Samsung to Launch New Bada Phones in Q1 of 2013


Just when almost everyone was under the impression that the Korean mobile manufacturer had already dropped its flagship operating system, Samsung reaffirmed its support for Bada. They did this by announcing  at the IFA in Berlin that new handsets under the Bada platform will be released in the first quarter of next year.

Kang-Hyun Kwon, Senior Vice President of Media Solution Center, Samsung Electronics, referred to the Bada operating system as “a child who grew up and grew well. Now he can run and it’s time to run faster.” Aside from the fact that they have already confirmed that the new Bada handsets are already in the development stage, this statement confirms the company’s faith in their own platform.

Kwon also confirmed that there would be no need to change the development strategy of the operating system and that everything is already well on their way.

According to market research by Gartner, Bada has become the fifth most popular mobile operating system in the world, overcoming (at least for now) Microsoft Windows Phones. This is based on the mobile  market sales reports in the first quarter of this year. For the first time since its launch in mid-2010, the family of Samsung Wave phones entered the top 10 best-selling phones in the global market.

Well, we have to wait for the CES in Las Vegas in January, and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February as this is where Samsung is set to make their final announcement about their new Bada line before releasing the units into the market. Let’s keep fingers crossed and hope that this new line of Samsung phones will be at par with the current smartphone leaders. 

Motorola Closes their Doors to the Asia Pacific Market

BGR reports that  Motorola  has shut down their doors to the Asia Pacific market. However, they have not completely shut down their sales as a few of these winged mobile units can till be bought in Korea and Australia. But that is not to say that Motorola could be on its way to recovering their slump.

The decision to shut down sales in Asia Pacific was due to the dismissal of 20% of their domestic labor force. This move forced trade policies to drastically reduce internal business operations in the Asian territory. Major reconstructing in the company’s overall operations would need to be done and that is the main reason behind shutting down sales.

Motorola will continue to sell their existing mobile phone units until supplies last. After which, they will finally close down the company while negotiations for acquisition are still underway. As of writing, the number one bidder for Motorola is Google. It seems that an acquisition is the best way to go given that Motorola seems unable to keep up with the current mobile phone trends. Working with one of top search engine companies in the world would certainly help not only keep Motorola afloat, but also allow it to grow to heights that would not have been imaginable.

 

Skydrive for Android Finally Launched

After the long wait, Microsoft has finally released  SkyDrive for Android.

If you are not familiar with Skydrive, it is a synched cloud storage program. From your desktop computer, laptop, and now your Android device, you get access to all the files you need even when you’re on the go. You no longer need to carry around an external storage device as all you need is an internet connection and your mobile phone and you’re set to go!

Not only will you be able to save and access your files anytime, anywhere. But you will also have the ability to share your documents to people you are working with. That will make work collaboration so much easier.

Features of Skydrive for Android:

  •  Access to all content on SkyDrive including files that other people share with you.
  • View recently used documents.
  • Select multiple photos or video to upload from your phone.
  • Share files and photos: send a link via e-mail or other apps.
  • Open your file in SkyDrive other Android app.
  • Manage your files: delete or create new folders.

Skydrive for Android can be downloaded for free at the Google Play Store. However, it will only work with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating systems and up. It’s worthy to note that this application has received a star rating of 4.3 on Google Play so if you are in need of a cloud storage system that can be accessed from your Android device, Skydrive for Android is definitely worth a try!

Samsung Galaxy S2 Crystal Edition – The Perfect Smartphone for the Perfect Girl

 

 

Being the flagship smartphone unit of Korean company Samsung, it’s not surprise that their development team have directed their efforts into making the S3 more marketable by launching a variety of colors for the unit. What came as a surprise though is that they seem to have not forgotten about the former top range Samsung S2.

Perhaps the S2 still remains as the best selling Samsung smartphone because now they have also launched a version that is especially dedicated to the female market in terms of aesthetics – the Samsung Galaxy S2 Crystal Edition. This pretty thing can be easily distinguished by its white rear shell  that is studded with 129 Swarovski crystals.

As far as technical specifications goes, the Samsung S2 Crystal Edition still bears all the power that placed the S2 at the top of the best selling smartphones of the previous year. However, women would have to be ready to pay a hefty price to be toting around this gorgeous smartphone as it is set to retail at 599 euros  when it is released in October.

Samsung S2 Crystal Edition Specifications:

  • 4.3 inch Screen
  • 1.2 Ghz dual core Processor
  • Rear 8 MP camera
  • Front 2 mp camera

 

Samsung has already announced that the Samsung S2 Crystal Edition will be their star at the 2012 IFS.

10 Billion Apps Downloaded from the App Store in Just 6 Months


Only five months ago, the Cupertino company announced the milestone of 25 billion downloads from the App Store. The update in this figure shows the 30 billion downloads accumulated in June, three months later. The graphical representation above highlights a very positive outcome for the App Store. It clearly shows of yet another record breaking accomplishment by Apple. The published chart from Business Insider shows the trend of downloads made from the App Store over the years  since its introduction back in 2008 when it was announced together with the Apple iPhone SDK 1.0 .

Fact is, in the first half of the store iOS has already reached the threshold of 10 billion downloads. Just to appreciate the magnitude of this figure, think that in 2010 (considering the entire year) the download had stopped to 7 billion, while last year – 2011 – market studies have shown that it increased to 10 billion.

In just six months, thanks to the kindness of the developers who strive daily to provide quality games and applications for iDevices, Apple’s App Store was able to reach a number of downloads equal to those made in the entire previous year. At the end of the year, they are actually looking at achieve 20 billion downloads.

This is a good news for the Cupertino company. Of course, they own their success to their consumers and team of highly creative mobile application developers who continually strive to come up with engaging applications. Apple has promised to continue doing their best to be able to cater to the needs of all iDevice owners.

Price for Windows Pro 8 to Increase to $199 After January 31

According to sources close to Microsoft,, the price in the store for Windows 8 Pro will change from $69.99USD to $199 after the promotion expires January 31, 2013. However, anyone in possession of a license of Windows can take advantage of an online promotion to download Windows 8 Pro for $39.99USD from the Microsoft website. Currently though, license for the Windows 8 Pro still retails for only $69.99.

The pricing may seem quite hard to understand at first but it is actually quite simple.

If you already have a license to any of the previous Windows operating system releases, you can upgrade your system to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99 USD. Microsoft has not released any statement as to whether or not this price may change in the future. This price of course, is only valid for those that choose to download the upgrade from the Microsoft website. Should you choose to have your system upgraded elsewhere, you may have to pay a different price.  It’s a different thing when it comes to users who purchased a new Windows 7 PC from 2 June 2012 to 31 January 2013. They can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro only $14.99USD.

For those who will be purchasing a new PC after the 31st of January would have to pay the full price of $199 for the Windows 8 Pro Operating System.

Android ICS for Sony 2011 Xperia Models Will Be Released This Week

A few days ago, Sony announced an exciting update for their Xperia smartphones. After officially launching the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sony Xperia P, the Japanese manufacturer is confirmed the arrival of a new series of updates dedicated to Xperia phones released in 2011.

More specifically, a new firmware update to Android 4.0.4 is available for models Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia mini, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Xperia ray this week. The update will address the list of bugs and will also include certain components that will relatively improve the perfomance of your Xperia phone. The actual availability of the update may vary depending on the market and possible branding made by mobile telecom service providers.

The next set of devices to receive the update are the Xperia mini pro, Xperia Neo L and Live with Walkman . For these models, the release of the update  should be expected in the coming weeks.

The update will be distributed over-the-air or OTA for Xperia units that have already been upgraded to Android ICS. However, if your unit was preinstalled with an Android Gingerbread OS, you will be  required to connect to a Windows PC via PC Companion or Bridge for Mac .

Sony is well-known not only for their timely release of software and firmware updates, but for their customer service. They make it  a point to periodically send out bulletins informing their consumers of updates so as to keep them happy.