If there was ever a case for a walled garden, and tighter control from Google for the Android platform, this may just be it. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung has captured 95% share of global Android smartphone profits during the first fiscal quarter of 2013.
Stop and think about the implications for a moment. If Samsung decided to fork Android like Amazon did, 95% of Google's Android marketshare would evaporate in an instant.
At this point, it has to be an inevitable that Samsung will fork Android. Right?
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants phone theft rates to drop. To do this, he's pointing his finger at the phone and OS manufacturers themselves, saying that they aren't doing enough to deter their devices from being targets for theft.
Schneiderman has sent letters to the offices of Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung, extending an invitation for the companies to work together with his office in order to develop new antitheft measures.
“Surely we can work together to find solutions that lead to a reduction in violent street crime targeting ... more
By the year 2020, 4G LTE speeds will be so yesterday. Samsung announced today that it has successfully developed 5G technology for the first time and expects to give the speed-bump to users by 2020.
According to Samsung, with 5G speeds, users will be able to access a stream of data much faster than with the current 4G speeds and movies will be downloaded in less than a second.
With the new 5G platform, users will be able to download data at speeds of up to tens of gigabits per second ... more
Sharp, a company that has found itself on hard times lately, caught a break a month back when Samsung invested over $100 million into the company. This clearly wasn't enough to advert all disaster, however, as Sharp will reportedly announce plans Tuesday to let go of 5,000 employees over the next three years.
The Asahi Shinbum reports that Sharp's corporate head office in Osaka, Japan will have half of its executive staff cut. Besides its head office, most of the job cuts will reportedly take place outside of Japan. ... more
Apple wants Google to hand over documents relating to Android that will help it in its case against Samsung. Apple, which is in a patent-infringement lawsuit with Samsung, claims that Android "provides much of the accused functionality" of Samsung's infringing products and that doing a thorough search of these documents is essential to proving Samsung is intentionally infringing on its patents.
Lawyers for Samsung argue that Apple intentionally left Google out of its lawsuit and only targeted Samsung as Google doesn't have as many rights when its a third party to ... more
If there's one thing Samsung loves doing, it's bashing Apple and Apple fans, so it's only fitting that its S Voice assistant is programmed to throw a few punches as well. When asked if it's ever used an iPhone, the S Voice assistant responds with a biting remark: "No, I have standards."
Even though it takes a shot at Apple, the S Voice assistant can't help but admit that it also likes to think of itself as Siri. When asked, "Are you Siri" the response is, funnily enough, "I ... more
Both Samsung and Blackberry have received approval from the Pentagon to have their devices used by the Department of Defense. This is a pretty big deal for Samsung as the Galaxy S4 is the first Android-powered smartphone to ever receive Department of Defense approval. What's even more impressive is that it did so before Apple's iPhone.
Late on Thursday, BlackBerry announced that the Department of Defense approved smartphones and tablets that run Blackberry 10, the new operating system. BlackBerry must be happy about that as although it has lost its ... more
If you're considering buying a 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4, you might want to reconsider. As the first people are beginning to get their hands on Samsung's new phone, they're discovering that there isn't actually quite 16GB of storage available to them. In fact, the actual number is almost half that, with the phone containing roughly just 8.5GB of usable storage.
While Samsung markets the device as a 16GB phone, almost half of those 16GB are taken up by the OS and pre-installed apps which can't be deleted. This means that ... more
Tennis pro David Ferrer wanted the world to know that he loves his Samsung Galaxy S4. Okay, Samsung probably wanted the world to know that David Ferrer loves his Galaxy S4. Either way, Ferrer took to Twitter to express his satisfaction with the smartphone, but unfortunately, he made the killer celebrity endorsement mistake. He tweeted it from his iPhone.
The Spanish player, who's competing in this weekend's Mutua Madrid Open tournament, originally sent out this tweet from his account.
To translate, the tweet was essentially Ferrer expressing his love ... more
Over the weekend, a powerful earthquake struck the city of Ya'an in Sichuan province, which isn't far from the site of an even larger earthquake in 2008. In an effort to help victims of the Chinese earthquake, Apple has pledged to donate RMB 50 million (US $8 million). Earlier, Apple's rival, Samsung, pledged to donate RMB 60 million ($9.63 million).
News of Apple's donation for the earthquake relief comes from its public relations channels, while Samsung posted its offering on the Samsung China official Sina Weibo page. Apple has ... more
Though I’m usually not a huge fan of iPad sleeves, there are a few that really stick out from the crowd. One of these sleeves is the Bowden by the folks at FineGrain, a relatively new startup that focuses on iPad sleeves. The Bowden is a sleeve that is handcrafted
I’ve had a long relationship with Realmac Software, and their applications. The first time I came across one of their products with Little Snapper, which I’m pretty sure showed up in my email because of a MacHeist bundle I had purchased early on in my Mac life. Since then, I’ve