Samsung Galaxy S III reaches 10 million in sales, prompts a little dance

While there may not be specific numbers and data for us to analyze, word of mouth from Samsung’s mobile head Shin Jong-kyun reportedly states that the Galaxy S III has sold 10 million devices since it was released on May 29th of this year, as well as according to the Yonhap News Agency. That, dear readers, redefines Android smartphone competition: Samsung set and goal and reached it, and it can only go straight up for the official Olympics phone from here on out.

Via: Yonhap News Agency

Final version of Windows 8 screenshots leak: new boot screen, colors, and more

This is just a short update in the whole scheme of Windows 8 news, but it’s pretty interesting to know that Windows 8 is nearly ready for release (production-wise), thus Microsoft is prepping the RTM version. That means the final touches are being added, like new wallpapers, window styles, the boot screen, and even colors to complete all of the aesthetics. For example, above is a look at how the windows have changed from the old “Aero” design from Windows Vista and 7 to the new “Metro” look employed on the new Windows 8, coming in late October.

Via: Winuleaked

Spotify’s first anniversary in the United States is composed of 13 billion listens

It’s just a year since Spotify first came to the United States — and they’re really, really happy about it. During the first 365 days that Spotify was available in the US, 13 billion tracks were listened to and then shared more than twice as many in the same period of time — 27,834,742, to be precise. And now, with year two stopping by, Spotify has some more plans up its sleeves for you to “love”. OK then, sounds good.

Samsung wants to show the press a new Galaxy device on August 15th

There’s not a single bit of evidence pointing towards what Samsung is prepping us press for on August 15th. OK, there’s a possibility of a Galaxy Note successor or a completely new Galaxy device, but otherwise, those all have just been rumors. So it’s another one of those waiting games that multi-billion dollar tech companies like to play. Pay $200 to pass jail? Perhaps.

Google acquires…Sparrow, the hit iOS email app

This is monumental. A third-party app for email, Sparrow for iOS redefined what an email user interface should be like, and Google has just gone and bought it, according to the company on its blog and Twitter account. This either meaning that Google will purchase the company to leave it to stagnant or improve it further, even by integrating Sparrow with push notifications (currently reports are going with the leaving the app alone scenario). It’s all just a wait and see game, unless otherwise notified by Google.

Via: Sparrow (Twitter)

HTC confirms its One X and One S smartphones will obviously get Jelly Bean

Keep in mind that for the past few weeks, Android smartphone manufacturers have been quiet on the fact of Jelly Bean Android 4.1 upgrades to the top-of-line smartphones they’ve recently released with Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC on the other hand, got the return of serve and now has the ball in their hands (pardon me for such a graphic image, but I believe that HTC has the guts to do such a thing) and has announced Jelly Bean will be developed for the HTC One X and One S. According to Jeff Gordon, the HTC Global Online Communications Manager:

“We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.”

Your turn, Motorola, Samsung, ASUS, etc.

Via: Le Verge

Microsoft posts Q4 earnings: $18.06 billion revenue, loss of $192 million

The definition of great earnings has many different angles and hues. Microsoft took the quarterly liberty of posting theirs and it turns out that had a net loss of $192 million from the previous last three months. The flipside of that being Microsoft did gain $18.06 billion of revenue, beating the previous quarter’s $17.41 billion earnings report. The reason for Microsoft’s multi-million dollar loss woes is due to a writedown from its failed acquisition of aQuantitative.

But in traditional Microsoft fashion, it gets brushed off by their CEO, Steve Ballmer:

“We delivered record fourth quarter and annual revenue, and we’re fast approaching the most exciting launch season in Microsoft history,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft in a canned statement. “Over the coming year, we’ll release the next versions of Windows, Office, Windows Server, Windows Phone, and many other products and services that will drive our business forward and provide unprecedented opportunity to our customers and partners.”

Now to see if all of those upcoming products truly make Microsoft the most exciting company of 2012.

Via: Microsoft 

Google’s Q2 2012 earnings: $12.21B gross, $2.79B net income

Details have recently trickled in, and Google has had a solid second quarter of 2012. Google even beat Wall Street earnings expectations, at $10.12 per share on revenue of $12.21 billion. This also points towards a 35% increase of gross revenue from the previous quarter this year. That’s quite obviously called progress.

A statement put forth by Google’s CEO, Larry Page expresses the confidence and accomplishment that Google currently has:

“Google standalone had a strong quarter with 21% year-on-year revenue growth, and we launched a bunch of exciting new products at I/O – in particular the Nexus 7 tablet, which has received rave reviews,”  [sic] “This quarter is also special because Motorola is now part of the Google family, and we’re excited about the potential to build great devices for users.”

Promising indeed. And that leaves little reason for Google not to pursue meaningful hardware ventures, like Project Glass or the Nexus 7.

Via: Google Investors