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The international Galaxy S II has already received the update to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, leaving the sized-up Galaxy Note behind on Android 2.3. Today, several European users are reporting that their devices have received an OTA update notification that brings their phone-tablet hybrid into 2012 with the Android 4.0 update.
Of course, this is a Samsung device, and Samsung has revamped their Touchwiz UI overlay for the Note, which looks a lot more like its Gingerbread variant. Other features in the upgrade include a new and improved S Note application, a new S Memo widget, and the Premium Suite Shape Match and My Story applications. Of course, you’ll get the performance improvements that come with ICS as well.
Owners of the AT&T-branded Galaxy Note will have to wait for the update to pass through carrier testing, which tends to add 1-3 months to the process. Hopefully that process has already begun, and AT&T Note owners will be getting their own taste of Ice Cream Sandwich very soon. We’re leaning towards the update coming sooner than later, as an AT&T-branded Galaxy Note was spotted at CTIA this week.
For so many people they used to have an iPhone along with a secondary Android phone, or vice versa. One of the challenges those people used to face is to maintain the same contacts on both devices, and to keep them in-sync.
Some of them used to have the very easy google sync running directly from their PC or mac to their google account and then from the google account to their Android phone, until Apple and Google decided to put a stop to that… bit of a shame as the iPhone was syncing to the PC or mac and then through to google and their Android phone and back again.
At long last, after much frustration having had sync to google contacts screwed by the apple and google platform spat we managed to get iCloud Contact Sync working on Android phone.
On Android, install a CardDav app, this one is great and free.
1. Add an account in CardDav.
2. For Server name enter http://contacts.icloud.com.
3. Make sure SSL is checked.
4. For username enter your iCloud username (example email@example.com).
5. For password enter your iCloud password.
6. Make sure that one way syncing is selected (from server to phone) as the developer can’t guarantee 100% two-way syncing.
7. Press Ok, wait a few seconds for it to confirm.
Away you go – your iCloud contacts now sync with your Android phone, it may take a few minutes for them to show up. And by the way this should work for every single CardDav compatible device.
If you were disappointed when rumors broke out that the Samsung Galaxy S3 may skip Mobile World Congress 2012 and only launch sometime in April then here is some good news.
Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) listed on Samsung UAE website
It looks like Samsung is certainly preparing to launch the Galaxy S3 as is evident but a device that is believed to be the third-generation Galaxy S model spotted on a Samsung support website (screenshot below).
The Galaxy S III is believed to be codenamed GT-I9300, a next logical code considering that the original Samsung Galaxy S was GT-I90XX and the Galaxy S II GT-I91XX (the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy note were I9250 and I9220 respectively).
The SmartWatch is part of Sony‘s Smart Extras for their Xperia smartphones. The SmartWatch connects to an Android phone via Bluetooth and shows you information about incoming calls, and lets you see emails, weather, Twitter and Facebook updates, and even the time. You can even control music playback with the SmartWatch. It has a like the one on Apple’s iPod nano, so you can clip it onto your bag’s strap. Or you can buy one of Sony’s optional watchbands, available in several colors, and wear it on your arm. It fits on any 20mm watch strap, if you have one you already like. The SmartWatch doesn’t have a speaker or jack, but you can listen to the music on your smartphone with a Bluetooth headset. You can even buy apps for the SmartWatch from the Android Market. The SmartWatch should be available in Q1 of 2012. The Sony website doesn’t show a price yet.
Analyzing last year’s smartphone market, NPD found that iOS’s share surged to 43 percent in October and November from just 26 percent in the third quarter, thanks largely to demand for the iPhone 4S. Though Google’s mobile OS maintained its lead, its share dropped in October and November to 47 percent from 60 percent in the previous quarter.
With Apple and Android vying for the top spot, other smartphone players have lagged far behind, "turning the OS battle into a two-horse race," according to NPD.
In third place was RIM’s OS, which steadily dropped market share over the past 12 months, falling from 19 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 to just 6 percent in October and November of last year. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 also struggled, each grabbing around 1 percent of the market toward the end of the year.
Microsoft is counting on Nokia to give Windows Phone a much-needed shot in the arm. The Finnish phone maker unveiled its new Lumia 900 at CES yesterday. Slated for AT&T, the Lumia 900 is Nokia’s first 4G LTE device to sport the Windows Phone OS.
Some analysts believe Windows Phone could climb its way to third place in the global smartphone arena ahead of RIM, helping both Microsoft and Nokia. Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha sees Windows Phone as the key to reviving Nokia’s sluggish sales and falling market share. But both companies face an uphill battle in a landscape currently sewn up by iOS and Android.
It looks like Microsoft has not held back with its official Lync App for Lync Mobile for iPhone and iPad: This app apears to be the best yet with some features even the Windows Phone version does not have.
Some of the features I’ve noticed are unique to Lync for iOS:
- Visual Voicemail and ability to 1 click call back callers
- Most Developed Keypad: with dial tone feedback, visual notices
- Tab showing Meetings and Online Meetings that can be Joined
- Ability to select All and multi-select chats to be Deleted in the Chats windows
- iOS Native Contacts are integrated into the Lync experience
- Ability to Send Location in a IM/Chat
Some other small things I’ve noticed
- iPad version does not have keypad for dialing. iPhone version has nice keypad dialing experience
- The IM notification sound on iOS sounds just like the desktop Lync making the experience seem more similar
My Info Tab
This screen allows you to change your note, status, options and Simultaneous Ring settings.
Easily set your status/presence.
Lync and iPhone/iPad native Contacts are integrated into the experience. You can search for contacts directly from this same screen as well.
This is the window to see ongoing chats and move between them.
Below is the IM chat window. Pressing the upper right options” button allow you to take actions on this IM like: Invite more people to this chat, Voice call this contact, send Location and more.
Location: When you are in an IM chat Window you can easily send your location.
If you have meetings scheduled they will appear in this window. With 1 click you can see the details or join them.
Meeting details and join.
The Lync for iPhone dialing keypad feels a lot like a mobile phone dial pad. (In contrast to the Lync for Windows Phone where the dialer is a text field you type in.) You can press and hold 1 to access the Exchange UM voicemail system. You can also copy number into the keypad dialer.
Visual Voicemail on the Lync for iOS clients gives the ability to instantly select the voicemail that is of interest to you. You can listen to a voice and delete or callback the caller. You can start listening or move part way into the voicemail using the progress slider.
Visual voicemail notification
The Lync Mobile for iPhone and iPad appears to be the most full featured and refined Lync Mobile client from Microsoft yet.
Some items that are missing are calling history list (missed, dialed, completed) and conversation history is not automatically saved to Exchange list on Lync Desktop. (you can Send as an email) As with all the Lync Mobile clients, VoIP, video and meeting visuals are not included.
Microsoft has put a lot of thought into fit and finish. With features like Visual Voicemail and the more complete keypad dialing (on iPhone) and small things like very snappy feel/transitions and using the Lync desktop ring tone, the iOS client feels more like the desktop Lync experience than the earlier released Windows Phone and Android Lync Mobile clients.
checkout this video about Lync:
Back in October, as you may recall, Adobe unveiled its Touch Apps family — a collection of six tools designed to make life easier and more tactile for tablet-using creative types. Today, those apps are finally available on the Android Market, for tablets running Android 3.1 or higher. The sextet includes Photoshop Touch, Collage and Proto, among other Adobe products, each of which is priced at $9.99. These applications will also play a central role in Adobe’s forthcoming Creative Cloud initiative, which will allow users to share, view and transfer files across multiple devices. That isn’t expected to launch until the first half of next year, while the full suite of Touch Apps for iOS users should be released by "early 2012" (Adobe Ideas is the only member currently available on iTunes). Android slate wielders can get their hands on all the Touch Apps now, though Adobe says they’ll need at least an 8.9-inch, 1280 x 800 display to get the most out of it. Check out the source link below for more details, or head past the break for the full PR treatment.
iPhone 4S Battery Life Tested And Compared With Android Smartphones: The Result May Just Surprise You
Smartphones have terrible, terrible . From truly horrifyingly terrible like the HTC Thunderbolt, to the somewhat tolerable iPhone 4, no mainstream smartphone can last more than two days with moderately heavy usage. My own smartphone – a Samsung Galaxy S II – doesn’t last more than 14-15 hours on a single charge and I have to invariably charge it overnight to make it through the next day. I love it to pieces, and the short life is a compromise I have to take in order to enjoy its great features, but yes, a longer battery life would be highly appreciated.
The thing I find the saddest about this whole scene, though, is how using the very features that make “smart” are exactly what simply gulp down battery juice: turning your “smart”phone into a phone that can’t do WiFi, 3G, GPS or take photographs, turning it into a “dumb”phone, so to speak.
I find it frustrating how smartphone manufacturers – especially ones from the Android camp – keep on increasing processing power without actually caring to optimize them so the processors we have on hand can be more efficient to increase battery life.
Alright, enough pwning! PC World published a yesterday in which they compared the battery life of iPhone 4S with other smartphones such as the Epic 4G Touch, DROID Bionic and Thunderbolt. They tested each phone’s battery life by looping a 720p with the display at full brightness and the speakers loud enough to fill the room until the battery completely died.
The results are actually a little surprising. We were thoroughly expecting the iPhone 4S – despite all its battery drain issues – to be at the top considering how Android smartphones generally don’t have good battery life but, as it turns out, it came in third place, lasting for 6 hours, 14 minutes while the Epic 4G Touch came on top with 7 hours, 22 minutes:
PC World will revisit these tests after a while when iOS 5.0.1 releases – which fixes the iPhone 4S battery drain issue – and when Galaxy Nexus, Motorola DROID RAZR launch in a few days time. Their next test will also include Windows Phone 7 devices which, I personally think, may just come out on top thanks to optimized hardware/software.
It’s quite easy to complain about smartphone battery life being short, but one must realize just just how amazing these devices are. These are computers that fit in the palm of your hand and can do just about every thing you do on /desktop when it comes to content consumption. Living in the future is awesome!