Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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With Apple having announced their latest iPhone 6 handset and Samsung revealing the Galaxy Note 4 at their recent event, we can now see the latest offerings from both sides of the platform pond and how the biggest competitors in the iOS and Android market stack up.

We’ve stacked up the Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, and Galaxy Note 4 against each other to see just how they compare.

But that’s just specs, what do you guys think? Drop us a comment in the section below.


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Intel and Fossil partner for Android Wear

Intel, a leader in chip-making and powering technology, and Fossil, a leader in fashion accessories, are partnering up for future smartwatches and wearable technology. While they plan to build all kinds of wearable technology, Android Wear devices are a certainty since they both are listed as partners on Android Wear’s official website. This partnership is… Read more »

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Alcatel Pop 2 the first 64-bit Windows Phone

Published by at 14:49 UTC, September 9th 2014

Seen at IFA, the Alcatel Pop 2 is a Windows Phone 8.1 version of the Android handset of the same name, with 4.5″ 854×480 resolution screen and 1GB of RAM. Crucially, it comes with the Snapdragon 410 processor, making it 64-bit (and not 32-bit). Other specs are modest, with 8GB storage plus microSD, and a ‘4MP’ camera (an odd figure!). LTE is present though, plus the Pop 2 is quoted at only 119 Euros, making it rather good value.

WMPU broke the news:

Pop 2

To the benefit of the Windows Phone, this means the device comes with 1 GB RAM as standard, despite only having a 4.5 inch FWVGA screen, and the latest Snapdragon 410 processor running at 1.2 Ghz, which in fact means it is the first Windows Phone with a 64 bit processor and the Adreno 306 GPU.

The device otherwise features 8GB storage, a 4 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera, 2000 mAh battery and most importantly LTE support, which for the 119 Euro price point makes it a steal over the Nokia Lumia 635, which is 40 euro more expensive.

The handset is 9.9mm thick and weighs 147g and will be available in white, blue, purple, green, red and yellow. It will also be available in Dual-SIM.

The Android version has capacitive controls in that large bottom bezel and it seems that the Windows Phone version simply omits these – with the on-screen controls now, the device looks a bit unbalanced. Given that the (right number of) capacitive control spots were already in place, could they not have been re-used, changing the functions/assignments as needed?

All a little odd, plus it’s unknown at this point quite what difference a 64 bit processor will make to Windows Phone, especially down at this low end of the spectrum.

There’s a video demo, too, by Drwindows.de and in German:

Source / Credit: WMPU

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Platforms: Windows Phone 8
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Purported Motorola Nexus X specs found on benchmark

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The Nexus X will be manufactured by Motorola and will feature a 5.2-inch display with 2560 x 1440 display, reports AndroidWorld. According to benchmarks discovered by the blog, the device will pack a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and Android L. Additionally, the handset will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, and a host of other sensors. Expected to launch in October, the Nexus X is also rumored in a 5.9-inch variant.

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Watch out for NFC in Apple’s product announcements

Finally to do a U-turn about a technology it didn’t invent

Until today, Cupertino-based Apple has been pretty vocal in its dismissal of NFC [Near Field Communication] as a key technology in the mobile space. GoMo News has always maintained that Apple was instead keen on pumping up its AirDrop (Wi-fi based) technology instead. Comments by Apple’s Phil Schiller have always been taken to mean that the company has on intention of incorporating it. But the rumour mill insists NFC will be inside the iPhone 6 and maybe even an iWatch. According to Ovum, Apple might complete a full U-turn and make the NFC sector its own!

Eden Zoller, a principal analyst, with Ovum, commented, “If Apple is forming alliances with major card schemes and riding on contactless rails then embracing NFC is a pragmatic move.”

She continued, “We would expect Apple to prove highly effective at marketing NFC to consumers, creating awareness and excitement around NFC capabilities in a way others have so far failed to do.”

Zoller added, “This is turn could help ignite merchant interest in NFC, that so far has remained cool due to lack of consumer uptake.”

Now Apple is rumoured to have been in discussions with major financial institutions to make mobile payments are more widespread. Presumably by using NFC.

The list includes Visa, Mastercard and Amex.

However, GoMo News believes the original clue came some time back when Brightwire reported a a deal between Apple and China UnionPay so that customers could use the latter’s ‘QuickPass’ POS machines in China. Using NFC, of course.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

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Here’s how you can tune in to Apple’s iPhone 6 event

Today’s the day, everyone. After months of anticipation, speculation, and leaks, we have it just the way we like it – we have a general idea of what to expect from the Cupertino company, but the launch is still shrouded in mystery. The event today isn’t just limited to members of the press, as there’s a full Apple iPhone 6 event live stream and many other ways of learning about the announcements as they arrive.

The best way to get your Apple fix today is through the company’s own live stream, which should be going live at the link at the bottom of this post just a bit before the event begins. Unfortunately, not all of you are going to be able to watch this stream – and for more reasons than you’re probably thinking. Apple live streams only work with Mac computers running OS X 10.6.8 or later (and only with the Safari browser version 5.1.10 or newer), and iOS devices on 6.0 or anything newer. The live stream should also work with Apple TV, too, though only the second and third-generation models running a software release 6.2 or higher.

If you’re without a capable Apple device at the moment, you’re not entirely out of luck. It’s possible that the live stream may crop up on YouTube through unofficial means, but you need not worry about all of that if that’s not your thing – just keep it locked to Pocketnow as the event unfolds at 10AM Pacific tomorrow (that’s 1PM Eastern, or 5PM GMT) as we’ll be posting news right as it comes in.

We’re not entirely sure at what point of the presentation the new iPhone will break cover, but Quartz has gone through the last couple keynotes involving an iPhone launch in order to try to predict the timing – they found that, on average, the new iPhone is announced about 45 minutes in. But considering that the agenda for today sounds pretty packed, and the fact that the last two iPhone events got straight to launches 12 and 22 minutes in (respectively), you’ll want to tune in at least ten minutes after the start of the keynote to be safe.

In case you want a recap of what to expect, we’ve put together a rumor roundup piece that’ll clue you in on what Apple could announce today. Keep in mind that some things are still big question marks to us, including the construction of a 3-story building outside of the Flint Center – we’re not sure exactly what that’s about, but we’re sure excited to find out.

Folks, we’re just as excited about Apple’s event today – which is garnering even more media attention than usual – as you are, and we’re sure you’re eager to share your thoughts, so drop them down in the comments section below if you would.

Apple iPhone 6 event live stream link


Pocketnow

AT&T announces plans to carry Moto 360

The Moto 360 may be met with availability issues right now, but we’re hoping that’ll all clear up soon – and when those problems get sorted out and the dust clears, there’ll be an additional retailer stocking the Moto 360: AT&T. The wireless carrier has revealed its plans today to carry the Android Wear-powered timepiece as an accessory.

AT&T joins a growing list of Motorola, Google Play, Best Buy, and Verizon Wireless as one of the places you can grab a Moto 360, but because of the supply/demand levels right now (presumably), we don’t yet have a date or a price for the version AT&T will have.

All the retailers so far have stuck to $ 249 for the standard leather band option, and $ 299 for the metal band (that’s coming later this year, and is currently unavailable), so we’re fairly sure AT&T will go with the same for its very own Moto 360.

If you’re interested in Moto 360 coverage, we’ve certainly got you covered there. You can check out our launch post, our post covering its specs, Adam Doud’s written first impressions, and then an unboxing and hands-on from Joe Levi. And there’s going to be no shortage of coverage of the device in the next few weeks as well, as our full review lands alongside comparisons with its toughest competitors.

Source: AT&T


Pocketnow

Multi-platform event – Apps World moves London venue

Relocates from Earls Court to ExCel for 2014

lines’ idezawa will be key speaker

In its fifth year, Apps World Europe is changing venues from London’s Earls Court exhibition centre to the high tech ExCel venue in the UK capital’s trendy Docksland area. Regular GoMo News readers will recall how one of the first apps shows in Britain – Symbian World used to be held in ExCel. By contrast, of course, Apps World prides itself in being the leading global multi-platform event in the mobile industry with annual shows held in San Francisco as well as London. Next year [2015] will see the first Apps World Germany to be held in Berlin, too.

Due to attract more than 12,000 attendees for 2014, there is a list of over 200 major speakers who will be presenting at Apps World Europe in ExCel.

Keynotes include As Seen on TV founder, entrepreneur and investor and now Shark Tank judge (the US equivalent of Dragon’s Den) Kevin Harrington.

He’s the man also credited with creating the first infomercial back in 1984.

Another famous TV face includes Jason Bradbury, presenter of The Gadget Show UK & USA (TV) whose television career spans nearly 20 years.

Other keynotes include Peter Molyneux, founder of Lionhead Studios and one of the most recognised faces in the video games industry.

Also making an appearance are Sir Nigel Shadbolt, co-Founder & chairman of ODI [Open Data Institute] whose 33 year career saw him made a British Knight in 2013.

Another speaker is Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UKwhose international experience has taken him now to new heights building Tech City UK.

Well worth a mention too are Takeshi Idezawa, COO with LINE – the world leading IM [Instant Messaging] service created in Japan and Bill Liao, European venture partner with venture capital business SOSVentures.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.


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Polaroid gets in on the Windows Phone 8.1 act…

Published by at 8:37 UTC, September 9th 2014

Shrouded in either mystery or (more likely) obscurity, Polaroid (yes, the camera and film company) appears to have launched yet another low cost OEM Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone. Dubbed the WinPro 5.0, the specifications are fairly familiar, being based on the existing Microsoft/Qualcomm reference design for Windows Phone 8.1. Is there a special imaging focus, given the name? Nope. But the more the merrier, eh?

From the WinTouch site (in German, here machine translated):

Somewhat hidden on the IFA, we were able to discover a small stand of Polaroid and consult the somewhat grumpy representative also for their Windows Phone. Yes, actually we discovered they do a Windows Phone smartphone:

Polaroid WinPro 5

Since the smartphone in its system info doesn’t give much away and called itself “JSRTECH I7B” we dig a little more. Specifications shall be as follows:

  • Name: WinPro 5.0
  • 8 GB of memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 MP main camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 1.3 Ghz Quad Core processor (doubtful)
  • 2400 mAh battery
  • Dual Sim Function
  • 5 inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution

As to availability, it’s next month (October 2014). Priced to cost less than 200 €. 

Although patently built to a price and with unremarkable screen (judging from the video and images), the combination of those baseline specs and Windows Phone 8.1 should nevertheless produce something that’s very usable. It’ll come down to fit and finish, to how good or bad the screen, camera and speaker are, and of course to street price in the developing markets it’s aimed at.

Polaroid WinPro 5

Source / Credit: WinTouch

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Categories: Hardware
 

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Adjust Secures $7.6 Million for Expansion of Mobile Analytics Platform

adjust-650Mobile app analytics and attribution company Adjust (formerly Adeven) has announced it has raised $ 7.6 million in Series C funding from ACTIVE Venture Partners, along with existing investors including Target Partners, Iris Capital and Capnamic Ventures. The funding will help the company increase its expansion plans for the US, China and Japan, with a continued focus on helping app developers re-engage with their users.

Adjust has offices in Berlin, San Francisco and Istanbul, and helps mobile marketers identify the sources of their most valuable users. In addition, Adjust helps clients re-engage with those consumers both inside or outside of apps.

Alongside the switch from Adeven to Adjust in February 2014, the company expanded its product offering from tracking app download numbers to offering analyzation on how consumers use apps after they’ve initially downloaded them. This includes tracking the average in-app session length, the number of times users login to an app and more. The platform’s real-time analytics allow marketers to change their campaigns in response to data to make the most of their time (and budgets).

Forty percent of Adjust’s total revenue comes from Asia and the US, and the company sees more than 100 new client sign-ups each week. This funding will allow Adjust to capitalize on these high-growth markets, opening new regional offices and expanding its overall platform. Fifty percent of the funding is specifically targeted for the US, Chinese and Japanese markets.

Philipp Schroeder, founding partner at ACTIVE Venture Partners, will join the Adjust Board of Directors.

“Adjust has a top quality industry-leading technology in attribution analytics, and is already enhancing many partner platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tapjoy, Upsight and many more with their technology,” Schroeder said, in a company statement.

“Additionally, we recognize their big ambitions and see an excellent cultural fit between our companies. Adjust is truly transforming the way developers and marketers run mobile ad campaigns through reliable, transparent and neutral third-party data access and sophisticated analysis, and we’re looking forward to being a part of their accelerated global expansion.”


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