At COMPUTEX, Asus announced a new device called Transformer Book V. It is the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop that features a Windows and Android laptop and tablet as well as an Android smartphone. The design comprises a laptop with a detachable 12.5-inch screen that becomes a separate tablet and a 5-inch smartphone that docks into the tablet. User can use the OS of their choice in the mode they want to use. As a laptop, Transformer Book V includes a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad, and runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat. A dedicated hardware button provides instant and seamless switching between the two operating systems. The laptop features a next-generation Intel® Core™ processor providing high performance for an efficient and productive user experience. The 12.5-inch HD IPS display has sharp graphics and rich, vibrant color, and touch support adds additional convenience and functionality when using ...

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International Data Corporation (IDC) yesterday lowered its 2014 worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast to 245.4 million units. The main cause of the slow down are customers are using the older devices longer than expected and phablets are trying to replace the low-end of the tablet market as consumers are trying to own a single device that can serve both as tablet and a phone. “Two major issues are causing the tablet market to slow down. First, consumers are keeping their tablets, especially higher-cost models from major vendors, far longer than originally anticipated. And when they do buy a new one they are often passing their existing tablet off to another member of the family,” said Tom Mainelli, Program Vice President, Devices & Displays at IDC. “Second, the rise of phablets – smartphones with 5.5-inch and larger screens – are causing many people to second-guess tablet purchases as the larger screens ...

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Twitter is already making using of Bing Translator in their Windows Phone app to allow users to translate tweets from other languages to English. Now, Twitter is trying to expand this feature to their Android app. CNET today reported that some users are already starting to see this feature in their Android app. As you can see in the image above, a Tweet from Dutch language was presented in English using Bing. It is a cool feature that will break down the language barrier in the Twitter world. I hope Twitter expands this feature to all their clients including the web. Twitter declined to comment for this story. ...

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Earlier this week, we saw reports that Microsoft Mobile division is continuing the development of Nokia X series devices. Microsoft was also reported to be fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices.Currently, Nokia X devices only has back button in the front and most of the users who are used to having home screen button are finding it difficult to use the device. So, Microsoft Mobile division is expected to release new Nokia X series devices with home button on the front of the device. Today, a new leak has revealed the upcoming Nokia X series device called ‘Nokia X2′. This device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The image below shows that the device scores a AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. The image posted above was found on the same page, I guess it could be a concept image to ...

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Last week, we reported that Microsoft has started selling their flagship X series device Nokia XL in India. Along with this, Microsoft has also quietly started selling the Nokia X+ Dual Sim device for Rs. 8,399 in India. Microsoft has partnered with Airtel to offer users free unlimited download of Android apps for six months on the Nokia XL Dual SIM. It comes with 4-inch display, Qualcomm S4 Dual core processor, 768MB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. Viral Oza, Director Marketing of Microsoft Mobile commented the following, After receiving a great response with the Nokia X, which introduced the category to this market, we are now bringing the much awaited Nokia XL and X+ to our consumers. Nokia XL, our flagship offering within the Nokia X family, comes packed with a large screen experience with a superlative front camera and a wide array of apps, offering a great Smartphone ...

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SweetLabs, the company which created Pokki Android platform apps for Windows devices has now created a new App Install Platform for Windows OEMs to monetize their devices after the sale. The SweetLabs App Install Platform enables OEMs to optimize the delivery of apps on any device and capture their fair share of the multi-billion dollar app install market. From first boot, through the lifetime of the device, OEMs can increase revenues and improve the user experience by delivering the most relevant apps to your customers. Differentiate and increase device sales by offering new app install offers and incentives in real-time. Increase per-unit margins by driving relevant app installs to your customers. Replace manual app bundling with dynamic provisioning and ongoing app recommendations to create new revenue streams. Provide personalized and differentiated app offerings to your customers. Deliver unique and relevant apps to specific devices in specific channels, and optimize based ...

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Redspawn has released a Titanfall companion app for iOS and Android devices. This app will provide youlatest info and updates to Titanfall, also you can find your stats from anywhere including total kills, favorite weapons, time spent playing and more. App Description: Enhance your Titanfall™ experience with the Titanfall™ Companion App. Provides you with notifications for all of the latest info and updates to Titanfall™. Features rich intel about the history of the Titanfall™ universe, characters, weapons, maps, modes and controls. Now review your stats from anywhere including total kills, favorite weapons, time spent playing and more. Includes exciting features available when connected with your Xbox One Console. With the second-screen map feature, you have at your fingertips a full screen, real-time interactive mini-map of the game you’re playing. See and track your teammates and where the action is happening live and with the ability to zoom in and out to focus ...

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Nokia’s flagship device in its X series platform Nokia XL is on sale in India. It comes with a great 5″ display and a 5MP autofocus camera, complete with flash. Also, it comes with in an array of eye-catching colours, with the Nokia build quality you know and love. The device is priced at Rs.11, 489. Since this is based on AOSP, you can access the world of Android apps and flow between your favourites faster and smoother with Fastlane UI. Key Specs: Dimensions Height: 141.4 mm Width: 77.7 mm Thickness: 10.9 mm Weight: 190 g Display Display size: 12.7 cm Display features: Brightness control, Tactile feedback, Orientation sensor, Nokia Glance screen, Screen double tap, Wide viewing angle Photography Main camera sensor: 5 MP Camera resolution: 2592 x 1944 pixels Main camera focus type: Auto focus Power management Maximum standby time with dual SIM: 30 days Maximum standby time: 37 days Maximum talk time (2G): 16 h Processor name: ...

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Microsoft today released an update to Lync 2013 app for Android devices in Play Store. This v5.4 update brings in support for Android tablets, ability to start group chat from conversations and more. Find the full change log below. Lync 2013 for Android extends the power of Lync to your mobile device – including voice & video over wireless, rich presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface. What’s new in version 5.4: - Tablet support (excludes Tegra2 based devices) – Add participants into an ongoing conversation (IM or Lync Meeting) – Start an ad-hoc group conversation – Bug fixes Download it here from Google Play Store. ...

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Microsoft today released a preview of Visual Studio tooling support for Apache Cordova. This will help developers build multi-device hybrid mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, targeting a broad range of mobile devices. Apache Cordova is a popular open source platform for creating such platform. Microsoft Open Technologies has contributed in making Cordova tools for Visual Studio. The web developers can use their existing skills in HTML and JavaScript to create hybrid packaged apps for multiple devices while taking advantage of each device’s capabilities. Project templates are available for both JavaScript and TypeScript, and provide a standard blank Cordova starter project.  Developers can pick their HTML/JavaScript framework of choice, whether Backbone and jQuery UI, or Angular.js and Bootstrap, or WinJS. Projects can be built, deployed, and debugged against a variety of devices, device emulators and web-based mobile simulators.  By default, you can use the Apache Ripple simulator to test ...

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Microsoft Mobile division today announced the availability of Nokia XL dual SIM, which is the flagship of the new Nokia X family. It comes with 5-inch touch display, Front and rear cameras and 768MB of RAM. The Nokia XL dual SIM will be available from today in APAC and IMEA for about €109($150 ISD) before local taxes and subsidies. Key Specs: Five-inch capacitive touch screen 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core Processor 768MB RAM 5MP autofocus camera with flash 2MP front-facing camera Expandable up to 32GB external memory 2000 mAH battery Satellite GPS Accelerometer Available colours: Bright Green, Orange, Cyan, Yellow, Black and White Read more about it here. ...

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OneDrive has added a five new features based on user feedback. OneDrive’s group program manager detailed the changes in a blog post. OneDrive web UI has been updated for better photo viewing. They have increased the size of thumbnails to create a more beautiful view of your photos and videos. Also, you can now see videos in All Photos view with video playback improved with this release as well as adding support for more browsers and mobile phones. OneDrive already allows you share individual files in a folder to others, now they offer the ability to add more items after you’ve already shared the original grouping. Just go to your Shared view, right click on the group that you want to modify, and select Add. Other new features: Album Cover Customization OneDrive automatically creates rotating covers for your folders to give you a peak at the photos inside. There are many times, however, ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out updates to the Bing for Android app that includes a new streamlined look and feel, improved performance, support for Bing Rewards and more. Also, the performance of the app has been improved. More immersive search results pages New built-in full screen browser Added controls to search in specific countries Refreshed interface The changes are more than just cosmetic, we have optimized for performance. You will now notice that the app is markedly faster than the previous version. For Bing Rewards fans, we have included a way to track your points natively within the app so you can keep tabs on your progress. With last week’s roll out of Bing for Schools this is another great way to help your favorite school earn Surfaces. Download the app from Google Play Store. ...

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A class action complaint was filed against Google yesterday for using secret deals by exploiting their Android monopoly by forcing smartphone OEMs such as Samsung and others to make Google search engine the default choice on their mobile devices. The lawsuit claims that this move by Google harms consumers by making the devices cost more. Because, Apple receives over billion dollar from Google for making Google as the default search engine. If any Android OEM wants to make similar deal with Microsoft or Yahoo for making default search engine, they will lose access to Google Apps and Google Play Store in Android. Under the secret MADA’s, device makers must allegedly include all of the following applications: Set-up Wizard, Google Phone-top Search, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Maps for Mobile, Google Street View, Contact Sync, Android Market Client (not products downloaded from Android Market), Google Voice Search, and Network Location ...

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According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 57.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014. Android secured a robust 66 percent global share, while Apple iPad shipments were below expectations and iOS fell to 28 percent. Windows secured a 6 percent global share. Peter King, Director of Tablets at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global Tablet shipments reached 57.6 million units in Q1 2014, up 19 percent from 48.3 million in Q1 2013. Android continues to make steady progress and now commands two thirds of the tablet market share.” King added, “Apple iOS shipments (sell-in) were 16.4 million iPads in Q1 2014 which declined 16 percent annually, but Apple claimed that due to channel inventory changes which were reduced significantly from the same period last year, sell-through only declined 3 percent. We believe that the disappointing performance in the early part of the calendar year is ...

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In March, we did an editorial on the current infotainment systems in Automobiles and how Microsoft is losing yet another opportunity/market even though it came too earlier than others. It seems, Microsoft is working on the same and they showed some of their concepts at BUILD developer conference last week. Microsoft’s current strategy is similar to that of Apple’s iOS in the Car and Google’s projected mode. It is based on MirrorLink which will allow you to use your smartphone to power your car’s infotainment system. MirrorLink is a device interoperability standard that offers integration between a smartphone and a car’s infotainment system. MirrorLink transforms smartphones into automotive application platforms where apps are hosted and run on the smartphone while drivers and passengers interact with them through the steering wheel controls, dashboard buttons and touch screens of their car’s In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system. Windows in the Car will adapt apps ...

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