It was just a couple of days ago that we reported that the YouTube client for Windows Phone 8 developed by Microsoft was back on the Windows Phone Store. Unfortunately, that app is no longer usable because Google has remotely blocked access through it.
This has resulted in Microsoft releasing a long blog post detailing why the app was removed and how, in their words, the reasons were “manufactured” so that the Windows Phone version could not offer the same experience as the Android or iPhone app. Read more »
Samsung and Sony have dominated this year’s prestigious European Imaging and Sound Association awards getting five winners each. It was HTC that won in the arguably most important category, though – Advanced smartphone. The EISA awards recognize the best equipment across a range of technology categories and the winners are picked based on the judgement from 50 specialized magazines, which are based across 20 countries in Europe.
Samsung has managed to bag the Smart TV, Photo Innovation, Compact System Camera, Social Media Phone and Green Phone awards. Sony on the other hand grabbed TV, Advanced camera , Compact camera, HT Receiver and Tablet awards. Read more »
Our review of the Huawei Ascend P6 is almost done, but until it pops on our homepage why don’t you check out the smartphone’s battery test. Huawei did manage to make this the world’s slimmest smartphone, but did it come at the expense of battery life?
The Huawei Ascend P6 runs on a somewhat dated quad-core Cortex-A9 processor though Huawei says it did a lot to optimize its consumption. The low-power IPS display should be gentle on the 2000mAh battery as well, but we’ll have to see it to believe it. Read more »
Lenovo has recently became the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world with a 4.7% market share, just 0.3% less than LG in third. Lenovo’s success doesn’t end with its newly earned fourth place though.
According to the latest earnings report the Chinese company has sold more phones and tablets than personal computers for the first time in its history. If you think the achievement is not that impressive, you should note the fact Lenovo is currently world’s biggest PC manufacturer with 12+ million PCs shipped globally in the last quarter alone. Read more »
Rumors, leaks and photos of the Apple iPhone 5C, a more budget-oriented variation of the next iPhone 5, just keep on coming. The latest one comes from Taiwan, where a local singer and actor Jimmy Lin posed for the camera holding the phone.
If you don’t know who Mr. Lin is, he’s a very famous musician, actor and even a former race car driver from Taiwan. This gives the photo of him holding the iPhone 5C and then placing it next to an iPhone 5 a lot of credibility. Read more »
If you’ve used Yahoo! Weather on iOS 7 you know that it’s loads better than its Android counterpart. But all of this is now good and past as the Android app just got a visuals-focused update, which brings high-res, fullscreen Flickr photos of the cities you are checking.
The photos come from Flickr’s Project Weather and are relevant to your location. The weather information itself is still well detailed and neatly displayed so you don’t lose any of the app’s actual features. There are revamped widgets in the notification area too. Read more »
Samsung is selling a replacement second battery for $50 on its website and includes a dedicated battery charger in the bundle.
If you opt to get just the original 2600 mAh battery from Samsung it will cost you $39.99 so for another 10 bucks on top it seems like a good idea to also get the separate charger. The battery will ship to customers in up to 10 business days if you order it now. Read more »
At the LG G2 announcement event, the company didn’t mention that its flagship will sport wireless charging, but as it turns out the CDMA edition available for Verizon customers will get to enjoy that.
On the promo page for the LG G2, the US carrier has pointed out that the smartphone will come with exclusive wireless charging functionality. Read more »
The latest report from independent analyst company Canalys indicates that some 30% of the top 50 tablet apps found on iOS do not have an Android equivalent in the Google Play Store.
A further 18% were not optimized for tablet use, offering smartphone interfaces blown up to tablet screen size. Read more »
Amazon pre-installs the Silk browser on its Kindle tablets but hasn’t really improved on it in a while. Now it brings an update to the browser, which revamps the UI, brings new features and gives some old ones a fresh new look and feel.
Among the novelties are redesigned tabs, an upper left-placed menu panel and a new start page featuring your most visited pages. The address bar brings up the keyboard by default, there’s improved easier access to the Reading View (which compiles the article without ads or banners) and more. Read more »
We had heard rumors that the Windows 8.1 update would be arriving some time in October this year but now we finally have the proper release date.
According to a blog post on Microsoft’s Windows blog, the Windows 8.1 update would be released to the general public on October 18 at 12:00 a.m New Zealand time. The Windows 8.1 would also be available at retail outlets and pre-installed on new devices on the same date. Read more »
One of the most popular games of all times recently announced a sequel after coming into existence nearly four years ago. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is supposed to be everything we loved about the original game made even better. The game has finally been released on iOS and is available for download on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Plants vs. Zombies 2 is essentially similar to the original game in terms of gameplay. This is still a tower defense game where you plant various plants with different attack and defense abilities to protect your territory from a zombie attack. Plants vs. Zombies 2 improves upon its predecessors by introducing new areas, new plants and new zombies. Read more »
Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is real and is going to be officially announced at the company’s Unpacked 2 event in Berlin, according to unnamed SamMobile sources.
The company’s next attempt at a smartwatch device is going to carry the model name SM-V700 and will act as a companion to the Galaxy lineup of high-end smartphones, the website claims. Read more »
Blizzard Entertainment has teased the upcoming first expansion of Diablo III. The teaser is posted on the official Battle.net page of the company, while the link was made public via Twitter.
There is just a dark background with some sort of a gate plus a quote from the upcoming Book of Tyrael: “Death, at last, shall spread its wings over all.” Read more »
While the latest version of Android – version 4.3 – has made its way to Galaxy Nexus devices and Google Play editions of the HTC One and Galaxy S4, most of us have to wait a while more before we see it on other devices.
The creators of the popular CyanogenMod custom ROM for Android are busy incorporating many of the updates from Android 4.3 into the latest nightly builds for their most recent 10.2 release. Read more »