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Reports have been flying left, right and centre over the last few days that HTC is in some serious turmoil – but it’s not like we didn’t know that already. However, several seniors in the HTC headquarters in the US have left the company and one has even gone to Twitter warning former colleagues to get out before it’s too late.
An HTC executive has actually spoken to the WSJ and told them of some positive sales figures for HTC’s do-or-die One. Here’s what the Exec had to say:
Orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply. This is partly due to the shortage of components. When the issue is resolved next month,
It’s official! No sooner than the rumours emerged that Samsung were looking at releasing an AOSP version of their flagship Galaxy S4, this morning at Google I/O, Google’s VP of Android Product Management, Hugo Barra announced an AOSP Galaxy S4 running Android 4.2.2.
This Galaxy S4 will differ in a big way from Samsung’s own Galaxy S4 – as mentioned it will be completely AOSP and stock Android, and like a true Nexus it will be available with an unlocked bootloader. This, like we stated yesterday provides individuals with the perfect solution if they desire a Galaxy S4, but aren’t fond of Samsung’s TouchWiz skin. Furthermore, users will stand to benefit from receiving timely updates, like all Nexus devices.
Do you love your stock Android over OEM skins, but want a smartphone with internals up there with the major flagship devices? Well as one of the tech industry’s most anticipated events is ready to swing into action, we’re receiving the last round of rumours before Google I/O kicks off.
This time, it’s the speculation that Samsung is preparing to unveil the Galaxy S4 “Google Edition” at the conference. Why would Samsung do this you say? Well there are many of us out there who are fond of the Galaxy S4 but absolutely detest Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay. Instead of going through all the effort to unlock and root your device to put on an AOSP ROM, talks are that Samsung …
Remember the LG Optimus G which despite seeming like a solid phone (to which the Nexus 4 appeared to be based), took a little (too) long to arrive in Australia – so long that it found itself perhaps inadequately up against the aforementioned flagship devices?
Well you didn’t think LG would rest there did you? Well-known leak source @evleaks has posted a photo of what could very well be the upcoming successor to the Optimus G – the Optimus G2. Aside from its somewhat dashing small-bezeled design, the G2 is rumoured to use a Snapdragon 800 …
Here’s an evening deal for you: Samsung’s Galaxy S III 4G i9305 (16GB, Black) for $379!
That’s right folks. Kogan’s at it again with their ridiculously low pricing. Not so long ago, the Samsung Galaxy S III i9300 was priced at $530 and I was thinking ‘wow’. Its LTE brother was priced slightly higher. Now, they’re both priced at a jaw dropping $379!
Note: This might be a misprint as the non 4G version is also priced the same. This doesn’t really make much sense. So if you’re looking out for a new smartphone, I’d be pulling out the credit card before Kogan change the prices!
Make sure to tell us if you do!
We’re here following the live twitter feed from Norman at the Australian Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event. After walking the long Samsung blue carpet and watching appearances by strongmen and other performers wearing fish tanks on their heads, Norman endured a lengthy musical performance including the likes of Guy Sebastian.
Unfortunately, the loud music deafened Norman so we’re here summarising the hilarious nature of what we can ascertain out of Norman’s commentary:
- The S4 brings Samsung’s S Health and S Translator to its already established S range of software “enhancements”, prompting Norman to get the S Hits
- The screen is a 1080p Super AMOLED screen with 441ppi that uses 14% less power (than…?)
- The S4 has a premium finish, utilising
ST Microelectronics, a company that provides hardware components, has recently been found to have supplied HTC with microphone components for their upcoming flagship, the HTC One, that were supposed to be exclusively for Nokia.
A district court in Amsterdam has agreed that The One might be using Nokia-exclusive microphone technology, and has granted Nokia a preliminary injunction. Apparently, the dual membrane microphone setup seen in the One was manufactured using technology solely meant for Nokia phones. This implies a direct breach of an NDA signed by ST between Nokia and themselves.
This can only spell disaster for HTC. The already delayed One may face further sales problems if this is found to be true. A recent profits analysis shows …
When Sony announced the Xperia Z smartphone, many Sony and Android fans were salivating at the sexy design (even one of my non-Android using friends,who has since bought one, kept going on about how sexy it looked). Its stunning looks were backed up by high end internal specs along with it being water and dust proof. Suffice to say, we were expecting big things from this Sony phone – but coming from a company that over the past few years has trailed the other manufacturers, this was probably a tall ask.
Well, some months after its original release in Japan subsequently followed by rolling global releases including its Australian release, analysts are predicting that Sony may have sold 4.6 …
You may recall that a lot of us here at Android Australia got just a little excited with rumours of the development of an alleged X-Phone, designed and built by Motorola who of course is owned by Google.
If you haven’t been following the news, the Motorola X-Phone will allegedly carry cutting edge specs, probably with a near bezel-less design that is both very durable and has long battery life, and will basically revolutionise the smart-phone industry. The influence of Google on Motorola we’d hope and expect will also result in faster Android updates and perhaps carry Google’s pure vision of what an Android device should be. Various rumours also suggested that this alleged device could be announced at …
Just as we’re getting over the Galaxy S 4′s exciting announcement, reports of a GT-19190 Galaxy s 4 Mini have come in!
Sources say the phone is likely to be released later this year, around June or July. Some specs have been confirmed: The S 4 Mini is expected to feature a 4.3” qHD super AMOLED screen of resolution 540×960, giving it a pixel density of 256ppi. It will ship with Android 4.2.2 / Touchwiz 2.0 and will be powered by a 1.6Ghz dual core processor.
As you can see, the S 4 Mini looks a lot like the company’s current flagship. Sources confirm it’ll have the same back cover design as the S4. The phone will be available …
Telstra, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile have announced that they will be carrying the just-launched Samsung Galaxy S4 on their respective networks. All listed carriers will have more details in the coming weeks closer to launch concerning pre-orders and pricing. Interested Telstra customers they can register to receive more details about the Galaxy S4 release date at this link, and interested Vodafone customers can catch up on the report on Vodafone’s blog post here.
We’re yet to receive an official response from Optus, but given that Virgin Mobile has announced it is carrying Samsung’s latest flagship, it’s all but guaranteed that Optus will as well.
Update from Samsung:
“Following the massive success of the Samsung GALAXY S III in
So here it is, what you’ve been waiting for people. The Samsung Galaxy S IV has officially been announced and now we know all the goodies it has stashed within.
The Galaxy S IV announcement means that we now have a clear idea of the titans of the Android ecosystem for 2013, with the sole exception of the flagship from Motorola, which is rumored to be announced around July.
So how exactly does the Galaxy S IV stack up? We’ve pitted the S IV against what we feel are its two strongest competitors for the the Android crown of 2013, the Sony Xperia Z and the HTC One, as well as its undisputed strongest competitor from outside the Android world, …