Remember back in August when Microsoft launched a new email service called Outlook.com? I do, I remember logging on the first thing just to snag up my username before it gets taken and of course, to get more storage space on Sky Drive. It looks like the new email service has been doing really well, just less than four months since its debut, Outlook.com is already seeing about 25 million active users; that’s a third of the total users Gmail has. In celebration, Microsoft has released an Android app for Outlook.com. The app is available for download immediately on Play Store.
On other news, the next time you wish to add a review in Play Store, think again because Google+ and Play Store are now linked together. When you write a review for an app, you will be forced to use your Google+ account, which is good news to both developer and users because I think not many people would be bothered to create a fake account just for an app review.
Finally for Gmail users, Google has recently added Drive integration with its email service, greatly enlarging your attachment limit from 25MB to a whopping 10GB. The feature isn’t available for everyone yet, to check, simply compose a new email and see if you have a Drive logo button in the toolbar. If it’s there, it means that the service is available to you and you can upload say, a couple of Full HD movies to share with your friends.
Have fun checking these new updates.
As what we have wrote before, Nokia Singapore has confirmed that the new Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones will be released in the country in early December through its Facebook page last month. Today, the actual release date and pricing have finally been revealed.
Priced at RM 2241 (SGD 899) for Lumia 920 and RM 1743 (SGD 699) for Lumia 820, December 8 has been set as the official release date for Nokia’s new Windows Phone 8-based devices. In addition to that, Nokia Singapore has also revealed the pricing for accessories that are meant for both devices such as JBL speakers, Nokia wireless chargers and Fatboy Wireless Charging Pillow.
Meanwhile, Nokia has yet to reveal similar information for Malaysian market but judging from our experience during the release of Nokia Lumia 800 last year, that day shouldn’t be far away. If you wondering what both Windows Phone 8 devices are all about, check out our previous hands-on preview of Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820.
It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, in case you were wondering from the part 1 of our review, no I haven’t bought one yet though, it’s only a matter of time. What makes the Galaxy Note II superior to other Android devices including the Galaxy S III, is the S Pen and suite of apps from Samsung that is specially created for the stylus.
Pull out the S Pen from the phone and you’ll be greeted with a menu for the stylus, I have mine on default so it brings me to S Pen page where you can create notes and see your list of note. This feature can be changed in the settings menu so if you take lots of notes, you can have it programmed to opening a pop up note the second you remove the stylus from its cozy little slot. Very handy if you’re on the phone and you need to quickly jot down a number.
Find out more after the break.
To date, no other smartphone has managed to cram as much as Motorola did with its 3300mAh battery on the original Droid RAZR Maxx and the new Droid RAZR Maxx HD. Even phablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Note II and HTC Droid DNA/J Butterfly/Deluxe DLX do not match the battery capacity of Motorola’s flagships.
But step aside, Motorola, for Lenovo has just launched the IdeaPhone P770. It trumps the Droid RAZR Maxx and Maxx HD with a slightly larger 3500mAh battery encased in a 11.9mm body. Of course, as we know battery life alone doesn’t make a great smartphone, and Lenovo makes it a point to ship the phone pre-installed with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Inside, there is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of built-in storage (as well as an 8GB microSD card packed in), a 5MP rear shooter and finally, a 4.5-inch qHD display.
The specs aren’t exactly inspiring, but then again, Lenovo isn’t marketing this as a flagship. The IdeaPhone P770 is retailing in China for only about $273 (around RM850) which is smack in the sweet spot of the mid-range zone. Unfortunately, there aren’t any details yet on an international release.
In addition to the new Nokia Asha 205, the Finnish phone maker has also announced another new S40-based phone called Nokia 206. As weird as it might sounds, the 206 is not part of Asha’s family even though it shares a lot of features with the Nokia Asha 205 such as the new Nokia Slam technology, Nokia Xpress Browser and the support for 32GB micro-SD card as well as EDGE connectivity, .
One of the biggest different between both devices is their camera. The 206 is equipped with higher resolution camera at 1.3-megapixels while the Asha 205 comes with a 0.3-megapixels camera. Of course, the most obvious differences between them is their design as the Nokia 206 is equipped with a standard keypad set rather than Asha 205’s QWERTY-style keypad.
Just like Asha 206, the new Nokia 206 will be available in single and dual-SIM variants with a price tag of RM 190 (USD 62). Expect to see the phone in the market sometime in Q4 2012.
Calling all HTC One X users, if you haven’t checked your device for an update, it’s time to do so right about now. Earlier this morning I checked for an update for my One X and received 2 – the first one was a typical software update, a rather small one that requires a restart right after. After that, please do check for an update again because it’s the Android 4.1 + HTC Sense 4+ that you’ve been waiting for. I have yet to test out the new updates but do let us know how you like or don’t like them.
Meanwhile over at Samsung’s end, check out what Samsung has for Hello Kitty fans – Hello Kitty themed Galaxy Y, your “BFF Smartphone”. The Galaxy Y is an entry level smartphone catered at first time smartphone users and the younger generation and if you were looking for a Christmas gift for your teenage relative, you know where to go. The limited edition Hello Kitty Galaxy Y is available at selected Samsung SEP available in this link.
Finally a little statistic update, Samsung recently shared that it has sold 5 million units of Galaxy Note II globally. When the device was first announced, J.K. Shin said that they expect to sell 20 million units in a year but looking at the rate things are going at the moment, it’s not a surprise that they will exceed the estimation. Check out a new ad for the 5.5” phablet in the video below.
Looks like Nokia has taken a page from HTC’s book – by putting a dedicated Facebook shortcut button on the new Nokia Asha 205. Officially revealed to the world yesterday, the latest member of Nokia Asha’s family of devices has been called as the most social Asha phone to date by the Finnish phone maker.
It is not hard to figure out why though as the new Nokia Asha 205 is equipped with a number of features that revolves around the concept of sharing. Other than the dedicated Facebook button, the new phone is also the first device to feature the new Nokia Slam technology which allows users to share contents from the phone to another Bluetooth-equipped device – regardless of brand – without the need to pair both devices beforehand.
The new Asha 205 also features Nokia Xpress Browser that utilizes cloud-based compression technology in order to deliver web pages faster and using less bandwidth. Asha 205’s owner is also able to enjoy 40 free games from EA which are his or hers to keep for good. Other pre-installed apps that users can find on the new phone include Twitter, eBuddy and Nokia Nearby.
In terms of hardware, the Nokia Asha 205 is equipped with a QWERTY keyboard together with 2.4-inch display and a 0.3-megapixels rear camera. It also supports up to 32GB micro-SD card as well as EDGE data connectivity. Available in single and dual-SIM variants, the new Nokia Asha 205 is priced at RM 190 (USD 62) and is scheduled to be released in the market sometime in Q4 2012.
The year has not yet drawn to a close, but just like clockwork, the rumour mills are already spilling out the turbocharged Android smartphones of 2013. We already have a pretty good idea of what the next Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S IV, will be like, so what about the rest?
Full HD screens, Android 5.0, octa-core processors and more after the break.
If you have been a long-time fan of Motorola and are expecting to see its future devices to be officially released here…well, it’s hard for us to say this to you but you might have to let go of that dream. Apparently, Motorola Mobility – who is responsible for Motorola’s consumer mobile phones – has shut down a number of regional websites including Asia’s.
As our country belongs under Asia region, we paid a visit to Malaysia’s official website via its URL – www.motorola.com/my – and true enough, we encountered the message above. That being said, we didn’t actually received the message right away though.
We were initially welcomed by this familiar looking page but upon clicking on the “Enter Here” button, a similar looking page but with reduced amount of links will then loads. Once we clicked on the “Enter Here” button on this particular page, only then the closure message appears.
With this, we take as a major indicator that Motorola will no longer release any new mobile phones in Malaysia at least for the time being. Frankly speaking, it didn’t surprise us though since Google already announced early on that the search engine giant intended to revamp Motorola from inside out right after acquiring the long-running mobile phone manufacturer for RM 38.19 billion (USD 12.5 billion).
Well Motorola… it was good while it lasted.
[Source: The Next Web]
Since the end of Slush and Jolla’s big reveal of its MeeGo-based Sailfish OS, there has been genuine interest not just in the company and its mobile operating system, but in the new user interface that Jolla has developed along with Sailfish.
Simply called Jolla UI, it was developed from the ground up to fully optimise the operating system. It is heavy on gestures, because just like the Nokia N9 before it, Sailfish OS does not have any capacitative buttons – so all interactions with the OS is via swipe gestures.
Further, Jolla has also introduced some new features on its Jolla UI never before seen in any mobile operating system. Head on after the break to find out.
Sure, the iPhone is a great phone with a modest 8MP camera that can snap some decent pictures, but that’s not enough for Will.i.am from Black Eyed Pea. The celebrity recently told Telegraph that he is working on a new accessory and app for the iPhone called i.am+ that will turn the 8MP camera into a 14MP shooter. No details have been revealed regarding...
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is an awesome device, with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor on board and 2GB of RAM, why limit what you can do with it? The folks at ColdFustion recently posted a video that attempts at turning the Galaxy Note II into a PC by hooking it to a 29” monitor. Using an HML Samsung adapter, a HDMI cable, and an Apple wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse, is the Note II able to perform your everyday tasks you do on a PC? Check out the video below to find out.
One of the greatest things about the Note II is its ability to multitask. In the video, thanks to an app called Floating Browser that delivers a more full-featured web browsing experience than the default floating browser, you can open several browsers at once and still have a smooth operation. The limit of the quad-core device was pushed by opening 4 flash videos simultaneously.
The video even demonstrated a copy and paste function, something that wasn’t possible on the original Galaxy Note. Other tests performed include using the S Pen and S Note application gaming and using a USB flash drive directly onto the Note II.
Is this the Nokia device that will finally propel Nokia back into the realm of relevance?
According to a report on Yahoo China, Nokia has a pre-order list for its flagship Lumia 920 smartphone to the tune of 2.5 million worldwide. Amidst news of the Lumia 920 selling out in almost every country that it was launched in, this news does bear some credence. Of course, the numbers aren’t in the same league as the iPhone 5′s two million in 24 hours, but as GSMarena points out, 2.5 million is greater than all the Lumias sold by Nokia last quarter.
Nevertheless, this is definitely an encouraging start for Nokia. After years of decline and lagging behind the competition – not to mention some questionable moves by CEO Stephen Elop – 2013 might just be the turnaround year for Nokia.
Damian Dinning, the lead programme manager for Imaging Experience at Nokia – whose team is directly responsible for taking smartphone cameras to unprecedented heights – is leaving the company at the end of the month.
Citing personal reasons, Dinning – known by many as the face behind Nokia’s imaging technologies – will leave his team of camera design engineers and physicists in charge of the PureView camera technology, most recently seen in the new Nokia Lumia 920. As Nokia’s global restructuring takes place, many of its development programmes will be relocated to Finland, at a time when relocating Dinning’s family is “not an option”. In his statement, he states that it was a “tremendously difficult decision” but that he knew “for some time” that he would be leaving the company he served with distinction for nine years.
Nokia also released a statement, hailing his “many innovative and valuable contributions” to the company. Dinning’s team is best known for the their part in 2010’s N8 smartphone, which featured a 12MP camera with Xenon flash – and remains one of the best smartphone cameras today. More recently his team developed what is now Nokia’s branding for its smartphone camera technology, PureView. Originally coined for the 808 PureView smartphone, developed and released by Nokia to “end the megapixel race”, the 41MP sensor was capable of unprecedented lossless zooming, as well as capturing stunning levels of detail. His team pushed the limits even further with the new Lumia 920 which featured Nokia’s floating lens technology, where the camera sensor is mounted with springs which significantly negate hand movements leading to fantastic levels of optical image stabilisation and low-light imaging quality.
As for his future, Dinning will be joining Jaguar Land Rover in a new role in the field of Connected Car. He has also reassured Nokia fans that he is leaving a team more than capable of taking the PureView technology to ever greater heights.
We spotted this advertisement on a local newspaper earlier today, and it appears that ASUS Malaysia have finally brought down the price of the Nexus 7 tablet. Many criticized ASUS for retailing the local version (16GB WiFi only) at a princely sum of RM999, when in the US it was going for only $249 (roughly RM770). In fact, our forums were packed with individuals offering bulk orders of the Nexus 7 from the US at significantly lower prices inclusive of shipping fees.
It isn’t too much of a surprise then, that ASUS Malaysia has finally dropped the price of the Nexus 7. Now retailing at RM899, we feel it is still excessive, especially when Google has dropped the price of the 16GB Nexus 7 to $199 (roughly RM615).
On the other hand – and this is purely speculation at the moment – this price reduction could mean that ASUS may be bringing in the newer variants of the Nexus 7, which are the 32GB WiFi as well as the 32GB 3G+WiFi options.
We could just be wishfully thinking aloud, but it would be great to finally get some Nexus love in time for the holidays.