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Sony releases kernel source for Xperia Z; gets some brownie points

The kernel source for the Sony Xperia Z is now available. It is almost one month prior to the actual launch of the smartphone. It is impressive news for the open source developer group and it gives the Japanese mobile phone manufacturer some points. Sony has forever an astounding track record of launching source code for the developer community upon the launch of its thingies.

Sony releases kernel sources that are absolute, compilable, precisely working. There is not much anyone can perform with this smartphone kernel at this instant, though they can see what the thingy will seem like when it releases. Sony sets a great example of what an Original Equipment Manufacturer must do, hopefully other manufacturers will follow its lead.

The Sony Xperia Z is Sony 2013 flagship smartphone, it is anticipating that their thingy will earn them a lot of revenue in the Android marketplace. The Sony Xperia Z flaunts a 5inch Full High Definition screen, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core central processing unit, 16 GB of built in storage capacity with a micro SD card slot for expandable memory space, 2 GB of RAM, 13 MP rear facing snapper, 2.2 MP front facing snapper, 2,330mAh battery, will run on Android v4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Xperia Z got a lot of hype at Consumers Electronics Show for its sturdy body. It is expected to be launched by the conclusion of this month in the United Kingdom, other markets sometime in the month of March. It will be accessible in black, white, purple.

EE decreases 4G cost, offers Lumia 920 at discounted price

If you have been thinking about moving to the Nokia Lumia 920 for an opportunity to play with super fast 4G, then it recently got less expensive thanks to a plethora of fresh price plans from EE.
The network operator earlier called Everything Everywhere has declared lots of new 4G EE price plans which will begin from 31st January (though will merely stay around until 31st March).

You will be able to lay your hands on a fresh package, beginning at £31 each month on a twenty four months deal (which comprises of unlimited UK calls messages, 500 MB of free mobile data usage the facility to lay your hands on the Nokia Lumia 920 or Nokia Lumia 820). In simple words, that is a fancy smartphone with a swift connection with a saving of £90 on current EE plans.

EE are also releasing a fresh SIM Only 12 months 8 GB deal for £41 each month as well as a fresh Super User deal that gives 20 GB of mobile data, which will be priced at £46 each month.
With 4G becoming accessible in several markets shortly, there will be a load of plans to take into account, though for the time being, it does not seem too bad at all if you are desperate to begin utilizing 4G get yourself a new smartphone.

So guys, what do you think about the new plans from EE? Use the comments section given below to express your views.

Seven mobile operating systems coming your way in 2013

In 2013, we are ready a sudden surge in the number of operating systems. After BlackBerry 10 Os, there are several other platforms ready to enter the smartphone souk. Have a look:

Ubuntu Mobile:

Linux based Ubuntu is set to make its market debut this year. The founder of Ubuntu states that minimum requirements of this OS are dual core central processing unit 512 MB of RAM. Merely a few applications will be accessible for this OS, though since Android is also made on Linux, all the applications can be tweaked to go with it.

In spite of the lack of applications, Ubuntu has been respected for its web surfing experience its compatibility with a laptop dock.

Firefox OS:
Mozilla has launched the developer version of two smartphones working on its mobile operating system. It is cloud based aiming at budget conscious users.

Since Firefox operating system is based on standards based web technologies such as HTML, CSS and Javascript, it is a great option for developers. The major design elements of the OS are same to Android, though being a cloud based operating system gives it the benefit of affordable price points on smartphones.

Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie):
Sources claim that the new edition of Android will be known as Key Lime Pie guess is prevalent that it will be showed on the forthcoming LG Optimus G2 or Samsung Galaxy S4, although nothing has been affirmed.

iOS 7:
When it releases in 2013, Apple iOS 7 will pump up the most famous lineup of mobile devices iPhones, iPads iPods. It is anticipated to arrive with a plethora of fresh attributes assist enhance the Maps Siri experience for Apple owners.

Along with it, the next upgrade in the firm mobile operating system is also anticipated to fetch NFC capable Passbook application in iPhones other Apple thingies, as the firm just filed a patent for the same.

Tizen:

Tizen is a mobile OS based on Nokia MeeGo platform stared when Samsung Intel joined hands to make a HTML5 mobile platform for smartphones, slates, televisions other widgets. Moreover the Software Development Kit (SDK) for the OS is already out for application developers.

Sailfish:
An offshoot of the Nokia MeeGo platform, Sailfish operating system is developed by developers who are working on the OS at the Finnish manufacturer. Jolla is the manufacturer making this OS aspiring to fetch a new UI functionalities to marketplace so as to distinguish itself from Android operating system.

Old wine in new bottle; Samsung announces Galaxy Young and Fame

It is raining handsets! After the unveiling of the premium Blackberry Z10, it is time to look at some affordable smartphones. Samsung has uncovered Samsung Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame in South Korea, and of course these handsets will head to other markets as well, including the United Kingdom.

Both the devices seem a lot similar to the Galaxy S3, and left us wondering why the Asian manufacturer cannot hire some designers to work on a new layout.

Moving on, the Galaxy Fame comes with somewhat better attributes than the Young with a 3.5inch 480 x 320 pixels screen, 1GHz central processing unit, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB internal memory space, 5 MP snapper, VGA front snapper, Near Field Communication, 1,300mAh battery Android Jelly Bean.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Young comes with a 3.27inch, 480 x 320 resolution LCD, 1 GHz COU, 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB internal of storage space with micro SD card slot, 3MP fixed focus snapper, VGA video recording at 24fps, Bluetooth, WiFi, A GPS, digital compass, Android v4.1 Jelly Bean a 1,300mAh battery.

And depending upon the market, dual SIM facility could be bestowed upon them as well. In developing countries, it is a very popular feature in mobile phone deals. So it makes sense for Samsung to offer dual SIM variants.

Obviously, both the handsets offer Jelly Bean handsets for masses. Hopefully, we will get the first glimpse of these devices at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. And then they will make their eventual passage into the market.

RIM to offer films, songs and TV content for BB 10 users

The January 30 release of BlackBerry 10 is only a few days away, in preparation, RIM unveiled a revamped BlackBerry App market on Monday.

This store will provide a plethora of films, television shows, songs all beneath one convenient umbrella.

Although physical BlackBerry 10 smartphones have yet to be precisely disclosed, making certain users can receive all of their media requirements from one place is an intelligent move by the Canadian mobile phone manufacturer.
Blackberry 10
Several different BlackBerry 10 smartphones, such as the L series, have been leaked or found in FCC documents, though until the thingies emerge, those anticipating will have to be satisfied knowing only what software awaits.

bbTunes:

RIM has stated that BlackBerry app store will provide an impressive music video catalogue accessible on a smartphone.
It will provid
e majority of films the similar day as the retail disc launch, will initially partner with several studios such as 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios.
In addition, 15 television networks will make their content accessible on it, counting the types of ABC, NBC Universal, Warner Bros.

The videos will be accessible for buy or rental, but the service will merely be accessible in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada to begin with.

Luckily, the songs selection will be prominent in many more nations, with 18 dissimilar marketplaces (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, India, etc.) obtainable to start with.
There is also a broader variety of publishers making their catalogues obtainable DRM free to this store, offering users the chance to buy Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music group, Matador Records, etc.

Decreasing prices:

Although Research in Motion did not revealed what it will be charges for the content in the BlackBerry market the company did just introduce a few fresh price deductions on the BB store.
As per the BlackBerry Developer Blog, the enhancements are merely being witnessed in nations that utilize the Euro the United Kingdom at the moment, though must be releasing out to the other markets shortly.
In the United Kingdom the minimum pricing has fallen from £1.00 to £0.75, with the Euro costs varying from one market to another.

For any user with real items already up for grabs, the enhancements will occur automatically.

MWC 2013: Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung has huge plan for the forthcoming Mobile World Congress 2013. Samsung president head of mobile communications, JK Shin unintentionally affirmed that the manufacturer will unveil the Galaxy Note 8.0 at the conference, as stated by Korean News Daily. The Galaxy Note 8 will arrive with a High Definition screen will offer a quad core 1.5 GHz Samsung Exynos mobile central processing unit. It will also bundle the S Pen will flaunt the TouchWiz user experience layered on Android v4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

The Galaxy Note 8 will sit between the present Galaxy Note products with touchscreen sizes ranging between 5.3 to 10.1inches.

Galaxy Note 8.0 will sport a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution 8 inches screen that will also come with S Pen input. It will come with 2 GB RAM 16 or 32 GB on board memory space.

The South Korean manufacturer would not confess this; however it aspires to attract users who want to buy a 7incher tablet. Making it a bit bigger than the usual tablets in the segment, Samsung has once again copied Apple. The iPad mini also flaunts a 7.9 inches screen.

We think it is a nice idea to offer a tablet like this. The Note is already popular, and cashing in the fame of the series makes quite good sense.

So guys, what do you think about this upcoming slate? you can use the comments section given below.

Rumor: Samsung set to uncover Galaxy Xcover 2 at Mobile World Congress 2013

Samsung is showcasing the successor to its tough S5690 Galaxy Xcover smart phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Considering the code name Skomer the S7110 Galaxy Xcover 2 is expected to flaunt a larger 4inches touchscreen of WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) resolution, while the previous one was flaunting a 3.65inches HVGA (320 x 480) unit. The snapper has been increased from 3.2 MP to 5 MP there is also a 0.3MP front viewing now. Internal memory space is 4 GB though users can increase it through micro SD card slot.

The battery is expected to be 1700 mAh capacity, which is a bit more than the 1500mAh of its predecessor. The Galaxy Xcover 2 will arrive with Android Jelly Bean (either 4.1 or 4.2) accompanied by the Samsung newest TouchWiz with Nature UX.

The usual plethora of connectivity facilities are there too HSPA+ up to 21.1 Mbps, WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Global Positioning System, etc. sadly, we do not have any information about LTE connectivity.

Finally the smartphone will arrive in two color schemes Titan Gray and Black/Red. We also expect more colour options to join pretty soon.

As the Xcover was, it will also be sturdy enough to withstand any conditions. Many users value such tough handsets, and the new version will certainly attract plenty of buyers.

Keep in mind that the above stated features are subject to be different before the thingy goes official. And do not forget to give your view through the comments section given below.

UK Mobile Network EE finally gets HTC One SV

The UK high speed mobile broadband infrastructure will begin to get in shape correctly next week, when Ofcoms 4G sale will get bidders for the fresh LTE spectrum prior to the wider roll out.

Till then, it is still very much EEs party, the United Kingdom exclusive 4G network operator appears intent on making the most of its advantaged place, increasing its handset lineup with the inclusion of the HTC One SV.

Agreements for the HTC One SV on EE began at £36 for each month for a two years contract featuring a free device 500 MB of data a fairly modest grant that majority of users will burn through rapidly given super fast downloading speeds. Increase the amount to £46 each month users can relish in a healthier sounding 3GB to have fun with.

All EE plans come with unlimited calls texts, though the tariffs still appear on the steep side considering that it is surely a mid range phone option.

Released in December 2012, the One SV is related to the HTC One S, which was launched in April 2012. The fresh model includes 4G connectivity a micro SD card slot, although other features are downgraded: the touchscreen resolution (800 x 480 pixels Vs 960 x 540 pixels, in that order), camera lens (5 megapixel Vs 8 megapixel), internal memory space (8GB Vs 16GB) are all clear compromises.

The HTC One SV flaunts a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip clocking at 1.2GHz, also sports Beats Audio improvements Near Field Communication technology.

Apple marketing chief dismisses possibility of iPhone mini

The marketing chief at the Cupertino based manufacturer has declined all the rumours about the rumoured and surprising iPhone mini.

Rumours about a smaller and cheaper iPhone surfaced a few days back, and some trusted newspapers confirmed the possibility. Rumours stated that Apple is aiming to enter the untested affordable segment. The move was also aimed at alluring consumers in developing markets.

If the rumours come out to be true, then you will be able to buy an iPhone at an inexpensive price. But, as Apple official has dismissed any possibility, do not expect much.

The cheap iPhone mini could also affect the brand value of this series. We do not anticipate Apple to come out with anything affordable smartphone.

Wall Street Journal hints iPhone mini debut in 2013

Many sources have hinted towards the forthcoming reasonable iPhone earlier, though when the Wall Street Journal is affirming the guess, we have to listen.

The Journal simply arrived with a story that the Cupertino based manufacturer is working on a cheaper iPhone smartphone to arrive as soon as this year, and cited individuals briefed with this issue.

Whilst the previous rumour was that this market expanding iPhone will strive for a bigger touchscreen, WSJ states that it will truly look like the existing iPhone, though feature different, convenient to produce materials for the body, similar to the light sturdy polycarbonate that the S3 the Lumia 920 are made with, in the place of the costly glass metal alloy body that covers the iPhone 5.

This will actually represent the biggest change for the affordable iPhone edition, with other existing components going straight into it, whilst anything new the American manufacturer arrives with will be retained for its nobler more costly yearly version that should come in the summer.

Apple is not unfamiliar to offering different editions, sizes and colours for different tastes, as they do with the iPod range, if the rumour about a mass market iPhone in 2013 comes out to be true, it will be apparent that Apple is assertively aspiring to conquer market share from archenemy Android with a rapid change in its strategy.

So guys, what do you think about this issue? Let us know through the comments section given below.