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Google announced a special edition Galaxy S4 smartphone running stock Android at its I/O Developers Conference last week. AT&T has always been hesitant to allow customers to use video chat applications on its cellular network. Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform hasn’t exactly been the catalyst PC makers were looking for as sales continue to slide, but the new operating system does seem to be making some progress. We’ve known for a while that Samsung wants to significantly decrease its dependence on Google and its Android platform, and now The Wall Street Journal reports that the company “will be hosting a global competition to lure developers to create apps for its Galaxy smartphones” that will pay 10 winners a combined $800,000 in prize money. Apple’s retail stores continue to outsell, on a sales per square foot basis, all other retailers by a large margin. Samsung is staying true to its word and will soon bring new features from its Galaxy S4 smartphone to its older Galaxy S III. Samsung on Monday announced a new super-high resolution display for laptop computers. The company revealed a 13. Among the many new variants of the Galaxy S4 Samsung has planned is the Galaxy S4 Active, a ruggedized version of the company’s popular smartphone. The rumored X Phone being developed by Google and Motorola unit is headed to AT&T later this year. With Windows Phone, Microsoft has shown us how difficult it is to launch a new mobile product without an expansive app ecosystem available right out of the gate.