Android fanboys will soon gain access to a white Nexus 4 very soon. The previously rumored new Nexus 4 variant was officially introduced at the Google I/O event.
The white Nexus 4 is expected to arrive in the US and the UK on June 10th – which is six months after the original Nexus 4 hit UK stores. The new variant will be carrying the same design and specifications with the exception of color and operating system, Android 4.3. The new OS version is deemed a minor upgrade with Google concentrating only on rolling out APIs and new services without doing a major change except for more power efficient Bluetooth Smart support and a possible one for OpenGL ES 3.0.The update is also expected to land in all Nexus devices to be featured next month, Nexus 4, 7 and 10.
The previous Nexus 4 was released last November 2012 with its 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor Snapdragon S4 Pro, internal storage at 16Gb, and RAM at 2Gb under the hood, a micro-SIM card tray, a front-facing camera at 1.3Mp and rear camera at 8Mp, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It was made available via Google Play online store, the networks and retail stores.
Despite its dwindling popularity Nexus 4 remains to be attractive especially at a starting price of $ 299 for the 8GB configuration. Will the white Nexus 4 be a good buy for our readers? Hit the comments below.
Samsung Galaxy S4 has been gently received at the market and it has been making records galore with its sales. The last news that shook the world was the thumping sales of 5 Million units of Galaxy S4 in one night. All these figures …
Acer isn’t toying around the tablet market. And to make sure it will be taken seriously by other manufacturers, the Taiwanese company officially released the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W3.
First rumored in April of this year, the Iconia W3-810 was recently spotted on the company’s Finnish site boasting its 8.1-inch WXGA screen, Windows 8 Pro OS and promises 8 hours of battery life while running 720p quality videos. Other specs techies around shouldn’t miss are its Intel Atom Z2760 (Clover Trail platform) with embedded Intel GMA 3650 graphics, 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution, multitouch panel, 2GB onboard memory, up to 64GB internal storage, WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 port, micro HDMI and 2MP webcam.
Although users could avail a separate bluetooth keyboard, it isn’t necessary since Acer offers a detachable dock keyboard. It is wider than the tablet to accommodate full QWERTY keys. No other information were given about its snap-on keyboard but we’re pretty sure everything will be divulged in the upcoming Computex event in Taipei.
Reportedly, Acer will offer the Iconia W3 slate in several configurations including the W3-810-27602G03nsw with 32GB internal storage and the W3-810-27602G06nsw packs 64GB flash storage space. Price details are still a mystery so everyone should wait for Computex next month.
Yahoo’s next target of acquisition has been going around in the newsroom for a couple of days now and it seemed like it has its eyes set on the popular blogging site Tumblr. If the deal pushes through, it would be Yahoo’s biggest deal to date and perhaps something that would give CEO Marissa Mayer the much needed boost as she tries to revive the company’s glory by gaining younger customers.
The rumored deal was hinted at a special event held in New York City which was attended by the press after being invited by Yahoo. Though it wasn’t really expressed directly, the company seemed excited as they utter words about sharing something special real soon.
We must take note that Yahoo had been very active lately when it comes to gaining new acquisitions. Some of these include Astrid and Summly. However, those deals can never be categorized as huge. At this point, Yahoo has decided to make that big leap by turning its attention on acquiring Tumblr. The targeted deal is even described as something more expensive than the acquisition venture of Facebook on Instagram. The said deal was reported to have a total cost of $ 715 million both in cash and stock.
Ever since Yahoo had Marissa Mayer as its new CEO, both fans and critics alike have been very keen on keeping their eyes widely open as the company struggles to turn their fate around. Should the Tumblr deal be concluded, it will be the company’s biggest acquisition expenditure which could somehow compensate for some of those acquisition losses that occurred with Broadcast.com and Geocities. With an impressive record of web traffic and an envied social prominence, Tumblr seemed the most ideal solution in giving Yahoo its much needed relevance boost. However, it is not actually clear if the planned acquisition could also bring in huge revenue.
The buying bid is said to have a cost of $ 1.1 billion which is deemed by Tumblr as ‘too low.’ Nevertheless, it tries to be optimistic by describing the offer as an ‘initial’ fee. The company has also expressed its intention to market itself to other interested buyers if Yahoo’s offer is not good enough for their standards.
The Blackberry Messenger or BBM app is going out on its own as a standalone mobile app.
The BBM app was developed by Blackberry manufacturer with the same name formerly as Research in Motion or RIM. The standalone feature means that the PIN will be removed to allow the app to support both Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher and iOS6. Transforming the app into a multi-platform mobile service is designed to broaden the membership base of the BBM community. The messenger is unique for its “D” and “R” statuses in chats while ensuring privacy and high level of control in terms of manipulating and communicating with contacts.
Previously, BBM allows messaging between Blackberry users via a PIN system which makes communication possible between Blackberry devices. Messages are sent over the Internet via a wireless LAN or WiFi. In addition to text-based messages the messenger can also send voicenotes, files, pictures, and even videocalls while chat groups can also be enabled to allow communication in a single session.
Users of Android or iOS devices will be able to add their contacts to the messenger by way of email, QR code scan, SMS or PIN but Android users need to have a NFC-capable unit that is also compatible. Statistics shows that there are 60 million active BBM users and the average use is 90 minutes per day for 51 million users with more than 10 billion message sent and received on a daily basis. The BBM plan still needs the approval of Google and Apple which will make the app available for free in Google Play and Apple App stores.