WhatsApp has finally announced that their app is going to be completely free for everyone. This is because WhatsApp realises that many of their customers did not possess credit or debit cards and were afraid of losing their access to this service.
Pick up your phone, yes that one. The one that’s never more than an arm’s reach from you at all times. The one that has probably been in the bathroom with you more times than the toilet roll has. Yes, that one.
Of course, if you’re already reading this on your smartphone then I do apologise for being an idiot by choosing this intro, but I digress.
How does your smartphone feel? And no, I don’t mean this in a metaphorical out-of-body-experience sense, I mean this in a literal sense. We spend every waking moment (some sleeping) of our lives holding onto a little brick that probably weighs no more than a really heavy spoon at a posh restaurant, but most of us put little to no thought into how a device feels in the hand when deciding on a purchase. It’s all about specs and that’s rather unfortunate.
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The drama ensues as the Korean manufacturer’s upcoming flagships Galaxy S7s are seen on the Indonesian certification agency equivalent to SIRIM in Malaysia. We already knew the wave of rumours were beginning since we’re halfway into January with MWC 2016 hot on the heels a month away.
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Rendered image of the Lumia 650
Microsoft‘s latest Windows 10 smartphones haven’t had the best of receptions. Despite top-of-the-line hardware, it seems the Windows 10 OS just isn’t a match for the other established mobile operating systems. But, Microsoft is not done releasing new Lumias as we now have what looks like an official date for the Lumia 650: February 1.
However, there is also word that this could be the last Lumia smartphone of this year. So, Surface Phone anyone?
Sometimes the first time is a test run. The Japanese manufacturer did a first when they put a fingerprint sensor on the Xperia Z5 series and their decision has now come back to haunt them. It’ll go on sale next month in the United States but it’ll be missing the biometric security component that’s available in other markets.
And we think we know why.
Getting around our hectic nation is already hard as it is and it’s only the beginning of 2016. A reliance of our cars might rise since fuel prices are lower than usual but knowing markets, they could easily balloon again.
Despite cheaper petrol, most car manufacturers upped their price-points, toll prices and public transport has raised their prices too and well… let’s just say it’s going to be tough getting here and there with our economy being the way it is.
Since iOS 8, Apple users could finally use a different keyboard for its iPhone and iPad. The best keyboards from Android namely SwiftKey and Swype are already available on the AppStore. If you’re looking for something different, the Word Flow keyboard from Windows Phone appears to be making its way to iOS very soon.
Apple was rather tight-lipped about how the Apple Watch performed during the product’s mid-life cycle. After which, we started seeing the Apple wearable start gaining traction (at least in published sales reports).
They were number two, behind Fitbit – if these numbers were indeed true but with sales dwarfing that of other mainstream smartwatch brands (e.g. Samsung and Pebble), would Cupertino allow the Apple Watch to see out a longer product cycle to ensure big advancements across versions? Or will they make small refinements across generations – like we’ve seen on the iPhones with a distinctive “s” being all the difference.
TechCrunch’s latest report believes it could be one or the other.
If you’re looking for a new phone in time for Chinese New Year, you can soon own the Samsung Galaxy Note5 in Pink Gold in Malaysia. The pink flagship smartphone is offered by Maxis from as low as RM93/month on its Zerolution program.