Android 4.4+ KitKat ships without browser app. OEMs have to license Chrome or build their own
Nov21

Android 4.4+ KitKat ships without browser app. OEMs have to license Chrome or build their own

Interesting newsbit about Android 4.4 KitKat just popped-up on Twitter today. According to Android developer and author Maximiliano Firtman, he just got official confirmation that KitKat “… doesn’t ship with any browser, just the WebView. The emulator has it but not real devices. It’s up to each vendor to create a browser app using the WebView (such as Samsung) or to get license to preinstall Chrome.”   So, what does it mean for...

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Cyanogen has a new hardware partner. Will announce it in a few weeks
Nov21

Cyanogen has a new hardware partner. Will announce it in a few weeks

Cyanogen Inc. is one of more interesting new startups in a smartphone platform game. Founded by the team behind CyanogenMod – one the most popular Android ROMs, they recently received some serious venture backing, and now are trying to build their own version of smartphone OS based on Android . And, for a few month old startup, are moving pretty fast. Cyanogen has already released their ROM launcher/installer to Google Play, announced...

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Take that Amazon! Chinese e-tailer Jingdong launches its own JDPhone smartphone program, eyes MVNO
Nov20

Take that Amazon! Chinese e-tailer Jingdong launches its own JDPhone smartphone program, eyes MVNO

Amazon has been trying to figure out how to do Kindle smartphone for years now. Some patent applications show that Jeff Bezos has been toying with the idea of customized Amazon Phone in 2008. It’s been 5 years now, and we still haven’t heard anything official from them. Now one of Amazon’s main competitors in China – Jingdong,  thinks it has cracked a smartphone formula and is launching its own JDPhone program next week. They also...

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Google pulled new Android camera API at the last minute. Points to better pics with next KitKat update
Nov18

Google pulled new Android camera API at the last minute. Points to better pics with next KitKat update

All through 5 years of existence, Android phones have been notoriously bad at taking pictures. The situation has improved somewhat over the past year or two, with smartphones like Galaxy S3/4 and Xperia Z1 providing decent imaging performance. Still, no matter how hard Android OEMs tried, they never could match the quality of pics taken with iPhone or Nokia Pureview. And Google’s signature Nexus phones were especially bad in this...

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Nokia Music may stay with Nokia after MSFT deal. Available on Android, iPhone, Windows and Mac via HTML 5 app
Nov18

Nokia Music may stay with Nokia after MSFT deal. Available on Android, iPhone, Windows and Mac via HTML 5 app

Nokia mobile phone unit may soon be sold to Microsoft, but that does not mean Nokia services that are now available exclusively on Lumia Windows Phones will end up in Redmond. We already knew that Maps are staying in Finland. Now it seems that Nokia Music may be staying in Espoo with the company too, and may soon go multi-platform. Chinese site  CTech got their hands on some development screenshots for Music Service update, and it...

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Retina iPad Mini delayed due to LCD burn-ins at Sharp and LG. Apple is talking to Samsung to fix things
Nov08

Retina iPad Mini delayed due to LCD burn-ins at Sharp and LG. Apple is talking to Samsung to fix things

When Apple announced iPad Mini with Retina display, they didn’t provide its release date. Which was very unusual for  Steve Jobs’s company. But there was a very good reason for that. Apple simply can not make enough iPad Minis with Retina display. And why is that? Because of the displays, of course. Turns out, the screens with the pixel density Apple requires for Retina iPad Mini, are not so easy to come by.  They’ve been talking to 4...

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Microsoft: smart watches/glasses 3-5 years away from mainstream. Google preps Glass 2&smartwatch launch
Oct29

Microsoft: smart watches/glasses 3-5 years away from mainstream. Google preps Glass 2&smartwatch launch

Microsoft has been notorious for missing some major computing trends over the last decade, then spending years and billions of dollars trying to catch up. Usually without much success. And, if wearable computing in the form of smart watches and glasses takes off in a year or two, they may do it again. Because at least some of Microsoft execs are pretty skeptical about the hype surrounding Google Glass and various smart watch efforts....

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China Mobile launches official 4G teaser page with Nov. 9-11th launch dates. 2 Generic iPhones in tow
Oct28

China Mobile launches official 4G teaser page with Nov. 9-11th launch dates. 2 Generic iPhones in tow

November launch of China Mobile’s 4G network, with iPhone 5S/5C in tow, has been rumored for a couple of months now. It seems that those rumors are true and TD-LTE network is going live in select cities in a couple of weeks. Over the weekend China Mobile has launched an official  teaser page which promises 4G services “coming soon” – on November 9-11th. The page even shows a couple of generic iPhones, among the cool new offers that...

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$82 Android 4.2 smartphone with 4.3” 720p display, 8mpx camera, 1GB of RAM and 1.3GHz quad-core CPU
Oct28

$82 Android 4.2 smartphone with 4.3” 720p display, 8mpx camera, 1GB of RAM and 1.3GHz quad-core CPU

How much do you think a mid-range Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone with 4.3” 720p screen, 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in memory, micro-SD memory card slot, 8 megapixel main and 2 megapixel front camera, and 2200 mAh battery should cost? $200, $150? How about $82 or 499 Yuan? That’s the price one Chinese OEM will offer their new G2F smartphone for: Granted, the phone will only be available in China. But if they are...

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Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat update is more about “Android TV”, less about smartphones
Oct24

Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat update is more about “Android TV”, less about smartphones

With all the info that leaked about Android 4.4 KitKat release, it doesn’t seem that it will be a major smartphone OS upgrade. Some internal tweaks, a few new features, maybe some interface polish with a little borrowing from iOS 7, and that’s about it. At least for smartphones. However, the smartphone part might be the least interesting part of KitKat update. Korean ETNews reports, that the main focus of the new Android OS release...

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