Here at Fueled, a mobile development company based in New York and London, we are obsessed with everything that happens in the mobile, be it rumors of iPhone hardware, subtle Android updates or new apps we love.
Every Friday, we'd like to help you "top up” your weekly knowledge of the mobile industry so you can keep your finger on the pulse. Here's what went on this week in mobile.
The iPhone is Coming...
Another week, another slew of iPhone rumors. Numerous blog and tech sites this week discussed the possibility of a faster processor in the new iPhone, saying it could be up to 31% faster than the iPhone 5. Other speculation this week included 'leaked' evidence of a different flash for the iPhone camera. Could it all be true? We'll find out September 10th.
In the meantime, you can trade in your old phone at your local Apple store. 9to5Mac reports that Apple's “iPhone Reuse and Recycle Program" begins today at select retailers. You can expect to trade your iPhone 4 and 4S for between $120 to $200 and an iPhone 5, in mint condition, for around $250. A larger scale recycling program will launch this September.
What time is it? Droid o'clock.
On September 4th, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch will arrive. Outlets are saying that The Galaxy Gear will "enhance"and "enrich" the smart phone experience. Apparently, the new (and bigger) Galaxy Note 3 will arrive soon after. Good luck stealing the iPhone's- and rumored iPad's- thunder... but it will still be interesting to see what the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear will do together.
In other Droid news, Google dropped the Nexus 4 price down to $199.
Our favorite app and downstairs neighbor, Foursquare, announced some exciting news yesterday. It's getting smarter!
Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley says the new version of the app will utilize Foursquare's wealth of knowledge, from best restaurants to drink recommendations. The app will automatically detect your location and send you alerts without checking you in. Foursquare plans to give the app to 2,000 Android users in the next few weeks and then expand throughout the year. We're excited and apparently not the only ones; Microsoft might be investing in the new technology.
As it's the last week of summer, it's been a quiet one and as we know, things will definitely be buzzing in the mobile world this September. So check back soon for more in Fueled's Top Up: This Week in Mobile.