The Droid Turf Weekly Recap includes all the major headlines in the Android Ecosystem over the recent week.
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Weekly Recap: 7/10 – 7/14
Samsung’s profit guidance points toward a record-breaking quarter
South Korean conglomerate, Samsung, has released profit guidance showing a record-breaking quarter. Profit is going to be an estimated 14 trillion Korean won, which is approximately $12 billion. Although the Samsung Galaxy S8 devices have been successful, industry experts believe Samsung’s OLED and DRAM businesses have once again driven the majority of sales and profits. See the full report. [Read More]
HTC’s June revenue is encouraging, and it’s thanks to the HTC U 11 smartphone
HTC’s June revenue was 50% higher than what was achieved one month prior in May, and the company says this is because of the successful launch of the HTC U 11 smartphone. The 2017 flagship quickly outsold the creditable 2016 flagship, the HTC 10, and the company believes demand will remain high for ‘seasonal reasons.’ We hope that the HTC U 11 keeps on selling. Perhaps customers are getting bored with the Galaxies and iPhones that run this world, or perhaps HTC’s squeezable chassis design has generated considerable interest with customers. [Read More]
LG announces new mid-range smartphone with a ‘Full Vision’ type display, the LG Q6
LG is re-using the ‘Full Vision’ branded display, first seen with the LG G6, with the announcement of a new low to mid-range smartphone, the LG Q6. The device is based around a 5.5-inch 18:9 aspect ratio HD display and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset. There are three variants with a choice of 2GB, 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, respectively. Each comes with a 13MP main camera and a 5MP front-facing shooter for selfies and video chats. The Q6 family will be sold in a variety of colors around the world but LG has not yet confirmed pricing. [Read More]
AT&T rebrands GoPhone as ‘AT&T Prepaid’
America’s second largest carrier, AT&T, owns the GoPhone prepaid business, which had existed under its own branding until this week – AT&T has renamed it as ‘AT&T Prepaid,’ but changed nothing about the service. However, new customers joining AT&T Prepaid on either the $40 or $60 plan could benefit from two months of free service throughout the first twelve months after joining, but there’s no word of any loyalty bonus for existing customers. [Read More]
Facebook all set to monetize Messenger
Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is set to start monetizing its Messenger service with banner advertisements. The company has experimented with banner adverts in a couple of markets around the world and is now believed to be planning a roll out of ads across the world. These ads will provide Facebook with data that they’ll then be able to use to improve the user base. [Read More]
Google Play Movies & TV now supports HDR playback
HDR playback is the highest quality playback technology available, although equipment supporting HDR playback is still expensive. Earlier in the year a limited number of devices were released that support the new technology, such as the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. Now, some months later, Google is updating the Google Play Movies & TV application and service for North American customers to include support for HDR playback. [Read More]
A Samsung executive has suggested August 23 as the next Unpacked event
A Samsung executive has explained that the next Samsung Unpacked event could be held on August 23, where a large display handset will be launched. This is believed to be the Galaxy Note 8, purported to be based around a 6.3-inch display, which is slightly larger than the Galaxy S8+ from earlier in the year. In the past, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note flagship smartphone in late August or early September, occasionally at the IFA trade show in Germany. But there are rumors circulating that the South Korean conglomerate will announce the device earlier than usual to get the device out before the competition. [Read More]
BlackBerry KEYone comes to Sprint
After being available to purchase unlocked for over a month, the BlackBerry KEYone has now made its way to Sprint. The carrier is now selling the handset that has a full keyboard, online, and will have units to share at carrier store locations later in the month of July. Sprint is the only carrier in the United States who is offering the premium mid-range device. It goes for $528 or 18 monthly payments of $22. [Read More]