LG is bringing the big 3D guns to IFA this year – they will be showcasing a couple of things, both centered at the Optimus 3D. The first is a technology that will convert any 3D game into a stereoscopic 3D game.
LG has also given an Optimus 3D to six National Geographic photographers, who will produce the first 3D images and video for National Geographic. Read more »
One of the cool things about the Android Market on the web is that it pushes apps directly to your Android device instead of downloading it and then making you transfer it manually to the device. Nokia had a system on their Ovi Store where they would instead send an SMS to your phone with a link to download the app, but this wasn’t very convenient. So now they have Android Market style push support for sending apps directly to your phone, thanks to Nokia Drop.
This works similar to on Android phones. You go to the Ovi Store through your web browser, then click on an application and if it is a free app it is sent instantly to your phone and gets installed automatically. Read more »
The PlayBook OS version 22.214.171.12492 has leaked in screenshots form and the screens show the Playbook’s new email client suspiciously lacks an option for setting it up with a BlackBerry BES and BIS account. Also there’s an Android Emulator icon in the main menu, which means that the compatibility project between droid apps and QNX may be late but is still coming.
The accounts screen in the settings menu shows the available options to configure an email account. They include Exchange/ActiveSync, IMAP, POP, CalDAV, CardDAV, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn but there’s no BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) or BlackBerry Internet Server (BIS) on there. This could mean that QNX is on track to join the other smart OSes and use the same integrated email, calendar and contacts sync options. Read more »
Nokia Maps for Symbian is one of the best SatNav apps around and Nokia’s dev team is intent on making it better. Beta Labs just released a test version of Nokia Maps 3.08 with Weather, which brings a number of improvements, especially in the UI department.
The new version offers more information before you start and while you’re driving, with an emphasis on live traffic info. It also comes with an attractive-looking dedicated weather app, which shows forecasts by the hour. Read more »
Although Samsung had announced bada 2.0 back in February during MWC 2011, it took them quite a long time to release it. But it seems Samsung has not forgotten about its little pet project as today we got news of Samsung making bada 2.0 live and also releasing the SDK to anyone willing to visit their website, register and download the 368KB file.
Among the list of changes in bada 2.0 include a new user interface, improved multi-tasking, support for OpenAL, NFC, speech-to-text and text-to-speech, Wi-Fi Direct, in-app ads, push notifications and HTML5. But then again, we already knew all that. Read more »
RIM is putting a clever new spin to the old “share what song you’re listening to” trick by letting you share the actual tracks, not just the mere artist/track name info. Enter BBM Music – it’s an add-on for BlackBerry Messenger 6, that lets people create a 50 song collection and share it with their friends.
You can listen to your 50 tracks and to the 50 tracks of each of your friends, or as RIM puts it “More friends = More music”. Read more »
It seems that HTC’s first 10.1 Honeycomb slate, dubbed Puccini or Jetstream, is all but confirmed for an appearance on the AT&T network with true 4G capabilities – yes, LTE support.
Fresh images of the device have leaked and this time we can really have a proper look at it. Also the some of the specs have been revealed like the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1 gig of RAM, 16GB on-board storage, an 8 MP snapper with dual-LED flash, LTE support, a 10.1″ WXGA resolution (1280×800) and finally a Sensed-out Android Honeycomb OS. Read more »
Yesterday’s camera update to the Nokia N8 was off to a foul start and was quickly recalled. Today, we finally got the real deal from the Nokia beta labs and we’re happy to report on how it changes the already great video camera of the phone. The update is exclusive to Anna-running N8s but it’s an important one, so we tested it as well.
A few words on how we applied the camera update – it’s not a part of Anna as it wasn’t finished on time, so it’s not updated over the usual channels (it’s in experimental testing stages too). Read more »
Symbian Anna debuted a while ago with the Nokia X7 and the E6 but the original quartet of new generation Nokia phones that initially launched with Symbian^3 now gets to join in on the fun as well.
We put a Nokia N8 through the update process and fiddled with it – then we decided you might be interested in a quick Symbian^3 vs. Symbian Anna comparison. X7 and E6 owners might not, but if you have a Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 or E7 you should check this out.
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The Acer Iconia Tab A500/A501 was quick to jump on the Android 3.1 update and it has made another jump – to Android 3.2. The update is available Over-The-Air, so if you have one of these you should hit the Check for updates option in the About menu.
Aside from a variety of optimization across the whole OS, Android 3.2 brings a couple of other important changes, so this update is quite welcome. The other two changes are app scaling so that apps designed for phones can be stretched to fit tablets and syncing media from the SD card. Read more »
Samsung has released a second video teaser for the IFA trade show for consumer electronics, which teases viewers with waves and the laconic punch line – “Something Big is Coming”.
Now we can’t ignore the clever sneaked-in waves or the fact that “bada” in Korean means ocean or sea. The teaser obviously hints at the newest Wave flagship – the rumored Samsung S8600 Wave III. Read more »
Nokia released its Symbian Anna update last week for the N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 handsets and has released an introductory video of the Anna UI to familiarize users with it and, naturally, brag a little about it. Not only that but they’ve put up a dedicated page on how to upgrade to Symbian Anna using the Ovi Suite, the Nokia Software updater for Mac and finally, the in-built updater app on the supported Symbian phones.
The first video focuses the viewer’s attention to four main concepts of Anna – the new design, the battle-proven Nokia maps navigation, the updated, faster web browser and finally, the better PIM (multiple emails support, file manager, business-grade security and more). Jump after the break for the full video. Read more »
Nokia Beta Labs has a cool new app – it’s called Nokia Nearby and it tries to bring location-aware searching to emerging markets. It works even on phones without a GPS receiver (it’s focused on Series 40 devices) and works similarly to Google’s What’s nearby? search.
Nokia Nearby is in the beta stages right now, but you can already download and use it to find info on shops, restaurants, movie theaters and other places close by. Read more »
The Nokia N8 has just made the official jump to Anna, but those unafraid to mess with their smartphone platform (and void their warranties in the process) have already been spending quality time with the next Symbian revision – Belle.
Today we got yet another video showing the Nokia cameraphone flagship running on Symbian Belle. Even longer than the last one, this new clip demoes just about every part of the updated user interface. Read more »
Skype will buy the GroupMe messaging service in order to expand its group messaging capabilities and gain points on the mobile battleground. People close to the deal say that the chat giant will cash out the whopping $85 million although Skype itself hasn’t yet disclosed this information officially.
GroupMe is a very young company, started in 2010 and has around twenty employees. During the course of its first year it earned around $11 million in funding from the likes of Betaworks, First Round Capital, Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst and more.
Skype CEO Tony Bates has said that he’s been in talks with GroupMe for a few months, around the time Skype was in negotiations with Microsoft, which is currently acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion. He has also said that Skype will keep GroupMe as a standalone brand, located in New York City, and look for points of integration with Skype’s service portfolio. The ultimate goal for Skype is to get to 1 billion active users and the company believes this would be done with the mobile ecosystem, where GroupMe would be a great asset to Skype.
Skype faces many rivals on the mobile ground, including BlackBerry’s Messaging, soon-to-be officially launched Apple iMessage service and third-party cross-platform apps like WhatsApp and Viber, and let’s not leave out Facebook’s Messenger out of the equation.
We’re yet to see the fruits of Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype and now those GroupMe will bring to both companies.
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