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Showing posts with label Tech news. Show all posts


Windows Phone Outsells iOS And BlackBerry OS In Several Markets

Just how well do you think that Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is doing at the moment? Well, we know for sure that they are not going to overtake the two 800 lbs gorillas at the moment, namely iOS and Android, but it sureas heck has a fighting chance to remain in third position, with the only real competition around being the BlackBerry 10 operating system that was introduced earlier this year alongside some of the newer BlackBerry devices. According to Microsoft's VP of Corporate Communications, Frank Shaw, he cited a report by the IDC that stated how Windows Phone has already outsold the iPhone in seven markets, while the BlackBerry has been slain in 26 markets.
Of course, there was no mention just which of these 7 and 26 markets, respectively, were the ones with Windows Phone in front, but surely it oozes with a glimmer of hope that Windows Phone is a platform that is certainly gaining its fair share of traction among those who are tired of the iOS and Android formats?
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iPhone 6 To Feature Fingerprint Sensor, Feature To Skip The iPhone5S

Fingerprint security sounds like a pretty solid way of securing your devices, although after watching countless movies, thieves may not only steal our phone, but could end up chopping off one of our digits aswell. Pretty scary stuff, right? However if you do not believe that will happen, or at least be a rare occurrence, then how do you feel about an iPhone with a fingerprint sensor that could act as a security measure? We've all heard the rumors that future iPhones could come with said technology, especially after Apple's acquisition of security firm AuthenTec last year.

Many speculated that this feature would make its way into the iPhone5S which could be seeing a release later this year, but Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, believes otherwise and claims that the fingerprint sensor will instead arrive on Apple's iPhone 6, a rumored 4.8" device that accordingto Munster, will be revealed in Q1 2014. A rather odd date since Apple has of late revealed their phones towards the later part of the year, but then again with Applereleasing the iPad 4 less than a year after the iPad 3, we don't see why not.
We're not sure what the fingerprintsensor could do, or if it is even needed, but we guess it could give Apple an advantage in the enterprise and government sector if they could offer not just more secure software, but hardware as well. In the meantime we will be taking this with a grain of salt and suggest you do the same.

[Image Credit - Arthur Reis]

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Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia has announced the Lumia 520, their new affordable Lumia Windows Phone 8 handset at the MWC 2013. It has a 4-inch (800 x 480 pixels) display with 2D hardened glass, super sensitive touch for finger nail and glove use and is powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor. It has a 5MP auto focus camera at the back with 720pHD video recording. It uses the similar fabula design as the other Lumia handsets.

Nokia Lumia 520 Specifications:
4-inch (800 x 480 pixels) display
1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
Windows Phone 8 OS
5MP Auto Focus camera with 720p HD video recording
9.9 mm thick and weighs 124g
512MB RAM, 8GB internal memory,up to 64GB expandable memory with microSD
3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS / aGPS
1430mAh battery with up to 9.6 hours talk time and up to 360 hoursstandby
The Nokia Lumia 520 comes in red,yellow, cyan, white and black colors. It would be available at a starting price of 139 euros (~US$183) before taxes and subsidies starting Q1 2013 in Hong Kong and Vietnam, and would be available in other markets such as Europe, Asia – including China and India – Latin America and Africa in Q2 2013.

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Fly launches Android smartphones and a tablet in India

Fly launches Android smartphones and a tablet in India priced between Rs 4,500-Rs 13,499

Fly Mobiles has launched 3 Androidphones and an Android tablet in India today— the F51, the F45s, the F40 and the 8-inch F8s tablet. The phones are available from Rs 4,500 to Rs 12,500 while the tablet is priced at Rs 13,499.

Fly's flagship phone, the F45s, flaunts a 4.5-inch display and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean while the others are F51 runs on Andrid Ice Cream Sandwich followed by the entry-level F40 which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The F45s is priced at Rs 12,500, the F51 at Rs7,790 and the F40 at Rs 4,500.

In addition to the above devices, Fly also plans to launch the F50s this weekend. In terms of specifications, the Dual-SIM F50s will feature a 5-inch WVGA display, 1GHz dual-core QualcommSnapdragon processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel camera at the front, expandable memory up to 32GB, 2,000mAH battery and run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Starting off with the F8s, which is the company's first Android tablet. The tablet supports 3G, features an8-inch tablet and runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is priced at Rs 13,499.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumoured

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumoured for 5.99-inch 1080p display, octa-core processor

Itching for the latest scuttlebutt on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Thereare some more details as to the specs of the device thanks to SamMobile. The site believes that the next iteration of the device will fit a 5.99-inch 1080p panel into roughly the same dimensions as the Galaxy Mega 5.8. How exactly is Samsung going to pull that off? By shrinking down the bezel on the Note 3 as much as possible. It's thesame tactic that the company used for the Galaxy S4. The South Korean manufacturer managed to slim down the bezel on the design of the handset to accommodate a 5-inch panel, a slight bump from the 4.8-inch display of the Galaxy SIII. As for the display tech itself, SamMobile believes that once again Samsung will use Super AMOLED technology in a similar pixel arrangement to the Galaxy S4.

Other specifications are said to include an Exynos octa-core processor along with 3GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera, most likely the same sensor found on the Galaxy S4. In addition, the Note3 may feature an even more powerful octa-core Mali 450 GPU. Just like previous rumours indicated, the device will run the latest version of Android, most likely 4.3 given recent indicators.

SamMobile closes by saying that the Galaxy Note 3 could be announced either in August or September. The most likely scenario is for Samsung to unveil the handset at IFA 2013, as the company announced the Galaxy Note II at the same event last year.

[spotted at Android Beat]

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Samsung Galaxy S4 to launched in India

Samsung Galaxy S4 to launch in India on April 26

Samsung will launch its flagship smartphone - Galaxy S4 - In India on April 26. The launch is part of the global rollout of the device. It will go on sale in other markets like the US and some European countries on the same day.

For now, Samsung hasn't revealed any India price but the phone is expected to cost a little more than Rs 40,000.

Samsung has two versions of Galaxy S4 - one powered by a Qualcomm S600 processor and another powered by Samsung's 8-core Exynos processor. In India, the Korean company is expected tolaunch the Exynos model

Galaxy S4, which is powered by Android operating system, is the successor to Galaxy S III. Samsung hopes to sell around 10 million units of its top smartphone within one month of launch.
In India, the company is the top smartphone vendor.

According to CyberMedia Research, Samsung had a share of 43% in Indian smartphone market at the end of 2012.

Currently, Samsung and Apple are fighting a bitter war in Indian market. Last year Apple bolstered its operations in India. This year it has launched several aggressive schemes, including price cuts on older models of iPhones, to increase sale of its smartphones. Samsung has responded by introducing its own schemes, including cash back and zero interest EMIs for several models ofGalaxy phones.

The Korean company hopes GalaxyS4 will help it stay ahead of Apple as a new iPhone is not expected to launch anytime soon.

When it hits the market, Galaxy S4 will also compete against HTC One,a phone that has garnered much praise among technology reviewers for its design, camera performance and a few unique features like Zoe. HTC One has been priced at Rs 42,990. It will be available in Indian market by the end of this month.

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Rumor- Nokia's next flagship Windows Phone to be quad-core with kick-ass camera and more

My Nokia Blog is reporting on specifications the next Nokia flagship Windows Phone (possibly the RM-877) will feature. Mentioning sources familiar with company plans, it's believed that the device will indeed have a superior camera to what's currently available on the platform.That we can be sure of as Nokia is pushing optics even further, but what about the other entries on thespecifications sheet? According to the source, Nokia is working on two different models of the EOS, which we've previously looked at numerous times. One model is a dual-core version, while another features 4-cores, brining Windows Phone up to speed with Android (are we seriously considering 8-cores?) with Snapdragon 800 implemented. The next flagship Windows Phone from Nokia is also said to be packing the same battery as the Lumia 920 - 2000mAh. This is the reason for the two models as the impact on the battery with the four cores maybe significant.

The screen is said to be AMOLED (1280 x 768), following the Lumia 928 and will better support the low-powered sleeping screen display. The camera is believed to be similar to the Lumia 920, but sports a 41MP sensor, Xenon & LED flash, OIS (optical image stabilisation) and the possibility of a variable aperture lens. This would be joined by "a more detailed" camera UI, similar to thaton the PureView 808.

What's really going to excite consumers is the expandable internal storage with MicroSd support. This will be required with what the advanced camera would produce. Interestingly, albeit not the first time we've seen present on a Windows Phone, a Micro HDMI-out will be available. Finally, an FM transmitter is believed to be included. The flagship Windows Phone is said to be an AT&T exclusive when released, with a global launch up to three months later. It's quite the phone, should everything remain in place.

Source: My Nokia Blog; thanks, Prodigy11, for the heads up!

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Meet Xiaomi, the Biggest Smartphone Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Xiaomi may not be the biggest smartphone company in China, but it's probably the fastest-growing .
And if you haven't yet heard of it, you will soon. Xiaomi sold 7.19 million handsets in 2012, and expects to sell double that number this year. Fifteen million. Not bad for a company that didn't sell its first smartphone until summer of 2011 — particularly in a market ascompetitive as China's.

Onstage at our D: Dive Into Mobile conference in New York City Monday, Xiaomi co-founder and president Bin Lin discussed the company's driving philosophy: Building a business on services by selling mid- to high-end smartphones at cost.

"We believe the future of the mobile Internet is really about services," Lin said. "Cellphones arereally just like PCs were 20 years ago. They generated big profit margins in the beginning.

But thosemargins are in the single digits now. The same thing is beginning to happen to smartphones. So rather than focus on devices wheremargins will decline, we're focusing on services." But to build a business on services, you need volume. How does a startup that's essentially just three years old do that? By selling high-spec smartphones at low-spec smartphone prices.
"Our flagship phone (the Xiaomi MI-2) has a lot of the same specs you'd see in high-end Samsung andHTC phones," Lin said. "It's got the same processor that Samsung usesin the Galaxy S4. But it costs about half as much. … We essentially price our phones at bill-of-materia ls."
That's a compelling value proposition, and one that Xiaomi is getting a lot of mileage out of. Lin said the batches of 300,000 handsets that Xiaomi sells directly to consumers on its website routinely sell out within five minutes.

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Facebook offers free voice calling for Android users in the US

Mirroring its rollout of free VoIP calling for iOS, Facebook has updated its Messenger app for Android to allow free calling for users in the US. The free calling service launched for Canadian Android users in early March, so today's announcement greatly broadens the scope of the company's efforts to become the one way we all communicate digitally. In order to call a friend for free using Facebook Messenger, tap the "i" button inside a conversation and then select Free Call. You do not need toupdate the Messenger app to use the feature. If you're using Chat Heads to message friends, you'll need to tap the three "more info" dots next to a person's name to move the conversation to the Messenger app before you can make a call.

The social network says that as of today, 24 countries now have access to VoIP calling on Android. A Facebook engineer told us a few weeks ago that launching VoIP calling added up to "only a blip" on the company's servers, so a global rollout shouldn't be too far down the road. Considering the breakneck pace at which Facebook plans to update its new Home launcher for Android, it also shouldn't be long before making calls feels as integrated as messaging with Chat Heads.

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Size Comparison-Sams ­ung GalaxyS IV vs. iPhone 5

Size Comparison-Sams ­ung GalaxyS IV vs. iPhone 5

Excited about the Galaxy S IV? Maybe you are, but haven't had a chance to hold it. Or maybe you just haven't seen it lined up againstits biggest (smallest?) competitor, the iPhone 5.
Here are some high quality renders of the two side by side from our good friend Martin Hajek.
We compared the S IV to the HTC One and the S III in our hands on post, but Hajek's renders shine a spotlight on the main comparison alot of folks will make: Galaxy S IV against iPhone.
Perspective on the side shots skews how big the nearer phone appears, of course, but it evens outsince we get one from both sides. It's pretty obvious the iPhone lookstiiiiny compared to the S IV, though. Whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you.

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