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Dec 10, 2012

The New XiaoMi Phone 3 (Mi3) Allegedly Leaks

Building on the success that XiaoMi Phone 2 reportedly registered in China, a successor might arrive on shelves soon, said to sport the name of XiaoMi Phone 3, or Mi3.

No official confirmation on the matter has emerged so far, but rumor has it that the device might arrive on shelves with an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor packed inside, clocked at either 1.8GHz or 2.0GHz. The handset is also said to sport a 4.5-inch or 5-inch touchscreen display, most probably of either 720p or 1080p HD resolution, and to arrive on shelves with support for China Mobile’s TD-LTE network.

No details on when the device might be up for grabs have been provided as of now but, with XiaoMi Phone 2 having been launched only about three months ago, we should expect this device to be made official towards mid- or late 2013.

New XiaoMi Phone 3 rumored for launch
Image credits to GSMInsider

RIM Shows New Video Presentation of the BlackBerry 10 Hub

Research In Motion’s BlackBerry 10 operating system should arrive on shelves with a nice range of enhancements packed inside, including the already presented BlackBerry Hub, which got detailed once again.

The BlackBerry Hub was designed to provide users with fast access to all of their conversations, including BBM, email, phone calls and social networking. It can be accessed with a simple gesture from anywhere in BlackBerry 10, and will keep users conveniently connected with all of their conversations.

To provide users with a better understanding of what the feature is all about, RIM has put up a new video presentation for BlackBerry Hub, which can be seen embedded above. The video features Patrick Murtha, director, Portfolio Product Strategy at BlackBerry, who presents the main capabilities that make BlackBerry Hub in BlackBerry 10 stand out in the crowd.

BlackBerry Hub on the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones is a one-stop shop for managing all of your conversations from social media, texts, emails and calls. Donny from Inside BlackBerry blog sits down with RIM director Patrick Murtha to demonstrate how a single gesture allows you to quickly see all of your messaging. More on BlackBerry Hub: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2012/12/blackberry-10-hub-video/
Video Credits to BlackBerry

RIM Teases BlackBerry 10 OS Launch Event with Image of Its First Smartphone

BlackBerry fans are certainly anxious to find out what Research In Motion (RIM) has in store for them next year.

The Canadian company has already confirmed it will launch its next generation BB10 smartphones, along with the new BlackBerry 10 OS on January 30, 2013. In order to keep the hype around its upcoming BB10 devices, RIM has just published an image that shows one of its first smartphones that should be officially unveiled next month.

Although the image only shows the back of the phone, the texture and the style suggests RIM has been listening its fans' requests and is trying to implement some of these, such as the leather-like texture. There is no specs sheet to go with the press render, but we expect more details will emerge closer to launch. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

BlackBerry 10 smartphone
Image credits to RIM

Samsung Nexus S 4G Tastes Android 4.2.1 via CM10.1

Although less than two years old, the Nexus S by Samsung smartphone will not get a taste of the latest Android release out there, namely 4.2 Jelly Bean.

At least officially it won’t since enthusiasts have already started to work on building custom ROMs that will be delivering the new platform release to this handset. A new such ROM is available for the Nexus S 4G smartphone on Sprint’s network, based on the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS release and coming from the well-known CyanogenMod team.

“Crespo4G (Nexus S 4G) for CyanogenMod enjoying some CM 10.1 / 4.2.1 goodness. Also working on porting over the lock screen security features...stay tuned,” the team posted on Google+. For the time being, no specific info on when the first stable builds will be released for general use has been provided. Keep an eye on this space for updates.

Android 4.2.1 arrives on Nexus S 4G via CM10.1
Image credits to CyanogenMod

Pantech Vega IM-A860 Spotted on WiFi Certification with Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU

LG, HTC, Samsung and other handset manufacturers have already launched Android smartphones that pack full HD displays, or are about to release their first devices in the following months.

It looks like Pantech is among the latter. An unannounced Vega IM-A860 smartphone has just been spotted at GLBenchmark by the folks over at Ameblo. Additionally, the smartphone received its Wi-Fi certification, which is another proof that the device is real and will probably hit shelves in the next few months. Pantech Vega IM-A860 runs Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean operating system and packs a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor.

No word on the amount of memory, but the benchmark mentions that the device boasts a full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution capacitive touchscreen display. We also know that the device will support LTE and will be introduced in South Korea initially, via SK Telecom carrier.

Pantech Vega IM-A860 Wi-Fi certification
Image credits to Ameblo.jp

RIM Readies BBM 7 with BBM Voice To Download on BlackBerry App World

Today, Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion has made available for download through the official BlackBerry App World a new flavor of the BBM 7 application for its users.

The new application release brings along a nice range of enhancements, the most important of which is the inclusion of BBM Voice. Through this feature, users will be able to engage into voice conversations with their contacts, provided that typing won’t suffice sometimes. The updated BBM7 with BBM Voice is available through the official software portal with support for all devices running under BlackBerry 6 OS and higher. According to the mobile phone maker, however, support for BlackBerry 5 OS devices is also planned, though it won’t arrive until early next year.

The application was made available with other enhancements as well, including: 

  • BBM upgrade notifications – BBM will notify you when there are updates to download straight from within the app
  • BBID Synchronization – your BBM profile, Groups and Contacts are linked to your BlackBerry ID
  • 16 Additional emoticons – even more choice for those times when words just aren’t enough. Can you spot the new ones?

The updated BlackBerry Messenger application will also provide users with increased freedom when it comes to the manner in which they can connect with their BBM contacts, RIM notes. Furthermore, the company explains that the app has been built so that users would be able to easily switch from a BBM message to a BBM Voice call for free over Wi-Fi. Users who would like to take advantage of the features and capabilities of the updated app should access this page in the App World. However, they might have to wait up to 24 hours before finding it in the software storefront, RIM announced. Additional info on what the new BBM 7 with BBM Voice has to offer to users can be found in the video embedded below, courtesy of RIM themselves.

BBM 7 with BBM Voice
Image credits to RIM
The new BBM 7 featuring BBM Voice feature is demoed on the Inside BlackBerry blog. BBM 7 gives you the freedom to choose how you connect with your BBM contacts. It is designed so you can seamlessly switch from a BBM message to a BBM Voice call for free over Wi-Fi. http://blogs.blackberry.com/2012/12/new-bbm-7-voice/
Video credits to BlackBerry

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