Samsung has outed its new device prices, Xiaomi’s sales are skyrocketing and “OK Google” hotword reaches new languages.
Samsung’s newly announced devices may have turned some heads. After all, those specs are sure to come attached with a very attractive price tag, but Samsung said no word about pricing in yesterday’s announcement. Samsung Netherlands has gone ahead and given us a better look at this information in their very own announcement.
This market will only see three of the 4 new devices, though, leaving the Galaxy Star 2 price in the dark. According to the press release, the Galaxy Core 2 will cost €179. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Young 2 and Galaxy Ace 4 will cost €99 and €219, relatively.
Opinion: These are not bad prices, but they are also not amazing. We doubt most of these will make it to the USA, but we might see one or two of them.
Xiaomi has been doing an amazing job with their latest affordable smartphones. These are capable, affordable and well built. Their hard work is definitely showing, as the company has just reported an amazing first half of 2014.
The manufacturer’s numbers have jumped by 271% compared to last year’s first half of the year! They sold 26.11 million devices, accounting for a 33 billion Yuan revenue. The company has done so well they even outsold the mighty Samsung in China, which is not something to be taken lightly.
Opinion: We were amazed by the Xiaomi Redmi Note’s quality and price, so it’s no surprise the manufacturer is doing so well. And even outside China, Xiaomi’s devices have been struggling to stay in the shelves after their releases.
Previously only available for US, Canada and UK residents, the “OK, Google” Android hotword has been a great feature for those who can take advantage of it. Other countries and languages have been missing out, though. That is… until today.
It seems Google has added 9 new languages (or more) to the short list of supported tongues. These include German, English (now supports all accents / dialects), Spanish (Spain and Mexico only), French, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian only), Russian, Korean and Japanese.
Opinion: It’s always nice to see these features rolled out to other countries. We know how frustrating it can be to see all the neat features coming only to USA users. You may need to update Google Search, so make sure that is done and test the feature!