Saturday, 30 June 2012

Dell Venue Pro receives Windows Phone Tango update

By on 23:12

If you were concerned whether your non-Nokia Windows Phone will receive the Windows Phone Tango update then you can heave a sigh of relief, particularly if you are one of the few people who are still rocking the Dell Venue Pro.

Galaxy Nexus banned in the US, infringes on four Apple patents

By on 23:11

Apple has just been granted a temporary injunction against Galaxy Nexus sales in the United States. US Court ruled against Samsung in the patent case, which was initiated in February, but gets its first ruling just now.
Judge Lucy Koh decided that Samsung has infringed four patents, although one specific patent weighs in towards this decision - patent number 8,086,604 ('604). It basically refers to a device being able to search multiple sources through a single interface (Apple's Siri).

Microsoft to bring Windows 8 Marketplace in 180 countries

By on 23:08

The Microsoft Windows Marketplace was so far only available in 63 countries, and only 38 of those were allowed to submit apps. But now, Microsoft is planning on expanding that list considerably and has announced to bring the new Windows 8 Marketplace to over 180 countries at launch.

Flash Player downloads from Play Store to cease starting August 15

By on 23:07

Last year, Adobe announced that it is going to stop the development of mobile Flash Player for Android. Adding further nails in that coffin, Adobe has now announced that Flash Player won't be supported in Android 4.1. A prime example of this is the new Nexus 7 tablet, that ships without Flash support.
Furthermore, Adobe has announced that it will cease new Flash Player downloads from the Google Play Store, starting August 15. This means you will no longer see the Flash Player in the Play Store if it is not already installed on your device. Devices that already have the Flash Player installed will continue to receive minor updates and bug fixes post August 15.

Google releases Chrome and Drive for iOS

By on 23:01

Who said that Google's I/O conference isn't an important event for iOS users? Google just announced that it's adding iOS support to its Drive cloud storage service and Chrome web browser.
Google's own cloud storage, which launched back in April, is already available for download at the iTunes store, while Chrome is still on the way, but should arrive later today.

Leaked Lenovo LePhone K860 to feature quad-core Exynos, ICS

By on 22:47

The LePhone K860 leaked on a Japanese mobile blog earlier today, and is set to be only the third device confirmed to run on the quad-core Exynos chipset, after the GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the as-yet unreleased Meizu MX 4-core.

Besides the quad-core processor clocked at 1.4Ghz, the K860 is set to come with ICS out of box. It will feature a 5 inch 720p display, 8MP camera with 2MP front-facing, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of ROM.

EXCLUSIVE: Galaxy Note 2 5.5" screen, narrower body confirmed

By on 22:02

We already knew that a successor to the wildly successful Galaxy Note is already in the works and that it might feature a 5.5" AMOLED. Now, an insider source, whom we have good reasons to trust has send us a tip, saying the screen size is now confirmed.

Facebook Q2 earnings results scheduled for July 26

By on 21:51

Facebook Inc (FB.O) will report its second-quarter financial results after the market closes on July 26, the company announced on Friday.
Monitors show the value of the Facebook, Inc. stock during morning trading at the NASDAQ Marketsite in New York June 4, 2012. REUTERS/Eric ThayerThe earnings results will be Facebook's first quarterly report since its initial public offering in May. Shares of the world's No.1 social networking company remain below its $38 offering price, closing Friday's regular trading session at $31.095.
Analysts, on average, expect Facebook to generate a profit of 12 cents a share on revenue of $1.15 billion. Thomson Reuters StarMine's SmartEstimates, a model that rewards accuracy and timeliness of analysts' predictions, suggests that Facebook will post earnings of 10.4 cents per share.

Apple scores second legal win vs Samsung in a week

By on 21:47

A U.S. judge on Friday granted Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) request for a pre-trial injunction against the sale of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's (005930.KS) Galaxy Nexus phone, handing the iPhone maker its second legal victory against Samsung in a week.
Hugo Barra, director of product management of Google, holds a Samsung Galaxy Nexus mobile phone during Google I/O 2012 Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California June 27, 2012. REUTERS/Stephen LamApple and Samsung, the world's largest consumer electronics corporations, are waging legal war in several countries, accusing each other of patent violations as they vie for supremacy in a fast-growing market for mobile devices.
Friday's decision, by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, comes days after she also slapped a pre-trial ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, a tablet computer that runs on Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Android and goes toe-to-toe with the iPad.

Friday, 29 June 2012

UK carriers won't offer a subsidized Nokia 808 PureView

By on 11:29

If you are a UK resident, hoping to get the 41MP of camera goodness that is the Nokia 808 PureView at a nicely subsidized price, we have some bad news for you. None of the British carriers will be offering the Symbian smartphone, so getting it SIM-free will be your only option.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM leaked for the Galaxy Nexus

By on 11:26

It's just been over twelve hours since Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a signed copy of the OS has already been leaked online for the Galaxy Nexus.

The leaked ROM is for 'takju', that is, the GSM Galaxy Nexus variant that has Google Wallet support but also runs fine on 'yakju', that is the standard variant of the GSM Galaxy Nexus, without any issues.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets a healthy price reduction

By on 11:26

We already know that the Google Nexus 7 is arguably the sweetest way to get into the Android tablet realm. As powerful as it might be however, the slate cannot make phone calls. In on order to make sure you get that base covered in an appropriate fashion, Google has slashed the price of the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Google announces Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

By on 11:25

The next major version of Android is here. Carrying the name Jelly Bean, Android 4.1 puts plenty of new features and performance updates to the table.

Project Butter

Google Nexus 7 is now official, comes in July for $199

By on 11:23

Google officially unveiled the Nexus 7 tablet at the Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco. Manufactured by ASUS, this is Google's first take on a tablet of their own brand.
As the name suggests, the Google Nexus 7 features a 7" IPS display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. The tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chip with 1GB of RAM and 12 core ultra-low voltage nVidia GeForce GPU.

Google I/O keynote speech is underway, watch it live here

By on 08:08

After Apple unveiled iOS 6 at its WWDC 2012 conference and Microsoft previewed WP8 at the Windows Phone Summit, it's now Google's turn to announce the latest release of its Android platform. The Google I/O event has just started and you can follow the keynote speech right here.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 get Camera Extras, more apps

By on 20:21

The Nokia Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 already received some of the updates that Nokia promised (in the US and China at least) at the WP summit and now it's time for the older duo - the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 - to get their own. There's a little something for the 900 and 610 too.

Huawei Ascend D quad delayed again, the CPU to blame

By on 20:20

This year's MWC saw some really exciting phones from Huawei - the icing of the cake undoubtedly being the Huawei Ascend D quad. The company's new flagship will use a homebrewed quad-core processor instead of an NVIDIA, TI or Qualcomm sourced chip.
However, sticking to its own chipset isn't the smooth sailing Huawei may have hoped, as the D quad has been delayed due to issues with the manufacturing of the processor. Huawei's vice president Yu Chengdong says that mass production of the phone will only start in August.
Huawei's R&D team has been told to increase its efforts on fixing the issue. Still, it will be at least until August (possibly even later) before the Huawei Ascend D quad will go on sale.

CyanogenMod 9.0 RC1 released for 50 devices

By on 20:19

The CyanogenMod 9.0 has been in the works for quite a long time now but it seems it is only a matter of time now before the final version gets released. But before we get there, the CyanogenMod team has decided to release the first Release Candidate today, that includes support for 50 devices.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Check out a Lumia 900 running the new WP 7.8

By on 19:56

A Senior Manager over at Redmond's Microsoft campus got hold of a Nokia Lumia 900 running a veryearly build of Windows Phone 7.8 and decided to tape the new homescreen and upload it to YouTube.
He demonstrates the live tiles resizing in all three modes - small, medium and large. Doing so also changes the amount of information that the tile gives you. For example a small SMS live tile gives you only the number of unread messages, while a large one also gives you a quick preview.

Upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices leak out, show their screen specs

By on 19:51

With the availability of the first BlackBerry 10 devices quickly approaching, some additional details about the first two handsets have emerged. Courtesy of a leaked internal slide from RIM, we now know the alleged resolution and screen technology implemented in the first two smartphones, which will boot RIM's upcoming OS.

Meizu flagship renamed to MX 4-core, available June 30

By on 19:50

The Meizu MX quad-core has received another official presentation, this time focusing on its renaming to the Meizu MX 4-core during an event in Hong Kong. The device was presented in collaboration with carrier PCCW and will go on sale in its stores starting June 30.
Meizu MX 4-core live pictures
The pricing of the 32 gig model is HK$3,099 (~US$400) and the 64 GB one is HK$4,099 (~US$530). There's no 16 gig variant in the works. The phone comes in a selection of vivid colors - ivory white, milky lime, lilac purple and misty pink.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Korean Galaxy S III to be the first quad-core LTE phone

By on 06:25

Until now, if you wanted LTE support to go with your Galaxy S III, you'd have to sacrifice some processing power, namely the quad-core Exynos chipset, which does not support LTE. Evidence of this can be found in both the US and Japanese versions of the S III with LTE support, both of which are set to have dual-core processors.

T-Mobile to allegedly get the Samsung Galaxy Note in the US

By on 06:24

Looks like AT&T won't be the only carrier to have the Samsung Galaxy Note in the US for long. It seems T-Mobile too has plans to launch their very own version, according to Cell Phone Signal.

The phone in question is said to launch on July 11 and will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.

Nokia AIR cloud service promo video leaks, shows cool devices

By on 06:23

A promo video has leaked showing Nokia Air, the company's own cloud syncing solution.
Nokia Air is designed to sync apps, contacts, media across Nokia tablets and smartphones. By the looks of it, Symbian Belle is the OS destined to receive Nokia Air first.

Google CEO says "nothing seriously wrong": source

By on 06:17

Google Inc Chief Executive Larry Page has reassured employees about his health, but the company on Friday shed little additional light on an unspecified condition affecting his voice that will sideline him from two high-profile events in the coming weeks.
Google CEO Larry Page speaks during a press announcement at Google's headquarters in New York, May 21, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo MunozPage told employees in an email on Thursday that there was "nothing seriously wrong with me," according to a source who had seen an internal staff memo.
The 39-year-old Google co-founder sat out his company's annual shareholders' meeting on Thursday because he had "lost his voice," according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who informed attendees of the news at the start of the event.
The condition will also cause Page to miss Google's annual developer conference next week as well as its quarterly results announcement next month.

Quest Software gets $2.32 billion bid from strategic bidder

By on 06:15

Quest Software said a strategic bidder proposed to buy the maker of enterprise management software for about $2.32 billion in cash, trumping an earlier offer of nearly $2.17 billion from private investment firm Insight Venture Partners.
The new offer of $27.50 per share from the unidentified bidder is at a 5 percent premium to Quest's Friday close of $26.22.

Sony, Panasonic to cooperate on OLED televisions

By on 06:12

Rival Japanese television makers Sony Corp and Panasonic Corp said Monday they will cooperate to make OLED (organic light emitting diode) sets as they battle Korean rivals Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics for pole position in the next-generation TV market.
Sony and Panasonic TV sets are displayed at an electronic shop in Tokyo June 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonThe race to garner a lead in OLED, widely touted as the successor to liquid-crystal displays, will depend on which company is able to mass produce screens at a price that will attract consumers to the new technology.
Sony and Panasonic said in a statement they will develop technologies to fabricate the screens and aim to establish a mass-production process in 2013.

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By on 06:11

Samsung Electronics Co expects sales of its new Galaxy S III, launched at the end of last month as a main rival to Apple's iPhone, to top 10 million during July, making it the South Korean group's fastest selling smartphone.
Models hold new Galaxy S III devices as they pose for photographers during an event to launch the smartphone in the local market at the headquarters of Samsung Electronics in Seoul June 25, 2012. Samsung Electronics expects sales of its new Galaxy S III, launched at the end of last month as a main rival to Apple's iPhone, to top 10 million during July, making it the South Korean group's fastest selling smartphone. REUTERS-Lee Jae-WonIt also predicted earnings from its handset division would be higher in the current second quarter than in January-March, countering market concerns that tight supplies of the new Galaxy model and the weak global economy would pressure earnings at Asia's most valuable technology firm.
Shares in Samsung dropped 4.2 percent on Monday to a four-and-a-half month low, after more brokers cut their quarterly profit outlook, citing concerns over its chip and telecoms businesses. The benchmark KOSPI stock index was down 1.2 percent.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

LG announces dual-SIM version of Optimus L3 for some regions

By on 10:26

LG has come up with a dual-SIM version of their entry-level L-Style droid, the Optimus L3. It's model number is E405 (the single SIM one is E400).
The Optimus L3 E405 features a new set of keys below the screen. The hardware button is gone - there are four capacitive keys in its place. The first three are the standard Menu, Home and Back keys, while the fourth one toggles the active SIM. The L3 E405 is a single-SIM-standby device.
The other features of the phone are virtually the same - Android 2.3 Gingerbread running on a Qualcomm MSM7225A chipset (Cortex-A5 CPU @ 800MHz, 384MB RAM, Adreno 200 GPU), 3.2" QVGA TFT screen, HSDPA, 3MP camera with VGA video, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and 1,540mAh battery.

Nokia 808 PureView gets its first firmware update

By on 10:25

It's just been over a week since the Nokia 808 PureView went on sale and Nokia has already given the phones its first firmware upgrade.

Although an official change log is not available, but according to All About Symbian, the update brings with it improvement in scrolling performance, quicker saving of the 38 megapixel images, smoother auto-rotation and other performance enhancements and bug fixes.