Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Warning: Surprising post

This is a very, very interesting news. (Read unexpected with interesting) Although Google has really improved the vastness and the beauty of it's software over the years while Apple has been keeping it simple as always. As it turns out, people really do prefer simplicity and easiness. In the last quarter, that is July to September, about 30% of the new iPhone buyers were coming from Google's Android OS. This news was unveiled by Apple's CEO Tim Cook yesterday.

Tim also stated that this is a record of so many people switching to their own OS since they started tracking these reports three years ago.
He said

"It's a huge number and we are proud of it."

Furthermore, it was also reveiled that only a third of the existing iPhone users switched to the new iPhone till now which is kind of disappointing for Apple.

New phone announcement: Huawei Honor 5X

Another day, another new device from Huawei. Today Huawei announced the new member of their honor family; the Honor 5X. It is a metal clad device made on a footprint of 5.5' inch full HD display. It sits above the recently launched Honor 4X released a bit while in the Honor family.

It has a 5.5 inch full HD display and holds home to a Snapdragon 616 chipset with 64 bit processors, 8 of them, four ticking at 1.7 ghz and four at 1.2 ghz. RAM is optional with two options; 2 GB and 3 GB. GPU is the Adreno 405 and internal storage is 16 GB expandable via the MicroSD card slot which is a luxury to have these days. What's surprising is that Huawei put a fingerprint sensor in this mid range device. It is located at the back of the device as you can see in the picture and it will allow you to unlock the phone in just 0.4s. The rest is a typical story, a 13 MP camera with dual LED flash at the back paired with the 5 MP snapper at the front.

The battery is 3000 mAh and it supports Quick Charging 3.0 which will allow the phone to be charged 50% within 30 minutes.

2GB variant: $157
3GB variant: $220

Reminder: This device is only for China as of yet.

Nexus 6P shipments not on time in US; Google offering refund

As it turns out, the pre orders turned out to be a little too much for Huawei to supply within the given time. The Nexus device from Huawei is a beautiful device but a fraction of people who pre ordered it and thought that they would get their hands on this sleek device within October would be disappointing. But as it turns out, Google does care about their customers and users and hence, they are providing a $25 refund for those who have to suffer the delay. Second week of November is the official time period Google has provided the users with. People who ordered the phone are now receiving the email from Google stating that they won't be getting their devices till Nov 7-14.
Further they stated
"We’re working hard to meet the strong demand we’re seeing for the color and memory size you ordered,"

The canadian launch of the device has also been affected due to the demand issues.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Official!

As per schedule, Motorola has announced 2 new Droid devices today. I am sorry, Motorola and Verizon have announced two new Droid devices today. The beastly Droid Turbo 2, which is the successor to the beastly Droid Turbo. The rumor mill was producing quite some speculations around this device and as it happens by the minute we speak, it is true as far as it was concerned. It does indeed hold home to a shatterproof display named ShatterShield and Motorola is quite sure about guaranteeing that the screen won't crack or shatter till at least four years. That is quite astonishing to be honest.
As most of you must have been worried and excited about; the battery. Yes, Motorola put a 3,760 mAh unit battery inside the Turbo 2 still taking it far ahead of the competition. The Turbo series has quite a reputation among batteries. This should be sufficient for about 2 days of heavy use and a day of the heaviest use among users. Even the most power draining apps would have a hard time at emptying this beast's battery inside a day. It supports fast charging, as well as wireless charging known as Qi wireless charging.
The screen is a P-OLED panel, used previously in the LG G Flex series. It means it is not built on glass, instead on plastic substrate. These types of panels are designed to survive in conditions glass can not, so durability and reliability is massively increased. It is a five layered display which protects the base.

The display is a QHD 5.4 unit, while the rear camera's unit is the same as found in the Moto X Style i.e a 21 MP camera and a front 5 MP unit. Processor is the well worthy Snapdragon 810 complemented by 3 gigs of RAM. There are two models, 32 GB and 64 GB and it also supports MicroSD cards. What's disappointing is that it runs on 5.1.1 but Android M is already planned and in the works for it.
The device can be bought online and will be available from October 29, which is tomorrow. It costs $624 and it can be get at a 24 month program as well which will devide the $624 into 26$ per month. There is another option as well, if you chose to pay more than $26 per month, that is paying $30 a month, you can 'refresh the design' of your phone once a month which also means you can get a new phone if you want. For choosing the design, you can use Motorola's online Moto Maker customization facility. This is the first Droid device that will be able to use that facility so take advantage. Cheers!

Update for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo now rolling out

There's some good news for Galaxy Note 3 Neo users. As promised by Samsung, the Lollipop 5.1.1 update is now being rolled out starting from Korea, the home country of the tech giant. The device which saw light back in February 2014 is now heading over to the last segment of the updates it is expected to get.

Of course Android M is already out and it is very late that this device is getting the update now but there's a saying that goes like something is better than nothing. The update has a size of about 900 MB so yes, you can expect some tweaks and features now.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Unlocking new iPhones: Impossible

Apple recently stated in a United States court that unlocking new iPhones (running on iOS 8 and iOS 9) is impossible. Apple said that it is beyond their reach or others' to do it because of their entire disk encryption. Apple also stated that they however can extract data from iPhones running older versions of iOS.

The tech giant and highest share holder in the mobile market stated the above mentioned statements after a federal judge asked them to clear their position on this matter on a case that includes extracting data from a locked iPhone that the agency needs to extract data from. The iPhone that needs to be extracted data from is running on iOS 7 which concludes that Apple can very well extract the data the Agency wants it to do. However they are resisting and they have their own reasons:

"Forcing Apple to extract data in this case, absent clear legal authority to do so, could threaten the trust between Apple and its customers and substantially tarnish the Apple brand," the company said in a brief. "This reputational harm could have a longer term economic impact beyond the mere cost of performing the single extraction at issue."

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Foldable phones; Ah! Revolutionary.‏

We have been hearing rumors about foldable smartphones from Samsung from quite some time, dating back to the second half of 2014 to be exact. The patents filed back in the second half of 2014 demonstrate how a foldable smartphone can be constructed.

The screen, which is foldable will sit on top of a material like textile. It is the main thing and the springs with some other stuff will keep the screen rigid when the clamshell is open.

Central hinge is another key factor too. The other patent, the last figures, show that the devices maybe in design like laptops, instead of opened flat.

Samsung is the first one aiming at these special devices, while the other vendors are making tablets that bend into a laptop like position. Here's a 3D render from a patent filed in Korea that shows what such a device might look like. The patents are about one year old so the devices are expected around coming january. Stay tuned.


The new and most awaited thing on Facebook: The Dislike button.‏

Finally, it's coming

In a recent Q/A session held at Facebook's Headquaters in Menlo Park, California, Mark Zuckerberg stated that Facebook is very close to introducing a 'Dislike' button for the people to express empathy on posts. He said Facebook is very close to this function's user testing, which means we won't have to wait much for it. The thing which led to Zuckerberg working on this button and introducing it is the people, over the years, people have been constantly asking for this particular function.
"People have asked about the 'Dislike' button for many years," He said on Tuesday.
"Probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it." He also added.
However he also mentioned that he does not however wan't a system where people could 'downvote' posts, found on other websites/apps like 9gag. Instead it would be for posts that are sad and people feel insensitive clicking 'like' on them.
Prof Andrea Forte, and expert in social and participatory media at Drexel University in Philadelphia, said " I suspect it will mainly be used to express mild disapproval, or to express solidarity when someone post about a negative event like a death or a loss."
Let's see how this works out for Mark and Co.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Next Big Thing: Huawei Nexus

Next Google Nexus Is Here

So yes, it is true after all. There is going to be a Nexus device by Huawei after all. It is going to be around the 5.5-5.7 inch mark as per rumored. It is going to be a top notch and high spec'd device anyways consisting of primarily the new beastly snapdragon 810. Google is going to hold up an event on september 29th so we can pretty much expect this mysterious device with anticipation. According to the benchmarks, it is running android 6.0 and have 3 gigs of ram. Android 6.0 is dubbed as marshmallow. Other specifications haven't came out yet, but it is rumored to be either full HD or QHD and it is tipped to have a fingerprint sensor as well. Let's just wait for this thing to come out.


Thursday, 10 September 2015

Apple iPhone 6s release date, specs, features, price

Apple introduced the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at its media event in San Francisco on September 9. 

And one of the most anticipated events of the year brought some exciting news for Apple fans. Some new things are here too. Apple unveiled a total of four devices but we are going to talk about the main one in this article. The iPhone 6S. It might just be the most anticipated device for Apple fans and for the fans who thought that iPhone 6 left quite some holes that should be filled. Sure, the all new iPhone 6s fills most of them, if not all. It brings a lot of new features, new hardware and new software. 

It brings a whole new chipset named A9 chipset which Apple promises to be 70% faster CPU performance and 90% faster gaming and graphics. It is the company's third generation 64 bit chipset and has a new architecture which has yet to be expanded on.

But hey, I forgot to tell you about the most exciting new feature, sorry about that. Yes, I am talking about the 3D touch display, indeed a first of a kind which Apple has placed in the all new iPhone 6s. It means that it is a pressure sensitive touch screen which can detect change in force and will change the features according to force. For example, pressing lightly on an email thread would give you a preview of the new message or messages. It also works on the homescreen giving you access to several shortcuts. Apple fanatics would know about this, as it is already found in Macbook's touchpad, but in the phone industry, this is first of a kind.

And now, another good news for the fans, the new cameras. Yes, Apple has changed both the front and the back cameras on the iPhone 6s. The back cam is the new 12MP iSight camera, resulting in fifty percent more pixels and fifty percent more focus pixels. It can shoot 4K video now too. As expectations rise from the previous iPhones, this should be really good. Coming to the front camera, it has been bumped up to 5MP now, meaning it can take pretty good selfies coming right in competition with the Samsung, Huawei and other vendors. It also offers a flash mode, in which the screen is turned all white to provide the light which can already be seen in different phones, although yet to see if the iPhone can manage it properly though. It also has a dedicated selfie mode now.

It has a new TouchID now too, which will possibly result in better usage and efficiency.

As with every Apple device, there are a lot of accessories Apple is providing with this device, of course selling individually.

The pricing will be as usual, 200$ for the 16GB model for the two year contract. The 64GB and 128GB will go for 300$ and 400$, respectively. Pre orders start from 12 september and the sales will start on 25th of this month. In the UK, iPhone is priced at 540£ for the 16 GB model. The prices are usual for iPhones so no big deal.

Let's see how this new thing floods the market.


Saturday, 5 September 2015

World's First 4K Phone Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

Meet Xperia Z5 Premium With a 4K Ultra HD display

At a time where most of the mobile vendors are seriously entangled in the thought of whether to enrich their phone with 2K displays or not, Sony just unveiled their Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, a phone with a full 4K panel. Ah, yes, you guessed it right, it's the first of a kind in the history of mobile phones. It's one beast of a phone. And while the naked eye can barely differentiate between a full HD and a simple HD panel on a 5 inch, this kind of resolution Sony just blessed the latest baby with is insane. The rest of the specifications aren't any blunder either. Sony is totally blunt that it means business this time. The rest of the specs include a 23 MP new camera with a new sensor, which includes a mind boggling 0.03 focus time even in scenarios where the best of phones struggle to find focus. It is one hell of a phone. The last nail in the coffin is the battery, it holds home to a 2900 mAh battery. And blimey me! If that battery powers it enough for a day or two, this beast/beauty in one would be 'the phone of the year' without any doubt.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Motorola New Moto 360

Motorola has finally unveiled the new Moto 360, and it'll be up for pre-order by the end of the day.
While some will be saddened to see the flat-tire bar of the older model, the 2015 Moto 360 will be available in three different sizes, with a 46mm and 42mm case designed for men, with another women's 42mm watch face designed for smaller wrists.
Powered by Android Wear, it'll also come with an modern 1.2GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, wireless charging, 4GB of internal storage, 512GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. Motorola has bumped up the resolution on the Moto 360's 1.56-inch display to 360 x 330, while the 42mm watch has a 360 x 325 resolution 1.37-inch round display.
Pre-orders for the 2015 Moto 360 start today from Motorola's site, Google Play and Best Buy. In-store availability is set for late September when you'll be able to pick one up from Verizon and Nordstrom as well.
With prices set to start at US$299 (about £195.35/AU$425.12) and top off at US$429 (about £280.29/AU$609.95), you'll be able to choose between silver, gold or rose gold for the watch face, with up to six different choices of bands, including silver, gold, rose gold, and leather colors.

Sport mode

Motorola has also announced a new Moto 360 Sport model, which comes with a unique AnyLight Hybrid display. The technology allows the screen to indoor or outdoor lighting, as it combines a backlit transmissive LCD screen with "front lit reflective technology".
The sporty model also comes equipped with its own built-in GPS and though it isn't fully waterproof, it is dust and water resistant up to the IP67 standard.
Motorola has yet to announce pricing yet and availability, but the company has promised to release more details in the coming months.