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.
Samsung is going after the mid-size tablet market.
Mid-size tablets seem to be all the rage these days, and Samsung doesn't intend to miss out on the craze. With that in mind, Samsung announced today that its Galaxy Note 8.0 is coming to the U.S. market on April 11. The Galaxy Note 8.0 was initially unveiled at Mobile World Congress a couple of months ago, and in just a couple of days, you'll be able to pick up one up in stores and online at places like Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, and other retailers/e-tailers.
We have a couple of rumors to report on. The first is that Acer is prepping an Iconia A1-810 tablet model to compete with Apple's iPad mini device, our sister site TechRadar reports. It's a 7.9-inch slate with a 1024x768 resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera, and 0.3MP front-facing camera all wrapped in Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform. The biggest surprise, however, could be the price.
Multiple sources claim Microsoft will unveil its next Xbox console in May.
It was originally rumored Microsoft would let the cat out of the bag regarding its next generation Xbox console at an event on April 24th, but now multiple sources are saying it won't happen until a month later on May 21st. At that time, Microsoft will reveal initial details about its Xbox 720 hardware (codenamed "Durango"), and hopefully will finally clear the air about the always-on rumors that were a source of controversy last week.
In what could be a win-win-lose situation for Samsung, Best Buy, and Apple, the Korean electronics maker announced today that it will open up Samsung Experience Shops in 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores across the U.S. These shops within a shop will allow customers to explore, purchase, activate, and receive service on a wide range of Samsung mobile products and accessories.
One of the rumors floating around the web today is that Google is planning to launch an upgraded version of the Nexus 7 this summer (specifically, in July). The next generation Nexus 7 is said to feature a thinner bezel and a higher resolution than the current model, which wields an IPS panel with a 1280x800 resolution.
Another rumor points to an Amazon smartphone on the horizon.
Amazon should do the Internet a favor and either launch a smartphone of its own or come out and say, in no uncertain terms, that it has no intentions of offering a handset. It would save us the trouble of sifting through rumors, which have been permeating the web for about year now. The latest bit of news suggests Amazon is not only still interested in releasing a smartphone, but will go with a 4.7-inch display.
Never say never. Nearly six years after the original iPhone launched, T-Mobile is finally allowed to join the iOS party. Talk about showing up fashionably late, though to be fair, only AT&T was allowed to sell the iPhone up until the beginning of 2011. Since then, however, T-Mobile remained the odd man out, as Verizon Wireless and Sprint both jumped on the bandwagon long before today. Be that as it may, T-Mobile got it done, but will customers dig the unsubsidized price model?