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Sony Announces Xperia Z4v, A Waterproof Phone

Original story from: http://www.nextpowerup.com/news/21808/sony-announces-xperia-z4v-a-waterproof-phone/

Sony has unveiled its latest Xperia phone, the Xperia Z4v, and it will be available through Verizon Wireless this summer. The Xperia Z4v runs Android and is waterproof. Sony has included a 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 display, 20.7-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera with the handset.

This handset is definitely a high-end device as it also features a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, 32 GB of storage, microSD (up to 128 GB), and the ability to play 4K video.

Entire PS4 games can be played on the phone if a user has their console on the same WiFi network as their Xperia Z4v. The phone will be available in black or white.

Now that Sony has announced an upgraded device, one that is superior to the Xperia Z4 or Xperia Z3+, would you buy the Xperia Z4v if it were released globally?

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Fairphone 2 Revealed, Shipping This Year

Original story from: http://www.nextpowerup.com/news/21802/fairphone-2-revealed-shipping-this-year/

 

The second smartphone from Fairphone has been introduced and it will begin shipping later this year. Fairphone makes "fairer" phones that are socially responsible since they avoid conflict minerals and source materials from fair trade sources. The Fairphone 2 is meant to last longer than its predecessor.

By improving the design of the Fairphone 2 and making it easy to repair, fewer upgrades should be required. The handset's display, for example, can be replaced in under a minute. A screwdriver is all that's required to repair the phone's receiver, rear camera, and speaker units.

It's not possible to have a super slim phone that's also easy to repair so Fairphone has sacrificed in some ways by making the Fairphone 2 11 millimeters thick.

The phone is also supposed to be much stronger than mainstream smartphones and it will be capable of surviving a 2 meter drop to concrete.

Fairphone has included a Snapdragon 801 processor, 5-inch Full HD display, 8-megapixel camera, 32 GB of storage, microSD, LTE, 2 GB of RAM, and Android 5.1 with the device.

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Android 5.1.1 starts rolling out to the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6

Original story from: http://www.sammobile.com/2015/06/15/android-5-1-1-starts-rolling-out-to-the-galaxy-s6-edge/

Everyone has waited a long time for this, and our patience is finally paying off as the Android 5.1.1 update for the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 has begun rolling out. The update is currently going out to T-Mobile users in the US; we’ve talked a lot about the update in recent weeks, and have also given our readers a look at Android 5.1.1 running on the devices. In addition to fixing a few bugs in Lollipop, the 5.1.1 update also brings a couple of new features.

These include a simplified exposure control system in the camera, a wallpaper parallax effect, and numerous changes in the user interface (like the option to remove the S Finder and Quick Connect buttons from the notifications shade.) Performance has received a boost as well. Like all software updates, this one is available over the air, through Samsung Kies, and through our firmware database.

Check out Android 5.1.1 on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in the video below, and let us know if you have received the update on your S6!

Firmware Details (Galaxy S6 edge)

Model SM-G925T
Model name  
Country USA (T-Mobile)
Version Android 5.1.1
Changelist 90673209
Build date Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:16:09 +0000
Product code TMB
PDA G925TUVU2COF6
CSC G925TTMB2COF6

 

Firmware Details (Galaxy S6)

Model SM-G920T
Model name  
Country USA (T-Mobile)
Version Android 5.1.1
Changelist 90673209
Build date Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:19:54 +0000
Product code TMB
PDA G920TUVU2COF6
CSC G920TTMB2COF6
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Exclusive: Galaxy S6 edge Plus will have 5.7-inch dual-edge display, Android 5.1.1

Original story from: http://www.sammobile.com/2015/06/12/exclusive-galaxy-s6-edge-plus-will-have-5-7-inch-dual-edge-display-android-5-1-1/

There’s a larger version of the Galaxy S6 edge undergoing development over in Samsung’s backyard, that much has been made certain by numerous rumors and a leak that actually showed us such a device in the flesh. Given the beauty that is the Galaxy S6 edge, these leaks have gotten us pretty interested. We reached out to our insiders to see if we could get more information on the Galaxy S6 edge Plus (as the rumors call it), and managed to dig up two important details.

First, the display. The Galaxy S6 edge Plus will have a 5.7-inch display, with curves on both sides like the Galaxy S6 edge. Rumors had pointed at a 5.5-inch display, but it looks like Samsung thinks 5.7-inch is a better size (or the company is just more comfortable with the size because of its last two Galaxy Note smartphones.) Secondly, the Galaxy S6 edge Plus will come with Android 5.1.1 preloaded out of the box – unsurprising, as anything below 5.1.1 would be totally unacceptable at this point.

The phone will launch sometime in the third quarter this year, but we have no information on a concrete launch date. As always, we’ll be sure to share any more information that we come across.

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iPhone 6C: what we want to see

Original story from: http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/iphone-6c-what-we-want-to-see-1296241

 

It's looking increasingly like we'll see three iPhone models released this year, with an iPhone 6C launching alongside the inevitable iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

While the iPhone 5C was designed purely as a more affordable iPhone, the iPhone 6C is likely to have more to differentiate it, with a smaller screen than either of the 6S models.

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Currently the only way to get an iPhone with a 4.0-inch screen any more is to buy the 18-month old iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C, both of which may well be discontinued with the launch of the next wave of devices, especially if we do get an iPhone 6C, so it will likely be aimed both at those who want to save some money and those who want to save some pocket space.

We don't know a huge amount about the iPhone 6C yet, with most rumors focusing on the flagship 6S and 6S Plus, but we are starting to hear a few things and for everything else we've got a hefty wish list.

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Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The replacement to the iPhone 5C
  • When is it out? Maybe July, more likely September
  • What will it cost? Hopefully not as much as the 5C

iPhone 6C news and rumors

Several different sources have spoken of an iPhone 6C, so it seems increasingly likely that it's coming, though there are still some voices of dissent.

When it does arrive it will probably have a lot in common with the iPhone 5C, as there's talk and even an image of a plastic shell.

iPhone 6C

If it does launch with a plastic body then there's no doubt that it will be cheaper than Apple's flagship phones, though how much cheaper remains to be seen.

While the iPhone 6C is expected to look a lot like the iPhone 5C it could have ever so slightly curved screen edges, like the iPhone 6 does.

It may also share some specs with the iPhone 6, as it's rumored that the colourful handset will ship with an A8 processor, though while that's at the top end now bear in mind that the iPhone 6S will almost certainly have a newer, faster chip, marking the iPhone 6C out as a lower end phone.

It's also rumoured to have NFC and Touch ID, which sould mean Apple Pay support, and of course if it launches this year it will run iOS 9. The rest of its specs are completely unknown, but there's a good chance it will borrow liberally from the iPhone 6, given that the iPhone 5C stayed very close to the iPhone 5.

What we want to see

1. Touch ID

Touch IDTouch ID arrived with the iPhone 5S

While the iPhone 5S has Touch ID, the iPhone 5C (which launched alongside it) doesn't. Two years on it's unlikely that Apple would keep it out of the iPhone 6C, but it is a worry, especially as the phone is likely to be positioned as a budget alternative to the iPhone 6S.

We really, really hope that doesn't happen though, as it's one of the best recent iPhone features and not having it would severely limit the iPhone 6C's appeal. Thankfully its inclusion has already been rumored.

2. A powerful processor

As a budget device we don't expect the iPhone 6C to match the iPhone 6S, but we hope it comes close, especially as it's likely to be the best 4-inch iPhone around.

Buyers who want a smaller phone shouldn't be overly penalised on specs so we'd like to see high-end performance from the iPhone 6C. Current rumors point to it packing the same chip as the iPhone 6, which should just about cut it.

3. A 4.0-inch screen

iPhone 5CThe iPhone 5C has a 4-inch display

While it's expected that the iPhone 6C will have a 4.0-inch screen it's not actually confirmed, but we really hope it does.

If Apple only released one iPhone size we'd want it to be the now standard 4.7-inch model, but choice is always good and we'd wager there are many Apple fans who were disappointed by the move to larger screens, so a new model with a small screen would be much appreciated.

4. A more affordable price

While the iPhone 5C was designed to be a comparatively budget option it wasn't and even now still isn't particularly cheap.

So we'd like to see the iPhone 6C be truly affordable. Perhaps not entry-level, but with a mid-range price of around £300/$400/AU$500.

5. A more premium design

iPhone 6The iPhone 6 is pretty

One of the cost cutting measures employed with the iPhone 5C was to replace the premium metal and glass builds of other iPhone models with a colourful plastic shell.

It's a solid, well-built phone, but it undeniably looks far less premium or stylish than other Apple handsets.

We'd love to see Apple not skimp on the build materials with the iPhone 6C. Of course it's very unlikely that we'll get both a premium build and a lower price, but we can dream.

6. A slim build

Given that the iPhone 6C will likely be more compact than the iPhone 6S it would be great if Apple went all out and made it simmer too, so it's truly as pocket friendly as possible.

The iPhone 5C is 9mm thick, but we'd like to see the iPhone 6C drop down to around 6.9mm thick like the iPhone 6.

7. Plenty of storage

The iPhone 5C was initially sold in several storage sizes, but it's now just available in a near useless 8GB model.

Given that Apple doesn't allow for expandable storage 16GB is the absolute minimum that we consider acceptable and even that's pushing it these days. So hopefully the iPhone 6C will be available with a range of storage capacities and if 32GB was the smallest we wouldn't complain.

8. Better battery life

The iPhone 5C has respectable battery life, but it's still a phone you'll be charging every night, so we'd like to see the iPhone 6C have longer life.

Very few phones last as long as we'd like, but we've seen from the likes of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact that two days is possible, so we want to see that from the iPhone 6C.

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Apple is going to start requiring you to use a 6-digit passcode in iOS 9

Original story from: http://knowtechie.com/apple-whats-safer-than-a-4-digit-passcode-a-6-digit-one-610/

 

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this year came with very few surprises—a new OS X, iOS 9, Apple Pay in the UK and watchOS 2. Even the ‘one more thing’ tease was too obvious with the introduction of Apple Music, the company’s new music streaming service.

No one, however, expected the iOS passcode to become more irritating by requiring 6 digits.

It’s the smallest of things that people always like to moan about nowadays. In fact, I will join this first world problem revolution and say it—yep, the six-digit passcode is annoying.

At WWDC, Apple placed strong emphasis on security, claiming that their users’ privacy is up their pecking order. I respect that, and truly hope this is true; we have all heard about Apple’s former disregard for privacy when using location tracking services.

Apple expects the six-digit passcode to be less prone to bruteforce solutions that have recently appeared on the market. Such devices have been able to take between 6 seconds to 17 hours to bruteforce a four-digit passcode. Traditional bruteforcing would take longer to unlock an iOS device given the 10,000 possibilities of a four-digit passcode, which can include letters as well as numbers. The new six-digit passcode requirement would be up to 100 times hard to crack.

Unlocking an iOS passcode with bruteforce

Regardless, six-digit passcodes will be an even greater hassle than four-digit ones. TouchID has always been the better and faster security measure that makes everyone forget about unlocking a device. This makes one wonder if Apple’s six-digit passcodes come as a double-edged sword. It’s true that six-digits are more secure, but also more annoying, which makes TouchID feel even more of a breeze, thereby making the user more keen to buy the latest iOS devices.

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Android M (6.0) – 10 New Features We Love

Original story from: http://www.pocketmeta.com/android-m-6-0-10-new-features-love-27683/

Android M, the next version of Google’s mobile OS was recently highlighted during the company’s I/O event and it sure packs an awesome set of goodies. You might just ditch that antiquated device you’ve been holding on to for way too long once you see what it has to offer.

 

It’s true that each new Android update has brought improvements but 6.0 will come with some groundbreaking new features that will take the smartphone experience to a whole new level and make this ecosystem even more popular than it already is.

 

With that said, here are our favorite 10 features Android M brings to the table. There are certainly more than the ones listed below, but we had to pick, and we do love being picky!

 

App Drawer

 

Android M - App Drawer

 

Everyone already knows the app drawer so let’s just get this one out of the way first. Actually, you can even get it on older Android versions right now, unless you’re already rocking Android M Preview on your Nexus device.

 

The app drawer introduces vertical scrolling and displays apps alphabetically. Because it simply makes sense, at the top you will see the last four apps you downloaded and there’s also a much needed search bar. Perhaps, before or sometime after the official launch of Android M, the folks at Google might just let us customize those 4 apps.

 

Android Pay & Fingerprint Support

 

Android M - Android Pay

 

Android Pay is Google Wallet’s replacement and it will be preloaded in Android M – for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile users.

 

It supports all major payment methods and it lets you purchase via apps and NFC terminals. It’s already supported by American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover and it will be available in over 700,000 stores in the U.S.

 

Android Pay will also have support for fingerprint reader, altough you’ll only be able to make use of it, if your device comes with a finger scanner. Furthermore, you’ll also be able to use fingerprint authentication to verify Play Store purchases as well as unlock your device.

 

Direct Share

 

Android M - Direct share

 

This new capability can be implemented by devs through a set of new APIs. These allows them to add granular sharing options, but it also means the feature is not built into the OS, and may or may not be supported on a per app basis.

 

Thanks to direct share you could, for example see a list of people you frequently share stuff with in your favorite chat app and from then on, share more items quickly via these icons. Like I already said, the feature can be implemented in a variety of apps, although it will ultimately be the developer’s decision.

 

In the end, any app that has content worth sharing could benefit from this capability. Hopefully, developers will see the potential and implement it, so we’ll benefit from direct share in more than just a few random apps.

 

Doze

 

Android M - Battery

 

We’re really excited about this one. Doze is a smart feature that harnesses the power of your device’s sensors, detecting when it hasn’t been moved for a long amount of time. Once this condition is met, it automatically shuts down processors and disables various services such as network access and WiFi.

 

While ‘doze’ is active, it will however perform regular scans for updates and new messages. You might already suspect the most important effect brought by this feature – increased battery life, and a lot of it! According to Google, they tested Doze on a Nexus 9 and it managed to double the device’s battery life.

 

Now on Tap

 

Android M - Now On Tap

 

Google Now integration becomes much more powerful with Now on Tap. Based on what you’re viewing on your screen, this virtual assistant offers contextual information plus it lets you ask non-specific questions since it already knows what you’re talking about. Say you’ve been listening to Rihanna’s latest hit and you can’t remember what was the first song that made her popular. You can ask your question without having to mention her name – the assistant already knows you’re referring to her.

 

Now on Tap also lets you, for example, tap on an image of a personality and learn more about him or her, tap on a movie’s name to get its IMDB profile and other similar information Google Now already provides, but with far less steps to get to it.

 

Google says Now on Tap is only in its infancy right now, and we’ll see it leveraging the in-app context even more in the coming months.

 

App Permissions

 

Android M - App permissions settings

 

Installing apps right now from Google Play can be really confusing at least when it comes to the initial app permissions screen. Besides the fact it usually shows a laundry list of app permission requests, users get no control over them. It’s pretty much a ‘take it or leave it’ kind of deal.

 

In Android M things are going to be so much different. App permissions are grouped into 8 categories such as Camera, Contacts, Location, Phone, SMS and so on. an installed app will ask permission to access one of these categories the first time it actually needs to use it. Thus no more outrageous permission requests we can’t control. Moreover, you get to see the complete list of apps that can access all of the 8 areas of your phone and enable/disable any of them whenever you want.

 

Uninstall Apps on the Homescreen

 

Android M - Uninstall apps on home screen

 

Hurrah for this one! Finally we’ll be able to simply long press any app on Android M’s homescreen and uninstall it or just remove its shortcut. No more separate actions for removing the shortcut and then scrolling through the app drawer to actually find the app and uninstall it.

 

A really simple feature, that Android users really needed – better late than never!

 

Dark Theme

 

Android M - Dark theme

 

I can easily tolerate a lot of white on my desktop, but on phones and tablets not so much. I also hear the same from most other people. A lot of apps offer dark themes as a premium feature, so I guess I’m not mistaken on this one.

 

Android M will offer a dark theme for all its settings and menus – besides going easy on the eyes, darker colors can save battery on AMOLED displays. It even has an ‘automatic’ mode that uses the dark theme only at night and the white color scheme during the day.

 

Sadly, the app drawer remains white regardless which theme you are using and for now, there are no other theme colors, although hopefully there will be soon.

 

RAM Manager

 

Android M - RAM manager

 

Time to geek out! The new RAM manager will show extra information – compared to what Android Lollipop shows. You’ll be able to see both current and recent RAM usage for each app and the slider at the top shows the recently used RAM with a rating.

 

Because visual is always better than numbers the light green bar you can see displayed for each app in the image above shows the maximum RAM used recently by the app and the dark green one is its current average memory footprint.

 

USB Type C

 

Android M - USB Type C Plugin Options

 

USB Type-C is not exactly mainstream, but we just can’t help ourselves to be excited thinking of its potential. Also, the fact Google already implemented support for it, means the new port will become the new standard sooner than you might think.

 

When two devices connect via USB Type-C a menu will appear, letting the user select the type of connection. Besides photo transfer and regular charging you’ll also be able to use the device for MIDI input or to charge another device.

 

While it wouldn’t make sense to use your phone as a power supply for your laptop you could hand over some juice to another phone or a camera battery, as well as use a device with a bigger battery to charge yours. We love the flexibility offered by this feature and it can surely be a life saver every now and then.

 

These are our top 10 favorite features of Android M. Some choices were hard, and we were definitely subjective at times. We’re looking forward to seeing the official version and perhaps other new features may appear until then.

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Dorel 2, a feature phone with dual-SIM and waterproof case

In the smartphone world more and more energy is dedicated to creating a better gadget that has many more features than previous models and that can do all kind of things that you never had thought a phone might do. Indeed, this is a great thing for us as users but don’t you ever get the feeling that you would love to return to a simple and classic phone that is not really focused on getting all features into one simple phone and does a great job with them.

Well, we really took this thing into consideration and we did manage to find a new phone that combines an interesting look with basic features and the result is a great one too. A fun to use and friendly phone that really looks different.

UTOK has completed its range of mobile phones with Dorel 2. The first feature phone model in the company, offer a simple and practical housing design of “candy bar” and IP68 certification, adapted to provide adequate protection in work environments contrary to the usual electronic equipment. The phone UTOK Dorel 2 is guaranteed to withstand shocks caused by drops of up to one meter and immersion in water depths of up to 3 meters.

 

UTOK Dorel 2 focuses on communication, 2000 mAh battery providing generous autonomy up to 15 hours talk time and up to 330 hours operation in standby mode. So yea, you don’t need to make any complaints regarding the autonomy part. You do get a lot of time when it comes to using the phone and to charging it back doesn’t take much time either. And if we really think at this aspect many other phones do not really manage to survive more than 15 hours, Dorel UTOK 2 you have our gratitude for this thing.

Officials declared that “Dorel UTOK 2 is our first foray into feature phones and is the solution for those who make phone calls and full safety on top”. Therefore, Dorel UTOK 2 provides IP68 protection standard, the most powerful of the current range UTOK, and a battery that provides up to 7 days of use. In addition, Dorel UTOK 2 is equipped with Dual SIM technology, with coverage on all frequencies currently used by mobile operators. We believe that simplicity and the increased protection offered by Dorel UTOK 2 will be the perfect phone for customers with the most demanding working conditions, “said Cristina Bartan, Marketing Manager UTOK.

Hard plastic casing accommodates a screen with a resolution of 176×220, torch easy to use, the micro USB connector is protected with a tight lid, internal micro SD slot for additional memory. The equipment list is complemented with an FM radio, 0.3MP camera, Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity respectively for use with wireless accessories.

Should we really trust the quality of such a phone? The answer is obviously yes just look at it, you do get the sensation that it can survive to any damage. From now on, you do not need to think too much when such a scenario happens because you know for sure that nothing will happen to it.

The features are really ok for this low price phone. It really has all the basic stuff, micro SD slot a decent camera and Bluetooth connection. But if you are the kind of person that likes to spend hours on the internet and browse all kind of stuff you might not enjoy this thing too much because UTOK Dorel 2 misses and WIFI connection. But consider this phone a perfect occasion to escape the more and more demanding social media life. When you use this phone you might see it as a pause, getting yourself out of the system.

So yea as you can see UTOK Dorel 2 is indeed a simple phone overall but because it does offer you all the basic features and because it really looks great from our point of view this might be a great choice if you were looking for something simple to use and fun at the same time.

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Here's a screen protector that gives iPhone users an easier back button

Here's a screen protector that gives iPhone users an easier back button

Original story from: http://knowtechie.com/heres-a-screen-protector-that-gives-iphone-users-an-easier-back-button-601/

 

Let’s face it, the iPhone 6 is a giant phone, not to mention the 6 Plus. It’s an amazing device, don’t get me wrong, but being able to navigate it with one hand can prove to be difficult. Try reaching for the back button on the upper left corner and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Not only is it hard, but it can also cause you to drop your phone, especially if you have small hands.

Ready for the simple solution looking to solve the problem?

Meet Halo Back, the world’s first smart screen protector currently being funded on Kickstarter. That’s it, a screen protector.

Alright, to give it some credit, it is a great idea. Halo Back essentially adds an invisible back button on top of the screen protector, similar to what you would find on an Android layout. It does this by adding a circuit layer to the screen protector, passing current anytime the lower left corner of the phone is pressed.

The beauty of all this is that Halo Back is a simple solution to the dreadful back iOS button, all in the form of a simple screen protector. The Kickstarter project has already surpassed its $20,00 goal and should expect to ship sometime in August. Halo Back will be selling for $49 when it’s made available to the public. For more information, check out their Kickstarter page here.

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How Windows 10 will change smartphones forever

How Windows 10 will change smartphones forever

 

Original story at: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/how-windows-10-will-change-smartphones-forever-1294472

 

Phones have had a renaissance over the past half-decade. Gone is the idea that they are used simply for calls and texting, replaced by an all-capable device that can run apps, surf the internet, video call and more.

Led by the iPhone in 2007, touchscreen technology and software improvements have meant that phones no longer need a keyboard and can have a large screen and a high pixel density. Other manufacturers, from HTC to Samsung, have added their own take on what makes a "smartphone," redefining the market in the process.

Now, it seems that it's Microsoft's turn. After years of relative obscurity in the world of smartphones – Windows Phone, despite having some good ideas and positive reviews has never been a commercial success – Redmond has decided to take a different tack, incorporating its weakest asset into the biggest: Windows Phone has now become Windows.

Redefining the smartphone

Previously, Windows Phone was similar in design ideas to Windows 8 but was never actually one and the same thing. There was always the promise on the horizon that the two would merge and apps created for one would work on the other (an idea that I argued would not shift the fortunes of Windows Phone), but with Windows 10 for Phones Microsoft has gone further and could, if the implementation is right, redefine how we see phones.

The implementation is, with hindsight, blindingly obvious: all you need is an HDMI connection, a keyboard and a mouse and your phone transforms into a computer. Windows 10 powers the experience and it's cohesive across all platforms, with apps being useable across them all. Working in Office on your phone plugged into a monitor is exactly the same as it would be if you were using a desktop, meaning that serious work can be done on a phone.

There are, of course, caveats that may prevent this from being an immediate success. Microsoft has stated that "new hardware" is needed to enable this feature and no current phone that is eligible for a Windows 10 update complies. Shifting hardware is a mixed bag where Microsoft is concerned with certain ventures, such as the Surface models, gaining relative success. The acquisition of Nokia makes far more sense in this light, despite the fact that it's losing money annually, as the company now has a foothold in the PC market. They would, as Steve Jobs liked to say, own the "whole widget".

Whether the need to upgrade to get Continuum will alienate current Windows Phone users remains to be seen, as does the problem of whether the feature is enough to warrant the purchase of a phone. Microsoft's suggested use case of new phone buyers mainly applies within developing nations, many of whom do not have £600 (or $600) to spend on a handset, even if it does rule out the need to buy a PC.

These niggles aside, if Microsoft can make this work the firm will be in a position that few others are in: they will have cracked the smartphone/PC divide, streamlining the experience and reaping the rewards.

Continuum has the potential to not only redefine how people see smartphones but also computers. Compared to flying cars having a phone/PC hybrid is unexciting, but it is transformative nonetheless. If people stop seeing desktops and laptops as necessary, then Microsoft is in the perfect position within a market that is incredibly fertile.

Desktop sales, according to IDC estimates, are falling substantially year-over-year while smartphone sales continue to set records, even at the expensive $500-plus price point, showing that finally Microsoft has its eyes firmly set on the future and what that may bring.

Previous flops

There will be use cases that don't work on a smartphone, and of course companies have tried this before. Motorola had a project that allowed a similar thing to happen, except via hardware that included an HDMI port and various USB ports. Due to advancements in Bluetooth technology, coupled with the expansion of online services such as Google Drive or Dropbox, there is less impetus to include USB ports.

It's arguable that all a laptop needs is a single charging port, an idea that Apple is currently exploring, and a phone complies with this potentially new norm. Motorola made the mistake of requiring actual new hardware whereas Microsoft is tapping into things people already have – a monitor with HDMI, a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Only Microsoft knows how many people will actually 'switch' their phone into a PC but the potential impact upon how we define a "smartphone" and how we define a "PC" could be extraordinary if it catches on.

There have been various reasons why people have shunned Windows Phone, from apps to the interface – but being able to use the device as a PC, thus meaning that you don't need a PC, is a compelling reason to go Windows with your handset that no other manufacturer can boast. Even Apple, which has made a big show of its Continuity feature, cannot say that if you plug an iPhone into an HDMI port, attach a keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth and boot it up, that the handset will become a fully-fledged PC.

It hasn't been often over the past decade or so that Microsoft has really pushed the envelope within the consumer space. Windows, of course, is still used by millions of people but embarrassing implementations, such as Vista, have marred its reputation and alienated a lot of users. Backtracking on various Windows 8 features – or, you could argue, including them in the first place – has also done nothing to improve Redmond's relationship with its actual users.

It's now an oft-beaten drum, but Satya Nadella's Microsoft appears to be far more open to ideas and this is largely reflected within Windows 10. Opening up the software to users ahead of time is an unprecedented move and the feedback is actually being worked upon and incorporated.

This will mean less blind mistakes as a company and, on top of innovations such as Continuum, could lead Microsoft into first place and redefine how we, as users, define a "smartphone" and a "computer".

 

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Sony May Be Planning To Roll Out Xperia Z4 Globally Next Week

Sony May Be Planning To Roll Out Xperia Z4 Globally Next Week

Original story from: http://www.techrez.com/sony-may-be-planning-to-roll-out-xperia-z4-globally-next-week/

Several reports coming out from Asian media suggest the Japanese tech giant will hold a press confrence next week in Tiawan on Wednesday, May 27. This has promoted several speculations that Sony could start rolling out the Xperia Z4 globally from next week.

 

Sony Xperia Z4 had a relatively low-profile launch in Japan last month. Some tech pundits believe the international model of Xperia Z4 would be named Xperia Z3 Plus. The Xperia Z4 will be marketed internationally as Xperia Z3+ and have basically have the same hardware with 5.2-inch display, 64-bit octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 20.7 MP primary camera, 5 MP Selfie camera and 2930mAh battery.

 

Xperia C4 and Xpera Z4 table are also expected at the press conference according to reports.

 

On the 28 day of May, Sony will hold another press conference in Hong Kong. Invites have been sent relating to the new Xperia flagship. The reports concludes by telling us four product development engineers from Japan would be sent to Hong Kong to speak on the design on the new models.

 

It is not entirely clear at this time if Sony would release the product globally; at one time it was believed the device will reside in Japan. The press conference will afford us the ability to know if Sony really as plans to get the device out of the shores of Japan. Until then, I will let you know once we have further information.

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