Archive for August, 2011

Samsung announces the next wave of Bada phones

See what i did there ? ūüėČ

Samsung recently shouted out their boring change in naming convention, which i honestly found to be lame, much lamer than what Nokia did with theirs. Samsung wanted to name their new Galaxy range of Android devices like this –

Thanks GSMArena

So, where does Wave series fit in ? Read on to find out about the new Wave devices –

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HTC launches EVO 3D in India | priced at Rs.34,990/-

Slightly lesser than the LG optimus 3D that launched a while ago for Rs.37,000/- , the HTC Evo 3D is a product created for a niche segment, the segment which is in awe of 3D as the future of technology. While i am not debating the 3D as the technology standard of the future, but as of now, the present, it is not yet mature for creation or consumption. Anyhow, the HTC Evo is still an impressive device in terms of raw specifications, the usability is a personal opinion though.

The device has a glass free 3D 4.3 inch display with a qHD resolution, it can toggle between 2D or 3D mode in the camera using a hardware switch. Other specifications include :

  • Dual 5 Megapixel cameras
  • 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Runs Android Gingerbread
  • Battery capacity is 1730 mAh

Looking forward to buying this phone ? You better read some reviews first –

Myriam Joire from Engadget

Ultimately, we’ve come to think of the EVO 3D as a Sensation with a lesser camera, cheaper materials, worse battery life, and without the ability to roam worldwide. But hey, it’s got 3D and the best dedicated two-stage camera button that’s ever graced a phone. That’s gotta be worth something, right?

GSMArena team –

The HTC EVO 3D is a device that strives to do it all and we are pleased to report that for the most part it delivers. However, competition is so intense today that it would be impossible to beat everyone at every level. The EVO 3D gets points for trying. Winners don’t pick their battles, you’d just be wise to pick your priorities.

Ross miller from thisismynext lists out the Pros and cons

Pros

Sturdy design
Fast hardware
3D optional (but does work!)

Cons

Small viewing angles for 3D
Some nasty software glitches
Symptoms of 3D can include dizziness, eye strain, nausea…

Decide for yourself ūüôā Let me know in the comments if you actually bought one of these

via FoneArena

Firefox demoes it’s browser concept for tablets, mainly Honeycomb

Firefox, the second most used browser in the world, has been there for mobile devices since the Maemo times, it’s prominently used in Android too, but gets lost due to too many choices in the market. But they are not giving up, they have just demoed the concept of how the Honeycomb Firefox browser will look like.

The UI looks much in line with Honeycomb’s minimalistic styling with Landscape tabs reminding us of the Honeycomb’s task switcher. The buttons are styled as per the Firefox specifications, for example the big back button and the address bar which incorporates a refresh button, but they look minimal with flattened lines and 2D looks.

The above image shows you the tabbed browsing interface that mozilla hid with a left swipe in mobile. Clearly taking advantage of the real estate offered in tablets, the interface offers easy management of tabs. The below image shows you how the tabs work in portrait orientation.

Oh and they chose to keep their awesome bar that was an impressive feature in Mobile.

For more update on when this will arrive for real, follow the Firefox blog ! ūüôā

Source IanBarlow

CyanogenMod has done it again : Android on TouchPad [Video]

Recently, we came across a weird story that Android ran on some person’s touchpad out of the box. The person even put it on eBay for sale.

Well,forget that, no need to buy a droidPad now that CyanogenMod has really got Android working on a touchpad already.

This all started with the HP TouchPad firesale that happened the last before weekend. More than 60% of the people who bought it wanted Android running on their TouchPad.

If you are not aware, the CyanogenMod team is responsible for making the most stable Android aftermarket firmwares like the CM7, currently the most popular too. They are the persons responsible for making Android, i mean CyanogenMod 7 ( Based on Gingerbread ) running on the HP touchpad. The OS is in the alpha stage right now.

Major kudos to the team. Apparently they dont¬†want that bounty of 2000$ thats going the rounds. They say ” We are motivated to do it right, not do it fast “. Aren’t they so cool ?

Anyhow, here’s the video of the alpha Android that is a few weeks old, seems they already have a much better version running now. Take a look :

They say they’ll provide¬†a final solution that allows to multi boot our choice of the OS. Sounds great for all you TouchPad power users who would want some of the Green Robot’s vast catalog of apps.

via Techcrunch

Samsung to acquire WebOS business instead of PC biz ?? | Hires HP exec

Well well well, would you look at that ? First, there were rumors of Sammy buying HP’s PC biz, they vehemently denied it afterwards. But suddenly they have scooped up an exec from HP to manage their own PC biz. That HP exec is Raymond Wah, a VP of the PSG ( Personal systems group ) unit of HP which includes WebOS.

Digitimes reports that Samsung is also considering buying the WebOS biz. for competing with Google and Apple. wait.. what ?

So, they have considered their long time partner, a competitor now ? Way to go Google, you and Moto¬†are screwing up the relationships. More questions arise if this rumor is true. What will happen to Bada¬†? Doesn’t it sell a lot more than what these WebOS¬†devices sold in their total lifetime ? Will they abandon Android and Windows Phone to completely adopt WebOS as their only strategy ?

WebOS plus Samsung hardware sounds fun but as of now WebOS works only on Qualcomm chipsets much like Windows Phone. Samsung is an end to end sourcing company which does not want to rely on other manufacturers. How will it play out if the rumor is true ?

We just have to wait. To add more fuel to the rumors, HP and Samsung have declined to comment. Let’s see where this goes.

Source Digitimes

Windows 8 Ribbon interface demoed on the explorer [Video]

Finally, after nearly 8 years of waiting, Office users will now relish the addition of the famed ribbon interface onto the explorer in Windows 8.

Microsoft , in it’s Build windows 8 blog, has demoed the interface in a video, take a look :

The ribbon interface give us easy and instant access to various shortcuts that we frequently use and sometime, dig for, in the right click¬†menu. However, i¬†dont¬†see any use for cut copy paste functions in the ribbon since most people know the keyboard shortcuts. But many still don’t, i have to agree, and it might be much easier for them to navigate. I like how the ribbon interface automatically brings on a set of tools according to the type of file or folder we have chosen.

Also, i feel if Microsoft sees this as an effort to bring touch interaction into the OS, sorry, it wont work well. Some people feel that it takes a lot of screen real estate, i too somewhat feel the same but we can live with it right ?

Have you seen the tablet demos of Windows 8 ? We are yet to see more demos of those kinda interfaces that suits touch. Hoping there is much more to Windows 8 than this Ribbon interface. 

via WinRumors ( Tom Warren has a much detailed look at the Ribbon interface )

Source MSDN blogs

HTC Omega already up for sale at an auction site

This is fast, i reported few days back that the HTC Omega has broken cover in the form of press shots. Expected that it would be revealed at the September 1st windows phone event, but it has already gone on sale from an individual at a french auction site. I really like the looks of this phone which resembles a mini flyer tablet.

Here is a pic for proof :

The phone runs the official version of Mango and the specs rumored as of now are :

3.8 inch Display, a 8 megapixel camera, 1.5 GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon with 512 MB RAM.

Also, the front facing camera is a possibility.

via WMPU¬†/ monwindowsphone¬†— check for more pics

Source