In case you’ve wondered what a flagship Android phone would look like if it ran Windows Phone, it looks like you’ll get your chance to find out. This morning, HTC officially announced that the One M8 is getting a twin brother, complete with Microsoft’s OS. Make that identical twin: The Windows Phone M8 has the same smooth aluminum shell, same rounded corners, same 5-inch, 1080p display.
Nokia and London-based researchers have developed a coating that use vibrations, including your voice, to charge your smartphone
A group of Queen Mary University of London researchers have been working with Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) to develop a way to find a way to extend smartphone battery lives by recharging them on the go, turning your voice (and other vibrations) into an electric current. The trick is to coat the phones with zinc oxide nanorods connected to the battery with nanowires.
Samsung’s finally launched the much-leaked Galaxy Alpha, a fancier-looking but stripped-down version of the Galaxy S5. As expected, it sports a substantially different, less rounded design than the GS5, with metal sides that gives it a glancing resemblance to an iPhone 5s. The Alpha is also much lighter and thinner than its big brother at a mere 6.7mm and 115 grams. Samsung said it took a “fresh approach” with the new handset’s looks, something it vowed to do in the face of a steep downturn in sales. The new design could also give some clues about the look of the Galaxy Note 4, set to launch early next month.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has prematurely shown up on a UK retailer’s website, and if the listed specs are true, it could very well be the first Galaxy handset to land with a metal build. Sort of.
Leaked pictures of the Galaxy Alpha point to a handset which retains the plastic textured back of existing Galaxy devices, but the device’s outer edges are surrounded with a metal band with iPhone-like chamfered edges - a notable improvement over the all-plastic build of the Galaxy S5.
Amazon’s debut phone isn’t bad, per se, but there’s little incentive for anyone to switch carriers or platforms to buy it. Its unique features don’t provide enough utility, and come at the expense of both battery life and performance.
Many websites are built for mobile devices these days, but you’ll still run into the occasional page that refuses to run. Wouldn’t it be nice if you got a heads-up before you wasted a click? As of today, you will: Google search now warns you when a site isn’t likely to work on your hardware of choice due to incompatible content, such as Flash.
Back in the early days of handheld devices, Microsoft dubbed its contender the “Pocket PC” and, indeed, designed it to emulate a small version of a Windows PC, because the PC was the main — often the only — way to perform digital tasks. My, how things have changed.
Over the last seven years, since the introduction of the iPhone, the PC has gradually been dethroned by the smartphone (and to a lesser extent, by the tablet) as the key digital device. PC sales have fallen significantly in recent years, racking up their worst annual sales ever last year, while smartphone and tablet sales have soared. Almost all of the energy that developers once put into making software for laptops and desktops is now devoted to making mobile apps and mobile websites.