Samsung’s latest offering is the much-anticipated Galaxy A7.
Samsung has just announced their most recent assault on the mobile market and it is the successor to the Galaxy A5. The A7 is Samsung’s thinnest phone ever, measuring just 6.3mm, which is impressive considering the amount of technology they’ve managed to fit inside.
The phone holds two quad-core processors, which will make browsing and multi-tasking incredibly quick. The battery is a hefty 2,600mAh unit and it stores an impressive 16GB memory and 2GB of RAM.
It is also playing to the selfie market by including a five-megapixel front-facing camera with Ultra Wide Shot and Auto Selfie modes that you can operate with just a voice command. The rear-facing camera is 13-megapixel with LED flash mode.
Sony Xperia T3 users have been given an OS update, but it’s probably not the one they were hoping for.
Instead of the long-awaited Lollipop operating system, Sony Xperia T3 owners can now update their OS to Android KitKat 4.4.4.
This means that it has skipped 4.4.3 and headed straight to the most recent system that isn’t Android 5.0. It would have been something of a surprise had users of the mid-range Sony phone had been granted an upgrade to Lollipop as many higher value models are yet to receive their upgrade.
The LTE models have got a 18.1.A.2.25 build release while the 3G models have had a 18.1.A.2.32 build release.
If it looks like a games console, feels like a games console and plays like a games console, what is it? The new W3D phone from Snail, apparently.
Revealed at CES 2015, this is a mobile phone that is very much for the serious gamer. The left-hand side has a joystick and direction pad while the left-hand side has a second joystick and the usual diamond of buttons, mimicking the style of the Sony PSP.
Inside the phone is a 2.0GHz, A7+A17 eight-core processor, which, Snail claims, has an 87 per cent improved CPU and an 88 per cent improved GPU over, we assume, earlier models. The 4,000MAh battery is reported to provide six hours of continuous gameplay.
It features 3D tracking, much like the Nintendo 3DS, so you can game without 3D glasses, which is amazing fun. It also houses a 13-megapixel camera and has a dual stereo output on the pack so you can fully immerse yourself in your game. From an actual mobile phone point of view, the system runs Android KitKat 4.4
Android 5.0 is running on fewer smartphones and tablets than five-year-old Froyo – but KitKat is closing on Jellybean
The Lollipop OS was launched over six weeks ago but has been taken up by under 0.1 per cent of the Android community, according to the latest statistics, but KitKat is rapidly closing in on Jelly Bean.
Android 5.0 has been beset by bugs since it was first made available and this has hampered manufacturers’ ability to roll it out to their users. Many users are eligible for the upgrade to Lollipop but have not yet been offered it, which is a big reason for the damaging stat.
What makes this news even worse is that Froyo, which was the codename for Android OS 2.2 and was replaced four years ago, is still being run by 0.4 per cent of Android users, although it’s unlikely that many apps will work on phones running that OS.
Microsoft has made previews of its Office suite available for all Android tablet users for the first time.
Until now it has only been possible to get access with a sign-in and personal invite but Microsoft has now taken the long-awaited step of freely releasing the previews of Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Android mobile users have been able to write documents and make presentations since 2013 as long as they had a subscription to Office 365 and since November have been making the most of Word, PowerPoint and Excel apps. However, the tablet market has been crying out for the expansion of the software and Microsoft has obliged.
The three apps are available to download now from Google Play for free, although anything beyond the basics will require an Office 365 subscription.
Virtual reality headset offers immersive, open source gaming
Gaming company Razer has unveiled their OSVR hacker development kit at CES 2015, aimed at rivalling the likes of Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift.
The headset, compatible with Linux and Android, is designed to be completely open source, allowing users to hack the system and create their own virtual reality world, both in terms of hardware and software development.
Razer has set the US price point at $200, which would be £135, and hopes to kickstart the virtual reality market with its innovative strategy of creating a headset that its owners can mould and play with.