They are Markets enemies but two of the biggest tech companies in the World, Apple and Samsung. Today, Bloomberg reports that the Korean giant Samsung has put together a team of 200 employee working on designing Apple display panels. This new Samsung team is reported to be formed since April 1st, and is said to be prohibited from discussing Apple business details with any external sources, including Samsung's other teams.
Although Samsung and Apple are direct competitors in multiple markets such as smartphones, tablets, even smartwatches, and the companies have been engaged in a fierce legal battle over the past couple of years, the two tech giants have a long history of collaboration. Samsung started manufacturing various components, mainly display panels, chipsets, and flash memory modules for Apple's iPhone and iPad line-ups starting with the iPhone 4 back in 2010.
The new Samsung team is interpreted by Bloomberg analysts as a sign that the relationship between Apple and Samsung has improved, especially after the two companies dropped their court battles outside of the US.
Hot News from CES 2015 today, Sony is bringing back its old "Walkman" brand to the 2015 Android World. The new Walkman device is powered by Android OS and will be priced at $1,200.. which reduces the targeted market size.
Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is as high-quality as a pocketable player gets it supports FLAC/ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit) and Bluetooth with SBC/LDAC hi-fidelity codec. Dual-band Wi-Fi is also available for DLNA playback. The player packs a massive 128GB or not so massive considering a single FLAC album is in the hundreds of megabytes, a full gigabyte even. There's a microSD card slot if you run out, but at an ultrabook price we were hoping for a bit more room out of the box.
The Sony Walkman officially runs Android on a 4" screen. The screen is not up to up to par with the audio capabilities. Not that the screen is a crucial part of a music player, but something better than 480 x 854px would have been appreciated.
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is also not our top pick. With the whole "will they, won't they" upgrade situation on phones, I don't even want to think what it's like to wait for a music player to be updated.
with a $1,200 Headphones are essential, otherwise the difference between FLAC and MP3 is imaginary. Just saying that you have to add several hundred dollars more if you want this Walkman player. At least it gets decent battery life 60 hours. If you listen to 128Kbps MP3s. If you want to use the player as intended and listen to FLAC, you get about half the battery life, 33 hours.