The investment Samsung makes in the marketing of its two latest Android flagships, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II has paid off not only in massive sales, but also in boosting the brand’s worth, shooting it among the top 10 most valuable in the world.
According to Interbrand’s 13th annual Best Global Brands report, Samsung, for the first time in its history, finds its place in the Top 10 of the prestigious ranking. In fact, it’s now considered the 9th most valuable brand on the planet and is estimated to be worth $32.8 billion. Read more »
In its latest official, albeit unreleased, promo video, HTC has confirmed that its Windows Phone 8X smartphone will indeed boast 4G LTE connectivity.
As great as this may be, it’s not all that surprising, as the device sports the Snapdragon S4 chipset, which has built in 4G radio and is expected to hit AT&T and Verizon. Read more »
Great news for Android enthusiasts and fans of CyanogenMod 10, as its developers have added a neat feature allowing you to install the latest nightlies over the air in the latest build of the ROM.
This means flashoholics won’t have to go through the usual procedure of flashing CM10, but rather have the CM Updater take over the hassle. The OTA update feature is called CM Updater and is available only for stock CyanogendMod 10 releases. Sorry, custom ROMs. Read more »
Rovio did it again! Just 3 hours after its launch, the company’s latest game Bad Piggies went on top of the U.S. AppStore charts.
The news come from Rovio’s Ville Heijari, who proudly announced the milestone. Still, it isn’t all that surprising, considering the Finns’ track record with mobile games. Read more »
A survey conducted by research company On Device shows that users who upgraded to Apple’s iOS6 mobile OS aren’t as less happy with their smartphones than they were before the update.
The survey included 16,000 people, and On Device says this is the first time it is seeing such a drop in user satisfaction after an update. The analysts found this pretty surprising, considering how well users reacted to the transition from iOS4 to iOS5. Read more »
We all saw the absurdly long lines in front of the Apple Stores full of people waiting for days (or even weeks) to be among the first ones to get hold of the spanking new iPhone 5. Imagine how those people would feel if they saw the boxes full of iPhone 5 units fall before their eyes, generating the unmistakable sound of shattered glass.
Well, that’s exactly the kind of prank the guys over at AwesomenessTV pulled off in front of a few Apple Stores. The results are absolutely hilarious! Read more »
Android has reached yet another impressive milestone, as the Google Play Store just passed 25 billion downloaded apps. And to allow you to join in on the celebrations, Google is offering some very tempting app promotions for the next five days.
That’s right, every day for the next five days, Google will sell high quality apps from top developers such as Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more for just 25 cents. Read more »
After its Play Movies service, Google is launching its Indoors Maps service in France.
The addition is now available for the Android version of Google Maps and offers indoors maps for airports, museums and malls in France. Read more »
Ever wanted to go scuba diving into the Great Barrier Reef, but never seem to have the money or time to undertake it? Don’t worry, Google has got you covered with its latest addition to the Google Maps service: underwater panorama and “Street View” of six of the world’s greatest underwater spots.
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? That’s because it is and Google has gone into great depths (get it?) in making this possible. The places Google allows you to visit in its latest Maps feature include the Great Barrier Reef, and places in the Philippines and Hawaii. Read more »
Not inclined to stay indifferent to the current fast growing market for affordable tablets, Barnes & Noble has announced its latest soldiers to join the fight – the 7-inch Nook HD and the 9-inch Nook HD+.
The 7-inch Nook HD is a direct answer to Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s recently unveiled Fire HD and offers a lot of bang for the buck. Read more »
It’s known that the aluminum shell of the iPhone 5 has been plagued by chipping issues and that has certainly made a lot of iPhone 5 owners quite unhappy. One of them even wrote an email to Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller and much to his surprise, he got a response.
9to5Mac has verified the authenticity of the email, but this is hardly the response the user was hoping to get. Read more »
Samsung Galaxy smartphones with the TouchWiz UI skin are susceptible to a USSD code hack, which triggers an unstoppable factory reset. The hack itself is easily triggered from malicious websites, QR codes or sent by NFC and wipes users’ phones immediately.
In order to successfully run onto a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, the hack must be either dialed in directly in the phones dialer or opened from a website using the stock browser. Read more »
It will soon be a year from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus announced, and if Google keeps with the tradition, we should be seeing its successor. According to a tip we received, the device to replace it might be the oft rumored HTC 5″ phablet, known as Droid Incredible X or One X 5. There’s no way to confirm the validity of the tip so take it with a pinch of salt, but it certainly sounds plausible.
Our anonymous tipster claims that the Google Nexus 5 will run on Android 4.1.2, which brings bugfixes, Project Butter improvements, extra lockscreen functionality as well as other minor tweaks. Read more »
When thinking dual-SIM Android smartphones, HTC doesn’t usually come to mind. That’s about to change, however, with the Desire V, the company’s first international dual-SIM Android-running handset.
Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense UI 4.0 on top, the Desire V packs a 4-inch WVGA screen wrapped up in a neat looking plastic body. Read more »
The Samsung Ativ Tab is the company’s first Windows 8 RT tablet and judging by the feedback our preview got, you guys really liked it. However, as with every other device, its success would depend on its pricing, and that was until now a mystery.
Well, not any more as a Slovenian online retailer has put up a page dedicated to the Samsung Ativ Tab, complete with pricing info. The 32GB version of the Samsung Ativ Tab is listed with a price tag of €650. Ouch. Read more »