Monthly Archives: March 2011
After deciding om Windows Phone 7 as its smartphone OS of choice Nokia seems to be on its way to redesign its overall brand image it seems. As a part of the strategy to do so, it has unveiled a new logo that is sleeker and looks modern than the older one. The new logo is also thought to give a fresher look to all its new devices.The new logo will be used starting next month in various promotional campaigns. The new font is called Nokia Pure and according to Nokia, its letters signify a forward movement. The new font is quite similar to the one used on Windows Phone 7 devices. Nokia is said to have published an 800 page report on why the famous old logo will need to go.What is yet to be seen is whether this logo change would be enough to bail out Nokia which hasn’t been doing well of late with its old outdated Symbian devices.
When Samsung released its Bada powered Wave S8500 we all thought that the OS would be the enxt big thing from the company. It was promoted like crazy and at least in countries like India, it was projected as a cheaper alternative to Android. However, a year in to its release, (well, almost), Bada has seen little traction and the apps are nt there yet. Samsung has however released the Wave 2 with a larger screen and slightly better specs. The OS too got an update but like we said, long way to go before it matches Android.So what if you have an old Wave lying around and want to do some cool experiments with it? Well thats what some smart Polish hackers are up to and it seems they have managed to do what many have been trying to achieve for well over the course of the last year. Make the Wave boot to Android. They have a video up showing the phone booting to Android.
The feat has been achieved by hacking in to the Wave's bootloader using a security hole. That said, all is not well with the Android version (the same as the one on the Samsung Galaxy S) as it suffers from stability and RAM issues. But then, that is expected.
Apple has just released an update to iOS 4.3 that is directed at fixing a bunch of bugs that appeared in the OS after the recent major update to version 4.3. The update, numbered as version 4.3.1 fixes at least four major bugs that appeared with iOS 4.3. and is now available for download via iTunes.This update is applicable to the iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the last two iPod Touch models. Of course, the CDMA iPhone is exempt from the update as it is yet to be updated to iOS 4.3. A good thing for CDMA users might be the fact that they will in most probability get a bug free version of iOS since they would be updated late to the latest versions almost every time an iOS update happens.
Anyway, here are the list of issues that the current update fixes.
Connect your idevice to your PC/Mac and let us know how the update went. Oh and btw, this update is not recommended if you have a jailbroken idevice with you.
- Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation)
- Resolves bugs related to activating and connecting to some cellular networks
- Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs
- Resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services.
You have been warned!
Opera has just released the latest versions of its popular mobile browsers, Opera Mobile 11 and Opera Mini 6 at the CTIA Wireless conference held at Orlando, Florida. The new versions of the browser cannot be termed a huge leap when it comes to core functionality - but they sure sport a more refined look.Opera has stuck to its plans to offer an unified user interface across various platforms with their newest release as well. Apart from a few menu options deep inside the browser, theres nothing indistinguishable across the various versions. We happened to check out the Android and Symbian versions of both Opera Mobile and opera Mini.
A major change to the Android version of Opera Mobile is the new found ability to play flash videos natively. This was a feature that was absent in the outgoing version. This, while the native Android browser happily played flash content was something inexcusable. Anyway, that has been fixed now. As for Opera Mini on Android, we didn't find much of a difference in the overall performance. But the U change is welcome. We like the rounded “O” button that replaces the boring “spanner” icon used to access the settings menu.
Behind the scenes, Opera Mobile gets hardware acceleration support and in Symbian, support for location based services. The Symbian version of Opera Mobile felt snappier initially on the Omnia HD. We did however notice some sluggishness once multiple windows are open and there are a few other apps running in the background.
Like the previous version, Opera also offers a native Symbian version of Opera Mini. This is a better option on Symbian devices than the Java version which has had a history of being buggy on Symbian devices.
You an download the Android version of the browser from the Android Market. For the Symbian version, head here
T-Mobile USA will be bringing a new Android powered smartphone to the US shores later this year powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and the then latest version of Android - if we are to believe some recent reports. The handset is most likely to be based on LG's Optimus 2X that is arriving on the shelves sometime later this month. The phone us currently know as the T-Mobile G2X - which truth be said, sounds awesome!The announcement was made on the eve of the CTIA wireless Conference that is set to be underway in a few hours from now.Now, being an offspring of the 2X family, expect this one to have similar specs to the original Optimus 2X. This means all the goodies including full HD video capture, a four inch display and the awesome benchmark performances would be retained on this phone as well.
RIM has announced that it has updated its equivalent of the App Store,the BlackBerry App World to a new version. The latest version if the app is numbered at v. 188.8.131.52 and was released to the general public sometime last week.As the RIM tradition has been, they have not included a changelog with this release of the App World as well. This means we all will live in mystery and would only be able to check the new features out once we get hold of this new version. If you happen to be a BlackBerry user, you should expect a notification that will ask you to update.The update procedure should be a rather simple one. All you need to do is to follow the on screen instructions. And while you are at it, do let us know if you find anything new in there.
Rumors are sprouting in about the chances of Apple planning to launch a revamped version of its MobileMe service next month. Folks over at iLounge are citing a "trusted" source from an educational institution who has revealed that the current version of MobileMe is no longer available. Apple is asking people to sign up for the 60 day trial version of mobileMe as a stop gap method to cover the gap between the final MobileMe shipment and the launch of the new version.As of now, the report does seem to be trustworthy because the the option to sign up for the year-long paid service without first test-driving it for 60 days is not displayed. Apple is also expected to support the current version only for a year after which they will bring in the revamped version of MobileMe.There have been recent reports of Apple reportedly holding an event sometime in April where they might announce iOS 5 and along with it, the revamped MobileMe service.Let's see how true those rumors turn out to be.
Loyal T-Mobile customers are none too happy with the news, but AT&T’s announced purchase of T-Mobile today from Deutsche Telekom means there is no longer any dispute over who is the numero uno wireless vendor in the USA.This deal will at least temporarily take some attention away from Verizon, which has been having some very good months indeed with the successful launch of its LTE network and, of course, the arrival of the Verizon iPhone. AT&T had countered with vague announcements of implementing its own LTE network by mid-year, but today’s purchase may change that plan. Will AT&T resolve whatever compatibility issues exist between its current HSPA+ network and T-Mobile’s, then mimic T-Mobile’s claim that HSPA+ is a 4G technology (a claim AT&T had rightly mocked last year)?How will Sprint, which had also been pursuing T-Mobile of late, respond to today’s news? There are strong indications that Sprint is planning to abandon its current hodgepodge of wireless technologies in order to develop its own LTE network. WiMAX, a wireless technology that could challenge and potentially surpass LTE, has been part Sprint’s hybrid network, but the ongoing problems of Clearwire, Sprint’s WiMAX partner, seem to have convinced Sprint to go in a different direction.We now have a potentially massive HPSA+ network from AT&T/T-Mobile, in competition with LTE networks from Verizon and Sprint, with WiMAX fading into the background at least for now. Consumers have gained clarity but lost choices with today’s purchase.
Reports are coming in of iOS users facing issues with battery life on their iOS devices after they updated to the recently issued update to iOS 4.3.
As of now decreases in battery life of up to 20 percent have been reported after these iOS devices are used for just 20 minutes of use.
While most manufacturers might have put off their plans to announce new products in Japan which is reeling under the effects of the biggest earthquake ever to hit the country, Korean electronics giant LG Electronics Inc has said that it will go ahead with its plans to introduce the Android based tablet, the Optimus Pad in the country this very month.
"There's no reason to believe there will be any delay from our previous estimate," Ken Hong, a Seoul-based LG spokesman confirmed.
Japanese 3G carrier NTT Docomo will be the the exclusive Japanese carrier for LG's Optimus Pad. In fact, the carrier has already started taking advance orders for the new tablet. shipping is expected to begin by the end of March.
The Optimus Pad runs Android Honeycomb and was introduced at the MWC last month. It is expected to make landfall in other markets as well in the near future.