At an event in New York, Spotify announced a new music streaming service for both Android and iOS. “We don’t want to make another radio-type service,” Ek said. “We want to make something that’s really great — that really fits into people’s lives.” You can see that the service is not ad supported, but that doesn’t mean you have all you need. The service is designed to play random tracks, in a “shuffle”-like mode. So you can’t make your own playlists and stuff. Nonetheless, good place to start.
Source: The Verge
Qualcomm has announced today that it has launched a new chipset for entry level smartphones, and this little guy has awesome features. The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset is manufactured using the 28mm process technology, and comes with 4G LTE World Mode. That’s an awesome feature to have on an entry level smartphone. Also, the Snapdragon 410 is capable of 64 bit processing, along with accelerated graphics performance with the Adreno 306 GPU. The chipset is capable of handling 1080p videos, and can support up to 13 mega pixel cameras. Not just that, for developing markets, the new Snapdragon 410 chipset can support not just two, but up to three SIM cards.
If you are looking for a new smartphone, Samsung has something for you, hopefully. There have been rumors in the past that the South Korean smartphone giant may be outing a new smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy J. The rumor says that the smartphone would be announced on the 9th. Now that it is the 9th, we have a new video by the company, teasing a new phone. You could guess that this it the Galaxy J (possibly) by the use of theword “Just” so many times in the video. The video also says that the smartphone is made “Just for you”.
It looks like Instagram is going to debut a new service in a while, a messaging service if the rumors hold good. The company is hosting an event next week in New York City, and CEO Kevin Systrom is the host. The company has sent out invitations to people, and is asking them to “share a moment” with the Instagram team. The invitation is also said to be accompanied by a woodblock print of a square, filtered photograph. And this suggests a photo printing service. Well, you can never be too sure about these things.
Source: The Verge
If you are looking for a new smartphone, you might want to check out this new ad by Samsung. The ad is for the promotion of its newest flagship, the Galaxy Note 3. The ad tries to brief you on the new hardware, software, and design features of the new smartphone, and why/how it is better than the competition. The ad is right, if you want it to be, or not if you don’t want it to be. The ad does really give you some of the reasons why the Note 3 would be a better choice. But then again, people call it gimmicky.
Source: Android Authority
If you are looking for a new smartphone, its better you wait for a few more weeks. As @evleaks points out, there are a couple of new devices expected to be released soon, and both of these are quite high end. The Samsung SM-N7505 resembles the Galaxy Note 3 a lot. And the LG D830 resembles the new Google Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 has the model numbers D820 and D821. So which is this new D830. And the Galaxy Note 3 has the model numbe SM-N900x. You can get more info about these two smartphones at the source link below.
Source: Android Authority
If you are in France and are looking for a new device, you would probably be interested in the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Advance. The smartphone comes with the most appreciated and the most wanted system on chip for smartphones today, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Apart from this fast processor, the smartphone also supports higher mobile data speeds of up to 150Mbps thanks to LTE-A support. Orange France is selling this for €689.90 off contract. If you want to take the smartphone with a two year contract, you’ll have to commit on a €79.90 per month plan, and shell out €69.90 for the device upfront.
Do you think Samsung’s final days in the smartphone industry are nearing? Well, according to so many people in the industry, the company is losing ground to Apple, the opposite of what many people had expected at the beginning of this year. And to deal with this issue and come up with a proper strategy for the next year, the South Korean smartphone giant has invited 600 of its global management staff to a “management team gathering” to “discuss the strategies for next year.” Much of this discussion will be about ‘Crisis Awareness’, as ZDNet Korea reports. With the sales of the Galaxy S4 not going as expected, and the Note 3 being the only hope for the year, I think Samsung kind of needs this. What do you think?
Source: Apple Insider
The South Korean smartphone giant has released yet another 5+ inch smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. The smartphone comes with a 5.25 inch screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 16:9. There is a quad core 1.2 GHz processor with 8 GB of internal memory, with an external microSD card slot. Also, there is a 2,600 mAh battery to keep the device up and running. There is an 8 mega pixel camera on the rear end, and two SIM card slots. There is no LTE support though. And yeah, this is not coming to the US according to reports.
Source: Tech Spot
In the beginning, I remember buying a microSD card for each smartphone I owned, and manually syncing content between them to keep them all up to date. This was because the internal storage on these smartphones was very less for my needs. But lately, there have been a number of cloud storage services and they sync all your data across all your devices, including PC, smartphones, and tablets. This is just what I ever wanted. I’ve got addicted to Google’s Drive for documents and spread sheets, and love the awesome collaborative work feature on that. For my other files, such as my Eclipse projects and others, I prefer Dropbox and Mega, both awesome services. And there is always Google’s Music service for getting my music online. So, I’ve eliminated the need for a microSD card. What about you?
Source: Phone Dog