Hewlett-Packard re-enters the media tablet market with 7-inch Android Jelly Bean tablet
If you are a PC vendor mulling a foray into the world of smartphones and media tables, there is perhaps no other platform more convenient than Android for this purpose. That is not to say that it is an option that readily appeals to everyone, especially those who give priority to control over convenience. But, as tempting as it might be, to have your own OS, it does not guarantee success and can be a very costly exercise. Just ask HP, which has taken almost two years to recover from the unmitigated disaster that was the TouchPad and re-enter the tablet market.
Free-to-play games proving popular on mobile devices.
Mobile gaming is already popular, but if new data from Juniper Research proves accurate, the number of game app downloads will steadily rise to more than 64.1 billion over the next four years. That would mark a greater than three-fold increase over the 21 billion game downloads that occurred in 2012, and it's thanks to a combination of free-to-play games, more capable devices, and a growing number of smartphones around the world.
Samsung's Galaxy S4 brings a 5-inch Full HD PenTile OLED panel to a display fight.
DisplayMate Technologies president Dr. Raymond M. Soneira managed to sweet talk Samsung into giving him an early production unit of its upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone to test and analyze for its Display Technology Shoot-Out article, the results of which are now live. In it, Dr. Soneira compares the Galaxy S4's upgraded 5-inch Full HD 1080p PenTile OLED display with that of that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, and Apple's iPhone 5. How did it fare?
Three out of 10 smartphones around the world are built by Samsung, DRAMeXchange says.
According to recent data revealed by DRAMeXchange, a division of global research firm TrendForce, smartphone shipments jumped 9.4 percent sequentially to 216.4 million units during the first quarter of 2013. Despite seasonality, smartphone shipments have climbed every quarter since the beginning of 2012, DRAMeXchange says, and no company should be happier than Samsung.
Android co-founder Andy Rubin recently revealed at an economic summit in Tokyo that the world's most popular mobile operating system (OS) was originally conceived to power smart cameras. From those humble beginnings, Android has grown into something bigger, impacting the mobile market in ways that a simple camera platform would never have been able to. Fast forward to today and Google is seeing 1.5 million Android activations per day.
The new Harmony remotes are compatible with more than 225,000 home entertainment devices.
Logitech today expanded its universal remote control lineup by introducing the Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control, both of which feature the peripheral maker's Harmony Hub, a puck shaped device that turns RF signals from the remote into IR and Bluetooth commands for your home theater devices. In doing so, users needn't worry about having a clear of line of site to their components and can even hide their AV gear behind cabinet doors.
At least two wireless carriers have begun offering the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the U.S.
Anticipation has been running high for Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone, the successor to the wildly popular S3 that's played an instrumental role in capturing mobile market share that might have otherwise gone to Apple. If you've been waiting for your chance to jump, today's the day you can make the leap, provided you're interested in signing up with AT&T or U.S. Cellular for wireless service.
Samsung's Galaxy Mega stretches the boundaries of phablet design.
You better have big pockets if you have any notion of treating Samsung's Galaxy Mega device as a smartphone. It's actually a phablet -- a phone and tablet hybrid -- though even in that category, the Galaxy Mega stands out because of its massive 6.3-inch HD display. That's not a typo; the Galaxy Mega's display is 6.3 inches, or just over half-an-inch smaller than a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD.
It's been five years since Roku introduced its first player.
In 2008, the easiest way to stream Netflix to your television without a home theater PC (HTPC) nearby was through a Roku box. For that reason, Roku's first device became known as the Netflix player, because that's really all that it was used for. Things have certainly changed since then. Now five years later, streaming entertainment is big business, and Roku's been there along the way, having just shipped its 5 millionth streaming player in the U.S.
Different size iPhone models could attract a bigger audience.
There's no arguing that Apple's been mighty successful in telling its customers what they want. Up until the iPhone 5, that meant telling them they didn't need or want a smartphone display larger than 3.5 inches, so that's all that was offered. With the introduction of the iPhone, Apple finally conceded there's a desire for a bigger screen, and so it stretched the display to 4 inches while maintaining the same width. Now we're hearing that the next iPhone model will come in a variety of screen options.