Now, 5 million is a massive number and, presumably, many Android and iOS users have waited eagerly for a long time to get their hands on the service. But what does it all mean?
Well, fact of the matter is, BlackBerry is still very much in the lurch. The company is on the verge of being broken up and sold for parts, while its co-founders look for cash to save the once proud organisation from the brink. Add to this the close to US$1 billion of unsold BlackBerry Z10 slowly going obsolete in warehouses and store shelves around the world and it doesn’t take a Wall Street analyst to see that the company’s continuity is grimm.
To think about it, 5 million downloads is not that impressive when you consider the number of iOS and Android users combined reach the hundreds of millions. Is there demand for BBM when users are flocking to more entertaining and open messaging platforms like WhatsApp, WeChat and Line? Perhaps. Or maybe people are just curious to try BBM to see what all the fuss is about.
But let’s look at the bigger picture. BlackBerry (previously Research in Motion) was once an industry leader. Just five years ago BlackBerry was in an enviable position, it was the fastest growing tech company, the most profitable, the most promising, and to think its most encouraging headline today is about the number of times one of its apps was downloaded — and those downloads doesn’t necessarily translate to active users mind — just tells us what a sad, sad state BlackBerry is in today.
So what does it all mean? Get ready to say goodbye to what was once a truly great industry icon.
Apple will be live streaming tonight’s iPad event to Apple users worldwide according to its website posting. The special event, in which many are speculating that Apple will reveal a new version of its iPad mini, is scheduled to start at 1AM Malaysia time (GMT+08) on 23rd October.
Users of Apple products are in luck as the company will be streaming the event live to them. To be able to access the live stream on your Mac, you will need to run Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later. To watch it on your iOS device you need to run iOS 4.2 or later. You can also watch the live stream on your Apple TV second-gen or later with firmware 5.0.2 or later).
Apple is expected to reveal the latest iteration of the iPad and iPad mini at the event. Industry pundits and analysts are saying that a number of features first seen on the iPhone 5S — like Touch ID and Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip (currently the only 64-bit mobile processor in the market) — will make it to the new iPads. The iPad mini is also expected to be getting a Retina Display screen and possibly colour variants like the ones seen on the iPhone 5C.
In any case, we’ll be up tonight to catch the event live. Follow us on Twitter to share your thoughts as we will be sharing comments and opinions in our timeline. See you there.
Nokia is currently the king of the hill for smart phone photography with the 41MP equipped Nokia Lumia 1020 and the recently announced Lumia 1520 that comes with a 20.7MP PureView camera. From our recent photo comparison, we’ve seen how spectacular its large sensor coupled with resampling feature can do but so far all images are saved in a combination of high-res 38MP and a smaller 5MP jpeg image.
During today’s Nokia World event, it was announced that both Lumia 1020 and 1520 flagship device will soon get uncompressed RAW image support which allows greater control for photography enthusiasts for further tweaking. On the downside, a typical RAW file would be a multiple times bigger in file size and that could be a problem on a Lumia 1020 which is limited to 32GB of storage without any expandable memory slot. Nevertheless, the option of having RAW format opens up new possibilities from its huge 1/1.5″ sensor. So far there’s no mention when will this be rolling out to existing Lumia 1020 users.
Another interesting feature that was introduced is the Nokia Refocus app. The app lets you refocus on different subjects after the picture is taken. This is said to be based on Pelican Imaging technology, which emulates multiple cameras from a single sensor, imagine the eyes of a fly. With software processing, this allows better control which can be seen in this demo video. In the mean time, you can check out the Nokia Refocus feature in action yourself over here.
At the same time, it is good to know that Nokia Pro Cam & Nokia Smart Cam apps are now combined as a single app known simply as Nokia Camera.
Nokia has just announced the Lumia 2520, its first attempt in the tablet category that runs on Windows RT 8.1. In terms of design, the Lumia 2520 tablet follows the experience of its current colourful poly-carbonate Lumia smart phones and it comes with a choice of 4 striking colours – Red, Cyan, Black and White. While tablets are moving towards smaller sized 7″-8″ dimensions, Nokia went with a bigger 10.1″ IPS display that boasts a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 with a claimed viewing angle of 180 degrees. The display also illuminates a rather bright 650 nits, making it rather usable in outdoor conditions.
In terms of processing power, you won’t be disappointed with its top of the line 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, similar to its current flagship Lumia 1520 smart phone. On-board it comes with 32GB of storage which can be expanded with additional 32GB via microSD.
For taking photos and videos, the Lumia 2520 comes with a 6.7MP camera mated with ZEISS optics, a first for tablets. It also comes with a microSIM slot that supports 4G LTE connectivity as well. At the sides, there’s a micro HDMI port and a wider micro USB 3.0 port that’s similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 3.
Despite having a generous 8,000mAh battery, it still manages to maintain a respectably slim 8.9mm thickness and weighs 615 grams. As comparison, the current 4th gen iPad with Retina Display is 9.4mm thick and 652 grams heavy.
Will this be a game changer? As the first tablet for Nokia, the specs on paper looks promising but the Windows RT operating system has yet to prove itself as a compelling platform.
Head after the break for the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet promo videos and photos.
Smartphones with large screens. It seems everyone wants one these days and it looks like almost every device manufacturer is making one. While Nokia is late to the party, they are coming to the said party with a bang bringing in not one but two large format smartphones.
First up, we have the Lumia 1520. The Lumia 1520 is the largest Windows Phone to date with a full HD 1080p 6-inch display pushing out a pixel density of about 367ppi. It is also the first Windows Phone device to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 powerhouse quad-core processor running at 2.26GHz with 2GB of RAM. Seeing as how Windows Phone devices can perform smoothly even with dated processors, you can expect the 1520 to be blazing fast with the Snapdragon 800.
Going a full 12 or 14 hours on a single charge is going to be easy with the Lumia 1520 thanks to the massive 3,400mAh battery and that frugal Snapdragon processor. Other goodies include built-in wireless charging, LTE support, four microphones for multi-microphone noise reduction during video recording and voice calls, and Nokia newest PureView camera sensor. There’s also 32GB of on board storage with support for microSD cards up to 64GB in capacity.
The 1520’s 20MP PureView camera has all the bells and whistles more powerful stablemate, the Lumia 1020, including optical image stabilization and oversampling capabilities albeit at only 2x as opposed to the Lumia 1020’s 3x lossless zoom prowess. At the front you get a 1.2MP wide angle camera that’s capable of shooting 720p videos.
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At the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, Nokia CEO, Steven Elop broke what probably is one of the biggest news of the day — Instagram is finally coming to Windows Phone.
That’s right Windows Phone users, the world’s most popular photo filter app will soon be available on Windows Phone. But when is soon? Well Elop’s mention of Instagram coming to Windows Phone is a glancing one, Other than announcing that its happening, no further details was shared. Elop said that Instagram will be available in the coming weeks and that could mean anything from next week to next month maybe even longer so we will still have to wait.
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Update: The Nokia World Live Streaming page is now live right here.
At 3pm Malaysia time today (October 22), Nokia will be unveiling what looks to be three new devices (a phone, a large format device – Lumia 1520 and a tablet – Lumia 2520) at a special event in Abu Dhabi. If you want to catch all the action as it happens, then you’re in luck because Nokia will be live streaming the event as well and you can catch the live stream right here.
We’ll be on Twitter to offer commentaries as the event happens so follow us and join in the conversation.
Link to Nokia World Abu Dhabi Live Stream Here.
Update: We’ve just got an update from @chairilhafizz via Twitter who has a friend at Low Yat PLaza. Apparently Samsung is offering a rebate for up to RM900 when you trade up to the Galaxy Note 3 from a Note II and the offer is limited to 50 units per day.
Samsung Malaysia is organising a Galaxy Note 3 trade up program at Low Yat Plaza this week. If you own a Galaxy Note II then you can trade it up for a Galaxy Note III at the event. Details about the event is scarce and Galaxy Note 3 available for the trade up offer is limited so your best bet is to head over to Low Yat Plaza yourself. The event is happening at Low Yat Plaza Centre Court from October 21 to 27. If you happen to be there, hit us up on Twitter with the latest updates. We’ll be more than happy to share them here.
In the meantime, here’s our Galaxy Note 3 unboxing video.
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Acer has introduced a trio of new smart phones in the market ranging from a large mid-spec 5.9″ smart phone to an entry level 3.5″ device. The first device is the Acer Liquid S1 which is the prequel of its latest 4K recording capable Liquid S2. It comes with a large 5.9″ TFT display which does a rather modest 1280×720 pixels resolution, pushing a pixel density of 258ppi. Powering the device is a Quad-core MediaTek 6589 running at 1.5GHz and 1GB of RAM, which is similar to the recently available Sony Xperia C. There’s a 8MP shooter at the rear and comes with a modest 2,400mAh battery. The Acer Liquid S1 is priced at RM1,299 and as a special promo, they are also throwing in additional 16GB microSD card, complimenting its on-board storage of 8GB.
Next is the Liquid E2 which comes with a 4.5″ qHD display (960×540) and runs on a 1.2GHz Quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM. Like its predecessor the Liquid E1, there’s dual stereo speakers and 8MP camera at the rear while at the front there’s a 2MP front facing camera. On-board there’s 4GB of storage and it is juiced up with a 2,000mAh battery. The Liquid E2 is priced at RM749 and comes with a free bumper case.
Last but not least is its entry level 3.5″ Liquid Z3 retailing at RM399. It runs on dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and its front screen pushes a rather low 480×320 pixels resolution. It comes with a 3.15MP camera, 4GB of on-board storage and decent 1,500mAh battery.
The trio are offered exclusively on Lazada and Maybank Credit Card users are entitled for 15% discount. For more information, head over to Lazada.
Apple’s special event entitled “We still have a lot to cover” is happening early tomorrow morning at 1AM Malaysia time (GMT+08) on 23rd October. This is where Apple is expected to release its next iteration of iPad and iPad mini with upgraded specs and new features to bring their game to the next level.
So what can we expect with the new 5th gen iPad & 2nd gen iPad mini? While the screens remain the same with the full sized iPad at 9.7″ and iPad mini at 7.9″, both devices are expected to be slimmer and share the similar design approach as its current iPhone 5S. Processing power is definitely getting a bump with possibly the full sized iPad having a newer 64-bit A7 chip with Touch ID fingerprint scanner as found on their latest smart phone.
With the popularity of compact tablets in the marketplace, the iPad mini is expected to receive a bump in the display department with Retina display but recent rumours suggest that it might be sticking to its conventional resolution display.
Follow us on twitter at @Soya_Cincau as we share our thoughts during the announcement tonight.