Microsoft is to buy Nokia’s mobile phone business for 3.8bn euros (£3.2bn) as it attempts to expand its share of the smartphone market.
- O2 outlines plans for its 4G launch and fastest growing UK 4G network
- Network to switch on in London, Leeds and Bradford with ten additional cities to follow by the end of the year
- Plans to reach 98% UK population indoor with 2G, 3G and 4G
- 4G on O2 will be available to all new and existing customers on a range of tariffs from £26 a month
- Multi award-winning act to headline at the O2 4G London Launch Gig
A 5-inch screen now powered by a Full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED display with 441 ppi. The evolution, or should that be revolution of mobile devices continued un-abated tonight as Sumsung unveiled its latest in the Galaxy range – the S4. Taking a lot of its design from the Galaxy predecessor – S3 – it has also inherited camera functionality from the Galaxy Camera launched last summer.
On the inside, it has a processor setup that will be an Octa-core Exynos 5 or Snapdragon depending on the region, along with 2GB of RAM. 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2,600mAh battery.
Samsung had a good thing on its hands with the Galaxy S3, and it’s not willing to compromise much of the tried-and-true with the S4. It will launch globally in Q2. Until then, you’ll just have to be patient…
Engadget have just announced the winners of their ‘2012 Engadget Awards – Readers’ Choice’. There are some obvious winners in there, but also some surprises. The Nokia Lumia 920 winning mobile phone of the year doesn’t at all reflect its sales figures; likewise the Microsoft Surface RT winning Tablet of the year ahead of Apple and Samsung is mind blowing!
Click the source link for the rest… What would you have gone for?
Ubuntu, the most popular open-source Linux OS distribution, is coming to the phone this year with a fast, beautiful interface that runs well on entry-level smartphones up. At the high end of the market, it makes convergence ‘superphones’ possible, with Ubuntu’s phone interface in your hand, switching to the PC interface when docked with a monitor and a keyboard.
Room for your content
Your phone is more immersive, the screen is less cluttered, and you flow naturally from app to app with edge magic. The phone becomes a full PC and thin client when docked. Ubuntu delivers a magical phone that is faster to run, faster to use and fits perfectly into the Ubuntu family.
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With all-native core apps and no Java overhead, Ubuntu runs well on entry-level smartphones – yet it uses the same drivers as Android. So now it’s easy to bring a better experience to customers all over the world.
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Create gorgeous native apps or lightweight HTML5 apps easily with our SDK. Repurpose web apps fast, so they look and work like their native cousins. With one OS for all form factors, one app can have interfaces for phone and desktop – in just one upload to one store.
Today has seen quite a bit of activity around the new iPhone with the release of quite detailed photos of what seems to be a new design. As a round-up of the last few weeks possibilities, a few of the rumours circulating are after the break…
So what does Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc. think about the ‘competition’? Read below to find out. You wont be disappointed!
I think by now most people on Planet Earth have heard about Apple’s latest offering. As a first reaction, I am very excited about the new updates, yet I am hearing people on all forms of communication belittling the latest and greatest. Why? It seems that since the iPhone 4s looks strikingly similar to the previous iPhone 4, a staggering majority are seeing it as a flop before it even goes on sale! Indeed some even suggest that this is Apple merely covering up the fact that they have lost their lead on the Android market. Personally I find this laughable, especially if you take time to read through the spec sheet. In actual fact the only thing that connect the iPhone 4 and 4s is the design. The entire internal hardware has been completely re-thought – in most cases for the better.
Let us start with the processor. The duel-core A5 chip also found in the iPad2. Currently making the iPad2 the top tablet on the market, how some can think that the iPhone 4s wont do the same in its own genre is, to be frank, mind-boggling. Early tests have already shown that the A5 outperforms most new Android processors.
Secondly, the camera. 8 mega-pixel. Nothing special in the current market until you look at the actual design of the internals. Backside illumination sensor, excellent auto white balance, advanced colour accuracy, face detection, and reduced motion blur. Apple claims that the image signal processor in the A5 chip is "just as good as the ones found in in DSLR cameras" and gives you the ability to tap to focus and control focus. Apple also claims that there’s zero shutter lag, allowing you to catch action as it happens. To help further with that, the camera app will be accessible straight from the lock screen.
As my final example of Apple leading the industry, I leave you with one name – Siri. Now you can use your voice to use your iPhone. Just talk to Siri as you would to a person: “Do I need an umbrella?” or “Any great burgers around here?” or “Where’s the closest ATM?” Siri not only understands what you say, it knows what you mean. It figures out the right apps to use to find the right answer. Then, just like a personal assistant, it answers you. Siri makes phone calls, sends messages, schedules meetings, sets reminders, and more.
Apple haters are comparing Siri to the standard Android voice-to-text feature. If only they were right, for their sake. In the mean time, Android fans, you should probably learn to live with your bad choices, chances are you’ll be making at least one more when it comes to your upgrade date and you yet again decide to “avoid the evil Apple corporation” and instead opt for a Sony Ericsson or Samsung… Yikes!
Microsoft are expected to name their first WP7 feature update “Mango”. Does this mean that they are following on from Google who name each Android update after a sweet treat; but instead using fruit? Surely this isn’t the best thought out plan. What happens when they get to Apple? Is that even legally allowed? How about Orange? I’m sure the mobile network will enjoy it, but it’s competitors won’t. I don’t want a Banana phone personally. Too many sexual entendre’s there. Passion Fruit?
The less said, the better!
The internets are ablaze with people (Nokia fans mostly) cursing Stephen Elop for his decision to inevitably drop the Symbian OS and pick up Microsoft’s WP7 as the new Nokia Smartphone OS.
Of course Nokia fans are upset. They don’t like change. Nokia have stayed as true to their original OS as they possibly can while trying in vain to move forward with advances in mobile technology to keep their dwindling crowd of supporters happy. It was never going to last.
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