On the eve of the Galaxy S4 launch we ask whether Samsung is about to tighten its grip on Android?
On the face of it, all is rosy in the Android garden. According to analysts, Gartner, Android increased its market share by almost 20% in the last quarter, compared to same period last year, to 122,480,000 units sold, capturing a world-wide market share of 72.4%.
Market leader within the pack of attendant manufacturers is Samsung, selling almost 987 million devices in the same period to effect 22.9% of the worldwide market, gaining the No 1 spot in the market share league table.
If you dig a little deeper into the figures, however, there are worrying concerns.
Samsung are looking to put wireless charging in to the Samsung Galaxy S IV.
Although wireless charging is starting to appear on a number of Android devices, Samsung are yet to really implement in to their handsets, but that could all be about to change.
The Korean manufacturer are said to be looking to incorporate the same wireless charging technology that can be found in the Nexus 4 in to the hotly anticipated Galaxy S IV, but with a distinct twist.
Instead of having the technology built in to the phone, users will instead need to buy alternate back covers that will be compatible with a specially designed charging pad.
We review the Galaxy S4 rumours to see what you can expect from the hottest Android phone of the year
With less than a week until the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S IV, we’ve put together a quick list of some of the things we can expect to see in Samsung’s newest device.Samsung Galaxy S IV design
Samsung are notorious for encasing their phones in a plastic shell, so we expect to see more of the same here. With other high-end phones now using aluminium and general metallic casing, we’d love to see Samsung join this trend. Expect to see black and white versions of the device, however, and a blue version released at a slightly later date.Samsung Galaxy S IV hardware
Many leaks have provided information on the processing power of the Galaxy S IV. Many are suggesting Samsung will use the Exynos 5410 processor alongside an eight-core chip clocked in at 1.8GHz each. If we see anything close to that sort of power, the S IV will be streets ahead of the competition, but is it power that we really need in a smartphone?
New screenshots from the Samsung Galaxy S IV have appeared online.
A new batch of supposed Samsung Galaxy S IV screenshots have appeared online, apparently showing some of the specifications and basic user interface design. GSM Israel are reporting that the screenshots are from a ‘very reliable source’ and with what we can see, and already know, these might just be the real thing.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV will be unveiled on March 14th, so expect more information then.
Via: GSM Israel
Google Play celebrates its first birthday with a range of discounts.
What a year it has been for the Google Play store. It now includes over 675,000 apps, a successfully launched magazine store and an ever expanding selection of movies and music. To commemorate its first birthday, our friends at Google have put several items on special limited-time offers.
The selection isn’t great, but if you’re on the hunt for some new books or movies, then you might want to check out the list here. Expect new promotions to appear on the store for the rest of the week.
Expenses manager that likes to keep things simple
Expense manager apps can be tricky affairs at time, offering over-complicated systems for what’s ultimately a simple task. Thankfully, Tracklash aims to do things a little differently. The app uses a navigable interface that requires minimal input to enter all your expenses and income in one place. Every entry you create can be categorised and specified to represent your income or expenditure.
After creating a backlog of entries while using the app, you can then begin searching for particular entries by their date, value and name. The search system is a bit too basic at times, and often entries are missed out, even if you directly search for them. Overall, if you’re looking for a simple way to track your expenses and income without an array of daunting features to cover, look no further than the Trackash app.