HTC Releases Strong May 2013 Revenue Statistics

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HTC has today released its revenue numbers for the month of May 2013. May has been a good month for HTC as it released better than expected numbers. As far as unaudited revenues go, we saw the bring in NT$29B, which is equal to roughly $969M USD. This is a 48% increase from April where we saw the company report unaudited revenues of NT$19.6B, or $655M USD.

The past few years haven’t been the best for HTC, a Taiwanese consumer electronics company.  During the company’s previous quarter, HTC reported just NT$42.8BB ($1.43B USD) in revenues. So the fact that they’ve already reported $1.624B USD in revenue this early in the current fiscal quarter shows that HTC is on the road to recovery. If sales continue to be strong throughout the month of June, we should see HTC meet or beat its projected revenues of NT$70B ($2.3B USD).

These improved revenues show that the newly released HTC One smartphone is helping the company’s sales drastically. This smartphone was released in March of 2013 and features an all-metal design. The phone sports a quick 1.7GHz quad-core Krait 300 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and is powered by Android 4.1.2. HTC has also released other new devices this year including the HTC First with Facebook Home.

Source: TalkAndroid

Verizon Galaxy S III Gets A Major Bug-Squashing Update

Verizon’s Galaxy S III was originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Few months after its launch, the wireless operator rolled out a new update which brought an updated kernel and baseband that helped in improving the reception and performance of the handset. Few months later, Verizon finally released the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.

Today, Verizon is rolling out a major bug-squashing update for the Samsung Galaxy S III. This update allows you to transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool, access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset, easier NFC access, S Voice tweaks and much more. Apart from that, Verizon has also pre-loaded Flipboard and updated its caller ID app. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

Key Device Enhancements Allows You To:

  • Access your Wi-Fi connection easily on multiple devices when in Hotspot mode
  • Use ‘bill to my Verizon Wireless Account’ when buying apps from Google Play
  • Access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset
  • Use two apps simultaneously side-byside with Multi Screen and Multi Window
  • Categorize and display images, photos and videos with Samsung Gallery
  • Sync two devices and share content seamlessly with S Beam’s ‘Auto Share Shot’
  • Transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool
  • Get popup suggestions from Page Buddy when connected to accessories like a wired stereo headset
  • Tag weather, people and place information in photos and video with Contextual Tag
  • Arrange apps in order of frequency of use for faster access with Contextual App Link
  • Pick the perfect group picture from five burst shots with ‘Best Shot’
  • Select and customize specific folders by category and file type with My Files tool
  • Save MMS attachments in your Gallery for quick posting and sharing
  • Create a variety of image styles with Paper Artist tool

Additional Update Includes:

  • Removed pop-up messages ‘Refreshing SIM Data’, ‘No SIM’ and ‘SD Card Inserted’
  • New message notification tone is no longer clipped
  • Devices remain in 4G mode without dropping to 3G when Hotspot is on
  • The Burst Shot setting is no longer the default setting in the Camera application
  • Consistent functionality of the Screen Time Out feature
  • Applications running prior to sleep mode will remain open when home key is pressed
  • Backspace button will no longer clear an entire sentence – only the intended word
  • Fixed an issue where web browsing would sometimes cause the device to reset
  • Lock screen function improved when screen is idle
  • NFC is now easier to turn on
  • Device is now recognized by the computer when connected via USB cable
  • Audio distortion fixed when connected to some Car Kits is resolved
  • All devices can now receive over-the-air software updates
  • Voice recognition performance is improved with the updated S Voice Application
  • ‘Remove All’ is now ‘Close All’ in the Task Manager menu

Added The Following Pre-loaded Applications:

  • Catch up on news easily with the Flipboard
  • Recognize contacts quickly with Caller Name ID application version 1.14.16

The size of the update is just 129 MB. This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy S4 Mini Smartphone

Samsung finally announced the rumored Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone. This mid-range handset is the stripped down version of the company’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The 5 inch full HD display, octa-core processor and 13 megapixel camera found in the Galaxy S4 has been replaced with a smaller 4.3 inch qHD display, less powerful dual-core processor and 8 megapixel camera. However, this handset runs on the same Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and packs all the gimmicky features which was first seen in the original Galaxy S4.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“We appreciate such unprecedented demands for the GALAXY S4 that we aimed to provide users with life companion for a fuller, richer and simpler life. And now, we want to give people more choices with GALAXY S4 mini, similar look & feel of Galaxy S4 for more compact and practical usages. “The new GALAXY S4 mini provides consumers with a new way to enjoy the flagship Galaxy S4 experience.”

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini features a 4.3 inch qHD Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, 8 GB internal memory, 5 GB user memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, S-Travel, S-Health, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 3G/4G Connectivity, 1.5 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 1900 mAh battery.

This handset measures 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm and weighs just 107 grams. The Galaxy S4 Mini will be available in two colors – White Frost and Black Mist. Samsung has not yet announced the price and release date of this handset. The Galaxy S4 Mini will be showcased next month at the company’s Galaxy and Ativ focused event in London.

HTC One Google Edition Announced; Coming Next Month For $599

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled the Google Edition of Galaxy S4 which was packed with the stock Android, instead of the ugly TouchWiz UI and its gimmicky features. Following the footsteps of Samsung, HTC went ahead and announced a similar variant of its extremely popular HTC One smartphone. You heard it right! The HTC One Google Edition will be shipped with the stock version of the most recent build of Android Operating System.

“A special edition of the new HTC One running stock Android will be exclusively available through the Google Play store in the United States starting on June 26th. This edition pairs the all-metal unibody design, low-light capabilities of the UltraPixel camera and dual front-facing stereo speakers of the new HTC One with the stock version of the latest Android software, Jelly Bean 4.2.2,” HTC said in a statement.

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There are no major changes in the specs of this device. It comes with the usual 4.7 inch full HD display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 4 megapixel/ultrapixel rear-facing camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI-out, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and 2300 mAh battery.

HTC One Google Edition will go on sale from June 26 via Play Store in the US. This handset comes with a price tag of $599, while the Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be available for $649. Which handset are you planning to buy? Let us know in the comments section below.

Samsung Launches The Galaxy Mega 5.8 In India For Rs.25,100

Along with the Galaxy Mega 6.3, Samsung has also launched the much-awaited Galaxy Mega 5.8 in India. This handset packs a disappointing 5.8 inch qHD display, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and more. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is one of the world’s top performing Dual-SIM smartphones. This handset comes pre-loaded with Samsung WatchON which transforms the device into an IR remote controller for a great TV experience.

Mr. Vineet Taneja , Country Head , Samsung Mobile and Digital Imaging Business, said,
“Consumers in India as in other parts of the world are preferring the larger screen displays in their Smartphones owing to the time they spend doing more with their devices – staying connected with their work and friends/family, web browsing, extensive multimedia viewing and more. To meet the varying lifestyles of our consumers, we are very pleased to offer the Galaxy Mega which further enriches the product portfolio of our award-winning Galaxy series.”

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 features a 5.8 inch qHD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 5.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, S Translator, Samsung ChatOn, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1.5 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0 and a 2600 mAh battery. This handset measures 162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0 mm and weighs 182g.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a price-tag of Rs.25,100 (approx. $450) in India. Vodafone and Reliance subscribers will get 2 GB of data per month for 3 months with the purchase of this device. This handset will go on sale from next week in India.

White Nexus 4 Announced; Goes On Sale In India For Rs.25,990

Google Nexus 4 is currently available for purchase only in Black color. We have also seen the leaked pics as well as the press shots of White Nexus 4. Today, the South Korean mobile phone manufacturer finally went ahead and announced the extremely popular Nexus 4 smartphone with a fresh coat of paint. As usual, this handset will be shipped with the latest Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Compared to the original Nexus 4, there are no changes in the specs of this device.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company, said,
“Nexus 4 set the standard for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphones. Nexus 4 White delivers the same Google experience to consumers in a stylish and attractive color option.”

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Google Nexus 4 features a 4.7 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing HD camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, no MicroSD card support, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, USB 2.0, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 12 hrs of talk-time, up to 565 hrs of stand-by time and a 2100 mAh Li-ion battery.

According to the press release, White Nexus 4 will go on sale in Hong Kong from May 29, followed by select markets in Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East over the next several weeks. However, the new variant of Nexus 4 is already available for purchase in India through online retailers as well as brick and mortar stores. It comes with a price tag of Rs.25,990 (approx. $465). To get this handset, head over to Saholic.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Launched In India For Rs.31,490

Last month, Samsung unveiled the first two devices under the new Galaxy Mega family of smartphones. As the name suggest, these smartphones comes with an oversized touchscreen display. Today, Samsung launched the first smartphone under this new range, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 in India. It is also the company’s second device which runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 also feature software enhancements like the Air View, Multi Window, WatchON, S Translator, Story Album and much more.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 features a 6.3 inch HD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 5.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, NFC (Near Field Communication), GPS + GLONASS, Air View, Multi Window, Pop Up Play and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Samsung ChatON, Samsung WatchON, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1.5 GB RAM, 8 GB/ 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and a 3200 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 comes with a price tag of Rs.31,490 (approx. $560) in India. Reliance subscribers will get 2 GB data per month for 3 months along with unlimited access to Big Movies Library, WhatsApp , Twitter and Facebook during this period. On the other hand, Vodafone subscribers will get 2 GB of 3G data per month for 3 months.

South Korean Scientists Claim to Enhance Li-ion Battery Life by 300%

BatteryThe biggest bottleneck in a modern day smartphone is its battery. Within just a few years we have gone from single core processors to quad and octa core gigahertz monsters, WVGA to full-HD displays, and 3G to 4G connectivity. However, the battery technology has been struggling to keep up. LG Optimus G, which touts latest innovation from LG Chem, has a battery rated at 3140 mAh. That’s more than double that of what Xperia X10, a handset released more than three years ago had. However, even that probably will not last a day of reasonably heavy usage. No matter which smartphone you use, your battery probably won’t last 24 hours.

Researchers around the world are attempting to come up with a battery that can meet the demands of the next-gen smartphones and other mobile devices. The good news is that a group of scientists might have made some headway in Seoul, South Korea. A team led by Prof. Hyun Taek-hwan of Seoul National University claims to have increased the capacity of a lithium-ion battery by up to three times by using a nano structure of iron oxide and manganese oxide, instead of lead, as the cathode of the battery. The new battery is also believed to be more efficient, losing only 0.5 percent its performance even after numerous recharges.

HTC Desire 600 Announced; Comes With 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor

HTC recently announced a new mid-range quad-core smartphone, the Desire 600. This handset packs a 4.5 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and more. The HTC Desire 600 is a dual-SIM smartphone and it runs on the old Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. It is also the company’s first mid-range handset to offer the latest Sense 5 UI along with HTC BlinkFeed and HTC BoomSound.

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation, said,
“People rely on their smartphones every day to be their news channel, email inbox, social network and music player. The HTC Desire 600 dual sim combines speed and easy multitasking with the truly innovative HTC BlinkFeed home screen. The result is an affordable mid-range phone that sets the standard for its class, keeping the busiest user up-to-date at a glance and offering them the power and range of features to switch between work and play.”

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HTC Desire 600 features a 4.5 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, HTC Sense 5 UI, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), A-GPS, up to 11 hrs of talk-time, up to 539 hrs of stand-by time and a 1860 mAh battery.

This handset measures 134.8 x 67 x 9.3 mm and weighs 130 grams. HTC Desire 600 will be available with major mobile operators and retailers in Russia, Ukraine and MEA (Middle East and Africa) from next month. The price of this handset will be announced soon.

10 Million Galaxy S4 Units Sold In Less Than A Month

Samsung has already created history with its Galaxy S range of smartphones. Back in 2011, Galaxy S II became the largest selling device in the history of Android smartphones. The South Korean mobile phone manufacturer sold 10 million units of Galaxy S II in 7 months. Later in 2012, Samsung Galaxy S III broke the record of its predecessor and held the title of fastest-selling Android phone by shipping 10 million in less than 2 months.

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Earlier this year, Samsung launched the company’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S4. Almost everyone were expecting that the Galaxy S4 will sell like hot cakes and earn the title of the fastest selling Android smartphone. Today, Samsung finally announced that the Galaxy S4 is indeed selling like hot cakes and the company has managed to ship more than 10 million units of this device in just 26 days. You heard it right! The phone is estimated to be selling at a rate of four units per second.

JK Shin, President of the IT & Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics, said,
“On behalf of Samsung, I would like to thank the millions of customers around the world who have chosen the Samsung Galaxy S4. At Samsung we’ll continue to pursue innovation inspired by and for people.”

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently available in more than 110 countries and will gradually be rolled out to a total of 155 countries with the support of 327 partners in the coming days. Apart from that, Samsung has also announced that the Galaxy S4 will be soon available in 4 new colors – Blue Arctic, Red Aurora, Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn.

AT&T has also announced that the wireless carrier will exclusively sell the Red Aurora Galaxy S4 in the US. AT&T subscribers can pre-order the new color variant from tomorrow, however the device will go on sale from June 14 for $199 with a 2 year service agreement.