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Making sure that your mobile device is well-protected — whether it is against excess data charges or cellphone theft — is of utmost importance these days. Protection against scratches to the screen in particular is one of the most pressing issues for smartphone and tablet owners, and an entire industry is now dedicated to serving this very important need. Currently, Corning leads the industry with its world-famous Gorilla Glass screens. But makers of sapphire screens — a promising alternative — might soon rise to dethrone it. Is it ready for the challenge?
As it turns out, Corning is not only ready to face the oncoming sapphire-gilded wave of the future, but it is also prepared to shoot down claims that sapphire could someday replace its Gorilla Glass screens. It recently ran tests of its toughest Gorilla Glass 3 material and compared it with its own lab-grown sapphire sheets. In the end, it concluded that sapphire is just a little more scratch-resistant but still just as prone to damage and breaking.
In a statement that was first released to CNET, Corning’s senior vice president and operations chief of staff Jeff Evenson said that samples of their in-house and lab-grown sapphire could not best Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 in the classic tumble test, where devices are spun for 45 minutes to see how it fares against scratches. He also called sapphire “brittle,” and noted that it could be dangerous to users if handled right after breaking. Corning and Evenson are just not very big fans of sapphire, apparently.
In other words, what Corning is saying is that sapphire may not be the best material to use for next-generation smartphone displays, which are only bound to get bigger and more feature-rich as technology progresses. Also, if you’re thinking of potential sources of workable sapphire display covers in the future, you can count them out. Corning says that it doesn’t plan on using sapphire alternatives in lieu of Gorilla Glass any time soon.
It’s important that you choose a phone or a tablet that you know won’t break very easily after being knocked around and scratched a few times. But it’s also important to remember that pretty much anything will break if the drop-off point is high enough, or if the force of impact is strong enough. Perhaps the best piece of advice you can take from all of this is just don’t ever, ever drop your tablet or phone.
This afternoon while speaking at the AllThingsD Dive Into Mobile conference our good friend Eric Schmidt and former CEO of Google had some interesting and juicy comments regarding Android. We’ve shared a few of his statements this afternoon about Android activations, Samsung’s role in Android and more, but now lets talk about Motorola.
Google recently acquired Motorola Mobility and we’ve all been waiting to see that entire deal come to fruition. And when we say come to fruition we mean see the next smartphones and tablets from Motorola with Google at the helm. While there’s been countless X-Phone rumors and all sorts of information, the details remain unclear regarding what we can truly expect.
We’ve heard reports from Google’s CFO that Motorola had 18 months of product development in the pipeline we’ll have to wait out, and that the devices didn’t exactly “WOW Google” but today Schmidt had something very different to say. When asked about Motorola’s current stance as well as their future with Google moving forward Eric Schmidt had some kind words.
“They have a new set of products that I have seen that are phenomenal.”
That isn’t all from Eric Schmidt either. Once pushed a little more on what we can expect to see he nicely gave us something to be excited about moving forward too and said we should “wait and see for this next generation of technology, it’s very impressive.” Then that was followed up with questions regarding smartphones, tablets, or both and he said think of it as “phones plus.” Whatever that means. Could that be some phablets from Motorola coming soon? I hope not.
Motorola has done a good job this time around keeping their upcoming products a secret, and we haven’t seen nearly the amount of leaks that other devices like the Bionic, RAZR, RAZR HD and more saw. Hopefully we learn more soon, and we’re excited for the possibilities coming to Google I/O in late May.
- Google CEO Larry Page talks about the competition, Android, Motorola and more
- Google CFO talks about Motorola: Be ready for product restructuring
- Google’s CFO states Motorola’s next device won’t “wow by Google standards”
- Motorola X line to compete with Samsung’s GALAXY
- Motorola teases a personalized phone buying experience
- Motorola X-Phone may be a no-show at Google I/O
- Eric Schmidt: Android seeing 1.5 million activations daily
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The HTC One X has been just updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but according to a new report, HTC won’t stop there with the upgrades. The Android 4.2.2 update for the One X is rumored to arrive in June/July, complete with the new HTC Sense 5 UI on top.
The news doesn’t come from HTC though, as Gotta Be Mobile points us to a series of tweets by “noted HTC leakster @LlabTooFer” who shared a few days ago on Twitter details on HTC’s One X software upgrade plans.
Needless to say, nothing is official until HTC makes the proper announcements, but we definitely expect the handset to get Android 4.2.2 at some point in the future. As for the new Sense 5, HTC did say earlier that a variety of smartphones, including the HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC Butterfly / Droid DNA and HTC One S would receive it, or parts of it.
The bad news for HTC One X owners is that by June/July we could have a brand new Android version in the wild, meaning that the device won’t really run the latest mobile operating system in town once its Android 4.2.2 update is out. Obviously, we’re talking about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which Google is rumored to unveil at Google I/O in mid-May.
Should you be excited about HTC Sense 5 features? Check out our extensive HTC One review to find out more about HTC’s new Sense.
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According to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Google’s smartphone dominance is getting out of control. The ministry went on to say in a white paper that the “country’s mobile operating system research and development is too dependent on Android.”
While Google’s dominance is evident in nearly every other country in the world, claiming that a country is reliant on the company’s technology could actually be a cause for concern.
The ministry criticizes the open-source label as it does not apply to Google’s services or technology, which are obviously controlled directly by Google. Perhaps the biggest concern is the fact that Google’s success has undermined the success of smaller Chinese smartphone companies. For example, the ministry refers to the joint venture between Acer and Alibaba Group that was ultimately cancelled due to supposed pressure from Google.
These issues are by far more relevant in China than they are in any other country in the world. This is because China accounts for 26.5 percent of all smartphones, making them the world’s biggest smartphone market. However, Google hasn’t been going full speed ahead in the country as of late. Google has actually dialed back its business in China due to censorship issues and hacking episodes that supposedly originated in the country.
As a result, Google’s search market share in China has fallen by almost half. Keep in mind that this is only the Google search market share and not the Android market share. This seems to suggest that Chinese users are more willing to switch search providers rather than switch smartphone operating systems. While those numbers are significant, the ministry is still correct in that Android is vastly more popular than any other operating system.
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Earlier today I published two photos of the alleged Galaxy S4 that were tweeted by the anonymous Twitter user @evleaks. I have no idea who @evleaks is, but I “trust” them. By “trust” I mean that they’ve usually gotten rumors right in the past.
Shortly after publishing that article, several people reached out to me on Twitter to say that the same renders, but without @evleaks watermark, are on Expansys’ website. In case you don’t know who Expansys is, they’re an online retailer that specializes in selling unlocked phones. Expansys France then followed on Twitter, and I asked them what exactly what going on with the S4 renders.
@whatthebitour webdesigner made them !!! Evleaks stole them and added his logo :S
— eXpansysFR (@eXpansysFR) March 5, 2013
First, I’d like to apologize, because I broke a lot of people’s hearts. I also passed on information that was false, mainly because I honestly thought it was true. Second, I can now no longer trust @evleaks. That account will probably publish a ton of leaks in the future, all of which will be accurate, but all it takes is one screw up like this to damage a reputation.
Do I feel bad? Yes. At the same time I’m going to tell you guys what I’ve been saying since I started writing for technology sites back in 2007: Nothing is official until you’re reading a press release on a company’s website. Luckily, Samsung is going to host an event in just 10 days.
We can all wait 10 days, right?
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