Archive for November, 2012


NetAplications has made a chart comparing browser hits by platform covering the last two years shows that Android has caught on with the iPhone but that the iPad is still dominating the mobile traffic.

Also, according to IBM, iOS devices accounted for 18.5% of all online transactions this Black Friday, compared to just 5.5% for Android.

The analyzed data also revealed some interesting results about the Android version distribution in the past two years. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still dominating, ICS is catching up, while older versions of the OS are noticeably fading away.

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Back in the day when Gmail was introduced, Google redefined the concept of email storage. Today, the wildly popular email service broke more new ground by integrating Google Drive into it. The trick will allow you to email files up to 10GB in size.

Gmail attachments from Google Drive will always be kept in sync, so recipients will have access to the most recent version of a document or project. Naturally, Google will allow you to set permissions for editing of the documents you are sharing – some recipients can have access to a read-only version of the documents.

Gmail’s latest feature should gradually become available over the next few days in the refreshed message composer window. There is no information on its availability across mobile platforms yet.

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Apple finally came clear about the launch date of its new generation of iMacs. Thinner, faster and DVD-less, the new iMacs will hit it off this Friday, November 30.

Unfortunately, it’s only the 21.5-inch (1920x1080px) model that will ship immediately. The 27-inch iMac (2560x1444px) will join the little one in early December and it would only be available online.

The new iMacs have a new, slimmer build, a less reflective screen, and feature Fusion drive, Apple’s latest hip name for a hybrid drive. Apple’s drive, however is not any hybrid drive. The Fusion drive pairs a 1TB standard drive with a 128GB worth of flash storage to deliver faster performance in most tasks. Mac OS will auto manage the drive, deciding which files to store on the flash portion for speedier access. Of course, Fusion drive is an option and it will cost you extra.

Price-wise, the 21.5-inch model starts from $1299/€1349 for a a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics.

The 27-inch model starts from $1799/€1879 for a 2.9GHz quad-core Core i5 with Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics.

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When Nokia released its TV spot showing off the image stabilization of the Lumia 920, it got into a bit of trouble because it turned out the video wasn’t shot on a Lumia 920 at all.

Now that it’s on the market, some Lumia enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to recreate the original ad, this time with the smartphone itself.

According to Nokia, the Lumia 920′s optical image stabilization is unparalleled in its ability to reduce shakiness and make your videos look smooth.

Here’s how the device performs in this real life:

And, in light of Nokia’s debacle, the guys have included a making-of video:

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Samsung released a 13 minute-long walkthrough for its Galaxy Camera Android-powered digicam. It’s really worth it if you don’t have a store with a demo unit, but you are considering getting the device.

In case you need a refresh, the Galaxy Camera features a similar hardware to the Galaxy S III flagship smartphone (4.8” LCD HD screen, a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, Mali-400MP GPU, 1GB RAM) and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

On the camera side, the Galaxy Camera offers a 16.3MP sensor and a wide-angle lens with 21x optical zoom. Xenon flash, image stabilization and 1080p video recording complete the list. You can find the full specs here.

The device offers everything but telephony. It has a SIM slot though and you can use a data-SIM for sharing your photos on the go.

Here is the promised video:

The Galaxy Camera is already available and you can get it for about £400.

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Microsoft has released the Outlook.com app for Android. It is, as you would expect, an email client for your Outlook (previous Hotmail) account. What you wouldn’t expect is just how badly made this app from Microsoft is.

Just looking at the screenshots above you can see what is wrong with the app. It looks like it went into development when Gingerbread came out and since then no one told Microsoft about ICS and Jelly Bean. This is confounding as other recent apps from Microsoft, such as OneNote Mobile and SkyDrive are actually pretty good.

Functionality-wise, the app is fine, but then, so is the stock mail client in Android. It even supports push mail, which leaves you with the question, why would you ever download this atrocity from Microsoft?

Update: Technically the app is developed by Seven Networks on behalf of Microsoft but it still has Microsoft’s stamp of approval on it so they are just as responsible for this terrible app.

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We enjoy putting phones through their paces in our office, but as a manufacturer, Samsung too subjects its phones to a host of reliability tests before launching them on the market. And it’s a different type of tests, mind you. A Samsung made video gives you a rare glimpse behind the curtains of their test facilities.

It’s a video ad, that’s alright, but none of these tests seems staged. I’m sure most (if not all) Samsung phones go through stringent testing procedures like these (even employing the help of “I sat on my phone” buttocks dummy). Key press tests, USB socket rigidness, twisting and flexing, abrasive action by vibrating foreign objects, and even rain – it’s all there.

Here’s the video itself, and while it’s all in Korean, it’s pretty self-explanatory and hardly needs a translation.

Tip: the real action starts from 0:52. From 2:50 onwards another Samsung phone gets sprayed with water. It’s hard to tell which one, but I’d guess it’s the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro for US AT&T.

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Nokia has just introduced a couple of new members of its Asha family today and, as the tradition goes in such cases, the company released a few promo videos to demo their strengths.

The QWERTY-packing Nokia Asha 205 had a single clip dedicated to it, while the Asha 206 got two videos. Check them out after the break.

It has been brought to our attention that the Nexus 4 does not support USB On-The-Go functionality, even though Google says that it does.

Although Google does not advertise this feature, it is mentioned in the user guide (jump to page 43). However, several users on xda-developers forum are confirming that this functionality is not actually available on the device.

Note that there is no partial support the way it was on the Nexus 7, where it would not support external storage devices over USB but did support keyboards and mice. On the Nexus 4, no USB OTG device works at all.

Just to confirm this, I contacted Brian Klug of AnandTech, who likes to thoroughly test his devices (you can read his review of the Nexus 4 here). He confirmed that the Nexus 4 did not work with any USB device he had, thus thoroughly disproving Google’s claim.

Of course, this is something that Google can easily add in future through a software update but it’s worth mentioning that it is currently not available.

Back in August we had heard that Facebook was urging its employees, who mostly use iPhones that the company gave them, to switch to Android. The reason behind this was they knew that the Android version of their app sucks and that they wanted their employees to dogfood their app and report back on what’s wrong with it.

Apparently, Facebook hasn’t given up on that initiative and is continuing to urge its employees to switch to Android, as can be seen by these new posters found on Facebook’s Menlo Park campus.

Facebook employees get to try the latest and greatest versions of the apps before everyone else. Their version also has a feature called ‘Rage Shake’, where the user just shakes their phone when they come across an issue and it gets reported automatically. However, with most of the employees at Facebook using iPhones, they weren’t getting enough data on the Android app to know what’s wrong with it, so this initiative for asking the employees to switch is a step to correct that problem.

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