We hardly believe what we’re seeing. SatNav apps are among the most expensive mobile applications here in Europe. CoPilot Live app has not been any different so far. It comes with $19.99 price tag for United States maps, and about €40 for the full Europe maps.
But all that is about to change, as CoPilot plans to offer its offline navigation app for free on Android and iOS. Read more »
LG announced no less than six new phones throughout the week and are showcasing them all tonight at their pre-MWC LG Mobile Media Preview. And just to make sure no one missed how big they are staking on the LTE wireless technology, they created a new tagline for themeselves: “LTE, its always LG”. LG reportedly holds more LTE patents than any other mobile manufacturer in the world, so it makes sense that that they would want to stand behind their 4G technology in the long run.
As we all know, more phones also means more booth ladies to carry them all, which is a plus in everyone’s book.
Check out our hands-on from the pre-MWC LG Mobile Media Preview here.
The just announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was kind enough to come by our office on its way to the MWC shelves. The latest Samsung slate is supposed to bring the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience on the 10.1” screen, while keeping the price as reasonable as possible.
Before switching it on, you can barely tell the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 apart from its predecessor, but the actual user experience is quite different with the second gen slate. Read more »
I don’t know about you guys but when I saw Metro UI for the first time on a desktop PC, the first word that came to my mind started with ‘W’ and ended with ‘TF’. Sure, Metro is a beautiful user interface but when put on a 22-inch monitor it looks terribly out of place and doesn’t feel right when operated with a mouse. It looks even worse when placed alongside the old Windows 7/Vista UI, which will also be part of Windows 8. I wished Microsoft had come up with a way to make the existing Windows 7/Vista UI look more like Metro instead of having them simultaneously in one OS.
Unfortunately, my wish was left unfulfilled by Windows 8. But there is a designer out there who took almost exactly what I had in mind and made a mockup out of it. This, according to me and that designer, is how Windows 8 should have looked like. Read more »
Chrome Beta browser for Android has received its first update. The biggest improvement is added support for more regions. The updated list now also includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Poland, India, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. As before, however, the browser is only available on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, and it’s going to stay that way.
Other changes include the addition of Android Beam support, which means you can now beam URLs to other NFC-enabled Android devices by simply touching them. Lastly, there are some bug fixes and some performance updates. Read more »
Samsung is dead set on filling every niche, whether big or small, in the smartphone market, offering a Galaxy phone as a choice for just about every occasion.
You’ve got low range droids, high end droids, durable waterproof droids, “phoneblets” and lets not forget, yesterday’s flagships that are today’s midrange shooters. Read more »
After it failed to impose a ban on Apple to sell the iPad in China because of its overdue trademark rights on the “IPAD” name, now Proview International has asked a Superior Court in Santa Clara, California to seize Apple from selling them iPads, read this, in the United States.
In December 2009 Proview agreed on selling their “IPAD” name trademark to Apple subsidiary IP Application Development but now claims that Apple made false statements before the agreement. So now, Proview wants justice to be brought to the situation and iPads to be stopped from selling in the U.S. Read more »
Google could launch its pure-bred Nexus tablet this summer, ponders analyst for DisplaySearch Richard Shim.
The device will reportedly offer a 7″ display of 1280 x 800 resolution and around 1.5 to the 2 million units will be produced initially. Read more »
Bored out of your mind with the stock look of your Galaxy Ace? The kind Android developers over at XDA-Developers got you covered with the release of an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM garnished with the famous MIUI v4.
The ROM entitled “TeamCooper” is still in beta, but it’s got most of the stuff working. Of course you’ll need ClockworkMod v5 to flash it, but once you do it’s good enough for everyday use, according to fellow Ace owners. Read more »
Apple’s next devices could showcase an alternate USB connector.
The popular 30 pin connector will reportedly be replaced with something that will take up less of the space, needed for things like LTE radio, bigger battery, etc. Read more »
Apple has acquired Chomp. A small 20 people company focused on app discovery on the iOS and Android. This step from Apple means that the company is hard at work on a future revamp of the App Store and specifically the search and app suggestion part of it.
Chomp launched back in 2009 and since then raised more than $2.5 million in funding. With its acquisition by Apple, the whole Chomp team is transferring over to Cuppertino with all the app finding technology and future plans for development. Read more »
Both NVidia and Samsung have been hyping their quad-core system-on-a-chip monsters but the smug on their face is about to get wiped. NVidia’s, at least.
That’s because Texas Instruments, not to be left out of the whole quad-core SoC mash-up, has released a video showcasing its OMAP 5 brute power. More specifically, it’s the OMAP 5430 with two A15 cores helped by two companion M4 cores alongisde a SGX544 MP2 graphics chip. It takes on the ASUS Transformer Prime with its 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A9 (Tegra 3, or 4-PLUS-1) beating in its shell. Read more »
Along with the three Android phones, ViewSonic also announced three new tablets, two droids and one Windows 7 slate. The Android tablets come in two sizes – 7″ and 9.7″, while the Atom-powered Windows 7 slate is a 10-incher.
The ViewSonic ViewPad E100 has a 9.7″ IPS screen with 1024×768 resolution and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Read more »
All those people that secretly (or not) want to release their subsidized iPhone 4S’s from their respectful carrier’s clutches are in luck.
The popular Gevery SIM solution now covers the GSM 4S variant and can be pre-ordered for the discounted price of $55. Read more »
RIM have teamed up with Porsche Design Studios to create the BlackBerry P’9981, a mix of hard edges and precise angles unlike any other BlackBerry we’ve seen before.
The P’9981 enters the market as the elite BlackBerry, demanding an exclusive price tag for an exclusive device. We spent some exploring how the Porsche Design treatment changes a product like the P’9981. Read more »