Here we go, folks! Rumors are now floating around that the highly rumored X-Phone will feature a 4.8-inch 1920x1080 display. We should expect the X-Phone to feature Sony's Exmor camera sensor, too.
Better yet, we can expect it to rock the latest Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie OS, which should have some nifty features and improved battery life. We should also expect there to be a 128GB model, and Motorola's Kevlar design that is build to be water-resistant. Google's I/O conference is nearly here, in May 15-17, where we should see this next big step from Google announced.
Samsung's Super Bowl 2013 advertisement pokes fun at trademarks, features Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad
America's biggest sporting event of the year is nearly here, and Samsung are going front and center for their latest ad which features some big Hollywood talent in Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd.
The two actors are called in to pitch their ideas for Samsung's Big Game ad for The Next Big Thing. They talk to Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad (I can't see him as anyone else, he's awesome in that role). They get suspiciously close to saying "Super Bowl", but can't because it has been trademarked and they don't want to get sued.
It really takes a lighthearted poke at Apple trademarking their retail store design recently, which is great.
The supreme leader in CPUs, Intel, is set to show off some new Android-based smartphones at Mobile World Congress. These devices will be powered by the company's new Atom Z2420 SoCs that are "targeted at emerging markets".
Intel will also be displaying their latest smartphone technologies and devices running on Google's Android OS, including their dual-core processor and dual graphics platform, as well as some OEM- and service provider-supported devices.
Let's hope Intel show off a device that we'll all want, to really get them a running sprint into the runaway train that is the mobile devices market.
A job posting by Motorola directly attacks the X-Phone rumor. The posting is looking for a Senior Director of Product Management to work on the X-Phone project. The LinkedIn job posting has since been pulled, but people managed to screen grab it before that could happen. Take a look for yourself.
There's a few issues with this job posting. First, if they are hiring someone to work on the X-Phone now, it would indicate that development is still early. This means that rumors of a device being ready to launch as early as Google's I/O conference are likely incorrect. Of course, going off of a job posting is quite difficult to do, so this could be wrong.
Taipei Game Show 2013 - Yesterday during the Taipei Game Show we were given the opportunity to sit down with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan and talk about the upcoming Edge gaming tablet.
Min has recently returned from the United States where his company saw the successful announcement of Razer Edge, (formerly codenamed Project Fiona, first unveiled at CES 2012) at CES in Las Vegas, a product which the Singaporean hopes will find a home in gamers houses in the US "in the next couple of weeks". Gamers in other countries around the world will need to wait a little longer as Razer staggers its launch for this product in order to keep up with demand.
The Razer Edge will sell as two models including the base model and the Pro model. The base model that will sell for $999 ships with Core i5 CPU, GEFORCE GT640 GPU, 4GB RAM and a 64GB SSD. The Pro model will sell for $1299 and it ships with a faster Core i7 CPU, GEFORCE 640MLE GPU, 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. It's a rather unique product in that it's not just a tablet, but with the add-ons it can become a portable console, a home console that can be connected to your TV for a larger gaming experience, and for productivity, it can be turned into a PC with the docking keyboard.
Watch the video above as Min does a great job giving us a full personal introduction to the Razer Edge and just what it's capable of doing.
The much anticipated Windows Phone 7.8 update has begun to rollout to Lumia handsets, says Nokia. So far the update has been confirmed for the Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900, with Windows Phone 7.8 arriving over the coming weeks on all the handsets.
"The Windows Phone 7.8 rollout started last night in the UK, so people started getting notifications from operators; it's a phased rollout throughout February, but should be finished by the end of the month", said Nokia in an Interview. Unfortunately, updating your Lumia is not as simple as it sounds. Users must connect the phone to a PC and use the Zune desktop software to push the update to the phone.
Nokia's Windows Phone 8 devices will also see an update to Windows Phone 8 Portico. The Windows Phone 8 update offers up a number of enhancements such as improvements to the messaging system, the ability to send text replies when you can't take an incoming call, tweaks to the IE browser, improved Wi-Fi connectivity and plenty of others. Unlike the Windows Phone 7.8 update, Lumia 820 and 920 owners get the luxury of an Over-the-Air update.
Our UK readers have been able to get their hands on the new BlackBerry Z10 since this morning and we are super jealous over on this side of the pond. If you are one of the lucky ones to now own a BlackBerry 10 device, you're in luck! BlackBerry has just released BlackBerry Link.
By now you are most definitely asking yourself, "what is BlackBerry Link and why do I need it?" To keep it simple, BlackBerry link is the new name for BlackBerry desktop software, which makes backing up and syncing your BB10 device very easy. It makes quick work of moving over your content like pictures, audio and video.
Legacy BlackBerry handsets that are running version 7.1 or earlier will still need to use the previous desktop app, while PlayBook tablets running BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 will be able to use the new version of the software. You can download the new software at Source #2 below.
With just over a week to go, Microsoft are just a few steps away from launching their - in my words - proper tablet onto the market, the Windows 8 Pro-powered Surface Pro. But, according to DigiTimes' latest piece, it looks like the first shipment of Surface Pro tablets will only be reaching around one million units.
Microsoft's first foray into the tablet world was the Surface RT, which sold out surprisingly quickly and that was with Microsoft pumping out four million units. DigiTimes' report comes from "sources from the upstream supply chain", their usual speel. I think we're going to see Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet sold out within the first week, without a problem, one of those sales, will be mine. Too bad Microsoft couldn't get back to me so I could get one as soon as I can.
I'm sure you may have read that I'm excited about Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro, and each day is getting closer - oh boy. We are now actually looking at it being released 24 hours before the official February 9 release, where the tablet is being launched at midnight the day before they become commercially available.
The launch will take place during a private evening reception for select guests before the event itself, and then we can expect a formal launch just before midnight on February 9. This will all happen at Best Buy in Union Square in New York City. Invited guests will be among the first to buy the Surface Pro's, or as Microsoft officially calls them, "Surface Windows 8 Pros" - really? Wow.
Panos Panay, Microsoft's GM of Surface Team as well as various members of the Windows team.
NVIDIA unveiled their portable gaming device, Project Shield, at CES a couple of weeks ago now, and now they're talking about the process they went through to build it, going from engineers to the NVIDIA CES keynote stage.
The GPU, and soon to be portable gaming device maker, started their project in early 2012 where it began as a game controlled attached to an Android smartphone, on a block of... wood. Yes, a block of wood. They spent the rest of the year designing and testing various devices, with the first two prototypes delivered on December 18 - just mere weeks before the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month.
In the final days and weeks before CES, engineers were cramming serious hours into assembling the units that would be shown off at CES in a contract partners facility in Silicon Valley. Engineers pulled off the last-minute work, getting batteries in place and then carefully building the device in its shell. It's crazy to see that NVIDIA were working right down to the wire.
Older Lumia devices can now be updated to Windows Phone 7.8. Nokia announced the available update alongside the video seen below and is encouraging users to update their Lumia devices to the latest Windows Phone 7. While it isn't Windows Phone 8, it will be the best thing available to these older Lumia devices.
Microsoft has released Windows Phone 7.8 to try and keep users happy, or at least that's what it would appear to be. Users with older Windows Phone 7 devices are unable to update to the latest Windows Phone 8, so Microsoft promised Windows Phone 7.8, which features a Start Screen similar to that of Windows Phone 8.
Nokia says to update your phone through the Zune for PC app. If you're an owner of one of these older Lumia devices, it should soon be prompting you to update it. If you already have Windows Phone 7.8, let us know what you think of it!
BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research in Motion, wrapped up its launch event this morning in NYC by cluing journalist in on the release dates of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
The feature rich, touchscreen based Z10 will be available through all four major US carriers in March with an MSRP of $199 with a two-year contract or $599 off contract. The device goes live in the UK tomorrow and in Canada on February 5th with a price tag of $149.99 with a four year contract. It will reach the Middle East on February 10th with pricing and contract length undisclosed.
It seems like there was great fanfare for the QWERTY keyboard sporting Q10 and rightfully so as there is still a major user base of BlackBerry users who love their keyboard-based phones. Sadly they will have to wait until sometime in April before the device hits shelves. No pricing or carrier information has been released for the Q10 at this time.
BlackBerry had a lot of announcements this morning at its BB10 launch event in NYC. What we didn't see in the live coverage was the booth's set up around the event showcasing the official accessories for the new BlackBerry Z10.
The Verge has just posted some images of a few of the official accessories geared for use with the new Z10. As expected there is a whole line-up of protective and stylish cases, but the big news accessories seem to be the optional Z10 charger that has a slot for charging a back-up battery.
Alongside the new charger is what appears to be a clip on Bluetooth 4.0 speaker that is big enough to clip onto the straps of even the largest messenger bag. The speaker doubles as a speaker phone and it has an auxiliary port so you can play music wirelessly on any device that lacks Bluetooth support.
The final major announcement at the BlackBerry 10 launch took most of us by surprise. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced that BlackBerry has been consulting with entrepreneurs and artist from around the globe in an effort to improve the company, and as a result BlackBerry has decided to create a new position called 'Global Creative Director'.
Hines said, "We've created a new position at BlackBerry, Global Creative Director. We wanted someone at the top of her field, someone who could help guide us. I want to announce 40 time Grammy award singer song writer, one of the top 30 people on twitter, wife and mother, Alicia Keys as the new Global Creative Director at BlackBerry."
Keys said "I'm so excited, thank you for reaching out to me. I love the new browser, the hub, the flow. I'm obsessed with the time shift, I love how you can switch from work to play mode through balance." Keys went on to say, "I was in a long term relationship with BB, and I started to notice some new hotter, more attractive, sexier phones at the gym. So I broke up with you, but started to miss how you organized my life. Then one day you called, and told me how you hard to started to work out, and now, we're exclusively dating again!"
BlackBerry just announced that as of today the BlackBerry World store already contains 70,000+ apps. They have partnered with all of the major app developers to bring the most popular apps to the service.
VP of Global Alliances and Business Development Martyn Mallick said, "Many people didn't believe we could create a BlackBerry that has incredible content and experiences. We are launching BB10 with more apps by far than any first-gen operating system - over 70,000 applications have already been added to the BlackBerry World Store."
Mallick continued, "When people get BB10 devices, they're going to be looking for certain apps... We have Skype committed to BB10, Amazon Kindle, Whatsapp, SAP, Angry Birds... over 1,000 of top applications from around the world committed to BB10."
BlackBerry the company formerly known as RIM has just uploaded promotion videos of its brand new Q10 (with physical keyboard) and Z10 (with touch keyboard) to its YouTube channel.
We've embedded them below for you to view.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins along with Vivek Bhardwaj, head of software portfolio, just announced several new and exciting keyboard and BlackBerry Messenger features. Heins said "We have the experience to be best keyboard experience... Everything feels like a BlackBerry. I call this writing without typing. Imagine typing on one screen with a single thumb."
Bhardwaj pointed out that "We wanted to do more than just building gestures. The new keyboard features predictive typing that can adapt by language. Sometimes I'm in a real rush and I start typing fast, make mistakes, miss spaces, the new BlackBerry 10 keyboard can fix that too on its own".
The presentation then moved on to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). Bhardwaj said "The new keyboard is a great innovation, but I know there's another feature you can't live without: Blackberry Messenger. I've always enjoyed the real time nature of it, I use it for work, family, friends", said Heins.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins just announced that Research in Motion (RIM) from today forward will be known as BlackBerry.
"Today RIM becomes BlackBerry... It's one brand, one promise. We are now more than ever a company that is united in our vision for mobile computing, we knew we had to maintain foundation of messaging and e-mail and give people what they want."
"Our shareholders are owners of BlackBerry. From today on, we are BlackBerry everywhere in the world, it all begins with one consistent brand recognized around the world."
RIM CEO and President Thorsten Heins has said that the new BlackBerry 10 will soon give you more ways to connect your mobile experiences and yourself, not just to other people, but the whole world around you. People who want everything in one place, flow seamlessly from app to app and feature to feature without having to use a home button all the time will love the new Black Berry 10.
"The new BlackBerry 10 is for the true multitaskers, people who want to get the most out of their smartphones. People who want balance in their personal and professional lives."
"BlackBerry will be a leader in connecting you to your internet of things. We were building this with a specific set of customers in mind: people who are hyper-connected socially."
Research in Motion VP of developer relations Alec Saunders says RIM has been to every continent on the planet except Antarctica seeking developers.
"The response from the developer community has been pretty phenomenal. To all the developers out there: thank you for your commitment, your support, and your dedication", he said.
He went on to say that he even received an app pitch from a 12 year old and that it has the largest app catalog ever for a "first generation" device.
In preparation for today's BlackBerry 10 launch event Research in Motion has added music, TV shows, and movies to its recenly renamed online app store BlackBerry World. Music and movies look to have a preview feature while TV shows do not.
Music albums seem to average about $10 in the new store while Movies vary between the $10 to $20 price range. TV shows are somewhat cheap coming in at $1.99 an episode. All of this new content is only available for people in supported regions, which at the moment consist of the U.S., Canada, and the UK.
RIM's BlackBerry 10 launch event is set to take place at 10AM ET this morning, which concludes a years long struggle to bring a new smartphone product to the market. Research in Motion will be live-streaming the event and I have linked the stream URL in the source #2 location if you are interested in viewing.