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October is not far from now but folks who are drawn to open-source devices are already rejoicing with the news that Ubuntu smartphones are going to be introduced that month. Moreover, this February, there will be a sort of a "test drive" using Ubuntu operating system on a Google Nexus phone. Along with Samsung, these two tech giants are inviting developers and enthusiasts to beta, tweaking and experimenting with an open source smartphone before the formal unveiling of the said Ubuntu phones.


Ubuntu's introduction as a potential competitor to Apple's IOS and Google's Android is somewhat polarizing. Furthermore, there is Microsoft Windows to take its share in the smartphone market. Many open-source patrons are naturally waiting for October to come, but it remains to be seen if much of the other smartphone enthusiasts will shift from their current operating systems and are willing to actually try Ubuntu smartphones. One thing is sure; Ubuntu phones will surely be promising when it comes to modification and the potential results of collaboration between talented developers and devotees.

 

Source: cnet


 


LG Electronics Inc. said Friday it has sold more than 1 million Optimus G smartphones worldwide since the flagship device's launch last year.

 

The milestone comes roughly four months after the South Korean handset manufacturer unveiled the 4.7-inch display phone that runs on Qualcomm Inc's Snapdragon S4 processor introduced two premium smartphones, the LG Optimus G and the LG Optimus Vu.

 

The company has released the Optimus G in Canada, Japan, South Korea and the United States and plans to release the device in China and in several European countries in the first quarter of this year.

 

In the third quarter, LG sold a record of 7 million smartphones globally, compared with its previous high of 6.2 million. Of the total, roughly 2.1 million were long-term evolution smartphones, according to the company.

 

Congrats to LG for the milestone.

 



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

 



According to uSwitch, the Samsung Galaxy S III continued its reign on top of the best-selling smartphone charts, topping iPhone 5, LG Nexus 4 and other highly-rated smart devices. Last month, it also held its number 1 position on its ninth consecutive month and it does not show signs of stopping. Quite possibly, this will carry on until the Samsung Galaxy S IV gets launched in the market.


However, what's more surprising is that Samsung Galaxy Ace, which is a favorite among mid-range customers and is one of the longest-living in the Galaxy series, is at number 2. This just goes to show that a smartphone need not have super stellar specs to gain a top sales spot and is the reason why Samsung continues to improve this unit.


Samsung is truly making its waves in the smartphone market-something that other players such as Apple, Google, LG, HTC, and Sony should definitely watch out for.


 



Sprint's top five smartphones surprisingly does not include iPhone 5. Galaxy Note II is takes the lead on thebest-rated smartphones among customers. It received a score of 4.7 out of 5.0 and beat out other devices from other makers such as HTC and Motorola, among others.


Interestingly, the Galaxy Note II is also on top of Verizon's list for "most appreciated". Sprint offers the Note II on contract for $299.99, which can be quite expensive for some.


Others that made the top-5 list are the LG Optimus G and another Samsung product, the Galaxy S III, the iPhone 4S and the HTC Evo 4G LTE.


Time and again, Samsung has proven that they can beat out other brands of smartphones, despite the slew of lawsuits that it has weathered in the past few years and the allegations of other bigwigs that it has a penchant for stealing designs of components and devices.


Source: unwiredview



Apple might also be planning to create an iPhone that is capable of charging without contraptions. The next iPhone (5S or 6) is possibly due to come out on August this year, while the Samsung Galaxy S IV will be formally launched on the 14th in Times Square New York.


According to SamMobile, Samsung will use Qi technology for wireless charging on the Galaxy S IV. On the other hand, Apple will not use this wireless technology, which Samsung helps develop. Instead, they will rely on an in-house technology that they have developed for wireless charging.


Other mobile companies that have taken to wireless charging are LG, HTC and also Nokia, among others. This new feature will be quite useful for people who do not have time to put down their phones for a moment to charge or those who do not like bringing wires and contraptions.


Source: digitimes




The India smartphones market during 2H 2012 saw a rise in shipments by 75.2% over and above the 1H 2012 number, taking the overall contribution of smartphones to 6.8% for the full year. In fact, during 2H 2012, smartphone shipments stood at 8.1% of the country's total mobile handset shipments. While BlackBerry was at third spot during 1H 2012, Sony Mobiles displaced the former if we examine numbers for the full CY 2012.


Table 3. India Mobile Handsets Market: Leading Smartphone Players, CY 2012
(in terms of % of unit shipments)

Player

Rank

Share (% of unit shipments of smartphones)

Samsung*

#1

43.1%

Nokia

#2

13.3%

Sony Mobiles

#3

8.2%



Commenting on these results, Tarun Pathak, Analyst, CMR Telecoms Practice said, "The India smartphones segment has very distinct characteristics vis-à-vis the overall market. We believe the struggle for leadership in the India smartphones market is going to intensify through 2013 as vendors bring new form factors to market."


"Players such as Samsung, HTC and Sony Mobiles will increasingly try to establish leadership through differentiated offerings and by promising a ‘seamless' experience across the four consumer screens - smartphone, tablet, PC and TV. At the same time, home grown vendors such as Micromax, Karbonn and Lava will try to make a mark against their global competitors, by bringing to market powerful, yet attractively priced smartphones in an attempt to widen their appeal and grow the overall smartphone user base", Tarun added.


The Galaxy Mega name should give you some hints already, yes you've guessed it right, Samsung will be launching smartphones with display even larger than the current Samsung Galaxy Note II.  That's only if the report by Sam Mobile is true. it claims Samsung will initially launch two devices - one with a 5.8-inch display (GT-I9152) and other with a 6.3-inch display (GT-I9200), branded under Galaxy Mega. These devices will cater to the mid-range crowd and will even launch a dual-SIM version in some regions.


Rest of the specs are unknown at this point, but I9152's GLBenchmark test reveals the device to have qHD resolution (960×540) support and a 1.2GHz processor (probably dual-core).


Samsung Galaxy Mega devices are expected sometime after May.  Now the question is, do we even need that humongous sized phone?


Source: sammobile and sammyhub

 



Samsung announces two new affordable smartphones on a press release that will feature 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware: the Galaxy Star and the Pocket Neo. It can be recalled that the company has already showcased these two entry-level gadgets in Africa. There is no news as to the exact prices of each but these will surely cater to the low-end market. It is not clear when these will be available either.



The Pocket Neo comes with an 850 MWz processor, 512 MB RAM, expandable memory, 3-inch display and can support two SIMs, GPS and a 2MP rear camera. On the other hand, the Galaxy Star have almost the same features but it will come with a faster processor that clocks in at 1GHz.


Although Samsung has plenty of devices to announce this year, the most anticipated after the S 4 launch is the Galaxy Note 3 and possibly the S 4 Mini, which will all be unveiled hopefully sooner than later.

 

Source: Samsung



A Samsung Electronics executive said Wednesday the firm will expand its smartphone business in China to better compete with Apple in the world's largest smartphone market.


"Samsung understands that Apple intends to boost its mobile business in China, as well as in Japan, meaning that we should try harder in these countries," Samsung's mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun said.


This announcement follows hot on the heels of Apple's recent event that brought us the iPhone 5S with a 64-bit CPU. But while Apple did optimize the iOS 7 for 64-bit processors, Android OS is yet to support such thing.


The 64-bit CPUs are a must-have for devices with 4GB or more RAM and there is a chance Android 4.4 KitKat brings 64-bit support. There is also a probability Samsung unveils a flagship with 4GB of RAM next year, since the Note 3 already has 3GB.

 

Source: korea times



Ubuntu Smartphones are set to be shipped on October this year, which will definitely tickle the fancies of people who love open source gadgets. This type of OS makes these smart phones' UI and whatnot highly customizable at will.


Presently, open source smartphones are either discontinued or are only available to a few developers. Furthermore, the market for Ubuntu Smartphones is highly specific, being North America as well as other geographic markets that prefer open source systems, according to a report by Wall Street Journal.


The source further states that Ubuntu has captured the interest of popular mobile carriers, but no word is given yet as to who and what companies were drawn to developing Ubuntu smart phones.


Developers and enthusiasts will definitely want October to come and a select few will also have access to this Linux-based OS as a pilot ROM for the Galaxy Nexus late February.

 




Could every leak that is "reported" be just a marketing ploy meant to stir market interest? Recently, information was intentionally leaked that March 27 will be a big day for T-Mo. According to the report, on that day, it will release the Samsung Galaxy SII LTE Exhibit and the Blackberry Z10 as well as the T-Mobile mobile hotspot that also supports LTE. 


Samsung Galaxy S III Exhibit is a faster version of its predecessor and it also features 4G capability and a better memory. Expect it to be released, possibly on the 27th or the following week. Nonetheless, fans of T-Mobile will surely be happy to hear that their carrier will support LTE-enabled devices and it will not happen in the FAR future.


There is also some talk about an iPhone launching on the last week of March but no additional information is available to support the speculations. Fans must further wait with bated breath...


To summarize, March 27th will be a big day for T-Mobile for phone releases


  • T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE - March 27th
  • Samsung T599 Galaxy Exhibit "Codina" Prepaid Pebble Gray - March 27th
  • Samsung T999L Galaxy S III LTE - March 27th or April 3rd
  • Samsung T599 Galaxy Exhibit "Codina" Postpaid - March 27th
  • BlackBerry Z10 - March 27th


Source: Tmonews


Samsung Galaxy S II

(Number 1)

The Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II runs the Android 2.3 operating system - the fastest version of Android available for smartphones yet. It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation. This Galaxy S II also captures sharp photos with its 8-megapixel camera with flash, and it records videos in stunning Full HD 1080p resolution. An additional 2-megapixel front-facing camera gives you the power to connect with your friends and family face-to-face via video chat with preloaded Qik Lite over Wi-Fi. And with Google Talk, you can video chat with all of your Google Talk contacts, whether they are on a mobile phone or a computer.. With an incredibly colorful 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the Galaxy S II delivers 50 percent more sub-pixels than the previous generation display for better contrast. The display also offers unmatched outdoor viewing quality, even in the brightest sunlight.  

Apple iPhone 4S

(Number 2)

The iPhone 4S is a touchscreen slate smartphone developed by Apple Inc. It is the fifth generation of the iPhone, a device that combines the 3.5-inch iPod Touch with mobile phone capability. It retains the exterior design of its predecessor, the iPhone 4, but is host to a range of improved hardware specifications and software updates. Now you can use your voice to use your iPhone. Just talk to Siri as you would to a person: "Do I need an umbrella?" or "Any great burgers around here?" or "Where's the closest ATM?" Siri not only understands what you say, it knows what you mean. It figures out the right apps to use to find the right answer. Then, just like a personal assistant, it answers you. Siri makes phone calls, sends messages, schedules meetings, sets reminders, and more. How much more? Just ask, and Siri tells you that, too. 8 mega pixel camera. Not to mention an improved backside illumination sensor, excellent auto white balance, advanced color accuracy, face detection, and reduced motion blur. It all means that no matter how many people, how much light, and how much action you capture, everything looks exactly as it should. And just wait until you see the photos.  

LG Prada Phone 3.0

(Number 3)

The PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 offers a specially created user interface featuring a unique black, grey and white menu and icons. Through this interface users can enjoy all the latest benefits of Android's Gingerbread OS, with a future scheduled upgrade to Android's Ice Cream Sandwich. This unique user interface experience can be enjoyed on the device's 800-nit, 4.3inch NOVA High Brightness Display, allowing users to view all their favorite photos and content even in direct sunlight. Styled with PRADA's clean and sharp design philosophy, the handset features a full glossy touchscreen to the front and PRADA's signature Saffiano pattern to the back, all finished in classic black. Plus with an 8MP camera and up to 8GB of user memory, all Life's Good moments can be captured and enjoyed in high quality. To complement the handset, users will have access to a full line of PRADA phone accessories such as a PRADA branded cradle and Bluetooth ear set.  

Nokia Lumia 710

(Number 4)

Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone is as simple as it is smart, delivering high-performance hardware plus Nokia's best social and Internet experience. It's powered by the latest Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system, which boasts hundreds of improvements including multitasking, photo and video capture, and threaded conversations that move with you from text to Facebook and back again. You'll be able to keep yourself entertained with Xbox LIVE gaming and Zune-powered music and videos. The pre-loaded T-Mobile TV app offers access to live and on-demand mobile HDTV on T-Mobile's 4G network, including free programming from select stations like ABC News NOW, FOX Sports, PBS Kids, and Azteca America. The 5-megapixel camera allows you to take pictures in almost any light condition and share on social networks in seconds, and you can capture video at HD 720p resolution. This GPS-enabled smartphone also offers Nokia Drive for voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation. Other features include 8 GB of internal storage, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, FM stereo radio, access to both personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 7 hours of talk time.

Motorola DROID RAZR

(Number 5)

Packing a dual-core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, the sleekly designed Motorola DROID BIONICsmartphone with 4G LTE for Verizon Wireless delivers a mobile Internet experience that's up to 10 times faster than 3G. And with Motorola's innovative webtop application, you can connect to an external monitor via optional adapters or docks (including a laptop dock) to play music and videos on the big screen as well as enjoy full Firefox multi-tab browsing. The DROID BIONIC's multiplayer gaming capabilities allow you to challenge friends to live peer-to-peer gaming, viewed through the device's 4.3-inch qHD quality screen that delivers console-quality graphics. The integrated HDMI connectivity also enables you to connect the device to your HDTV (or HDMI-compatible monitor) to experience your games. As a fully featured work device, the DROID BIONIC comes equipped with corporate e-mail, remote wipe and data security, and encryption capabilities that IT departments appreciate. It also features productivity tools such as Quickoffice for document review and editing, full calendar management, one-click access to conference calling, and a full suite of Google applications and services.    

Samsung Galaxy Note

(Number 6)

Samsung Galaxy Note is a new type of smartphone, borne of insight and innovation. It is the ultimate on-the-go device which consolidates core benefits of diverse mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability. It empowers you with everything you can ever desire so that you can simply, feel free. It is truly smart. As a product, The Note makes perfect sense. A 1280 x 800 resolution(285 pixels per inch - high pixel density) 5.3 inch Super AMOLED screen ( bright, colorful, sharp ), makes The Note the perfect size for quickly jotting down notes as well as carrying with you. Games and videos look brilliant on the 5.3 inch screen. Reading E-Books is fun and you don't have to squint to make out words like on a regular phone. Brilliant engineering, great design and a solid, flexible product that takes the place of two products in one easy move. Pocketable, portable, capable and fast. The Note goes with you everywhere, in your pocket and does whatever you need it to do. Quite a few people have complained that the Note is too big. This phone fits your hand perfectly and fits in all your pockets in all your jeans, shorts. The Note does so many things well that having it means not having to carry a larger tablet around with you when you travel.  

HTC Sensation XE

(Number 7)

If you are looking for a phone that would make your heart melt than HTC Sensation XE is the phone that will be able to do that. I discovered this phone thanks to a friend of mine who showed it to me at an HTC store. The first time I set my eyes on it, I immediately had a crush on it. But the moment I held it in my hand and touched it, then tried out the Beats headphones that came with it, I fell in love. The LCD display is vibrant and the colors pop out. No delay on the response whatsoever. Uses gorilla glass, so it won't scratch if you drop it. The body is tight and swag. Its metallic finish is engineered to perfection. Quite sturdy and looks like a sports car type phone. It has dual core, 1.5Ghz processor, but the battery life is splendid. Would last you a good 12-15 hours under normal operations (data or wi-fi included). Video playback is excellent. It's like carrying a high definition TV in your pocket. Even the sound of the video playback is supported by Beats. Photo shots blew me away. It's the first time for me to take photos and not have to enhance or edit them. The photos that came out make my photos look like they're professionally taken.  

HTC Incredible S

(Number 8)

One look at HTC Incredible S and you know it's different. The elegant contoured design is so unique that it stands out from any angle. The look, the sound, the feel... it's a phone that impresses the senses. The HTC Incredible S brings everything you view to life on a stunning 4" Super LCD screen. So you can browse the web in style, admire your photo gallery, or lose yourself in a video viewing experience. And when you really want to immerse yourself in a movie, plug in your headset and enjoy virtual surround sound via SRS WOW HDTM. This Smartphone is an experience designed around many little insightful ideas. Ideas that seem so simple, you think "why hasn't any one else thought of that? It just makes sense." It's a phone experience full of lots of little surprises, delighting you every time.  

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

(Number 9)

A thin-profile contour display gives the Samsung Galaxy Nexus a unique slim and trim size that fits easily in the palm of your hand, and its brighter, high-contrast screen means colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size--even when viewed in bright sunlight. With Voice Actions for Android, you can press and hold the Search button from anywhere and speak almost anything--text messages and emails, navigation direction queries, opening web pages, and more. Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming email and then switch back to the game without losing your place.  

HTC Sensation XL

(Number 10)

When it comes to doing music justice, you're way ahead of the crowd with the HTC Sensation XL with Beats AudioTM and its superb, in-box customized Beats headset. Now your audio experience sounds just like the artist intended. You'll also enjoy the large 4.7 inch screen and 9.9mm sleek premium design. And record amazing HD quality video to complement your audio experience with this incredible superphone. It's the BEST sound and sight you can get on any mobile device. Instant capture camera Remember that time you pressed the shutter button and had to wait while your camera phone finished taking the picture? With the instant capture camera, the moment you press the button is the same moment the photo is captured. Never let a great shot slip away.


According to the NY Times, NYPD officers are armed with guns and Android smartphones in combatting crime and promoting public safety. Over 400 phones have been distributed to help them access pertinent police data using these phones while they are on duty.


However, these phones will not be used for calling but will be used to take advantage of data connections instead. Police officers can now look up a potential suspect's information and access vehicle registrations using a smartphone application. The police app might even eventually replace police car computers because it is quicker to retrieve data using the application.


Naturally, these phones will need data plans, which will be taken out of the City's funds so that officers can now take advantage of real-time info and data to identify criminals, apprehend them and bring them to justice-all thanks to an Android police application.


Source: NYTimes


 

Samsung USA today has decided to make things official and has announced which of its phones and tablets will be getting the KitKat update, and according to SamMobile, here's the full list of devices that will be getting KitKat:


• Galaxy Note 3
• Galaxy Note II
• Galaxy S4
• Galaxy S4 mini
• Galaxy S4 Active
• Galaxy S4 zoom
• Galaxy S III
• Galaxy S III mini
• Galaxy Mega
• Galaxy Light
• Galaxy Note 8.0
• Galaxy Tab 3
• Galaxy Note 10.1
• Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition


Press Release:


Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that a number of Samsung Galaxy® devices will receive the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) software update, enriching the Galaxy experience.


The upgrade provides a number of innovative, easy-to-use features that enhance the user experience, including a more intuitive user interface, enhanced messaging capabilities and updated applications:


Location Menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities.


Enhanced Messaging: Enables users to choose between Messages or Hangouts as their preferred default messaging application, and select from a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons.


Upgraded Google Mobile ServiceTM (GMS) apps: Users can automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files.


Samsung Galaxy U.S. devices currently scheduled to receive the KitKat update include select carrier variants of the Galaxy Note® 3, Galaxy Note® II, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy S® 4 miniTM, Galaxy S® 4 ActiveTM, Galaxy S® 4 zoomTM, Galaxy S® III, Galaxy S® III miniTM, Galaxy Mega®, Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note® 8.0, Galaxy Tab® 3, Galaxy Note® 10.1, Galaxy Note® 10.1 2014 Edition.


Availability varies by carrier and product, with updates beginning today and continuing throughout the coming months.

 





According the latest leaked document, these following 5 Samsung smartphones are likely to get Android 4.4 kitkat.  They include the Galaxy S4 Mini, the Galaxy Grand 2 Duos, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 Duos, the Galaxy Mega 6.3, and the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.


These updates have been finalized already, and now the only thing that's left to happen is when they will be starting the rollouts.  The information comes from the image you can see above, reportedly via a reputable insider.


And once again, the fact that the internationally-sold Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) won't ever receive an official update to KitKat has been confirmed.


New features of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update will looking like something below.


  • White Status Bar Icons
  • Camera Shortcut on Lock-Screen
  • Wireless Printing
  • Album Art on Lock-Screen during Music Playback
  • NFC tap-to-pay support
  • Options to set default messaging and launcher apps
  • Transparent status bar
  • Better stability
  • Improved Ram usage
  • Smoother Interface Overall
  • Samsung Wallet
  • Emoji for Keyboard


 



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


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