Since Facebook turned them down, WhatsApp has grown rapidly. Today, it is the biggest instant messaging application for smartphones with a lot of potential. According to an inside source, it seems that Google also noticed that and is currently in the negotiating phase.
ARM and TSMC announced today that the Cortex-A57 has been taped out using 16nm FinFET manufacturing process and is ready for mass production. According to ARM, the Cortex-A57 outperforms Cortex-A15 by up to three times without affecting battery life.
Futuremark rolled out 3DMark Android Edition, its first graphics benchmark for a platform other than x86 Windows. Designed for smartphones and tablets running Android, with OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics API, the benchmark comes with rather stiff system requirements.
Thought the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Grand were pushing the limits of how obscenely big smartphones can get? Think again. Samsung is working on a new line of devices called Galaxy Mega, consisting of 6.3-inch and 5.8-inch phablets, with otherwise mediocre specs.
Razer announced today at its own Facebook page that the company begins shipping its gaming tablet to customers who pre-ordered the unit last month. The Razer Edge and Edge Pro gaming tablets will come with pre-installed Steam software to launch their games earlier.
Touch-based graphics input specialist Wacom rolled out a line of crayon-sized miniatures of its Bamboo Stylus. Called the Bamboo Stylus Mini, these styluses are available in six color options, and feature a jack and string that makes it hard to lose them.
USPTO, in its Final Office Action examining Apple's claim to the '381 patent covering "rubber band" effect, ruled against it. The decision could help Samsung reduce its damage liabilities, originally $1.05 billion, later $450.5 million, down to zero.
At this year's Game Developers Conference, Havok announced Project Anarchy, a new development engine for mobile gaming. Project Anarchy includes Havok's physics, animation and AI tools along with Vision Engine and tutorials to help mobile developers.
It seems that iPhone users just cannot get working iOS update. An increasing number of iPhone and iPad users are complaining on unusual activity, which led to extraordinary battery drain with the release of iOS 6.1.3 update for Apple's mobile operating system.
Microsoft laxed its rather stiff minimum display resolution for Windows 8 logo certification from 1366 x 768 pixels, down to 1024 x 768, sparking off speculation that its 2012 deal with Barnes & Noble could be leading up to a Windows powered e-book reader.
Toshiba announced development of a new camera module designed for smartphones and tablets, the TCM9930MD, which the company claims is the thinnest mobile module ever made. Toshiba projects mass production of its newest creation on around December 2013.
Over at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad Helix. According to the company's twitter page, the ThinkPad Helix is expected to go on sale in the US next month, and the high-performance Ultrabook will have a starting price of $1,499.
One of the lightest and slimmest tablets in the world is ready to conquer the competition in Europe. Following its launch in Japan, Sony is getting ready to launch it in various markets across Europe. As the launch is near, we have pricing info of the Xperia Z tablet.
With mainstream handset getting bigger, entering the realm of "phablets," the need of the hour for handset makers is a cheap SoC that also makes their specs sheets look good. Enter the AllWinner A31S quad-core SoC, with an uncanny resemblance to NVIDIA Tegra.
Even though the Archos GamePad tablet has been available in Europe for quite some time, the device has missed its promised February launch date. However, the company announced today that it has launched its long awaited GamePad in the US with a price tag of $179.
Only selected phones of Samsung Galaxy lineup will get an Android 5.0 update. According to leaked information, Samsung will update only 5 Galaxy smartphones to new Android operating system which means the others will not get updated past Android 4.2.2.
Amazon has the means to go head-on against the swarm of sub-$100 entry-level tablets, most of which are driven by Android. The company is reportedly planning a $99 7-incher featuring 720p resolution, a similar TI SoC as its siblings, and the brand's market standing.
Samsung's upcoming premium 5.9-inch smartphone/tablet intermediate, the Galaxy Note III, earned itself an audience with AT&T top-brass later this week, which includes senior execs, and most likely, the company's CMO. It's just that they'll be toying with a mock-up.
The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has become even more available. Amazon just announced that the tablet is available to users in the UK, Japan and in many more places in Europe. Along with this announcement, Amazon also dropped the price of its Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
With iWatch on the horizon, it looks like Apple is biting the wireless-charging bullet after all, and in a big way at that. Cupertino filed a patent application for "integrated inductive charging in protective cover," which aptly describes what smart covers could do.