Along with Android, Samsung has also been rolling out Bada powered smartphones regularly, since June last year. The first Bada phone, the Samsung Wave, was a huge hit, and was soon followed by the Wave 2, Wave 525, Wave 533, Wave 723 and the Wave 575.
One of the most major selling points of both Android and iOS is the number of apps and games they support. Samsung launched an SDK for Bada right at the time of launch and also launched a developer contest to entice developers into developing apps for Bada. It seems to have worked quite well, because the Samsung Apps Store just hit 100 million downloads. There are now over 13,000 apps in the Samsung application store, which is a very respectable amount. It is available on both Bada smartphones and TVs.
It is available in 120 countries. “We are anticipating that Samsung Apps will show a rapid growth in 2011,” Samsung said in the official statement.
About a couple of years back, when Motorola’s mobile division was slowly bleeding to death, and it was no longer considered the behemoth that it once was, its CEO, Sanjay Jha, made a huge bet on Android. Motorola immediately stopped working on other mobile OSes and focused its efforts solely on the Android OS.
Its first big hit was the Motorola Droid, which was followed by the Droid X and the Droid 2. It was very instrumental in pushing for the mass market adoption of Android as an OS.
Now, it seems that Motorola is getting a bit apprehensive about putting all its weight behind a single platform. It is apparently working on an alternative to Android, a web based mobile OS. It has been on a hiring spree lately, getting some top executives as well as engineering talent from Adobe and Apple to work on this new project. Motorola may be right about this; it’s the only major Android phone manufacturer which doesn’t offer products powered by an alternative OS. Samsung has Bada, HTC has Brew, and both have Windows Phone 7. Oracle’s recent patent infringement claims against Android may also have played a part in Motorola reconsidering its fidelity to Android.
A Motorola spokesperson stated that “Motorola Mobility is committed to Android as an operating system”, but didn’t deny any rumors that it was working on an alternative.
The Samsung Galaxy S was the best Android smartphone of 2010. Naturally, all eyes were on Samsung when it unveiled its successor – the Samsung Galaxy S 2 – at MWC 2011.
The Galaxy S 2 is bigger, faster and better in every way than the Galaxy S, and should be launched in a couple of months. It has excellent hardware specs, and is easily the most powerful Android phone yet.
Today, a pre-production unit of the Galaxy S 2 was preview on video by the guys over at Gagadget. They have given us a rough idea of what we can expect with the Galaxy S 2, and it is, indeed, an incredible device.
They have also posted UI screenshots and some captured images and videos over at their blog. The review seems to be in Ukrainian, so you probably won’t get much of it, but it’s worth a watch nevertheless.
Here’s the video review of the Samsung Galaxy S 2:
Even Mobile-review has done a quick review of a prototype of the Galaxy S 2. Here it is.
Today, T-Mobile has announced the LG G2X at CTIA 2011. It is identical to the LG Optimus 2X, but is a T-Mobile branded phone and will come with pure, vanilla Android 2.2 Froyo. It will likely get Android 2.3 Gingerbread soon, mainly because it doesn’t have any custom UI to delay the update. It comes with Swype pre-installed.
It has a 4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display and a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It will come with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor on the Tegra 2 chipset. It will have 512 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage.
It will also have an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash which is capable of shooting 1080p videos. It also has a secondary 1.3 MP camera for video calling powered by Qik.
The LG G2X will be the first phone to ship with Tegra Zone and supports T-Mobile’s 4G network.
It will come with Need for Speed Shift HD and will be available by spring.
Just a couple of months back, Facebook reached a new high in terms of its valuation – $ 50 billion. At that point of time, it had a P/E ratio of 125, which was much higher than Google and Apple. It’s revenues in 2010 were $1.86 billion with a profit of $400 million.
Just when we were thinking that the Facebook valuation bubble had peaked and was cooling off, it reached a new high of $78 billion based on the sale of a block of shares at SecondMarket, just about 10 days back.
Now, it seems, Facebook’s valuation is at a new, higher, high. According to the last auction of Facebook shares by SharesPost, Facebook’s valuation is now $85 billion, with a stock price of $34. SharesPost just auctioned off a block of 100,000 shares for $3.4 million. That is just 0.004% of the total Facebook stock though, hardly an accurate indicator of Facebook’s true value.
There still seems to be a lot of demand for Facebook shares, as no one wants to miss out on the next Google. Facebook seems poised to hit the $100 billion mark soon. If that happened, Facebook would be one of the few private companies to be valued so high. Apparently, some of Facebook’s founders and stock holders who got in early are cashing out already. Hardly a vote of confidence, huh?
Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Mini, a cheaper, smaller variant of the Galaxy S 2, which is due to be launched soon, have leaked out. Three’s entire 2011 summer line-up of smartphones was leaked, and it includes details of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Mini.
The Samsung Galaxy S 2 Mini, while not as powerful as the Galaxy S 2, will offer superb hardware specs. It will come with a 3.7 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display and a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It also has a secondary VGA camera and will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
It also comes with a 1.4 GHz processor, and will likely have 512 MB RAM. It will be launched by April, and should be priced lower than the Galaxy S 2. The hardware specs are excellent; much better compared to the current crop of Android smartphones.
The leaked details also mention the HTC Flyer launch in May and the Blackberry Playbook Wi-Fi launch in June.
The Nokia X7 will also be launched in June. It has a 4 inch display and comes with the Symbian ^3 OS and an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash.
Last week, there was a rumor that Sprint and T-Mobile were working on some kind of a merger. Well, it looks like AT&T has already made a move; it just announced that it will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion in a cash and stock deal.
The AT&T deal was completely unexpected, as it was believed that Deutsche Telekom and Sprint were already in talks regarding a merger or an acquisition by Sprint.
According to the terms of the deal, Deutsche Telekom will receive an 8% ownership interest in AT&T and a board seat. The cash payment of the deal amounts to $25 billion. The deal is still pending regulatory approval, and should close in about 12 months.
The combined entity will have close to 130 million subscribers (AT&T’s 95.5 million and T-Mobile’s 34 million). It will be, by far, the largest mobile provider in the US.
This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.
Sprint is expected to roll out a lot of major devices at CTIA 2011, which will start on March 21. Some very interesting details about these devices have leaked out.
First of all, Sprint will launch the HTC EVO 3D, an Android smartphone with a 3D display, much like the LG Optimus 3D.
The HTC EVO 3D will come with a 4.3 inch qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 450 pixels. It has an autostereoscopic 3D display and comes with a 1.2 GH dual core Qualcomm 8660 processor and 1 GB RAM. It will have dual 5 MP cameras to shoot 3D video and will come with 4 GB ROM. It is powered by a 1730 mAH battery and HDMI out which can output 1080p HD videos and 720p 3D HD videos. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI.
Another very interesting device which Sprint will unveil at CTIA is the HTC EVO View 4G. It is quite similar to the HTC Flyer Android tablet. It has a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It will be housed in an aluminum unibody design and will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense optimized for tablets, and HTC Scribe with pen support. It also has a 5 MP camera and a secondary 1.3 MP camera. It will be powered by a 4000 mAh battery.
Sprint also plans to launch the Motorola XOOM on its network, with support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX.
Today, Samsung officially announced two new Galaxy devices powered by Android – the Galaxy Player 4 and 5. Both the devices run Android 2.2 Froyo but will receive an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread soon.
The Galaxy Player 4 and 5 were first spotted at the Mobile World Congress, but we didn’t have many details about them back then. But at today’s event, Samsung revealed everything about the Galaxy Player, expect for the pricing details.
The Galaxy Player 4 is very similar to the Galaxy S, expect that it won’t offer any calling functionality or 3G connectivity. It also has a lower resolution camera but has almost everything else. Both the players will have a 3.2 MP camera, and the Galaxy Player 5 comes with Flash as well. They offer Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and up to 32 GB microSD card support.
The Galaxy Player 4 comes with a 4 inch Super Clear LCD display, while the Galaxy Player 5 comes with a 5 inch TFT LCD display. Both are capable of playing 720p videos in almost very popular format, just like the Galaxy S. They also support the Android Market.
They will likely be launched in Spring, and should be priced in the range of $199 – $299, to compete with the iPod Touch.
You can check out the official press release here.
Microsoft has just made the final release of Internet Explorer 9 available for download. The beta of IE 9 has been downloaded over 40 million times already. The final version was supposed to launch on March 14, at 9 am PM PST, and it has.
Internet Explorer has been one of the most abused browsers of all time, especially IE 6. With IE 9, Microsoft has promised to make good with web developers and has embraced most open web standards.
Internet Explorer 8 was quite well received, and even though I use Opera as my primary browser, I still use IE 8 for sites which just don’t work with Opera. I will now be upgrading that with Internet Explorer 9.