Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Samsung Lists Which US Galaxy Smartphones And Tablets Will Get Updated To KitKat


Samsung has been very cautious in rolling out its KitKat update thus far, with even most Galaxy S4 owners still waiting around on Jelly Bean. This doesn't even take into account all the millions of other Galaxy smartphones and tablets that often take a backseat to the company's flagship. Yet Samsung has now provided a list of all the devices it intends to bump up to Android 4.4.2 before it's all said and done.
  • Galaxy Note3
  • Galaxy NoteII
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy S4 mini
  • Galaxy S4 Active
  • Galaxy S4 zoom
  • Galaxy S III
  • Galaxy S III mini
  • Galaxy Mega
  • Galaxy Light
  • Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Galaxy Tab 3
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy Note10.1 2014 Edition
The company expresses that updates will start today and continue on throughout the coming months, not proving any information on which devices will get priority. As usual, ETAs will also vary based on carrier. So yes, you will still need to be patient, but at least now you know if you've made the list. And no, bringing along a hot friend won't get you in any sooner.
Source: Samsung

Candy Crush Game Developer King Files For IPO Of Up To $500 Million


King has been making headlines lately thanks to trademark claims that are, frankly, insane. But it looks like the creators of Candy Crush Saga are doing something right: the Wall Street Journal reports that the company is filing for an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, preparing to sell as much as $500 million in initial stock.

King's collection of simple Facebook, iOS, and Android games are almost entirely driven by the free-to-play model, with headliner Candy Crush Saga being downloaded more than 100 million times on Android alone. The company has also become a lightning rod for controversy ever since it won extremely broad trademark claims on the term "Candy" (applied to video games and clothing) in January. It earned even more ire from gamers after filing to block the trademark for The Banner Saga, a Viking-themed strategy game for the PC that bears no resemblance to any of its properties. Other bruises on the company's image include various accusations of blatantly copied games. The creator of Candy Swipe, which predates Candy Crush by two years, claims that King purchased the rights to an even earlier game in order to invalidate his own trademark filing against the company
An IPO is good for an influx of quick cash, but it might not be a good strategy for a company which has risen so quickly in the highly changeable casual game market. Take Zynga, the former "king" of Facebook games: after an IPO in 2012, their stock price is roughly one third of its $15 high point, thanks in part to waning interest in former hits like Draw Something and Words With Friends. Tellingly, Angry Birds developer Rovio seems to have little interest in an IPO.
King has been around since 2002, but has seen a meteoric rise in popularity with the debut of Candy Crush Saga and other free-to-play games. In 2012 the company reported a profit of $7.8 million, which grew over 7,000% in 2013 to $567 million. Currently King hasn't settled on its initial stock price or market valuation.

HTC Announces London And New York Media Event For March 25th

htc invite
And so it begins. While HTC hasn't announced anything specific for the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it looks like the company is planning its own shindig roughly one month later. Earlier this morning press invitations were issued for a March 25th media event scheduled for both London and New York City.
Since the event comes a year after the release of the HTC One and we're just about drowning in photo and spec leaks for its successor, there's little doubt that the upcoming event is for the "M8." In addition to a spec and software bump, the new model is expected to use dual rear cameras and virtual navigation buttons. Whether or not the company will also reveal the rumored "M8 Mini" is a little more murky, but if it's being co-developed with the flagship update, it surely can't be far behind. The leaked "Desire 8" might also get a mention, though that seems more likely to be shown off at MWC.
Of course there's been nothing official from HTC thus far on any of these products, and I wouldn't expect the company's PR team to issue more than fleeting glances right up until the event. We'll have our popcorn ready.
Source: Engadget