Although not the very first, Chinese phone maker Oppo will release a five inch full HD smartphone on December 12th. The device, which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 Quad Core 1.5GHz CPU and a Qualcomm Adreno320 GPU, will sell for around $480 in China. Several Chinese international re-sellers are also already advertising the phone for around $599 for those in the west.
Most of us have compartmentalized lives, we have home and family; friends and our social circles; and work. Some people keep these three separate while some people merge them. One device that we use in all our circles is our smartphone and as more companies adopt the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work trend then our phones are being used for personal tasks as well as professional ones. This overlap can be a security concern, especially when corporate data and security is concerned. But there is good news, thanks to the same virtualization technology that has revolutionized servers and to some extent PCs, a new breed of smartphone is coming that can run two mobile operating systems simultaneously.
There are some things you can rely on, like your bread always landing butter side down if you drop it, and there are some things you can’t, like being able to get a taxi actually when you need one. There are also news sources that you can rely on, say like the BBC (and Android Authority) and there are those who you need to think twice about before quoting. A story has broken which says that sources close to Foxconn reckon that the big Chinese manufacturer has orders from Microsoft and Amazon for smartphone production.
In the old days Intel fought off (and probably beat) the likes of AMD and VIA to make sure it remained king in the desktop and server markets. But today things are a little different. Sure we all use PCs and we all still need servers, but the only significantly growing market is smartphones and tablets. And here Intel doesn’t have such a good record. There are a few Intel powered smartphones around, but most smartphones and tablets are powered by ARM chips and Intel knows this only too well.
Do you remember 2010? Android 2.1 was all the rage and the HTC Desire was the phone to own. Joonas Lehtolahti remembers it too. He had a problem with the Wi-Fi network at his university. Because it was an open, un-encrypted network students could connect without needing a password, but to get out onto the Internet you needed to login via a special server. Without getting technical the redirect to this login server used just the hostname “joynet” rather than its full domain name “joynet.joensuu.fi”. OK, so what? Well the problem is that with Android that meant that the name couldn’t be resolved. The result was that students at the university couldn’t access the Internet from an Android device.
According to a “trusted, industry-related source” Samsung will launch the Galaxy S IV at the Mobile World Congress 2013 which will be held in Barcelona from 25-28 February. Samsung has used European trade shows to launch major products in the past, so a S4 announcement at Barcelona is possible.
Long gone are the days of tiny 3 inch or 3.5 inch displays, even Apple have moved to bigger displays after years of trying to convince everyone that they aren’t needed. Samsung are leading this push to bigger, brighter and higher resolution panels and it looks like it has something special planned for the future. Somewhere in its product mix (probably the Galaxy S4 or maybe the Note 3) Samsung are trying to use a 4.99 inch display with a huge 441 pixel per inch density. According to my calculations that means an almost 5 inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Impressive! Well it would be if Samsung could actually mass produce them!
Google has changed the terms and conditions for the Android Software Development Kit to include a clause about Android fragmentation. The new clause is probably a response to the collaboration between Acer and Alibaba to form a new mobile operating system derived from Android called Aliyun.
Naan Studio has uploaded Echofon, its Twitter app, to Google Play. After running a public beta program of about two weeks the company has decided that the app is ready for the big time. As well as its simple and clean Twitter interface, the app boasts the ability to sync between all your Echofon apps on Android or iOS. This means that if you have a tablet and a phone, you never need read a Tweet, @Mention or Direct Message twice. Cool!
It is thought that the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said that are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. With the release of F-Secure’s Q3 2012 Mobile Threat Report and a subsequent clarification, both of which are full of statistics, it is time to look at the real truth behind Android malware numbers.