A few weeks ago, we heard that Opera was planning on switching over the open source WebKit engine to power its mobile browser on the Android platform, instead of the Presto engine it is currently using. WebKit is the same engine that powers browsers such as Safari, Chrome and the stock Android browser.
Opera has now released a beta version of a new browser for Android that uses this WebKit engine. We decided to give it a try and see how it compares against Chrome. Read more »
Nikon has announced two new compact cameras, the Coolpix A and the Coolpix P330. The Coolpix A is the company’s first compact camera with a DX-format sensor. DX-format is essentially Nikon’s name for APS-C sensors that they usually reserve for their DSLR cameras and having it in a compact camera is quite impressive.
The DX-format CMOS sensor has a resolution of 16.2 megapixel and a 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens with an f/2.8 aperture. The Coolpix A is capable of shooting at 4 frames per second. Other specs include a 3-inch, 921k-dot LCD, 1080p30 video recording, built-in flash, hotshoe and RAW shooting mode. Read more »
ASUS has been remarkably quick in the past year or so in rolling out Android updates for its devices. Now the Taiwanese company has become the first to roll out the elusive Android 4.2 update for its Transformer Pad TF300T tablet.
The update is currently available only in the US but is expected to roll out in other regions in March. The update is said to bring performance improvements and features such as multi-user accounts. Read more »
You may be familiar with the Opera Turbo functionality, first seen in the Opera Mobile web browser, that compressed some of the data on a web page, such as images using proxy servers and then sent that to your client, thereby reducing the data consumption on your device. This functionality was later adopted in the desktop version of Opera as well.
Turns out, Google is working on incorporating something similar on the Android version of the Chrome browser. In fact, they already have; it’s just not enabled yet. Read more »
Popular cloud-based note taking service Evernote experienced a security breach, where the company confirms it lost information such as usernames, associated email addresses and passwords to the hackers. No data, however, was said to be lost or changed and no payment information was accessed.
Even though the passwords were encrypted, the company is not taking any chances and is requiring users to reset their password before logging in again to their accounts. The company will also be releasing updates to its apps over the next few hours to make the password change process easier. Read more »
Google has updated the Android version of Chrome with several new features. Now at version 25.0.1364.123, the latest update concentrates mostly on improving the performance, with some useful new additions.
After curiously launching only in New Zealand on the App Store, EA has now finally released Real Racing 3 globally for both iOS and Android devices. The game is free to download and weighs in at 716MB on iOS.
For those who are not aware, Real Racing is a series of (fairly) realistic racing games that first debuted on iOS and then arrived on Android with Real Racing 2. In the latest iteration, EA is promising even more realism than before. Read more »
The Google Play Store has been available in India since its inception, but so far, the only content you could purchase were apps and games.
Google has now added a second category to the store with the introduction of Google Play Books. You will see the new addition immediately after launching the Play Store app on your Android device. Just like the apps, the books are arranged into various categories as well as groups such as books below ₹100, books below ₹50, etc. Read more »
Right when it was starting to seem that Twitter had completely forgotten about the Windows Phone version of its mobile app, the company has gone ahead and released a brand new version with a completely new look.
The new app takes some design elements from the iOS and Android version of Twitter’s mobile apps, such as the presence of the four tabs at the top but still maintains a UI that feels at home on Windows Phone (unlike the Android version, which is essentially a clone of the iOS version). Read more »
Last year, Adobe released the mobile version of their powerful Photoshop application, called Photoshop Touch. Although it was not quite in the same league as its desktop counterpart, the mobile app offered far more features than what you normally expect from a mobile image editing application.
Now, the application has trickled down to an even smaller screen, with the launch of Photoshop Touch for phone. As before, the new app is available for both the iPhone as well as Android smartphones. Read more »
One of the good things about Samsung is that the company is quick to release the source code for their Android devices shortly after the update starts rolling out to the device. This lets developers and people who like to tinker around with the software to get their hands dirty and come up with custom ROMs and such.
After the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update started rolling out for the original Galaxy Note, it was only going to be a matter of time before the source code was released. And like clockwork, it has. Read more »
Looks like webOS has a new owner now. After being acquired by HP back in 2010 and then being made open source a year later, the mobile operating system has now been acquired by LG.
If you’re hoping to see some new smartphones and tablets from LG running webOS, however, you are in for a disappointment. LG has no such plans for webOS as of now and will only be using the OS to power its range of smart TVs. Read more »
HP has launched its first Android-based tablet, the HP Slate 7. The HP Slate 7 will be priced at a very competitive $169.99 and will go on sale in April.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Slate 7 has a 7.0-inch, 1,024 x 600 resolution FFS+ LCD, 1.6GHz, dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory with microSD card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/b, Bluetooth 2.1, 3 megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, stereo speakers and Beats Audio. The HP Slate 7 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Read more »
We are no strangers to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Although the product is yet to be officially announced, we have heard about it and even seen it a few times in the past.
The tablet was rumored to be unveiled officially at the Mobile World Congress this year. The rumors, it seems, were true, as was noticed by one of the show goers, who managed to snag a picture of the tablet at Samsung’s booth prior to official announcement. Read more »
Google has announced the new Chromebook Pixel, confirming the rumors that were circulating in the past month or so. Unlike all the previous Chromebooks, the Chromebook Pixel is made by Google themselves and is a high-end laptop with high-end specs and has a high-end price tag of $1,299 to go with them.
For starters, the Chromebook Pixel has a 12.85-inch, ultra high resolution 2,560 x 1,700 display. Google says it is the highest resolution display ever to be put in a laptop. What they mean, however, is that it has the highest pixel density of 239 ppi. The 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display in comparison have a pixel density of 227 and 220 respectively, although the latter has a higher, 2,880 x 1,800 resolution display. Read more »