BlackBerry’s next smartphone is reportedly set to bring back the good old physical keyboard, additional buttons and integrated trackpad.
The company announced the phone at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
According to The Verge, the BlackBerry Q20 would also sport a 3.5-inch screen, the largest yet for a QWERTY BlackBerry device, along with a ‘large battery.’
Blackberry CEO John Chen said that the phone has been ‘designed to give users the distinct experience that every BlackBerry QWERTY loyalist and high-productivity business customer absolutely loves. Continue reading
Nokia, soon to be acquired by Microsoft Corp, is turning to software created by arch-rival Google for a new line of phones it hopes will make it a late contender in the dynamic low-cost smartphone market.
Its first models, Nokia X, X+ and XL, rely upon an open version of the Android mobile software system created by Google that has become the world’s most popular software used in smartphones.
The release of the phones just days before Nokia sells its handset business to Microsoft in a $7.2 billion deal, is an attempt to stay relevant in emerging markets, where low-cost Android phones are being snapped up by hundreds of millions of buyers. Continue reading
Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S5 Android smartphone aims to ditch gimmicky features for a fingerprint sensor and heart rate and fitness tracking.
The slightly larger and more powerful smartphone has a fingerprint reader directly under the home button, which will unlock the smartphone and authenticate PayPal payments, taking the fingerprint-reading battle to Apple, its chief rival in the smartphone market.
“People don’t want a load of complex features, they just features have an impact during everyday life, like a personal fitness tracker and a super fast camera, so we’ve made the new device based on those principles,” said James White, head of strategy and product marketing for Samsung UK talking to the Guardian. Continue reading
Nokia will launch its latest handset using Google’s Android operating system, after rejecting the platform for Microsoft Windows only three years ago, as it seeks to compete on an equal footing for customers in emerging markets.
The £80 Nokia X will be the first of a range Android-based smartphones soon to be acquired by Microsoft, in an acknowledgment of the strength of Google’s platform to produce cheaper smartphones.
However, Microsoft services such as Onedrive, Bing, Skype and Outlook will be put at the heart of Continue reading
Many of his creations reduced the need to send physical mail, but late Apple founder Steve Jobs will still get a fitting tribute from the US Postal Service: his likeness will appear on a postage stamp beginning in 2015, according to a document obtained by The Washington Post.
Other deceased icons receiving their own stamps that year include Elvis Presley and famed Tonight Show host Johnny Carson.
Since 1957, US postage stamp subjects have been selected by an advisory committee of Continue reading
Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it’s ready to get the phone into developers’ hands to see what the technology is capable of.
Google says that the phone will learn the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being moved around inside of them — walking around your bedroom, for example, would help the phone learn the shape of your home. Continue reading