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Android 5.0 Available For Samsung Galaxy S5

Users in Poland have reported that Samsung has started an over-the-air update of Galaxy S5 devices.

galaxy s5

It is not known when the update will be available in other regions.

Maybe the update will help Samsung to increase sales on the flagship smartphone as sales has been way below expectations so far.

LG was the first company to make the new Android OS available to G3 users, Motorola and Google have also offered Lollipop to their users.

Sony and HTC have announced that they are going to make the update available within shortly as well.

LG G3 Is The First Smartphone With ANDROID 5.0 LOLLIPOP UPGRADE

Android 5.0 Lollipop is one of the most anticipated Android updates as it comes with a number of new features and design.

LG has now announced that they are going to be the first company to make the upgrade available to LG G3 customers this week. It will first be rolled out in Poland, other regions will follow in the near future.

G3_Lollipop_C_500

“LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is.”

Other smartphone manufacturers have also announced they are going to make an upgrade available without providing an exact timeline:

Sony: all Xperia-Z devices

HTC: One M7 and M8

Motorola: Moto E, G and X

Sony Adopts Apple’s High-End Smartphone Strategy

The high-end smartphone market is extremely competitive and Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and others have all released at least two flagship models per year in a quest to gain market share and deliver the best hardware and features to consumers.

Only Apple has been in a position to release just one new high-end device per year and looking at the most recent iPhone 6 numbers and the record quarter Apple reported, they have been doing it successfully.

According to a report from Digitimes, Sony is now going to adopt the same strategy and only release one new flagship smartphone per year. The reason for the strategy shift is a slowdown in hardware competition and a maturing high-end smartphone segment according to the report.

HTC One M8 Eye Appears On Chinese Website

HTC has a new flagship smartphone but surprisingly the company didn’t make an announcement. The HTC M8 Eye appears on the Chinese website of HTC.

M8 Eye

The design is identical to the regular M8, the only difference from what we can tell is the camera rear camera which now has 13 MP. There rear camera was the biggest issue with the original M8 as 4 MP just isn’t enough for a flagship smartphone.

HTC has given no details on availability of the M8 Eye for the US.

HTC One M8 Eye HTC One M8
5″ 1,080 x 1,920 5″ 1,080 x 1,920
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz
16 GB +microSD 16 GB +microSD
2 GB 2 GB
13 MP 4 MP
5 MP 5 MP

GoPro Launches 3 New Cameras – 4K Video Capable, Touch-Screen and Cheapest GoPro Yet

GoPro announced three new cameras today including the much anticipated Hero4 Black, all new devices will be available on October 5th.

GoPro Cameras

Here is the overview of the three new models:

Hero4 Black:

The new flagship camera will be retailing at $499, which is $100 above the Hero3 Black which has been the best selling product for GoPro. But the higher price gives you some stunning features: How about shooting 4K videos at 30 FPS, 1080p videos at 120 FPS and take 12 MP photos at 30 FPS?

Hero4 Silver:

The mid-range device from GoPro comes with a touch-screen which is new for a GoPro device and will retail for $399. This is clearly targeted at a more mainstream or new GoPro users as existing GoPro users in the professional segment would already be equipped with the LCD Touch BacPac if they wanted that feature.

The Hero4 Silver still has impressive specs: it is capable of 1080p videos up to 60 FPS and 720p videos up to 120 FPS. Like the Hero4 Black it also offers 4k capability but only at 15 FPS. The photo quality is the same, 12 MP photos at 30 FPS.

Hero:

Now this is a device that will get people excited for sure, especially the more mainstream consumers who didn’t see the need in spending several hundred dollars on an action camera but have been dreaming of a GoPro.

It is by far the cheapest GoPro camera so far and will only set you back $129. For that you will be able to shoot 1080p videos at 30 FPS, 720p videos at 60 FPS and take 5 MP photos at 5 FPS.

 

Investors certainly reacted well to the announcement as GoPro hit a record high on NASDAQ – $90.94 at closing, up 10.77% for the day. GoPro went public in June at $24, the stock has been on fire ever since. It took a short hit back in August when quarterly earnings where announced but the market clearly realized the potential this company has. The main concern has been larger companies coming focusing on the action camera market as GoPro has created a market big enough to make it a segment worth looking at. HTC has been rumored to release an action camera in October and there is no doubt heavy-weights in the traditional camera market such as Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung have something in the works. But is it not going to be easy for even those companies to take on GoPro. The company created this segment, a strong and loyal customer base and is looking beyond that already. The real value will come once the company can use the strong customer base and generate revenue as a media company. From the comments CEO Nicholas Woodman made during an interview with CNBC, it is clear that this is something the company is working on already, here is what he had to say:

“Three years ago, we realized we were succeeding as a consumer product company because of the popularity of the content people were sharing. We realized we are as much in the content-enablement business as in the product business. If we make it possible to create and share compelling content at scale, we’ve got a compelling media opportunity. Most people, when you ask them what they think about when they think about GoPro, they think about all the content online. That’s the definition of a successful media company, right? There is an opportunity to monetize that content. But the growing proliferation of all the content is growing our brand and helping sell our products. So we are already in a sense getting media revenue.

GoPro is now valued at $11.46 billion, looking at current revenues at around $1 billion a year (based on last quarters financials), that seems high but investors realize the potential to further grow the market segment GoPro created and the opportunities to leverage the large and loyal customer base to create a media outlet are endless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HTC Rumored to Release Waterproof Action Camera, Delays Smartwatch

HTC has seen revenue decline for three years now and even though the flagship device M8 One has had a positive impact on profitability, the company is looking at other product segments in order to diversify and increase revenue again.

It has been rumored for a while that HTC would turn to Android Wear and release a smartwatch but that market is extremely competitive already with LG, Samsung, Motorola and Asus all having launched their watches already. At the beginning of 2015, the Apple Watch will be available too.

So apparently HTC has decided to put their resources elsewhere. According to Bloomberg, the company is going to release a waterproof action camera to go up against GoPro.

The camera will include both Wifi and Bluetooth, an app is in the making for iOS and Android as well.The device is going to be released on October 8th.

GoPro dominates the action camera market and generated $244.6 million (up 38% compared to last year) last quarter. The June IPO has given the company additional funds to invest in R&D and the company is also rumored to be working on a social media platform for their loyal customer base.

So can HTC really challenge GoPro in this space?

 

HTC Releases Desire 820 – Mid-Range Beauty made for Selfies and Android L OS

HTC has officially released the Desire 820, which is the first smartphone based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.5GHz processor. This is an eight core 64-bit processor which will be fully utilized under Android L.

The 5.5″ device is positioned below the flagship HTC One M8, the display has a resolution of 1,280 x 720.

The Desire 820 has 16 GB of storage which is expandable through the microSD slot.

HTC is offering the Desire 820 in a variety of different colors:

Desire 820

One thing the company is focusing on is the camera which is on par with the best smartphones on the market. The 8 MP front facing camera will make for crystal clear selfies – notice how a selfie is the focus in the official product image from HTC? The rear camera comes in at 13 MP.

Check out the official product video from HTC:

Technical Specifications HTC Desire 820:

HTC Desire 820
OS Android 4.4
Display 5.5″ 1,280 x 720
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.5 GHz
  64-bit Octa-Core
Storage 16 GB + microSD
RAM 2 GB
Camera Rear 13 MP
Camera Front 8 MP
Battery 2,600 mAh
Weight 155 g
Size 78.74 x 157.7 x 7.74 mm