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Dec 9, 2013

Flyme 3.3 for Meizu MX3 Screenshot Leaked




Soon, Chinese mobile phone maker Meizu should make available for download a new flavor of its Flyme software, and some leaked screenshots provide us with a glimpse at what it will look like when released.

The software, set to land on devices as Flyme 3.3, will be pushed to Meizu’s octa-core Android-based MX3 handsets in the not too distant future, though no specific info on when that might happen has been provided as of now. The aforementioned leaked Flyme 3.3 screenshots (available courtesy of ctechcn) unveil a series of tweaks made to the user interface of the platform, which should result in enhanced overall looks.

Furthermore, Flyme 3.3 is expected to provide users with an updated camera application, as well as with a new version of the music player and some new icons for its social apps, as GizChina notes. More info on this should emerge soon, so stay tuned.

Flyme 3.3 for Meizu MX3
Image credits to CTechCN

Jolla Sailfish Update 1 Released, Improve Stability and Usability of the OS




Finnish company Jolla has recently launched its first smartphone powered by Sailfish operating system and now the first update has been pushed live to owners of the device.

According to the company, Sailfish OS update 1 (1.0.1.10) is the very first update for the new platform and it’s mainly a bug fix release aimed at improving the stability and usability of the operating system. The official changelog is quite large and contains lots of improvements and tweaks to connectivity, store, Bluetooth, browser, calendar and more. Here are some of the highlights of the update:

Connectivity:
  • WLAN password input improvements;
  • WLAN connection possible to change directly from one hotspot to another;
  • Notification banner visible when checking updates without internet connection;
  • USB MAC address does not change anymore between connections in developer mode;
  • Mobile data switch status (toggle on/off) is shown on the Settings cover.


Platform:
  • Content picker only has the search field when there is content available;
  • Context menu is correctly updated with dynamic items;
  • The press effects in button and list items are unified;
  • Text linking matches numbers inside word boundaries;
  • QWindow::setTitle() is sent over Wayland;
  • DSME initial battery value is correct in bootup, or for shutdown;
  • Time and date changes persist over reboot;
  • DSME wakes from suspend to read HW temperature and battery status;
  • USB mode notification does not offer Developer mode when developer mode is not enabled;
  • Device lock is not anymore set when you use "Clear device lock code" function;
  • The device lock code is not asked when the value is the same than earlier;
  • Password field does not flash last character in clear text;
  • Date picker correctly highlights selected date and shows proper week numbers in January.


For more details on the changes included in this major update, check out the full changelog published on Jolla support website.

Jolla's Sailfish-powered smartphone
Image credits to Jolla

Nokia R Feature Phone Leaks




It doesn’t come as a surprise that Nokia plans to launch a new entry-level feature phone, but we rarely get a live picture of the final product with so many months ahead of its alleged release on the market.

The folks over at Phonearena have been recently tipped on the upcoming release of an unannounced Nokia feature phone. Dubbed Nokia R, the handset is said to go on sale sometime in April, which puts the official announcement sometime in March. Nokia R is a budget-friendly feature phone that runs Series 40 UI, also known as Nokia OS. However, the source of the leak claims that Nokia’s user interface has been drastically improved, though additional details haven’t been disclosed yet. Even if more details on these improvements would have surfaced, there’s a lot of time left until the release of Nokia R, so the Finnish company might change any of these features and/or add more.

The anonymous tipster sent Phonearena a live picture of Nokia R, which looks like an ordinary handset. Specs-wise, the phone is quite decent for a budget-friendly feature phone. According to the leaker, Nokia R sports a 2.4-inch standard display that supports 240 x 320 pixels resolution and 65K colors. In addition, it packs 16MB of RAM and a 1100 mAh Li-Ion battery. Nokia R measures 116.4 x 50.3 x 13.25mm and will probably be launched on the market in multiple color versions. The live picture that has just been leaked only shows the yellow version, but we can safely assume that it will be available in other colors as well. Other highlights of the feature phone include FM Radio, MP3 player and EDGE connectivity. The handset won’t offer 3G support and there’s no word on microSD card slot for memory expansion. Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming Nokia R feature phone.

Nokia R
Image credits to Phonearena

Motorola Releases Moto G Open Source Software




Motorola Mobility has just announced that it has released the Moto G open source files. The kernel and other GPL files are essential for developers who want to create custom ROMs for Moto G.

Those who wish to download the open source files for Moto G can do so via SourceForge page. The Moto G has already been confirmed for an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade next year, so another set of open source files might be released soon after the update becomes available. For those unfamiliar, the Moto G was launched last month and is now available for purchase for just $180 (€130) outright. The smartphone comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and packs a more than decent 1.2 GHz quad-core processor inside.

It also features a large 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720p) resolution, as well as 1GB of RAM and 8GB or 16GB of internal memory.

Motorola Moto G
Image credits to Motorola Mobility

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