There are just some tech ideas that sound both intriguing and almost incredulous at the same time. Like this Fin ring that gives you almost magical powers over your smartphone and tablets using just your thumb and the power of Bluetooth.
When it comes to Google, the natural assumption for mobile enthusiasts is that Android is the better platform. Google is, logically, better on Android. In real use-case scenarios, that’s not always the situation. In this week’s update on the ongoing Going iPhone project I take a look at Google services, as well as Chrome versus Safari. If you think Android is better by default, we might have a few surprises for you.
In China, Qualcomm is facing difficulties surrounding perceived price fixing. Anti-monopoly regulators in China have accused Qualcomm of overcharging, and abusing their market position as a leading chipset manufacturer. It’s part of an ongoing effort to protect Chinese consumers from pricing which could get out of hand.
Samsung has just been reported to have started the roll out of an update that addresses issues with third-party accessories for the Galaxy Note 3 that appeared after upgrading to Android 4.4. This was after the manufacturer flip-flopped on placing the blame on those unofficial accessories.
True their promise, BlackBerry has just made its messaging, and now voice call, app available to more Android users. Now even those running on an ancient Android 2.3 version will be able to enjoy the rebirth of the BBM phenomenon.
For those attempting to learn a new language(outside of the programming variety), Duolingo is one of the better options around. It brings a casual feel to what can be a daunting task, and mixes methodology throughout the plan. With growing popularity and impressive utility, the team behind the language app have raised $20 million in Series B funding.
We've seen plenty of change in terms of using personal electronics on flights in recent months. For example, it isn't uncommon to be able to use 'small' electronics from gate to gate at this point. But with that in mind, it seems Lufthansa is going to begin swapping in-seat entertainment screens in favor of smartphones and tablets.
Samsung has already announced the Unpacked 5 event. While Samsung hasn't confirmed the Galaxy S5 would be unveiled during the event, we are expecting to see the handset. Similar to not using the Galaxy S5 name in connection with Unpacked 5, Samsung has unveiled a series of new LED modules with mention of how they will be appearing in future "advanced mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets."
Planning the next steps in total world domination, Executive VP for Samsung Electronics David Eun revealed that the company is expanding into software and services. This, of course, is in addition to the growing number of devices that the software will run on, ranging from smartphones to smart TVs, and even maybe smart appliances.
Google was just reported to have issued a memo to OEMs detailing what versions of Android must run on certified devices. Though it might appear as a rather strong-arm tactic, it might just be the forceful push that the platform needs to finally dispel the thorny issue of fragmentation.