Lenovo kicked off IFA 2013 way ahead of schedule by introducing the world to a heap of new ThinkPad laptops on Tuesday, but you didn’t really think that was it for the OEM and the Berlin expo, did you?
You know how there’s a small tech-focused event going on these days in Berlin, Germany and called IFA? Everybody that’s somebody in the mobile business is there to impress us with “innovations” and “upgrades”, save for Xiaomi, the Chinese OEM that’s recently snatched Hugo Barra from Google.
Samsung has announced that both the Galaxy S III and S4 will receive their Android 4.3 updates in October, with the S4 also receiving support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
And just like that, it’s September 4. D-Day. H-hour. The first day of the rest of our lives. But a day that’s bound to remain in Android history, not unlike September 3, when Google took the entire world by surprise and announced Android 4.4 KitKat.
Looks like someone at Sony made a blunder of catastrophic proportions with mere hours to go until maybe the company’s biggest smartphone unveiling to date. Not that the Xperia Z1 (aka Honami) was much of a mystery before today.
Aside from jumping the gun ahead of IFA 2013 and showcasing the world’s first 4K video recording capable smartphone, a very budget-conscious 10-inch tablet and a ginormous all-in-one PC running Android, Acer is apparently laying it all out there as far as its future plans go, too.
Just because Alcatel came forward with the One Touch Idol S and Idol Mini a few days ago, that doesn’t mean the company is all done with showing off its IFA 2013 guns. Not even close, as the French are actually only now pulling out the big guns, both figuratively and literally.
Well, Google just put the kibosh on all the speculation about Key Lime Pie. The next Android version will instead be called KitKat, kicking off a new tradition of naming Android releases after chocolates as total Android device activations cross the one billion mark.
Although the upgraded version of the Fonepad has stopped being a secret ages ago, Asus seems keen to keep a tight lid on it for a while longer. Probably until the new Transformer Pad, PadFone mini, MeMoFone HD 5 and MeMoPad HD 8 will themselves become official, which should happen any day now.
As Samsung’s Galaxy Note III has basically starred in a new rumor every couple of days for the past month or so, you’d think the phablet would be as transparent as glass by now. And it is in many ways, only a number of tidbits are yet to be revealed or confirmed.
The BlackBerry Messenger app for Android has been demoed on video, giving hope to the few still interested in the messaging platform that the official release is inching closer and closer.
For an OEM that’s not very much used to media attention or online buzz, Oppo sure knows how to build solid hype ahead of the N1 unveiling. And it does so aided by official marketing tools, such as the company’s Facebook, Google+ or YouTube accounts, which is even more commendable.
You can’t close in on the once undisputed leader of a smartphone market as large and important as India by releasing one new product every six months, so Micromax enriching its Canvas line-up is probably not surprising news.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 is in dire need of a refresh, being introduced to the world a full year ago, but the general opinion these days is we won’t be seeing a Note 10.1 2 anytime soon, but rather a jumbo-sized Note 12.2.
Alcatel officially unveiled two new Android smartphones in the market. These include One Touch Idol S and Idol Mini which quietly appeared on Alcatel website.
Twitter has launched a beta testing program for its Android app on the Google Play Store, in order to let interested users test out new features before they go public.
And so it begins. Technically, we’re still a full week away from the IFA 2013 official kick-off. But since things are to get awfully crowded on the Berlin stage seven days from now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that certain exhibitors are already starting to reveal their new products.
Just as everyone thought the Sony Xperia Z1 (aka Honami) rumor bonanza was bound to stop, since there appeared to be nothing left unraveled, two reports from China appeared on our doorsteps, bringing nothing really new to the table, but refusing to go unnoticed nevertheless.
Well, look who’s getting bullish about its Android prospects. It’s Acer, which seems to have gotten fed up with living in the shadows and might look to bathe in the spotlight come next week’s IFA.
What’s that you say, HTC has plenty of mid-end, budget-friendly smartphones out and about and it needs one more as much as John McAfee needs more easy money? Sorry to burst your bubble, but it appears the Taiwanese do think their mid-range line-up could benefit from one new addition.