As we get closer to the launch of Nokia’s future Android smartphone, the leaks are coming fast. Now, thanks to @evleaks, we have a specs sheet. The Nokia X “Normandy” wil allegedly have a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz, a 4-inch screen with WVGA resolution and 512MB of RAM. In addition, the handset will include 4GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, 1500mAh battery and a 5MP back camera.
The phone is expected to launch in a few weeks, on February 24, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Over the past few years, Microsoft has managed to get their operating system on to giant coffee table like devices. After shifting the Surface name over to their tablet line of devices, the Windows coffee tables are now dubbed PixelSense devices. 3M and Ideum decided the world of computer powered coffee tables could use some variety and they are now preparing a couple Android powered devices for consumers. Read more
IDC’s latest numbers are in, and 2013 was a pretty big year for smartphones. For the first time ever, smartphone shipments passed 1 billion total phones, which is an incredible achievement. Android smartphones accounted for just shy of 800 million devices. Android and iOS were (obviously) the two major forces behind driving this growth, as both operating systems accounted for 93.8% of smartphone shipments total last year.
For the fourth quarter, we saw some pretty positive growth, too. Android shipments grew 40.3% year-over year, second only to Windows Phone. However, in terms of pure numbers, Android shipping an incredible 226.1 million devices compared to Windows Phone’s 8.8 million. iOS actually saw some pretty slow growth year-over-year, coming in at around 6.7%. Read more
If you’ve been putting off picking up a Galaxy Gear because of the high launch price, Best Buy might have the solution. As a Valentine’s Day-only special, Best Buy is selling the Gear for $149, half of the original $299 price. You won’t be able to pick up the grey or black colors, but any of the four colors qualify.
We know the Galaxy Gear 2 is coming, we just don’t know when. This price drop could be part of an opportunity for Best Buy to clear out inventory of the new product, so if you always have to have the latest and greatest tech, this may not be such a great deal for you, but ff you’re just looking for a great discount, or possibly even a Valentine’s Day present, this one’s hard to pass up. You can find the store link below.
source: Best Buy
Given that the S-Pen is one of the biggest selling features of the Galaxy Note series, it would make sense for Samsung to want to push every use of the stylus it can. A recent patent application suggests that the Korean company is looking to do just that.
US 20140038557 A1 suggests that Samsung will be adding a way to unlock your Note through handwriting. The feature will do so by recognizing your handwriting. Of course, like fingerprints and voice recognition, you will have to train your Note to recognize your handwriting. While current generations of the Note series do this already, allowing you to unlock your device with your signature, this would expand on that. The patent will allow actions to be performed based on hand written commands. For instance, if you wanted to call mom or dad, all you’d have to do is write “Call Mom” or “Call Dad” on the lock screen and the device would do so.
Whether or not we’ll see this in the Galaxy Note 4 is yet to be determined, but expanded S-pen functionality is something to be excited about. If you’re up for the technical details you can check out the patent application from the source link below.
via: Phone Arena
If you’ve been following the Flappy Bird saga you’ll know that the frustratingly difficult but oh-so-simple game is gone. Citing addiction as the motive behind taking the game down, the developer, Dong Nguyen, left most people to wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat suffering from withdrawals. Of course, I exaggerate, but this move sparked a slew of Craig’s List ads charging anywhere from 1,000 to 90,000 dollars for a device with the game on it. However, thanks to the work of over 174 different indie-developers, you may not have to sell one of your kidneys just yet to score one of these overpriced gadgets.
Pictures of the yet-to-be released Sony D6503 “Sirius” have surfaced. These photos show of the device in both black and white. In a side-by-side picture with the Xperia Z and Xperia Z1, we can see that Sirius will be the biggest of the bunch. With the Z and Z1 packing a 5-inch display, the rumored 5.2-inch screen isn’t that much bigger.
According to the leak, the phone will come without a logo on the shatterproof protector and will arrive in April. That being said chances are we’ll see it at MWC at the end of the month, as current rumors suggest.
source: Xperia Blog
Following the changes made to the Google Play Store app last year, Google has also made a little change to its web version of the Play Store as well. The Play Store will now indicate, below the ‘Install’ button, whether an application includes in-app purchases (IAP) as well . Google added an indicator for in-app purchases to its Play Store app last December, and it’s good to see that it has ported the change to its web version as well.
This is useful to decide whether an app is worth the try or not. However, it’s quite difficult to determine whether the app is a freemium model and is completely based on in-app purchases or it only includes a few in-app purchases to remove certain restrictions such as Ads.
Via: Android Police
Last week, we reported that cloud.tv removed Chromecast compatibility from its Dayframe app upon Google’s request. The reason behind this is that developers weren’t allowed to release any Chromecast compatible app until the updated version (4.2) of Google Play Services app had been released.
Fortunately, Google yesterday announced that the rollout is complete and that the Google Play Services 4.2 SDK is now available. As a result, Dayframe developers were quick to release version 2.1 of the app which brings back Chromecast support. Read more
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