Android News 29 April 2014:
- HTC M8 Ace to Have a Plastic body and Lower Price
- Sense 6 Update for HTC One Family Goes to Certification Phase
- Samsung Reports the Q1 2014 Statements: $51.8B Revenue, $7.3B Net Profit
1. HTC M8 Ace to Have a Plastic body and Lower Price
Almost a month ago, @evleaks reported about a new HTC device, HTC M8 Ace, and today some sources close to the matter confirmed the device and leaked some specs as well. According to the new rumor HTC M8 Ace will feature a plastic unibody (instead of Aluminum), a 5-inch Full HD display, and a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset. Don’t the specs ring a bell? The M8 Ace seems to have the same specs as Galaxy S5 and the story gets more exciting since the source believes the handset could launch sometime in next month for much cheaper price than the Samsung’s latest flagship (about $480).
2. Sense 6 Update for HTC One Family Goes to Certification Phase
Remember HTC’s stages to the adaptation of a Google Android release? The stages are Evaluation, Development, Integration, Certification, and Push to customer.
Today, HTC USA updated the update status for HTC One family devices to show how close the devices are to get the Sense 6.0 update. According to the updated page, HTC One M7 (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Unlocked and Develope r Edition variants) are all at the Certification phase, which means HTC is doing the final tests before handing the update over to the carriers for final tests before the OTA roll-out.
T-Mobile is the only carrier which still remains on the Development phase.
For the other 2 members of the family, while the updates for Sprint and Verizon variants of HTC One max are at the Certification Phase, AT&T HTC One mini is till at the Integration phase.
IF nothing goes wrong, we believe most of the HTC One devices (M7, Mini and Max) will be updated to Sense 6.0 before the end of May 2014.
3. Samsung Reports the Q1 2014 Statements: $51.8B Revenue, $7.3B Net Profit
The Samsung’s earnings report for the first quarter of 2014 is out, and according to the statements the Korean company managed to reach the $51.8 Billion revenue while the Mobile division itself was responsible for about 59% of the total revenue ($30.29 Billion). The total net profit of the company is reported $7.3 billion while again about 85% of which comes from the Mobile division. The report also mentions that nearly 13 million tablets were shipped during the first 3 months of the year, and thanks to the great sales of Galaxy devices, mainly Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, mobile operating profits jump 18 percent from the end of 2013.