As we all settle into the comfortable seats of our resting places and enjoy a sip of coffee for the weekend, what better company than catching up on what were the biggest stories in the world of personal tech in the week gone by. Just like our previous series, ‘Tech Recap of the Day’ we promise to keep the stories as concise as possible giving you a peek. So without delaying it any further here are the stories that caught our attention over the span of this week:
Windows Phone 8.1 Dev Preview Available to download
Microsoft made the WP 8.1 Dev Preview available to download this week. Windows Phone 8.1 brings a host of new features such as a dedicated Notification centre, ability to set pictures as desktop background, a virtual assistant Cortana and more. Cortana, as expected got plenty of attention and the general consensus has been that it works pretty well and has a lot of potential, not to forget it is probably the funniest of the Virtual Assistants that are out there. However, unless you are in the US, Cortana is not going to work for you, but sweat not, we have written a proper step by step guide for you here on, if you are outside the US, on how you could get Cortana working on your WP 8.1 device.
We Got our Hands on the Samsung Galaxy S5
We also got our hands on the latest and greatest from the world of Samsung as the review unit of the Samsung Galaxy S5 came in this week. We have been having a great time with the device thus far and also wrote about our initial impressions of the device. However, the USP features of the device, such as the Heart Rate monitor and the Fingerprint sensor certainly did not tickle our fancy as much as we thought it would. In fact, we ended up turning the finger print sensor off after ten minutes, and wrote about it here. We will continue to spend quality time with the device in the coming week, so if you have any questions regarding the same, feel free to either comment here or on our Social Networking profiles.
The Retail Box of the LG G3 was Captured
The Verge got an exclusive shot of the retail box of the LG G3. The device is not expected in the market until summers. The LG G3 is expected to come with a QHD display and be available in the gold variant just like the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s. According to the report, the device will feature the same front chassis as the leaked LG isai L24 before an impending launch in Japan. The phone is also expected to bring a totally redesigned Optimus UI on top of Android 4.4.2.
Images of the Sony Xperia Z2 Compact surfaced
After widespread praise for the Xperia Z1 Compact, Sony is set to bring the Compact version of its latest flagship phone that the Xperia Z2 is. First shots of the device appeared on Weibo this week hinting at a hardware that is strikingly similar to the Xperia Z2. The device is expected to bring a full 1080 P display unlike the Z1 Compact in a smaller chassis with exactly the same internals as the Xperia Z2, making it one of the most anticipated products in the market. Read more about it here.
Major UI Changes coming to Android in the next update?
While barely 5% of all the Android devices are running the latest update, Kitkat, Google is apparently already working on the next major update. According to the screenshots obtained by Android Police, Google is working on unifying the icons on its web services and Android platform by going back to heavily contrasted and thick shadowed icons. This is obviously unlike the flat icons and minimal UI that Google had been preaching to the developers until recently. The authenticity of the screenshots obviously is a bit of a question mark and we hope for the sake of all the developers at least that there is little truth in this as this would mean once again redesigning of all the Android apps under new design guidelines.
Could Apple bring Pattern Unlock to iOS devices?
The answer to the question seemingly seems to be in affirmative. Apple had filed for a patent back in 2012 for pattern unlock which was granted on Thursday. The patent shows how Apple plans to integrate pattern unlock to iOS devices. The unlocking mechanism which has been very popular in Android devices has some cool differentiators in the Apple world. According to the patent, the users would be able to redesign and move dots on iOS unlike the fixed 3×3 grids they are forced to use on Android. Not just this, users can also add in invisible dots to make the whole code a lot more secure.
Motorola X+1 to bring Leather back panels
Popular twitter account @EvLeaks tweeted a picture which gave away the back panels of the Motorola X+1 which is the expected successor of the Motorola Moto X. The device will obviously bring upgraded specs to the table but we all are more interested in the customizations the device will bring. According to the picture, the device will obviously bring several colours as well as wood back, but also bring in an all new leather back which would be available in black, blue, red and grey colours. What is worth waiting for is, if Moto X+1 will bring a true leather back plate to the device or would it be more of a faux leather like the Galaxy Note III.
Nokia X Receives a Major Price Cut in India
Nokia X, the Nokia device capable of running Android apps has received a major price cut and is available for as little as Rs 7,027 from the popular E-Com portal Flipkart. This is almost a price cut of Rs 1500 from the original launch price of the device pointing to perhaps a poor performance in terms of volumes sold. We are not entirely sure how we feel about the device at Rs 7,000 now, it sounds a tasty deal as a backup device for sure.
With that we come to an end of the roundup of the big stories in the world of consumer tech, we hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead. Stay tuned for latest in the tech space, right here.