Samsung has taken the smartphone market by storm – it is incredibly popular, and Android to the common man has become synonymous with the “Galaxy” brand. But the Android market has some truly great competitors right now. The HTC One is almost perfect, and the Sony Xperia Z sports a cool waterproof design. But thanks to Samsung’s huge marketing effort, the most popular Android phone out is the Galaxy S series, and most other Android phone are ignored. In a quick few iterations it has become the phone on everyone’s minds, and thanks to massive marketing, the phone that the average South African aspires to.
But is the new Galaxy S4 up to that high praise?
The S4 looks a hell of a lot like the S3 – and its good to see that Samsung has nailed down their own design language. Much like the way you can recognize a iPhone, the S4 is unmistakably a Samsung Galaxy phone. In fact, if you don’t have some time to look at it with a close eye, it easy to mistake for the S3. And I think that is a good thing.
The S4 is a good looking phone in person, and it is dominated by a massive 5 inch display. This screen is larger than the S3, which means that the phone has now officially crossed over into the uncomfortable territory. Sure, thanks to curved edges it feels great in hand, but you need some monstrous paws to use this phone with one hand.
Among many other new products, Asus has just unveiled its Zenbook Infinity at Computex 2013, in Taipei.
This is what we know about the Ultrabook so far.
At 15.5mm the Zenbook Infinity powered by a dual-core Haswell processor features a Gorilla Glass 3 lid, built in touchscreen, backlit keyboard, 13.3-inch screen, USB 3.0 port on each side, SD card slot, micro-HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort.
Other details of the device in terms of availability, pricing and specs have yet to be revealed.
Last week a story called “The First Web Page, Amazingly, Is Lost” by Geoff Brumfiel was reported on npr.org (you can listen to it at the link provided) in which it explains that a team at the CERN lab where the first web page was invented, and has since been lost, is attempting to restore it by searching for old hard drives and floppy disks that may hold missing copies.
The story recalls how it all began:
The story of the Web began in 1989 at a European particle physics laboratory called CERN. Hundreds of the world’s smartest scientists were putting together huge experiments to hunt for new particles. They worked in teams; each scientist would build one little part — a circuit board or a piece of software. Then they’d put it all together.
Having just been announced, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini can now be seen in a video posted by UK mobile service provider Three.
The video takes a more detailed look at the new device’s hardware and where it fits in the Samsung Galaxy family and is described as bringing the best features of the Galaxy S4 into a pocketable size.
The S4 mini running Android Jelly Bean features a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz dual core processor, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
Watch the video below:
Asus has launched its 7-inch Android Fonepad tablet in South Africa.
Running Android 4.1 and powered by a 1.2Ghz Intel Atom processor the Fonepad, that doubles as a phone – all 7-inches of it – also features a microSD card reader, 1.2 megapixel front facing camera and 3 megapixel rear-facing camera available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models.
Videsha Proothveerajh, Territory Manager for South and Sub-Saharan Africa in Intel Corporation said that “Extending our long history of collaboration, including most recently on the Ultrabook and Intel-based tablets, we are very excited to be partnering with Asus again.”
The Asus Fonepad is available now for a recommended retail price starting at R3499.
The previously rumoured HTC One with stock Android has now been officially announced by Google’s head of Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai at the D11 conference.
The HTC One running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean offers a so-called Nexus user experience with all future software updates being handled by Google as with the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4.
According to The Next Web Pachai said that, “Part of what we’re going to do is actively work with partners to make [the best customer experience] happen. At I/O, we announced the Galaxy S4 with the experience you see on Nexus devices, Google’s take on Android. That’s a small step in the right direction.”
Since Samsung accidentally confirmed the Galaxy S4 mini on its Apps site, we all knew that it was, without a doubt, on its way and now Samsung has officially announced the latest edition to the Galaxy mini range on its official global blog.
The announcement comes ahead of its official launch at the Samsung Premiere 2013 event in London on 20th June.
Well, the rumours weren’t too far off when it came to the new device’s specs. The S4 mini features a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz dual core processor (rumours speculated 1.6GHz), an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
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