Monday, February 24, 2014

Nokia is making Android phones: Shows off Nokia X, X+, and XL

The speculation about a Nokia Android smartphone has been building, and today at MWC in Barcelona we learned about three of them. Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop unveiled the Nokia X, the Nokia X+, and the Nokia XL.

The Nokia XL features a 5-inch IPS WVGA display, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and auto-focus and a 2-megapixel front camera.

The Nokia X and the Nokia X+ both have 4-inch touchscreens and Nokia’s signature mono-body design in various colors. The difference between the two is that the X+ has additional memory and expandable storage via a microSD card.

All three smartphones are running AOSP, Android Open Source Project code, which means they are Android devices, but without Google services. They will come pre-loaded with Nokia and Microsoft services including navigation with Here Maps, MixRadio for music, email, one month of free calls on Skype, and access to cloud storage with 10GB of free OneDrive space.

The Nokia X, X+, and XL will also have popular apps like Facebook, Twitter, Vine, BBM, and Plants vs Zombies pre-installed. Customers will be able to get more apps from the Nokia Store. They can also download apps from third-party store partners like the Russian Yandex Store and Slideme. In addition it will be possible to sideload apps using a MicroSD card.

The user interface has been deliberately designed to match Lumia devices. There’s a glance screen showing the time and notifications. You swipe left to get to your tile-based home screen, which is customizable, much like Windows Phone. There’s also Nokia’s unified stream called Fastlane, which puts notifications and recent apps together for quick access.

These devices are being aimed squarely at growing markets and are intended as entry-level smartphones that will act as a feeder for the Lumia brand. Elop expects people to get used to Microsoft’s services with the X family and to upgrade to Lumia devices down the line. To that end the X smartphones will be priced more cheaply than the Lumia line.

The Nokia X is available now for $122 (90 euros). The Nokia X+ will be available sometime in the second quarter for $136 (100 euros). The Nokia XL will also be on sale in the second quarter for $150 (110 euros).

Samsung releases Galaxy S5 smartphone to take on Apple

SAMSUNG has finally taken the sheet off its latest Galaxy S5 smartphone device in its continuing war against Apple for smartphone domination.

The new smartphone, which is due for worldwide release on April 11, packs in a 5.1-inch full-HD screen, 16-megapixel camera, quad-core processor, fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and either 16GB or 32GB of storage.

The design of the Galaxy S5 has finally started to lean away from the cheap plastic feel of previous Galaxy devices, incorporating a new textured polycarbonate rear that comes in four “Modern Flash” colours - Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold. Although the new material is much nicer than the old plastic, it still would have been nicer to have a metal design.

The inclusion of a fingerprint scanner is interesting after Apple’s iPhone 5S included one when released last year. The Galaxy S5’s fingerprint function requires you to swipe down on the home button and can be used to not just unlock your phone but to also lock and unlock certain files and apps.

The big deal with the scanner is Samsung’s new partnership with online payment company PayPal, allowing you to use your fingerprint to buy anything through PayPal on your Galaxy S5 device.

Samsung has also packed in a heart rate sensor to complement both its new S-Health app and pedometer to help you stay healthy and see whether your workouts are actually doing anything for you.

The updated camera on the Galaxy S5 has been touted as a key feature, with Samsung claiming the camera to be the best on any phone. It has been upped to 16-megapixels, but the main new features include the insanely quick autofocus, realtime HDR mode and a selective focus functionality.

The 0.3 second autofocus speed is comparable to that of some DSLR cameras and will certainly help eliminate blur when trying to take quick pictures. If a bit of blur is your thing, the selective focus mode allows you to pick where you want the photo to focus and can blur the rest of the photo, resulting in some pretty nice pics. The realtime HDR function allows for better low-light pictures and deeper colours, which worked quite well but it doesn’t bring the lower-level photos to the same quality as an HTC One or iPhone 5S.

Battery life has been another big consideration in the Galaxy S5, with a 20 per cent increase in battery size and the addition of a new Ultra Power Saving mode that limits your phone back to basic functions with a black and white screen to conserve battery.

The IP67 water and dust resistant rating means that the phone can cop a bit of water with no worry, being rated to survive under 1m of water for 30 minutes.

Samsung’s new interface is also much, much nicer than ever before, doing away with the cartoon style and adopting a sleek, modern interface that aligns much closer to Google’s Android operating system.


5.1-inch full HD Super AMOLED display

Android 4.4 KitKat

Qualcomm 2.5GHz quad-core processor

16GB or 32GB of storage

16-megapixel rear camera/2.1-megapixel front camera

2800mAh battery

21-band 4G LTE

This is the Galaxy S5

Samsung has done an unusually good job of keeping its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone tightly under wraps and we haven’t seen any quality pictures of the device leaked… until now. @SaudiAndroid has posted several pictures of the Galaxy S5 that show the new smartphone’s larger frame compared to the Galaxy S4 and a new rear casing that looks much more like the pleather shell that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy Note 3. Instead of the smooth, cheap-feeling plastic that was a staple of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S5 seems to have a more high-quality plastic that’s marked with little pores that will seemingly make it much less likely to slip from your hands.

If there is one major disappointment with these leaked pictures, however, it’s that they don’t show any kind of metal casing that many Samsung fans had hoped the company would include as part of a high-end version of the Galaxy S5. @SaudiAndroid says that there’s “no metal” in the casing of the Galaxy S5 although that doesn’t mean that Samsung won’t be releasing a separate metal version of the device.

Samsung is unveiling the Galaxy S5 later on Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Rumored specs for the Galaxy S5 include a 5.2-inch display, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor or an 8-core Exynos processor depending on the model, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat. More of @SaudiAndroid’s pictures of the Galaxy S5 follow below.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Galaxy S5 specs seemingly confirmed in leaked photo of phone’s packaging

Leaked information about Samsung's next flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, continuously circulating lately. The latest news shows a photo allegedly a picture of the packaging device.

Quoted from the leaked photos to GSMArena, it seems some of the detail specifications of the Galaxy S5. According to the observations KompasTekno, leaked specs in the picture is in line with growing rumors before.

Based on this photo, it appears that the network supports LTE Galaxy S5 Cat 4 2.5 GHz processor and quad-core processors. Allegedly, the processor dibesut by Qualcomm Snapdragon and has the names of 800 8974AC series with a clock-speed of 2.46 GHz.

Rumor, rumored Galaxy S5 comes in two versions. The first version uses a Samsung processor, the Exynos 5430. The second version will come with a Qualcomm processor.

Other information shows, the Galaxy S5 will use a screen size of 5.25 inches with qHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. Type of screen is Super AMOLED.

Meanwhile, there are two cameras that are prepared by the South Korean company. The front camera has a 2 megapixel image sensor. At the rear there is a 20 megapixel camera.

Other specification information is 3 GB of RAM and a battery of 3,000 mAh. This device runs on the Android 4.4 operating system KitKat.

Just for the record, there is still a possibility this is a leaked photo edits. To know the exact specs, just wait for the official launch of the device in the event unpacked 5, next February 24 in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Most Wanted Gadgets for Valentine Gifts

Of the many gadgets, there are always the most popular and highly coveted for Valentine gifts. Approximately, what is the most desirable gadgets?

A survey conducted Rakuten's in the UK, trying to figure out the most popular gadgets to give as a gift at Valentines Day. In this list, the iPad at the top.

Apple tablet defeating various types and brands of laptops, even the PlayStation 4 as a Valentine gift. Although chocolate is considered as the most popular Valetine gift, sweet and tasty food in fact is not even among the top five at all.

As quoted from the Telegraph, Wednesday (12/02/2014), a survey of 1,000 adults in the UK, aimed to gauge their expectations ahead of the special day.

One in five adults aged 55 years and over expect given gifts iPad. Previously, the Christmas holiday season last year, the iPad also was chosen as a gift. More than three-quarters of children in England asked their iPad as a Christmas gift.

One of the 10 people, hoping they are willing to spend at least a couple of 100 pounds to buy gifts. Meanwhile, 43% seems more concerned with the meaning of Valentine gifts and wanting more 'frugal', ie, the price is not more than 10 pounds.

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