The modern era of smartphone is dominated by Android and iOS, which creates a very tough position for exclusive ones such as the BlackBerry OS. However there are still many loyal BlackBerry users who prefer their simple and light OS over more functional ones. Fortunately for them BlackBerry is fighting on and has just announced more details about their upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.1 update, some of the notable new additions in this new update are features such as HDR photos , APN editor, new and improved notification system, ability to send PIN to PIN messages, and finally the paste support for their dial pad. Some other minor improvements include better Camera performance, improved typing and better battery performance. BlackBerry users have been asking for most of these features for a long time and hopefully this new update will be enough to keep them from switching to another manufacturer. One of the reasons that BlackBerry owners are still loyal to the manufacturer is their superior support, but if BlackBerry keeps delaying them , then this might just turn out to be the end of BlackBerry as we know it.
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has been the most well marketed phone so far in 2013, it achieved the highest interest out of any other smartphone , easily beating the likes of Sony Xperia Z and HTC ONE. Naturally this indicates towards a very high sales rate, if not the highest of them all and this automatically makes it the must have smartphone for every carrier. Unsurprisingly AT&T is the first to take a legitimate step and has announced that they will start shipping the Samsung Galaxy S4 from April 23. As a matter of fact the Samsung Galaxy S4 is already available for pre order via AT&T’s official website with the new date added to the mix. The price remains the same at approximately $639.99 and there are no extra details added yet. However seeing how frequently the availability dates are changing, we suggest our beloved reads not to take anything for granted and just see how thing turn out.
Recently Viber has grown a lot in popularity and has become the must have application for almost all platforms. Though most of the other platforms have had Viber for quite a while now, BlackBerry OS was among the unfortunate few that didn’t have the privilege of experiences Viber. However after releasing the application in major platforms such Android and iOS , Viber has finally started to pay some attention the Blackberry OS and as a result has finally launched the application for BlackBerry OS 5 and OS 7. Unfortunately BlackBerry OS will not receive this application due to technical problems, regardless the major reason why BlackBerry’s older OS are getting all the attention all of a sudden lies in their registration rates, as it turns out almost 15 thousand registrations are made through BlackBerry Smartphones per day, whic leads to an estimate 175 million users (globally) that are using Viber as their VoIP across all major platforms. This also means Viber has become one of the most successful VoIP of all time and are soon catching up to Skype which currently holds the number 1 VoIP spot, but if things keep going the way they have, it won’t be long before Viber dethrones Skype as the leading VoIP on mobile platforms. Also keep in mind Viber has a technical advantage over Skype as it can run silently without interrupting your daily work making it a better VoIP overall, so there is a high possibility that Skype will soon lose out to Viber unless they do something innovative.
Usually low priced smartphones are not considered as a viable threat against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, however it seems Xiaomi is here to change that, recently they announced another version of their existing Xiaomi which packs a Snapdragon 600 chipset as opposed to the S4 Pro in the alternative version. The quad –core Krait 300 CPU in this new version is clocked to an impressive 1.7 GHz which logically is still slower than Samsung Galaxy S3’s 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU. But surprisingly that’s not the case, not only it beats the Samsung Galaxy S4, it does it by quite a big margin! This is impressive to say the least. It scored an astounding 25,913 on AnTuTu benchmark beating the much higher clocked Samsung Galaxy S4 with ease.
The Xiaomi MI-S2 will be available in two models, a 16 gigabyte model with an 8 megapixel camera priced at $322 and a 32 gigabyte model with a 13 megapixel camera priced at $370. This is much lower than the Samsung Galaxy S4 or any other major flagship right now. Other specifications such as the 4.3 inch 720p display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and 2000mAh are the same on both versions. As for the operating system, unlike most smartphones the Xiaomi MI-S2 runs on MIUI custom Android Rom which may explain why it was able to surpass the Samsung Galaxy S4 despite being under clocked. Regardless the new Xiaomi MI-S2 is shaping up to be an awesome device that provides amazing performance at a reasonable price for the Chinese market.
It seems that the Galaxy Mega 5.8 was not the only phone to come out of Samsung’s new mega series, SamMobile leaked the specifications of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Phablet and as it turns out the name really does stand the screen size. Like the name suggest that Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 will pack a massive 6.3 inch PLS display that will have a resolution of 1920 x 1080, under the hood you will find a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU accompanied by 1.5 gigabytes of RAM. As for the chipset, it still remains a mystery, but we personally think that it may sports Samsung’s very own Exynos 5250 chipset. As for your imaging needs the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 will sport an 8 megapixel primary camera along with a 2 megapixel secondary camera that is intended to be used for attending video calls. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 will also offer the latest connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 80211 a/b/g/n and GPS.
Samsung upcoming Phablet will measure approximately 167.6 x 88 x 7.8 mm, which means that despite being a much larger device it will have the same thickness as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the 3200mAh batter should be enough to keep the giant up and running. However it is yet to be revealed which Android Version this device will ship with, but given the fact that it’s a new device there is a chance it will ship directly with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean instead of the older versions.
Samsung has been really busy for the past few weeks, launching multiple smartphones including their new flagship the Galaxy S4. Since securing their position as the best Android Smartphone manufacturer, they have been really focused and are releasing smartphones for all price ranges imaginable. If that wasn’t enough there were countless marketing leaks that gave away many of their upcoming smartphones, one of them was the Samsung Galaxy Mega and as it turns out the source was legitimate after all. According to a report from SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Mega is supposed to be mid-high end device that will sit right in the sweet spot between elite and cheap. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 will be code named GT-I9152 and will sport two SIM slots, meaning that it’s going to be a Dual-SIM Phablet. Like the name suggests the Galaxy Mega will be sporting a gigantic 5.8 inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540, which is relatively standard for a mid end Phablet. The dimension is also typical at 164 x 83.3 x 9.6 mm. Under the hood you will find a 1.4 GHz Dual-Core processor accompanied by 1.5 gigabytes of ram, which should go great with Androids 4.12 Jelly Bean. For you imaging needs you get a primary 8 megapixel camera and a 2 megapixel front camera for video calling. It will also provide the latest connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 80211 a/b/g/n and GPS support, while the power necessary to run this Phablet will be coming from an impressive 2600mAh battery. Overall we think Samsung is on its way to produce yet another successful device, but will our prediction come true? Only time can tell.