Everyday news breaks left right and centre 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 2nd of April, 2014.
Microsoft’s BUILD Conference Begins Tonight, watch it Live
Tonight is the night when after numerous leaks, Windows Phone 8.1 would be reality. Although Microsoft really tried hard to keep mum about the developments, thanks to countless SDK releases and the open shearability of the internet, virtually everyone knows what’s coming. Some of the features we are really excited about on WP 8.1 are Cortana, A Dedicated Action Center, Desktop Backgrounds as well as on screen button support. Not just the platform, Microsoft in collaboration with Nokia is expected to announce a few new devices, all of which will come with Windows Phone 8.1 running out of the box namely, the Lumia 530, 630 and 635. You can watch the event being streamed live right here.
Android 4.4 in now powering over 5% Android Smartphones after 7 months of launch
KitKat is the favorite sweet dish if you are an Android fan, but how many of you have had a chance to taste it? Yes, barely 5% Active Android phones out there are running the latest version of Android. Although this number has doubled from last month where only 2.5% of devices were on KitKat it is still majorly dissapointing. The rise of the number is down to several major carriers such as HTC, Samsung and LG releasing KitKat updates to their flagship devices in the last month. Android JellyBean remains the favorite version of Android followed by Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich in terms of numbers.
Is Google working on a new Camera app for next Android update?
One of the ways that Google has addressed the issue of fragmentation has been by releasing its core services such as Maps, Browser, Play Services etc on Play Store. However, one area of concern that continues to be troublesome is the Camera app. Every major OEM seems to have a different Camera app and as a result several features are not available to all the users. According to the report in Engadget, Google is working to solving this problem by redesigning its Camera app and making it available on Play Store. The app will reportedly bring in features such as Refocus feature from the HTC M8 and better Panorama effect. Not just this, the rumor has it, that Google will open the API of the app to developers, allowing them to add effects to the same.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Specs leaked
Samsung Galaxy S5 will go on sale in India on April 11th for about Rs 51,000. That is an absolutely massive price for a smartphone and if you would like the features of the device in a slightly condensed chassis then maybe should be holding out for a Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. According to Sammobile, Samsung will cut down a lot of juice from the S5 unlike what Sony did with the Z1 Compact. The S5 Mini is expected to bring a 4.5 inch 720P display and would be powered by a Quad Core Snapdragon 400 SoC. The internal storage is expected to be same at 16 GB while RAM on board is 1.5 GB. The battery on the device would be a 21oo mAh while the phone is expected to be IP67 certified.
This is the Nokia Lumia 930?
Nokia Lumia 930, 2014 pic.twitter.com/Spoi5N9qYH
— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 2, 2014
The Nokia Lumia 930 is one of the smartphones expected to be announced the BUILD Conference today. The final press renders of the device have been leaked by the trusted source, @EvLeaks on Twitter. The device from the leak seems to have capacitive buttons unlike the rumored on screen arrangement fueling the rumors that maybe the Lumia 930 will not be running Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. The device has a very similar construct like the Lumia 925 but with a more straight cornered edges than rounded edges. The device in the render also has a 20 MP Pureview camera and apparently would be available in several colors such as black, white, orange and green. The Lumia 930 is expected to be powered by a Quad Core Snapdragon 600 SoC and pack a True HD 1080P display.