Nov 152012
 

Android experts have turned their attention to the Samsung Galaxy Camera that recently announced code, and tried to hack its system to let it become a real phone.

Samsung officially published the Galaxy Camera source code on Samsung’s source code a few days ago before its release in the United States, and it’s labeled as phone EK-GC100, which runs Android 4.1 system (jelly beans). Galaxy Camera has no call module, but it can be connected to 3G/4G or WiFi network, and then run softwares like Skype through speaker and microphone, which has blurred the line between the cameras and mobile phones.

In the XDA Developer Forum, Android hackers and developers want to change this 16 million-pixel camera into a full-featured mobile phone. They have reached a general consensus, to change the Galaxy Camera into a phone which can make calls via 3G/4G or WiFi, it’s just a matter of time, although no one has announced the success.

If possible, will you use an Android camera to make phone calls?

Nov 142012
 

The white version LG Nexus that appearred on the official website of the British mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse can be exactly only regarded as providing a option, it does not have a white phone image appear when you choose the white version. However, this does not mean that the white version LG Nexus 4 does not exist, or some error on the mobile phone retailer website. In fact, before the officially released of the phone, the system screenshot of Carphone Warehouse inventory exposured on the network emerged the information of the white version, so at least it’s sure that the white version appeared in the page of the company should not be a mistake.

Seen from the launch mode of the past Google Nexus series phone, there were precedents to launch the white version, and it was also welcomed by many consumers. It’s believed the white version should be synchronously debut after the phone listed in the market massily, although it’s unclear if the white version Nexus 4 is the exclusive sales in the UK Carphone Warehouse.

Google Nexus 4 were on sale in seven countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia, and has been favored by many consumers. Among them, Australia became the real first sale country due to the time difference. Despite the Nexus 4 after-tax price in Australia is slightly higher than the announced price, its 8GB version is A $ 349, while the 16GB version is $ 399 Australian dollars, they are still panic buying. It is reported that the 16GB version Nexus 4 has been sold out within 22 minutes, while the 8GB version also sold out subsequent time within an hour.

In the UK market, such scenes of panic buying also staged, even the 16GB version Nexus 4 sold out only took 10 minutes, the speed is incredible. Of course, this also means that similar panic buying situation will occur in Spain, France, the United States and Canada. The synchronous sale of Nexus 10 tablet has also been favored by, the 32GB version Nexus 10 werex sold out within four hours.

Nov 142012
 

The Wireless Broadband Alliance announced a Wi-Fi hotspot market report issued by global market research firm Informa Telecoms&Media.The report pointed out that the total hotspot based on smart phones has now surpassed the total laptop connections, which is the first time in history.

The survey found that smartphone hotspot connections accounts for 40%, followed by laptops (39%), then it’s the fast-growing tablet PC (17%).

The survey also found that the future public Wi-Fi hotspots growth will be concentrated in four regions: large area outdoor hot zone such as parks, transportation hub such as airports and social places such as bars and cafes , while the local outdoor heat hot area such as the well-known tourist attractions is also expected to greatly increase.

The report also reported several factors that hinder the popularity and use of public Wi-Fi hotspots, including network authentication, universal roaming development standards and 3G/Wi-Fi interoperability.

The Chairman of the Wireless Broadband Alliance JRWilson said: “These findings suggest that public Wi-Fi has now become an important part of the user mobile experience, and it’s expected to rapidly develop with the upcoming next generation hotsopt deployment. The large carriers users to use Wi-Fi has significantly increased. To maintain this momentum, the operators must continue to work together and adopt open standards to establish a truly global Wi-Fi network. “

Nov 072012
 

According to media reports, AT&T said on Tuesday that the company will sell Nokia Lumia 820 at a price of $49.99, and a price of $99.99 to sell the flagship model Lumia 920, the HTC Windows Phone 8X price is $199.99.

Nokia bet the company’s future all on the Microsoft Windows Phone. HTC mainly sells Android phones, but hopes to diversify its businesses through Windows Phone 8. These Nokia and HTC three products are crucial for Microsoft, which is hoping to challenge Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Android phones with the help of Windows Phone 8.

Market research firm Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said, the low price of Nokia mobile phone made it clear that, compared with profit, shipments is more important for Nokia. Nokia hopes to obtain a large number of users in the United States. Such low prices of mobile phones, but Nokia mobile phones can not be hot selling, the only reason is that consumers are not interested in Microsoft’s smartphone operating system.

AT&T will also presend an about $80 wireless charger to users who buy Lumia 920. Greengart said, “This is a valuable accessory that AT&T and Nokia donated free of charge to the user. This will cause HTC greater difficulties, its product has smaller display and less features.

The above AT&T announced price is the price for a two-year contract. AT&T will start selling these three phones on November 9, and accept reservations on Wednesday.

Verizon Wireless said last week that the company will sell Nokia Lumia 822 at a price of $99.99, including a $50 discount.

Oct 252012
 

Microsoft will release Windows 8 soon in New York. There will display the Windows RT Tablet PC and other OEM manufacturers Windows 8 devices. Windows 8 will release four versions, the official retail price has not been announced, and there are only three upgrade programs. Windows 8 will be on sale simultaneously on October 26 in the global.

Four versions

Windows 8 will release four versions, namely Windows 8 (regular edition), Windows 8 Pro (Professional Edition), Windows 8 Enterprise (Enterprise Edition) and Windows RT (ARM version). The first two versions can be gained from retail channel, Enterprise Edition can only be purchased by registered users. Windows RT will be bundled with the hardware devices, not for separate retail.

Three upgrade programs

Previously, Microsoft announced in the official blog, users needs only $15 minimumly to upgrade to Windows 8. There are three upgrade options to be selected.

The following are detailed upgrade program:

1. Personal computer user who purchases notebooks pre-loaded with Windows 7 operating system between June 2, 2012 to January 31, 2013, can upgrade to Windows 8 Professional Edition with only $15, and this registered service will be closed on February 28, 2013.

2. If your PC is running Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, you can download Windows 8 upgrade with $40, which is effective to 131 markets.

3. To buy the system in the shop, the upgraded Windows 8 Pro with DVD packaging is priced at $70, which is the promotional price. Windows 8 Pro upgrade promotion will end on January 31, 2013, you can purchase online or in a shop.

Oct 222012
 

A few days ago, Google sent an invitation to the media to participate in a press conference held in New York City on October 29. This Google news conference held in San Francisco is on the same day with Microsoft Windows Phone 8 press conference held in other areas in the world. TheNextWeb reports that it has learned all the information of the new products that Google will release on October 29. If this news is true, these new products will give people a deep impression. The report said that information is from the internal video presentation to Google employees.

According to reports, Google will launch the 32GB version of the previously launched Nexus 7 Tablet PC. This Tablet PC is produced by Asus, and it only has two versions that is with the Wi-Fi connection and with the Wi-fi/3G connection. Google will also launch 10-inch tablet. The tablet is code-named “Manta”, the exact name might be Nexus 10.

“Manta” screen resolution is 2560 x 1600, 300 pixels per inch, while the current iPad’s screen resolution is 264 pixels per inch. Google will also launch the LG Nexus 4 smartphones in the news conference, which is equipped with a resolution of 1280 x 768 4.7-inch display, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB RAM.

The “Manta” Tablet PC and the LG Nexus 4 smartphone will run the Android 4.2 operating system. Some new features in this operating system allow users to access Google Play store downloadable content and allows multiple users to share a tablet pc to allow these people to use their own e-mails and applications from mobile devices.

Oct 192012
 

Yesterday Samsung started in Korea to pre-sell its Windows 8 products, while Lenovo Yoga folded ultrabook already supports booking in China. Today Toshiba also U.S. pre-sells the new Windows 8 ultrabooks, including (but not limited to) Satellite S, P and L notebooks, U Series ultrabook, Qosmio X875 gaming notebook and All-in-one LX815 and LX835 AIO computers.

If you are in the United States, then you can directly pre-order on Toshiba U.S. website or other large online stores, and you can get it on October 26 in major retail outlets in the United States.

Oct 182012
 

There is just a week more time from the official release of Windows 8 system, there are many ways to buy or upgrade Windows 8. Of course, we all want to get this latest Windows system with the least money. yesterday, there were a lot of media reported on the news that Windows 8 booking occupying the top of the Amazon software sales. Microsoft has announced the required cost of the system upgrade. The cost of Windows 8 software booking on Amazon.com is $ 69.99, but Amazon provides consumers purchasing the upgrade services a $30 promotional card which can purchase any product in the website. Thus to offset this promotional card, the Windows 8 price is $ 39.99.

Seen from the sales status, the market has a large demand on the new Windows operating system, and this consumption voucher promotion strategy also greatly stimulates consumption. Actually in the price information given by the official, DVD boxed version upgrade promotional price is $69.99, and this promotion seems to have a deadline, for those who are already in the use of genuine Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, the online upgrade price is $ 39.99.

Related different Windows 8 system products price are as follows:
Windows 8 (Full Version) – $ 99.99
Windows 8 Professional (Full Version) – $ 139.99
Windows 8 Pro Pack (product key only) – $ 69.99
Windows 8 Professional Upgrade – $ 69.99

Oct 182012
 

According to media reports, online advertising network Chitika said various models iPhone accounted for nearly half of the smartphone Web traffic, the iPhone 5 accounted for 3% and the other models iPhone accounted for about 43%.

In contrast, Samsung’s products accounted for 17% of the smartphone Web traffic, among which the Galaxy S3 accounted for 2%.

Chitika said earlier this month, the Web traffic iPhone 5 generated has exceeded the Galaxy S3.

Chitika today’s data shows that the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 Web traffic has exceeded all BlackBerry phones, the BlackBerry smartphone accounted for 2% in all smartphone Web traffic. Windows Phone accounted for 1% in all smartphone Web traffic.

Apple and Samsung basically control the smart phone market, the two companies are in fierce competition and try to expand their own advantage, RIM, Microsoft and other Android handset makers are just competing for the third place.

Chitika’s data also shows that other Android phone except Samsung accounted for 34% in the smartphone Web traffic.

Oct 162012
 

According to media reports, Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system will be officially released until October 26, but at least one Wal-Mart store has begun to sell the copy of Windows 8 operating system.

According to the picture provided by a reader named Aaron,there are a few pieces of Windows 8 boxed copies in Wal-Mart store in his city, among which the upgraded version Windows 8 Pro is priced at $69.99. Aaron did not buy those copies, but Wal-Mart employees told him those copies can be bought, altough the store has exhibited the boxed copy of Windows 8 system, the publicity activities are not yet in full swing.

Microsoft officially released the boxed version of Windows 8 system last week, and began to accept advance orders of the operating system and related hardwares. It is unclear if someone has managed to buy the copy of Windows 8 system, but since they have pu been blicly placed on the good shelf in Wal-Mart stores, then it means that Wal-Mart may not comply with Microsoft’s provisions on Windows 8 system listed date.