Android 4.4 KitKat available for HTC One and Galaxy S4 Play Edition

Android 4.4 Kit-Kat

The owners of a Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One Play Edition are in luck: Google has confirmed that from this moment begin to receive the upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest operating system. Thus, joining the device list headed by Nexus (4, 5, 7 and 10).

The company published this news, could not be otherwise in Google+ . However, as often happens in these cases, not all devices will instantly update via OTA and only a limited number of devices will receive the update during the first 48 hours, completing the process in 1 to 2 weeks.

It is something we are experiencing holders of a Nexus 4, 7 and 10 . The update takes several days available for these devices, but many users have not yet received the notification to download Android 4.4 KitKat. Supposedly Google does to avoid trouble with their servers and detect any abnormalities in a particular terminal to install the latest version of the operating system.

Experience Nexus or Manufacturer

HTC one and Galaxy S4 with Andtoid KitKat

At the beginning of July we published one comparison between the “standard” versions of the Galaxy and Play Edition S4 and HTC One, two of the best smartphones with Android . In that article we explained what functionalities are won and lost in Play Edition versions from the original: Nexus experience or manufacturer (and exclusive applications). Meanwhile, the owners of the original versions must wait for the manufacturers release the update, which in the case of HTC made ​​sure it would come in January 2014.

Anyway, with a simple search on Google you can convert your phone to a Play Edition. This way you can benefit from updates as the one just released and a closer look at the Nexus devices experience. As downside , Android 4.4 not bring some of the features we’ve seen in the Nexus 5 , such as the Launcher Google or the ability to say “Ok Google” anytime and launch Google Now, one of its best features. Anyway, KitKat is not a cosmetic revolution but performed better, which I think is more important.

Nokia Defeated

Nokia

The December 31, 2006, Siemens closed its doors. Or rather, Benq-Siemens, the brand that was after the sale of the division to BenQ year and a half ago. They were years of change for the industry, and they were the third largest manufacturer had broken. Something was happening in the market, if it is true that in the history of Siemens had enough chiaroscuro transformations outside the sector.Above Nokia Siemens and Motorola were that captured the top two places in the ranking for many years.Motorola was also a victim of, among other things, the revolution brought the first iPhone and other serious bump occurred. Then it was bought by Google, but it was significant that two of the top three mobile phone manufacturers have ugly end. The other was top 3 manufacturer Nokia . And they come on. A history of Nokia until today.

Advantage insulting and Fall

Nokia

Nokia for many years enjoyed an advantage for insulting his opponents.Your brand presence was too good in both low-end and basic phones and high-end devices. They had an icon, the Nokia 3310 , and after him a long train of Historic phones: Nokia 7650, Nokia 5200, Nokia N95 … Nokia was the undisputed king , and somehow the enemy of the Motorola European American. But the Finns dominated. Talk about a Nokia was talking about hardware quality, innovation. As innovators who could afford to get out of the rules with incredible designs . Their advantage was that they could diversify their range of an exaggerated form. Trial and error, there was room to spare, and also made ​​sure to reach all users. The completions were the N series, which were aspirational products : technology lovers wanted a yes or yes. So strongly marked Nokia.

Then it all started to go wrong. Just since many users spent considering the Nokia N95 as the best market to start looking forward to the first iPhone in 2007. It was casual. Thereafter, sales began to fall. In 2009, profit fell 90% on 2008 . Nokia should feel like spring prom king and captain of the football team to move to a new school is ostracized. This new school was a new stage in the phone industry, and Nokia was not ready for it.

Scars

Nokia Scar

The good momentum of Nokia, and maintain a strong user base of feature phones who remained impassive to the advancement of iPhone and Android, and only wanted a budget terminal, allowed him to continue to lead a few years. But quite frankly, Symbian was a thorn in the side , which detracted their terminals. Already suspecting something similar, Nokia and Intel began talks to overcome obstacles, and those talks in 2009 came MeeGo at Mobile World Congress 2010. Many fondly remember the Nokia N9 , which for some is actually one of the best smartphones in history, and whose design and suggested what then would come in the form of Lumia. But the MeeGo project also had difficulties, including internal tripping.In February 2011, he was definitely in a purgatory of which still has not officially come out.

Two giants needed to re-convince

Nokia And Microsoft

February 2011 was the turning point for Nokia. A company that had lost the crown as maker of mobile phones for Samsung, and had wound its financial structure, needed a foothold they could not find him anywhere. Then came Microsoft. A giant of the software and hardware giant joined. Both needed to reinvent itself, prove that they had learned from their mistakes. way the Nokia Lumia series, which run Windows Phone was born . Symbian had a huge role in the first decade of the century, and a reserved seat in the history of mobile telephony. But as The Simpsons, needed a dignified death. And as The Simpsons, neither had, as he continued to occur terminals for more than a year later. But the alliance with Microsoft made ​​it clear that Symbian was not the way.

Hard Starts

The journey of Microsoft and Nokia had such a large and long-term dimension was hard to think that his debut would be satisfactory. There was much work to do, and in the first year of the partnership, the European operators it left a clear message: the Nokia Lumia are expensive, nobody will store inquiring about them, and are not too good . It was April 2012, and the annual sales there fell 90%. To make matters worse for Nokia, a month after its shareholders filed suit against its directors.

The worst that could happen, happened: it was said that the partnership with Microsoft was a mistake, only a year after it was carried out. What’s more, in June 2012, Moody’s downgraded Nokia to junk status. But luckily, Nokia knew that the rating agencies like Moody’s are like monsters and live our fear . And if they stop paying attention, lost fear. As a result everything came back.

Nokia is back

Nokia Is Back

2012 was a tough transition year for Nokia, but at the end of the year, Windows Phone 8 , the tide began to turn. No big change from Windows Phone 7, but Microsoft itself managed to find the key to at least at first glance very enjoyable. Moreover in the Nokia Lumia, which contain the essence of Nokia in gorgeous designs . Within a few months of renovation, Nokia established in early 2013 its entire range: 520, 620, 720, 820 and 920. Low-end, midrange and high end, with two links between them. Personally, I think it is just as well as a manufacturer must act: few terminals, but of sufficient quality, and above all very homogeneous.

I especially remember the Mobile World Congress 2012, booth when we met the Nokia 520 and 720. And testing them, I came to the head which intensified in the months after: “this people are getting” . Nokia was increasingly comprehensive, convincing terminals, improved their designs. And Windows Phone 8 helped enough, despite missing a couple of laps and shop more attractive applications.

King of low-end

Nokia King Of Low-End

No … it is not. bestselling The Nokia Lumia 520 is the most basic and economical range. No wonder.When I could prove I uttered: it is the best low-end smartphone market , without discussion. The Lumia 520 has done much damage to the low-end Android smartphones. For about $ 150 is much more than acceptable performance, and optimized operating system that works with absolute fluency. Neither Samsung or LG, and ZTE or Huawei or any other Android manufacturer in this segment can boast the same.The Lumia 620, somewhat higher, it remains a very good option in this field, difficult, but Nokia has crowned. I have recommended it to several people the Nokia Lumia 520, afraid to leave ‘their’ Android. All are really happy. And that many saw as an endemic Nokia brand that had ceased to be an option.

Furthermore, applications add real value . One of the things I like about Android is activating a terminal and meet him full of crapware from the manufacturer. From Blinkfeed HTC (thanks for the proposal, but at least let me turn it off) to when I activated Sony Xperia SP and asked me to register a trial version antivirus and I had asked, much less fancied register. Or talk about what’s in the Galaxy S4, blurring the terminal which is good. Here appears Nokia, with proposals such as Maps HERE or HERE Drive among others . Discrete but really functional and useful applications.

No one disputes its hardware

 

Neither in design or quality, or performance. And this is important, because when Windows Phone continue to improve and attract the interest of more users, Nokia may be unstoppable. Not just talking about the general acceptance of its terminals, talk about how they can afford to give lessons to manufacturers like Samsung . He did it with the Nokia Lumia 1020, showing how a camera gets into a smartphone shortly after South Korea announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. A quality design will join: its colorful range we are an oasis of a desert terminal in black and white, and little else. The Nokia Lumia is beautiful, combining on and also the color of the live-tiles with Shell terminal.

Nokia returns to generate interest and excitement

In Live Hypertext in which we follow the presentation live Lumia 1020, one of my first comments was that Nokia had aroused much excitement, all the technological world with eyes were on them. Times are changing. No hype , a manufacturer lacks something , it is the best reflection of the potential user interest in their products. Nokia, after a long time off, he has recovered. Lumia 625 with lesser extent, saw like. Being a low-end, many woke up early (Spanish hour) to be attentive to what was advertised. Something is definitely changing. And even their ads have recovered aggressive and transgressive who feels superior tone. As the epic announcement of Nokia Lumia 920.

Resilience

When I speak of the victory of Nokia not talking about market share, or profit, or sales. I’m talking about how hard it is for a company to fall from the top and walk again patiently until success . Nokia has done, has overcome many obstacles, but mostly defeated itself. Although it has embraced an operating system that still needs to be an alternative for the majority of users, even if much work to be done, Nokia has expired. It has again become a mirror look for many companies. It has avoided the specter of Siemens, break and disappear so as to get into a spiral (not the death, that he saved injecting Microsoft) Chronic downlink quality of their products.

Contrary. He recovered, and can even afford to raise its CEO the scene of his most important annual presentation, and compare the new product with the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4-powerful, as happened last July 11. It is work, it is possible that things will turn again, and that the asymmetrical relationship with Microsoft will finally tightened too. But Nokia, true to his own style, has given a lesson to other manufacturers out how brilliantly well. In psychology, this is known as resilience : the ability to face adversity, to overcome traumatic or emotional pain periods. Nokia has proved to be a perfect example of resilience. defeated Nokia .

2014 Is Year Of Tablets: 50% Of PC And Notebook Market According To Report

Tablet PC

Funny how a few years ago it was thought that the tablet market was a utopia. The arrival of the iPad was a key point, followed by a list of devices with other operating systems that have allowed these products are sold at breakneck speed, therefore, that a report states that in 2014 will have 50% of market PC and laptop.

Thanks to the latest report published by Canalys know this information. The popularity of these devices has led to the sales of computers (laptops and desktops) keep plummeting. In fact, in the third quarter of 2013 and came to dominate 40% of this market. These data are consistent with the report by Gartner and we published in July.

The primary responsibility of this growth would be Android devices
Analyzing these data, Canalys predicts that in 2014 285 million tablets will be sold , a number that would reach 396 million units in 2017. Those responsible for this growth would be Android tablets (with its multiple branches), which reach 65% market share in 2014 to 185 million units. However, note that the launch of the iPad and the new iPad Air Mini help improve the position of Apple in the last quarter of this year.

As we noted at the end of July, Android dominated the tablet market by far a distance that goes on in 2014.More specifically, it is noted that Samsung would continue its lead as the third quarter of 2013 scored 27% of the sales of Android tablets. As we see, continues to consolidate the “Post-PC era” and it seems that 2014 will be the year that this schism is bigger. The truth is that these devices allow, at a cheaper price, tasks which previously occupied heavy laptops or PCs, which as we see reflected in the numbers presented.

BBM For Android Will Come Installed By Default On Some Devices

BBM For android

The arrival of BBM for Android and iOS has set a new world of possibilities for BlackBerry in a market that will defend as the best where they know I unwrap, that of services , which no doubt many of my colleagues as Eduardo Arcos or JJ Velasco will of agree with me on this. And the instant messaging platform of Waterloo does not work well, it works fantastic , and therefore do not get tired of gambling in their favor and against alternative “popular” but also unsafe .

However, we all know that BlackBerry is having a hard time financially due to its declining share of the mobile market. They have fired its CEO and several executives announced huge losses and just have been displaced by Windows Phone in the battle of the mobile platforms, so a more logical strategy is to use its strongest value today, services, and BlackBerry Messenger is key to this .

This release will initially be focused on emerging marketsSo today BlackBerry announces BBM for Android will begin arrivingsoon preinstalled on some Android devices unspecified models, but their statements point to markets where they still have a lot of presence: the emerging countries .

BlackBerry announces that from as early as the month of December, in areas such as Africa, India, Indonesia, Middle East and Latin America , we will get BBM for Android installed series terminals from Brightstar, Be, Celkon, EVERCOSS, IMO , Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, Tiphone and Zen, all these Asian manufacturers very cheap phones , so we are clear what is the market you want to impact.

We had already seen rumors that BBM would “exclusively” to terminals Samsung limited time, which thankfully were dismissed as crazy and posed a terrible move by a company that needs reviving. Moreover, this partnership with Chinese manufacturers makes all the sense in the world, because especially in the Middle East and Asia much these phones are sold. BlackBerry wants more presence in the world of services, which seems to have no rival in its field.

So, we could see gradually BBM displace other instant messaging platforms and establish itself as a favorite worldwide, but still have much to do, including throwing a much needed release for Windows Phone and not repeat mistakes like the disastrous “version” for iPad .

Motorola Ara Project Will Be Possible By 3d Printing

Motorola Project

Just a few weeks ago, Motorola , the mobile phone giant is now owned by another giant, Google, announced an ambitious project called Ara Project consisting of the first version of a modular smartphone hand a manufacturer of weight, because until now we had only seen a small but great concept called Phoneblocks .

The idea of ​​these smartphones (which for now remains a concept) is very simple, but incredibly attractive. Is to offer the user the ability to “design your mobile” at will. Counting with according to their needs technical specifications, and the ability to replace any of its parts just as if it were a strange puzzle, or LEGO.

For this, Motorola announced that a project of this caliber should be open and so full potential and imagination of the community. Something like what he did in the free Android software , but led to the hardware. Yes, open hardware, and this reminded us Dennis Woodside , CEO of Motorola, when our brothers Celularis asked about phoneblocks in an interesting interview recently.

So, if we talk about open hardware, the first thing that comes to mind now is the opportunity in this field represents the 3D printing . And of course, like Motorola have thought, and have announced a partnership with 3D Systems , a pioneer and expert in 3D printing company to get the Ara Project become a reality.

Motorola wants to offer maximum customization on your modular smartphones , in this particular case Ara Project **, and 3D printing is the ideal companion in the field. With this technology the possibility to “print” just trained to conductive parts connected or coupled to the call “endoskeleton” which is nothing but the backbone of this phone, so give it some new capacity.

Thanks to 3D printing, Project Ara could be customized fullcourse, there is much to investigate and study before you see it as a viable reality, and especially commercial , but the simple idea of being able to “print” a better camera, or larger battery, or even a specific sensor, and place the mobile at will depending on our needs, is wonderful.

Just imagine a hypothetical situation: we are about to venture on a pleasure trip to a beautiful tourist area, and we draw from that cabinet a more powerful Mobile and larger battery chamber and to place it in the modular smartphone withdraw some sensors like WiFi to Bluetooth or even “make room” and go home to have the best photos and even some battery, then turn the phone to “normal” with their respective sensors for everyday use. The idea is fantastic, and may soon become a reality thanks to an incredible technology as it is 3D printing.

 

Instagram Could Incorporate Direct Messages This Year

Instagram

There have been few changes we’ve seen in Instagram in a little over a year when Facebook bought the favorite application for mobile users to share photographs casual on-the-go . And the social network Mark Zuckerberg has big plans to finally justify spending billions of dollars on this platform, and for better or for worse, a change was necessary; Instagram new features that have pleased and angered many other.

For example, we saw first incorporated video even with filters on the social network as an obvious and clear strategy to compete with Vine , the Twitter social network dedicated to short videos (up to six seconds). On the other hand, display advertising Instagram for some time, and since the platform debuted in Windows Phone .

The next step, according to report in GigaOM , is a little more ambitious, since it is the arrival of the direct messages via Instagram . A function that would give a drastic change to the platform, allowing not only share photos and videos, comment and follow our preference amateur photographers, but also communicate with our contacts directly through the application and its own messaging system.

If you really before year’s end Facebook incorporates direct messages on Instagram, it would be even logical strategy after you follow the massive expansion that has taken the platform since coming to Android and a year ago, and it would be completely obvious to raze an attempt platforms Snapchat who have dedicated themselves to fill this lack.

It is false to think that many users would not get this feature with open arms, but it would be a hassle. And it certainly direct messages on Instagram change many things, even those we follow. For example, if you follow the profile of a brand or any unscrupulous agency, you could start receiving advertising, or rather, spam , through direct messages.

But certainly this is a business, and the lack of direct messages or instant messaging method related to Instagram has been supplemented with third party applications like Snapchat, something that Facebook obviously would be solved with a proper and official proposal, and direct messages could be the answer.

The Resounding Disaster Of Blackberry Messenger For iPad

Blackberry Messenger, BBM

To say that BlackBerry is not in its best moments, at this point, it’s something you probably have read or heard on more than one occasion. The company’s strategy has not worked, its sales have fallen, the company apply drastic austerity plan and has appointed a new CEO to address the transformation process. In such a context, the release of BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android had become a “litmus test”, a way of exploring the possibilities of BlackBerry in the services segment. However, with the good path that led, the launch of BBM for iPad has been a resounding disaster , really, could have been avoided.

Yesterday, BlackBerry decided to upgrade your BlackBerry Messenger application for iOS and give it support Wi-Fi to use it from an iPad or an iPod Touch , a wink interesting iPad is, for many users, the main gateway to the Internet. The problem? Instead of developing a specific application for iPad, BlackBerry took the worst shortcuts: stretch the iPhone application .

BBM for iPad is a stretched version of the iPhone application. Not optimized.

If you develop for iOS has some advantage is that, precisely, the size of the screen is somewhat limited. One detail that, although it may seem simple, simplifies the work of developers (especially when compared to the universe of screen configurations on Android). Therefore, with a controlled environment such as iOS, is not worth launching a specific application for iPad? .

The importance of user experience

Things have changed a lot in recent years, we must recognize that we have become more demandingand we attach great importance to the user experience of a device or application. An iPad is a tablet that offers a very good user experience ; therefore, the user expects that applications are at the same level.

However, a company like BlackBerry, with resources far beyond those that can have a startup , choose not to invest and take the easy way to stretch the application to the more traditional style of the year 2010and the archaic “button x2″ applications not suited for the iPad.

Stretching an iPhone app is not the best way to provide a good user experience for the iPad.

BlackBerry thought “so marketing ” , he thought as business development and decided to extend the success of BBM on iOS and Android to more devices. The idea was not bad because with the news that question the safety of WhatsApp, the absence of major messaging clients on iPad and the appreciation of BBM, the scene was very favorable to the launch.

Yes, the scenario was favorable but not the only thing that matters and, to make something work, all gear parts should be in full sync. BlackBerry yesterday before it had a chance , could have made ​​a difference and have used the momentum BBM was having knocked completely but, at least with respect to IOS. So why have lying? The answer is simple: by mediocre .

Best not to launch a product to offer somewhat mediocre

I know it may sound harsh but honestly, I think it is better not to launch a product that take somewhat mediocre . A few months ago we talked about the Samsung Galaxy Gear as premature product, something I think he should not jump on the mere fact of being “the first”, a scenario that, to some extent, has reminded me what happened to BlackBerry Released this fiasco.

There are times when companies are faced with complex crossroads. BlackBerry is in a difficult time and need to refloat the ship, BBM is working fine and it is normal to want to seize on is having the service.However, if a product is ready, it is sometimes better to delay the deadline to provoke outright rejection of the users (because when solvents problems, may decide not to trust you).

BlackBerry was prudent to delay the launch of BBM to enhance platform security

BlackBerry Messenger arrived in the month of October to iOS and Android after much anticipation and of course, after a delay of the launch. Recall that just before the release leaked apk for Android and a barrage of users accessed the service with a not yet definitive version of the application. The result? BlackBerry decided to delay the release to solve the problems and ensure the integrity of the service and the platform.

In my opinion, this decision was a great example of know-how, a gamble that prioritized the safety and proper functioning of the service. BBM is a service that ensures the security of the information exchanged and decided to prioritize the resolution of the “gap” before opening the service. Eventually the problems were solved and, after its launch, more than 10 million users downloaded the application. At that moment, a thought that could reach BlackBerry’s future might not be so pessimistic and had an opportunity to cross-platform services.

The launch yesterday is an indication that BlackBerry does not really know your target audience.

At that time, the BlackBerry kept a cool head and was cautious. A wise decision that we all cherish positively and made us forget the wait. Why not act like the iPad version? Would not it have been better to delay it a little?

In fairness, one might think to BlackBerry iOS world is new and still has, to some extent, are novice in this segment. However, for a company of this size is not an admissible error , especially when you are playing both demonstrate their creditworthiness as a service company.

BlackBerry has failed to understand the target he addressed the iOS client, something like what has happened in the terminal segment and its focus on the consumer sector. It is very complicated to try to cover everything, it is virtually impossible BBM was doing very well but this eagerness to grow rapidly (and without understanding the target audience) will come back around.

However, a company like BlackBerry, with resources far beyond those that can have a startup , choose not to invest and take the easy way to stretch the application to the more traditional style of the year 2010and the archaic “button x2″ applications not suited for the iPad.

Stretching an iPhone app is not the best way to provide a good user experience for the iPad.

BlackBerry thought “so marketing ” , he thought as business development and decided to extend the success of BBM on iOS and Android to more devices. The idea was not bad because with the news that question the safety of WhatsApp, the absence of major messaging clients on iPad and the appreciation of BBM, the scene was very favorable to the launch.

Yes, the scenario was favorable but not the only thing that matters and, to make something work, all gear parts should be in full sync.BlackBerry yesterday before it had a chance , could have made ​​a difference and have used the momentum BBM was having knocked completely but, at least with respect to IOS. So why have lying? The answer is simple: by mediocre .

Best not to launch a product to offer somewhat mediocre

I know it may sound harsh but honestly, I think it is better not to launch a product that take somewhat mediocre . A few months ago we talked about the Samsung Galaxy Gear as premature product, something I think he should not jump on the mere fact of being “the first”, a scenario that, to some extent, has reminded me what happened to BlackBerry Released this fiasco.

There are times when companies are faced with complex crossroads. BlackBerry is in a difficult time and need to refloat the ship, BBM is working fine and it is normal to want to seize on is having the service.However, if a product is ready, it is sometimes better to delay the deadline to provoke outright rejection of the users (because when solvents problems, may decide not to trust you).

BlackBerry was prudent to delay the launch of BBM to enhance platform security

BlackBerry Messenger arrived in the month of October to iOS and Android after much anticipation and of course, after a delay of the launch. Recall that just before the release leaked apk for Android and a barrage of users accessed the service with a not yet definitive version of the application. The result? BlackBerry decided to delay the release to solve the problems and ensure the integrity of the service and the platform.

In my opinion, this decision was a great example of know-how, a gamble that prioritized the safety and proper functioning of the service. BBM is a service that ensures the security of the information exchanged and decided to prioritize the resolution of the “gap” before opening the service. Eventually the problems were solved and, after its launch, more than 10 million users downloaded the application. At that moment, a thought that could reach BlackBerry’s future might not be so pessimistic and had an opportunity to cross-platform services.

The launch yesterday is an indication that BlackBerry does not really know your target audience.

At that time, the BlackBerry kept a cool head and was cautious. A wise decision that we all cherish positively and made us forget the wait. Why not act like the iPad version? Would not it have been better to delay it a little?

In fairness, one might think to BlackBerry iOS world is new and still has, to some extent, are novice in this segment. However, for a company of this size is not an admissible error , especially when you are playing both demonstrate their creditworthiness as a service company.

BlackBerry has failed to understand the target he addressed the iOS client, something like what has happened in the terminal segment and its focus on the consumer sector. It is very complicated to try to cover everything, it is virtually impossible BBM was doing very well but this eagerness to grow rapidly (and without understanding the target audience) will come back around.