Nokia is estopped from making a smartphone till the end of 2016, but that hasn’t stopped the company from releasing a brand new tablet. Say hello to the N1, a brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop powered tablet. The tablet ships with a design that closely resembles the iPad Mini, and features top specs including a 7.9″ 2048 x 1536 IPS screen, ‘retina’ if you will. It is powered by Intel’s 64-bit Atom Processor clocked at 2.3 GHz and comes with 2GB of RAM. The N1 is crafted from a single piece of aluminum, and packs an all new reversible USB connector.
The end result is that Nokia has a tablet that’s thinner and lighter than Apple’s iPad Mini, and better spec’d too. An 8MP rear camera, and a 5MP front facing camera are the other highlights. Coupled with its $250 price tag and the fact that it runs stock Android with the Z launcher on top of it, it makes for a very compelling device.
The only bit of bad news is that the tablet is expected to hit China around the Chinese New Year in February, and there is no word on where else it is headed for now.
Nevertheless the Nokia of yore is back, and if the tablet is any indication, don’t be surprised if Nokia holds a press event the day their embargo on smartphones lifts. Full tech specs and pictures below.
Continue reading Nokia just announced a 7.9″ Android Tablet, the Nokia N1
The story of Tizen has been filled with ups and downs. Just when you think that the OS ready for prime time, there is something or the other that prevents that. At first the Samsung and Google’s broad ranging patent agreement threatened to put a shadow over it, but at the last Tizen Developer Conference in June, Samsung took the wraps off the brand new Samsung Z. Since then it has also announced other Tizen products such as the Gear S smartwatch and NX 1 camera. It is another matter that Samsung decided not to release the smartphone, as the ecosystem to support it wasn’t ready yet. One advantage that Tizen does enjoy is that while Samsung’s smartphone efforts may be on the proverbial backfoot, it is also an OS for TV’s, cameras, smart homes and more.
With that backdrop, we step into the Tizen Developer Summit, Shanghai. The Tizen Association just announced that 16 new companies have signed up, taking the total number of members to over a hundred. More highlights below.
Continue reading Highlights: Tizen Developer Summit Shanghai 2014
Since Airtel’s 4G launch, a recent court ruling allows intra circle 3G roaming, and operators can offer 3G services in states where they do not own spectrum by getting into agreements with one another. So if you are an Airtel 4G customer, you would think that you will finally have access to high speed internet across the country, even while roaming, akin to what Airtel’s 3G customers now enjoy? Wrong.
Turns out if you are a 4G customer, you can only roam on Airtel’s 4G network for free – which is less than 5 cities in the entire country. So for example if I go to Delhi where Airtel has had 3G services for years, I will not be able to jump from 4G here in Chandigarh to 3G in Delhi, but will be kicked down to EDGE! This is despite paying a premium for the 4G service. The sheer absurdity of this policy is that it includes states where Airtel even has its own 3G network.
This doesn’t stand to logic, as 3G customers in one region enjoy 3G services in other circles while roaming for free, and you would think Airtel would keep the same policies for 4G users as well. So I called customer care, wondering why I wasn’t getting 3G coverage in Delhi?
Continue reading [Updated] Airtel’s 4G LTE policies are a joke on the consumer
We’ve just had confirmation from the official Linux blog that the Tizen based Gear 2 smartwatch will be given to all attendees at the Tizen Developer Conference 2014. While we’ve seen Tizen come to consumer electronics in a camera before, the Gear 2 is Tizen’s first entry into the smartwatch segment.
We’re also counting down to the first (or two) Tizen smartphones, and the Tizen Dev. Conference that’s taking place in San Francisco from June 2-4, 2014 should shed even more light on how the OS is progressing. The schedule is already out, and the Conference is divided into a number of tracks such as wearables, ecosystem, TV, Application development and so on.
Registration costs $99, but you can get 50% off using the LFCOMTDC14 code. If that wasn’t already enough, a free Gear 2 smartwatch should be motivation enough. Oh, and there’s a free Intel NUC too.
A few weeks ago I discovered that Google Now has started to understand bits of Hindi, and it turns out this functionality is getting by the day.
I cover this in detail in a post on BGR India.
This move by Google should make the personal assistant wars very interesting.
Word had earlier leaked that ‘Nokia Oyj’ was going to be renamed ‘Microsoft Mobile Oy’ under MS, which led to speculation that the deal was about to close and things have now become official. In a blog post on the official Microsoft blog, the company has announced that the Nokia acquisition will be complete come April 25. The transaction had been first announced in September 2013, and had been expected to be complete in Q1 2014, but saw delays in regulatory compliance.
As it turns out, Nokia.com and Nokia’s other much loved social media properties will also be taken over by MS, and the company will operate them for ‘upto’ one year. I do hope that MS decides to keep them in the long run, as they have been instrumental in getting Nokia the kind of loyal support that it enjoys amongst its users.
Continue reading Microsoft’s Nokia Accquisition To Be Complete On April 25, MS To Manage Nokia’s Social Media Properties For A Year