Google has officially brought their Chrome broswer to iOS devices by launching Chrome for iPhone and iPad today. For those who are using or owns an iOS device, you can now download the world's most popular browser over at the Apple App Store. Chrome for iPhone have the same features that Chrome for Android have like Signing in, the fast Chrome engine, unlimited tabs, the capability to view opened tabs on other devices, and lots more. If you want to check out the cool features that Chrome for iPhone offers head over here for more information.
June 30, 2012
Sprint has officially announced that Virgin Mobile USA is now selling the HTC One V for $199.99 with a 2-year contract for as low as $35 a month. The Android-powered smartphone is now available online and should be at local retailers and of course Best Buy, Walmart, and RadioShack. If you want to see the list of specs that the phone have just click on the link above.
June 29, 2012
HTC Philippines have officially launched the remaining HTC One device in the Philippines, together with two other HTC devices. The HTC One S will be sold in the country with an SRP of Php 24,990. The HTC One S is the HTC One device that sits in the middle of the trio (HTC One X and the One V). A great smartphone running on Android to power you the whole day and give you a great experience when you use it. And if you ask me why HTC did not launch this device together with its rightful brethren, I don't have the answer for that.
Google has officially released the first stable version of Chrome for Android. The browser is now available over at Google Play. This version of Chrome for Android carries the identity of the Chrome 18.0.1025123 that was for desktops and laptops. "This update picks up important stability and performance fixes since the last Beta, along with some minor UI adjustments, especially for tablets. Known issues are available on the Chrome support site." Head over the break to check some screenshots of the browser.
June 28, 2012
After unveiling Android 4.1 Jelly Bean yesterday at Day 1 of Google I/O, the search giant also introduced to the world their very own tablet, unsurprisingly named as the Google Nexus Tablet. The device is made by Asus and sports the latest version of Android, which is the one they announced before this device, Android 4.1. The Nexus Tablet is the world's first quad-core tablet that features a 7" display. And since this tablet is made by Asus, expect a great screen resolution on it. The Nexus Tablet is already available for pre-order over here.
Google at Google I/O has officially unveiled and showcased the next iteration of Android. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a major update from 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, apparently. The OS, as Google promised, will be first pushed to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Xooms. In terms of the UI of the platform not much has changed from ICS but there are some noticeable UI changes and improvements. Well, the UI does not really matter unless you are a Nexus user because when this comes to a non-Pure Google phone it will just be layered on top with another UI. But, yup! The vanilla flavored Android 4.1 JB is here to wow us and, personally, it did.
June 27, 2012
At Googleplex the statue to represent the next iteration of the popular mobile platform, Android, has arrived. The statue confirms that the name of the next Android is Jelly Bean! Well, it's an Android, sans the face, and filled with jelly beans (a bit lame, personally). Anyway, according to rumors and reports, Android 4.1 will be Jelly Bean and not 5.0. As Google I/O kick-starts, we should be hearing more information about what are the new things that the Jelly Bean has for the mobile world. I am not really expecting too much UI redesigns and whatnots but I'd bet there would only be improvements, new features, and making Android more stable than it was before.
Mozilla has officially released Firefox 14 for Android which, according to Firefox, is a powerful upgrade to mobile browsing. The browser is now available over at Google Play. The upgrade is here to basically make Firefox for Android a lot faster than its previous version for Android. Also, Firefox says that their browser is faster than what the default Android browser is.
Ahead of Google I/O, the search giant has officially released the next major update to Google Chrome for Mac, Windows, Linux, and ChromeFrame. Google Chrome 20 is now available for download (or update). For those who are using Google Chrome, update your browsers now by clicking through Settings > About Google Chrome > And wait for it to install the update. It then should ask you to relaunch the browser.
June 24, 2012
In third-world markets a feature like dual-sim support in a smartphone will always be a big hit. In the Philippines, phones with dual-sim support are not only economically it also saves you from carrying two handsets, or more, because of the different network carriers that offer different kinds of promos and whatnots to customers. I am made to believe that this is also the case in India. The Indian mobile phone market is one of those markets that love dual-sim smartphones or handsets. With that in mind, the HTC Desire V was launched in the country for Rs. 21,999. Popular Indian retailer, Flipkart, is offering the device for the said price and promises to deliver it right on your doorsteps 6-8 business days after you ordered it from them. Since this is the first time I am posting regarding the device, head over the break for the phone's specs.
Two Motorola Droid devices started getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. These devices are the Droid Razr and the Razr Maxx. These two devices are Verizon exclusives so for those who own either of them should start receiving notifications regarding a new software ready for download. For more information about the update head over to the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx support page.
Sony Mobile has officially started pushing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Xperia S. For those who owns a Sony Xperia S, then this is the day you will be very excited about. Finally, the smartphone gets what it should have been running on the day it was announced. Regardless, the good news is that it is finally coming. The update brings in three new apps into the device namely the "Walkman", "Album", and "Movies" applications. These applications will be further explained in the official presser and in the video that I will be posting on this blog post.
June 23, 2012
Like any other mobile platforms out there, they need to be updated on its security, performance, bugs and fixes, features, and of course with how it looks. iOS has not been forward enough in doing major changes in how the platform looks. iOS is still basically what it looked like years ago but it seems to be working though. Android has changed a lot from Gingerbread to the latest version, Ice Cream Sandwich. Now it is Windows Phone's turn. Well, the difference from WP7 and WP8 is not really that big but it will really make a difference. What Microsoft did was to allow the user more tiles to be pinned into the home screen. They did this by allowing users to seize the tiles and more space allowed for them to put these tiles. For us users, we will have more freedom on how the Windows Phone 8 home screen will look like and that is just awesome.
In economics, one of the factors for a market to be perfectly competitive is that in the market the products are the same, in fact exactly the same. In the mobile world, it seems like we are nearing that kind of market. After Apple announcing Siri and porting it to the iPhone 4S, Samsung came with their own feature in the Samsung Galaxy S III, dubbed as the S Voice. Personally, this news came as a surprise, but not that much. LG has unveiled their own version of Siri and S Voice, dubbed as the Quick Voice. With those statements, do I really still need to explain what Quick Voice can do? I think I don't. The feature will be coming to LG smartphones and Android devices as an update and will first be rolled out to the Korean market. According to PocketLint, Quick Voice will first appear to the Optimus Vu.
June 20, 2012
Sony Mobile has officially launched two of their Xperia line of smartphones in the Australian market. These devices are the Xperia P (photo: above) and the Xperia U. These two smartphones are being offered by Telus and Crazy John's, respectively. If you want to know about the specs of each smartphone, just click on the hyperlink that I made with their names on this post. As for pricing, the Xperia P is being priced by Telus at $449 outright or $0 on their $49 Freedom Connect Plan.. The Xperia U is being priced by Crazy John's for $15 (plan) and $299 outright.
Samsung's Android 4.0 ICS update to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, 7.7, and Tab 7.0 Plus to start in July
Samsung will start pushing the Android 4.0 ICS update to their tablet line, specifically the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Unfortunately though this is not an official word from Samsung but rather what SamMobile is reporting. But anyway, you'll find the list of devices that Samsung and when the updates are expected to be pushed out..
Australian carrier, Optus is now selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. The tablet will be available in select Optus stores and the carrier is also offering the tablet bundled with a smartphone and if you do get it like that Optus is saying that you will be saving $10 saving on your bill. Anyway, if you want to check out the tablet's specs head over here.
The Nokia 808 PureView, the smartphone with the largest camera sensor and announced back at MWC 2012, is officially coming in the US. The Finnish phone maker did not actually announce this with a presser they just teased it over their Facebook page. With that, we still do not know when exactly will the device make landfall in US shores. Even the price is kept silent. Anyway, if you want to check out the Nokia 808 PureView's specs click here. And for those who are in the US, the PureView is displayed over at Nokia USA's product catalogue.
ZTE has officially announced the world's first single chip LTE smartphone. No, that does not mean that this is the world's first single-core device or smartphone. What that means is that ZTE is the first company to incorporate the single-chip technology into an LTE smartphone. The chiup that ZTE is talking about is actually the Qualcomm MSM8960 processor. The ZTE Grand X LTE is scheduled to be launched in Europe and in the Asia Pacific in the 3rd quarter of 2012.
June 19, 2012
Microsoft, after months of rumors, has officially announced their own branded tablet that runs on Windows 8, of course. The Microsoft Tablet was announced at an event in Los Angeles with just a short notice to the press. Anyway, the software giant actually announced two kinds of tablets, the Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 RT and the Surface for Windows 8 Pro. I'll be telling you the difference after the break. But before that, Microsoft did something brilliant here. Following from Apple's move on the tablet market and learning from it, the Washington-based company, personally, did not only make a nice challenger to the iPad but did it brilliantly.
LG has officially announced that the LG Optimus L5 will make its global debut first in Europe this month. The smartphone was announced back at MWC 2012 which runs on Android and is one of LG's L series of devices. The device is scheduled to land in the British, German, and French markets and will be followed by in CIS, the Middle East, and Asia before heading over to the other side of the pond in the Americas. LG did not put any pricing on their presser. We will just have to wait for that when the smartphone actually starts selling in these markets.
According to Digit, Sony has started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update to the Sony Tablet P and the Xperia Active smartphone. Digit, I believe is talking about the general roll out of the update and is not talking about the specific Indian release of Android 4.0 in India. But, you probably already know that Sony has started the roll out of the Android 4.0 update to the Tablet S in late April and this is pretty much the same update you will be getting to your Tablet P. Not only are Sony's Tablets getting the update, the Xperia Active too is said to be getting it. The update is rolled out to these Xperia Actives (hit the link for more info from Sony)
June 17, 2012
Acer has officially announced that the Acer Iconia Tab A700, running on Android 4.0 ICS and sports an nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, is now available for pre-order in the US. The tablet was first showcased during CES 2012 and finally it has made it into the US market priced at $449.99. The tablet is available in either in Silver or in Black, click on those links to be directed to Acer's online store and pre-order yours now.
AT&T has officially announced that the Sony Xperia Ion S will be launched come June 24 for $99.99 with a 2-year contract. The Ion S, if you remember, is one of Sony Mobile's first Android smartphone which, if I am chronologically correct, was announced after the Xperia S. Since my first post about the Ion S does not include its full specs I will be listing it below and so is AT&T's presser.
June 16, 2012
Skype for Mac has been updated to version 5.8 which brings in tons of new things and improvements. Before I continue, for those who are using Skype for Mac download the newest version here. The new Skype for Mac makes your contact list slimmer and a better video calls with mobile users better.
June 15, 2012
Opera has officially released the latest iteration of their own browser, Opera 12. This update brings in a lot of things into the table, one major stuff is that now, Opera has made changing themes easier and made it even prettier. Also Opera 12 now supports the Windows 65-bit OS for better use of the processor and whatnot making your browser experience faster if you are using a 64-bit OS. It also comes with a better way of displaying your web addresses in the address field (the navigation bar).
Sony Mobile has added two new Xperia smartphones to their ever growing Android smartphone portfolio. These two are dubbed as the Xperia miro and the Xperia tipo. The larger handset, the Xperia miro, sports a deep Facebook integration so that users who are hooked with Facebook can share, post, and do almost everything right on their device without having to open the Facebook application. The devices are expected to be launched globally in Q3. Head over the break to check out their specs.
T-Mobile USA has already started pushing the Android 4.0 ICS update to the Samsung Galaxy S II since June 14! Yeah, this is a bit late but I know you'll take it. The update bears a version number of T989UVLE1. So if you get that update expect your SGS II to be running on Ice Cream Sandwich when it installs it. The update is not via OTA but is via Samsung Kies. With that, you need to have the latest version of Samsung Kies installed on your laptop or desktop and then you can hook up your smartphone into it and check for updates.
LG's first quad-core handset, the LG Optimus 4X HD, has already landed in the European market. The smartphone, running on Android 4.0 ICS, was officially available in Germany. According to Android Community, the smartphone will also available in the UK, Italy, Spain, and in The Netherlands. Then it's followed by Eastern Europe, South America, and in Asia.
Apple, during the WWDC 2012, has announced a refresh of the MacBook Air. Both the 11-inch and the 13-inch MacBook Air come with the latest Intel Cor i5 or i7 processors with graphics that is said to be 60% faster via an integrated HD Graphics 4000. The new MacBook Airs come with 4GB of RAM, configurable to 8GB.
June 12, 2012
Apple has officially announced the next iteration of their own mobile OS, iOS 6. As with any major update to any mobile OS, and other OS-es for that matter, a lot of new stuff are added into he platform to give users the best experience they can get from it. iOS 6 for one is now not only integrated with Twitter but also with Facebook, a one-two punch from Apple. Siri also gets new jobs, one is it now can open apps! iOS 6 will be available to the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, the New iPad, and the iPod Touch 4th gen.
At Apple's WWDC event earlier the Cupertino-based tech company has launched their update to the MacBook Prs. The new MacBook Pro not only come with the newest available Intel chipsets, the Ivy Bridges, but it is also the first Mac that sport Apple's Retina Display. As with design, the new MacBook Pro is the thinnest ever! Wondering why I am using singular words and why I am only talking about one MacBook Pro? Simple, because there was only one announced.
So here is Apple's share of some Google Chrome updates. Google Chrome for Mac is updated to 19.0.1084.56 which brings in an updated version of Adobe Flase (11.3) together with some bug fixes with that support transitioning to OS X Mountain Lion. Anyway, this is basically the Mac's update for what Google has released yesterday to other OS-es. Update your Chromes now! Cheers!
June 10, 2012
Google has released an update to Google Chrome for Windows, Linux, and Chrome Frame. The update will push the version of the browser up to 19.0.1084.56 which basically brings in Adobe Flash 11.3. Aside from the updated version of Flash this update also brings in some minor fixes here and there on the browser. To update your Chromes, click through Settings > About Google Chrome > and wait for it to download and install the update. You can also download the update manually at the Google Chrome official download site.
In June 29, Virgin Mobile USA will join the bandwagon of carriers in the US who will be offering the Cupertino-based company's smartphone. The carrier, powered by Sprint, will start offering the iPhone 4 and the 4S come June 29th for $649 (for the iPhone 4S 16GB and for $549 (for the iPhone 4 8GB). Virgin, of course, also offering the devices bundled with plans starting at $30. For more details and info head over at Virgin Mobile USA's website.
June 8, 2012
At Computex 2012, Acer had these two tablets on display at their booth. No news was said about them but Endgadget was able to find them sitting pretty on their racks. The Acer Iconia Tab A110 and the A210, by the looks of how they named these tablets, seem to be the successor of the Iconia Tab A100 and the Tab A200. The showcased tablets both pack the nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The A210 is a 10" device while the A110 is a 7-incher. Since the tablets were not given the proper intro treatment, I still do not have the complete detailed specs of them both so, we better wait until Acer officially launch these two devices.
June 7, 2012
Nokia releases a software update to the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 in response to customer feedback and complaints. The update is not via OTA so you need the Zune software on your PCs or for Macs, the Windows Phone 7 Connector. Apparently, this update is only for Lumia 900 phones that came from AT&T and will prolly not apply to Lumia 900s that was bought unlocked or even the international version of it.
AT&T announced the environment-friendly smartphone by Samsung, the Galaxy Exhilarate 4G. The specs will be listed below but if you ask about when the device will become available, AT&T was silent about it. But SammyHub has said that the device should be launched on June 10 which goes together with the AT&T store launching of the HTC One X. The device will be available on a 2-year contract with AT&T for only $49.99.
I am not sure about what I will be saying here but I believe HTC is the first phone maker to get a license from Sony on their PlayStation Certified program. We all know how licensing works, right? Yup, Sony will let that program be licensed and by licensing it allows companies to actually use the service or technology and incorporate it into their products. So, there is already a lot going on with HTC. First they got Beats now they have a license from Sony.
Good news for those who are waiting for the arrival of HTC's Android flagship smartphone in the US. AT&T, back in June 5th have already started accepting orders of the device for $199.99. The smartphone will then come to stores when June 10 comes. As a refresher, the HTC One X in the US (AT&T) will not be a quad-core handset but it will be sporting Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 dual-core chipset which, by the way, is not a slow poke.
T-Mobile USA's HTC One S is officially getting the Android 4.0 ICS update which is administered via OTA. By that, it means that owners of the HTC One S purchased at T-Mobile should be getting a notification regarding the update. The update is via OTA only and cannot be downloaded from T-Mobile. If until now you still do not get any notification, check it out manually. Cheers!
Acer announced at Computex 2012 the Acer Iconia W700 (11.6") & the Acer Iconia W510 (10.1") Windows 8 tablets
Acer has announced two normal tablets at Computex 2012, these are the Acer Iconia W700 and the Iconia W510. The W700 is Acer's largest tablet so far with a display that measures 11.6". Both tablets run on Windows 8. Continuing with the W700, it packs a full HD display (1920x1080) display, HDMI ports, a dock that turns the tablet into a "desktop replacement", USB 3.0, and all the necessary wireless connectivity you expect from a tablet.
The new Asus TAICHI ultrabook/tablet is a dual-screen device that turns from an ultrabook into a tablet simply by opening the device. The way I understand it, when you open the device its an ultrabook, but when you close it you now face the rear display of the display which then turns the whole thing into a tablet. Asus gives would-be-buyers the option between an 11.6" Taichi or a 13.3" one. Both displays, by the way , are FHD displays and the rear part of the display is the only part that has touchscreen functionality (which actually makes sense). The Taichi sports Intel's 3rd generation iCore processors, which means Ivy Bridges. Head over the break for more information.
Acer has unveiled the Acer Aspire S7 during the Computex 2012 event. This device, apparently, an ultrabook is, personally, beautiful. I love it's design and the white color of it, it's just pretty. The Aspire S7 comes in either an 11-inch version or a 13-incher and apparently runs on Windows 8. This ultrabook from Acer has a bit of a unique feature which you cannot really find in other ultrabooks out there. It has the capability to be turned 180 degrees and can theoretically turn into a tablet of sorts.
I can't really say if Firefox is the last browser to implement this feature into their browser. If my chronological memory would serve me right, I think IE 9 started this first (with their most visited site page), then Opera (speed dial), and then Google Chrome. Anyway, Firefox 13 was officially released yesterday, I believe, and can now be downloaded. For those who are already using Firefox it is simple to get FF 13, it would be just like an update. Click through the Firefox Button > Help > About Firefox > it will then check for updates and if any, will install it for you.
So far in this blog, the devices that Asus has been unveiling back in Computex 2012 are all touchscreen devices. Now, this is the Asus Transformer AiO, and by the sound of it's name and since it has the word "transformer" in it, this is another touchscreen device. The Transformer AiO is actually a desktop PC running on Windows 8 but just like all transformers, the display can be detached and can work as a huge tablet.
The Asus Transformer Book, is a laptop than can be turned into a tablet by simply pulling the display from the part where the keyboard is. Well, OK, I get what Asus is trying to say here but isn't it so that the Transformer Tablet 600 and 810 (with their docks) work the same way? Anyway, the difference should probably be in the specs of these devices.
June 6, 2012
At the Asus Computex 2012, the Taiwan-based tech company has unveiled a slush of Windows 8 devices. Two of those are the Tablet 600 and 810. These tablets look like a Transformer Prime but has Windows 8 running in it. The Tablet 600 packs an ARM-based CPU with Windows RT while the Tablet 800 packs an Intel CPU inside it and runs on "full Windows 8".
Last but not the least of the laptops that Sony has unveiled is their Ultrabook with Intel's Ivy Bridge processor. The Sony Vaio T13 is a 13-inch laptop with a screen resolution of 1366x768. The ultrabook packs a USB 3.0 port and also a USB 2.0 port, HDMI, Ethernet, VGA, and an SD card slot. With regards to the pricing, the Sony Vaio T13 will cost starting at $800 and with that it will come with an Intel i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB HDD which comes with a 32GB SDD drive.