We’ve been waiting for this for a while. The consumer electronics industry is bigger than ever with companies throwing in everything to stand out in the sea of new ideas and innovations. With so many manufactures and carriers on the scene desperately trying to sell you their devices, it’s no surprise that even the once great smartphone makers are having a hard time staying above water. This is Google’s attempt to stand out - After months of rumours, leaks and speculation, Google and LG have finally released the latest addition to the Nexus line of products – and frankly, it’s really never been better. The Nexus 4 was a great phone, no doubt about it, however it certainly had its flaws. This is what happens when Google try to stand out - Welcome to the Nexus 5. Lets start with last year Last year, Google gave us the Nexus 4. Like the Nexus 5, it was also made by LG and although it was a really great phone for the price, it did have its fair share of problems and issues. For starters, the device came with a glass back which had a habit of getting scuffed, scratched, and shattered easily if the device was dropped. Not only this, the camera on the Nexus 4 was by no means great. The 8 mega-pixel sensor generally produced washed-out and un-vibrant photos, not to mention the less than impressive shutter speed. As well as this, the 4′s battery life was certainly on the shabby side. The 2100 mAh battery struggled to last a full day with moderate usage, and since the battery was non-removable, there was no easy way to give the Nexus 4 some extra charge besides charging it up. However one of the biggest problems with the Nexus 4 was it
After a 32 month streak, Microsofts Xbox 360 has been overtaken by Sony’s Playstation 3 as the best selling console in the US. The 360 has been the best selling games console in the US since January 2011, however after the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5 brung Sony to the top spot only weeks before the launch of the next-generation systems. According to the NPD group, the 500GB PS3 bundle that included a copy of GTA 5 that most likely boosted sales as GTA was such a huge seller since its launch in September. Since the next-generation consoles are just a few weeks away, current-generation system sales are rapidly decreasing however it seems the PS3 bundle was too good of a deal for some gamers to let slip. GTA 5 drove gaming software sales up 52% (That’s not a typo) and bought in revenues north of $1 billion in only 3 days making it the fastest-selling entertainment ever. Although it’s not all bad news for the Xbox. Microsoft announced recently the 360 has sold 80 million units since it’s launch in 2005. As well as this, September marked the biggest software sales for the Xbox with $401.2 million. It also seems Microsoft is planning a price reduction of the Xbox 360 4Gb, dropping it down to only $179.99. The Playstation 4 from Sony launches on 29th or November 2013 a week after Microsofts Xbox One on November 22nd.
To be honest, you probably haven’t heard or have anything to do with Twitter’s #Music service. Well, in April this year Twitter launched the service after a number of rumours prior to the unavailing. Since then, despite some initial hype,#Music has been pretty much forgotten. Now, a report by Mike Isaac from All Things’s D, suggests Twitter is ‘Strongly considering’ closing the service only a few months after it’s launch. The report says sources have stated despite the app once being in the No. 6 sport in overall free app downloads, the recent activity and downloads of the app have been “abysmal”. #Music works by mostly by using data gathered by Twitter (for example who you follow and interact with) and make recommendations based of this data. What’s strange about the service it’s barley ever seen advertised or promoted on the conventional twitter. Personally, I can’t really judge how well the service works, (I think i’ve only used it once) however in theory you do follow artists that you listen to and therefor the service should work quite well. Sources: All Things D The Verge
Since Google revealed the next instalment of their Android operating system would be named KitKat, we have heard quite a bit about the upcoming update to the most popular mobile OS in the world. We can pretty much assume KitKat, or Android 4.4, is going to be a fairly big update. Not as big update as Ice Cream Sandwich, but bigger than the last couple of Jelly Bean branded versions. Early photos and screenshots of the OS showed it would be called ‘Key Lime Pie’, however Google and KitKat maker Nestle seemed to have secured their deal at the last minute, hence why we’re only now seeing leaks with the updated name. Camera So what’s new? Firstly, there’s some new camera features. The new Camera app should have Instagram-like filters as well as borders and other effects that can be previewed prior to taking a photo in real time. We can also expect some other upgrades such as faster shutter speeds and more sharing options. However the the Camera’s UI doesn’t seem to be a whole lot different from 4.3. Settings The whole theme of the settings menu in 4.4 seems pretty similar to what we’ve been used to since Android 4.0. However this time round there’s some new menus and additions. Firstly, there’s a new ‘Home’ menu under the ‘Device’ section. This could be any number of things really, however it’s most likely to do with the new launcher in 4.4 (See Design) This could mean some new options and settings for the main Android launcher rumoured to be named ‘Google experience’. As well as this, also under the ‘Device’ section there’s a option for ‘Tap & Pay’. This mostlikely means you’re no longer going to need 3rd party apps to use NFC to pay for things. In
Incase you haven’t heard yet, Apple released there new flagship iPhone in the form of the 5s. The 5s introduced a new fingerprint sensor imbedded into the new circular home button called ‘Touch ID’. The technology comes from Apple’s recent purchase of AuthenTec for $356 million in late July. The sensor scans 500 points per-inch to read your fingerprint and carry out tasks such as unlocking your device or even eliminating the need for passwords in some cases, such as on Apples App Store. Not only this, Apple also revealed some updated camera technologies and a new 64-bit processor named the A7, as well as a new gold coloured iPhone 5s. Along the new 5S, there was another addition to Apples iPhone range. The iPhone 5c. The 5c is a cheaper option to the 5s, although not a budget phone. It comes in 5 new colours as well as a lower end plastic back panel. It’s essentially a iPhone 5 with more colour options and few improvements such as a slightly larger battery and better camera. - I.E no fingerprint scanner. Also, if you haven’t seen the case for the device, think yourself lucky. It’s about as a appealing as a baboon – In fact, the rear of a baboon. So what does this mean for other phone manufactures? Well, not a lot really. As with every iPhone announcement Apple are going to have people queuing outside Apple stores weeks before launch, and their going to sell tons of them (iPhones that is) But why is that? It’s said everyday that the iPhone is really quite behind in terms of ‘specs’. For example, most high-end Android phones ship with camera north of 13 megapixels. As well as this, most have faster processors and more RAM, as well as bigger and more