Nokia Lumia 900 developers-only promo leaks (exclusive video)

Following the warm welcoming of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 Nokia devices running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango operating system, the companies are enthusiastically working on the third such phone to emerge from their banner called Lumia 900 aka Nokia Ace.

The device, though pretty much still under wraps, is rumored to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, invariably sporting a 1.4 GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of flash memory and an 8 mega-pixel camera with the usual Carl Zeiss optics.

Also, design-wise, the Lumia 900 is expected to be thinner and larger than the Lumia 800, improvising from the latter’s 3.7inch screen to a 4.3inch touch display. Unfortunately, that’s all we know about the Lumia 900 at present. Perhaps this dev-only exclusive video churns out something..

Head-to-head: iOS 5 vs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich vs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

So there we are, looking at three newly reformed OSes, two of which have already had some playing time while one of them is yet to enter the field. Its a battle between Apple, Google and Microsoft. Who’s is the best?

iOS 5

Apple launched the final version of iOS 5 earlier this month on October 12, packing a host of new features in it which further epitomizes the iPhone’s classiness. With over 200 new features, iOS 5 enables you to do more with your iGadget than you previously could have. And as Apple once said: iOS is the most advanced operating system available in the market and it, combined with the iPhone, was 5 years ahead of anything else available out there.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Yet to enter the field as of yet, Android 4.0 ICS, officially unveiled just last week, is quite an improvement over its predecessors. Previously criticized for not being user-friendly to match its exceptional features, the ICS overcomes this criticism in some style with a vastly improved UI (Google claims that design and UX was a primary focus during development). This takes it on par with Apple’s OS (Apple, of course, is known for the overwhelming user friendliness of its software).

Oh, and, just like iOS, ICS too is now compatible with both smartphones and tablets, unlike previously where smartphones used Android 2.3 Gingerbread and tablets ran on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. This gives the Android fanbois definitely something to cheer about.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Launched only weeks ago, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango has already been touted the best mobile OS to come out from Redmond after Microsoft’s previous attempt (WP 7) was regarded as a big failure according to many. Mango, as sweet as it can get, has brought many new features that Windows Phone lovers were craving for, and add to it hardware as good as Nokia’s, one of the best in the industry, Windows Phone 7.5 is sure give a good fight to Apple and Google as far as mobile OS is concerned.

So now the question arises – Which of the three operating systems is the best?

Each OS has its own advantages and disadvantages and each individual has his/her own preferences with regards to OS used on his/her device. So picking a winner out of the three wouldn’t be fair in my opinion. But if you ask me, personally, i’d prefer iOS 5 to the other two simply because of the smooth and very friendly user interface Apple has made us accustomed to which i couldn’t find in Windows Phone or Android devices (though i must add that i’m yet to use ICS and Mango).

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – Features at a glance

If you are a techno buff, you must already be aware of Google’s latest and greatest version of its Android operating system finally becoming a reality – 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). And if you’re a nerdy geek, chances are you already know what ICS is all about. But if you are one of those who are not so well informed, here’s a recap of the several enhancements Google’s Andy Rubin announced for ICS:

  • Option to use virtual buttons in the UI, instead of taking up capacitive touch buttons
  • Widgets are in a new tab, listed in a similar list to apps
  • Folders are much easier to create, with a drag-and-drop style similar to iOS
  • A customizable launcher
  • New phone app with visual voicemail functionality that lets you speed up or slow down voicemail messages
  • Pinch-to-zoom functionality in the calendar
  • Gmail has offline search, a two-line preview, and new action bar at the bottom
  • Swipe left or right to switch between Gmail conversations
  • Integrated screenshot capture by holding power and volume down buttons
  • Improved error correction on the keyboard
  • Ability to access apps directly from lock screen (similar to HTC Sense 3.x)
  • Improved copy and paste
  • Better voice integration
  • Face Unlock, a facial recognition service
  • New tabbed web browser, allowing up to 16 tabs
  • Browser now automatically syncs your Chrome bookmarks
  • Modern “Roboto” font
  • Data Usage section in settings lets you set warnings when you reach a certain amount of use and disabling data when you go over your limit
  • Ability to kill off apps that are using data in the background
  • Camera app: zero shutter lag, time lapse settings, zoom while recording
  • Built-in photo editor
  • New gallery layout, organized by location and person
  • Refreshed people app with social network integration, status updates and hi-res images
  • Android Beam, a NFC feature that lets you exchange websites, contact info, directions, YouTube, etc.
  • Don’t like some of those preloaded carrier apps? Disable ’em. Android Engineer Dan Morrill mentions that, among other new features, any app can be disabled, and while it will still take up space in ROM, it won’t be snatching any of your precious resources or clock cycles again if you don’t want it to.

We’re glad that ICS is nothing like we thought it would be back in August. It is much better than that with a lot more features and a smooth UI that will engage the user pretty nicely.

The ICS update is expected to roll out to select devices come November, with more devices gaining the chilly desert gradually.

Via Engadget

Samsung to launch 3 new Bada OS 2.0 smartphones in India next month

Samsung have confirmed they will be launching 3 new smartphones in India next month that will run on the latest version of their proprietary OS, Bada 2.0. The three new devices are identified to be the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y which Samsung officially announced at the end of last month.

Samsung has been conducting most of the development work on Bada OS at the Samsung research and development facility in Bangalore, India which apparently is the company’s largest R&D facility outside Korea.

The company also mentioned that the Bada OS got a very good response in the Indian market and hence the new Bada 2.0 based smartphones will hit the country sometime in the month of October.

In this age of cut-throat competition, where companies like Apple and Google have already established themselves with their iOS and Android operating systems respectively, Bada 2.0 really has to be something special for Samsung to eat some market share out of the two giants’ pockets. But given the hardware quality Samsung has, if Bada 2.0 does make it big then Samsung can be a real threat to Apple, and especially Google, whose Android OS is found mostly on Samsung devices. Only time will tell how far they’ll go.

Do you reckon Samsung can pose a threat to Apple and/or Google?

Stevie Wonder lauds Steve Jobs for iOS (video)

Stevie Wonder thanked Apple chairman Steve Jobs for giving the world a monster of an operating system in the form of iOS, singing praises for the Apple man for iOS accessibility.

There is nothing that you can do on the iPhone or iPad that I can’t do.


Roewe 350: First Android powered car in the world

The Roewe 350 is the world's first Android-powered car

Hailed as the first Android-powered automobile in the world, this car has just hit the production line and is expected to make its formal debut next month at the Beijing Auto Show.

The 350, based on the N1 concept shown last year, is expected to integrated DVD / GPS navigation system and will run on Google’s Android (v2.1) operating system. As you’d expect, the system will be able to pull down real-time traffic reports and figure out the most effective route from one point to the other, allowing you to avoid certain undersired spots.

The system also allows for direct web access from your car, and strangely, also allows you to chat online (which is something you really don’t want to be doing when you’re driving) although we suspect you’ll need to rig up some sort of WWAN card.

The Roewe 350 boasts of a 1.5VVT engine with talks of a 1.5 Turbo engine also doing the rounds.

The price range varies from 10,300USD to 17,300USD

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Google stands up for HTC against Apple

The fight has just begun!

Yesterday Apple filed a suit against HTC and we were wondering when will Google step in to HTC’s rescue. Well, fear not, the wait is over. Google have come to HTC’s aid with a fitting reply which just signals the start of a ‘Giant’ war.

Said a spokesperson briefly: “We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it.”

Whether Google will now contribute money and/or manpower to HTC’s legal defense or just keep a safe distance remains to be seen. But one thing’s for sure is that now that they have opened up against Apple, Apple won’t let them in peace so easily. All this just contribute’s to an exciting duel between the giants.

Meanwhile, HTC  gave their own reply saying that it “believes that consumer choice is a key component to success in the smartphone industry“, and that it doesn’t think the suit “poses a short-term material impact to its business“.

Makes sense doesn’t it seeing as it’ll be weeks before HTC even files a response to the suit, and months — if not years — before it’s resolved. We’ll see how it goes.

And the verdict is in favor of....

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HP Compaq AirLife 100: New HP Netbook

HP introduced a new netbook that allows users to use online resources in a novel way, which makes their net surfing all the more pleasurable. Continue reading “HP Compaq AirLife 100: New HP Netbook”

Intel, Nokia Take On Apple With MeeGo Platform

Two Linux-based mobile operating systems — Intel’s Mobilin and Nokia’s Maemo — will be merged into one platform that will run on a wide variety of mobile devices including smartphones, the two companies announced at the Mobile World Conference Monday.

The groundbreaking partnership aims to take on Apple’s iPhone, along with other operating systems that span across multiple devices, including Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile. But Intel and Nokia said the MeeGo platform will extend beyond smartphones and will be flexible enough to scale to larger devices like full-fledged computers or in-car systems.

Renee James, Intel’s vice president in charge of software, told The New York Times that although Android is “fantastic,” it is also too “specific” and restrictive to run on a wide variety of devices, particularly more complex ones.

“I think it’s important that there are alternatives that are truly open for innovation,” James reportedly said.

Intel previously announced its Moblin operating system for low-cost notebooks running the company’s low-power Atom processor. And Nokia’s Maemo 5.0, first introduced last summer, was expected to play an integral role in the company’s smartphones to come. The move would seem to signal the end of both platforms, though Nokia still intends to sell smartphones based on its Symbian platform.

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