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Apple has finally released iOS 5.0 to the world with a very long list of new features (around 200!), changes and updates. Included are the big ones like Twitter integration, iCloud support, improved notifcations, iMessage, Newsstand and much more.
Enjoy! We are sure Steve would have a big grin on his face right now.
Apple's new iCloud service is almost complete and ready to rumble. The newly supporting version of iTunes was just outed yesterday and now Apple has just opened up the gates to its iCloud site.
You will now be able to sign into the service which gives seamless backup of your data to the cloud; but of course, you won't be able to actually use it until the final and most important piece of the puzzle becomes available; running on either the latest version of Mac OS X Lion or iOS 5 (both of which are yet to be released - but are imminent).
ASUS's Transformer has enjoyed the fruits of its labor, winning the hearts of many tablet-loving fans across the world. But, the Tegra 3-packing Transformer 2 has been gettings its fair share of rumor-filled goodness, and today is a great day for that. LambdaTek Component Shop currently lists the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2, or as its model number TF201-1I020A, for £537.85 including VAT.
The retailers site details are limited, but it does list the Transformer 2 as sporting the quad-core Tegra 3 from NVIDIA, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch display and all powered by Android 3 Honeycomb. ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has previously said that the Transformer 2 will launch by the end of the year, with a retail price of $499, 40% below what is currently listed on LambdaTek's website.
Sling Media have just released a dedicated SlingPlayer app for Android 3.x tablets that has just hit the Android Market. A mobile phone version has been available for a while now but could only be used in compatibility mode, where picture quality suffered. Sling Media charge the same price as the iPad version, $29.99. If you had purchased the smartphone version, this is another $29.99 you'll have to spend.
The tablet version sports improved video quality and a new program guide that makes it a breeze to browse content while still watching TV. There's also a new remote interface that provides even easier control over programming. Grab it here if you're a fan of the Sling.
The iPhone 4S is rumored to include the same amount of RAM found in the ageing iPhone 4, just 512MB. The Infinity Blade developer was quoted last week:
I'm still shocked that, with the iPhone 4S, I'm literally running around with a 1080p video camera in my pocket, with an eight megapixel camera, 64GB of hard drive space and an A5 chip with 512MB of memory. This is a really powerful computer, right?
They would be more inclined to know, as they demoed their game on the iPhone 4S during last week's keynote. AppVV is now also confirming the rumor of 512MB on the iPhone 4S. But, I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
We reported last week that Samsung's Unpacked 2011 event had been cancelled due to the unfortunate death of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But now it seems the event has been rescheduled and is actually just over a week away, hitting on October 19th. A source of Engadget's says that the Unpacked event should be on October 19th in Hong Kong, timed to go alongside AsiaD: All Things Digital even next week.
We'll have to wait and see, but I will have my eyes peeled for news as it hits.
The recently announced iPhone 4S had pre-orders last Friday and they should start hitting retail stores and customers door steps on this Friday. But, while industry-folk were mostly underwhelmed by the iPhone 4S, Apple still managed to break sales records by scooping up over one million pre-orders in 24 hours, impressive. Now that the initial first week wave of buzz is over, we can move onto the juicy bits: actual reviews.
The iPhone 4S packs a new dual-core A5 processor (like the iPad 2 sports), an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p recording capabilities, the swish new Siri voice recognition technology and 14.4Mbps HSDPA support. It is also the hero standing in the wind for iOS 5. Now we have reviews, maybe not real-world, in-the-hands-of-real-customers reviews, but closer than the marketing magic that Apple sprinkle onto their followers.
Samsung's current flagship Android-based handset, the Galaxy S II has won Phone of the Year award at the T3 awards. This is the first time in three years that Apple or HTC have not won the prize, so Samsung really are shining bright right now. The Galaxy S II packs a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, an 8-megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM. Luke Peters, editor of T3 talked about the GSII:
The Samsung Galaxy S II is a gorgeous looking phone with slick operation, a great social hub and the best camera on any smartphone to date. It has great integration with Samsung's TVs and a screen that matches the iPhone 4.
Even though Apple missed out on Phone of the Year, Apple did take home three awards. First of all, the MacBook Air 11-inch took out the T3 Design Award and Computer of the Year, whilst the iPad took home Tablet of the Year. Microsoft actually didn't too bad, as they won Gaming Gadget of the Year and overall Gadget of the Year for their motion-sensing gizmo, Kinect.
Some ads from Nokia have popped online early displaying the upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 running "Nokia 800" smart phone. The leaked ads of the phone (previously referred to as Sea Ray) show up with two weeks to go until Nokia World winds up and the phone is formally announced (along with other models most likely).
The ads show the phone physically looking much like the MeeGo-powered N9. What we can ascertain about the phone to date from prior information is that it runs a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) AMOLED touchscreen with a 1.4GHz single core processor and is said to sport 16GB of built-in storage.
Some Geekbench benchmark results have shown up on the web showing off the performance on tap with Apple's new iPhone 4S and it's looking like quite the speedy smart phone indeed.
If you were impressed with the iPhone 4's performance, you'll be astounded by the iPhone 4S' thanks to its dual core A5 processor running at 800MHz. While still packing the same 512MB RAM, the processor pushes the Geekbench result to a very impressive score of 623, versus the original iPhone 4's score of 360.
This equates to the new iPhone being a whopping 68% faster than its predecessor, and only 17% slower than the iPad 2 with the same processor used, but running 200MHz quicker at 1GHz.
Dual-core phones are all the rage now, with Android-based smartphones rocking dual-core power for a while now and Apple finally catching up to the two-legged race with their upcoming iPhone 4S. But, Windows Phone unit boss, Andy Lees said that he hopes to become the solid No. 3 platform and a viable alternative to Apple and Android. What has helped them achieve this is a rocky, but stable start and with the Windows Phone 7 Mango update now rolling out - things are looking up for Microsoft.
Lees has been quoted:
We're not making specific predictions but I think that our momentum is going to build. Our first (release) was about mindshare, and really getting the credibility, and I think (Mango) is really about starting to build unit volume and market share.
Lees has also said that dual-core and LTE models based on Windows Phone 7 are both coming, going as far as mentioning that the current bunch of Windows Phone handsets should hold up against dual-core Android models. I however, would like to test that - I need to get my hands on a Windows Phone 7 handset! Lees said to AllThingsD that "They're all single core, but I suspect that they will be faster in usage than any dual-core phone that you put against it, and that's the point."
Today brings confirmation from Samsung and Verizon Wireless that the already well leaked Stratosphere smart phone will make its official debut in the U.S. on the 13th - just a few days away now. The phone is said to come in at $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate after signing a new two-year customer agreement.
Running back over some details of the phone, this Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) running hand set features 4G LTE support and a slide-out (five-row) QWERTY keyboard. It uses Samsung's 1GHz 'Hummingbird' processor, a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen (@ 800 x 480 resolution) and has a rear-facing 5MP camera with LED flash (720p video recording), 1.3MP front-facing camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.
Storage wise, it has 4GB built-in and a microSD slot to expand further. For business buyers, the phone also supports enhanced B2B-enabled connectivity services from Cisco, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and allows for remote device management from Sybase Afaria.
I don't get how people are surprised by this news, other tech sites seem to be taken aback by one of the most influential, most powerful and [at times] most innovative companies of the last 25 years to have a four-year roadmap? I'm surprised it wasn't further down the line and maybe not exact points of where they'll get, but at least "this is where we want to be in ten years time" kinda thinking. But, there is now news that Jobs' legacy at Apple includes a four-year product roadmap and a "new line of products to be rolled out over the next two to three years."
Steve had reportedly "already laid plans" for next-gen iOS-based devices, the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The report comes from Develop who are claiming that British newspaper 'The Times' has claimed that due in late 2012 or early 2013, we should see the next iPhone which will be Jobs "legacy device". The news also brings the rumor of Apple rolling out a full touch-screen TV that would kill of its current product; Apple TV.
After rumors, a circus, various teases and costume changes, Facebook for iPad is finally here. Now people can throw away their previous non-official apps, third-party apps or non-touch friendly website and get their fingers tapping the sweet dance floor of the new Facebook for iPad. The app seems like the one that has been floating around with pictures over the last few months, with a left-hand column for simple navigation of the News Feed.
Photos, Messages, Groups, Apps, Settings, Chat and more are also in the left-hand column. Facebook Photos on the iPad look great as they have the ability to go full screen and can also be zoomed in and swiped with the touch of a finger. But, the most exciting thing that my mother-in-law will love about the Facebook for iPad app will be that Facebook games can be played in full screen! She will be chuffed with that news.
Finally, we have AirPlay for Facebook videos supported with Facebook for iPad. You can grab the app here.
I think we've all come to expect mammoth waves of sales figures post fresh Apple device launches no matter what it is in this day and age, and while for many the newly launched iPhone 4S was quite an underwhelming one, it looks like Apple were right once again in anticipating mass success with what they had on the cards, shortening its name from iPhone 4Sales so it would seem.
An overwhelming amount of preorders have taken place over the first weekend since launch last week with more than one million phones sold within the first 24 hrs of being on sale! This makes it yet another new record for Apple according to this announcement earlier today. AT&T actually received more than 200,000 requests for the iPhone 4S within the first 12 hrs of its preorder availability on Friday which is even higher than the sales pace post launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010, which sold 1.7 million units during the first three days in the market and 600,000 within the first 24 hours.
As a result of such intensive demand, Apple has already shifted its shipping times on its website to say "one to two weeks", or until as far as October 23rd, despite the official availability date being Oct 14th.
The Samsung and Google event may have been postponed, but the leaks have not stopped. Today we have the wonderful news of the Nexus Prime being passed through the FCC, with the model number of 'I9250'. It includes a GSM radio compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's HSPA networks.
It's also sporting dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth and NFC. Surprisingly, LTE is missing on the handset, but this might be something unveiled at a later date. Whatever it is, I just want it now and I'm sure the entire mobile industry is wanting to get their hands on some Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung Galaxy Nexus goodness.
Current Android-based smartphones in the high-end market sport 800x480 (WVGA) or 960x540 (qHD) displays, but Google's next-gen OS, Ice Cream Sandwich is set to change that. ICS should embrace higher resolutions including 1280x720. Samsung are already showing off a 720p version of the Galaxy S II, and the upcoming ICS launch phone from Samsung is boasting a 720p display as well.
LCD panel vendor LG, who are also in the smartphone making market are now hopping on the 720p Android train with the Optimus LTE. LG is calling the Optimus LTE's display True HD IPS display. The True HD IPS panel boasts a 4.5-inch screen with a pixel density of 329 ppi thanks to its 1280x720 resolution display (which is slightly higher than Apple's Retina Display at 326 ppi). Today's news and details about the Optimus LTE doesn't give any details, but the screen details are enough to make us salivate with desire.
Qualcomm has laid an egg, and from that egg we have some details on their upcoming System-on-a-Chip the S4, their next-generation beauty. It'll bring with it a 28nm manufacturing process as which will have on it Qualcomm's Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU. The move from 45nm to 28nm promises smaller components, lower power consumption and improved thermals.
Krait on the other hand will bring a new pipeline architecture that promises a full 60% boost over the current Scorpion lineup with clock speeds ranging between 1.5GHz and 2.5GHz - along with support for asynchronous multiprocessing and dual-channel memory. The new GPU is set to sport 50% greater performance over the current Adreno 220, and is also set to have support for DirectX 9.3 for Windows 8, in addition to OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0.
On top of all these whizz-bang specs, the new S4 MSM8960 sets to provide multi-mode world capabilities with support for all the commonly used frequencies from 700 to 2600MHz. It handles Cat. 3 LTE (up to 100Mbps) and Cat. 24 HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), along with EV-DO Rev. B, 1x Advanced and TD-SCDMA, as well as GSM, GPRS and EDGE. Quite the mouthful of connectivity options, huh?
Nexus Prime specs leaked, something BIG is definitely coming, but Samsung have pulled the smartphone launch
Oh boy. Just days after Apple's iPhone 4S announcement, the specs of Google's "Nexus Prime" smartphone have been leaked, and what a leak it is. Possibly called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the phone is packing some seriously hot features. The long-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system will power the phone, along with a 9mm thin design. The Nexus Prime will feature a 4.65-inch, curved glass Super AMOLED HD display running at 1280x720 resolution.
If that's not impressive enough, it'll also sport a TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video capture, LTE/HSPA support (depending on the carrier), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, NFC technology and last of all, a 1,750 mAh battery.
Google Music 4.0.1 for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has leaked out and with it sports a new interface (which looks gorgeous), more options, better controls and an overall better look. Below we have a screenshot of the new interface. The old on the left, the new on the right. The new interface is very Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is great as Honeycomb's UI is amazingly beautiful.
The next screenshot shows the Selection menu which has taken on a slight change, instead of a pop-up in the middle of the screen, there is now a dialog-style box directly below the artist. The available offline option is gone, which may bring in a change in the way Music caches its streams.
Rumor has it that Sony is near a deal to buy out Ericsson's stake in their mobile phone joint venture. Sony may pay up to $1.7 billion to gain full control of the London-based entity and venture into the mobile phone market on its own as it plays catch-up with Apple, HTC, Samsung and others. Sony's management sees the consumer-focused smartphone business as an essential part of a strategy to extend their online portfolio of music, videos and games.
Whereas, Ericsson has more of a business-to-business focus and no longer sees selling handsets as key to entice mobile phone operators to buy its telecommunications equipment. Sony and Ericsson combined their cellphone operations in 2001 to a 50/50 joint venture. Sony Ericsson did strike gold for a while, with the Walkman-branded phones, but the venture was slow to catch the smartphone boom.
In both 2008 and 2009, Sony Ericsson posted two consecutive years of net losses, downsized and returned to profitability in fiscal 2010 and the first quarter of fiscal 2011. They then slipped back into the red the next quarter.