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Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Player will go live starting on February 4th

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Sure there is no arguing that the Samsung Galaxy S is competing very well on its own against Apple’s behemoth, but there are still very few opponents that can compete on the same level as the iPod touch.

As we reported, the Samsung Galaxy Player (YP-GB1) is positioning itself to be an attractive option, but  now it looks like pre-orders for the Android powered PMP device are going to be available very soon. Starting on February 4th, just a few days from now, pre-orders will go live for both the 8GB and 16GB flavors of the device – which are priced at 399,000 won ($356) and 495,000 won ($442).

Basically a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone minus the phone functionality, the Galaxy Player will surely prove to be a strong competitor in South Korea when it launches some time in the middle of February. However, there are some minor differences between it and the Galaxy S – like its 4” Super LCD display and 3.2-megapixel camera.

source: Samsung Hub

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Samsung smartphone sales push profit to record levels

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Samsung-smartphone-sales-push-profit-to-record-levelsSamsung, the world’s second largest phone manufacturer, reported strong last quarter cell phone sales of 80.7 million sold units, a 17% year-on-year increase. This brought yearly phone sales to its target of 280 million. The mobile arms of the company registered record operating profit of around $1.29 billion (1.44 trillion won) for the fourth quarter.

The company’s high-end Galaxy S series sold more than 10 million units worldwide handsets, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab went over the 2.0 million sold units mark just recently. While the first quarter of 2011 is expected to be a bit slower, at such a rate, the manufacturer is right on its way to achieve its goal to overtake Nokia as the world’s biggest phone manufacturer in three years.

Sammy’s target for 2011 smartphone sales stands at 60 million units, twice as much as the smartphones sold in 2010. Check out the press release below for all the sweet numbers.

source: Samsung

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Facebook says there isn’t plans for a HTC Facebook phone

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Facebook-says-there-isnt-plans-for-a-HTC-Facebook-phoneYesterday we reported that a British newspaper “City A.M.” is claiming that HTC has been in the development stage making a Facebook branded phone, which might make an appearence at the MWC next month. Later, Dan Rose (head of business development for Facebook) stated “This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs and integrated them into their device in an interesting way.” Further, Dan Rose stated “The rumors around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown”, and when further asked about a Facebook branded HTC phone, he said “No.”

So once again, “insiders” say there is a Facebook phone in the works, yet the official word from Facebook is that it doesn’t exist. If one did come out, would you be interested in buying a Facebook branded HTC Android smartphone? Let us know in the Comment section below.

source: Reuters and Pocket Lint

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LG reports Q4 earnings, will focus on higher-end handsets and tablets this year

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LG-reports-Q4-earnings-will-focus-on-higher-end-handsets-and-tablets-this-yearLG Electronics was quite in the doldrums last year, especially its mobile unit. Its profit margin in Q3 of 2010 shrank with the astounding 99%, largely due to the constant churn of unimpressive low-margin handsets.

The company has somewhat turned the tide towards the end of 2010, after the CEO stepped down, making $1.1 billion profit from $48.2 billion of revenue in Q4.

Thanks to some successful handset launches, like the LG Optimus One, which was backed up by a full-blown marketing and PR offensive, the LG Mobile Communications Company revenues saw a 10.9% percent increase, compared to Q3.

LG shipped 30.6 million handsets in total in last quarter, an 8% bump over Q3. In 2011, the company plans to get back in the profitability game with an onslaught of high-margin premium smartphones and “differentiated tablet PC products“, while still spitting out cheap feature phones. We don’t know about the last part, but we are all for phones like the LG Optimus 2X, the LG Optimus Black, and the LG Revolution. If by “differentiated tablet PC products” LG means 3D stereoscopic imaging on its G-Slate tablet or in phones, we are all for that as well.

source: LG

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Google’s ex-CEO Eric Schmidt cashing out some: $325 million in stocks, and a $100 million equity award

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Googles-ex-CEO-Eric-Schmidt-cashing-out-some-325-million-in-stocks-and-a-100-million-equity-awardStepping down as CEO to take the Executive Chairman position is not like leaving to play golf with a multimillion golden parachute after you’ve wrecked your company (nudge, wink, ex-Citibank and Countrywide CEOs), but still Google wanted to make the transition as smooth as possible for Eric Schmidt.

Besides his filing to sell 534 000 shares of common stock, amounting to around $325 million, Google is awarding Eric Schmidt with additional $100 million of equity, to be vested over a four-year period. Google’s ex-CEO, who will now be in charge of business and government partnerships, will be left with “only” 8.7 million shares, currently worth about $5.3 billion. Not bad for a ten year’s work, but then, again, that’s Google we are talking about.

source: Reuters

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Homemade video for 3D animation class shows strong bias toward Android

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Homemade-video-for-3D-animation-class-shows-strong-bias-toward-AndroidThe battle between fans of Apple’s iOS and the Android OS sometimes reaches the same intensity seen with rivalries in professional and college sporting events. For example, Yankees-Redsox games bring out the strong feelings that each side has for the other. Imagine what would happen if you filled up Yankee Stadium with a half and half mixture of iOS and Android fanatics.

Picking a cell phone is a personal decision, which probably explains some of why this rivalry exists to begin with. Besides that, there is always the question of which OS has better features than the other. Because every person has a different reason for needing a smartphone, or requires certain applications that someone else might not use or need, there never can be an answer to which phone or OS is the best. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

With all that in mind, check out this short video made for someone’s 3D animation class. All we can say is that some of you are going to be happy and the rest of you might take it personally.

source: YouTube via IntoMobile

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How Gorilla Glass stands up against a knife

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Here is a video courtesy of the guys over at Pocket Now who had an interest in seeing how a Gorilla Glass equipped phone, in this case the Samsung Captivate, could hold up against your everyday kitchen knife.

The Gorilla Glass actually does seem to hold up quite well against scratching, although this video doesn’t seem nearly as violent as it should. No horror movie knife-wielding here, but a good demo nonetheless. Watch the video and tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Pocket Now via Daily Mobile

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4 feet tall Android cooler takes only a month to build

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4-feet-tall-Android-cooler-takes-only-a-month-to-buildYou’ve got to love the ingenious stuff that some die-hard fans of Android are able to concoct, but there is nothing like building a life sized Android that’s able to provide you a refreshing cold beverage straight from its vessel. Well, that’s exactly what we find as an Android fan took the time to build from scratch a life sized Android model – with a cooler covertly integrated into its body.

Now this isn’t something you can simply order online or something, oh no, but instead, it took nearly a month for this one individual to craft from scratch. The project in creating this 4 feet tall Android required plenty of wood, fiberglass, and foam to ultimately come up with the final product. As we said, it spans at 4 feet tall and approximately 42 inches wide with the arms – so it’s no small replica of the beloved green Android.

Now what makes it more interesting is the fact that a built-in cooler is placed inside and is accessed by essentially lifting its head up. Not only does this stellar work of art finely replicate the green little guy to the teeth, but the inclusion of a cooler can be beneficial for those hot summer days.

via Daily Mobile

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All CES 2011 coverage… in one place

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All-CES-2011-coverage...-in-one-placeCES 2011 is already over and this means it is time to look back to all the announcements made during the show. Let’s wrap up what we have seen so far to see who is winning and who is losing in the smartphone and tablet race. And boy, did we have some major announcements. 4G phones usurped the headlines and NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dropped the bomb with three appearances – one for each of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. But we will most probably see even more smartphones with dual-core brains coming up this year.

First it was the expected appearance of the T-Mobile LG Optimus 2X – the phone is the first with a dual-core chip and we finally got to see how snappy it really is. But it wasn’t alone as the AT&T branded Motorola ATRIX 4G was soon announced with an equally powerful Tegra 2 chip and with some amazing accessories like a laptop dock that stole the show for a while. Things were just heating up however as next came the third powerhouse – the Verizon headed Motorola DROID BIONIC, heralding Big Red’s smartphone fleet. Should we mention that the dual-core Tegra 2 unit inside did not disappoint?

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Analysts: the effect of the upcoming Verizon iPhone for Big Red, AT&T, Android and Apple

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Analysts-the-effect-of-the-upcoming-Verizon-iPhone-for-Big-Red-AT-T-Android-and-AppleEverything points to the fact that the long-rumoured Verizon-branded Apple iPhone is set to be announced tomorrow. And while this is not official yet, analysts have started to do their thing, i.e. make predictions what this will mean for AT&T, Verizon, Android and Apple.

UBS AG analyst John Hodulik says that Verizon may sell as many as 13 million iPhones this year, mainly to its existing customers, which is expected to bring Apple additional $5.2 billion in sales. On the other hand, AT&T is projected to sell more than 14 million iPhones in 2011.

Hodulik says:

“It’s going to be the dominant device at Verizon as soon as it’s launched, and, I think, cannibalize the other devices they sell.”

The largest US carrier has been a stronghold for Android-powered handsets and this has helped the green robot platform to move in second place (only after RIM) in the total subscribers table in the US. No doubt, this is bound to change with the imminent release of the Verizon iPhone, and, fittingly, CES has seen the announcement of some AT&T-bound Android-running heavyweights, like the Motorola ATRIX 4G, the Samsung Infuse 4G and the HTC Inspire 4G.

The most important question in this story seems to be whether Verizon’s network will manage the iPhone load. In fact, the iPhone’s official announcement for the largest US carrier is yet to happen, but AT&T has already released the “slow lane” remark, claiming that Verizon’s 3G network can’t manage the iPhone’s fast speeds.

It is claimed that Verizon is quite confident in its network capabilities, and believes it will face no problems with the extra data demand that the iPhone is set to bring. In the words of Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon:

“Whether they are iPhones or Droids, they are smartphones. Regardless of the mix, we are prepared to carry more data.”

There is no doubt that this claim is to be tested soon, since it’s reported that Big Red plans to offer unlimited data plans for the iPhone.

Time for your opinion – what major shifts are to come with the expected unveiling of the Verizon iPhone tomorrow?

source: BusinessWeek and WSJ

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