Archive for April, 2012

Apr 30

Surely you heard of Xiaomi. If not, you should know it’s one of the best known Chinese manufacturers of devices, including smartphones and software. Their Android interface known as MIUI, was translated and adapted for many phones and there are entire communities working solely for that purpose. MIUI is fast, looks great and offers extensive personalization options. For not use a ROM that is not available on all phone models, the community decided to talk more about MIUI. Let’s see what it gives.

For MIUI interface was chosen a solution similar to that provided by iOS. That means we have all homescreen icons arranged on different sites, without being able to access a separate menu for launching applications. Each icon has a background, which further strengthens the feeling of Apple experience. The similarities stop here because we can add widgets and homescreen and we can define the number of sites. Launcher comes with a number of widgets you can use very attractive but very easy on the personal. Very interesting is the lockscreen also integrated, providing quick access to four functions such as camera or SMS. We can define transition effects, background, sound effects and vibration.

The real piece of resistance of MIUI, which we will find either in the menu or by clicking the icon located on the homescreen dedicated, are themes. Community has worked avidly in recent years to make available an impressive amount of customization options. Themes are available for both the lockscreen and homescreen or we can choose solutions that change the whole look. We can still download backgrounds or icons through this service. It should be noted that we’re working with servers in China so that the interface has a slower download, but it worth.

MIUI is a good solution. The application which I propose, MI-Home is not exempt from problems specific to a BETA version, but the behavior differs from a phone model to another. You will make a very good idea of what Xiaomi offers and who knows, you might want to try a ROM.



Apr 29

SwipePad is an ingenious solution to have available a series of defined shortcuts to applications, contacts and more. The true innovation is the availability of these shortcuts from any application with a simple gesture on the screen in a predefined area.

SwipePad is very easy to configure. The menu settings define application behavior, vibration, sound and light. On the following tab, define the most important action, the application or operating areas. They can be located anywhere and they differ from launching applications through shortcuts on recent contacts menu or recently accessed applications. We will first talk about the free app, which subsequently define an area, provides access to a number of twelve shortcuts. These can be shortcuts or applications. To access them, all you need to do is press the predefined area and the menu appears to the application you want to access. To redefine a box, turn ring to it and keep it there until it becomes yellow. Also you can be happy to hear that SwipePad offers addons, all paid. These, four at number, are drastically expanding functionality:

– MoreSpace – offers a greater number of houses, over the twelve as standard;
– Dynamic Pads – for access the contacts and recent applications;
– WidgetPad – all favorite widgets available from any application;
– AppLauncher – assign a box and you can launch any application while running other application.



Apr 28

We can attach a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to our smartphones. But not every device is compatible. We use the MHL or HDMI cable to connect to large screen (PC). And this function is only available on new-generation terminals. Or we can use AirDroid and access without limits or other instruments, the full functionality of the Smartphone.

To use AirDroid must be connected to the same wireless network and the connected PC. This is the only rule. Then we have full control over the phone. Once downloaded from the store, run the application on your Smartphone. After you press Start, on the screen is displayed an address and a password. Enter into any browser on PC and we authenticate using that password. That’s all, we are greeted with a nice interface and available options. We have real time information about the device, such as battery level and GSM or wi-fi, space, etc. It even appears unread or missed calls and can respond to SMS using AirDroid and keyboard interface. We have call log and we can also modify, delete or insert new contacts. In the media, you can play all your music collection, download and edit photos and change various ringtones, notifications and alarms. Management of files is complete, we have unlimited data transfers!

The control is provided on applications, there is the possibility to uninstall, install or export APK files. It provides a link to Play Store.

AirDroid is still beta, but I had no problems while I was running it. However being patient is recommended, especially when copying large amounts of data. You must keep in mind that it’s done with a wireless connection. I don’t know if it applies only for the test, but the application is offered free of charge and you don’t need an account to use it. AirDroid is an incredibly useful application! Enjoy it.



Apr 27

Those from Sammobile just got what they call the list of specifications and manual of Samsung GT-I9300, code name we associate with Samsung Galaxy S III from a while. This getaway comes after a flurry of information about the smartphone, which will culminate with its launch on May 3 in London.

Note that the terminal has a Home button, despite the fact that 70% of images dropped on the web did not have this feature. We have in this case of specifications list with an Android 4.0 terminal with HSPA+ (21Mbps) support, an 8-megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash and comes with an 4.8-inch Super AMOLED. Galaxy S III supports Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, AGPS and its features include 1080p video capture capability, barometer, gyroscope and quad core 1.5 GHz range Exynos.

Outline its design reminds me of a sort of elongated Nexus Galaxy, if you want. It seems that this phone will have a new Super AMOLED screen, at least that’s what the escape source said. It’s bizarre that the processor is 1.5 GHz frequency passed since Samsung announced today a Exynos 1.4 GHz quad core, but these are only details and I usually recommend you to look carefully to such rumors.



Apr 26

Huawei has big plans for this year, which involves not just Android Smartphones equipped with quad core processors, but, for example, they will launch Windows Phone 8 phones. Chinese company would employ over 70 people associated with this project, according to Chinese site WPDang.

In addition to Smartphones with Windows Phone 8 Apollo made by Huawei, the company is working on Windows 8 with LTE tablets. Go back to Apollo OS phones, they could be launched by end of year and prices will be quite affordable, around $300. It seems that the Asian producer targets U.S. market with LTE tablets Win 8, which probably will come sometime in the autumn or even winter. So far Huawei hasn’t made waves on tablet market, at least not as MediaPad models.

In 2011, Huawei has shipped 20 million Smartphones, and this year began with a presentation of a quad core phone, the slimmest Smartphone on the planet and the list goes on. Plans for 2012 include sales of 60 million handsets by the end. Will the company be required or will return to production of low end models that have established it?

Samsung Galaxy S III’s quad core processor has been confirmed: Exynos 4 Quad

The countdown to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III has began. The phone will be presented in a week at an event in London. After seeing an unsatisfactory teaser for this Smartphone, a hands on video and some photos with it, we finally know the official details about its processor. It will be Exynos 4 Quad, a 1.4-GHz quad core chipset.

The processor is based on 4 cores ARM Cortex A9 and this processor promises twice the performance of Exynos 4 Dual, while consuming 20% less energy. Samsung uses technology Exynos 4 Quad HKMG (High K Metal Gate) with low power consumption and has a companion chip that is the administration of this consumption. He’s controlling core processor to balance efficiency. For example, Exynos Quad 4 will not be used at full capacity when you check email and that’s a better battery life. However, if you play HD games, the CPU will be fully utilized and will provide an experience “similar to the PC” according to Samsung.

The new SoC integrates a new video engine that supports full HD video playback at 30 fps and we have an interface for image processing, which will deal with shooting high resolution. I can not wondering if this processor will be used on Meizu MX, since the company announced that it would launch a phone with quad core CPU Exynox in a few months. Surely Galaxy S III will be the first handset with this process and can not wait to see it officially launched on May 3.