Borrowing a page out of Windows Phone’s book, the newest installment of Samsung’s Galaxy flagship lineup will reportedly feature a new Kids Mode parental control feature.
Kids Mode takes after Kids Corner in WP8, and will give you a special limited access user account for when you want to lend your Galaxy S5 to a child or someone else. Read more »
Thanks to a new Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak we can see that Redmond devs are planning to include a universal search feature in the next Windows Phone release.
A recent leak revealed theme and start menu customizations, which adds another line to the long line of expected improvements. Read more »
According to a Bloomberg source close to HTC, the Taiwanese company is aiming to show off three wearable devices to carrier representatives at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. One of them is a smartwatch prototype based on Qualcomm’s Toq, the other a smartwatch which will rely heavily on Google Now and finally a bracelet targeted at music lovers.
The source reveals that HTC will likely keep said three devices under wraps from the public eye and only showcase them privately for now – bummer! Read more »
Nokia’s Vine account joined in on the teasing of Nokia’s upcoming Mobile World Congress event. After yesterday’s teaser images from Weibo, today’s vine isn’t all that revealing but it uses the characteristic green that has become associated with the Nokia X A110 (Normandy).
Yesterday it was monkeys, today ducks. Where’s Nokia going with all the cartoony animals? Read more »
According to a report in USA Today, the upcoming refresh of the Samsung Galaxy Gear will boot Tizen OS. The Korean giant is widely expected to launch its next generation smartwatch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S5 next week, on February 24.
Reportedly, the upcoming smartwatch will feature new HTML5 version of Tizen. Read more »
A new WP 8.1 SDK leak points to fingerprint scanner support in the next OS update, which should put Windows Phone level with iOS and Android.
Also there will be some sort of Start and Theme customization options but it’s unknown what those will be, perhaps the option to finally choose a background wallpaper like in Windows 8.1 on desktop? Finally there’s some leaked information on how WP 8.1 will handle messaging on dual-SIM smartphones. Read more »
Apple’s chief of mergers and acquisitions Adrian Perica met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Cupertino last spring, which some analysts believe could be related to a potential partnership between the two companies.
In the past, pundits have urged Apple to make a daring acquisition of the like-minded electric vehicle company, which at the very least raises hopes for an eventual EV running with Apple technology. Read more »
According to a report in Apple Insider, the non-retina display toting iPad 2 is going to be discontinued soon. Apple has reportedly decided to wind down the tablet’s production as customers are increasingly shifting their attention towards the company’s newer slates.
Announced back in 2011 to replace the original, Apple iPad 2 has proven to be quite a success for the Cupertino giant. Read more »
Rumors indicate that this month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona could see more than one announcement from Samsung.
Besides the anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship, sources indicate that new editions of their popular Galaxy Tab series of tablets and Galaxy Gear smartwatch could get announced. Read more »
According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft is considering bringing support for Android applications to Windows and Windows Phone. Planning for the radical move is said to be ongoing and in early stages.
If materialized, the shift in strategy will aim to counter the lack of popular apps available on Microsoft’s OS platforms. Despite featuring mainstream titles such as Flipboard and Instagram, Windows Phone still lacks many of the popular iOS and Android apps and games. Read more »
Samsung said it will be trying hard to expand its tablet market share in 2014 and it shows. The company already released a quartet of Galaxy Tab Pro tablets and the ultra low-end Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 and now we learn that a trio of fourth generation Galaxy Tab slates will be joining them shortly.
The Galaxy Tab 4 slates will bring quad-core 1.2 GHz processors to the series, better cameras and Android 4.4 KitKat and will come in three sizes – 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1. All three new slates will feature TFT displays of the modest 1280×800 pixels resolution. The connectivity departments will include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS with GLONASS a microSD card slot and an optional 3G/LTE radio. All new slates will come with Samsung’s premium Hancom Office, E-Meeting and WebEx services plus the Remote PC app preinstalled. Read more »
Verizon will start offering the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition slate soon. A leaked official picture, courtesy of @evleaks, show the black version with embedded Verizon and its 4G LTE logos on the faux-leather plastic back.
Naturally, Verizon will be offering the LTE-enabled version powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset. Read more »
According to Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist, popular instant messaging platform Viber is currently in talks to be acquired by a rival company in Asia. While nothing is confirmed just yet, it’s said that the Asian instant messaging company has made an offer for Viber worth $300 to $400 million dollars.
Popular Asian mobile chat applications include WeChat (China), Line (Japan) and KakaoTalk (South Korea), but the newspaper doesn’t confirm which one has placed the bid. Viber boasts 200 million registered users based in 193 countries and is available on nearly ever mobile and desktop platform there is. Read more »
Samsung is carefully deciding what the price of their next Galaxy Gear line is going to be.
It will be an especially important decision for the Korean Manufacturer since Apple has its own line of wearable devices in the works. Read more »
The Windows Phone 8.1 update is expected to come in a couple of months, bringing the widely requested notification center to the Microsoft platform. Yet, until now, we didn’t have a very good idea of what it will look like.
This changed today, though, thanks to a couple of leaked screenshots that allegedly come from an internal Microsoft document. It shows that the notification center will actually be called Action center and will contain connectivity toggles in addition to notifications. Read more »