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Monday, 24.02.14
OFFICIAL: Nokia announces the Nokia X-Series of Android AOSP-based Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:36 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected and as I wrote earlier, Nokia today announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the Android AOSP-base X-series; which includes the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL and which run Android apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences. The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are priced to capture the fast-growing affordable smartphone market; filling the gap between the Lumia Windows Phones and Asha S40 phones; and provide an on-ramp to Microsoft services like Skype, OneDrive and outlook.com. The Nokia X family features Nokia's renowned handset quality and design, with a fresh, tile-based user interface inspired by our Lumia family. All devices come with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their favorite apps more smoothly.

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Sunday, 23.02.14
OFFICIAL: Samsung announces the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo Tizen-based Smartwatches
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:07 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Following the first Samsung Gear and right ahead of tomorrow's starting Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung today announced the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, which are said to be designed to take the freedom, convenience and style of wearable technology to the next level. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo offer consumers enhanced connectivity and a completely integrated approach for the most personal wearable experience. Samsung said it achieved a significant improvement as a leading smart wearable provider with Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Both devices offer a lightweight design with premium finishes that reflect modern trends. A Camera is equipped to a main body instead to strap, making the Samsung Gear 2 a sleek and sharp smart companion.

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Thursday, 13.02.14
ENHANCED: InstaWeather Pro for Android and iOS receives Video Mode
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:12 CET under 04 - Android News

I'm quite sure you already know InstaWeather, at least you should have seen it if you are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+. It's the best selling app which allows you to spice-up your photos with current weather conditions and forecasts; showing your friends and followers how beautiful or ugly the weather is at your current location. Now, byss mobile has released an update for Android and iOS which adds a new feature: Video mode. This allows you to use your videos instead of your photos, to spice them up with video conditions of your current condition. InstaWeather Pro video features all the weather overlays it supports for photos, making your memories even more alive.

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Wednesday, 12.02.14
LEAK: Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 SDK Video Walk-Through
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We already knew that Microsoft is working on its Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade but do you also wonder how it will look? Wonder no more because ahead of the official release, a video walk-through of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK just hit YouTube. While the SDK is yet missing some important features and highlights, like the new Notification Center, the video shows the new soft-buttons implementation, the new volume settings and more. Other Windows Phone 8.1 features include the ability to move apps to memory card, messaging app choices, VPN support and the option to close most recently used apps by swiping the card, very similar as Palm did it with webOS.

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Tuesday, 11.02.14
THOUGHT: Why the Android-based Nokia Normandy aka Nokia Asha X makes a lot of Sense for Nokia and Microsoft
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 09 - Thoughts

In the recent weeks and months, we heard many rumors that Nokia worked on an Android-based smartphone which was code-named "Normandy" and after sources said that this project was nixed after Microsoft announced the take-over of Nokia, The Wall Street Journal said yesterday that the Nokia Asha X, as it is called now, will be definitely unveiled during this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This rose some concerns if it makes sense for both - Microsoft and Nokia - and I say yes, it makes a lot of sense. If you see the operating system less emotional, it's just a vehicle. In the early smartphone days, Windows Mobile was a vehicle for Microsoft to sell its business proposition to corporate users. And today, the mobile OS is a vehicle to sell apps, and even more important, services to consumers and prosumers.

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