With the official launch of BlackBerry 10 scheduled for January 30, 2013, RIM decided to cause some excitement by teasing one of its upcoming smartphones. The back of the company’s yet to be announced product got partially revealed on its official website.
The teaser image shows the textured back of what’s likely an already leaked, touchscreen-only smartphone, its camera unit on the top left side, as well as a large BlackBerry logo in the middle. The handset’s volume rocker and power key are also visible. A promise for a re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry experience is flanking the image, along with an option to register for updates.
Via : BB Blog
Pantech is making a 1080p mobile displays and quad-core S4 Pro processors like they’re going out of style, as Pantech is now rumored to be working on a FullHD smartphone of its own.
Everyone is keen to catch-up to HTC’s DNA smartphone, which was unveiled last month as the first in what will likely be a new wave of smartphones with 1080p screens. With the likes of Samsung, Sony, and LG undoubtedly cooking up a response, several smaller manufacturers have also jumped in with impressive offerings of their own, including the Oppo Find 5 and ZTE Nubia Z5.
Besides the 1080p display of unconfirmed diagonal (5 inch might be a good guess) and quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the Pantech Vega IM-A860 is expected to feature an Adreno 320 GPU and run on Android 4.1.1. No word yet on how much storage or RAM will be included, as well as what type of battery will power it all.
The Vega IM-A860 is expected to hit retail in early 2013, likely as Pantech’s next flagship smartphone.
Source : Ameblo
HTC’s Butterfly, the droid with the 5″ 1080p screen, started off in Japan, moved to the US and has now finally gone international. It keeps the same cool specs as the country-specific versions, including the high-res S-LCD3 and the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset.
But instead of telling you about it, it’s easier to show it with this video ad for the HTC Butterfly.
See? HTC is living up to its “Quietly brilliant” slogan and subtly tells you about the Butterfly’s burst shot capabilities, wireless TV out and face recognition. The ad also shows the phone is splash resistant, which is true for the Japanese version (the J Butterfly), but the specs of the international version make no mention of this.
Big news in instant messaging Facebook Messenger Facebook social network as it is now accessible to all without necessarily having a Facebook account!
Simply download the application, giving his name and phone number and your address book is immediately synchronized to find other users with whom Facebook Messenger chat and exchange photos.
In a first step, update Facebook Messenger application will be deployed on Android and iOS later on. With this new feature, Facebook attack not only SMS but also other services sector as WhatsApp, KIK or even BBM.
Meizu is all set to announce the successor to the Meizu MX later this month but before we get the official announcement, a couple of hands-on images of the phone have been leaked.
The new phone ditches the iPhone-like design to a, well, less iPhone-like design. Gone are the physical controls below the display, which have been replaced by the now standard on-screen Android navigation controls.
The display aspect ratio is also visibly different. Meizu stuck with the 3:2 960 x 640 resolution (that Apple uses for the iPhone) for their past two models and it has now been chucked in favor of what looks like 1280 x 768.
The phone supposedly runs on a quad-core processor and will have Meizu’s Flyme skin on top of Android (hopefully Jelly Bean).
The device will officially be announced in China on November 27.
Source : MyDrivers (Chinese)
Current Windows Phone 7 owners might have to wait until Q1 of next year to get their 7.8 update, but at least now we have some idea of what the update will bring. Microsoft officially promised a WP8-like start screen with resizable tiles, but leaked in-house training materials from Nokia give more details.
The lock screen will be customizable – users can pick an app to update the lockscreen periodically, something that sounds a lot like WP8’s Live Apps service.
Internet Explorer will be updated with enhanced security, but it seems like Windows Phone 7.8 will keep using IE9 and won’t get IE10. Another perk of the updated OS will be the MP3 editor that can be used to create ringtones out of songs. There will be more system colors available too, for a total of 20.
Phone makers will be adding their own touches to the 7.8 update. Nokia, for example, will add support for sharing media files over Bluetooth (for non-DRM protected files), update the Contacts Transfer app and enhance the ringtone editor.
Windows Phone Italy’s Facebook page also promised support for Rooms (a new feature in WP8), SmartGlass and Xbox Music.
We shouldn’t have to remind you that neither leaked training materials nor Facebook posts are particularly solid information, but until Microsoft officially spills the beans on the Windows Phone 7.8 changelog, it’s all we have to go on.
In a San Francisco event, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced that the company will be rebranding their mapping service and will be calling it Nokia HERE. While the service will mostly remain the same, Nokia has added some cool new features.
First is a feature called Collections, which lets you save locations to your Nokia account so you can quickly jump to them without having to search for them every time. The locations sync across devices after you log into your Nokia account. Collections is similar to the starring feature in Google Maps.
Another new feature is 3D maps, where you get a 3D view of several key locations around the world. This feature is identical to the Flyover feature in the new Apple Maps and the data is actually provided by the same company, C3 Technologies.
Nokia has also added a maps editor, so users can now update street names and traffic information and the information will be added to the maps for others to see.
Nokia also acquired street view mapping company Earthmine, which brings street view functionality to Nokia’s maps.
Now here’s the best part. Nokia will be bringing their HERE maps to iOS and Android as well. The iOS and Android apps will be released soon and Nokia will also be providing the maps SDK to Android OEMs so they can integrate it within their apps. The iOS version includes turn by turn directions and public transportation information and is currently pending Apple’s approval. A web version for Mozilla’s upcoming Firefox OS will be released next year.
You can also check out Nokia HERE on your web browser by clicking, well, HERE.
Via : The Verge : 1 , 2 , 3
Samsung had released a new ads shedding light on the upcoming Ativ lineup of Windows 8, RT for tablets and Windows Phone 8 on handsets.
The ad is a pretty good making, showing some collectives stuff that the Samsung ATIV devices can do, less talking and we’ll lets you enjoy it, be sure to interact with us on the comment section.
The iPhone 5 launch was “and still” big, that it turned out so big that it slowed the growth of Android in the US and the UK, according to Kantar World Panel.
The rest of the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy and Spain) saw just the opposite – Android’s share went up, iOS went down.
It should be noted that iPhone 5 was on sale for only a week in Q3 (even less in some markets) and is yet to launch in China and Brazil, so Q4 is bound to bring big gains for iOS.
Anyway, during this year’s Q3, the market share of iOS in US went up to 35.7%, compared to 21.5% during the same period last year. That’s a massive increase of 14.2 percentage points. Meanwhile Android dropped from 66.4% to 57.5%. Another notable decline is that of BlackBerry, which is now below Microsoft’s OS (which is currently at 2.9%).
In the UK, iOS market share increased by 9.9 percentage points to 18.1%, but Android went up too – from 53.4% to 58.2%. RIM still holds a respectable 8.8% there, while the WP share more than doubled. Symbian practically went extinct in the UK.
iOS shares declined in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Australia, while Android’s shares increased in these markets. In Germany and Spain in particular, it’s almost complete domination with 77.8% and 82.7% respectively. In Brazil Android went from controlling a fifth of the market to half of it.
In EU5, iOS remained relatively constant, buoyed by its conquests in the UK, while Android went up by 16.2 percentage points. Windows saw decent gains, now controlling about 5% of the market, ahead of the former king, Symbian.
If you want to see all the numbers for all OSes, you can download the PDF from Kantar.
It’s no doubt that today is a pretty important day for Microsoft, as the company is launching the latest iteration of its Windows Phone mobile OS.
And to clarified things! and make sure that everybody understands and learns all about the new features that Windows Phone 8 has, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Windows Phone, Joe Belifore stands in front of the camera for a lengthy 18-minute video showcase of the OS.
Dubbing it the “most personal smartphone around”, Mr. Belifore uses an HTC Windows Phone 8X and a Nokia Lumia 920 to demo nearly all the feature Microsoft’s mobile OS offers. He also doesn’t miss the opportunity to poke iOS and Android for the lack of live tiles and the ability to feed you with new information.
So here’s the main video itself, enjoy and interact with us in the comment section.