Dec 112012

According to media reports, Samsung has released a video, which revealed that it would make a major announcement from January 8 to 11 next year, which happens to be the time of Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next year.

Samsung did not disclose any details in the video, however Businessinsider website guessed, Samsung may release the next-generation flagship smartphone Galaxy S IV. The current Galaxy S III phone was launched in May last year, but there are many rumors recently that a number of smartphone manufacturers including Apple will speed the product replacement cycle up to 6 months.

The Galaxy S IV will be a good choice for Samsung to open the new year. The Galaxy S III is widely regarded as the best Android phone, and in many ways it’s even better than the Apple iPhone. So far, Samsung has not released any news about the Galaxy S IV. Last week there were media reports saying this phone will be configured with new version screen. No more news on this phone except the screen.

Dec 072012

According to Taiwan media reports, HTC will launch a higher specification flagship model codenamed HTC M7 in first quarter of next year, the main competitor is directed at the Samsung GALAXY SIV which will also be launched in the first quarter of next year. HTC aspects have not responded to the message, but based on the analysis, the authenticity of the HTC M7′s can be high, because in accordance with the Taiwan media reports, HTC has asked the upstream components and chassis supplier to reserve 4- 5 million number HTC M7 components to prepare for production need in the first quarter of next year.

It is worth mentioning that there are Hong Kong media saying HTC M7 is expected to put on the market in the next year’s Chinese New Year. Therefore, if this rumor turns true, then we may be able to usher in the official release of the HTC M7 in CES2013 in early January next year.

As HTC have HTC Butterfly flagship model advented, it’s natualy concerned what configurations of the HTC M7 will be enhanced. Seen from the currently available information, the HTC M7 touch screen will continue the 5-inch configuration, although there is no information about the resolution, it’s guessed that it should be Full HD Spec. In addition, the phone together with the HTC Butterfly and HTC Droid DNA models will use the Qualcomm S4 Pro APQ8064 quad-core processor.

As the part of the hardware upgrade, HTC M7 will raise the built-in camera up to 13 million pixels, and will join a large aperture, wide-angle lens and high-speed continuous shooting functions. And in addition to continue using the one piece aluminum body design, this phone will be equipped with Android 4.2 system, and it’s expected to add a new version of the touch interface.

In addition, there are media reports that HTC will launch three to four new mobile phones at the beginning of next year, among which at least two will be flagship models, except the rumored HTC M7, HTC will also introduce smartphones with built-in NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, which will become the world’s first model loaded with Tegra 4 processor.

Dec 042012

According to media reports, there are rumors that Samsung is to develop a low-cost version of the Galaxy Note II phone for the European market, the configuration is slightly lower than the standard version of the Galaxy Note II.

Earlier this year, Samsung released Galaxy S III Mini smartphone oriented mid-market. It is reported that the cheap version of the Galaxy Note II configuration is lower, without the S-Pen stylus functionality and Super AMOLED display.

It’s reported that Samsung will also launch a 13.3-inch tablet PC, which is compatible with the QWERTY keyboard base to compete with rivals Asus and other similar products. And it’s not clear if the rumored products will be powered by Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system or Google Android operating system.

Nov 232012

According to the British Daily Mail reports, South Korea’s Samsung declared that in 2013 they will produce soft deformation screen smartphone.

Samsung began incremental production of smartphones able to bend the screen and even be folded into the pocket, it is learned that this innovative technology uses organiclight emitting diodes (OLEDs), they are very thin, you can place them on soft material such as plastic and metal foil. Samsung is not the only commercial company who uses Organic Light Emitting Diode to develop soft screen, it also includes: Sony Corporation of Japan and the South Korean LG company.

But Samsung is the first company to promise the release date which plans to show this smart phone in the first half of 2013. Currently, Samsung can not achieve commercialization soft screen smart phone production in the short term, the plastic screen instead of glass material will enable mobile devices lighter, more durable, and less costly.

Nov 222012

According to media reports, Samsung Electronics mobile business president Shin Jong-kyun said in a media interview on Wednesday, Apple and other smartphone manufacturers would not exist if there is no Samsung Electronics patent, Samsung Electronics will work hard to prove it.

Smartphone maker HTC this month has reached a settlement agreement with Apple on patent dispute, the two sides withdrew all patent litigation and signed a ten-year patent cross-licensing agreement, but Samsung Electronics said to the outside that the company will not yield to Apple on patent issues, and the company’s mobile business supervisor has begun mouth battle with Apple.

Shin Jong-kyun said, “The fact never lies. Without Samsung Electronics wireless patents, Apple is impossible to create a mobile phone, Samsung Electronics is very powerful on wireless patent product line.”

Shin Jong-kyun also said:”The company’s legal team is actively doing this defense, the court may re-trial on the case.” Last week, Shin Jong-kyun said in an interview with the South Korean news agency that Samsung Electronics is not planning to follow the example of HTC to sign similar settlement agreement with Apple. Shin Jong-kyun said, “It may be true that HTC agreed to pay 300 billion won (U.S. $ 276.6 million) to Apple, but we do not intend to do so.”

Since April in 2011, Apple and Samsung Electronics have has a fierce legal litigation regarding patent infringement in the world’s top four continents. In August this year, a jury in San Jose federal court ruled that Samsung Electronics mobile phone infringed Apple’s a series of software and design patents, and Samsung Electronics needed to pay Apple $1.05 billion in compensation. Apple soon required the judge Lucy Koh of the Court to enact a permanent ban to permanently ban on sales of Samsung Electronics infringing products in the U.S. market. The hearing about the ban will be held next month.

Apple got the victory in the United States, but in the Netherlands, Japan and other countries, the courts ruled that Samsung Electronics products did not infringe on Apple’s patents.

The market research firm Strategy Analytics released a report earlier this month and said Samsung Electronics flagship smartphone Galaxy S III has surpassed Apple’s iPhone 4S, as the world’s best-selling smartphone.

Nov 072012

According to media reports, AT&T said on Tuesday that the company will sell Nokia Lumia 820 at a price of $49.99, and a price of $99.99 to sell the flagship model Lumia 920, the HTC Windows Phone 8X price is $199.99.

Nokia bet the company’s future all on the Microsoft Windows Phone. HTC mainly sells Android phones, but hopes to diversify its businesses through Windows Phone 8. These Nokia and HTC three products are crucial for Microsoft, which is hoping to challenge Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Android phones with the help of Windows Phone 8.

Market research firm Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said, the low price of Nokia mobile phone made it clear that, compared with profit, shipments is more important for Nokia. Nokia hopes to obtain a large number of users in the United States. Such low prices of mobile phones, but Nokia mobile phones can not be hot selling, the only reason is that consumers are not interested in Microsoft’s smartphone operating system.

AT&T will also presend an about $80 wireless charger to users who buy Lumia 920. Greengart said, “This is a valuable accessory that AT&T and Nokia donated free of charge to the user. This will cause HTC greater difficulties, its product has smaller display and less features.

The above AT&T announced price is the price for a two-year contract. AT&T will start selling these three phones on November 9, and accept reservations on Wednesday.

Verizon Wireless said last week that the company will sell Nokia Lumia 822 at a price of $99.99, including a $50 discount.

Nov 012012

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said on Microsoft Build Conference that after Windows 8 officially listed in the past four days, the company sold 400 million units to individual consumers. The industry believes that, it is a good start in four days time for Microsoft sold 400 million units Windows 8, but they still need to work hard for to reach the expected 400 million units.

Ballmer said he was very excited to completely reconstruct the Windows, and said the most important several activities in his career in Microsoft are: IBM PC release, Windows 95 release, as well as Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Surface publishing. In this meeting, Ballmer also demonstrated new features of Windows 8 in a new generation hardware, including the search function in the sidebar; in addition, as long as using the Microsoft account and SkyDrive, you can also automatically have the roaming settings between different devices. At the meeting, Ballmer changed the lock screen wallpaper on one device, then the other computer also automatically updated the wallpaper. In addition, Samsung, HTC and Nokia mobile phone with Microsoft operating system can also automatically achieve this functionality.

Mountain Lion, Apple’s latest version OS X operating system, sold 300 million units after listing four days, accounting for 5% among Apple’s 60 million units Mac. In contrast, the Microsoft Windows system currently installed capacity is about 1.25 billion, which means that 400 million units of Windows 8 only accounted 0.3%. In addition, a year after the listing of Windows 7, its sales is about 175 million sets, while Windows Phone 8 has not occupied the main position in the smartphone market.

Oct 222012

A few days ago, Google sent an invitation to the media to participate in a press conference held in New York City on October 29. This Google news conference held in San Francisco is on the same day with Microsoft Windows Phone 8 press conference held in other areas in the world. TheNextWeb reports that it has learned all the information of the new products that Google will release on October 29. If this news is true, these new products will give people a deep impression. The report said that information is from the internal video presentation to Google employees.

According to reports, Google will launch the 32GB version of the previously launched Nexus 7 Tablet PC. This Tablet PC is produced by Asus, and it only has two versions that is with the Wi-Fi connection and with the Wi-fi/3G connection. Google will also launch 10-inch tablet. The tablet is code-named “Manta”, the exact name might be Nexus 10.

“Manta” screen resolution is 2560 x 1600, 300 pixels per inch, while the current iPad’s screen resolution is 264 pixels per inch. Google will also launch the LG Nexus 4 smartphones in the news conference, which is equipped with a resolution of 1280 x 768 4.7-inch display, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB RAM.

The “Manta” Tablet PC and the LG Nexus 4 smartphone will run the Android 4.2 operating system. Some new features in this operating system allow users to access Google Play store downloadable content and allows multiple users to share a tablet pc to allow these people to use their own e-mails and applications from mobile devices.

Oct 122012

According to media reports, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the ban of prohibiting Samsung Electronics sales of its Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

Previously, Apple won on the implementation of relevant bans on June 29 in the United States Court of First Instance. But Circuit Court of Appeals said on the 11th, the District Court of California abused the discretion , and decided to repeal the original judgment.

Apple has advocated in the lock-up application submitted to the District Court, the Galaxy Nexus infringed Apple patents may take away iPhone users, the ban judgment on the phone should be timely made before the end of this lawsuit.

The Court of Appeal pointed out, the evidence Apple submitted can not fully prove Galaxy Nexus relevant functions bring losses to Apple. The Court of Appeal said, Apple needs to prove Galaxy Nexus bring fatal loss for Apple, and that the considerable part is related to Galaxy Nexus infringement.

Oct 112012

According to media reports, the data provided by the iPhone mobile application Ratemizer, compared with October 2011, the number of text messages sent by iPhone users in Finland in August 2012 fell by 14%. This data is a proof of the theory of “iPhone is extremely effective in eroded messaging applications”. Mobile data traffic grew 68% over the same period.

In the past few years European countries mobile phone users sending text messages show different trends. The number of text messages sent by mobile phone users in Spain, the Netherlands and other countries has began to decline, the number of text messages sent by mobile phone users in France, Finland and other countries continued to grow in 2011.

Ratemizer data shows that the period between October 2011 and August 2012, the number of the randomly selected 400 Finnish iPhone users sending text messages reduced at an average of 14%, among which the hignest is the 111 messages in November 2011, only 89 in August 2012. It is worth noting that Nordic have tradition to send SMS greetings to friends on Christmas Eve and New Year’s, but December is not the month when SMS are sent most, this tradition has gradually been forgotten by iPhone users, they may, in turn, greet to friends via Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

In the same period, the mobile data traffic grew 68%, the growth rate is roughly equal to European smartphone users of mobile data traffic growth. However, taking into account that the number of messages sent by the Finnish mobile phone users in 2011 were still in the growth, 14% is still a considerable decline.