Mike Trang likes to use his iPhone 4 as a GPS device, helping him get around in his job. Now and then, his younger cousins get ahold of it, and play some YouTube videos and games.
But in the past few weeks, there has been none of that, becauseAT&T Inc. put a virtual wheel clamp on his phone. Web pages wouldn’t load and maps wouldn’t render. Forget about YouTube videos — Trang’s data speeds were reduced to dial-up levels.
Samsung overtook Apple last quarter to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor, according to a Strategy Analytics report.
Alex Spektor, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments grew 44 percent annually to reach a record 117 million units in Q3 2011. Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones and overtook Apple to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume with 24 percent market share. Samsung’s rise has been driven by a blend of elegant hardware designs, popular Android services, memorable sub-brands and extensive global distribution. Samsung has demonstrated that it is possible, at least in the short term, to differentiate and grow by using the Android ecosystem.”
Popular security solutions provider and leading anti-virus brand, Symantec, has in its latest move looked at safeguarding the popular Android platform, with a new anti-virus app. Norton Mobile Security App, a free app for the platform enables users to scan all the apps they download, and other app updates looking out for any form of threat, which may compromise the security of the smartphone.
The app also detects and blocks any suspicious looking websites and Symantec claims that it is capable enough to detect any threat before it actually infects the user’s smartphone.
Photos of the yet to be released version of Android - Ice Cream Sandwich have been leaked online. The photos provide Android fans a sneak peek into the upcoming mobile operating system’s features. Google has not confirmed about the authenticity of these photographs.
The photos were posted by RootzWiki and Android Police, indicating that the new OS differs only slightly from its predecessor, with a smooth blue colour on notifications and icons, in place of green. The App Launcher and the App Drawer also seem to be redesigned a bit.
A panorama mode seems to have been added to the camera app. Gmail‘s theme has also been spruced up. NFC(Near Field Communication) capabilities of supporting handsets will also be harnessed using the Google Shopperapp. Ice Cream Sandwich might be launched later this year if rumours are to be believed. It will be only then that we will find out for sure if these leaked shots are authentic. Until then, you can take a look at the shots below and keep wondering, and don’t forget that cup of salt:
Taiwanese PC manufacturer Micro-Star International (MSI) has launched a new Enjoy range of tablets at affordable prices. The new tablets will be available in two variants; a 7″ (800×480) for Rs 13,999 and a 10″ (1024×768) for Rs 14,999.
Powered by Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread operating system, these tablets with multi-touch capacitive displays sport a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and 512 MB RAM. They come equipped with a 2 MP rear as well as front camera for video calling. Adobe Flash 10.1 support is present and therefore no compromise has been made towards delivering a good web browsing experience.
Connectivity is achieved using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. With an inbuilt storage capacity of 4 GB, these feature a microSD slot to add up to 32 GB. The 3.7 V 4000 mAh Lithium-ion claims to provide a battery backup of 5 hours for the 7″ tablet and 4 hours for the 10″ version. The tablets also feature ambient light sensor to help with a better battery life.
Android 3.2 is here! The new release implies that the previous version has been worked upon with new capabilities for both the users, and the developers, complete with level 13 API changes.
According to a post on Google’s Android Developers, this latest version of Android has been optimized for better user experience, something that the existing Honeycomb version so desperately needed.