Manufacturers Get A Sample Of Microsoft Mango

Microsoft has decided to provide handset manufacturers with its latest Windows Phone OS, codenamed Mango. This move has been made so that manufacturers could test and then deploy it in their handsets.

This can be seen as the final field trial before the OS rolls out in the market. This version has long been rumored to be the best Windows Phone OS from Microsoft. It is worth noting that Microsoft has recently made a deal with Nokia, according to which the American giant will provide its Windows Mobile platform for the Finish companies future handsets.

This news was first seen on official Windows Phone blog which read as,“This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations. Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process.”

Our opinion on this move is that this is the last chance Microsoft has to cash its Windows Mobile Platform. Previous version of its Mobile OS did very poor business. They were not able to survive in the mainstream market. Though Microsoft has made a deal with Nokia, but it is unlikely to boost its sales as Nokia itself is facing crisis at this time.

We’ll keep you posted on this.

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Android Gingerbread Coming To AT&T

Surprise for AT&T users! If you have got an Android phone and are a subscriber of AT&T, you might get an Android Gingerbread update. AT&T has announced that it would start upgrading subscribers to Android 2.3, known as Gingerbread, in the coming weeks.

The upgrade will start with Motorola Atrix 4G and will subsequently come to 6 other handsets. This upgrade was long awaited as AT&T users were not able to upgrade their Android OS. This announcement will definitely prove a bliss for them.

Though this version of Android is not the latest one, but still it will certainly add some cool features which the previous versions were lacking. This version comes with improved GUI, new applications, cool API and many other features.

Usually, Google launches a number versions of its Android platform in a year. This keeps users happy but sometimes it takes a hell lot of time for users to get those updates on their devices.

The updates get such a long time to roll out because every company uses different hardware. And to make that hardware compatible with the current version of Android OS, some modifications are made in the OS. This whole procedure takes a lot of time. Currently, only Google Nexus gets periodic updates for its OS as it is released by Google itself.

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Facebook App For The iPad Already There?

The long awaited Facebook app for the iPad might be already in the market. This app has not been officially released yet but it has been found in the code of its iPhone version.

According to TechCrunch, the iPad version of Facebook app was stealthily coded into its iPhone counterpart. This app can be used by anyone who has an iPad but there are slight modifications that the user will have to make in order to use this app.

It has long been said that Facebook is planning to launch an app for the iPad but Facebook has never provided a comment on this issue.

Whenever an app for any Apple product has to be launched, it is first submitted to Apple Inc.

Apple then takes some time in reviewing that app and finally that app is made available for the users. Usually, this whole process takes a lot of time because Apple doesn’t specify the time period of its revisionary process.

Even if the claims of TechCrunch are genuine, this app would require jailbreaking your device to use it and that thing is illegal and Apple will not provide you any warranty if your OS gets malfunctioned in this process.

Our take at this news is that the users should wait a while for the launch of the official app. If you cannot wait, there are hell lot of apps available to access Facebook that don’t need tampering with your device.

We’ll keep you informed regarding this app.

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Apple Replaces Nokia As The Largest Smartphone Maker

Good news for all you Apple fans out there. Apple Inc. has knocked Nokia off from the position of largest smartphone maker of the world. From the last 15 years, Nokia was the king of mobile industry. But the American giant has beaten it and finally taken its place.

According to the sale report disclosed by Nokia, it sold 16.7 million smartphones globally in the second quarter while Apple Inc. sold 20.34 million iPhones all over the world in its second quarter.

This can be seen as the beginning of a new era in the smartphone industry as the king of mobile industry has lost its crown. It is worth noting that Apple Inc. is only 4 years old in smartphone market and in that short period, it has achieved huge success as compared to other smartphone manufacturers.

In February this year, Nokia announced that it will be dropping Symbian platform in its new handsets. This move is one of the major reasons for Nokia’s downfall. Though Nokia will be using Windows 7 platform, still its sales are not expected to be in competition with Apple in near future.

Nokia seriously needs to consider again its previous decisions, whether it is dropping Symbian or adopting Windows 7 platform. If Nokia doesn’t come up with a new strategy quickly, it will even lose its second position to Samsung, whose smartphones are doing incredibly good business.

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