Samsung’s new flagship phone, the GS4, impresses me because of its hardware. The company however is trying to make people appreciate it for its software. I’ve often said how I’ve turned off most of the whiz-bang settings that are in my Note II, but I understand that most people don’t. They take a phone out of the box, shove their SIM card inside, download a handful of apps, and then spend the next 12 to 24 months living happily ever after.
Year after year, specs that were once considered “high end” become “mid range” and then given enough time they’re soon classified as “low end”. Case in point, Acer just launched a new phone for the European market called the Liquid E2. It’ll cost 230 EUR all in, and for that you get a 4.3 inch qHD (960 x 540 pixel) screen, quad core processor (unknown model), an 8 megapixel camera, and a cellular radio capable of 42 Mbps HSPA+.
A New Yorker by the name of Nicholas Allegra made headlines in 2011 when he hacked Apple’s iPhone. By hack I mean he made it easy for people to jailbreak the device and tweak it to their heart’s content. More often than not people jailbreak their iPhones to install pirated applications, but I’m not going to touch that subject.
Google has traditionally debuted new versions of Android during the winter time, along with a new Nexus phone, though last year they kind of didn’t do that. The company showed off Android 4.1 Jelly Bean during Google I/O 2012, alongside the Nexus 7 tablet. Then Android 4.2 came with the Nexus 4 in November, but would you really call 4.2 that big of an upgrade?
You can tell a lot about an Android handset maker by how well they support their devices. Sony, once the laughing stock of Android-land, now tries incredibly hard to keep their entire portfolio up to date. Samsung, like Sony, used to be horrible, but these days their devices ship with the latest versions of Android and they’re often supported for at least two years.
According to SlashGear, who received a statement from HTC, international One owners should check their device for a software update. HTC just issued one that fixes quite a few number of bugs, with the main focus of the update being the camera. The Taiwanese handset company has tweaked color reproduction and dynamic range in an attempt to make the photos the One outputs that much prettier.
The onscreen keyboard in Apple’s iOS operating system is considered to be the best in the mobile industry. When Google started shipping Android, it became painfully obviously that the search giant didn’t care about matching Apple’s input abilities.
Stock Android is said to be the greatest invention ever conceived by man. As someone who once owned a Nexus One and now owns a Galaxy Note II, I don’t agree with that sentiment, but whatever, mob mentality.
According to TechCrunch, Google just bought a company called Wavii for $30 million. The company has just 25 employees, so that gives everyone a nice chunk of pocket change.
Andy Rubin, the man who gave birth to the Android operating system, did so at a company he started up called Danger. Now everyone knows Andy works for Google, but not many people remember that Microsoft actually purchased Danger for an estimated $500 million.