Samsung Galaxy Nexus to Cost $290 in the US

The Ice Cream Sandwich flavored Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is the latest Google experience handset, was unveiled last month. However, the carriers as well as the manufactures have been pretty tight-lipped about the US launch date and pricing. Google only revealed that the new Nexus will be available stateside in November.

Now, Android Police has leaked a screenshot of Costco’s inventory, which suggests a price tag of $289.99. Since Verizon is listed as the carrier, it is likely that the official price will be Verizon’s standard $299, with Costco subsidizing the difference.


Samsung had earlier announced that Nexus will go on sale across Europe on November 17. The unlocked version is already available for pre-order on Amazon UK for £549.99. Hopefully, folks in US and Canada will also be able to get their hands on the Galaxy Nexus around the same time.

The Galaxy Nexus sports a 4.65 inch HD (1280×720) screen, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor. It will be the first handset to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), although both Motorola and HTC have announced that their latest handsets will be updated to ICS. Check out our earlier coverage on the Ice Cream Sandwich to learn more.

Hard Drive Prices Soar as Supply is Affected Due to Thailand Floods

Thailand, the beautiful South Asian country known for its tourist attractions, has been devastated by a series of floods that have lasted more than three months. More than four hundred lives have been lost, and 2.3 million people have been affected. The financial impact is estimated to be in excess of 5.1 billion USD. Last month, some of Thailand’s biggest industrial estates including Nava Nakorn, Bang-Pa-in, Hi-Tech, Factory Land, Rojana, and Saha Rattana Nakorn were flooded. Among the companies impacted were Western Digital, Toshiba, and Seagate. So far, Seagate’s factories haven’t been directly affected; however, the Dublin based storage giant is suffering from component shortages.


Thailand is the world’s largest manufacturer of hard drives, and accounts for a quarter of the total worldwide production. After years of plummeting prices, the shortage of supply is already sending hard drive prices skywards. The prices of several of the hard drive models have already increased by more than 200%, and the situation will only get worse as we approach the holiday season.


The road to recovery is likely to be a slow and painful one. Digitimes expects hard drive shortages to reach 19 million units in Q4. Western Digital has temporarily suspended operations in Thailand, and will not be supplying hard drives to Taiwan channels in November. Samsung, another major vendor to be impacted, will also do the same, and instead ship shipments for manufacturing its own devices. The prices might start dropping within one or two quarters, but industry experts estimate that it will take nearly a year for normalcy to return.

Samsung To Depose Jonathan Ive And Other Apple Designers

Folks, you might as well stop watching your daily soap opera and follow the Apple/Samsung lawsuit instead. At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was being considered by the court. In addition,  The Wall Street Journal  reported  that  Samsung’s lawyers had proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung’s proposed deal was not disclosed to the court.  About a month ago,  Reuters  reported  that Apple had rejected the offer from Samsung that would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Apple vs Samsung

Then,  Samsung wanted to see the unreleased iPhone 5 and iPad 3. Yesterday, the company that is copying Apple asked for  the iOS source code and Apple’s carrier agreements. Today, a new report reveals that by the end of the month,  Samsung plans to have depositions from a number of Apple designers, including senior vice president Jonathan Ive, in its ongoing patent infringement suit. What the heck!? What for!? This is mind boggling.

Surprisingly,  Ive and other designers were originally scheduled to provide their deposition by Nov. 1, but that deadline was extended last month when Samsung learned that the witnesses would be unavailable before that date. Now, Edible Apple reports that  Ive and others are scheduled to provide their deposition  by Dec. 1. The Apple employees respective testimonies will be used as part of the  expedited trial  scheduled to begin July 30, 2012.

In addition,  Christopher Stringer, a designer who is  among those  credited with designing the first iPod, will take part in the depositions. But wait! There’s more…Shin Nishibori, an industrial designer, and an ex-Apple employee, Doug Satzger, is also among those listed; Satzger worked at Apple for 12 years before he left in 2008. See how ridiculous this is? The case has to do with iOS devices and Samsung is asking for people that haven’t even worked on the project to take part in the lawsuit.

I’m no lawyer, but this seems like a terrible decision on Samsung’s part. If there’s one person who would be able to justify Apple’s designs, it is Jonathan Ive. Oh, and did I mention Samsung’s lawyers can’t even tell the difference between an iPad and a Galaxy Tab?

Samsung Galaxy Note launches in India for INR 34,990; Hands-on Video

4.7HTC Titan. 5Dell Streak. And now, Samsung Galaxy Note at 5.3. To borrow Samsung’s tagline, Next is what?’. Samsung launched Galaxy Note, the 5.3display mobile device, today in India. This device probably creates a new category in the market as a hybrid between smartphones and tablets.


Featuring a 5.3HD Super AMOLED display, this Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) device provides an immersive experience and brings an advanced pen-input technology to the table. Samsung calls the stylus, the Smart Pen.   While most people have relegated stylus to be an old-world input technology, Samsung insists it has many interesting use cases specially to unleash your creativity and impulsive ideas.

The 1.4 GHz processor and 1GB RAM are packed in a nice looking device that is only 9.65mm thick and weighs 178 gms.   It features an 8MP camera with LED flash as well as a 2MP secondary camera. Samsung also announced the launch of a new S-Choice category under Samsung Apps. It features applications specially designed for Galaxy Note’s Smart Pen feature. Here’s a quick hands-on that I did at the launch event held at New Delhi, India.

The MRP of the device is INR 34,990 and it will be available in Indian market this week.

Samsung Asks for iPhone 4S Source Code

Apple vs. Samsung

At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was being considered by the court. In addition, The Wall Street Journal  reported  that  Samsung’s lawyers had proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung’s proposed deal was not disclosed to the court.  About a month ago, Reuters reported  that Apple had rejected the offer from Samsung that would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

First, Samsung wanted to see the unreleased iPhone 5 and iPad 3, *drumroll please*…, Samsung wants  the iOS source code and Apple’s carrier agreements. They are demanding this after Samsung faced yet another legal dispute with Apple, who claim that Samsung infringed iPhone and iPad patents. In fact, Apple has already succeeded in gaining a temporary band on sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. This is just ridiculous because asking for the source code and carrier agreements has nothing to do with the lawsuit. Judging by stubborn a company Apple is, I don’t think they will hand over the source code. Good.

In Federal court today Samsung counsel Cynthia Cochrane said her client would need the source code for the iPhone 4S and agreements Apple had with major carriers Vodafone, Telstra and Optus in order to make a legal case for a ban before the court.

Unlike the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the iPhone 4S has already been on sale in Australia for several weeks, which Apple counsel has referred to, “the horse had already bolted.”

If Samsung wasn’t copying Apple, why do we hear about a new patent issue almost every week? I think this particular lawsuit goes to show how desperate Samsung is to win the lawsuit when they know they don’t stand a chance.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Ported To Samsung Galaxy S

In the middle of this month, Google announced the much awaited successor of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings with it lots of changes and new features, and also gives Android a whole new polished look, which it lacked from Day 1. At the moment, Galaxy Nexus will be the first phone to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich. After that, the Nexus S will get an OTA update, and a few months later, other phones will follow suite.

Now, the folks over at MIUI Scotland were a bit impatient for ICS, and ported it to the Samsung Galaxy S. This is a SDK level port though, since the Ice Cream Sandwich code has not yet been made public.

Below is a video of Ice Cream Sandwich in action on the Samsung Galaxy S :

The sad part is that the port is totally unstable, and cannot be used as a daily driver. The developers are not even working on making the port stable, and instead are waiting for the ICS code to hit the AOSP branch.

Interested Galaxy S owners can head over to Galnet MIUI forums for more information and download link.

AT&T Announces The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Along with the HTC Vivid, AT&T also announced a 4G LTE capable version of the Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The Skyrocket is the second phone to hit the AT&T’s network, which will supports the company’s 4G LTE network.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket comes with a 4.5-inches of Super-AMOLED Plus goodness with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The handset comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and is powered by a 1.5GHz Exynos processor, along with an ARM Mali400-MP GPU.

At the back of the Skyrocket is an 8MP camera with an LED flash, along with a 2MP camera in the front. The handset is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.

Other key features of the Skyrock include a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE  and HSPA+ radios, and a bunch of sensors. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWIZ UI on top of it.

Like the HTC Vivid, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket will be available from 6th of November. AT&T will also expand its 4G LTE network to four new markets, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, House and San Antonia, on the same day. The handset will cost $250 on a two-year contract.


False Samsung Smartphone Numbers Are False

Yesterday, the internet went crazy over the news that Samsung had surpassed Apple as the world’s leading smartphone vendor. Samsung said this during there Q3 financial conference call. The company said that they had shipped around 28 million smartphones and saw a 40 percent increase in its shipments during the third quarter. On the other hand, last month Apple said they had shipped 17 million smartphones in the same period.

Apple vs. Samsung

Well hate to tell ya Samsung fans, the problem with these numbers is that there is no data to actually back up the claim. Wait a minute! Does anyone see a problem here? Samsung didn’t provide specific numbers. So, how the heck can anyone assume that shipments jumped 40 percent? To top it off, Strategy Analytics  “estimates” sales of 28 million devices.

Where the hell they got that number from is beyond me. So far, every single story I have read has reported falsely by linking to the Strategy Analytics report. Let’s take a step back and look at the report.

According to Strategy Analytics, Apple sold 17 million iPhones, which is equal to a 21 percent growth rate over the same quarter last year. See the problem?  Apple “sold” 17 million iPhones and Samsung “shipped” an unverified number that Strategy Analytics made up.

What people don’t seem to understand is that there’s a *huge* different between shipped numbers and sold numbers. Based on it, coming to a conclusion that one company is beating another is ridiculous. It just isn’t possible with such numbers. A research firm should know better.

I’m sure that Samsung sold a lot of phones, but until they release actual numbers like Apple, Strategy Analytics’s report is meaningless. Samsung could have shipped 100 millions phones, but that doesn’t tell us how many they have actually sold. In the end, selling phones is what generates revenue. Not shipping.

Thanks to The Loop for discovering this first!

Samsung Beats Apple to Become World’s Leading Smartphone Vendor

Recap: Apple Won Round Q2

Apple beat Nokia in the second quarter of 2011 to become the leading smartphone vendor in the world, by shipping 20.3 million iPhone units. Samsung came second that quarter with 19.6 million smartphone shipments while Nokia came in third with 16.7 million smartphone shipments.

However, the third quarter of 2011 wasn’t as good for Apple in terms of iPhone sales, which slowed down following news that Apple was going to launch the next version of the iPhone in October.

In its recent earnings release, Apple revealed that it shipped only 17.1 million smartphones in Q3 2011. Nokia announced that it sold 16.8 million smartphones.

Samsung Beats Apple to Win Round Q3!

According to a report by WSJ, Samsung shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2011, which makes it the leading smartphone vendor worldwide.

Samsung is the top Android smartphone manufacturer, and also ships Bada and Windows Phone devices. It recently announced that its Galaxy lineup of Android smartphones (Galaxy S and Galaxy S 2) sold 30 million units worldwide since launch, with the Samsung Galaxy S 2 selling more than 10 million units in just 5 months.

What Next?

It’s highly likely that Apple will be back on top next quarter, with the iPhone 4S selling like hot cakes already and the holiday season coming up. Apple posted guidance for the next quarter, projecting $37 billion in revenue, which could make the next quarter its best ever.

A large part of that revenue is going to be generated by sales of the iPhone 4S.

However, Samsung’s sales are booming too, so it may be a tough fight. It recently launched the Galaxy Nexus which is undoubtedly going to boost sales. Even so, my money is on Apple coming back on top of the smartphone sales chart in the next quarter.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 – Which Is The BEST Smartphone of 2011?

The Google Galaxy Nexus was announced today morning by Google and Samsung in Hong Kong, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Considering the Galaxy Nexus represents the best phone in the Android ecosystem, it is more than obvious that it will be pitted against the iPhone 4S and the best Android smartphone on the planet right now, the Samsung Galaxy S2.



Below is a small comparison of three of the hottest smartphones in the planet, the Samsung Galaxy S2, the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus.


Of all the three phones, the Galaxy Nexus is the biggest of all thanks mainly to its 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen. However, unlike all other Android phones, the Galaxy Nexus lacks the usual three capacitive buttons found on every Android phone, which helps keep the dimensions of the phone down. The Galaxy S2 comes in a close second with its 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus screen. The iPhone 4S is the smallest and the most compact phone of all the three, with a mere’ 3.5-inch display.


The Galaxy Nexus has the biggest and the highest resolution screen among all the three screens. The 4.65-inch on the Galaxy Nexus marks the beginning of 720p HD (1280×720) resolution in phones screen. Being a Super-AMOLED screen, the display has extremely high contrast ratios and brilliant viewing angles. Even though the screen on the Galaxy Nexus has PenTile display, it still looks sharper than the iPhone 4S Retina Display.

Compared to the Galaxy Nexus, the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S2 screens look seemingly previous generation. The Galaxy S2 has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display with WVGA (480×800) resolution, while the iPhone 4S has a very small 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 960×640, giving the screen an eye-busting 326ppi pixel density.


SoC wise, the iPhone 4S A5 powered chip is the most powerful of all the three phones. The iPhone 4S has a 800MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 based processor, while the Galaxy S2 has a 1.2GHz Exynos 4210 processor. The Galaxy Nexus has a 1.2GHz OMAP4460 SoC. The A5 inside the iPhone 4S packs a PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, which is the fastest powerful mobile GPU on the planet right now. While the ARM Mali-400MP GPU is not as fast as the PowerVR GPU inside the A5, it still is the fastest mobile GPU to be found inside an Android phone.

The Galaxy Nexus has a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 384MHz. The previous generation Nexus S also packs the same PowerVR SGX540 GPU, albeit clocked at 200MHz. Early reports suggest, the new PowerVR SGX540 clocked at 384MHz, along with driver updates provide nearly a 50% performance improvement compared to its predecessor.


The Galaxy Nexus runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which brings with it a host of new changes including a revamped magazine style UI, swipe gestures, GPU rendered UI, new web browser and much more. Readers can find out more about Ice Cream Sandwich changes here.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is without a doubt outdated now. The iPhone 4S runs on iOS5, along with advanced voice recognition feature AI Siri. This is a matter of personal experience, so I will leave it up to the readers to decide.


The Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4S come with an 8MP camera, while the Galaxy Nexus has a 5MP camera. Both the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S2 have a stellar 8MP camera, while not much is known about the picture quality of the Galaxy Nexus 5MP camera.

On the camera goodies front, the Galaxy Nexus comes with face recognition, zero-shutter lag, new updated Camera UI and much more. The iPhone 4S also has some decent camera goodie like Hybrid IR filter, auto-white balance, and image stabilization. All the three phones are also capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution.

The Verdict

The Galaxy Nexus trumps the iPhone 4S in Display, while the latter trumps the former in camera and Hardware department. Truth be told, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is still the best Android phone money can buy you right now. The Galaxy Nexus has a better screen and software, but it’s only a matter of time before the latter comes to the S2.

The iPhone 4S is a probably the best among all the three phones, but the 3.5-inch screen on the handset is just way too small. Also, personally I would never buy the iPhone 4S since it looks similar to the iPhone 4. Sorry, but if one cannot distinguish a previous gen phone with the current gen once, then I don’t see the point in buying it.