.  But this should give you some idea what the plans of AT&T will likely be.


The 64GB model looks like it will take a bit more time to get out of the gate, though the tipster says it will cost $299.99 when it's ready.


Other than AT&T, T-Mobile has announced that the HTC One is "coming soon" for $99 up-front, and rumors earlier today suggested Sprint's model would cost $199.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T's rumored $249.99 price-point would place the HTC One in direct competition with Samsung's Galaxy S4, which is already the clear winner when it comes to popularity.


Source: engadget


 


 

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.

 



Earlier this week there were rumors that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will not be unveiled at MWC 2013 next month in Spain. However, same rumors went around that it will arrive at a special media event that could take place in the U.S. in March, with pre-orders taken place around April 15th.

 

Current flagship model, Samsung Galaxy S3 passed 40 million sales recently, while the Galaxy S2 also topped 40 million units, but in a much longer period of time.

 

According to Money Today, a South Korean publication called Money Today, Samsung has plans to sell about 10 million Samsung Galaxy S4 units in each month following the release. It's not specified for how many months this is going to continue, though. Money Today claims it has obtained information that Samsung has ordered its subcontractors to produce about 10 million GS IV components each month.

 

The Galaxy S IV is rumored to be equipped with a high-end 4.99-inch 1080p full HD display, 1.8GHz 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The smartphone is also expected to include 4G LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot, wireless charging capabilities and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

 

Source: MoneyToday

 




There is no question that Samsung is set to rake in a lot of profits from selling its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV. This, experts say, might put Apple in a precarious position, especially if Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy S IV way ahead of the next IPhone. Samsung is a major supplier of important parts for Apple and its plan of building 100 million units of its high-end device might drain resources away from Apple, as seen by an analyst.


According to a research written by Misek, the spectacular plan makes some suppliers think that Samsung will use up resources that are intended for the production of Apple parts.


Apple may be confronted with problems regarding manufacture of the next series of iPhone. As Misek stated earlier, Apple is having a hard time building a larger display for its iPhone 6 and this can potentially delay the launch of succeeding generations of the smartphone.


Samsung seeks to surpass the 60M-unit sales of the Galaxy S III with the launch of its S IV. On the other hand, Apple will release two new smartphone units this year, the iPhone 5 S and possibly a mini version.



Samsung, the world's largest flat-panel maker, is in talks trying sell Dutch subsidiary Liquavista BV to Amazon.com, according to bloomberg.


Liquavista, founded in 2006, specializes in a type of display technology known as electrowetting, mostly used in electronic readers, a shrinking market that's dominated by Amazon's Kindle devices. Samsung has followed a shift in consumer preference to smartphones and tablets, which mainly use liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs.


Details of the negotiations were not reported, but Bloomberg claims Samsung paid less than $100 million when it purchased Liquavista two years ago.


Source: Bloomberg



Samsung Electronics is wants to reach 500 million in handset shipments sometime in 2013, according to industry supply chain sources.


Last year Samsung sold 420 million devices. Since a couple of years Samsung stopped with giving exact figures for its quarterly shipments. The information regarding sales numbers for this year came from the Taiwanese website DigiTimes. Samsung expects to sell the Galaxy S4 for 50 million times, so only the Galaxy S4 will bring Samsung shipment to 10% of the goal 500 million devices. Samsung uses their own AMOLED panels for there high-end models. Low and mid range devices uses LCD from sharp or from Samsung Display self.


Samsung also has panel supply for use in entry-level and midrange handsets from Tianma MIcro-electronics, Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), AU Optronics (AUO), as well as high-end panel technology from Sharp and Japan Display in addition to supply from Samsung Display, added the sources.

 




Samsung mid-range devices are becoming more and more attuned to the needs of its market and the introduction of phones with bigger display just upped the ante on its drive to improve user experience on all levels of its market. A good example is the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, which Samsung aims to ship 1M units per month. The company has reportedly placed an order of the same number of LCD panel units to its supplier the Chunghwa Picture Tubes and another supplier, the Giantplus Technology.


The Galaxy Mega will run on a dual-core processor, clocking in at 1.4GHz and will have RAM of 1.5GB. The camera will be a big improvement from typical low-to-mid-end Samsung devices and will have 8MP rear and 2MP front cams. The success of its Grand Duos-another mega-LCD mid-range device has really established a niche among people who need bigger panels but are somehow budget-constrained. The Galaxy Mega is estimated to be shipped next month.



Sony is just spot on with their Prague promotion and attracted a big crowd with their campaign. Hot models displayed the Xperia Z, wet and speaking over the phone. In the shower. This marketing campaign draws quite the attention away from smartphones that are making bigger waves this week, such as the Galaxy S 4 or even the HTC One. We wonder how much the campaign actually draws the attention away from the Xperia Z. Men and women were seen taking their pictures beside the models, who acted nonchalantly wet with the Sony smartphone.


This campaign highlights the water resistance of the Xperia Z. This smartphone features a quad core processor running at 1.5 GHz each, Adreno 320 (GPU), 16GB internal with card slot that can support up to 32 GB extra memory, 2 GB RAM and it comes in Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Its best feature arguably is its being water resistant for 1 meter and for as long as 30 minutes (the reason for the shower promo probably).



Source: xperia.cz



In an interview with DigiTimes, Mozilla's Asia Operations President said that the company doesn't plan to collaborate with ODMs for making and selling own-branded Firefox OS smarthpones. If there will be Mozilla-branded smartphones, these "would be primarily used as reference models rather than for large-scale sale."


Q: Can Firefox OS smartphones be regarded as Mozilla's own-brand products, or are they joint branded with vendors?


A: No. Mozilla just provides an operating system and online store of Firefox OS-based applications. China-based ZTE, TCL and Huawei as well as LG and Sony Mobile will launch Firefox OS smartphones for sale under their brands through cooperation with mobile telecom carriers.


Read rest of the questions and answers at the link below:


http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130619PD202.html



According to Business Insider, Google may be planning its own retail stores. While we've heard this kind of rumor before, what makes this claim truly interesting is that the retail front supposedly will only feature Google Glass.  When briefed on this story, Google said, "we don't plan to comment on rumor or speculation."


Google Glass is quite a bit different than other mobile computing devices out there, which could make for a sharp learning curve. Having a retail presence for Glass could be an important way to train new owners, educate about Glass, and even help some folks get over the fear or distrust of it.


Right now it's sending out Glass to developers as part of its "Explorer" program. Developers pay $1,500 for Glass. They then test Glass, and build applications, helping Google figure out how Glass is really going to work.


Read more: Business insider



 


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