Blackberry10 will add 70,000 apps to Blackberry world, more than any of the first generation mobile OS platform at the first go. Then again, it is thanks to all those other mobile OS platforms that attracted developers to develop ads for them, RIM is able to boast about 70,000 apps.
I will not predict about RIM gaining the top spot it had for years in the smartphone arena, but if there is any chance for it to survive, in the competitive mobile market this is it.
But if there is anything to the BlackBerry, this is how RIM wants to portray it (Click on the video to see it larger);
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Even though released a while ago, Nokia 100 and Nokia 101 still seems to be a favorite phone among many a users.
So we decided to provide you with links to user manuals.
Nokia 101 User Manual could be found here (Download PDF), and the Nokia 100 user manual is here(Download PDF).
Friday, January 25, 2013
Apple Loses Crown As The Worlds Most Valuable Company http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
Apple has once again lost the top spot as the worlds most valuable company as this morning, Exxon managed to snatch the title from Apple. Last time this happened, Apple’s market cap was $346.74 billion vs. Exxon’s $348.32 billion. Now Exxon-mobile has 417.59 Billion and Apple has a Market Cap of 413.91 Billion. I guess Exxon has been more mobile thatn Apple.
But Apple's value has gone much higher since the last time Apple was dethroned in August 2011.
Global Smartphone Marketshare : Samsung Captures And Leads Global Samartpnone Share (30%) With 213 Million Units Shipped in 2012
Samsung Captures And Leads Global Samartpnone Market Share http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
Well while Apple shares (AAPL) are setting records (loss of +$60 a share yesterday , Samsung seems to be setting / breaking other records.
Strategy Analytics, A research firm tells us that Samsung shipped 213 million smartphones during 2012 and set a record for most units shipped by a smartphone vendor in a single year, breaking the previous record held by Nokia, which shipped 100.1 million units in 2010.
Apple and Nokia combined was still behind Samsung in smartphone sales. Apple shipped 138.8 million phones in 2012 with Nokia, once the world leader, shipping only 35 million units. Just like Nokia at it's peak, Samsung was able to satisfy most of the smartphone market with variety of models. Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note attracted the jet setters and other Galaxy phones at lower price points satisfying others.
Global Smartphone Vendor Shipments (Millions of Units)
Global Smartphone Vendor Marketshare %
Total Growth Year-over-Year %
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- Smooth Transitions: Moving between home screens and switching between apps feels effortless, like turning pages of a book.
- Expandable, Actionable Notification: Get an even deeper look into the things that matter most and start a task directly from the notifications view.
- Auto Placing Widget: Place widgets on the screen—others are automatically replaced. Learn how to update your Galaxy Note 10.1.
- Samsung Gallery: Now, you can view your gallery in three different view modes—timeline view, grid view, spiral view. In the grid view, a navigation bar at the left lets you easily switch between album
- My Files: Manage your images, videos, music, documents and custom categories separately.
- Internet: Slide your thumb from the left or right edge to zoom in and out.
- Paper Artist: Turn every photo into a work of art. Paper Artist is full of cool effects and filters.
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., January 16, 2013– Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the availability of updates to Android 4.1™, Jelly Bean for both its award-winning Galaxy Note™ 10.1 and its popular Galaxy Tab 2 devices for the Wi-Fi versions.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 upgrade includes all the performance benefits of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well as Premium Suite, a collection of new features that further upgrades multi-tasking and productivity, while enhancing personalization and offering new levels of creativity. Users will enjoy improved S Pen support and the ability to easily open and resize multiple apps, then view them across the screen layered on top of each other.
“Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 created a new category by delivering content creation capabilities in addition to content consumption,” said Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing, Samsung Electronics America. “However, we always strive to deliver unexpected value to our customers. By providing not just Jelly Bean, but dramatic improvements to the multitasking and S Pen features on the devices, we’re ensuring that the Galaxy Note 10.1 remains at the forefront of innovation.”
A range of features have been introduced which aim to further boost the capabilities of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 including:
Multi-tasking & Productivity:
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 pioneered the innovative Multi Window feature which lets consumers experience a dual view, running two apps side-by-side on the screen. The new, updated Galaxy Note 10.1 enhances the experience further in a variety of ways:
Cascade View: The feature allows users to freely resize, move and pin selected applications in multiple views, running them simultaneously or while operating the home-screen. This PC-like feature will help users to be more productive, and actually do multiple tasks at one time.
Air View: Allows users to use S Pen to conveniently and quickly preview content without having to open it. This feature allows user to preview video while scrubbing, preview email attachments without opening, preview photos without opening the album, and more.
Quick Command: With Quick Command, the S Pen quickly activates applications and services that are used most often by allowing you to write command shortcuts using customized and preset S Pen strokes.
Enhanced handwriting: Users can quickly and easily send personalized handwritten notes and memos to friends and family via email, as well as hand-write directly into their S Planner
Enhanced S Note: S Note now features additional ready-to-use templates; allows users to add effects to their digital content with Idea Sketch; and enables the insertion of video directly into not only Note templates but also other templates. Users can also launch S Note directly from their home-screen for added convenience.
Easy Clip: Allows users to select and clip content to save, paste or share in seconds.
Photo Note: Add personalized handwritten notes on the back of your photos to help capture the moment.
Paper Artist: Besides enabling users to enliven sketches or content with different color or pencil styles, Paper Artist enables over 30 artistic effects that can be applied to images or media. Users can also draw or write onto the content and share it with others.
A smarter S Pen: The S Pen now allows users to select writing or color modes at the touch of a button, or unlock the home-screen simply by removing the S Pen.
Both the Wi-Fi versions of Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1 and 7.0) will benefit from the core improvements of Android 4.1 which features a more intuitive user interface, faster performance and response times across applications, and an overall smoother user experience. This is also complemented by an enhanced user interface optimized for the 10.1-inch screen.
For images and more detailed information, please visit http://www.samsung.com/us/article/galaxy-note-10-1-update.
Samsung made record profits for the Q4,2012, reporting $8.27 billion in operating profit, $52.45 billion in revenue, and $6.6 billion in net income. This is a increase if total operating profit up 89% year-on-year. The handset sales were up 58%, accounting for more than 50% of all operating profit.
Guess rounded corners instigation could not keep customers away from Samsung phones like Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy Note iterations.
Comparing Apples to Galaxy's, Apple sold 48 million iPhones vs 68 million Samsung smartphones. Samsung has a whole slew of phones that considered to be non smartphones. But all is not that rosy and read the Samsung statement as they mentioned, "Expect intensified competition amid smartphone growth slowdown."
Samsung press release and the conference call Slides(PDF)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Looks like Apple is doing good in Verizon arena and Verizon with iPhone in Smartphone arena. Verizon sold 9.8 million smartphones and 6.2 million of them were iPhones. iPhone 5 also did well in the Verizon shelves, selling 4 million units in the last quarter.
“In the fourth quarter, we activated 9.8 million smartphones, which was by far our highest total ever, about 65 percent of these smartphones were 4G LTE, and in terms of Apple iPhones, we activated about 6.2 million in the quarter, and almost half were 4G LTEs.” Verizon’s chief financial officer Fran Shammo said in today’s earnings call.
iPhone 5 sales helped Apple to pass 50% smartphone sales in the US since it was introduced and kept Android and other smartphone at bay during the holiday season. But the Verizon numbers are really big numbers and sweet songs for Tim Cook.
Of the remaining 3.6 million smartphones, majority were Android phones and of those, over 95% were LTE phones.
The company continued to enhance its device lineup with new smartphones and tablets. In the fourth quarter, Verizon Wireless launched eight 4G LTE smartphones: the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD by Motorola; Windows Phone 8X by HTC; Nokia Lumia 822; Samsung Galaxy Note II; Spectrum 2 by LG; Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II; and the DROID DNA by HTC. In addition, Verizon Wireless launched three tablets in the quarter: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Apple iPad with Retina display and Apple iPad mini.With all this, Verizon (VZ) with a $1.93 billion loss in the holiday quarter.
Verizon Press release
Well it is certainly another way to look at the current Apple Ecosystem and how the Google under growth is taking over the forest. With longtime Apple product user / diehard apple fans telling us that ""Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services."" there got to be something to it. Yep, got to read about Apple and Twitter.
Matt Asay of ReadWrite confirms the fact with more details and link like the Twitter and Apple.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The Boy genius' told us that Samsung Galaxy Note is one of the worst phones slated for a quick demise. I am sure they failed to notice the love for the device by other people outside of genius circle.
this is a device fit for use only by such a small subset of the human population that I can’t fathom how AT&T and Samsung are putting so much marketing resources behind it.Even Gizmodo, who seem take clues about Galaxy Note from a trainer at a Gym and yet failed to recognize the love the trainer and five million others, (at the time of writing by Gizmodo), joined the farce about Galaxy Note. May be they are in need of good screwdrivers :)
A good screwdriver needs a comfortable handle and a point that won't dull easily. A good phone needs to fit well in your hand, and allow you to use it without a lot of fussing around. Human fingers are only so long. Like the screwdriver, it's a tool—and a tool is only a good tool if it's designed to be used well.
But Samsung thumbed nose at these genius' and others, continued sell 10 million units in 2012, making it one of the most successful smartphone launches Now Samsung is into the second iteration of the device Galaxy Note II, which is estimated to sell 20 million units. I think it is hard to know what established market research could do, unless you got the knowledge. That does not apply only to Galaxy Note, everything else that is sold to people, like you and me. It is a reminder for me to check twice before assuming all the genius' are right or wrong.
|Tablet Sales courtesy TrendForce|
TrendForce, a market research firm based in China is reporting that Apple's iPad sale decline may be worse than previously assumed. Market saw a decline in Apples share prices ahead of the Q4'12 financial report. Some fear that the market dominance held by Apple is slowly slipping.
There are also others who reported along the same lines. “Sharp’s iPad screen production line at its Kameyama plant in central Japan has fallen to the minimal level to keep the line running this month after a gradual slowdown began at the end of 2012,” Reuters reporting about Apple's 9.7 inch inch screen production.
Trendforce reports “The tablet shipment showed dramatic growth, As Apple’s 9.7” product saw lower-than-expected sales in Q4’12, the inconsistency emerged between panel suppliers’ output and clients’ procurement. But Apple increased procurement significantly at the end of the year on concern of maintaining the following relationship with suppliers, resulting in a noticeable 25.6% growth in the overall tablet panel shipment MoM to 19.34 million units, but Apple‘s act must drag down the 9.7” product demand even more in Q1’13.”
It might be a sign of iPad mini biting in to iPad sales. Apple started iPad mini to compete with other small tablets from, mainly Samsung. So follow the links. do some research, if you rely on Apple to bring food to your table.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Let us say that you use your phone for more than talking, yep that is why you got a smartphone. Let us say you are a instagram or the newly release Flickr app junkie, photographing everything in sight and posting them online! Well we have got a suggestion for you, and me.
Me because I carry a camera with me all the time and mine is a heavy expensive DSLR and it hard to carry it around. Since I switched to iPhone 5 recently (Shame on you Google, for making me wait so long for the Nexus 4) I see that I do not need a big camera to fulfill my everyday simple needs of photography. iPhone 5 does a good job with Photography.
Alright, now to the suggestion, if you own an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy SIII and the like, you can do away with having to haul a full sized DSLR around the whole day. On the other hand why spend hundreds of dollars on a point and shoot, when your smartphone is capable of doing exactly the same.But these phones lack true camera feel When taking photos. I like to have better grip and a shutter button that allows me to focus when half pressed. Well someone, Snapgripp has come out with a solution. Snappgrip is a successfully funded Kickstarter project for a smartphone case that provides a point and shoot grip.
Snappgrip connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth transforming your smartphone into an actual point and shoot camera with all the camera functions you’d expect, such as half press to focus, full press to release the shutter, in and out zoom and even a tripod mount. I am sure Snappgrip gives a much more comfortable feel when taking photos than having to tap the screen to take a one. The design is very nice and you don't have fee ashamed to attach it to your pricey smart phone.
If you think it is the ting for you, there's a few days on their Kickstarter campaign to make your preorder by making a pledge. The case will ship by February, at least that is the plan of the project by Lee Harris.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A new updated post now available.
If you are looking for a better job in the field of VoIP IP Telephony, There are some openings at Asterisk. There seems to be jobs like Technical Engineers, developers, Technical Trainers, and Training Manager.
The Developer jobs are in Sunny San Diego and the Training and engineering jobs are in Huntsville, Alabama. I have visited the offices in Huntsville and it is a nice place. You might like it too. I am sure I do not have to say much about San Diego! And who would not want to work at the most promising Telephony company in the world.
You can apply for the jobs at Asterisk Careers.
Via Digium Blog.
If you are one of those who like to share, photos, a lot of photos, of your breakfast coffee to dinner desert, you got another friend, I meant another app, which some say better than instagram, that you are using now.
Flickr as a web service is fantastic and everyone of us have at least a single photo on Flickr, sharing with someone or the whole world.
Yahoo is wrapping up all that goodness in a mobile app, Flickr for iPhone and doing a very good job of it. The app has been around but the new update brings bunch of good stuff like filters and effects that allows one to make their photos artsy or appear nothing like the original.
App also allows you to share these photos with your Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts, opening up another avenue for you photos to search for 15 second fame.
But unlike the Instagram, this app is loaded with a very good set of tools, the kind that professional photographers would love. Perhaps they will be able to share what the photos looks like which they took with the professional cameras. Sort of a preview of great works yet to be uploaded in their multi megabit goodness'
Here is how Yahoo explains it on the Apple App Store page;
- - Capture and create stunning photos: Take photos with the app’s easy-to-use camera and make them your own with all new filters, editing features, and geo-tagging.
- - Share your photos with anyone, anywhere: Instantly share with your Flickr groups and Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or email contacts. You pick.
- - Discover the world through photos: The most interesting images in the world live on Flickr. Rediscover the world and be inspired by the Flickr community of photo hobbyists.
- - Experience high-quality, high-resolution photos: Flickr maintains the original quality of your photos so they look as crisp and stunning as the moment you snapped the photo. Your photos always look better on Flickr!
✓ Custom filters enhance your photos plus photo correction, retouching and many other tools
✓ Access your Flickr photos on any device – phone, tablet, computer and Apple TV!
✓ Connect with others around shared interests. Whether it’s food, travel, or anything else – Flickr has more than 1.6M groups, so there’s bound to be a Group that interests you!
✓ New justified layout photo display makes your personal photostream look amazing
✓ See recent photo activities from your friends and family. Make comments or mark them as favorites.
✓ Flexible, personal privacy options to make your photos as public or private as you want
Since Skype is powering Facebook's video chat and video conferencing, on the desktop apps, it was natural to assume that Skype is providing the Click to Call or tap to call services for mobile phones, the new Voice over WiFi from Facebook.
But if you assumed so, just like I did, we are wrong. In an statement to Slashgear, Skype has confirmed that it is not providing the backbone services for Facebook, tap to call over WiFi.
Skype - Facebook integration on desktops have gone far but the mobile front has not seen much progress. On the desktop apps, Facebook users could click on a Facebook user name instead hunting for his / her Skype handle to initiate a video call.
I guess it is more important for Microsoft - Skype to push their own mobile Skype apps, just like the recently released Skype for Windows Phone.
|Skype on Windows 8 Phone|
Skype on Windows 8 Phone is here
Free Voice Calls With Facebook http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
|"i" top right hand corner|
If you have the latest Facebook’s Messenger app and provided that you are in U.S.A, you can place voice calls over WiFi.
So how do I make a free call with the Facebook messenger? Pretty simple, you need to hit the “i” info icon in any of the messenger pages like a conversation or contact information page. In the panel there is a “Free Call” button that you can use to make a call. But your friend must have shared his / her mobile number with Facebook and should be available for a call.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Factory Reset iPhone 5 http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
An Updated version could be found here;
Reset iPhone To Factory Setting
If resetting of iPhone 5 is needed, like in the case of selling it to another person, or sending it for service or repair, you can perform following steps in the order to reset your iPhone.
A warning, once this is done all your data will be gone, so please make sure you follow the first two steps correctly. The same steps also applies to iPad, or iPod touch:
- Sync your device with iTunes or to the iCloud if you have an iCloud account
- Back up your device using iTunes or iCloud.
- Disable iMessage: If iMessage is active, please turn off iMessage. Tap Settings > Messages > iMessage.
- Erase all data from your device by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
- Remove any case or film, if present.
- If your iPhone or iPad has a SIM card, remove the SIM card.
Then transfer, sell or return the device for service.
Other iPhone resetting information;
Reset Your iPhone 3GS to Factory Setting New
Reset Your iPhone To Factory Setting. (Low Level Format Your iPhone)
Samsung Galaxy Tablets Don't infringe Apple Design Patents. http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
Another court has ruled that Samsung Galaxy Tablets do not infringe on Apple's design patents. This time it is a Dutch court, A district court in the Hague. The patent in this case is, yes the outrageous rounded corners, a design patent which Apple claims Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablets infringes.
Apple is waging a patent war against Samsung at least in ten countries and this is the second country that told Apple that Samsung does not infringe on it's design patents, rounded corners. Earlier a UK court also ruled the same.
Following is the news posted on Rechtspraak website
Galaxy tablets do not infringe on Apple's design right The Hague , 01.16.2013 Today the Hague district court judgment in a case of Samsung against Apple. At issue in this case is whether the design of some of Samsung Galaxy tablets infringe a design right from Apple. The court refers to British law which the court already had found the same two instances on the same infringement question."The actual statement is here. Samsung is also happy to have the ruling;
We welcome the court’s decision, which reaffirmed decisions made by courts in other countries that our Galaxy Tab products do not infringe Apple’s registered design right. We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art. Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limitedVia TechCrunch
BlackBerry 10 Training Manual http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
Looks like BlackBerry 10 information is leaking out faster than water into a sinking ship. Just as we published some info on BlackBerry Z10, Crackberry has unearthed a bit of the BlackBerry 10 training material from Rogers, Canada. It is not a full blown manual but you get the idea. Expand the slide for a better view of if you are really into it you can dive into the powerpoint presentation here that Crackberry lead us to.
BlackBerry Z10 http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
We are back in 2013 and I am going to start with an old favorite, RIM and Blackberry, the dethroned Kings of smartphones.
Even though RIM is yet to reveal the phone BlackBerry Z10 (slated to be revealed on January 30th alogside Blackberry 10 RIM OS) someone has beaten RIM and published all the details of the BlaclBerry Z10 (BlackBerry London) by Austrian telecom website 'telekom-presse.at.
BlackBerry Z10 is the touchscreen version of the new slated releases (other being BlackBerry X10 with qwerty keyboard for old BlackBerryans). The phone is powered by dual core OMAP 4470 clocked at 1.5GHz ans 2GB of RAM, with the new BB10 OS taking about 600MB. Storage space is 16GB which could be expanded with an addon microSD card.
The screen real estate is 4.2 inch plate with 1280 X 768 resolution, short od being full HD but the battery, 2100mAh is said to carry one through the day without charging the BlackBerry Z10. The phone measures 129 X 65 X 8 mm and weigh 125g.
The Z10 sports dual cameras. The front facingg one is 1.9MP and the real camera is an 8MP, and from the video taken by Telekom-presse said to be a proof that it is comparable to iPhone 5 or Nokia Lumia 920. The sample video is below;
The review by Telekom-presse has much more info leading us to believe that RIM has managed to come up with a decent phone, including Siri like voice control. We will have to wait for January 30th to officially see the details and if RIM has something that Telekom-presse did not see.