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BBM apps for iOS and Android arriving June 27, not confirmed! UPDATE

UPDATE: Unfortunately, BlackBerry has told the Financial Post that this will not be the date.
BlackBerry officials told the Financial Post that BBM will not be launching on new platforms on June 27, and that the official launch date of BBM on iOS and Android has yet to be determined.

According to a tweet from T-Mobile UK’s Twitter account, the previously announced BlackBerry Messenger service will be arriving on both Android and iOS later this month on June 27. The BBM service, which will arrive for the first time on iOS and Android as a free download, has not officially been announced by BlackBerry yet, but the tweet from T-Mobile is a pretty good indication on when we will see the service begin to roll out.

Great news – BlackBerry Messenger will be available to download on iOS and Android from June 27th! :) #BBM pic.twitter.com/PbG1uknM3h


HTC One ‘Google Edition’ Coming Out with Stock Android?

A great news for the android fans out there, we might see HTC one coming out with stock android version! Yep, thats right!

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After Google announced that it would be selling a pure Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Google Play, the entire world screamed joys of Hallelujah Halle Berry. An awesome phone running completely stock Android has always been the dream. Now, HTC might be making real life better than any dream by making the HTC One pure Android too.

Supposedly, according to Geek.com’s sources, HTC is considering making a stock variant of the HTC One. That’d mean there would be no HTC Sense to muddle the Android experience. That means we’d use a phone the way Google would want us to use it. What’s unclear now is if it happens, how we’ll get the pure Android HTC One.

Google’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is sold unlocked for $650 on Google Play. Would HTC go down that same route? I sure hope so!

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iOS vs Android : The battle so far!

A lot has changed since the beginning and both the platforms have experienced numerous changed. But, still many of us are confused when we have to make a decision, whether android or iOS.

Hardware: Its a very big difference, iOS is currently available only in Apple devices while android devices are manufactured by several companies. Google offers its Android software to many phone makers (Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola, among others, offer Android phones). So there is a wide variety in the case of android compared to iOS. But when is comes to build quality I’d go for Apple! There are very few phones that keep up with iPhone’s build quality. HTC One is comparable to iPhone but many of the other don’t keep the mark.

Apps and Games: When it comes to the number of games or apps, both of them have a good score. But when it comes to quality I’d prefer iOS apps. I may be wrong, but as a user I find iOS apps better in many way compared to android, but I’m sure many of you may find this absurd. I like the physics of iOS apps compared to Android Apps. And when it comes to gaming both are good, but iOS would still be the winner. Most latest titles are available in iOS before Android.

Battery Life: Because of the greater variety of hardware used in Android phones, Android’s battery life is more varied. While early iPhone models had batteries that required a charge nearly every day, that’s no longer true. With recent models, it’s easy to go days at a time without needing a charge (though that will be tested with the iPhone 5).

When it comes to carriers, Android will be the winner for now!

Conclusion: I’d say the iOS will better suit you if you prefer perfection and quality. If you want wide variety of choice and huge phones :P you will have to go for Android. Although Apple always brag that iOS is the world’s most advanced mobile OS, it really isn’t. It lacks a lot in terms of features. Android has tones of features compared to iOS, but, there also the disadvantages of it :(. What ruins such an amazing software? The malware that can be found in apps. Fragmentation  lags (for older systems), ads everywhere in free apps. These are the bad things in Android.

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First look : Samsung Galaxy S III

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The Samsung GALAXY S III features a large 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display, an 8MP camera and a 1.9MP front camera, and runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

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The 4.8-inch display is a Super AMOLED panel with 720 x 1280 (306ppi) resolution, and inserted just above that display? Why, it’s a 1.9MP forward-facing camera which shoots 720p video. Over on the Galaxy S III’s backside, it’s got a simple 8MP camera that can shoot 1080p video. But don’t let that lowly sensor number put you off – Samsung’s got a few camera tricks in store this time, which I’ll touch on in a minute.

Running on one of Samsung’s beastly new 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Cortex-A9 quad-core chips, it comes with 1GB of RAM, and a choice of either 16, 32 or 64GB internal storage configurations (all of which also let you chuck a microSD card up to 64GB in, as well.)

In certain territories (the US, Japan and Korea), the S III will be available in LTE, but we’ll have to make do with HSPA+ here in the UK.

Seven sensors, including an accelerometer; RGB light; digital compass; proximity; gryoscope; NFC, and barometer have been shoved in too.

All of this in a body that weighs 133grams, measures 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm, and houses a 2100mAh battery; Samsung’s first smartphone with a battery that size.

New features :

– Smart Stay, which uses the forward-facing camera to determine if you’re looking at the phone. You can set time intervals from as little as 15 seconds, which result in a small flashing eye logo in the Android notification bar. If it recognises that your eyes aren’t focused on the phone anymore, the screen dims.

– Direct Call, which will auto-dial a contact if you have their contact details or a message open. By moving the phone to your ear, the proximity sensor; accelerometer and gyroscope all kick into use, and automatically dial the contact’s number.

– Smart Alert, which will make the phone vibrate in your hand and flash an LED if you pick the phone up after a missed call.

– S Voice, which is a Siri-like voice recognition feature, that you can use to enquire about the weather; take a photo (“Hi Galaxy, please take a photo” to open the camera app, or “cheese” to snap it), and other tasks such as locking the phone, or controlling music. Each demand can be configured by the user.

– Social Tag, which links photos of friends in your photo gallery to their Facebook or Google+ accounts, using facial recognition.

– S Beam, which pairs other Galaxy S III phones (and only them, for now) via NFC, shares photos, videos, files or even albums of media over Wi-Fi. If your friend’s S III doesn’t have Wi-Fi enabled, S Beam will automatically turn that user’s Wi-Fi on, and then off.

– AllShare Cast, which pairs to TVs, laptops or tablets over Wi-Fi, mirroring whatever’s on the S III. You can also use the S III as a game controller.

– PopUp Play, which will literally pop a video out of its player, rendering it in a small thumbnail so you can continue watching while surfing the web or doing other functions on the phone. The thumbnail is movable around the display, even if it’s pretty small.

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DreamBoard – An Alternative To WinterBoard

DreamBoard is a new jailbreak app that allows users to easily customize their iPhone. The app, which is currently available in the Cydia Store, is a great alternative toWinterBoard – Jay Freeman’s own theme applying jailbreak application.

As you can see in the demo video below, DreamBoard allows users to easily apply an Android OS theme to their iDevice. This places a calendar and weather widget at the top of your Home screen, and app icons at the bottom. However, a variety of other themes can quickly be applied, too. Continue Reading


Android-like gesture-based lock screen for iOS

Apple intelligence 9to5mac claims that Apple is working on a new Android-like gestures based lock screen for iOS devices. This new type of lock screen is already being tested internally. The new lock screen system is the same as the one Google Android uses. The user sets up a pattern and needs to input that same pattern in, instead of a password or a four number code. There’s no official word from Apple if it’s planning to push it in the next iOS update or in the future. More screenshots below: Continue Reading


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