Nokia to Launch its own Windows RT Tablet in 2013

Nokia and Microsoft partnership seem to be growing and shaping up to be quite a strong one with Nokia being the main manufacturer of Windows Phone and now seems like Nokia is planning to move on and work on a Windows powered tablet. Nokia is reported to be working on a Windows powered slate that will run on the latest version of Windows. Citing an unknown source, Verge reported that the Finnish mobile phone making company will be stepping in the tabloid world with their own Windows tablets that will be unveiled as early as February next year. The tablet will run on the lighter version of Windows 8 that is especially designed and optimized for tablets.

The report also gave a closer look to what people should expect from the Nokia’s Windows tablet. According to the report, the tablet will have a 10.1-inch screen that will be similar to the Microsoft’s Surface tablet, HDMI and USB ports and 4G LTE connectivity. The tablet will have 10 hours of battery life, which is average or maybe below average to the likings of many, a thing that will be questioned by many before buying Nokia’s tablet. However, there’s one thing that will differentiate Nokia tablet from others and that is its cover. The cover will have its own built in battery that will power the tablet when the tablet’s own battery will run low. The cover will also come with a keyboard and a kickstand and two additional USB ports, a thing that is again quite similar to what Microsoft offered with Surface tablets, says the report. The report doesn’t tell us anything about the pricing or the exact release date however it is pretty much expected that Nokia could unveil the tablet in February at the Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona, Spain.

 

Source:   LA Times

Acer Reportedly Working on a $99 7-inch Android Tablet

A week ago, a report came up that Google is working on a $99 version of its Nexus 7 tablet that will make its way to the market sometime in the next year. But now another report is circulating on the Internet that another company is prepping up a $99 7-inch Android slate and this time it’s Acer. Citing an unknown source, Wall Street Journal reported today that a cheaper $99 Android based tablet will be heading for the shelves in the first quarter of next year. The report also pointed out some of the specs and according to reports, the Acer’s $99 tablet will have a 7-inch screen with a 1024 by 600 pixel resolution and will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and will run on Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The specs are said to be more or less like Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire and will likely to offer almost the same features as well. Acer’s $99 tablet will likely go up against the other Unbranded Android tablets that are very popular in China but not in the US to that extent and because of that very reason, a Taiwan based Acer will be relying on Chinese consumers and other low economic markets for its success. If the device gets the success then it will be interesting to see if other companies, for instance Google jumps into the battle to take on Acer’s cheaper tablet.

 

Source:   PCMag

Google working on the X Smartphone with Motorola, Report

Recently an interview was published on The Wall Street Journal where Larry Page said, “Google were looking at all contributors to the Android family to see who could make their next devices, and a Motorola Nexus may not be around for a while.” It’s pretty hard to decide for an individual after what Larry Page said because Google and Motorola collaboration is not hidden from anybody and what Larry Page said could be an act to keep the secret about X Phone.

Meanwhile, Google has recently updated its Nexus line with a 32GB and a 3G version of its Nexus 7 tablet, a Nexus 10 tablet in collaboration with Samsung and a Nexus 4 smartphone co-branded by LG. With Google’s recently released Nexus devices have been doing fairly well in the market it’s quite difficult to say if Google might be prepping about new Nexus devices but the fact that new Nexus devices will surely show up in the future can’t be denied. Though there are some rumors indicating towards new Nexus devices that will be co-branded by Google owned Motorola Mobility and will be powered by Android 5.0.

According to another report, Google and Motorola are working on an ‘X Phone’ that will be followed by an ‘X tablet’. Though this new X phone will be more Motorola centric then Google centric and could be called the X series from Motorola and might not be included in the Nexus branded smartphones and tablets, but will hopefully run on Google’s stock Android. Well that is obvious that Google will look up to Motorola to manufacture its Nexus devices or some new innovative line of devices at some point in future after buying Motorola Mobility.

 

Source:   Telegraph.co.uk

Apple iPad 5 to Release in March 2013, Rumor

As the 2012 is about to end, the rumor mill is already heating up for the devices that are to be released next year. Though the rumor is yet again about another Apple idevice and this time its iPad 5. Another iPad? Yes, that’s what everyone is asking themselves and especially the owners who recently bought the iPad 4 or maybe the ones heading today for Christmas to buy an iPad 4 for themselves.

According to Japanese Blog Macotakara, Apple iPad 5 will have some similarities in shape with the recently released iPad mini and will be a lot thinner and lighter than the current version of the iPad i.e. iPad 4. To be precise, the new iPad will be 2 millimeters thinner and 17 millimeters narrower that its predecessor, which means if the report is true, then the upcoming iPad will be nearly equal to the thinness of the iPad mini. The blog also claims that Apple will add another color to the device apart from the conventional Black and White and that will be silver. The report also suggests that an iPad mini with retina display is also going to be revealed along with the iPad 5 in March next year.

If all the reports were true about the iPad 5 releasing in March then it will shorten an already shortened iPad life cycle. Apple released iPad 4 in October, just 8 months after the release of iPad 3 and as the report suggests, iPad 5 could release in just after the 5 months of its predecessor’s release. Apple didn’t make any noticeable changes to iPad 4 apart from the lightning dock connector, A6 chip, FaceTime HD camera and LTE connectivity. It will be interesting to see what Apple has in its bag for the fifth generation of the iPad and if the reports were true then you wouldn’t be needed to wait too long to find out.

 

Source:  CNet

Best iOS Apps Of 2012

2012 was undoubtedly a year full of happenings as we have witnessed a number of revolutionary devices as well as some of the apps and even updates to the already existed apps that has only added extra bit of excitemen to the year that is about to end. However, from the past three or four years, the Apple iPhone has been the highlight and this year was the same when iPhone 5 hit the market and broke all previous records and recently because of the iPhone 5 sales, for the first time in the US Apple iOS has grabbed more than 50 percent share in the US smartphone market leaving behind Google’s Android powered smartphones. Besides, there were also a number of apps and updates that improved the already existed apps that made its way for different platforms. But we are here to look at some of the best apps of 2012 for iOS. So let’s take a look at them:

Google Drive: First up is the Google Drive for iOS formerly called as Google Docs, which was Google’s cloud based office suite but now they have turned in into a complete cloud storage solution for the users. The Google Drive app for iOS has some interesting features like editing capabilities and to upload it again as well as offline editing capabilities that allows you to make changes to the files even when there is no connectivity. All these abilities make Google Drive a top notch online office suite but an amazing cloud storage service as well that is well capable of taking on Dropbox and other online storage options.

Google Chrome: Chrome is undoubtedly the most used desktop browsers and now it makes its way to mobile platforms as well. Google Chrome has almost the same features of iOS version as it has for the desktop that includes the omnibar for instant search and swipe gestures to manage and close the tabs, makes it look more elegant. Google Chrome for iOS also allows you to sync bookmarks, history and other stuff that also have Chrome. All in all Google Chrome is a browser for iOS that is richly packed with features.

Clear: Clear is an iOS app to list your daily routine work and keep you reminded. It’s more of a reminder app through which one can arrange the chores for a certain day and even prioritize them by putting the highest priority tasks up the list. The user interface is pretty easy to get on with.

iPhoto: The built in Photo app for iOS was certainly a big and progressive jump from Apple by introducing the iPhoto for OS X like app for their mobile operating system as well. The app allows you to browse the photos in your device, edit and share them from your iPhone. There are other quality features as well in the app and some additional and unconventional editing features as well, while the user interface is probably the most talked thing about the app.

Google Maps: Who doesn’t know Google Maps? Apple dumped Google Maps for iOS 6 and paid the price. Many iOS 6 users complained the lack of a mapping app and none has satisfied the users with their mapping app. Google recently released Google Maps for iOS 6 which is so far the latest one and is undoubtedly one of the best Maps app you will ever witness.

Fantastical: Fantastical is indeed the best calendar app you will ever see on your Mac and now it is finally available for your iPhone as well. The mobile version of the Fantastical is pretty similar to the one you have seen on Mac with an incredibly fast language support and intuitive interface. With swiping gestures you can immediately jump to a single day while another swipe would make you move to the whole month. And another noticing thing about the app that it can integrate with other Calendar services like Google Calendar, Facebook etc.

YouTube: Google released a couple of updates to its YouTube app for the iPhone this year however recently Google released a native YouTube app for iOS. That was a major step in making the app better for iPhone. The YouTube app for iPhone also has a new and redesigned interface that makes it easier for users to navigate and also a slide out bar for a quick access to settings is among the noticing things about the app.

Checkmark: Checkmark is yet again a reminder app for iPhone but reminds you of things in a rather new way. Checkmark reminds you based on locations. You can set up when you need to go to work and where you have the meeting and when you do have to leave for home. Checkmark also behaves as a normal reminder app that tells you about the reminders that you will set.

Spotify for iPad: Spotify is one of the best music streaming services and has arrived on iPad earlier his year. Spotify has this lovely and easy to use interface that will force you to fall in love with. However the app is only available to the premium subscribers of Spotify.

Tweetbot for iPad: The official Twitter app for iOS isn’t that bad that you need to have the third party apps for twitter. But Tweetbot is one third party twitter app that is quite different though it doesn’t offer anything different what the other doesn’t but Tweetbot offers all that in a better way than all those. With Tweetbot you can get quick access to your essential feeds like replies, customizations, mountains and favorites.

 

Source:  Slashgear

Apple iPhone Grabs 53 Percent Share of the US Smartphone Market

The Apple iPhone has finally surpassed the 50 percent share of the US market for the very first time and now holds 53 percent share of the US  smartphone market. Thanks to Apple’s new addition iPhone 5 that made the iPhone share boost up to 53 percent from 37 percent last year. According to the recent survey made by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech survey, Apple iPhone now holds 53.3 percent share of the US while Android is chasing them and has 42 percent share in the US smartphone market.

“Apple has reached a major milestone in the US by passing the 50 percent share mark for the first time, with further gains expected to be made during December,” said Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. However Google’s Android leads in Europe and has 61 percent of the Europe’s smartphone market which is almost 10 percent greater that last year when Android had 51.8 percent share in Europe’s smartphone market. While in Europe, Apple is way behind Android and has only 25 percent share, which is indeed a sign of worry for Apple. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech also carried out the leading manufacturer survey in Europe where Samsung is clearly the leader with Apple on the second position and HTC, Sony and Nokia are fighting to get the third spot.

Research In Motion however continues to decline and this year it was rather a noticeable one as struggling RIM has dropped another 5.6 percent share of the US smartphone market and now dropped to just 1.4 percent from 7 percent last year. This has been such a frustrating year for Blackberry makers. However other operating systems like Windows Phone, Symbian and others share the rest, which is only 3.5 percent of the US market. Yet again it is proved that the battle is between two smartphone giants, Apple and Google’s Android powered smartphones and final report from other survey companies is yet to come which will come later this week. It will be interesting to see if Apple stays on top of other survey reports or not.

 

Source:   Apple Insider

Native Facebook 2.0 app for Android has Finally Released | Download Native Facebook app for Android

Facebook today released a native Facebook app for Android, an app for which all the Android lovers have been waiting for especially after the successes of the native app for iOS that was released by Facebook a couple of months back. The update to the Facebook app has brought it to a version of 2.0 that brings a noticeable improvement to the app especially when you talk about speed as compared to the previous version of Facebook app for Android.

Previously the Facebook app used to function in a hybrid native/Web view sort of thing, which was the main reason behind the poor performance that everybody complained of. However, now with today’s improvement the app should bring a significant change to the app and it should perform a lot faster than it used to. With the update News Feed, Timeline, notifications and photo loading shouldn’t take long like before. Another improvement that was added to Facebook 2.0 is that the stories in the news feed get automatic updates no matter where you are in the News Feed, which means no wait to check out what’s new in your news feed. And yeah one more thing, now the app takes a lot lesser time than it used to in the past while browsing your friends’ photos and it also seems like the app has now been made pretty fast.

All the previous Facebook updates didn’t have much to notice or cheer about but this one in particular, has made undoubtedly people out of their seats. Just like the native has been app was a sudden hit on iTunes app store, it’s only a matter of time for Facebook 2.0 for Android to reach that height on Google Play Store as well. The Facebook 2.0 is now available for you to download from Google Play Store to check out the all new improved Facebook on your Android device.

 

Source:   CNet

Google Rolling Out Android 4.2.1 Updates for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Now

Google’s latest mobile operating system Android 4.2 made its debut with the new Nexus devices such as Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet. Most of the Nexus 4 owners complained initially though it wasn’t anything serious or major. Nexus users running on Android 4.2 reported that they are facing some problems with the people application and somehow the app is not allowing them to select any December dates to set a reminder for anniversaries or birthdays. It was a problem that was reported by many and Google like always reacted pretty quickly to the matter and released a minor update to fix that bug.

Google is rolling out 4.2.1 update now for the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 for now just to fix that minor bug that wasn’t letting users to enter any events in the month of December on the application app. However it is still unknown whether the Galaxy Nexus will receive the update or not however if it does then users should update directly to 4.2.1 instead of updating to 4.2 and then update again. As the update starts rolling today, it could take a few days to appear on your device so be patient and let the update come to you.

 

Source:   CNet

LG Google Nexus 4 goes back on Sale on Google Play Store

Earlier this month Google Nexus 4 made its debut on Play Store and the 8 GB version sold out in less than an hour. But now, Nexus 4 is finally back in stock and Google starting selling it again tomorrow at 3 p.m. Eastern. Google send a mail to its customers who have asked to be notified about the phone’s availability. Google wrote in an email, “Nexus 4 will be available for purchase later today! Order yours from Google Play starting today, November 27 at 12:00 noon PST (U.S.only).” Though there’s a lot uncertainty about the number of devices Google will be selling when it will start selling again on Play Store on November 27.

Google is selling both 8GB and 16GB unlocked versions on Play Store for $299 and $349 respectively however, 16GB version is also available via T-Mobile for $199 with a two year contract. The Google Nexus 4 is Co branded by LG and sports a 4.7-inch display that has a 1280 by 769 resolutions with 320 pixels per inch. Nexus 4 is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and a 2GB of RAM. Other features include Wi-Fi, NFC and Android 4.2 but lack 4G LTE capabilities. Nexus 4 comes with a 2100 mAh battery, unlike other 1440 mAh batteries, which will likely power all the features for enough time for you to play with it.

 

Source:  PCMag

Google Play User Comments are now Integrated with Google+ Account

Google has taken another step forward by integrating Google Play with Google+, which means no more anonymous reviews. Google has finally linked your Google+ account with Google’s Android app store also known as Google Play so now any more reviews on the app will have your Google+ account photo and other personal info. Google said, “From now on, reviews you write will be posted publicly using your Google+ name and picture. Your name on previous reviews will appear as ‘A Google User.’

This isn’t a step that users aren’t familiar with; Google has already integrated Google+ account with the YouTube a couple of months back just to avoid any more anonymous comments on the video sharing website. This is just another step from Google to make familiar with a single Google ID to sign into different Google services, previously Gmail, YouTube and Google+ can be signed with a single Google ID and now Google Play can also be signed in with it. This makes it a lot easier for a user to remember the only Google ID to sign in any Google service and not just that it also reduces security concerns as well.

 

Source:   The Register