Galaxy S6 Edge Costs More to Build Than the iPhone 6 Plus

According to research firm IHS, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge costs more to make than the iPhone 6 Plus, yet Samsung sells it for slightly less. A breakdown of the phone’s bill of materials reveals that it could cost Samsung around $290 to build a 64GB Galaxy S6 Edge, whereas the iPhone 6 Plus tops out at around $263 for the 128GB model. At full retail, the price of a 64GB Galaxy S6 Edge runs as low as $799; the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus starts at $849.

Of course, this is the standard speculative report that IHS puts out for every phone, many of which are denied by phone manufacturers. The cost could officially be less or more, for all we know.  (more…)

A Quick Recap of the Apple Watch Event, Which Could Cost You $17,000

Apple’s “Spring Forward” event is now complete, which means our lives lost an hour and a half that they will never forgive us for. During the event, Apple talked about opening a new store in China, how many iPhones it sold in the last quarter, a bunch of health-related things that are probably really important, and even managed to show off a shiny new Macbook, which costs $1300 and is powered by a smartphone processor. Hey, it comes in gold, sooooo, that’s a win, no?

But the star of the show, and the reason we even bothered to tune in, was to see how smartwatch reinvention would take place. Well, they previously reinvented the notebook earlier in the show, so this was more like straight up invention.

This is how it all went down.  (more…)

Live Chat: Apple Watch Event!

I probably don’t need to keep explaining this each time we cover an Apple event, but this is the internet and the people taking up its space, particularly those on Twitter who use hashtags like #salty and #bitter and #jealous, never cease to amaze me. So, it’s Apple Watch day! And yes, we are doing our typical Apple event live chat, because well, it’s fun. The internet shuts down during Apple events, so why not join in on the festivities even if we are an Android-related news outlet? Seriously, that’s the thought here. That’s it. It’s fun.

OK, that was partially a lie. Outside of the fun (but still related to the fun), Apple is an easy target to lob right hooks at because they say really, really serious things with the straightest of faces that are hilarious to actual humans. They also don’t think there is a world outside of their products or product categories, which brings great joy to our lives as snarky, tech pundits. Just ask Tim Cook about smartwatches. You can’t make this stuff up, and we appreciate that. Keep being you, Tim and friends.  (more…)

Smartwatch Invention Upon Invention Coming March 9 From Apple

Apple just sent out invites to its hand-selected, Apple-friendly press for a “Spring forward” event that will take place on March 9 in San Francisco. The Apple Watch will more than likely be shown in finished form. Expect inventions, as always. Things like notifications on a watch, AMOLED displays that only light up select pixels and create richer, deeper blacks, and using your voice to dictate messages on your wrist will all be shown off for the first time in the history of the world, beautifully, unapologetically.  (more…)

Report: Google to Revive Wallet, Partner With Carriers to Compete Against Apple Pay

A report from the Wall Street Journal claims Google is looking to revamp Google Wallet this year, making it a true competitor to Apple Pay. In order to do so, Google will go to great lengths, even offering US carriers a portion of revenue from mobile advertising in exchange for featuring the payment method prominently on all Android devices sold.  (more…)