Motorola hasn’t really set the world on fire since it was acquired by Google a few years ago. Yeah, the Moto X is a pretty damn good Android phone, but it’s not a game changer. But with Ara, they haven’t just launched a single smartphone, but an entire open hardware smartphone platform that very well could set the world on fire, by opening up smartphone development in the way that Android did and on the same grand scale.
Right now when you get a new smartphone, you have to choose between the best camera, best processor, screen size and resolution, battery life, etc etc. But with the Ara platform, you’ll be able to upgrade your smartphone bit by bit cheaply and easily just like you can with a PC. Swap out the camera, swap out the battery, swap out a screen, swap out the processor just as easy as popping together pieces of Lego.
Yesterday, while Apple was showing off its super light Retina iPads new Macs, Nokia was holding its own presser in Abu Dhabi, where it was showing off its new gadgets. Among things of interest to people who like the Lumia phones for their “real” camera lens and optical zoom, here’s one more carrot: The Lumia 1520 and 1020 will now be able to shoot and save your photos in RAW format for maximum image processing ability. Time to up that game, Apple.
Even though a very thorough repair manual for the Nexus 5 leaked last week, so we know every bit of technical information, until a few days ago, we hadn’t seen the phone itself or the price. Thanks to some butter-fingered person behind the Google Play store, images of the Nexus 5 have hit the web, including a small home screen look at Android KitKat and a price of $349.
Google is hard at work at the newest Nexus phone, partnering with LG to build the device, but it appears that a leaked service manual has already revealed practically everything you would possibly want to know about the LG Nexus except for the price. That’s a big fucking leak.
Android Police has reported on a document that presents itself as a draft internal Service Manual for the LG-D821 — revealing a 4.95 inch Nexus device with a 1080p display that runs on a Snapdragon 800 processor and a 2300mAh battery. Memory-wise it comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, while for photos it has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera.
The North Korean government is calling the Arirang the first smartphone from North Korea, though it’s more likely that the phone was designed and manufactured in China and assembled in North Korea. Or maybe just packaged in North Korea. At any rate, Kim Jong Un is pretty stoked.
Research in Motion held a huge press conference today in which they announced a) the company’s new name is just ‘Blackberry’, not Research in Motion, b) a pair of two new great looking smartphones and c) a huge update to the Blackberry touchscreen OS, which also looks really nice. But is it enough? Blackberry is betting the farm on this, and they really don’t have much of a choice.
Not sure how many people here use Android phones and use them to download stuff off the internet. But, I remember when I saw they put Norton out for phones, and thought it was funny at the time until I realized about all the potential mayhem that could be caused by that mini computer in your pocket. And now there’s a trojan for Android that can use your phone to launch DDoS attacks without your knowing, all the while possibly racking up a hell of a bill.
In decades of its existence, Linux desktop usage has never really made it into the mainstream. And now that the desktop OS is slowly becoming a niche product, Ubuntu will be the first major Linux flavor moving to the mobile sphere with an Ubuntu mobile operating system and mobile phone. And god, I hope this works, because the Ubuntu mobile OS looks absolutely gorgeous (starting at @ 7:00 in the video below).
Recently, Hyundai has been testing a system that would allow you to use an NFC-enabled smartphone to unlock your car door, start the car before you get there and other nifty functions. Right now, this is just in a testing phase, so it might be a few years before anything like this is on the showroom floor.
HTC and Verizon have teamed up to launch the HTC Droid DNA, a really thin phone with a five inch 1080p display that’s been impressing the hell out of reviewers.