The red hot tablet and smartphone sectors are leading to increased mobile DRAM production ratios among first-tier DRAM manufacturers, but only Samsung seems to be benefiting from it all. According to market research firm DRAMeXchange, Samsung was the only semiconductor to remain profitable in the fourth quarter of 2011, which it accomplished by attacking the global market with its Galaxy S2 and Note products.
Verizon released the keyboard-sporting Droid 4 late last week, so you know what the intrepid crew over at iFixit spent their weekend doing: tearing the bad boy apart to see what makes it tick. As it turns out, the battery -- which isn't supposed to be removable by users -- can definitely be removed, but it's a major pain in the butt. The keyboard and LCD screen held a few design surprises, too.
At long last, Motorola's Droid 4 smartphone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard is available at Verizon. Motroloa's newest smartphone runs $200 with a two-year service contract and includes free overnight shipping if ordered direct from Verizon, or $550 sans contract. It's been a long wait for those who've been holding out for this particular phone, which was first rumored to drop on December 8, 2011.
If the ammunition you're using to try and take down your prey isn't getting the job done, you can either hunt different game or try different ammo. Apple has chosen the latter as it continues to chase Samsung through various courts around the world. According to reports, Apple added a pair of patents to its portfolio, which it's using to try and convince a California judge to ban sales of Samsung's smartphones and tablets.
In December 2011, Samsung released a statement saying it would provide Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrades for the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note in the first quarter of 2012, though no specific date was given. A Russian tipster known for digging up inside information announced in a Twitter post that ICS will drop for both devices on March 1 in some countries.
Sprint's Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse wished long and hard for an opportunity to carry Apple's iPhone, but what he and his company never considered was the old adage that says 'Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it and then you're stuck with high iPhone subsidies.' We added that last part, but to be fair, does it matter? Sprint, like Verizon, was hellbent on carrying the iPhone, and now it's seeing the cost of that decision.
Intel and AMD know a thing or three about processors, and between the two, there's barely any room left over in the desktop market for competing players. In the mobile handset and tablet sectors, however, both chip giants play second fiddle to ARM, which rules the mobile roost with low power processors. The reason for this is simple: ARM processors are cheaper.
There's a funny thing taking place in the mobile phone market. The first portable handsets were big and bulky, and the race was on to deliver smaller, slimmer phones. Then mobile phones got smart with touchscreens, dual-core processors, full-fled operating systems, and all sorts of advanced features, and now the trend is towards bigger devices, culminating in handsets like Samsung's Galaxy Note and, as teased to the Web, LG's Optimus Vu.
Finnish phone maker Nokia today outlined plans to shed roughly 4,000 workers combined from three separate smartphone production plants in Komarom, Hungary, Reynosa, Mexico, and Salo, Finland. What remains of the three factories will focus on smartphone product customization for customers mainly in Europe and the Americas, while smartphone production at large will be diverted to Asia where the majority of component suppliers hang their hats, Nokia said.
With such a steady clip of Droid devices marching into the smartphone marketplace, eventually you're bound to find the Droid you're looking for. Maybe it's Motorola's Droid 4 you've been holding out for, a 4G LTE smartphone with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, five-row QWERTY keyboard, and a 4-inch qHD display with scratch and scrape resistant glass. If so, you only have to wait a few more days.