$7.2 Billion Later And Microsoft Is Now A Device Company

Microsoft is buy Nokia’s mobile device business for a whopping $7.2 billion (5.44 billion euros), that will bring Microsoft CEO contender Stephen Elop back into the Microsoft hive.

Current Nokia CEO Elop ran Microsoft’s Software Division up until he left, for Nokia, in 2010. Because of this many Finnish media outlets have labeled him a Trojan Horse and that this was planned all along as Elop presided over Nokia’s Market Collapse and it’s slow sad decline since.

There is a ton more info in the full article but, my take on this is:

Microsoft will have to be very careful moving forward with this. Nokia hasn’t been a power in the mobile devices market for some time now. One has to wonder if being made by Microsoft will really change the fact that Samsung, HTC and Apple own the mobile device market. Granted that Big-M will give a huge influx of new assets (money) and talent (people).

We’ll all have to wait and see what will happen as Microsoft tries to become a gadget and service company instead of the software, or what ever they claim to be now.

Full Article at finance.yahoo.com

Meet the Ubuntu Edge

Popular Linux OS Ubuntu is working on their own smart phone, the Ubuntu Edge. They’re currently trying to raise $32,000,000 to secure funding for the project. The phone will be able to boot up into Ubuntu OS or Android OS, and will have some majorly impressive stats.

Compared to the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4:

Ubuntu Edge Apple iPhone 5 Samsung Galaxy S4
Mobile OS Dual-boots Android and Ubuntu mobile iOS Android
Desktop OS Ubuntu Desktop No No
RAM 4GB 1GB 2GB
Internal storage 128GB 64GB 16GB
Screen 720 x 1,280, 4.5 inches 640 x 1,136, 4 inches 1,080 x 1,920, 5 inches
Protection Sapphire Glass Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Connectivity Dual-LTE, GSM LTE, GSM LTE, GSM
Speakers Stereo Mono Mono
Battery Silicon-anode Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
Price $780-830 $849* $750**

CPU/GPU, screen technology to be finalised before production. * Apple Store ** Best Buy

 

Only thing I can see that isn’t better than either the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4 is the screen, but honestly on a 4.5 inch screen 720p is still pretty damn impressive.

Check out the full details and contribute at indiegogo.com.

Samsung announces new tablets

Samsung has announced a few new tablets, confirming to The Verge that they will release a new 8-inch and a new 10.1-inch tablets.

Now the 8-inch tablet will have 1.5 GHz Exynos dual-core processor, WXGA TFT 1280 x 800 (189 PPI) display, 1.5GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 4,450 mAh battery, and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

As we previously reported the new 10.1 inch tablet will be dropping their old ARM chips for  an Intel 1.6 GHz dual-core processor. It will also have 1280 x 800 (149 PPI) WXGA TFT display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and a 6,800 mAh battery. However it will only have a 3-megapixel rear camera and the same 1.3 front camera.

They’ll both be available in June, no prices announced yet.

Check The Verge for the full story.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 to swap ARM chips for Intel

Reports are saying that Samsung will get rid of the Qualcomm ARM processors they’ve been using and will put in Intel’s Clover Trail+ chip.

On June 20th in London Samsung will hold an event to showcase some new tablets and phones. Haven’t heard for sure if the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will be making an appearance there or not.

Check out the full article here.

theweek.com 5 ways the Samsung Galaxy S4 stunned an iPhone user

TheWeek.com has an interesting article up. The author, an admitted iPhone lover who has used iPhone nearly exclusively since the first one launched, took a look at Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 and lists 5 things that jumped out at them after years of not truly giving Android a chance.

1. It does what I want it to do.

2. It can do several things at once.

3. The Galaxy’ S4′s internal camera app is brilliant.

4. More room for podcasts.

5. “Wait. You mean I can just replace the battery?”

 

I highly suggest visiting the page here and read the details of each point made. In the end, the author is still an avid iPhone user, however as they state they “ understand now why Apple needs to send out letters to its product owners reminding them why they bought their iPhone in the first place.”