iOS 5 has been around for some time now, in beta form, but now that it’s official hackers are hard at work revealing its secrets to the eager public. This time it’s an automatic native word suggesting feature, which displays words above the keyboard while you’re typing. The “Go” has been replaced by “Confirm” so that you can confirm the selected word suggestion and move on with your typing.
The feature can be enabled fairly easy and doesn’t require a jailbreak, which is welcome news for many non-jailbreak enthusiasts. It’s reportedly been tested on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 but should become available to all iOS 5-certified phones. Read more »
ARM has just unveiled the next gen Mali GPU, dubbed Mali-T658. The GPU is said to deliver desktop-class performance, offering 10 times the processing power of the Mali 400, which is used in the Samsung Galaxy S II.
According to ARM, the Mali-T658, should also offer four times the performance of the Mali-T604, which was previously announced, but is still to enter mass production. That’s the T-604 that is rumored to feature in the next generation Exynos chipsets and we might see in the Galaxy S III. Read more »
After Adobe announced their plans to stop developing Flash Player for mobile devices, we’re now hearing that Microsoft plans to do the same with their own proprietary plugin, Silverlight. If you went “Silverwhat?” then I won’t be surprised. Touted as the competitor Adobe’s Flash, Microsoft’s Silverlight never really managed to gain the same amount of popularity among web developers.
But now it seems that won’t be an issue for long. Microsoft is on the verge of announcing the next version of Silverlight, with the beta version already having been released back in September. But according to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, this will probably be the last version of Silverlight. Read more »
Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 is the next big thing in the world of mobile processors and has everyone excited. But looking away from its impressive spec sheet, we know little of what it’s really capable of. So to give us a little demo, Nvidia has put up a series of videos on YouTube and we’ll be taking a look at some of them.
First of all, here is a look at the way the five cores function on Tegra 3. Although it is advertised as a quad-core system, there is a fifth companion core designed to handle less intensive tasks. Depending upon the current activity the system automatically switches between the companion core and the performance cores without any special optimization from the software side. Read more »
We are already done with testing the second smartphone to go through our new battery life test. The Apple iPhone 4S did slightly better than the Nokia N9 becoming the new device to beat.
As the blog regulars among you know, the new test involves three individual challenges (video playback, web browsing and voice calls) and a combined, general usage test. Read more »
“Exclusive” is really a word that the XDA community really can’t stand. That’s why it’s no surprise that the Nokia-developed Maps application that was supposed to bring extra value to the WP smartphones of the Finns is already freed and made available to anyone with an unlocked (as in dev-unlocked not as in SIM-free) WP device.
Some helpful members of the hacking community got their hands on the Nokia Maps XAP file and they were kind enough to share it with everyone. The XAP file is all that you need to install Nokia Maps on your non-Nokia WP smartphone, so the app exclusivity seal is really broken. Read more »
Sad news for iPhone 4, 3GS and iPod Touch owners secretly hoping for Siri to make it to their devices. Well, legally at least.
A concerned customer has sent Apple engineers a bug report suggesting the company release a special 5.0.1 version of iOS with Siri being enabled for legacy iOS devices such as the aforementioned ones. Unfortunately, the answer from Apple wasn’t what the guy has been hoping for. Read more »
ASUS today officially unveiled the eagerly awaited Transformer Prime. The first ever tablet to come with a quad-core Tegra 3 chip pushes the boundaries of what could be achieved in performance land and will definitely be the King of the tablet Hill for couple of months.
And with Ice Cream Sandwich promised to come until the end of the year, it gets more and more appealing by the minute. However, is its raw computing power and clever laptop dock enough to win your heart? Read more »
We have been hearing a lot about the Transformer Prime. First ASUS chairman Jonney Shih displayed it at AsiaD, then some more live shots surfaced, then came the FCC images, after that the benchmarks and the last we heard of it we found out that it will be delayed and coming in December instead. But now we finally have the official announcement that we have been waiting for.
ASUS today announced the Transformer Prime or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, as it is officially called. It will be the first device in the world to pack in the new Nvidia Tegra 3 processor that has a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU. Read more »
In a move that is surely going to take Flash fanatics by surprise, Adobe will be halting development on Flash Player for mobile browsers. This information comes courtesy of ZDNet who got their hands on an upcoming announcement from Adobe that details this move.
The yet-to-be-official announcement from Adobe is as follows. Read more »
Amazon has just revealed the launch date for their new Kindle range, which now includes the Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G and the Android-based Kindle Fire. Tuesday, November 15 is the day when you will be able to get your hands on one of Amazon’s shiny new Kindles.
They have also announced that the Kindles will be available in 16,000 locations across the US, from retail stores such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Staples, Sam’s Club, RadioShack, Office Depot, etc. And of course, there is the Amazon online store, if you’re too lazy to go out and buy it. Read more »
We just introduced our redesigned battery test and we thought the Nokia N9 would be a great device to try out the new course. The MeeGo flagship seemed to do quite well, though we’ll be able to confirm that only when the results of more devices come out.
Let’s start with the Nokia N9 performance in the three individual components of the test. Read more »
You’d be surprised to know, battery life tests are the most time consuming and the most criticized articles that we do. And in the same time, they are of high interest to the readers. The previous iteration of our battery test required that we have the phone around for at least a week after the reviewing routine is over. It included many different tasks, which took quite a lot of time and meant that the tested devices couldn’t be used for anything else for days in a row (so that the test is as controlled as possible).
And with so many tasks involved, many of you found it hard to compare our testing scenario to their typical usage. It was hard to persuade those of you that never give their smartphones a rest that it’s possible to use a phone for two days without recharging it. Read more »
Staying true to its Toughbook series of notebooks, Panasonic has decided to transfer some of its experience to the tablet scene with the 10-inch Toughpad A1 and 7-inch Toughpad B1.
Both the Android-running slates are designed and built to withstand hard abuse and the elements alike. Interested? Here are some specs for you. Read more »
The Nook Tablet was announced yesterday and it looks like it’s going to be a worthy adversary for the Kindle Fire, as TechCrunch has got a short demo of the unit on video.
On it, the VP of eBooks for Barnes & Noble demonstrates some of the key features of the Nook Tablet like the comic book viewer, video player and much more. Unsurprisingly, the tablet performed without a hiccup or shadow of doubt. Check the video and see for yourself. Read more »