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Samsung creating the next Nexus?

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Samsung Romania announced/leaked on Twitter more than a week ago (wonder how nobody noticed it, but that’s a discussion for an another day) that Samsung just started the production of Nexus 3. In a tweet, Samsung Romania stated that the next generation Nexus will launch before the end of 2011 and it will launch with Android 4.0, also known as the Ice Cream Sandwich. Given from rumblings that Samsung was working on the next generation Nexus deemed Nexus Prime (which is a real character in Transformers cartoon), this comes as a no surprise. Although Google tends to rotate manufacturers of Nexuses, those rumblings and tweets do nothing to distill rumors that the next generation of Nexus phones will come from Samsung. Given that Android-powered Galaxy S II has been flying off the shelf and serving as a de facto flagship Android devices in many countries, it almost seems like Google is rewarding Samsung for its great effort.

Of course, there was another rumor that Google is not creating one Nexus phone, but several Nexus phones, each from different manufacturers. So what will actually happen with Nexus is still up in the air. Yet, either way, we can see Samsung hitting this out of this park with a beautiful ‘Super AMOLED HD’ display (which will feature a 4.3-inch, 720p display) and a dual-core, 1.5 Ghz Exynos CPU as well as a LTE connectivity. You really cannot beat Samsung on the spec superiority as we have seen in Galaxy S (beast of a hardware) and Galaxy S II, and with stock Android 4.0 on board, I can’t see how Samsung and Google can go wrong with this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Source: Geekword

Source: http://pocketnow.com/android/samsung-romania-confirms-a-samsung-made-nexus-3

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Written by Geek Park

July 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Daily Round-Up!: July 6th, 2011

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Long time, no see! Round-up is back! I’ll try to keep round-ups going forever and ever and ever… alone. (Give me a moment as I quiver in the corner and cry)

The Moment: HTC (Sort of) buys S3 Graphics for $ 300 million. The important thing to consider here is that HTC and VIA, which had a joint venture with S3 Graphics, are owned by the same owner. Also, HTC chairperson, Cher Wang, is a major shareholder of S3 Graphics. But as symbolic as this move can get, it’s significant.

Although it’s far from final (the final decision is scheduled to come November), initial ruling from ITC ruled that Apple has been infringing on two of S3 Graphics’ patents. This, itself, can stop the sale of Apple’s iPhones and iPads in the U.S. But this buyout further increases the importance of ITC’s ruling if ITC rules against Apple.

As many know, HTC has been in a lawsuit with Apple for more than a year, with no end in sight. There was an initial complaint filed by Apple, who sued HTC for violating 20 patents such as “unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image” (think “swipe to unlock”). And there was a counter suit filed by HTC, accusing Apple of violating five patents. Administrative judge Carl Charneski will make his decision on those initial lawsuits on the August 5th, which is also the date that Apple requested a hearing for preliminary injunction against Samsung (What a busy day!). While it’s unlikely that those patents from S3 Graphics will factor into lawsuits yet, given that the HTC/S3 merger have to be approved by the Taiwan government, it can create a further ground for more counter suits by HTC. HTC can use those patents to defend against Apple’s lawsuit if the case stretches any longer.

Obviously, what most people and I think is that Apple will eventually sign cross-licensing agreements with every manufacturers that it has sued, so this buyout may even provide a better negotiation table for HTC if Apple drops its lawsuits.

There’s also a matter of HTC paying Microsoft $ 5 for every HTC Android handsets sold, but that’s for an another day… (Have you heard Microsoft is now requesting Samsung to pay $ 15 for every Android handsets they sell? Microsoft is either crazy, or scary)

Now, off to the links…

Another iPhone 5 rumor. Thinner and lighter. Zzzzzzzz. 25 million iPhone 5 may ship this year. Zzzzzzzz. By the way, second and third generation of iPod Touch were 8.4mm thin. Do you think iPhone 5 can be even thinner than that? iPhone 4 is only 9.3mm thin.

Now you can jailbreak your iPad 2 on your Mobile Safari! I’m pretty sure people will do useful stuff with jailbreaking. Like I don’t know, widgets?

iPhone 5 may come to Sprint. At least one analyst says so. I bet I can pay an analyst $ 1000 to say that  iPhone 5 may come to Metro PCS.

iPad 2 Plus, with a better display, may launch this year. Given that “retina” display on tablets are not even on the caliber of “retina” display on smartphones, not to mention much higher graphics processing power required to power a such high-resolution display, I doubt this improve the user experience greatly.

Xoom 1 has been out for four months. Cue the Xoom 2 rumor! Now on FCC!

Droid 3, with its Atrix spec and a 5-row keyboard, may launch with $ 460 unlocked price. Given that Droid 2 sells close for $ 370 unlocked on Amazon, this is a very good deal if the leak is true… In a meanwhile, rounder Droid Bionic!

Speaking of Amazon, those with a paid Cloud Drive subscription will get a “limited time” to get unlimited storage for their music. Given how long it take to even upload 5 GB of music, I don’t know how long it would take to upload 100 GB of my music.

WTO finds that China is violating WTO law because the country put a cap on export of rare metal. I don’t know China follows those kind of rules.

iBooks may push iTunes revenue to $ 13 billion by 2013. Wait, I thought Kindle was still leading.

Lastly… Facebook partners with Skype to bring video chat to Facebook as well. So, no more need for ooVoo or other desktop video chat apps, right? Facebook is definitely trying to bankrupt lot of companies. Oh, also, new group chat features and an updated chat UI. Hopefully video chat comes to mobile Facebook apps as well… But, of course, we have seen all this before. (If anybody has a Google+ invites that they can give out, please contact me)

Deals:

Spotify comes to US. Get your invites… NOW!

Taco Bell.. Free WiFi and in-store TV! Now I can stop go to McDonald for my WiFi fix.

 

Free Power Rangers SMASH app for your iPhone! Evo 3D for $ 113 on WireFly! Droid Incredible 2 for a penny!

 

Wi-Fi Xoom at $ 499…16GB of DDR3 Ram for $ 120! 4GB refurbished MP3 player for $ 25! 

Last day to lock up your unlimited plan for Verizon. Good luck with that (for those on East Coast, too bad!) and Good night!

 

 

Written by Geek Park

July 6, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Daily Round Up – June 29th, 2011!

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I’ll have my 2 cents editorial coming tomorrow… Sorry, have been quite a busy day. But now, off to the round-up!

The Moment: This was posted on Engadget just minutes ago, but it definitely warrants a mention. IBM Develops “instantaneous” memory, memory that’s 100 times faster than flash memory such as RAM and is cheap enough to be used even in our smartphones. The memory will use a different kind of phase change memory, which has been in a development stage for more than five years and is based on alloys that change their states from crystalline to amorphous and vice versa when controlled by the electricity. Memory will also be durable as well, staying reliable for millions of read/write cycles instead of thousands. While single alloy cell can hold only one bit of data, new alloy cell used in the memory will hold four bits of data, which means more storage can be put into those memories and less latency. In fact, 100 times faster is the worst-case scenario for those memories, which means in normal usage we should be getting speed more than 100 times faster than how fast our RAM or hard drive performs. The memory, according to IBM at least, should also enable us to turn on our computer instantaneously and to not lose our data when computer crashed or turned off. The memory should be available for sale within the next five years.

My Cold, Hard, Bald Predictions: Since I’m not a scientist or engineers for that matter, it’s hard for me to weigh on in this. However, this may signal, coupled with Window 8’s Metro UI, laptops and desktops moving further toward smartphones and tablets, only with bigger screens and keyboards. I can also see the cloud computing becoming much more enterprise-friendly, although Google Docs have done a good job of introducing businesses to the cloud, as this will likely make storage for data center/servers more efficient.

Now, to the links…

Google + users now can send out invites! Hooray… I really could use a Googler friend now.

Microsoft signs the patent deal with Velocity Micro, allowing Microsoft to be paid for every Android handsets Velocity Micro sells. Considering Microsoft makes more money from HTC’s Android department than the entire Windows Phone 7 department, I’m not surprised that Microsoft is doing this.

Windows Phone 7.5, also known as “mango,” is available to developers now

Roku 2! It’s smaller and has a reset button… and that sounds about it for changes.

Two WebOS news (I’ll have a meat-review of TouchPad on Sunday): HP considers licensing WebOS to other manufacturers. Galaxy Tab hardware with WebOS would make a great combination. HP also gives out a $ 50 discount to 32GB $ 599 version of TouchPad to those with Pre, Pixi, or Pre/Pixi Plus. $ 50 discount still makes it barely $ 549, $ 50 more expensive than Asus Transformer for that matter.

Angry Birds on Windows Phone 7 for $ 2.99. With this, Microsoft shows Windows Phone 7 is not the phone to save you from all phones.

HTC Status for AT&T, also known as ChaCha or “Facebook phone,” is released with 800mhz CPU, 2.6 inch screen and 5 megapixel camera. Reminds me a lot of Flipout actually. (Although Status has double the pixel of Flipout)

Delkin releases World’s fastest SDXC card with 45 Mbps (that’s about 6 megabytes per second for you and me) write speed and 95 Mbps (about 12 megabytes per second) read speed. Of course, it costs $ 540. FYI, Sandisk sells 64GB SDXC card, albeit with 15 Mbps read speed, for $ 107.

Google Talk video chat available for T-Mobile 3G and 4G network, although Fring and Qik had this a long time ago.

Kaz Hirai will become Sony Computer Entertainment chairman, and Andrew House will be the new CEO. What’s the difference of chairman and the CEO again?

Nokia’s several handsets with new version of Symbian – known as Symbian Belle – are leaked. Too bad that Nokia already has the grand plan only involving Windows Phone 7. 

Samsung Conquer 4G, with Hummingbird processor and 3.5 inch display as well as a front-facing camera, is a pretty good budget 4G device from Sprint. Although carriers should really stop shoving 4G labels into every phones? What’s next, a 4G feature phone? Wait…

Apple releasing iPhone 3GS unlocked version in India for $ 444, which is still more expensive than original Galaxy S phones. Analyst says Apple will offer a free iPhone 3GS after the iPhone 4S/5 release. iPhone 3GS do beat the crap out of Optimus One line of phones.

PlayLater lets you DVR any websites in case the video expires or is taken down by the content provider. It costs $ 50 a year or $ 5 a month. Don’t know if it can compete with the Netflix’s $ 8 a month streaming movies and tv shows plan.

EA is apparently blown away by Wii U’s performance, since it’s estimated to be about 50% faster than XBox 360 or PS3, it’s no surprise really. Although when PS4 or XBOX 720 develops….

Taiwan touch panel makers are estimating that Amazon will place an order for about 1.5 million – 2 million tablets in the second half of this year. Amazon, launch cheap and you can be big.

EVO 3D may head to T-Mobile as FTC document shows EVO 3D with T-Mobile AWS bands. Considering that T-Mobile already has the Sensation, which is non 3D-version of EVO 3D, I doubt that we’ll see EVO 3D on T-Mobile.

Hackers’ next target? Al Qaeda! I wonder whether hackers are making deals with the government. Imagine something like “hack Al Qadea, and we won’t punish you for hacking Sony.”?

Co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone, is also leaving the Twitter. Are they not seeing any hope in the company turning in profits?

T-Mobile will get rid of Even More Plus, a contract free plan, and replace with the “Vaule” Plan. Considering that 2GB data costs $ 10 a month on this plan (and 5GB for $ 25), this sounds very attractive to those with heavy data usage. Although with this plan, you do have to sign a contract AND pay a full price on the phone.

Couple MySpace news… Specific Media buys MySpace for $ 35 million and cuts staff by 50%. $ 35 million is about 10% of what MySpace was valued at when it was bought by Murdoch’s News Corp in 2005… and about 0.3% of its value at the peak on 2007. And on a lighter news, Justin Timberlake, who starred in the “Social Network” as an advisor for Facebook and the creator of Napster, becomes MySpace’s creative director, aiming to bring sexy back to MySpace apparently.

In brief: ThinkPad Tablet shown off… in Brazil? LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1 available for a pre-order from VerizonZTE Blade, a budget Android device, sells 2 million units, even exceeding iPhone’s sales for some time.Android app downloads now at 4.5 billion, which is about half the number achieved by Apple’s App Store ...Consumer Watchdog asks FTC to investigate Facebook credits, saying they violate the antitrust lawMore people spend time on the Internet updating Facebook/Twitter/etc than watching Porn nowRegular Macbook may get a refreshRevenue from mobile app stores expected to reach $ 14 billion in 2012, $ 40 billion in 2015Intel increases its lead in the CPU area, with 82.6% market share, AMD with 10.1%Acer is planning to launch a slider table this yearAsus will launch a Meego netbook for $ 200 after JulyAMD will phase out some Phenom/Athlon processors, including high-end six-core CPUs, to make a room for bulldozer/LianoAT&T partners with Zynga, Farmville soon causes you to drop calls…Droid HD appears...Samsung files an another useless ITC complaint, aiming to shut down iPhone and iPad sales

Now, off to the deals…

GTX460 for $ 140 after rebate! Thinkpad X220 without OS for $ 710! 600 Watt power supply AND DVD-burner for $ 45 after rebate! and more…

For the latest quad-core Liano laptop with Blu-ray and Radeon HD 6750M for $ 679 with $ 100 Gift card from Best Buy! 15-inch Sandy Bridge laptop for $ 400! AMD CPU + Motherboard combo starting at $ 100 from Microcenter! and more deals on computer hardwares…

Unlocked Pixi Plus for $ 50 ! LG Revolution (4G phone from Verizon) for a penny! Add 300 minutes to your Sprint Everything Data 450 plans! and more deals on cellphones…

Also, 99 cents deals on movies from DISH network during the Independence Day!

And I leave you off with this…:

 

 

 

 

 

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