Summary: The Latitude 10 is a traditional 10-inch slate, while the XPS 12 is a 12.5-inch convertible tablet.
Dell has a history of being as leaky as the Titanic post-iceberg, so it should come as no surprise that the computing giant has done it again, somehow letting slip a pair of new tablets running Windows 8.
Neowin first spotted the 10.1-inch Latitude 10 slate, which will be powered by an Intel dual-core Clover Trail Atom processor and include 2GB of memory and up to 128GB of SSD storage. The site says the two-cell battery would provide roughly 6 to 8 hours of battery life, while the four-cell option would give 10 to 12 hours juice. At 1.57 pounds without security add-ons, the Latitude would be a little heavier than the new iPad, which already is a bit heftier than the iPad 2.
Perhaps more intriguing is the XPS 12, which is a 12.5-inch convertible tablet of the type Microsoft is pushing with its Windows 8 launch. Neowin was not able to find out much information on the system, but it does sport edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass and, of course, a physical keyboard when you feel like laptopping instead of tableting.
If you need your Android phone to be with you whether it’s rain or shine, with more emphasis on the former, you might be interested to read what Kyocera has to offer. The Kyocera Hydro is a mid-range Android phone that might not pack enough goodies inside to make it a stand out, except for one of its features: this device is waterproof.
That’s right. It’s not a typo. The phone has a 3.5-inch IPS display with 480 x 320 resolution and boasts a 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8655 processor, 2GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, 3.2MP rear camera, a 1500mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Not bad at all for a mid-ranger, right?
As for the Hydro’s nonchalant stance against liquid, the phone is “certified waterproof for IPX5, protection against water jets and IPX7, and protection against water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 1 meter or 3.28 feet.” Let’s not get too crazy and take it for a swim though, as Kyocera warns that the phone should be dried as soon as possible if it’s been drenched in water.
Though there’s no word yet on price and availability, the Kyocera Hydro was recently spotted at FCC sporting a CDMA 1900MHz radio, which led many to believe it’s heading for Sprint. If priced right, Kyocera may see the phone getting some love from US folks.
The Memorial Day holiday, which falls on Monday, is usually accompanied by Memorial Day sales! If price is the only thing that’s stopping you from grabbing smartphone, specifically of the Android variety, you might want to check out the latest deal that Virgin Mobile USA has for one of its Android offerings, the LG Optimus V.
Virgin Mobile is slashing its non-contract price of the LG Optimus V to $28, which is quite a bargain compared to the phone’s original $130 price tag. There’s a small catch to this sub-$30 offer though; you will have to use at least a month of Virgin’s Let’s Talk prepaid service, which costs from $35 to $55. After taking into account everything, you can have the LG Optimus V delivered just by paying a grand total of $78. Remember that this price already includes unlimited usage of text, email, data and web – as well as 300 Anytime Minutes — for one month.
Here’s a refresher of LG’s entry level phone, the Optimus V. The phone ships with a 3.2-inch HVGA display, 600MHz TI OMAP 3610 processor, 3.2MP rear camera, and Android 2.2 Froyo. Though it only has 160MB internal memory, the LG Optimus V does come with a microSD card slot (up to 32GB extra storage).
Sprint’s own take on the HTC One X, the EVO 4G LTE, should have started shipping almost a week ago, but the release had to be delayed due to an import ban. Fortunately, HTC and Sprint managed to get everything in order blazing fast, and, as promised the day before yesterday, pre-ordered EVO 4G LTE phones will start shipping today.
The news isn’t officially confirmed, but we have several trustworthy sources telling us that Sprint and BestBuy will cover all pre-orders made for the EVO 4G LTE by the end of the day.InsideSprintNow has been tipped about Sprint pre-orders, while the guys at AndroidCentral managed to get their hands on a leaked memo from BestBuy, saying that “pre-orders can be fulfilled beginning as soon as inventory arrives”.
If you’ve been one of the first to place your pre-order on Sprint’s or BestBuy’s websites, you should therefore expect to get that tasty EVO 4G LTE package on your doorstep, as soon as this morning. As for those of you who haven’t placed a pre-order just yet, but want to get an EVO 4G LTE as soon as possible, it’s still difficult to say when you’ll be able to see the phone in stock, either online or offline.
InsideSprintNow is predicting May 25 (which is tomorrow) as the new official release date of the phone, with thousands of devices possibly coming to Sprint and BestBuy stores. However, that’s just an assumption and should not be taken very seriously right now. It is possible that pre-orders for the phone have simply wiped out the prepared stocks for the launch.
Moreover, BestBuy’s leaked internal memo says that “there may be customers who pre-ordered after May 21 who will not receive a device with this initial shipment”. Wow! Exactly how many of these were pre-ordered, that Sprint and BestBuy can’t handle all the shipments at once?
We expected HTC’s new flagship to hit it big, as it’s probably the most powerful Android smartphone available (at least until the Galaxy S3 will start shipping). But this whole madness seems a bit too much.
The debate around WiFi-only vs 3G/4G-enabled tablets has been raging for a while now.
WiFi-only supporters believe that the benefits of their choice are obvious, with the lower costs associated with the WiFi-only variant. In addition, more and more public places (airports, stations, coffee shops, etc.) now feature paid or, sometimes, even free WiFi connectivity.
Of course, those in the cell-enabled camp argue that, while public WiFi is growing, it’s certainly not enough. Even with the higher cost of devices and the need of an additional data plan, 3G/4G-enabled tablet owners claim that it’s a small price to pay for the ability to always stay connected.
Today’s good news is that the consumers looking for cellular connectivity will soon get the option to buy another amazing Android tablet. ASUS, which has so far released only WiFi-only versions of its tablets in the US, seems to be looking at bucking the trend. We know that because an LTE-enabled version of the budget-friendly Transformer Pad TF300, the Transformer Pad TF300TL, made an appearance in the FCC e-filing database.
The filing shows that the TF300TL will not only support HSPA on the 850 Mhz and 1900 Mhz bands, but will also support LTE on the 700 Mhz and 1700 Mhz bands. These are the bands used by AT&T, which gives us the possible destination of the device once launched. ASUS’ pad would be a great addition to AT&T’s already impressive tablet lineup, which features Android-powered devices from HTC, Pantech, and Samsung, as well as the iPad.
The WiFi-only Transformer Pad TF300 (by the way, we are giving three away) boasts impressive specifications, including a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The Tegra 3 processor unfortunately does not play well with LTE radios, so it is likely that the Transformer Pad TF300TL will feature a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.
There is nothing set in stone as of now, but if I was an AT&T customer, I would hold off from buying or upgrading to a new tablet just yet, and wait for more concrete information about the possible release of the Transformer Pad TF300TL. You can view the complete FCC filing here.
To hell with Instagram. Seriously. It's not that we don't understand the appeal of the photo filter standard bearer, it's just that it lacks a cleverness and visceral quality that InstaCRT has in spades. See, rather than simply recreate retro effect with some software trickery, InstaCRT actually uses the aging titular tech to achieve its goals. The concept, while clever, is actually pretty simple: you take a photo on your iPhone using the InstaCRT app, it's then uploaded to the developer where all the magic happens. Your image is displayed on a tiny 1-inch CRT (harvested from an old-school VHS camcorder) in the company's office, a picture of your photo is then taken with a fancy DSLR, and the resulting image is sent back to you. The results are monochrome, loaded with scanlines and just slightly distorted -- offering a sense of physicality that other photo filter apps just can't match. However, as clever as the concept is, it's equally innefficient and, as more people start using the app, the wait between snapping a pic and getting the finished product back, gets longer and longer. (We had to wait almost four minutes for the image above.) Still, we can't help but fall in love with InstaCRT... at least until the next photo filter app hits the market. Don't miss the video after the break, and hit up the source link to buy it now for $1.99 and see how fast we can crash the developer's servers.
It's a rite of passage for newly released Android überphones: the inevitable root. Just one day afterSprint managed to get its flagship device out of customs and into subscribers' hands, comes a one-click solution for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X users. By running a simple script compiled by XDA member Zedomax, EVO 4G LTE owners will be able to install both busybox and superuser hassle-free, giving them the admin privileges required for nearly unrestricted tinkering. Bear in mind, this underground workaround won't unlock that HTC bootloader, so a future filled with custom ROMs is still slightly out of reach. Ready to claim mastery of your device? Then click on the source below for the requisite downloads and hand-holding video how-to's.
Drops, shocks, heavy vibrations, dust, water and temperatures in the extremes -- just the kind of punishment you'd expect a DRS Armor slab to put up with, and the firm's latest do so without thebriefcase-like look. With MIL-STD 810G certification and an IP65 rating, the 7-inch multi-touch slates can withstand some rough and tumble -- though there's no word if they can pass the tesla coil benchmark. At 1.3 pounds, the Android 3.2-loaded X7ad squeezes out eight hours of battery life with a 1GHz dual core Tegra 2 processor. Its Windows-minded doppelganger, the X7et, holds a six-hour charge, sports an Atom Z670 processor and tips the scales at just under 1.5 pounds. If the chunkier look strikes your fancy, the 12.1 inch X12kb has you covered -- though at 5.5 pounds, it's the lightest MIL-STD-810G certified convertible tablet currently available. The swivel screened slate has up to eight hours of battery life, a Core i5 560UMCPU processor, a polarized LCD glass display, a spillproof keyboard and touchpad in addition to a one-click stealth mode that disables light and sound for "covert operations." With GPS, WiFi and Gobi Wireless Broadband options, all three of these are ready for missions at home and abroad, however you might need that stealth function to find out the (currently unspecified) pricing.
Those who pre-ordered the HTC EVO 4G LTE had to deal with an unexpected delay when the phone along with the HTC One X (AT&T model) was prevented from entering the U.S. by Customs. The reason, as you probably know now, is that the ITC had issued an exclusion order against certain HTC devices preventing them from entering the States starting April 19th. The whole thing started from a court ruling that said the Taiwan based manufacturer had infringed on Apple's patents.
The apology letter and the free case offered to those who pre-ordered the HTC EVO 4G LTE
HTC had actually made a huge change to the software in its phones headed for the States by shipping the units with a workaround instead of the infringing software. We're not sure if this clever move by HTC was the key that unlocked the door and allowed the phones to enter the U.S., but the bottom line is that both models are now making their way into the states. And some of those who received the once banned HTC EVO 4G LTE have received a package with more than just the phone. Sprint has told The Verge that everyone who had pre-ordered the phone will receive aletter of apology from Sprint, and a free HTC TPU case. Sprint said that its customers should be surprised and delighted and no, the case cannot be exchanged for another accessory (still surprised and delighted?). While that covers those who pre-ordered the HTC EVO 4G LTE via Sprint, what about those who walked into Best Buy and picked up their pre-ordered phone. Any apology from the big box retailer?
"HTC and Sprint want to thank you for your patience as we know you have been anticipating the arrival of your new HTC Evo 4G LTE. Please accept this phone accessory as a small token of our appreciation and thanks."-Letter from Sprint to those who pre-ordered the HTC EVO 4G LTE
With other models possibly getting stopped at the border, the carriers and retailers better start taking out paper and pen to write apologies. At the same time, they should also best be ordering a few thousand gross of new cases just in case U.S. Customs has to act tough again.
Rumors run rampant about the next iPhone, but now a reliable source has provided specific and tantalizing details.
Adding to the existing rumor of a four-inch screen on the new iPhone is info obtained by Jeremy Horwitz ofiLounge, who says not only will that screen be a larger 4 inches (measured diagonally), but it will have a new aspect ratio, which we would assume would be 16 x 9 — the same shape as typical HDTVs. It’s about time — since its inception, the iPhone screen has been shaped in the old-timey 4 x 3 ratio, the same as ancient standard definition TVs.
As the story goes, the new iPhone is going to be taller than its predecessor, with dimensions of 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm, according to iLounge. Ihat’s 10mm (1/3 inch) taller that the iPhone 4S, and significantly thinner than the iPhone 4S by 2mm. That doesn’t sound like much, but that would be 20% thinner than the current model.
Contrary to reports of a teardrop shape, this report says there’s going to be a flat back, and part of it will be made of metal. Agreeing with other rumors we’ve heard, it will be made of that futuristic material known asLiquidMetal, but won’t cover the entire back. Another believable prediction confirming past reports is the new iPhone’s alleged “Gorilla Glass 2″ front, which will probably be stronger and thinner than today’s iPhones.
Adding credence to other rumors we’ve already heard, Apple will abandon that familiar dock connector gracing every iPhone since its inception, instead opting for smaller, rounded connector that’s less than half its predecessor’s size. That should fit the thinner form factor nicely.
When will we see this new bauble from Apple? If the current rumor mill is correct, it’s going to be available in September or October.
Apple has won the domain iPhone5.com after filing a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over it. While it doesn’t necessarily mean the next iPhone will be called “iPhone 5,” it’s likely part of Apple’s strategy to exert some kind of control over the conversation about its next smartphone.
The domain had previously been registered to a company in Australia, but it now belongs to Corporation Service Company in Wilmington, Del., a domain-name registrar company. As The Next Web first reported, Apple probably contracted the Corporation Service Company’s services to take ownership of the domain.
Currently, visitors of iPhone5.com are greeted by a completely blank page, without even a single note or “under construction” notice. Before it was shut down, the site campaigned to have the domain stay independent, telling visitors, “Call Corporate Of Apple and tell them to stop there persuit!! Blow up there phones, Spam there emails, call there Administration! Do something to get our point across.[sic]”
It’s not the first time Apple has publicly wrestled over domain-name ownership prior to a major product launch. Shortly before Apple first unveiled iCloud in 2011, it obtained the iCloud.com domain from Xcerion, a Swedish software company. In that case, the exchange was amicable, with Apple reportedly paying $4.5 million for the URL.
The dispute over iPhone5.com better resembles Apple’s acquisition of the iPods.com domain, which it won last year after WIPO ruled that the owner, MP3Gold.com, needed to hand it over.
While the term “iPhone 5″ has been used as the default name for the next iPhone, the domain switch doesn’t mean that will be the official name of the product. Technically, it will be the sixth model of iPhone released by Apple, and with the last iPad launch, Apple eschewed any kind of suffix for the product name, numerical or otherwise.
Whatever Apple calls the next iPhone, the site iPhone5.com won’t show up in searches for the term, or if it does users won’t see any information — real or made-up — about the product. While there will be no shortage of rumors and speculation in the run up to release, Apple’s goal may be to simply deprive casual web users of the most obvious hub they would use to look for info.
Four years and $54 million later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is finally ready to launch a surveillance unit capable of spying on Skype conversations and other Internet communications.
The Domestic Communications Assistance Center (DCAC) is a collaborative effort between the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Drug Enforcement Agency. All three agencies will build customized hardware to enable wiretapping on wireless and Internet conversations per court order requests.
“It’s also designed to serve as a kind of surveillance help desk for state, local, and other federal police,” CNETreported. “The center represents the technological component of the bureau’s ‘Going Dark’ Internet wiretapping push, which was allocated $54 million by a Senate committee last month.”
The DCAC has been tight-lipped about its purpose. The FBI said in a statement that the organization will “not be responsible for the actual execution of any electronic surveillance court orders and will not have any direct operational or investigative role in investigations.”
Scouring the Internet for illegal activity has become a top priority for the FBI. In January the bureau announced it was seeking to develop an automatic mass-monitoring computer application to analyze Facebook for crime-related comments.
Are you ready for a Facebook browser that integrates the social networking behemoth into your online life more than ever? That’s exactly what could be on the way soon, according to one report.
A Friday Pocket-lint report cites a “trusted source” that Facebook wants to buy Opera Software — manufacturers of the Opera web browser, which claims more than 200 million users worldwide. The Facebook browser would include default menu bar plugins, further permeating Facebook into users’ general web experience, according to the report.
A Facebook spokesperson declined Mashable‘s request for comment.
A custom browser would be a significant step toward Facebook becoming your web, as opposed to just an Internet site you visit and service you use. Opera’s mobile browser has received strong reviews online, meaning a functional Facebook browser using it could be even more powerful. Facebook has struggled to penetrate mobile use as deeply as many think it should be able to — and will need to in order to sustain long-term growth.
A Facebook browser would also bolster the newly public company’s competition with Google. Google Chromerecently became the web’s most-used browser, but Facebook’s gigantic user base of more than 900 million people would present a potential serious threat down the line. It would be interesting to see Facebook try to battle Google for browser dominance as Google+ struggles to play catchup in social networking.
We’ll see if the Opera rumors are true, but if Pocket-lint‘s “man in the know” is even remotely hooked in, it’s not hard to imagine the arrival of a Facebook browser being only a matter of time.
Apple today, released an updated version of iOS 5.1.1 (build 9B208) for the iPhone 4 GSM (or AT&T) model.
No information on exactly what is in the new build, but it’s possibly a glitch or bug fixed. Might be a minor issue, since if you’ve already updated to iOS 5.1.1, you wont see the new version pop-up as an over-the-air update or in iTunes.
We’ll let you know if we hear anything else about this new build folks. In the meanwhile if you havent updated already, go ahead and get your iOS 5.1.1 on.
A “trusted source” speaking to TechnoBuffalo has confirmed many of the details about the upcoming Nexus tablet…although whether or not Google’s 7” tablet is actually named “Nexus” is not one of those details. The source did confirm that it will be built by ASUS and will be one of the hardware giveaways for Google I/O on June 27th, something we’ve been expecting ahead of its July ship date.
One exciting tidbit is that they also were receiving “conflicting reports” on whether or not the tablet would come preinstalled with Jellybean, the next major version of Android. That would come as something of a pleasant surprise, since many analysts were not expecting the next major version of the little green robot operating system to appear until late fall or early winter.
Also of great interest is the source indicated that the tablet would indeed be rocking a quad-core Tegra3 device, not the dual-core solution that some had expected in light of Google’s attempts to price their tablet aggressively. Of course NVIDIA has said on more than one occasion that part of their project strategy is to help bring to market a sub-$200 Tegra3 tablet, so we may still get the low price point that many of you have been hoping for.
Who out there would be interesting in a $199 quad-core Nexus tablet running Jelly Bean this summer? We reckon quite a few people would be. Is it too good to be true? Most of the hardware and pricing rumors seem reasonable. We have no idea how close Jelly Bean is to fruition, although in the past Google has turned out major software updates in less than a year, so it’s not impossible, even if it’s far from certain. And in a way it’s just a matter of months either way – even if Jelly Bean doesn’t hit until this fall, we’re sure the vanilla Android tablet would be one of the first devices to get the update.
When Nokia announced their partnership with Microsoft last year, there were concerns that the adoption of Windows Phone as their primary smartphone platform would mean the death of cheap smartphones. After all, Nokia’s then bread and butter were cheap Symbian smartphones. Fast forward 15 months later and here is Nokia’s answer to getting prices of Windows Phone devices down – the Lumia 610. Read on for our first impression on the full retail version of the Lumia 610.
On the surface, the Lumia 610 is yet another Windows Phone device. It retains the basic design of almost all Windows Phone – a touchscreen slate design, three soft keys, a dedicated two-stop camera button and 5MP camera. The glossy plastic body with tacky chrome band doesn’t scream premium, but you wouldn’t expect that in a device at this price range anyway. While the design is as generic as it gets, at least it is an improvement over the Lumia 710, which takes the award for ugliest Windows Phone. Still, despite being a cheap device, the Lumia 610 is solidly built. It will be available in four separate colours – cyan, magenta, white and black.
The 3.7″ 480×800 display is the same size as found on its more expensive Lumia siblings, the 710 and 800. With a pixel density of 252 ppi, it is one of the sharpest screen I have seen on an entry level smartphone. But in order to get the price down, Nokia had to cut out the much regarded Clear Black Display filter. The lack of CBD layer resulted in a display that is highly reflective. In fact you could almost replace a mirror with this.
The biggest difference between the Lumia 610 and 710 are the inclusion of a much slower clocked speed processor and less RAM. The single core 800MHz Qualcomm processor and 256MB RAM might sound like a huge compromise to performance, but it isn’t. The Lumia 610 feels snappy at all times, thanks to the hardware accelerated UI. After all, Windows Phone was already optimised to run well on the Adreno 200 GPU found inside the Lumia 610 – it is the same GPU used on all first generation Windows Phone devices. Compared to the HTC Wildfire S, which struggles to runs on the same SoC, the Lumia 610 would fly. Not bad for an entry level smartphone with a 480×800 display to power.
Sadly the move towards 256MB RAM does mean that there are some trade offs. The Lumia 610 is a Tango device, meaning that some apps just won’t run on it. Microsoft has started contacting developers to encourage them to update their apps for Tango. Still the effects are real. Just a couple of days ago the Skype app was pulled from the Marketplace because of poor performance. Some background tasks will also be disabled, and there is not fast app switching. In a way, with such limitations in place, the Lumia 610 feels and operate much like a first generation pre-Mango Windows Phone. On the other hand you will be happy to read that the Lumia 610 does come with WiFi tethering/hotspot built-in.
The retail box is similar in design to all the previous Lumia boxes. Inside the drawer you will find a the device itself, some documentations, an in-ear Monster headphone, micro USB cable and USB wall charger. Unlike the Lumia 710, it does not come with additional battery covers. It is not known if Nokia would sell them as separate accessories, but it would be fair to say that they should. After all the Lumia 610 is targeted at a much younger audience.
Research In Motion (RIM) has launched the BlackBerry Curve 9320 in India. The Curve 9320 wasannounced earlier this month and is the 3G version of the Curve 9220 that was launched in India last month. It has 2.44-inch (320×240 pixels) TFT display with a QWERTY keyboard and is powered by on 806 MHz processor. It has 3.2MP camera with Flash and runs on BlackBerry OS 7.1 and features Mobile Hotspot support.
It includes a new, dedicated BBM key and has built-in FM radio, allowing customers to tune into their favorite local stations. It has 512 MB RAM, 512 MB eMMC that is expandable up to 32GB with MicroSD. The connectivity features include, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n , Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, GPS with A-GPS.
It has 1450 mAh battery that would offer up to 7 hours of talk time or up to 30 hours of FM radio listening or music playback with headphones.
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is available in India for Rs. 15,990.
I’ve just received information from a trusted source about the upcoming update to Nokia Belle for 1st Generation Symbian^3 and Anna devices. While Nokia had made it clear that Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 won’t be coming to the 1st gen devices, they had promised “More Fixes & Changes to Belle”.
My source now tells me that the update will be called “Belle Refresh” and will be made available for the Nokia N8, E7 & C7 for sure. There is no word on whether this update will come to the E6 as well. He got hold of pre-release builds of Belle Refresh as well and has shared some screenshots to show what the update will brings.
The build no is v111.040 and the release name is Nokia Belle Refresh. Notice that the Browser version is newer than that on Belle FP1, which has 8.2. Also, the Java version in this update is older than the one in FP1 which had Java 2.4
As you can see, this update is brining even more clock widgets for you to choose from along with the widgets introduced in the FP1 update.
The new Text clock widget along with the other widgets in action.
The music player has a new look & sorting according to what looks like Artists, Albums & Songs finally!
This screenshot of the Notification Bar disappointed me. This does not have the Activities & Notifications grouping of the Notifications like in FP1 as well as the Clear button to remove the notifications from the bar.
This is all the info he provided me at this time. According to him, there could be more changes to this Belle Refresh update in the coming days. I hope Nokia includes more User Interface tweaks found in Feature Pack 1 in this update. Even if they do not, one cannot deny that Nokia has put in a lot of efforts in providing updates for these devices thereby completely transforming them from the Symbian^3 days.
The first quarter of 2012 was a turning point - Symbian sales dropped catastrophically and BlackBerry continued sliding on the downward spiral. On the flipside of things, Android and iOS capitalized on the losses of the two platforms and gained market share in Q1 2012, according to the latest report by IDC.
In the first three months of the year, 8 out of 10 smartphones sold shipped with either Android or iOS. With a combined market share of 82%, Android and iOS are definitely in a two-horse race with no third contender in sight.
"The popularity of Android and iOS stems from a combination of factors that the competition has struggled to keep up with. Neither Android nor iOS were the first to market with some of these features, but the way they made the smartphone experience intuitive and seamless has quickly earned a massive following," IDC analyst Ramos Llamas said.
When it comes to Windows Phone, the most outspoken contender for a third mobile platform, IDC expects only slow growth throughout the year, at least until more carriers adopt WP handsets.
If you’re following the big four rating agencies, you’d notice that IDC is giving a much higher estimate of Android sales than say Strategy Analytics. IDC estimates 89.9 million Androids sold while Strategy Analytics estimates show 81 million. With the Galaxy S III launch this quarter, we expect excellent growth for Google’s platform. What are your projections, though? Let us know how you think the mobile landscape will change in Q2 in the comments below.
Not long ago it seemed like a mobile phone’s most important target was to be as slim, light and portable as possible. But recently, tech users have started changing their views on the market. They now look for phones with the largest and brightest screens, first and foremost.
However, a display’s size could be deceiving sometimes, as there are still a multitude of phones featuring large bezels and/or physical buttons and therefore restricting the actual usable space on the screen. That’s why we were relieved to bump into a chart compiled by Reddit user, Thare, who compiled some information on this specific topic. He analyzed the screen-to-body size ratios of some of the best Android smartphones these days.
In other words, the graph shows figures that represent how much of the total area of a smartphone’s front side is covered by the actual display. Not surprisingly, the #1 phone ranked in the chart is not exactly a phone, but Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablet.
The Note has 66.9% of its body area made out of touch-screen, which might not be impressive at a first glance, but it’s actually a lot better than what many popular smartphones these days have to offer, including the iPhone 4S, Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX or HTC’s One S.
Then again, we have to notice that, if the best phone out there (or phablet) only uses a tad over two-thirds of body area for “honorable” purposes, there is clearly room for improvement. It would be difficult to imagine a phone using 100% of its body to display images and videos (unless we’re talking about devices with flexible screens, of course). But we could see it a possibility for the manufacturers to soon come up with gadgets using 80 or 90% of their measurements for solely screen space and usage.
Just think of what it would mean for the Galaxy Note to keep its current profile, but feature a 5.7″ or even 6″ display! I know, it sounds crazy, but it could be possible with the diminishing of the horizontal bezel. This part to be honest, is not very functional for most regular users anyways.
Getting back to the chart posted on Reddit, we should tell you that the Galaxy Note is followed very closely by the newly unveiled Galaxy S3, with a nice 66.1% screen-to-body size ratio, while the bronze medal is claimed by the HTC EVO 4G LTE (incorrectly referred to as the “EVO 4G” in the chart), with a 66% ratio.
HTC’s One X, the Galaxy Nexus, Sony’s Xperia GX and the Galaxy S2 are the next few phones to top the rank, while at the bottom we can find the Droid 4, with almost 48% of body space “wasted”, the iPhone 4S, with a rather mediocre 55.4% screen-to-body size ratio, and the Droid RAZR MAXX, with 56.9% of its body used wisely.
What’s interesting is that a PhoneArena reader, going by the name of Franc, has decided to do some calculations and come up with a few numbers himself and has found Panasonic’s Eluga Power a much better “space-saver” than the Galaxy Note.
The Power supposedly uses no less than 72.29% of its total body in displaying purposes and is followed by the Huawei Ascend D Quad XL, who overtakes the Note by a whisker, with a 67.38% screen-to-body size ratio.
There’s nothing more frustrating than having a weak network signal or Wi-Fi connection, leaving you with a sluggish Internet connection or a hard time making calls or sending text messages. No matter how powerful your device is, you’re not going to enjoy it much without a decent Internet connection or a strong network signal to work with. There are Android apps to help you establish better Wi-Fi connection or to strengthen network signals. We’ve put together some of the best apps you can find on the Google Play Store for boosting mobile network and Wi-Fi signals.
Have you tried walking all around your house just to get a better signal on your phone? I bet you’ve done that at least once; it’s a little hard to guess where you can get the best signal. Some even climb to the roof of their houses just to get a better signal, but you don’t have to do that when you use OpenSignalMaps. This app will literally show you where you can get a strong signal for your device.
When you use the app, it shows you the direction of the signal through an arrow, a map and even a radar where the location of cellular towers are shown. This way, you don’t have to guess and walk around to find a signal; instead you can follow the locations of the cellular towers where a strong network signal is surely available. Aside from helping you out with your network signal, it also shows where you are getting your Wi-Fi connection, helping you find free network connections wherever you are. Try OpenSignalMaps for free from the Google Play Store.
Network Signal Info is another app that could come in handy if you are very much concerned about the strength of your Wi-Fi or network signal. It won’t make your signal stronger, but it works by helping you determine the real signal strength or Wi-Fi connection. Sometimes the signal bars on your phone can be misleading, so this app gives you a more detailed look, showing you signal strength via 14 signal bars better than the usual five bars that your device gives you.
Using the app is easy through two widgets: one for network signal and another for Wi-Fi connection, allowing you to determine your real signal strength without launching the app again and again. So don’t get fooled by your phone’s signal bars, use Network Signal Info for a better idea on your signal strength. It’s free from the Google Play Store.
Finding the best and fastest Wi-Fi connection available is an easy task if you use WiFi Overview 360. You can use this app to manage and optimize your WiFi connections through its channel checker and channel radar. It will show you a detailed description of the wireless networks available, including the name, signal strength, channel number, and encryption.
To optimize your connection, you can use the app to find a channel or frequency range where there are fewer or no wireless networks using it other than your network. To help you evaluate the wireless networks around you, the app gives you a graphical representation of all the wireless networks within its operating range. From there, the app helps you determine the best channel of choice. So if you want to optimize your network connection, try WiFi Overview 360 for free.
Whether you are using home Wi-Fi or you are always using free public Wi-Fi access points,WiFi Analyzer is an app that can help you boost your Wi-Fi connection. When setting up a Wi-Fi connection at home, you can use this app to evaluate the best channel to use to avoid overlapping with other Wi-Fi connections and essentially giving you better signal strength.
It also works great if you are in a public area where there are a lot of Wi-Fi connections; you can evaluate which wireless networks are the best to connect to. The app is very easy to use. When checking for the best channel, all you have to do is look at the channel graph and choose a channel that no or fewer users are using. It’s also free to download from the Google Play Store.
If you are looking for an app that will boost the network signal of your device then Fresh Network Booster is one of the best apps that can help you out. Essentially, the app gives you a better signal which also means better data speed if you connect to the Internet. It reconnects your data to cell site towers, much like connecting you to a fresh network.
This app is guaranteed to give your network signal a boost. It’s also great because this app is very easy to use and as you launch it, it automatically works its magic to give you the signal strength you want. Trying it won’t also cost you a dime because it’s free on the Google Play Store.
Another app that excels in giving your phone’s signal a boost is Network Booster Free. This app essentially boosts your phone’s signal by renewing your phone’s connection to cellular tower or sites, giving your device better network signal reception. That’s very much all this app is about, but it is very effective in doing the task. Some users even mentioned that the app can give your phone signal even in dead zones, areas where there are no network signals.
Aside from the fact that it’s a great signal-boosting application for your Android device, it’s also free, so there’s no need to for you to spend some bucks just to get better network signals.
Most Wi-Fi booster apps help you evaluate which is the best Wi-Fi connection and you have to choose which connection you prefer. On the other hand, if you do not want to be involved in the hassle of choosing from among several connections available, then you should try WiFi Booster Easy Connect. When you use this app, you don’t have to choose which connection to connect to because the app will do it for you.
Once you are connected to a Wi-Fi connection, the app has a Wi-Fi network speed booster that will surely add some speed to your connection. All it takes are two taps: one tap to search for the best remembered Wi-Fi networks and another to search for the best open Wi-Fi networks. The app is also very light on your phone, letting you enjoy a boost in your Wi-Fi without taking too much of your precious memory space. This app is also free, so give it a try.
Another app to help you sort out the best Wi-Fi connections around is WiFi Connect, showing you the wireless hotspots within reach and allowing you to connect to those connections easily. The app has a fun-looking interface, showing Wi-Fi connections as bits of scratch paper taped to a bulletin board. Along with scanning the connections available, the app also displays several other details to help you sort the connections further. These include the signal strength, channel number, security type, link speed, IP number, and more. And, to keep you apprised about your Wi-Fi connectivity status, the app also supports a notification feature. You have nothing to lose when you try this app because it’s also free to download from the Google Play Store.
Managing your Wi-Fi connections will be a piece of cake if you use WiFi Manager. It essentially lets you search for available networks and connect to them. If you have more than a handful of networks available, managing them would be easy with this app. The app has two widgets dedicated for displaying the information about each connection and to switch among several networks available. It also has a graphical channel which helps improve the connection quality, giving your connection speed a boost every time you use the app.
Apart from the essential Wi-Fi tweaking features of the app, it also has several other extra features of its own. It features an all-new and improved interface with dark-colored themes and a feature where you can assign descriptions and icons to every individual network. It really is a useful yet fun app to use. Get this app free from the Google Play Store.
The last app on this list is Network Signal Speed Booster but it’s definitely not the least. Evident from its name, this app is designed to improve the signal reception of your phone, therefore giving your network signal a boost. Unlike other signal boosting apps, this app is unique because it’s very easy to use. In fact, you don’t have to do anything at all. Just launch the app and watch your signal bars rise to a higher level. What the app does is it connects you to the best available cellular tower from your location. This is really one of the best and easiest signal boosting apps that you can find. And, it’s also free, so it’s definitely worth a try.
Whether you want an app just to boost your phone’s network signal, your Wi-Fi connection, or even both these features, there is an app for you. Whether you like it easy or you’d like to see every detail, you can also find an app that fits you. Just try the apps that we have featured in this article and see for yourself. Do you need signal-boosting Android apps for your Wi-Fi or mobile network signals? What app do you currently use?