Friday 4 May 2012


Samsung looking to go on a spending spree!

  Samsung have just yesterday announced their new flagship the Galaxy S3. But the company is not content with their current arrangements and they do have a bit of cash to splash.

   Their mobile president J K Shin has today told the Wall Street Journal that ”There is something in the works right now”, when asked about the prospect of acquisitions. He refused to name any names as we expected but he pointed to the new software focus and the things they've introduced, like eye-tracking, in the Galaxy S3 because they are keen to extend their capabilities.

   “The technology industry is growing very quickly and it is too much of a burden to try to do everything in-house,” Shin reportedly explained continuing to highlight how “there are many qualified workers from India that are very skilled in software. And there are small companies that we can acquire that have good research and development capabilities … If the opportunity allows, we will do [mergers & acquisitions].”

   This all seems to be part of Samsung's shift to creating their own individual and unique offering in terms of software and they look to be very much on the right track. Shin was very quick to re-emphasize that Samsung are not interested in RIM's Blackberry department for purchase so stop thinking it... Stop it!

Samsung preparing a Windows Phone version of the Galaxy S3.

   Ok, so it's been less than a day since the Galaxy S3 was announced and both of the stories here today make reference to it, but if this picture above is to be believed it looks as though Samsung is taking their new design style across to Windows Phone too with this reportedly new 'Mandel' device set to land on AT&T to compete with the Lumia 900. 

   I'll keep you updated on this one!

Are all iPad 2's made equally?

   If you bought an iPad 2 back last year you'd fully expect to get exactly the same device then as you would now. But, no Apple has sneakily improved the battery life of the iPad with a newer A5 processor built on the 32nm manufacturing process. 

   Essentially the real life improvement you'll see here is only in terms of battery life and it'll be about a 10-13% battery life increase, so nothing spectacular but notable nonetheless. 

   The only issue is there's no way of knowing from the outside of the box whether you're getting a new model or old model but all the new ones will be with this new processor so maybe hold off for a month until the old stock clears out! 

In other news:

  • Samsung have finalized their plans for the Tab 10.1 V2. It will have a monster 7000MaH battery along with a 10.1 1280x800 LCD screen and a dual-core TI OMAP4 processor. Naturally it will land with ICS and is a decidedly mid-range offering. But, if it floats your boat it's up for pre-order right.... now!
  • Nokia shareholders are suing the Nokia Executives for leading them into Windows Phone without the right intentions for the company. This could be an interesting case aboard this sinking behemoth.


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