When it comes to displays, there are only four companies you should care about: Sharp, Samsung, LG, and Japan Display Incorporated. The last one, known as JDI for short, is actually a joint venture made up of Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba. These four companies each have their own distint innovations. Samsung for example, they’re known for AMOLED. JDI, they’re making ultra high resolution LCD panels. LG is seen as being one of Apple’s largest supplier. And then there’s Sharp.
The Nexus 4 is the perfect smartphone, right? For a lot of people, the answer is yes. But folks who have had the pleasure of using an LTE network say they’ll never, ever, go back to 3G. If the video embedded below is accurate, then someone in Canada has figured out how to make the LTE in the Nexus 4 actually work.
China is a country that the media tends to ignore, which is something that deeply troubles us. According to VentureBeat, China became the world’s largest smartphone market during the second quarter of 2012. That means, for all intents and purposes, China is where handset makers should be focusing all their efforts.
It’s easy to get jaded as a journalist, and I admit that I used to be that guy, the one who always complained about everything, but these past few years have given me an incredible amount of perspective. Remember the first Nexus device, the Nexus One? It started shipping in January 2010. Less than three years later, we have the Nexus 4. So what’s changed?
Jolla finally showed off Sailfish, their new operating system based on the MeeGo platform that Nokia decided to abandon. I was there to see them demo it for the first time, and I even talked to a few of the company’s employees. So what do I think? Read on!
HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, told reporters at a press event in Tokyo that he’s absolutely furious with how the media handled the news of their agreement with Apple. Shortly after the deal between the two companies was announced, rumors started circulating that HTC would have to pay Apple anywhere between $6 and $8 per Android handset shipped. Chou says those numbers are “outrageous” and that the rumors are “baseless”.
Getting what you see on your phone to show up on your television has been something that companies have been trying to do for years. Nokia used to make smartphones with special headphone jacks that could pump out video over the now ancient yellow, red, and white cables that we all remember from our childhood. Then companies jumped on board the whole DLNA thing, but it was ridiculously complicated to configure, so only the nerdiest of nerds got it to actually work.
Google’s Nexus 7 is a product that’s received a ton of praise from the Android community, and it looks the mainstream is definitely taking notice. According to DigiTimes, who isn’t the most reliable source of information, but still manages to get quite a few number of things right, they say that shipments of the Nexus 7 are going to top 5 million units by the end of the year.
Michelle Lee, once Google’s Head of Patents and Patent Strategy, is now in charge of the United States Patent Office Silicon Valley Branch. David Kappos, the director of the Patent and Trademark Office, told Reuters that Lee “understands the critical importance patents and trademarks play in our global economy”, which is a statement that be interpreted multiple ways.
Imagination Technologies is a company that specializes in making graphics processors. They’re kind of like ARM, by that we mean they design processors that other companies then license and put on their chips. Take the chips that power Apple’s iOS devices for example, they all use GPUs from Imagination Technologies. Late last week, the company announced their latest creation, the PowerVR G6630. It’s the fastest GPU they’ve ever designed.