Friday, June 29, 2012

Android Jelly Bean

Google just released during the Google I/O the new Android called Jelly Bean, here are it's major features

Project Butter is the major new innovation in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, making the entire UI fast, fluid and smooth. The entire interface runs at 60 frames per second and animations are smoother and quicker.

The other big thing is power efficiency. Jelly Bean now dials the CPU back to lower frequency when its not in use.

Jelly Bean comes with an improved Google Voice Search, now spoken by a much more human-sounding voice compared to Siri and S Voice.

The home screen has also been tweaked, adding some nice features like dynamically resizing widgets, widgets that will now automatically resize as you move them across screens.

Notifications get a major revamp with expanded Gmail notifications, multiple notification sizes, and actions to allow you to interact with apps straight from the notification display without needing to open the relevant app.

Notice that compared to iOS 6 it does not bring a lot of features but this is normal because we are jumping from Android 4.0 to 4.1 not to 5.0 so that updates doesn't have to be this much. iOS 6 was a big deception because it did not bring major updates for this big jump (from ios 5 to 6)
Notice how the naming of the version is VERY important

That's it for now hope you enjoyed this summary of the New Android

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

[Test] Samsung Galaxy S3

I know lots of you are waiting for a good test about the newest Samsung device, so here is what I found after doing some tests and lots of research (note the direct rival to the SGS III is the hTC One X, iphone 4s can't even compare, waiting for Apple's reaction with the iphone 5)

Lets do a recap of its specs:
  • Android 4.0.4 with Touchwiz Nature UX
  • Touch screen Super AMOLED HD, 4.8" with a resolution of 1280x720
  • Screen with 0.01ms latency
  • Quad-Core processor Exynos 4 (1.4Ghz)
  • Digital camera 8Megapixel with flash, 3.3fps, auto stabilisation
  • Front Camera HD with 1.9Mpix
  • Multimedia compatibility with a lot of formal (DivX, Xvid, mkv...) support subtitles
  • HSPA+, 4G (for the US)
  • WiFi n, WiFi direct, DNLA, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Mini HDMI port, GPS+GLONASS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Extendable with a Micro SD card
  • plastic case with HyperGlass technologie
  • 8.6mm thick, dimensions: 136.6x70.6mm
  • 133g
  • 2100MAh battery
Also we havethe S-Voice, S-Beam, Facial Recognition, Buddy photo share, all share technology (DNLA), Pop Up display, sound equalizer and wireless payment support.

Really simple like all smartphone packaging. 
Contains: The phone (of course) charger, USB cable, Earphones (hand free kit with a full remote) and the instruction manual

Well how to put it... it's ugly! Samsung still hasn't abandoned the cheap plastic design. But the HyperGlass technology completely deletes this feeling of "cheapness" created by the plastic which is a smart move by Samsung. Note that you can detach the back and take off the battery if you want (which is not the case of the hTC One X)

Perfect, nothing to say! Though I prefer the SLCD of the hTC One X
This Super AMLOED HD screen give superb video effects, reading is very enjoyable and has a slight  unnoticeable preference for the blue

Nice and clear. The speaker is positioned on the upper part of the phone.
It is really nice to use, the TouchWiz interface doesn't change much to the Android interface; on the contrary they complement each others very well
Integration of social networks, and also you can view gallery content (facebook) 
There is a lot to say but I can't write them all so I'm leaving the surprises to you guys hoping you will enjoy them like I did 
A little word about the S-Voice, it is just like Siri but it can understand you better

Well obviously with a quad-core everything is more fluid and better, games take less time to load and 1080p videos does not glitch

Here is a chart if you want to compare

Notice how the iphone 4S can't even compare!

That it for today, I will continue with the Camera and the battery later on. For now take care and enjoy the reading

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Apple Keynote 2012: iOS 6

Yesterday was Apple's keynote, an event which introduced many product Hardware (mac book) and Software (iOS 6).
I'll do a recap about iOS 6:

iOS 6: The new mobile OS, here are it's most important features:

  1. New Maps app; no more Google maps, the new iOS use a dedicated Apple maps with new features such as Flyover (3D view; upper image)
  2. New Siri function, quick access to sport results, movies and restaurants recommendation, more language support, availability on the New iPad AND an eye free mode (better handling or your phone while not looking at it) which reminds you of the SGS III
  3. Facebook integration to your calendar, contact and notification center (just like hTC Sense)
  4. Shared Photos Stream, using iCloud, it permits you to share albums and photos with your family and friends
  5.  Passbook, to buy tickets using your iDevice 
  6. Guided Access allows for the lockdown of an iOS 6device to limit its use to a single app. The feature disables the Home button and restricts touch input to certain areas of the screen.
  7. New iCloud Tabs on Safari
  8. FaceTime calls are handled by your mobile provider
  9. VIP Mailbox, for your most important email from specific contact
  10. Not answer a call by leaving a message

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Egyptian Justice

I will be covering the Moubarak trial just to set an example that every dictator has a judgement day coming. At the end of the trial I will tell you what I think about the judgement

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak arrived on Saturday by helicopter at a court where he will face sentencing over his alleged involvement in the killing of demonstrators.

Mubarak, wearing dark sunglasses, was then transported by ambulance to the courthouse on the outskirts of Cairo, where he was taken inside on a stretcher.

Mubarak, the only autocrat toppled in the Arab Spring to be put in the dock, former interior minister Habib al-Adly and six others could face the gallows if convicted of ordering the deaths of some of the estimated 850 people killed.
Chief Judge Ahmed Rifaat is expected not only to issue a verdict but also pass sentence on those who are convicted.
Mubarak, his sons Alaa and Gamal and business associate Hussein Salem, who fled to Spain, are also on trial over an alleged bribe.
His two sons had already arrived at the courthouse earlier on Saturday, according to the official MENA news agency. (AFP) 

[UPDATE]The audience just started and Mubarak has been sentenced to life along with his minister of interior. Egyptian court acquits 2 sons of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak on corruption charges, scuffles breakout in court after verdicts announced 
 The father spends life in prison so his sons (free of all charges) can enjoy freedom and keep the money!
Anger in court after verdict.