Which of the new features in Android 4.4 KitKat make you most excited? Click the link above for Google’s full rundown.
Along with our sweet naming tradition, we also introduce a new device with each platform release to showcase the latest Android innovations. For KitKat, we partnered with LG to develop Nexus 5 — the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. Its design is simple and refined to showcase the 5” Full HD display. Nexus 5 also keeps you connected at blazing speeds with 4G/LTE and ultra fast wifi. The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Learn more on our site.
It’s only when Google announces a device like this do I consider moving to Android. Who’s getting one?
The Geekbench 3 benchmark for the iPad Air has been revealed by Primate Labs’ John Poole, demonstrating some fairly impressive numbers. The device’s 64-bit A7 chip, which is the same physical hardware found in the new Apple iPhone 5s, has been given scores of 1465 and 2643 for the single-core test and the multi-core test, respectively. Claims made at Apple’s press event last week have officially been demonstrated as fact, with the device outperforming its predecessor by about two times on both tests. (more…)
Remember the modular smartphone idea Phonebloks which was suggested by what was seemingly a random British guy last month? Most shrugged it off as unrealistic and baseless, but today it appears that Motorola–and therefore Google–has embraced this moonshot fully. It’s a modular smartphone concept that may have seemed futuristic as little as a month ago. Introducing Project Ara, a free, open hardware platform for creating the smartphone that fits your needs. Motorola has been working on this for more than a year. (more…)
Apple reported its latest financial results today, taking in $7.5 billion of profit on $37.5 billion in revenue.
The iPhone was up, selling 33.8 million units as compared to the year-ago quarter, where they sold 26.9 million. The iPad was comparatively flat, shipping 14.1 million units as opposed to 14 million devices a year ago. The Mac was down roughly 7%, moving 4.6 million units, compared to 4.9 million units last year. The iPod is back to 2004 levels, perhaps signaling that the product category is going to be retired soon, or perhaps replaced — “iPod” could make a great name for a wearable product.
The iPhone is obviously the highlight of this report, though it is worth noting that both the iPad and Mac lines saw their first updates this year at the October 22nd event, and are not yet on sale. It is likely that many people were waiting for these new launches before purchasing newer iPads or Macs. Still, overall a strong quarter, though Apple’s profit margins are down, due likely to investment in more expensive components, like the A7, TouchID, and retina displays for the iPad mini. Finally, Apple reported that international sales (read: non-U.S. sales) made up for 60% of revenue.
Apple’s latest products — from the new Macs, to the iPhone 5S and 5C, to the iPad Air and retina iPad mini — are easily the best the company has ever produced, and competes favorably with what is available from other players on the market as well.
However, there is something palpably different now, as compared to the Apple of a few years ago. Most attribute it to Steve Jobs being absent from the company, though Dan Frommer of SplatF has a different theory:
But where Apple has disappointed recently is in novelty, or surprise. Perhaps this is unfair, but it’s real. Apple became the company that delivered “new”. People got used to hearing about new stuff all the time — iPod nanos, iPhones, MacBook Airs, iPads — and now it seems like it’s been a while. The more people got, the more they wanted. And then you have to work even faster.
Ever since the iPad came out nearly four years ago, users have been mocked and ridiculed for using the tablet as a camera. After all, the iPad is quite large and does look rather stupid when used for photography. But, is it possible that people are finally coming to terms with using the iPad as a camera? That is the message that Apple is attempting to share, at least, as evidenced by the video below.
iOS 7.0.3 is available today for all iDevices that were compatible with iOS 7. A plethora of bug fixes are in this latest update, hopefully fixing the various problems regarding performance that iOS 7 brought.
Included is a slider for tweaking the amount and speed of the animations. It also adds the Keychain sync feature, which had to be delayed from iOS 7 so that it could be released in tandem with Mavericks.
This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including: (more…)
Apple took the stage this morning in San Francisco to announce a myriad of products and services: the all-new iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, refreshed MacBook Pro lineup, and redesigned iLife and iWork suites.
The company also announced that OS X Mavericks is free and available today, and provided further details on the new Mac Pro. All that, plus a pinch of humor from Apple executives Cook, Federighi, Schiller and Cue.
How do you think the event went?