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Mobile battery life could be getting better

There have been countless posts about the new importance battery life plays as a deciding factor in mobile electronics. Most smartphones today do pretty much the same basics, equivalent of the point A to point B reference commonly used. So one of the biggest differentiator has become battery life, after all what good are all the features if you can’t use them? Well it seems that some new breakthroughs mean mobile battery life could be getting better eventually.

There are some things that are being held back by the constraints of battery life.Take for example Siri, the digital personal assistant on Apple’s iOS devices. Currently the assistant has to be activated with a key press because having the device listen for audio ques would cause horrible battery life. This is just one example of a feature that could be made exponentially better if battery life was removed from the eqaution as a concern. Well then the new advancements that have been made at the University of Illinois could have a very big impact in that area. The article “Small in size, big on power” explains how the microbatteries offer phenominal power in their small size. The article explains that,

The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery – and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.

Now that is some serious juice and could unlock a world of potential in mobile computing. Potential in both features and also the size of devices. I’m all for a time when running low on battery power is not a concern the same day devices are charged.

Now if you pair that with the work of a California teen who has come up with a way to recharge a dead phone in just 20 seconds flat the future of mobile technology looks even brighter. Just this past long weekend here in Canada as we celebrated Victoria Day my iPhone was brought to it’s knees. Before I powered it off at 10% battery life. I was at a trailer enjoying the sunshine and barbeque food with family and friends. I was doing some internet browsing, on a few social networks and all of it through LTE so my battery was understandable getting low. As a result I’ve started looking for external battery packs that I can use to extend the charge of my mobile devices. With a two week holiday coming up later this year I’m anticipating a greater need for the device. Well imagine if all it took to recharge my battery was 20 seconds, 5 minutes would make me jump for joy so at under half a minute that is just unbelievable.

As this Yahoo piece explains Eesha Khare used her impressive knowledge of chemistry to solve the issue of a “dead battery” in mobile devices. She invented an energy storage device that can charge a cell phone in 20-30 seconds! The “supercapacitor” stores lots of energy in a tiny space and can hold it for a long time. It also lasts for 10,000 recharge cycles, compared to the usual 1,000 for current rechargeable batteries. The invention was part of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair that took place in Phoenix, AZ a week ago. Eesha Khare for her supercapacitor got the Young Scientist Award along with $50,000. The prize however is very small compared to what this could mean for the world of mobile. So with brilliant people making these kind of advancements the future of mobile looks even brighter. It must be powered by a microbattery.

Sources: Illinois News Bureau, NBC.com and Yahoo

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 announced today

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is yet another tablet from the seemingly unending line of tablets from the Korean manufacturer. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 was recently announced and is supposed to be heading towards almost all regions starting May 1st. Although the tablet is a relatively nice device, we fail to see any reason to upgrade to it, especially if you own a Nexus 7 or the previous Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Samsung has once again disappointed those who were hoping for an upgrade in the specs.

The 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 uses the very same design which we have seen on almost every Galaxy device. Although this time around the tablet features three buttons, one physical home and two capacitive ones. Sometimes I think that Samsung wants each and every device to look like the Galaxy S3. At this rate Samsung TVs will start to look round and pebbly too.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

That is not the only problem I have with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, the 7 inch screen has  a low resolution of only 1024 x 600 pixels and the rear camera is a joke; clocking at 3 MP while the front one is only 1.3 MP. There is a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM installed on the tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 will be available in 8 GB and 16 GB versions . Fortunately there is a microSD card slot if you need further storage space.

The only positive thing about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 should be its price, which is still unannounced. If the tablet is cheaper than the Nexus 7, then we will be in a position to recommend it. Otherwise the year old Nexus 7 is still a better option. Although I’m a Samsung fan and always love what the company is doing, this direction is totally unacceptable. I recently acquired a Chinese tablet just to check if it is a sham or not, surprisingly it is working really fine. If Samsung continues cashing its brand name like this, it won’t be long until even the loyalist of the fans get put off. But before doling judgment just yet, we need to see at what price Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 retails. That factor alone will be the definitive ingredient in the success or failure of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

via: Android Central

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JK Shin, President and Head of IT and Mobile Communication Division, speaks to attendees at the launch of Samsung Electronics Co's latest Galaxy S4 phone in New York

CEO says Galaxy S4 CPU Doesn’t Matter

The Co-CEO of Samsung Electronics and head of Samsung Mobile, J. K. Shin, has told buyers that it really doesn’t matter what type of CPU is in your Galaxy S4. He further stated that no matter what Galaxy S4 CPU is running, most people won’t notice a difference nor will they care. Well that is true to some extent but Mr. Shin is forgetting that this is not 1998, it’s 2013 and people are more tech savvy than they ever were. When it comes to the speed of their smartphones, people will care especially if the models are retailing for exactly the same price.

Would you buy an inferior product at the same price at which the better one is being sold? This is logic and stating that the Galaxy S4 CPU doesn’t matter is insulting our intellect and comparing us with the blind Apple fans. The Galaxy S4 CPU may have not mattered if all the versions were scoring close benchmark results. The U.S and Europe versions have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, which is not a slow chip by any means and it even beats every smartphone where there are no benchmark results. But the international Galaxy S4 has the Exynos 5 Octa which even manages to beat the Snapdragon 600. The Exynos 5 Octa uses ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture and combines 4 high power cores with 4 low power ones.

Galaxy S4 CPU

While some experts where suggesting that the Exynos 5 Octa may not have LTE technology enabled, that is why Samsung “was forced” to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processors which have integrated LTE. But that is not the case, “We use multiple different sources. It’s a sourcing issue.” Mr. Shin said. That’s not all though, even though Samsung is using multiple versions of the smartphone with 2 Galaxy S4 CPU variants, it is said that the company might not be able to ship the smartphone on time. “Due to overwhelming global demand of Galaxy S4, the initial supply may be limited. We expect to fulfill inventory to meet demands in the coming weeks.”

It may not concern many that their smartphone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 or Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa, but it is not fair to say that most of us won’t even care. Why would anyone buy a slower car when there is a chance to get the faster one for the same price?

Source: PhoneArena

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Samsung’s 85″ TV

In a move that’s being lauded by at least Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Samsung has released their 85″ Ultra-HDTV. If you’ve got $39,999 laying around (and little man’s syndrome), then the Samsung TV could be right up your market. Nobody is debating that the TV is nice, it’s got a higher-resolution picture than most stations can even broadcast, but the question lingers of what is the market for Samsung’s 85″ TV? Surely it wouldn’t make a very good addition to a rowdy man cave where flying remote controllers are the norm and the TV seems to be a little too nice to broadcast Dora the Explorer on repeat. There’s advisers smarter than me somewhere in Samsung’s headquarters and they’re carrying on with the release as planned.

What Makes Samsung’s 85″ TV Worth the Price
Besides the fact that it takes up half of the square footage in a living room, the first thing people notice is the floating easel-like design (they may also notice a huge dent in their financial statement).Samsung’s 85″ TV is super thin and has a display that is like nothing else on the market. There are over 8,000,000 pixels in the television’s display that show off a bright contrast ration of sharp blacks and bright whites. The sound system is said to be six times better than a standard television, featuring 120 watts of 2.2 sound emanating from the frame.

Time to make room in living rooms across the world

One of the real hindrances to those that are looking to spend $40,000 on a television is the lack of content currently available for viewing in ultra high definition. Currently there are no broadcast stations that transmit in UHD and the only way to get programming is through the manufacturers or eventually on hard disk drives. Still, Samsung’s 85″ TV has many of the Smart features that you’d expect in a car that costs as much as an Escalade including recognizing the user in front of the TV and changing the programming accordingly, a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, and a super-cool Australian accent.

Even though Samsung “only” plans on selling one of the devices per week, it’s evident that the release is more than purely experimental…the company has already released a prototype for a 110″ Ultra HDTV that could be on the market in time for Christmas 2013. Start saving those pennies.

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Galaxy S4

Galaxy S4 Release Dates Announced for US Networks

For all those Android fans out there looking for a new phone over the next year, if you haven’t heard, the Galaxy S4 is supposed to be pretty good. If you’re like me and on the verge of needing a new cell phone, then you’ve probably at least considered it. If you are interested in buying the new phone from Samsung, then you’ll be happy to know that it’ll be available for seven different carriers over the next two weeks.

The Galaxy S4 will offer an impressive list of carriers, covering all of the major US networks. Those carriers are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, Cricket, and C Spire. Samsung has stated that all carriers will have the new phone by the end of the month.

Samsung has left the carriers to make their own announcements for release dates and their individual pricing, and some of the major networks have made those announcements already.

AT&T

Pre-orders started on April 16th for AT&T, where you can pick up the 16 gig Galaxy S4 in either white or black for $199.99 with a two year plan. Though no official release date has been set, the tentative shipping date is April 30th.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile will sell the phone online beginning April 24th for $149.99 plus device payments if you qualify for their brand new Simple Choice plan which offers $50 for unlimited talk and text with a 500 MB data package with no overhead contracts.

Spring

Sprint will also sell the 16 GB phone for $250 with a renewed contract or $149 for a new Sprint customer. It will be available beginning on April 27th. Sprint will offer unlimited 4G LTE data with the Galaxy S4, unlike AT&T and Verizon.

Verizon

Verizon has yet to make any announcement, though we can expect that it will likely release by the end of April based on Samsung announcing that it will be available on all seven networks by the end of the month.

The Galaxy S4 has an outside chance of taking the smartphone throne away from the iPhone. With the Android market consolidating a bit over the past two years, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Samsung finally challenge Apple in the sales counts.

Source: Yahoo!

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Galaxy Note 3

Galaxy Note 3 going metallic, probably

Samsung makes great smartphones, which is quite evident by the number of units the company sells. The only quirk with their smartphones is that they feature a plastic finish, which dulls the aesthetic value of the phones. The Galaxy Note 3 on the other hand may try to contradict the company’s tradition of using light plastic materials by going metallic. Usually when you buy a new expensive top end smartphone, you really want to it feel premium too, sadly that is not the case with Samsung top-tier smartphones.

 

While there is absolutely no evidence that Samsung may make a metallic Galaxy Note 3, rumors and leaks are suggesting that the Korean manufacture is going to take a leaf out of HTC’s handbook. Twitter account @Evleaks posted images with the question “Upcoming Samsung design language?”

The leaker account @Evleaks has an excellent track record of giving accurate information. While the account has never been 100% accurate, we have the reason to believe that there is some ring of truth behind the metallic Galaxy Note 3. The said images are rather blurry and have a painfully low resolution which is why it is hard to ponder on them. Also by the looks of the white border, the alleged Galaxy Note 3 doesn’t seem too metallic to us. The pictures clearly show an S-Pen slot though, leading us to believe that the alien Samsung device is indeed Galaxy Note 3.

HTC has done a remarkable job of making the HTC One, and has gathered praise from almost every smartphone enthusiast. Although the unibody does make the whole experience restrictive (no removable battery), it does make the smartphone feel premium. It won’t be a surprise if Samsung follows suit and creates a great looking metallic Galaxy Note 3. The only problem here is the weight of the phablet, a 5.5 inch+ smartphone with metal chassis will definitely be a little bulky to hold.

Source: TechRadar via PhoneArena

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European Galaxy S IV comes with more goodies

Looks like Samsung is sweetening the Samsung Galaxy S IV for the Europeans. The European Galaxy S IV will come with added goodies which will actually be useful. We all know that Samsung is very keen on loading its smartphones with mindless bloatware which we won’t use anyways, but this time around the Korean manufacturer is trying to rectify that. Along with the usual gibberish, the European Galaxy S IV will come with Need for Speed Most Wanted. Need for Speed Most Wanted is an excellent racing game by Electronic Arts and will actually keep you entertained for a long time.

It’s not like we don’t want the Galaxy S IV, but the European Galaxy S IV is making it hard to resist the urges. Imagine taking out the shiny new smartphone and get to play a 1 GB+ video game which is graphically impressive for the cost of nothing. Truly a great choice, Samsung has struck a deal with the right partner this time around. The game will be available to download from Samsung Hub for the European Galaxy S IV users. Galaxy Note 2 owners will also have access to the game via the Hub.

Samsung also has key partnerships with other big Android publishers. Gameloft and Glu are also on board and will be providing content for the Samsung Hub. There is no word whether their games will be free, on discount or at full price though. Other apps will also be on offer via the Samsung Hub for the European Galaxy S IV owners, Michelin’s Michelin Traffic, Michelin Restaurants and Michelin Travel will be offered. Goodbean’s Nightly Night, Little Fox Music Box and 3400 Random House Mondadori eBooks in Spanish will also be available. Here is a list of what to expect after purchasing the European Galaxy S IV:

  • Michelin Traffic: access to real-time traffic information in 11 European countries
  • Michelin Restaurants: restaurant locator for France and Germany with support for photo uploads and user reviews
  • Michelin Travel: app to launch this summer at which point it will feature recommendations for around 30,000 tourists attractions in Europe
  • Nighty Night: available in 8 languages, interactive book app for children
  • Little Fox Music Box: available in English and German, exclusive from Samsung Hub, sing-along interactive book entertainment app for children

The European Galaxy S IV is already up for preorder in Europe and will be launching on April 26th in UK while the rest of the continent will get the phone a day later on 27th.

Source: Android Central

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Galaxy Mega 6.3 and 5.8 officially announced

Just like the rumors suggested, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 earlier today. The specs and sizes of the smartphones are almost the same as the rumors stated and are indeed of humongous sizes. While we have gotten a good look at the specs, this time let’s take a gaze at the real configuration of the gigantic smartphones.

First up is the big brother, the Galaxy Mega 6.3. The smartphone while being bigger than Galaxy Note 2, is inferior when it comes to internal specs. The Galaxy Mega’s 6.3 inch LCD screen boasts a HD 720p resolution, which may result in low pixel density. There is a 1.7 GHz dual core processor tucked inside the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and there is a surprising 1.5 GB of RAM. The smartphone has an 8 MP rear facing camera while the front snapper is clocked at 1.9 MP. Usual connectivity options are there along with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 weighs 199g and has a respectable 3,200 mAh battery. The smartphone will come with Android version 4.2 Jelly Bean along with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface on the top.

Galaxy Mega 6.3 and 5.8 officially announced

Now it’s the smaller brother’s turn, the Galaxy Mega 5.8. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 has a 5.8 inch LCD screen with qHD resolution of only 960 x 540 pixels. The smartphone, or shall we say phablet carries a 1.4 GHz dual core processor and the same 1.5 GB of RAM. It also boasts the same camera combination of 8 MP rear/ 1.9 MP front cameras like the bigger version. The smartphone weights 182g and packs a 2,600 mAh battery, which will be quite enough due to the low power processor and the low resolution screen. The smartphone will also be shipping with Android version 4.2 Jelly Bean on board and will have all the connectivity options except NFC.

There are no solid details about the pricing and release dates of the Galaxy Mega smartphones but Samsung does say that they will be launching globally in May when they hit “Europe and Russia”.  There was no indication of US at all, but we are sure that these smartphones will definitely come to the States as well. Personally, I think having a 6.3 inch smartphone is overkill but there are many who would love to have a bigger screen despite the lackluster specs of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and 5.8. We will update you when we get some hands on time with the smartphones.

Source: Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and 5.8 specs

There was a time when I condemned the Huawei Ascend Mate to be crazy just because it had a huge 6.1 inch screen. Well Samsung Galaxy Mega is supposedly going to go even more insane; if the rumors are correct the smartphone will have a humongous 6.3 inch screen. While the rumors have taken an intense turn there is another variation of the Samsung Galaxy Mega which is slightly smaller at 5.8 inches but it is still a huge “deal”.

Sam Mobile is the site which is doling out the information and if we are going to believe what they preach, the Samsung Galaxy Mega is going to sale on the 20th week of 2013 (which is round May 13-19). Sam Mobile apparently has gotten hold of the full spec sheet for the Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone but there are not citing the sources. Just like always we urge you to consume the info with a grain of salt.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is going to have a HD resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, a little disappointing because a full HD screen would have made a lot of impact, especially if you consider the huge size of the smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 will pack an unknown dual core processor which will be clocked at 1.7 GHz; we are hoping that it will be the Exynos 5250. There is going to be 1.5 GB of RAM and a very reasonable 3,200 mAh battery. An 8 MP rear facing camera and a 2 MP front facing snapper are going to be featured on the Samsung Galaxy Mega.

To be honest a huge device like this is not my cup of tea. I don’t know about others though, the Galaxy Note 2 sold quite well, maybe people will like this too?

Source: Sam Mobile

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Samsung Galaxy Win, a S3 like quad core phone

We are baffled why Samsung is stubborn on naming each and every phone it makes “Galaxy” and shaping it like Samsung Galaxy S3. The latest from the Korean manufacturer is the Samsung Galaxy Win, a 4.7 inch smartphone which is probably going to be a mid-range device. The Samsung Galaxy Win was rumored a few times and was announce to be released in China a few days back, but now Samsung has unveiled it to be released in other regions as well.

The Samsung Galaxy Win packs a 4.7 inch LCD display, which is a surprising departure from the AMOLED screens Samsung smartphones use, especially the mid to top range ones. The screen has a rather disappointing resolution of only 480 x 800 pixels. Unlike the Chinese version of the Samsung Galaxy Win, the “international” version packs a 1.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and 1 GB of RAM. The smartphone also comes with 8 GB of internal storage memory and the option of expansion thanks to the microSD card slot. The Samsung Galaxy Win boasts a 5 MP rear facing camera as well as a VGA front facing snapper. A sub-par 2,000 mAh battery is packed in the Samsung Galaxy Win and it is going to be running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

In terms of design the Samsung Galaxy Win is almost the same as a dozen other Galaxy devices. While we completely understand that Samsung is playing safe with a well-recognized design, it does make all the smartphones look exactly alike. Even a person like me, who writes only about Android, is having trouble keeping track of how many Galaxy S3 shaped devices are there. Samsung really needs to step up its game in the design department; it’s only a matter of time when the “innovative” S3 design gets stagnant.

There were no release dates of prices announced alongside the Samsung Galaxy Win but it will be available in Ceramic White and Titan Gray colors and depending on the region, dual SIM variant too.

Source: PhoneArena

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