It has been an exciting week in the world of Samsung and Android, and SamsungUpdate was here to report on that. It was the week of ‘new releases’ as we saw a lot of new device models announced, while flagships are getting numerous side versions (Galaxy S4 Active, S4 Zoom, S4 ‘Google Edition’).
This week’s first device that got leaked was the Galaxy S4 Zoom (SM-C101) that was seen at the FCC followed closely by the Galaxy S4 Active with waterproof and dust-proof capabilities that was officially announced by Samsung earlier this week. Later on we were able to see the first images of a Gold Brown version of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 posted by EVLeaks. The Galaxy S4 Zoom was also spotted on the internet thanks to TechTastic that posted the first leaked images of the Camera-Flagship device. Not so high range when considering the specs but the camera does come with an outstanding 16 MP capacity.
A close look at a report showed us that the Galaxy Note 3, Camera 2 and Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced were shipped in low quantities for R&D purposes, confirming us that these devices are real and are supposed to be launched later on this year. We can end the new devices category with a leaked image of the mid-range Galaxy Ace 3, that doesn’t show us anything new, unfortunately.
A few software updates were also released this week, starting with the Jelly Bean update for Galaxy Ace 2 in the UK, a new update for Galaxy S4 that fixes the well known Screen Smearing issue and some other bugs, and a small update for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 that adds Samsung’s Smart Switch and some other improvements. If we are already talking about updates, we can include here the update for Gmail to version 4.5 which brings in a lot of changes in design and features.
In the entertainment area we have Samsung’s 2 new video commercials featuring the ‘Home daddy’ that makes use of some of Galaxy S4’s main features such as Smart Pause and Air Gestures. The Korean giant could use some more advertising if we think about competition, because HTC just won the ‘Hottest Phone of 2013’ Award for their HTC One, surpassing the Galaxy S4. This didn’t come without incidents as Samsung and HTC ‘battled’ on Twitter for the hottest ‘in your face’ line also. If this wasn’t enough for Samsung, they also recorded the lowest share value in the last 9 months with a decrease of 12 billion USD, because of a report by JPMorgan that said that Galaxy S4 sales were influenced by a good momentum and now will decrease considerably, heading towards a new target of 60 million units by the end of the year compared to the previous one that was set at 80 million units.
We can end by saying that Samsung did have a win this week, in the battle against Apple, obtaining a permanent import ban of older versions of the iPhone including the iPhone 4 in the US. These models are not manufactured anymore, but the taste of victory certainly pleases Samsung.
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