Friday, May 30, 2014

“Smart” Microsoft watches can connect to the iPhone and Android – Russian Newspaper

Microsoft is preparing to release its own model of “smart” watches, Forbes reported, citing its own sources within the corporation. One of the features of the gadget will be the ability to interact with devices like Microsoft, and with devices based on iOS and Android.

Note that wearable computers Samsung, one of the largest suppliers of “smart” watches and bracelets fitness may only connect to smartphones from the same manufacturer. According to Forbes, the initiative to make the gadget is compatible with the competition belongs to the new Microsoft CEO Satya allotments. During his speech at the conference Code, he said that one of the objectives of the corporation is to provide programs and services work on all Microsoft devices.

also “smart” clock will contain a set of different fitness opportunities. One of them will be measured pulse owner for the whole day. Subsequently, this information is likely to be analyzed and used to make adjustments in the mode of athletic training.

also worth noting that the clock will have an unusual form factor that provides the location of the device on the inside of the wrist. Externally, the device will resemble narrow fitness bracelet Samsung Galaxy Fit screen and get about the same size.

According to available information, Forbes, the new Microsoft will hit the market this summer. Cost data unavailable.

Recall that earlier this week, Samsung introduced a bracelet for health surveillance Simband. Experimental gadget is made in terms of hours and is able to continuously monitor the heart rate, blood oxygen levels and other indicators.

Choose flagmancky android-smartphone: new items in 2014 against the top models in 2013 – Overclockers.ru

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Introduction

Two weeks ago we ??????????? market “planshetofonov» . In line a little less competitive, but perhaps even more massive in terms of sales segment – flagship smartphones. Here all models can be counted on the fingers if not one, then two hands so precisely.

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But what is a flagship smartphone? By definition, this is some leading product, the main engine of sales. It should be focused all the latest developments on the part of both hardware and software solutions. Such intransigence can not affect the price: flagship device can not be cheap. However, despite the considerable cost, that it often shows record sales. For the leading manufacturers of the game is worth the candle market leaders manage this month to sell 10 million smartphones. However, vendors are catching up significantly behind the peloton, with many of the first year trying unsuccessfully to release his bestseller. You already know their names.
 



Apple iOS and Windows Phone

But if we do not begin with himself, then one of the most successful products. Despite the fact that the title issued phrase «android-smartphone”, you can not go past the Apple iPhone.
 

Apple iPhone 5S
 

iPhone It is representative of the most well-deserved series today. Debut device lineup came back in 2007, the basic concept has not changed to this day. As Steve Jobs has bequeathed, phone should be easy to use with one hand. But this advantage is gradually turned into the Achilles heel of the product. Apple still refuses to increase the width of your device. Due to the need to somehow increase the size of the screen, the iPhone 5 kupertintsam to stretch its height.
 

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Despite the traditionally strong conservatory mood apologists Apple, today not everyone has enough four inches diagonal display. Far from the record and its resolution – 640 x 1136 pixels, although it is a secondary factor. As a result, there is migration of iPhone buyers in the direction of those manufacturers who offer a more flexible choice of screen size. While it is not known what will be the iPhone 6, but many sources believe that its diagonal will grow to about 4.7 “, and later will be even larger version – about 5.5″.
 

For the rest of the technical “stuffing» Apple iPhone 5S also stands alone. The smartphone uses its own processor Apple A7 architecture Cyclone, where two core ARMv8-A work at the frequency 1.3 GHz. This is the first 64-bit ARM-chip, inherited today’s consumer electronics. While it does not give any significant benefits, except that marketing – for the producer.
 

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But graphics accelerator PowerVR G6430 speed almost equal competes with the best representatives of Qualcomm Adreno and ARM Mali. However, the “iPhone” and do not need such power: modest screen resolution and good optimization allow not to think about the level of performance in games. Proof of this is just 1 GB of RAM – unheard of backwardness by the standards of modern flagships from other manufacturers, but this factor does not become a “bottleneck.” Unusually modest and battery capacity – 1560 mAh total. In Apple iPhone 5S cameras installed at 8 and 1.2 megapixels. And again, all right: and the work and the quality of photography (except selfie in Full HD will not do).
 

Apple iPhone is released to others. Considering this smartphone, it is impossible not to mention the body materials. Starting with the fourth model, the manufacturer pays special attention to them, and today, many buyers choose iPhone 5S just for appearance. Excellent collected solid metal body really appreciate aesthetes. But only until the first drops from neglect at the edges appear quickly chipped.
 

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most modern version of the proprietary operating system iOS at the moment – 7.1.1. Software with its half-closed ecosystem is both strong and weak side of Apple iPhone. In the debate about the choice between iOS and Android have broken a lot of copy, so this issue we leave aside delicately. Those users who choose “iPhone”, and so are usually well aware that it was dearer to them than the solution (at least, I hope, of the number of readers Overclockers.ru).
 

In today’s model range Apple has another smartphone – iPhone 5C. And in many formal features (suggested price, for example), it may well be attributed to the top segment. However, it is, basically, just because this unit is heavily overrated. So leave this plastic miscarriage Apple marketing machine behind our review and move on to other models.
 

Nokia Lumia 930
 

Eh, whatever turned the phrase “after 5S consider S5» …
 

But we should get together and really took time for “a flagship operating systems,” it is necessary to finish with them. No, do not wait here top model BlackBerry (they do it?). There is one such mobile OS. Despite the efforts of Microsoft, Windows Phone is so still and remains the patrimony Nokia. New smartphone models from other manufacturers on it, even famous, are announced regularly, but are generally medium-to low-end segment and do not receive wide distribution. But Finnish (or have not?) Company with enviable persistence supports a full line of Windows-smartphones. Including, of course, the flagship.
 

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recently was presented once – Nokia Lumia 930. Moreover, in comparison with its predecessors, this smartphone is really close to the characteristics of top models competitors.
 

Here quad-core processor Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330 graphics accelerator, 2 GB of RAM and a five-inch AMOLED-display with a resolution of Full HD. Apart from the above, someone like the original case with a solid aluminum frame, the other – brand bright colors, the third – 20.7-megapixel camera with optics PureView ZEISS and dual LED flash.
 

However, the operating system Windows Phone 8.1 turns everything upside on its head. That she will be a stumbling block for most potential buyers. Once devices on Windows Mobile was still created the smartphone segment. But today recommend, for example, Nokia Lumia possible only to those users who are not yet tied to Android and iOS. In addition, the app store Windows Phone Store range is much more modest than those of competitors. And sometimes it does not even matter in the amount of programs and in their quality.
 

Nokia Lumia 930 sales will begin in June. Open until the official pre-order the smartphone for 24,990 rubles. Practice shows that the company’s latest flagship rapidly falling in price, so even if you liked this machine, it makes sense to wait a few months and buy it much cheaper.
 



Android-smartphones leading manufacturers

But if Apple and Nokia / Microsoft understanding, now we can finally move on to the operating system, where there is real competition of many manufacturers. With smartphones based on Google Android is the case interesting. Here flagship models enough. We will start again with the segment leader.
 

Samsung Galaxy S5
 

Statistics says that 90% of the flagships of the market in Russia 2013 “drank” series smartphones Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S. That is an overwhelming number of the machine refused to “apple” of the company, bought the South Korean unit. And each successive iteration of the Galaxy S is successful previous.
 

New Samsung Galaxy S5 made in an evolutionary manner. The general concept of the device has been preserved, only changed parts. Display size increased from 4.99 to 5.1 inches. “This manufacturer has retained Full HD resolution and a bright matrix Super AMOLED. Contrary to the trend in the” five “even slightly increased the frame around the screen, due to the advent of protection against dust and moisture according to standard IP67. Now Korean smartphone can safely bathe under the tap and safely take it to the beach.
 

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And contrary to the expectations of fans Samsung decided not to use metal finishing Galaxy S5. But at least the example of Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Black Edition back cover in the new flagship is made of soft-touch soft polymer resembling skin instead of “oak” glossy plastic.
 

This novelty is not so readily collects fingerprints and light scratches, and not just that tries to jump out of his hands.
 

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If at the time the first Samsung Galaxy S, say straight, very much like the Apple iPhone, it now has its own family immediately recognizable face.
 

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Inside the plastic casing hid the-art components: Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon processor 801, unit GPU Adreno 330 and 2 GB of RAM. “Five” is available with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, plus the total amount of available memory can be increased even though 128 GB by appropriate memory cards MicroSD.
 

All delivered in the Russian version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 supports networks of LTE and navigation A-GPS and GLONASS. From wireless modules present Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Flagship running Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Proprietary TouchWiz UI graphical shell for almost all familiar (and as usual “retarding” even on the top-end “hardware”). 2800 mAh battery provides an acceptable battery life. Camera resolution is 16 and 2 megapixels. And the main, as usual, very good shoots.
 

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Furthermore, after Apple iPhone 5S in the main Samsung smartphone appeared and a fingerprint scanner. Additionally Galaxy S5 is capable of measuring heart rate. Hardly any of these chips can be called fundamental, but rather a series of “pampered and forget.” Especially during the ?????? testing last function did not always work correctly.
 

Overall, however, supports the new South Korean high bar raised by previous models, and can be a good choice. Especially because the official price of the smartphone has remained at the same level in 30 000 rubles, and “gray” unit, according Yandex.Market, six weeks after the start of sales in Moscow already accustomed to buy cheaper and does 20,000.
 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Asus PadFone S hybrid prepares for Android and intriguing new commercials – Overclockers.ru

few days left before the opening of the annual exhibition Computex 2014. It will bring together the leading manufacturers of computers and electronics, including the Taiwanese company Asus, which continues to intrigue us commercials.

Just a couple of days ago Asus introduced the first viral video that promises us an incredibly thin device. And after him the network has another teaser video. At this time, the plot takes a hero lying on the table smartphone, tablet and laptop and one for other places in the blender, where they mingle with each other. It is possible that this Asus wants to hint to us for a speedy exit certain universal hybrid device that would combine the functions of the tablet, smartphone and laptop.

addition to these mysterious devices within Computex 2014 Asus plans to show and hybrid smartphone and tablet, called ASUS PadFone S. writes Ubergizmo, novelty is an international version of the hybrid PadFone X, which debuted in January this year as part of CES 2014 specifically for the U.S. mobile operator AT & T. The network is already the first pictures, which depicted the expected novelty.
 

On the characteristics ASUS PadFone S is similar to the PadFone X, which consists of a 5-inch smartphone and tablet station. The smartphone is equipped with display with Full HD, SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with a frequency of 2.3 GHz, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, as well as 13-megapixel main camera and a battery 2300 mAh, while the tablet is equipped with 8.9-inch screen with resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and a battery of 4990 mAh. The device under control of the operating system Android.

Recall international exhibition Computex 2014 will be held from 3 to 7 June in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital.

Worms 3 was released on Android-powered devices – Ferra

Compared pick pluses and cons of iOS and Android can be long, but you can not deny the obvious: for devices “apple” companies have a distinct advantage in the form of game exclusives. Some of them (for example, a series of «Infinity Blade») is unique for iOS, but most of them out to other platforms after awhile. The same fate befell last year’s hit mobile «Worms 3″ – developers have ported the game to the Android-Soup.




 On devices running iOS game was released in August 2013, but only got to Android now, however, does not lose. Series «Worms» is known to almost every player, so gameplay «Worms 3″ can be described in a few words: Bezbashenny, explosive and exciting.

To play «Worms 3″ are required to have the device operating system version at least Android 2.3. The cost of the game is 150 rubles, which makes it not a cheap pleasure. However, the quality «Worms 3″ is worth it.

In Google Play the game can be found at this link: View.

Search Now: “omniscient” search engine for Android – BBC News

on Android-smartphones released intellectual poikovik Search Now. “Snoop” can find everything: contacts, music, videos, events, calendar, browsing history in Chrome and even the system settings. Thanks to the integrated browser application is looking for not only the contents of the device, but also on the Internet.

Search Now looking on the web by Google, “Yandex”, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, Baidu and Naver – you can specify a preferred system settings. Cards supported at Google, Video YouTube and store Google Play.

Also, as you type Search Now trying to guess what the user wants to find and gives hints. For an application has always been in the limelight and could look even faster, it is possible to add a widget to the home screen.

Future versions Search Now provide voice search function and translator Google. Download the application you can free from Google Play. Suitable for installation even old Android-based smartphone or tablet with firmware version 2.3 or later.

Source: Search Now (Google Play)

Nokia X2: Windows Phone plus Android – Telecompaper

29.05.2014

Continuation of the first Android-smartphone Finnish manufacturer will be able to boot and under the auspices of Microsoft-mobile system.

Nokia X, the first Android-based smartphone Espoo, not particularly impressive on the part of the technical characteristics of, and access to the official app store Google Play Store does not have. However, enthusiasts like device, as it is inexpensive and can be easily upgraded to a piece of software and “firmware».

already passed the information that Nokia is working on a sequel to X represented by X2. Now, according to unconfirmed reports, stated that X2 is able to switch between Android and Windows Phone. It is unclear if this requires to restart the device or the transition between the two operating platforms possible raid. In any case, such a nice opportunity to respond to the recent takeover of the mobile unit Nokia Corporation Microsoft.

Moreover, Nokia X2 offers access to services from the package Google Play Services. This means that the machine is deployed Android-factory system or a Google allowed to use their proprietary services without regard to considerably modified code “green robot” platform in the form of X.

Nokia X2, endowed with a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels, built around a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon processor 200. Amount of RAM in comparison with the original doubled to 1 GB. Capacity flash drive remains the same – to 4 GB, but it can always be expanded through microSD-card slot.

established a 5-megapixel rear and front facing 0.3-megapixel camera.

not possible navigation system Nokia X2 will add to the “Back” button «Home».

Nokia X2 take appropriate analogue Motorola Moto E, well, except that in the last screen resolution is slightly better, but there is no front camera.

If the cost for Nokia X2 will remain at that for the Nokia X, which is estimated at around five thousand rubles, novelty awaits unequivocal success.

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