Everyday news breaks left right and center in the world of technology. It is pretty much impossible to capture all these stories and bring a detailed report. And not bring this news to our readers feels unfair.
Just as a disclaimer, we would not be divulging into details of the story and just give a brief outline of what the story was all about. So without any further adieu lets begin on what caught our attention on what has been a hectic day thanks to MWC on February 24th, 2014.
Nokia Finally Announces the Nokia X, X+, XL: All run AOSP
The much hyped about Nokia devices running Android were finally revealed at MWC 2014 today. There were in total three devices revealed, all of whom run forked Android. The devices are targeted at the emerging markets and all have WVGA screens with the Nokia X and Nokia X+ having 4 inch display while the Nokia XL is slightly larger at 5 inches. The Nokia X is going on sale immediately and will cost about 89 Euros while the Nokia X+ and Nokia XL will cost 99 and 109 Euros respectively.
Lenovo Announced Three new smartphones and a Tablet
In one of the first announcements to come from MWC in Barcelona, the Chinese manufacturer announced three new smartphones and an upgrade to it’s Lenovo Yoga tablet in the form of Yoga 10+ HD. The tablet follows the same ergonomics at the Yoga 10 but with a 1920X1200 display and an astounding 18 hours of battery life while running Snapdgraon 400 Quad Core SOC. The three phones announced were the S860, S850 and the S660. All the devices run Mediatek processors and will be available in April/ June period.
BBM Finally comes to the Windows Phone shore
When Stephen Elop took the stage at the MWC, it was very clear to see he is a Microsoft man now. There were countless promotions of Skype and One Drive and other MS services, and well maybe they are justified. Elop, did announce though that BBM would soon be hitting the shores of Lumia devices as well as the Nokia X devices very soon. Both the devices are expected to get the popular messaging service sometime in the summer period.
Nokia Asha devices to get Second Major Software Update
Stephen Elop also announced that Nokia is committed to improve on it’s Asha line of devices and keeping in line with that an update 1.4 will be released in April on all existing Asha phones. This update will bring enhancements to fastlane and how images are handled in there. Other feature updates such as Radio etc are also expected to be added. Not just the update, Nokia also announced the Asha 230 and Nokia 220 at MWC. The Asha 230 is a device very similar to the Asha 501 and is a touch screen phone that will retail at about 45 Euros. (image: mynokiablog)
Huawei Announced Two Tablets, a smartphone and a Fitness tracker
Yes, you read that right. Huawei took the stage at MWC 2014 to announce a plethora of new devices The first of these and perhaps the most impressive was the Huawei Mediapad X1 which is a 7 inch tablet with call facility inbuilt. The device has a full HD display and is powered by a Quad Core SoC with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. Also unveiled was a 8 inch Mediatab M1 which has a 1280X920 pixel display with Android 4.2.2 on board.
Not just this, there was smartphone on the show too called the Ascend G6. The phone feature what is a pretty low res 960X540 display with a 1.2 GHz quad core SoC. The screen size is 4.5 inches while the rear camera is 8 MP. The device runs Android 4.3 though there was no announcement of the pricing. Huawei also jumped on the wearable ship with TalkBand B1. The device is basically a fitness tracker and a bluetooth headband rolled into one for 99 Euros. The device has a 7 hour talk time and 14 days of standby. It has a 1.4 inch OLED display and the only utilities of it so far are counting your calories burnt, hours slept and steps taken alongside making phone calls. (Image: Android community)
Sony Announces the Xperia Z2, Tablet Z2 and Xperia M2
Sony is on a bit of a role and we hope it continues ’cause there are very few who can match them when it comes to producing quality hardware. The Xperia Z2 is a direct successor to the Z1. The device features a 5.2 inch 1080 P Triluminos display. The device also brings the ability to record videos in 4K which promises quality like that seen in theatres. There is also an all new Snapdragon 801 SoC on board while the RAM has been bumped to 3 GB. The device has front facing stereo speakers and a 3200 mAh battery.
The Z2 tablet on the other hand has a 10.1 inch 1080 P display as Sony has successfully beaten the urge to produce a 7 inch tablet. The tablet features the same SoC as the Z2, and other internals except a larger form factor and slightly heavier body which is to be expected. The Xperia M2 is a device that is targeted at the likes of Moto G. The device has a Cortex A7 Snapdragon 400 SoC with LTE. The display on board is a 4.8 inch one with qHD res. There is an 8 MP rear shooter with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM. There would also be a dual SIM variant of the device which will come without LTE. (image via: anandtech)
Whatsapp will bring Voice Calls later this Year
A lot has been going on at Whatsapp. A mega bucks acquisition by Facebook and then it’s biggest server downtime and today yet another major announcement at MWC. The Chief Executive of Whatsapp Jan Koum said that starting from Q2 this year, the Whatsapp users will be able to make voice calls just with Whatsapp. There were also indications from him that Whatsapp could get into a mobile partnership with E-Plus of germany. The feature of Voice Calls is expected to roll out on Android and iOS first and on other platforms subsequently.