The new Bada flagship, Samsung Wave 3 S8600, is the next smartphone that we made jump through the fiery circles of our battery test. As this was the first Wave to take on our new test, we were quite interested to see how it would fare.
Coming with a 4″ WVGA screen, a 1.4GHz Scorpion CPU and a 1500 mAh battery, you would expect the Wave 3 to be no better than average. However, much to our amazement, it turned out to be the second best performer we have seen. Read more »
Microsoft began rolling out the latest dashboard update for Xbox 360 consoles everywhere yesterday, bringing a new look and a number of new features to the platform.
As well as the metro-style UI, Kinect support for controlling the dash and voice search powered by Bing, the update coincides with simultaneous launches of companion apps for both iOS and Windows Phone. Read more »
Another letter of the Galaxy alphabet has come to visit us today – the Galaxy W a.k.a. I8150. It sits in the middle (size-wise) between the entry level Galaxy Y and the high-end Galaxy S.
The Samsung Galaxy W I8150 is in the middle in terms of performance too – the Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon chipset packs one 1.4GHz core and Adreno 205 graphics that offer pretty good performance. Read more »
You remember Google Goggles, right? The application for Android which allows you to point your smartphone’s camera at a work of art, a landscape, product and whatever else you like and do a Google search. Heck, you can even solve Sudoku with that thing.
Today Google Goggles hit version 1.7 and got some handy new features, which should make visual search even better. Read more »
Unsurprisingly, the first HP TouchPad clearance sale enjoyed great interest, but the problem with it was that the limited stock only lasted for a few hours. Well, now HP is about to deliver a second batch of $99 TouchPad slates, so if you were left in the dry last time, now might be your chance to get a proper slate on the cheap
The second sale will take place on the HP eBay store and will begin at 6PM Central time on December 11 (that’s this Sunday). The 16GB version of the TouchPad will go for $99, while the 32GB model will cost $149, but there’s no saying how many units will be available. Read more »
The Compact Flash Association announced a new high-performance memory card format, called XQD. Based on the PCI Express specification, the new cards will measure 38.5×29.8×3.8mm at launch, which is slightly larger than SD cards (32x24x2.1mm) and tangibly more compact than CF cards (43x36x5 mm).
The XQD cards should allow write speeds of 125MB/s at launch, but they have a theoretical maximum transfer speed of 5Gbps (that’s 625MB/s), so there’s plenty of room for improvement in the future. Read more »
The highly anticipated update to the Android version of the Facebook app has finally hit the Android Market. With this new update, Facebook has introduced a new UI that should make your life a lot easier.
For starters there is now a bar at the top with that, just like the Facebook website, which gives you quick access to your friends requests, messages and notifications. You even get real time push notifications now. Another new feature is a left-hand menu that slides in from the side to give you quick access to your favorites, lists and the search bar. Read more »
Hot on the heels of the update for the iOS version, Google has now upgraded the Android version of the Google+ app. Among the most noticeable changes is a new red icon, which is now the same as the favicon for the Google+ website.
Other changes include the ability to search within the app, +1 photos and comments, upload high resolution photos, ability to see whether other Google+ users are online and whether they are typing in Messenger, Read more »
Although the future of the platform is still up in the air it seems HP intends to take care of webOS and its users for time being. According to PreCentral.net, HP has seeded the webOS 3.0.5 update to members of the Early Access Program, just two months after the 3.0.4 update was released to users.
Like the previous updates, 3.0.5 concentrates mostly on fixing bugs in the OS. Read more »
iBooks for iOS just got a major update in time for the holiday season. Version 1.5 brings a welcome new feature set to the eReader app, including new view modes, new fonts and notable improvements on existing features too.
We gave the update a quick test drive with the help of Charles Dickens’ – A Christmas Carol (it is nearly Christmas after all) and the features most certainly do wonders for iBooks. Read more »
The Samsung Omnia W is our guest these days and we thought we’d bring you a video of our encounter with it.
It’s been a long time since the Omnia 7 walked in an introduced Super AMOLED to Windows Phone – a year actually. The Omnia W brings some big improvements over its predecessor and some not quite as big. Read more »
The popular developer of anti-virus applications for Windows Avast has just released its first mobile app. Dubbed avast! Mobile Security, it aims to keep your beloved smartphone safe and protected from all possible threats.
The Avast mobile software is still in beta, but it’s already publicly available so you can take it for a spin right now. It lets you protect your personal data with automatic virus scans and infected-URL alerts. Read more »
Nokia just released a major update to their Nokia Maps 3D web app, adding several new features. The mapping software, which offers arguably the best photorealistic 3D view mode (albeit in a limited number of cities) now got local attractions, restaurants, and shops and navigation support.
You can search for addresses, businesses and various other points of interests and you can now plan a route with walk or drive directions. And it all works in 3D Read more »
Here’s something you probably didn’t know about Windows Phone’s messaging – there are a lot more emoticons available than the two pages the keyboard offers. There are so many that it’s hard to think of a use for some of them, let alone remember them.
Anyway, if a friend of yours just bought a Windows Phone handset, you can surprise them with one of what is practically a zoo of emoticons. The full list is available after the jump. Read more »
One of the most popular 3rd party launchers for Android devices got an update today, which brought a host of new features and some nice visual tune-ups. ADW Launcher Ex 22.214.171.124 comes with most of the eye-candy that you normally associate with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The update should allow the Launcher Ex to play nice with the host Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones and tablets, which are bound to come at the start of 2012. You get a new Dockbar, the option to create folders by dragging an app onto another on your homescreen and some new transition effects. Read more »