Samsung have this morning (1st Feb) teased a new device which may likely be the Galaxy S8.
Samsung’s mythical foldable smartphone might actually see the light of day, according to a report from the Korea Herald.
The Herald’s source claims that the long-rumoured flexible smartphone will be launched in Q3 this year, after three years of development.
The fact that Samsung’s phones and tablets come with a lot of software features is both an advantage and a curse. Some features certainly come handy, but on the flip side, they have resulted in Samsung’s software becoming extremely bloated and heavy. With the Galaxy S5, the company started removing some unneeded apps and features, and made some of them downloadable so that they wouldn’t get in the way – but still be accessible if someone wanted them.
I work with the general public. More accurately, I work to help the general public use their mobile devices. One question is asked at least once a day and is constantly thrown backwards and forwards online. Is Android better than Apple?
This is a bit of a mixed up question. Here’s why.
Ever since LG launched the Nexus 4 on behalf of Google, the mobile world has been buzzing about who the next Google Edition handset would be produced by. Samsung and HTC have both also had a crack at producing a Nexus handset in the past, albeit with mixed results.
It seems that change may be on the cards with two seperate stories this week of HTC and Google launching existing handsets as ‘Google Edition’ – The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.
Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo reported the change in strategy on Friday, with multiple sources saying the phone would be announced next week. Like Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 “Google Edition”, announced last week at Google I/O, the HTC One would lose HTC’s Sense software and run a plain, or stock, version of Android. This would be akin to the Nexus 4 phone, which Google sells directly through Google Play.
So what’s the difference? Well quite simply – it’s software. All Android handsets are released with a stock version of Android but customised by the manufacturer. Samsung in the past have integrated ‘TouchWiz’, HTC have integrated ‘Sense’. These add customisations by the maufacturer to give access to their own products and services. Google Edition on the other hand is quite simply as Android was intended to be used and seen.
I for one would be very excited to see a HTC One without all that extra HTC stuff that only realisticaly glogs up the RAM and slows the handset down. Going pedigree Android would be much more my cup of tea – that is if you can ever tear me away from my Jailbroken iPhone 5!
It has long been a concern of Apple fans that the processing power of their favourite toy has been heavily reliant on their arch-nemesis – Samsung. It is one of the biggest paradoxes in the tech industry.
If The Korea Times is to be believed, the unhappy marriage between the two could rapidly be heading towards a divorce. While Apple has previously splashed out several billion per year on Samsung components, the newspaper is suggesting that Cupertino will turn to TSMC to produce its next generation of mobile CPUs.
It’s source – an executive at one of Samsung’s partners who claims the manufacturer has been cut out of development of the A7 CPU, adding a little bit more credence to those claims.
What’s more, the same source reports that TSMC is gearing up its 20-nanometer production line to crank out the hardware ready for 2014.
It sounds as though the lawsuit spat between Apple and Samsung might be about to flare up again after Samsung today announced that they have been planning a smart watch for a long time now and hope to release it in the near future.
This comes as rumours of Apple releasing a smart watch also hit the headlines last week.
We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long…
We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.
-Samsung Executive Vice President of Mobile, Lee Young Hee.
The Samsung executive even acknowledged that they’re engaged in a race to see whose smart watch can revolutionise the market first.
The wrist watch industry is expected to rake in $60 billion in sales worldwide this year alone so it is highly likely that major tech firms like Apple and Samsung will want a piece of the action.
Unlike Samsung, Apple has not publicly acknowledged outside of patent applications that it has an interest in such product in the first place.
‘Time’ will tell…
A 5-inch screen now powered by a Full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED display with 441 ppi. The evolution, or should that be revolution of mobile devices continued un-abated tonight as Sumsung unveiled its latest in the Galaxy range – the S4. Taking a lot of its design from the Galaxy predecessor – S3 – it has also inherited camera functionality from the Galaxy Camera launched last summer.
On the inside, it has a processor setup that will be an Octa-core Exynos 5 or Snapdragon depending on the region, along with 2GB of RAM. 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2,600mAh battery.
Samsung had a good thing on its hands with the Galaxy S3, and it’s not willing to compromise much of the tried-and-true with the S4. It will launch globally in Q2. Until then, you’ll just have to be patient…
Apple has won a court ruling over Samsung in the UK over the use of standard essential 3G patents. Judge Christopher Floyd ruled Apple’s products do not infringe Samsung patents that apply to sending and receiving information from devices on a 3G network. While Samsung hopes to claim roughly 2.5 percent royalties on sales of Apple 3G products, each Apple court win makes that claim more unlikely. Samsung expressed disappointment with the result, as a company spokeswoman said it would determine whether an appeal would be filed. Apple declined comment.
March 14th seems to be the day. G4 day to be exact. I’m not too excited myself, given that I’m an Apple boy, but I’m still very interested to see what innovation Samsung bring to the table.
I’ll take a step back for a moment though. If your idea of a good time is seeing a new smartphone unveiled, Samsung are arranging just such a party at Times Square in New York for the upcoming Galaxy S IV; at least according to the @timessquare Twitter account. Revelers will get to watch a livestream of the recently announced Samsungs’ unpacking on the block’s famous big screens, while the event itself happens at Radio City Music Hall.
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) February 28, 2013
If you’re not in the Big Apple, you’ll be able to catch it on Engadget instead.