Handset and tablet makers rolled out their wares during Mobile World Congress 2014, and we got our hands on quite a number of gadgets, not the least of which is Lenovo's latest tablet and smartphones. In case you missed our on-the-floor coverage this past week, we've rounded up what Lenovo was up to.
Mobile World Congress 2014 has neared its end, and over the course of the last few days we got a good look at what it had to offer. Among the plethora of devices was offerings from the biggest chipmakers, among them being Qualcomm. We've rounded up some of the biggest news from the chip maker this past week.
There’s a set of three devices that’ve been revealed over the past week by Sony int he Xperia line of smartphones and tablets for Sony. That is the Sony Xperia M2, the smallest and least powerful of the three, and the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet. These three devices will be rolling out on the top and mid-tier, while the Xperia Z1 Compact is the smallest of the crew.
This week a little more than 24 hours after Nokia X was revealed at MWC 2014, we had a chat with Nokia VP of Developer Relations Amit Patel about what his team was doing to pull in device-ready Android apps. Nokia X does not come with the Google collection of apps right out of the box - this means you’ll be working with Nokia and Microsoft’s Android apps for starters, supplemented by a set of apps coming from the new Android-based Nokia Store (app store, that is). As Patel explains, Nokia is using a modified version of the tried-and-true Lumia-based developer program to draw in new creators.
Microsoft could slash the Windows Phone licensing fee it charges manufacturers to use the OS by nearly three-quarters, reports from handset makers indicate, as the company tries to drive adoption in developing markets on more affordable devices. Exactly what tithe Microsoft demands for each OS install has never been officially confirmed, but according to one manufacturer yet to jump on the Windows Phone train, the rumored $23-30 per device figure widely circulated might be cut by as much as 70-percent. Ironically, the cut comes just as Microsoft gets close to acquiring a project intended to bridge Windows Phone and developing markets.
This week we’ve had a chat with Nokia’s Amit Patel, VP of Developer Relations to gain as accurate a perspective of both Nokia and Microsoft’s aim with the Nokia X as possible. Monday the phone brand revealed that they had, indeed, been working on an Android device for some time - the Nokia X - as well as a couple more iterations of their vision for their first delivery of Android on hardware for the public. It may be Android, but it’s been made abundantly clear that neither Nokia nor Microsoft intend for users to leave their brands behind once they’ve gone their shade of green.
As hotly-anticipated smartphones go, the Samsung Galaxy S5 ranked up there alongside the new iPhone, with all eyes on the dominant force in Android handsets at Mobile World Congress this year. Samsung didn't stint on the show, opening the launch with a full orchestra and then running through the new specs - fingerprint biometrics, a 16-megapixel camera, and more - in a huge press event that also saw it revamp its wearable companion range. As the dust settles, follow us on past the cut for all the key details about the new Galaxy S5.
Could you comfortably read at 1,000 words per minute? That's what startup Spritz claims, revealing a new reading technology aimed at phones, ereaders, and tablets, but also smaller displays like smartwatches and Glass-style wearables, that by showing one word at a time, can allow people to consume text at vastly increased rates, without missing out on comprehension.
Google never made a play for WhatsApp despite reports of an unsuccessful $10bn bid for the messaging service, Senior VP Sundar Pichai says, though talks of collaboration between the firms did apparently take place. WhatsApp, which Facebook announced earlier this month it would acquire for a whopping $19bn, was never a target for purchase according to Pichai, with "press reports to the contrary" being "simply untrue."