Samsung unveils Galaxy S5

Korean tech-giant Samsung unveiled it’s much awaited smartphone – the Galaxy S5, on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

 

The fifth phone in the Galaxy S series comes with additional fitness and security features, apart from the usual ones.

The smartphone runs with the latest Android KitKat version 4.4.2 operating system, with a 5.1 inch screen. It also comes with IP67 dust and water resistance, which makes it water proof like the recently unveiled Xperia Z2.

A defining feature of the Galaxy S5 is its enhanced biometric security system: a fingerprint scanner for locking the screen and making mobile payments. This feature has so far only been available in the Apple iPhones.

Another important feature is the phone’s 16 megapixel camera, with fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and a selective auto focus feature which allows users to create a shallow depth of field effect.

Samsung has also included various fitness tools, including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a built-in heart rate monitor. This feature is inline with the company’s attempts to market the Galaxy S5 as a lifestyle product.

Galaxy S5 will be available across markets in April, in black, white, golden and blue. It Price range for the phone hasn’t been revealed yet.

Source: http://www.abplive.in/gadget/2014/02/25/article268469.ece/Samsung-unveils-Galaxy-S5#.Uwwa6-OSz5M

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X series: Nokia’s first ever android smartphones

The Finnish-tech giant Nokia has announced its first-ever android based smartphones series– Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, which are powered by Microsoft and Nokia services.

On the specification front, all three handsets are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor and are dual SIM. Popular messaging apps like BBM, Viber, Vine and Twitter come pre-installed.

Nokia X and X+ come with 4-inch 480×800 displays. Both have identical 4GB internal storage, with expandable support up to 32GB via microSD card, and are powered by a 1500mAh battery

While the Nokia X comes with 512MB RAM, the Nokia X+ comes with 768MB RAM. Both phones have a 3-megapixel rear camera, but no front shooter. Both the Nokia X and Nokia X+ will be available in bright green, bright red, cyan, and yellow, black and white.

On the other hand, Nokia XL comes with 5-inch 480×800 display. It sports a 5-megapixel camera, a 720p front camera, 768MB RAM and is packed with 2000mAh battery, while sharing other specifications with its siblings. The handset will be available in bright green, orange, and cyan, yellow, black and white. Colour availability may vary across regions.

All three phones come with 3G support and take Micro-SIMs instead of regular ones.

The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, starting at approximately Rs. 7,500.  Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are expected to roll out early in the second quarter, priced at approximately Rs. 8,400 and Rs 9,300 respectively.

Source: http://www.abplive.in/incoming/2014/02/24/article268162.ece/X-series-%C2%A0Nokia%E2%80%99s-first-ever-android-smartphones#.UwsmJeOSz5N

HTC set to roll out three wearables including Google Now smartwatch

HTC is reportedly set to launch three wearable devices at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, including a rumoured Google Now smartwatch.

The Taiwanese manufacturer would introduce a HTC smartwatch, based on Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch and use that company”s Mirasol display, featuring Bluetooth connectivity and a music player, apart from an electronic bracelet that plays music.

HTC set to roll out three wearables including Google Now smartwatch

Sources have revealed that another smartwatch that HTC is working on would be based on the Google Now service, The Verge reports.

Although the Google Now concept is promising, there hasn’t been any smartwatch in the market based on the concept and it was speculated last October that Google Now watch could be ”ready within months”.

It is unclear if the search firm itself would produce Google Now smartwatch or Google-owned HTC would unveil it under its banner.

HTC CEO Peter Chou said last year that wearables were ‘critical’ for the sinking company, but that its planned smartwatches had to meet a need to stop them being gimmicks, the report added.

Source: http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/htc-google-now-smartwatch-mobile-world-congress-qualcomm/1/203557.html

Apple Has Siri, And Microsoft Is About To Get Cortana

Microsoft has been in a state of “shut up and ship” with Windows Phone for more than a year now. While the company has released a few minor updates to Windows Phone 8, its feature set hasn’t changed significantly from when Microsoft first introduced the mobile OS in October 2012. The software giant refuses to discuss or acknowledge an upcoming update, Windows Phone 8.1, but a recent software development kit leak has highlighted the huge number of feature changes that will arrive in the coming months and put Windows Phone more on par with iOS and Android. One of the main feature additions is Cortana, a personal digital assistant named after Microsoft’s Halo game series.

Cortana first emerged after a Microsoft employee lost a phone running Windows Phone 8.1 last year. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Windows Phone work have revealed to The Verge that Cortana will replace the built-in Bing search feature, which is currently launched through a dedicated hardware key, and acts as a digital assistant with a mix of Siri and Google Now functionality. We’re told that Cortana will take the form of a circular animated icon with the hue of your selected Windows Phone accent color, and will have a personality not dissimilar from Apple’s Siri. Cortana will animate when it’s speaking or thinking, and bounce around or frown with “emotion” depending on the queries involved. Cortana will be backed by data from services like Bing, Foursquare, and others to give it some of the contextual power of Google Now.

Central to Microsoft’s vision for Cortana is a Notebook feature that will allow Windows Phone users to control exactly what information is shared with the digital assistant. Notebook will allow the Cortana digital assistant to access information such as location data, behaviors, personal information, reminders, and contact information. We’re told it’s designed as a privacy feature to ensure Cortana doesn’t freely access information without a level of user control. While Cortana will learn things about users, it won’t store them in the Notebook without asking you, and any information that’s stored can be edited or deleted. Cortana will then use this information to provide answers to search queries by voice or text, and provide suggestions, alerts, and reminders. Cortana could greet you by name and ask if you need help or answer questions, much like Siri.

Through search queries and just general phone usage, Cortana will learn more about a user and offer to store personal data like home and work locations and general interests in its Notebook. Cortana will also react to messages or emails that contain phrases like “let’s meet tomorrow at 8PM” and ask if you’d like to set up reminders or calendar entries. Cortana can also provide guidance on weather, stocks, directions, appointments, and music that’s contextual based on location and other data. As Cortana is a digital assistant, it will also be able to manage a do-not-disturb feature, similar to iOS, that’s designed to mute notifications. An “inner circle” of contacts will allow Cortana to manage notifications and phone calls during “quiet hours” when notifications are muted.

Although the initial Cortana digital assistant that will ship in Windows Phone 8.1 will have a lot of capabilities, Microsoft will need to extend it to third-party apps and its Windows and Xbox devices to improve its functionality in the future. The real test of Cortana will be how well it works with voice commands and its ability to understand natural phrases and questions. Microsoft’s recent voice work with Xbox One is impressive, but it also requires that you follow a strict pattern of commands for it to work successfully. Microsoft will have to ensure Cortana is at least as good as Siri for the company to position this as a full personal digital assistant.

Source: http://malaysiandigest.com/technology/489213-apple-has-siri-and-microsoft-is-about-to-get-cortana.html

Nokia X Android launch: pictures leak

What appears to be an advert for Nokia’s upcoming Android smartphone has been published online.

View image on Twitter

The Nokia X launch date is expected to be unveiled on Monday when the firm holds is Mobile World Congress keynote.

The advert was tweeted by @evleaks on Monday. It shows the Nokia X name that has emerged as the likely moniker of Nokia’s Android phone line. It shows a line of green Lumia-style smartphones heading towards the viewer.

The tweet doesn’t reveal anything further about the phone. @evleaks has established a reputation for being right almost all of the time.

Nokia’s Normandy

Details of Nokia’s first Android smartphone have slowly leaked onto the internet over the last couple of month.

However, the last couple of weeks have seen a raft of speculation and leaks.

They include what the smartphone will look like, most of its specifications and even the version of Android it runs on.

According to those reports, the phone will reportedly run on a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB RAM and come with a 4-inch screen and 4GB of storage. It is also said to feature a microSD card slot and five megapixel camera.

A Vietnamese website suggested that the phone may sell for as little as £66 when it launches.

The Android smartphone is expected to debut at Mobile World Congress next week.

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/latest-nokia-x-image-leaks

ASUS M70AD is world’s first NFC-enabled Desktop, has wireless charging too

Near Field Communication (NFC) might not have made a big impact in smartphones in India, but now this technology is going to be available in desktops too. Asus has just announced the launch of its M70AD desktop PC with NFC to help it pair with Android devices.

ASUS M70AD desktop is priced at Rs 62,000

This means you can use the desktop to backup media in compatible phones and tablets with just a tap. The ASUS-exclusive NFC Express software automatically backs up photos and videos in Android mobile devices on the desktop, detecting only files added since last sync.

The Asus M70AD can also charge mobile devices wirelessly, while a built-in UPS acts as a power supply for the PC in the event of a power outage. The ASUS Wireless Charger tray supports Qi inductive power standard even when computer is shut down, while the Ai Charger utility provides faster recharge times for your mobile devices through USB 3.0.

The Asus M70AD desktop PC will be powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor and will feature Sonic Master Technology and MaxxAudio from Waves to offer a better audio experience.

The Asus M70AD is priced at Rs 62,000.

Source: http://www.financialexpress.com/news/asus-m70ad-is-world-s-first-nfcenabled-desktop-has-wireless-charging-too/1224639

Missing Flappy Bird? Here’s how you can get it back on your Android phone

Flappy Bird has been pulled off the iPhone and Android app stores by its developer and we are still getting over the fact. Here we were dreading years of sequels and false excitement about new versions, only to find ourselves Flappy-Bird-less in a weekend. Of course, those of you who still have the hugely popular and successful game, can continue playing as you have been. However, if you uninstalled the game to keep it from taking over your weekend, this must be pretty bad timing.

 

Fortunately for those using Android at least, there are many ways to get the game back, thanks to the native ability to sideload apps. Firstly, you have to find the apk for the game. A simple Google search for ‘Flappy Bird apk’ should suffice, although for us at least, one of the first few results turned a website with a Google Drive-hosted apk that had been downloaded so many times, that Google had stopped further downloads. Another option is to look on popular torrent sites. It’s not a big file and clocks in at less than 1 MB so you won’t be burning too much data.

Once downloaded, the apk can only be installed if you have allowed installation of apps from unknown sources. You will find this entry in the security tab of the settings app on your Android phone and it’s a simple checkbox that you should leave checked to be able to sideload apps. Since by default it’s turned off, you may have to turn it on first before installing the app. In any case, the installation UI should warn you about having to turn the setting on.

And that’s it. Once installed, the game should work just fine and you can get back to crashing into pillars and cursing your timing. Of course, using this roundabout trick might break some functionality, such as the Google Play Games sign-in, but that’s working as advertised for us.

Source: http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/get-flappy-bird-android-phone-217944.html

Photo hints at 21 megapixel camera for the Samsung Galaxy S5

A photo has emerged online which may have been taken by a Samsung Galaxy S5. The photo’s data reveals that it was taken by a Samsung device with the model number SM-G900-V.

That model number has been associated with the Samsung Galaxy S5 before – namely the model expected to be available via US network Verizon. However, it is the first time we’ve seen concrete evidence a device with that model number exists.

Flippity-floppity

The image was published to Flipboard by user @123fliptest. Commentators have suggested that the user may in fact be Samsung. They have also posited that the name may hint at deeper Flipboard integration in the Galaxy S5.

Previous rumours have hinted that the Galaxy S5 would come with the new Magazine UI.

However, the agreement between Samsung and Google to bring the version of Android found on Galaxy smartphones back in line with Google’s guidelines could mean that is no longer the case.

The photo’s EXIF data revealed that the photo comes with a resolution of 5312 x 2988 pixels. Depending the sensor Samsung uses in the smartphone, that could result in the Samsung Galaxy S5 coming with a 21 megapixel camera.

In order for the phone to come with a 21 megapixel sensor, it would need to retain the 4:3 sensor used in Samsung’s existing smartphones.

However, it has been suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S5 could come with a 16:9 sensor. If true, it would mean that the phone would feature a 16 megapixel sensor.

That makes more sense, especially considering previous reports that the phone would come with a 16 megapixel OIS lens.

It is widely expected that Samsung will unveil the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress next month.

Apple, the biggest loser in the Google-Motorola-Lenovo deal

Things are about to get tougher for Apple.

Google late Wednesday made an unexpected announcement that it’s selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor just a couple of years ago. During the years Google owned it, Motorola lost money and market share, and the relationship caused tension between Google and the other Android vendors, particularly Samsung. It also led those other phone makers to develop their own software and services, rather than push those from Google. That amplified Android’s fragmentation in the market.

Overall, Google’s purchase of Motorola turned out much better for iPhone maker Apple than for Google. That’s now going to change.

Google, sans Motorola, can go back to focusing on what it does best — making a really great operating system and apps. It can mend its relationship with Android leader Samsung and the other vendors. And it can concentrate on unifying and streamlining the Android experience, rather than worry about bolstering its own hardware operations. All of those factors mean that Apple may not be able to win over customers as easily as it has in the past.

“Getting rid of Motorola helps Google, and anything that Google can do to create a more cohesive user experience across vendors is competitive to Apple,” Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said.

But Google isn’t all Apple should be worried about. Up to this point, only Samsung has posed a real threat to Apple in smartphones. A combined Lenovo and Motorola, however, has the potential to take a large chunk of the market. It won’t be easy or quick, but Lenovo has a strong track record for dominating markets it enters. Less than a decade after buying IBM’s PC operations, Lenovo became the world’s biggest PC maker.

Already, Lenovo is one of the fastest-growing smartphone makers in China, a market that’s also getting a lot of attention from Apple. Last year, Lenovo was the second largest smartphone vendor in mainland China by volume, up from eighth place in 2011, according to Strategy Analytics. That boosted its position in the global market in 2013 to fifth place behind Samsung, Apple, Huawei, and LG.

At the same time Lenovo’s market share has risen in China, Apple’s has fallen. In 2011, Apple was the third largest smartphone vendor in the country. By last year, it had dropped to sixth place, according to Strategy Analytics.

“Apple’s lack of presence in the lower end of the smartphone market has cost it sizable volumes in China in recent years,” said Neil Mawston, executive director of Strategy Analytics.

Apple, predictably, has offered no public reaction to the Lenovo-Motorola news. We’ve contacted the company for comment and will update the report when we have more information.

The iPhone maker doesn’t have device pricing that touches the lower end of the market. So far, it hasn’t needed or wanted to, but that will need to change if it doesn’t want to be relegated to niche status. Already, the low end of the smartphone market is growing much faster than the high end. Strategy Analytics expects Apple’s deal with China Mobile to boost it to fifth place in the Chinese market this year, but that’s nowhere near the position of Samsung or Lenovo.

And Apple’s less expensive, more colorful iPhone 5C has failed to catch on with users. Apple positioned the device as more of a mainstream product, but it’s still too pricey for developing countries. And it turns out that most people are buying the higher-end iPhone 5S that includes a fingerprint sensor, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged during the company’s earnings conference call earlier this week.

Apple won’t just face Lenovo in China. The company also will use Motorola to break into the US market. Lenovo gains not only a well-known brand with Motorola but also closer relationships with US carriers and retailers. The company wants to become the world’s biggest seller of smart devices — which includes PCs, tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs — and it won’t be able to do that without addressing the US market.

Lenovo won’t become Apple’s biggest threat overnight. It will take awhile for the Chinese company to figure out its strategy with Motorola, and Lenovo also will have to invest heavily to get Motorola back on its feet. In the meantime, Apple and Samsung won’t be slowing down in their efforts to dominate the market. But a few years down the line, it may be Samsung and Lenovo jockeying for the top mobile spot, not Samsung and Apple.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57618083-94/apple-the-biggest-loser-in-the-google-motorola-lenovo-deal/?ttag=fbwl

 

ZX Spectrum hits Kickstarter target

The ZX Spectrum will hit UK shelves in the near future after the Kickstarter campaign started to fund its return hit its target.

The company announced that it had hit the target of £60,000 late last night.

Elite Systems floated the idea of bringing backing the games console as a Bluetooth accessory for iOSAndroid and Windows Phone after it acquired the rights to its back catalogue last year.

The company said that if it managed to raise the funds need, it would launch the keyboard for iOS, followed by Android and Windows Phone.

According to Elite, the company hopes to have the first batch of keyboards on sale by September. It has said they will be priced around £39.99.

Sourcehttp://www.t3.com/news/zx-spectrum-hits-kickstarter-target