Rumored for a next year release comes the ZTE Apache. It will reportedly run on an 8 (that’s right, eight) core processor made by MediaTek. It will be made using the TSMC 28 nm process with Cortex-A15 CPU inside.
The ZTE Apache is expected to arrive by May next year and sport a 13 MP camera, 1080p display, 3G and 4G LTE. There’s nothing else we know about the smartphone at this stage, but ZTE already has our attention.
The first dual-core smartphone come to the market in early 2011 and the first quad-cores were unveiled at the MWC in February this year. This means that seeing eight-cores in 2013 is possible.
Perhaps ZTE will be using a big.Little architecture, similar to the one Samsung is working on.
These are just rumors so take them with a grain of salt for now.
Back in the day when Gmail was introduced, Google redefined the concept of email storage. Today, the wildly popular email service broke more new ground by integrating Google Drive into it. The trick will allow you to email files up to 10GB in size.
Gmail attachments from Google Drive will always be kept in sync, so recipients will have access to the most recent version of a document or project. Naturally, Google will allow you to set permissions for editing of the documents you are sharing – some recipients can have access to a read-only version of the documents.
Gmail’s latest feature should gradually become available over the next few days in the refreshed message composer window. There is no information on its availability across mobile platforms yet.
Microsoft has released the Outlook.com app for Android. It is, as you would expect, an email client for your Outlook (previous Hotmail) account. What you wouldn’t expect is just how badly made this app from Microsoft is.
Just looking at the screenshots above you can see what is wrong with the app. It looks like it went into development when Gingerbread came out and since then no one told Microsoft about ICS and Jelly Bean. This is confounding as other recent apps from Microsoft, such as OneNote Mobile and SkyDrive are actually pretty good.
Functionality-wise, the app is fine, but then, so is the stock mail client in Android. It even supports push mail, which leaves you with the question, why would you ever download this atrocity from Microsoft?
Update: Technically the app is developed by Seven Networks on behalf of Microsoft but it still has Microsoft’s stamp of approval on it so they are just as responsible for this terrible app.
Apple finally came clear about the launch date of its new generation of iMacs. Thinner, faster and DVD-less, the new iMacs will hit it off this Friday, November 30.
Unfortunately, it’s only the 21.5-inch (1920x1080px) model that will ship immediately. The 27-inch iMac (2560x1444px) will join the little one in early December and it would only be available online.
The new iMacs have a new, slimmer build, a less reflective screen, and feature Fusion drive, Apple’s latest hip name for a hybrid drive. Apple’s drive, however is not any hybrid drive. The Fusion drive pairs a 1TB standard drive with a 128GB worth of flash storage to deliver faster performance in most tasks. Mac OS will auto manage the drive, deciding which files to store on the flash portion for speedier access. Of course, Fusion drive is an option and it will cost you extra.
Price-wise, the 21.5-inch model starts from $1299/€1349 for a a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics.
The 27-inch model starts from $1799/€1879 for a 2.9GHz quad-core Core i5 with Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics.
Samsung Electronics announced on the 19th that Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE—the 4G version upgraded with new features—would be consecutively released via three major Korean mobile carriers.
Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE simultaneously supports the voice call, video, and data transmission with the latest LTE technology such as VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and Multi Carrier, which is five times faster than the previous 3G technology. Equipped with a slew of new features, Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE runs on the latest Android OS Jelly Bean.
NetAplications has made a chart comparing browser hits by platform covering the last two years shows that Android has caught on with the iPhone but that the iPad is still dominating the mobile traffic.
Also, according to IBM, iOS devices accounted for 18.5% of all online transactions this Black Friday, compared to just 5.5% for Android.
The analyzed data also revealed some interesting results about the Android version distribution in the past two years. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still dominating, ICS is catching up, while older versions of the OS are noticeably fading away.
We enjoy putting phones through their paces in our office, but as a manufacturer, Samsung too subjects its phones to a host of reliability tests before launching them on the market. And it’s a different type of tests, mind you. A Samsung made video gives you a rare glimpse behind the curtains of their test facilities.
It’s a video ad, that’s alright, but none of these tests seems staged. I’m sure most (if not all) Samsung phones go through stringent testing procedures like these (even employing the help of “I sat on my phone” buttocks dummy). Key press tests, USB socket rigidness, twisting and flexing, abrasive action by vibrating foreign objects, and even rain – it’s all there.
Here’s the video itself, and while it’s all in Korean, it’s pretty self-explanatory and hardly needs a translation.
Tip : the real action starts from 0:52. From 2:50 onwards another Samsung phone gets sprayed with water. It’s hard to tell which one, but I’d guess it’s the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro for US AT&T.