As we all settle into the comfortable seats of our resting places and enjoy a sip of coffee for the weekend, what better company than catching up on what were the biggest stories in the world of personal tech in the week gone by. Just like our previous series, ‘Tech Recap of the Day’ we promise to keep the stories as concise as possible giving you a peek. So without delaying it any further here are the stories that caught our attention over the span of this week:
Samsung vs Apple circa 2014 sees Samsung ordered to pay $119.6 Million
Samsung vs Apple lawsuits have been the most talked about suits in the tech world lately. However, the mobile world is moving on and with Android and iOS now so visibly different, there is not much substance left over in the suit. This was pretty much evident in the judgement that came in early saturday morning according to Indian Time as Samsung was ordered to pay $119.6 Million to Apple in damages. This might sound like a victory for Apple, but just think about this, Apple were suing Samsung for about $2 Billion. Certainly been a case of Samsung escaping out than anything else.
Samsung Galaxy S5 available for Rs 44,000 under buy back scheme
Samsung has been known to knock the prices of their devices down pretty quickly. This is why despite the S5 being announced for Rs 51,500, nobody blinked more than a few eyelids as there was an understanding that the price will fall within days. The same happened and Samsung Galaxy S5 was available for about Rs 48,500 within days offline. Today onwards, Samsung has initiated a buyback scheme too on MOP where you can get Rs 7,500 back on your Galaxy S5 making the whole deal extremely sweet at Rs 44,000. Not just this, you can get unto Rs 5,000 on your feature phone making the eventual price of the S5 Rs 46,500.
Popular among the teenagers for its disposable image sharing, Snapchat has added the ability to IM and Video Call directly from within the application on both iOS and Android. The app has also bought a redesigned UI which is a bit more functional and clean. The features will be rolled out in phases and for now if you are a part of the Snapchat Beta programme you will be able to check the features out.
The rumours about Motorola bringing a successor to the Moto G have been adrift for a while now. The device is expected to be priced smartly so that everybody could afford one, at least that is what Motorola has implied on the invite. Motorola would be hosting an event simultaneously in New Delhi and London on the 13th which certainly is a very interesting development. Will the device actually be an appealing one or be just another Nokia X sorts? We will find out.
The final Android flagship of the year, the LG G3 will be on stage on May 27th. LG has sent the invites out for an event that is to take place in New York, San Francisco and London simultaneously. The device is expected to bring a 2K display, Snapdragon 801 SoC, 5.5 inch screen with minimum bezels as well as rear facing volume buttons like the G2. The phone is expected to come in a shimmery gold variant keeping up with the trend started by the Apple iPhone 5s.
How could a week pass by without any major leak around an Apple product! Yes, this one did not either. An Italian website showed off what was a prototype design of the next iPhone, which obviously would be the iPhone 6. The device has a curvier profile unlike any other iPhone, maybe closest to the iPhone 3G. The phone looks definitely bigger than another iPhone so far, fuelling the rumours of a large 4.7 inch screen. The device as a result of this has a different button placement too with the power button located on the right face of the device. The prototype also indicates the new iPhone will be completely metallic from the back and Apple will do away with the glass strips like we saw on the iPhone 5/5s.
With that we come to an end of the roundup of the big stories in the world of consumer tech, we hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead. Stay tuned for latest in the tech space, right here.