Microsoft has announced that they will be launching the beta version of Windows 8, called the Consumer Preview on Wednesday, February 29 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The fact that Windows 8 has been designed from the grounds up for tablets suggests why Microsoft would want to announce its next operating system at a mobile event.
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s application store for the Windows 8 is also expected to go live on the same day. As you may know, the Windows Marketplace will be the only place to download Metro-style apps on Windows 8. Read more »
Owners of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which its fair to say has one of the longest names in tablet history, should expect a pleasant surprise during the next few days.
Reports are already coming in that US owners of this quad-core beauty are receiving notifications for a new OTA update. The update to improve the Prime’s connectivity. Read more »
Google Chrome. Google’s web browser didn’t waste any time in becoming a hit on desktop PCs and in a matter of just a few years placed second in the browser rankings. That’s crazy even for Google, but they pulled it off.
With the release of Google Chrome beta for Android, the search engine giant will attempt to redo the browser’s success but this time on mobile.
But as you know – mobile isn’t the same as desktop. And now we are going to take a deeper look at Google Chrome beta for Android and see if the Chrome team has pushed the right buttons to shoot the browser in the right direction. The path to Android’s new default browser that is. Read more »
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX looks so familiar, you can easily mistake it for its slimmer brother from certain angles. Aside its massive built-in battery and a change in the internal memory capacity, the newcomer in Verizon’s LTE lineup is identical to the DROID RAZR, which broke cover in November last year.
Quite frankly, I never thought that battery capacity will be the star feature in a high end Android smartphone, but, given my experience with a number of top notch devices from the past year, it makes perfect sense. After all, I witnessed several Android top dogs with massive spec sheets display battery performance, which puts their daily usability in question, thus forcing me to walk around with a charger in my pocket. The DROID RAZR MAXX is clearly aimed at this painful issue. Read more »
The most recent version of BlackBerry OS is now unofficially available for the BlackBerry Bold 9790.
The update, released early last month by Research in Motion, is officially available only to a limited number of BlackBerry devices. Read more »
Limited availability aside, the Chrome beta launch went as smooth as Google could have possibly hoped. Everyone who got a chance to take the new Android browser for a spin loved it and for a good reason. The Chrome beta is smooth, offers a cool UI and plenty of eye-candy and seemed to have the stock browser in its pocket.
And then you notice that it’s lacking Flash support. But hey, the stock ICS browser also missed Flash at launch and got it later, right? As it turns out, Chrome for Android won’t be as lucky and it will most likely remain without Flash support forever. Read more »
HP’s TouchPad made quite a stir with its wild firesale back in the summer of last year. However, some of the lucky buyers ended up with special versions of the tablet with Android running on it, suggesting HP are at work on an official Android port for it.
Since those special units weren’t supposed to end up in consumers’ hands and were shipped out by mistake, HP wasn’t obligated to make the kernel’s source code open source. Now, though, they did, giving the kernel source to the open public and specifically to the CyanogenMod 9 team. Read more »
Vodafone UK will be offering Sony’s next-gen portable console, the PlayStation Vita, starting February 22 (the same date as the US launch). The console packs impressive hardware for a portable device – 5.5″ AMOLED screen, quad-core Cortex-A9 processor and PowerVR SGX543MP4+.
It comes with 3G connectivity too – for a £5 top-up you can get 250MB data (that you have to use within 30 days). An extra perk is that you’ll get a free game too, WipEout 2048 along with the data. Read more »
For all of us eager for some news about the highly anticipated release of the latest CyanogenMod, Mr. Cyanogen himself, Steve Kondik, updated the official CyanogenMod site with news on how the most recent build is coming along.
Much of the functionality of the current CM7 release is being redone for the upcoming build, due to the fact that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (the build which CM9 is based on) is such an extensive overhaul of the Android platform. Read more »
The OneNote Mobile app has been available for some time now on Windows Phone and iOS but it has now finally arrived on Android as well. Functionality-wise it is identical to the iOS version. You log in to your Windows Live account and the app will sync all your OneNote items automatically. You can then also access these notes while the phone is offline.
The OneNote Mobile app for Android is free but like the iOS version you will only have access to all the features till the first 500 notes. After that you can only view, delete and sync your notes, unless you pay $4.99 to be able to create and edit notes again.
The OneNote Mobile app is now available worldwide for device running Android 2.3 and higher and can be downloaded from here.
Olympus has announced the first model in its new OM-D series of Micro Four Thirds camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. It features a delightfully retro design, similar to the other Micro Four Third cameras from Olympus. Olympus claims that the E-M5 is the world’s first camera to feature 5-axis image stabilization and has the world’s fastest autofocusing system.
The EM-5 features a 16.1 megapixel, Live MOS sensor, built-in 120fps refresh rate, high resolution electronic viewfinder, dustproof and splashproof magnesium allow body, tilting, 3.0-inch OLED touchscreen, RAW image capture and 1080p60 video recording. Read more »
We may still have a week to buy the flowers, chocolates and cards, but Samsung are giving their Valentine’s gifts out early.
Ahead of Valentine’s Day (February 14th), Samsung Bada and Android users are entitled to a number of paid apps, for free! Read more »
Google just unveiled the Android-ready version of its Chrome web browser and made this a huge day for the Chrome users, who have a smartphone of the droid variety. The app is still in beta, but it already looks like one of the best browsers on the platform (and as you know there’s no shortage of quality web browsers on Android).
With great performance and simplified user interface, the Chrome browser for Android [Check our review] still has plenty of eye-candy to offer. It lets you sync just about anything between your desktop browser and your smartphone/tablet – from bookmarks to current browsing session, so you can continue on your smart device exactly where you left off on your computer. Read more »
Belle was a huge jump forward in usability for the OS formerly known as Symbian. Now, older models that launched with the tired Symbian^3 and spent some time with Anna can finally join their newer brethren.
We have a freshly updated Nokia N8 and we took it for a quick spin on video. There’s not much we haven’t covered in our Belle review, but it’s interesting to see how the latest version handles on the old hardware. Read more »
After a few years of domination, the Nintendo Wii has finally yielded upon the Xbox 360. The Microsoft’s console sold 8.2 million units throughout the holiday quarter – 2.6 million more than the Wii sales.
It is also the best-selling console for the whole 2011 with 14.9 million Xboxes sold. The PlayStation 3 comes second with 14.1 million and the Wii is last with 10.33 million units sold. Read more »