Windows. You either love it or you hate it, and if you love it, there’s a roughly 1-in-10 chance that you love it so much you couldn’t bear to move away from Windows XP. An operating system so old that even Microsoft has quit supporting it. Luckily, Google feels different about the 11% of worldwide computers believed to still use Windows XP. The search giant has announced that it plans to continue supporting the ageing operating system with new builds of its Chrome browser.
Amazon’s Appstore has been around a while now, providing a viable alternative to Google’s Play Store, as well as a couple of quirky features. One of which was the ability to try out apps in your browser before making the decision to install it on your device. That feature was called Test Drive, and according to Amazon’s announcement, it has been swiftly pulled from service as of April 15th.
Would you try removing a non-removable battery? Didn’t think so. Some owners that purchased the ZTE ZMAX through T-Mobile, however, disagree. The carrier has been forced to halt sales of the handset as current owners have tried removing the non-removable battery. Removing the back panel to get to the battery is easy because ZTE opted to use clips and not clue to keep it closed. This has caused the ZMAX to be damaged because owners are prying at the battery to remove it.
So until ZTE thinks of a solution, T-Mobile will not be allow customers to purchase the ZMAX.
This afternoon, an alleged press render of the LG Stylus (seen above) surfaced online. The image, obtained by TechnoBuffalo, shows the handset believed to be LG’s competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Not too much is given away by this leak, though. The biggest takeaway is that LG will continue with its rear button setup, but we already had a feeling that was the case.
The model number for the Stylus is apparently LS770.
Now the cat is out of the bag. On Facebook, LG Mobile posted a teaser image (seen above) that confirms the upcoming LG G4 will be available with a leather back. The leather material spans across the entire back panel with stitching going down the center vertically. The camera trim and rear button setup are highlighted with gold.
The copy of the Facebook post reads the following:
Always have authentic luxury in hand.
The brand new LG G4 with vegetable-tanned leather cover.
See the great, feel the great.
The LG G4 will be announced on April 28.
Source: LG Mobile (Facebook)
While we wait for April 20th to roll around to see whether Sony goes ahead and officially announces the Sony Xperia Z4 smartphone, a new rumor has surfaced with some new details about the device. According to sources, the Z4 will join the ranks of devices constructed of an all-metal body. If true, it is not clear what Sony will do for the back cover as the Z series of devices have had a glass back that Sony developed.
One of the more recent additions to Samsung’s Touchwiz interface is the ability to load themes. Themes go beyond changing the wallpaper as related assets like buttons, some interface colors, fonts and icons are also updated. In addition to adding this new feature to their UI, Samsung is also working on opening a “theme store” where users can grab new themes to match a mood or look that they may be interested in loading. To help populate that store with content, Samsung is reaching out to designers and inviting them to partner with Samsung.
The Cyanogen OS will now include Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office.
Nokia may have manufactured some of the world’s most recognisable phones in years gone by, but that side of its business came to a grinding halt when it sold its devices unit to Microsoft a while back. Luckily, the Finnish company is no one-trick-pony and has its fingers in a few other pies. One of its main interests is in the telecommunications field, and Nokia has just announced the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent for $15.6 billion.