Amazon: Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and Kindle Fire HD now available in Canada, will start shipping June 13th
From Mobile Syrup:
Launching next month, both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions will be available, the former starting at $214 for the 16GB 7-inch version and increasing to $314 for the 32GB 8.9-inch version. While these have been available since last year in the United States and a few other countries, Amazon’s latest push brings the Kindle Fire, along with its Android Appstore, book library and more to some 170 countries.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire will be fairly limited in its functionality when it comes to Canada on June 13th, though. Not only will it carry a price premium of $15 on top of the U.S. version but it won’t support the company’s popular streaming video service through Amazon Prime, nor will it offer MP3s through its relatively inexpensive music store. You’ll have access to books, apps and magazines, somewhat negating the tablets’ advantage over the competition.
The Kindle Fire HD comes with a 7-inch 1280×800 display, a 1.2Ghz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 SoC, 1GB RAM, 16-32GB internal storage, a front-facing camera and software that runs on top Android 4.0 ICS.
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ comes with a 8.9-inch 1920×1200 px display, a 1.5Ghz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 SoC, 1GB RAM, 16-32GB internal storage, a front-facing camera and software that runs on top Android 4.0 ICS.
Not all gloom and doom, HTC executive reveals that the company has sold 5 million HTC One smartphones
From Android Authority:
The wave of departures is a sign of internal struggle, but amidst all the bad news, there is a glimmer of hope. According to an anonymous HTC executive cited by WSJ, the crucial HTC One is selling “pretty good so far.”
The executive revealed that HTC sold about five million One units since launch, a performance that is deemed encouraging. However, sales have been limited by the persisting supply issues (documentedhere and here) that still plague the production of the HTC One.
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Samsung: We’ve shipped 10 million Galaxy S4 smartphones, expect new colours this summer
From The Verge:
Samsung has announced the Galaxy S4 has reached 10 million global channel sales less than a month after its commercial launch. The figure sets a new record for Samsung’s line of smartphones; the Galaxy S III took a full 50 days to reach the same figure, while the S II took five months. The Galaxy S4 officially launched on April 27th, and as of right now Samsung says it is selling four S4 smartphones every second. Along with the figure, Samsung also announced it would be adding several new colors to the lineup this summer, with names like “Purple Mirage” and “Brown Autumn.”
Photo credit: TNW
Microsoft enlists the help of Siri to bash Apple’s iPad in new Windows 8 tablet ad
From The Verge:
Whatever era you call it, post-PC or simply PC plus, the Mac vs. PC war has ignited once again today. In a fresh Windows 8 ad, Microsoft is directly attacking Apple’s iPad on price, an approach it took during the early Vista days with low-priced laptops. It’s also doing it in a way that parodies Apple’s own commercial, complete with Siri’s voice.
Microsoft choses to highlight Windows 8’s side-by-side apps with Live Tiles, PowerPoint, and the $449 price of the 64GB ASUS’ VivoTab Smart as the benefits of Windows 8. It casually ignores any strengths of the iPad, while assuming consumers will purchase a comparable 64GB model at $699. “Should we just play chopsticks,” quips Microsoft’s ad, with a sequence that mimics the iPad mini commercial. Microsoft recently created anApple vs. Samsung wedding fight for its latest Windows Phone ad, and this latest commercial feels all too similar to the “I’m a PC” ads that Microsoft crafted to counter Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaigns years ago.
Watch this: Hands on with LG’s 5-inch flexible Oled display
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active makes brief appearance on camera
Check this out: LG’s 5-inch unbreakable and flexible display
The panel is made of plastic substrates, which are both more flexible and cheaper to manufacture than their glass counterparts. In fact, cost-effectiveness seems to be the chief objective overall. Clumsy consumers will benefit as well — in a smartphone, the glass above the screen could break, but the OLED panel would stay in tact, resulting in lower repair costs. At the company’s booth, a demo area let attendees take a hammer to the standalone display and twist it every which way — sure enough, it withstood these torture tests. In our hands, the 5-inch screen was lightweight and responsive to twists and bends; it felt like a thick film strip.
Samsung Galaxy S4 now available in Gold, Rose Gold and Platinum
It is available at GoldGenie a company that loves to make golden phones. So this is the ultimate premium finish for a phone. Which is by the way also available in Platina and Rose Gold and it will come in a gorgeous wooden box. You can check the images is the gallery down below.
Under the hood this is the same Galaxy S4 as any other. It has the same full HD amoled screen, runs on Android 4.2.2, Quad Core Processor and a 13 Megapixel camera.
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