Samsung Galaxy S3 goes on sale and other news [News round-up]
Product launches and announcements this week
Samsung takes on iTunes and Spotify
Samsung has launched a Music Hub service, aiming to take on the Apple’s iTunes and music streaming services like Spotify. The service will initially only be available on the Galaxy S3 smartphone, although eventually users will be able to make use of a web browser version, as well as apps for Smart TVs and even Samsung’s fridges.
Customers can either buy individual pieces of music from the store or pay £9.99 a month for the premium service and get unlimited streaming of millions of songs from the cataglogue.
See-through phones appear in Japan
It’s currently just a prototype, but mobile network NTT DoCoMo has demonstrated a transparent, double-sided touchscreen mobile phone. According to the operator using both sides of the screen allows a user to perform ‘gripping operations’ and gives more functionality to the touchscreen.
The ability to scroll without obstructing the screen sounds like a good idea, although holding the phone without pressing either side of the screen sounds like a nightmare.
Google’s Project glass gets a (very short) demonstration
Google’s project to create a set of smart glasses that can be used as a camera and for augmented reality is a long way from arriving in shops but that hasn’t stopped them showing off the prototypes.
It isn’t finished and Google isn’t giving too much away but working models are being trialled by workers at the search giant and co-founder Sergey Brin let talk show host Gavin Newsom try them on in an interview.
LG goes beyond retina
LG has developed a 5-inch LCD display that boasts a staggering resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with a pixel density of 440ppi. This means the display is so sharp that it is more accurate than the human eye can detect – which does beg the question why bother, but we’ll leave that for another day.
The display is also not just super sharp but also includes Advanced High Performance In Plane Switching technology which apparently delivers wide viewing angles, fast response times and improved brightness efficiency.
Batman comes to Phones 4U
Our ‘bizarre marketing tie-in of the week’ award is jointly awarded to Phones 4U and Nokia for releasing a Batman Dark Knight Rises Nokia Lumia 900. Yes really.
Costing £599.99 Sim free, you only have to pay an extra £140.04 to get a ‘laser etched’ bat logo on the back of your Lumia 900, instead of just buying the regular version.
To be fair you also get a limited edition black and grey theme for the phone, a special app that will deliver exclusive trailers and a Claim Gotham City game where you can check into real life locations in the name of Batman or Bane. Now we can see where that money goes…
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