Over the past few years, we’ve seen many arguments that Google needs to become more “social” if it doesn’t want to be somehow made irrelevant by Facebook. But while the social signal can be an interesting and perhaps sometimes useful tip for Google’s search algorithm, I think it should never represent more than a small single digit percentage it its algorithm.
People don’t always want to see what their friends thought the best answer is, because in most cases those “friends” may not even be that close to you and are just some people you added to your online social circle. Therefore, their [...]
The Nexus 7 got a slightly weaker version of the Tegra 3 SoC, clocked at 1.2 GHz, compared to say the one in the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, which reaches 1.6 GHz, or the one in the HTC One X, which reaches 1.5 GHz. But that didn’t stop kernel modders from cranking up the CPU of the Nexus 7 up to 1.64 GHz. So now, your Nexus 7 can become the fastest Tegra 3 device on the market, and all you have to do is apply a simple patch.
A developer called Morfic, who made the Trinity Seven kernel for the Nexus 7, has managed to optimize it to a point where the Nexus 7 is achieving 1.64 GHz per core. The souped up Nexus 7 became the undisputed king of the Quadrant [...]
HTC’s financial results haven’t been kind to them lately, and neither has the media. All of HTC’s problems have been documented extensively lately, which, in turn leads to shareholders losing trust in the company’s ability to recover. However, this is the sort of thing a public tech company should expect.
Financial dry spells never happen suddenly, even if it may seem so when everything comes crashing down. But the seeds for HTC’s decline were planted a long time ago, at the time when the company started to care more about sales than for its products. This led to HTC churning out a ton of variations of every single phone, just to get a few [...]
According to IDC, Android and iOS now represent 85% of the 152 million smartphones sold in Q2 2012, globally. But while the iPhone kept growing in raw numbers, it couldn’t keep up with Android, and its market share slipped from 18.8% to 16.9%. The iPhone has always been around 20% market share or lower globally, and with the upcoming iPhone coming out soon, it’s not that surprising that its sales would fall.
On the other hand, Android has simply kept on growing, and its global market share is inching closer towards passing the 70% mark, now being at 68.1%. It doesn’t seem like there’s anything stopping Android from [...]
RIM put itself in a terrible position in the market in the past couple of years, by not listening to all the signs that the market is shifting to touchscreen phones. Not only RIM still doesn’t know how to make a good touchscreen, but its current gen OS is completely inadequate for the touch screen era.
RIM planned to launch the QNX-based OS for smartphones, called BB10, at the end of this year. But then, further delays appeared along with some poor excuses, and that’s how BB10 got delayed until early 2013. This means that RIM’s new operating system is very late to the party and has almost no ecosystem, which makes it very hard for RIM to [...]
When the Crysis FPS game came out on the PC in 2007, it pushed the boundaries of what gaming graphics should look like. The “Can it run Crysis?” catchphrase became an Internet meme, a question asked whenever a new CPU or GPU is announced.
ARM hardware has been evolving at an amazing pace, with the performance of mobile GPUs doubling every 12 months. Low-power ARM chips are very close to surpassing the current gen consoles, in terms of performance and gaming visuals. Crytek, the company behind Crysis, seems to agree that, if the next-gen PS4 and Xbox720 won’t come soon, video consoles will be surpassed by tablets as the main devices for [...]
The lawsuit between Oracle and Google is not yet over, and Judge Alsup orders the two parties to disclose if they paid bloggers or journalists to cover the trial. This may prove important in the next trial, considering that Oracle is planning to appeal Judge Alsup’s verdict.
Here’s the text of the order:
The Court is concerned that the parties and/or counsel herein may have retained or paid print or internet authors, journalists, commentators or bloggers who have and/or may publish comments on the issues in this case. Although proceedings in this matter are almost over, they are not fully over yet and, in any event, the disclosure required by this [...]
It seems the Nexus 7 is such a hot product that Google and Asus can barely keep making it before it sells out. Soon after it launched, the 16GB version sold out, and was unavailable for two weeks. That was surprising considering it was the more expensive and not-so-promoted version, compared to the $199 8GB Nexus 7 model. But maybe people wanted to be cautious in regard to the available storage they would have and that’s how the 16GB version sold out first.
Now it seems the 8GB is the one that sold out. The 8GB Nexus 7 is now marked as “coming soon”, which is what the Google Play Store said when the 16GB version was out of stock. Fortunately, the 16GB [...]
While I think Sony has some of the best smartphone designs in the market right now, and I hope that it’s one of the companies that will make a Nexus phone this fall, so far Sony has always been at least a few months behind the competition in terms of hardware specs.
I’m still not convinced that the upcoming Sony Xperia Mint will manage to catch up to the competition if it’s only going to be announced on August 29th, and released maybe a couple of months later. By then I’m sure at least some HTC and LG phones will be using the quad core S4 Pro chips, while the Sony Xperia Mint will be stuck on the original dual core S4 [...]
Both Apple and Google have over half a million apps in their app stores right now, so as you can imagine, it can be very difficult to reach the top rankings in those stores, when you have so many other apps to compete with – not just from your own category but also apps that are completely unrelated as well, because there’s only so much space at the top.
RIM made an Android app player for their Playbook tablet a while ago, as an effort to encourage Android developers to port their apps to the Playbook, and get more total applications this way, since the company figured out that developers won’t exactly step over themselves to make native apps for the [...]