Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nokia unveils £13 phone with month-long battery life

New Nokia 105 is aimed at developing markets, but 35-day standby time and low price could see it sell as a backup phone
Nokia has unveiled a new entry-level mobile phone that needs to be charged less than once a month.

The Nokia 105, which is set to go on sale in the coming weeks, will retail for around £13 and features a colour screen, built-in torch, and an FM radio.

It’s aimed at markets where electricity is rare or the supply is unstable, but the long battery life and low price could attract those that don’t want an all singing, all dancing smartphone, or are looking for an emergency backup.

Yota Phone is a mobile and eReader all in one!

Not content with your Samsung Galaxy S3’s massive LCD display? Perhaps you need to double up – in which case, you might want to keep an eye out for the Yota Phone.
This Russian-made handset – which has been unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2013 – has a 1280×720 pixel 4.3-inch LCD screen on its front, but around the back you’ll discover an additional 4.3 EPD (electronic paper display), which can be used to display notifications, the time and date and view who is calling you. We imagine it would be pretty handy for reading books on, too.
You might assume that having two screens is a one-way ticket to drains-ville, but because that e-ink panel uses so little power, the Yota’s battery life isn’t all that dissimilar to other blowers. The phone runs Android Jelly Bean and is expected to launch in its native Russian this year before being pushed out to Asian markets.
There’s no word on a UK release as yet, but the tech behind the handset is made by Qualcomm – and that could mean a marketing push in other parts of the world.
Is a two-screen phone something you’d be interested in, or is one display enough distraction for you? Leave a comment to let us know.

HTC's 'Tiara' crowns a medium spec, Windows Phone 8 GDR2 device

Trust. It's a valuable commodity. But serial twitter-sleuth evleaks has done enough to earn ours for this latest leak. A Windows Phone 8 device -- apparently known internally as the Tiara -- which will be one of the first to run the next revision of the mobile operating system (GDR2). With a reported 4.3-inch display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera and 1GB of RAM, it bears more than a resemblance to another recent addition to the HTC fold. If you had hopes that it might also borrow from the firm's latest Android flagship design, then sorry to dash them, as the sources suggest otherwise. The Tiara moniker is unlikely to remain, with evleaks taking a stab at it coming to market mid-May, possibly as the HTC 8W. Not a bad guess. Now it's just a matter of waiting to see if all that trust is truly well placed.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Galaxy S IV to launch on March

Samsung will unveil its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, in New York on March 14.
The consumer electronics giant alerted the press by e-mail on Monday, inviting them to Radio City Music Hall for the big event. The mid-March launch has been rumored since September, a mere three months after the Galaxy S III went on sale in the United States, and it’s coming just nine months after the S III hit U.S. carriers.
Although we’ve heard a zillion rumors about the launch (most of which pegged the S IV’s debut for March), we’ve heard little in the way of speculation on specifications, aside from the idea that the S IV will have a larger display than the III, which sports a 4.8-inch touchscreen. That said, a lot is expected of the S IV. After all, the S III was sold across all four major carriers in the U.S. (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon), and it offered a laundry list of impressive specs and features. And, thanks in part to massive marketing push, the S III has sold more than 30-million handsets worldwide.
As for the timing of the S IV, nine months may seem ridiculously quick, but Samsung often announces devices a month or two ahead of them actually going on sale. Also, the company also has a reputation for releasing a major new device every few months. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II was announced in August, and went on sale in the U.S. in November. The Galaxy S III was announced in May and went on sale in June.

Samsung announces Android Wallet app for tickets and coupons, opens API to developers

If your heart bleeds Android, but your eyes occasionally wander in the direction of Apple's Passbook, good news. Samsung has announced "Wallet," a ticketing and coupon app of its own. Unveiled at the firm's Developer Day at Mobile World Congress, Wallet comes ready with an open API to encourage adoption, with some big names already onboard including Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia, MLB and Lufthansa. Though this isn't the only Android solution we've heard about, in keeping with the norm, the app will be connected, and location aware. As such, the app will let you know when Wallet-friendly stores and so on are nearby, as well as continually send updates to items already stored in the app, should those booking details change. The app API is still in beta at this time, but word is that Samsung is accepting early sign-ups on its approval.

Google Glass gets the look, teams up with slick designers

Google Glass, the search giant’s ambitious augmented reality headset, looks plenty powerful, but the prototypes we’ve seen so far have been a bit unsightly – more square-eyes Robocop than slick shades. That looks set to change though, as it’s teaming up with designers to bring fashion to the future tech.
The New York Times reports that Google is in talks with start-up Warby Parker, which sells fashionable shades, to help it craft a pair of Google Glass smart specs that people will actually want to wear, as well as use – no mean feat given you need to find space for an internet connected computer in there.
The news follows word that Google is expanding its pre-order scheme for the smart glasses, askinf developers to pitch them on why they should get an early pair to play with. Google also revealed a new video this week of what it’s shooting for with Google Glass: check it out in action below. Would you wear these? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below.