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  1. I have started this sub-section for Android Games to keep Android mobile games free from applications / themes. All nsane members are requested to post Games here. If admins as requested creates a sub-forum for it at any stage, this thread will be merged later. For posting guidelines, please refer to this post: //www.nsaneforums.com/topic/220597-guidelines-and-templates/ PS: Admin, thanks for listening to Android sub-forum request.
  2. geeteam

    Hidden Android Secret Codes

    How well do you know your Android device? Here are some of the hidden Android secret codes. Since most hidden menus are manufacturer specific, there’s no guarantee that they’ll work across all Android smartphones, but you can try them out nevertheless on your Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony and other devices. Be advised, though, that some of these can cause serious changes to your device’s configuration, so don’t play with something that you don’t fully understand. You can find more of these spread across the internet, and they’re usually very handy to have, even if just to show off your geekiness to your social circle. Update x1: More codes! Source : Redmondpie
  3. According to Korean media, the expected LG G3 flagship release date will be May 17th, and it will sport a QHD display (1440 x 2560 resolution). That shortens the typical annual upgrade cycle since the G2 a bit, but apparently LG doesn't want to leave much sales on the table to the Galaxy S5, like it did last year. The screen diagonal is reported to be slightly larger than on the G2, to a speculated 5.5 inches, which would naturally mean quite the thin bezel all around, if LG wants to keep the overall size in check, too. Previous rumors pegged the rear camera to be 16 MP, probably with OIS tech, while the processor part rumor is more interesting, claiming LG's own Odin mobile chipset will be in there. As for the alleged LG G Pro 2 phablet with QHD display that was supposed to be announced next month, this seems to be still in play, with a 5.9" screen diagonal bandied about, and unveiling around the MWC at the end of February, which would give LG a headstart before Samsung with QHD phones, warming up the bench until the G3 arrives three months after that. Source
  4. The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 started rolling out in test batches for the SM-N9005 version in Europe, or you can sideload a certain leaked firmware if you are so inclined, too. In case you want to check out what's in store with the Android 4.4 KitKat update for your trusted phablet, take a peak at the video below, which walks you through the new features and alterations in the interface. The guy rightfully concludes that the new Magazine UX, as found on Samsung's PRO tablets of late, or whatever it equivalent will be for its phones, is not going to appear on your Note 3 with the KitKat update, as it is probably meant for the new crop of flagships from Samsung, like the Galaxy S5. There are subtle UI changes, though, like the transparent status bar and white icons there, brought about by the stock KitKat. As for new features, some are also the ones that Android 4.4 brings, like the ability to chose your default launcher from Settings, including third party ones, or choose your default messaging app to be Hangouts, and so on. If you fire up the music player now, you will get full screen album art on the lock screen, similar to the Nexus 5, and also the default keyboard stocks a bunch of emoji emoticons. Google's Project Svelte has brought on a number of improvements under the hood, too, that make the Note 3 with KitKat feel a lot faster than before, and that's perhaps one of the biggest changes you'll notice right away when the update hits your phablet. Source
  5. We may be waiting for Samsung to share its vision for the Galaxy S5, but that isn’t stopping people from coming up with their own concepts of what the next big thing from the company will be like. The latest concept comes from Rozetked, with the idea being that the new handset would be some sort of amalgamation between an iPhone 5s and whatever Samsung has up its sleeve for the next Galaxy phone. This being a device that takes cues from the iPhone 5s, the device in the video looks somewhat like an overly large iPhone. The Galaxy S5 as it is depicted here features a flat back that will look eerily familiar to iPhone owners, but it’s around the front where the iPhone influence becomes clear. Where the iPhone 5s sports the fingerprint sensing technology Touch ID, this concept sees the Galaxy S5 feature something called ‘Reach ID.’ Instead of having the sensor inside the home button only, this concept has the entire Galaxy S5′s screen be a fingerprint sensor, meaning users can unlock their device by touching pretty much anywhere on its face. Apple has been rumors to be working on offering just that feature, though getting a fingerprint sensor into something that needs to be clear like an iPhone screen obviously has its challenges. Reach ID also features a Moto X-like voice control element, with the device able to be woken up with a phrase that could be pre-configured by the user. We’re still a little dubious about how useful such a thing would be in the real world though, especially considering how sparingly we use things like Siri already. The video ends with a screen showing the expected specifications of the Galaxy S5. With a 5.2-inch screen with a 2560×1440 resolution, there’s no doubt it would be an phone that would demand attention. A 64-bit Exynos Octa CPU and 3GB of RAM would no doubt make things nice and snappy, too. We’re hoping to hear from Samsung soon enough, so we’ll at least know what we will be able to buy when the real Galaxy S5 hits the market later this year. If it’s anything like what this concept depicts though, we’re sure it’ll be popular. Source
  6. Top Operating System Share Trend 2013 Desktop Operating System Market Share 2013 Jan-Dec Desktop Operating System Market Share 2013, Oct-Dec
  7. Geeksphone recently made headlines for collaborating on the allegedly NSA-proof Blackphone, but the Spanish startup is also hard at work on its own flagship handset. The first photos of the Geeksphone Revolution were recently leaked online by German site Mobile Geeks, showing off the dual-booting Android-Firefox OS handset. The company has since confirmed that the pictures are authentic. The Revolution comes equipped with a 4.7-inch IPS qHD display, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor, and a 2000mAh battery. The device appears to come in black or white and feature a slightly curved design with three capacitive buttons on the front. There’s still no word on pricing or availability, though Geeksphone has hinted that the upcoming smartphone will come at a budget-friendly price. Dual-booting devices have just begun to catch on, with a few Android-Windows devices making an appearance at CES 2014 earlier this month. We’ve also heard rumors that Microsoft unsuccessfully pressured HTC and other smartphone-makers to put Windows Phone 8 on their Android devices as a secondary OS. Geeksphone appears primed to actually release the first dual-booting smartphone, and we’re looking forward to seeing the Revolution in action. Source
  8. Apple and Samsung once again top the ranks of smartphone sales, ending Q4 of 2013 with increased numbers from the previous year. Overall, Apple lifted themselves up by 7% from 2012, grabbing 42% of all US smartphone share in Q4 of 2013. Samsung had increased numbers as well, and grew their users by 4% from 2012, grabbing 26% of all US smartphone share in Q4 of 2013. While these numbers aren’t leaps and bounds over their previous year, increases are increases, and that’s more than can be said for other manufacturers. A report from The NPD Group shows the most recent figures from the fourth quarter of last year, and while Apple and Samsung had gained users of their popular handsets, those users had to come from somewhere, and it seems that they came from Motorola, HTC, and Blackberry. NPD notes that six out of ten cell phone users in the US owned a smartphone by the end of Q4 in 2013, making up 56% of all cell phone users in the US. That’s an overall lift from 52% in 2012. As smartphones offer us more and more tools to enhance our daily lives, more and more people are realizing the benefits that they can offer. Smartphone ownership wasn’t the only thing that increased over the last year though. With increased number of smartphone users came an increased amount of data usage, with more people taking advantage of the web connected apps and features that their devices offer them. In Q4 of 2012, smartphone users were racking up 5.5GB of data usage each month, while in Q4 of 2013 smartphone users had increased that amount to about 6.6GB each month. While lots of things on the smartphones of today offer web connected features, one of the biggest factors in the data usage increase can attributed to streaming music, with 52% of smartphone owners in Q4 of last year using a music app to stream their favorite tunes, as opposed to storing their own music locally on the device. By those numbers, it would seem that music streaming could be one of the highest data consumption features we use. Source
  9. Just in case the various leaks of the Nokia Normandy Android device weren't enough, the latest has spurred a rumor for a potential announcement date for the device. We've been seeing quite a few official looking press render type shots of the device, which usually means that it is close to announcement, if not release. Now, a rumor is putting the announcement for the device on March 25th. As happens with many rumors, this one begins with someone looking closely at today's leaked pic of the Normandy UI. It looks quite a bit like Windows Phone the more we get into the meat of it, but the interesting thing is that the date set on the device for the screenshots looks like March 25th. Some sources are claiming the date points to February 25th, which would be in time for MWC; but, this latest leak only gives the date (25th) and the day of the week (Tuesday).. And, the thing is that this year is weird, because both February 25th and March 25th fall on Tuesdays. The reason we believe that this points to March rather than February is because that's the date used in a previous Normandy leak. Today's leak makes the second time that Nokia pointed to March 25th in a Normandy screenshot, although that might not really mean anything. It could be a tentative date that Nokia has been aiming at for an announcement or a release. Or, it could be the birthday of the project manager behind the Normandy. It is really hard to say, but we are pretty confident that the leak is not referring to February, which means we have a couple months of rumors before we get real info. Source
  10. Following the revelation that Nokia likely used a cunning secret weapon in its fight to convince Microsoft to cough up $5 billion for its devices and services business and another $2.2 billion for patent licensing, we have seen the company’s tiny Android phone pop up a number of times. A leaked photo of an engineering prototype surfaced recently, and we saw on Tuesday that the device had an interface that mimics the look of Windows Phone on Android using a series of custom widgets. Now, a photo of what appears to be final hardware has been leaked on Twitter by ViziLeaks. No other details were provided, but some insist that the so-called “Normandy” is still slated for release despite the imminent Microsoft deal. Source
  11. Blackphone will supposedly be the first Android smartphone in the world to focus on privacy and control, and the device will be unveiled in Barcelona next month, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). The Blackphone initiative is a joint international effort, co-founded by Spanish hardware manufacturer Geeksphone and Silent Circle, provider of various software solutions meant to protect users’ privacy. While no specific details are given at this point, the Blackphone will sport a “top performing” processor, an unlocked cellular module that will work with any GSM network in the world, and a “PrivatOS” skin on top of Android that will let users enjoy secure calls and text messages, and store files and connect to the Internet via anonymous VPNs. The device will be available for pre-order at MWC, but pricing details aren’t available at this time. Many recent reports have closely detailed the NSA’s increased spying operations around the world, revealing various sophisticated means of spying on targets including accessing information stored on mobile devices, or monitoring impressive amounts of location-related data. The NSA’s extensive spying has spawned a new business, with many companies interested in offering more secure, spy-proof communications solutions, from hardware to software. The full Blackphone press release follows below. Source
  12. By Ben Zigterman on Jan 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM Two ex-Googlers just received $18 million from Accel and Google Ventures for a vague-yet-ambitious-sounding project called Nextbit that has something to do with mobile. Its basic website doesn’t reveal much more and only says that it is “looking to build something bigger” and that it is “building the groundbreaking technology that will take (mobile) to the next level.” Nextbit co-founder Tom Moss told Re/code that mobile computing so far as only advanced from the equivalent of the typewriter to the Apple IIe. “It’s just starting,” Moss explained. He also called the project a “moon shot,” using Google’s term for its most ambitious projects that have included self-driving cars and Google Glass. It sounds like Nextbit could be building anything from a fancy new app to an entirely new operating system. Whatever it is, Re/code says it “involves more than just Android.” Nextbit has an impressive team to build whatever it is building. Both co-founders worked on Android when it was in early development, and it has engineers from Google’s Android team, Apple’s iOS team, Dropbox, and Amazon’s AWS team. http://bgr.com/2014/01/15/nextbit-mobile-software-project-google
  13. By Michael Kassner in Smartphones, January 10, 2014, 9:34 AM PST With the increase of Android malware, you have nothing to lose by installing an Android anti-virus application. Let Michael Kassner help you find which one is right for you. Depending on which side of the fence you stand, Android anti-virus (AV) apps are a waste of time or they’re absolutely necessary. I prefer to error on the side of caution, especially when it doesn’t cost anything. If you're wondering why I say there’s no cost, that’s because independent testing facilities, including AV-TEST GmbH say there is little difference between the paid and free versions of Android AV apps regarding their ability to locate malware on mobiles devices. AV-TEST can say that because, every four months, they round up all major Android AV apps and put them through their paces. For some time now, their testing has shown that both versions work equally well when protecting mobile devices. The paid versions are such because of additional features like backing up data, locating devices, and locking stolen phones. Performance issues Another point of controversy I often read about is “Android AV apps affect performance.” Not according to AV-TEST, and their engineers monitor device performance during testing in the following categories: battery life, processing speed, and RF traffic levels Figure A AV-Test Performance testing Of all the applications tested, only two did not have a clean slate: one app caused abnormal battery drain, and one generated too much traffic. So, hopefully you're now convinced that there's nothing to lose by installing an Android AV application on your mobile device. All that’s left is to choose which one. Which app is right for me? When deciding which of the free apps to pick, AV-TEST can help. The company’s November-December 2013 test results compare 28 of the most popular AV apps for Android, rating each in usability and quality of protection. One AV app that is curiously missing is Lookout. I 've sent AV-TEST an email asking why, as Lookout is arguably one of the top three most popular Android AV applications (see update below). For those who have installed an AV app or are now thinking about it, we need to look at a quirk in the Android operating system and how it affects AV applications. Android AV apps are not like Windows AV software Many people are under the assumption that Android AV apps work just like Windows AV software, and that’s a misconception we need to clear up. But first, the similarities: like Windows AV software, Android AV apps block URLs, scan downloads for malware, and identify malware installed on mobile devices. Now the difference: do not expect Android AV applications to remove malware or to place malware into quarantine. Android AV apps can't do that. Android, the operating system, treats malware like any other application by isolating it using a process called sandboxing. This means the user needs to remove malware manually, by first locating the malware in the Application section of the device’s System Manager, then opening the malware app’s statistics page, and tapping uninstall Figure B Figure B You must manually uninstall the malware application. The bottom line Remember to uninstall any application that an Android AV app pegs as malware. If it’s not removed, the malicious app will continue to function, regardless of the fact the AV app is aware of the installed malware. Update: Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-TEST GmbH, answered my email right at deadline. I’ll let him explain why Lookout was not tested: “Lookout requested to opt-out from this specific test. I'm not entirely sure about the reasons, e.g. if they had issues with our tests, the test procedures or sample selection, or if they are preparing a new product and want to join again after it gets available.” Marx also included an incentive (Figure C) for those who are still unconvinced that Android AV applications are important. Figure C Number of Android malware. In 2013 alone, AV-TEST registered 1.5 million Android-related malware samples, bringing the total to 1.8 million. During November of 2013, AV-TEST received 6,000 new samples per day. What AV application do you use on your Android device? http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/some-important-facts-about-android-antivirus-applications
  14. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which was recently leaked via internal promotional documents, has been pictured next to the Galaxy Note 3. If the leaked specs are to be believed, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is set to be more of the spiritual successor to the Galaxy Note II, with a thinner profile and the faux leather back panel introduced with the Galaxy Note 3. It'll also feature a 1.7GHz dual + 1.3GHz quad-core "Hexa" processor, which Samsung looks to be developing for its midrange and entry-level devices. It raises interesting questions about what sort of performance a potential six-core device could bring to the playing field, especially compared to Snapdragon or even Samsung's own octa-core Exynos. Given the sheer amount of previous leaks surrounding the Galaxy Note 3 "Lite", as it was formerly known, it's likely that we'll get official word of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo at MWC 2014 next month. Source
  15. TCL has officially announced their newest flagship phone: the Idol X+, and its specs are very impressive. While you may not have heard the name, TCL is the Chinese phone manufacturer that owns and actively uses the Alcatel brand outside China. We first reported on the Idol X+ back in November. Essentially an update to their Idol X smartphone, the X+ will sport a 2GHz octa-core MT6592 chipset, along with 2GB of RAM. The other thing they've beefed up is the battery: it now stands at 2,500 mAh as opposed to 2,000 mAh. Other than that, the Alcatel Idol X+ has the same 5-inch 1080p IPS display and 13mp camera as it's predecessor. TCL also upped the ante by including a Boom band with the phone. It's essentially a Bluetooth sports wristband that's available in multiple colors. It allows you to track your performance with fitness applications, use it as a proximity alarm in case your phone gets stolen or you are separated from it, and will work with other Bluetooth applications that take advantage of wearable tech. Even though the specs of the Idol X+ alone are enough to satisfy any tech junkie, what's most attractive about the idol X+ is the price: $330 unlocked and free from any carrier subscriptions. There's no word as to whether or not the Idol X+ will be available outside of China, but we have our hopes high. If you're interested in pre-ordering the phone, head to jd.com. The Idol X+ will be available starting January 15th. Source
  16. pr3y

    [Android] JuiceSSH

    One of the best SSH client apps for android is offering their pro version for free until the 18th March in celebration of 500k users. Register here: https://sonelli.com/500k (Note: it takes a while to receive the email) Like to app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonelli.juicessh
  17. OnePlus’ upcoming One smartphone is going to sport always-on voice commands similar to what the Moto X premiered with. The information comes straight from the source and there’s even a poll going to see which command the phone will take – “Ok, OnePlus!”, “Wake up, OnePlus!” or “Alakazam”. The OnePlus team has tailored the voice feature using Qualcomm’s tech while the CyanogenMod team, which is making the OS for the OnePlus One has implemented it to recognize your voice even in locked state. The OnePlus One will be able to perform different tasks even when locked and could also do a Google search or set up an alarm. So far we know the OnePlus One will sport a 5.5″ 1080p display in a body smaller than the Xperia Z1′s , have a quad-core Snapdragon 800 with 3 GB of RAM and will cost lower than $400. The device will become official on March 16. Source
  18. Gameloft has announced its plans to launch The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The successor to the game that got almost 1 million downloads in the Google Play Store is going to bring improved graphics and new storyline. The gamemaker says The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will stick to the plot of the movie as a result of the ongoing collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. Gameloft plans to launch the game in April for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. There’s no information regarding pricing yet. The original game costs $6.99 on iOS and Android (currently it’s on a discount, by the way), so we expect its successor to be similarly priced. Check out the announcement trailer below. Source
  19. Samsung is preloading lots of value-adding apps and services on its latest top-tier devices. First we saw those premium software packages on the latest Tab Pro and Note Pro slates and now the Galaxy S5 is getting an even better treatment. The apps and services every brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 is entitled to cost north of $600, but of course, chances are you wouldn’t have purchased them all anyway so it’s up to to judge how much they are worth to you. So, Samsung is giving for free 1TB of Bitcasa storage for 3 months, 1 year Bloomberg Businessweek + subscription, 50GB of Box storage for 6 months, 50GB of Dropbox storage for 2 years, Evernote premium services for 3 months, LinkedIn Premium for 3 months, Skimble premium fitness services for 6 months, RunKeeper premium service for 1 year, Wall Street Journal subscription for 6 months, and even more. You can check the full list of apps, services and subscriptions plus detailed explanations on the official Galaxy S5 website, Galaxy Gifts section. Source
  20. Google has started rolling out an update for the Play Store app on Android. Version 4.6.16 brings with it some much needed features, along with some UI changes. One of the major additions is the ability to batch install apps from your apps history. This will come extremely handy when you get a new device and want to install all your apps on it. You just go to the All tab in My Apps section and press and hold apps to start marking apps you want to batch install. Also, the app won’t take you to the top of the list anymore after you remove an app from your list. Another change is that you can now set how and when the Play Store asks for your password while downloading paid content. Earlier, you can either set it to ask every time or never. Now you can set a 30 minute timer, so after you enter your password once to purchase an app, it won’t ask you again for the next 30 minutes, similar to the App Store. Another change is to force the Play Store app to update itself. Previously, there was no way to do this and you either had to sideload an APK or wait for Google to push the update to your device. The app would then discreetly update itself in the background. Now you can tap on the version number in the Settings and check if there is an update available. There are also some changes to the UI. The Settings and Help menu, which were left behind in the Action overflow menu, have now been moved to the sidebar and the overflow menu has been removed. The oddly named Add-widgets option, which actually just put an icon of the newly installed app on the homescreen, has now been renamed to the more correct Add icon to Home screen. You will also see IAP being shown in app permission dialog while installing an app and the Google+ count is now a proper number instead of the nearest approximate value. - |dOWNLOAD Link| - Google Play Store Play Store 4.6.16 Source
  21. The MWC this year made it clear that wearables are the new hotness and Sundar Pichai, Android’s head, was talking about a new wearables API. So, of course, rumors of a Nexus smartwatch are running amok. All fingers are pointing to LG as the manufacturer and popular rumor source @evleaks has dug up more details. Google’s smartwatch will reportedly have a 1.65″ square screen of 280 x 280 pixel resolution. That’s just about the same size as the Samsung Gear 2 though with a bit less resolution. It will be a classic IPS LCD rather than an AMOLED or e-ink / e-paper. Processing power is not entirely clear, but with 512MB RAM the Nexus smartwatch should be able to run full-blown Android 4.4 KitKat and Google’s wearables API could be even more thrifty with RAM usage. There will be 4GB of built-in storage, which suggests the watch will have some autonomy though it may be reliant on Wi-Fi when there’s no smartphone to tether to, similar to Google Glass. According to the Wall Street Journal, mass manufacturing of the smartwatch will start this year. Source
  22. Google recently announced Android Wear, which is described as being a "project that extends Android to wearables." Specifically, the Android Wear project will initially be focused on watches. With that having been said, the individual announcements have already gotten underway and up first we are seeing news of the LG G Watch which will be powered by Android Wear. LG has yet to offer a full set of details for the G Watch, however there were some interesting pieces revealed. For example, while not yet offering a price, LG has said the G Watch will be available during the second quarter of 2014. LG also did a bit of teasing about how the G Watch will "present a low barrier to entry for developers." The promise of additional details to include hardware specifications are expected in the "coming months." Otherwise, as we learned from the Google announcement, the Android Wear aspect means 'OK Google' functionality. LG touted how this watch was "developed in close collaboration with Google" and how the development process was done in a way to "ensure the LG G Watch worked perfectly with Android Wear." We are expecting some additional Android Wear related announcements in the short term future. We hear Motorola has something coming up rather soon. And in the meantime, the bigger breakdown of Android Wear can be found in our earlier post. We have been pretty big fans of smartwatches, notably with the Pebble, but Android Wear seems to really be stepping things up. Source
  23. Mid-March is here, and so are Android wearables. Google has just announced via their Android blog an SDK, new operating system, or maybe an API. They don’t officially say exactly what it is just yet outside of calling it a “project”, but Android Wear is being aimed squarely at Developers who want to laterally integrate into the wearable sector. Starting with smartwatches, and coming to us by the end of the year, Google wants to occupy your wrist as well as your smartphone. Open source and ready for a preview, Android Wear brings to life some of the rumors we’ve heard lately. The “Ok Google” hotword is present, breathing life into the Google Now aspect to wearables we’ve heard tossed around. By just saying “Ok Google”, it sounds as though we’ll have all the same functionality via a smartwatch as we have with Google Now on our smartphones. Android Wear also aims to monitor your health and fitness, though Google isn’t quite saying how just yet. We’d like to think whatever it is will tie into the tracker available in Google Now that logs your distance walked and bked for a month, and enhances it. This is where it starts to sound more like an API, though, as Google says “Your favorite fitness apps can give you real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.” As a good smartwatch should, one running (using?) Android Wear will be able to control your smartphone media. Via the blog post, Google says “Android Wear lets you access and control other devices from your wrist. Just say “Ok Google” to fire up a music playlist on your phone, or cast your favorite movie to your TV.” That was followed up by commentary that Google has no exact aim here, and they’re going to let Developers guide the program. It’s still very early days, but there are already some interesting use cases. From the opaque blog post, it looks as though we’ll get the ability to cast from a smartwatch, which is interesting. Fitness tracking is of course showing up, and asking your watch about the caloric content of an avocado should make you feel like a secret agent while shopping. Don't lie -- you want to feel like a secret agent while shopping. Though Google does note more APIs for Android Wear are coming soon, the overarching project is not quite clear — and may not be for Google, either. Whatever they plan on doing, Google is covering their bases. Noting they’re “already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year” is promising. It also shows that Google put a little muscle behind their hustle, and wants to accelerate the program. Are you excited about this program? We’re curious what our readers think of this. What apps would you like to see take advantage of Android Wear? Let us know in the comments section below. We are obviously excited about it, but is Android ready for your wrist? Source
  24. According to Horace Dediu, a mobile market analyst that is familiar with Apple's financial strategies, Samsung and Apple together take hold of 87.9% of the profits, generated in the smartphone industry for the past 6 years. From the total of $215 billion, accumulated by the phone industry for the given period, roughly $189 billion went to the said duo, Dediu claims. However, it seems that Apple holds the upper hand, as it has generated significantly more profits than the Korean manufacturer - $132.87 billion went to Cupertino, while Samsung earned no more or less than $56.11 billion. The remainder of $26 billion is split between Nokia, BlackBerry, HTC, and LG. According to Dediu, Nokia's earnings for the last 6 years account for a total of $20.5 billion, which grants the Finnish company the third place among the most profitable smartphone manufacturers. HTC, on the other hand, lands on the fourth place with 2.8% of the total industry earnings, whereas BlackBerry and LG take the 5th and 6th place. Sony balances the books with 0% earnings, but Motorola scores an unpleasant financial result of -2.8%, which means that the company lost significantly more than it earned. $215b: Net phone operating profits earned last 6 yrs. Moto: -2.8% Sony: 0 LG: 1.2 HTC: 2.8 RIM: 1.9 Nokia: 9.5 Samsung: 26.1 Apple: 61.8 — Horace Dediu (@asymco) March 18, 2014 Source
  25. Tomorrow, Samsung will unveil something it heavily hypes up. As Samsung Russia's Twitter announcement reads: "Such a thing hasn't happened before! Tomorrow #Samsung will present its new high-class device to the world. Curious to know what it'd be?". You bet we're curious, Samsung, so how about we throw in a bit of speculation? On the promotional photo, we see this beautiful young lady taking a turquoise something out of her purse. It looks rectangular, and it's probably a smartphone. We also see five different colored circles above the date, which could mean that whatever Samsung is going to announce tomorrow, it might come dressed in turquoise, pink, white, brown, and black. Alas, these are all the clues Sammy is giving us. And it's strange that such an illustrious advert is coming a mere day before the announcement. This suggests that the eventual product isn't of high priority for the company, but the text contradicts this notion. Looking at the ad's fashion direction, we're likely talking about a new La Fleur device or series. We'll see more what Samsung has in store tomorrow anyway, but feel free to place your bets. Source
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