From day one, when it comes to smartphones, it’s always been about apps. The mobile OS that’s able to wield the largest app-baton wins, which is why Google, Apple, and Microsoft have always been such strong advocators of developer incentives.
Google’s latest push in that direction comes by way of their new crash course on Android development designed for users looking to get into mobile development, but who already have at least some background in programming. Read more »
Feeling the pressure from losing ground under its feet, BlackBerry is no stranger to publicly attacking the competition. Following the jab at the Android KNOX security feature, BlackBerry has set its aim at the new smartphone maker behind the security-oriented Blackphone. On one of its official blogs, the Canadian phonemaker states that the Android-powered Blackphone is “inadequate for business”.
But Toby Weir-Jones, chief executive of SGP Technologies, maker of the Blackphone handset wouldn’t have any of this and retaliated with a blog post hitting BlackBerry where it hurts most. Read more »
Asus is currently pushing an update for the Transformer TF701T tablet to Android 4.4.2. The OTA update takes the tablet from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to a more recent version of KitKat, but the company isn’t bragging about it as there’s no official information on exactly what the update changes.
Nevertheless, our tipster who has received the update in Spain, says that there’s now a Powered by Android logo added to the boot animation. Read more »
The BlackBerry Passport, which the company’s CEO recently unveiled, rocks a square 4.5″ QHD display cropped to 1:1. This gives it a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 pixels and anxiety that some Android apps (which BlackBerry OS can run) will look visually unpleasing. As n4bb.com found out, that’s not the case.
The Passport has been snapped in the wild to be running a couple of Android apps, which scaled perfectly on its 1:1 display. Since the company debuted the squared display concept on BlackBerry 10 devices with the Q10, we doubt that native apps will experience any issues. Read more »
MediaTek unveiled a new 64-bit octa-core chipset and almost lost among the many features on its specs sheet is Super-Slow Motion. The feature can capture 1080p at a brisk 480fps framerate – for comparison current flagship smartphones usually top out at 720p @ 120fps.
With 480fps video the camera can slow the action down to 1/16s of real time. Read more »
The iOS version of Chrome has received an update bringing it to version 36.0.1985.49. The latest iteration of the Google-made web browser brings the long-awaited Cast support.
Now, users with Cast-enabled devices can stream web pages seamlessly with their Chrome on iOS. The updated version of Chrome also should be more stable and with less bugs. Read more »
AT&T is now offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 on its network and the tablet can be purchased online. The carrier will start selling the slate in its brick and mortar stores from July 25.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 can be yours for $18.50 a month with $0 down and no annual service contract or $269.99 with a two year agreement. Read more »
Snapchat has added a new filter setting in the app called geofilters.
Now when you take a picture, just slide right and you will see a bunch of text filters that correspond to your location. You’ll only see filters for your location and it’s mostly just colorful text in fancy fonts and some images overlaid on your photos. If that’s something you’re into, then you have that option now. Read more »
Microsoft has been working on incorporating academic materials and research into Bing’s search results.
The educational data that you find on Bing will work closely with Cortana, the Windows Phone voice assistant. Read more »
Thinking about picking up a Kindle Fire HDX? Then you’re in luck.
Amazon is selling the tablet at an £80 discount for both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the device. Read more »
It was just a couple of days ago when the first ever clone of the yet-unannounced iPhone 6 surfaced for the first time. Back then it went through an extended photo shoot, but today we get to see even more of it.
The device apparently goes by the name Wico i6, and it’s been portrayed in detail in a couple of videos. Read more »
Skype has announced a new update today, and this one enables you to do free group video calls if you use a Windows tablet or a “2 in 1 device” (which presumably refers to convertible laptops).
You have to be running Windows 8.1 on your device, though, as Windows 8 isn’t supported. If you do qualify, however, using this feature seems to be very straightforward. Read more »
Aside from unveiling the 64-bit true octa-core MT6795 chipset today, MediaTek has also showcased its 32-bit MT6595 part for the third time this year. Since we already know pretty much everything there is to know about this SoC, the Taiwanese company decided to hype it up by boasting that it’s gotten a result of 47,233 points in the AnTuTu benchmark.
As you may imagine, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, it’s more than many other chipsets from competing vendors have been able to achieve. Read more »
Apple’s hotly anticipated iWatch will be up for grabs in three distinct models, according to a report from Economic Daily.
If the rumors are to be trusted, there will be one iWatch model sporting 1.6-inch display and two other models with 1.8-inch panels. Read more »
Microsoft is expected to undergo massive staff layoffs this week. According to a report by Bloomberg citing company insiders, Microsoft’s job cuts will be the biggest in five years.
The reductions in staff will be primarily in the Nokia handset division and its portions that overlap with already existing Microsoft structures. This includes departments such as engineering and marketing. Read more »