The boys in the labs down at Google HQ have been tinkering and tweaking recently and on Thursday released the latest iteration of Google search for BlackBerry webkit 6.0 devices (obviously this means you’re running BB OS 6 or higher).
Assuming you’re the browsing type you might have already noticed the improvements they’ve brought to the table in the past two days, but in case you haven’t, there are four aspects that Google have focused on. Read more »
Remember the neat-looking Android tablet from the television manufacturer Vizio that was showcased at CES this year? Well it has finally been put up for pre-order on their site. It’s available in two models, where $379.99 gets you just the tablet and $399.99 gets you a custom-fit folio case and 16GB microSD card along with it. The device will start shipping on July 18, which is when you can buy it in a store as well.
For those who don’t remember it, the Vizio Tablet is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a 1024 x 768, 8-inch touchscreen display, along with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, HDMI-out, stereo speakers with SRS TruMedia, front facing VGA camera, built-in IR blaster with universal remote app and 4GB internal memory that can be expanded via microSD cards. It runs on a 1GHz processor and has 512MB of RAM. Read more »
Two of the most important application stores in the mobile world celebrated important milestones these days. iPad and WP7 smartphone owners both have reasons to celebrate as the tablet App store and Windows market place now have 100,000 and 25,000 apps respectively.
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Skype for Android got the video calling feature just two days ago but there were only four handset that could use it: the Samsung Nexus S, HTC Desire S and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia pro and Xperia neo devices.
Well thanks to some hardworking hackers the reach of the Skype video-calls has been greatly extended. You can now enable the feature on the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Droid Charge, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation and the HTC Thunderbolt plus potentially some other smartphones. Read more »
Sony’s Android tablets have been official for a while now but there’s tantalizingly little info on either of them. Tech geeks in Munich however got lucky enough to be treated to a quick hands on.
This resulted in a short (18 seconds all in all) video with the folding S2 tablet along with some impressions of the S1 (spoiler alert: Crash Bandicoot is go). Read more »
Hot on the heels of the Google+ launch Google has updated the look of two of its most popular web apps, Gmail and Calendar. The new look jibes well with the look of the new Google homepage and Google+, providing a more unified interface.
In Gmail you will notice just how clean the new interface is. Every thing looks simpler, focused, more direct. There is also plenty of negative space being used to provide some relief to your eyes and the whole thing seem less cluttered. Read more »
Yesterday BGR received an open letter by an anonymous high-level RIM employee, address to Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, CEOs of RIM. The employee pulled no punches as he (or she) outlined everything that is currently wrong with RIM and the reason they are losing so badly to Apple and Google.
Among the things that the employee addressed the first was about BlackBerry devices lagging behind Apple’s when it comes to user experience. He also noted that Android devices lacked when it comes to simplicity and elegance and that BlackBerry has the opportunity to build something new and “uniquely BlackBerry” with QNX platform. Read more »
Not even two days passed since the launch of Google’s latest social networking service and they already had to shut down the gates to prevent the hordes of people trying to get in. Although some assumed, myself included, that this invite mechanism might work against Google, turns out the exclusivity of it generated far greater interest among people than it would had Google just allowed anybody and everybody to come in.
But even with the limited invites that Google handed out the response they got was pretty overwhelming with everybody wanting to get in and ironically enough, using other social networking services to score an invite for themselves. Read more »
There is little doubt that Samsung is one of premier makers of high-end smartphones. With the announcement of its latest 32GB microSD card, the Korean behemoth wants to make sure that its memory comes with performance which matches its latest and greatest mobile devices.
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A popular joke has it that Microsoft’s default browser best feature is that it allows you to download a rival browser. But the fact is that IE is still the most popular browser worldwide and one that Microsoft is dead set on pushing to all of its devices – PCs, tablets and WP7 smartphones.
So the release of the second platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 should still be pretty good news. Meant mainly for developers those platform previews are hardly anything to download and use on your PC, but they are a good indication that a release is nearing. Who knows, maybe Microsoft will finally be able to arrest the fall of IE market share. Read more »
One of the most important parts of Windows Phone 7, its Facebook app, just got an update. Version 2.0 of Facebook finally brings some push notification magic to SNS addicts in the WP7 crowd.
Those are shown as toast notifications (or banners in the top of the device like a pop-up) and live tiles. You can set to be notified for a message, wall post, feed comment, when somebody tags you in a photo, comments on a photo of you, etc. So it’s now a fully functioning Facebook app, save for the missing Facebook chat feature. Read more »
The N950 is the beautifully crafted, but sadly developer only counterpart to Nokia’s latest commercially available MeeGo device, the N9. Running MeeGo Harmattan, the video below gives a detailed look at the UI, along with the dialer, contacts, web browsing, Facebook, the camera settings, turn by turn navigation and a whole host more.
This expansive 17 minute video (in Thai) will get you better acquainted with the device you just can’t have. Read more »
The latest version of Skype is finally out for Android and it brings the long-awaited two-way video calling. You can now make video calls to anyone who is on Skype whether they are on a PC, iPhone or a Mac.
Unfortunately, currently only four handsets are officially supported for video calling and the lucky ones are the Samsung Nexus S, HTC Desire S and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia pro and Xperia neo. Read more »
The Opera Dev team is on a roll. After releasing the latest version of their desktop browser the other day, the company has now updated both of its mobile solutions. Opera Mobile and Opera Mini got their versions 11.1 and 6.1 respectively.
The updates focus on saving you some typing on those smartphone screens. You now get Search suggestions from Google and Yandex, plus smarter domain recognition in this version update. So with the Opera Mini 6.1 and Opera Mobile 11.1 you won’t need to type the whole search query most of the time, just a few letters of it with the automatic suggestions taking care of the rest. Read more »
A new Samsung droid is heading to Sprint – the Samsung Conquer 4G packs a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 4G connectivity (WiMAX). The phone was temporarily available on one the Samsung websites but they’ve pulled it down for some reason.
Fear not, Google cache remembers all you need to know about the Conquer 4G. It packs a 3.5″ HVGA screen and a 3.2MP main camera with LED flash (plus a 1.3MP front-facing camera). There’s a shutter key as well. Read more »