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Jul 23, 2013

Canonical's Ubuntu Edge Phone Will Run Windows Office Apps

Canonical has announced its next generation phone, Ubuntu Edge, and users now have a general understanding of the product, but one feature has been grossly overlooked.

Ubuntu Edge will be the first product to achieve true convergence between PC and a mobile device, if the crowd-funding project presided by Canonical succeeds. Beyond the great technical specifications and the dual-boot option between Android and Ubuntu OS, another interesting feature has gone relatively unnoticed.

“For enterprise users who are already running their desktop in the cloud, here’s something amazing. Ubuntu for Android even supports thin-client access to cloud-hosted Windows applications like Microsoft Office,” stated Leann Ogasaware, the leader of the Ubuntu kernel team for Canonical. If this features manages to garner enough support, it might inspire other companies to follow their lead and realize more than a simple convergence.

Ubuntu for Android
Image credits to Canonical

Oppo Find 7 Now on Pre-Order, Cost $699 (€530)

Chinese mobile phone maker Oppo appears set to make the long-rumored Oppo Find 7 smartphone official in the not-too-distant future, and the device has already emerged on a retailer’s website as available for pre-order.

The smartphone can be seen on this page at $699 (€530), contract free, and rumor has it that this might be the actual price tag that the device will sport when made available for purchase. Oppo Find 7 is listed there with a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor packed inside, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, a 4000mAh battery inside, and Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform loaded on top.

The smartphone is also said to pack a 5-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a full HD resolution, as well as with a 13-megapixel photo snapper on the back, paired with an 8MP front camera.

Oppo Find 7 now listed on pre-order
Image credits to OppoMart

Motorola Moto X to Cost $299 (€227), Contract-Free

Moto X, the upcoming new Android-based smartphone from Motorola, is expected to arrive on shelves in the not too distant future with a price tag of only $299 (€227) attached to it, contract-free.

This is the cost that the 16GB flavor of the device will sport, while the 32GB model is expected to be priced at $349 (€265), a recent article on PhoneArena notes. However, it seems that the handset will be a bit more expensive in Europe, as its pricing will start at €299 ($394) there, with the 32GB version costing €349 ($460).

Motorola’s new mobile phone should be launched officially on August 1, while expected to become available for purchase in the United States later that month. Moto X might arrive in other markets around the world a bit later.

Moto X
Image credits to @evleaks

New Leaked Photos of BlackBerry A10 Emerge

Before the end of this year, Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry should bring to the market a new flagship smartphone running under the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

The device might land on the market as BlackBerry A10, and it can be admired in a new set of leaked photos. Available courtesy of Twitter user @nvthanh1994, said leaked images provide us with a clear look at both the front and the back of the smartphone, enabling us to make a good idea of what BlackBerry will offer to their users next.

As CrackBerry notes, the upcoming device appears to feature a back plate rounded to the sides, and not flat, as previously suggested. Furthermore, the smartphone’s bottom and top bezels appear to be rounded at the corners, with a silver bottom and a black top. No specific info on when the new device might become official has emerged until now, but BlackBerry should unveil it in a matter of months, so stay tuned.

BlackBerry A10
Images credits to @nvthanh1994

Motorola to Pack DROID MAXX with a 3500mAh Battery

Mobile phone maker Motorola has been rumored lately to plan the release of new handsets in Verizon’s popular DROID series, including the DROID MAXX, DROID Ultra, and DROID Mini.

Some more details on these devices are now available. According to info that emerged over at Android Police, the DROID MAXX will hit shelves with a large, 3500mAh battery packed inside, which should result in long usage times. The DROID Ultra is expected to sport a 2130mAh battery, while the DROID Mini will include a 2000mAh battery. Furthermore, FCC documents confirmed that all three handsets will arrive on the market with Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity, as well as with NFC capabilities.

Apparently, all three handsets should become official in less than a day, so stay tuned for further details on their capabilities.

Motorola's DROID MAXX to pack a 3500mAh battery
Image credits to Motorola

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