Apple’s iOS 8 Finally Arrives Beaming with New Features

Apple iOS 8

The eighth release of Apple’s awaited mobile operating system, iOS 8, was finally announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014. Adding new aspects, iOS 8 is indeed beaming with a plethora of new features as well as the enhanced old ones to provide a better user experience. Below are some highlights of the amazing features of this platform.

  • Interactive Notifications: Notifications in this version permit the user to respond to texts without leaving an app already in use.
  • Health Hub: The biggest new addition in iOS 8 is this app that collects your health and fitness data. Not only this, the health data will also pour in from external accessories, like Nike’s armbands etc.
  • Multitasking View: The new multitasking view shows a list running apps, recently called numbers as well as frequent contacts.
  • QuickType: QuickType, which is used for predictive typing will suggest whole phrases, based on what you have typed, and not only your word choices. Additionally, iOS 8 allows installation of third-party keyboards.
  • Family Sharing: The feature called Family Sharing has made it possible to create a family group of up to six with individual Apple IDs that can share a single set of iTunes media, App Store content and more.
  • Siri: In iOS 8, the always-on Siri features the Shazam song recognition service and flaunts streaming voice recognition and 22 new dictation languages.
  • Photos App: The Photos app now offers even more options to edit photos. The so-called Smart Editing has become richer, easier, and will now sync edited photos across devices.

Developers got their hands on iOS 8 earlier but users with compatible iDevices had to wait until September 17th to upgrade to the next iteration of Apple’s mobile platform. Make sure your apps take advantage of all the great new features in iOS 8, which is now available to hundreds of millions of customers around the world as a free download.

To know more, click https://www.apple.com/ios/developer

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BLU’s First Windows Phone Devices are Out: Win JR and Win HD

BLU Products, the first Latin-owned mobile manufacturer and the fastest-growing in the region, is famous for grinding out Android devices that are light on consumers’ pockets. But the company has finally broken ice today by launching its first two android devices powered by Windows Phone.

The first two phones from BLU that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system are BLU Win JR and BLU Win HD. As with its Android hardware, BLU has managed to give these Windows Phone products affordable price tags and respectable specifications. With the cost-effectiveness factor maintained, BLU is likely to yet again strike a chord with its targeted consumers. Here’s the full glance over on both the handsets:

BLU Win JR

Sharing first things first, the BLU Win JR is priced at $89, which is the most appealing feature of the device. The dual-sim handset screens a 4-inches 800×480 display with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor. The cellphone’s camera has a good 5-megapixel rear and VGA front feature, which is enough to cater to the regular user. The device has 4GB of storage and a microSD slot with support for cards up to 64GB. The RAM again may not be up to the league of devices available today but still reasons well for 512 MBs if the price tag is kept in mind. This 1950mAh battery handset sports the Windows Phone 8.1 version and is available in bright, trendy colors such as neon orange, neon green, neon yellow, and white.

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BLU Win HD

The other cellphone launched by BLU is the BLU Win HD priced at $179. The reason this phone is priced higher than the Win JR version is its enhanced features. This phone has a 5-inch 1280×720 display with 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor. The cameras are 8-megapixelsin the rear and 2-megapixels in front. Even the storage capacity of this device is pegged at a good 8 GBs of storage. The phone offers a microSD slot with support for cards up to 64GB; a feature similar to Win JR. The phone’s RAM, however, is improved to 1GB facilitating a smooth running of the operating system. The dual sim 2200mAh battery is sturdy enough to support the user for longer duration. This phone too sports Windows Phone 8.1 as its user interface. Similar to Win JR, this smartphone is also available in colors such as neon orange, neon green, neon yellow, and white.

Windows OS Phones

While neither of new BLU’s Windows Phones are barnburners given their specifications, both of them do offer a price not many cellphone companies can afford to offer.

To know more, click http://bit.ly/1rW2yQq

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World’s Thinnest Phone Launched

Gionee ElifeThe world’s thinnest phone has been officially launched and it is a smartphone that you will need to rest on your palms with a bit of care, courtesy of its thin body. The Gionee Elife S5.1 belonging to the Chinese brand Gionee was revealed some time back, but just got its official launch today. The cellphone sports a light-weight body boasting a minimal 5.1mm thin structure.

Even prior to its launch, the smartphone had surfaced online in a few images. And as the curiosity regarding the super-thin smartphone kept mounting, the handset’s specifications also got leaked ahead of the official launch.

Going by the actual specifications, the handset is known to sport a 4.8-inch AMOLED 720p HD screen. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. The phone’s camera stands at a good platform with 8-megapixels and LED flash around the rear. In terms of the phone’s storage, its capacity is limited to 16GB and cannot be expanded. Although the inbuilt storage capacity of this smartphone is sufficient for the regular user, it may not please others. The cellphone’s 2,100 mAh battery and Android Jelly Bean 4.3 OS run with Gionee’s own Amigo 2.0 interface laid on top. The Elife S5.1 measures 139.8×67.4×5.15mm and provides for Micro-SIM support. These specifications expect this awaited cellphone to get an appealing response by the consumers. How well it fares is going to be a story that will follow soon.

Notably, the Elife S5.5, from the flagship series by Gionee was claimed to be the world’s thinnest smartphone by Gionee until the launch of Elife S5.1, which beats the Vivo X3 at 5.75mm.

A fact that might depress mobile enthusiasts is that they might never get to experience the world’s thinnest phone. Well, not unless they are willing to go far to get it since it is only available in China. That’s right, the Gionee Elife S5.1 will not launch in the west, but there are always imports if you absolutely must have it.

To know more about the thinnest phone, log on to http://bit.ly/1uzcSe3.

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The New Alpha Series by Samsung Galaxy

Alpha SamsungAfter a lot of speculation, Galaxy Alpha by Samsung has finally been launched. It is Samsung’s first smartphone that has been made by using premium materials. For now, Alpha stands as a one of a kind in the range available by Samsung. However, it won’t be for long because some device codenames indicate that a new series around the Alpha is in pipeline.

Initially, the Alpha series is supposed to comprise only three devices, having product numbers SM-A300, SM-A500, and SM-A700. These three handsets will cover various price points. It is found safe to presume that Samsung will offer the Alpha brand in different screen sizes as well. While some of these smartphones appear to flaunt a few flagship specifications, it seems as though Samsung would prefer to keep this range a yard behind the flagship cellphones.

One of these products has already appeared on Samsung’s website. It is the SM-A500 phone that has a Full HD screen and runs the 4.4.4 version of the Android Operating System. Having a successful record with its flagship range called the Galaxy S series, Samsung does not want to confuse the new line with the old one. Therefore, even though the new handsets would showcase a premium build, the specifications will always be a little toned down. In that regard, it is probably wise to think of the Alpha range as a new mid-range series from the Korean company.

The first Galaxy Alpha smartphone has been launched this month. However, it is supposed to be rolling out across the globe during the initial few weeks of September. This premium material phone features a metal chassis, which is visible along its flat edges. Also, the rear plate of the phone is made of Samsung’s faux leather plastic. The specifications may appear solid; however, they still aren’t quite dramatically appealing. The phone has a 4.7 inches of the Super AMOLED 720 pixel viewing panel, 12 megapixel rear camera, 32 GB of non-expandable on board storage and an Exynos 5 octa-core 5430 processor with 2GB of RAM. These features, no matter how basic are sure to still serve the purpose for a regular mobile buyer in market, who in deed has very basic expectations from a smartphone.

Not long ago, the new Alpha mobile series were the subject of a circus of rumors, leaks, and speculation. With the facts out on the table now, it appears as though the games are going to make a come-back again.

For more information, please visit http://www.mobileburn.com/23353/news/samsung-to-launch-galaxy-alpha-series.

 

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Sprint’s Sharp Aquos Crystal to Sweep You off Your Feet

Aquos cellphonesSharp’s first U.S. Aquos-brand smartphone has been launched and is available on the Sprint network now. The phone may not boast an abundance of jazzy specifications but is extremely elegant. The beautiful edge-to-edge screen looks very beautiful and evokes a delightful user response. The phone displays a 5-inch screen and weighs 4.9 ounces. However, it is still not as thin as its specifications make it appear. Also, the LCD screen of the phone has 1280×720 resolution and the phone is indeed thicker than Apple’s iPhone 5S.

Once you have taken a look at the stunning screen, it becomes crystal clear that the Sharp Aquos Crystal is an attractive LTE smartphone. The 8-megapixel main camera and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera simply doesn’t have a lot of gee-whiz features and therefore the camera specifications do not seem to appeal to the new generation.

The operating system used in the phone is Android 4.2.2 (KitKat), which yields a great user experience. The back of the phone is beautifully curved and is made of hard plastic. For the graphic freaks, the handset promises a slot for a micro-SD card to upgrade the storage space. The weird part in this small machine is that its battery is not removable, which is a rare phenomenon among Android phones.

aquos-crystal-smartphoneSome extremely useful as well as likeable features have been included in this handset by Sprint and Sharp. For instance, you can capture a screenshot of any page such as the home screen, running applications, the browser etc. by simply maneuvering your finger from the upper left hand corner diagonally on the screen. The image thus captured instantly gets stored in the gallery from where you can access it and share it ahead. Adding to the delightful features of this really smart gadget is a feature with which the phone can be put to sleep with a shake and can be woken up by sliding your finger up from just below the bottom edge of the screen. Such great features that require you to simply swipe your fingers across the screen do save the time wasted in clicking and accessing folders to complete a task.

For more information, visit http://mashable.com/2014/08/19/sprint-sharp-aquos-crystal

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Samsung Unveils Plans to Launch 3-Sided Smartphone

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Despite the growing dominance of the Xiaomi, Samsung continues to maintain a healthy lead in the Smartphone world. Xiaomi fever may be upon us, but their chief rival Samsung is not standing idle. According to a report on CNET, Samsung is preparing to release its three-sided smartphone in the second half of next year.

If the LG’s decision to put volume control buttons on the back of its Smartphone was a little baffling to you, then Samsung’s 3-sided Smartphone may just blow your mind. This upcoming 3-sided Smartphone screen will utilize a plastic substrate that is limited in quantity. And if released by the end of this year, it will most likely be finite to Korean audiences. Unlike other smartphones with curved screens such as LG G Flex, the patented prototype has a convex shaped display screen.

A three-sided display phone just might be what Kim Hyeon Jun, executive manager at Samsung’s Wireless Business Division, had been foreshadowing during Samsung’s second-quarter earnings conference call. “While I cannot mention specifics, we are planning on unveiling an innovative large-screen flagship model, an attractive phone that takes advantage of cutting-edge materials,” he said.

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Its extra display screen space will be used to display the charging meter, bookmarks, and other important information. Most importantly, the extra space on the edges will be touch sensitive, letting users access multi-touch quick actions and resizing/reimagining the slide-to-unlock gesture as side-mounted. So far Apple, the technology giant, is the only Smartphone maker that’s using 64-bit chips, but Samsung is set on joining the party.

Kyushik Hong, vp of marketing for Samsung’s LSI business told CNET that Samsung is “very actively working” on 64-bit right now.’ The European version of the Note 4 will feature Samsung’s new Exynos 5433 chip, while the North American, Korean, Chinese and Japanese market will get a Snapdragon 805 processor.

Rumors say the new three-sided Smartphone will show its multiple faces either by the end of this year or in the second half of the next year.

Read more http://mobiledevmemo.com/memo/samsung-has-reportedly-begun-testing-three-sided-display-phone/

 

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Apple’s iPhone 6 Coming This Fall

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” ~ Steve Jobs

Apple's iPhone 6

Over the last few years, Apple’s iPhone line of smartphones have changed the face of communication, entertainment, and more. No other smartphone in the market possesses such features that could beat the iPhone. Some of the significant features and functions of the iPhone make it a preferred device throughout the globe. Its usability, battery power, smooth features, display, and design keep it in the front row. Apple fans, here’s a good reason to get excited: Apple is planning to unwrap its new Smartphone ‘iPhone 6’ with smart new features this fall. So, what are the unique features that we can expect from it? Let’s take a quick look.

Now-a-days, many technology lovers prefer to buy smartphones that have a gaming console. So, following the gaming trend, Apple’s next-generation Smartphone, the iPhone 6, is coming with 3D sensors for gaming – the rumors says. This upcoming Smartphone will have a curved, larger display as well as very sensitive sensors.

Capture your precious moments

iPhone 6 cameraFor the iPhone 6, Apple is said to be installing a new “middle-mount open-loop voice coil motor” to control its camera. Unlike iPhone 5s, it will have image sensors, automatic image stabilization, and dual-flash LEDs for improved color effects. In terms of sensor resolution, KGI Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo  believes that the phone will use an 8 megapixel sensor, similar to the existing one for the iPhone 5S.

Design and battery

iPhone 6 new battery

The iPhone 6 is going to take its design features from the iPod Nano and the iPhone 5C. This new handset is said to have a battery of between 1,800mAh and 1,900mAh.

For more information, visit http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/iphones/1400610/iphone-6-specs-launch-date-price-all-the-rumours

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Apple, Be Alert: Xiaomi Mi 3 is Enchanting People Globally

Recently, the Chinese Smartphone maker, Xiaomi, made a grand entry into the Smartphone world with its candy bar phone – Mi 3. The company is known for its tactics of selling batches of new devices on online stores (such as Weibo, flipkart, etc.). It’s selling handheld devices in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and is planning to enter ten more countries by the end of this year. According to reports, the Chinese company, Xiaomi, is outpacing Apple on sales in the gigantic, hypercompetitive market.

Accelerate your life with Xiaomi’s candy bar phone - Mi 3

Xiaomi Mi 3

Camera

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Xiaomi packs a bigger 13 megapixel sensor in the Mi 3, which is better than the 8 megapixels found on the Nexus 5 or the iPhone 5S. The Mi 3 has an improved camera interface that amazingly supports new shooting modes and adds HRD in videos. This smartphone captures amazing photos in low light with its super-large Exmor sensor and an f/2.2 aperture. The built-in dual-LED flash quickly adds the perfect lighting to make your subject appealing.

Processor

The Xiaomi Mi3’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8274AB 2.3GHz processor has amazing computing power and it delivers a great effect on tasks such as photo sharing, video loading, surfing the internet, and more. Experience your favorite games and videos at blazing speed with Mi3 Smartphone.

Design and Display

The display is the mirror of every Smartphone that keeps it in the front row. Without a notworthy display, we can’t talk about any other design features. Its full-screen, anti-glare coating gives you high screen readability wherever you go. The Mi3 is 8.1mm thin and houses an aluminium-magnesium alloy frame coated with  three layers of thermal graphite.

On Tuesday, this powerful Smartphone dubbed “Apple of China,”  made its entry into India through an exclusive partnership with Flipkart. For more information, visit http://mashable.com/2013/10/15/xiaomi-mi3-smartphone-presale/

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Four Can’t-Miss Android Smartphones

Android CellphonesSmartphone – The new frontier for accessing the internet, sending and receiving messages, and more.

Whenever we talk about Smartphones, the first thing that strikes our mind is their operating system. In the field of Smartphones, Android has always been recognized as a supreme operating system. It has more phone activations, features, and functionalities than its rival iOS from Apple. In this blog, we’ve rounded up the best Android-based Smartphones for 2014. Let’s have a quick look.

Xperia Z1 Compact

Xperia Z1 Compact

According to Sony, the Xperia Z1 compact is more water-resistant than its previous model. This Android-based Smartphone embraces all features of the highly acclaimed Xperia Z1, but offered in perfectly palm-sized proportions. This dust-resistant and waterproof device is both sleek and durable from every angle.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – Key specifications

1.  The resolution of the camera has increased to 20.7MP, from 13MP in the Z. It also includes a 2 MP front-facing camera.

2.  Its camera has 5-inch display just like the Xperia Z.

3.  2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974 processor along with 2GB RAM.

4.  32GB of inbuilt storage.

LG G3

LG G3

The LG G3 is the mainstream Smartphone with a Quad HD display screen, which has a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution for a pixel density of 538 ppi. It has a white dual LED flash similar to the one found on the HTC One M8 and iPhone 5S, which promises to produce more bright colors and skin tones. The most interesting part of the LG G3 design is the choice of multiple colors that is available to users. The volume keys are again situated on the back of the handset, which is not surprising.

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Moto G is a safe bet for those who want a multi-functional device at a reasonable price. The This Android Smartphone is nearly half the price of Google’s Nexus 5, and much lower than many other smartphones out there in the market right now. This inexpensive smartphone is a genuine one-handed device – a refreshing change from 5-inch-plus devices we have been reviewing as of late.

A quick tour of specifications:

1. Android 4.3 Jelly bean with guaranteed upgrade

2. Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU

3. Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 2070 mAh mixed usage up to 24 hours

4. Capacity – 8GB of storage/16 GB version available

5. 5 mega pixel camera with LED flash, 4X digital zoom, Auto HRD, Panorama.

Sony Xperia T3

Sony Xperia T3

This new Smartphone has a Triluminous IPS display with 720p resolution and supports 4G networks. Most importantly, this new smart and sleek 5.3 inch Smartphone runs the most recent Android 4.4 KitKat operating system on a Snapdragon chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU.  Design-wise, this handset has the stainless steel frame with the power button on the side, and is also available in three colors: black, purple, and white.

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Sony Promotes Selfie Trend With the Launch of Xperia C3