@evleaks recently leaked two of the upcoming flagship products from Nokia packing Windows latest offering Windows Phone 8 . One is a 4.5 inch screen Nokia Lumia 920 with Pureview camera and another a 4.3 inch variant named Nokia Lumia 820 .
The devices are not yet officially announced but the images were posted on twitter by @eveleaks . Well we will have to wait and watch till 5th of this month when Nokia would be launching the latest models .
Nokia Lumia 920 will come packed with the most hyped pureview camera technology . Though the pictures do not actually indicate the presence of the huge pureview sensors .
These devices will be very important in determining the future of Nokia . Though the previous devices did raise some eyebrows in the market , they didn’t do exceptionally well . Nokia had to slash the rates by a huge margin to sell their previous products .
The other problem is that the present devices will not receive the Windows Phone 8 update. Hopefully these future devices will be able to do so .
The leaked pictures suggest colorful variants thus it would be more appealing to the general market . Hopefully these devices will be reasonably priced to compete with the other bigwigs in the market .
Via : TheVerge
Source : evleaks
Facebook has been getting a lot of flak for its Facebook App for Android from a long time now . Not only is it buggy and slow , every update that has been released creates more problems .
On the wake of Facebook’s IPO, Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg informed that they will be concentrating more on mobile devices . But with the continuing under-performance of the official app , one must start looking at alternatives if not already .
Though there have been improvements in the User Interface recently , the whole experience is woefully buggy .
After using both the apps (Friendcaster and Official FB app) and testing it thoroughly I have listed 10 reasons for ditching the Official App for Friendcaster .
- Initial Start-up Time : It took a painfully long 9 secs to get anything on the screen after tapping on the icon whereas Friendcaster took less than 3 secs to start-up.
- Notification : This took around 10 secs to load while it took less than a second to load in FriendCaster .
- Messages : Messages took around 8 secs to load and 2 secs compared to FriendCaster
- Profile Pages : This was the longest wait ever . My profile page took over 14 secs ! to load whereas it took only 3 secs to open in Friendcaster.
- Facebook Pages : Facebook pages are better organised in the official app but takes around 11 secs to open compared to 4 secs in Friendcaster .
- Photos : Opening a photograph took around 12 secs in the Official app and it took less than half of that using Friendcaster .
- Push Notifications : This is where Friendcaster is clearly a winner . The user interface and speed of the notification is amazingly brillliant . I have used the Official app for a long time now , and I have noticed that push notification is pathetic , and most often redundant .
- User Experience : The official Facebook App has a very iPhone feel to it . Like most of the other apps it just is another iPhone clone . Friendcaster makes use of the Andoid User design guidelines ,making the app much faster and easier to flip through .
What’s really intriguing me is the fact that Facebook has access to every inch of their servers and internal API’s but still a third party developer is making faster and better application .
Note : These results are based on the tests made under the following parameters.
- Device : Lg Optimus One
- OS : Android 2.2.2 (Froyo)
- Connection : 2G at (15-25kbps)
Some things come around and completely change the way you see things . Google gave you the power to search webpages on your finger tips . Facebook made it easier to meet your friends and family any time you want . Instagram serves you a similar feeling . It lets you capture the world with your lens and makes it beautiful . Well there are plenty of apps that can do just the same . So what does Instagram do better ?
For starters Instagram is one of the most simplest apps i have ever used on my Android device . It works seamlessly and is smooth to operate . What i like the most is it does not behave like an iphone clone . Not that i hate iPhone but usually some apps look like they where created for iPhone and then ripped off to make an Android version . This app makes use of the android icons and feels great to operate .
What strikes me is the simplicity with which this app works . Publishing a photo is only 4 clicks away . And to do justice to this review i did download a dozen photo sharing and editing apps . Most of them work pretty well and do everything they claim to . But none of them combine the flow and simplicity of Instagram .
Instagram brings the photographer out of everyone . Initially I was hesitant in using this app , but when i saw what it did to my photograph , i was amazed . This app takes social networking seriously and not only does it have its own huge network , but there is also an option to share to various social networking sites .
Instagram’s network might come out to be a little flat , because it uses a completely different method to discover new people and their photography . There is a button for popular photos , where most popular photos are displayed , and then you could search for hashtags as well as photos favorited by the people you follow .
What i really appreciate is the support team . It took them only a day to fix most of the crucial bugs that cropped up initially . Since the release there have been a lot of updates . The recent one with the tilt-shift feature . This feature is one of the best in its class . Some other apps like Cymera do have this feature but do not do justice to the blurring .
My only fear is Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram . And to add to this fear is the recent release of the Facebook Camera App . I only hope facebook does not kill Instagram , like the way it killed Snaptu and other services it bought .
Microsoft recently released the Windows 8 consumer preview (a beta version) for public download . They have maintained that there are thousands of changes to the previously released developer preview . This release comes with a lot changes and I have been playing with them since morning .
Look And Feel :
Well definitely it looks much better and sleek . The whole feel has been changed and is a leap from the previous UI . The User Interface feels smooth , sleek and minimal . They have retained the desktop and have blended it well with Metro UI . All the apps on the Metro UI run smooth and are live. User Interface would go well with a touch screen but manages just great with a mouse . The tiles keep updating and that is one feature to look out for . The most important thing is there is no START button ! Only thing that pops up on clicking the keyboard start button is the new Metro style tiles . This is a complete shift in windows design . Wonder how some users will feel about it .
I assigned 1.4 GB RAM and 20 GB of Hard disk space . You could download both installer file as well as an iso file from this link .
My Take :
This OS looks strong and Microsoft is completely headed in the right direction . It is different from all the OS’s around and stands out when it comes to the User Experience . At a time when mobile and tablet computing are seeing exponential rise , Microsoft has brought an OS that fits right in . Well it’s an update i would most surely go for . Waiting to put my hands on the final release .