Have you been keen to get your hands on the Q10, but wanted wanted only the white model?
Well, you are now in luck.
Be it an Android, iOS, BlackBerry or Windows Phone device there are countless apps that are available through the relevant marketplaces.
Unless you are super human, you could not possibly know about them all and what benefits they can bring.
Of course there are the very big and popular apps which are almost self explanatory, i.e Twitter, Facebook, G+, Instagram, Evernote and many more.
There are though countless smaller, less well known apps that do some very clever things or make your everyday life simpler.
You more than likely have become aware of certain apps, be it through websites, friends and family. If so, what apps are they, what do they do and why are they so great?
They are both simple apps that are very useful. CallTrack logs a history of all made, received and missed calls in Google Calendar at the time they took place whilst SMS Backup+ keeps a copy of each text message within Gmail for me.
So what useful apps do you use and why? Leave your comments below.
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Nokia has updated its HERE Maps software to include LiveSight augmented reality. The update is now live and can be installed for compatible devices from the Windows Phone app store.
Using LiveSight, Nokia HERE Maps provides an overlay of interest points based on your current location. The 3D interface, which can be likened to Google Street View, shows small icons for things like restaurants, cafes, museums and photo opportunities – basically anything that would show up on your 2D version of HERE Maps.
Another nice addition to LiveSIght is the compass, which shows the direction that you’re facing in to assist with navigation. Previously LiveSight has only been available as part of the Nokia City Lens app, but it can now be used with the customisable Nokia HERE Maps.
While Nokia’s HERE apps are intended for use on the Nokia Lumia range, they are also available for other Windows Phone handsets and iOS. There’s also a browser-based version of HERE maps, so you can give it a go on Android and BlackBerry devices (as well as various desktop browsers) by visiting m.here.net on your device.
With a 6.3” display the Galaxy Mega will not appeal to all, but for those of you who are looking for something of this size then we can confirm that we now have a price and an estimated arrival time.
Set to be available in both Black and White, the Mega will be priced at £383.33 excluding VAT or £459.99 including VAT.
First stock of the I9205 16GB model is expected in July, the exact date for which is still to be confirmed.
We now have it available for pre-order on the Clove website, you can put your name down for one by CLICKING HERE.
Unless you have been disconnected from the internet over the last few weeks you can not have failed to have noticed that Samsung have taken a serious barrage of comments regarding the memory or lack of usable memory on the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Whilst they are not alone in the way they report memory, they are perhaps the biggest culprits for excessive use of the available storage.
I currently have an S4 and after installing all my apps (no games) i have around 600MB left. Thankfully I stream my music, but I do not have any room for the music to be stored in offline mode .
Anyway, this has got me thinking…
Why when Samsung (and equivalents) announce cool features, why can we not download them as individual elements that can be installed at the users discretion?
This way if you wanted only 1 of the 30 features you will use less memory than installing all 30 that come currently pre-installed on the phone.
For example, I do not use S-Voice for anything other than the camera. I have the other elements turned off, so can I remove these other elements?! It has been documented how you can speed up the home button by turning off S-Voice. But for me I must have S-Voice on because I want to use it within the camera.
I do not use Smart Screen at all. It is doing no harm in the settings, but it must be eating up some memory.
There is a very strong argument that you should just opt for stock Android and then customise it with apps. However this does not appeal to all and I have to say even as a more seasoned Android user, I like some of the Samsung features.
When we consider the wider mass market, your mum who has an Android phone wouldn’t even contemplate some features or adding them onto a stock Android handset. Samsung put them there for convenience thus there is a lot of appeal.
So why not have any of it installed as standard. Upon initial start-up explain what can be downloaded and then allow users to download the bits they want. Hey presto, everyone gets what they want.
The obvious advantage here would be the ability to customise your phone more than you can now. Yes, we can turn features on or off, but if you never use some features they sit in the background chewing up memory etc.
However, I think currently there are too many disadvantages from the eyes of the manufacturer.
It isn’t that simple just to add and remove bits of software as it all ties in and is fundamental to the phone in many cases.
There is the potential for even greater fragmentation of devices making it more difficult for support.
Certain great features would be overlooked by the mass market reducing the chance of success for the handset in global sales; but maybe we could reverse the idea and uninstall bits?!
My knowledge is software how it integrates to the hardware not to mention the possibility of the above is limited; but what I do know is many apps can be downloaded and installed onto phones to take a stock feel to a heavily customised and much more powerful solution like a Samsung Galaxy, so it must be nearly possible.
Samsung with their ever-growing size and power, not to mention cash reserves could be the ones to pioneer this approach and satisfy almost all users don’t you think?
We always need to take photo samples released by manufacturers with a small pinch of salt – naturally they will always always show their own device in its best light – but the following should give a fairly good indication of what we can expect from the Lumia 925.
Nokia tells us that ‘low-light photos never looked this good’ and while the video below (bottom of post) doesn’t reveal an awful lot in terms of the 925′s low-light capabilities, the comparison photos with rival devices offer some pretty substantial proof.
Most notably we’re interested in how the 925 matches up against the HTC One, with low-light photography having been touted as one of the latter’s specialties thanks to its UltraPixel sensor. In the photos below, which comes from Nokia Conversations, the 925 certainly comes out top of the pile in poorly lit environments.
We’ll be interested however to see a more diverse range of samples once the 925 has made its way to the Clove office.
Nokia Lumia 925 vs HTC One (low-light test)
The HTC One has become the first ever smartphone to make a live video call from the peak of mount Everest. The call was made by British explorer Daniel Hughes, who is making the climb as a fundraiser for Comic Relief.
It should be noted that this isn’t the first ever phone call to be made from Everest’s summit, but it is the first ever video call. Hughes was able to make the call using Immarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network service which, taking into account his rather remote location, isn’t of bad quality at all.
You can view the call itself in the video below – no doubt HTC will be proud to have been a part of it. Currently Hughes has raised just £40,673 of the targeted £1million for the Everest Million campaign. If you would like to contribute to his effort, you can visit the website here and donate.
Via The Verge
After coming under criticism on BBC Watchdog for its lack of user-accessible internal storage on the Galaxy S4, Samsung has said that it is “reviewing the possibility to secure more memory space through further software optimisation.”
Speaking to CNET, Samsung said it is “committed to listening to our customers and responding to their needs as part of our innovation process.”
Previously Samsung has defended the amount of internal storage that is taken up by the system install and preloaded apps, which equates to around 7GB out of an advertised 16GB, leaving 9GB available to the user. Samsung’s custom Android skin, TouchWiz, comes with a host of new features and this is the reason that so much of the internal storage is already in use out of the box.
It sounds as though Samsung may push an update out at some point that condenses the system files and therefore frees up more space for the user. How much this will equate to is as yet unclear, but needless to say even a small improvement will be welcome.
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