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March 16, 2013

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March 7, 2013

Popularity Of Chinese Chipmakers Rockchip And Allwinner Are Growing Among OEMs Outside China

(GSM Insider) - Popularity Of Chinese Chipmakers Rockchip And Allwinner Are Growing Among OEMs Outside China.

Rockchip and Allwinner are the chipmakers that based in China. But these two companies already set their sights to expand further outside China. 

According to Digitimes, Allwinner shipped more than 50 million chips in 2012 and 70% were supplied to the markets outside China. This is an impressive achievement from a Chinese based company. Not only Allwinner is supplying chip to foreign companies but Rockchip also not far behind. Rockchip has successfully landed orders for the HP Slate 7.

It isn't easy for Rockchip and Allwinner in the chip market when there are so many players in the market. The leading players include NVIDIA, Qualcomm, ST-Ericsson, Intel, AMD and Broadcom. The rising company in the chip market is MediaTek from Taiwan. Recently, MediaTek also introduced the MT6589 quad-core processor that popular among OEMs due to its low pricing. 

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Possible Specs Of Newman N3 Leak, 5.3-inch FHD Display And Quad-Core

(GSM Insider) - Possible Specs Of Newman N3 Leak, 5.3-inch FHD Display And Quad-Core.

Newman N2 is the current flagship from Chinese manufacturer Newsmy. But the upcoming flagship from the Chinese manufacturer already leaked. 

According to sources from China, the Newman N3 already in the works. The Newman N3 has a 5.3-inch display with 1080p FHD resolution. So it is another FHD smartphone from China. The processor is Exynos 4412 that clocked up to 1.7GHz. 

The Newman N3 will feature 2GB of RAM and  32GB of internal memory. The main camera of Newman N3 will be 13-megapixels and it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If these are the specs of Newman N3, then it is a very impressive device overall. 

The Newman N3 will have RMB $1999 price tag and set for launch on June later this year. 

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Samsung ATIV Tab Windows RT Tablet Not Releasing In European Markets

(GSM Insider) - Samsung ATIV Tab Windows RT Tablet Not Releasing In European Markets.

Earlier January, Samsung announced that its Windows RT tablet,  Samsung ATIV Tab isn't heading to the United States anytime soon. This is because the Windows RT operating system still not yet popular among the American. 


Earlier today, Samsung confirms that the ATIV Tab isn't for the European markets as well. Samsung stated that the Windows RT still not yet accepted by the European. Therefore, it is hard for the Samsung ATIV Tab to record high sales. 

If you are living in the Germany, then you should grab the Samsung ATIV Tab from Amazon Germany soon. This is because Samsung ATIV Tab isn't available at the local retail stores. 

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Leaked Screenshots Of Samsung Galaxy S4 Confirmed Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, FHD Display , Quad-Core and 13MP Camera

(GSM Insider) - Leaked Screenshots Of Samsung Galaxy S4 Confirmed Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, FHD Display , Quad-Core and 13MP Camera.

Exactly seven days, a week to go before the launch of Samsung Galaxy S4. More leaks about this upcoming flagship from Samsung . Two reputable sources obtained the screenshots of Samsung Galaxy S4 and confirmed it is indeed features eye-scrolling and eye-tracking technology. 

The first batch of screenshots is provided by Sammobile. The screenshots showcased that the Samsung Galaxy S4 has smart pause and smart scroll features. The smart pause feature is the device pauses videos when it detects your head moving away from the screen. The smart scroll is the screen will start to scroll automatically if the device detects that you are looking at the screen. 


Leaked screenshots showcased the smart scroll and smart pause of Samsung Galaxy S4


Acceleration can be adjusted as well


Speed can be adjusted


Leaked screenshots showcased the smart scroll and smart pause of Samsung Galaxy S4

The second batch of screenshots is obtained by GSM Israel that reveals more information about the Samsung Galaxy S4. The second batch of screenshots again reveals the Samsung Galaxy S4 features smart scroll and smart pause

The processor of Samsung Galaxy S4 is a quad-core processor that clocked up to 1.8GHz. Sorry, no octa-core processor. So the processor could be Snapdragon 600. The resolution of Samsung Galaxy S4 is 1920 x 1080 and the pixels per inch is 480. So it will eclipse 468ppi of HTC One. 

Last but not least is Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13-megapixels camera. The camera has features like face detection, burst shot, metering and anti shake features. Cool.



Samsung Galaxy S4 with enhanced Nature UX


Home screen mode and power saving mode of Samsung Galaxy S4.



Samsung Galaxy S4 with a quad - core processor that clocked up to 1.8GHz.


The resolution of Samsung Galaxy S4 is 1920 x 1080 FHD and 480ppi.


Camera of Samsung Galaxy S4 is 13-megapixels shooter and varieties of features.

The screenshots from two different sources confirmed many details about the Samsung Galaxy S4. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core processor. The display resolution is 1080p FHD and 480ppi. It is packed with 13-megapixels of camera with multiple features. 

For the software, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has smart pause, smart scroll, smart stay and smart rotation. smart pause and smart scroll are the latest technology from Samsung. Make sure you follow us for the launch of Samsung Galaxy S4 on March 14, 2013. 

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March 6, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Series Is The Most Popular Android Smartphone In The United States

(GSM Insider) - Samsung Galaxy Series Is The Most Popular Android Smartphone In The United States.

It is a truth that the Samsung Galaxy Series is the best selling Android smartphone. But it is also the most popular Android smartphone, in the United States. 

According to Animoca, Samsung Galaxy Series is the most popular Android smartphone in the America. In the statistics, Samsung Galaxy S3 owns 8.8% market share of the US Android Smartphone market followed by Samsung Galaxy S2 in second place with 6.1% of market share. Besides dominating the top two positions, the 8th, 9th and 10th positions also belong to Samsung Android smartphone as well. Samsung alone has dominate the Android smartphone market in the United States. That's scary!

In the United States, the most popular Android version is 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with 33.5% followed by 2.3.6 Gingerbread with 16.5% and 4.1.1 Jelly Bean at third place with 15.4%. The statistics above were obtained by Animoca between January 15th to February 15 earlier this year. 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Launching Soon In China As It Gets Green Light From The Authority

(GSM Insider) - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Launching Soon In China As It Gets Green Light From The Authority.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2013 two weeks ago just got approved in China. The launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 in China is imminent. 





According to the information from China, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 that heading to China is the global version with the model number of N7100. [Extra reading: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N7100 for the China features a 8-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution. It is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It is packed with 8-megapixels main camera and 1.3-megapixel secondary camera. Other specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N700 include WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and a MicroSD slot.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N7100 for China runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and it supported GSM/WCDMA networks. The measurement of the device is 211.21×136.16×10.3(mm) and it is weighted at 345g. The 8-inch tablet features a unit of stylus as well. 

At the moment, no pricing and availability on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 in China yet. 

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Nokia Lumia 720 Arrives At FCC For Inspection

(GSM Insider) - Nokia Lumia 720 Arrives At FCC For Inspection.

Nokia Lumia 520 and Nokia Lumia 720 were officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2013 on last month. The Nokia Lumia 520 was arrived at FCC about two weeks and the Nokia Lumia 720 arrives at FCC as well earlier today. 


The latest Windows Phone 8 device has been arrived at the FCC for inspection. In other words, the Nokia Lumia 720 is now ready for launch in the American market. [Extra reading: Nokia Lumia 720 hands-on]

The Nokia Lumia 720 doesn't support 4G LTE network in the United States. So the users are not able to use the device for fast speed connection. However, the Nokia Lumia 720 supports the HSPA+ of AT&T. 

We will update you on the launch date of Nokia Lumia 720 once the information available. 

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The New HTC One Set For Launch In India In Next Month, April

(GSM Insider) - The New HTC One Set For Launch In India In Next Month, April.

Hey guys in India, the new HTC One is heading to your country soon. At today's preview event that held in New Delhi, HTC India confirms that the new HTC One set for launch in April 2013. But HTC India doesn't announce the exact date and the pricing of HTC One in the Indian market. 

The new HTC One features a 4.8-inch 1080p FHD display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, HTC Ultrapixel Camera, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB, a MicroSD slot and 3.5mm audio jack. HTC One is available in two versions: 32GB and 64GB. [Extra reading: HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z camera comparison]

HTC One is the first device that runs on HTC Sense 5 that is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. You can download the HTC One wallpapers in here to have a look at what's inside the device. For those who waiting for new flagship from HTC, you no need to wait anymore because HTC One is the only flagship for this year. 

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CEO Lei Jun Says 2013 Will Be A "Do Or Die" Year For XiaoMi Technology

(GSM Insider) - CEO Lei Jun Says 2013 Will Be A "Do Or Die" Year For XiaoMi Technology.

If you are getting the XiaoMi Phone 2 or XiaoMi Mi2 outside China, you should know that it is hard to get this device because it has been sold out for many times. Many analysts criticized that XiaoMi using the "hunger marketing" plan for its XiaoMi Phone 2. So, what is hunger marketing? 

Hunger marketing plan is very popular among smartphone makers in China. With the hunger marketing plan, the OEMs only released certain units for that particular device. For example, the first round of XiaoMi Phone 2 on sale with only limited 25,000 units available. The numbers are increasing slowly from time to time. This is to ensure the device sold out everytime on sale.  

In recent interviews, XiaoMi CEO Lei Jun slams those claims about the Hunger Marketing of XiaoMi. He stated that each device has only about 3 to 6 month life cycle. It isn't a smart move to adopt the Hunger Marketing on technological devices. At the moment, XiaoMi adopted the method where it ordered the device batch by batch from the manufacturer. This is the main reason why it XiaoMi Phone 2 on sale by batches. 

XiaoMi CEO Lei Jun concluded that the year 2013 will be a "do or die" year for the company. It is ready to battle with leading OEMs like Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo in the local Chinese market. 

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Dakele Phone 2 With Cola OS In Works, Another Competitor For Samsung Galaxy Note 2 With Low Pricing

(GSM Insider) - Dakele Phone 2 With Cola OS In Works, Another Competitor For Samsung Galaxy Note 2 With Low Pricing.

Dakele Phone is from Chinese manufacturer Dakele. In English, Dakele simply means as the Big Cola Phone. So the second generation Dakele Phone is coming soon. 

According to the sources from China, Dakele Phone 2 aka Big Cola Phone 2 will feature a newly revamp Cola OS or just Kele OS in Chinese. The Cola OS is based on the Android platform and has its special user interface. 

The founder of Dakele Phone straightly pointed out at his Weibo that the Dakele Phone 2 will be the competitor of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in the Chinese market. But the Dakele Phone 2 is definitely cheaper than the 5.5-inch phablet from Samsung. 

The Dakele Phone 2 is said to feature a 5.5-inch display with 720p HD resolution, 1.2GHz MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixels of the main camera, and a 3000mAh battery. The Cola OS will be based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The price of Dakele Phone 2 in China will be around RMB $1499 ($241). 

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Temple Run Oz Now Available For Download At Google Play

(GSM Insider) - Temple Run Oz Now Available For Download At Google Play.

Again, Disney and Imangi Studios bring you another Temple Run after the Temple Run Brave. It is the Temple Run: Oz. The Temple Run Oz is based on the movie Oz and the Great Powerful. 


Disney officially releases the Temple Run Oz to Play Store for download. However, this game isn't free for download just like the Temple Run Brave. Before you make any decision, you watch the trailer first: 



The Temple Run: Oz can be downloaded at here for the price of $0.99. It well worth every penny that you paid for. 

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Has Plastic Made Body, Not Metal Made Body

(GSM Insider) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Has Plastic Made Body, Not Metal Made Body.

In the past, there were many rumors stated that Samsung Galaxy S4 set to feature metal made body as Samsung set to ditch the plastic from its upcoming flagship. Look like this isn't the case for the Samsung Galaxy S4.

According to the latest interviews with VP of Samsung Mobile, Lee says that Samsung isn't ready to ditch the plastic materials for the Galaxy S4. The plastic materials will dominate the body of Samsung Galaxy S4 instead of the metal materials. 

Lee added that the success of Samsung Galaxy S Series in the past largely thanks to its ability to mass produce the Samsung Galaxy S3 and other predecessors. He hints that the plastic materials were one of those factors in the past. 

The question is "Will Samsung ditch the plastic body for the metal body?". The answer will be no. This is because Samsung cannot confirm how fast the production of the metal body. At least the plastic materials brought success to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S2. Samsung definitely not going to take any risk. 

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Nokia Sold More Than 2 Million Units Of Windows Phone In China

(GSM Insider) - Nokia Sold More Than 2 Million Units Of Windows Phone In China.


Sources from China reported that Nokia China celebrates that it Lumia Series successfully sold for more than 2 million units to date. Those 2 million units of Windows Phone were sold between December 5th to March 5th. [Extra reading: Nokia Lumia 720 hands-on; Nokia Lumia 520 hands-on]

The popularity of Windows Phone isn't high at the moment because Android is dominating the world's largest smartphone. The 2 million milestone will be an extraordinary achievement for Nokia there. But the 2 million milestone isn't enough for Nokia as it hopes the sales in China able to turn the company around. 

In coming weeks, Nokia Lumia 520 and Nokia Lumia 720 will be launched in China as well. Recently, Nokia Lumia 520 had received the approval from local authorities. Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 520 that's compatible with TD-SCDMA network of China Mobile are coming soon as well. 

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Sony Xperia Z And Sony Xperia ZL Launched In India, Priced At INR 38,990 And INR 36,990 Respectively

(GSM Insider) - Sony Xperia Z And Sony Xperia ZL Launched In India, Priced At INR 38,990 And INR 36,990 Respectively.

Sony India just launched the Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL. It was exactly one day after FC Barcelona star Andres Iniesta kicks-off the global rollout of Sony Xperia Z. 

Those living in India are lucky enough to get both Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL soon as some countries only get either Sony Xperia Z or Sony Xperia ZL. [Extra reading: Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One in camera comparison]

Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL sharing the same specs like 5-inch FHD display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixels main camera with Exmore RS lens, 2.1-megapixels of secondary camera, 16GB of internal memory and running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. You can check out the differences between Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL at this post. 

Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL are set at INR 38,990 And INR 36,990 price tag respectively.

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Download HTC One And HTC Sense 5 Wallpapers For Free

(GSM Insider) - Download HTC One And HTC Sense 5 Wallpapers For Free.

Want to download the HTC Sense 5 wallpapers from the new HTC One for your device? No problem. Those wallpapers are now available for free. There are 18 gorgeous wallpapers from HTC Sense 5 even though your device isn't the HTC One. 



Have a look at the wallpapers before download them: 



Download the the HTC One wallpapers for free at here

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Samsung Galaxy Stellar For Verizon Receiving Jelly Bean Update

(GSM Insider) - Samsung Galaxy Stellar For Verizon Receiving Jelly Bean Update.

Samsung Galaxy Stellar is exclusively available for Verizon as the Jelly Bean update for this device is on its way to the users. 

Samsung Galaxy Stellar is getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update over-the-air (OTA). The file size is 403MB large. So make sure that you use the WiFi instead of data connectivity to download the update. 

The Jelly Bean update brings MicroSD expansion up to 64MB for this device as well as removing the Verizon App Store. 

You can manually check for the update on your Samsung Galaxy Stellar. Read here for the instructions from Verizon. 

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You Can Get Two Units Of iPad Mini For Free When You Purchase...... A New Ferrari FF Coupe

(GSM Insider) - You Can Get Two Units Of iPad Mini For Free When You Purchase...... A New Ferrari FF Coupe.

Ferrari and Apple announced the partnership as the Italian supercar maker set to integrate Siri voice assistant and iPad Mini into its new Ferrari supercar


At Geneva, Ferrari President Luca Di Montezemolo announces that Ferrari and Apple will work closely in the coming future. This partnership started when a high level executive of Apple, Eddy Cue was invited to join the board of Ferrari. Eddy Cue is a sports car collector. 

The Ferrari FF coupe is the first four wheels drive four seat coupe from the Italian carmaker. The Ferrari FF coupe has integrated with the Siri voice assistant that works well with Apple software to ensure the car drivers and passengers has maximized entertainment experience. There will be two units of iPad Mini provided for the back passengers. 

If you want to get two units of iPad Mini for free, it's time to get the Ferrari FF coupe first. :D

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