Rumors of a “Facebook Phone” have been making rounds in the rumor mill for years, with many believing that there is a gap in the market waiting to be filled for a strong social media-powered smartphone. And today, HTC took the wraps off their HTC First Android powered smartphone which will come laced with Facebook Home right out of the box. We got all the details right after the break.
Way before smartphones became popular, users spent most of their time using applications on their computers, with some web browsing on the side. Despite the growth of the Web over the last few years, it turns out that the habits of users are still much the same: choosing locally installed apps over websites. This is even true on smartphones, according to a study performed by an American market research company. More details can be found after the jump.
Since the release of Windows 8 last year, Microsoft has not stopped the development of Windows for a second. More evidence of an upcoming version of Windows, code named “Blue”, have emerged as a new build has leaked onto the Web. While the release looks overall similar to Windows 8, there have been quite a few changes that are worthy of note.
For the longest of time, we have known that Sony has been preparing a new console launch, which was finally confirmed when the company held an event in New York City late last month showing off the technical aspects of the upcoming PlayStation 4. It has not, however, shown off the new hardware design, leaving many to speculate what the next console may look like. A new artist-created render shows off just what might be in store for the next PlayStation.
All users of Android, and definitely most readers of this website, are likely familiar with Google Play Store, Android’s online directory that connects users with a vast library of Google-approved third-party content, ranging from music and video to third-party apps and e-books. If a newly leaked video today is any indication, Google is getting ready for a major refresh for Google Play, with enhanced features and a much-improved design.
The final build of iOS 6.1.3 has made its way to the end-users, with bug fixes and improvements over the prior release. Those who are more interested on customizing their devices by jailbreaking, then there’s both good and bad news. Apple has patched Evasi0n untethered jailbreak exploits for iPhone 5 and other newer devices, as confirmed by the company here. So if you accidently updated to 6.1.3, there is no way for you to untether-jailbreak your device. For never devices, there is no option to downgrade to older firmware either. But if you happen to have A4 powered iOS device, you can tether jailbreak iOS 6.1.3, full details after the jump.
Several years back, the BlackBerry was the dominant smartphone platform among consumers and business users, until the iPhone revolutionized the space 6 years ago. One of the main aspects that made the iPhone so relevant was a then-revolutionary and user-friendly touch-based user interface, which has been left largely unchanged till today. According to BlackBerry chief Thorsten Heins, the current iPhone user interface is in dire need for a revamp.
Despite the release of the Galaxy S4 last week, many Android users are looking at which further software upgrades will be available for their devices, especially amid rumors of an upcoming major Android refresh, Android 5.0. According to a credible report, it seems like the Galaxy S III, along with the Galaxy Note II and a whole range of Samsung devices unveiled over the last year, will receive the upgrade once it becomes available.
Unless your Internet access has been cut off over the last few days, you are likely aware that Samsung showed off its new smartphone, the Galaxy S4, at a high-profile event in New York City. Right across the pond, in the United Kingdom, major retailer Phones4U has revealed that pre-orders of the new Galaxy S4 smartphone have vastly exceeded pre-registrations for previous models, an early sign that Samsung has managed to “woo” customers with its new device, at least in Britain.
Yesterday, many technology enthusiasts across the world spent the evening (or otherwise the early hours of their mornings) watching Samsung show off the new Galaxy S4 smartphone at its event in New York. While many have already made up their minds and will order the new phone, Samsung is being kind enough not to leave Galaxy S III users out in the cold: indeed, according to a Samsung spokesman, many of the software features on the new device will be pushed to the Galaxy S III in the very near future, as part of an Android software update.