You know the big, bright, beautiful displays in Samsung smartphones that people just can’t get enough of? At least two new Samsung tablets set to launch in 2014 will feature similar screens. Korean-language technology news site Naver on Friday reported that Samsung is developing two new tablets with displays that use AMOLED technology just like the screens on popular smartphones such as the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3. The report claims Samsung will release both an 8-inch tablet and a 10-inch tablet with AMOLED displays, and one of them might launch alongside the highly anticipated Galaxy S5 early next year. The new AMOLED screens will reportedly be available only in high-end Samsung tablets and the company will continue to use LCD panels in its entry-level and mid-range tablet lineup.
LG’s second banana phone will be more than just a banana phone. We have already discussed why the first round of smartphones that utilize flexible displays isn’t terribly impressive, but LG’s second phone with a flexible panel will reportedly be a completely different story. According to a report from ZDNet Korea, LG is currently developing a sequel to its G Flex smartphone that won’t just sport a slight curve, the entire device will be bendable. The report states that LG’s upcoming flexible phone will bend up to 90 degrees without breaking, and it will represent an important step on the road to smartphones that are completely foldable. LG’s bendable G Flex sequel will debut sometime in 2014 ahead of any similar offering Samsung might be working on, according to the report.
Smartwatches are the future… or something like that. As growth in the smartphone market slows, especially at the high end where companies have been making a killing, consumer electronics giants need to look elsewhere to bolster earnings growth. For Samsung, Microsoft, Google, Sony, LG and maybe even Apple, that “elsewhere” is wearable computing.
The wearables category definitely has legs but know one knows where it will end up going. Are fitness bands the future? Will consumers clamor for connected eyewear? Or will top companies dump enough marketing dollars into smartwatches that we all forget how geeky they are and ditch our Tags, Fossils, Rolexes, Tissots, Seikos, Citizens, Bulovas, Breitlings, Weils, Cartiers, IWCs, Panerais, Jaegers, Omegas, Hamiltons, Ebels and Hublots in favor of a digital watch tied to a smartphone? More →
What goes up must come down and on Wall Street, billions are made and lost betting on which direction companies are headed. Apple is the most valuable technology company in America by a huge margin so needless to say, it gets plenty of attention on the Street. At some point, be it sometime in the next few years or sometime in the next few decades, Apple will no longer be on top. It is inevitable. The question countless industry watchers try to answer, of course, is when. More →
Apple’s new iBeacon technology has tremendous potential in the retail space. Retailers can use the technology, which allows for the creation of a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon that emit signals iOS 7-powered devices will automatically react to, for a variety of important functions ranging from discount notifications to tracking consumer habits. There’s also a darker side to iBeacons, should the technology be misused. While a handful of companies have already begun adopting the technology in their stores, The Associated Press on Friday reported that Apple itself will now be rolling iBeacons out in its 256 U.S. retail stores beginning immediately. To coincide with the move, the Apple Store app for iOS has been updated to support iBeacons and related notifications. Screenshots of the new iBeacon alert configuration screens from 9to5Mac follow below. More →
The Galaxy S4 was Samsung’s big flagship phone for 2013 and the company made sure it got plenty of bang for its buck. Within the span of just a few months, Samsung launched eight different versions of the Galaxy S4. And we’re not just talking about different storage options here, we talking about eight different model numbers. Now, as details continue to trickle out about next year’s Galaxy S5, it’s looking like Samsung may adopt a similar strategy — referred to by some as “gadget spamming” — and launch several different versions of its Galaxy S5-branded handset. More →
The shine is already wearing off of Apple’s new Touch ID technology for some iPhone 5s owners. Apple unveiled its latest flagship iPhone this past September and along with it, a new embedded fingerprint scanner brought about by the company’s 2012 acquisition of mobile security firm AuthenTec for $356 million. Dubbed Touch ID, the new technology places a sapphire glass-covered fingerprint scanner in the home button of Apple’s iPhone 5s and allows users to unlock the device or authenticate App Store purchases with just the touch of a finger. The new tech is among a few main selling points for the iPhone 5s, but a new report suggests some users are already having trouble with it after less than three months on the market. More →
In BGR’s full review of the Nexus 5, we called the camera one of the weakest points on Google’s latest smartphone. We found during our tests that photo quality in good lighting is impressive, but we said low-light photos are terrible and the Nexus 5′s camera software is simply awful. While the camera isn’t the worst thing about the Nexus 5, it is certainly close. But don’t take our word for it — the photography experts at DP Review recently put the Nexus 5′s camera through an exhaustive review process that picks apart every conceivable aspect of the camera hardware, software and resulting photos. We won’t post any big spoilers but suffice it to say the brief comments we made in our Nexus 5 review were a pretty accurate assessment. Nexus 5 users will be happy to learn, however, that Google’s Android 4.4.1 update is rolling out over the next few days to hopefully address some issues. DP Review’s full eight-page Nexus 5 camera review is linked below in our source section.
Look at the image above. On the left, you have a gorgeous aluminum smartphone with a premium look and feel. On the right, you have slim plastic smartphone with a removable back cover and a swappable battery. Wouldn’t it be nice to choose from both of these great options when purchasing your next handset? It looks like Samsung’s “gadget spam” strategy might finally bring us the best of both worlds next year when the hotly anticipated Galaxy S5 finally becomes a reality. More →
AT&T wants subscribers to have a merry Christmas this year. It also wants some of the people who have been fleeing its network in searching of cheaper smartphone plans to stay put. As such, the carrier on Thursday announced a brand new set of service plans that are far more consumer-friendly. AT&T is still making plenty of money on them, of course, but several of the plans offer significant savings compared to the older plans they replace. What’s more, the new plans finally — FINALLY — take smartphone subsidies into account to an extent, and they automatically drop in cost by $15 per month once your phone is paid off. Or, if you bring your own phone or opt for one of the carrier’s AT&T Next plans, your service is $15 cheaper per month from day one. More →
Apple’s new flagship iPhone 5s isn’t just the presumed fastest-selling smartphone ever, it’s also apparently in hotter demand than any other tech device on the planet. Yahoo recently released its list of the top 10 tech searches performed with Yahoo’s search engine in 2013 to the UK’s Daily Star, and front and center at the top of the list is “Apple iPhone.” Following the iPhone are Amazon’s Kindle and “Samsung Galaxy,” and the iPad and PlayStation 4 round out the top five items. In somewhat interesting news considering the state of each company’s smartphone business, “BlackBerry” was the seventh most popular tech search of the year and “Nokia Lumia” came in at No. 9. Yahoo’s full list can be seen below. More →
After former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins couldn’t manage to clean up the mess that co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie left behind, a full or partial sale looked like the company’s only way out the hole it found itself in. That might have indeed been BlackBerry’s only out, but the company instead decided to stay the course — Heins was let go, talks of a sale were cancelled and John Chen was appointed interim CEO. While Chen has merely been named interim boss, a new report from Reuters states that Chen is in it for the long haul and as such, the company’s fate may rest in his hands. More →
Samsung has been relatively quiet since the recent launch of its Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but the consumer tech giant reportedly has a big first quarter planned. According to a new report from South Korean news site ET News, Samsung is cooking up at least five new smartphones that will launch during the first quarter next year. The handsets will range from entry-level to high-end and the star of the show will reportedly be Samsung’s next-generation hero phone, the Galaxy S5. More →