On this episode we talk about IFA 2013, Microsoft and Nokia and more.
IFA is a technology conference held every year in Berlin. Every year there are some interesting smart phone announcements but this year there were some new editions to the releases.
Samsung Galaxy Note III
One of the most present companies at IFA every year is Samsung. At last years IFA they announced the highly successful Galaxy Note II. This year they announced the Note III. Although the Note III looks quite similar to the Note II there are some amazing new technologies under the hood.
The main visible difference is the leather stitched back on the phone instead of the typical plastic back which is a nice minor change to the look of the phone. The main event however, are the specs. This phone boasts a 2.3 GHz quad core processor in the US or an astonishing 19GHz Octa Core processor in Europe and Asia. There are 32GB or 64GB models available and the screen is even bigger than the last galaxy note at 5.7 inches full 1080p Super AMOLED. There is a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera and a 3200 mAh battery.
The Note III is coming out on 25th September and will be coming to market at £649 unlocked in the UK.
Samsung Galaxy Gear
The main highlight of IFA 2013 was the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch. This watch has a metal watch face with a rubber wrist band, 1.63 inch 320×320 super AMOLED display, 800 MHz Exynos processor, 1.9MP 720p camera built into the wrist strap and a speaker in the buckle so the specs are not low end.
The watch runs Android 4.3 and works with notifications, voice memos, contacts, s voice, photo gallery, music control, phone control and pedometer features. There are also 70 apps already on the app store for the watch.The smart watch will last about 1 day on a battery and it will only work on the most recent Samsung galaxy devices. And then there’s the price. It will go on sale for $299 in the US.
Sony DSC-QX100 and QX10
These two cameras are a new concept. Sony call them lens cameras. They are cameras that look just like a large lens but you can sync the camera with your smart phone and use the smart phone as the screen and control for the camera. Sony currently have two models available, one is 18.2MP and the other is 20.2MP. I have seen these in action and they look really cool and the price is also much cheaper than if you were to buy the camera as a stand alone point and shoot camera.
Acer Liquid S2
Acer last had a go at making a smart phone a few years ago with the S1. Now they are trying it again with the S2. The S3 has very high end specs with a huge 6 inch 1080p display. It features a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera, 3300 mAh battery and 2GB Ram but the biggest feature of the S2 is that it is the first phone to be able to record in 4k. 4K is really progressing at a very fast pace and when the H.265 codec is released soon it will make it really easy to distribute 4K across the web.
Microsoft Buys Nokia
This week Microsoft bought Nokia for €5.4 billion which includes Nokia’s devices and services as well as 32,000 employee’s that will be moving over to Microsoft. Nokia have become the number one seller of windows phone’s but they still struggled to make money. It made sense for Microsoft to buy Nokia especially because Microsoft are now very much interested in creating hardware too. The Nokia name will probably go and the Nokia technology will be used in Microsoft.
Another interesting acquisition from Nokia is their CEO, Stephen Elop. He brought in Windows Phone on Nokia smart phones and had previously come from Microsoft so he knows Microsoft. Many people are now saying that he is a prime candidate for the CEO position for Microsoft to replace Steve Ballmer.
Tech We’ve Been Using This Week
Michael’s Tech He’s Been Using This Week
This week I’ve been working on a project that consists of a multi-platform app. Typically you would have to learn how to develop apps for all mobile platforms and create separate apps for each one but I’ve been using Phonegap which allows me to write one app and compile it for all of the major mobile platforms.
Kevin’s Tech He’s Been Using This Week
Both Kevin and I got these really cool jumpers as a gift. They’re called hoodie buddies and they are a really nice, high quality hoodie but the biggest feature of them is that at the end of the strings for the hood there are earphones. You can connect a phone to the earphones by a 3.5mm connector in the pocket and put the earphones in and listen to music. It’s a really cool idea and it really works quite well. If you’re interested you can go to hoodiebuddie.com.