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Wednesday, 15.01.14
SECURE: Silent Circle and Geeksphone unveil the Android-based PrivatOS-powered Blackphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:12 CET under 04 - Android News

Silent Circle and Geeksphone today announced a new Switzerland-based joint venture and its inaugural product - the Blackphone - which is said to be the world's first smartphone placing privacy and control directly in the hands of its users. While the press release stays pretty mum about technical details and features, it's said that the Blackphone is powered by a security-oriented Android build named PrivatOS. The target of Blackphone is a carrier- and vendor-independent smartphone giving individuals and organizations the ability to make and receive secure phone calls, exchange secure texts, transfer and store files and video chat without compromising user privacy on the device.

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Tuesday, 14.01.14
RUMOR: Are the Lumia 1820 and Lumia 1525 Nokia's next Windows Phones?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While some sources like @evleaks have a long track record of proven and confirmed leaks, a new leaker called "@NextLeaks" just hit Twitter and started his account with information of two new Nokia Lumia Windows Phones - the Nokia Lumia 1820 and the Nokia Lumia 1526. According to these totally unconfirmed tweets, the Lumia 1820 is said to feature a 5.2'' 2k (2048 × 1080 pixel) display, a brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD805 CPU, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of flash memory as well as a 3400 mAh battery and a kind of "Lytro camera" with Xenon flash. The design is said to remind on the Nokia Lumia 928. According to @NextLeaks, a release can be expected for March 2014 (which would mean that Nokia will announce it during next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona).

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Thursday, 09.01.14
UPGRADE: Nokia announces worldwide release of Lumia Black - Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020 to benefit first
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Nokia just announced that it has started the Lumia Black software update rollout for Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices, which owners around the world will start to receive from today. The anticipated Lumia Black update combines a host of new features, improvements in imaging, new apps and app updates from Microsoft and Nokia which make the overall Lumia smartphone experience even better. The first devices which will receive the latest enhancements are the Nokia Lumia 925 and Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphones, with all uther Windows Phone 8 models in following in the coming weeks.

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Tuesday, 07.01.14
OFFICIAL: Sony unveiles the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - High-end Specs in a smaller Size
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:34 CET under 04 - Android News

At its yesterday evening press conference in Las Vegas, Sony Mobile unveiled the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, offering the very best of Sony technologies from its flagship Xperia Z1, in a stylish new compact size. The Xperia Z1 Compact is said to set a new standard in premium smartphones and indeed, for it's size it's everything but a mid-range phone. The Xperia Z1 Compact is running Android 4.3 and offers ultra-fast performance and breathtaking graphics, thanks to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE for amazing speed. The Xperia Z1 Compact also includes a 2300 mAh battery which provides outstanding, class-leading battery performance, despite its compact size.

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Monday, 06.01.14
OUTLOOK: Pebble details upcoming Appstore Launch and announces Partnerships with Mercedes Benz and ESPN
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Next to the two new Pebble Steel smartwatches, Pebble also announced that it's getting ready to launch the Pebble appstore, the company announced back in December. The appstore, which will be part of the existing Pebble smartphone app on iOS or Android, allows Pebble users to find and download Pebble apps directly from the phone. By the end of January, the Pebble appstore will offer the centralized location for users to discover, manage and install apps and watchfaces. That means that users will more easily be able to find apps that help to track your workout, manage the music or control the thermostat. In addition, Pebble said it'll be curating the Pebble appstore to bring the latest and greatest apps and watchfaces right to the wrist.

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