Ubuntu Vs BlackBerry 10: Would Ubuntu Banish BlackBerry Z10 From The Mind’s Of Consumers?

Just when you thought the BlackBerry 10 had its work cut out for itself by competing against Android, iOS and the new Windows Phone 8. According to reports on the web, Linux-based Ubuntu OS will soon come to smartphones, giving the BlackBerry 10 one more competitor to fight for precious market share with. And this could happen as soon as October 2013, according to Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth.

The Ubuntu smartphone OS will be optimized for use on the Galaxy Nexus and app developers can get to work by the end of this month itself. The OS itself will be the same as the desktop version, which means users can connect their smartphones to a monitor and use it like a regular PC too. Ubuntu as a smartphone OS can expect to be well received in the corporate world, where security regulations are the norm. Given this strength, it makes perfect sense to go the Ubuntu way in organizations where corporate IT calls for stringent norms and control of employees’ smartphones.

And that’s why we think BlackBerry 10 will have to fight even harder to stay on top. The corporate smartphone user has traditionally been BlackBerry’s favorite customer. But over the years, it ended up losing precious customers to iOS and Android. Now, BlackBerry 10 just launched a few days ago and so far, we’ve heard positive reviews from folks who have had a chance to try it out.

But, will things continue this way when the Ubuntu smartphones hit the market? And do they really stand a chance anyway? Would it be powerful enough to pull people away from the likes of iOS and Android? Guess we’ll just have to wait a few more months to find out.… Read the rest

Read more

BlackBerry 10 Adamant To Win: Jumps Into Lightning Battle With Nokia Lumia 920 And Apple iPhone 5

Even though the recent launch of the latest BlackBerry 10 OS generated quite the buzz and saw positive response from tech analysts the world over, the battle is just about beginning for the company. According to ABI Research, we can expect to see about 20 million BlackBerry 10 users by the end of this year, while Windows Phone can expect 45 million users by the same time.

While the numbers do seem quite high and would potentially encourage developers to create apps for the BlackBerry 10, what’s making life harder for the company is how Nokia has also found many takers for its flagship Nokia Lumia 920. Windows Phone users are also increasing at a considerable pace, which would also eat into the potential market of the BlackBerry 10 consumers.

And of course, neither of these OS’s can compare with the current leader in terms of apps – the iOS. Even though 2012 saw lesser iOS adoption and more on the Android side, there’s no denying that it will be a long and hard battle for BlackBerry 10 to break into this big league.

On the plus side, ABI Research estimates a 44 percent increase overall in the number of smartphone users, which means the market itself is continuously expanding. Of the current 1.4 billion smartphone users, 57 percent are Android users, while 21 percent use iPhones. The company also estimates the overall tablet market to grow by 128 percent by the end of 2013 – however, in this market, iOS is the leader with 68 percent share, while Android tablets make up 28 percent.… Read the rest

Read more

Nokia Lumia 920 Vs Nokia Lumia 820: Is It The Price Which Will Give Lumia 820 A Solid Start?

Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 devices are finally here, and the world has good things to say about its flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920. As fab as it sounds, if the price-tag has thrown you off the phone, maybe you want to consider the alternative Lumia 820 – a more reasonably priced Windows Phone 8 based smartphone.

With a 4.3-inch screen, it’s only slightly smaller than the Lumia 920. Its AMOLED ClearBlack display has a resolution of just 800X480 pixels, which may sound a bit on the lower side, but we assure you, it works just fine. Powered by a similar 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, Windows Phone 8 works quite smoothly even on the Lumia 820. Nokia has put in 8GB of internal memory, as well as a microSD card slot for those who want more space.

The Lumia 820 comes with an 8MP camera featuring Carl Zeiss optics and a dual-LED flash. So if you’re a shutterbug, we know you’ll fall in love with this phone. You can even record videos at 1080 at 30 fps using this camera. The front-facing camera, unfortunately, is just a VGA camera, which is just about enough if all you’re looking to do is make video calls with it. We also love that this phone comes with NFC capability.

The Lumia 820 is fitted with a 1650 mAh battery which should provide up to 14 hours of talktime on 2G and up to 8 hours of talktime on 3G networks. It is available in a variety of funky colors, including black, red, gray, yellow, blue, white and violet. Its price has been set at Rs 27,559 for the Indian market.… Read the rest

Read more

TechThirsty Review: Nokia Lumia 920 Hits India

After not too long a wait, Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8-based smartphone Lumia 920 was finally unveiled at an event in India. And we’re not just excited about the OS – this Nokia Lumia 920 is loaded with tons of interesting features that we feel may be just what Nokia needs to get back up on the charts again. So, how did the Lumia 920 experience feel?

First impression: It looks gorgeous, no doubt about that! Microsoft wanted phone makers to keep them looking colorful and quirky, and yes, Nokia’s lived up to this expectation. The Lumia 920 comes in bright colors with a glossy finish, giving it a high score in the looks section. It’s 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ LCD display with ClearBlack technology makes for vivid reproduction of colors even when used outside under the sun. In fact, we must confess that its screen made for much better viewing in sunlight when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 too.

Camera performance: The Lumia 920 has an 8 MP rear camera with Nokia’s PureView technology and optical image stabilization. The latter is a first for camera phones and promises to help users capture sharp images even in low light conditions or with slow shutter speeds. Images clicked with the camera looked absolutely beautiful on the phone’s screen, and although there was some noise visible in the images when seen on a PC screen, Nokia has assured us that the quality would be much better in the retail units of the phone, when compared to the pre-production pieces we experimented with. Even in terms of video recording, we must say the Lumia 920 managed to hold its own and capture videos with clarity rarely seen in camera phones until now.

The OS experience: Windows Phone 8 has managed to create a few waves in the world of smartphone OS’s, and does have a much better overall feel than the previous versions of Windows Phone. Nokia’s apps especially, like the City Lens, Maps, Music, etc. were an absolute delight to use. The Lumia 920 also comes preloaded with some exclusive games from third-party developers. While the OS is a completely different interface from Android and iOS, it’s still rather new and the appstore is nowhere as extensive as that of its competitors. Maybe in time, this would cease to be a concern, but for now, there are relatively fewer apps to choose from.

We’re not really sure of the pricing plan for the Lumia 920 in the Indian market, but we can expect it to hit the stores by sometime in January 2013. Even though Windows Phone 8 is a new OS, the Lumia 920 sure does make for an interesting high-end smartphone choice.… Read the rest

Read more

Google Nexus 4 Vs Nokia Lumia 920 Vs HTC Driod DNA Vs iPhone5: Who Wins?

2012 was the year of technology without a doubt, and as we bring the curtain down on this year, we at TechThirsty have decided to do a round-up of the best phones that were brought out in the year. We’re looking at the top 5 phones that made the headlines, set the cash registers ringing, and drew a huge fan following. So here goes our list:

Google Nexus 4: Google’s very own Android phone, the Nexus, saw its latest model being designed by LG. It features Android in its purest form, just the way Google wanted it to be, and it does look good. High on features like its predecessors, the Nexus 4 managed to grab quite a few eyeballs during its launch. Extremely affordable, we can’t help but forgive Googe and LG for not putting in the LTE connectivity feature in this phone.

Nokia Lumia 920: 2012 was the year Microsoft took a giant leap forward, consolidating its PC and phone OS and bringing out the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. This worked well for Nokia, which had been losing quite a bit of ground to iPhone and Android phones over the past couple of years. Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 based smartphone, the Lumia 920, is quite the head-turner. And no, not just because it looks quirky! The gorgeous display, the PureView camera, Nokia’s apps like City Lens, Maps, etc., everything comes together in this successful offering.

HTC Droid DNA: Just when you thought Apple had the last say in all things high res, thanks to their Retina Display technology. HTC took it forward with its Droid DNA for Verizon with its full HD display. We’re talking about a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels in a 5-inch screen! Now, here’s where Android Jelly Bean truly looks gorgeous and comes alive.

Apple iPhone 5: So what if the screen size stays the same? Apple does manage to make headlines every time it brings out a new version of the iPhone, and this time too, the iPhone 5 didn’t disappoint. It’s slimmer, lighter, and faster – like all successors, and it’s amazing 8 MP camera is literally to die for! With its 360 degree Panorama feature, it’s meant for the shutterbugs. And iOS6 works like a dream!

Samsung Galaxy S3: This was one that quite simply took our breath away. Notwithstanding its ongoing tussle with Apple over patent infringement suits, 2012 was the year of Samsung without a doubt. The Galaxy S3 with its pebble-like curves is one of the bestsellers in the smartphone world – with over 30 million pieces sold since its launch. It propelled Android into greater popularity, and well, it’s brilliant!… Read the rest

Read more

Affordability Makes the Day for HTC Windows Phone 8S

Windows Phone 8 is actually finding quite a few takers, although it’ll take a whole lot of effort for Microsoft to get it all the way up to the level of Android or iOS. There are very few Windows phone-makers, HTC being one of them. Today, we’re taking a look at their latest offering, the Windows Phone 8S.

The very first thing that catches the eye, apart from its vibrant design, is its price-tag. Priced very reasonably at $365, as opposed to its next closest competitor – the Nokia Lumia 820 at $650, it’s really affordable for a Windows Phone 8 based smartphone. Powering this phone is a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 512 MB of RAM. It’s got a 4-inch Super LCD Gorilla Glass display with a 480X800 pixel resolution.

The Windows Phone 8S is equipped with a 5MP rear camera that can even record videos at 720p resolution. However, the one downside is the highly insufficient 4 GB internal memory. But, HTC has been sensible enough to include a microSD card slot for expanding the phone’s memory. The phone has a 1700 mAh battery, which should probably suffice for a day’s use conveniently.

Coming to the exterior, we love the two-tone color scheme HTC has used for this phone. They’re bright, quite like the usual Windows-based phones, but this one’s got a different colored stripe that sets it apart. Its curved edges give it a sleek, slim look, with an all-plastic exterior. However, we should mention that even though the Windows Phone 8S doesn’t have metal, the build is fairly solid and doesn’t look cheap.

One thing to note about this phone is that you can’t remove its back cover – which means you can’t remove its battery. This could be bad news for the frequent travelers who love to carry spare batteries for their phones. But on the plus side, you can swap memory cards on the phone without the need to switch it off.… Read the rest

Read more

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer Says Windows Phone 8 Sales Rise 300%

Microsoft hosted its annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, where Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke about the success of the Windows Phone 8. He said that Windows Phone 8 was four times of other Windows Phone devices compared to the last year this time. He added that the Windows phone had seen 300% year-on-year sales growth. However, he didn’t share any measureable actual sales figures.

He also said that the Windows Phone Store has more than 120,000 apps and is soon going to have 46 of the top 50 apps that people use. This comes as encouraging news for shareholders, especially since Ballmer acknowledged in October that the phone was a small-volume player.

Microsofot CEO also spoke to shareholders about treating the company as a devices and services company henceforth. “This is really a new era for our company,” he said.… Read the rest

Read more

Steve Ballmer Hopeful about Quick Growth of Windows Phone 8

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, is hopeful that Windows Phone 8 will help the company gain market share among the smartphone OS. Although Windows Phone takes up a very small percentage of the smartphone market, Microsoft is expecting that the newly revamped Windows Phone 8 will manage to pull quite a few customers off Android devices and iPhones.

Ballmer was speaking to the press at a launch even in Israel, where he also mentioned that Microsoft’s smartphone partners could drive the company to emerge as a strong third participant in the smartphone market. Google’s Android accounted for 75% of the smartphone market in the third quarter, while Apple’s iOS managed to make up for 14.9% and RIM’s BlackBerry accounted for 4.3% of the market. During this period, Windows Phone users accounted for a mere 2% of the share.

Microsoft is not alone in its fight against Google and Apple. Also in the race to be considered as a viable third alternative is BlackBerry, which has been consistently losing customers to Android and iOS over the past couple of years. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins is expecting BlackBerry 10 to take on the third place, post its kickoff in early 2013. However, we think BlackBerry has a formidable competitor in the Microsoft, which has the USP of integrating the Windows Phone 8 with Window 8 OS and is aggressively marketing its phone offerings from Nokia, Samsung and HTC. Given that there is that added advantage of Microsoft Office on mobile devices, Windows Phone 8 does seem a more attractive option for the corporate user too – once BlackBerry’s forte.… Read the rest

Read more

Windows Phone 8: Packed With Host Of Exciting Features

The Windows Phone 8 has now officially been launched, and it is packed with a host of exciting features. It has been designed as a separate OS, although it does have its similarities with Windows 8, making it easier to sync and share information between multiple devices. Although Microsoft takes up just about 3.7% of the smartphone market, the firm is betting on Windows Phone to turn things around.

Even though it doesn’t have as many apps on offer as the more established Android and iOS counterparts, the company is banking on its numerous developers to fill up the app store at a rapid pace. According to Microsoft, 46 of the top 50 smartphone apps are already available on Windows Phone 8, including Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds, etc.

What’s even more encouraging is that Microsoft has a number of phone makers, including Samsung, HTC, and Nokia manufacturing Windows Phone 8 based devices. One of the key advantages Microsoft has is the ability to integrate its smartphones with PCs and tablets running on Windows 8. Analysts have predicted that this feature could lend a huge push to Microsoft’s growth in the smartphone market, as none of the other smartphones can offer such high levels of integration.

With a strong and unique design, the only thing Microsoft needs to focus on it building up its repertoire of apps for the Windows Phone 8 to become successful in the market. Let’s hope we see more Windows phones in people’s hands soon!… Read the rest

Read more

Nokia’s Pinning All Its Hopes On Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Nokia, the former world leader in mobile phones, has a lot to be worried about. After having a difficult third quarter this year, it is pinning all its hopes on the upcoming Microsoft Windows Phone 8 to turn its fortunes around. The Finnish company posted a loss of $755 million in the third quarter, but is all set to launch the Lumia 820 and 920, powered by Windows Phone 8, in a bid to recover its heavy losses.

Both these phones have a typical Nokia design, imbibing the PureView technology for the cameras, the newly upgraded Nokia Maps, wireless charging, and many similar features that give the Lumia series its distinct USP. While Nokia did not face much success with the previous Lumia models running on Windows Phone 7, maybe this upgraded version of Windows Phone will find more takers, and hopefully pull away customers from iPhones and Android-based smartphones.

Nokia will be going up against Samsung and HTC with its new range of phones, and it will face stiff competition from the other companies. Samsung even managed to unveil its Windows 8-based phone before Nokia. As the sales of Lumia phones slid from 4 million to 2.9 million over the last quarter, here’s hoping Windows 8 can be the miracle Nokia desperately needs.… Read the rest

Read more
Page 1 of 212