We’ve got some good news and some bad news to those of you owning or planning to purchase a Windows Phone smartphone without a Nokia logo on it. The good news is that the Finns will be making their Nokia Maps service available to all WP devices, no matter the manufacturer.
The bad news is that the voice-guided navigation will remain an exclusive feature of the Nokia Lumia lineup at least for the time being. The voice-guided navigation is available through a separate app (Nokia Drive) on Windows Phone, instead of being integrated into the Maps and that separate app won’t be making its way to the Windows Marketplace. Read more »
Google has updated the user interface of Gmail, making the popular email service even more attractive. The new UI design adds contacts images to your conversation so you can easily identify the sender of each message and lets you choose the spacing between the elements on the screen.
That makes it easy to customize Gmail for different screen sizes and resolutions. The Gmail devs have also collaborated with iStockphoto and have created new HD themes, if you are into that kind of stuff. Read more »
The Android version of the Google+ app just got an update, bringing a redesigned UI, several new features and the usual for such releases batch of bugfixes. The latest version of Google+ is already available in the Android Market for most regions and as you can see it brings an Ice Cream Sandwich-inspired UI.
Along with the new looks, Google+ should bring improvements to battery life, better notifications, a sign out option and several more minor improvements like the option to add people to a circle from the circle profiles screen. Read more »
The European version of the first Honeycomb tablet – the Motorola XOOM is on its way to receive the long-awaited Android 3.2 update. More specifically, the update is targeted at Wi-Fi-only XOOM units, that are running versions 6.4.20 and 126.96.36.199; they will be upgraded to 6.6.23.
And to make things even more limiting – only users in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK will receive the update notification message. Read more »
Remember the Nokia Lumia 800 launch advertisement, which we showed you here in our blog? If you don’t, don’t worry, you’ll see it again at the end of this post.
Nokia has decided to take you on a “Behind of scenes” tour, showing you the making of the particular segments of the ad itself. It’s pretty cool, especially the “Dirt art” video. Read more »
We just got wind of some photos of an upcoming LG smartphone, which is yet to be announced. The device will reportedly be called LG Optimus U1 and will be the company’s first handset to run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
Our anonymous tipster didn’t give us any more details and we cannot confirm the authenticity of the image, but we couldn’t find anything wrong with it so we’re giving it the benefit of doubt. Plus, this one looks like a Korea-bound smartphone, judging by its design and it would make perfect sense for LG to release a handset called Optimus U1 there. Read more »
Motorola Mobility is about to cut 800 jobs in order to incur $31 million – $4 million of which are for closing facilities.
Motorola has reported $32 million loss for the past quarter, which is still better than the $56 million loss in the previous one. Read more »
Nokia continues with the aggressive market campaign of its Windows Phone-running Lumia smartphones. The more expensive member of the duo, the Nokia Lumia 800, has just been pronounced the official smartphone of the UK X Factor talent show.
Each of the finalists got a brand new Nokia Lumia 800 and as you can you’ll see from some videos in a minute they really loved it. Given that Nokia is trying really hard to impress the younger audience, where most of the heavy smartphone users belong, you can see where this is coming from. Read more »
Sony, one of the two shareholders in the S-LCD Corporation, is reportedly considering selling its shares in the joint venture. The company TV division is having a hard time on the market recently and continues to lose money, which has made the Japanese giant consider leaving the S-LCD Corporation.
According to the reports, Sony has already started negotiations with the other shareholder in S-LCD Corp – Samsung. The Koreans currently own 51% of the joint venture and if the source has it correct, that Sony’s exit negotiations will be completed this year, will end up in control of the whole company in 2012. Read more »
Microsoft has announced a special version of the popular Firefox browser that comes with the Bing search engine. As you might guess, this version of Firefox changes the default search engine and homepage from Google to Bing.
For Mozilla, this will serve as another form of revenue. For Microsoft, this move will help boost the user base for Bing. With two of the world’s most popular web browsers using Bing as their default search engines, this could help accelerate Microsoft’s plans to take over Google as the most popular search engine. Read more »
The unpopular Google TV is back for another round with some new tricks up its sleeve. Launched exactly a year ago, Google TV failed to get the attention of buyers due to its many limitations, some of which Google intends to address in this update.
For starters, Google TV has now been updated to Android 3.1 Honeycomb. We would have praised it for running the latest version of Android had it launched a couple of weeks ago but that is no longer the case. Read more »
The HTC Radar decided to drop by for a visit today and we thought we’d shoot it on video. It’s a sleek aluminum unibody device, running on the latest version of Windows Phone – Mango.
We’ll get started with the Radar to bring you a full review. In the meantime you can check out the video below. Read more »
Undoubtedly, the Samsung Galaxy Note’s partypiece is its ability to interact with the specially designed S Pen, which as you saw in our hands-on demo from the event last night, is deeply integrated in the OS.
And if you wonder why it works so well, it’s because Samsung teamed up with Wacom, one of the biggest players in the the pen tablet market, to create the touch layer of the Galaxy Note HD screen . Read more »
In case you just couldn’t catch the live stream of last night’s Samsung event in London, where the company officially presented the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus, don’t be in a chafe.
We got the whole 1-hour video here in this post, in addition to the demos of the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note we showed you last night. Read more »
Symbian Anna is about to receive a special service pack, which Nokia says is all about performance.
The Nokia N8 is first to get it, with more Symbian Anna-running devices soon to follow its lead. The service pack not only brings better performance but also address some usability issues as well as minor bug fixes. Read more »