RIM has just released the new BlackBerry Messenger 7.0 into the BlackBerry App World. It was just a few weeks ago that BlackBerry Messenger 7 was in beta, and today we’re seeing a finished version roll out to BlackBerry App World. Its key selling point is the free Wi-Fi calling, which lets you do calls to all other BBM 7.0 users for free. As we saw in mid-November, the revamp lets chatters switch to free VoIP chat on WiFi without having to drop text messaging or photo sharing in mid-session. That’s not the only upgrade.
Other new stuff coming up with the BBM 7.0 is the synchronization with your BlackBerry ID profile, 16 new emote icons and notifications when new version becomes available.
The BBM 7.0 is now available for the BB OS 7.x and 6.x users, while those stuck on OS 5.x need not worry. RIM is working on adding support for OS 5.x and will release a compatible version in the beginning of 2013.
We reported a few days ago about the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy S III, which brings with it Samsung’s Premium Suite features, features that are basically borrowed from the bigger Galaxy Note II.
Now Samsung has released a video that showcases some of the features in this Premium Suite upgrade. It’s a multi-part series of videos and the first of the lot has been uploaded on YouTube.
Among the features demonstrated in the video are the Page Buddy feature, which opens a new homescreen with the respective widgets when you connect an accessory, contextual image tagging, multi-view app mode, auto share shot, reader mode and Facebook lock ticker. And this is just part 1 of the series, so there’s going to be lot more to come.
Nokia has updated its Nokia Transport (known as Transit in North America) for Windows Phone 8 with a revamped interface. The company is also working on apps for Windows Phone 7 and even Symbian, but those are in beta right now.
One of the changes is that the route is segmented and you can look at each segment more closely with a single tap or swipe.
Nokia Transport makes use of Windows Phone’s Live Tiles and lets you pin favorite destinations to the Start screen (home, work, etc.). The app also lets you plan routes in advance (just enter the date and time you want to travel). You can choose how departure time is displayed – actual time of departure (e.g. 2:17p.m.) or time until departure (e.g. in 15 minutes).
Once all the planning is done, the app will offer walking directions to the station or stop you need to go to and after you arrive, directions to the exact location you want to visit. The list with your destination history will make it easy to find locations you’ve already visited (but you can delete entries if, for example, you didn’t like the coffee at that place).
The Windows Phone 8 Transport app has been updated to version 3.0, check the Windows Phone Store to install the update. Nokia Beta Labs has beta versions of the app for Windows Phone 7-running Lumias and for Symbian phones.
LG’s answer to the 1080p screen touting HTC DROID DNA has leaked thanks to GLBenchmark’s website. Codenamed the LG F240, the device is reported to sport a similarly spec’d display with a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.
According to its benchmark results, the LG F240 utilizes the muscle of an 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor coupled with an Adreno 320 GPU. The same raw power is found in the HTC DROID DNA, too.
Display size, RAM and internal memory have just been detailed, but the F240 has gone through the benchmarking process running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Details are scarce at the moment, but there’s a pretty high chance to witness the unveil of the device either at CES 2013 or at MWC 2013 in Barcelona. Speaking of CES 2013, Samsung is also being rumored to be working on a droid with a full HD display in time for the Consumer’s Electronic Show early next year.
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