Popular taxi booking service MyTeksi has finally spread its wings to Kuching, Sarawak. Since the service is rather new in East Malaysia, they are running a beta tester program where you can stand a chance to win an iPhone 5C. All you need to do is place a MyTeksi booking from now until 30th of April. Each successful booking gives you 5 entries while each unsuccessful booking will grant you 1 entry.
The service is rather efficient in the Klang Valley especially with its large network of participating drivers. Requesting for a cab is easy thanks to its rather reliable mapping system which accurately identifies your current location for pick up. For greater peace of mind, the app shares the driver details and you can also share your estimated time of arrival with a real time location tracker to your family and friends.
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When SanDisk introduced its 128GB microSD card recently, there were only a handful of smart phones that can support such huge capacity. Most smart phones today could support up to a maximum of 64GB.
A Nokia Lumia 1520 user was curious and gave the new SanDisk memory card a shot. Surprising the 128GB card is recognised on his Windows Phone device with no compatibility issues reported. He even mentioned there’s a 20% noticeable speed improvement over his previous 64GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC with an average Sequential Read Speed of 43.65MB/s and Write speed of 14.31MB/s.
The Lumia 1520 has an awesome camera and its video recording is rather impressive as well with 4 microphones built-in. Paired with a 128GB card, this makes it a rather practical handheld video recorder.
For Android smart phones, both Samsung Galaxy S5 and the All new HTC One are having a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB cards. In terms of pricing, the 128GB microSD from SanDisk is priced at US$199 (Approx RM652) while Amazon is selling it for as low as US$119 (Approx RM390). With such capacity, you can store up to 24 hours of HD footages. Now you would probably begin to appreciate the faster transfer speeds of USB 3.0.
Nokia’s upcoming affordable device the Lumia 630 appears early courtesy of @Evleaks. The device supposedly replaces the current Nokia Lumia 625 and it is one level above its lowest entry level Lumia 525.
In terms of specs, it is rumoured to be having a 4″ display and comes with 1GB of RAM. The leaked image above also reveals that the new device will be button-less and they have swapped the typical Windows, Back and Search capacitive buttons for virtual on-screen buttons instead. This is a first for Windows Phone and it follows the same trend as Android smart phone makers like HTC that has started to make a switch. The leaked image also reveals the omission of a dedicated camera button which was previously present on the Lumia 625.
If the rumoured specs are true, this doesn’t seem to be a worthy upgrade from the Lumia 625. Instead it appears to be a Nokia X that’s running on Windows Phone OS considering its similar 4″ size, similar buttons and the lack of LED flash light at the back. Nokia is expected to announce something on April 19th and this could be one of the devices being revealed.
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Windows Phone may have had a slow start since it was first released almost four years ago but the mobile OS developed by Microsoft appears to be now on its way to beating iOS in terms user base according to information provided at the Microsoft keynote event at Mobile World Congress 2014 which happened today.
During the keynote presented by Microsoft’s VP of operation systems, Joe Belfiore, Windows Phone user base grew 91% year on year in 2013 making it the fastest growing OS in the world for the period. This growth positioned Windows Phone as the number 2 smartphone OS in 9 markets with device shipments surpassing Apple in 10 markets. Specifically, Windows Phone is seeing massive growth in the Middle East and Africa (+758% growth YoY) and Asia Pacific (+105% growth YoY).
The ecosystem is seeing healthy growth in the number of available applications as well with 245,000 Windows Phone applications currently available for download with developers adding 500 new apps daily with 4 billion apps downloaded to date. In addition the Windows Phone Marketplace supports direct operator billing for app purchase with 55 careers in 35 market including Malaysia.
As the world convergences in Barcelona for the biggest mobile event of the year, mobile brands big and small will be trying hard to get your attention when they launch devices that will define their performance for 2014. So among the plethora of manufacturers present at this year’s Mobile World Congress which ones should you look out for? We break down what we think are the highlights brands at MWC 2014.
The upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 will feature a pull down notifications panel that’s called “Action Centre“. We’ve seen a static screenshot earlier on and now we get to see it in action from a new hands-on video.
In the video, it shows that there will be 4 customisable quick action button which you can select from a variety of settings including Brightness, Bluetooth, WiFi, Airplane Mode, Screen Rotation Lock, GPS, and WiFi Hotspot. You’ll also get to choose what type of notifications that you want to receive and set customised alert tones for them as well.
You can see all these in action after the break.
The folks at Microsoft is said to be considering to allow Android Apps on their Windows Phone platform. While this is a drastic step for the underdog operating system, there are those internally are in favour of the move while some have opined that this might cause a downfall of the mobile operating system that they’ve built.
It is no denying that the Android platform is growing rapidly and holds one of the biggest collection of apps. The Windows Phone platform too is slowly bridging the application gap and we’ve seen big titles showing support including Instagram, Vine and Waze that have released WP8 versions of their apps. By opening its doors to Android apps, it does appear as a quick win but it is debatable if this would be sufficient enough to attract new users.
Like the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them. BlackBerry recently has allowed direct installations of Android APK files in their recent 10.2.1 OS update but it is yet to be seen that this will attract more users to their fold. For now opening up to Android doesn’t seem to be a guaranteed solution.
Moving Android Apps to Windows platform pose a couple of developer challenges as well. If it is so easy to port over Android apps, there’s a risk that existing Windows Phone developers would abandon native Windows Phone app development with Metro UI implementation. Ideally they would want to strike a balance to allow growth of their native apps as well. What do you think? Does Microsoft really need to open up Windows Phone to Android apps to survive? Add on your thoughts in the comments below.
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Microsoft has recently released the SDK of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 to developers and one of them is generous enough to share what’s new in a hands-on video. Mind you that this is an early build which means a couple of new features including the new Action Centre is missing in the demo video.
Among some of the new features shown is the ability to kill running apps by swiping upwards instead of pressing the X button and there’s a “Project My Screen” option which appears to be a wireless display mirroring feature. A couple of customisation options are thrown in as well including the navigation bar where you can select transparent, pre-selected colour or let it automatically match the current active background colour.
For Windows Phone devices with very little on-board storage, the new Windows Phone 8.1 is said to support App installation on microSD card. This makes it possible to install more apps especially for entry level Nokia Lumias. Native apps such as Calendar and Camera have been enhanced as well with fresher interface and added functionality. When playing Youtube videos on Internet Explorer, the video can now play as an embedded video instead of being forced to run at full screen.
Overall, the new update is a nice touch and there are more features on the final release which isn’t covered in the video. The new Windows Phone 8.1 could be released as early as April during Microsoft’s Build Conference.
You can watch the full walk through video after the break.
We’ve seen it on Android, BlackBerry 10 and on iOS. Now Microsoft is expected to bring the commonly used “Notifications” centre feature onto their Windows Phone platform and it will be called “Action Centre”.
In a leaked internal document, the new Action Centre that comes with Windows Phone 8.1 update (Blue) offers a centralised place to view all missed notifications and the screenshot reveals quick toggles for WiFi, Bluetooth and various settings as well. The notification is said to be customisable according to apps and there’s even an option to clear all notifications as well. Another minor touch is the battery percentage meter and current date being displayed right below the top status bar.
The new Windows Phone 8.1 update is expected to debut at Microsoft’s upcoming Build Conference that’s happening on 2nd April.
Ooo…what do we have here? It’s a 15 second teaser from Nokia USA. What could it be? Naturally the internet machine is awash with speculation and guesses about what Nokia is alluding to but what is certain — Nokia’s next new device will not run Android.
Instead popular speculation suggests that the device will be the rumoured Nokia Icon, which is said to be a US-only model when it is launch. The Icon packs the same internals as the Lumia 1520 which means a full HD 1080p display, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on board storage and a 20MP PureView camera, the only difference is that the Icon will have a smaller 5-inch screen instead of the 6-incher on the 1520.
So for those of you who are waiting for Nokia to make a phone that runs on Android, it looks like the wait is not over just yet.