In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Samsung reveals Galaxy SIV and three CEOs; Facebook to incorporate hashtags; Mobeam on board Galaxy SIV; and an overzealous customer orders 1 million BlackBerries.
Samsung reveals Galaxy SIV
The Galaxy SIV was finally revealed. A lot of people were impressed, especially with the fact that most of the rumored specifications turned up in the highly anticipated device.
The Samsung Galaxy SIV features a 5-inch full HD super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution, a 2,600mAh removable battery, a 1.9GHz quad-core or 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 13MP rear camera and more. It comes with plenty of accessories such as a fitness bracelet, S View cover, Game Pad, Wireless charging pad and cover, an extra battery kit and more.
Several other rumored features came to fruition, such as Air View, along with other cool stuff like S Voice Drive, Optical Reader, S Health and more.
Stay tuned for our Samsung Galaxy SIV full review.
Samsung’s three CEOs
If BlackBerry thought that having two CEOs was a great idea, Samsung took a leaf from its book, but added another. Samsung now how three CEOs.
Joining Vice Chairman Oh-Hyun Kwon at the top of the totem pole, President Boo-keun Yoon and President J.K. Shin will now serve as co-CEOs for Samsung. The promotion is to recognize the massive contribution of the two presidents in Samsung’s overall success.
Shin heads Samsung’s mobile division while Yoon led Samsung’s TV division. Both will keep their current positions as presidents of their respective divisions while Kwon will keep his position as head of Samsung Electronics, as well as continue serving as Chair of Samsung’s Board of Directors.
Facebook to incorporate hashtags
Finally! Using hashtags on Facebook will make some sense!
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Facebook will be incorporating the hashtag, Twitter’s iconic marker, to its system. Though I’m sure it will spark more animosity between the two social networking sites, Facebook users will probably be delighted. This isn’t the first time Facebook copied something from Twitter. The first hit came when Facebook allowed the use of “@” to connect with people on Facebook.
Facebookers are fond of using hashtags on their Facebook posts, but their efforts are in vain. Aware or not, they may not have to worry about that anymore.
No news yet as to when hashtags would be officially used on Facebook.
Mobeam on board Galaxy SIV
Mobeam, the technology that converts lines of bar codes into pulses of light to be read by barcode scanners, is on board the Samsung Galaxy SIV. The company hopes that more people with use Mobeam and keep digital versions of store coupons, gift cards, tickets and anything with a barcode on them, on their devices.
Customer orders 1M BlackBerrys
An executive from BlackBerry announced that one of its “established partners” ordered one million BlackBerry 10 phones. This is the biggest order the Canadian company has ever received from one client in the company’s history.
“An order for 1 million devices is a tremendous vote of confidence in BlackBerry 10,” Rick Costanzo, executive vice president of global sales BlackBerry, said. “Consumers are ready for a new user experience, and BlackBerry 10 delivers. With strong partner support, coupled with this truly re-invented new platform, we have a powerful recipe for success.”
As for who the client is that placed the huge order, BlackBerry refused to drop names. Signs are pointing to Verizon, the biggest service provider in the US, but the company has yet to confirm or deny the statement.