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Samsung Galaxy S5 first day sales break Galaxy S4’s record

Filter this under non-surprising developments, but reports from Korea are saying that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has enjoyed quite some success on launch day. The new flagship has managed to set a new record for the company for launch day sales beating the achievement of its predecessor by over 30%.

In some European markets the sales of the Galaxy S5 have surpassed those of the Galaxy S4 more than twice, Samsung says. The number would have been even higher had the new smartphone stock not depleted in many places. In places like Paris, Amsterdam and London hundreds of people had gathered in front of the Samsung flagship stores ahead of opening, waiting impatiently to get their hands on the latest flagship.

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Google’s opening up Glass to everyone for one day only

Until now, Google Glass has been quite the exclusive club: either you bought one at Google’s 2013 I/O conference, or you called in a favor from a friend who did. Now, though, for one day only, Google is letting anyone buy in. The company just announced that on April 15th anyone with $1,500 (and a US shipping address) can purchase the headset. You might want to set an alarm, though: sales start at 6AM Pacific time that day, and it’s unclear what exactly Google means when it says “the number of spots available is limited.”

Google I/O tickets go on sale

Tickets will run you $900, but if you get an academic discount, you can nab them for $300. However, getting into the conference isn’t as simple as just buying a ticket.

It turns out that registration will be handed out randomly, so it all depends on the luck of the draw whether you can get in or not.

The academic discount requires that attendees be either a college student, professor, high school student, or member of an educational institution.

Samsung launches Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear Neo and Fit in India with pricing

The Galaxy S5 will be priced between INR 51,000 ($848) and INR 53,000 ($881). The exact pricing will be announced later but some retailers have already announced plans of selling the phone for INR 51,500 ($856).

The variant of Galaxy S5 launched in India runs on Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor with four 1.9GHz Cortex A5 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex A7 cores. This is a true octa core chip, meaning it can run all eight cores simultaneously if necessary. Unlike the Exynos version of the Note 3, however, the Exynos Galaxy S5 does record video in 4K. Samsung will also provide only the 16GB variant but in all four colors, blue, black, white and gold.

As for the smartwatches, the Gear 2 is priced at INR 21,900 ($364) whereas the Gear Neo and Gear Fit are priced at INR 15,900 ($264). The phone and the smartwatches will be available for purchase starting April 11.

Facebook to Acquire Oculus VR for $2 Billion

Facebook has announced that it will acquire Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Announced today, the social networking giant will acquire the Oculus VR for $400 million in cash and 23.1 million in Facebook shares.

According to a press release, “Facebook plans to extend Oculus’ existing advantage in gaming to new verticals, including communications, media and entertainment, education and other areas.”

"Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. "Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate."

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Pebble Steel with a leather band now sells for $229 

As it currently stands, the Pebble Steel with a leather band is $30 more expensive than the Samsung Gear Fit and $70 cheaper than the Galaxy Gear 2. Motorola and LG haven’t announced pricing for their respective smartwatches yet.

Google announces Android for wearables

Google has announced a version of its Android operating system designed specifically for wearable devices.

The first release of Android Wear is designed for smartwatches and helps them follow voice commands.

Google said it was also working with electronics firms, chip makers and fashion labels on wearable gadgets running Android.

One of the first Android Wear devices will be Motorola’s Moto 360 smart watch that will go on sale in the summer.

The search giant’s work on Android Wear builds on its experiences with Google Glass augmented spectacles.

Android Wear was announced via the official Google blog and marks a significant move for the company into the wearables sector.

Nokia X scores 1 million pre-orders in China

Nokia’s first Android smartphone, the Nokia X has been the talk of the town ever since its introduction at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The Nokia X has already gone on sale in countries like India and Malaysia and the device was available for pre-ordering in China. The transition to Android seems to be a good choice.

By Abraar & Raviraj.


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