Samsung last week introduced the Samsung Galaxy S IV in Times Square, New York and now there is already talk about the company unveiling their next tablet the Galaxy Tab 3 in Berlin during IFA in September.
It’s also been said that the Galaxy Note III will showcase next to the Galaxy Tab 3 during IFA as well. No specifications on either device were given with this tip from an insider who shared it with SamMobile.
LG wasn’t the only company that decided to crash Samsung’s Event in Times Square, New York. HTC sent some reps along with the HTC One to grab some of the attention away from The Galaxy S 4. The reps showed off the sound quality and “ultrapixel camera” on the handset.
A lot of the viewers were impressed with what they saw, a lady shared “Better than Samsung”, a gentleman talked about how the handset looked saying “It’s slick, smooth, I’m gonna tell you something, it’s sexy!” and another guy even said, “I might have to switch from my iPhone.”
You can view the video below.
Andy Rubin, founder of Android has decided that he is going to leave the Android team and start a “new chapter at Google”.
Android has a global partnership of over 60 manufactures, over 750 million devices activated (globally) and about 25 billion applications have been downloaded from the Google Play Store, under Rubin’s leadership.
Taking his place will be Sundar Pichai, who currently works with Chrome and Apps.
Larry Page, CEO stated in their Official Blog:
“So while Andy’s a really hard act to follow, I know Sundar will do a tremendous job doubling down on Android as we work to push the ecosystem forward”.
Samsung released the next part of their teaser video of Jeremy, the secret messenger for Samsung Unpacked 2013. As any normal kid, once Jeremy got home he couldn’t wait to take another peek into the box.
As Jeremy looks into the box he shares that it’s “his favorite color” leading us to believe the Samsung Galaxy S IV will be available in various colors. Amazed by the bright lights coming from inside the box he says “It’s unreal, totally amazing”.
The Galaxy S IV was never shown, but their Unpacked event is in 4 short days.
It’s been reported by The New York Times that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will come with eye scrolling. This feature was tipped off by someone who had the chance of trying out Samsung’s new flagship handset were he described the feature as new and exciting.
The phone is able to track your eyes and determine where or when to scroll. It’s exactly like it sounds, if you’re reading an article and reach the bottom of page the software will automatically scroll down for more text.
Now if I can tap on links by blinking I am sold. We will find out if this feature truly is incorporated on March 14th.
Samsung has released a teaser video of the much anticipate Samsung Galaxy S IV that is gearing up to make it’s appearance in Time Square on March 14th. Samsung is really going all out to grab the interest of smartphone users. After media invites went out, Samsung has invited everyone to watch the unveiling live in Time Square.
In the video you meet Jeremy, the secret messenger for Samsung Unpacked 2013. Jeremy is given a box that he is allowed to take a peek inside of. This is part one of what appears to be a series of people trying to see what Jeremy is keeping in the totally top secret box.
Samsung is holding another one of their press events titled “Unpacked” on the 14th of March. To help gain interest in the event, this morning Samsung tweeted “Be ready 4 #TheNextGalaxy @TimesSquareNYC #UNPACKED” with an image attached.
The tweet wants Samsung fans to be at Time Square on March 14th at 7PM EST, where you can watch Samsung’s Unpacked event via a live stream.
If you don’t live down the street from Time Square don’t worry, you can also watch it in your pajamas on your couch. The stream will be available at www.youtube.com/SamsungMobile.
Start saving up your money for the Galaxy IV.
Mobile World Congress might as well be Android World Congress as another Android handset is gearing up to hit the market come the second quarter of 2013. ZTE has unveiled the Grand Memo, a 5.7-inch handset.
“The ZTE Grand Memo’s large, high definition screen makes it perfect for media and entertainment, but its uses reach far beyond that,” said Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division. “With ZTE’s custom Mifavor UI, a powerful processor, and LTE connectivity, this device offers users a wide array of benefits that go well beyond the capabilities of the typical handset.”
The ZTE Grand Memo will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs.
“Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms are at the heart of over 770 announced smartphones and tablets, and we are thrilled to work with ZTE to bring the Grand Memo to consumers,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies.
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- 5.7-inch HD display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of internal storage
- 13 megapixel intelligent AF camera with face recognition and panorama
- 1 megapixel front-facing camera
- 3200 mAh battery
As always there are no launch details or pricing on the Grand Memo, but check back as more details are released.
Huawei a company known for their information and communications technology (ICT) solutions has been inching their way into the smartphone / tablet world. Huawei is in Barcelona, Spain to introduce the Huawei Ascend P2.
The Ascend P2 is another Android smartphone that will ready to launch globally in the second quarter of 2013.
“Ascend P2 is the perfect combination of elegance and power, and further proof that there’s no need to compromise when desiring a perfect smartphone. It is evidence of the outstanding smartphone experiences and great technology that we are committed to bringing to consumers globally,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.
Huawei feels they will have the world’s fastest 4G / LTE smartphone come launch and according to some of features this device has to offer it might be possible. The Ascend P2 has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and is capable of having theoretical downloads speeds of up to 150 Mbps all running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
Other features include a 4.7-inch LCD display, a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with HDR, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2420 mAh battery.
No price or release date have been giving at this time.
Samsung has introduced the newest member to the Galaxy line-up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is an 8-inch tablet that can be used as a phone as well. Yes an 8″ phone. Imagine making a call on your iPad Mini of Kindle Fire HD.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 looks like a pretty good device. It offers all the same functionally as the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II, but with a new age of S Pen intelligence. Not to mention, it’s 8 inches. We are pretty sure this 8″ size, ability to be used as a phone and has a better screen than the iPad Mini was nothing more then marketing. Everyone wants to claim the best and brightest display and it appears for now, size does matter.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is has a 8 inch WVGA display (1280 x 800 resolution 189 PPI), 1.6 GHz quad-core A9 processor, 2 GB or RAM, with your choice of 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage and will be running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The Note 8.0 will also have a 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
No prices or an official date have been given, but we can expect to see the Galaxy Note 8.0 in the 2Q of 2013 worldwide in EUR, KOR, NA, SEA, SWA, MEA, CHN, TW and LA.
HP has introduced the HP Slate 7. When the company launched their first tablet back in 2011, the TouchPad was running WebOS. The TouchPad ended up just taking up warehouse space and faded away over seven weeks.
The HP Slate 7 will be the company’s second attempt to break into the tablet market. Is Android the saving grace for HP? We won’t know for a while, but the tablet market is already crowed with Android devices.
HP is hoping Beats Audio will help sell this device. Users will get good sound quality and a rich audio experience with the tablet. HP is also touting their ePrint app that lets you easily print while at home or on the go. Also there is also a native print capability that enables you to print directly from within most applications.
The Slate 7 specifications:
7-inch LCD display
1.6 GHz ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 processor
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
1 GB of RAM
3-megapixel rear-facing camera
VGA front-facing camera
8 GB of internal storage
The HP Slate 7 will cost $169 and is expected to arrive in the U.S. come April. That is a great price point to help HP get some solid tablet sales under their belt.
Just days before Mobile World Congress, Acer has announced their new smartphones for 2013. This includes the Acer Liquid E1 and Z2. The Liquid E1 being a mid-range device and the Z2 being entry-level. Both devices will be running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
The Liquid E1 will have a 4.5 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 5 megapixel AF rear facing camera with LED flash, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 1760 mAh battery. Other features with E1 include optional dual SIM card and dual speakers.
Acer’s Liquid Z2 being a little smaller in size has a 3.5 inch HVGA display, 1 GHz processor, a 3 megapixel or 5 megapixel camera, 512 MB of RAM and a 1300 mAh battery.
Neither device will come with LTE capability. For now these two devices will be available in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Ukraine, followed by Russia, the UK and Italy. No price or release date has been giving at this time, but hopefully more details will come out at MWC.