Jolla’s Sailfish OS is new, intuitive, and interesting. We gave a preview of the OS’ features a while back and even though we like it, it’s no secret that it will be challenging for Sailfish to gain momentum in a market that is already dominated by well-established operating system’s like iOS and Android.
However, if you have a Nexus 4 (or presumably any other Android phone with an unlocked Bootloader), then you can try out Sailfish without having to fork over your hard-earned cash for an entirely new device. You can see a video of Jolla’s OS in action on a Nexus 4 after the jump. Read more »
Android OS provides mechanisms for push notifications that leverage two services from Google and apps like Gmail, Facebook and Twitter use it to deliver instantaneous notifications. The problem is that those services infringe on patents held by SimpleAir, an “inventor-owned technology licensing company.”
A jury in Marshall, Texas unanimously found that the patent in question, No. 7,035,914, is valid and that the search giant infringed upon five of the claims in the patent. Read more »
Last year, Nokia unveiled the HERE Transit Beta app available for select touch-based Ashas, specifically the ones of the Asha 50x range, and now the time has come the app to graduate to final form and hit the Nokia Store.
Currently, only the Nokia Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502 and Asha 503 have access to download the HERE Transit app. Read more »
The latest iteration of the popular Asphalt racing series for mobile devices is now available for free on Windows Phone 8 devices.
The game usually retails for $0.99, so be sure to grab it quickly before the offer runs out. Read more »
Are you obsessed with the performance of your smartphone and won’t be satisfied unless it beats out all others? If you’re looking for more detailed reports on your device’s performance, then you’ll be happy to hear that Rightware has released the latest iteration of their Benchmark OS software: Basemark OS II.
It’s designed to work with pretty much any Android, iOS, or Windows Phone device and it even offers online comparisons, so you can see how your handset stacks up against others.
Teemu Uotila, a Rightware employee had this to say about the latest update: Read more »
The VLC player for iOS has been updated to version 2.2 and has gained a new UI with a more iOS 7-friendly look. The new UI adds a few neat tricks such as two-finger tap for video pause and swipe controls for brightness, playback position and volume. A vertical swipe in the right half of the video will adjust the volume, while the same on the left part adjusts screen brightness.
In addition to the fresh look, the latest iteration of VLC player adds support for Dropbox and HTTP live streaming as well as download from Google Drive. Read more »
Samsung has teamed up with popular espresso maker illy in the UK but the partnership doesn’t have coffee machines planned. Instead Samsung and illy will represent their products in each other’s stores, starting on London’s Regent Street.
Samsung VP Yoinghee Lee has revealed to Pocket-Lint that “this partnership is about sharing a communality between two brands.” – hopes are that by the end of this year Samsung devices will be in two illy coffee shops and illy coffee in two Samsung flagship stores in the UK. Read more »
The rumor mill has been abuzz with talk of Microsoft’s upcoming virtual assistant, which will borrow its personality from Cortana (you know, from Halo). Now, Head of Microsoft Research, Peter Lee, has confirmed that the a “big focus” for the company is artificial intelligence, including a virtual assistant.
The video interview features a short glimpse of a virtual assistant prototype at work but somewhat disappointingly it didn’t use Cortana’s avatar. Read more »
Samsung has released the Android 4.4 KitKat kernel source code for its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, facilitating developers in building custom ROMs for the device.
If you are a developer, then the source link below has the kernel codes for you to play with. Read more »
Skype for iOS has received an update which mainly benefits Apple’s A7-capable devices. The iPhone 5s, iPad’s Air and iPad mini 2 will get two-way HD video calls, receiving messages while Skype is minimized while other iOS devices will also get faster syncing across all devices.
It’s a big step as the iPhone currently relied heavily on Apple’s FaceTime service, which is limited to the unimpressive HVGA (480px by 360px) resolution. Read more »
Official Google Play Movies & TV app is now available for Apple iOS devices. The application is available as a free download in the App Store.
Google Play Movies & TV for iOS allows users to watch media purchased or rented from Google Play store on their iOS device. Read more »
Google will be updating its Chrome browser for iOS devices. The latest iteration of the browser will bring a few new features: Safe Browsing, data compression, and auto-translation.
Here’s a snippet straight from big G about the new data compression feature: Read more »
The iOS app of the popular cloud storage service Box got treated to a full redesign. Completely re-written, version 3.0.0 of the app now comes with 50GB of free lifetime storage to anyone who downloads it in the next 30 days.
Available for iPhone and iPad, the latest release of Box for iOS now features a flat look in line with the user interface Apple’s mobile OS. Read more »
One of the most beloved iterations of the Final Fantasy series is coming to the Google Play Store today: Final Fantasy VI.
Originally debuting for the Super Nintendo on April 2nd, 1994 (in Japan), Final Fantasy VI was an instant hit with fans and was one of the most critically acclaimed games of its time. Even today, it stands as one of the most memorable role-playing games to have ever been released. Read more »
Samsung has released an official app for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which will kick off next month. As a partner of the event, the global market leader has designed an exclusive app for the upcoming games.
The app that is named WOW for Wireless Olympic Works and offers one of the easiest ways to keep track of what’s happening at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Read more »