It turns out that Skype won’t be the only app that will be giving the cold shoulder to Windows Phone smartphones with 256MB of RAM. Angry Birds, PES 2012, and the video call app Tango have also joined the list of applications that won’t be available for the lower-tiered Windows Phones.
Update: The folks at Rovio are working on an update of Angry Birds, which will support devices with 256MB of RAM.
While the omission of PES 2012 is somewhat understandable given its graphic intensive nature, the unavailability of Angry Birds in particular is quite baffling.
There are unconfirmed reports circling the web saying that Facebook is aimed at buying face recognition company Face.com for between $80 and $100 million.
This might mean that Facebook will implement the face recognition technology of Face.com to automatically tag the people in your photos and spare you the effort.
A little after Samsung’s new Siri-killer app S Voice leaked, the South Korean company blocked it on non-Galaxy S III devices. Now that restriction seems to have been lifted as the app started working again, even on phones by other manufacturers.
We’re not sure what caused this change of heart or how long this will last, so you’d better hurry and ask S Voice all the joke questions you can think of before Samsung flips the off switch again.
If you are a fan of the Monster headphones, you’d be glad to know that the company has just announced new models.
Called Inspiration, Diamond Tears Edge and VEKTR, they are all quite the lookers.
LG has created a new display for the ever evolving smartphone that involves packing in 1920 x 1080 pixels in just 5-inches of display space. This is the world’s first FullHD smartphone display and has a pixel density of an astonishing 440ppi, way ahead of what we currently have in our phones.
The panel used in the display is an Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching or AH-IPS LCD. This is the same technology that LG used in one of its panels last year for which they also won an award. Compared to standard IPS panels, AH-IPS panels have greater color accuracy, wider viewing angles and greater light transmission which leads to lower power consumption.
You may already be aware of the olloclip lens for the iPhone. Gizmon Clip-On Lenses are similar but gives you the option to change the lens and also works with an iPad.
You have a basic clip that slides on top of your iPhone or iPad and then you get three interchangeable lenses that you can screw on top of the clip. There are fish-eye, 3 image mirage filter and circular polarizer lenses available by default.
Earlier this month, when Samsung announced the Galaxy S III at London, they also announced that they will be starting a new range of retain stores called the Samsung Mobile PIN. The first of these miniature stores will open in London on May 29, the same day the Galaxy S III will go on sale in Europe.
As we have explained before, these PIN stores are small so they can be moved from one location to another and are meant to be placed within popular destinations such as malls. They are meant to give people hands-on experience with the phone and also the option to purchase it.
Since last year, HTC started giving users the option to unlock the bootloader on their phones if that is what they wished for. However, the AT&T One X was not part of the list of handsets for which HTC is offering the unlock. The reason for this was widely believed to be AT&T, although HTC never actually officially mentioned that.
Of course, it was only a matter of time before the people at xda-developers, who view restrictions as hurdles instead of a dead ends, managed to get the phone unlocked and as usual they have come through.
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket has come for a visit so we got out the camera and filmed the whole thing. It’s among the smallest Android handsets around and is evidence of Samsung’s determination to conquer Android from the low through the mid and finally the high range.
Everything about the Galaxy Pocket screams compromise, the specs sheet that can fit on a napkin, the retail package that is as modest as they come but all of this promises a price not too many smartphones can compete against.
When Nokia partnered with Microsoft to make Windows Phone as their primary smartphone platform, they also mentioned that this partnership will run a lot deeper than simply installing Windows Phone on their devices. It would be a two-way street, with both companies bringing something to the table.
Till now we have seen Nokia release phones based on the Windows Phone operating system but now we are going to see the other side of this partnership. From now onward, Microsoft’s Bing Map service will use Nokia’s traffic and geocoding information.
Facebook has released a brand new Facebook Camera app for the iPhone. The app is completely separate from the main Facebook app and concentrates only on capturing, sharing and viewing photos on Facebook.
The launch of this app has come as a surprise to everyone considering it has only been a month since Facebook announced that it will be plonking $1 billion for Instagram, a dedicated mobile photo sharing service. However, Facebook Camera has a couple of advantages over Instagram.
Google added the ability to purchase content from within the apps on the Play Store through in-app billing last year. This allowed developers to sell additional content to their users from within the app, content such as extra levels, extra currency to purchase in-game items and special abilities.
Google has now also added in-app subscription option to the Play Store. The difference between in-app billing and in-app subscription is that subscriptions are recurring and automatically renew themselves after a specific period.
The popular CyanogenMod ROM for Android now has a dedicated site for all the latest updates.
If you have a Cyanogen-running device, this is an excellent way to track whether the build for it has been updated.
Apparently, Apple’s iPhone 4S marketing blitz, involving Hollywood celebrities has the intended effect. The company just released two new ads starring another movie legend. This time, the person chatting with Siri is no other, but John Malkovich.
Malkovich takes the stage in two new TV spots, holding a white iPhone 4S.