NEC became the world’s first and only smartphone manufacturer to launch a liquid-cooled handset back in May, but it may quickly lose that claim later this year. According to some sources, a number of high-profile smartphones makers, including Apple, Samsung, and HTC, will be launching their own liquid-cooled devices in the fourth quarter.
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Apple made a lot of significant changes in iOS 7, and some of those will be instantly familiar to those who are running the latest versions of Android. As is often the case, Apple has “borrowed” certain features from rival operating systems, and we’ve counted at least seven that were part of Android first.
Apple and Samsung may have signed a deal for Samsung to produce Retina displays for the iPad mini, but on the legal front, the bitterness between the two companies hasn’t sweetened one bit.
Samsung’s CEO has that his company has no plans to sign a peace treaty with Apple regarding the 50 ongoing patient disputes the two companies are fighting on four continents.
Shin Jong-Kyun, CEO of Samsung Electronics was addressing reporters about the company’s recent share price fall, when he made comments about not signing a deal with Apple, according to a report from The Korea Times. During his press conference, Shin also provided a rebuttal to a JPMorgan report that claimed the Galaxy S4 isn’t selling well:
Google is gearing up to launch a second-generation Nexus 7 this July, which will cost slightly more than its predecessor at $229, according to supply chain sources in Taiwan. The search giant has supposedly upped its price tag slightly in an effort to avoid competing directly against entry-level Android tablet from other manufacturers.
Samsung is said to be planning a 12.2-inch variant of its Galaxy Note tablet for the third quarter of 2013 in an effort to compete with the rumored “iPad maxi.” The Korean electronics giant reportedly wants to be first to produce a larger slate.
Google is again rumored to be closing in on a $1.3 billion acquisition of social mapping service Waze, just a month after it was reported that the Israeli startup was in “advanced talks” with Facebook. Google already has an office in Israel, and it’s thought that Waze’s social focus could be a good step forward for Google Maps.
This winter, a new console called the GamePop will allow you to play your favorite Android games on your high-definition television. But that’s not all you’ll be able to play. Creator Bluestacks has today announced that the GamePop will also run iOS games, and a number of big iOS developers have already signed up to support it.
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 was always going to be a big seller — probably the best-selling Android smartphone of 2013 — but the Korean company has lost $12 billion in market value due to concerns that the two Galaxy S4 variants that were recently announced will have a detrimental affect on its profit margins.
Brokers are also concerned that the growth prospects for Samsung smartphone business have “dimmed” following rumors of a new iPhone trade-in program from Apple.
Google’s YouTube apps for Android and iOS have helped the company triple advertising sales on mobile in the past six months, the company has said. Mobile ads now contribute an estimated $350 million to YouTube’s revenue, with around a quarter of the site’s 1 billion users accessing videos on smartphones and tablets.
The New York Attorney General has called for Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft to invent new ways to curb the ongoing smartphone theft “epidemic.” Eric Schneiderman wants meetings with representatives from all four companies, and he has urged them to “be as innovative in solving this problem as they have been in designing devices that have reshaped how we live.”