Report: Amazon phone to launch in September

CNBC is reporting that Amazon does indeed have a smartphone lined up for launch, and will be announcing it this Summer. Via Twitter, they note the device will be announced in June, well ahead of a September release. Further details suggest 3D aspirations, which is something we’ve heard before from Amazon.

Facebook report highlights censorship

Faacebook is saying which countries are censoring their news feed in a global transparency report, which covers the second half of 2013. According to them, India is the top offender with 4,765 content restrictions. The main reason for the blocks has to do with “criticism of a religion or the state”. Second on the list was Turkey with just over 2,014 blocks.

Analyst: T-Mobile and Sprint must merge, or one will fail

The proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is an interesting Catch 22, according to analysts from New Street Research. Both carriers acknowledge they can’t compete with the likes of Verizon and AT&T separately, as their buying power for spectrum is just overwhelming. Together, T-Mobile and Sprint would still represent the number three carrier in the US, but the FCC is likely reluctant to let it happen.

Study: KitKat execution slower than Jelly Bean

Many major OEMs have made the move to KitKat, but maybe not as quick as they did to Jelly Bean. A new Chitika report shows that only about 10% of Android devices are running Android 4.4 or better. In a similar timeframe after Jelly Bean launched, it had a 16% adoption rate.

Samsung mislead everyone about Galaxy Tab sales figures

A new document introduced in the latest Apple versus Samsung trial shines a light on an ongoing point of contention for market share statistics: sales versus shipments. Sales of devices don’t always translate to shipments, but the two are often confused. It seems the document suggests that Samsung’s performance in the tablet market may not have been as successful as we have been led to believe. In fact, they may not have had much success at all.

Gear Fit gets torn apart, reveals internals and curved battery

Tearing open a smartphone or tablet seems so easy, now that iFixit has ripped open the Gear Fit from Samsung. The tiny wearable got the teardown treatment, where we find it empty, and void of parts to make it work like a smart wearable should. No, wait, they’re just attached to the back of the screen.