Chrome OS may be the Android 5 for high-end devices

Fans of Google’s mobile operating system have only just recently started receiving the latest version of the OS – dubbed ‘KitKat’ – and are already looking ahead to the next release.

Whilst KitKat brought many “under the hood” changes; it left many users asking “what’s changed?” alongside few user-facing features. Of course, being labelled 4.4, the release clearly wasn’t intended as the overhaul expected in Android 5… so where is...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2014, 5 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms, Samsung, Testing.

Samsung’s ready for prime time - but has the smartwatch already been perfected?

As a lover of Storm Trooper white devices – I was one of the last to receive the Pebble smartwatch that I’d excitedly backed on Kickstarter in June last year. Not long after, I was ready to cancel my order thinking one of the giants would’ve stormed the market. Well they still haven’t, yet.

Sony is soon to release their updated SmartWatch 2 with seemingly very little fanfare. Although we are yet to see any solid sales...

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Samsung.

Is Moto ‘X’ the “official” answer to Samsung’s Android domination?

Google can’t be a huge fan of Samsung’s Android dominance – the Korean company takes away 95% of all profits and is being called “the tail wagging the dog” for their resulting influence.

It’s a serious problem, for Google and the industry.

On one hand it's great Samsung is flooding the market with their OS (and therefore software and services.)

Yet it’s also a...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Samsung.

Today’s tutorial: How to rig Android benchmarks – Courtesy of Samsung and HTC

How do you make your handset stand out in today’s highly competitive market? Rig your benchmark results of course! That way - on paper at least - your latest smartphone appears to blow away rivals.

Should you have any moral issues? Not since it appears to be the industry standard.

It's undeniable Samsung has driven innovation in processors; for years even supplying them for Apple’s range of iDevices.

The Exynos 5 processor is an Octa-Core, but doesn’t use all eight cores at once. Four are...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, HTC, Samsung, Testing.

Samsung delivers two worlds with the Ativ Q

Many customers who are looking for a powerful alternative to the iPad don’t know where to turn; they could go for an Android tablet which essentially features blown-up mobile applications, or go for Windows 8 with powerful software but limited mobile-optimised applications.

Now however they have a new choice, the Ativ Q.

This brand-new device unveiled at Samsung’s “Premiere Event” in London allows users to seamlessly switch between Windows 8 and Android at the touch of a button, in a...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Samsung, Windows.

Samsung showcases developer edition Galaxy S3 on Verizon

Samsung has allied with Verizon Wireless to bring out a developer-friendly version of the Wireless Galaxy S3 smartphone.

The ‘developer edition’ model will be available to customers on the Verizon network for a reported price of approximately $600 and will contain an unlockable bootloader, after criticism of Verizon for the previous model which couldn’t be modified.

This will result in...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Samsung.

Mobile gamers bring in most money for advertisers

A report from mobile advertising marketplace Adfonic has revealed that mobile gamers are responsible for the largest proportion of ad impressions and click-through rates (CTRs) “in line with wider industry trends”.

Adfonic’s Global AdMetrics report, which assessed nearly 10,000 advertising campaigns globally in the first quarter of 2012, showed...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, iOS, Samsung.

Is the Mobile Patent War Finally Coming to an End?

In the fast-growing market of smartphone and tablet software development, big companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Motorola and Samsung have been rushing to patent software that they have not yet developed. When another company comes along with that software, legal action is taken to stop them selling their products.

Last year we wrote about the law suit over patents by Motorola where they stopped imports of iPhones and iPads by...

By Silicon Beach Training, 24 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adobe, Android, Apple, Industry, Samsung.

Samsung launches its own mobile ad exchange

Samsung is to launch its own mobile ad exchange to rival similar offerings from Google and Apple.

The Korean device manufacturer announced a partnership with OpenX Technologies, to launch Samsung AdHub Market later this year. The move is an expansion of Samsung’s recent push to enable AdHub advertising on its smart TV devices, allowing marketers to deliver targeted interactive content like video and 3D.

With the OpenX partnership, Samsung AdHub is expanding its capabilities to include an integrated RTB...

By Matt Henkes, 04 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Samsung.

Australia’s high court lifts Samsung Galaxy Tab ban

Australia’s High Court has lifted a ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy tablet in the country in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Apple won a ban on the devices, claiming Samsung had copied its iPhone and iPad.

South Korean Samsung had been unable to sell products in Australia since July.

The two companies are engaged in legal battles in more than 10 countries since April accusing each other of infringing smartphone and tablet patents.

Last month, Samsung won an appeal against a temporary...

By 3Squared, 09 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, Samsung.