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Android Smartphone by Nokia for MWC 2014 expected

Android Smartphone by Nokia for MWC 2014 expected, Around the Nokia Normandy - the first Android smartphone of the northern lights - there was in the last few weeks rumors and news en masse. End of January first reports of an imminent launch of the Nokia Normandy were loud today regain momentum.

Android Smartphone by Nokia for MWC 2014 expected

According to information from the Wall Street Journal's well-informed sources have tweeted that the Android smartphone will take place at the Mobile World Congress 2014. This opens on 24 known Its doors in February, so we know in two weeks closer to the device. As is known from previous messages, the Nokia Normandy is designed primarily for emerging markets where they ensure neat paragraph. Anyone expecting a top class smartphone, likely to be quickly disappointed.

Since Android OS is customizable by each company, and the Finns are supposed to have strong hands to the task. So applications should we be Google Music removed from the device and replaced with your own applications like Nokia Music.

The Nokia now put that blow under the American flag, complete on Android phones, are considerable doubts. Rather, this step should be seen as a distribution of the name Nokia, who want to get back on the road after weak years.

Samsung Galaxy S5: First cases surfaced

Samsung Galaxy S5: First cases surfaced, Once it now seems certain that the Samsung Galaxy S5 during the Mobile World Congress 2014 on 24 February will be presented in Barcelona, ​​still emerge more information and speculation surrounding the upcoming Samsung flagship. Among other things, the first cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5 have emerged that can be found on the British party "mobile Fun" website - the first two cases bear the names Aegis and Kraken.

Samsung Galaxy S5: First cases surfaced

Samsung Galaxy S5: Lots of accessories expected to start

However, the new cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5 likely represent only the beginning, since the retail launch, which is expected to be the beginning of March 2014, there are still many other products related to the Galaxy S5 expected. Especially when it comes to accessories, of course, many third-dealers will put on offering suitable products.

Just covers offer at the start, because her new smartphone buyers often want to protect against any damage and then take up a case. Those who already provides as an accessory manufacturers to start matching cases available, which can end up with a little luck, a great success (financially and sales-wise).


First cases without fingerprint scanner

In the first two cases Aegis and Kraken can be even a small conclusion on the Samsung Galaxy S5 draw, to be published according to new reports with a fingerprint scanner. This is based on the cases but can not be seen, so Samsung could offer a solution similar to that Apple ID with his touch.

Nokia Lumia 525 leaked as budget blower follow up

Nokia Lumia 525 leaked as budget blower follow up

We're big fans of the Nokia Lumia 520 and we're not alone as it's proved to be the most popular Lumia yet. So the thought of a follow up is no bad thing.

That follow up is the Nokia Lumia 525 and Chinese site Baidu recently got a hold of its specs. The phone apparently has a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch 800 x 480 IPS display, 5MP camera, 8GB of built in storage, microSD card slot and a 1430mAh battery.

All of which is identical to the Nokia Lumia 520, other than the RAM, which is up to 1GB from 512MB. Even the dimensions and weight are the same.

Headset heaven

The only other difference we can see so far is the suggestion that the Nokia Lumia 525 comes with the Nokia Guru Bluetooth Headset, which suggests it's aimed at music fans.

So it's not the most exciting successor to the Lumia 520, but if the price is right then the jump to 1GB of RAM could still make it a great prospect.

While its most immediate point of reference is the Nokia Lumia 520, the numbering of the Lumia 525 also brings to mind the big-screened Nokia Lumia 625, though it seems to have little else in common with that over sized handset.

Sure enough, the LG G Flex can actually flex

Sure enough, the LG G Flex can actually flex

Well whaddyaknow - the LG G Flex actually lives up to its name. The phone has been caught bending out of its unusual shape in a demo video.

You can see the action taking place over on Engadget, although it's added that a "reasonable amount of force" is needed to contort the phone. Maybe not all that advisable then...

While we've been briefed on the specs - 6-inch 720p OLED screen, Qualcomm 800 Snapdragon, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera - the flexy stuff has been a little unclear. We do know, however, that the G Flex will be able to heal itself.

So that's pretty cool too.

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Is the Moto Maker making its way to Sprint next week?

Is the Moto Maker making its way to Sprint next week?

Let's face it: Moto Maker is what sets the Moto X apart from all the other phones out there. OK maybe not entirely, but the customization options are an undeniable draw.

Currently only available on AT&T, a memo has surfaced online stating the Moto Maker customization service will arrive at Sprint starting November 11.

Though the memo is questionable, Sprint's recent Moto X price cut indicates it might be priming the device for the holiday rush. Hopefully, other carriers won't be too far behind. Verizon has stated it plans to have Moto Maker by the end of the year.

There's only a week left to find out if Sprint customers can give their Moto X a make-over, and honestly, it's about time Motorola spreads the love.

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Apple to go big on sapphire in iPhone 6, iPad 6 and beyond?

Apple to go big on sapphire in iPhone 6, iPad 6 and beyond?

You've probably never heard of GT Advanced Technologies, but in future Apple devices, the firm could end up playing a major role.

The company, which provides crystal grow equipment and materials for consumer electronics, among other industries, announced today that it's signed a multi-year supply agreement with Apple to provide sapphire materials.

Sapphire has figured prominently in recent Apple products - the iPhone 5S' Touch ID fingerprint reader features a cut sapphire crystal cover and the iPhone 5 was the first to feature a sapphire crystal lens.

However, word on the street is Apple could use the resilient material in future touchscreens. It's first go at the tech has been rumored for the iPhone 6, presumed to release in 2014. Apple would certainly extend the hard yet crystal clear sapphire coating to its other product lines, including the next iPad.

Sapphire sharp

As part of the deal, GT will own and operate the equipment needed to produce sapphire at a new Apple plant in Arizona. The company is fast-tracking development of next-gen, large capacity furnaces "to deliver low cost, high volume manufacturing of sapphire materials."

Apple would have access to loads of this stuff on the cheap, ideal for mass production of millions of handsets, tablets and more.

The GT Advanced Technologies and Apple deal is still young, and with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad Air and iPad mini 2 with Retina display newly announced, we're a ways away from seeing scratch-resistant sapphire make it to next-gen Apple products.

Perhaps something prone to daily nicks and bruises may get a sapphire front first? Say, something like the iWatch?

Via AllThingsD

Is the Moto Maker making its way to Sprint on November 11?

Is the Moto Maker making its way to Sprint on November 11?

Let's face it: Moto Maker is what sets the Moto X apart from all the other phones out there. OK maybe not entirely, but the customization options are an undeniable draw.

Previously only available on AT&T, a memo has surfaced online stating the Moto Maker feature will arrive on Sprint starting November 11.

Though the memo is questionable, Sprint's recent Moto X price cut indicates it might be priming the device for the holidays and hopefully other carriers won't be too far behind.

There's only a week left to find out if Sprint customers can give their Moto X a make-over, and honestly, it's about time Motorola spreads the love.

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Forget 4G, even faster LTE Advanced is here - sort of

Forget 4G, even faster LTE Advanced is here - sort of

EE has switched on the UK's first LTE Advanced mobile network, a little over a year since it launched 4G in Britain - offering theoretical speeds of up to 300Mbps.

That's a considerably more than the 30Mbps top speed touted on its current 4G network and also easily eclipses the 60Mbps top speed offered by EE's double speed 4G, which is now available in 20 towns and cities.

It's worth taking note of those "theoretical speeds" though, as average usage is likely to come way below the quoted maximums. That said, it will still be darn quick.

Here's the catch

If those quoted speeds have got your heart racing then sit down and take a few deep breaths: it's not all good news. The LTE Advanced network has only be deployed in the Tech City area of East London and will be rolled out to the rest of the capital throughout 2014.

You won't be able to take advantage of these super speeds just yet either, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, there are currently no handsets available in the UK which support this next-generation service.

Secondly, EE will be hand picking specific business partners to trial the service, predominantly through a mobile broadband offering rather than a mobile phone solution.

So when you can expect to be able to take advantage of LTE Advanced? Well EE reckons the first handsets will arrive in the UK in the middle of 2014, which is when it expects to be able to offer the service commercially.

In the meantime we're stuck with boring old 4G. Hmph.

BlackBerry shares nosedive following revised investment offer

BlackBerry shares nosedive following revised investment offer

Shares in troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry have plunged to their lowest in a decade after the Canadian company failed to find a buyer.

BlackBerry's shares fell 17% on Monday evening to $6.43 on the Nasdaq after the company scrapped a $3 billion rescue bid from Fairfax Financial Holdings (FFH), its largest individual shareholder. It will instead receive $1 billion investment from FFH and a group consisting of "Other Institutional Investors".

The investment, which has a seven-year term, is a loan that can be converted into BlackBerry common stock at $10 per share down the line. It means that the investor group could potentially own around 16% of the company.

According to a report by news agency Reuters, BlackBerry had been in talks with several companies including Cisco, Google, SAP, Lenovo, Samsung and Intel about selling parts or all of its units.

BlackBerry has also announced a change in leadership, with CEO Thorsten Heins leaving the company. John S Chen, who is taking over as executive chairman and will act as interim CEO, was formerly at the helm of software and services company Sybase, which was acquired by applications giant SAP in May 2010 for $5.8 billion.

Public affair

Remaining public could dent BlackBerry's chances of a turnaround, according to analysts. Ovum Chief Telecoms analyst Jan Dawson said: "Fairfax's investment will buy the company some time, which it badly needs, but the company needs a new strategy more than ever.

"If Fairfax had taken the company private, it could have kept that strategy to itself. But with BlackBerry remaining a public company, Chen and Fairfax Chairman and CEO Prem Watsa need to start communicating that new strategy very soon to inspire confidence in a turnaround.

The smartphone maker was name Canada's most valuable company in 2008 with a market value of $83 billion and peaked in 2011, shipping 51.5 million handsets. That fell to 32.5 million in 2012 and is expected to drop to 23 million in 2013.

Windows Phone continues march across Europe, UK growth beats iOS, Android

Windows Phone continues march across Europe, UK growth beats iOS, Android

Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating system was the only of the 'big three' to experience growth in its UK market share during the last few months, a report published on Monday has claimed.

While still largely dominant over the chasing pack Apple's iOS (27 per cent) and Google's Android software (58.4 per cent) both experienced slight dips in their respective shares during Q3 of 2013, Kantar reports.

Windows Phone on the other hand boosted its share to 11.4 per cent, which is nearly three times higher than the 4.2 per cent it enjoyed this time last year.

The jump can be almost entirely attributed to improved sales of the rapidly expanding and improving Nokia Lumia range, as other manufacturers' interest in the platform has diminished rapidly.

Bigger than iPhone

That's not where the good news ends for Microsoft though. If the figures are accurate, it can now claim to be more popular than the iPhone in Italy.

Windows Phone enjoys a 13.7 per cent share of the Italian market compared with 10.2 per cent for iOS. Overall, across the entire region, Kandar reports around a 10 per cent share for Windows Phone.

The analysts expect Apple to bounce back strongly in the fourth quarter thanks to the launch of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in September, so Microsoft's is likely to give back a bit of ground.

Overall, the news is good for Microsoft as it continues its slow, but steady, progress. However, while offering up a "huzzah!" for Windows Phone, spare a thought for poor old BlackBerry. Its UK share is down to 3.1 per cent.

via The Next Web

BlackBerry smartphones are here to stay, says company's new CEO

BlackBerry smartphones are here to stay, says company's new CEO

There are more twists and turns to the BlackBerry saga than a 99-cent romance novel, but one thing you can expect to stick around is the company's handset business.

Speaking with Reuters, interim CEO John Chen said there are no plans to shutter the loss-making smartphone side of BlackBerry's racket.

He added that BlackBerry has resources to pull a 180.

"I know we have enough ingredients to build a long-term sustainable business," he told Reuters. "I have done this before and seen the same movie before."

Phone it in

Chen, who is replacing Thorsten Heins, didn't elaborate on what kind of phones BlackBerry would keep making. The company said in September it is ditching consumer handsets and instead focusing on enterprise and "prosumer-centric targeted devices."

It also said it would cut its phone portfolio from six to four.

Flush with $1 billion (about £62m, AU$1.05b) in fresh investor funding, BlackBerry could use some of that money to rebuild its smartphones business. One place it won't find its way is to certain executive salaries, as Chen plans to shake up BlackBerry's upper ranks by bringing in new members and promoting others from within.

Chen said he expects a turnaround to take at least six quarters. We wish him luck, but the old CEO promised a turnaround too, and now he's out of a job.

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