Windows phone will be a serious contender by 2015

Windows phone is in the smartphone market for quite some time now but has not been able to get a significant market share until now.

The low end windows phone have shown silver linings but the high end phones are just not selling.

But that is not the end of the story. Windows and especially Nokia have been taking the phone quite seriously. Nokia has been constantly looking to improve the hardware and Microsoft is working on the software and apps.

Recently, some great apps including Vine, Instagram, FIFA 14 have arrived on the windows phone platform. Windows phone store now has more than 200,000 apps.

Microsoft is rumoured to be working on an iOS style notification centre and a virtual voice assistant code named Cortana.

Nokia’a take over by Microsoft will help integrating hardware and software in a way like never before. This blend will only boost the Windows phone ecosystem.

All Microsoft has to do now is improve the OS continuously and make developers improve their apps.
Windows phone has all the popular apps but these apps are of poor quality when compared with their android or iOS counterparts.

For now Windows phone is NO for me but I believe it could be the phone I want to own in 2016.

Motorola Facebook phone is real, goes by the name Motokey Social

Earlier during the year, several rumors had surfaced regarding an alleged Facebook phone to be built by Motorola. The rumors picked pace and photos (concepts) popped up before the rumor mill threw a twist in the midst, speculating the phone is to be built by Facebook itself. This prompted Mark Zuckerberg to come out and say that the folks at Facebook themselves have no such plans of building any phone, eventually killing the rumors of a Facebook phone for good. Fast forward to November and the phone’s a reality, built by Motorola.

The Motorola Facebook phone is exactly as its name suggests and as the rumors pointed out: a QWERTY phone with a dedicated Facebook button — to ease your entry into the social network. It has a 2.4-inch touchscreen, a 3MP camera, offers basic access to Gmail, Facebook and Twitter, and will run on a proprietary platform (read: not Android), which means this could be an inexpensive option to appease the kiddies during the holidays.

Motorola still hasn’t publicly spoken about the phone so details such as pricing and availability are still far off. But at least we have a name to call it: Motokey Social.


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Visit the Official Product Page of Motokey Social.

Why the iPhone will never have a screen larger than 3.5 inches

With the influx of many bigger smartphones in the market, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Nexus S, HTC HD7, etc, several analysts and consumers alike have called for Apple to make an iPhone bigger than the current 3.5 inch dimension it sports in order to keep up with the competition. But Apple have refrained from doing so, with the newly launched 4S a good example in the context.

But why is Apple not responding to the numerous Android and Windows Phone smartphones found in the market sporting a larger screen dimension? Simple: your thumb”s small mate!

The revelation comes from Dustin Curtis, a designer who has been spending quite some time with his Samsung Galaxy S II Android smartphone (which sports a huge 4.21-inch screen). According to him (and rightly so), the reason Apple’s iPhones are smaller is all down to how you use the device Restore Memories: Regardless of how a photo was deleted, Phoenix Recovery is able to successfully recover every lost picture or video. with one hand, and more to the point, where your thumb reaches.

When you first see a phone with a 4-inch or larger screen, it seems like a much better experience. I thought it was a technical decision, and it could be, but since switching to an Android phone — a Samsung Galaxy S II, the “best Android phone you can buy, anywhere” — 15 days ago, I have realized another huge downside of larger screens: when holding the phone with one hand, I can’t reach the other side of the screen with my thumb.

By contrast, Curtis notes that when using an iPhone, he has no trouble reaching across its screen, and can happily tap away on the far side to where his palm lays. This makes perfect sense. But I digress. Did Apple choose to go with a 3.5-inch screen because of ergonomics, instead of following the lead of the competition who clearly believe that big is better?

It’s possible, and if true, don’t expect to see a larger screen coming to the iPhone any time soon.

Via Redmond Pie

ASUS merges pads and phones to announce the Padfone!

Pads and phones seem to be the in thing in the world of technology these days, and while consumers are divided where to spend their money on, ASUS has given us a deadly combo of the two in the form of the Padfone! The Padfone is an Android smartphone that is docked into a tablet/pad, giving you the best of both worlds. The mockup ASUS is showing the world today at Computex includes a 4.3-inch smarpthone and a 10.1-inch tablet dock, but the company says it hasn’t yet settled on the final dimensions of the eventual retail product. Till then, here’s a glimpse of the twin monster:

For press release and other goodies, pay a visit to Engadget.

Windows Phone 7.1 ‘Mango’ in a nutshell (video)

Microsoft yesterday launched a new breed of Windows Phone software dubbed ‘Mango’ with a formality numerical of ‘7.1’. The latest software coming out of Redmond will be the one used on the first Nokia devices as part of the Microkia deal, and will be available for all present Windows Phone device holders to upgrade to from early autumn this year for free.

So what’s so special about Windows Phone 7.1 ‘Mango’ ? Yesterday, we told you about Microsoft’s ‘VIP Preview’ event where Steve Ballmer will unveil and detail 500 new features present in ‘Mango’. Though he didn’t list all of the 500 individually, he did give us a good clear picture of what ‘Mango’ can do.

“When we looked ahead to the next release, we wanted to stay true to the principles of Windows Phone 7 – that software should get out of your way and quickly connect you to the things that matter most… Mango builds on the work that we did in Windows Phone 7 and extends a lot of key scenarios around communications, apps, and Internet experiences -with even more capability and a deeper level of integration,” said Greg Sullivan, senior product manager of mobile communications for Windows Phone at Microsoft.

Some of the new features of ‘Mango’ include a revamped Bing app, Internet Explorer 9 Mobile, Threading (tabbing — Windows Live Messenger, SMS, etc), Groups, enhanced social integration with built-in support for Twitter & LinkedIn, improved personalized Live Tiles experience, multitasking, Quick Cards, multiple email accounts, Live Scout, Live Agents, built-in voice-to-text/text-to-voice functionality, and a hell lot more than you can imagine!

This ‘Mango’ sure looks sweeter to consume and we just can’t wait to get our hands of one of such Mango-powered devices. If you’re still on shaky grounds over this one then check out this video below and convince yourself that this time, Microsoft has nailed it!

Samsung Galaxy S II arriving in India in May, might set you back by 30k

One of the most eagerly-awaited and most liked super-phone of 2011, Samsung’s Galaxy S II, is making its way to the world’s largest telecom market in India next month, announced Samsung at the Samsung South West Asia Forum held in Delhi yesterday.

The phone, announced on the 13th of  February, is Samsung’s flagship device and comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The S II also boasts a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera with LED Flash, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and full support for HD video recording and playback. Other features include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct support, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA capabilities, 16GB internal memory and a 1650mAh battery. It also features the Samsung Social Hub, Game Hub, Readers Hub and Music Hub.

We are yet to get an official statement on the availability and price of the phone, but the strong word is that it’ll fetch for around Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000, and arrive by the end of May.

In the meantime, see how the S II fares against HTC Sensation 4G, Motorola Atrix 4G, and LG Optimus 2X / G2X. [Also see how it fares against the iPhone 4!]

Skype ‘definitely’ coming to Windows Phone 7 ‘this fall’

Microsoft’s very own Joe Belfiore has confirmed that popular video chatting service Skype will be available on Windows Phone 7 ‘this fall’.

“Skype will be coming to the Windows Phone 7 platform this fall”

“…definitely coming this fall.”

…were the words of Joe while speaking live at MIX 11.

Now, if only a WP7 phone would ship with a legitimate front-facing camera…

BREAKING: Samsung confirms Samsung Galaxy S ‘2011 edition’ aka Samsung Galaxy S Plus

It looks like it was too difficult for Samsung to kill off the Galaxy S series as news has come in, and they have confirmed too, that a ‘2011 edition’ of your favorite Samsung phone is coming this year, aptly named Galaxy S Plus for markets outside of Russia.

The 4-inch Android phone is mainly the same as the original, with the only noticeable change being the addition of a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255T chip and a 14.4Mbps HSPA+ radio. The phone will sport a metal back, and also sees an upgrade in battery to 1650mAh.

Price and Availability

The Galaxy S ‘2011 edition’ is expected to arrive in Russia (Galaxy S Plus for markets outside Russia) around the end of April for a price of just under 24,000 rubles ($846).

SMSAssasin: An app that will free you from Spam SMSes. Forever.

And how badly we wanted this one! Few techies from Delhi, India have developed a software that segregates spam messages on cellphones from regular ones, saving your time and sparing you the irritation of deleting several such messages every now and then.

How many times does your cell phone beep in a day telling you that you have got a message and when you check it, realise that it is a spam? The telemarketers keep on sending these messages despite the fact that you have never subscribed to their services. The messages keep coming even after you have put your number on the national Do Not Disturb (DND) list that telecom authority has set up to keep such callers away from unwilling subscribers. You fume, fret and almost bang your phone.

Now you don’t need to lose you calm over this unwanted intrusion into your phone. Researchers at Delhi based Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology have developed a software that segregates spam messages from the regular ones.

Called SMSAssassin, the software is the brainchild of a team of researchers including professor Dr Vinayak Nai, assistant professor Dr. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru and a student Kuldeep Yadav.

The software, which was developed for Nokia’s Symbian operating system based phones, combines Bayesian filtering (a statistical technique of filtering spams in e-mail )with user submitted blacklists that uses ‘crowd sourcing’ to identify spam. The researchers are currently working on developing the software for Android based phones and those that run on Windows mobile.

SMS messages are very short, and often use regional terms or abbreviations. This makes it difficult to identify spam using traditional markers. According to Kumaraguru, the ‘crowd sourcing’ aspect enables the system to constantly update itself to new trends and changing tactics of spammers, and respond quickly to spam targeted to specific time periods, such as holidays.

According to the reports, despite a national DND registry, an estimated 100 million spam SMSes are sent to Indian mobile phone users every day.

This has given the researchers a plenty of source material to work with. With so many carriers, and no central place to parse these messages, the research team is banking on social media to help, build and train the system. “We are currently requesting the Facebook users to forward spam SMS messages to  +91 8826068429.”

“SMSAssassin performs the spam filtering automatically. It is designed to run on mid-range phones wherein it filters such spam messages and also gives user freedom to receive SMSes which are spams but still useful to him or her,” Kumaraguru said.

“This technology is in a prototype stage and we hope to build a full-fledged system that can be deployed in real time soon,” said Kuldeep,  the lead developer of SMSAssasin.

Postponed again

Trai has again postponed the date for implementation of the SMS Spam Regulations to March 21, 2011, the third postponement so far. Initially planned to commence from January 1, 2011, the implementation of regulations was delayed indefinitely on December 14, 2010 as, apparently, the TRAI website where telemarketers could get registered with the National Customer Preference Register was not ready.

The deadline was extended to February 1, 2011 after which it was extended to March 1 as the DoT mandated the use of the number series ‘140’ instead of 70 for mobile telemarketers .

Verizon iPhone antenna issues not as serious as they appear (video)

Yesterday the worldwide web went haywire on learning that the Verizon iPhone has similar, or maybe even worse effects than the AT&T iPhone when holding the phone in a certain way, a la the Death Grip. Here’s a glance:

…check out this one too:

But actually, the issue is not as serious as it appears, if you think rationally that is. I mean, for heaven’s sake who the hell holds the phone like that?!?! It is but obvious that every phone has some form of attenuation that it has to deal with. And just holding it in the wrong way, when you never hold it that way, is just like jumping from 100ft height and hoping you don’t die! Geeeez!

Anyway, if the ‘death grip’/’antennagate’ non-issue is such a big concern even for the Verizon iPhone, then why does Consumer Reports recommend it? #exaggeration

OFFICIAL: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone) arriving February 13

The hide-and-seek is finally over and now, finally, Sony have come clean on the PlayStation Phone – the Xperia Play – giving it a February 13th launch date. The launch proceedings begin at 6PM GMT at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

Via Sony Ericsson (Facebook Page)