First HTC and now Samsung has investors concerned. The top Android handset maker didn’t impress analysts with its quarterly earnings amid thoughts that smartphone sales growth in the future could be limited. Here’s why.
Are the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Google Play Edition phones all that pure Android fans wanted? Yes…. and no. But that’s to be expected because neither handset was designed with plain Android software in mind.
The promise of wireless charging for the Galaxy S 4 is now met. For $40 you can get a compatible back plate while $50 adds a wireless charging pad. Both are Qi compatible, which may be the best news of all.
Buyers of the 16 GB Samsung Galaxy S 4 thought they’d have a wee bit more storage available but Samsung’s software took up nearly half of it. Now, the company has a software update to address the situation.
Samsung’s London event next month is the likely stage for a Galaxy S 4 Mini debut. The device isn’t likely to keep the same features, however, as the full-sized Galaxy S 4 based on leaked benchmark test results.
Still carrying last year’s Galaxy S 3 but pining for the newer model? A software update may appease your desire: Several of the Galaxy S 4 software features are included in this Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy S 3.
No new hardware appeared at Google I/O, but a recently released phone debuts as a Nexus-like device. Meanwhile, Google updated Android, without adding further fragmentation issues, through dozens of new services, apps and APIs.
When you hear the word Targus, does “understated sexiness” come to mind? Probably not, but the company hopes to change your mind with its new Midnight Collection of cases, first for the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 8.0.
Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 generally agree: Nice hardware improvements and a possibly complicated feature set. HP’s $169 Slate 7 goes up against Google’s $199 Nexus 7 tablet while Mailbox, a hot iOS app for Gmail, could land on Android.
Folks waiting for the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 may be waiting a few days longer. Sprint and T-Mobile announced inventory challenges, pushing back availability while AT&T’s site says phones will ship on April 30.