The Opera team has just announced the launch of Opera VPN, a free iOS app that will let you enjoy more of your favorite apps and of the internet. It allows you to change your virtual location by connecting you to one of five regions and borrowing an IP address from that area. You can choose among the U.S., Canada, Germany, Singapore and The Netherlands. The Opera VPN app also removes ad-tracking cookies that follow you around the web One of the fastest, most reliable VPN services Unblocked access via your choice of five virtual locations (with more coming soon) A built-in ad blocker for ads in Safari, Chrome and other apps A built-in tracker blocker to enhance online privacy Opera VPN is one of the best and fastest ways to access more of your favorite online content for free.
Thibaut Rouffineau, an IoT & Ubuntu Core evangelist, has announced the availability of Canonical’s Ubuntu Core operating system for Samsung ARTIK 5 and 10 IoT (Internet of Things) platforms. If you have been waiting to try Ubuntu Core on the Samsung ARTIK 5 or 10… the wait is over! Developer images for the 2 boards are now available fromdeveloper.ubuntu.com . This image gives access to a number of the Samsung ARTIK functionalities, Bluetooth, wifi, and gives developer a powerful platform to build their next devices and applications.
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Ubuntu Phone OTA-9 has arrived and available to all supported devices that run the stable channel image. This includes the Meizu MX4, Nexus 4 and Bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition (among others). This latest update comes with a number of new features and bug fixes. This list is only a highlight of the few changes available in this update. Important features New 15.04.3 framework Media-hub exposure of mpris playlist support Update the bluetooth stack to Bluez5 Media consumption (audio) in scopes Smooth refresh of scopes Custom ringtone support Sound notification on low-battery state Download of arbitrary file types in the webbrowser-app Convergence changes for the ubuntu-ui-toolkit
Today, December 18, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak has sent in his daily report for the day of December 17 to inform all Ubuntu Phone users and Ubuntu Touch developers about the latest improvements to the upcoming OTA-9 software update. According to update: Mr. Zemczak also informs Ubuntu Touch developers that they should hurry up with the landings because the team will not accept any huge last-minute changes after the feature and string freeze.
Kore 2.0 Beta recently released is the official Kodi/XBMC remote for Android released and its available for Beta testers. Kore aims to be a simple, easy to use and beautiful remote that lets you control your Kodi / XBMC media center from your Android device. Kore Features: Control your media center with an easy to use remote; Including several colour themes; See what’s currently playing, including relevant information (movies, TV shows, music, pictures and addons); Change, sync or download subtitles; Switch to the desired audio streams; All the usual playback and volume controls at your disposal; Toggle back and forth between windows or full screen playback in Kodi Add, check and manage the current playlist; View what is in your media library with details about your movies, TV shows, music and add-ons; Direct link to relevant IMDb website for extensive information; Library maintenance like clean and update; Wake-on-LAN and other power control actions that the selected device supports; Send YouTube videos to your currently selected media center; Send text to the instead of using the keyboard in Kodi Kore 2.
Microsoft Office Apps for Android – Excel, Word, PowerPoint have received new updates with new features and improvements. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android all made for work on-the-go. Word, Excel and PowerPoint all have familiar look, feel and quality of Microsoft Office desktop app with an intuitive touch experience designed for Android phones and tablets. Word, Excel & PowerPoint Reduced app size:40-percent reduction in app size so the Word app is lighter and faster to install.
Microsoft has announced the release of Skype for Business for Android app. Skype for Business, formerly Lync 2013, for Android extends the power of Lync and Skype to your favorite mobile device: voice & video over wireless, rich presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface Key Features: Initiate a group IM or video conversation and invite additional participants Join, rejoin and initiate a Skype for Business Meeting to communicate and collaborate on amazing ideas Share your video and view speaker’s video during a conference Control the meeting (mute or remove attendees) and know more about participants’ modalities Look at your upcoming meetings and join via one click Find your recent conversations and pick them up from where you left Search your contacts by name, email, or phone number Enhanced security via Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL) Anyone can use the Skype for Business Mobile app when invited to a Skype for Business or Lync 2013 meeting.
Mozilla Firefox 43 for Android has been recently released on Google Play Store, and this comes with lots of improvements. This release will allow users to mark read and unread state of items in reading list panel. Also, developers added new tab audio indicator displays in tab list. Mozilla Firefox 43 for Android changelog New Users can now mark read/unread state of items in reading list panel Tab audio indicator displays in tab list Improved API support for m4v video playback Updated toolbar menu to match latest Android UI designs New split pane styling for History panel on tablets in landscape mode Accessibility improvements for scrolling, zooming, braille, and context menus in Talkback screen reader Include URL when sharing selected text from web page Fixes Cross-site reading attack through data and view-source URIs Privilege escalation vulnerabilities in WebExtension APIs Integer underflow and buffer overflow processing MP4 metadata in libstagefright Integer overflow in MP4 playback in 64-bit versions Underflow through code inspection Buffer overflows found through code inspection Linux file chooser crashes on malformed images due to flaws in Jasper library DOS due to malformed frames in HTTP/2 Hash in data URI is incorrectly parsed Cross-origin information leak through web workers error events Integer overflow allocating extremely large textures Use-after-free in WebRTC when datachannel is used after being destroyed Firefox allows for control characters to be set in cookies Same-origin policy violation using perfomance.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow factory images have landed and the OTAs have been released to devices. This latest update from Google comes with new features and improvements which includes new emoji to fill out the Unicode 8.0 spec, band 12 support for T-Mobile, “until next alarm” for do not disturb mode, and a shortcut to launch the camera with a double-click of the power button. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Highlights: New emoji Google has added a bunch (more than 200) of gurning smiley faces to its mobile OS.
Following the release of Advanced Calling last year, Verizon Wireless is now rolling out Advanced Calling 2.0 update over the air (OTA) for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. This latest update bring a few new features and improvements. The new feature upgrades the already existent Advanced Calling, a VoLTE service with video calling support on select phones. Advanced Calling 2.0 with Wi-Fi will allow two users with supported devices to use their Wi-Fi networks in places with weak cellular coverage.
FM Radio seems to have been forgotten as a feature on modern smartphones, but it was all the rage a decade ago. Now, developers are looking at enabling that function of Ubuntu phones that support it. It’s been a long time since one of the selling points for a phone was the fact that it has FM Radio support. I still remember by Motorola v2288 and that I used to listen to the radio all the time.
Apple has just released iOS 9.2, its second major update to iOS 9. This release comes with a long list of bug fixes and improvements on apps like Apple Music, News, Mail, Podcasts, Safari, iBooks, etc including an update that adds Arabic language support to Siri. iOS9.2 Highlights: Mail Drop – For the first time, Mail Drop can be used on iOS to send attachments up to 5GB in size. Mail Drop is a feature that was previously limited to the Mac version of the Mail app.
Huawei Enjoy 5S has been officially launched in China and will soon go on sale for 1,100 yuan ($170 / €160) or 1,200 yuan ($185 / €175) outright, depending on the model (unlocked or carrier-branded). The Chinese company announced that Enjoy 5S will be available in three color versions: Gold, Silver and Titanium Gray. Huawei Enjoy 5S Specs: Huawei Enjoy 5S smartphone was launched in December 2015. The phone comes with a 5.
HTC recently released HTC One A9 handset as anticipated in India, and at the same time the company unveiled its HTC Desire 828 camera-centric smartphone for the Indian market and further showcased the HTC Vive Developer Edition. Both smartphones are described by the company as “Ultra Selfie” smartphones. HTC One A9 Specs: Offers a compact 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels It is powered by Snapdragon 617 64-bit Octa-core SoC paired with Adreno 405 GPU, backed by a 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot supports up to 2TB.
Ubuntu Touch 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Daily Images are now available for you to download and install on your Ubuntu phone. The Preinstalled Touch Image allows you to install a preinstalled preview of Ubuntu Touch onto a target device. There are two images available, each for a different type of computer: 32-bit PC (i386) preinstalled touch image For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors.
Its no longer a secret that Apple is planning to make the next-generation of iPhone thinner than the current models – iPhone 7. For Apple to accomplish this task, they would have to redesign few of the hardware components in current iPhones, one notable change is to replace the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. According to information gathered from Japanese site Mac Otakara, that Apple already has a backup plan, as it wants to replace the headphone jack with a Lightning connector or Bluetooth headphones.
One of the four Galaxy A series smartphones that have just passed FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is the Galaxy A7 successor. The device is known as Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016), which is another indication that it might be released on the market next year. Along with the fact that’s been certified at FCC, we have also learned that Galaxy A7 (2016) will be powered by a more than decent 3,300 mAh battery, which is a real upgrade from the current model’s battery that packs a much smaller 2,600 mAh battery.
Microsoft recently announced the availability of Nokia 230 and Nokia 230 Dual SIM Smartphones: two new premium quality internet-enabled feature phones that are perfect for taking and sharing selfies day and night. The Nokia 230 and Nokia 230 Dual SIM have not one but two 2-megapixel cameras–one on the back and one on the front. Both cameras include LED flash so each and every picture will be perfectly illuminated, day and night.
LG Ray Smartphone was recently launched by LG on Wednesday. The LG Ray comes with an 13 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz MediaTek MT6592M octa-core processor. The phone is available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM versions. See full spec list below. The LG Ray will be available in Silver, Gold, and Titan Black colour variants. However, the Gold and Titan Black variants will be arriving in January next year.
OxygenOS 2.1.3 update on OnePlus X will start to rollout soon. Based on users feedback, time was spent focusing on improving the user experience for SD card. More updates and feature additions to come in the next couple of OTAs updates. OxygenOS 2.1.3 update: SD card related improvements including: UX improvements exFAT SD card support Ability to move apps to and from SD card Fixed reboots caused by removing SD card in an active state Security patches General bug fixes and optimizations This OTA will be rolled out incrementally.
Samsung recently announced its Samsung W2016 Clamshell Smartphone now official in China. Samsung W2016 is a dual card dual standby single-pass terminal support dual card standby at the same time, does not support simultaneous calls, that is, when one of the cards in a call, another card can not access or dial out. Running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system, the flip phone sports a 3.9 inch Super AMOLED dual displays offering 1280 x 768 pixels resolution.
Łukasz Zemczak from Canonical recently sent his daily report about the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in preparation for the upcoming OTA-9 software update for Ubuntu Phones, which is expected early next year. According to Zemczak: The team finally landed bluez5 in rc-proposed. After the landing got signed-off and published, we built an image to have a good test starting point. This release essentially opens up a whole new era in our bluetooth story.
The Samsung Galaxy J3 smartphone is now officially introduced in China, but it is expected that the South Korean company will make it available worldwide in the next couple of weeks. For the time being, the smartphone is not yet available for pre-order, but the Galaxy J3 appears on Samsung China official website. The device is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, and sports a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display. It comes with 1.
Canonical in the past few months have been working day and night on the Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 update release for its Ubuntu Phones. It is understandable that lots of updates will be expected in the coming weeks and months as Canonical is doing its very best to have a final stable OS for its mobile phone OS. While OTA-8 update is scheduled for release in the coming days, Canonical had began working on Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 update, which is expected to update the Web Browser App and add support for Thai fonts.
Xcode 7.2 beta 4 recently released comes with a number of bugfix including new features which includes support for building and debugging apps for tvOS 9.1, support for building and debugging apps for tvOS 9.1. Xcode’s Crashes Organizer, now displays crash reports that originate from your tvOS apps and support for building and debugging apps for OS X El Capitan 10.11.2. Known Issues in Xcode 7.2 beta 4 – IDE Debugging Xcode’s debugger will not automatically attach to a Today extension run on an iPad Pro when the Notification tab is selected.
iOS 9.2 beta 4 recently released, provides support for developing iOS apps. It’s packaged with a complete set of Xcode tools, compilers, and frameworks for creating apps for iOS and OS X. A notable update in this release is Arabic language support with Siri for the first time. iOS 9.2 beta 4 changelog: A user updating to an iOS 9 GM build from a seed build may see duplicate dictionaries in the definition dictionary list if the user switched primary language, added secondary languages, or added new keyboards.
Gionee has announced the launch of it’s latest Gionee S6 smartphone in China. The Gionee S6 smartphone features a 5.5-inch display in the S lineup with a 720p HD resolution, a 13-megapixel primary camera with auto-focus and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The Gionee S6 smartphone is expected to come pre-loaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop based on Amigo UI. Gionee Elife S6 Specifications Dimensions : 151.9mm x 74.6mm x 4-6.9mm, Weight : 147 grams 5.
O2 recently published on it’s blog page, that it will be bringing its customers the latest development in operating systems when the network exclusively stocks Spanish technology company BQ Aquaris X5 smartphone in December. O2 to exclusively sell brand new BQ Aquaris X5 and bring a new operating system to its customers The Android-based operating system offers a more customisable interface, higher levels of security and a richer experience The Aquaris X5 is BQ’s newest smartphone and features a five inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory with room to expand through an SD card.
AT&T will be the first U.S. carrier for Microsoft Lumia 950, starting from Nov. 17 via online at www.att.com, and subsequently on Nov. 20 in its retail stores nationwide. It brings “PC-like” power and entertainment to the palm of your hand. You can use the device on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network with the strongest LTE signal. With the Lumia 950 and Windows 10, you can enjoy the Windows experience across your Windows 10 devices.
Google has recently added iOS to the list of platforms getting beta versions of its Chrome browser (Chrome Beta Browser for iOS), as the company has released an early build of the application through Apple’s new TestFlight platform. Acquired last year to provide developers with easier access to early versions of software, TestFlight now allows users to download a new beta build of Chrome beta that adds a number of new features, including support for 3D Touch.
CrackBerry – one of the largest BlackBerry sites had recently posted on its blog a sneak preview of BlackBerry’s next Android phone – BlackBerry “Vienna”, which could feature an always-present physical keyboard in front of the phone. According to CrackBerry – “Just days after CEO John Chen confirmed the company has a range of products planned after the newly-released BlackBerry Priv, we just received on the CrackBerry tip line these renders of what is rumored to be BlackBerry’s next Android-powered phone“.
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An email was sent out by Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak, with regards to Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 current status (Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 Prepares). As earlier reported, Canonical has been working a lot at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu lately. Unlike Android and iOS, Ubuntu Touch gets updated with regularity, Canonical being very focused on squashing bugs and adding improvements, so that the experience gets better and better with each update. According to Łukasz: As per the dates mentioned earlier, we are now in the middle of OTA-8 preparation.
Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview Android App had just been released today worldwide. This is an early experimental build of the OS available for developers to download on Android devices. This latest version of Firefox OS delivers exciting features including: Add-ons: Just like the add-ons we’ve come to love in desktop browsers,Firefox OS add-ons can extend just one app, several, or all of them, including the system app itself.
Following the recent release of HTC Desire 828 Has Been Released In China, HTC Desire 728G with Dual SIM option had been officially launched in India and available in Purple Myst and White Luxury color variants. The new smartphone is the mid-range device from the Taiwanese company and is now available in India for INR 17990. The Desire 728G Dual SIM runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7 and features a 5.
ASUS recently released its ZenFone – the ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition. ZenFone 2 Deluxe has been described as the granddaddy of the ZenFone 2 family. The ZenFone 2 Deluxe comes with a host of new features, improvements and functionality. The phone comes with a carbon fiber wrapping and the ZenFone 2 Deluxe logo is stamped on the top along with words Special Edition on the angled corner. The Special Edition features an extra 64GB of onboard storage (for a total of 128GB), that means you can take up to an extra 45,000 pictures!
Following the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10586 a few days ago, you will be glad to know that the emulator for Build 10586 has been leaked online. The emulator will basically allow you to test run the Windows 10 Mobile OS on your computer, that way you have a more closer feel of what to come. Quick Hands-on with Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586 According to our sources, this is the final build of Windows 10 Mobile that will be rolled out to the public sometime soon.
BlackBerry recently launched its first Android-based smartphone “BlackBerry Priv” running the Android operating system last Friday. This is an approach the company is undertaking to rediscover it’s position in the mobile market after it has struggled to attract customers to its own operating system, BB10. BlackBerry said its new device, Priv, was designed to offer customers improved security over rival Android handsets and boasted with an impressive array of features. “Coming with a device that tries to address security on Android is a good idea, but may have been better three years ago,” said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for industry analysts IDC.
The US tech giant “Apple” has just announced that its 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available to order online from Wednesday 11th November and arrive at stores later this week. According to source, you’ve only got a couple of days to wait to get your hands on it. The 12.9 inch-screen tablet, which starts at $799 but costs more than $1,000 if buyers also want a keyboard and an optional stylus, will be available in more than 40 countries, including the United States, the UK, China and Japan.
Ubuntu’s scopes are like individual home screens for different kinds of content, giving you access to everything from movies and music to local services and social media, without having to go through individual apps. The Scope Roulette gives you a chance to learn more about scopes by swiping the animation to discover related content plus along the way there’s the chance to win Ubuntu Phone related prizes. Today, Canonical launched Scope Roulette, an interactive game that teaches you everything there is to know about Ubuntu Touch Scopes with a unique opportunity to win an Ubuntu Phone device.
Microsoft last month unveiled the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smatphones. Both smartphones comes with high-end features, premium design, and the best Windows 10 experience. Both phones works like your PC and turn an ordinary moment into your biggest accomplishment. A recent posting on wmpoweruser.com gave a closer look at the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL’s camera experience with following pictures posted by a Microsoft employee: A sneak preview of what makes both Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL’s camera unique: Hardware: A rear-facing PureView camera with a 20-megapixel advanced BSI sensor, F1.
Microsoft is gearing up to compete with the likes of iPhone 6S plus with its upcoming Lumia 950 phone. Even though Lumia 950 XL may not stand a chance with iPhone 6S now but in future, this could come out to be a game changer in the mobile phone industry. In a recent video posted on Youtube by “videotistik”, the Lumia 950 XL, is showcased to perform in in low-light conditions when shooting a 4K video, and the results is nothing short of impressive, to say the least.
Shazam has just released a new update for Windows 10, and you can download it free from the Windows Store. For those you may not heard of Shazam, this is an app that is best known in music-recognition technology. Shazam over the past years, is now a household for music lovers worldwide, helping them find new favorites and explore the discoveries of others. Shazam was built with the goal of connecting people to the world around them, and the app continues to take that mission to new heights.
Samsung has officially unveiled its Galaxy On5 and Galaxy On7 smartphones in India this week. The two devices are exclusively available for purchase in India via Flipkart. It is also gathered that both phones will be manufactured exclusively in India, as part of the company’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Samsung Galaxy On5 has been priced to go for Rs 8,990 ($135), while the Galaxy On7 goes for Rs 10,990 ($165 / €155).
Microsoft is currently introducing Cortana for iOS beta as part of its Windows Insider Program. As we already know, Cortana is like your personal digital assistant, that helps you get things done, by learning more about you every day. Cortana helps you be more productive by completing basic tasks like sending emails, scheduling events, and using the power of Bing to quickly search your devices, the cloud, or the web. Cortana’s also the best at reminders, delivering them at the right time and place so you forget less and can do more.
According to a recent post on Appleinsider, Apple could return to it’s popular 4-inch metal iPhone form factor next year (2016), with the aim to mass produce affordable iPhone 5s upgrades, boasting a powerful A9 system-on-chip, metal casing and next-generation software. According to information gathered by AppleInsider – it looks like Apple might market the 4-inch iPhone as a “budget” model, meaning the target demographic does not include customers looking for the latest technology in a smaller form factor.
As you may know, Google has recently released the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P smartphones earlier this month, being the first devices to use the brand new Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There is some kind of tradition in buying and destroying new and expensive smartphones by applying torture tests on the devices to testing the durability of the phone by simulating real-life conditions. Unfortunately, some of the torture tests are performed wrong and do not display the device’s actually capabilities.
As you may know, Canonical has been working a lot at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu lately. Unlike Android and iOS, Ubuntu Touch gets updated with regularity, Canonical being very focused on squashing bugs and adding improvements, so that the experience gets better and better with each update. With 7 Updates already released, Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 is under works right now, coming with interesting new features, convergence improvements and bug-fixes.
Sony has just unveiled the next-generation smartphone camera with Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, and also the world’s first 4K smartphone Xperia Z5 Premium on 2nd September 2015 in Berlin. According to Sony, the Xperia Z5 camera is capable of the fastest autofocus in a smartphone, a powerful blend of speed and accuracy to capture split-second moments with ease. “Smartphones are part of people’s lives” said Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO at Sony Mobile Communications.
Samsung Electronics recently announced its latest product the Samsung Galaxy View Tablet, which apparently delivers an unprecedented mobile entertainment experience. With the Galaxy View’s 18.4” Full HD screen, video-optimised user interface and long-lasting battery life, users can seamlessly experience the best in video and media wherever and whenever they want. According to JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Business, “At Samsung, we are committed to creating new possibilities and bringing our consumers the best mobile experience,”.
Sony has officially released the Sony Xperia Z5 in North America yesterday, the phone available in Canada, for now. The phone is sold only by Bell, a Canadian mobile phone carrier, for $500 US dollars, without contract The Sony Xperia Z5 uses an octa-core Qualcomm Snadpragon 810 processor, the same CPU used by Huawei Nexus 6P and OnePlus Two, has 3 GB of RAM memory, 32 GB of internal memory, extendable via microSD card up to 200 GB, uses a 5.
Not long ago, we were telling you that HTC has secretly released the One M93 in China, but it looks like that wasn’t the only one. HTC Desire 828, a mid-range Android smartphone has been also released in China, having a price tag near $255 (about €230). The HTC Desire 828 smartphone is using an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, has 2GB of RAM memory, 16GB of internal memory, extendable to 2 TB via the microSD card slot, uses a 5.
BLU Productions, an American phone vendor has released the BLU Studio 7.0 LTE smartphone, which is a huge, 7-inch phablet, with modest hardware specs. The phone has a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display supports HD (720p) resolution, uses a rather old quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM memory, 16 GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 64 GB via microSD, a 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing selfie camera.
If you ask me, the next big thing in the smartphone market will be the modular phone (PuzzlePhone), a device that can be easily upgraded by regular users, by simple replacing the needed module. While the motherboard and the CPU cannot be easily removed, all the other main components are replaceable. The most ambitions initiative in this direction was Google’s Project Ara, but unfortunately the release of the first Ara phone has been delayed.
The Motorola Moto X Force with shatterproof display has been launched, being the international version of the DROID Turbo 2 smartphone sold in USA by Verizen. The phone will be launched as Moto X Force, but it will share the specs and the design of the DROID Turbo 2. The phone uses a hyper-vibrant 5.4-inch Quad HD with a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution, is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU, has 3 GB of RAM memory and 32GB/64GB of internal storage, extendable to 2 TB via the microSD card slot.
HTC One M9e is mid-range smartphone which has been silently released in China only (for now). The phone uses a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with support for full HD (1080p) resolution, is powered by a 64-bit 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6795T Helio X10 processor, has 2GB of RAM memory, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot that can extend the internal memory up to 2 TB, uses a 13-megapixel back camera with autofocus, LED flash, OIS (optical image stabilization) and full HD (1080p) video recording, a secondary 4-ultrapixel camera for selfies and has a 2.
As you may know, OnePlus is a Chinese startup that has already released two high-specs phones at decent prices so far, OnePlus X (the OnePlus One and the OnePlus two) smartphones. Recently, the mobile phone vendor has announced the OnePlus X, this time a mid-range Android phone. It has a 5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with support for full HD (1080p) resolution at 441 pixel per inch, it uses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor inside, 3 GB of RAM memory, 16 GB internal storage, extendable via the microSD card slot, has 13-megapixel rear camera with phase-detection autofocus, LED flash ISOCELL sensor and full HD (1080p) video recording and a 8-megapixel front camera for selfies.
Microsoft Garage project unveils Arrow, a simple, personal launcher for Android that offers a radical simplification of the Android experience. Arrow makes it easy to find, launch and get back to your favorite apps, keep in touch with friends, and stay on top of the important things in your life. Arrow learns from you – the more you use it, the better it gets. It does the heavy lifting so you can spend less time managing preferences, and more time enjoying your phone.
If you don’t know, Apple’s 3D Force Touch function senses if the users press harder on the phone’s screen and does not behave as if a quick tap has been performed. After Apple implemented the 3D Force Touch feature on the latest iPhone devices, other mobile vendors have started to add pressure-sensitive touchscreens to their smartphones. Despite the fact that the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact does not have a Force Touch display, Marco Chiappetta has discovered a method to make its device detect the pressure applied on the touchscreen.
Apple Watch Sport – Now in Gold and Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport comes in two elegant new finishes (Gold and Rose Gold). There are 38mm and 42mm cases for each, paired with fluoroelastomer straps in brand-new colours. Receive and respond to notiﬁcations in an instant. Track your daily activity. Control your music using only your voice. Pay for groceries just like that. With Apple Watch, important information and essential features are always just a raise of the wrist away.
LG has recently announced that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be available on their LG G4 headset starting with next week. Initially, it will always be available in Poland, but more countries from Europe, Asia and America will receive the update soon. LG has chosen a phased update program in order to be able to provide the new OS to a small number of devices and receive feedback from the G4 users.
As you may know, the Yahoo Mail app for Android and iOS has been redesigned and received Outlook.com, Hotmail and AOL mail accounts support. Now, the Yahoo Mail Website permits the users to link multiple accounts to manage all their mails from one place, a task that is usually performed by email clients like Thunderbird or Geary. Also, the mobile app does not require a password login anymore, the new system that got implemented being called Yahoo Account Key.
As you may know, Samsung has started working at Tizen, its own Android flavor, hoping to replace both Android and the Google Play Store on some markets (to cut some of the revenue it gives to Google), when their OS becomes mature enough. This way, Samsung has more control over the device’s software, but unfortunately, it is lacking support for a lot of apps that already run well on Android. Also, Tizen is Samsung’s OS for wearable devices and smart TVs.
The Acer Jade Primo is one of the first smartphones that will support the Windows 10 Continuum feature, permitting the users to transform their smartphone into a desktop system by plugging it into a docking station, mouse, keyboard and a display. The phone will be released with its own dock, keyboard and mouse, but this does not mean that the phone does not support other peripherals. The idea is good, but there are some Continuum limitations haven’t been fixed by Microsoft yet: Only the Windows Store apps work via Continuum (the apps for the ARM architectures, not the desktop versions, for 32 bit and 64 bit architectures).
According to a Cambridge University study, the Nexus, LG, HTC and Motorola Android phones are the most secured devices, about 87% of the existing smartphones being vulnerable to malicious applications. The researches have picked up their data from the Device Analyzer app, stating that the mobile phone vendors do not have the habit of pushing security updates to their devices. Since Google picked both LG and Motorola to create Nexus phones, they most likely have good teams behind that care about their users and provide security updates when needed.
As you may know, Google has created a cheap, Google Cardboard virtual reality (VR) headset, in order to try and break into the VR market. While Google’s VR set cannot compete with Oculus Rift, some of the users may prefer to spend up to $10 on such a headset to toy around with virtual reality apps. Recently, Google has added Street View walkthroughs support for its Cardboard VR, permitting the users to explore the world from the comfort of their homes, without having to interact with people or annoying neighbours.
As you may know, Google has recently released the Android 6.0 Custom ROM Images For The Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, but devices like Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 will not receive Android Marshmallow via the official upgrade channel. But this is not a problem, since the Android source code is open-source. Dmitry Grinberg, one of the XDA developers has released two unofficial Android 6.