Tizen – the open source rival for Android

tizen-open-source-osLeague “junior” of operating systems for smartphones becomes more competitive, in this year will be launched phones with the open source OS Tizen, which could become a competitor to Apple’s iOS market leaders and Android provided by Google, reported Business Insider.

For now, Tizen will compete with other open source system entrant, Firefox OS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS upgraded.

Tizen is supported by many mobile operators, which are a serious competitor to Google and Apple systems.

Samsung Electronics has become the largest producer of smartphones in the world largely due to the adoption of Android, but also a strong supporter of Tizen.

A spokesman for the South Korean company said Tuesday that Samsung gives up own system for Tizen Bada. But Samsung will continue to manufacture Android phones.

Yves Maitre, Director at Orange, said at the Mobile World Congress that the operator will launch phones with Tizen system in France this year, and in developing countries in 2014.

Between supporters of Tizel OS are Nestel Sprint, Intel and Huawei Technologies.

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Tizel system phones will work and will look almost the same as those with Android, except that applications icons are round and not square.

Also Firefox OS, presented Sunday at Barcelona, has to turn round icons and phones equipped with this system will be launched this year.

Firefox and Tizen open source systems are supported by non-profit organizations, and can be customized so that mobile operators can control their operation on phones sold.

Instead Apple have control over the functioning of the iPhone’s iOS.

The idea of creating an open source operating system is not new. Android is an open source system developed by Google. However, no open-source system controlled by non-profit organizations failed.

Tizen system is based on two other options failed, MeeGo and LiMo.

Tizen Association said that phones with this system will be launched simultaneously with thousands of applications.

HTC Sense 4.0 will bring many interesting news

HTC Sense 4.0 will bring many interesting news

HTC working on a new version of its user interface Sense. It will reach version 4.0 and will be an important upgrade to the current version 3.5.

One among the most important news is the integration with Dropbox. You get 50 GB free storage space on Dropbox and it will be visible on the phone as a memory card. You can store all the files there you want, without worry that you run out of space on the microSD card.

The camera will become more intelligent, being able to avoid photos where someone blinks. For this will make 5 consecutive photos and will choose the best.

Another novelty highly expected is Guest usage. Using it, you’ll be able to configure where a person who has access to use your phone you. You can block certain menus where you confidential data and applications, but you can leave them less risky functional ones, such as radio or video player.

Last but not least, the email application you will learn how to read messages. In this way, you know how often to connect to the Internet to check new messages. It will also be able to display messages grouped into threads.

I can say that sounds good, expect the first phones with Sense 4.0.

Apple to release the iOS 5.0.2 soon, claims to solve iPhone 4S battery issues

I’m sure that all of you heard about the battery issues of the new iPhone 4S, and the thing is that Apple is hardly trying to fix them as soon as possible but they seem to experience a few problems since the last iOS 5.0.1 didn’t managed to deal with them.

Now, because time means money and Apple don’t want to get the customers angry, they have already announced that it will soon release the iOS 5.0.2 software version that it will solve 4S battery issues. There were more than many customers that once the iOS 5.0.1 was released they reported that the battery issues didn’t disappeared. We hope that with this new iOS 5.0.2 update that is ready to arrive to all iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S customers will come with fixes related to battery issues that so many customers are experiencing.

Beside this update that claims to fix the battery issues, the first major platform is also in the work update to iOS 5 as Macerkopf’s source claimed, and promise that it will bring some great enhancements to Siri, such as the ability to capture photographs and video, as well as some cool features to enable and disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The iOS 5.0.2 is expected to arrive in the early Q1 2012, but we will keep posting as soon a we find more information.

LG Optimus 3D will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread starting the end of November

LG Optimus 3D will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread starting the end of November

Starting the end of this month, LG Optimus 3D will be receiving the Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

With the new update, LG Optimus 3D will bring new, improved and helpful features such as enriched 3D Experience with 3D Video Editor and Full-screen UI Preview, enhanced HSPA+ Speed via Faster Packet Data Services, improved Multimedia with 2D Video Stabilization and Faster Gallery Activation.

Therefore, Internet browsing and real-time streaming will become smoother and seamless with up to 21Mbps HSDPA, 2D and 3D movies will be easily created and edited using the new 3D Video Editor and, starting now, high quality videos may be recorded in 2D mode with the video stabilization feature, which was previously available only in 3D mode.

Moreover, gallery loading time is reduced, an upgrade to the features involving the video recording is made (for 3D recording from 6Mbps to 12Mbps and for 2D recording from 8Mbps to 16Mbps), the MP3 playback time is improved by 30% and the new Dolby mobile for better audio is added.


BlackBerry 7 OS received Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification

BlackBerry 7 OS received Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification

The latest BlackBerry 7 OS has been awarded Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification. The Common Criteria represents an international standard that validates the products which fulfill certain security requirements while EAL4+ accreditation examines the product’s design, software, development methodology and security mechanisms. The EAL4+ accreditation is the highest level under the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) by 26 countries.

As BlackBerry handsets are among the most secure, there is no surprise for us that they are recognized for it. Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at RIM said “Security is one of the most important considerations for enterprise customers and we are proud that BlackBerry 7 OS has earned this rigorous certification. RIM is renowned as a market leader in the delivery of secure mobile solutions, and this achievement helps to provide our customers globally with continued confidence in deploying BlackBerry solutions throughout their organizations.

RIM is active in the Cryptographic Module Validation Program in North America, United Kingdom CESG Assisted Product Service (CAPS) and International Common Criteria evaluation scheme, as it is dedicated to independent, third party security testing and certifications of BlackBerry devices.

We expect next year the EAL4+ certification for BlackBerry 7OS handsets such as the BlackBerry Bold 9930, BlackBerry Torch 9850, BlackBerry Curve 9350, BlackBerry Curve 9370 and Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone. The EAL4+ certification for BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Torch 9810, BlackBerry Torch 9860 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 is posted on the Common Criteria Portal (http://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/products/ ).


Firefox 9 Beta available for download

Firefox 9 Beta available for download

The version 9 beta of Firefox browser for Android is now available for download via Android Market.

This new version brings some great features such as a new design for tablets, the Full-Screen portrait browsing is now available and the new action bar with quick access buttons that allows you to access Firefox Preferences, Add-ons, downloads and more, very fast and easy from Action Bar menu. The Action Bar adds back, forward and bookmark buttons for easy access.

Also, another cool feature for developers is the HTML5 Form Validation API. This feature automatically validates website form fields like numbers, emails and URLs without the need of developers to write a custom code or use a third-party library. If you are a developer, these are some really good news!

Other technical features of this 9 Beta version are:

  • Firefox for Android is built on the same rendering engine as Firefox for desktop computers;
  • Developers can build mobile websites and Web apps that allows you to use the camera on an Android phone or tablet to take pictures, scan bar codes and a lot more without being necessary to leave Firefox.

According to Mozilla Mobile team, the 9 Beta version of their browser has a much faster start-up time and is available in more languages.

That’s not all! The Mozilla mobile browser has over 160 addons for a good web browsing experience. You can check the complete list of these addons right here.

Version 9 of Mozilla Mobile browser is available for Android 2.1 and higher, and requires around 17 MB storage and 512 MB of RAM memory for a perfect user experience. If you have Android 2.2 installed on your device, you can move Firefox and user date to the SD card using Android’s Settings app. Also, the Mozilla team mentioned “this release requires a phone with an ARMv7 processor.” This version is available for donwload in Android Market.


iOS 5.0.1 finally released, not fixing iPhone 4S battery issues

iOS 5.0.1 finally released, not fixing iPhone 4S battery issues

The so long waited iOS 5.0.1 was finally released and it’s now available via OTA update. One of the main issues that this update has tried to solve was the iPhone 4S battery issues, but unfortunately it appears that this wasn’t meant to be since no improvements were made regarding the 4S battery.

Now, the thing is there were also some lucky owners who reported that the new iOS version features among several minor tweaks and fixes, the battery life fix for iPhone 4S. The question is why after this iOS 5.0.1 update some iOS devices has revealed an improved battery life, while on others nothing changed? In some cases the iPhone 4S battery was reduced due to multiple reasons from which we can mention its dual core processor, and it was also revealed that iPhone uses an additional IR sensor that is permanently on when the screen is lit, and to fix that small issue you should turn off “raise to speak” Siri setting.

The iOS 5.0.1 update was Apple’s first public over-the-air update, and could be downloaded directly on your iPhone over Wi-Fi instead of requiring a full iOS download and update via iTunes.

Let us know how this iOS 5.0.1 works for you, and if you noticed any improvements on the battery life.


Software update for Nokia N9: firmware version 20.2011.40-4

Software update for Nokia N9: firmware version 20.2011.40-4

Good news for all N9 possessors, Nokia has recently announced the PR1.1 update for your device. This update brings some cool new features and improve the usability of the OS.

The PR1.1 update comes with NFC tag reading to instantly interact with NFC tags, for an easy usability and a cool improvement are the music controls which appears now on the lock screen. Another great feature is the integration of Swype for a better and faster typing when you write long messages. Other features included in this update are:

  • Photo and video shooting with color filters: black & white, sepia, vivid, negative, solarize
  • More powerful multitasking with improved memory handling
  • Faster MfE synch, synchronizing only active folders
  • Noise cancellation reduces background noise so that your friends hear you better
  • Close apps easily with swiping down, this now on by default
  • New indicators for standby screen like charging and calendar
  • Low power mode enhancements, battery charging and silent profile are now shown in there.
  • Tons of NFC and connectivity improvements.
  • Performance enhancements.
  • Visual tuneups (e.g. toolbar has a shadow now).
  • Splash screen has been taken to wider use.
  • Color management is less nervous than before (neutral sRGB space color palette is now used always, except in clearly outdoor situations, when over-saturation is applied to adjust how eye desaturated content in brightness).
  • Lock screen music controls has been added (It’s in the top of the screen and at least I’m pleased with how nicely a nuance the controls look. Currently playing song is on big friendly letters, replacing clock when you are playing music).
  • Swype keyboard has been added.
  • Keyboard switching is very smooth with swipe gesture.
  • Battery notification was tuned for 1.1 and should come every 2 minutes while in call, every 5 minutes when display on and every 30 minutes when display off.
  • Turning device to landscape is supported allover UI it seems.
  • Double tap was re-tuned a bit for 1.1. It’s a bit more reliable again.
  • Tons of exchange fixes
  • Facebook starts faster and has tons of fixes in both 1.1 and 1.2. I’d say it’s bearable in 1.1.
  • Wi-Fi in general has been improved by leaps and bounds in 1.1.
  • Magnifier works in 1.1 much better than in 1.0.
  • Swipe-to-close is enabled by default in 1.1
  • Top status bar lag has been fixed
  • Browser has been improved heavily for 1.1, but not on the UX front. 1.2 has some feature improvements.
  • LED bug that has been fixed for 1.1.
  • 1.1 also includes a battery charging indicator in low power mode (LPM)
  • A lot of work has been put to better interoperability of BT with cars
  • pulseaudio issue has been fixed

The updates are published in waves and your phone will display a notification once it’s available for you.

See below the video with version 1.1 of software for Nokia N9:


Apple reveals iOS 5 battery issues, releases iOS 5.0.1

Apple reveals iOS 5 battery issues, releases iOS 5.0.1

We all were excited about the release of the iOS 5 a few weeks ago, but soon after the release, a lot of iPhone users have started to experience lower battery performance after upgrading to iOS 5.

Apple has already confirmed the problem, and said that there are several bugs which caused this problems and they’re trying to fix this problem as soon as possible, in a single patch. The big update that will fix the bad bug it will arrive in a few weeks.

A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.” – Apple Representative

Now, regarding the new iOS 5.0.1 beta for developers, it actually comes with a bug fix for the battery life issue in iOS 5, along with some other features such as addition of multitasking gestures in the first generation iPad, resolved bugs with documents in the Cloud, improved voice recognition for Australian users using dictation and few improvements regarding the security. In addition to these improvements, Apple announced that “iOS 5.0.1 beta introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations.

If you are a developer you can grab the update from Apple’s developer site, and if not, you just have to wait like the rest of us until the update will be finally released.


LG Optimus 2X, 3D and Black will soon receive Android 2.3 update

LG Optimus 2X, 3D and Black will soon receive Android 2.3 update

LG has oficially announced on their Facebook page that it will soon release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread for three smartphones of the LG Optimus Series.

These lucky LG handsets that will be upgraded first are the LG Optimus 2X, LG Optimus 3D and the LG Optimus Black. LG promises that these lucky smartphones will offer a smooth OS upgrade in a timely manner. Of course if your LG smartphone is not one of these three, don’t panic because a few while after this 2.3 upgrade is released, it will be followed by a global rollout.

  • LG Optimus 2X: Now available (as of 1st November, 2011) for open models in Europe
  • LG Optimus 3D: Week commencing November 21st for open models in Europe
  • LG Optimus Black: Week commencing November 28th for open models in Europe

This is an estimation about when the upgrade will take place, because the timing may vary a lot depending on country and market of course. If you want to be find out the specific release date, you can contact the local service representatives which will provide you the information you need.