Want to watch The Interview? You can get it today! Meanwhile, Huawei Honor sales boom in 2014 and Samsung closes a store in London.
Wow – it sure has been a rough ride for Sony Pictures, but they have managed to actually release The Interview. The controversial film will not only reach select theaters Christmas day, but it will also be available from the comfort of your home.
You will be able to stream it from YouTube Movies, Google Play, Xbox Videos and the dedicated website SeeTheInterview.com. The movie has just become available, so you may as well go get it. You can rent it for $5.99 or buy it for just $14.99. Obviously missing is iTunes, which seems to have refused showing the movie, even though Sony Pictures may have asked the White House to help them convince Apple.
Opinion: Well, that was a mess. Props to Google for supporting Sony Pictures on this one. They clearly show their stance with this funny tweet. Who’s watching?!
Our mission is to make the world’s information accessible—yes, even Seth Rogen movies. http://t.co/UihLmOJLwV
— Google (@google) December 24, 2014
A new report brings us numbers that make Huawei’s Honor brand one of the fastest-growing around. The company managed to boost sales from $1 million (last year) to a whopping $20 million in 2014.
Wow! That is definitely not easy, but how did they make it? You may have noticed a huge change in Huawei’s strategy this year. They started to build a much stronger online presence. Furthermore, they tried to make the Huawei name much more recognizable in America.
Opinion: Huawei aims to emulate this effect next year, but I bet it’s not easy to multiply $20 million by another 20. In a way, you can thank Xiaomi for their success, as Huawei pretty much tried to do something similar. Xiaomi’s method works!
Did you know Samsung has its own stores? They are called Samsung Experience Stores and are similar to what we now find inside Best Buy stores. It’s not the same all over the world, though. In England the manufacturer has major Samsung Experience Stores, similar to Apple’s.
Sales haven’t been doing great for the Korean phone maker, so one store has fallen today. Samsung has closed its London, Westfield Stratford City mall retail location. Samsung did reach out to The Verge, saying the following:
“We remain fully committed to the operation of the remaining nine Samsung Experience Stores across the UK, and wish to reassure our customers that those stores will not be affected by this decision.”
Opinion: This definitely doesn’t look good after Samsung made such a big deal over these stores. Next year they are said to be releasing the Galaxy S6, a completely renovated mobile experience. Let’s hope things get better then.
— Najeeb Khan (@najeebster) December 23, 2014