Intel unveils new mobile chipsets for 2014. 64-bit, LTE support, up to 2.33 GHz quad-core
Feb24

Intel unveils new mobile chipsets for 2014. 64-bit, LTE support, up to 2.33 GHz quad-core

Qualcomm isn’t the only mobile chipset maker that unveiled new offerings today – Intel did too. Intel has been trying to make a name for itself in the mobile space for many years now, yet its chips are still confined mostly to midrangers sporting brands most people outside of a few emerging markets have never heard of. That said, lately Intel did get Asus and Samsung to use some of its CPUs in some of their products, so...

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Apple plans to re-launch iPhone 4 8GB for $244 in India, to gain market share
Jan14

Apple plans to re-launch iPhone 4 8GB for $244 in India, to gain market share

Apple is still struggling to gain any significant foothold in India with iPhone. No carrier subsidies and low average income means that their smartphones are affordable only to a very small subset of Indian customers. Late last year Apple had some interesting moves to tackle iPhone affordability problem in the country. One of the most successful – old smartphone trade-in program, that gives you $200+ discount from iPhone 5C sticker...

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Microsoft Surface Mini may have Kinect like somatosensory tech, Intel Bay Trail CPU and 8” 1080p display
Dec17

Microsoft Surface Mini may have Kinect like somatosensory tech, Intel Bay Trail CPU and 8” 1080p display

The smaller Microsoft Surface Mini tablet has been rumored for months. First we expected it to show up together with the second generation Surfaces.  Then learned that Mini has been pushed to spring 2014, because Microsoft had to pull tablet team members to finish the new XBox for Holiday Season launch. And now we may know why Microsoft had to transfer people from Surface Mini to do the XBox stuff. According to WP Dang, a Chinese...

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Confirmed. China Mobile already has 45 million iPhones on its network
Dec16

Confirmed. China Mobile already has 45 million iPhones on its network

Apple’s China Mobile deal is as good as done. iPhone5S and iPhone 5C will launch on the world’s biggest carrier this week. Even without an official announcement, China Mobile has the new iPhone promotion/pre-registration page running for several days already. Why  is everybody making such a big deal about China Mobile iPhone? Because of the sheer size of it. In early September we told you that China’s biggest carrier already had 42...

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Samsung’s 10 million Galaxy Note 3s sold is another sign of a very challenging 2014 coming up
Dec10

Samsung’s 10 million Galaxy Note 3s sold is another sign of a very challenging 2014 coming up

Samsung shipped 10 million Galaxy Note 3 phablets in about two months, according to their official blog. Which is an impressive number, and trounces already great sales of its predecessor – Galaxy Note 2. There’s no question about it, after inventing the category 2 years ago, Samsung still rules the phablets with nobody else able to come close. On the other hand, there are some worrying signs that Galaxy Note 3 will follow the pattern...

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4G TD-LTE licenses officially issued by MIIT. Here comes China Mobile’s iPhone 5S and 5C
Dec04

4G TD-LTE licenses officially issued by MIIT. Here comes China Mobile’s iPhone 5S and 5C

After months of waiting and dithering, China has finally entered 4G era. Today Chinese Ministry of Industry  and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued the first batch of 4G licenses to China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. China Mobile got access to 130MHz of spectrum (1880 -1900 MHz ,2320-2370 MHz ,2575-2635 MHz), China Unicom will get 40MHz (2300-2320 MHz ,2555-2575 MHz) and China Telecom will also have 40MHz (2370-2390...

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Samsung starts work on 20 megapixel camera modules. Scheduled for 2H 2014 launch next to Galaxy Note 4
Dec02

Samsung starts work on 20 megapixel camera modules. Scheduled for 2H 2014 launch next to Galaxy Note 4

Smartphone camera megapixel race continues. According to Korean ET News, Samsung Mobile’s Advanced Development Team has started work on 20 megapixel camera modules with the goal to ship them in second half of 2014. Which is right about the time their flagship Galaxy Note 4 phablet is scheduled to come out and should be the logical device to show off new camera capabilities. Samsung decided to continue to increase its camera megapixel...

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Android 4.4+ KitKat ships without browser app. OEMs have to license Chrome or build their own
Nov21

Android 4.4+ KitKat ships without browser app. OEMs have to license Chrome or build their own

Interesting newsbit about Android 4.4 KitKat just popped-up on Twitter today. According to Android developer and author Maximiliano Firtman, he just got official confirmation that KitKat “… doesn’t ship with any browser, just the WebView. The emulator has it but not real devices. It’s up to each vendor to create a browser app using the WebView (such as Samsung) or to get license to preinstall Chrome.”   So, what does it mean for...

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Cyanogen has a new hardware partner. Will announce it in a few weeks
Nov21

Cyanogen has a new hardware partner. Will announce it in a few weeks

Cyanogen Inc. is one of more interesting new startups in a smartphone platform game. Founded by the team behind CyanogenMod – one the most popular Android ROMs, they recently received some serious venture backing, and now are trying to build their own version of smartphone OS based on Android . And, for a few month old startup, are moving pretty fast. Cyanogen has already released their ROM launcher/installer to Google Play, announced...

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Moto G with dual-SIM support passes through FCC
Nov20

Moto G with dual-SIM support passes through FCC

Emerging markets are the key target for newly launched Moto G. And, at $179 unsubsidized, the new Motorola smartphone could be a big hit over there. One of the most demanded features for affordable smartphones in countries like India, is the dual-SIM capability. And Motorola already said that dual-SIM Moto G is coming to India and Brazil. Now, we have further confirmation of this. Moto G with the an optional dual-SIM card slot have...

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