Saturday, July 5, 2014

Android Circuit: Samsung's new Galaxy Smartphones, Android Is The Top OS In The US, And The Home Screen On The Front Line

This article in Forbes...

...focuses on Samsung’s new Galaxy handsets; Android tops the US market share; the Android ‘L’ changes; Google Play Services’ update for Android Wear support; Android Wear apps arrive in the Play Store; the battle for the home screen continues with Aviate; and what happens next in the smartphone world. 

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the very many things that have happened around Android over the last seven days.

Samsung Announce Five New Galaxy Handsets

As expected, Samsung has expanded the Galaxy S5 portfolio with the announcement of a number of new handsets. They all fit into the South Korean’s existing portfolio, bumping up the separate handset ranges in the same way that the core S5 handset built on the S4.

First up is the Galaxy S5 Mini, which offers a smaller version of the standard Galaxy S5. Forbes contributor Jay McGregor takes a closer look at the handset, and highlights the robust specifications – a 4.5 inch screen at 720×1280 pixels, a quad-core 1.4 GHz CPU, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage, as well as the IP67 certification, heart rate sensor, and fingerprint scanner. Last year’s S4 Mini had the power but was lacking the battery life, so it will be interesting to test the S5 Mini. We should have a review on Forbes in the near future.

With the low-end handsets, Samsung has updated the Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Core, Galaxy Young, and Galaxy Star, handsets. While the specifications are not going to hold a candle to the paternal S5, these will be the handsets that will generate a high volume of sales thanks to the promotion of ‘Galaxy’ as a brand name and some smart cross-selling in retail stores around the world.   Read More