Monday, November 03, 2014

Oppo rolls out ColorOS 2.0 update to Find 7 and Find 7a

Oppo is now seeding the ColorOS 2.0 update to Find 7 and Find 7a users. The latest ColorOS 2.0 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and it was in beta form for the Find 5 back in August.

The new ColorOS 2.0 update comes with redefine user interface, Gaussian blur effect, new system animation, Global Gesture Panel 2.0, redesigned task manager, Super Power Saving mode and more. Check them all out in the official walkthrough video below.

As this stable version is not for mass production, OTA is not available for this version. Head over the source link to find out more.


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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Google officially announces Android 5.0 Lollipop as an official name

Alongside the announcement of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google has rounded up an interesting day for the big tech company with the announcement of the newest version of its mobile OS, which thus far has been known by the codename Android L would be called Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Lollipop was one of the rumour's mill top picks anyway so it wasn't exactly a big surprise. Although at one point, Lion had looked to be a genuine possibility considering that its immediate predecessor was called KitKat.

The biggest change on Android 5.0 is the user interface. The UI now having material design, which is a bold, colorful, and responsive UI design for consistent, intuitive experiences across all your devices. The new material design comes with responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device. It also features vivid new colors, typography, and edge-to-edge imagery help to focus your attention.

The new update brings new ways to control when and how you receive messages - only get interrupted when you want to be. You can now view and respond to messages directly from your lock screen. Includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications. For fewer disruptions, turn on Priority mode via your device’s volume button so only certain people and notifications get through. Or schedule recurring downtime like 10 pm to 8 am when only Priority notifications can get through. Incoming phone calls won’t interrupt what you're watching or playing. You can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you’re doing.

You can also control the notifications triggered by your apps; hide sensitive content and prioritize or turn off the app’s notifications entirely. Android 5.0 brings more intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication. See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.

Battery wise, Android 5.0 comes with a battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 minutes. It will show you the estimated time left to fully charge is displayed when your device is plugged in and estimated time left on your device before you need to charge again can now be found in battery settings.

Head over the source link below to find out more about Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop will come right out of the box in the newly announced Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, but it will also be available on Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the upcoming weeks.


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Rumours of Blackberry acquisition by Lenovo surface

According to a new report, Lenovo might make a bid to acquire Blackberry some point this week. The troubled Canadian manufacturer has been showing signs of a comeback in recent weeks.

Allegedly, Lenovo is willing to pay somewhere in the region of  $15-$18 for each Blackberry share. The latter's price is roughly around the $10 range for each share. In a move that surprised no one, neither Blackberry nor Lenovo have commented on the accuracy of the report.

Should this deal eventuate, this would turn out to be another high-profile acquisition for the Chinese Tech giant. Lenovo is already said to be close to wrapping up a deal to purchase Motorola in the near future.

The addition of this rumour making its way through the gossip channels has made it a really interesting week for Lenovo and it's smartphone business. Last week, Lenovo had announced that it will be launching a new brand of mobile devices to rival the likes of Xiaomi with an internet-based business model.


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Saturday, November 01, 2014

New ZenFones and ZenWatch get teased

Asus Japan is teasing a launch of a smartphone and a smartwatch on its official website. It seems that the company is ready to hit Japanese market with ZenFones and ZenWatch.

The first teaser image is the ZenFone, it could be the second generation of ZenFone 4, 5 and 6, but might be just a local launch.

The second teaser image is the ZenWatch. Asus has unveiled the ZenWatch at IFA 2014 with a 1.63" AMOLED display, Snapdragon 400 SoC and 512 MB RAM. It seems that the company is ready to launch it in Japanese market.

According to latest rumors, the Asus ZenWatch won't be entering Malaysian market until 2015 as the company is making some changes on the current ZenWatch.

Stay tuned for October 28th, we'll see what the company will unveil in Japan.


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